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The Miami Heat's 107-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday afternoon on ABC drew a 5.0 overnight rating. Excluding Christmas Day games, it's good for the second-highest regular season overnight on ABC since they've been airing the NBA in 2002. This year's game trails just a Lakers-Heat matchup from last March, and is tied with a Lakers-Cavaliers game from February 2009 and a Lakers-Celtics game from January 2011.
Despite the Lakers' struggles this season, they're still a national draw, and that's why you're going to continue to hear them talked about incessantly on ESPN. Every sport has a team like them, the Yankees and Patriots being two examples, that will continue to get publicity from the mainstream media even when the team is struggling.
Back to the rating for a minute, the Lakers have been involved in the top five non-Christmas regular season overnights on ABC, and seven of the top ten. The NBA is also thriving after the lockout that delayed the start of the 2011-12 season, with six of those top ten overnights coming since the lockout. For all the concern over what long term effects the lockout would have, the NBA continues to take gigantic steps forward and winds up in a better position than they were before the stoppage.
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Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss has reportedly been diagnosed with cancer, with some outlets suggesting that he does not have long to live.
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Lakers star Kobe Bryant defended his comments that some interpreted as critical about teammate Dwight Howard, saying it's all a "manufactured conflict."
Tweet Leading up to the Miami Heat’s game on Tuesday night, LeBron James was the hot topic all day. Talking heads all over the place gawked over LeBron’s streak of games with 30+ points and 60 percent shooting, a streak that he stretched to an NBA-record six games against Portland last night. However, in the [...]
Lakers owner Jerry Buss has an undisclosed form of cancer and is in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to several people familiar with the situation."He's doing fine," Buss' son Jim told The Times in a brief interview Thursday. "We just aren't going to make any comments on it. We've been dealing with this."Buss, 80...
The Lakers are falling apart and at the center of that is Dwight Howard. Doesn’t matter if it is Kobe, D’Antoni, Nash or Earl Clark no one seems to like Dwight and they question his effort.
With that being said, Kobe blames the media for it blowing up.
Bryant told the media before the Lakers practice on Monday that, ”I didn’t say anything wrong. I didn’t say anything to...
When a player has a weakness, it will usually be exposed. This is true when talking about that player's game or an injury. In Dwight Howard's case, his shoulder problems are common knowledge around the league. And he says teams exploit that.According to Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports, Howard said Miami Heat players started grabbing and tugging at his arm and shoulder...
Portland rookie Damian Lillard bounced back from a dreadful 1-of-16 performance with 33 points. It wasn't enough to top the Miami Heat; the Blazers fell 117-104.
Lillard hit 10-of-18 shots and 10-of-11 free throws in a stellar shooting night. He filled out his line with three 3-pointers, a rebound and three assists in 39 minutes.
LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in 29 points...
I guess since the Los Angeles Lakers’ season has become sort of a joke, it might be time to just embrace the humor. Last night the Lakers did just that, letting Will Ferrell stand in as an usher during the game against the Phoenix Suns.
Actually, I cannot say for sure that the Lakers let him do this, or if Will just decided he would put on the uniform and stand there and since...
LeBron James, the greatest NBA player in this current era is most certainly going to draw comparisons to the greatest player of the previous era in Michael Jordan. And yes at this point the haters of King James (which I was one) certainly have to bow down at this point. He’s better than Durant and [...]
LeBron has been simply phenomenal this season. It will be very hard for any other player to overcome him in the MVP race
I'm sure you've heard of all the ridiculous, superhuman-like stats that LeBron James of the Heat has put up recently in the month of February in which James' Heat have played six games, five of which they have won. A shooting percentage...