Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Wake n Break

*Two of the eastern contenders went up against each other last night, in the Celtics and Pistons. Pistons are coming off of back to back wins against two super hot teams (Lakers and Cavs). It was even after the first at 21, but the second quarter was a different story, led by a few Eddie House bombs, taking a halftime lead of 49-40. It was more of the same after the half, and Boston was up by 20 at the start of the 4th quarter. It’s become apparent that Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace have to play good games for the Pistons to beat the elite, and tonight they both got out played by their counterparts, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett. Rondo especially, who finished with 18 points, 8 assists, 3 steals and only 2 turnovers. A win in this fashion against the Pistons is not something they’re used to. Rip Hamilton agrees, “Any time you lose to a team two times by over 20 points, that’s absolutely bananas because we don’t play like that.” Celtics 98, Pistons 80

*Shaq vs. Kobe, rematch number…nevermind. It’s more like Shaq vs Bynum at this point, considering Shaq and Kobe have nothing but love for each other (so it seems). The Lakers pulled a real Black Mamba move in the first three quarters, by slowing killing the Suns and going up 13 by the 4th, never trailing again. With the Lakers in a comfortable lead, and their outstanding bench play, they were able to limit Kobe’s minutes to 32, in a game where usually he plays around 40. The Lakers are rolling, and they’re so good you don’t know what kind of stats you’re going to get from the stars each night. Like tonight when Pau Gasol only got 4 points, but 9 assists (!). The real daggers throughout the night were Vlad Radmanovic’s 5-5 from downtown, always coming at the right moments to keep the Suns thinking they never had a chance. Shaq, how’s Kobe’s ass taste? Lakeshow 105, Suns 92