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Frankie_says_relax Whether through Frank Hamblen kicking it 80's style with a "Frankie Says Relax!" t-shirt, a singing PJ, or the players themselves staying loose, the Lakers are sending signals that nobody is panicking after two straight losses dropped them from the top spot in the Western Conference.  Perhaps it's because they had a quality day of practice, and even the night before, were working on their games.  Kobe, who wasn't pleased with the lack of arc on his shot in Sunday's loss to Houston, led a group of backcourt mates (and one small forward) to the Mavs practice facility for an informal shooting workout.  They'll still take the floor tonight in Dallas without Pau Gasol, who was moving without crutches on Monday, but still fighting some swelling in the injured ankle.  As for the rest of the injury brigade, Chris Mihm could be back on the practice court next week, while Andrew Bynum comes along slowly but surely

Just as it's a big stretch for the Lakers, who will finish up in Utah on Thursday, then play back to back against Golden State Sunday and Monday, it's an important time for Dallas, who will see Boston and San Antonio when LA is gone.  The key tonight might be Josh Howard, who didn't have a good game when the Mavs last visited LA. Avery Johnson wants to keep Kobe off the stripe

AK!  Part of the blog solidarity movement!

Are the Lakers that much better with Pau Gasol?  One study (feel free to poke holes) questions if the results have been there.

In the big "Believe it when you see it" rumor of the day, the Lakers apparently- and I stress "apparently"- have interest in Washington's Gilbert Arenas if he opts out as expected this summer. The Clippers?  That's very possible. But LAL?  Makes a lot less sense.

Around the WC (meaningful games only):

Chris Paul was unstoppable down the stretch, as New Orleans came back to beat Chicago

The Spurs blew a 20 point first half lead, as both Rajon Rondo and Sam Cassell played big as Boston beat San Antonio in Texas.  Manu says SA's problems are mental, not physical.

Utah spanked the Raptors at home.

Who do the Lakers want in the first round? Try the Suns.

 
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First to post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go Lakers...


I RYDE or DIE witchu!!

"I just felt like shooting and the (other guys) wanted to come along." - Kobe Bryant

That sounds like good team chemistry to me! I've said all along that this team has been more fun to follow than any Laker team in the past, because they remind me of a high school team in their togetherness. Showtime had veterans, the Three-peat was all business, but this team young and hungry. Sorry to pick on Lamar, but he could have worked on his shot too, and his right hand skills.

Frank Hamblen is my favorite Laker of the day.

GO LAKERS!

Good Morning Mamba 24! Goos Morning Charles! Good Morning All in Laker naiton!

GAME DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let's play 48 minutes with full focus and intensity, step up the "D" and we get the win!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vlad played excellent defense in the Rockets game, but was left out for a very long and crucial time in the 4th. Vlad doesnt create shots for himself but when Kobe's at his best he's finding him in the corner when he's driving to the hoop. What made the Lakers better this year is the comradery and sharing the ball more. More then ever with the injuries this has to be true. Vlad can score and it seems like he wants to step up on D, I think Phil made a mistake by holding him out, and even when he's not shooting he opens up the lane for Kobe. He's got to get more fourth quarter minutes.

Good morning, Lakers Family,

Mamba24... it's game day, baby! Waiting for the roll call!

Go Lake Show!

Speaking of favorite Lakers, there was a poll yesterday on who's your favorite Laker of all-time and our very own CHICK won - hands down! Love it.

GAME DAY PEOPLE!!!! Let's think positive and get the force on our side - except for you, Never - we need your prediction lol! Our boys could use all the help they can get after the injury bug decided to take another nibble.

I love this game! I also love the BEAN for being as hungry as he is & taking some guys along to practice their shots. That says a lot toward MVP candidacy, don't you think? Not to mention personal growth & leadership skills.

GO LAKERS!

The BEAN for MVP or NO PEACE!

I will be so happy when Ariza, Mihm, Bynum, and Kung-Pau are back.

I wish I could be at the first game when Chris Mihm is back in Purple and Gold at Staples. I'd scream my lungs out in approval.

By the way, I'm doing everything I can to not write about a certain effective Chinese herbal liniment useful in accelerating the healing of trauma-based injuries.

GO LAKERS!

LET'S GO LAKERS clap clap CLAP CLAP CLAP

Let's play the cards we were dealt, just like Sonny said.

Keep the pocket aces (Gasol and Bynum) up our sleeve and those two are better than any kings, jacks, whatever. Pardon the pun.

Resting easy, big men, rest easy. Be fresh for the playoffs.

I would fricken LOVE to see Agent Zero in Los Angeles, in either a Lakers or Clippers uniform.

It would almost be unfair if he was a Laker. Paired with Bynum, Kobe, and Gasol? The opposition should just concede defeat rather than play the game and be utterly humiliated.

GO LAKERS!

Mamba24 - waiting on roll call, man - can't start the day right without it!

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I still think Drew is more valuable than pau to the lakers, but that article that shows the records after the trading deadline is stupid. The lakers won like 10 games in a row before/during the trading deadline with pau.

Nevermind Charles. I'm calling off the fight. We can play hooky and go to In and Out for lunch instead. I love In and Out. Is there a better burger joint out there?

Look for Lamar to get involved early and often tonight when he's matched up against Dirk. Dirk has next to no defensive ability and will get abused by Lamar off the dribble. I think PJ will use every foul he can get on Damp in the post. I think a healthy dose of Mbenga the Banga will be in order.

The over/under on number of times that DJ gets dunked is currently at 2, but the odds makers are weighing that number heavily up until game time. Might move to 2.5 by gametime.

Pig

Luke is a role player- he could practice shooting for 9000 hours and it wouldnt matter.


You win some you lose some, but its more important how the team is playing.

Whats hurting the lakers is PG play in close games. The Lakers need a PG who can run the offense in crunch time, which is why guys like Kidd Paul Nash and Tony Parker are so valuable.

The Lakers will not win a championship with Fisher as the starting point guard. Fisher and Farmar are shooting point guards. They need someone other than Kobe who can get guys easy shots in the clutch.

The world is right again! Thanks for the roll call, Mamba24. You are the man.

Lakers will come out focused and aggressive tonight. I won't guarantee a win, but I think the Lakers have a good shot at it tonight, especially if they can build some momentum on the defensive end (thinking of you, Faith).

Leave the negativity behind, folks. These are our Lakers.

Go Lake Show!

Mamba, you can remove PhxLkrFan from the roll call. He is me and I am him.

The name change cam a few months ago, yet I laid in the weeds, waiting for the best time to strike the scourge of troll and reveal myself. I love troll meat.

Pig

AK/BK - Have fun working with Henry Abbott of TrueHoop tonight. Make sure to tell him that Kobe WOULD have better stats in the East, no matter what his numbers suggest! And that Kobe is better than LeBron, of course.

Arenas to the Lakers? I would love it. I'm all for the hometown guys.

I didn't like seeing Fish's name on that possible sign-and-trade though.

THE OUTLAW:"Leave the negativity behind, folks. These are our Lakers."
NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!

PIG MILLER:"The name change cam a few months ago, yet I laid in the weeds,
waiting for the best time to strike the scourge of troll and reveal myself. I love troll meat."

LOL! TALK THAT TALK PIG! LOL!

LAKER LOVER:"Luke is a role player- he could practice shooting for 9000 hours and it wouldnt matter."

LOL! YEAH BUT WATCH OUT FOR HOUR 9001. THAT'S WHEN HE TURNS INTO A MONSTER!

Hey everyone~

Still representing the purple and gold out here in big D. Looks like I might be stuck in Texas for the rest of the season. Feels like I got traded! haha

AK, hope you brought the Laker mojo with you. The Mavs have got a little confidence now, and we need to remind Dirk and Co where they really are in the pecking order. Can't WAIT for game time!!

GO LAKERS!

well, in a previous post a couple of days ago i said that it seemed like the team lacked fire and thought they already won something. the two lakers i noticed that out of the most was sasha and farmar. i was very pleased to see that they went and did extra workouts with kobe and others. this shows me they too are dedicated to bringing the title back to LA. Hopefully sasha will get out of his slump today and farmar will have an above average game.

im glad to see no ones going to be out for the year. i think ariza is really going to be our x-factor come playoff time. his atheleticism, speed, and defense will be key to our success. i also believe the ariza trade is what puts mitch over the top for gm of the year.

lakers win big tonight because cuban bans bloggers.

GO LAKERS


Shane Battier for all defensive team?

Voters might want to reserve judgement until:
Kobe vs Shane
The Grudge Match
This time it's personal...
coming soon to an arena near us.

So, after reading the blog collection of who teams would want to meet in the playoffs, it looks like none of the bloggers would like to see their respective team face the Lakers. I never thought, this past summer, that the Lakers would be where they are now, as a team even the Spurs wouldn't want to match up with. Let's bring the championship back to the city of angels!

This is not a shot at anyone or at Ariza, but what made him special was his athletism, but coming off his type of injury and with so little time to get healed and get back in to the swing, I doubt he'll even play for the rest of the year. While do you think they are looking at Ira Newble, hoping for Ariza to come back is not going to get us anywhere this year. Bynum is different because he has size, plus he's closer to coming back, but will still be limited to 20 minutes most likely. Got to look at the guys we have and get them working together, Kobe can't resort to 1 on 5 play again and Phil has to show confidence in guys like Vlad as a 3rd option to score to get over the hump until Gasol can get back. Plus Phil needs to do more teaching, if he wants someone to get involved tell him dont play the mind games. Go straight at it and make it known.

VMAN:"This time it's personal...coming soon to an arena near us."

I'LL BUY THAT TICKET!

If I have to watch ET grabbing his crotch with the Celtics in the finals, I'm gonna throw up.

Let's go to Dallas and ride these fools at their own barbecue!

mrbarneydangles,

The thing I found most enheartening about the late night shoot around is simply that it happened.

Four years ago, Kobe wants to go out and make some late night shots, you think anyone's going with him? Nope. Not happening.

Kobe is actually hanging out with his team and his team him. That quality of interaction is necessary to building trust and understanding of your teammates. It influences decision-making in a healthy way by recognizing the peculiarities of your teammates, thus generating unique opportunities in the moment of gametime decision making.

It's good thing and something I've been looking forward to for 12 years now.

This current team is my favorite Laker squad since the era of Showtime. This is a team you can root for, and, as a Laker fan SHOULD root for.

It's one reason the current infestation of Trolls is so annoying.

If we had the Shaq-Kobe drama going on again, then, okay, I could kind of understand it.

If Kobe was being a terrible ballhog and there was heavily imbalanced scoring and no passing, okay, I could kind of understand that.

We've moved beyond that, and, yet the Trolls remain. That's why the current infestation of Trolls is the most virulent we've had yet. Why? Because they're just negative, self-righteous people who don't appreciate it when they've got a good thing going.

They are of the kind of people that if you met them on the street, they'd have nothing to offer, but would love to take from you. Poor quality human beings.

Trolls sucks.

GO LAKERS!

No Doubt Gilbert and Kobe would be a lethal backcourt!, match that with the front court of Pau and Bynum. I don't see Trevor being a starter next year, but who knows?? An upgrade at small forward would def be necessary. I don't think the Lakers would give up Fish, but who knows? That article was speculation as to who the Lakers would be willing to part with aside from Lamar. Either way, it's going to be an interesting summer.

Mamba:

Thanks for the ROLL CALL! Especially the special call out to Delilah..........she's bringing us a win tonight! Toad present and accounted for!

AK:

Good luck in the arena tonight..........we'll all be waiting to see how the "tool" handles you guys.

Jon K:

stop apologizing for keeping up with the Braves.........back when I had seasoin seats they were a pretty good team with McAdoo, Randy Smith, Jim McMillan, Adrain Dantley, Ernie D..........too bad they got lost so long ago. Nothing could be better than a city rivalry.

Pig:

No worries, man...........we need both you and Charles to keep the trolls at bay..............Charles teaches them tricks to keep them occupied so you can sneak up and feast on them

Laker Nation:

A win tonight! Dirty Dirk the shirk on defense can't hanlde LO, KB goes off with the new arc on his shot.........Lakers by 10!

We hope you, never, post your prediction soon!

One good game versus Kobe doesn't make Battier an all-star. Prior to that game Kobe was averaging like 30something I think or more against that team! Battier was guarding him...While Battier may be a decent defender, he is no Bruce Bowen/Ron Artest/Kobe type defender, top echelon defender..Kobe had an off game...

Case closed.

lakersrydeordie:

Those who are offering up D-Fish in that Agent Zero thing forget why Fish is here in the first place..........Fish will finish his career out with the Lakers, no one else. He's going nowhere.

Besides, would there be enough balls on the court at one time for Pau, KB, Drew, AND Agent Zero? Don't think so!

Some of you are already thinking about Gilbert, please wake up and smell the roses as we are still living in year 2008. There is no such thang as tomorrow SIMPLY because FOR TOMORROW TO BECOME REAL IT MUST PASS THROUGH A PORTAL CALLED "NOW". Unfortunately, half our lives is already spent sleeping and whats left is spent on tomorrow so I ask what about today?

Off for a stroll with a laker cheer leader :)
la la le lo lum, fi fi fe fo fum

The Ladies Man

PS: Mamba24 please get a job!!

Toad,

"Jon K:

stop apologizing for keeping up with the Braves........."

Dude, what are you talking about?

GO LAKERS!

THE LADIES MAN:"PS: Mamba24 please get a job!!

Awww Ladies man I didn't know you cared! Lol!

Toad, I agree with you..D-Fish has been through wars with Kobe and def an intricate part of what the Lakers are embarking upon...Besides, the Wizards have a good core of veteran leadership in Antonio Daniels..Still, its going to be an interesting summer...I think alot as far as what the Lakers do def has to be contingent on how we fair in the playoffs in terms of who stays and or who goes...

Jon K

Previous thread and past posts, man. The Braves........er........Clippers

Good Morning Bloggers, Mamba24

Frank Hamblen wearing a "Frankie says relax" t-shirt!
Why is there no picture of this??!!

Here's hoping we get it together tonight on both ends of the floor.

Lets go Lakers, Lets go!!

Game day ya'll! Got to come out tonight with FIRE!
Smash Dallas, stomp Cuban and keep our lead over the rest of the west. We need monster games from L.O., Fish and the BENCH MOB. Let's turn this road trip around.

LAKERS!

jon k-

trolls do indeed suck!!!!

and i agree with you about this team being fun to watch and root for. it appears they are having a ton of fun (kobe included) ronny does wonders and farmar always seems in a pretty good mood. i also agree with what you say about kobe and his teammates. i think he realizes we actually have something here and that team chemistry will be good. i also think he sees that his teammates actually care about winning unlike smush and cook in the past. im looking for a big time win tonight.

GO LAKERS

Teamate go over to Lamars house notices how dark it is, says to LO can we turn on some of the lights. LO says some are not working they have been going out one by one for awhile now, teamate says did you change the bulbs LO says what do you mean, can you do that.

So thats it light on or off Nobodys Home

First of all...Mamba.....can I get on the roll call???

Secondly,

Somebody has got to rule on the face guarding from Battier. Either it's illegal or legal. Otherwise everybody is going to di it and possibly put out an eye.

Thirdly,

I would also like to see a point guard who can penetrate and break down the defense. If we can concentrate on toughness....not bitching on calls and making teams pay for penetration, we'll be better in the long run. I think we ASSUMED we would get respect after the recent run. Derek Stafford (I hate him and S.Jave) and other stripes HATE THE LAKERS AND KOBE..he took shots on penetration to get the contact and the foul, but they never planned to give him anything!! They were daring Kobe to get pissed so they could "T" him up...HATERS!!!

hey mamba,

can i get on roll call too, i used to be on one of them but not anymore for some reason.

i was listening to ice cubes roll call and i thought of you and the blog.

GO LAKERS

So McGrady is schilling for Battier to be on the All-Defense team because he 'held' Kobe to 11-33 shooting....

By his logic, Vlad Radman should be on there too, since he held McGrady to 4-16. In fact, since they both play the same position, Vlad looks like the better defender to me since his man's shooting percentage was even lower.

FRANKIE for MVP!

If you look at the Houston Game, you noticed one thing....on the pick and roll, the roll guy couldn't score (DJM). Therefore, that play won't work to get Kobe free looks. With Pau and Bynum rolling, it's sweet as can be for a jumper or a flush. I think we need to let Vlad, Rony or Lamar set the pick so the defense can at least respect the roller. Farmar and Fish need to penetrate the defense, instead of settling for three pointers.

DOC4daLakeShow |:"can I get on the roll call???"

You're on check the new thread.

Apologies MrBarneyDangles.& DOC4daLakeShow

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PK-in-the-mesa...

Dude, that's a weird post. I get the idea you're trying to get across, but if you're going to bash Lamar, you might think about striving for clarity. Or don't. Lamar isn't going anywhere this season, so give him a break.

Come on, man. You're better than that.

Go Lake Show!

That is interesting, DOC4, we don't see Lamar setting the high screen for Kobe too often, maybe the Lakers should try that as a little wrinkle in the offense!

Pk,

?

Lamar is not a dummy, despite what people think. He's a smart basketball player, with a different personality than Kobe and some others on the is team. PJ really challenged him after that last game, and I expect him to be having a game tonight alot like the one he had against the Suns in the 5th game of the first round last year. I believe the line for that game was

33 pts and 10 rebounds

He might make a bonehead move like kicking a ball in frustration, but he's a solid ball player with a ton of skill. If the Lakers do trade him, I'll be sad to see him go.

Pig

man.. i'm worry. everyone is injured. hope everyone is back soon... only 1 mth left.

What's up Lakerville!
It's a great day today. Make Cuban cry!!!

Go Lakers!

Well lets see if this guy can do it, and i am not bashing him i am just commenting on what i see. As i said before if Majic was kobe this guy would either wake up or be traded

Laker Lover,

>>>The Lakers will not win a championship with Fisher as
>>>the starting point guard.

Wow, you really are out of touch with reality, aren't you.

>>>>If I have to watch ET grabbing his crotch with the
>>>>Celtics in the finals, I'm gonna throw up.

Ouuuuuuuuch.

Gertie? C'mere Gertie.

>>>Four years ago, Kobe wants to go out and make some
>>>late night shots, you think anyone's going with him?
>>>Nope. Not happening.

Jon K.

I totally agree. Last year or two years ago, if Kobe had asked
if any of his teammates wanted to go put in some extra shooting
practice, it would have been like this:

Lamar: I'd like to, but I'm injured

Bynum: You can do extra practice? I didn't know that.

Kwame: EXTRA practice? Yeah, right.

Smush: I have to go cruise chicks in the smushcalade

Walton: I would like to, but I'm injured

Sasha: Okay! (but it won't help in the real games)

Aaron McKie,
Jim Jackson,
Vlade Divac,
and Shammond Williams: Love to, but we have an AARP
meeting to go to.

J.W. Weatherman,

>>>By his logic, Vlad Radman should be on there too,
>>>since he held McGrady to 4-16. In fact, since they both
>>>play the same position, Vlad looks like the better
>>>defender to me since his man's shooting percentage
>>>was even lower.

Actually, Kobe guarded McGrady most of the night. And
I assure you, KB will be on the all defensive team this year.

LONGTIMELAKERFAN:"Aaron McKie,
Jim Jackson,
Vlade Divac,
and Shammond Williams: Love to, but we have an AARP
meeting to go to."

LOL! POST OF THE DAY!

Actually Vlad held McGrady to 1 basket thru 3 quarters and then didnt even play again until junk time, which makes me wonder why Vlad cant get anytime in the 4th? If he's good enough to start why isnt he good enough too finish? He was part of that terrific run they had in the 3rd, then nothing???????????????????????? Somebody please ask Phil why?

There are actually four games of consequence to the Lakers
tonight.

Lakers vs Dallas, of course. But also...

Boston vs. Houston. Now that Boston is more or less a lock
to be the top team in the East, I'm cheering for them against
EVERY Western Conference opponent. C'mon Celts! Knock
Houston back to earth a bit.

----------------------------------

Phoenix at Portland. Phoenix should be able to beat a
35-32 team, but Portland is 23-9 at home, and Phoenix
is only 19-12 on the road. Portland could really help the
Lakers cause by winning this. If Phoenix loses, then
they can't pass the Lakers this week, even if the Lakers
lose both games.

OTOH, Portland may have thrown in the towel by now
and may be tanking to get as good a draft seeding as
possible. Lately, they've only managed to beat bad teams,
and not even all of them. Let's hope they try harder tonight.

----------------------------------

Denver vs Detroit. This is a crucial stretch for Denver. Three
of their next four games are against good East teams on the
road (Detroit, Philly, and Toronto). After that, they have a
bunch of games against the bottom 3 teams in the WC playoffs
(Dallas, Golden State, and Phoenix).

This road trip will make or break Denver. If they do well,
they could then beat those other teams to claw and scratch
their way into a playoff spot. But if they lose 3 of 5 on this
road trip, they're basically done.

Why that matters to the Lakers is that if Denver gives up,
then they'll be giving away games to Phoenix and Houston
and Golden State and Utah and Dallas, but NOT the Lakers.

We need Denver to stay afloat and to think they can still
make the playoffs, so that they'll knock off a few of those
teams, thus helping improve the Lakers seeding.

Give Battier his props but also acknowledge who started that...

DOUG CHRISTIE....

Eventually, Kobe figured out how to foil that tactic and Christie was rendered useless.

I've seen games where Battier couldnt stay on the floor against Kobe cuz he was fouling so much.

No big deal, give Shane his props.
McGrady acknowledged who the best scorer in the leage is (Kobe).

I'll bet $100 Kobe drops 30 on him next time he sees him.

IT'S what Kobe does...

Marc Stein says

"But Boston did survive, so it's onto Stop 2 for the giddy Celtics on one of the most difficult road trips in league history. This is only the second time, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, a team has been forced to play four straight opponents on the road that are at least 20 games over .500."

What about the Lakers on this trip? Does it make us the first team to play 4 straight on road against those teams?

Shane Battier shut down bryant better than anyone I've ever seen, except maybe Tayshaun in the Finals.

Look for a thumpin tonite...Dallas is hot and they are looking for blood after losing that last match in LA.

mamba24 - hey, we've been missing you on azcentral. You were on all the time it seems, when your team was on a roll. You kept saying that the parade route was already planned for downtown LA. C'mon back! Don't you know you've helped attract suns fans to this board?

I told Hamblen to wear that shirt!

Hahaha...

As Frankie used to say, R-E-L-A-X!

Take a step back and look at the big picture, the Lakers ARE going to make the playoffs. Until then, there's NO need to panic. It'll be a whole other season once it comes.

Let's see how the team plays with a complete lineup.

GO LAKERS!

Posted by: knowing is half the battle | March 17, 2008 at 07:47 AM

"I just felt like shooting and the (other guys) wanted to come along." - Kobe Bryant

WHO ARE YOU KIDDING? KOBE YOU LIKE TO SHOOT 90% OF THE TIME!

Mamba24.......uh, it's HoustonLaker on the roll call...not HoustionLaker. Thanks, dude!!

One good game versus Kobe doesn't make Battier an all-star. Prior to that game Kobe was averaging like 30something I think or more against that team! Battier was guarding him...While Battier may be a decent defender, he is no Bruce Bowen/Ron Artest/Kobe type defender, top echelon defender..Kobe had an off game...

Case closed.

Posted by: lakersrydeordie | March 18, 2008 at 10:34 AM

I agree and Battier had to resort to arm/wrist grabbing the prior game to stay with Kobe. He got away with it but Kobe complained and the next time down Yao did the same thing and was called. So much for complaining does not help.


lakersrydeordie:

Those who are offering up D-Fish in that Agent Zero thing forget why Fish is here in the first place..........Fish will finish his career out with the Lakers, no one else. He's going nowhere.

Besides, would there be enough balls on the court at one time for Pau, KB, Drew, AND Agent Zero? Don't think so!

Posted by: toad | March 18, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Toad

If the Lakers pay like the Olympic team of all-stars and share the ball it would work.

Mamba24,
what is this all about... on the last blog BUTLER said you were the reason that these Suns fans are coming to the Laker Blog... You've been poking around at azcentral.com huh?

Hmmmm... I'm not sure how I feel about one of my Laker brethren trolling to a degree, bothering the Suns folks, and in effect subjecting us to Suns fans invading our blog...

Defend your honor Mamba24! I hope you werent over there trolling and you kept it in good natured fun...

The Pre-Pau and Post-Pau stats don't take into account Ariza being out the entire Post-Pau period.


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