We are running out of adjectives for Kobe Bryant. Thrilling. Amazing. Unstoppable. Brilliant. M-V-P. He should never retire.
Kobe aka Mamba is fresh off a 47 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals performance on Wednesday night in Portland in a virtual must win to keep the Lakers a full game ahead of the Utah Jazz in the playoff race. Might I add that Kobe played the entire 48 minutes of the game and shot 14 for 17 from the field.
Let’s set the stage: the 2012 – 2013 Lakers have not won both games on back to back to back nights this season. The Lakers have always had epic battles in Portland. Impressively, the Blazers are competitive against LA regardless of their roster – from the days of Terry Porter to JR Rider to Brian Grant to Brandon Roy.
Throw in current Rookie of the Year front runner Damian Lillard dropping 23 points in the first half en route to a career high 38 points prompting praise from Kobe via twitter “Lillard is the real deal #mambasalute”
I must add that the Portland Trailblazers started 4 rookies for the first time in their history. The Lakers subsequently give up 69 points in the first half! They fixed the defense giving up only 37 points in the second half to secure the win.
Worthy to mention that both Dwight Howard (20 points and 10 rebounds) and Pau Gasol (23 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists) had very good games.
Biggest questions: Will the Lakers make the playoffs? Is all this effort for nothing? If they do make the playoffs, how will they fair?
Did you hear Magic Johnson last night on national TV!!? “If the Lakers get in the playoffs and end up in the 8 spot. And the Spurs get the 1 spot, the Lakers are gonna beat the Spurs”. BOLD STATEMENT!
Love this GAME! Can’t wait for the playoffs!
In other news: the Miami Heat won again last night without Bosh, Wade and LeBron. How/ Why? They have guys like Mike Miller, Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen. Mike Miller averaged 19 points a year at his career high, Rashard Lewis averaged 22 points at his best and sharpshooting Ray Allen had a career best season average of 26 points a game. The Heat took a franchise record 41 three pointers! And made 17 of em.
They have clinched home court advantage throughout the playoffs. The Miami Heat are resting and ready to contend for back to back titles. I see no able nor capable nor well-equipped resistance to their repeat title chances. Who can Beat the Heat?
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