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It’s a Wild West Kind Of Conference Finals Between Kobe and Carmelo

Published by on May 22, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Now this is playoff basketball.

The Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers are tangled up in a tightly-matched Western Conference finals, tied with one win apiece.

Game one, a 105-103 Lakers win, was a skirmish. Game two, a 106-103 win for the Nuggets, was a duel. Just two games in, this series feels like a battle.

I know sportswriters—especially lazy or untalented ones—always like to fall back on war metaphors, but that’s how I honestly viewed game one and two of this series.

It’s been back and forth, back and forth. Los Angeles, basically the twin peaks of Kobe and Gasol, has run head-on into Denver, a hard-nosed, scrappy team that contests every shot and has no prob...

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