Lakers-Nuggets Game 4 live blog thread, plus some reading material
UPDATE: Lakers drop Game 4 in Denver 120-101. For the first time in four games, the Nuggets pulled away when they had a fourth quarter lead. Denver was more energetic from the start, snatching an astounding 20 offensive rebounds and pounding the Lakers 58-40 on the glass. The Nuggets bench contributed 40 points and Denver finished with seven double-figure scorers. Way too much for the Lakers, who couldn't shoot from the floor (42%), the charity stripe (69%) or downtown (29%). There were technicals, flagrants, and flying Birdmen (14 rebounds for Christ Andersen) as the series heads back to LA for a pivotal game 5 on Wednesday. It's getting serious now...Plenty more to come!
Game 4 previews from Silver Screen and Roll (who wonder if Denver's first encounter with postseason adversity will spark the combustible habits of old), ESPN/Scout Inc.'s Mike Moreau (who thinks the Lakers need to step it up in transition) and Forum Blue and Gold's Kurt Helin, who thinks it's all about paint control on both ends of the court.
Plus, a roundtable piece from ESPN that couldn't possibly have waited a week until a Kobe/LeBron Finals was certain and the topic appeared less presumptuous and/or media driven. At least I can take comfort knowing The Four Letter ignores me as much as they ignore Dwight Howard.
Come game time, the jabber box will be up and running below the jump.