Where to start with this game? I was at Staples Center for this one, and it was definitely the most chippy, most emotional game I’ve been at so far. I’ll be back tomorrow morning with my full game diary, but for now he’s a few videos you need to study.
Fisher gets ejected for laying out Scola. I heard Fish in the post-game interview explain his thought-process here and he didn’t think he should have been ejected. Replay doesn’t exactly help Fisher’s cause. A pretty fair flagrant II in my opinion.
Artest gets ejected. What was he trying to do there exactly? Get Kobe to admit he elbowed him? In his defense, Kobe did smack him in the chest/neck with an elbow. I wonder, will Kobe get penalized for that post-game?
Kobe hit a few ridiculous shots in this game, this was the most ridiculous. Not as good as the one he did against Utah last year, but still not bad.
UPDATE: TalkHoops has the Ron Artest post-game interview trying to explain what happened with Kobe. You gotta see this. The second video is just plain… I dunno… I’m speechless.
One quick thought: The Lakers are in trouble. They had no answer for Artest all game, he was phenomenal, and conveniently for them he doesn’t play the last six minutes. Yao was in major foul trouble and played only 26 minutes. Talk about things going your way. If Yao and Artest had managed to play the full game, I’m really not convinced the Lakers would have pulled this one out. Now they gotta go back to Houston, Yao won’t play another game like that, Artest seriously wants to murder Kobe, and the Lakers won’t get any home calls like they did in this game. This is a test right here. Just a tip, you probably don’t want to miss Game 3.