The Los Angeles Lakers completely dominated the Suns in game one Monday night. The Purple and Gold are rolling sevens right now. They’ve won seven straight playoffs games; seven is also the magic number for them to reach their season long goal.
The first game of the series proved that the Suns are a finesse team that can’t match up with the Lakers. But how will game 2 hold up? A win tonight and the Lakers can start talking sweep. That has to be the mentality. They’re on a collision course with a team that wears green and white and plays in the state of Massachusetts.
The game did provide some comic relief during and after the game. I have to admit that it was hilarious to hear TNT’s Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller go out of their way to state that the Lakers have played well, but are only up by seven points. It was funny because it was halftime. I realize that Charles and Reggie are compensated to be analysts, but feel free to mix in waiting until the end of the game to discuss the Lakers impending doom.
Perhaps it provided the guys a topic to discuss, but once the Black Mamba erupted for 21 of his 40 points in the third quarter all of the ‘what if’ talk immediately stopped. Kobe Bryant sent a message to the Suns, with his play that said loud and clear ‘no one on this team can guard me’. Make no mistake, Bryant is on a mission to win another ring. Although we as Lakers fans saw, vintage Black Mamba in attack mode wasn’t the sole reason that the Suns lost.
It was equally funny to hear Amare Stoudemire say after the game that Lamar Odom got lucky. There is always some luck involved, but it is a fact that you create your own luck by being aggressive on both ends of the court. It just doesn’t happen by accident. Perhaps the beat-down administered by the Lakers was so severe, that Amare didn’t notice the total team effort by the Lakers that included six Lakers combining to score 113 points.
Lamar Odom has always been a triple-double waiting to happen whenever he is focused and active on both ends of the court. The Lakers X-Factor came up short of a triple-double, but the Lakers Nation will gladly take the double-double. The Lakers need that type of performance from ‘L.O.’ in every outing. The bench has to be commended as well for scoring 44 huge points.
There are some adjustments that the Suns will, make such as double-teaming Kobe, playing more zone defense, Steve Nash being more of a scorer as well as Channing Frye and Grant Hill, and increasing their point production. The fact of the matter is that even with the discussed adjustments, the Suns won’t win more than one game in this series. The Lakers are focused group playing championship level basketball.
Tip-off: 6:00 PM PST
- Los Angeles: TNT
- Phoenix: TNT
- Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
- Phoenix: KTAR 620 AM (Al McCoy & Tim Kempton)
- Ron Artest (Left Heel Bruise/Sprained Left Thumb)
- Shannon Brown (Sprained Right Thumb)
- Kobe Bryant (Avulsion Fracture, Right Index Finger)
- Andrew Bynum (Small Tear in the Meniscus of his Right Knee)
- Sasha Vujacic (Severely Sprained Left Ankle) Doubtful
- Luke Walton (Pinched Nerve, Back) Probable
- D.J. Mbenga ( Retinal Surgery, Left Eye) Probable
- Robin Lopez (Back)