If you didn’t get the title, well, then you probably have never watched Entourage and have no clue who Johnny Drama is. Sunday, the drama was in Cleveland, where Kobe Bryant’s entourage helped him take down LeBron James’ Cavs. As a result, the Cavs’ perfect home record is now history.
Kobe was limited by the flu, so he needed his teammates to step up, and step up they did. Lamar Odom might not have had the flu, but he was sick. With 28 points and 17 boards, he was the MVP of the game hands down. L.O. ripped off 15 points in the third quarter alone. I’ve been watching Odom since Rhode Island, and that was one of the best games he ever played.
The rest of the Black Mamba’s Deadly Viper Assassination Squad showed up big, too.
Luke Walton stuffed the stat sheet and led the team with a +13 plus/minus score.
Derek Fisher had 13 points, 3 steals and 3 assists without a turnover.
Pau Gasol, aka El Spaniard, pretty much went off. 18 points, 12 boards and 6 dimes.
Josh Powell and Trevor Ariza made their presences felt in limited minutes.
Kobe still played pretty decent, despite the flu. He had 19 shots and shot almost 50 percent from the field. That “dream shake” fadeaway moonball he busted in Prince James’ eye in the fourth was a thing of beauty.
The defense was very impressive in the second half. Mo Williams had 17 points in the first half, but only 2 in the second. Meanwhile, LBJ went 5-20 on the night. Could have done a little better on Big Z, but Bynum will help out with that.
Overall, our Lakers just seemed to long and athletic for the Cavs. They also seemed more intense, more physical, especially around the rim on offense in the second half (J-Peezy, L.O. and Trev). The Lakers are going to give this Lakers team fits if they meet in the Finals. Especially with Andrew Bynum back.
This was the biggest statement of an incredible 6-0 road trip. What a weekend, right? The Lakers take down the other top two teams in the league on the road on National TV, and let’s not forget that they also shipped out my least favorite Laker — Vlad Radmanovic. About freakin’ time. I’ll talk about what we got back in the deal here soon.
I’m starting to feel very good about this season, even with the Diaper Drew injury.