Lakers vs. Pistons! Kobe vs. Rodney Stuckey! I am pumped up….Rodney Stuckey…. did I just say Rodney Stuckey…. Is he even still on the team? Let me be the first to say tonight’s matchup does not have the cache of Sundays Heat matchup, but since the Lakers are on a roll and this might turn into a blow out, let’s watch anyway.
Pregame: Believe it or not, the Lakers vs. Pistons used to be a rivalry. Two of Detroit’s three NBA titles came against the Lakers. Tonight’s game has none of that feeling. Tonight’s lines: Lakers -5.5, O/U: 186. Let’s take the Lakers and the under!
Breaking news: ESPN sources announce Payton Manning and the Colts to part ways. Wow, I am not a Colts fan but it is definitely somber news to hear that Manning will no longer be in Indianapolis. I understand that sports are a business and that the Colts had to focus on rebuilding, but there are certain players that deserve to retire having only played for one franchise. I cannot even image how I would feel if the Lakers let Kobe go to another team.
12:00: Is that Zorro? Robin? The Green Hornet? It’s Kobe with a black mask. It looks fantastic. My brother just sent me a text saying that Kobe should now be referred to as Darth Mamba. Sounds awesome, let’s see how many times I can use it in one recap. Darth Mamba Meter: 1.
9:49: Gasol swishes a 20 ft baseline jumper: Lakers 4-0.
8:41: Metta World Peace shoots a crazy three (do I even have to mention whether or not it went in?)! Bynum grabs the rebound and misses a layup at the rim. The ball must still have MWP’s stank on it from that ridiculous shot.
8:36: Bynum finally gets the ball to stay in the rim.
7:02: Darth Mama leading the fast break hits the trailing Gasol for a dunk! 12-6 Lakers!
5:25: Kobe nails a long three which leads to a Detroit time out: 15-9 Lakers. It feels like Kobe is ready to drop a Darth Vader performance and singled handedly take down the Old Republic.
5:05: The announcers bring up the ‘Melee at the Palace’ and it’s hard to believe that Metta World Peace would have been a part of that, he seems like a completely difference person. But if you don’t remember what a mess that was, here’s a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkVIndhg_nI&feature=related
3:53: Pau hits another 20 foot jumper. He’s really widened his range. Let’s start the Gasol in the 3 pt contest campaign for next years All Star game.
2:38: Detroit calls a time out with the Lakers leading 19-13.
2:04: Monroe with a lob to Maxiell for two! These guys are NBA players? Well, I guess that’s what happens to your roster when management spends over $85 Million on Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva… who you ask? That’s exactly my point.
0:15: Fantastic block by Matt Barnes to save two points (I should have never dropped him from my fantasy team).
End of the 1st Quarter: Lakers 24-17. The Lakers are only up by seven but this game already feels like a blow out. I called it, Lakers and the under. I’m not even going to watch the second Quarter, it’s my Grandmothers birthday so I am going to drive over and finish watching the game with my family. The Lakers should be up by 25 by the time I get there. Darth Mamba!!! Darth Mamba meter: 3
Halftime: A lot of traffic and a lot of wasted gas. What should have been a 10 minute drive takes 30 minutes. The song is right, “I love L.A”
Beginning of the 3rd Quarter: Lakers trail 41-45. What the heck happened? I leave for 30 minutes and the Lakers are down by 4!! And Kobe changed back to the clear mask!! I was really looking forward to making a bunch of Star Wars jokes! But I don’t blame him for going back to the other mask, George Lucas ruined Star Wars with those horrible prequels, so I wouldn’t want to associated with that either.
10:24: Kobe with a pin point bounce pass to Metta World Peace for a reverse layup and the Lakers are only down by 1.
7:30: Lakers go on a run led by clear masked Kobe 49-46. Isn’t that a Nike commercial waiting to happen, a black masked Kobe playing one on one versus a white masked Kobe? If Nike ran that commercial I don’t care if they were trying to sell me a pair of Tom’s, I’d buy them.
6:41: Gasol battles over three Pistons to grab an offensive rebound. I think Gasol is also embracing Kobe’s mask, he was been playing tougher since the All Star break.
5:55: Gasol sends a lob pass to Bynum for a monster dunk. Gasol is taking over. The Spaniard is on fire!
4:46: Pau shoots two free throws to extend the Lakers lead to 55-48. Gasol has 16 points and 10 rebounds, maybe all the Blake Griffin and Kevin Love chatter is starting to finally bug him.
3:08: Gasol with another lob pass, this time to Kobe for two easy points, 59-52. Its looks like Pau is ready to take his spot, as the best power forward in the league, back.
2:14: Stuckey drives for a reverse lay up.
0:41: Troy Murphy grabs a rebound to pad his stat line with 0 points, 5 rebounds and 0 assist.
End of the third: Lakers lead 61-54. Pau Gasol: 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, Andrew Bynum: 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assist.
11:30: Bynum is on the floor with the rest of the bench players. Hopefully we can keep this lead.
9:03-8:40: Bynum travels and Ben Gordon drives the lane for two points. Lakers lead cut down to one, 63-62. Mike Brown has seen enough and Kobe and Pau check back in.
4:43: Game goes to a commercial tied up at 69 apiece. The game feels like the Lakers should be up by 10 but the Pistons just keep hanging around.
4:17: Gordon drives the lane and dishes to Ben Wallace for the bucket. Ben Wallace? The same Ben Wallace that won a Championship with the Pistons in 2004- he still plays? I would have bet everything I own that he was retired. And to add insult to injury the announcers just mentioned that Wallace is averaging 1 point per game this season. Lakers trail 69-71.
1:44: Kobe to Gasol to Bynum and into the stands as the ball goes out of bounds; Lakers trailing 74-75.
1:16: Metta World Peace pick pockets Stuckey and drives to the basket for two huge points. Lakers lead 76-75.
0:09: With the Lakers up 76-75, Rodney Stuckey hits a three to put Detroit up by two. I should have never made fun of Stuckey at the beginning of this recap, he’s coming back to haunt me.
0:00: The Masked Mamba strikes again! Kobe with a beautiful 19 foot jumper over Tayshaun Prince for the tie and overtime!
End of the 4th: 78-78
3:45: Kobe with a lob pass to Bynum for the bucket and the tie: 80-80. What a great game this has turned out to be, and that is why you should never judge an NBA game by its cover.
2:21: Offensive foul and turnover by Pau. Lakers lead 83-82.
1:22: Detroit just will not back down: 85-86 Pistons.
0:35: Kobe misses a long three and the Lakers have to foul down by three: 85-88 Detroit.
End of Game: Lakers lose 85-88. Gasol ends the game with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Bynum 30 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists. Rodney Stuckey ends the game with 34 points. Darth Mamba Meter: 3. The Lakers didn’t cover the 5.5 points but at least the under came in.