Sunday’s afternoon output was Kobe Bryant’s third 30-point performance since transforming into the Masked Mamba. His efforts, along with a stifling Lakers defense, slowed down a high powered Heat offense.
Miami, was without their third all-star in Chris Bosh (due to a death in the family) for Sunday’s contest, and that largely allowed the Lakers to put more focus of their defensive pressure on Lebron James and Dwayne Wade. James had a good all around game, but nothing came easy for him, thanks to Metta World Peace. Wade was flustered all game, and eventually fouled out with over five minutes to go in the ball game.
World Peace had a flashback moment, scoring 17 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and totaled 4 steals, all while playing hard-nose defense against James. If he can sustain this type of effort on a nightly basis, this could be huge for the Lakers down the stretch of the regular season and the playoffs. Andrew Bynum posted his typical double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, abusing the big man of Miami, while his other front-court partner, Pau Gasol, scored a modest 11 points to go along with 10 boards.
Playing with this new sense of motivation the Lakeshow will hit the road once again to face the likes of the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves this week. If the Lakers can put a nice run together, they could possibly put themselves in the driver seat of the Pacific Division, but first, they must tighten up on the road ASAP.
Ummm yeah…good luck with that Lakeshow!
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Written by Arthur Kai