Holy down-to-the-wire, Batman!
This may ramble quite a bit as my heart’s having palpitations… hell. It’s doing a Megadeath riff at the moment…
STILL quite amazed that the Lakers won this one.
And I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the guys at AOL Fanhouse for pointing me in the direction of TNT NBA Playoffs Live – OF ALL THINGS THAT ARE GOOD AND HOLY -THANKYOU! Sheesh… able to watch the games as they unfurl, and ahead of even the TV? You gotta understand – I don’t get full coverage here in Japan, just the odd game – so this is HUGE for me (and for those outside the US).
Prior to the game’s beginning, if you told me that the end result would have both teams scoring under 90, then asked me who would be the winner, I would tell you the Spurs. But the 89-85 scoreline went the other way. ‘Twas the Lakers who’d run out winners in the end.
Certainly didn’t look like unfolding that way earlier on. The first half saw Kobe only take 3 shots for 2 points, and the Lakers went in at the half 8 points down (51-43)… the third quarter saw the Spurs open up a nasty run, and move to a 65-45 advantage.
Honestly? I felt sick to my stomach.
But then something amazing happened.
Kobe Bean Bryant came alive.
Earlier this week I declared that the Spurs were Lazarus-like in their comeback from 3-2 down in their series against the Hornets – The Lakers certainly did their own rise-from-the-dead impersonation during this game.
As stated earlier, Kobe had 2 points in the first half – he finished with 27 for the game with 9 assists and 5 rebounds. His team-mates were there in support, I guess they’d want to be after the sweet watches Kobe landed on each of ’em (including one for Andrew Bynum – a class touch). Vujacic – who’s normally known for never having a look that he didn’t like – did an absolute number defensively on Manu Ginobli. The supreme Argentine flopper player finished with 10 points on 3-from-13 shooting.
I almost feel for Tim Duncan. Almost. Laying down the law in the paint, ol’ Timmy had 30 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks. With a performance like that, you’d have to be sure that San Antonio steals the game. He has to be wondering what more does he have to do.
But it just was not to be.
“LeBron James, take notes please…”
And that’s the difference. James is a great player. Phenomenal. His game 7 against the Celtics was one for the ages. And he has no-where near the support that Kobe now has. But at the end of that game, he clanged. And that’s simply a fact, no matter how many points he scored earlier.
Maybe… but the guy he’s most often measured against showed exactly why he has the reputation of being a stone-cold assassin with ginsu-knives for teeth (nod to HP on that, sure I read something like that description somewhere there…). With less than a minute-and-a-half to go, Kobe pulled up and hit a jumper that was positively Jordanesque. It put the Lakers ahead for the first time.
Kobe was simply all we expect him to be… all an MVP should be.
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