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Photo Caption Contest: Ron Artest gets chippy with Portland's Gerald Wallace

March 21, 2011 |  1:05 pm

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No one should be surprised by this photo. This is what Ron Artest does, getting physical with opponents and adding instant toughness to the Lakers' defense.

In the Lakers' 84-80 victory Sunday over the Portland Trail Blazers, Artest and Blazers forward Gerald Wallace didn't back away from each other, prompting Artest to shove him away. The move drew a technical foul with the Lakers leading 80-77 with 44.8 seconds, jeopardizing their chances of salvaging a victory. But as Kobe Bryant said, "I'll take Ron against anybody any day of the week."

This leads to a perfect photo caption contest, and if you're looking for some ideas, here's Phil Jackson's play-by-play on the situation.

"Two guys getting after it and trying to out-muscle one another," Jackson said. "Wallace wasn't going to be out-muscled by Ron. Ron kept the action going, probably. I don't know if both of them should've been teed up. But [Danny] Crawford decided it was Ron's responsibility for the way it came out."

Photo: Forwards Gerald Wallace of the Blazers and Ron Artest of the Lakers get into a shoving match during the second half Sunday. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press

-- Mark Medina

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