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Live from Staples - Lakers vs. Nuggets

The Lakers have never lost a game where Mom co-live blogged.  They've also never won.  Something's gotta give.

-AK (who's doing the whole shmear)

First Quarter

It was nice to hear Kwame get a rousing round of applause during his introduction.  Hopefully, it'll stay the same, even after missing his first shot attempt.

Sorry, I had an internet outage, which lost me the game copy notes I had written but unsaved.  Dang technology!!!  But I did get these choice... wait for it... Nuggets from Mom.

"It's all about the footwear and those light blue shoes the Nuggets have on are just hideous."

"They need to pass the ball to Derek Fisher.  I think I'm on to something here." (Fish had 16 points by now)

"They didn't deserve a basket after that.  You can't that many tries and not get a basket." - After Denver snagged FIVE offensive boards on a possesion without converting the bucket.

1:02 - Ronny passes out from the paint to a beyond wide open Farmar camped out behing the arc.  With days to convert, Jordan does just that.  Mom:  "He was practicing that before the game."  Practice makes perfect.

34.0 - Like Fish, LO's also off to a hot start, hitting the lefty layup and knocing down the and-one try.  11 points, 4 dimes and two boards.  If that's what Lamar meant by picking up Andrew's low post slack, it;ll do the trick.  Mom: "You gotta like Lamar."

End of the first.  Lakers 39, Nugs 29.  10 point lead with Kobe racking zilch of those points?  Not much to complain about there.  After a raggedt start, the Lakers have clamped down on Denver's offense.   Great contributions from Fish and LO, which can hopefully save Kobe's energy to shut down the fourth.


Sorry, I've been having a little more wireless issues at Staples, which has interfered with me updating.  But it's worth noting the fantastic bounce pass Kobe threw a cutting Ronny in the paint.  Kobe also got way the hell up on a block attempt that was penalized as a goal tend.  Might have been a quick whistle, but what are you gonna do.  In the meantime, Ronny got a swat right before that, his third and counting of the night.

You guessed it.  Another net interuption.  I just switched servers, so hopefully, that'll help the issue.  Time out on the court.  People are being put on the jumbotron to the tune of "Viva Las Vegas" for a Vegas ad.  Mom is amused.

5:31 - Poor Kwame.  Dude put a shake and bake move on Camby and rack the bucket, only to see Dick Bavetta wave off the basket for using the off arm.  But at least they're booing the call, not Kwame, which suits Mom just fine.  She didn't approve of Kwame's reception during the Phoenix game.  "You shouldn't boo.  I'm sorry, that's just not right."  But fear not.  The next possession saw Kwame take the ball right back into the post, a couple dribbles, then shuffle the ball behind him to Luke for a little floater.  Mom:  "Kwame's playing just fine."

3:36 - The Critter, in for Kobe, earns a trip to the line after getting knocked down attacking the rim.  At the dead ball, Kobe reenters the game, but takes out Walton, sliding himself over to the 3.  We'll be seeing a lot of improvisation at this position during this small forward-dry period.

3:11 - Terrific layup by a cutting Kwame, who was set up beautifully by Kobe on an over the shoulder pass in the paint.  That would be assist #5 for Bryant, who hasn't been taking a ton of shots but is doing a great job helping his teammates do their share.  This would be a huge statement for the Lakers, a night where bodies are on short supply (including Andrew Bynum), but it doesn't turn into the "Shoot Kobe, Shoot!" Show.

2:22 - The Critter snags a terrific rebound in traffic of LO's miss, but misses the immediate putback.  I'm thinking he should have waited a second.  Not because it was necessarily a terrible shot, but because Javaris often has a tendancy to rush things as it is.  He should always look to slow it down a touch, whenever possible, especially with a fresh shot clock.

Mom on the court mops:  "I'm telling you, Andy.  That mop would sell great on QVC.  That's a great product."

7.0 - LO, who's playing the last 20 seconds of the half at the center spot, learns how tough life can be against Marcus Camby.  Shot swatted in the paint.  But LO recovers to snag the loose ball, then rifles it to Farmar behind the arc.  Nothing but nylon.  That puts the Lakers up 67-57 at the half.   Nice to see a ten point lead beginning the frame end at the same clip.  Obviously, you'd prefer the gap increase, but at the same time, this is a very short handed squad.  You take the positives and this would be one.  See you after Charles, Ernie and Kenny babble.


11:57 - Nalf a minute passes without any scoring from either team, but Mom spots Dyan Cannon in the crowd.  "That hair is very distinctive."

9:50 - Kobe goes to the line to shoot a pair.  Mom notes that the Lakers will soon be back up by 10, since Kobe always makes this free throws.  Right on cue, Kobe bricks the first attempt.  Mom is wracked with guilt. 

9:01 - Having just set up Fish for the triple, Kobe picks up a fourth whistle.  In the past, Phil's been known to let Kobe play in tenuous foul trouble, but not now with so many dudes in street clothes.  Kobe angrily takes a seat for Sasha, who wastes no time burying one from distance.

7:08 - Kleiza buries a triple with Luke closing and a hand in his face.  That cuts the Laker lead to 7.  The Kid from Mizzou by way of Lithuania already has 16 and is coming off a 41-point effort.  He's capable of filling it up in a hurry, so Walton or whoever else is guarding him needs to make sure he's keeping close tabs.

6:26 - A short rest for Kobe, who's back in the game and filling up the bucket.  He's gonna have to be very careful, though.  A fifth foul will put him on the bench for the entirety of the third and a small chunk of the fourth.  With the rotation as short as it is these days, playing Kobe is a tough proposition.  On the other hand, with Denver getting back into the game, so is sitting him.

5:11 - The alley from Camby sets up Keliza's oop.  And no, that was not a typo.  And the gap now shrunk down to two:  Also not a typo. 

4:47 - Bad call on the jump ball between Kobe and K-Mart.  The replay showed Martin's hand squarely on Bryant's wrist.  Should have been, at minimum, a Denver whistle or, at maximum, Kobe shooting a pair.  Don't blame Kobe for his displeasure.

4:20 - Camby gets the ball at the top of the circle, puts it down on the floor, blows past Kwame, then skies for the reverse jam.  I hate to say it, especially when the bucket squares things up at 77, but that was pretty freakin' sweet, objectively speaking.

2:49 - Fantastic bal movement from Luke to Kobe to Fish at the top of the circle leads to .04 dropping a triple, regaining the Laker advantage.  80-79 Lakers.  Another Fisher three pointe rattles out and in, putting the Lakers up by four.   Camby, who's playing a terrific game (and has earned Mom's admirattion) racks another hoop, but back to back triples from a newly inserted Farmar and a red hot D. Fish bumps the gap between them and Denver to 8.  Before I can even fnish typing, Kobe dishes off behind the back to Ronny in the paint, setting up Turiaf's layup, his 11th assist and a double digit sighting for the lead.

End of the third: Lakers 91, Nuggets 82.  Things started getting a little hairy, but some tightening, along with an 11-2 run over the last couple minutes, got the Lakers back in business, nearly maintaining the same 10 point lead they kicked off the action with.  Can they keep it up?  We shall see>?


9:10 - Not satisified simply banking 28 points, Fish adds to his resume by sacrifcing his body and drawing the easy charge call against Diawara.  Safe to say, MLK Day is treating D. Fish nicely, even when paying in floor burns and bruises.

Mom, on the Staples security team:  "Those guys in the red blazers are like Buckingham Palace.  They don't smile and you don't get past them."

8:09 - K-Mart fouls Sasha in the act of putting up a triple, then lords over Vujacic on the ground before Bavetta ushers him to the side.  Mom is not a fan of such behavior.  She's big on sportsmanship and thus has

7:57 - With the Lakers now up by 18, George Karl does me a solid and puts Lakersblog icon Von Wafer into the game!!!  I love Coby Karl's dad.  Kobe wastes no time burying a jumper over everybody's favorite gunner.

7:14 -  The "MVP" chant starts up with Kobe at the line.  Mom: "Oh, that's nice."  Mom's been down on Kobe from time to time throughout the years, but considers this season one of his "up" times.  She thinks he's been showing much more leadership and encouragement than in the past, which is one of the reasons, in her opinion, the team's doing so well.  I have to say, I think Mom's on point.

5:03 - The Lakers haven't given up much in the way of points over the last couple minutes, but they also appear out of sorts on the offensive end, prompting PJ to call a time out.  The Laker girls break into a routine.  Mom is stunned by how many outfit changes they go through during a game.  And out of the timeout... IT'S DJ MBENGA TIME!!! 

C'mon, Phil, let Coby get a little run against his old man!

Mbenga wastes no time diving to the ground to push along an loose ball the Lakers' way.  Dude's literally playing for rent money right now.  Within another couple minutes, he's also got a block under his belt, which prompts the eventual T on Linas Kleiza.  Coby Karl drains the tech freebie, then points at his dad and says, "you can't ground me for that, Dad!"

Okay, that I made up.

1:36 - Either Coby Karl was trying to pass the ball to his Pops or he got a little fancy on that behind the back.

1:03 - Sweet move by The Critter to the bucket.  Ball swtiches hands while in the air Javaris spent plenty of time in.  Flashes like these are what keep the fans loving this kid, despite the turnovers.

17.7 - Ronny with the huge block, bringing this taco loving crowd to its feet.  By the way, Mom thinks the "We want tacos" chant is the funniest thing she's ever heard in her life.  She's in hysterics.

Final Score: 116-99, Lakers!  The streamers drop, which Mom loves.  "It's like New Years!  This is so exciting."  Great team effort, with five Lakers in double figures, including Ronny Turiaf and Jordan Farmar off the bench.  Von Wafer enters the game.  Coby Karl plays against his dad. 

And Mom has a blast.  What else could you want?   Thanks for dropping by.  More to come later.




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2 wide open dunks
2 rebounds

Nice start for Kwame. I'm happy for him.

Nice start for Kwame. I'm happy for him and happy that guys are looking to get him some easy looks.

according to Marv, Fish is on "FIIRRE!!"

i can feel the energy whooooo!!!!!!!!!

Kwame, just give us 10-10 and all will be forgiven. I like how both Kobe
and Lamar are trying to get him going with easy ones.

Fish is on fire!

C'mon Lakers!

Luke has his hands full tonight


Odom playing SF tonight since Luke has 2 fouls

Mom is actually at the game live blogging?!?

wow. maybe luke will break outta his lukeness tonight and become a good bball player just for Mom (you're a Luke fan, right?)

anyway, Mom...welcome to the Blog! what do you think of denver so far? they look like a prison team to many tattoos

If LO had any confidence in his shot, our spacing would be so much better


Fisher's on FIRE!!!

I can sense kwame "monster" brown will have a double double game ( 2 more fouls) . . . an LA victory indeed! . . .


kleiza in...

remember, he torches us so we gotta be careful

dude just came off a 41 point night too

Big minutes from Ronny

I love it! Odom just attacking the rack all nite!!!!!

i believed on kwame!

omg, odom makes a layup

Kobe hasn't attempted one shot. Love it!!

KOBE will shoot on the second period

When did Magic Johns........oh wait that's KOBE!!!!
Great team play so far.......Kwame's a little shaky.
Odom is FINALLY using his lenght on these drives to the hole. way to finish Lamar!!!

This is how we need to play w/o Luke in there to provide a true low post scoring option. We need to stay team oriented, force turnovers and get out in transition. Unfortunately we'll be without Ariza, who excelled in these areas, for two months.

This is actually not a bad lineup, regardless of injuries (fish, bryant, roni, lamarr, Kwame). I wonder why Phil hasn't gone with this more this year.

Great run by the Lake Show! Fish, where have you been??? We coulda
easily beaten the Suns if you'd been hot like this.

C'mon Lakers... Keep them on their heels!





Mike P

Wow I wrote with out Luke, I meant w/o Andrew. LOL


Mom is indeed a Luke fan. In part because he shares the ball (Mom likes sharing), in part because he thinks he's very good looking. She nearly had a heart attack when he passed us by heading out to warmups.

Mom agrees with you about Denver's tats, by the way. She doesn't mind a couple of them (I have one), but in her mind, the Nuggets are overkill. haha


If Kobe has come full circle that means that he has the same point of view he had during the summer. Learn geometry people, an opposing view means the person has had a 180 degree change!!

LO bringin the heart!!!

Fisher's got his shot back. Kwame didn't miss a dunk (yet) Turiaff blocks Melo's dunk. Lamar scores. Kobe's not forcing at all. It's a good start!! Farmar for threee!!!!!

Anybody have the online link?

Anybody have the online link?

wow. jordan and fish really took that 51 AI dropped on both of them last game.

Can someone please review the Lakers' training staff and their taping and conditioning of the players. How many more sprained, broken and strained feet, ankles and knees are we going to have? It's not a coincidence.

39 point 1st!

If Turiaf can learn to avoid fouls and develop a mid range jumper, he will be a star

So Proud! It definetely looks like they're playing with emotion and a sense of purpose - TOGETHER

Bob--this game probably will not be found online because it's on national TV...


love LO tonight


thats a link where you can find the game for whoever needs it.

Colorado is truly a beautiful state and my home now...but I cannot stand the Nuggets. Nobody wants this one more than me tonight, not even Kwame.

Kobe trusting his teammates, priceless.

Colorado loves the Lakers!

10 ast for 15 FG made in the first only, we're still a VERY GOOD TEAM!

Go Kwame!!! Go Lakers!

Hey bob, I have this link: . If you scroll down there are two links, I have no clue if they work.

wouldn't it be great for Coby Karl to get in, drop some 3 bombs and the TNT cameras cut to daddy Karl and he's just shaking his head!


...and you got a tat, AK?!!? who knew?!?! is it in the likeness of jamaal wilkes or 'manu girl?'

WOW. team play to the max!!

Looks like we might see either Mbenga's debut as a Laker or Lamar playing
some 5 tonight if Ronny picks up a 3rd foul.

Kobe performing surgery out there. He's making Tex proud. That's how you run the triangle.

kobe should have 10 assists

Ronny! knock down those jumpers!

we seem to pass very, very well against denver

why is that?

Kobe is passing , I love it. The talent he has around him is very good even without baby genius. Pass Kobe and you will be rewarded with a great team and possibly the mvp.

do u guys think players actually read these blogs?

Kobe Bryant taking no shot and executing the offense? Amazing!


Seeing Luke on Melo makes me cringe

I see DJ Mbenga on seated but no reactions from Lakers baskets. Everyone claps and he just sits there. Is he thinking about Tacos already?

Colorado loves the Lakers!

kleiza must be the slowest dude in the league if he allowed luke to do that...

nice play, luke


Remember when Kobe went down in Denver, the fans cheered? Melo goes down and Lakers fans are respectable.

Hope he's ok but I still want the win.

Colorado loves the Lakers!

Staples Center has strange disposition towards ankle injuries.

its funny how many people were calling for odoms head just earlier on today, fans are fickle as hell

Great set up by Kobe. Spending a quarter and a half just picking Denver apart.... and now he's looking to score. Watch out Denver.

Kobe Bryant is MVP all the way!

Dude operating from the low post?

My, my, my!


4 rebounds
2 dunks
1 TO
100% effort


love how we're getting those easy baskets!

kwame is our new Bynum!!! great move but it was offensive.. but still he's trying,, great!!


Kwame's (expiring contract/Defensive big) and Rad Vlad (filler/shooter) FOR Wallace!

Jesus! Was that an alley oop catch by kwame!?!??!

my eyes! kwame! my eyes!

kobe is nurturing kwame....i am proud of kobe...he really shows great leadership

kobe to brown!!!!!

we shoiuld be up by 20 DDDDDDDDDDDDDDefense

I'm glad Kwame's having a good game. His team getting his back should go a long way with his confidence.

A Healthy Turiaf is the key to curing our big man problems. He is very active, protects the rims, and finishes opportunities!!!!

this is the kwame i like.. dont try to force shots, let the game (and ball) come to you cuz they are doublin kobe.. nice work.

Ben Wallace? I don't know man, this is the guy that's shooting a lower % than Kwame, and possibly has even less offensive game

The Mysterious Injury Bug of the El Segundo and Greater Los Angeles Area strikes again!

By the way, nice of Kenyon Martin to help The Critter up and giving The Critter a pat on the back after tripping him. Be nice to rookies!

It's been really great seeing Kwame succeed in this game. Sort of. As I say that he gets an offensive foul.

who said kobe doesn't make his teammates better? lolz!

no jon, you're not a hater just the "one of of five" people

Boy, do I like what I see. Go team.


no jon, you're not a hater, just the "one out of five" people

2 dunks
1 alley lay up
5 rebounds
2 TOs
1 Block
0 Boos



Kinda let them come back there at the end of the second quarter. The team looks much better than against the Suns. I noticed that the rotation and movement off of the ball is looking really good. Nice to see DFish bounce back and make a lot of shots. It's really a blessing that the team has only had to play two games in the last six days. That has really helped them get it together without Drew. If they can play well without Drew, things will be really looking up when he and Trevor make it back.


Vonislav Waferdenko: Now THAT is a screen name. Kudos, sir.


The Laker team is a pleasure to watch when the ball keeps moving. When Kobe starts playing hog ball all the players lose their aggressiveness and the Lakers struggle.

every time kobe touches the ball double team arrives and kobe didn't forcing his shots... nice too see!!

Hey Mamba,

If there's any type of Kobe for MVP bandwagon. I want on please!!! I really had mixed feelings about one of my all time Lakers after last summer, but seeing how he is going out of his way to feed Kwame, set him up with looks even CORKY could make, actually seeing how the ENTIRE team is trying to help out Kwame is kinda touching. I'm a lil weepy now seeing the joy in his face when he makes a "simple" play to 99% of other players. It all begins with Kobe. Its like having the most popular coolest kid, befriend the awkward, uncordinated,drooling affluent version of Shrek. Seeing a humble,big brotherly put my money where my mouth is Kobe, and actually "seeing" the look were you can tell he really IS trying to bring out Kwame's best (cough) is very admirable and based on this performance alone tonight, he honestly should be front runner for MVP

how about more props for jordan on this blog..

i go to school in Boulder and i also hate the nuggets very much. their fans stink and hate us. i was at the game when they booed kobe, really classless. i was also at the game the year before where they had this super racist video of laker fans during halftime.

anyways, told you all in the earlier thread that farmar was gonna have a good game. fish is stepping up huge and im loving kobe passing the ball.
good for kwame, hes playing decent and not blowing it. we gonna get to see mbenga? also, love the critters flash, just wish hed make more shots.


this is a great game when kobe pass but if his teammate making those shots too... :)

AK, can you even imagine if it was possible to biologically combine Von Wafer and Slava into one player? Who needs Bynum or Ariza?

Hey Sup regulars Korey, Mike T, Xodus, Faith and Edwin

I still think we can win every game. Crit, Walton, Sasha and Kwame finishing are gonna be huge.

Wow just announced Trevor Ariza Out 8 weeks. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

I'm with you. More props for Jordan.


You are my muse.

I'm tired of PhxLkrFan as a handle. I will heretofore be known as . . . Lloyd "Sweet Pea" Daniels. He of CBA fame.

I may also go by the handle of Pig Miller.

Sweet Pea

Good first half. We need to tighten up on D. The Nuggets are getting a free ride too often, especially on offensive rebounds.


Go Lakers!

Paul Lee,

What's up. You haven't been on the blog in a while, it's good to see you back.

Mr barrydangles...Hugo Boss.

I hate the nuggets also! I love colorado..the state...i moved here 5 months ago..from UGLY ass tx...(i am from anaheim..born and raised...havent been back in 4 years though).

Anyway, I in the same way HATE the mavericks..and their fans..and i also hate the nuggets..yes classless..bandwagon fans.

I love how we are playing.
I live in colorado springs..

WE (the colorado laker crew) should plan on meeting once a month to watch games together..

that would rock.

ANyway..hit me up..if you guys interested1


go purple and gold
kobe will be this year's MVP..mark my words..

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