Host: Jason Barquero | Follow @jaybarquero
Alright LakersNation, we start out by sending you all a big invite to tonight’s LakersNation Game 2 viewing party at ESPN ZONE L.A. Live. The party starts at 6 o’clock, but make sure to get there early as we’re giving away TONS of prizes like game 3 playoff tickets, autographed gear, new era caps, t-shirts, and more. Best of all – it’s free and you can thank our partners at Budweiser who will be providing special pricing on drinks and more. And, you’ll have the opportunity to meet myself and the rest of the LakersNation media team, as we’ll be hosting the party live with Lakers legend A.C. Green. Should be fun – come check it out.
So the Lakers only forced four turnovers during game 1 on Monday in Oklahoma City. When asked if forcing charges would be a way of getting OKC to turn the ball over, Kobe replied Tuesday by saying not to expect him to be taking any charges, any time soon. Bryant said, “We got a couple of guys that take charges, but for the most part, the one guy that took a charge is now playing in Oklahoma. I wonder whom he could be talking about. Looking forward to game 2 tonight, Kendrick Perkins of the Thunder will be a game time decision as he re-aggravated a hip injury on Monday night. Perkins originally suffered the injury during the final game of their first round series against the Mavs. Catch tonight’s game on TNT at 6:30 pacific time or on 710 ESPN Radio.
Last night on the hardwood the San Antonio Spurs rolled all over the Clippers 108-92 with Tim Duncan leading the pack with 26 points and 10 rebounds. The Clips Blake Griffin contributed with 15 points in only 28 minutes with a sprained left knee that under any other circumstances would probably have him out a couple of weeks if this weren’t the playoffs. Chris Paul wasn’t much help with an ailing hip as he scored only six points and had not a single basket in the second half. The Spurs have now won 15 straight NBA playoffs, the longest streak since the Spurs won 17 straight in 2004.
And to Miami we go where the Bosh-less Miami Heat lost home court advantage to the Indiana Pacers by a score of 78-75. The Heat missed 24 of 29 shots in one stretch. Lebron knocked down 28 points and Wade finished with 24 on the night, even though they both missed crucial shots with less than a minute to go. James missed two free throws with 54 seconds left and Wade couldn’t make a crucial layup that would have tied the game with 16 seconds remaining. After the game Wade commented, “Chris was missed, but that’s not the reason we lost this ballgame”. Uhhh, ya it is.
Don’t forget to follow me on twitter at jaybarquero and subscribe to our youtube channel right here. That’s all for this Wednesday – we’ll see you tomorrow.