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Jackson Frustration, Trade Talks and Dismal USC Football

Posted By Lea Anderson On Nov 30 2010 @ 6:38 pm In Los Angeles | No Comments

Sports in Los Angeles last week experienced plenty of troubles.  The Lakers losing to Utah and Indiana, the Kings continuing to NOT score, and USC football losing to Notre Dame at home, were some of the low lights.

The Lakers struggled a bit last week as they went 1-2 with a win over the Chicago Bulls and two loses to the Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers.  If there is one glaring trouble for the Lakers, it is the absence of Andrew Bynum.  Pau Gasol is averaging 35.9 minutes per game, well over last season’s total.  It also doesn’t help that he is putting time in at center and there is no relief for him on the bench with Theo Ratliff out with a knee.  Despite Jackson’s frustration, Bynum has been able to practice in four-on-four drills, but he still has a considerable amount of practice time to put in before his is game ready.  The Lakers will play back to back games on the road this week at Memphis and Houston, then make their way home for the Sacramento Kings.

The Los Angeles Kings have hit a scoring drought and have lost seven of their last eight games.  The scoring drought has the trade talks swirling out obtaining a high powered forward to get them out o the desert and back to their winning ways.  To add to their scoring woes, the Kings captain Dustin Brown hasn’t hit the net in the last 5 games.  After being blanked by the Anaheim Ducks last night 2-0, the trade talks are growing louder.  With only two more games scheduled for the week, the Kings will have trouble against two of the top ten defensive teams in Florida and Detroit.

With the Fighting Irish coming to town, the USC Trojans were primed to get hype and put the Oregon State loss behind them.  If only their offense hadn’t stalled for the second week in a row.  With Mitch Mustain making his first start in place of an injured Matt Barkley, Mustain threw a dime in the fourth quarter that should have been the highlight of the season for a team that was playing for pride.  Instead, the dime to a wide open Ronald Johnson fell perfectly right between the numbers on his chest, but the ball fell through his hands and landed on the ground.  On Senior Night and his last game at home, this is not what Johnson wanted to be remembered for.  Although Mustain, who went passed for a safe 167 yards, navigated most of the game without any huge mistakes, it was the interception to Irish safety to Harrison Smith that would seal the victory for the Irish.  Usually when a team wins the turnover battle as the Trojans did 4 to 1, a victory is certain.  But as the rain fell in Los Angeles, so would the Trojans.  The Trojans will make a short drive over to the Rose Bowl this week as they try to end their season with a win against their crosstown rival UCLA Bruins.

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