Play it forward: March 7-13 on your L.A. sports calendar


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Kings goalie Jonathan Quick can’t stop a goal by Vancouver Canucks right wing Jannik Hansen in Saturday’s game at Staples Center.

Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:


NHL: Kings vs. Dallas, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSW:

A win over Phoenix, followed by a loss to Vancouver, put the Kings no closer to a playoff berth than they started. “You win a game, you’re in fifth (place), you lose one, you’re in 10th,” the Kings’ Anze Kopitar said the other day, after a victory over Phoenix pushed them up the Western Conference ladder. Temporarily. “You can’t look beyond the next game.” Including this one.

NBA: Clippers at Charlotte, 4 p.m., Prime:

What to do again with Eric Gordon injured.



NBA: Lakers at Atlanta, 4 p.m., Channel 9:

Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford and Mo Evans combined for 19 points against the Lakers a couple of week ago – and were all traded to Washington for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong not long afterward. By the way, the Lakers won that game by 24. Almost as good as the 16-point win over the Spurs on Sunday — as if it was even that close.


NHL: Kings at Detroit, 4 p.m., Channel 13:

Sandwiched between a “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “How I Met Your Mother” rerun comes a repeat of a matchup that last week resulted in a 7-4 Red Wings win.

NHL: Ducks vs. N.Y. Rangers, Honda Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime:

This is the last Eastern Conference team that the Ducks will face in the regular season — the final 15 are all against the West. The Ducks are 10-6-1 against the East so far. A recent scoring drought has knocked the Rangers from fifth in the East to holding onto the final playoff spot.


NBA: Clippers at Boston, 4:30 p.m., Prime:

How much longer can the Celtic Pride survive with Nenad Krstic and Troy Murphy trying to clog the middle instead of Shaquille O’Neal and Glen Davis, both nursing injuries? When these two last met on Feb. 26, the Clippers lead by seven at halftime before losing 99-92. “That was (the Celtics’) first game with (Jeff Green and Krstic) after the Kendrick Perkins trade. We had not finished our trade (for guard Mo Williams),” Clippers coach Vinnie Del Negro said. “This time, they’ll have their chemistry and we should have ours.”

College basketball: Pacific-10 men’s tournament at Staples Center: Oregon State vs. Stanford, 6 p.m., Arizona State vs. Oregon, 8:30 p.m., FSW:

The four teams left with sub-.500 records in the conference regular season slug it out in a free trip to L.A.



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Miami’s Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh watch from the bench late in their 125-95 loss to San Antonio last Friday.

NBA: Lakers at Miami, 5 p.m., TNT:

The Heat has put itself back on the hot seat. A 30-point loss in San Antonio, just a day after blowing a 24-point lead against Orlando. And then a one-point loss in Chicago. Meanwhile, Miami is just 1-4 against the Western Division elite of the Lakers, Spurs and Mavs this season – and guess which one it beat? That 16-point Christmas Day unwrapping over the Lakers featured a 27-point, 11-rebound, 10-assist effort by LeBron James. No. 3 in the East meets No. 3 in the West, on another national telecast, another statement game for someone. Turn up the heat.


College basketball: Pacific-10 men’s tournament quarterfinals at Staples Center: USC vs. Cal, noon; Arizona vs. Oregon State or Stanford, 2:30 p.m.; UCLA vs. Arizona State or Oregon, 6 p.m.; Washington vs. Washington State, 8:30 p.m.:

The Trojans (18-13) have more to lose by losing early than the Bruins (22-9), who should be ranked in the Top 25. The semifinals are Friday at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

College basketball: Big West men’s tournament at Honda Center in Anaheim: Cal State Northridge vs. Cal State Fullerton, 8:30 p.m.:

The third-seeded Matadors (13-17, 9-7 in conference) won nine of their last 14 games since Jan. 15 to make things interesting. The semifinals are Friday with the final on Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. Long Beach State is the No. 1 seed.

PGA: World Golf Championship: Cadillac Championships, first round, Golf Channel, 11 a.m.:

The top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking have signed up, and Tiger Woods, who now commands all the respect that a No. 5 overall can, has won this one at the Doral Blue Monster in Miami six times in his career.


NHL: Kings at Columbus, 4 p.m., Prime (delayed at 7:30 p.m.):

The Kings pulled out a shootout win in Columbus last month when Jarret Stoll beat Mathieu Garon.

NHL: Ducks at Colorado, 6 p.m., KDOC:

Corey Perry had his second hat trick of the season in a 3-0 win over the Avs a month ago.


NBA: Clippers at New Jersey, 4 p.m., Prime:

Perhaps Deron Williams and his new Nets teammates will still be suffering from jetlag, or at least some lethargicness, from their two-game trip to London last week.


NBA: Lakers at Dallas, 6 p.m., Channel 9:

It’s the end of what could be a nasty four-game roadie for the Lakers, in a game they most likely need to win to have any hope of chasing down the No. 1 Western Conference seed. A couple of months ago, the Mavs’ Jason Kidd had a season-high 21 points and 10 assists in a 109-100 victory over the Lakers. Now the Mavs have Corey Brewer to bang some bodies.

NBA: Clippers at Washington, 4 p.m., Prime:

The fourth stop in a five-game, seven-day trip might may as well go round two with a Blake Griffin-JaVale McGee dunk contest. No cars allowed.

College basketball: Pac-10 men’s final, 3 p.m., Staples Center, Channel 2:

Could the No. 4 seed Trojans and No. 2 seed Bruins end up playing each other a third time this season? That would be a first. Next year, it’ll be a Pac-12 tournament title crowned.



College basketball: NCAA men’s tournament selection show, 3 p.m., Channel 2, ESPN:

The inaugural field of 68 is officially announced – and you’ve only got a few hours to officially fill out a bracket since the new mini-first round starts on Tuesday instead of Thursday next week. ESPN launches a three-hour “Bracketology” show at noon, and keeps hammering on the number 97 – as in the percentage of accuracy that Joe Lunardi has had in predicting the at-large bids over the years. Blame him if your bubble is prematurely burst. This games arrives after the ACC final (ESPN, 10 a.m.), the Atlantic 10 final (Channel 2, 10 a.m.) and the Big Ten final (Channel 2, 12:30 p.m.).

NHL: Kings at Dallas, noon, FSW:

The second meeting with the Stars in six days, and there’s one more to go in early April.

NHL: Ducks vs. Phoenix, Honda Center, 5 p.m., FSW:

On the first of daylight savings, don’t show for this one at 6 p.m. by accident.

College baseball: USC vs. UCLA, Dodger Stadium, 2:30 p.m. (Prime has it delayed at 7 p.m., after the Dodgers-Cubs exhibition in Las Vegas at 1 p.m. and Dodgers-White Sox exhibition in Arizona delayed at 4 p.m.):

Free parking, all concession prices half the normal rate for a Dodgers game, and a $12 ticket. And no motocross to get in the way. In the first game of this doubleheader, Georgia faces St. Mary’s at 10 a.m.

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