Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ron Artest - From Bad to Best

2010 NBA Playoffs - Western Conference Finals
Los Angeles Lakers (1) vs Phoenix Suns (3) @ Staples Center
Round 3 - Game 5
Lakers lead 3-2
Final score: Lakers 103 - Suns 101

The Artest Chronicles

Ron Artest can hold the ball to suck out 22 more seconds off the shot clock fresh off an OREB late in the final seconds of the game but he decides to shoot a quick 3 pointer. His shot hits iron and Phoenix grabs the rebound trailing by three. Laker fans still in shock with Artest's decision not to hold the ball.

The next possession, the Suns get three second shot opportunities and Jason Richardson banks in his 2nd 3 point attempt to tie the game with 3 seconds left. Fans now prepare to tape Artest's face to their garage dart boards. Now it's time for Kobe to close the game with another game winner. The play drawn for Kobe, Kobe shoots and air balls his shot because of good defense. Artest seeing that the shot was short runs to get inside position, catches Kobe's brick and banks in the fading game winner. Staples Center erupts as Kobe and Artest embrace one another, a sight I would have never thought to imagine since they were both going at it this time around last year.

Ron Artest redeems himself and is loved once again. The Sun's almost pull the upset to steal a win in L.A. Steve Nash was clutch in the final minutes and helped his team eat away from an 18 point deficit. Nash had a team high 29 w/ 11 assists. Frye was big off the bench once again, scoring 14 and hitting three big long balls. There were three Lakers with 20+ points. Kobe is just one assist shy for his triple double (30, 11, 9), D Fish ends the night with 22 pts. and Gasol hits the locker room with veintiuno (21 for those who don't speak Pau). LO has his 4th double double of the series (17 w/ 13 rebs). He continues to play well at the 6th man spot off the bench. His double digit contribution is key against the Sun's very strong second unit.

These kinds a games would make any losing head coach want to vomit and Alvin Gentry did just that. Cue video...

Lakers hold home court and look to end the series in Phoenix on Saturday.

Click here for tonight's box score courtesy of Yahoo Sports!

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