L.A.'s Bigs Respond, Clinch Series Win
I’ve watched The Lakers compete in the post-season for about as long as I can remember. Some years they were dominant (dismantling The Magic in only 5 games in the 2009 NBA Finals) and in others they struggled with chemistry and an aging roster (swept by the Mavs in the 2011 semis). But no matter the state of the purple and gold, they always make it interesting.
Last night Kobe and his crew again showed their worth by beating a well-coached and gritty young team in the Denver Nuggets who played with relentless energy throughout the series.
Paul Gasol responded to the criticism of his pitiful Game 6 performance with an amazing effort at Staples Center last night, helping his squad move on to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs where they will face the very well-rested Oklahoma City Thunder.
I’m hoping The Lakers are savoring their series victory as it’s very likely the last one they will experience this year. Determined and confident as they may be, L.A. is no match for the young stars The Thunder have waiting to meet them Monday night.
How will L.A. fare against the favorites to win the West?
Game 1 tips off Monday at 8:30.
Brandon Rompa is a writer and musician from Minneapolis, MN. He began writing album reviews and current-event music articles for his college paper at Winona State University in 2007 and has continued to pursue the craft in his leisure time since, hoping to share his love of recorded music, present and past, in a conversational and relatable manner.
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