Saturday, May 29, 2010

odom got lucky

Phoenix Suns forward Amar'e Stoudemire, after Lakers forward Lamar Odom scored 19 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in L.A.'s 128-107 Game 1 win: "I'm not giving him no hype right now; he had a lucky game in Game 1."

Tonight, the Lakers finished off the Suns in six games. Odom's luck held up throughout the series. He averaged 14.0 points and 11.8 rebounds for the series.

Stoudemire averaged 25 points a game for the series, but he was a huge disappointment on the glass. He only managed double figures in rebounds in one game, finishing with 11 in Game 3. He finished with only 3 rebounds in Game 1, and 4 rebounds each in Games 5 and 6.

He averaged 6 rebounds for the series.

This from a guy who's supposed to be one of the premier power forwards in the game. As I've been saying for a few years now, Stoudemire ain't no Charles Barkley. The guy nearly got doubled up in rebounds by a Lakers forward who doesn't even start! Stoudemire had the nerve to call him "lucky" and then got badly outrebounded by him in every game but one! And in the two biggest games, both games that the Suns had to have, both games that turned out to be Suns losses, Stoudemire could only manage 4 rebounds in each game! Meanwhile, "Lucky" pulled down 13 rebounds in Game 5 and 12 in Game 6.

Stoudemire's 25 points per game in the series were meaningless. The Lakers exposed Stoudemire as the one-dimensional player that he is. He is not among the elite players in the league, at least not yet. Miserable performance.

Meanwhile, Odom once again showed that he is a big-time player, and one of the most important non-starters in league history.

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