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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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Beautiful assist by Kobe!

GO LAKERS!

Where was all this firepower on Friday? Jeez.

Turiaf gets about 2 uncalled for Fouls a game. Ridiculous

AK,

No doubt about that. haha

Xodus,

You bring up very good points about look. if we could ever get the 2006-2007 luke back before the ankle injury he easily be the 7th or 8th man off the bench when were at fool strength. I'd still favor Ariza, Farmer, Vlad, Turiaf, over him in the rotation

I don't know about Luke being the better player (props need to be given when it's due, and he's playing well right now)...he may have better numbers but imo he's not the better player.

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).

Posted by: Faith | March 30, 2008 at 07:33 PM

I believe the phrase you're looking for is "red headed stepchild"

Dallas/golden state on NBA TV tonight if anyone has it and wants to watch during half.

Korey,

I cant believe Nick Young is in the NBA. Man I grew up playing against him. Thats Crazy. Same thing goes for Jordan Farmer.

Nice 1st half.
Love the ball movement.

Dallas is on their way out of the Western playoff picture. They're down 69-55 to Golden State midway through the 3rd.

11-15 from 3pt land.

Live by the 3, die by the 3.

We're hot this game. Hopefully the players understand that this isnt the way to long-term winning.

It's nice now, very nice. But when we get cold, I hope we can work our way back into the game with free throws and easy opportunities.

Our 3 pt shooting Euros from the former Yugoslavia giving us that 11 pt lead courtesy of great ball movement, Kobe w/5 assists, Farmar w/4.
Team is playing good Lakers small ball so far.
Just need to stay away from bad Lakers small ball. I agree w/Norm Nixon. If those 3 pt shots stop falling, team needs to be able to make an in game adjustment.

lol pslakerfan.

By the way, just wondering..what does the PS stand for? Palm springs?

Xodus,

Luke has admitted before about a tendancy to get inside his own head too often, which typically starts up after an injury or a couple bad games in a row. He's very prone to it, and he'll go through a bout with it at least once a season. And then he tends to snap out of it. Not exactly sure why it happens, but it's pretty clockwork in occurence. Thus far, however, he hasn't managed to do it this season for a sustained period. We shall see.

AK

pslakerfan

Thanks for the heads up I'mma check that game out also.

Does anyone in here have NBA2k8 for the xbox360. If so I play on xbox live all the time. We can get some games on

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.

Troy

Troy this may be an adjustment, but the more important point is that they are shooting really well. When you pass the ball to someone and they make shots, its fun to pass the ball to them. But, when you pass it, they brick it and the other team is off and running like the past two games then Kobe should take over. If you look at the shooting percentages in the last game, Kobe was doing much better than the rest of the guys.

Mark

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

WOULDA, COULDA, SHOULDA. LET'S GET OUT OF THE FIRST ROUND FIRST. THAT WOULD DEFINITELY BE A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTIONS AFTER WATCHING 5 YEARS OF FIRST ROUND KNOCKOUTS.


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

SO SHOULD I CALL YOU A KOBE APOLOGISTS. SINCE ANYTHING SAID BAD ABOUT YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR KOBE BRYANT, YOU GET SO EMOTIONAL. IS THAT A DEAL JON KONCAK?

Lakers4Realz
Game is on here, next time stop by.

Colorado loves the Lakers!

even Stu is speaking positives 2nite.

Faith,

I feel like I'm turning into Luke's representative or something lol. I don't think Luke's play has reflected it this season but when Luke has his head on straight he's a better passer, team defender, rebounder and hits a good percentage on threes (remember he led the league in 3 point percentage for a good portion of last season).

The problem is he can't seem to get out of his own way enough. He's an immature player who lets bad breaks affect his play. Don't let your Luke hatred make you forget. LOL j/k!

MARK,
"Troy this may be an adjustment, but the more important point is that they are shooting really well. When you pass the ball to someone and they make shots, its fun to pass the ball to them"

I DISAGREE WITH YOU. WHEN YOU COME OUT AN ESTABLISH A GOOD RHYTHM WITH YOUR TEAMMATES OF PASSING THE BALL FROM THE BEGINNING, YOU HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF THEM MAKING SHOTS.

WHEN YOU COME OUT AND HOG THE BALL FOR THE FIRST HALF AND THEN PASS THE BALL IN THE SECOND HALF, THEN YOU ARE GOING TO SEE ALOT OF MISS SHOTS BECAUSE YOUR TEAMMATES ARE NOT IN RHYTHM OF GETTING PASSES FROM YOU SO, THEY ARE NOT SET TO TAKE SHOTS.

THIS IS WHY I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY KOBE CAN'T GET THIS IN HIS BIG HEAD TO PLAY LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME. NOT SOME OF THE TIME WHEN IT'S CONVENIENT FOR HIM.

lol pslakerfan.

By the way, just wondering..what does the PS stand for? Palm springs?

Posted by: Faith | March 30, 2008 at 07:43 PM


Yes, Indio actually, but basically Palm Springs....

AK,

Yeah other than today's game and the 4th qtr of Seattle's game I can't remember thinking once this season that Luke played a good game. He's another feast or famine type player. If he starts a game with some nice passes or hitting a jumper it'll lift the rest of his game. If he misses two or three in a row to start a game or makes a bonehead pass, he's done for the night.

Paul Lee,

Did you play point guard against those guys?

Mark,

I agree, but it's unmistakable that "sharing the ball
has been the mantra by Laker officials since
early last game. I think Kobe realizes this too.
Ask yourself, how many times have you heard
coaches, players, or announcers of the Lakers
talking about passing and sharing the ball.

Luke's stat line from the first half:
Three of three from the field
One of one from deep
Two of two from the free throw line
Two rebounds
Two assists
a blocked shot
in a little over seven and a half minutes.

Two standard deviations above the mean or not, that's his best non garbage time stretch in some time.

Let's put this game away so we can get the starters some rest. Fish needs to rest his foot.

That shot was challenged. I'll take it.

deshawn stevenson has a beard!

you'd think we'd notice him out there and kinda defend him

Why isn't someone sticking like glue to Stevenson?

HEY KOBE CAN YOU PLAY SOME DEFENSE!

YOUR MAN IS KILLING US!

IF YOU CAN'T HOLD STEVENSON GET SOMEONE ELSE ON HIM PHIL!

Repost for Gunner's uneducated benefit:

Diary of an NBA player (to be named later)

I have played basketball for 15 years... Grade school.. High School (where I was a star)....College (where I was a star), NBA (got drafted, must be pretty good). I practice all summer, play all season, practice at scheduled practices, even on my own occasionally.

Game time, I get to the game early, practice a little while. I come back on the court about 45 minutes before game time. "Did I mention I am in great shape" I do some light practice just before tip off.

Game is on. I am running, jumping, (just got a rebound, yes). Time out, sweet, needed a breather. OK game back on, working up a nice sweat now. Open in the corner for a wide open three. Damn, didn't get the ball. Whatever next time I will get it. Still sweatin' feeling good. Open again, pass it to meeeeeeee. Damn didn't get that one either, whatever, back on defense. Steal, awesome. Coming down the wing now, setting up in my spot just behind the line. Double team on Kobe, sweet, pass it my way man. Here it comes. Step back, breathe, let it fly. BRICK.

DAMN I MUST HAVE BEEN OUT OF MY FRIGGIN' RHYTHM, IF ONLY I HAD SHOT THOSE LAST TWO THREE'S I AM SURE THIS ONE WOULD HAVE FALLEN.

"Insert laker perimeter player here ______________"

Yeah Kobe's fault again, right.....

Posted by: pslakerfan | March 29, 2008 at 11:57 AM

WHEN YOUR LEADER ISN'T SETTING AN EXAMPLE ON THE DEFENSIVE SIDE, THIS IS WHY WE CAN GET EVERYONE IN SYNC ON DEFENSE.

KOBE'S MAN IS KILLING US TONIGHT!

PJ PUT LAMAR ON THIS GUY IF KOBE CAN'T HOLD STEVENSON

I love when Ronny throws it down!

We play some ugly defense. I mean ugly. Frustrating ugly. Thank god we're hot.

If PJ would give Rad as many chances as Luke Rad would look like the player we hoped he would be.

Repost, again for Gunner's benefit:

If Kobe passing early gets everyone else in a rhythm, then it stands to reason that it takes a short time for everyone to get in a rhythm. Otherwise the team would suck for the first half regardless of whether Kobe was moving the ball or not....

Therefor accordingly if Kobe "ballhogs" in the first half and "moves the ball" in the second half the team should still be in a good rhythm fairly quickly. And as such should not be out of rhythm at the end of games like Kobe haters seem to suggest.

Lastly, WHY THE FROCK DOES KOBE GET INTO A RHYTHM ON HIS OWN IN THE FIRST MINUTE OF THE GAME, BUT EVERYONE ELSE NEEDS KOBE'S HELP.

GET INTO YOUR OWN DAMN RHYTHM, YOU'RE FRIGGIN PROFESSIONALS.

pslakerfan

Posted by: pslakerfan | March 29, 2008 at 11:26 AM

PJ - quick on the timeout trigger 2nite. Given what he said pre-game and now - he is not putting up with a lot of cr**. Like it. So, this is why he gets paid the big bucks. Oh and Jeannie must have a say as well.

Faith,

"we play some ugly defense"

we must be watching 2 different games .... we play NO defense lately

still i aint gonna b*tch bout it much ... we're playing hurt

Someone please put a body on Stevenson...other than that we're ok. Defense is still an issue but if we can stay up we'll pull it out.

Hurry back Pau!!!

Two standard deviations above the mean or not, that's his best non garbage time stretch in some time.


Posted by: markythearky | March 30, 2008 at 07:58 PM

Game theorist, poker player, or both????

Gunner, are you telling me that they can't shoot in the second half if they don't get shots in the first?

Or what about this...what about if they don't make shots, then what happens? Do you keep feeding them the ball so they can miss when Kobe is on fire?

I don't see Kobe excluding his teammates this year. Right now the Lakers are short handed and Kobe is trying to do something about it.
Mark

Xodus, problem is Rony just seems to want to throw it down. He needs to diversify his inside game a bit. I think since he's a shot blocker, he's too embarrassed to be blocked. So he has too much of a tendency to pass out unless he's free.

I bow to you. Definitely no lol.

None. Zip. Nada.

I meant...play some ugly games...with our "no" defense lol.

ANOTHER ONE!

HEY KOBE CAN YOU PLAY SOME DEFENSE!

YOUR MAN IS KILLING US!

IF YOU CAN'T HOLD STEVENSON GET SOMEONE ELSE ON HIM PHIL!

Who is Stevenson - I know he has the beard but another no name having a career night?

THIS IS WHY KOBE IS NO 1ST TEAM DEFENSIVE PLAYER.

STEVENSON IS KILLING HIM TONIGHT

Anyone have a mailing address for GUNNER?

I'd like to send him my old Commodore-64 keyboard. It still works great.
Really!
The only problem with it is it is missing the CAP LOCK and both SHIFT keys.

(Psssst.....Don't tell him, but it also automatically depresses Ctrl/Alt/Del every time you hit the Enter key.

We need to stop trying to steal all the time. It's not helping.

That and our doubling...we're just not smart.

I've been watching Kobe for 11 years and so many times a no name SG - has burned the Lakers. It seems as if Kobe simply does not respect any SG unless it's another All-Star.

There's a challenge! All I want.

He's hot already. Just challenge!

We're switching way too much on Stevenson. Just stay with him. Keep on him.

I honestly believe the NBA needs to start teching players for flopping

Way to go KB24 - slow down the beard!

hahaha!

not only was that a flop by deshawn stevenson...but he also faked an injury!

that's two bad acting jobs in one sequence... he should be tougher with that beard

PSLaker...
I was thinking IQ

Mark

I don't mean to be mean or anything but I do sure hope Stevenson tweaked his wrist on that last play. NO MORE THREES!

please don't feed the trolls.

Xodus,

Yes. But Nick Young was taller than me. I'm only 6 feet tall

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.

Posted by: Xodus | March 30, 2008 at 07:18 PM

Missed first half so did not see Luke play. Tuned in and Vlade has 18 pts at the time, made goopd D against his man, great passes and put back on miss. Can't imagine Luke doing better than this. well guess I will find out.

Lamar,
When you are 0.0 feet from the basket or point blank range, you must lay the ball in the basket and quit trying to pass on plays like that, turn overs are always the result..

psychedlakergirl,

Stevenson isn't a nobody he's one of those hit or miss guys. When he hits his first couple threes he's hot for the whole night.

KOBE THIS IS REDICULOUS.

WHY ARE YOU SAGGING OFF STEVENSON.

DOES THIS IDIOT KNOW HOW TO PLAY DEFENSE!

1ST TEAM DEFENSE? YEAH RIGHT.

THIS IS WHY THE REST OF THE TEAM DOES NOT PLAY DEFENSE.

Stevenson may not be a nobody, but he's already got 2 more 3's than his previous season-high, and it is only the 3rd quarter. Lakers make guys that are usually nobodies look pretty amazing lately.

YES PHIL. ABOUT TIME YOU GET SOME SENSE!

KOBE IS KILLING US ON DEFENSE. I SEE WHY HE SAID THE OTHER DAY, HE CAN'T WAIT UNTIL BYNUM AND GASOL GETS BACK. I KNOW WHY NOW.

SO, THEY CAN MAKE UP FOR HIS LACK OF DEFENSE!

You foul a guy running up the floor 35 feet away. Sasha always plays too close to other players away from the basket....Just plain ole dumb....

There's no reason for this game to be tied. We should be up by 15.

Luke is a BIG DUMMY!

THANK YOU KOBE!

WE UP BY 11 AT THE HALF.

AND NOW BECAUSE YOU CAN NOT PLAY DEFENSE ON AN AVERAGE, NON ALLSTAR PLAYER LIKE STEVENSON, YOU LET THEM BACK INTO THE GAME. TIE GAME!

THANK YOU BALL HOG FOR NOTHING!

we got to find five guys who wants this game

just give me five guys for 12 minutes ... that's all i ask

JUST ACT LIKE YOU WANT IT, LAKERS!

Farmar the feather

and another fast break by Luke

Farmar and Luke=Fluke

37 point quarter, damn painful


GO Lakers

I guess the last 3 bone head plays to end the 3rd quarter is kobe's fault too huh..give it a rest folks

JJ,
"Stevenson may not be a nobody, but he's already got 2 more 3's than his previous season-high, and it is only the 3rd quarter. Lakers make guys that are usually nobodies look pretty amazing lately."

WHAT DO YOU MEAN LAKERS MAKE NOBODIES LOOK PRETTY AMAZING. THIS IS ALL ABOUT KOBE. HE IS MAKING STEVENSON LOOK LIKE AN ALLSTAR TONIGHT.

Spoke too soon, 39 point quarter... damn

We just saw Farmar making a stupid mistake by passing the ball to Puke for that last possesion of the 3rd period. We cannot afford to have this kind of mental lapses in the playoffs!!!

I'd like to see kobe sit out this 4th quarter just to see how his boys do without him...

A 39-point quarter from the freaking Wizards. Lakers look like Golden State lately. Check out our stats through 3: 54% FGs, 58% 3s, 79% FTs, 25 Assts/7 TOs...and we are tied. Just goes to show you that you can play an absolutely amazing game offensively, but it doesn't mean jack if you don't play any D.

gunner,

stevenson is shooting three... not driving.. even myself can throw three point shot against anyone even kobe or bruce or you!!!

gunner,

stevenson is shooting three... not driving.. even myself can throw three point shot against anyone even kobe or bruce or you!!!

Talk about your going good for Luke.

And 1!

Mbenga's like hey I can hit jumpers too, baby!

Nice finish Luke!

You will be begging for kobe to get back in the game in a few minutes....as soon as the wizards take the lead....

Just win, whatever it takes,

Get that damn 50 monkey off our back

Go Lakers

Great steal by Kobe and feed to Luke for the "force is with him" layup.

I've never seen a guy look more surprised to get the ball than Mbenga did on his way up the floor when Farmar gave it up to him.

"Woah, dude, what the hell?"

BK

Benga has been playing as well as he can the last 3 games. I think he realizes that all the Laker's 7 footers are coming back soon from the IL so he's determined to show he belongs before being assigned to the IL. Good attitude my man MBenga.

Didier in the house!

Mbenga?

It looks like Luke is past his draught. So, haters move on.

GO LAKERS!

M.benga is playin some balls babyyyy!!!!!!

Has Mbenga been working with Kareem? I demand that the K-Bros ask PJ in the post game interview! haha

Has Mbenga been working with Kareem? I demand that the K-Bros ask PJ in the post game interview! haha

KOBE ONE ON ONE.

AIRBALL.

PASS THE BALL AND RUN THE OFFENSE.

DAMN!

That wasn't goaltending! It was a block!

GO LAKERS!

If you're not hitting the three, stop shooting the 3

Agreed, Jon K. People forget that he was a big part of our 26-13 start last season. He's been brutal this season but a guy doesn't just forget how to play.

NOW YOU SEE KOBE WHEN YOU PASS THE BALL YOUR TEAMMATES CAN MAKE SHOTS!

I think the refs have it out for Kobe.

They know he cant say anything so they are just not calling nothing for him.

Its sad, but he kinda earned it.

Mbenga's taking over the game!

 
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