... about the NBA:
1. I don't put too much stock in the Cavs-Lakers game from last night. Both teams were seriously banged up, and especially Cleveland, which is without two starters until Delonte West and Zydrunas Ilgauskas return. The Cavs won't likely have to resort to J.J. Hickson and Lorenzen Wright for 27 minutes in the event they return to Los Angeles for a Finals rematch.
2. Here is yet more confirmation that the Spurs can find a way to win when other team's can't: Michael Finley clanked all seven of his 3-point attempts, Parker and Ginobili went 7 for 22 from the floor and Tim Duncan couldn't even make half of his 11 free throws at Charlotte an increasingly difficult place to play. No matter. Thanks to a last-minute block by Duncan, who supplemented his ho-hum 17 points with 11 rebounds and six rebounds, and double figures from Roger Mason and George Hill, San Antonio escaped with another victory, 86-84.
3. OK, so Anthony Parker, of all people, comes up one rebound and one assist shy of a triple-double, and Toronto still can't beat an Atlanta team that is without Al Horford. I know the Raptors are without Jose Calderon and Jermaine O'Neal, but look, their season is over. The tinkering they've done with a team that won the third seed in the East two years ago has gone horribly wrong, and it may be time, with free agency for Chris Bosh looming in 2010, to blow things up and start again. Sorry, Canada.