In Game 6, Kobe Bryant and His Lakers Teammates Destory the Celtics 89-67 to Force Game 7

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?

Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3M-3A +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
P. Pierce F 34:17 6-14 0-0 1-4 -26 1 4 2 0 1 5 1 13
K. Garnett F 31:00 6-14 0-0 0-1 -18 0 6 3 0 1 0 3 12
K. Perkins C 6:30 0-1 0-0 0-0 -6 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
R. Allen G 36:02 7-14 3-3 2-5 -18 2 2 3 0 0 0 2 19
R. Rondo G 33:10 5-15 0-2 0-1 -18 1 5 6 0 2 3 1 10
G. Davis 27:02 0-3 0-2 0-0 -16 4 9 0 2 1 0 3 0
T. Allen 17:18 1-4 0-0 0-0 -10 1 1 0 2 3 0 3 2
R. Wallace 17:22 0-7 0-0 0-6 -11 0 3 0 0 0 0 4 0
N. Robinson 15:38 2-8 1-1 1-4 -1 1 4 3 0 0 2 0 6
S. Williams 14:06 0-1 0-0 0-0 +7 0 3 0 0 0 2 2 0
M. Daniels 4:14 1-2 2-2 1-1 +3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 5
M. Finley 3:21 0-1 0-0 0-1 +4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
O. Lafayette DNP — INACTIVE
B. Scalabrine DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 28-84
11 39 17 4 8 14 21 67
LA Lakers
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3M-3A +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
P. Gasol F 41:18 6-14 5-6 0-0 +20 5 13 9 3 1 2 2 17
R. Artest F 32:05 6-11 0-0 3-6 +26 0 6 0 1 0 2 3 15
A. Bynum C 15:53 1-4 0-0 0-0 +9 3 4 0 1 1 0 1 2
K. Bryant G 39:37 9-19 7-7 1-4 +15 3 11 3 0 4 2 2 26
D. Fisher G 15:20 1-1 2-2 0-0 +1 0 2 0 0 2 3 4 4
L. Odom 28:26 3-9 2-2 0-2 +14 1 10 1 2 1 1 2 8
S. Brown 19:24 2-4 0-0 0-1 +8 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 4
J. Farmar 17:27 2-6 0-0 0-1 +9 0 1 1 0 3 2 0 4
S. Vujacic 14:21 3-6 1-2 2-4 +10 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 9
J. Powell 7:41 0-2 0-0 0-1 +2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Walton 5:46 0-2 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
D. Mbenga 2:42 0-1 0-0 0-0 -1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
A. Morrison DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 33-79
12 52 17 8 13 13 17 89
Officials: Monty McCutchen, Joe DeRosa, Ken Mauer
Attendance: 18,997
Time of Game: 2:31
LA Lakers
– 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.

11 Responses to “In Game 6, Kobe Bryant and His Lakers Teammates Destory the Celtics 89-67 to Force Game 7”

  1. sankofad says:

    I was quite surprised hearing Jeff Van Gundy slamming Kobe’s critics for not respecting his game and placing him in the pantheon of greats. He particularly called out the media. Dude was really angry about the disrespect Kobe was getting. Damn!

    It is unfortunate that Perkins went down like that, though with the way both team was playing I don’t think they would have won, but that injury plus the Celtics playing shitty offense for about three quarters didn’t help.

    What’s with these professional athletes anyway? Are the so mentally fragile that if they go into some one’s backyard, their balls start retracting?

    Count on Doc to get these cats ready for Thursday. I still think they have more junk yard dog in them than any Laker not named Kobe Bryant.

    So it’s one game and both team better bring their game, balls and hammer, nothing less will be respected.

  2. KevDog says:

    Lakers played with intensity, the Celtics layed down like Dogs. Game 5 in reverse.

    In this series, there has been only one game where both teams brought similar levels of intensity, game 3. Lakers win.

    Both teams play their hardest, Lakers have #16, Kobe and Fish have #5.

  3. TC says:

    I liked JVG slamming those who don’t recognize what Kobe did in the third quarter of Game 5 also. That was much appreciated in these quarters. Yeah, unlucky for Perk to go down but it wouldn’t have mattered. Lakers came out as they can. I agree with Sankofa that Celts have a bit more junkyard dog in them, but do they have the horses?

  4. CAvard says:

    Where was Rondo? He was too busy focused on getting Pierce the ball that he lost his own composure in game six. We need to see his Randy Moss-esque “superfreak” athletic abilities come alive in the last game. When Rondo’s on, so is the rest of the team. I know that’s only one aspect of the Celtics game, but it’s a crucial one. That and rebounding. Wow, that was dismal.

  5. Temple3 says:

    This game was over in the first 3 minutes.

  6. Temple3 says:

    The interesting thing about this Celtics team is that games like last night have absolutely no bearing on how they play the next game. They were blown out in Game 1 and won Game 2. They were destroyed by Cleveland in Game 3, then returned the favor in Game 4. Last year, they lost an OT game, a double OT game and a triple OT game IN THE SAME SERIES — AND STILL WON Game 7.

    The Lakers are going to go all out in Game 7. I suspect the game will come down to the wire — and if Kobe has the rock…it’ll be a wrap.

    Still, I picked Boston when they signed Rasheed — and it is ironic (like Mizzo said) that he will be front and center on Thursday night. If he can keep his cool (unlikely) and score 10-15 points, pull down 8-15 rebounds and block a couple of shots, Boston will be in great shape. If he can’t be cool or if his back flares up, Boston will probably flame out.

    Should be a thriller. Everyone gets what they want: from Stern to you and me 🙂

  7. Temple3 says:

    6 for 26: Wallace, Perkins, Davis, Williams, Garnett.

    Wow. That’s hard to do.

  8. Origin says:

    Man Perkins tore his ACL and PCL. Hate to see the brotha go down like that.

    Even though Perkins doesn’t score that much his he is such an important cog in the Celtics system. Lakers now have a true edge inside.

    Temple you are right about Wallace. But the dude gets so many fouls so quick. And the Celtics bigs have stayed in foul trouble the whole series compared to the laker bigs.

    I just don’t know if they can win this game………unless the refs actually let the Celtic bigs play. Last Sheldon Williams should not even play. This dude does nothing………man can the Celtics trade him for his wife??? I know that sista can play.

  9. KevDog says:

    I’ll gladly give the Celts a healthy Perk in exchange for a healthy Bynum. Bynum healthy means this series was over in 5 at the most.

    I’m not feeling sorry for those green punks.

  10. TC says:

    Temple, I think you’re right, this game could be decided early for the Lakers…..or it could go down to the wire. I think if it goes down to the wire though, one has to think the Lakers haven’t been all there like they need to be. I’m obv. biased as a Laker fan but I think if get the ball in to Andrew and Pau early-get them established (as they used to do-Shaq so often dominated the first half then Kobe would clean ’em out in the second half), Lakers will win. Damn it’s gonna be a doozy either way though. I think these will, regardless of where your allegiances lie, the best Finals since ’87.

  11. TC says:

    oops, sorry Temple, you didn’t say it could be decided early for the Lakers. My bad. I’m projecting.