This year’s playoffs have been eventful to say the least. I can’t call it. Who do you think is gonna make it to the championship?
Did Lakers Loss Due Disservice to Phil Jackson’s Career?
After 1,973 games, they [the Lakers] sent Phil Jackson into the sunset with a “Kick Me” sign on his back. Has a team every humiliated itself as badly as Los Angeles did against the Mavericks?
“I just can’t believe this,” Magic Johnson said from the ABC studio. “This is the worst I’ve seen the Lakers play in a game they needed.”
And it was just halftime. Being a proud Laker, Magic probably had to stop watching the second half of the 122-86 annihilation.
At least he had that option. So did Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Jerry Buss, the ghost of George Mikan and everybody who made the Lakers a quality brand for so long. Poor Phil had to sit there and witness the NBA champs turn into world-class chumps.
Showing the fighting spirit of a mollusk was bad enough. But how many times have you already seen the replay of Andrew Bynum elbowing a defenseless J.J. Barea out of midair? Or Lamar Odom lunging into an unsuspecting Dirk Nowitzki?
Give Dallas credit for driving L.A. insane with its defense and 3-pointers. The better team obviously won. It’s just that nobody expected the losing team to completely throw away its dignity in the process.
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Celtics Avoid 3-0 Hole
His left arm wrapped in a sleeve and dangling lifelessly by his side, Rajon Rondo broke for the basket and sailed past LeBron James for a layu
The dislocated elbow and stiff back weren’t going to stop him.
Rondo still had one good arm — and his legs.
The Celtics point guard had 11 assists in the game and a pair of one-armed baskets in the fourth quarter Saturday night to lead Boston to a 97-81 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
”He showed he’s a really tough young individual,” said Kevin Garnett, who had 28 points and 18 rebounds — more than he had in the first two games combined. ”I don’t know what he’s going to be like when he’s 35, but right now he’s playing pretty well.”
Miami leads the best-of-seven series 2-1, with Game 4 on Monday night in Boston.
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