Ron Artest is not helping the L.A. Lakers. The defending NBA champs are down two games to the Dallas Mavericks in their West Coast semi-final match-up and the non-performance of Ron-Ron is part to blame. The Lakers forward has shot 5-for-18 from the floor in this series, including a 1-for-7 mark from long range, and Shawn Marion has been eating his lunch on the other end of the court. But that’s no the worst of it all.
With just 24 seconds remaining on the clock and the Lakers down by eleven points the one-time defensive player of the year inexplicably clotheslined Mavericks player JJ Barea. Artest was ejected from the game and now the league will have to determine if he will be playing in Game 3. Lakers coach Phil Jackson thinks Artest will be suspended.
The bigger problem for the Lakers is that they are heading to Dallas down two games in the playoffs. The Lakers failed to defend their home court and have given the Mavericks serious momentum heading into American Airlines Center.