Quantcast 2011 NBA Western Conference Playoffs: Semifinals - Los Angeles vs Dallas

 

Mavs Put on a Show to Knock Lakers out of the Playoffs

 

This game was all Dallas. I have never seen so many three-pointers from one team in the playoffs before. Great team play from the Mavericks left the Lakers frustrated at their own shortcomings on offence. Kobe got 13 points in the first quarter, but then only managed four points throughout the rest of the game.

Jason Terry said he was thankful to have a “hot hand” on such an important night…what an understatement. He got 32 points on the night and looked pretty much unstoppable from behind the arc, but along with that, Stojakovic chipped in with 21 and Barea got himself 22. When a team has three players who are getting that many points, it shows great team work and great spirit; something that the Lakers really didn’t have.

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At the end of the game, frustrations obviously got the better of the Los Angeles team as they began to lash out. Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum were both ejected for throwing elbows, which added a very negative element to what has ultimately been a decent season for the Lakers. I understand that us Laker fans have high expectations and when a team fails to repeat it can be hard to swallow, but we got to the playoffs and were beaten by a much better team. Can we take heart from that?

If these two teams played four more games, I would suggest that the series scoreline would be 8-0 as Dallas have clicked as a team and I can see them continuing this great form as they reach the conference finals. A sweep is hugely disappointing for the Lakers but in the end, they were beaten by a team who played great, exciting basketball and that, at the very least, should offer some small amount of consolation.

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Final Score: (LAL) 86 – (DAL) 122

 

 

 

By: Tom Greenhalgh
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer


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