Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Interesting move.

ESPN: The Lakers have won 10 out of their last 12 games in the playoffs since Kobe Bryant got his bothersome right knee drained prior to Game 5 of Los Angeles’ first-round series with Oklahoma City. Now the Lakers hope that a similar procedure done to Andrew Bynum will help them win four out of seven games in the NBA Finals to capture the championship against the Boston Celtics.

The 22-year-old Lakers center had his right knee drained (or “aspirated” in medical terms) Monday morning.

Bynum suffered a slight tear of the meniscus of his right knee in Game 6 against the Thunder and has been limited in the playoffs, averaging 9.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 24.2 minutes per game while recovering from a late-season strain to his left Achilles and navigating the pain and swelling that accompanied the right knee injury.

“It was just getting worse,” Bynum said after the Lakers film session in preparation for the Celtics on Monday. “The swelling wasn’t leaving so we had to do it … I was doing the treatment, but [the swelling] wasn’t going anywhere like in the previous three rounds so I just had to drain it.”

Bynum said he could not feel any immediate benefit from the drain because there was still medicine in the knee numbing the pain, but said he would find out if the procedure had a positive impact Wednesday, when he plans to return to practice.

“It supposedly will make you feel more healthy, so that I’ll find out come practice day,” Bynum said. “I think that practice is going to be what kind of determines that for me, especially because I’ll be running on it and cutting and it will be a full, hard day.”

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Finally someone sees it our way!

Bleacher Report: The NBA is filled with spectacular athletes, from D-Will to D-Wade. To me, the NBA is the most exciting league to watch.

Kobe’s game winners, Lebron’s dunks, Dwight Howard’s blocks—they are so intense.

In this slideshow, you will see the NBA’s top twelve players.

Please comment on who you think I missed.

Career Stats:
25.3 PTS
4.7 AST
2.92 TO
.55 BLK
1.52 STL
5.3 REB
.445 FG%
His parents named him after a type of steak (kobe) seen on a restaurant menu prior to his birth.
Spent eight years of his childhood in Italy and is fluent in Italian.
Has two older sisters, Sharia and Shaya.
His father, Joe “Jelly Bean” Bryant, averaged 8.7 ppg in 606 career NBA games.
Lists “Star Wars” as his all-time favorite movie.
KOBE IS #1!

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Kobe Bryant has truly accomplished some amazing milestones this post-season. Recently, in one of his best playoff series in his career, he knocked off the rival Suns by an epic performance hitting clutch shots that left their head coach scratching his head and wondering if that was Kobe or Jordan out there.

The Suns, despite their valiant effort, shouldn’t be too upset. Kobe has reached milestones that have rivaled the all-time greats to ever play the game. Check out some of these milestones here.

  • Kobe became the Lakers all-time leading scorer in the playoffs; passing Jerry West.
  • Kobe became 4th leading scorer in playoff history; passing Karl Malone.
  • Kobe became Lakers franchise leader in playoff games; passing Magic Johnson.
  • Kobe tied Kareem for most playoff games with 30 or more points.

One last great milestone left for Kobe’s legacy is to do what ALL Laker-greats have done — beat Boston in the finals.

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Surrounded by downtown Los Angeles or the Phoenix desert, dressed in their yellow, white or purple jerseys, it doesn’t matter much to the defending Champions. Having closed every series in the Playoffs away from the comforts of Staples Center, the Lakers have proven that when it comes to winning, time, location, or uniform is but a trivial circumstance.

Tonight, faced with a Phoenix Suns team determined to take back a win they felt they should have gotten in Game 5, the Lakers were prepared to close the series on the first try. There would be no Memorial Day game. There was only tonight.

Both teams scored easily in the first quarter. Andrew Bynum looked limber, scoring over Robin Lopez and causing the Suns center to commit two early fouls. Bynum finished with 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. The game was tight at the onset, leads changing, neither team creating any large leads due to the each others hot shooting. Particularly hot-handed was Ron Artest who scored 12 points in the first quarter.

Still high from hitting the game winning shot in the Game 5 thriller, Artest was a confident and determined man on the floor. Whether he was left wide open from downtown (4-7 from behind the arc), or rebounding missed shots for second chance opportunities (25 points on 10-16 from the field); whether he was stealing the ball from under Channing Frye’s arm to make up for a blank possession or closing in on Suns’ scoring machines Amar’e Stoudemire and Jason Richardson, Artest was a perfect image of effort meeting efficiency. With Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom unable to contribute to the Lakers’ offense, Artest was a true complement to Kobe Bryant.

Completely outshined by the Suns’ reserves on their last visit to Phoenix, the Lakers bench, though outscored 36-22, was ready to chip in. Jordan Farmar hit two from downtown in the first half, over Jared Dudley and Robin Lopez, and handed out a team high five assists. He directed the offense and hit a timely jumper in the fourth quarter after the offensively onslaught from Goran Dragic. Lamar Odom only scored six points, but he also had a team high 12 rebounds.

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The Los Angeles Lakers have closed out the Phoenix Suns in 6 games, winning the Western Conference Championship for the third consecutive year.

Next up, the Boston Celtics. This will be the twelfth time in league history that the two rivals meet. In the words of Michael Cooper, “Boston, you want us, here we come.”

Game 1 will be played Thursday in Los Angeles.

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Tonight, we’re looking at a 6 game close out of the Phoenix Suns. We did this during the last two rounds, and we’ll do it again — for all of you who are superstitious, you’re welcome. It’s become a tradition of ours
, and in typical Phil Jackson fashion, the team will be watching the following clip from 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross, as they do before every close out game. Lets finish this off and go onto the next one. Warning: Explicit Language

Do we eclipse the Suns tonight?

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The Los Angeles Lakers played good basketball and solid defense for 45 minutes of a 48 minute game. The final three minutes of the game left a lot to be desired.

It took a few possessions for Ron Artest to go from goat to hero. A rare occasion where a player can literally steal the show and become the man of the hour with a 2-9 shooting performance. However, you have to tip your hat to Artest for being a professional and continuing to play as well as doing the little things that win games. Ron-Ron officially became a Laker by a timely rebound and put back game-winning basket.

Kobe said it best by stating, “We allowed the tying three because we didn’t box out; they lost the game because they didn’t box out.” Despite way too many mental lapses, the second put back shot heard around the world in the Playoffs for the Lakers allowed the Purple and Gold to remain undefeated and improve their record to 19-0 when a series is tied 2-2.

A win is a win and I’ll take it, but it should not have been that close. The Lakers played solid defense for the majority of the game and seemed to lose focus at the end. Also, lost in the joy of a miraculous win, is the fact that the squad blew an 18-point lead… at home.

The Lakers are in position to close out the Suns in Phoenix. The Lakers have won 8-of-last-9 close out games, the only loss coming in Game 6 at Houston last year.

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Voice of the Nation is getting you ready for Game 6 as your Los Angeles Lakers, are looking to close out the series vs. the Phoenix Suns, and go to the NBA Finals for the 3rd consecutive season.

In this episode, D-Bricks and G-Small discuss…

  • Ron Artest from zero to hero
  • Phil Jackson on the post-game session with Ron Artest
  • Audio from Ron Artest and Kobe Bryant on the game-winning shot
  • Kobe Bryant, is this his best Playoff series ever?
  • More drama in the voicemail inbox
  • FREE GIVEAWAY: Ron Artest T-shirt
  • Interview: Eric Pincus – Senior Writer at HoopsWorld.com
  • Steve Nash guarantees a Game 7
  • Game 6 Preview
  • And much MUCH more…

Audio courtesy of NBA TV!

Call the Voice of the Nation voicemail at 1-866-520-4037!

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Download Link: Voice of the Nation – Episode #91

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Definite bulletin material for the Lakers…

Yahoo! Sports: Steve Nash says he’s no “Joe Namath who walked in in his fur coat” but the Suns playmaker is not backing away from his post-game promise that Phoenix will beat the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

Not might win, not try hard to win, not hope to win.

“I just said we’re going home and win Game 6 and come back in Game 7,” Nash said after practice on Friday. “Take it how you want to take it.”

The Suns didn’t seem devastated by Thursday night’s last-second 103-101 loss in Los Angeles. Quite the opposite. The close call seemed to bolster their belief they can win this series, even though the Lakers are up 3-2 and can advance to the NBA finals for the third straight year with a victory in Phoenix on Saturday night.

“There’s some really good things that we did last night, some things to build on,” the Suns’ Grant Hill said. “I think the main thing is the confidence that we can beat this team. Obviously we’ve done it twice, and we’ve got to try to do it twice more.”

Nash’s assurance may not have packed the flamboyance of Namath’s famous guarantee that his huge underdog New York Jets would beat Baltimore in the Super Bowl, but it was enough to rile Game 5 hero Ron Artest.

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Fined again… I guess its a game-winner hangover.

NBA: Ron Artest had perfect timing in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals — and not so much the next day.

Artest was fined by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday for showing up late to practice a day after his buzzer-beating layup clinched their 103-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson said it was an innocent mix-up by the forward, who showed up 30 minutes late. Artest misread the practice starting time on the locker room dry-erase board in the excitement following Thursday’s win.

“It was just one of those nights,” said Jackson, who didn’t disclose the amount of the fine. “I think he was just so excited after the game that all that processing and things that were on the board there didn’t all register.”

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Through all the commotion, through all the criticisms he has faced as a Laker, Ron Artest was able to deliver. The unlikely hero in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals came to none other then Ron Artest.

Memories of Game 6 from the 2006 NBA Playoffs against the Suns started to resurface as the Lakers were unable to grab a rebound after two three-point attempts clanked off the rim. Jason Richardson banked a three pointer that made the Staples Center crowd go in sheer silence. It was almost an identical play of a Tim Thomas go-ahead three pointer that put the game into overtime four years ago. The Lakers would eventually lose the game, as well as the series.

But this is a different time, a different series, and a different Lakers squad. With someone more determined then ever to bring a ring to the Lakers, Ron Artest has provided just that; a difference and heart, something that you won’t see on the stat sheet.

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Sasha talked about Dragic after the game. It seems the Lakers found the secret weapon.

ESPN: “My countryman?” Vujacic asked. “Oh, the kid on the other team? I don’t think I’m fighting my countryman. I’m playing good defense. You got to exploit the weaknesses of your opponent and I think that if that’s Nash, if that’s Grant Hill, if that’s Barbosa, whoever that is, you got to exploit their weaknesses. He’s still young and he’s learning so a little bit of pressure helps.” “He’s much younger than I am, I never heard of him when I was back home,”

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