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Could be worse. It could be The Magic Hour.

My fellow gamers should be happy to hear this new rumor: Michael Jordan might be on the cover of NBA 2K11, and possibly even may be featured as a playable character. Or maybe this just means new features in a team ownership mode where you can draft scrubs like Kwame Brown and sign Larry Hughes while gambling and smoking cigars on a golf course.

Speaking of Jordan, Rajon Rondo hasn't really ever seen him play. According to this superb interview (h/t Jonah Keri for the link), he never was a fan of the NBA when he was younger. In fact, he grew up in Louisville only an hour and a half from Indianapolis (like me) and never once went to see them play a single game in person (also like me) However, he found he enjoyed basketball more than other sports and was really good at it (unlike me), so he made the NBA his goal because he knew that was the highest level of basketball. Wouldn't you rather be in the NBA rather than playing in the D-League or overseas, even if it means being Adam Morrison? (Okay, bad example, not even Adam Morrison wants to be Adam Morrison.)

Worst of the Night in Pictures:

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I'm surprised they didn't slap Glen Davis with the first-ever quadruple technical foul or something for this


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Hey refs, can you go ahead and "T" up Vag Carter next game just because? Thanks in advance!

All The Games:
Suns at Lakers - TNT, 9:00pm
Series tied 2-2

The Lakers have won seven straight Game 5 home games. However, the Suns have Barkley's-colossal-ass-running-downhill momentum, and their zone defense is melting the Spanish Marshmallow Pau Gasol. (Mmm... melted marshmallows...) Lakers home-court means they get some mojo back and a little friendlier refereeing, but this should be a high-intensity game.

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38 Comments:
Blogger Dooj said...
Ray Allen looks disgusted at that particular form of man love between Davis and Crawford...

Blogger chris said...
Rondo COULD have had a local Association squad to root for...

...if the Pacers hadn't been chosen over the Colonels in 1976. :P

Blogger Bing said...
This Dwight is dirty stuff is starting to piss me off. Dude is 1000 times bigger and stronger than anyone on any court, of course he's going to overpower some people. It's like Hunk Hogan in a toddlers playground, someone is getting a skinned knee.

AND what happened to Boston's "so called" toughness? All that talk about how they are an old school, rough and tumble, Playoff D kinda team. Bah!

Anonymous Heretic said...
@bing

There's toughness and then there's felony assault.

Blogger Vasco said...
If the Suns win again playing zone, Alvin Gentry should be immediately inducted to the Hall of Fame.

Dragic, Amundson, Frye, Dudley, Barbosa. This Knicks type of roster has won two against the mighty lakers in the WCF. 4 straight is their best chance of going to the finals. Is this how you become a fan of a team for life?

Blogger Dylan Murphy said...
Wouldn't it be perfect if the most unlikely team, considering their vast number of veteran players to blow a 3-0 lead? I hope the upset is followed by Dwight Howard screaming "ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!"

Blogger Jason D said...
As a Lakers fan it pains me to say this but, if LA lose this series, it will be because the team could not figure out a zone defense. Not because Phoenix is a better team (they're not, anyone who says otherwise is kidding themselves), but because they employed a defense used by ten year olds against the defending champions and made it work. I honestly cannot think of a sadder way to lose in the WCF or any playoff series if that does come to eventuality. That being said, LA should be playing with 110% focus today, there is absolutely no excuse for poor play today. They are at home, have the crowd to support them and have no excuse for lackadasical play. But we've all seen this Laker team fall asleep against opponents and I really, really hope tonight isn't one of those nights.

By the way, if we go back about 4 days, would anyone have though that there would be a chance of an Orlando-Phoenix finals matchup at this point? Talk about fail by the Celtics and Lakers.

Anonymous Karc said...
Lakers are 18-0 when a series is tied 2-2 and they have Game 5 at home.

Yes, I am trying to stat curse the Lakers.

Anonymous Czernobog said...
Bing, there's a difference between constantly tagging people in the head and playing "physical."

not that I didn't find Pierce's flopping about amusing, mind you.

Anonymous Bill Foster said...
Quelle fucking surprise!

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5225821

Anonymous Heretic said...
The horrible officiating continues, 3 hacks in a row and no calls for the lakers and touch calls for phoenix. I just want it balanced, if you're gonna call it tight then call it tight both ways.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
If this series has taught us anything, its that the Boston Celtics and their fans are the biggest bunch of whiny pussies in the world.

Seriously, isn't this the same franchise that gave us the Rambis Clothesline? I'm surprised you guys would pull for Boston since they have such a long history of poor sportsmanship. Since you guys are so into sportsmanship right?

Anonymous Bill Foster said...
Would this "parade" convince you to jeopardise your health and sanity by signing for the Clippers?

http://twitpic.com/1rmvxb/full

I honestly don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Anonymous Czernobog said...
OK, I'm following the PBP from work, and I see the suns take a timeout when they're up 19-13. Switch tabs, and next thing I know it's 24-21 Lakers.

What did you talk to them about, Alvin? Ankle-grabbing?

Anonymous Heretic said...
Sasha guarding Dragic...the Slovenian rivalry continues.

Blogger Jason D said...
Kobe with three straight 3's, sending STAPLES wild and putting LA up 16. Let's see what happens, we all know Phoenix can shoot their way out of, and into, games.

Blogger Viscant said...
God, can I get a worst of the night to TNT camera crews and Craig Sager. I don't need to see Alvin Gentry vomit on national TV, nor do I need to know that it was fried avocado. TMI guys.

(Verification, sightl. I did not need that sightl on TV)

Blogger Dan B. said...
God fucking damnit, Artest.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
:)

Anonymous Karc said...
I'm calling shenanigans on that BS. Lakers should have lost that game. Chocked an 18-point lead, Artest with a boneheaded three when he should have run out the clock, Nash scoring twice over Gasol, Suns getting three offensive rebounds to tie the game, and forcing Kobe to an air ball as time expired.

Kill them on Saturday, Suns. Kill them dead.

Blogger Jason D said...
Wow, Ron Artest just did a complete reversal in under a minute. From villian to hero. Wow. I still can't believe the he, of all people, hit the game winning shot. Wow.

Still, LA blew an 18 point lead, which is just pathetic. Made for one hell of a game though. One of the best of the playoffs and easily one of the wierdest.

Anonymous Heretic said...
Terrible game for the lakers and yet won on a lucky move from Artest. Of course Artest almost sabotaged their win with a terrible 3 point shot seconds earlier. Again Kobe stopped the lakers from cutting their own throats. For all the bitching Gasol does about not getting enough touches, he sure knows how to fuck up at the rim. Rip the ball down you soft fuck!

Lakers apparently found that if they played defense they can destroy the suns with a double digit win. But that's just too easy for the lakers, they stopped playing D and allowed the suns to come back from an 18 point deficit. As if that wasn't enough they gave the suns 3 shots to tie the game. Then they decided enough is enough and defeated the suns with a lucky Artest. God I hate being a laker fan.

Anonymous Heretic said...
Craig Sager - the human pepto bismol

Blogger Jason D said...
Whoever was guarding Artest on that last play should be ashamed of themselves. I don't know how you let Artest grab that board.

LOL at Artest's interview though. Crazy Pills never fails to excite.

Blogger Jason D said...
Some of the posters at Daily Dime Live think there was a delay to start the clock on the last play. I don't know if there was. Anybody got a video of that last play to verify that?

Anonymous Marylander said...
You are a fool if you think the "officiating" was fair.

Does anyone think the Lakers will ever get an and-1? Anyone??

Anonymous Bryan said...
@ karc

Haha always with the recap, but i disagree with you this time. I dont know how you call shenanigans. The Suns played horrible nearly the whole game and were lucky to be in it. They missed 9 ft's and had 15 to's. J-rich made a lucky 3 after 2 off rebs after Gasol got hacked on the dunk attempt the play before. Just to show how poorly the suns played, they gave up an offensive reb for the game winner, the lakers 19th!! So really i dont know how you feel the suns should have won.

With that being said, Nash was so exciting to watch tonight. Those shots he hit on gasol were so pretty.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh8TrGHLFno

Blogger Jason D said...
Tonight was just filled with horrible officiating going both ways. There were times I saw Lakers and Suns players travel and nothing was called, players were nearly thrown to the floor and nothing was called. I don't know how these refs see the game, but they must be half-blind out there!

Blogger Tristan said...
Karc: I'm calling shenanigans on that BS. Lakers should have lost that game...Kill them on Saturday, Suns. Kill them dead.

Hi. I agree that LA could (and probably should) have lost this one. The defensive collapse and unwillingness to rebound/hustle for loose balls, 7-0 Gasol embarrassed (simultaneous head-and-facepalm) by 6-2 Nash on consecutive trips, shades of Game 6 in '06 with LA not getting the D-board and letting PHX shoot the game-tying 3 (thanks Lamar), only this time the Lakers escape with the W in ironic and hilarious fashion (Artest!!)

That said, I call shenanigans on your shenanigans...Lakers win Game 6. Kill that.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
No, this was one of those games where both teams should have lost. I can't believe that the Suns didn't just watch the Game 6 rebound vs OKC over and over and over to get the point. Now Lakers fans are going to be all smug and parade Artest around as if they deserved this win. Fuck everything.

Anonymous Karc said...
The NBA should launch an investigation into that "local" Mexican restaurant that tried to poison Alvin Gentry before the game. According to him, it was the avocado that did him in.

Hopefully, there will be extensive video replay of that last play. It was the silliest bank shot I've seen in a while. Artest had stunk all night. There was no reason to think that the ball could have gone in, except it did. Kobe's shot is normally a brick in that situation, not an airball, so Artest getting the rebound is a miracle in itself. Then, Artest threw it high off the glass while going out of bounds. Should have landed halfway in the paint at that point. It was a lucky shot that bailed him out of an incredibly stupid play when he took the three with a full shot clock and the lead. That's shenanigans.

The Suns held the Lakers to 103 points this time. So now that's 128, 124, 109, 106, 103. Keep chipping Suns, you got this.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
I love the taste of bitter Suns fans' tears in the morning. It tastes like... victory.

To everyone who thinks Phoenix deserved to win this one, ask yourselves what was the last lead that the Suns held in the game. To everyone saying the last play by LA was either a lucky rebound, a lucky shot or both, I ask you what you would call the Suns' last possesion. One team led for basically the last 40 minutes and one lucky shot deserves another. Quit crying.   

I have very limited Internet access out here on the road with just my iPod to surf on, so could someone be kind enough to answer a few questions for me? Have the Lakers held a free throw advantage in any game in this series? Which are the total free throw attempts for each team in this series?  Which team has more points in the paint in this series, and does anyone know what the total points in the paint is for each team in this series?  I keep reading on Laker sites that there's some enormous FTA advantage for Phoenix in this series despite LA doing more scoring inside. Is there any validity to this? Thanks in advance :)

Anonymous Stockton said...
Let me sum this up... F##K!!!!!!!!

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Oh look, it's good to see fairweather Yams back. We missed you for Games 3 and 4.

Anonymous Stockton said...
Can the Celtics offer a 10-day contract to Karl Malone and Charles Oakley? I would LOVE to see ElbowMan have those "accidents" with those old-school players...

Anonymous Karc said...
@Yams - The Suns had three chances to tie the game with a three due to two offensive rebounds, and they are the best three-point shooting team in the league. That's not luck, that's refusing to quit. Hitting a bank shot, sure, improbable. But that's another fail on the Lakers for not getting the rebounds to force a free throw contest that would have sealed the game.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
AnacondaHL - I've been here posting after every game. Dunno what you're referring to. Besides, as you should know, I talked plenty before the series even started, so don't pretend like I only have something to say after the Lakers take leads in this series.

Karc - At least Artest meant to bank his shot in. If you want to say his shot was lucky but Richardson's wasn't, I dunno what to tell you. Both were lucky, IMO. Also, you say the Suns were the league's best three-point shooting team, well I should point out they were also the league's second worst defensive rebounding team this year. Funny how after tying it up with a three they lose it by not securing a defensive board. Isn't it interesting how regular season strengths and weaknesses manifest themselves like that?

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