Connect with us

NBA

Raptors Turn Lakers Upside Down In The 6

Published

on

650x450xlowry Lou Jpg Pagespeed Ic Dqgkthwkb0

6 flags were waving everywhere like theme parks in Orlando last night as the Los Angeles Lakers headed up north from the best coast to play the Raptors in Toronto. But the Lake Show was stopped before they even had time to make port at Lake Ontario, let alone leave the visitors locker room. Leaving the team that came into this city 10 and 10 looking more like a 9 now after they put the Lakers road uni on a spin cycle and rinsed them.

Staying at home for such a long stand that they may aswell be fossilised, the Raptors did the same to their opponent as Kyle Lowry took the lead again (like the Philly native started this week in the 6 against the Sixers) with 24 points, as Mr. Toronto, DeMar DeRozan had 16 rolling with his woes, passing Air Canada legend Vince Carter (who was in the house Wednesday as the Raps beat the former Vancouver Grizzlies for a dual Canadian homecoming reunion) for second in the franchises all-time field goal leaders after the man in the middle of these two, Chris Bosh. Making it extremely hard for this team in desperate need of a big or a 4 in the 6 (an unhappy DeMarcus Cousins before he reunites with his Kentucky ‘cat Wall anyone?) to part with one of these wings. Which all past, right now and future told looks like the only way these Raps can clip the Cavs.

They had no trouble clawing the young Lakers however as these Jurassic Raptors cooked up more heat and hell than Curry’s cooking and Harden’s chef bowl behind the hot plate. Alley-oops were on the menu as were Basketball Buzz catching one last game in the home of Canadian basketball this week.

Must Read:  Andrew Wiggins 29 point, Dunk-A-Thon 2016 NBA All-Star Rising Stars Game

The Lakers had no ice or swag in their veins last night as the Most Improved and Six Man of the Year candidate Nick Young joined sophomore leader D’Angelo Russell and D-Fender Ivica Zubac on the inactive list. These are two big players with equal contributions too many to be without. Especially as Julius Randle and a still all air dunking Larry Nance Jr. couldn’t get it going quite like they or the Lakers would have liked. As Toronto’s block party had more in the Lakers way like the cities rising number of condos.

Even former, well received Raptors Lou Williams and Jose Calderon couldn’t shoot the ACC lights out like they are accustomed to, leaving it up to the heart of Jordan Clarkson (and what should have been more time for the unlimited skill of Marcelo Huertas) to take it to the rack and shoot for broke. It was a big night for B.I. though. As rookie Brandon Ingram was no longer put to the back, showing strength as he hit a season and therefore career high 17, as the teenager showed he was ready to grow and put up twentysomething numbers.

But the Lakers just couldn’t break an early blowout 20 point advantage like a Five Guys peanut that turned into a 113-80 rout and pizza. Thanks to a big dunking 16 from Norm Powell and 14 from Mr. Six and Captain Canada Cory Joseph. Sure it wasn’t a Warrior thrashing, but it was still the gold like Octobers Very Own’s black alternatives trim.

The throwback Toronto Huskies would have been proud, the Raptors treated the former Minneapolis team like their old wolf logo without losing breath, leaving them blue in the Canadian cold.

Winter even comes to California.

NBA

Is Isaiah Thomas IT For The Lakers?

Published

on

Usa Today 10601289.0
IT Came On A Hollywood Night

It’s All-Star break this weekend in Los Angeles, but the Lakers already have a new one since the trade deadline to lead their young core in the heart of the city. Even if Team LeBron didn’t pick him for Sundays pick up.

But how long will IT last?

Right now in the NBA the amount of movers is really putting the shakers on teams. So much so that in regards to loyalty in this league it’s even colder than the Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea right now. But then again it is the Winter after all. Recently Cleveland cleaned house and LeBron’s land for some Cavalier moves. Jettisoning several All-Star points for their changing of the guard. Including former MVP Derrick Rose, ‘Bron brodie Dwyane Wade back to the Heat of Miami, South Beach and even the guy they traded Kyrie for.

Yep that’s right after summer swapping Irving for Isaiah, the Cavs sent Thomas along with versatile big-man vet Channing Frye to Lakerland. In return they got the buckets of ‘Sixth Man’ sure thing Jordan Clarkson and another Akron hometown hero in the form of Larry Nance Jr.

And although the Lakers picked-up a certified All-Star with Iverson kill at will, little man syndrome scoring a lot of fans where left tweeting negative emojis and gifs following the deadline deal. And not because their new number seven seal was a former Boston Celtic great only a season ago. Or that the former tooth chipper is now a befallen superstar by way of injury. More that the Lake Show loved the young Ball, Ingram, Kuzma, Randle and Zubac core that has lost it’s first big time players of the future since the de-loading trade of D’Angelo Russell last summer.

Must Read:  Raptors agree to bring Toronto's prodigal son back home

Clarkson was a class act and there from the luck of the late round steal start. Whereas when Nance Jr. ran the floor like his pops all the bleachers snapped shut, tilted up. Lakerland finally thought they would see their own slamming son represent them in the Slam Dunk Contest he should surely win now like father, like dunk today. But now he’ll be doing it all for one and one for all.

But with the fast tracked pace of the Lakers new speedy dynamite dynamo it could still be Showtime again for Magic’s men like when Earvin Johnson was kissing another Isiah Thomas hello in the golden era 80’s. But this Isaiah Thomas-so long as he can ball in the same backcourt as Ball once injury time gives way to the Lavar…excuse me the Lonzo Angeles Lakers-could attract even more free agents like the expected homecoming of Paul George from the Thunder to the purple reign this offseason. Even if rumour has a Black Panther/Killmonger like relationship between this point prince and the King of the Ohio land.

But if it’s between LeBron as a Laker or another one of James’ sidekicks than who do you think will hold the headlines for tomorrows Los Angeles Times? Especially as Isaiah could aim higher than coming off the bench this summer as a free agent without restriction himself. His big contract coming off the books with Channing’s (Frye not Hollywood’s Tatum), another big three big in Brook Lopez and another former All-Star in Luol Deng (yep…he’s still here).

All these multiples of millions would surely make for a kings ransom.

This could be it, so lets enjoy I.T. whilst he lasts.

Continue Reading

NBA

Nuggets Jamal Murray breaks Steven Adams Ankles with Filthy Handles

Published

on

Nuggets Jamal Murray Breaks Steven Adams Ankles Filthy Handles

Denver Nuggets Guard Jamal Murray breaks OKC Thunder center Steven Adams ankles with his filthy and deadly combination of handles and three-point shooting. Murray was sensational finishing with 33 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds in a thrilling 127-124 victory. The Canadian guard (Kitchener, ON) is having the best year of his NBA career and has arguably become best Canadian basketball player in the NBA. The 6’4″, 207 lbs guard is flourishing under Head  Coach Mike Malone’s system and is averaging a respectable 16 points per game, 3.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game through 50 regular season games including a career-high 38-point outburst against the Portland Trail Blazers.

BTW. I can watch this all day!

Continue Reading

NBA

Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History

Published

on

Like Father, Like Glove…Gary Payton II Makes Family Franchise History
The Gloves Are On For The Lakers.

From L.A. to South Bay the storied Lakers franchise has growing family ties rooted in their ever evolving modern history.

There’s the Walton. Son of Bill, former player and now coach Luuuuke. The Slam Dunk king he runs lay-up line plays for Larry Nance Jr. like his 80’s dunk champ dad. And even former player and D-League, South Bay coach Coby Karl, son of the legendary George Karl.

And then there’s the Glove story.

All trash talking, stop you from scoring, Seattle Supersonics NBA legend Gary Payton joined the Lakers with fellow golden era 90’s great post mailman, Karl Malone to try to get one more ring at the end of the Shaq and Kobe era. Payton ended up getting one with Shaq in the talented South Beach pool of Miami before the G retired. But now the gloves son and fellow Beaver, Gary Payton II (there’s a Tim Hardaway Jr. trend for NBA legend fathers to name their sons after themselves) is putting on the gold for the future of this franchises youth revolution.

After starting his unbelievably undrafted career with the young Milwaukee Bucks led by the alphabet Giannis Antetokounmpo, it wasn’t all A-B-C. But now he’s looking to put up numbers with the purple Lake Show off alphabet street like 1-2-3. Now number 23 (three more than his dad…but that isn’t the reason that number should p### the retire No. 20 off) is looking at a fresh start with Luke and Lonzo’s (not to mention Lavar’s) Lakers like no other.

The two-way guard has signed a two-way contract with both the Los Angeles Lakers and their NBDL team the South Bay Lakers (now more official than their former Los Angeles D-Fenders affiliate name, even if not in city). So now G.P. II will play for both Coach Walton and Coach Karl. How’s that for some family ties!?

Young Gary Payton the second had some impressive debuts off the bench for L.A. But now Payton mark II is assigned to South Bay like fellow two-way dunking Alex Caruso (he really does have a detective grade surname and a game that does not go with his frame) he’s ready to ball. Messing around in his debut and getting a triple double of 14, 11 and 12.

Must Read:  Lynx Ladies Sneak Tribute To Minnesota's Prince

Payton II could be a big part of the Lakers youth movement too like many of his current teammates going from South Bay to L.A. like Hollywood fans and script-writers can only hope LeBron will decide to this free agent offseason like he did South Beach all those last summers ago. Just like another rookie with a familiar surname in Thomas Bryant (no…Kobe isn’t THAT old) and of course Zupac.

Lead by the Ball family, the even better rookie and in no way number two Kyle Kuzma (who even goes one better in the Twitter troll back and forth with Ball brother LiMelo. “Fire your stylist”?! Oh yeah? “Fire your dentist”! Damn…can we smell a Shaq and Kobe beef cooking?!), three times a great rookie selection in the defensive Hart, big Brandon Ingram, of course Nance junior and the original future Julius Randle and his late round draft genius Jordan Clarkson (who’s not only balling like he’s the Sixth Man of the Year but like he should start too) this young Showtime, purp Laker legacy are making their own, unique legend in Mamba moment black.

This season it looked like the chance for an outside eight seed was thinner than the backlight on a retro Casio, but now the future is brighter than the South Bay sun from downtown L.A.

And with the Payton patent making Lakers history by becoming the first father and son duo to suit up for the franchise, it might just take a glove to hold this young core together.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
300 x 250 – BB-Join-The-Team

Buzzing