Philippines, 22 Oct 2019
  Home >> News

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        




 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
News  


LAKERS FLEX MUSCLES, ADVANCE TO 2ND ROUND


PhilBoxing.com





PhilBoxing.com Special NBA 2011 Playoffs Coverage

LOS ANGELES, They look old and vulnerable, unable to flick that playoffs switch with the same ease they did in the two previous seasons that have netted them the Larry O'Brien trophy.

Their coach, Phil Jackson, who has more rings than he has fingers (11), is on the last year of his contract and is ready to retire. Too many of those dreaded playoffs wars seemed to have extinguished the championship fire in the Zen Master's belly.

Their center, 7-foot Andrew Bynum, is a tower of power when healthy, averaging 15.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. But the 285-pound behemoth missed 28 regular season games and is playing on shaky knees. Every time he falls on the hardwood, his teammates cringe.

And then there's Kobe Bryant, once seen grimacing in pain early in this postseason, limping around Staples Center, and vehemently refusing an MRI on his fragile, twisted ankle.

All of the above sent this great city and its fans into a state of mass depression. All wondering what is going on with their mighty Los Angeles Lakers.

Well, it now seems crystal clear that those fears were misplaced.

Showing the form that catapulted them to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances since 2008, the Lakers marched to New Orleans Wednesday night and conducted a clinic in hoops precision. The No.2 seed in the Western Conference eliminated the Hornets in six games following a one-sided 98-80 Game 6 beating.

Kobe Bryant, the squad's heart and soul, led the purple-and-gold assault with 24 points on 6-0f-16 shooting. Bryant made two treys and sank all 10 of his free throws, He played just 30 minutes, which bodes well for his aching ankle as the Lakers continue their improbable quest for a 3-peat.

Showing no signs of the injuries that have slowed him early in the season and much in this postseason, Bynum controlled the paint with authority. The 23-year old product of St. Joseph High School in New Jersey powered his way through 18 points and 12 rebounds. He also had two blocks while anchoring a defense that held the Hornets to just 30-of-70 from the field.

Playing on friendly turf, the Hornets kept it close and trailed only by six points at the half, 40-34. But the Lakers increased their lead to 12 after three quarters and when Shannon Brown nailed a pair of free throws at the 7:46 mark of the fourth quarter, the Lakers were beyond reach with an imposing 80-62 margin.

Seven-foot Pau Gasol played his best outing in the series with 16 points and 8 rebounds. And 6-foot-11 Lamar Odom came off the bench to drill 14 points and grab 8 rebounds. In the end, the Lakers size, depth and wealth of playoffs experience proved too much for the relentless Hornets to overcome.

Hornets All-Star Chris Paul had a terrific series, but under constant duress from the Lakers guards, Paul had tired legs left in Game 6, where he finished with just 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting. He also had 11 assists and 5 turnovers. So after a successful regular season of 46 wins and 36 defeats, the Hornets are one and done in these 2011 NBA playoffs.

The Lakers, meanwhile, are far from done. But the champs appear ready for the tougher battles ahead in defense of their NBA crown. Next stop is Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals where the Dallas Mavericks visit the Staples Center Monday night. (Nick Roska)


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Nicholai R. Roska.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • Nicholson decisions Lee at Maryland Live Casino
    By , Tue, 22 Oct 2019
  • Jerwin Ancajas to grace Larry Itliong Day at Carson, California
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Tue, 22 Oct 2019
  • ROCK STOPS SMITH IN 2!!
    By , Tue, 22 Oct 2019
  • UNBEATEN CUBAN HEAVYWEIGHT FRANK SANCHEZ TO FACE JACK MULOWAYI IN TELEVISED OPENER OF SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
    By , Tue, 22 Oct 2019
  • Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame 2019 award winners announced
    By , Tue, 22 Oct 2019
  • SHANE MCGUIGAN: “I REALLY WANT TAYLOR TO GET HIS HANDS ON THAT MASSIVE TROPHY”
    By , Mon, 21 Oct 2019
  • OKOLIE: I’LL STOP NGABU
    By , Mon, 21 Oct 2019
  • BRAWL AT THE MALL 13 COMPLETE RESULTS
    By , Mon, 21 Oct 2019
  • Pacquiao Rolls Out Red Carpet to FIFA President Infantino
    By , Mon, 21 Oct 2019
  • Sergey Morozov retains M-1 Challenge bantamweight title
    By , Mon, 21 Oct 2019
  • PETALCORIN WINS IN GENSAN
    By Dong Secuya, Mon, 21 Oct 2019
  • Cody "The Crippler" Crowley improves to 18-0
    By , Mon, 21 Oct 2019
  • NBA -- New season brings new hope for Pacers
    By Jon Moskowich, Mon, 21 Oct 2019
  • Referee's Focus Should Also be Fighters Safety
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, Sun, 20 Oct 2019
  • OSCAR DUARTE DEFENDS REGIONAL TITLE AGAINST HUMBERTO DE SANTIAGO IN MAIN EVENT OF GOLDEN BOY FIGHT NIGHT
    By , Sun, 20 Oct 2019
  • Gov. Claude P. Bautista Inv’tl Boxing Oct. 27 in Malita
    By Lito delos Reyes, Sun, 20 Oct 2019
  • Charly targets SEAG gold
    By Joaquin Henson, Sun, 20 Oct 2019
  • ERICKSON LUBIN TRAINING CAMP QUOTES
    By , Sun, 20 Oct 2019
  • 'BRAWL AT THE MALL 13' WEIGH IN RESULTS
    By , Sun, 20 Oct 2019
  • KALLE SAUERLAND: “PROGRAIS-TAYLOR IS THE CAVIAR OF BOXING”
    By , Sat, 19 Oct 2019
  • NBA: Pelicans pull off a 117-116 squeaker over the Knicks
    By Oliver Iglesias, Sat, 19 Oct 2019
  • ANCAJAS HITS L.A.
    By Dong Secuya, Sat, 19 Oct 2019
  • King Artur: Beterbiev KOs Gvozdyk
    By , Sat, 19 Oct 2019
  • After Pacquiao, it's Nonito's Turn
    By Teodoro Medina Reynoso, Sat, 19 Oct 2019


  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2019 philboxing.com.