The Denver Nuggets Chris “Birdman” Andersen has been dismissed due to an ongoing investigation of him involving internet crimes against children or kiddy porn. The Birdman as he is called for his colorful tattoos and bird celebration dance has not been charged with anything yet. As we have seen in other child sex cases the Nuggets would rather be safe than sorry so they are giving him a vacation until the matter is resolved.
The police searched Andersen’s home on Thursday. Although we don’t know what he is charged with it could be that he shared kiddy porn in chat rooms or that he was
talking to luring child online. It is a bummer for that this is happening when the Nuggets have a shot of making it to round 2. This is not the first time that Andersen has missed playing, he was banned for 2 years in 2006 for doping.
Unlike the Lakers other teams actually sealed the deal Wednesday night and will be moving on to Round 2 of the Playoffs.
Philadelphia 76ers win over Chicago Bulls (79-78)
The first team that we knew needed to be taken to the shed was the Chicago Bulls. I have nothing against the Bulls but with so many injured players they were just having trouble. The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls, 79-78. The Bulls put up a good fight despite being short handed. It really seemed like they might just pull it off but alas they couldn’t seal the deal. It was an even sadder loss for the Bulls considering if Omer Asik had made all the free throws with 7 seconds left the Bulls might just have won. Now the 76ers will move on to take the Boston Celtics.
Boston Celtics win over Atlanta Hawks (83-80)
This was an interesting game because the Atlanta Hawks co-owner, Michael Gearon Jr., called out Celtics player Kevin Garnett saying that he was a dirty player. Apparently they learned nothing from the Bynum incident. You should never call out your opponent in the media, it is a really big motivator. Garnett got back at him by scoring a season high for him of 28 points and getting 14 rebounds. Although the Hawks played well they didn’t exactly play with the kind of passion you want to see on the court. I think they just need to get a superstar player with a lot of heart.
Just by virtue of residing in Los Angeles I have become a Lakers fan. Yes, I am one of those shallow people who holds onto the dream of being rich enough to sit court side next to Jack Nicholson. Regardless of my fair weather bias toward the Lakers they were supposed to be moving onto round 2 of the Playoffs last night. Instead they are moving on to Game 7 against the Denver Nuggets. This is the second loss in a row to the Nuggets. Andrew Bynum said before the 5th Game that he was expected it to be easy but man did he speak too soon. The Lakers lost 113-96 Thursday night.
Kobe Bryant scored 31 points despite being sick with a stomach virus. As you can imagine as he was working through the pain he was not happy that the rest of his team was coming up short. Apparently Pau Gasol was just not in the mood to play basketball because he scored 3 points and had only 3 rebounds. Then to make matters worse Andrew Bynum scored only 11 points. It was just a sad game to watch. And I can’t believe I am saying this but I can’t wait for Metta World Peace’s return in Game 7. Maybe his energy will push the Lakers to actually win.
If you are Denver Nuggets fan then you were pretty happy. Nugget’s point guard Ty Lawson (former UNC basketball player) scored 32 points and Corey Brewer scored 18 points. And I have to say they play like they want it more than the Lakers. Energy and desire goes a long way at this point.
Game 7 will be at the Staple Center this Saturday at 10:30pm EST. The series is tied 3-3 so whoever wins this game will advance to round 2.