Ron Artest Bullies Inside for Game Winner: Lakers Nip Suns 103-101 In WCF Game 5

Sweet redemption…

There are no moral victories in professional sports. Deal.

Kobe Bryant: 30 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 blocks. That’s a pretty nice game but when he missed the potential game winner (great defense by Grant Hill) you all but thought a great game was fit to be tied but…

Ron Ron monsters inside, gets the rebound and somehow got an off balance put back off glass to win at the buzzer.

When competitors feel in game inferior because of their performance, they will do whatever it takes to feel apart of the outcome. Passion won over.

Steve Nash was pretty much allowed to score and rocked out…getting 29 points to go along with 11 assists. After Nash missed a three and got his own rebound, Lakers fans everywhere knew eventually the Suns would hit a three based on the percentages…Phoenix hits at a 41% clip. Jason Richardson missed a three  and Channing Frye stole yet another Suns rebound…JRich gets one more shot and blasted it off glass with no cash to tie the game at 101.

This game was pivotal because the Lakers are now back in the driver’s seat regarding home court advantage.

Artest missed 7 shots..was 2-9…and missed all three of his three point attempts before the game winner. Phil Jackson wanted to pull him. He had just 2 points before the dramatic make and that included a wide open three pointer that badly missed with 22 seconds on the shot clock with about a minute to play.

This is why the Lakers signed Ron Artest. He offers a coach intangibles and a nuanced feel for the game you need this time of year when the pressure is heightened.

Nash had a great game and willed Phoenix back from 18 down. The Lakers were content with Nash scoring two point buckets and limiting his assists but the defensive philosophy almost backfired.

Alvin Gentry reminds me of that cool ass uncle in the huddle and is doing everything he can to keep Phoenix close.

He really needs Stat to do more.

Amar’e Stoudemire had 19 but pulled down a minuscule 4 boards. Channing Frye had 3 threes to go along with his 14. Jason Richardson had 12 and both Jared Dudley and Grant Hill had 10.

For the victors, Pau Gasol had 21 and 9, Derrick Fisher had a cool 22 and Lamar Odom stepped up again and had 13 rebounds and 17 points.

Los Angeles shot a paltry 41% from the field, 20-23 from the line and a pitiful 7-24 from San Diego

Phoenix shot 46% for the game, 20-29 from the stripe and an abysmal 9-27 from Lake Mead.

I thought it would go five…

Game 6 in Phoenix Saturday 8:30 EST.

Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3M-3A +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Stoudemire F 35:25 7-12 5-7 0-0 +3 1 4 0 3 2 4 4 19
G. Hill F 30:51 3-7 3-3 1-1 -6 1 5 1 3 1 2 2 10
R. Lopez C 11:24 0-3 0-0 0-0 -4 1 2 0 0 1 1 2 0
S. Nash G 35:23 12-20 3-5 2-6 +5 2 3 11 0 0 2 1 29
J. Richardson G 33:16 5-12 1-3 1-6 -1 1 5 1 1 2 1 1 12
C. Frye 31:20 4-10 3-4 3-8 +10 3 10 2 1 1 0 3 14
J. Dudley 20:34 3-5 3-4 1-2 +2 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 10
L. Barbosa 14:44 0-2 2-3 0-1 -1 0 2 2 0 0 1 3 2
L. Amundson 13:09 1-1 0-0 0-0 -7 2 3 0 0 0 2 1 2
G. Dragic 12:37 1-5 0-0 1-3 -7 0 2 1 0 0 2 4 3
J. Collins 1:17 0-0 0-0 0-0 -4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 240 36-77
12 40 19 8 7 15 21 101
LA Lakers
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3M-3A +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
P. Gasol F 40:30 7-14 7-8 0-0 -7 4 9 5 1 0 2 4 21
R. Artest F 31:08 2-9 0-0 0-3 -4 2 5 2 1 3 2 4 4
A. Bynum C 18:39 0-5 2-2 0-0 +3 5 7 0 4 0 0 5 2
K. Bryant G 42:37 12-27 2-3 4-10 +4 3 11 9 4 0 2 3 30
D. Fisher G 35:37 7-12 6-6 2-5 -3 0 1 4 0 1 1 4 22
L. Odom 36:51 7-11 3-4 0-1 +8 5 13 4 0 1 2 1 17
J. Farmar 12:37 0-2 0-0 0-1 +7 0 2 4 0 2 1 2 0
S. Vujacic 11:36 2-4 0-0 1-3 +6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
S. Brown 6:42 1-4 0-0 0-1 -5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
L. Walton 3:43 0-3 0-0 0-0 +1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Morrison DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 38-91
19 49 28 10 7 10 24 103
Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Marc Davis, Bob Delaney
Attendance: 18,997
Time of Game: 2:38
– Coach (7:33 – 2nd Qtr)
– G. Dragic (9:43 – 4th Qtr)
LA Lakers
– Team (3:42 – 1st Qtr)
– S. Vujacic (9:43 – 4th Qtr)
– K. Bryant (9:25 – 4th Qtr)

10 Responses to “Ron Artest Bullies Inside for Game Winner: Lakers Nip Suns 103-101 In WCF Game 5”

  1. Temple3 says:

    Nice tech additions.

    I’m wondering why the AP chose to characterize him as a “troublemaker” on the Lakers and to refer to his shot as “hideous.” I thought they were writing about Annie L’s photograph of King Kong. Either way…the inerrant predictability of white supremacy in journalism is a thing to behold.

    It’s as ugly, weak and impotent as the shriveled members of its architects. Still, they plod on…and RonRon does work under the boards. The great thing about Artest is that he KNOWS who he is…and he’s Teflon. He’ll always be that guy and you can’t touch him with hideous words intent on troublemaking.

  2. Mizzo says:

    Man tell it. It’s absolutely crazy. If I hear one more embicile mention Nash’s two time MVP I’m gonna scribe freak. As if that’s some sort of validation of his wares. The convo last night exploded again on twitter. It was like ten or eleven folks to one. I can deal because I’m chilllllll like that 😉

    I thought of you with the embedds fam.

  3. Temple3 says:


    The problem with the Two Timer going for 29 is that his man rocked for 22. So, he’s only +7 in a matchup that he has yet to dominate. Maybe if this series goes on for another five or six weeks, he can muster up a few games where he dominates Fisher, but the Two Timer’s performance is proving to be largely irrelevant to the outcomes.

    If Amar’e didn’t spend so much time away from the rim setting high screens to set up the Two Timers’ offense, he might grab more boards. He doesn’t have the longest arms in the world to begin with. He looks like a Kevin Willis-type Alligator out there, but he’s got offensive skills galore.

    Stoudemire’s not the biggest guy in the world (6’8″ or so in his bare feet) and he could do more, but he needs to be stationed closer to the rim. I don’t think he has good rebounding instincts when it comes to hawking down balls from the top. Howard is excellent at this, but he’s a different dude. When Steph was there and Amar’e spent more time on the block (because Steph didn’t need his assistance to get into the lane) he averaged more rebounds.

    I can’t really say for sure, but I think he would pull more rebounds if that was the priority of the coach and the system. I think the Suns’ priority is on getting Nash into the lane, by any means needed, to break down the defense. Rebounding is secondary.

    The Lakers Big 3 combined for 14 offensive rebounds last night. That’s not merely on Amar’e. Defensive rebounding has to be a team effort. Hill and Richardson and Lopez have to grind as well…and if the Two Timer was as grand as those he’s alleged to have surpassed, he’d be in there too. Has he EVER had more than 3 or 4 rebounds in a game?

    If Fat Lever could do it, so can he.

  4. Kwami says:

    Nobody brings up Nash’s two MVPs more than the regulars on this blog. Do you use this to whip yourselves up into a racial frenzy or something? Because what you say about the “media” always mentioning Nash’s 2 MVPs just isn’t true. I haven’t heard it mentioned once on the ESPN or TNT broadcasts, among other places.

  5. Mizzo says:

    whatever troll. have a nice holiday weekend.

  6. TC says:

    Man, you guys killed it with the analysis. Yeah, I get tired of the damning of Ron Ron. There is a story about how Ron Ron was fined for being late for practice today and it says that Ron Ron says he thinks too much, which the writer says is unusual for a guy who supposedly reacts on instinct. What the hell does that writer know? Dipshit. No disrespect to T. Ariza but I love my man Ron Ron. That’s a good dude. And yeah, Temple’s point about the reason Amar’e doesn’t get more boards is exactly right. If he wasn’t picking and rolling so much, I think his rebounding numbers would be way better. As Temple said, and I agree, his instincts for boarding don’t seem so great but with his freaky athleticism (this dude should be in the dunk contest), I’m sure he could get more boards…..but then where would The Floppy Haired One be? All that said, they got to the WCFs, so they must be doing something right. Nash made some nice shots, but as Temple said, Fish basically negated him. Fish was as cool as the other side of the pillow. Vujacic was nicely deployed by Phil to bug the fuck out of Dragic. I gotta say something about Jason Richardson though. That guy is so underrated. What does he do wrong? And an appreciation of Grant Hill-as a guy a couple years younger than Grant, I got so much appreciation for his determination. I don’t think the journos and TV talking heads (outside of Kenny, Chuck, and CWebb) appreciate him. Grant is as cool as the other side of the pillow but it masks an iron will. Both he and Richardson are so underappreciated.

    And yeah, I get a little sick of the constant attention on Steve Nash Kwami, and I’m white.

  7. Kwami says:

    What excessive attention to Nash do you speak of? He’s the starting point guard on a team in the western conference finals. You expect his name never to be mentioned? And the charge I put to you guys is to cite these (really nonexsitent) instances of his two MVP awards being hoisted up as a badge of honor by the media? I’ve not heard mention of it once during any single Suns game in these playoffs. I contend that some of you, Mizzo in particular, is freakishly sensitive to any mention of Steve Nash, pathologically so, since he appears to be making up facts to justify his hatred. So, where are all these supposed numerous references to Nash’s MVPs in these playoffs?

  8. Miranda says:

    “Kwami”……………..LMAO….now that’s funny! I gotta give you props for the name….that is some funny ish right there! “Kwami’….. ROFLMAO

  9. Mizzo says:

    Yeah “Kwami” LOL

  10. Kwami says:

    Kwami is a distinguished name of Ghanian origin. What exactly is so funny about it? It’s funnier than “Miranda”? Hey, does Escobedo hang here too?