Well Well Well…my locks came through. Really went out on a limb predicting the defending NBA Champs and the front-runner for the crown this year, didn’t I? My predictions for today: The day will consist of 24 hours and a number of babies will be born.
Celtics 112 Magic 94 – Boston evens the series at 1-1 behind 31 points from…Eddie House? The former Sun Devil and Sun went 11 of 14 from the field in just 28 minutes to lead the Celts past the Magicians. Boston comes through in the must-win to make sure this series at least gets to Game 6, however if I’m a Celtics fan I’m a little concerned that they needed Eddie House to come through with a season-high to get the win. I stand by Orlando in 6.
Redick watch: J.J. continues to spit in my face by scoring 15 points (4 of 6 from three) in his 25 minutes of play. I’m beginning to think the good Dr. Greenbaumberg might have been onto something in claiming Redick was well on his way to overpaid central. I just hope it’s not the Suns that pony-up the cash for the poor man’s Steve Kerr (wait…oh no…Kerr’s going to do this isn’t he?).
Lakers 111 Rockets 98 – Kobe Bryant flashed that old MVP form (can you remember that far back?) in scoring 40 to spur the Lakers by the Rockets, drawing this series to a 1-1 tie. Yet the real fun in this contest was the extracurricular activity. Both Ron Artest and Derek Fisher were ejected in separate incidents and 4 other players (Luis Scola, Luke Walton, Lamar Odom, and Kobe Bryant) were given technical fouls. Artest, or Lieutenant Crazy Ass as I’ve just decided to call him while writing this, was ejected when he went after Bryant for throwing an elbow to his throat. Typically I wouldn’t side with the Lieutenant, but the proof is in the pudding here:
I’ll take just about any opportunity to knock Bryant down a notch so….what a awful human being. From more of a series perspective, I think this game was an indicator of what we can expect the rest of the way. Lakers in 6.
Cavs-Guinea Pigs Hawks Game 2 is the lone game on the docket tomorrow. If the Hawks win I’ll finally let Sgt. Zim brush my hair before bed, you can only turn down that face so many times.