Its playoff time and the usual suspects are starting to make their name known and cementing their place in the anals of basketball history. Kobe always seems to take his game to another level when it gets close to the playoffs. He has the ability to separate himself from the rest of the basketball world when the playoffs begin. It's as if the Black Mamba smells fear in his opponents and he strikes with the force that will allow him to propel his team in the playoffs.
Last night Kobe scored thirty-eight in a rather easy fashion. He made move after move to get to his favorite spots on the floor and his fishline jumpshot was touching nothing but the bottom of the net. He even made moves going to the rim with intent on dunking on everyone in the vicinity. We will see how well he holds up but as of now Kobe looks fresh and ready to take the Lakers all the way to the championship.
Before Bryant could take the floor last night, Paul Pierce was making a statement. The man dubbed "The Truth" put on a performance that the Celtics needed as they were playing without their floor leader Rajon Rondo. The Celtics trailed for most of the night but they stayed close enough to the Hawks to make a move and steal one from the Hawks on their home court.
Pierce was phenominal playing nearly forty-four minutes and scoring 36 points, as the Celtics wiped out Atlanta's 11-point lead in the second half, stunning the Hawks 87-80 on Tuesday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference series.
Pierce made sure that Rondo wasn't missed, outscoring the Hawks all by himself over the last 15:08. Pierce had a few struggles in the second and third quarter, but in the fourth quarter the offense was simple: "Give the ball to Pierce and get out of the way." Pierce delivered and now the series takes on a new life, especially with the injury to Josh Smith. If the Smith injury is serious, Atlanta may as well pack it in because he is the steam that makes that engine go.
Stay Breezy ~ I'm Out!