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Kobe Shares; Lakers Still Lose

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In arguably the best game of the playoffs so far, the Suns were able to hold off the Lakers in game one of their series, winning by a final score of 107-102.

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I was surprised at how much I was rooting for the Lakers. I've never been a fan of Kobe... but sharing a starting unit with Chris Mihm and Smush Parker, I guess anyone can become a sympathetic figure. If OJ made a comeback, I'd probably root for him if Joey Harrington was his quarterback.

Actually, it was guys like Smush, and Kwame Brown and Luke Walton that were the reason the Lakers were so competitive today. Walton in particular played an outstanding game. Every Laker starter had 14 or more points. They were the Los Angeles Lakers today. Not the Los Angeles Kobes. They played an excellent game.

For the Suns, it was Tim Thomas stepping up and having a huge game, with 21 points and 15 boards. Also, and it's not noted in the box score, but he clubbed Kobe Bryant in the head on a drive late in the game, perhaps preventing Kobe from scoring a clutch basket.

Anthony Johnson got the benefit of a ticky-tack call on a drive late in the afore-mentioned Nets/Pacers game, and Kobe Bryant can't get a call when he's clubbed in the face on a drive late in his game? David Stern's not going to be happy when he hears about this. Some official's going to wake up tomorrow with Russ Granik's severed head in bed next to them.