Staff writer Mike Bresnahan ties up some loose ends before Lakers playoff games.
Q&A; of the day
Question: Your articles have been excellent lately and I'm positive you're selling a lot of newspapers for The Times. As a corporate recruiter, I can safely assure you that now is a good time to ask for a raise.
-- C. Reilly
Answer: Will you be my agent?
Worst-case Lakers scenario
The Timmy and Tony show gets back from hiatus. Manu Ginobili shakes off a horrible start to the series (five-for-21 shooting). The Lakers learn exactly why the Spurs are 6-0 at home in the playoffs.
Best-case Lakers scenario
Eight months ago, would anybody have ever predicted the Lakers taking a 3-0 lead on San Antonio in the conference finals? Didn't think so. It might just happen.
View from the Spurs' bench
Tim Duncan offered a surprisingly blunt analysis after the Spurs' 30-point loss in Game 2.
"We're going home and one of two things is going to happen -- either we're going to turn it around and make this thing a series or we're not," he said.
The Spurs, aging and injured, won't let a run at a fifth NBA title practically end tonight on their home court. San Antonio by a few.