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Filling the Void: The Artest Shot

The Kobe Bryant Era Lakers are legendary. The Steve Nash Suns are also legendary. So, of course, the 2010 Western Conference Finals were legendary.

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Filling the Void: The Artest Shot


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We’ve been at this for a while. When we started writing “Filling the Void” pieces, I don’t think we really knew what we were diving into. Within the first couple weeks, we realized the importance of what we were trying to do. In a time during which live sports were canceled, on hold, or whatever you want to call it, we started exploring games, matches, and rounds of the past.

At first, it was all about what full games we could actually find. Then, as the breadth of what the world was facing came further into focus, leagues with strict copyright laws started loosening restrictions and more and more options landed on our list. Now, here we are, over 100 games later and still going strong.

Today: The Lakers and Suns go the distance, in a Western Conference Finals game that’ll keep your heart rate up.



The Kobe Bryant Era Lakers are legendary.

The Steve Nash Suns are also legendary.

So of course, the 2010 Western Conference Finals were legendary.

With the series tied at two games each, this Game 5 would be pivotal in swinging the momentum of the entire series. With the Suns feeling an NBA Finals is within reach, and Kobe’s Lakers trying to repeat championships for the second time in a decade, the air was thick with tension.

There really isn’t too much I can illuminate within this game that you won’t see while it unfolds. This is just good, pure basketball played at the highest level. The ball gets into everyone’s hands. There are few players who don’t hit the court and make key plays at some point in the game. This game is a team effort from all sides.

If Aliens were to land on this planet and asked to see the perfect basketball game, this one would get my vote. It’s beautiful, heartbreaking, and thrilling. It’s a heart attack on the hardwood.

This game is perfect.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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