Los Angeles Lakers Halftime Report: Why We Knew the Lakers Would Advance

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IMay 17, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Ron Artest #96 of the Houston Rockets get twisted up in the second quarter of Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 17, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Alright, so it is now halftime for the Lakers vs. Rockets game and to be quite honest, I have not watched more than a minute of it.

Coming into this game, the Lakers knew it, the fans knew it, and Houston knew it.

There was no way in h*ll that the Rockets were going to come into LA and capture a Game Seven victory to advance to the Western Conference Finals.

Now I am not saying that the game is over, because we all have seen serious comebacks in the playoffs thus far.ย  But come on, Houston, down by 20 at the half on 32.5 percent shooting, with nobody in double figures?

Clearly this team did not come out to play today. I mean, how can you seriously head into a Game Seven and not give it your utmost performance?ย  How can you come into this game and not give it everything that you have got and then some?

With seven turnovers already at the half and shooting 11.1 percent from the three-point line, the Rockets look like chopped meat heading into the third quarter.

Rocket fans...you knew this would happen, did you not?

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There is no way you REALLY thought that your team was going to beat the high-and-mighty Los Angeles Lakers in a Game Seven.

The Lakers are among the top two best team in the NBA and obviously brought their game today, shooting 45.2 percent from the field so far.

The Black Mamba has not had the hot hand during the first half (shooting 2-for-8 with a total of eight points), but has made up for it with his tenacity, stealing the ball twice with four assists and five boards.

I am sorry Houston fans, you had a great season this year (especially without T-mac, and winning Game Six Yaoless), but we all knew this would happen.


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