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Dissecting performances by Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest in Lakers' 111-103 Game 6 victory over Phoenix

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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and forward Ron Artest have both fielded plenty of doubt entering the postseason. Many wondered whether Bryant could overcome numerous injuries -- including a fractured right index finger, a sprained left ankle and a swollen right knee -- that have ailed him this season. Many wondered whether Artest could provide the same fluidity on defense as he does on offense.

Bryant has since been the model of consistency this postseason, averaging 33.7 points on 52.1% along with 8.3 assists and 7.2 rebounds in the Western Conference Finals. Artest has experienced glimpses of hot shooting nights and recently redeemed himself with a game-winning putback in Game 5 against the Phoenix Suns.

But in the Lakers' 111-103 series-clinching Game 6 victory over the Suns on Saturday, both players fully illustrated the danger they pose to opposing teams. Bryant scored 37 points, concluding a series in which he nearly recorded a triple-double three times. Artest scored 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting, including four of seven from three-point range, overcoming a postseason performance that entailed shooting below 50% in 10 of the 16 playoff games, and a shot selection that induced hand-wringing from Coach Phil Jackson, the media and fans alike.

But on the night when the Lakers clinched their third consecutive NBA Finals appearance, a meeting with the Boston Celtics and a chance to redeem their 2008 Finals loss, Bryant and Artest played at peak level. Below is a breakdown of plays they made that helped the Lakers win Game 6.

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Breaking down Bryant's performance

First quarter, 10:39 - 10:33

With Bryant manning the point on the near-side perimeter, he dribbled between his legs, went left and then pulled up for a jumper over Phoenix forward Grant Hill, giving the Lakers a 4-2 lead.

First quarter, 8:18 - 8:15

Bryant at the top of the key drove left past Suns point guard Steve Nash, confronted help defense from Hill and forward Channing Frye and weaved past them as he arched a bank shot. Bryant drew contact on the play and converted on the free-throw. This sequence happened moments after trainer Gary Vitti treated his bloody finger.

First quarter, 6:40 - 6:31

As the Suns played man-to-man, the Lakers tried spacing the floor so that Phoenix no longer could clog the paint. Lakers forward Lamar Odom dribbled out the far end and passed the ball up top to Lakers guard Derek Fisher. He immediately swung the ball to Bryant on the near side. Phoenix guard Jason Richardson marked Bryant but gave him enough space to shoot a 26-foot three-pointer. Bryant took the bait and swished the shot, breaking a tie into a 22-19 lead.

First quarter, :58 -:47

After Lakers guard Shannon Brown passed the ball to point guard Jordan Farmar near the top of the key, Lakers center Andrew Bynum set a screen for Bryant on Richardson. Bryant then cut across the free-throw line in hopes of receiving an entry pass from Odom. He instead passed the ball at the top of the key to Farmar as Bryant established post position on the left block. Upon receiving the pass, Bryant turned around and pulled up for a 19-foot jumper to give the Lakers a 37-34 edge.

Second quarter, :35 - :12

The Lakers swung the ball around the perimeter from Artest to Odom and then to Bryant on the near side. Bryant drove past Phoenix forward Jared Dudley along the baseline, but Frye stepped in to help by knocking the ball loose. Artest recovered the ball and kicked it out to Bryant from 28 feet out. Bryant made Nash pay for giving him the space, as his long-distance shot swished into the net and widened the gap to a 65-53 Lakers lead.

Third quarter, 8:33 - 8:18

After Lakers forward Pau Gasol fed an entry pass to Bryant in the far post, Bryant received a double team from Nash and Richardson. Bryant jumped in the air and kicked the ball out to Artest on the near-side perimeter. Hill immediately marked him, so Artest connected with Gasol on the left block. Meanwhile, Bryant had curled around Gasol at the top of the key and penetrated toward the near side. As soon as Lakers forward Amare Stoudemire marked Gasol, he fed the ball up top to Bryant. In triple-threat position, Bryant ran a screen-and-roll with Gasol off Richardson, dribbling right, weaving past Stoudemire and burying a 25-foot three-pointer with six seconds remaining on the shot clock. The basket increased the Lakers' lead to 72-57.

Third quarter, 1:54 - 1:45

Bryant went one-on-one with Suns forward Jared Dudley in a beautiful sequence that defines the Black Mamba's court awareness, ball handling and footwork. He drove left, stopped in midstep, dribbled behind his back as he switched hands and then picked up his dribble at the free-throw line. Bryant pump faked and then inched into Dudley to create space as he pulled up for the mid-range J. His elevation and stroke appeared perfect as the shot dropped into the net for a 87-69 lead.

Third quarter, 1:18 - 1:08

On the next possession, Bryant continued to showcase his quick feet and shooting stroke. As Odom directed the offense from the far side, Bryant flashed up the right block to the perimeter. After catching Odom's pass, Bryant set in triple-threat position and then immediately drove left. Bryant created separation from Dudley to drive to the lane, but Phoenix reserve guard Leandro Barbosa immediately shut off the lane. With Bryant having a sliver of separation from Dudley, he pulled back for a fade-away jumper, giving the Lakers an 89-72 cushion.

Third quarter, :46-:41

Another possession, another Bryant jumper. Prompting more questions on whether he's actually human, Bryant on the far side drove right, picked up his dribble, pump faked on Dudley and then pulled up for a fall-away jumper just as Frye came into help. Once Bryant's shot dropped in the basket for a 91-74 Lakers lead, TNT cut the cameras to show a Suns fan with his head hanging down, apparently both amazed and frustrated with Bryant's heroics.

Fourth quarter, 4:38 - 4:34

The Suns went on a 16-4 run to bridge the gap to 95-90, sparked by Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic's Type 1 flagrant foul with Suns guard Goran Dragic. But Bryant wouldn't allow that momentum boost to decide the game. With Artest directing the offense on the near side, Bryant flashed up top. As soon as he caught the ball, Bryant pump faked against Dudley, dribbled toward the right block and then released a floater just over Frye for the 97-90 lead.

Fourth quarter, 2:03. 1:59

The Suns dwindled the lead to 99-96, but Bryant continued to make plays. Upon receiving a pass from Odom on the far end, Frye and Hill bunched up on Bryant. But Bryant curled around and then pulled up for a 21-footer, extending the Lakers' lead to 101-96.

Fourth quarter, :38-:35

This sequence put the game away for good. With Hill guarding Bryant on the far-side perimeter, he drove left, picked up his dribble, pump faked and then pulled up for a 23-foot jumper to give the Lakers a 107-100 lead and marked his ninth point in the last two minutes. Bryant demonstrated an airplane motion and then tapped Phoenix Coach Alvin Gentry on the shoulder for good measure.

What this means

Bryant enters the NBA Finals playing at his best, averaging 33.7 points on 52.1% along with 8.3 assists and 7.2 rebounds in the Western Conference Finals. This serves as a sharp contrast to the 27 points he averaged in the regular season as well as the 23.5 points on 40.8% shooting he averaged in the Lakers' first-round matchup with Oklahoma City Thunder.

Obviously it doesn't take a basketball expert to realize that Bryant's return to normalcy has correlated with his improved health. During that stretch, many questioned whether we were witnessing the beginning of Bryant's demise. While I understand Bryant has used such comments as motivation because people doubted his abilities, most of the opinions expressed raised reasonable questions about when will it come to the point that Bryant's ridiculous skill set, insane work ethic and constant treatment on his injuries frankly won't be enough to overcome the bumps and bruises.

That time will eventually come, but for now Bryant clearly shows it's not anytime soon. The described plays in this post clearly demonstrate that there wasn't much Phoenix could do to limit Bryant. If any other player had attempted the tough shots Bryant did, I'd justifiably wondered why those shots were taken. But with Bryant, he can make those. His court awareness, familiarity with his defender and his quick first step have proved instrumental in giving him a sliver of space to operate a shot. Frankly, that's all Bryant needed.

The concerns regarding his 41.5 minutes per game Bryant averaged in the Conference Finals have proved unfounded. He has scored at least 30 points in 10 of the last 11 games and has taken over games when needed. What's most entertaining about watching Bryant is how much he's remained a dominating force in the game while still getting others involved. He certainly provided that same presence when he became more of a facilitator, if you want to call it that, at different parts this season, but Bryant's latest performances seem easier to quantify to the casual fan. And though the Lakers will have issues to deal with Boston's frontline and matching up in an intense rivalry, it's comforting news for Lakers fans to know Bryant is currently playing at his best.

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Breaking down Artest's performance

First quarter, 10:21 - 10:15

Suns center Robin Lopez passed the ball to Phoenix guard Jason Richardson as he cut toward the far-side perimeter, but Artest swiped the ball. As Artest ran in transition, Lopez and Richardson trailed behind. Lopez tried blocking Artest's dunk, but he slammed it home for the 6-3 lead.

First quarter, 9:22 - 9:17

With Phoenix playing in a 2-3 matchup zone, Bryant fed a pass to Lakers forward Pau Gasol just below the near-side perimeter. Both Suns guard Grant Hill and Richardson slid over on each side, so Gasol passed the ball back up top to Bryant. With Richardson still set on Gasol and Suns point guard Steve Nash marking Bryant, Artest remained wide open on the far side. Bryant quickly darted a pass to Artest, who sank the three-pointer for 12-10 lead.

First quarter, 8:43 - 8:34

Artest swung the ball around to far corner after Lakers guard Derek Fisher cut across the wing. Fisher then fed an entry pass to Gasol as Artest cut across the lane. Gasol immediately threw a pass into the paint where Artest had strong position over Lopez. His left-handed layup gave the Lakers a 14-12 edge.

First quarter, 5:03 - 4:56

After grabbing a defensive rebound, Odom led the break and connected with Gasol on the right block. After driving left toward the lane, Frye slightly flashed up to help with Stoudemire. That left Artest open along the far baseline. After receiving the ball, he dribbled once, posted up and then made a 10-foot fade-away bank shot, widening the Lakers' lead to 27-23.

First quarter, 3:00 - 2:47

Odom ran the break again after grabbing a defensive rebound, with Artest and Bryant running the far side and Gasol and Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar running along the near side. Odom attempted to drive the lane, but Nash cut off his penetration. But with Phoenix just settling back on defense, Bryant remained open on the far-side perimeter. Nash immediately covered Bryant as he got the ball, but he quickly swung the ball around the perimeter. After Farmar received the pass on the near side, he passed to Artest, who had just cut along the baseline to the near corner. Frye gave Artest the space, and he unsurprisingly took the bait. The shot went in as the Lakers retook the lead at 30-29.

Second quarter, 5:24 - 5:11

Once Gasol received a pass from Bryant on the near side, he posted up in the lane, causing Suns forward Amare Stoudemire, Lopez and Hill to collapse inside. Meanwhile the rest of Phoenix's 2-3 zone stretched out with Richardson and Nash trying to cover areas marked by Fisher at the far corner, Artest on the near-side perimeter and Bryant at the top of the key. Bryant rotated over, while Artest shifted toward the top of the key and Gasol fed him a bounce pass. He immediately passed to Fisher, who then fed an entry pass to Bynum. After Artest's pass, he cut across the lane and darted out to the near-side corner. Meanwhile, Bynum fed the ball back to Fisher as he curled toward the top of the perimeter to throw Phoenix's defense off balance. After dribbling into the lane, Fisher kicked the ball out to Artest, who sank an open three-pointer for a 54-45 Lakers lead.

Second quarter, 4:26 - 4:07

After Fisher picked Gasol's pass from the far post, Bryant cut out from the right elbow to the near-side perimeter. After pump faking, he leaned in toward Stoudemire in hopes of drawing contact on his three-point attempt. But no foul was called and the shot rimmed out. Meanwhile, Artest inched past Frye in the paint to grab the rebound and attempt a putback. The shot hit off the rim, however, and Frye cleaned the glass. Artest didn't give up on the play, attempting to swipe the ball away just as Frye raised his arms. Just as he began to dribble, Artest stole the ball and converted on the left-handed layup to give the Lakers a 56-47 lead.

Third quarter, 5:28 - 5:20

The Suns had just gone on a 8-2 run, but the Lakers immediately answered. Bryant and Gasol ran a high screen-and-roll on Richardson, with Bryant driving to his right. But with Nash instantly picking him up, Bryant passed the ball to Fisher on the far-side perimeter. Fisher's three-pointer rimmed out, but Artest positioned himself inside to grab the board. His putback gave the Lakers a 76-65 lead.

Third quarter, 3:41 - 3:35

With Gasol getting fouled inside, Artest inbounded the ball from the far-side perimeter to Farmar near the top of the key. With the Suns in their 2-3 matchup zone, Richardson marked Farmar while Nash covered Odom up top. That left Artest open on the far side. Once Farmar passed off to Artest, Stoudemire gave him space to shoot. Artest took the bait and gave the Lakers an 81-67 advantage.

Third quarter, 2:35 - 2:24

As Farmar passed the ball up top to Bryant, Artest penetrated the wing. Bryant looked for Artest, but he hadn't completed his cut, so Bryant passed instead to Farmar on the near-side perimeter. With six seconds left on the shot clock, Farmar took the open-three pointer, but the shot rimmed out. Once Odom grabbed the rebound over Frye, Artest jetted from the far post up toward the free-throw line and then cut inside. Odom immediately connected with Artest, who jumped in the air and laid in an underhanded shot with his left hand. The shot caused Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen to crack a smile as Phoenix called timeout and trailed 85-67.

What this means

Artest entered Game 6 claiming Phoenix disrespected the Lakers, with Nash's proclamation that the Suns would extend the series to seven games and Suns Coach Alvin Gentry leaving Artest open on the perimeter. Upon hearing about Artest's remarks, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson pointed out matter-of-factly that he implemented the same strategy when the Lakers played Houston in the 2009 West Semifinals. It's not necessarily a sign that doubts Artest's ability to make shots. It's really just a strategy that plays to the percentages and indicates Phoenix's understanding that Artest can take ill-advised shots that fall outside the context of the offense.

Given Artest's motivation and his desire to build off his game-winning putback in Game 5, it was good to see him approach the game the right way. He didn't jack up shots to prove a point. He didn't overcompensate in hopes it would create more looks. And he didn't appear to allow his frustrations to get the better of him.

I may be over-analyzing this because it is Artest after all, but his performance in Game 6 illustrated that his good shooting night went beyond his shots just dropping in. Artest created looks based on hustle plays. He knocked open shots because he created open looks based on off-ball movement and building a rhythm. And he actually worked within the offense by passing to the right man and filled the empty space on the floor. It's taken him a long time, with some maddening moments in between, but it appears Artest has finally figured it out.

-- Mark Medina

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Photos, from top: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives down the middle of the Phoenix Suns defense for a layup in the second half of Game 6. Middle photo: Bryant shoots over the defense of Suns forward Grant Hill to increase the Lakers' lead to seven points with less than two minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Bryant had 11 points in the fourth quarter and a game-high 37 points. Bottom photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest, who finished with 25 points, pulls down a rebound in front of Phoenix's Grant Hill, background, and Channing Frye, left, in the fourth quarter. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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The prolific prolificness of Mark Medina continues!

It's gone from a marathon to a sprint Mark!

Only a few more weeks of sleepless nights followed by discussion of the VICTORY PARADE and then you can get some well deserved rest!

Well, until, of course, ummm... the offseason.

We'll have lots to talk about then too.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Mark Medina,

"It's taken him a long time, with some maddening moments in between, but it appears Artest has finally figured it out."

It's only been a game, but, God, I hope you're right.

Because if you ARE right, with Thriller's defense on Paul Pierce, the Celtics are DONE!

Thriller = Finals MVP

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

This are fun times....3 finals in a row, reigning champs.

This has been quite a journey this century. Ready to see what happens next.

MM, nice breakdown.

I thought the Artest play listed as "Second quarter, 4:26 - 4:07," was a key play in the game. It seem to symbolize the fact that the Lakers weren't getting calls, but they were just going to play through it no matter what. The bench went nuts when Artest laid the ball in basket. Truly an inspired performance not just by Kobe and Ron, but by the whole squad.

Mark G,

I agree that none of these ESPN "experts" have any idea what will happen.

Both teams face the same reality : They are one sprained ankle away from getting swept!

Beautiful article MM.
Feels amazing to close my Internet break now after reading this.

I'm never in the position to put down that detailedly Kobe's magic cos for me it's almost metaphisical the kind of entitlement and capture that his sporty perfection made gestures, and it gets hard to write about such intense emotional blasts.

But you made a great job there, and I thank you for that.

Rick, before going for the eveninggotta say that I loved your Black Knight notion about Kobe in the previous post... BRILLIANT... even though for me it's more the dark enlightened up by gazillions of stars, than not darkness as in "out of light" darkness. Kobe is Universal. ;)
That kind of thing that makes you stare in ugust nights with nose up in the sky, knowing that among all stars, one shine of magic will appear before your very own eyes, making you feel a kid watchin something precious even when you are... like 60 years old ;).
That's Kobe.
The unexpected, yet assured to happen, power of impossible made possible. Every single game.

How cannot we feel so blessed in living in the Age of Mamba?
It's such a privilege.
Such an incredible, substantially mattering privilege.

About Ron, I heart the guy.
I love the way he keeps trying.
I love the way the most skilled and smartest player around him CARES about Ron being involved.

Have you ever imagined what it can feel like for someone like Ron have to fight with Bryant's superior IQ on court?

Ron is no Gasol.
Certain things don't come easy to him... he has to think them over and GET them... and it's not that given to achieve what he has anyway achieved this year.

But what makes him valuable, is that Ron wants more.
Ron wants to win with the whole of himself.

Things have to blossom at the right time in full.

I'm not surprised that he is unleashing the dragon NOW.

It's the Make it or Break It moment and champions don't have to overthink that blissful push at stepping further.
Champions come and at a sudden point, all that had to start working to take them (and the team) at the next level START to work.

But it's not miracle.

As someone smarted pointed out earlier, it's out from all the failures, mistakes, adjustements previously made also in rusty ways.
That trials create the best bet possible after.

This values for Ron Ron.

This actually also values for Kobe.
It's just that his stepping further started from a point where the majority of players arrive at at the END of their careers.
He started so high.

And still get better and better and better.

That's why Kobe is not just a champion.

Kobe IS basketball. Kobe is Sport.
Kobe is Kobe.

Full stop.
Full glory.
Full love.

Catch you tomorrow fam ;)

And for what it counts, for me still US over Celts in 5 or 6.

;)

#4,

"This has been quite a journey this century. Ready to see what happens next."

This decade has been AMAZING.

Ten years from now we'll still be talking about it... even as we move onto our seventh Dynasty.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Both teams face the same reality : They are one sprained ankle away from getting swept!

Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | May 30, 2010 at 11:51 AM

I totally agree Red. Here is hoping that no one on either side suffers any additional injuries. That would ruin what I expect to be a great Finals.

GL Red.

Now on with the Trash Talking. Your Mama . . .

Jon K

Remember when the previous mods claimed that the only team, of this decade, that could be considered a dynasty was the Spurs?

While sweeping Boston would be nice, I kinda want the Lakers to celebrate winning the championship at Staples. First, Boston fans take after KG, so they're generally a low-class, vile bunch whose capable of despicable things. Second, it's been 10 long years since we've won the championship at home...there's something special about winning it in front of your home crowd.

Fatty,

"Remember when the previous mods claimed that the only team, of this decade, that could be considered a dynasty was the Spurs?"

My memory has not failed me in that regard.

Everyone hates the Lakers. This'll be our 31st FINALS!!!

It's just complete envy. Unless you've been a Laker, as a player you hate the Lakers. It's the way it is with this "experts."

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

EJK,

Personally, I DO NOT like the 2-3-2 system. I know it makes sense with travel and all, but if the visiting team wins a game from the team with home court advantage, it doesn't become neutral. The other team gains the advantage because three full games are played at home. That's three full games of "home cooking" while the visiting team is sleeping in a hotel having fire alarms go off at 3AM AND when those games end, both teams have to deal with the rigors of travel.

Home court is really only an advantage if the series goes to seven games and, if it does, then it is everything.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow.... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

OK, I'm ready to complain about the schedule.

There are 2 days off between Games 1 & 2, when both games are in LA. There is only 1 day off between Games 2 & 3, when the teams have to travel across the country. WTF! Can the NBA at some time give consideration as to how the schedule affects the actual games as opposed to how it affects advertising revenue? Unbelievable!

Where is my big foam middle finger!

By the way, I think the blog should as a rule begin reminding fans who will be attending the playoffs at Staples how important their energy is.

If we are going to use "home court advantage" to our advantage, it starts with the fans.

They need to make their present known in a way they never have over the last decade.

Wild, maniac loud!

REAL FANS MAKE NOISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Mark G,

Agreed.

By the way, considering the fateful nature of the Lakers over this decade, it will be VERY interesting to see how Thriller impacts this Finals after walking into the showers immediately after the 2008 Finals.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

bad game for Pau, really bad, poor game. Period.

Posted by: ricky | May 30, 2010 at 07:59 AM

OMG!!!! Ricky actually said something that was true & negative about Pau.
I'm shocked. SHOCKED!!!

Red,

You are right, anyone who thinks they can call this series is crazy. This will be a series of battles, and it will keep changing game to game and quarter to quarter.


I am the first to say have no idea what will happen. That's why it's fun to watch.


Tom D.

MM:

I'm glad you omit the game great moments from Pau Gasol last night which is NADA..lol! It's one of the worst performance of Pau in Lakers uniform. He seems jittery nervous which caused him to muss so many easy shots. He needs to find himself a heart before Thursday.

And yes, it was a stupid foul by Sasha but Dragic flopped on that play. Besides, he initiated the contact by running into Sasha after he scored on him. I want Sasha to kick his arse when Dragic was on the floor holding his chin with the extremely painful facial expression. What a shame!!!

Larry (Mamba24):

You know that I'm good for Jon K's bandwagon!!! It's payback time! I agree with Red that "enuf said" on the topics and let's focus on the game itself instead of spitting poison at one another. It's the NBA Finals in heaven. Good against Evil! Two best NBA franchises are at in the Finals once again. But this time, we will WIN!!! It won't be easy. The Celtics has a good coach in Doc Rivers and a great defensive guru in Thibodeau. We have the Zen Master and the best player in the NBA period, Kobe - The Black Mamba! It's a NBA version of "Clash of the Titians!"

Lakers in 7!!! It will be a classic!!

MM

It's almost impossible to keep up with you. Awesome job as always!!!!!

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Jon K and Mamba24,

Make room for me for the I BELIEVE IN THE ENTIRE LAKER TEAM - I BELIEVE THEY WILL DESTROY THE CELTICS AND SEND THEM BACK TO THEIR CAVES FOR ANOTHER TWO DECADES - BANDWAGON

The Celtics may be good but LAKERS are the defending Champions and are ready to defend home court and their rightful place as reigning Champions. Bring it on! LAKERS in 6

GOOOOOOOOLAKERS!!!!!

EJK,

Personally, I DO NOT like the 2-3-2 system. I know it makes sense with travel and all, but if the visiting team wins a game from the team with home court advantage, it doesn't become neutral. The other team gains the advantage because three full games are played at home. That's three full games of "home cooking" while the visiting team is sleeping in a hotel having fire alarms go off at 3AM AND when those games end, both teams have to deal with the rigors of travel.

"Home court is really only an advantage if the series goes to seven games and, if it does, then it is everything.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow.... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | May 30, 2010 at 12:16 PM"

...and as I noticed and posted before, out of the last 23 Finals....only 3 of them went to 7 games, 20 of them were 6 games or less. I'm tired.

Red, i agree with you. we'll have to wait and see what happens. we fans of both teams feel that our squads have the best chance, but one sprained ankle could change everything. here's to a healthy finals and good competition with even officiating!

In all of sports, the new millennium clearly belongs to the Lakers.
Seven trips to the Championship game in ten years!

Trying to predict how many games the series will last is fun, but it's really just luck.
I don't know how many games it will take but the Lakers are going to win it all this year.

Top 10 Reasons the Lakers Will Win:

10) they have been tested through the playoffs by 3 difficult to beat teams, teams more difficult than those the Celtics played:
---Miami, DWade was no match for any playoff team in a 7 game series.
---Cavs, collapsed under the pressure, whatever happened to Labron he was not into it and the Cavs just gave up.
---Magic, we learned last year they were not mentally ready and just didn't have the roster, this year they were a weaker team than last.

9) they are more mature,

8) in 2008 they learned what it takes to win it all and showed it last year,

7) they have improved the roster,

6) they are focused on the cookie,

5) home court advantage, it matters,

4) after the finals loss in '08, Artest told Kobe he wouldn't let this happen to him again. Believe him,

3) after playing Westbrook, Williams and Nash, arguably the best 3 PG's in the NBA, they will figure how how to contain Rondo,

2) they can play with more versatility than the Celts-big, small, fast, slow; and will have more 4th quarter energy,

1) Kobe

scary cats, scary cats
you cheerleading scary cats.

Lakers yea! Lakers yea!
make a bet
and it's Lakers nay!

Rag doll, rag doll.
He's nothing but a rag doll.
Mop head, mop head
He's nothing but a mop head

Sweep the floor, sweep the floor
The Celtics will sweep the floor
with a rag doll made of a mop head.

Scary cats, scary cats
Lakers yea, make a bet
and it's the Lakers nay.

mike t.

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(00) JON K. - OWNER – Mike T will you apologize when the Lakers destroy the Celtics? Bring on the Celtics!
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER
(02) FATTY - RIDING SHOTGUN - Roses are Red Violets are Blue Lakers to the Celtics
(03) ZairaAmaterasu - ENFORCER/BLOG GODDESS - To have BSPN keeping playing Lakers out is just a point in favour AND a point of honour. Those are the same fools predicting Crabs unbeatable and the glory of the Biggest Loser of all time. They simply are delusional and so out, out, OUT of reality ;) Just saying. 2010 it's revenge year. Such a sweet, tasty, awesome year for us ;) I can feel it, coming in the air of night... ;) It's the Make it or Break It moment and champions don't have to overthink that blissful push at stepping further. Champions come and at a sudden point, all that had to start working to take them (and the team) at the next level START to work. But it's not miracle. As someone smarted pointed out earlier, it's out from all the failures, mistakes, adjustements previously made also in rusty ways.
That trials create the best bet possible after. Fatty - Let the war begin. First on the blogs, then on the court. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKmS_IGw_s4&feature=related
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(08) BABY OUTLAW - SECURITY IN TRAINING – You Heard Dad!
(09) WES JOE NIXON - MORALE OFFICER - Someone must have given this speech last night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYzt1ao81jU
(10) FAN OF THE MAMBA - Is it Thursday yet? Cause we ain't seen nothing yet!
(11) JOHNNYP – DIRECTOR OF WIN # 1 OF FINALS - WE AARE GOIN' TO THE FINALS!!! OUR DYNASTY IS CEMENTED. 3 out of 4 years !! HOW GOOD IS THAT??? WHOOOOPIE !!!
(12) VMAN – THE TERMINATOR - THe coming war is the reason Ron Artest is a Laker. His basketball career was aimed at this purpose. Pierce is about to visit Ron's park, where it's hard to breath and legs are heavy. Just 4 mo' blog bros.
(13) BRONXLAKERFAN – REFEREE - Art-FL Lakers Fan....Kudos, my friend. That adaptation of "Casey at the Bat" was clever and extremely well done. I'm printing it to save as a memento of the Laker's 2010 playoff run which will hopefully end with the C'ship. Thanks!
(14) Nemaia Faletogo - LAKERS IN 6
(15) LAKERFANIN OKC - DIRECTOR OF WIN #2 FINALS -
(16) RICK FRIEDMAN - Michael Jordan was the NBA's White Knight, whose glorious journey put the sport on the map. Kobe Bryant is its Dark Knight, who takes wonderment to its most breathtaking and leaves us gasping while moaning for more. Kobe Bryant. Laker. Greatest of All Time. Ever!
(17) YELLOW FEVER - COACH -
(18) Ruud van Nistelrooy - STATISTICIAN –
(19) Nemaia Faletogo – Lakers in 6 Nuff Said!
(20) CARLOS DEEP – Make room for me for the I BELIEVE IN THE ENTIRE LAKER TEAM - I BELIEVE THEY WILL DESTROY THE CELTICS AND SEND THEM BACK TO THEIR CAVES FOR ANOTHER TWO DECADES – BANDWAGON The Celtics may be good but LAKERS are the defending Champions and are ready to defend home court and their rightful place as reigning Champions. Bring it on! LAKERS in 6

(21) HUGO BOSS - We'll, we made it to the Finals and that's great. Time to celebrate with a bar-be-que in the summer day and a few bevarages of my choice.
(22) WALLACE - You know that I'm good for Jon K's bandwagon!!! It's payback time! I agree with Red that "enuf said" on the topics and let's focus on the game itself instead of spitting poison at one another. It's the NBA Finals in heaven. Good against Evil! Two best NBA franchises are at in the Finals once again. But this time, we will WIN!!! It won't be easy. The Celtics has a good coach in Doc Rivers and a great defensive guru in Thibodeau. We have the Zen Master and the best player in the NBA period, Kobe - The Black Mamba! It's a NBA version of "Clash of the Titians!" Lakers in 7!!! It will be a classic!!
(23) EJK - While sweeping Boston would be nice, I kinda want the Lakers to celebrate winning the championship at Staples. First, Boston fans take after KG, so they're generally a low-class, vile bunch whose capable of despicable things. Second, it's been 10 long years since we've won the championship at home...there's something special about winning it in front of your home crowd.
(24) ART-FL LAKER FAN - BLOG POET LAURETE


Mamba24,
and the others who mentioned they enjoyed the ode to Kobe, thanks for the acknowledgment. I actually worked on that all week waiting for the right time.

Mamba, when it comes to Lakers blog poetry, you have been and remain the Master, I am just the Grasshopper.
:)

If I am not too late for the Laker Bandwagon, put me on board!

Mamba24,and the others who mentioned they enjoyed the ode to Kobe, thanks for the acknowledgment. I actually worked on that all week waiting for the right time.Mamba, when it comes to Lakers blog poetry, you have been and remain the Master, I am just the Grasshopper.Posted by: Art - FL Lakers Fan | May 30, 2010 at 01:17 PM
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There's a new Sheriff in town and his name is Art-Fl Lakers Fan
but I'll try to follow in your footsteps sir! lol!
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CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
You hoped you pleaded you asked for this, Well dear Celtics you got your wish
What was that chant? We want LA, Well old men Boston, you got your way
It’s one thing to ask, another to get, What you got for the Lakers, Aint worth Spit.
You got a star named Rondo yes he’s good, but this is the BIG TIME not the hood.
We are the Lakers you call us second best. Cause 17 Rings fly on the celtics Crest
Well Septics that is well and good, but there’s a new Sheriff in the neighborhood
15 Rings aint shabby at all, and that 16th will look so pretty in Staples hall.
But to show you what gentlemen are we, We’ll let you attend the 16th Ring Cermony
You aint got no excuses when you fall, You just met your better’s in Basketball
Tell Paula aint no shame in defeat, Put away that wheelchair and get on your feet
Tell the Green Bald Headed Lunatic to calm down, He aint got a chance to win the crown
Tell Doc we respect his class and grace, But he aint got a chance in this Finals Race
We got the Baddest Player in history, Scored more points than the Opponents you see
In one game he scored 81, coulda scored more but winning Rings is more fun
We got the Former Defensive Player of the year, One look at him and you’ll breakout in Fear
We got the MVP of International Play, Some say he’s soft until they see him play
We got Mr 0.4, that’s right Dfish, Don’t blink for a second or the ball he’ll swish
So I think Boston you might as well quit, Cause compared to the Lakers you aint got SPIT!!!!!

I do think it's funny about all this sweep talk on either side. I think it will be 6 or 7. Of course I am with the Lakers. I thought Suns would lose to us in 7, but 6 was much nicer!

I thought Kobe's response to a question about Sasha was great, A bit comedic, but not a hint of a smile. Perhaps not comedic at all. I think Kobe's still hot over that!

Somebody pls remind boston fan 131 that I predicted a colossal crab choke... And that I also predicted vince to choke under pressure against boston..

Wow.. So is that what these trolls do when they got nothin to say.. Resort to blatant lies and false accusations.. Freakin pathetic..

I'm done addressing these clowns!!


Larry!!!!

Put me on the Armageddon Bandwagon!!!

I don't need a seat I'll Be ridding on the roof Tossing Grenades, Manning the 50 Cal Machine Gun, The flame throwers and swinging El Guapo's Pair Machetes named "Death" an "Doom"!! And I'll be picking off every little green leprechaun zombie all the way to the Larry O'Brien!!!!

I actually thought the Refs weren't terrible last night, although I think the Suns still shot 1 more freebie than we did.


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LAKERS vs. CELTICS - THE FINAL PAYBACK, ARMAGEDON HAS ARRIVED - BANDWAGON
*
(00) JON K. - OWNER – Mike T will you apologize when the Lakers destroy the Celtics? Bring on the Celtics!
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER
(02) FATTY - RIDING SHOTGUN - Roses are Red Violets are Blue Lakers to the Celtics
(03) ZairaAmaterasu - ENFORCER/BLOG GODDESS - To have BSPN keeping playing Lakers out is just a point in favour AND a point of honour. Those are the same fools predicting Crabs unbeatable and the glory of the Biggest Loser of all time. They simply are delusional and so out, out, OUT of reality ;) Just saying. 2010 it's revenge year. Such a sweet, tasty, awesome year for us ;) I can feel it, coming in the air of night... ;) It's the Make it or Break It moment and champions don't have to overthink that blissful push at stepping further. Champions come and at a sudden point, all that had to start working to take them (and the team) at the next level START to work. But it's not miracle. As someone smarted pointed out earlier, it's out from all the failures, mistakes, adjustements previously made also in rusty ways.
That trials create the best bet possible after. Fatty - Let the war begin. First on the blogs, then on the court. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKmS_IGw_s4&feature=related
(04) #4
(05) ADRIAN PALOMAR - RIDING SHOTGUN2
(06) XYZ – SEARGENT AT ARMS - I watched the trophy presentation and the team looks like it's very focused and ready to go against the celts.......Phil said that they are looking forward to this series with great intensity........what a great line.......coop even chimed in, saying "Boston, u wanted us.....we're coming for u".......and if u saw magic's commentary on espn, u can see that the old competitive juice started flowing within him........as a die hard laker fan, I'm all lathered up and ready for this classic finals matchup......
(06) FEARLESS - SECURITY -
(07) OUTLAW - SECURITY 2 - To all my fellow Lakers fans: This is what we've been waiting for. Thursday, baby. It's gonna be fun. Go Lake Show!
(08) BABY OUTLAW - SECURITY IN TRAINING – You Heard Dad!
(09) WES JOE NIXON - MORALE OFFICER - Someone must have given this speech last night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYzt1ao81jU
(10) FAN OF THE MAMBA - Is it Thursday yet? Cause we ain't seen nothing yet!
(11) JOHNNYP – DIRECTOR OF WIN # 1 OF FINALS - WE AARE GOIN' TO THE FINALS!!! OUR DYNASTY IS CEMENTED. 3 out of 4 years !! HOW GOOD IS THAT??? WHOOOOPIE !!!
(12) VMAN – THE TERMINATOR - THe coming war is the reason Ron Artest is a Laker. His basketball career was aimed at this purpose. Pierce is about to visit Ron's park, where it's hard to breath and legs are heavy. Just 4 mo' blog bros.
(13) BRONXLAKERFAN – REFEREE - Art-FL Lakers Fan....Kudos, my friend. That adaptation of "Casey at the Bat" was clever and extremely well done. I'm printing it to save as a memento of the Laker's 2010 playoff run which will hopefully end with the C'ship. Thanks!
(14) Nemaia Faletogo - LAKERS IN 6
(15) LAKERFANIN OKC - DIRECTOR OF WIN #2 FINALS -
(16) RICK FRIEDMAN - Michael Jordan was the NBA's White Knight, whose glorious journey put the sport on the map. Kobe Bryant is its Dark Knight, who takes wonderment to its most breathtaking and leaves us gasping while moaning for more. Kobe Bryant. Laker. Greatest of All Time. Ever!
(17) YELLOW FEVER - COACH -
(18) Ruud van Nistelrooy - STATISTICIAN –
(19) Nemaia Faletogo – Lakers in 6 Nuff Said!
(20) CARLOS DEEP – Make room for me for the I BELIEVE IN THE ENTIRE LAKER TEAM - I BELIEVE THEY WILL DESTROY THE CELTICS AND SEND THEM BACK TO THEIR CAVES FOR ANOTHER TWO DECADES – BANDWAGON The Celtics may be good but LAKERS are the defending Champions and are ready to defend home court and their rightful place as reigning Champions. Bring it on! LAKERS in 6
(21) HUGO BOSS - We'll, we made it to the Finals and that's great. Time to celebrate with a bar-be-que in the summer day and a few bevarages of my choice.
(22) WALLACE - You know that I'm good for Jon K's bandwagon!!! It's payback time! I agree with Red that "enuf said" on the topics and let's focus on the game itself instead of spitting poison at one another. It's the NBA Finals in heaven. Good against Evil! Two best NBA franchises are at in the Finals once again. But this time, we will WIN!!! It won't be easy. The Celtics has a good coach in Doc Rivers and a great defensive guru in Thibodeau. We have the Zen Master and the best player in the NBA period, Kobe - The Black Mamba! It's a NBA version of "Clash of the Titians!" Lakers in 7!!! It will be a classic!!
(23) EJK - While sweeping Boston would be nice, I kinda want the Lakers to celebrate winning the championship at Staples. First, Boston fans take after KG, so they're generally a low-class, vile bunch whose capable of despicable things. Second, it's been 10 long years since we've won the championship at home...there's something special about winning it in front of your home crowd.
(24) ART-FL LAKER FAN - BLOG POET LAURETE
(25) SHE-KOBE - HELLO GUYS, REVENGE, REVENGE=LAKERS IN 6, Don't worry, our team will be CHAMPION this year period. Kobe knows best and he will motivate the rest of the team to keep their focus for that challenge against the Celtics.2010 is our destiny and nothing and nobody can take it from us.
(26) D(EREK) J(ETER) - If I am not too late for the Laker Bandwagon, put me on board! do think it's funny about all this sweep talk on either side. I think it will be 6 or 7. Of course I am with the Lakers. I thought Suns would lose to us in 7, but 6 was much nicer!
(27) INFAMOUS EL GUAPO – GRENADE TOSSER - Put me on the Armageddon Bandwagon!!! I don't need a seat I'll Be ridding on the roof Tossing Grenades, Manning the 50 Cal Machine Gun, The flame throwers and swinging El Guapo's Pair Machetes named "Death" an "Doom"!! And I'll be picking off every little green leprechaun zombie all the way to the Larry O'Brien!!!!

The philosopher poet who rests on laurels, classy that he is, seems to have diarrhea of his keyboard.
Repeating the same inane dribble on multiple posts, mentally regressing each day he appears, hoping to shock and cajole, his posts are nothing more than a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Not only is he a Lakers hater, he is a hater of Laker fans as well.

It's time to end his posting creations,
when he gets into defamation,
Who might this be,
just who the hell is he,
the legend in his own mind, Michael T.

Begone, before somebody drops a house on you.

wow, i didn't think that would go through. Kinda proves some kind of point about the moderating, though. Sorry, FCM.

Jerry Buss is immune from social scrutiny because he owns the Lakers!

That is the logic of phred's posts. Someone trace this quack and report him to
his boss. He's a harm to the kids he "works" with.

mike t.

Remember when, after the game 6 loss to the Celtics in the ’08 Finals, Artest got into the Lakers’ locker room and made his way over to the showering Kobe? Recall what Artest reportedly said? “I want to come help you. If I can, I’m gonna find a way to come to L.A. and help you win the title.”

Well, Ron-Ron, your big chance is about to arrive. And against that same evil nemesis, the Celts. May your words – and the defense to back them – prove ever true!

sorry, FCM, everybody else, I really thought that that would get filtered and not go through, and only FCM would read it. Again, I apologize.

Ok, i'm going to say this once or maybe twice, and I won't say it again. I haven't said it before because I am reluctant to be dramatic or drag the great people of this blog into personal disputes, but;

FCM, either he leaves or I do. This is a basketball blog.

I still remember clearly the pain and anguish of the 39 pt drubbing like yesterday and have always dreamed of the day when we would face Boston again. "If only" we had homecourt two years ago I was thinking...well we have it now....and now it's nervous time. The key is to contain Rondo and Pierce. For all those people who criticized getting Artest over Ariza, this is why we made the move! Pierce was able to dominate Orlando because no one could guard him--he won't have that luxury this time around. But the biggest key will be if Pau and Lamar show up big in this series. Bynum is the big question mark but his presence alone in the middle already helps the Lakers out tremendously. Kobe will have a much more difficult time against the Celtics' defense, but he will be clutch when it matters, you can bet on that. It is time to exorcise those demons once and for all and to rid ourselves of this lingering ghost once and for all. If the Lakers are to win back-to-back titles, who better to defeat than the Boston Celtics? We hate the Celtics with a passion and winning it all against Boston will be the sweetest thing since '85. 'Nuff said.

bye,

I'm mike t. Who the hell are you!

mike t.

MM,

Do you get it now?

When I came back to the blog, you said: I've heard tons about you and so on and so forth.

Now you know why?

These people try to respond to me and when I respond back and dissect their logic they cry like little babies.

And now phred says: "FCM, either he leaves or I do. This is a basketball blog."

LOL!

I know you're too professional to say it so I'll say it, not for you, but...just to say it.

Phred...bye!

LOL!

mike t.

*
LAKERS vs. CELTICS - THE FINAL PAYBACK, ARMAGEDON HAS ARRIVED - BANDWAGON
*
(00) JON K. - OWNER – Mike T will you apologize when the Lakers destroy the Celtics? Bring on the Celtics!
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER
(02) FATTY - RIDING SHOTGUN - Roses are Red Violets are Blue Lakers to the Celtics
(03) ZairaAmaterasu - ENFORCER/BLOG GODDESS - To have BSPN keeping playing Lakers out is just a point in favour AND a point of honour. Those are the same fools predicting Crabs unbeatable and the glory of the Biggest Loser of all time. They simply are delusional and so out, out, OUT of reality ;) Just saying. 2010 it's revenge year. Such a sweet, tasty, awesome year for us ;) I can feel it, coming in the air of night... ;) It's the Make it or Break It moment and champions don't have to overthink that blissful push at stepping further. Champions come and at a sudden point, all that had to start working to take them (and the team) at the next level START to work. But it's not miracle. As someone smarted pointed out earlier, it's out from all the failures, mistakes, adjustements previously made also in rusty ways. That trials create the best bet possible after. Fatty - Let the war begin. First on the blogs, then on the court. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKmS_IGw_s4&feature=related
(04) #4
(05) ADRIAN PALOMAR - RIDING SHOTGUN2
(06) XYZ – SEARGENT AT ARMS - I watched the trophy presentation and the team looks like it's very focused and ready to go against the celts.......Phil said that they are looking forward to this series with great intensity........what a great line.......coop even chimed in, saying "Boston, u wanted us.....we're coming for u".......and if u saw magic's commentary on espn, u can see that the old competitive juice started flowing within him........as a die hard laker fan, I'm all lathered up and ready for this classic finals matchup......
(06) FEARLESS - SECURITY -
(07) OUTLAW - SECURITY 2 - To all my fellow Lakers fans: This is what we've been waiting for. Thursday, baby. It's gonna be fun. Go Lake Show!
(08) BABY OUTLAW - SECURITY IN TRAINING – You Heard Dad!
(09) WES JOE NIXON - MORALE OFFICER - Someone must have given this speech last night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYzt1ao81jU
(10) FAN OF THE MAMBA - Is it Thursday yet? Cause we ain't seen nothing yet!
(11) JOHNNYP – DIRECTOR OF WIN # 1 OF FINALS - WE AARE GOIN' TO THE FINALS!!! OUR DYNASTY IS CEMENTED. 3 out of 4 years !! HOW GOOD IS THAT??? WHOOOOPIE !!!
(12) VMAN – THE TERMINATOR - THe coming war is the reason Ron Artest is a Laker. His basketball career was aimed at this purpose. Pierce is about to visit Ron's park, where it's hard to breath and legs are heavy. Just 4 mo' blog bros.
(13) BRONXLAKERFAN – REFEREE - Art-FL Lakers Fan....Kudos, my friend. That adaptation of "Casey at the Bat" was clever and extremely well done. I'm printing it to save as a memento of the Laker's 2010 playoff run which will hopefully end with the C'ship. Thanks!
(14) Nemaia Faletogo - LAKERS IN 6
(15) LAKERFANIN OKC - DIRECTOR OF WIN #2 FINALS -
(16) RICK FRIEDMAN - Michael Jordan was the NBA's White Knight, whose glorious journey put the sport on the map. Kobe Bryant is its Dark Knight, who takes wonderment to its most breathtaking and leaves us gasping while moaning for more. Kobe Bryant. Laker. Greatest of All Time. Ever!
(17) YELLOW FEVER - COACH -
(18) Ruud van Nistelrooy - STATISTICIAN –
(19) Nemaia Faletogo – Lakers in 6 Nuff Said!
(20) CARLOS DEEP – Make room for me. I BELIEVE THEY WILL DESTROY THE CELTICS AND SEND THEM BACK TO THEIR CAVES FOR ANOTHER TWO DECADES – BANDWAGON The Celtics may be good but LAKERS are the defending Champions and are ready to defend home court and their rightful place as reigning Champions. Bring it on! LAKERS in 6
(21) HUGO BOSS - We'll, we made it to the Finals and that's great. Time to celebrate with a bar-be-que in the summer day and a few bevarages of my choice.
(22) WALLACE - You know that I'm good for Jon K's bandwagon!!! It's payback time! I agree with Red that "enuf said" on the topics and let's focus on the game itself instead of spitting poison at one another. It's the NBA Finals in heaven. Good against Evil! Two best NBA franchises are at in the Finals once again. But this time, we will WIN!!! It won't be easy. The Celtics has a good coach in Doc Rivers & a great defensive guru in Thibodeau. We have the Zen Master & the best player in the NBA period, Kobe - The Black Mamba! It's a NBA version of "Clash of the Titians!" Lakers in 7!!! It will be a classic!!
(23) EJK - While sweeping Boston would be nice, I kinda want the Lakers to celebrate winning the championship at Staples. First, Boston fans take after KG, so they're generally a low-class, vile bunch whose capable of despicable things. Second, it's been 10 long years since we've won the championship at home...there's something special about winning it in front of your home crowd.
(24) ART-FL LAKER FAN - BLOG POET LAURETE
(25) SHE-KOBE - HELLO GUYS, REVENGE, REVENGE=LAKERS IN 6, Don't worry, our team will be CHAMPION this year period. Kobe knows best and he will motivate the rest of the team to keep their focus for that challenge against the Celtics.2010 is our destiny & nothing & nobody can take it from us.
(26) D(EREK) J(ETER) - If I am not too late for the Laker Bandwagon, put me on board! do think it's funny about all this sweep talk on either side. I think it will be 6 or 7. Of course I am with the Lakers. I thought Suns would lose to us in 7, but 6 was much nicer!
(27) INFAMOUS EL GUAPO – GRENADE TOSSER - Put me on the Armageddon Bandwagon!!! I don't need a seat I'll Be ridding on the roof Tossing Grenades, Manning the 50 Cal Machine Gun, The flame throwers and swinging El Guapo's Pair Machetes named "Death" an "Doom"!! And I'll be picking off every little green leprechaun zombie all the way to the Larry O'Brien!!!!
(28) TIM-4-SHOW - No Mercy. Back2Back Payback! YEAH!! A few weeks ago I pondered if we would see more of the former Kobe or more of the struggling Kobe. Three weeks later and Kobe has most definitely answered it. Not only is he himself again, but he's currently putting together one of the most impressive playoff runs in the history of basketball. Should he pull this off in the next round, what you have just witnessed has been nothing short of spectacular. Mbenga on Perkins would be AWESOME If they want to get rough, put in the black belt that defied death. LOLOLOLOLThis is going to be epic great. I truly believe you're witnessing the crowning achievement of Kobe and the Lakers.
(29) RDLEE – MERCY DISPENSER - 12 down, 4 to go. No mercy!
(30) DWNTWN ATTY - As we all know, the real question is whether the Celtics' defense will be stiff enough to hold us back. I'm think it won't be, but our bigs will need to come out angry and determined -- our shooters hitting shots. and Kobe -- well we know Kobe is going to show up! that was a kobe performance for the vault. Close out game, closeout shots. No chance was Kobe going to lose this game.
(31) New Mexico Laker lifer - Lighten up and enjoy the JOURNEY. Lakers in 6
(32) RON – I still remember clearly the pain and anguish of the 39 pt drubbing like yesterday and have always dreamed of the day when we would face Boston again. "If only" we had homecourt two years ago I was thinking...well we have it now....and now it's nervous time. The key is to contain Rondo and Pierce. For all those people who criticized getting Artest over Ariza, this is why we made the move! Pierce was able to dominate Orlando because no one could guard him--he won't have that luxury this time around. But the biggest key will be if Pau and Lamar show up big in this series. Bynum is the big question mark but his presence alone in the middle already helps the Lakers out tremendously. Kobe will have a much more difficult time against the Celtics' defense, but he will be clutch when it matters, you can bet on that. It is time to exorcise those demons once and for all and to rid ourselves of this lingering ghost once and for all. If the Lakers are to win back-to-back titles, who better to defeat than the Boston Celtics? We hate the Celtics with a passion and winning it all against Boston will be the sweetest thing since '85. 'Nuff said.
(33) ALLNET - Remember when, after the game 6 loss to the Celtics in the ’08 Finals, Artest got into the Lakers’ locker room and made his way over to the showering Kobe? Recall what Artest reportedly said? “I want to come help you. If I can, I’m gonna find a way to come to L.A. and help you win the title.” Well, Ron-Ron, your big chance is about to arrive. And against that same evil nemesis, the Celts. May your words – and the defense to back them – prove ever true!
(34)

Mamba24 -

" Cause compared to the Lakers you aint got SPIT!!!!!"

Okay, we know what you really meant to say......hint...hint

MAMBA24, Thanks for including me on your FINAL PAYBACK WAGON!! I really enjoy reading your bandwagons, you do a great job. I always look forward to the day of the game one!!!!


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