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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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.   


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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Man Kobe's such a ballhog. Passing up a wide open three like that to Sasha, what is he thinking. 10 assists, what's up with that?

Hey all, just got in. I saw a nice block by mbenga.

Sasha has two 3s since I joined. But I get nervous when we hit threes. It makes me think we'll fall in love.

LAWLER'S LAW! 96% accurate!



Can Kobe get a call please.

You cant tell me that any other allstar wouldnt be going to the free throw line

THE BANGER is playing great tonight!


Glad to see MBenga finally helping just by being used!


I guess Kobe 9 assists are him not passing the ball

Gunner you are joke, keep up the hating.

Don't forget he must not take more you 15 shot rule no mater if he under basket




I was thinking the same thing they just baiting Kobe into getting that last Tech

Mbenga's block was strong. I want Bynum back as much as anyone. But I think its good that Mbenga is getting some playing time.


I can't even believe I'm startin' to like the guy.

Go Lakers!!! REFS YOU SUCK!!!

Wow it almost seems like the refs are testing kobe with their non calls on him. Kobe's clearly getting fouled inside, but no calls.

I vote that Mbenga be kept on the 12 man roster even after Gasol and Bynum come back. Can you imagine, 4 seven footers!!!
I bet no team in the NBA has ever had 4 seven footers.

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

Posted by: chuck23 | March 30, 2008 at 08:04 PM

I completely agree with you.

Anyone remember the 2 "Wilt" fade aways Mbenga hit against the CLips back when? He got moves!!!
Love it.


I guess Kobe 9 assists are him not passing the ball

Gunner you are joke, keep up the hating.

Don't forget he must not take more your 15 shot rule no matter if he is under the basket



It won't surprise me to see the stupid PJ take Mbenga out and put somebody there to try to finish the game!

I will never blame players for not closing games out... it is the responsibility of the coach to know his players and put something on the court that works!

Fire32, thanks for that. I thought I was seeing it with my purple and gold goggles.

Mbenga, my man!!!

PJ should give him some minutes and get him the ball down low to improve his confidence. He has shown us tonight that he belongs!



"I guess Kobe 9 assists are him not passing the ball"



Kobe is forcing shots. But gunner is still wrong.

Guys, I'm having a weird flashback right now...

We didn't trade Caron Butler for Kwame Brown, did we?

Did we?


fire32 come out of the closet.
You're really a Lakers fan.
Or maybe you're really bi.

Anyone know what's up with Newble? I thought we picked him up for defense....could use some tonight.

Classic, if it becomes a penetration fest, you are right. Mbenga should have stayed in. He provides a presence. Our weakness is giving up threes and more threes.

What did I say about our 3 point line defense?

Sucks hinny. way


Man the Wizards must have some of the best shooting coaches. Cuz Nick Young wasnt a good shooter in the past.
Same goes for Caron butler


Posted by: Gunner | March 30, 2008 at 08:36 PM

yeah... that's the problem.. i think they need kobe to pass them the ball before making it..

Luke, you are really stupid!! We did not need you to take that 3!!

Luke for three??? Are we nuts????? Why not from half court? I was relieved when he made that break away dunk. Luke for three? How about se throw it over our heads from under the other team's basket???

Luke again?????????? damn

Jon K,

We had Luke, what did we need with Caron?
OK, sorry, I'm still not over it.

Luke making a great play! Wow, go Luke!

Fantastic play by Fish, both to get the board off the defensive glass, outworking a couple Wizards to get it done, but then to show patience running the floor, letting Kobe catch up to the play and the lane form to get him the ball.

Nice play by Walton to clean up the Fish miss on the next trip down... but where the hell did everyone on the Wizards go?


No Luke hatin tonite.

Something to matter how much it has frustrated me...

Phil has played Luke at pressure situations...late in the games...he hasn't come true...but it built his confidence. He's definitely playing better now. That offensive rebound was huge!

What??? ? nice move Luke! Nice move Luke!!! NIce, Nice, Nice!!! I enjoy saying that.

Paul Lee, no offense, but I wish it was you playing for the wiz tonight not Nick Young. LOL



lol that was a good one.

Quite Odd but..

Luke Walton Player of the Game

Paul Lee, no offense, but I wish it was you playing for the wiz tonight not Nick Young. LOL

Do you want kobe to shoot or you want him to pass. Make up your minds folks....

TROJANS..........Nick Young

Stu said it best, how can they not defend the three?

Unfortunately, when Bynum and Gasol come back, it won't help defend the three. Will it???

I can't believe Washington didn't force the ball out of Kobe's hands earlier, and then they sent Haywood over to contribute to what was the single worst dobule team in history, one Kobe easily beat along the baseline for the drive, where he got fouled.


no 3pointers plsssssssssss

The Lakers veterans Kobe, DFish and Luke making the difference in close game situation.

Anyone else gotten several grey hairs this past week?


I don't care what other say about Bryant, the important thing is he's going to win this Game for us.. Go Kobe! Go lakers!

Kobe would've had 10 assist last night too and every night for that matter if his boys would hit the wide open shots he gets for them....

wow that was just an amazing shot by Caron. There's no defending that.

okay, 10 seconds...

10 seconds is enough time for us NOT to screw up yet another end-game play

we got this

50th win makin me sick..........!!!!!!!!

it built his confidence. He's definitely playing better now.

Posted by: Faith

for luke's sake, dont you wish this game would never end. playing better now? no playing better tonight, but tomorrow?

Caron Butler studied at the school of Kobe Bryant.

Not an easy shot, but a clutch one.

Now we just gotta score.

That was a clutch shot. Mamba will Counter right now watch I'm calling it now Kobe for the game winner

Whoa, apparently Butler is not over it yet, either...

Again.where is the defense?????????

Wow, that wasn't bad defense. How did he make that three? Wow, we need this game. Can we get a decent look at a game winning shot? When was the last time we got a decent look at a game winning shot? PJ, find a way to get someone open please. No blocks, turnovers, or whatever. Just a nice shot.

Perfect moment for kobe to drive and kick to an open teammate for this last shot. The worse that can happen is overtime...

Caron is an All-Star.
One of Mitch's biggest mistakes - maybe biggest?






That 3 point defense needs help. Stat.




Kobe should have shot that. He's letting wut the Kobe haters and the media dictate his game. The old #8 Kobe dunks that to win the game

Well that's all I asked for, a wide open shot. I thought it was good, even. Ok, so we have Kobe. They don't. There's no reason for us to lose this in overtime. Come on, a win is a win, find a way to get one!

Kobe should win MVP because of that last play.

This is 2 games in a row, where Kobe gives the ball up to a Laker 3pt shooter in the corner for the game-winning shot.

2 times, they brick a wide-open shot and we lose.


Jon K. don't remind us....the thought of that makes me sick.

Ok, 5 more's Kobe time baby!

Jon K. don't remind us....the thought of that makes me sick.

Ok, 5 more's Kobe time baby!

Good job Kobe, you looked for an open teammate for the last shot... Now take over the overtime...

Man this is tiring. JUst win one game pleeaaaaase!

DID WE NEED A THREE??? Why did we go for a three. Did PJ draw up a three? Are threes higher or lower percentage shots? Did we need a three? Why did we go for it? When Kobe should have shot (within five feet of the basket) why did he listen to Gunner and pass it? That was totally retarded.

Typical selfish Kobe, trying to get another assist instead of shooting like a good team player.


Gunner,, that would be kobe's 12 assists if fish made that shot,,.. but he didn't so kobe is still a ballhog...

not again.plssssssss

Gunner,, that would be kobe's 12 assists if fish made that shot,,.. but he didn't so kobe is still a ballhog... lolz

"Caron Butler studied at the school of Kobe Bryant."



teams really luck out with the 3 versus the lakers

Radmanovich was the leading scorer after the 3rd quarter........where has he been?

Luke Walton has not been out of the game since the third.....and now he is starting overtime.....WTF

Kobe made the correct decision to pass the ball..Fans are so fickle...dammed if he do, dammed if he don't..give it a rest fans.....

If anyone but Kobe never takes a three point as long as I live it will be too long.



Kobe sets Fish up for a wide open shot and you're upset? You didn't have any credibility to begin with but that post just shows you're more interested in continuing your schtik than actually making valid points. Not that we didn't already know that.

Good News!

Whenever the Lakers win their 50th, they'll be rolling smoothly and will start to play like the favority team to win it all!

That 50th win is a monkey, a gorilla, a King Kong that is on their tired back and doesn't want to give 'em a time off! Its hard but its achievalbe and they'll tonight!





Posted by: Gunner | March 30, 2008 at 08:58 PM

I was going to ask you if you are for real or not, but you just answered my question. You have no credibility here. Pull up your underoos, tuck your teddy bear in and turn out the light....


Again we were up by 3 and didn't foul.
Again we got burned

Then, tied and having the last shot, we set up a 3 pointer instead of going to the basket?

Way to go Phil.

Lets go to OT

Damn, things just aren't going our way lately.

i still dont understand phil jackson,, why he didn't put sasha and vlade in the last play.. i think we need some shooters out there.... nahhh...

I'm glad Lamar thought that was funny

KOBE 6 FOR 21.


As pfunk36 would say WTF is LO smiling about?

This is another game that shows that Phil is not the great coach everyone thinks he is. Another sad team that is competing with us Why is Luke getting so many minutes?
Phil Jackson is GARBAGE>

Not good shot selection Kobe

Kobe has a 20 and 11 night which is a bad night for him tonight and an outstanding night for someone else. It just shows how much better he is than everyone else...We are so spoiled by his greatness.....You better enjoy him now, you won't see anyone this goo for a long time.....

Kobe has a 20 and 11 night which is a bad night for him tonight and an outstanding night for someone else. It just shows how much better he is than everyone else...We are so spoiled by his greatness.....You better enjoy him now, you won't see anyone this goo for a long time.....

please dont loose this gameeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We need sasha and Vlad in the game. We need quick scorers

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