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Live from Staples- Lakers vs. Wizards

For one night at least, one in a row sounds a lot better than three in a row.  Vlad Rad, LO (still sick, but still playing), Kobe, Fish, and Turiaf start for L.A. 

BK with the first. 

FIRST QUARTER:

First trip down, Lakers get the ball in deep, but Turiaf is blocked at the basket by Haywood.  Next trip, LO posts up, they work the ball around, and then the ball is kicked out to Fish on the perimeter for the three.  That's the sort of trey they should take.  Inside out.

9:00- Again, the Lakers shoot a three, but again, it comes in rhythm and after the ball had been pitched in, this time to Kobe in the post.  Kobe goes to Turiaf at the top of the key, who makes the extra pass to Vlad for a wide open three.  On the trip before, the Lakers generated a jumper from the elbow, which Lamar made.  Good ball movement early.  They're not attacking the rim, but they're not settling either.

8:16- 10-7 LAL.

7:15- Great offensive rebound from Ronny, but he doesn't take the ball back up.  Jamison and Haywood were there, but he probably could have, at worst, drawn a foul.  He's very active tonight, but can't forget to stay aggressive around the hole when it's time to shoot.  He's not a post guy er se, but he needs to play one on TV.

6:34- Fish hits a three off Kobe penetration, and the Lakers are up 15-8.  They're shooting at a very high percentage right now, in part because they're getting excellent looks. 

Timeout on the floor, 5:35 left in the first.  Lakers up 15-14 after consecutive threes.  On the second, it looked like Kobe left DeShawn Stevenson, and on the trip previous, Roger Mason Jr. found himself open for a triple.  Washington has plenty of gunners, so the Lakers, as usual, need to make sure they close on shooters.

Stevenson, then Butler hit threes in front of Radmanovic, and the Wizards are up 20-16.  On the Butler three, the Lakers had done a great job forcing Washington to run down the clock, then Butler drilled the shot at the buzzer right in front of Rad.... who then chucks an airball on the other end. 

Not a great sequence.

3:41- 22-16 Washington.  They're 5-6 from downtown.


3:26- Rad redeems himself, hitting a two from the corner, except he was about an inch and a half from the three point line.  That always frustrates coaches.  But whatever.  I'm not gonna get too critical of a guy when he makes a shot. 

Farmar in for Fish out of the TO, and Vlad hits a three to bring the Lakers back to within two, 23-21.

1:34- Good sequence, as the Lakers work the ball to Turiaf on the wing, who hits odom in the high post, and LO draws the foul on Butler underneath. He hits the FTs, and the Lakers are up by one.

Walton and Sasha in.

:22- Good play by Farmar. Pump fakes on the three pointer, then takes a few dribbles towards the lane, draws the double, and then kicks to Sasha in the three out of the left corner.

Ugh.  Washington finishes the quarter on a Brendan Haywood dribble drive.  Without getting too deep into the particulars, that shouldn't happen. 

END OF THE FIRST: 27-25 LAL.  Some pretty good shooting for both teams thus far, 50% for Washington, 53% for LA.  At least the Lakers are doing a better job offensively, running things much better than they were earlier in the week.

AK with the second.

SECOND QUARTER

10:27 - Mihm attempts to snag his first "Comeback pt. VII" rebound, but gets called for the push off. His timing still looks a bit off, for sure, but Chris does appear to be moving a little better out there, if nothing else.

9:42 - Walton blocks Andray Blatche under the Laker goal, with Sasha picking up the loose ball and shuttling it to the other side.  After one inside-outside flight path, the ball comes back to Farmar, who swings it to Sasha at the top of the arc.  Pure.

Just got word.  Antonio Daniels has a sprained left wrist.  He's questionable to return.   

8:14 - It's not exactly the classic deep penetration often used to crack a zone, but Walton catches the rock a few steps inside the three point line, draws a bit of attention, then kicks it to Sasha camped out in downtown.  Money.  Same result about 30 seconds later for Sasha, with the same guy setting him up.  It's a quick dozen for "The Face," off to a very hot start.

6:21 - A tap back by Walton of Sasha's shot clock beating, errant mid-range eventually comes around to give him an easy bucket.  The loose rock goes to Kobe along the perimeter, then Farmar, who dribbles two steps inside the arc and bounce passes to Walton for the uncontested layup.

4:03 - The Lakers work D.C. down to the shot clock's final seconds, but Nick Young floats inside the arc and puts one up a tick or two quicker than Vlad can put up his hands to bother the view.  Shot falls, but about 20/24 of a pretty good stand.

1:59 - Beautiful job by Kobe working inside the Wiz D, drawing some attention before dishing off to FIsh, who follows suit LO's way, who follows suit Vlad's way.  Downtown shot good, mirroring the same result awaiting Radmanovic 38 seconds from now.

2.7 - Three of the 5.7 seconds remaining are spent watching Kobe work the top of the arc, then drive down the left side and draw contact before twisting his way to a beautiful reverse layup.  And one opportunity is converted, Nick Young's desperation heave barely misses paydirt, and the Lakers go into the locker room up 58-47.  The second unit really provided a nice lift during the frame, maintaining a trend of nice ball movements (17 assists this half alone) while dropping the Wiz shooting perdentage from 50 to 40%.  Nine points apiece from Sasha and Walton, plus another six from Vladdy (14 in the half) and five from Kobe.  The Lakers have the mo'.  Up to them to keep it rolling.  We shall see.  BK with the third.

THIRD QUARTER:

Big minutes for the Lakers, who need to make sure they don't let a Washington run pull the Wizards back in quickly.  Keep the lead in that 7-13 point range (or more, obviously), and slowly squeeze Washington.

Good start, as the Lakers get a couple FTs, then a dunk from Vlad on a run out, and are now up 15, 62-47. 

17, after LO gets inside, and kicks out to Ronny for an open jumper from the FT line extended.

7:58- Lakers up 68-59, but Haywood is at the line with a chance to cut the lead to seven.  LA has given up a little run here, about a third of the way into the quarter, mostly fueled by outside shooting from the Wiz.  They've pushed, now LA has to push back. 

Good start, as Kobe penetrates right baseline on Jamison, then hits a cutting Turiaf for an easy dunk.

On the other end, Rad loses Butler, who puts the ball back off the back door cut for an easy deuce.  On their next trip, Jamison sticks a triple in LO's face, and the Wizards are back down by seven.

6:20- Lakers 74, Wiz 65.  Great lay by LO.  Kobe lofts the ball into the post- a bit of a floater- and LO not only fights off two Wizards players for the ball, but also has the presence of mind to squeeze out a pass to a cutting (you guessed it) Turiaf, peeling to the hoop, for a dunk.  Very good play.

4:27- Laker lead down to five as Stevenson hits yet another three, this time in front of Kobe, who then picks up the whistle on the other end for the offensive foul while trying to post up.  Looked like a pretty soft call to me. 

3:11- Lakers now up just by one, as Butler goes end to end- nobody stops the ball,  and he hits the teardrop over Ronny. 

Kobe comes back on the other end, blows by Stevenson on the left baseline, and gets the easy dunk.

2:29- 80-77 LAL.  Washington has cranked up the offense in the third (6-7 from downtown), and the triples have helped bring them back into the game.  LA is still doing a decent job putting up points and running the O, but on the other end, they've broken down more in the third than in the previous two quarters.

2:10- Stevenson hits another three, as Kobe gave him too much room up top to get it off.  He helped on the penetration at the top of the key, but as soon as the pressure came, Butler kicked to Stevenson and Kobe was too far away to recover. 

24 drives and gets the layup on the next trip down, though, pushing the Laker lead back to three, 83-80.

END OF THE THIRD:

Not a good quarter for the Lakers, who lose all of their ten point lead, and it's tied at 86-86.  The Wizards were unusually hot from downtown, but the Lakers didn't do a good job closing on shooters, either. Too many breakdowns.  They scored enough on the offensive end, but when they had a chance to put the game away up by 15, instead they let the Wizards shoot their way back into the game.

Hopefully, AK can bring home a winner.

FOURTH QUARTER

11:18 - I'm just going assume Mbenga called "glass" internally on that bank shot.  He yelled it, but kept it all inside.

10:59 - Walton cuts to the basket and gets set up nicely by Kobe for the and one bucket.  Freebie converted.  The Laker lead gets pushed to three.  Then five, after a Mebnga hook shot!  Dude can't be stopped.  Nice job using the mismatch of a little guy on him down low. 

8:24 - Kobe penetrates and dishes to Sasha, who connects from the corner section of Downtown Staples.  The lead pushes to 4.

7:28 - More inside movement creating outside shots.  This time it's LO taking the rock deep inside the paint, then passing out to Kobe along the arc, who immediately scoots it to Sasha.  Another three ball for Vujacic, whose point total now matches his jersey number.  18, for those who haven't paid close attention to his digits. 

5:24 - Mbenga with the Mblock!!!  Mbrendan Haywood Mbites the dust!  Kobe Mbryant scoops up the loose Mball, then throws the Peyton Manning-style Mbomb to a streaking Walton, who throws down the Mbreakaway dunk. 

Timeout Wizards. Lakers up by 9.

4:14 - Save all five Lakers deciding at once to leave the court at the same time and catch a flick, Nick Young couldn't possibly have been left more wide open on that trey ball.

3:12 - Nice job by Ronny tapping back consecutive misses by Kobe and LO.  Walton races down the loose ball, hands off to Fish, who calls time out.  Lakers retain possession and start all over.

2:22 - After NIck Young knots up the contest at 105 all with a three ball (the Lakers seem very intent on never guarding that particular region) Walton's three ball rattles in and out.  LO snags it, but the ball gets knocked loose into Wiz mitts and they call timeout. 

1:57 - Clutch play by Fish, coming down with Stevenson's miss while surrounded by a pair of Wizard bodies, then hitting a cutting Kobe with the perfect bounce.  Thunder dunk to break the tie. 

33.0 - Kobe hits a pair of big freebies to raise the Laker lead to a three ball "cushion."

10.1 - Fish forces Butler into a seriously tough three ball heave... and it drops.  Nothing but net.  Wow.  Butler almost busts into Sam Cassell's "big testicle" dance, but opts instead for the classic "primal scream."  111 per side.  Lakers do a chalk talk.

Kobe drives the lane as the final seconds work their way down, then kicks to Fish for a reasonably good look from behind the arc.  Corner shot up... and out... No bueno.  Five minutes of free roundball coming to the people at Staples.   

OVERTIME

1:49 - Briefly lost my connection.  Apologies.  But I do have good news to report, Fish just nailed a three.

1:18 - I take it back.  I had good news.  That was before Young slips Fish on the fake, then moves inside a few steps and cans the 18-footer.  That's 27 points for the Trojan rook, who's absolutely killing the Lakers in a return to the ol' hometown.  Well, Receda, but close enough.

1:02 -  Another bucket by Fish, one the crowd wanted called as a downtown shot, but correctly labeled a two ball.  The replay showed FIsh's feet were on the line, much less the toes.  Lakers down by 1.   

37.8 - Kobe at the stripe again for his 12th and 13th attempts of the night.  Both are converted.  The Laker lead is a vulnerable uno.   

13.3 - Another pair at the line for Kobe.  First is fine.  Second goes astray, but Walton tracks down the miss before it runs out of bounds.  He shuttles it to Sasha, who comes through on both attempts after getting fouled. 

5.9 - Solid D by Walton forces Butler to brick the Wizards' final attempt.  He ends up rewarded for the effort by getting set up for a send off dunk to close out the 126-120 win.  Big and needed victory by the Lakers, getting the team not only its 50th win, but a reprieve from the schneid.  All five Laker starters hit double figures, while Luke Walton and Sasha Vujacic combined for 39.  Wasn't always pretty, but the job was done. More to come later.  Thanks for dropping by. 

 
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Positive energy tonight!

Here we go - one in a row. Let's keep it positive people!

any links on justin.tv or any other ones

hoping someone has the justin.tv hookup tonite for the live video...

anybody?

HEAT UP!

GO Lakers!

Link anyone?

pls how can i watch the game on internet???

Lakers coming out hot today. Now let's play some tight D!

lets go lakers!

LET'S GO LAKERS!

LET'S GO!

LET'S GO LAKERS!

LET'S GO!

GO LAKERS!

we're shooting...

feelin...hot hot hot.

Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole!

any 1 has the links...................

50

In hindsight...do you do this deal?

kwame for Caron?

Remember that Kwame brought us Pau, and probably the championship (god willing).

Fish is hot!! (my wife thinks so too but in a different way)

Screw dribble penetration...our 3 point D is pissing me off.

It's been days now. How hard is it to cover?!

Wes,

That link's not working for me.

GO LAKERS!

Wes,
URL doesn't work either in IE or in Mozilla.

link that works? thanks!

go lakers

DEFENSE!
DEFENSE!
DEFENSE!

Please.

KOBE IF YOU ARE THE LEADER, YOU NEED TO SET THE TONE OF DEFENSE.

YOUR TEAMMATES ARE WAITING FOR LEADING ON DEFENSE.

We need the win. BE HUNGRY LAKERS.

Colorado loves the Lakers!

Hey Korey, Edwin and Faith

Remember I said Vlad was a very underrated on ball defender. Stu Lantz just reiterated my point lol.

He's not the best by any means of the imagination but he makes his man work for the buckets they get. Thats all you can ask from him on the defensive end

For the love of God! Please somebody give me a link that works!

GO LAKERS!

Does this link not work?

http://www.janeironation.5gigs.com/cc.html#top

Wes

STOP REACHING KOBE AND PLAY DEFENSE!

Where's the D?

This D will not bode well for the playoffs.

This is HS basketball D.

Worst, Girls HS BBall D. (no offense to female high school bballers, of which I was one once upon a time.).

Paul Lee, great point from you and Stu lol.

He is indeed an ok defender...considering who he's covering it's a tall order anyways.

The problem comes in is that he's often late challenging shots and we pay. Esp of late.

Wes,

Sorry. I'm a moron. It works. Thanks, brother.

GO LAKERS!

Does this link not work?

http://www.janeironation.5gigs.com/cc.html#top

Wes

YOU HAVE TO COPY THE LINK AND PASTE INTO YOUR BROWSER. THAT'S THE ONLY WAY IT WORKS

Now I dont know there making shots right now and also interior wise were undersized.

We just gotta get healthy thats all. Turiaf and odom do fight to the best of there abilty/

Live by the 3 ... die by the 3!!!

Thatz the Lakers' motto!

Thanks Wes, but that doesn't work for me either. Does anyone have a justin.tv link?

* of which I was one once upon a time..

Actually that's not true. I was the Slava Medvendenko of HS girls basketball lol.

Shot a lot, didn't go in. No talent lol. Sad but true.

COPY THIS LINK

http://www.janeironation.5gigs.com/cc.html


AND PASTE IT IN YOUR BROWSER ADDRESS FIELD

hmmm...

i do copy the link..it opened but the streaming isnt clean..it buffers every freakin 10 seconds..dang.

KOBE SITTING DOWN?

GREAT!

NOW, LETS PLAY TEAM BALL

The problem with our D seems to come from our lack of a front line. We are having to collapse on every bit of penetration/post play where we used to be able to allow Pau or Drew to handle those situations pretty much alone. After we collapse on these plays the rotations are not quick enough or consistent enough and we end up lost on D.
We get healthy, the D improves. No worries.

I got the live game feed!

Follow the link Wes gives... click the feed.. it will give you a URL...

copy that URL into Windows Media Player and BONGOS!!!!

gametime baby!!!

Wes, how did you find out about this? Something that regularly posts links?

Faith,

Getting Pau was pretty sweet, so championship or not getting a player of his caliber was worth the 2 1/2 years of dropped passes and wild forays to the basket.

Link is working fine for me, thanks Wes

Look at Gunner playing team ball with the link. THANKS
Okay - nice run to end the qtr. by the LAL.
Good start - hi folks!

OK, good start.
D up, heat up, preferably both but

Just win, ugly or otherwise....

GO Lakers

Faith,

I 100% agree with what your saying. But I would rather have Vlad guarding Caron rather than Luke anyday lol.

In the end they're both gonna get torched but Lukes gonna get incinerated lol

Lakers4Realz,
try to find a spot in media player where you can increase the buffer size. that may help your feed...

not sure where that option is though...

This chat keeps giving Laker links:

3http://www.justin.tv/jayrntv

One of the links that works directly from the chat is this one:

http://www.janeironation.5gigs.com/cc.html#top

Wes

It's all about

D
E
F
E
N
S
E

I hope all of our threes falling now doesn't make us fall in love with it all day long.

Gunner

Kobe been the reason they're so many open shots in that 1st quarters. Our shooters gotta do there job and make them. And when there not going down dribble in some catch a strong rhythm then shoot it doesn't have to always be a three

Yeah, I get the feeling...had we been told this would happen (like by a fortune teller or something)...we'd take it.

Now the whole Smush Parker experiment? That just made it worst lol.

A Chris Mihm Sighting!!!

Glad to see him back playing some real minutes... We could really use some healthy bigs...

The Lakers need to recognize who has the hot hand in the opposing team. I appreciate the theory of rotation but in practice, the players need to recognize who has the hot hand and stay with that man.
Typically it's only 1 or 2 players you need to stay with. In the GS games, it was Jax. This game, it's Stevenson.

incinerated lol. Good one.

KOBE SITTING DOWN?

GREAT!

NOW, LETS PLAY TEAM BALL

Posted by: Gunner | March 30, 2008 at 07:04 PM

especially with Farmar

Chris Mihm makes me smile that he back out there. I want the best for him. Been through so much

When will Farmar learn that full-court passes are a NO-GO!

a NO-GO!!!

Farmar stop making the SAME dumb turnover!

Good job LUke!

Walton looks good tonight!

GO LAKERS!

Paul Lee,

I think Luke is actually a better defender than Luke. He's not quick but he's a much better team defender than Vlad, who often looks lost on D. Vlad is also a little more prone to reaching in and picking up silly fouls.

AS SAID BY MIKE T EARLY IN THE SEASON, I DON'T SEE HOW CHRIS MIHM IS GOING TO HELP US.

2 Fouls already against an average team like the Wizards

DON'T LOOK GOOD WHEN HE GOES AGAINST THE BEST IN THE WEST.

Sasha seems determined to shoot out of his "4-17 3pt slump" from last game. LOL
It's mainly good looks in this game so far though so no problem.
Luke continues to go inside. Go Luuuuke.
Mihm is providing some much needed defense inside. We've needed that.
LO is playing incredibly well for a sick guy. You can tell he's still sick as a dog.
So far, the team is winning it without Kobe. Seems to want to prove something compared to last game.

Luke actually playing acceptable ball tonite.

Cant complain so far.

who gave Luke his vitamins?

Ok, Thanks Wes and Gunner, I finally outsmarted my computer (with your help). the link does work, and much better quality than justin or channelsurfing.

Thanks!

Hey Everyone

Have you guys ever listened to Phil Jacksons feelings about three point shooting teams. Phil has always felt that has a game wears on or a playoff series wears on legs tire and 3 point shooting percentage lowers

Phil teams suck at the pick and roll because he doesnt mind giving the threes up.

Hence the Warrior game when Stephen Jackson hit a 27 foot three. Phil plays the percentages out of 10 shots how many would he make in a close ball game

And I'll take a confident Luke over Vlad any day. A confident Luke is like a mini-version of LO. He'll move the ball well on O, play smart team D, rebound, score a little from the post and hit the open 3.

Unfortunately we've rarely seen the confident Luke since his ankle injuries last season.

Very good minutes for the second unit, who are moving the ball well and generating a lot of good shots.

BK

SASHA WANTS THIS 50TH WIN!

No boxout, two people defending one player.

WHAT KIND OF DEFENSE IS THAT?

Here's the thing...

If you look up and down our roster, you gotta know we're an offensive team. So to do well, we got to be clicking offensively, and do enough (more than enough hopefully) defensively.I ofcourse would prefer it if we play even better than "good" defensively.

That's why our record with us scoring above 100 is daunting (though keeping the opponents under 100 is pretty good too).

So we need to be smarter...we need to turn the ball over less. And we need to be hot (Ole!).

But if we're bad on that...and even worst on D...then lights out (no pun intended). It's like a punch in the solar plexus. Game over. We're toast.

P.S. The Machine is hotttt

I meant I think Luke is a better defender than Vlad.

loving the ball movement tonight!

Link's working for me.

Thanks Wes.

Great Pass Up of the 3 by Farmar, stepping inside the arc and creating a positive play!

That's what I'm talking about...

If you are going to play more minutes, let's have some shot discretion

Not at all trashing my favorite player, Kobe Bryant, but we can see the positive effects of when Kobe shares the ball, as opposed to immediately starting the game shooting everytime he gets a touch.

Good job, Kobe, on this very important adjustment.

Gunner

Chris Mihm is just coming back from pretty much a 2 year layoff because of the injury. Allow him time to get into game shape. He can be a key addition to our bench.

Luke's so far has a block, an offensive rebound tap out, two made free throws and great decisions to either A. give up the J and drive or B. run to the right spot for the open dunk

tremendously great start... that high bball IQ thing might not be such a farce after all

Xodus,

I mean were all entitled to our opinions but I think Luke reaches and fouls more than Vlad. I mean Vlads has his "Why did he just do that" type of situations but I still think Vlads shooting is going to be key in the playoffs.

That dunk WAS sick, Lamar!

I know I would get reprimanded if I said I would like to meet Gunner and kick his a$$, so I won't. However how about one of those boxing matches with the really big gloves, or maybe the American Gladiators joust, whatever. As long as I can get a few shots in.

Sorry AK/BK, it just needed to be said....

Why does Rad make half of his threes and airball the other half?

Vlad is the strangest three-point shooter in the league. He either drills the three or misses terribly.

How about just a ban on CAPS LOCK????

Lakers got a fortunate whistle there- looked like on the replay that Jamison got ball, or at the very least, ball, then a little bit of forearm.

BK

The Bench Mob is BACK! Better ball movement, better defense. They were actually more effective than the starters.

Cbuck,

Luke is all about confidence. If he's confident he makes good decisions. If he's not, he looks like he's never played the game before. You'd hope that a 27 year old NBA vet didn't react to adversity like that.

Thats the one sucky thing when Kobe isn't aggressive offensively he has to find a rhythm later now. I like an Aggressive Kobe more than anything

i promise you... we give up the most fouls on three-point shots in the league

Someone said he's not what you would call a natural shooter (mti?). He's more like a measure-kind of shooter. So he shoots for a rainbow and measures.

Not always nice, or best. But it has given him a career.

He's no Sasha lol, jk.

Paul Lee,

Gunner is a Troll. He's been preaching the same bitter mantra for two years now. Don't share reason with him. Ignore him.

Wound the Troll. Starve the Troll.

GO LAKERS!

Xodus,

"Vlad is the strangest three-point shooter in the league. He either drills the three or misses terribly."

Vlad is in many ways an all or nothing player. haha

AK

pslakerfan,

dont worry about gunner yo ... as with all haters ... he'll be on his knees smelling laker jockstraps once we start winning those championships

LMAO@BEN GOLDBERG

Vlad does that because he arcs the ball so high that if its going in its going to be nothing but net if he misses it either its going to be an airball or a very long rebound

Xodus, Vlad's not just the strangest three-point shooter... he's the strangest streakiest player in the league

how does he have those good games in Utah and Dallas then turn around and lay eggs the next four games?

Paul Lee,

I agree, Vlad's shooting will be key in the playoffs. But if Luke's confident he's definitely the better player. The problem is Luke has looked out of sorts for most of this season and the second half of last season and we haven't been able to count on him to play good ball for over a year now. Hopefully he's able to turn it around from today on.

gilbert arenas' jacket clashes with everything he's wearing

Rad Vlad's nowhere where he should be, but he's improving steadily at the right time.

GO LAKERS!

Kobe's hitting Vlad like a...well I don't have a simile. But he's certainly hitting him...and Vlad is hitting (pun intended lol).

 
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