DEN 106, LAL 103: Tsk, Tsk, Trevor Ariza

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IMay 22, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21:  Trevor Ariza #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers wipes his face in the second half against the Denver Nuggets in Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 21, 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)

Trevor, Trevor, Trevor, that was inexplicable.



May God help you if you are able to survive the gauntlet that is Games 3 and 4 at the Pepsi Center. What the heck were you thinking when giving up a turnover to Chauncey Billups after that jump ball?

Were you even?

Another closely-fought contest between you, your Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets could have given your team a 2-0 ascendancy heading into the Mile High City?

For shame, boy. For shame.

It should be routine to give the ball to Kobe Bryant for the opportunity to take back the lead. Or pass it to Lamar Odom or Pau Gasol to run Phil Jackson's triangle offense.

We all wish we could turn back time to redo that horrible sequence. It has to be, Trevor Ariza.

Sure, you scored 20 points while Kobe got 20 and Gasol took home 17. But to let Chauncey Billups ride this team all the way to the finish line in Game 2 has to be the worst feeling.

You should have been able to do better on that jump ball.

Forget about stage fright, goosebumps, or any of this "crunch-time" buzzword jargon that overpaid sportswriters outside of Bleacher Report have been throwing around.

It's a simple play, and you blew it.

There should be a way to make amends, right?

Ohhhh yes there is.

You are going to have to carry this team on your shoulders in return. If Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, and Sasha Vujacic are taking the day off, you have to redeem yourself for this wasteful effort in the closing seconds of the fourth.

That's what you're paid to do anyway. That's what you're paid to do in the 2009 NBA playoffs.

Blow a missed opportunity like this at the Pepsi Center, and as a Laker supporter for about two decades, I personally look forward to you being traded.

So get it done. And don't let Chauncey Billups make you pay...again. Or else.


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