We’re truly in the end-game now. Three frames left in the regular season, tonight’s match against the Golden State Warriors being one. The Lakers will be without Steve Nash again, the Warriors will be without Andrew Bogut who sprained his surgically-repaired left ankle against OKC last night. This post is late getting out and there will be a preview coming up so let’s just go straight to the links – some choice reading on tap today:
Dave McMenamin at ESPNLA reports that Jordan Hill has been cleared to ramp up workouts with a possible return if the Lakers go deep into the playoffs.
Ben Rosales at Silver Screen and Roll offers another great Beast or Burden post, looking at the recent play of the current big three.
Andy Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers embeds a Bee Gees video into his latest post/podkast thereby covering all the bases including Kobe and Pau.
Ben Bolch for the LATimes takes a close look at Kobe Bryant, defying age and logic as the finish line nears.
Eric Pincus for the LATimes has the preview for tonight’s game against the Golden State Warriors.
Brett Pollakoff for ProBasketballTalk has a great podcast on the Lakers, Warriors, Jazz and Bulls.
Serena Winters for Lakers Nation has tonight’s shoot around report.
Marc J. Spears for Yahoo writes about the Lakers and the playoff possibilities including a memorable line from OKC guard Kevin Martin, “They would be the scariest eighth seed team in history.”
Adrian Wojnarowski for Yahoo reports on talks between Rutgers and Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan. It’s hard to imagine a better choice.
And finally, Thomas Gollanopoulos at Grantland writes about a rap career that didn’t pan out for Kobe Bryant. It’s easy to laugh about the idea, but this is an intriguing in-depth piece – well worth the read.
The Lakers are currently a game ahead of Utah but the Jazz hold the tie-breaker and are playing a very winnable match tonight – hosting the Timberwolves. The Lakers will stay in town after tonight’s Warriors’ face-off, welcoming the Spurs on Sunday and Houston on Wednesday for the final game of the regular season. The Jazz on the other hand will travel to play the T-Wolves again on Monday and close out their regular season in Memphis on Wednesday. This is it. Take your protein pills and put your helmet on.