Play it forward: Nov. 23-29 on your L.A. sports calendar




Check the T-wolves roster, please … One guy from Australia. Another from Montenegro. A big man from the Ukraine. OK, all clear. Release Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith back to their chairs, with both clutching their Clipper plush toy.
NBA: Clippers vs. Minnesota, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, 980-AM.

No foolin’: After the Bruins’ victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Friday, they fell from No. 7 in the Jeff Sagarin USA Today computer poll to No. 104. And Cal State Fullerton did nothing Friday, but went up from No. 138 to No. 20. Pepperdine is … oh, what does it matter?
College basketball: UCLA vs. Pepperdine, Pauley Pavilion, 8 p.m., FSN West, 570-AM.

Keep your cameras pointed on the Titans owner up in the press box. We hear he can get pretty comical. Oh, right, he used to live in Houston, too. Probably has a lot of old friends he wants to let know he’s still thinking about ’em after moving his Oilers out of town long ago.
NFL: Tennessee at Houston, 5:30 p.m., ESPN.



In an imperfect world, this would have been the game where Allen Iverson debuted in a Knicks uniform.
NBA: Lakers vs. New York, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSN West, 710-AM


Michael Jordan says that other players, aside from him, deserve to have their numbers retired. He didn’t mention any former Clippers.
NBA: Clippers at Indiana, 4 p.m., Prime Ticket, 980-AM.

After averaging more than a point per game in his first 20 games this season, Anze Kopitar has just three assists and no goals in his last five.
NHL: Kings at Edmonton, 6:30 p.m., 1150-AM (no TV).


On Thanksgiving, there’s this basketball tournament called the 76 Classic (linked here), in its third year, played in Anaheim that’s supposed to mean something to someone. At least it does for ESPN — giving it some programming on a day everyone would just as soon not play. The Bruins are joined by Long Beach State, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Butler, Clemson and Minnesota. We’d just as well sneak out and go across the street to Disneyland. College basketball: UCLA vs. Portland, Anaheim Convention Center, 8 p.m., ESPN2, 570-AM. (Note: UCLA plays Butler or Minnesota, TBA, on Friday and couple play in the tournament final on Sunday.

Another Kings road game with no TV coverage. Who wants to pay the crew holiday salary?
NHL: Kings at Vancouver, 7 p.m., 1150-AM (no TV).

Hold this one at the old Pontiac Silverdome, for old time’s sake, now that it’s been sold.
NFL: Green Bay at Detroit, 9:30 a.m., Channel 11.

Hold this one at the old Cowboys Stadium, for old time’s sake, now that it’s been demolished.
NFL: Oakland at Dallas, 1:15 p.m., Channel 2.

Hold this one at the old Mile High Stadium, for old time’s sake, now that it’s somewhere.
NFL: N.Y. Giants at Denver, 5:20 p.m., NFL Network.


NBA: Clippers at Detroit, 5 p.m., FSN West, 980-AM.

Probably pass, as well.
College basketball: USC vs. Coppin State, Galen Center, 7:30 p.m.,, 710-AM



Prediction: Both USC and UCLA finish the season 7-5, with the Bruins holding the tie-breaker for eligibility to the WhateverItIs Bowl in East Matilda, N.M. Can the Trojans live with that? Would this little girl be disappointed?
College football: UCLA at USC, Coliseum, 7 p.m., FSN West, 570-AM, 710-AM.

Charlie Weis, meet your maker. Note: If Stanford gets near the 50-point mark, don’t be too upset.
College football: Notre Dame at Stanford, 5 p.m., Channel 7.

On Friday, Golden State (4-8) earned its first victory this season over a team with a winning record when it turned away Portland, 108-94. Keep an eye on newly signed forward/center Chris Hunter, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound D-Leaguer who made his NBA debut in the second half and was effective in containing the Blazers’ Greg Oden, holding him to five points. “I’ve never seen him before, never met him before, but that guy belongs in the NBA,” Warriors coach Don Nelson.
NBA: Lakers at Golden State, Channel 9, 710-AM

The Blackhawks end a five-game roadie that started in Edmonton and went to Vancouver, San Jose, Anaheim and here in 10 days. At least, it was warmer.
NHL: Kings vs. Chicago, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSN West, 1150-AM.


O.J. Mayo, on your left-over turkey sandwiches.
NBA: Clippers vs. Memphis, Staples Center, 12:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, 980-AM.

If the Nets are still 0-for-the-season coming in, expect the odds to favor the Lakers.
NBA: Lakers vs. New Jersey, Staples Center, 6:30 p.m., FSN West, 710-AM

Ask them to play a football game, and we’ll be there.
College basketball: USC vs. Nebraska, Galen Center, 1:30 p.m., FSN West, 710-AM.

The Sunday night game has potential.
NFL: Pittsburgh at Baltimore, Channel 4, 5:20 p.m.


Get out to Hollywood Park for a tribute to Zenyatta, where she’ll be paraded around between races, fans get a DVD with highlights of all her 14 races (all wins) and you can buy a beer for owners Jerry and Ann Moss, trainer John Shirreffs and jockey Mike Smith.
Horse racing: Hollywood Park, Inglewood, first post: 12:30 p.m.

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