The Lakers can lean on Kobe Bryant, who’s been through a few of these battles. The Hornets have Bryant’s MVP runner-up, Chris Paul, and that counts for something, too, considering the Spurs haven’t stopped him yet. But Paul also has shown his youth on a few occasions in this series, no more so than in Game 3.
Then, exasperated with Bruce Bowen hounding him, Paul turned to the Spurs’ designated pest and offered this protest: “I’m going to tell Stu Jackson on you.”
The look on Bowen’s face seemed to say it all. You’re going to … tell on me?
Tattling, as Paul probably quickly learned, doesn’t count for much in the playoffs. David West also has had his moments. He kicked the scorer’s table in anger in Game 3. Down 20 in Sunday’s third quarter, he flung out his left arm to deck Bowen for a foul.