This could be it for the Black Mamba and his precious Los Angeles Lakers:
Just when they were about to make things interesting, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers blew it. Unable to stop Dirk Nowitzki all night, and their big lineup too slow to cover the outside shooting of Peja Stojakovic and Jason Terry down the stretch, the Lakers lost 98-92 to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday to fall in a 3-0 hole in their second-round series.
All 98 teams in NBA history that have trailed by that margin have wound up losing the series. Thus, the Lakers’ two-year reign as NBA champions and their three-year grip on the Western Conference crown, plus the unprecedented coaching career of Phil Jackson, are all on the brink of going kaput — maybe even with the humiliation of a sweep. Bryant is not conceding the series. While he knows the history of NBA teams down 3-0, he also knows that MLB and NHL teams have pulled off this kind of comeback.
“I might be sick in the head or crazy because I think we’re still going to win the series,” Bryant said. “Win on Sunday, go back home and see if they can win in L.A.”
Dream on Fobe!! You and the Fakers are a wrap!!!