I really don’t like night clubs. I don’t get the appeal – they’re loud, crowded, and the drinks are expensive. They basically just completely suck. So to recap – like Nightcaps, hate night clubs.
Lakers 119 Nuggets 92 – The Kobe puppet survives. A series that had been relatively competitive through 5 games ended in anti-climactic fashion as LA advanced to their 2nd consecutive NBA Finals with a 27 point victory.
Kobe Bryant led the way for the Lakers with an impressive 35 point, 10 assist, 6 rebound performance. And for the second straight game – the Lakers got great support off the bench and they won. Lamar Odom had 20-8, Pau Gasol put in 20, and Trevor Ariza scored 17 as he continued to stake his claim to the Jerome James Award.
Carmelo Anthony celebrated his 25th birthday by scoring 25 and J.R. Smith contributed 24 for the Nuggets as their season came to an end. Denver has now lost eight consecutive playoff elimination games and George Karl has personally lost 10 straight playoff series’ where his teams have lost Game 1. They may have fallen short of their first NBA Finals but Denver had their best season in a number of years – winning 54 games, a division title, and reaching the Conference Finals for the first time since 1985. Will they be able to get this far again? Probably not – but it was a cute little run.
The Lakers have now advanced back to the NBA Finals where they will await the winner of the Orlando-Cleveland series. The Finals will begin Thursday against either Orlando (in LA) or against Cleveland (in Cleveland).
Game 6 of Magic/Cavs is tonight and the Magic should heed this simple advice – you better win, because if you don’t Cleveland is taking this in 7. I’m pretty excited to see what LeBron’s got up his sleeve.