Orlando led after the first quarter of game five; but like the rest of the series it was all Lakers from there on. Kobe Bryant had 30 points, nearly playing the entirety of the game. Seven years since his last ring, Kobe finally proved that he could do it without Shaq. The finals MVP averaged over 32 points a game, with 7.4 assists and 5.6 rebounds in five games against the East’s best. After losing the 2004 finals to the Detroit Pistons, and a humiliating 38-point loss to the Celtics in game 6 last year, Bryant and company dominated the Orlando Magic.
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Despite immense amounts of media hype, video game simulations, and commercials featuring everything from sports drinks to muppets; the NBA is not getting a Kobe/Lebron finals match-up. The Lakers/Magic finals series could be far more entertaining, as Orlando is a more well-rounded squad than the Lebron-centric Cavs. On the way to the championship series, the Magic eliminated the last two Eastern Conference Champions (including the defending NBA Champion Celtics), and beat a very capable 76ers team.
The Los Angeles Lakers were taken to the brink by a Tracy McGrady-less rockets, and traded licks with a very tough Denver Nuggets squad. While neither of the two teams have played as many as last year’s 7-game-series-heavy Celtics, both have been through multiple drawn out matchups with tough opponents. Expect Laker forward “Candy Man” Lamar Odom and his Magic counterpart Hedo Turkgolu to vie for most 3-pointers, as an undercard to the Kobe/Howard athletics.
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Former Sox slugger and current Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez is facing a 50-game suspension for a positive performance-enhancing drug test. Neither the team nor the league have commented yet, and Ramirez was absent from the clubhouse during last night’s post game press conferences. The LA Times is reporting that one of their sources indicated Ramirez will blame the positive test result on a medication being taken for a personal medical issue. MLB regulations state that any player testing positive for any banned substance will receive a 50-game suspension for their first offense.
Ramirez, currently batting .348 with 6 home runs, will be out until after the all-star break.
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The Houston Rockets won a very physical game 1 against the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. The Lakers fell behind early, and never managed to catch up again. “I think we were hungry to win the first game, like we had in the first game of the last (series),” Rockets Center Yao Ming told the AP. “We know we have to respect them. They will come back strong in Game 2.” Ming was briefly sidelined by a knee-to-knee collision with LA’s Kobe Bryant, but returned later. Yao hit a jumper and converted all six trips to the free throw line.
Despite a 32-point effort from Bryant, the Lakers fell short.”I’m fine,” Bryant said in a post-game interview. “My energy felt fine, I was OK. “We just blew some defensive assignments at key moments.” Los Angeles looks to take advantage of home court advantage in game 2, scheduled for Wednesday night at 10:30pm Eastern.
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The Los Angeles Lakers will be the #1 rank in the Western conference going into the 2009 playoffs. They are currently 64-17 with just one game to go against the Utah Jazz. Utah sits at the #8 seed with a lot riding on their last regular season match up. If they can beat LA, they might be able to avoid playing them in the opening round.
The Dallas Mavericks are now one game ahead of the Jazz with a 49-32 record. Whoever LA will match up against they will keep their confidence, knowing they haven?t lost this season to either team. After coming so close to winning an NBA title last season, the Lakers have only improved. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol have been stellar all season, as Lamar Odom, Sasha Vujacic, and Trevor Ariza have given more than enough support.
The one team that might be able to stop the Lakers run early on will be the San Antonio Spurs in the second round. They hold the #5 seed in the West but have been on a roll the last couple of weeks. Between Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili, they know what it takes to win a championship. If the Lakers and Spurs meet in the second round, it should make for one of the most thrilling series all year.
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Last night’s starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, Nick Adenhart, was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Fullerton, CA around midnight. In his fourth Major League appearance, Adenhart held the A’s scoreless through six solid innings while racking up five strikeouts.
The Mitsubishi that Adenhart was riding in was struck by a minivan that reportedly ran a red light. Three of the passengers in Adenhart’s vehicle were killed, including at least one other person in the Angels organization. The driver of the minivan fled on foot but was apprehended by the police a few blocks from the scene.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were just able to reach a deal with slugger Manny Ramirez last Wednesday after a long winter of disagreements. Manny signed to a $45 million, two-year contract with the option to void the second season of the deal and become a free agent. The agreement reportedly came at 6 a.m. at team owner Frank McCourt’s home in Malibu.
Despite Manny’s stalemate with the front office for weeks he seems very positive about the deal and the upcoming season. “We got a great meeting,” said Ramirez. “I’m happy to be here. We got some unfinished business, and that’s why I’m here.” With Manny on their side again the Dodgers will be a definite NL threat for the upcoming season.
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U2′s new album is now out in the U.S. and the band is promoting it heavy this week and next. There are lots of exciting developments for U2 fans. U2 is of course playing the Letterman Show all this week but in addition the band has planned 3 intimate performances from March 9 thru March 11 in Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston. U2 will play a small club show in L.A. on 3/9, a radio show in Chicago on 3/10 and a small club show in Boston on 3/11. It doesn’t appear that U2 tickets will be available for sale for any of these shows but all the details have yet to be revealed. Tickets for the U2 Boston show have been available to radio contest winners only so far. Five major radio stations in Boston are giving tickets away all this week. There is still no indication of where this U2 show will happen given that most of the likey choices are already booked including the Paradise, the House of Blues and the Orpheum Theatre. One rumor has U2 playing at the Showcase Live at Gillette Stadium.
In other U2 news, the band is set to release their 2009 Tour schedule on Monday 3/9. U2 has already revealed the tour to be a stadium tour. They will likely play two shows at New England’s Gillette Stadium later this year.
20 straight wins would have been a great Christmas present from the Boston Celtics to their fans but alas they were bound to lose one sooner or later. Most in Boston would have preffered any team beat them other than the Los Angeles Lakers however. The Lakers won this mini battle yesterday at the Staples Center with an impressive defensive showing in their 92-83 win over Boston. The win improved the Lakers’ record to 24-5 while the Celtics move to 27-3. The game between last year’s Championship rivals had the feel of a Finals game despite the fact that this season isn’t half over. Both teams still have a long road ahead before they meet in any seriously important games.
Kobe Bryant was the scoring leader for the Lakers in this one with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Boston meanwhile got a great shooting game out of Kevin Garnett who added 22 points and 9 rebounds. Paul Pierce scored 20 with 10 rebounds but failed to score in the crucial 4th quarter. The win for the Lakers was Phil Jackson’s 1,000th career win as a head coach.
The Celtics and Lakers will meet again on 2/5/09 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. Celtics vs Lakers tickets are available for this game.
Twenty years after recording and performing When Loves Comes To Town with U2, B.B. King, Bono and the Edge gave a repeat performance on October 27. Bono and the Edge were on hand to honor B.B. for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Founders Award.
You can view footage of the performance here at U2.com. The video is definitely worth checking out. If you’re a U2 fan than it will certainly get you thinking about their upcoming album and subsequent tour in 2009. While no new details have been released yet, be sure to check back here for info about U2 tickets and a U2 tour.