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Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls: 4 Key Observations From Bulls’ Convincing Home Win

on January 22 2013 12:39 AM
Los Angeles Lakers vs Chicago Bulls: 4 Key Observations From Bulls’ Convincing Home Win

The Los Angeles Lakers continued their very public implosion on Monday night as the Chicago Bulls handed L.A. its sixth consecutive road loss. The defeat drops Kobe Bryant and company to a dismal 17-24 on the season, while the 24-16 Bulls continue to look like a viable playoff participant even with Derrick Rose sidelined.

These four lessons stood out during the 95-83 Chicago victory:

1. The Lakers are looking even older than they are

L.A. starts three players with at least 13 years each of NBA experience, and the mileage has taken its toll. Playing their second game in as many days, the Lakers couldn’t even come close to matching the Bulls’ energy, and even 34-year-old Rip Hamilton was running rings around them for long stretches.

The problem is compounded by the fact that young gun Dwight Howard plays at such a plodding pace. Howard has the strength to vacuum up any rebound he can reach, but the Bulls still racked up 14 offensive boards because they were hustling to the ball and the Lakers weren’t.

2. Officiating is going to be a huge factor in any Chicago playoff series

Sacramento Kings’ Impending Move to Seattle Will Trigger Divisional Realignment

on January 21 2013 3:01 PM
Sacramento Kings’ Impending Move to Seattle Will Trigger Divisional Realignment

Multiple news outlets are reporting that the sale of the Sacramento Kings is all but complete, as an ownership group led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is purchasing the team for a reported $340 million with the intention of relocating the Kings to Seattle for the 2013 season. 

The franchise is expected to adopt the SuperSonics nickname, which was left behind when the city’s original NBA franchise relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder.  Key Arena will likely serve as the team’s temporary home while a new arena is constructed in the Sodo District. 

Commissioner David Stern, whose reputation took a major hit during the Sonicsgate saga, has repeatedly stated that he wanted the NBA to return to Seattle before his retirement in 2014.  It looks like that goal has finally been achieved, though there is one remaining loose end that needs to be tied up.

LA Clippers News: Who's Laughing Now?: The Clippers Have Shifted The Balance Of Power In L.A.

on January 18 2013 6:26 PM
LA Clippers News: Who's Laughing Now?: The Clippers Have Shifted The Balance Of Power In L.A.
That's not an Earthquake in Los Angeles, that's the balance of power shifting. For the longest time The Los Angeles Clippers have been an after-thought, playing second fiddle to their neighbours in the city, the decorated Lakers, steeped in history and championships. One of the greatest franchises in the history of sport. Media darlings, A list celebrities watching them on a nightly basis. Magic, Kareem, Wilt, Shaq, Kobe. The teams throughout the generations will be talked about forever. Things are changing. Things have already changed. Slowly but surely, the Clippers have turned it round. It hasn't been easy, they have made some bad decisions along the way but now the Clippers have a team that can genuinely challenge for an NBA championship. Something that the long suffering Clippers fans have never had before. Franchises have defining moments and you can pinpoint three moments in the not-to-distant past that have transformed the Clippers into the force they are today. 1. Drafting Blake Griffin:

The Return Of The High-Top: Iman Shumpert Returns In Knicks London Win

on January 18 2013 6:19 PM
The Return Of The High-Top: Iman Shumpert Returns In Knicks London Win
It wasn't pretty, not by a long shot. The International Series between the New York Knicks and the Detroit Pistons had made this the Number One ticket in town. London's O2 Arena had been sold out for weeks, this is only the third regular season game to be played outside the U.S and it would give a good indication as to how the sport is growing in the U.K and globally. Although if the Olympics were anything to go by, the demand for high-quality basketball in this country is exceptionally high. The U.S Basketball team took the Olympics by storm, playing to sell-out crowds at every game. They captivated the crowd with their high-paced offense and all-world team that they assembled. They wanted more.. The Knicks came into this game with indifferent form, they did win their last game before heading over the pond, a home victory against the New Orleans Hornets. Injuries have ravaged them of late, which is to be expected given the age of some of the members of the team. This was the perfect time to get away from the media glare in New York and relax for a few days in an unfamiliar surroundings.

Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics Preview And Where To Watch Online: Five Pregame Observations

on January 18 2013 4:26 PM
Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics Preview And Where To Watch Online: Five Pregame Observations

Chicago 22-15 at Boston 20 – 18

Result of last meeting:  Chicago 100 – Boston 89

The Boston Celtics will be facing the Chicago Bulls tonight at TD garden. The two teams have met on two occasions this season with each team winning one game. Both teams have been playing well lately with the Celtics winning six of their last seven games and the Bulls winning seven of their last ten to pull within a half game of the Indiana Pacers for first place in the Central Division.

For the Celtics to beat a tough Bulls team tonight, the following will have to happen.

Minimize the impact of Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer in the post

The Bulls frontcourt led by Noah and Boozer is one of the best in the NBA. They dominated the Celtics when the two teams last met in December, with Noah posting a triple double and Boozer scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. 

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