Ron Artest can smile after an all out team win. He’s got that QB Ether look
Much was made about how Kobe Bryant admonished his teammates within earshot of the press after a Game 5 loss. He was called everything from selfish to childish to whatever else was thought but not said. His words “Man up and do your job” were really all he had to say for his teammates to get the reason behind his ire, but the message somehow got misconstrued in a press smelling blood.
So he went into safe mode and even after he and his teammates made short work of the Celtics 89-67 in Game 6, he was still hard core lip locked post game:
He’s not giving anybody anything they can use to exploit and while I’m sure some writers across the land are hot and frustrated, what the hell else do you expect?
He wants the game to be pure and played by the Lakers and Celtics, not influenced by the words of sports journalists attempting to make a buck off all the hard work he and his mates have done all year to get to the is point. Of course he knows the depth of a potentially epic Celtics/Lakers Game 7 but the game is played on the floor and in this day and age, it seems what transpires before and after the game becomes the story…slant…I’d play but I can’t nonsense.
Kobe knows this is his legacy and he, not you, wants the pen to write it…
He shot 9-19 but for the most part managed the game and willed his teammates on throughout. This was about the team he knows he needs his mates to have his back in support if ring number 5 is to be secured. There’s nothing wrong with desiring the greatness to be a champion…realize the distinction.
This isn’t as easy as he thought it would be, but truly what has been easy throughout his career?
Yet and still, he’s here.
He scored 26 points, had 11 boards, ripped 4 steals and congratulated every teammate he could whenever he could. Ron Artest (most likely the indirect object of his Game 5 post game ire) followed Kobe’s lead with 15 of his own. Knowing Artest a little, I’m sure he was just as upset with himself after Game 5 and agonized every…single…second leading up to Game 6. He came here to win a title and played like it when the hot is the hottest.
He knows who is the leader is. This is Kobe’s squad and if the Lakers are going to get this done, Ron Artest has to show and prove everything he said leading up to the transaction making him a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Pau stepped up…
Gasol had 17, 13 and 9 assists in a matter of redemption after being smacked, blocked and hypothetically spit on in Game 5. Andrew Bynum was limited to 2 points, but despite that lack of production, it seems the Lakers will be hard to beat in a Game 7 on their floor.
With Perkins most likely out, the Celtics are now even more undersized than before and Rasheed Wallace will have to maintain composure and do what he was signed to do in the off season.
Crazy how it’s playing out with Artest and Wallace.
The blessing in disguise in a blowout loss is that Boston starters could rest on the bench and stew instead of logging collective heavy minutes.
There was a sick slam by Shannon Brown that almost looked as if it was done in spectacular reverse:
Kendrick Perkins went down with a knee injury in the first rebounding in front of Andrew Bynum and coupled with all the tremendous energy Los Angeles played with, the Celtics really had no chance.
They shot 33.3% from the field and an even worse 5-23 from behind the arc.
Ray Allen led with 19, Paul Pierce had 13, Garnett put in 12 and Rajon Rondo scored 10.
The rest of the team had just 13. What? Yeah just crazy.
This was a win that spoke volumes about the potential firepower of the Lakers on their home court. They couldn’t wait to get home but we should have expected no less.
I’ll stick with my pick of Celtics in 7 because it’s already documented but Boston…even with their 2010 playoff resilience, has a battle ahead that even Tru Warriers [sic] might not be able to handle.
During these playoffs, Doc Rivers has proven again and again he is game against any coach he’s up against. How he will motivate his battered team remains to be seen but trust he will have his team ready one more game because there is no recourse.
If you remember, after Game 5 Phil Jackson was relatively calm. Because of the 2-3-2 Finals format, his team had the luxury of going home and taking care of its own destiny. He was very comfortable in that.
Now the Lakers are one game away from repeating as champions in a series they have yet to win two straight.
Game 7 should be epic. You ready?
|T. Gaffney||DNP — INACTIVE|
|O. Lafayette||DNP — INACTIVE|
|B. Scalabrine||DNP — INACTIVE|
|A. Morrison||DNP — INACTIVE|
Officials: Monty McCutchen, Joe DeRosa, Ken Mauer
Time of Game: 2:31
- Team (4:54 – 3rd Qtr)
- K. Bryant (6:31 – 4th Qtr)
This was a team win. Kobe knows the importance of his teammates. Man up and understand he simply wants everyone to do their part in a moment that has to be seized.
“It wasn’t his choice to make…to be great…I’m (he’s) giving it all it takes.”
Happy Birthday Tupac Amaru Shakur. Rest in peace and mos def power my brotha.