It’s Showtime…

Gatinho —  April 20, 2006

…for Kurt and family. Kurt’s newest addition is on the way. The little Laker fan is coming a little early, but I bet no one is complaining about that. Kurt will try to find time in the next few days to share his playoff preview and…

“…will see if I can get my wife out of the hospital before game time Sunday. With my first we were in the hospital for games 4 and 5 of the 2004 Finals against Detroit. So, obviously, this hospital has bad Laker karma.”

Taking Charge of Your Own Destiny: I’m sure we all had a little trepidation last night with recent memories of a team that played to the level of its competition. Nice to see them handle their business at home and keep their sometimes fragile confidence high. Kobe was an astounding +34 with Lamar +30. Kwame was a near perfect 7-8. The other fear was finishing with everyone healthy, and with the exception of a bump on Luuuke’s head, that was accomplished as well.

What does the all-time greatest scorer think about KB8’s season?: “I don’t think people appreciate it,” said Abdul-Jabbar, a Laker special assistant coach. “People take him for granted. It’s not something you’re going to see very often in your lifetime.”

Game 1 Sunday at Phoenix, 12:30 p.m. (Channel 7)
Game 2 Wednesday at Phoenix, 7:30 p.m. (TNT)
Game 3 April 28 at Lakers, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 4 April 30 at Lakers, 12:30 p.m. (Channel 7)

As Vancouver John mentioned in his comment, Phil has said that Kobe will guard Nash, but it would be in the 4th if the team is close enough.