Friday, October 1, 2010

Champion Lakers: A look back

As the NBA Champs get ready for a new season, here's a look back at how they kept their crown.

The back-to-back champs beat a gritty Celtics team to win Game 7 of the NBA Finals 83-79. Kobe struggled, but found other ways to lead his team to the win. Pau Gasol was quiet at the start, but took control of the paint late in the game. D-Fish hit a big 3-pointer like clockwork. And, perhaps the most unlikely hero of them all, Ron Artest was the most consistent Laker from start to finish. His 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter sealed the deal. . . his post game comments and interview capped the entertainment value of a tremendous Finals showdown.

In the end, it was a total team effort. A sweet victory for your 2009-2010 NBA Champions: The Los Angeles Lakers!

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (C) holds the Larry O'Brien championship trophy with his teammates after defeating the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals basketball series in Los Angeles, California June 17, 2010.    REUTERS/Alex Gallardo (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

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Friday, June 4, 2010

L.A. stands tall, beats Boston for 1-0 Finals lead

Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers
The road to redemption started early for Lakers forward Pau Gasol. His physical play, dominating the offensive boards, helped lead the Lakers to a 102-89 Game 1 victory over the Boston Celtics. Gasol finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds (8 offensive rebounds).

Kobe Bryant was nothing short of brilliant, workin' the mid-range game for a game-high 30 points to go along with 6 assists and 7 rebounds. And number 24 did it on the defensive end as well, taking the challenge of guarding Celtics guard, Rajon Rondo, and capping the night with a big block on Tony Allen in the second half.

The defense, the rebounding, the overall intensity all sided with the Lakers last night. It was a dominate performance and the Lakers will look to make it a 2-0 series lead when both sides meet again this Sunday at 8 ET.

Good news for Lakers fans . . .

In case you haven't heard, Phil Jackson's teams are 47-0 when they win the first game of a playoff series. There's a long way to go, but, if that trend holds up, L.A. will be hanging its 16th championship banner.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Santana Moss linked to Galea HGH controversy

Santana Moss, #89, Washington RedskinsImage via Wikipedia
Breaking news hitting the wires as Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss is alleged to have received human growth hormone from controversy-laden Canadian doctor, Anthony Galea.

via The Washington Post:
by Rick Maese and Barry Svrluga

One source said that Moss was the player Galea's medical assistant, Mary Anne Catalano, was on her way to meet in Washington, when she was arrested at the U.S.-Canada border on Sept. 14, 2009, with banned substances, syringes and other medical equipment in her vehicle.

Moss would not discuss the matter at Redskins Park on Wednesday.

"I'll talk about football. I don't know about nothing else," Moss said. "I ain't got nothing to do with nothing that ain't about me."

You can read the rest of the article here.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

L.A.'s supporting cast gets some. . .Lakers take 2-0 series lead over Suns

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23:  (L-R) Kobe Bryant #...Image by Getty Images via Daylife
Kobe dropped 40 in game one. So holding Bryant to 21 points in game two should have been good news for the Suns, right?


Double team Kobe Bryant and leave his supporting cast wide open to do damage. That was the story of Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. Kobe Bryant dished a career playoff-high 13 assists to lead the Lakers past the Suns 124-112.

Ron Artest can't shoot?

Lamar Odom got lucky?

How about 18 points for Ron Artest on 6 of 9 shooting? Odom contributed with 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. And if that weren't enough, Pau Gasol closed the deal down the stretch. The Lakers big man scored 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

As for the Suns? Grant Hill had his mid-range game on point the entire night. But, his 23 points weren't enough -- neither was Richardson's 27 or Stoudemire's 18.

The series shifts to Phoenix for Game 3 Sunday at 8:30 ET.

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Orlando stumbles down the stretch, Boston takes 2-0 lead

BOSTON - DECEMBER 03: Kendrick Perkins #43 of ...Image by Getty Images via Daylife
The Boston Celtics gained a stranglehold in the Eastern Conference Finals last night with a 95-92 win over the Olando Magic. Late mistakes cost the Magic in the final minutes of the game. Vince Carter missed two crucial free throws and J.J. Redick let precious seconds fall off the clock when he failed to immediately call a timeout after securing a rebound late in the game.
Boston looks like it smells blood in the water. Paul Pierce, who finished with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, made it clear . . . the Celtics hope to close this series out when they head back to Boston later this week.

Game 3 is on the Celtics home court, this Saturday at 8:30 ET.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Kobe scorches Suns, Lakers take 1-0 series lead

Kobe Bryant looking at usImage by Aaron Frutman via Flickr
The Suns were the hottest team coming into last night's opener for the Western Conference Finals . . .

Aaaannd Kobe cares, why?

Someone forgot to tell #24 that the Suns were on the rise. The reigning Finals MVP torched Pheonix for 40 points on 13 of 23 shooting from the field. The Lakers took their first lead mid-way through the first quarter and didn't look back - ballooning their lead to the 30s in the 4th quarter and crusing to an easy 21-point, 128-107 victory.

The Suns set early this tim around. The game was so far gone that Steve Nash sat the entire 4th quarter of garbage time. He finished with a quiet 13 points and 13 assists. Amare Stoudemire had 23 points. None of it mattered Monday night.

The Lakers' Pau Gasol orchestrated the paint, finishing with 21 points. But, it was the impressive play by Lakers' sixth man, Lamar Odom, that sealed the deal. Odom had 19 points and 19 rebounds off the bench, doing anything and everything he wanted on the court.

The Lakers will look to take a 2-0 series lead on Wednesday night at 8pm ET.

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