By Sam Rubenstein

Fri-day! Only two games? Two games that weren’t even all that? Finally a nice relaxing morning.

SAN ANTONIO 100 SACRAMENTO 93
The Spurs were struggling on the defensive end a few weeks ago, but not anymore. The Kings, who were still winning games without Ron Ron, had the lead in the fourth but Tony Parker sparked a 9-0 run to put the game on ice. Manu Ginobili scored 16 of his 31 in the fourth, and three of his five three pointers. The re-emergence of Manu has been as big a key as anything to the Spurs 11 game winning streak. Kevin Martin led the Kings with 26 and 12. Corliss Williamson added 21 off the bench. So here’s the question of the D.A.Y., are the Mavs, Suns, and Spurs a Cerberus-like 3 headed monster, NBA teams playing at a higher level? Or do 27 teams just suck? A little of column A, a little of column B, I’d say. Mostly B though.
CHICAGO 100 ORLANDO 76
The Bulls are the best at getting blown out one game and blowing someone else out the next one. Or the other way, like when they opened the season with a 40 point smackdown of the champs, then came back and gave no effort. Consistency is not their strength. It will be interesting to see how they handle a long playoff run, if such a thing is waiting for them in the future. This particular game against Orlando ws over by halftime. Grant Hill played, if that matters to you. Dwight Howard had 17 and 14, and that was basically it for Orlando. Ben Gordon led the Bulls with 25.
Obviously, it was all about college basketball and the conference tournaments last night. UCLA went down in flames, the Wake Forest-GTech game was a borderline classic. We’ll have a slamonline readers bracket up for the tourney like last year. The winner gets big PRIZES… we’ll come up with something.