Oh yeah, there was a Laker game Sunday night, a 103-90 win over Sacramento. Steve Blake‘s abdominal injury leaves the team’s depth at PG now parchment thin, but when Dwight Howard is going for 23 points and 18 boards, there’s some room for error. Jimmer Fredette had 18 points in only 11 minutes off the bench to lead the Kings and Chuck Hayes (six points, eight boards, five fouls guarding D-12) provided unexpected comedy when all 6-5 of him was shutting down Dwight early by simply stripping him every time Howard brought the ball low before going up for a shot. … There were actually two storylines going on in this game, though. Besides the coaching search that led Laker fans to yell “WE WANT PHIL” so often it was like 1999 and your Discman was skipping, the Kings found themselves in a bizarre situation, too. DeMarcus Cousins confronted Spurs announcer Sean Elliott for comments the latter said about the former’s smack talk about Tim Duncan this weekend when the Kings and Spurs played. Boogie heard about it and went back on the court in full uniform to have a polite discus– nah, argument about it. Now Cousins has been suspended without pay for two games. Just as Cousins is known for his rep, Elliott is known for his pro-Spurs take on everything. We don’t see either guy backing down from his ideological perch in this argument. If you’re Cousins, it’s a knuckleheaded move, an obvious no-no. Still, two games? … Meanwhile, D’Antoni probably would have lost his lunch if he watched the Clippers’ 89-76 win over Atlanta on Sunday. The teams combined to score ZERO fast-break points. Despite the traditional half-court offense, DeAndre Jordan only got eight points after consecutive 20-point nights. … Wayne Ellington went hard like he was back playing in the Smith Center in Chapel Hill to lead the Grizzlies in a beatdown of Miami, 104-86. Ellington had 25 points with seven threes off the pine. That included a back-breaking triple in transition off a Jerryd Bayless block on Ray Allen that was so brutal we felt like a witness to a mugging just watching it. The Heat went small all night, barely playing Joel Anthony off the bench and giving Udonis Haslem and Rashard Lewis just 34 combined minutes off the bench. LeBron had 20 points, 10 boards and six dimes in the traditional forwards’ stead … Check out Dwyane Wade‘s clean Veterans Day kicks. … It’s early but we’re not sold on the Nets’ killer instinct after last week’s Minnesota meltdown. They were up 20 against Orlando on Sunday but let them come within five points in the second half in an 84-72 win. Kris Humphries had 14 points and 21 rebounds and a nasty follow block on Glen Davis, and Deron Williams put up 17, seven and seven. … Russell Westbrook had 27 points to lead the Thunder in a 106-91 win over Cleveland, and nothing was a bigger highlight than his 32-foot bank shot to beat the third quarter buzzer. It reminded us a lot of his running flip shot against the Lakers last spring, from the spot he took it to the way he did an airplane celebration route. Kevin Durant had 26 points, too. … We’re out like P-Jax’s candidacy.
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