Sunday, May 10th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  26 responses

Post Up: Tying Up Loose Ends

And Baby saves the day.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Hello Slammers! I’m just checking in briefly because I’m still home in Scotia and this is my last day so I’m squeezing in as much as I can over these final 28 hours or so.

Couldn’t resist though, had to show my “face” after that brutal Lakers loss yesterday so no one could accuse me to hiding away.


Before the game I actually said, I’d like the Rockets to put up a fight and maybe get another game. Maybe get another game! Where has my killer instinct gone? It disappeared with the injuries to Yao and Dikembe. Those two bigmen both kill me. The shots of them on the bench cheering side by side were the sweetest yesterday.

You know what wasn’t the sweetest and actually, was the opposite of sweet? The rotten Laker defense. Horrific showing by the boys and now I’m worrying about Lamar Odom’s back after a hard, hard fall that resulted in an offensive foul and a technical. Yeah.

To sum up this one: End of the third quarter, 0.7 left on the clock, the Rockets throw an alley oop to AARON BROOKS and he completes it. Aaron-I-make-Allen-Iverson-look-6 feet-Brooks. And that was the 99-87, Houston victory. Series tied, 2-2 and we head back to LA.

Not sure if you caught it, but Brooks was tricked into wearing a red jacket to the game after he thought the entire team would be wearing them because they were hung in their lockers.

Phil Jackson dropped an eff-bomb in his postgame interview. Game Five is going to be fun.

Seriously though, the Lakers need to come out strong.

Now, onto the Boston/Orlando game. I was rooting for Orlando down the stretch until I realized they already led 2-1. I’m pulling for each series to go to seven (if only ATL could find life), so I quickly flipped to Boston. And Baby. He didn’t disappoint.

Getting the pass from PP, he drained the game-winner at the buzzer to tie the series and on his way back to the bench to celebrate, he shoved a kid out of the way, almost knocked into a ref and then went crazy. The only person who looked happier than the man himself was Doc Rivers who looked like he’d just won another championship.


Most importantly, each series is tied at 2-2.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Okay, time for me to stop blabbering on and time for you to discuss all that I didn’t mention here.

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  • AlbertBarr

    That Davis shot was awesome…He was pummmped for the post-game interview.

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  • AlbertBarr

    I like that he is showin’ his stuff going into free-agency and with KG on the pine.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I always loved Brooks and really knew he could make something of himself in the L… but Glenn Davis… man, that’s shocked me.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I commend Holly for not hiding.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    Shane Battier is offically a boss. I used to hate on him but you gotta respect a guy who can lead his team to a victory like that. As for the Lakers…I’m currently having my assistant powder my hand.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    Pau Gasol’s beard is fooling no-one.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Question: will it hurt or help the Nuggets and Cavs if they both sweep this round and have to wait for opponents who will have had to have gone through a much tougher series? Well rested or well tested?

  • franko

    Brooks: next Tony Parker?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    E: I don’t think it will hurt the Cavs at all. They are rolling and Orlando and Boston don’t want none.
    As for Denver: maybe. It depends who comes out of the Rockets/Lakers series. I shall now be struck by lightning for doubting the Lakers.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    That Tony Parker comparison is not bad at all.

  • Michael

    I’m worried now. Championship teams don’t get destroyed by a bunch of scrubs. The Lakers are way to arrogant for a team that has yet to do anything.

  • Ken

    Yeah, I thought it was hilarious when big Baby knocked that kid down. Kid’ll never forget that.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    I’m going for well rested, with a complete and healthy line-up.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Brooks is a G! He’s smaller than Tony but he’s got the speed and is probably already a better shooter (atleast from three) but he doesn’t finish at the rim as well as TP. Still the kid is talented and fearless, and making the most of his pooprtunity on a big stage.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    And GREAT shot for Big Baby, another guy making the most out of a big opportunity.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Pooportunity?! I suck at typing.
    Where the Laker fans at? Huh?

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    The Fakers are in big trouble if Odom’s injury is serious, even if they are still able to get by Houston which I’m not sure they will. The Rockets are going to live behind the three point line, and if they are hot they’ll definitely have a chance, unless the Laker bigs come out and dominate.

  • tenorca

    Aaron Brooks is on the TP, pre-moped Monta level as far as speed goes. He pretty much had lightning bolts flying out his ace on Sunday.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    So Holly, is now okay to hate on 60+ win teams now?
    E to the bee oh why: The Cavs are too disciplined to get rusty after a week rest. As for the Nuggets, I see JR and crew partying during their break unless Chauncey rallies the troops and forces hard practices (God knows George Karl isn’t going to push them).

  • madamerica

    Courtney Lee: next Rip Hamilton. That mask lit a bulb in my head.

  • http://www.showmeyourwits.com showmeyourwits

    Following the Lakers all season, I wasn’t surprised by yesterday. Kobe aside, they still have a young mentality and think everyone is just going to fold because they’re the Lakers. If Odom is out, or his back bothers him throughout, they are in trouble. More pressing is putting Shannon Brown on Brooks, cuz he made Fish and Farmar look like obstacles on the skills challenge. I’d like for Drew to step up and the Lakers to go big with him, Gasol, Odom, Ariza and Kobe and use their size. What will probably happen is Kobe does just enough to get them through…in seven. Unacceptable.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    and JVG needs to start his own psychic network….first the rockets blowing out Portland, then talking about how failing to put teams away that you should be putting away prolongs the series and increases the risk of injury…Lamar Odom knows that now..

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    lol, holly said ‘face’. Why i find humor in that has a dark dark reason…

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    lightning bolts outta his ACE. Loved that.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Lakers fans…? Hello you in here? HAH. Kobe aint getting himself a ring (post-shaq duo) now that LeBron has become the best player in the L and Denver is wrecking the western conference this year.