Jordan Farmar Delivers on the Sabbath

Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Lakers, 96-131

And Kobe exacts his revenge on the city of Dallas. In case you didn’t know, Kobe’s a die-hard Philadelphia Eagle fan, being a native and all. When asked about it, Kobe elaborated, “Payback for what the Cowboys did to my Eagles.” Thanks, Kob, for making my day double-great by beating the Mavericks and using my Cowboys’ win as motivation. Correction: the day was triple great because the Lakers’ main contenders in the West all lost as well.

Kobe Bryant exacted revenge on the city of Dallas after watching his Eagles lose to the Dallas Cowboys.

Not lost in the hoopla of last night’s deconstruction of the Mavericks was the stellar play of Jordan Farmar. The UCLA product played by far his best game of the season, knocking down 6-8 three-pointers en route to 24 points. To the best of my knowledge, that is a career-high in three-point shots made, and a season-high in points. Lamar Odom chipped in mightily with 15 points, 15 rebounds, and 6 assists. In the first half, Lamar was his typical self, missing layups and frustrating the hell out of Laker fans. To his credit,  he cleaned it up in the second half. He played really good basketball and decided to dunk the ball(note to Lamar: if it’s that easy, just do it ALL THE TIME), which allowed him the opportunity to display how bad a free-throw shooter he is to the world.

Andrew Bynum was a perfect 8 for 8 on his way to 19 points. As a buddy of mine dubbed him, Mountain Drew was really fun to watch. While he didn’t grab a lot of rebounds(5), he made up for it in the assist category, tallying 4. He absolutely abused whoever was guarding him, from Drew Gooden to Dirk Nowitzki. Drew was show-casing his tremendous footwork and his ever-developing left-hand. Nowitzki is an amazing player, probably top 10 in the world, but he doesn’t have enough in his back-pocket to defend Andrew.

Speaking of Dirk, has there ever been a player like him? I’ll admit that Larry Bird was before my time, but he’s the only other player that I can think of who Dirk plays similar to. He’s just such a good player. I used to think that Lamar could do a good job of defending him, but that’s just not true anymore. He has evolved into a triple-threat offensive player: he can post up with ease, he can drain jumpers and fadeaways, and he can drive by almost anybody tall enough to guard him. The guy is a monster. You know who else thinks so? A certain CSUF Alumnist who formulates the NBA Power Rankings for ESPN.

Be sure to watch the NBA tonight, as there are a few intriguing matchups. Chris Paul will travel to Salt Lake City to battle his buddy Deron Williams, and Atlanta will attempt to end their current 3-game slide as they take on the Heat in Miami. Don’t forget about Kevin Durant(playing at Chicago tonight), who’s quietly launced himself into the MVP debate, and has me well ahead in my prediction that the Oklahoma City Thunder would make the playoffs as a lower seed.

Till next time.

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One Response to “Jordan Farmar Delivers on the Sabbath”

  1. Daniel Cool Beans Lee Says:

    Clippers will own the lower seed. You just watch.very.closely.

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