Everyone, including myself, is labeling Gasol the best big man in the NBA. Time to show and prove Pau
I’ve never seen Kobe Bryant as pissed as I saw him last night at the post game presser podium. He’s done everything he can to help his team move on, but it seems his team has let him down. Beans has a third straight great performance (double digit assists in each) but the last two have left him score result disappointed. 38 points, 10 assists and 7 rips? The only knock was his 7 points in the 4th. That’s usually where he gets his money. He’s gotta be mad his team is in this position because all he sees is June confetti reign. He will go off in Game 5 and do whatever it takes to get that W.
I thought the Suns would win this game 110-106 simply because the flow of the 2010 NBA playoffs dictated such a result. The Suns needed to get home and regain confidence by hitting shots on their own floor and last night everything fell into place.
The Lakers are being punched in the face with a hot ass Arizona hand and if they don’t man up, the soft tag will resurface. Gasol, Odom and Bynum getcha hard hats on. It’s time to go to work because Stat is beginning to get his.
Amar’e had a second straight strong game with 21 and 8. Steve Nash had 15 and 8 as well.
Once Channing Frye got hot after shooting 1-21 from behind the arc before the heat check, the crowd did the rest and the Suns now are tied with the heavily favored Lakers 2-2.
The Suns bench shot 60% and out rebounded the Lakers 2-1 (23-11). Phoenix had 54 bench points to Los Angeles’ 20 and Odom had 15 of the total. The benches decided this game.
For the game, the Suns had 51 boards to the Lakers 36.
The Lakers shot 7-13 from the line and 9-28 from the three point stripe. The Suns 22-32 and 11-30.
Way too many threes for the Lakers, they have to do something with the zone and commit to pounding the ball inside.
Phoenix had 6 in double figures, the Lakers 5. The Lakers are shooting well, it’s the shot selection that has played as much a part in these last two defeats as anything else.
The free throw disparity in this series is the most telling stat. The Lakers have to use their height advantage and go inside. It slows the game and prohibits the Suns from putting up crazy amounts of shots.
74-33 difference in two games? The Suns? Huh? Wha…the…?
Phoenix is hot. I picked the Lakers in 5. Don’t be surprised if both series go seven. Remember all that Lakers/Celtics talk? Squash it for now.
Game 5 Thursday night in Los Angeles. The Lakers are 7-0 at home this post season and 15-2 in Los Angeles the last two playoffs.
|D. Mbenga||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|J. Powell||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|S. Vujacic||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|A. Morrison||DNP — INACTIVE|
|E. Clark||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|J. Collins||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|T. Griffin||DNP — INACTIVE|
|D. Jones||DNP — INACTIVE|
Time of Game: 2:29