“Bryant’s Team” shows some Nerve and breaks the Spurs’ Serve, while “My-Dance Team” shows some Verve and screws up the Curve
The Lakers are not celebrating, and neither should their fans, but Phil Jackson’s squad just went into San Antonio and earned a Game 4 victory to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals.
The Lakers still remember blowing a 3-1 lead to Phoenix, so they won’t be complacent when it comes time to close out the Spurs in Game 5 on Thursday night. And they shouldn’t be, because they BARELY escaped the Alamodome with a win, and that’s despite NEVER trailing in the game, and despite taking a 7-point lead into the final minute of the game.
But because the otherwise-splendid Pau Gasol missed two clutch Free Throws, and because Kobe got a little cocky instead of running time off the clock, the Spurs had the ball, down by only 2, with 2.1 seconds left. But Robert Horry didn’t get a chance to do what he’s famous for, and San Antonio’s “Big 3” weren’t called on either. Instead, their Hot Hand of the Night, Brent Barry, got the ball. Barry had already hit FIVE Three’s in the game, so defender Derek Fisher was all over him. Barry pump-faked, the two players collided, and then Barry heaved up a prayer that wasn’t answered. Barry looked for a foul call on Fisher, but the Refs decided that a call on Fish at that time would not be “game appropriate,” so they let it go, giving the Lakers a 93-91 win, and putting the Spurs in a deep hole. The Lakers are undefeated at Home this Postseason, and the Spurs will now have to win TWO games at the Staples Center in order to keep the Lakers out of the NBA Finals.
And speaking of the Cream of the Crop: Just like the Lakers, the UCLA Spirit Squad is starting to get the recognition it deserves, even across town. While Oregon still has its supporters, the Bruins seem to get more and more [RELUCTANT] praise from the enemy than anyone else. And since lately we’ve been concentrating on defending the sc song girls and resurrecting the Dance Team archives from a few years ago, we felt it was time for a good, old-fashioned CURRENT Dance Team pictorial that drives home The Point. You Oregon deniers better Duck.