The once great Pat Riley once said, “It is never a series until one team wins on the other’s home court.”
When looking at Game Three in Denver on Saturday afternoon, the question is: Was it even a series to begin with?
The Lakers took a commanding 3-0 series lead with a staggering 102-84 throttling of the Denver Nuggets.
The Lakers again executed their offense to perfection and the Nuggets again looked less a professional basketball team and more like the Birmingham High School JV squad. They sniveled, they kvetched and for the third game in a row, incurred the ire of the Referees earning another technical foul.
If you thought the Nuggets were thuggish before Game Three, they took it to a new level. Eddie Najera tried to kill Sash with his elbow, Nenê attempted to rip Lamar’s shoulder out of its socket, Carmelo foolishly bonked Jordan in the head and I’m fairly certain that J.R. Smith thought about stabbing Kobe. Hasn’t anyone taught them that hands are for hugging?
I would like to say that it has been a physical series, but that would make it appear as if the Nuggets had been doing something besides running up and down the floor and simply playing patsy.
Over the past three games the Lakers have dismantled the Denver Nuggets in every way. They have exposed their sieve-like defense and their utter lack of composure.They have most likely gotten Coby Karl’s Dad fired, and possibly bought Carmelo Anthony a one-way ticket out of Denver. And, as my mother says, they have soundly proven what she reminds her pre-school students daily: there is no “I” in “team”.
In simpler terms, the Lakers have a chance to do something that no other team will be able to do in the 2008 NBA Playoffs: sweep their first round opponent.
Get ready to eat a broom, cousin Jeff.
Playoff Update! -
It was a wild NBA Playoff weekend for sure. The Suns staved off elimination Sunday afternoon with a sound drubbing of the Spurs.
The FREAKIN’ Hawks beat the C’s by 9. I have contacted the Atlanta Police Department to look into the possibility that Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were somehow poisoned. That is really the only possible explanation.
So far the most compelling series has been Philly and Detroit. It has had everything: 20-point swings, Reggie Evans looking like a rabid dog, Antonio McDyess breaking his beak. Oh yeah, the Sixers are remarkably going back to Detroit tied 2-2.
National: TNT (Marv Albert & Reggie Miller)
Los Angeles: KCAL 9 HD (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
Denver: Altitude (Chris Marlowe & Scott Hastings)
Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
Denver: KKFN The Fan 104.3 FM (Jerry Schemmel & Jason Kosmicki)
- Out: A. Bynum (Knee), T. Ariza (Foot)
- Will Play: K. Bryant (Pinkie), R. Turiaf (Tonsilitis)
- Will Play: Nenê (Groin), Kleiza (Elbow)
Capitalize on 3-0: The Lakers have not been in a position to sweep an opponent since they beat New Jersey in 2002 to capture the NBA Championship.
Tonight would be a good night to end the total lack of brooms in the city.
Varsity Challenge -
(Prize – A Used Sasha Vujacic Shoelace Headband)
When was the last time the Lakers missed an opportunity to sweep an opponent when leading a series 3-0 in the Playoffs?