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Friday, May 28th, 2010 at 2:54 am  |  29 responses

Ron Artest: Unexpected Hero of Game 5

We’ll have an extensive recap of the Lakers’ thrilling 103-101 victory over the Suns up on the site soon, but if you just came here for a quick update: The Lakers now hold a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals, and Ron Artest(!), who’d had a bad game, a horrible last minute and not much of a postseason overal, was the hero with his last-second putback of a Kobe Bryant miss at the buzzer.

The L.A. Times details Ron-Ron’s exploits:

Biggest shot of Artest’s career?

“Biggest layup,” he said, smiling, correcting the interviewer. “I missed a lot of layups during the regular season. Now I’m missing jumpers and missing layups, but, you know, staying with it.”

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  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    Artest went from goat to hero in a matter of seconds it appears. These are the “breaks” which only teams like LA appear to receive.

    Lakers are destined.

  • http://Dsdfkjlsa.com Jukai

    Phoenix is the unluckiest team in the history of the NBA. Good lord, why did I pick Phoenix to be my team of choice.

  • Izzy

    Does the closeness of the game mean that Phoenix are still right up there to win the series??? After all it was a “lucky” win to LA today…

  • Jackie Moon

    @Izzy Their chances of winning the series looked better before Game 5 ended.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Son of a….

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Like Phil said – you “create” luck. Had he been standing around the perimeter, he wouldn’t have been in the right place at the right time. Lucky indeed – but you have to make the most of your opportunities.

  • fahrenheit

    The Lakers were lucky, just like the Suns were on that “missed so badly that it went in” three by Richardson. Btw, Odom should have secured the rebound on the first try by Nash, but was caught looking and nearly paid for it.

  • nastierthanu

    Hopefully this gives artest a little pick me up going into game 6. Gasol looks like a monster.

  • backboard

    “Say Queensbridge!!” Hahahahah, sorry, but that cracked me up!

  • backboard

    About Artest –> very happy for him, cause he seems like a good guy. Actually met him once in a club and he seemed very down-to-earth and just cool all around. But i cant shake the feeling that his bball iq is below average. He does so many things where you just shake your head and wish Ariza was still here. But hey, sweet redemption for Ron-Ron. “Queens in the building, you already know”!

  • jumpman3224

    He did go from goat to hero, real quick. Even though he hasnt been the most reliable scorer/shooter, I like what he brings to the team. He adds an element that they haven’t had in the last two playoff runs.

  • peter

    suns were lucky to even be in that position with pau’s missed dunk and richardsons banked three…artest made a hustle play

  • http://nba.com Reflex

    cosign backboard, Ron’s a fool for that!

  • Coney Islander

    NY’s gift to LA. A straight GOON! Lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Never before have I seen someone play such a garbage game.

    Through out the game, I was texting my brothers about how glad I was that the Nuggets never traded for Artest. To be honest, I was kinda surprised that phil stuck with him. I know the defense-thing, but dude was just bad at basketball last night, that is until the last second.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    I never liked the pick-up for the Lakers but glad for anyone when they hit game-winners. It is such an amazing feeling. I’m sure in the situation, it took away all the sting of a sub-par performance.

    I wanted to give up on this game all night,but kudos to the Suns for battling.

    Surprised to hear that game was the closest that Kobe has ever come to a playoff triple-double-he’s been brilliant.

  • kobesBESTfriend

    that ariza 4 artest swap is paying off big time looks like

  • fahrenheit

    pau cheated kobe out of his first playoff triple double with that missed dunk. i know pau is putting up the numbers, but i bet the celtics are noticing that he isn’t all that tougher than when they manhandled him in the 08 finals

  • peter

    Kobe had 36, 11 and 9 in game 3…not sure how tonight was any closer to a triple double. But i heard the announcer say that too (actually he said double double but we all know what he meant)

  • Kadavour

    @ Cub: 49, 10 & 9 vs. Denver 2 years ago.

  • RONathan

    bynum was lambasted for not getting in front of those who drive, but when kobe does it his sh#t doesn’t stink, ron ron jacks it up with 20+ seconds on the clock and they hate him, richardson’s bank is called ‘lucky’ but kobe’s famous game-winning bank is now an nba promo, and not one official wants to review where kobe’s feet were (possibly on the sideline, but we won’t see that angle of replay again, just like 9/11s one-time only broadcast of the building smoke moving in the opposite direction contrary to the official story) when he shot that airball, but its all good coz the nba likes deep throating bryant
    ps. been following the lakers since showtime but doesn’t mean i can’t be skeptical

  • Abdo

    that was the most unathletic shot i’ve ever seen by an nba player who is considered one of the better players in the league. is it just me or has ron’s offensive game and athleticism deteriorated since leaving indiana? he used to be much slimmer and much more athletic. now he looks 50 pounds heavier be it muscle or not and extremely stiff. kobe’s my man and i like the lakers somewhat but i can’t stand to watch ron artest play.

  • T-Money

    Yeah… I don’t know why people are considering the Suns unlucky… unless they were EXPECTING Pau to miss a dunk and J-Rich to bank a 3… Thems the breaks. If J-Rich puts a body on him, Ron wouldn’t have been in a position to benefit from luck.

  • jumpman3224

    @Ronathan Jalen Rose on ESPN this morning showed a replay close up of Kobe’s feet, which had his feet in a box highlight to illustrate that he was not out of bounds at any point. Watch sportscenter before noon and you will catch it. Also, FYI Kobe Bryant himself said that the bank 3 against DWADE was the luckiest shot he’s ever taken.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Just surprised he hadn’t had one yet.

  • Jackie Moon

    @Cub ONLY FOR REFERENCE (as in, I’m not saying Kobe is MJ) but MJ only had two playoff triple-doubles in his career, both against the Knicks, one in 1989 and one in 1993.

  • The D Train

    Here’s the thing: it’s been mentioned that the Lakers always get lucky breaks. It’s also been mentioned that you create your own luck. Both statements have some truth to them. The thing with the Lakers luck is that it always seems to be in huge spots with huge playoff implications. Ball is randomly batted to a wide-open Robert Horry for a buzzer beating three. Fisher somehow magically throws up a turn-around fadeaway, all in .4 of a second. Kobe is bound and determined to be the hero but since everyone on earth is watching only him, Gasol gets a putback at the buzzer. Kobe is bound and determined to be the hero but since everyone on earth is watching only him, Artest gets a putback at the buzzer. Seriously, those of us that hate the Lakers have plenty of ammo, just like those who love the Lakers have plenty of ammo. All of that being said, I wanted to throw my f()cking remote through Kobe’s face after that sh1t last night.

  • jumpman3224

    @D Train: If “luck” always happens in huge spots with “huge” playoff implications…maybe it’s not luck.

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