New job. Longer commute. And I’m still here. I do it for you beautiful people. Especially you there. Let’s talk some sports.
Nuggets 102 – Lakers 99
Looks like Metta World Peace won’t miss much of that Oklahoma City series after all. Andrew Bynum is an extremely talented young player, but he constantly reminds us of his immaturity. Before Tuesday’s game Bynum told the media that close out games were “actually kind of easy.” When the Nuggets used his words to come out and play their best game of the series, Bynum responded with a few cheap shots and hard fouls. Ask JJ Barea how those go.
The Lakers (read: Kobe Bryant) mounted a comeback in the 4th quarter, but it wasn’t enough. Now, LA has to play a game 6 on the road against a motivated, hungry team. If the Nuggets are able to force a game 7, it will be fascinating TV. Kobe turned on “hero mode” at the end of game 5. Will he still trust his teammates if the series is in doubt? Stay tuned.
Clippers 80 Grizzlies 92
Well, it wasn’t pretty but the Grizzlies forced a game 6. After dominating the Clippers in the first half, Memphi’s lead swelled to 24 in the 3rd quarter. Then the game got silly, with Chris Paul setting off a chain reaction of technical fouls for LA (five total in about 3 minutes). However, the Clippers used this a motivation and began to mount yet another comeback. Towards the end of the 3rd quarter, Blake Griffin went down with a knee injury but was able to return to the game.
In the 4th quarter, LA cut the lead to 6 points before Chris Paul went to the bench with an apparent groin injury. Karma, huh? After that, Memphis was able to keep the game out of reach and held on for the victory. Hopefully this series can go the distance, it’s by far been the best of the opening round.
Hawks at Celtics (Game 6, 8:00 TNT): The Hawks really tried to give away game 5 and call it a season, but Rajon Rondo didn’t realize quick enough that he can’t shoot and needed to pass the ball. Atlanta is talented enough to steal this game on the road, especially when Josh Smith plays like he did on Tuesday. Al Horford’s return also helps as he contributed 19 points and 11 rebounds in his second game back.
Still, the Celtics shouldn’t be too worried. No one really had a bad game on Tuesday, but none of the stars played particularly well either. Paul Pierce claims his knee is fine and Boston will need him if they want to avoid a game 7 with a younger, more athletic Hawks team.
Lakers at Nuggets (Game 6, 10:30 TNT ): Not much more to say about this series, but this should be a great game. I’ve written all year that the Lakers are walking a fine line between greatness and a train-wreck. Don’t look away.
Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles (7:05): Let me go ahead and jinx the Orioles so we can all get on with our lives. So far this season, bird has been the word. The O’s and Rays are on top of the AL East. No seriously. Stop laughing, they are. And as a long suffering Orioles fan, I know this won’t last so I wanted to write about them while I had a chance.
That’s all I’ve got actually. I really don’t follow baseball much anymore. Ask Charlie or Tommy about this series.
Have a great weekend guys. I might even drop in a little early to talk some basketball.