The Girlfriend’s Guide to Sports

Sports with a girly twist!

Lakers take Game 3 June 11, 2008

We all know the NBA Finals are going on right now with game four tomorrow night. With the Boston Celtics taking the first two, the Los Angeles Lakers really needed to step it up in game three if they even wanted to see a chance at the championship, and apparently they did.

The Los Angeles Lakers won game three last night June 10, 2008, with the final score being 87-81. Although Lakers fans everywhere rejoiced in the fact that we were victorious, if you consider yourself a true Lakers fan you can acknowledge that they did not play up to par.

After the game as I watched the numerous people being interviewed, it was only Sasha Vujacic that was man enough to tell it like it is. He said, “We didn’t play well but, we played good enough to win.” Hats off to Sasha for being the only honest one to be interviewed.

If we are being honest here and if you are an avid basketball watcher you know that the Lakers just didn’t play well last night. Lamar was off, Pao was off, and even Fisher had a so-so game. I am usually not the type to brag about the awesomeness of Kobe Bryant but, he was one of the few who were living up to their usual game play, minus his numerous missed free throws. Hopefully Phil Jackson makes Kobe work on his free throws today in preparation for game four.

As for Vujacic, not only was he completely honest during his interview, he happened to play above average last night as well. His nickname is “The Machine,” and he helped out quite a bit in the game last night.

This is what the Lakers need in order to tie the series and even win. The Lakers starting five and the Lakers bench need to play as they have played this whole season, whole-heartedly. The reason the Lakers have made it thus far is because of this and in the first two games of this final series it’s as if that was thrown out the window. Come on Lakers, show the Celtics what you are really made of! Lakers for life.

-Jess

Picture courtesy of espn.com

 

Kobe got MVP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May 8, 2008

On May 6, 2008, 29 year-old LA Laker, Kobe Bryant, was named MVP of the NBA for the 2007-2008 season. Not only is he well deserving of this unique award, it’s about time!

Kobe has come in third place for the MVP nomination twice within the last two seasons, after Steve Nash, and Dirk Nowitzki. For Kobe, this season of all seasons has been recognizably different from the last few. After the three-peat ending in 2002, Kobe had to pick his team up from basically nothing. He kept his faith in his team noticeable and built a foundation for what is now a great basketball team once again.

I have to admit, with Kobe’s “Rape Scandal,” with the random Colorado girl in the 2003 season, he lost a lot of support from his fans. For those of you who don’t know, he did admit to having sexual relations with that woman for one night on an away game road trip, when in fact he has been married since 2001, and I do not agree with adultery by any means but, who are we to judge his personal life? His wife took him back, and that is what I think is the most important, Hilary stood by Bill when we had relations with Ms.Lewinsky, so what makes this situation any different?

Back to the point, Kobe lost a great fan base when this happened but he did not let that faze him. He continued to re-build his team. Around the same time all this happened the LA Lakers began getting a better range of players again, picking up people like Ronny Turiaf, Devin George, Brian Cook, Smush Parker, and Kwame Brown.

Although these players were helpful in the re-building process, most were traded in order to build a “dream team” once again.

However, the last few seasons the LA Lakers have been so fortunate to get players such as, Derek Fisher, who was part of the original dream team, Andrew Bynum, Trevor Ariza, and outstanding, yet versatile center/power forward Pao Gasol.

So, Kobe has pretty much stoked that he did not have to be such a ball hog anymore because he had such awesome players in his general vicinity. You can see this is in his play and how much it has changed over the last few seasons, especially this 2007-2008 season.

Not only is Kobe estimable of this award, he has truly earned his place in NBA history.

 

Can they make it? April 14, 2008

Today the Los Angeles Lakers played the second to last game before the first round of the NBA playoffs. And might I add, they did phenomenally well.

The Lakers have been continuing to prove themselves after a long and grueling recovery from a team that fell apart. After the three-peat ending in 2002, the Lakers have had a less than successful record, season after season.

Despite all the negativity from other teams and the outside world, the Lakers have pushed through many obstacles that they have faced, one of them including the on-going rivalry of the San Antonio Spurs and the battle for a high-quality spot in the play-off round in the 2007-2008 season.

All major sports broadcasting networks said that this was going to be a good game to watch, that the Spurs and the Lakers are neck and neck in trying to get the number two spot for the play-offs; the New Orleans Hornets are in first. Many fans of both teams were in for a great surprise.

The game started and the Lakers had a hard time putting in a basket. The Spurs got up to seven points before the Lakers finally got their first basket in. The remainder of the first quarter was back and forth, ending the quarter at 25-23, Lakers lead. The second quarter was quite similar to the first and the score at half time was tied 53-53.

With both teams knowing what they had to do, the third quarter began. This is when it seemed as if the Lakers took flight and the Spurs were still on the ground watching. Laker, Pau Gasol did an exceptional job of shutting down Power Forward, Tim Duncan. Duncan went to the bench with six minutes still remaining in the game. Forward, Ronny Turiaf provided the usual surge of power and energized stamina to the court, specifically in the fourth quarter.

At this point the Lakers starting line-up was then on the bench cheering on their fellow teammates. Guard, Kobe Bryant rumored to be up for the NBA MVP award this 2007-2008 season was especially excited for his team to be doing so exceptionally well, he was one of the many smiles across the faces of the bench, including starter and Laker veteran Derek Fisher.

The final score ended being 106-85, Lakers. Not only did this put smiles on faces, this enabled the Lakers to have a better chance for having the number two spot for the play-off round, maybe even boosting themselves to first; they currently have a two game lead.

After the game, Derek Fisher said, “We’re built to play as a team and not rely on the individual talents of other guys, hopefully that can carry us a long way.”

Overall, the Lakers have had a hard four seasons in a row, being eliminated from the play-offs after the first round, two of the times by the well-rounded Phoenix Suns. It’s looking a lot better for the Lakers this year, but the question is, can they make it?

-Jess

The next time you can watch the Lakers play is on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 7:30 at home versus the Sacramento Kings.