by Marcel Mutoni


Thrilling finish in L.A. last night, as the Sixers hung tough with the Lakers, and in the end escaped Staples with a win at the buzzer. According to several members of the hometown team, it should should’ve never come down to that.

Welcome to blame-ville, Trevor Ariza:

Lakers coach Phil Jackson seemed nonplussed that Ariza didn’t foul before Iguodala got the shot up. So did center Pau Gasol.

“We shouldn’t have gotten to that point anyways,” Gasol said. “That’s the learning part of it, and also hopefully the fact that when there’s six seconds left and we have a foul to give, we can’t take that kind of a chance and let that guy take a three and win the game. At least put him on the line and make him earn it.”

For what it’s worth, Ariza acknowledged his mistake and said that he thought Iggy would attack the basket on the play. Guess again, Trevor.