Sunday, May 9, 2010

Just A Bit Outside

2010 NBA Playoffs - Western Conference
Los Angeles Lakers (1) vs Utah Jazz (5) @ EnergySolutions Arena
Round 2 - Game 3
Lakers lead 3-0

Lakers win 111-110.

Lakers take their 1st visiting playoff game this postseason by scoring a consecutive 111 points to put the nail in the coffin against Utah in Utah. Let's start off stating the obvious here. Artest, shooting slump? Uh, not anymore. Ron hit four crucial 3 pointers going 4-7 behind the arc. He had a postseason high 20 points. If Artest plays this way every time the media gets on his ass about tweeting then tweet away Ron. Kobe had a game high 35 points and was clutch in the final seconds hitting a 3 pointer to tie the game. Gasol had his 3rd straight double double w/ 14 and 17 rebs. The big story of the night was my man D Fish! He came through in his old arena and hit seven 3 pointers, again, all being critical as the game was tight throughout the night. His 3-pointer with 28.6 seconds left proved to be the go-ahead basket to take a 3-0 lead in the series.

On the other end of the court two players stood out. One usual suspect and one unlikely hero. I said it once and I'll say it again, D. Williams can not do it alone. His effort game in and game out has to be matched by someone. D. Williams is averaging 25 pts. and 10 assists pg. Deron had an opportunity to win the game, losing by one, with a last second shot but missed his (not needed) 3 pointer with another heart breaking missed put back tap in by Matthews that was just a bit outside as the buzzer went off.

The almost unlikely hero of the game was Korver. He came off the bench and had a postseason high 23 points, only missing one shot. He went 9-10 and hit all five of his 3 point attempts. Korver was catching and shooting where ever he pleased.

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