On Tap: Seattle SuperSonics

Gatinho —  March 12, 2006

Record: 24-38
PF: 101.4
PA: 105.9
Road: 9-22
Last 10: 4-6
What Vegas says: Lakers -8

Seattle will be trying to win consecutive games for the first time since January 22-25.

Smush Parker headband watch: This could be a new stat. If it stays on, like it did in San Antonio, the Lakers win. Parker’s headband actually stayed in place all night when it usually gets discarded whenever his first fit of frustration comes.

Dear Editor: Ever wonder what the criteria is for getting a letter published in Sports section of the Times? I’m guessing a mild case of dementia qualifies you.

Road Dogs: Seeing Lamar and Kobe both hold up their USA jerseys the other night makes one realize that these two will be spending a lot of time playing together over the duration of their 3 year commitment to Team USA, and that can only be a good thing.

Queen for a day: The surging Kings have won 3 in a row and have reached the long awaited .500 mark. Their stay there could be short after hosting Dallas tonight. Fire up the League Pass, that could be a good one. Ron Artest had 19 in the fourth quarter in their win over Memphis.

Five man Tai Chi: Parker has taken to pausing after each timeout, trying to center himself the way Jackson has become famous (and mocked) for. Parker was particularly diligent about it Friday night, stopping at the scorer’s table at the end of each break, putting two fists down to support his body, taking one deep breath to clear his mind. “It’s getting my mind right for what I have to do on the court,” he said.