Tuesday, May 3, 2011
NBA PLAYOFFS-WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS: GAME 1. LOS ANGELES LAKERS 94-96 DALLAS MAVERICKS
The Lakers are either doing their best Muhammad Ali impression and taking blows in the first round on purpose...or they really are in trouble. After surviving the Hornets in the first round Los Angeles lost the first game of the Western Conference Semi-Finals 96-94. Just one bucket and one game separates these Western legends. Dirk Nowitzki (28 points) was again clutch but this time from the free-throw line as his charity baskets and some Gasol and Bynum turnovers was all she wrote. The Lakers rallied from 6 down at one point but the best closer in the game Kobe Bryant couldn't open up in the clutch. With no such look the Lakers are now being run out of their own town by the Mavericks, still the Lakers know it's time to put on for their city. Dallas haven't beat L.A. yet. Everyone will be quick to right the Los Angeles Lakers off but this is wrong, after all they are still the reigning champs and one of the best teams in the league. The purple could still hit gold, as basketballs royalty looks for their crowning achievement this season. Still Dirk and his saddled up Mavericks are looking to rope in Game 2 and take control of the series. "This team can beat us, it's clear,'' a "highly concerned" Kobe told press. The statement has been made. It's on. TIM DAVID HARVEY.