Chapter 573 West Conference Finals 3
Jake was happy to know that he was not disturbing his mother and Anna too much, he had the idea of calling Anna to help Eva with the restaurant, so Anna was no longer alone and Eva had gotten a great friend and a trusted advisor.
"I’m happy to know that Anna is rooting for me, I know how tiring looking after the restaurant can be, it’s a shame that she can’t watch my games in the playoffs, but I know how she wanted to be here."
"Yes, Anna wanted to be here too to watch your games, Jake, who are your friends that I saw when I arrived?"
"These are the friends I was lucky enough to make while I was at university, William and Zack were my roommates in the university dormitory, and Haruto is a friend I met at the university and he will be working with me next year."
"William studied at the same course as me at the university and Zack also likes to run and trained with me and ran some marathons with me, you met them at the university, mom."
Eva didn’t remember Jake’s friends because she only saw them a few times, that was normal because she didn’t have as good a memory as Jake’s memory, besides, Jake didn’t remember, but at the university, there were always a lot of people around him when he played on the Tar Heels team.
Even though Jake had told her who his friends were, Eva met hundreds of people every month at her restaurant, so she couldn’t remember Jake’s friends, especially since she didn’t see them often.
Eva chatted for a while with Jake’s friends and she was happy listening to William and the others just praising Jake, Eva was also happy that Jake had more friends with him than Joseph who was the only friend Jake talked to after finishing school.
Jake was smart and even more after he became famous he had many people who approached him, but it was only after a few years that Eva would know who Jake’s real friends would be who would continue talking to him after they were away.
Jake was more relaxed after going out with his friends and seeing his mom coming home, he felt good and went to sleep early to be ready for the important game the Los Angeles Lakers team would have the next day.
The other day Jake woke up early and when he went to the kitchen he saw that Eva had prepared breakfast for him, Eva had to cook for Jake knowing that he would have an important game that day, so William and the others also woke up and ate breakfast together with Jake.
"You’re really lucky, Jake, you told us that your mom owns a restaurant, but I didn’t know that she cooked so well even though she made breakfast."
"I told you that my mother is also a chef, in the beginning, her restaurant gained fame by making breakfast for customers, there are many hotels near her restaurant and so the people who stayed in the hotels went to my mother’s restaurant to eat."
William and the others were curious and Eva told them what breakfast was like in her restaurant and how it still is, after all, they kept making breakfast every day, of course, Eva said that there was also Anna and Julius who made the desserts and was responsible for the loaves.
"Jake, are you ready for today’s game?"
"Yes, I have to be, after all, the game is in a few hours."
"I know that, what I wanted to know is whether you think the opponent is going to be easy or difficult to win?"
"It will be a tough opponent, you also saw the sixth game of the San Antonio Spurs team against the Utah Jazz team, with the Twin Towers Tim Duncan and David Robinson the San Antonio Spurs team has a very strong defense and attack."
"They had the third-best defense of the season and that is because in the first 20 games of the season they were not performing well and lost 8 games."
Zack could understand what Jake was saying, he also thought that this would be an easier game because the Los Angeles Lakers team won 2 games out of the 3 games that the two teams faced, but hearing Jake says that he understood that it was more complicated than he thought.
William and Haruto also understood more about basketball after becoming friends with Jake and could understand what Jake was saying, even so, they thought the Los Angeles Lakers team would win that game and that Jake would be the best in the game again.
Eva thought the same thing as Jake’s friends, Jake couldn’t even understand how the teams he played won the most games, of course, that was because he always chose teams with great players to participate, but he became a starting player in these strong teams showed how skillful he was.
Jake was prepared for the game and he was confident that the Los Angeles Lakers team would win, if the Lakers’ team performed well Jake was confident that they would win because they had the strongest team.
Although the San Antonio Spurs team won the NBA title this season, they didn’t have the strongest team this season, what happened was that the other teams didn’t seem to try very hard in this reduced season and so the San Antonio Spurs team that had everyone the players having a good performance managed to win the NBA title.
Jake thought that the Utah Jazz team and the Los Angeles Lakers team were stronger than the San Antonio Spurs team in his past life, now that he was also on the Los Angeles Lakers team the team was even stronger.
Eva and Jake’s friends went before him to the Great Western Forum and Jake left shortly thereafter, Jake many fans of the Los Angeles Lakers team arriving and thought they would fill the Great Western Forum that day again.
Jake went to the locker room and after a while, the players went to the court to start the game, Jake saw that his teammates were also excited about this game and if they were well the Los Angeles Lakers team would win.
The Los Angeles Lakers team would start the game with Jake playing as PG, Kobe Bryant playing as SG, Rick Fox playing as SF, Dennis Rodman playing as PF, and Shaquille O’Neal playing as Center.
The San Antonio Spurs team would start the game with Avery Johnson playing as PG, Mario Elie playing as SG, Sean Elliott playing as SF, Tim Duncan playing as PF, and David Robinson playing as Center.
"Welcome to everyone who came to watch another NBA playoff game, today is the first game between the Los Angeles Lakers team and the San Antonio Spurs team in this playoff phase, whoever wins 4 games in this phase will be the Western champions and will advance to the NBA Finals."
"It is true, the next games will be the most important games of the season for both teams and I am sure we will see great games."
"The Los Angeles Lakers team was the best team in the regular NBA season and so they will play the first 2 games at home and have the advantage in that game, the Los Angeles Lakers team has the best attack with Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and rookie Jake Smith."
"The San Antonio Spurs team has been having a great game sequence and was one of the best teams in the second half of the regular season, with the Twin Towers Tim Duncan and David Robinson the San Antonio Spurs team has great chances of achieving victory in this game."
"We will have to follow this game to know who will be the best team in that game and who will have the best chance of winning the 4 games in this West Conference Finals."
Just as commentators said the two teams had a chance of winning that game, even so, Jake felt that the Los Angeles Lakers team had a better chance of winning because the players were more rested and because they had the best attack.
The game started with the San Antonio Spurs team winning the first ball possession and going on the attack, the San Antonio Spurs players were excited and thought they had a great chance of winning this and the next games and advancing to the NBA Finals.
After all, even though the San Antonio Spurs team had a hard time advancing to that stage and had to play 6 games against the Utah Jazz team, they thought they only had difficulty because they had games in which Karl Malone, John Stockton, and the other team players Utah Jazz had excellent performances when they won.
But the players of the San Antonio Spurs team thought that if the opponent were the Portland Trail Blazers they would win much more easily, coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs team thought that if they could defend well against Shaquille O’Neal and not let the players of the Los Angeles Lakers team made plays in the painted area of the defense so that they could stop the attack of the opposing team.
What coach Gregg Popovich realized was that the Los Angeles Lakers team depended on Shaq, Kobe and catching the rebounds to have a better chance of winning, and the San Antonio Spurs team had the ability to stop the Los Angeles Lakers team from achieving this.
Of course, coach Gregg Popovich knew that the San Antonio Spurs team couldn’t do much to defend against Jake who was the best player on the Los Angeles Lakers team, but from what he realized Jake couldn’t bring victory to the Los Angeles Lakers team if Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant did not perform well either.
Jake also knew that this was the weakness of the Los Angeles Lakers team, in fact, Jake knew that this season the San Antonio Spurs team would be the worst opponent that the Lakers team could face.
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