What's On Tap

No games tonight.

This Weekend's Big Winner (Team)

Los Angeles Lakers. They eliminate San Antonio in an 88-76 victory a week after the media had begun ripping the club for signing old-timers Karl Malone and Gary Payton for failing to bolster their bench, and for allowing the feud between Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant to fester. The barrage of bad press came after the Lakers dropped the first two games to the Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals when the Spurs' Tony Parker scored at will on Payton, and all star forward Tim Duncan pounded the Lakers front line of Malone and O'Neal.

This Weekend's Big Loser (Team)

San Antonio Spurs. So much for a repeat champion. They succeeded in attacking the basket in the first two games but once the Lakers blocked off the area under the hoop, the Spurs lacked enough perimeter shooters to respond. In Saturday's loss, San Antonio shot 12.5 percent from the three-point line.

This Weekend's Big Winner (Player)

Brian Scalabrine. The New Jersey Nets' little-used forward got a chance at every players' dream situation. With New Jersey battling in triple overtime, Scalabrine came off the bench to knock down a three-point shot with 41 seconds remaining to help secure a 127-120 victory. Scalabrine, who averaged less than a point and rebound in last year's post season, finished with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting. A former star at the University of Southern California, Scalabrine made all four of his three-point attempts.

This Weekend's Big Loser (Player)

Hedo Turkoglu. The first Turkish-born player in the NBA is held without a point (0 for 5) in Spurs final game of the season. Acquired from the Sacramento Kings last summer, Turkoglu shot 41 percent from three-point range during the regular season but averaged 28 percent against Lakers.

Who's Hot?

Kobe Bryant. Lakers besieged star is averaging 25.5 points, 6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.18 steals for the playoffs. The biggest number for the Lakers is the amount of Bryant's assists. When Bryant shares the ball, the Lakers score points in bunches.

Who's Not?

Tayshaun Prince. The lanky Pistons' forward is averaging only 8 points against New Jersey after posting 17.4 points per game against Milwaukee in the first round.

Did You See?

The Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett get knocked to the court by good friend and former teammate Anthony Peeler. Peeler, one of the Kings' top reserves, said Garnett hit him in the throat so he retaliated by elbowing the NBA's Most Valuable Player in the stomach. Then Garnett jostled Peeler with a shoulder and Peeler smacked Garnett with an elbow to the face. Peeler is ejected and there's no word yet whether he or Garnett will be suspended.

Comeback Time

Wally Szczerbiak. Three weeks after breaking three bones in his back, the 6-foot-7 swingman scores 12 points in Timberwolves 104-87 defeat to the Kings.