NBA Finals Game 4 – LA Meltdown

 

Seeing as though I’m not an actual “reporter”, I’m not obligated to write about every single game that’s being played in this year’s NBA Finals. But after what happened last night in the Staples Center how could I not write about it? One word…unreal!! History was made last night…twice. The Lakers had a 21 point lead after the first quarter (history). They also led by as many as 24 points in the game and ended up losing by 6 points (history). I guess there are a few angles that one could take in breaking down the biggest choke in the history of the finals, but it all begins and ends with one man…Kobe Bryant.

Make no mistake about it, Kobe is my guy. I’m not only a fan, but a supporter as well. It’s hard for me to explain his performance last night though. The Lakers were up by 18 in the first half and Kobe only had 3 points. He didn’t make his first FG until the 3rd quarter and he finished the game with 17 points, 10 of those in the 4th quarter. That right there made it hard for me to sleep last night. The Kobe and Michael Jordan comparisons can officially be put to rest now because the G.O.A.T NEVER had a 3 point scoring half in the Finals! Imagine if Kobe would’ve had 15 points in the first half. That would’ve put them up by 33 points and we probably wouldn’t be having this conversation. Is the Boston defense really that good or is Kobe too focused on making sure the other guys stay involved? I believe it’s a little bit of both. The problem is that when the team needed Kobe to take the game over, it was already too late. Most great scorers need to get into a rhythm early in the game. Kobe needed to put pressure on the Boston D from the jump ball like he did in game 3 which would’ve made things easier on the supporting cast late in the game.

And speaking of supporting cast, where were they down the stretch? They were on fire in the 1st half and they were the ones who put the team up by 18. But when it mattered most they were invisible offensively and defensively. Sasha, how could you just let Ray “Jesus Shuttlesworth” Allen just walk straight to the basket the way he did at the end of the game? No move, not even a hard drive to the basket…you just let him go. Shame on you! How is it that James Posey’s 3 pointers in the corner were all wide open and virtually uncontested? LO, where did you go after the first half? Pau, you couldn’t even hold on to the freakin’ ball! The second half of that ballgame was an embarrassment to the Laker fans, the organization, the players, and the city of Los Angeles. It just goes to show that with the exception of Kobe, Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher – because they’ve all been here before – the rest of the team has the mental toughness of cotton and they have no idea of what it takes to be champions. No conspiracy here, the refs had nothing to do with what happened last night. In the post game interview Phil Jackson said that “It’s not over. This series is not over,”…yes it is Phil, yes it is.

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