There was no relaxing for Los Angeles NBA fans this weekend.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets (96-87)
In one of the best games of the Playoffs the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets, 96-87. Usually the headline for a game like this would be something like, “Kobe blah blah wins game.” But instead Saturday’s game was a story of Pau Gasol (I knew there was a reason I liked him). Gasol was in need of some redemption after his poor performance in Game 6. Not only that but when you were on the bubble to be traded you need to prove that there is a reason they kept you. Gasol definitely earned his place with the Lakers with 23 points, 17 rebounds, 6 assist and 4 blocked shots. Metta World Peace also came back with a bang(no not literally this time) he scored 15 points for the Lakers. It was an amazing game, with 6:30 left in the game Gasol broke the tie by tipping in the ball. From there the Lakers managed to hold the lead. If we can take anything away from this game it is that the Lakers have to be on their toes if they are going to have shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Round 2, Game 1: Lakers vs. Thunder, Mon. 9:30pm EST.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies (82-72)
The Clippers managed to win their 3rd Playoff series in 41 years. For a second I thought it wasn’t going to happen. Usually Clippers games go like this there are doing okay for the first half then somehow in the second half the shit hits the fan. For example in Game 6 on Friday night the Clippers blew an 8-point lead in the 4th Quarter. The odds were stacked against the Clippers with Chris Paul having hip trouble and Blake Griffin having a sprained ankle. Luck for them the bench players really wanted to see round 2. Players like Kenyon Martin help the Clippers get ahead in the 4th by scoring 7 points. Paul scored 19 points despite his injury. The Grizzlies really needed help from their bench but just didn’t get it, the Clippers bench out scored them 41-11. For the Grizzlies next season it is going to be all about improving offense. In Game 7 they took too many risk by shooting 3s rather than getting the ball to the inside. Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol each had 19 for the Grizzlies. Now the Clippers will face more stiff competition against the San Antonio Spurs.
Round 2, Game 1: Clippers vs. Spurs, Tues. 9:30pm EST.
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