The rumors of the death of the Los Angeles Lakers have been greatly exaggerated. Also, it helps to host a Knicks team that has zero interest in defense, rebounding or passing the ball. The Lakers thoroughly outplayed New York last night, beating them 99-82. Kobe Bryant was the man, getting himself 28 points, and just doing horrible things to Landry Fields, Renaldo Balkman, and whoever else the Mike D’Antoni put infront of him. Bryant had one stretch in particular in the third quarter where he was just unstoppable, doing Kobe things. Naturally, as is D’Antoni’s way, the Knicks made zero adjustments and were content to let Kobe skewer Renadlo Balkman over and over again … The Knicks, for the most part, were deplorable. How can a team with front line athletes like Amar’e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony be so, so weak on the boards? We’re specifically talking about STAT. 30 minutes and just two rebounds? Come on, man … Spectacular point guard match up in Sacramento last night as Derrick Rose squared up with Tyreke Evans in a battle of speed vs. power. Both PGs finished with 19 points each (and a number of highlight-reel plays), but Rose’s Bulls cruised to a 10-point win, 108-98 … Remember this near-death experience? Derrick Rose almost re-created it with Jimmer Fredette last night, when he hit the rook with a crossover that sent Fredette flying. Video coming soon on dimemag.com … Hey Steve Nash, the good news is that management is bringing in an NBA All-Star to help you out on this miserable Suns team. The bad news is that he was an All-Star in 2004 … We’re out like Knicks’ heart.
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