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

 

How big is Mark Cuban’s head? May 6, 2008

On Wednesday, April 30, 2008, Head Coach Avery Johnson was fired from the Dallas Mavericks. He has been the coach for that team for the last three plus seasons, and although he had a phenomenal record during the season, his efforts did not pull through in the play-offs.

The Dallas Mavericks were eliminated from the first round of the NBA play-offs on Tuesday evening. The New Orleans Hornets who had the second seat in the Western Conference beat the Dallas Mavericks 4-1 in the series; in Dallas efforts they lost their last game at home.

Coach Johnson was a championship winning point guard for the San Antonio Spurs during his career, and later became a coach, and half way through the 2005 season became the coach for the Mavs. In his first consecutive season with the Mavericks he took them to the NBA Finals which seemed to be a huge success when they had a 2-0 lead but, later turned in to chaos and they lost the opportunity for the championship.

Owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, claims that he just couldn’t tolerate anymore losing in the play-offs, and that Johnson was just not pulling through. Well, I think that although Johnson’s record has not shown through the last couple play-off seasons, Mark Cuban needs to give him a chance to prove himself; his overall winning record is very high. Mark Cuban is a man who is just too into himself and has his own agenda. He shouldn’t even be coming near people that are genuine like Avery Johnson.

I think that Mark Cuban has made an enormous mistake, and unless he gets a coach like Phil Jackson or Pat Riley, his team isn’t going to be heading back to the NBA Finals anytime soon.

Best of luck to Dallas in finding a new coach for next season, and best of luck to a authentic coach, Avery Johnson.

-jess

 

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.