Thursday, March 31, 2005

Redemption, Finally

The losing streak has finally ended and in due time. The Lakers topped off the last 10 games with a record of 8-2; not all that saucy for team leader Kobe Bryant. With all his valiant efforts being shot to hell, it’s finally nice to see one pull through.

Kobe Bryant put in 32 points to rally the Lakers to a 117-107 victory against the New York Knicks. This puts down an eight game losing streak.

Stephon Marbury, who put down a record-high 45 points for the Knicks, had his effort go to waste.

"It was a good win for us. Any win was a good win for us at this point."
- Kobe Bryant

Thursday, March 24, 2005

The Streak Continues

In their most recent game, the Lakers put in a valiant effort against the Jazz, but it was not enough to inspire flight. This makes game 6 in a losing streak that just doesn’t seem to falter.

Kobe Bryant put in 43 points and was the point leader for the Lakers. Bryant’s game was completely on fire. He made 9 of his first 11 three-pointers and put down his first 39 points in the first three quarters. His effort was shot in the fourth quarter.

"Nights like this just kind of come. I was really, really tired, exhausted before the game. I actually didn't wake up until about 45 minutes before the game. So, nights like this just happen sometimes."
- Kobe Bryant

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Lakers/SuperSonics Preview

- from FOXSports.com

STANDINGS: SuperSonics - 1st place, Northwest Division. Lakers - 3rd place, 16{ GB, Pacific Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: SuperSonics - F Reggie Evans, F Lewis, C Nick Collison, G Allen, G Luke Ridnour. Lakers - F Butler, F Slava Medvedenko, C Chris Mihm, G Bryant, G Atkins.

TEAM LEADERS: SuperSonics - Allen, 23.9 ppg; Evans, 9.5 rpg; Ridnour, 5.9 apg. Lakers - Bryant, 27.9 ppg and 6.2 apg; Odom, 10.2 rpg.

SEASON SERIES: SuperSonics, 2-0.

LAST MEETING: Jan. 25; SuperSonics, 104-93. At Los Angeles, Radmanovic hit eight three-pointers and scored 26 points as the Sonics ended a five-game losing streak at the Staples Center.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: SuperSonics - 22-9 on the road; Lakers - 21-12 at home.

INJURIES: SuperSonics - G Mateen Cleaves (thumb); F Damien Wilkins (knee); F Radmanovic (right leg). Lakers - G Tony Bobbitt (ankle); C Vlade Divac (back); F Devean George (ankle).

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Lakers vs. Bobcats

With only nine-tenths of a second left, Kobe Bryant sealed the deal with a win against the Charlotte Bobcats. Sinking a fade away jumper, Bryant brought up the score to 117-116, barely clutching the victory.

"They may seem impossible to you, but I feel like if I raise up and get a good look, it's a good shot. When you get a rhythm and the pressure comes, I feel like the basket even gets wider. It's just one of those things. It's a lot easier to make a shot when the pressure is on than it is in the first quarter sometimes."
- Kobe Bryant

Not only did Bryant score 32 points, 21 of them were in the fourth quarter. Bryant is one of the best clutch players in the NBA and he proves this on more than one occasion.

"This is the sixth year I've been with (Kobe) and it doesn't surprise me anymore. I was with another very similar guy in Chicago (Michael Jordan)."
- Lakers coach Frank Hamblen

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Lakers Victory

In a 103-94 victory over the Pacers, the Lakers proved that they will not pull out of the race to stay in the playoffs. Five of the starters ended the game in double digits. The Lakers are currently 30-28, making them one-half game ahead of Denver for the last playoff spot.

Kobe Bryant, who is an unbelievable workhorse for Los Angeles, individually scored 37 points and retrieved 10 rebounds.

"I think our execution is getting better. The more we play and get used to the offense, the better we'll get at it."
- Kobe Bryant

The Indiana Pacers, underscoring throughout, starting lobbing too many three-pointers. The Pacers lobbed up 29, but only put 9 of those into the basket.

"It's a system that when you play from behind you end up taking a lot of 3-point shots. But 29 is clearly too many. We're going to have to be a little more selective and we have to find some ways to get the ball inside."
- Pacers coach Rick Carlisle

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Lakers vs. Celtics

In a very close game, the Celtics pulled out a little better in the long run. The final score ended at 104-101. Kobe Bryant was in range to score a 3 at the buzzer, but could not pull it off. This was kind of weird on account of Bryant being able to on the previous game Monday. It just would not go in and Paul Pierce made sure of that.

"If I was a kid back in the day in my backyard, I never would've missed that."
- Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant has been suffering with a sprained ankle, but has been fighting to stay in the game. When it gets too sore, he would just benched himself a little bit and come back in. Bryant ended the game with a total of 25 points.

Paul Pierce and Ricky Davis both scored 29 points individually to contribute to the Celtic victory.
"I felt good tonight. I came in ready and focused. It can get better than this, though. This team can be real dangerous. We've got the three-headed monster now. Antoine has been working and learning the plays to try to figure out what we are running."
- Ricky Davis