It's okay Phil, you can look now. And maybe, just maybe, you can wear a new ring on that pinkie next year.
So I just finished sacrificing my sanity to the basketball gods, becuase they were clearly on our side tonight (although the trick's on them, becuase I lost it a long time ago when UCLA played Gonzaga). I'm looking at the box score, and we bettered or tied the Nuggets in every important category except free throw shooting, but you could have fooled me. Were it not for 22 missed 3's. 45 free throw shots, and Anthony fouling out, we probably do not win this game. Yet for the second time in as many wins, the Lakers were outplayed, outhustled, and seemingly outsmarted, but came away with the victory purely thanks to the sheer will of one Mr. Kobe Byrant. They can talk about LeBron James' shot as much as they want, but all he did was stop his team from losing. Kobe went out and won this game for the Lakers, so bias aside you know where my vote lies.
I honestly think that there were more negatives than positives from this game, but a win's a win, and I'm sure all of us would take the lights out play of Kobe and Ariza over a mistake free game any day. I just hope a clearly drained Bryant has enough left in the tank for game four. My guess? After the Lebron-fest that is sure to follow game 3 against the Magic, Kobe will come our and make the world say, "LeBron who?" Even if only for one night. One night is all we ask, and one night is all it takes. Followed by another, and another, and another...
Oh, and here's the recap.
Double oh, because we all say it and everybody knows it, BEST ROAD TEAM IN THE NBA, B-TCHES!!!!
Go Purple & Gold!