Wednesday Storylines

Dave Murphy —  April 18, 2012

The major storyline of course is last night’s flip – the vaunted rebounds were nowhere in evidence and we were treated to a loss, courtesy of the Tony Parker revenge. This probably sets up the return of the Mamba nicely – there’s been some talk of him returning tonight against the Warriors, although it’s more probable that he’ll wait until round three of the Spurs series, which would provide a wonderful narrative for ESPN and leave the suits at TNT gnashing their teeth. For now, the links:

C.A. Clark at Silver Screen and Roll says one good outlier deserves another.

SoCalGal at Silver Screen and Roll weaves links into a rematch recap.

Chris Fedor offers a Sports Radio transcript of the Kobe interview, discussing among other things, his shin injury.

Brett Koremenos at HoopSpeak writes about why the offense has been working without Kobe. This written of course, before last night’s shellacking.

Rob Mahoney at Bleacher Report, on the Lakers identity shift, from all D, no O, to the opposite.

Henry Abbott & Trevor Ebaugh at True Hoop, delve into basketball geekery with crunch time stats.

Hardwood Paroxysm has a wild west roundup for the playoffs.

Kurt Helin at ProBasketballTalk writes about Ramon Session’s choice to test the free agency waters.

Mark Medina at the L.A. Times says that Kobe is doubtful for tonight’s game against the Warriors.

Kevin Chan at Lakers Nation offers a breakdown for tonight’s game.

Dave McMenamin at ESPN GO, has an interview with Jim Buss, in part one, followed by part two.

The Kamenetzky bros at the Land O’Lakers, hit up our very own double-duty J.M. Poulard, for a Warriors preview. Shout out to J.M., who’s done a lot of heavy lifting here at FB&G all season long, while keeping the Warriors World flag flying high.

Speaking of FB&G staff, Emile Avanessian has a new series up on his Hardwood Hype blog, digging into the world of sporting bets. Check out his Mad Props maiden voyage, and today’s second installment.

Continuing with the love, R.R. Magellan who has cranked out so many great previews and recaps here this season, tells why Orlando should ship Dwight out – courtesy The No Look Pass.

I had resolved not to pimp out yesterday’s self-indulgence but if we can beat the Spurs on Friday, I’ll leave Sager in fantasy land for the rest of the season.


It feels more than a little strange to be looking at the last four games of the regular season. It has simply gone by too fast. Regardless, this is where we are. The Clippers have won four in a row, and are breathing down our necks for the third slot. I hope we take care of business the rest of the way, because personally, I’d rather face either Denver or Dallas, than Memphis in the first round.


– Dave Murphy

Dave Murphy