NBA Playoffs: Kobe Powers Lakers To The NBA Finals
Now maybe all this fuss about the Spurs being a boring basketball team can finally be silenced as the Lakers made many wishes come true last night by dispatching San Antonio — and ending the defense of their title, 100 – 92. Leading the way for the Lakers was that Kobe fellow who had 39 points including 17 in the final quarter.
Rounding out the Lakers attack was, of course, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, who had 12 and 13 points, respectively. Gasol also had 19 rebounds, ten of which on the offensive end.
But this game was all Bryant. Playing like the MVP he is AND as a player dying to get back to the NBA Finals, Kobe showed why he’s considered the best player in the league today as he hit an assortment of twisting jump shots, driving layups and did pretty much anything he wanted to do when he had the ball. As indicated, the MVP finished with 39 points while only going to the free throw line five times. Unlike the Utah series, Bryant didn’t get fat at the free throw line against the Spurs, making his performance all the more impressive.
The Spurs, led by Tim Duncan’s 19, 15, and 10 triple-double, were once again done in by a poor game from Manu Ginobili and now they face the specter of “what now?” Do they make wholesale changes to the team in a effort to build a good supporting cast around Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Ginobili or do they keep what they have and try to make another title run in an odd numbered year (next season)?
Pounding the Rock has some ideas:
I feel bad for Tim, Manu and Tony. They were good enough this year to repeat as champions. They dragged a bunch of scrubs deep into the Western Conference playoffs, carrying 98% of the workload between the three of them. They deserved a better chance than the front office gave them.
As for next year, it’s obviously time to reload, and in a big way.
As for the Lakers; well, they’ll be resting and waiting on their next opponent. Will it be Detroit or Boston? If the conspiracy theories have any merit, expect to see the Boston Celtics. However, it would be foolish to count out the Pistons, a team that loves being a thorn in the side of league-wide plans.