And, after going 2-2 in their last four games, the Lakers are now the fifth seed in the Western Conference. They're tied with four teams in the loss column (13 losses) and behind New Orleans. The Lakers best on-the-ball defender after Kobe, Trevor Ariza, is down for 8 weeks. Three of the Lakers four tallest players are out -- Bynum, Chris Mihm, and Vlad Rad.
On the upside, the Celtics are 6-4 across their last 10 games and aren't going to come close to 72-10, but that does the Lakers no good if they don't get healthy again. Healthy, this is a contending team. But they do seem cursed by the injury bug, recent years ...
Having some eye problems -- nothing major, but impacting my efficiency. I've had no time in front of my own computer for the last 2 weeks to speak of, unfortunately, which has slowed me down on a number of areas. Those two new e-books are still hanging fire, and my apologies for that. I did install Linux (ubuntu) on my notebook while on the road last week -- not impressed so far. It failed to recognize my wireless adapter (a fairly standard Broadcom chipset) -- so being unable to get online, I spent some time trying to get OpenOffice to handle my Word documents instead. Mixed results there, too -- Writer doesn't support the ability to center text vertically on the page without using frames, so all my heavily formatted e-books look awful when ported into Writer. I could probably fix all those docs with a day's work, and I may have to, but I wish it just read them correctly.
On the upside, there's PDF export ability built into Writer.
No way the Patriots can lose in the Super Bowl. Inconceivable....