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Second verse, close enough to the first

It was kind of like Game 1, in the sense that the Lakers received a superlative performance from a star player and won going away while down the stretch the Nuggets dissolved like Hammer's career.  But Wednesday night's 122-107 win also had some unique features, namely the 49 points and 10 assists from Kobe Bryant, who rebounded in the biggest way from a disappointing effort on Sunday.  The Nuggets threw the kitchen sink at 24, doing everything from working him one-on-one against Kenyon Martin or Linus Kleiza to zoning up the purple and gold to doubling him to get the ball out of his hands... and it's fair to say that none of it worked.  Early on, Kobe was red hot, drilling jumpers George Karl would call "undefendable."  Later, in a critical stretch of the third, Kobe became a distributor (five helpers in the quarter), tearing apart the Denver zone and giving his mates a host of easy looks.  Late, he was a lot a bit of everything, racking up 19 points on 6-7 from the floor while still logging three dimes. 

Just as they did on Sunday, the Lakers showed that they are clearly the better team.  More disciplined, more composed, more versatile. The Nuggets are talented enough to make the Lakers play- remember, Denver did win 50 games in a brutal Western Conference- but as long as the Lakers stick to what they do well, they're the better team. Tonight, while the effort wasn't necessarily even for all 48, LA did more than enough to get the job done.

AK with the breakdown below.

BK

The Good

Kobe Bryant: Most folks figured Kobe's 9-26 Game 1 shooting struggles wouldn't carry over into today's sequel.  Those same folks weren't off base.  So sharp, in fact, was Kobe's aim that he managed to carry his squad through a first half when the supporting cast was collectively frigid.  Kobe banked 20 points in the first frame alone, hitting a ludicrous 80% of his attempts (8-10).  25 points in all before halftime Gatorade and orange slices off a red hot 10-15 shooting performance.  From there, his teammates began to catch fire, in large part because Bryant did a fantastic job setting them up.  His second half dime tally matched his old jersey number, the assists coming either off post-penetration kickouts or spotting dudes cutting towards the basket. 

But the facilitating mode didn't prevent him from nabbing his own buckets.  Another 24 points over the final 24 minutes, including 12 fourth quarter points in just under three minutes.  Aside from being just a terrific performance, tonight was one of the most controlled games I've ever seen Kobe play.  I don't mean that simply in regards to his shot selection, which was almost entirely unforced.  I mean "controlled" in the most literal sense.  Simply put, Kobe controlled the action, however he decided it was supposed to be happening.   

DJ Mbenga - Ronny Turiaf's illness created an opportunity for DJ Mbenga to grab some rare second quarter action, a chance he didn't take lightly.  Mbenga remained continually active during his five minutes on the floor.  Five rebounds.  A dunk.  A steal.  Preventing an admitedly rusty Nene from having a bust out offensive game.  "You've got to be ready when they need you, " said Mbenga of his goals after the game.  "You've got to contribute."  Tonight would qualify as a mission accomplished. 

Luke Walton's second half: Kid Big Red's first half was solid (5/3/2, with a couple turnovers), if nothing necessarily to write home about.  And he actually began his quick third quarter entry in shaky fashion, lowlighted by an awkward turnover off a goofy two man game between him and Vlad Radmanovic.  But then Walton not only settled down, but played a large role in helping ward off a Denver surge.  All 10 of his points came during the frame's final six minutes, helping to create a steamroll effect that put the Nuggets on the ropes.  From there, he continued to play well, drawing a charge on K-Mart, scoring three more points, grabbing four boards and setting up a trio of buckets.  Aside from perhaps Kobe, I don't think any Laker did a better job of breaking through the seams of Denver's zone and rendering it useless.  He also softened any blow that could have come from Lamar Odom's whistle magnet issues.  "Luke saved me tonight," gushed Odom.

Three point shooting:  The Nuggets made a point of packing the paint and forcing the Lakers to hit more from outside.  Given how the Lakers destroyed Denver inside on Sunday, the approach made sense.  It also didn't really help.  Even in the first half when shots mostly fell for just Kobe, the Lakers still managed to hit their share from behind the arc.  Six of their dozen attempts went down, including a pair each for Kobe and Vlad Rad.  From there, long distance accuracy continued at a reasonable 6-16 clip (if maybe a few too many in the third), rounding out to a 43% night.  By now, Denver must be wondering if there's any way they can reasonably expect to defeat the Purple and Gold, save perhaps breaking Kobe's arms.

Pau Gasol: He overcame a slow start (4 pts on 1-5 shooting) to round into a nice statline.  It won't blow minds like his Laker postseason bonanza, but 18/10 and a block ain't nothing to get upset about, either.

Ball Movement: Need I really explain why 33 assists is a quality stat?  Chalk it up to the power of good decision making. 

The Bad

Lamar Odom: Foul trouble (five whistles in all, the last one coming 30 seconds into the fourth) made it tough for LO to be on the floor much (22 minutes).  When he was out there, the output wasn't all that spectacular.  2-9 from the field for a quartet of points.  Only four rebounds.  The six assists were nice, but four came during the first quarter, meaning Odom didn't have much impact from that point on. "I'm the benefactor of being on a great team," smiled Lamar, acknowledging the fellas that helped pick up the slack while he struggled.   

Vlad Radmanovic: 3-10 from the field for 8 points (6 of which came in the first half), plus some mostly ineffective defense on whoever he matched up against.  I realize that Carmelo Anthony is hardly the world's easiest cover, but there were times when the assignment looked a little too hard. 

Rebounding: Not terribly shocking, given that Odom is the team's best board man and was often locked to the pine.  That being said, it's still up to everyone else to do their share to prevent that void from being felt.  For the night's majority, all glass felt owned by Denver.   

DJ Mbenga: Download dj_mbenga_denver_2_postgame.mp3
Pau Gasol: Download pau_gasol_denver_2_postgame.mp3   
Lamar Odom, Part I (with some good stuff about Kobe's ability to play angry): Download lamar_odom_denver_2_postgame_1.mp3
Lamar Odom, Part II: Download lamar_odom_denver_2_postgame_2.mp3
Kobe Bryant: Download kobe_bryant_4.23 Post Game 2.mp3
Luke Walton:
Download luke_walton_4.23 Post Game 2.mp3


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howdy

Very good game by Kobe. He was making his shots today and picking apart the defense with beautiful passes. Such a turnaround from Game 1. If Kobe can keep up this kind of game we will win the championship 100%.

As for this series, this is over.

GO LAKERS!

Good Night Family.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but a WIN IS ALWAYS A WIN... What can you say 2-0, more to come, we love you in Germany!

I love that Kobe got 49 points AND had 10 assists. Just beautiful game all around. Ballhog? I think not. That's MVP caliber.

Luke did a great job too, glad to see him playing much much better than the regular season.

All in all, I had near heartattacks for the first and third quarters, but the WIN was what was important. Can't wait for Game 3!!

great laker game

where is bynum?

OK. OK. I know I'll pay for this post......

If I had to give an award for outstanding play over and above what is expected for the first 2 games combined, I'd have to give serious consideration to one Mr. Luke Walton.

He had two exceptional (by his standards) games whereas the big three each had one great to exceptional game and one fair to midland game. (Again, the big three's standards being quite a bit higher than Mr. Waltons.)

Nice job Luke!
Take this A-game you've flashed before our eyes these past two games along with you to Denver.

I get the feeling Kobe didn't like being in BK's "not so hot" spot...so he "suited up" (pun intended haha) for tonight's game.

Boy was that suit loud! lol.

How does a filipino nurse gamble? A LOT. Seriously. Ever wonder what they do on their days off...well you'll find them at Morongo haha. I'm 24. Hope that answers all the questions lol.

As for the game itself,could have been better. And really it should have been.

By the way anyone else laughed a little when Kobe said, LO will be plenty rested for game 3? Hilarity.

Happy for the win. Want more D. Go Lakers!

Great Stuff from Didier. Hardly ever heard him speak before- sounds like a great teammate, and showed some good stuff tonight. He helps our depth. I hope to see him back next year, how long is his contract?

Quote of the night by Kobe.....
Better learn not to talk to me,Bryant said of Smiths jabbering,
YOU SHAKE THE TREE A LEOPARDS GOING TO FALL OUT.

Classic just classic

Okay, I was wrong about Sasha making a career high in points tonight, but he sure did make some timely shots. On top of that, he got into the opponent's skin again--always a good thing in the playoffs!

How about my main man, DJ Mbenga? Like I also say, this guy has some potential.!!

If game two wasn't played in LA with all the b.s. calls the nuggets would have won this game. There's nothing worse then seeing a great athlete like Kobe get too cocky and start with the overzealous body language. Disrespect and over confidence is what F- - K KOBE and the team that follows his false and wrong directed lead. NUGGETS WILL TAKE OVER THIS SERIES!

Posted by:Fire 32 | April 23, 2008 at 10:54 PM


Amazing how Kobe needs to get jacked, feel the battle rage, to reach his peak. This team is must be too happy for him at times, but tonight was vintage.

Fire32 - Don't you have some other blog to be whining on? Look, we welcome contrarian views - as long as you don't make asinine comments. There was no referee bias, no B.S. calls. Look at the FT taken. If anyone got favorable whistles, it's the Nuggets (36 vs. 24 ft taken). They have no one to blame but themselves. Their "me-first" attitude (12 assists??) is rampant and won't get them anywhere but to an early vacation. One on one basketball is inferior to team basketball any day of the week. And the Lakers are a better team.

By the way, how are the Suns doing?

Puddle

"Posted by:Fire 32 | April 23, 2008 at 10:54 PM"


Nice try punk.
The ORIGINAL Fire32 is a Phoenix fan. Also, he/she has too much class and too much basketball knowledge to leave a post such as yours.

Go home punk.

Because it bears repeating:

Luke Walton OWNS the Denver Nuggets!

Fire 32 is surely a kobe-hater. when you're in the game, displaying some confidence ain't that bad especially if everybody's trying to mess up your game and they just can't do anything about it. get out of here, no matter what you say. my man kobe is still the MVP.
:P

@ Fire 32

B.S. calls? Did we watch the same game? The only reason the Nugglettes were in the game was their rebounding. And that only happened because the zebras were not calling all the over the backs from the Nugglettes.

The Mamba played one of his best games ever. He only took about 4 bad shots!

Odom's 5th foul was inexcusable. You wait for half a quarter to get back in and contribute and you blow your time in 30 s on a completely unnecessary foul? The dude needs help, therapy or something.

Something is critically wrong with that man. I've known people that got just plain stupid when they drank. Maybe he gets stupid in late game situations due to either pressure, fatigue, or both.

I thought there was some ticky tacky nonsense on many earlier fouls. I could actually relate to the players incredulous looks many times this game. Which I often can't.

I was worried for a bit there that the Nuggets might surge and win, but I keep forgetting this isn't last season's Lakers team. We're really very tough. It's pretty sweet to see.

Kobe did an extremely nice job of picking up the slack for Odom and Gasol tonight just like they did for him in game 1.

I agree with AK, it was an incredibly controlled game by Kobe, just a masterwork of a basketball performance. His shot selection in this game is how I want him to play always, only forced shots to beat the shot clock or that result from drives that don't quite come to fruition.

Umm, actually, don't make Kobe mad. Unlike Shaq, when Kobe gets mad he does win championships. Shaq just picks up offensive fouls. JR Smith (who is mad talented on offense) started talking to Kobe and Kobe decided to show him what's up. Just a bad idea. JR Smith is not in Kobe's league except he may have slightly more athleticism. Kobe makes better use of his athleticism though.


Faith,

If you're gonna gamble, you should pick up poker. You can actually make money instead of giving it away to the casino! That's assuming that you haven't, of course.

Fire 32,

are you frustrated because your Suns are setting? The Nuggets have as many chances of taking over this series as your Phuns against the Spurs, i.e. none.
In a week's time Shaq's fat ass will be on a beach in Florida and Mike D' Antoni will be fired. Just read the AZ Republic blog and check what your fellow Phuns fans are saying about your coach. In 4 years the furthest you got was the Conference Finals: sorry, you had your opportunities but you didn't take them, now it's Showtime again in LA LA LAND.
Without the bs calls, Lakers would have won more easily. Just look at what kind of calls AI gets...
And honestly, Kobe can be as overconfident as he likes since he's the best player in the league.

If game two wasn't played in LA with all the b.s. calls the nuggets would have won this game. There's nothing worse then seeing a great athlete like Kobe get too cocky and start with the overzealous body language. Disrespect and over confidence is what F- - K KOBE and the team that follows his false and wrong directed lead. NUGGETS WILL TAKE OVER THIS SERIES!

Posted by:Fire 32 | April 23, 2008 at 10:54 PM
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What's up with you man?

This is kinda look like a 4-0??? I just want to belive!!!

Great play from Kobe "MVP" Bryant. LO and Pau as it was written have a less productive games, Denver guard both of them sharp... but that left Kobe free for fun! And I like when Kobe gets some fun :).

See you Laker Nation.

YAH, WE GOT GUNS NOW!!! WE GOT A LOT!!!

4-0

ITS FUNNY HOW GUYS CAN TALK THE TALK BUT CANT WALK THE WALK...

WHO'S THE MAN NOW? WHOS YOUR DADDY KMART??

Lakers did well tonight and they had to step-up to everything that was sent their way. Wow LUKE WALTON finally where have you been all this year, keep it up they will need you.

Go LAKES ARE NO FAKES
2-0

Ok as usual, addressing the Kobe Haters:

If game two wasn't played in LA with all the b.s. calls the nuggets would have won this game. There's nothing worse then seeing a great athlete like Kobe get too cocky and start with the overzealous body language. Disrespect and over confidence is what F- - K KOBE and the team that follows his false and wrong directed lead. NUGGETS WILL TAKE OVER THIS SERIES!

Posted by:Fire 32 | April 23, 2008 at 10:54 PM---

You moronic prick, you are just mad because your team with the cockiest SOB of all (Shaq) can't manage to help keep the SUN up in Phoenix, Ralph Nader has a better shot at winning the presidency than the Suns have of advancing. "The sun will rise in Phoenix..."---Shaq, well guess what, Tim Duncan's 3 is still blotting out the rays of the sun, Nash and company better get used to playing in the shade, then again they can't since they are incapable of putting together 60 seconds of DEFENSE.

What Kobe did is called swagger, you obviously didn't see Jordan in his days, neither did you see Magic, how about Lebron James or even Paul Peirce doing the gun thing and talking smack. Go back under the very rock from which you came, maybe it's the Arizona Desert Mirage, have you been bit by the Spurs scorpion? Here, have some cactus..right up your @$$.---get back at me!

Now on to the other kind of Kobe Haters, I specifically remember after Game 1, someone posted about how Kobe was being Kobe and nearly cost us game one, they chastised him for going 9 (or maybe 7) of 29 from the field, finnishing with only one assist. Well Hi, I would like to introduce you to something called a bad game. If you have ever played sports or even fired a weapon (at a shooting range or in war I hope) then you should know about bad shooting days. His assist numbers were abysmal...WHO'S FAULT DO YOU THINK THAT WAS? My point exactly, the players, newsflash, it is not considered a stat if Kobe passes the ball then the shooter misses...they score first, then Kobe gets the assist. So what do you have to say now? Oh let me guess 49 points (14-23) 10 assists isn't good enough, right? Oh maybe he should've gotten 10 rebounds too, so he was still a ball hog for this game right? Oh I know, Kobe will always be a selfish ball hog until he gives you and every bestial (read your Aristotle) hater that he can reach, a shoe shine...maybe then Kobe Bean Bryant, one of the greatest in history to play this game, will elevate (in your eyes) from a ball hogging team cancer to a player that MAYBE worth the value of a second rounder.---The sarcasm was brought to you by yours truly, tell me if you want more.

Ok, now that I have addressed all the Scribes, Pharisees, and Fundamental Extremist of Basketball (Who now officially deserves more water boarding than a terrorist), I will talk about the game.

Luke Walton continues his good play in Game 2 until he got jinxed by Marv and he fell one point shy of his playoff career high. Could it be that Walton is one of those players who turns it on in the playoffs? Nah, I won't give him that title, but something about Denver that he sees and is taking advantage of, I wonder, maybe its that Pop Tart defensive scheme that Denver employs...I'm telling you its real. The Pop Tart system (which our Lakers sometimes play) allows the other team to consistently score over 100, effortlessly.

The Lakers, to me, still have this "I can turn on/off" the intensity level mentality to them and it worries me somewhat because if this were any other team we would have been close to serious problems---ok any team except the Suns. The Suns remind me of that speeding car I shot up in Iraq...that thing was leaking more than a strainer (I'm still mad the guy crawled out alive")---but I'm not pronouncing them dead yet, though that is a different story.

Lamar Odom seemed destined to have a bad night prior to the foul trouble, especially when Denver played a Karaoke to the Zone Defense, he just went turtle on us.

The Machine remains the Machine, Vlad-Rad had an ok game too.

Then there is Kobe Bryant, don't know what else to say about the player that he is. He did whatever he wanted, he understands that he had a bad game...That right there Mr. Fire 32 is an example of humility. Kobe was humble enough to leave Game 1 knowing it wasn't his best of nights, game back in game 2 and busted out of the gate, you don't call that cocky, that is understanding you weren't at your best and has come back and done something about it. Kobe's trash talking/antics with the gun is called Swagger, something the NBA has not had since...2002! That Swagger-less type of Basketball is the main reason behind the NBA getting Soccer-like ratings for the 2 of the last 3 finals...its a shame when WWE puts on a better show than a Spurs-Cavs, Spurs-Nets finals. Sorry to bust your bubble but your team would be no different...we are the freaking Lakers, how's that for cocky.

Good job to the Lakers, now we know they want the series...can Fisher, Kobe, and Phil pass on that 'close the deal' mentality on the Nuggets, on their home floor? Closing this series is going to be so important...and they need to do it in Denver, the Lakers need this psychologically speaking, more than the Nuggets, because if they do advance to round 2, then it is that psychological edge that will carry itself over.

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yesterday. I owe you both. THHHHHAAANNNKS.
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(02) FAIRWEATHER FATTY – Driver
(03) HAVA98 - Game 1 Win Director
(04) TWOODY – Taught Kobe the Crossover
(05 WHITEMAMBA24 – Game 2 win Director
(06) MAMBA24 –Riding ShotGun
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(08) JAIMSYY – Game 4 Win director
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(11) MICHAEL H.- Gave Jamaal Wilkes his nick-name.
(12) DAVID IN SPAIN - Convinced Pau Gasol to join Lakers
(13) TOAD – Member of Kobe’s inner circle
(14) JANAYA – Made Camello back pedal in fear
(15) KOBESBAD - Made Kobe raise his game & took Carmelos Booze.
(16) JAMIE SWEET – Defender of Truth, Justice & the Waltonian Way.
(17) JOHNNY P. – Director of Vacuums
(18) EDWIN GUECO – Bus maintenance for Denver Sweep
(19) FEARLESS – Taught Kobe to jump over Bandwagons fearlessly
(20) LAL_FAN - Fined by NBA for allowing Kobe to jump over car
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Good morning Laker friends:

They say home court is worth about ten points. That means for the next game: Lakers 124, Denver 119.

The truth of the matter is that the Lakers are A LOT better team than Denver this year. More flexibility, more self control, better superstars and better coaching.

KOBE MVP

Mark

Isn't it funny that Kobe - who has a reputation for being a selfish ballhog (ain't that right, Gunner?) - proved it by racking up 49 points and 10 dimes, just 2 less than the entire Denver team?

Of course Kobe played a little over 42 minutes and the Denver team only played a total of 240 minutes!

GOOD MORNING LAL FRIENDS!!!
Ahhhhh, the sweet taste of VICTORY!
What a great game and so much for my want of defense but KB24 lighting up is great.

Can't wait to hear what everyone has to say today.

LET's GO LAKERS!

Great game by Kobe, but not surprised. Luke is finding is groove..Pau needs to stay aggressive and just go hard..

Good "D" by Sasha, and timely baskets..


Great game by the Lakers


Ballhog = the Nuggets, they are the ONEs not assisting the ball


Good Morning Charles, Good Morning Mamba24 & LakerNation!!!!!!

Real quick before I forget. If anyone missed "Inside" after the game last night, you missed a CLASSIC!!!!! Kenny remixed the Kobe commercial ( car jump ) and it was HILARIOUS!!!!!!!! I'm still CTFU !!!!!!! On another Note, next week they'll announce KB is MVP !! Thanks Mom and Dad for having unprotected sex in Carson,CA and bringing me into a world were all I know is Purple n Gold. I'm forever grateful....

Tonight's game was never in doubt. Even during the Lakers' third quarter malaise, when the Thuggets took the lead, I knew Denver's lack of character and LA's composure would ensure a Laker victory.

I know it's only the first round, but there hasn't been a moment too big for any one of the Lakers thus far. They're poised.

Inquiring minds want to know:

1) Did I hear the crowd yelling "D-U-I" while Melo shot free throws?
2) Did Karl pretty much concede in the post-game that they're not winning this series, and they're just trying to extend it? (his body language certainly said it)
3) How funny was that spoof on TNT? For those that missed it: http://www.prefixmag.com/forum/prefix-forum/757/

Bring on Utah!

Scott

Fire 32

You orange trolls just don't quit on the "the whole world is slanted in the Lakers favor and Stern won't let us win it" do you? Conspiracies definitely give you a crutch to try to explain why your disfuntional Phuns won't get a ring.

Sad, just really sad. I felel sorry for you.

Good morning Mamba24, good morniing Charles & everyone else in this HAPPY LAKER NATION!!

Reposting a couple of comments from last night:

WOW!!!!!!!!!! What a game!!!! I'm so happy to come out of that with a W. Kobe was brilliant - we are so blessed to have such an amazing talent to watch every game. A once in a generation player indeed.

I feel bad for LO - guy picked up a couple of fouls there that were mystifying to me (and Stu & Joel & the fans & PJ and....well you see my point). Oh well, we had the great white hope LLLUUUUUUUUUUKKKKKE step it up for him!! Very nice! No more Puke comments - ever - or there will be repercussions - serious repercussions! Lol! Even so, LO was happy for Luke and that's what we all love to see - a tight team rooting for each other to succeed.

Is it just me or was Kobe's suit loud?

Also - during the post game interview with Coach Karl - did he have drool on the side of his mouth? He kind of started off his interview burping and not really looking or sounding all that coherent.....add in the drool and it made me wonder if he & Melo had been drowning their sorrows in the visitor's locker room.....I'm just sayin....

Anyhoo.......great victory tonight! We're 2-0 going into Denver and have some time before the game Saturday to figure out how to play some D before then (that's for you Faith). Let's hope they bolster the defensive effort and put these McMuggets away for good ASAP!

GO LAKERS!

The BEAN for MVP and FINALS MVP or NO PEACE!!!!

Posted by: justanothermambafan | April 24, 2008 at 12:17 AM

Good morning my fellow Laker fans.

It sure is lovely in Lakerland today. I was up 'till 1:30am watching the game and I couldn't have asked for a better result. Kobe was unconscious last night...he was off the hook.

Now let's go to Enver and show these idiots what a real NBA team is supposed to play like.

Oh yeah, one more thing. lamar, please stay out of foul trouble.

Man, someone should slap Skip Bayless upside the head, LOL. He said Kobe was taunting the Nuggets with his pistol act and was happy that JR Smith was trash talking with Kobe. Reggie Miller use to do the same thing in big games, KG talks to himself and to opposing players all the time and throughout the game, all the Thuggets are constantly talking trash, Shaq is constantly whining and talking trash against the Spurs, Amare likes to staredown people after a thunderous slam which is equivalent to "posing" after hitting a homerun in baseball and so on.

Skip the Stupid then fell back on his dumb argument that Kobe isn't Michael Jordan when it comes to playing angry. Kobe isn't MJ, he's Kobe and his legacy isn't finished yet. Much like MJ yet very much different, Kobe and these Lakers are writing a new chapter in Laker lore. Skip the Lip sucks big time and is just a hater. He also had the gall to say that Kobe was playing last night as if he were jealous that Pau had such a great game 1. What an idiot!!! He refuses to see that the Nuggets obviously focused on clogging the lane to make it much more difficult for Pau and LO so Kobe read the defense and took what was there while still involving his mates. If Skip is trying to be a contrarian, he's doing a terrible job at it.

Good morning Laker family. Good morning Faith, Charles, LakerTom, Pig, JonK and the rest of the awesome LakerWakers. I salute Mamba24 the Dean of this blog and the All-seeing KBros. On to Denver to rip out their hearts in game 3!!! Go Lakers!!!

Good morning Mamba 24, everybody!

Damn I’m tired from staying up last night, but it’s worth it just to see our Lakers kick some azz. How nice is it to see Luke turning it up a notch? The great thing about this team is when on player is down, another will take his spot and have a great game. Pau for Kobe in game 1, Luke for LO in game 2. I think that’s what separates this year’s team from the last couple of years, they collectively want to win, no matter who has the big game. Now let’s finish out the Nugs as soon as we can!

-bozz-

p.s. Am I the only one that thinks this punk "Fire 32" is not the same Fire32 that's we've love to hate? Hmm...

Good Morning Mamba24, Good Morning Charles, Good Morning Laker Nation!

It is again a beautiful day here in the Laker Nation!

Mamba, no thanks needed, man! You are too much an integral part of this place for any of us to not have your back 24/7. Any more instances like that and the entire Laker Nation will rise in an awsome display of unity and support for the HOF blogger that you are!

Another win on the way to 15 is down and done! On to Denver to continue the sweep..............hope the guys packed the brooms! And this time we only have to wait 2 days for our fix.

14 TO 15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Toad,
"the whole world is slanted in the Lakers favor and Stern won't let us win it" do you?"

Yeah - look at the Lakers success in the 2005, 2006, and 2007playoffs.

Mamba24...

Add me to your bandwagon!!!

Next to the Lakers winning last night, which was SWEET!!

How 'bout Kenny Smith's shoe commercial on the TNT post game show...that was AWSOME!!

Kobe seemed to enjoy it when K-Smith was knocked outta his shoes...that was some funny stuff!!

The Purple & Gold will continue to roll.

GO LAKERS!!

Kobe doesn't role in a drop-top Impala, it just ain't him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkYTXHZycPE

PICK YOUR TYPE OF POISON

This is what AI said to Fox interview about the Lakers:

"You can make him give the ball up, that's about it," Nuggets star Allen Iverson said. "But he's willing to do that ... and once you do it, the other guys make you pay. They put shooters around him, and those guys knocked shots down. So it's one of those pick-your-poison type things."

Yeah, which type of poison do you prefer? Venom from Mamba, Tapas from Catalan, Great White Hope, Slovenian ivy, Montenegro Sherbet, .04 red wine, NuYok LO, Bruins delight and finally the unexpected one, DJ's congo flavor. For dessert, the appearance of the son with a smirk on Father-Coach. Haha priceless!

Jon K...............props to you, my friend for that Melo/Nacho post last night.............ROTFLMAO!!!!!!

It really is all meshing for Kobe. He's got the rock star's hold over the emotion of the entire building. He has the technical skill of a virtuoso at his prime. He's got the hearts and minds of his teammates like a seasoned platoon leader. He's got faith in his team like a holy warrior.

Add his unquestioned gifts, his discipline and his desire to win, and it smells a lot like Laker glory.

Awesome.

Just to piggy back on my last post regarding Skip the Stupid. There has been a lot of trash talking in the Cavs/Wizards series with LeBron flexing his bicep and pointing to it. CP3, Tyson Chandler and David West are subtle trash talkers as well. It's part of the game. The Nuggets were talking a lot of trash in the first two games and I expect them to be do even more in Denver and be even more demonstrative as well. Kobe maybe arrogant and cocky, but he's also showing how happy he is with his team and to be in LA especially after how the past three years have been since Shaq left. It's just jubilation that's bubbling over right now for Kobe because the situation in LA has completely turned around. His jersey poppin' tells me that he's not going anywhere and he will finish his career as a Lakers!!!

Good Morning Y'all!

Shout out to everybody! But I wanted send thanks to PSLakerFan. I have been blessed to be apart of the blog and also have gone to 3 games due to PsLakerFan. I appreciate the ticket's (Bobcats, Wizards and Last nights Playoff game) and gesture is well appreciated. There are a lot of great people on this blog, and I just wanted to show recognition to everyone and PsLakerFan for his generosity.

PsLakerFan, I guess you are the President of the +20 club!

What a trip, even after a laker win
some laker fan disguise him/herself as me, pretty weak if you ask me.

>>>>Nice try punk.
The ORIGINAL Fire32 is a Phoenix fan. Also, he/she has too much class and too much basketball knowledge to leave a post such as yours.

Go home punk.

Posted by: MiloRambaldi

Thanks for having my corner. As for the rest of you I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm actually a Kobe fan.
Believe it or NOT, I don't care.

We Are the Lakers! That says it All... for the rest, let them eat cake.

Good Morning to our bloggers on a super sunny day

Baywood

Nemaia Faletogo-

I agree with you. Skip is an idiot and him and Steven A. Smith should just lock themselves in a room and argue their ridiculous points to each other. I thought Kobe was awesome last night and he deserved to trash talk JR Smith. I am also pretty sure that JR Smith not only instigated it but kept adding fuel to the fire. Kobe just wanted to show JR and the Nuggets who's boss. Its fair to say he did a pretty good job.

AK-

Great breakdown, you pretty much hit on all the points I wanted to hit on. I'll say our biggest weakness last night was our rebounding. I don't know how many second chances we gave the Nuggets early on by failing to secure rebounds. A much better rebounding effort will be needed for game 3. Nuggets get a lot of possessions as it is, no need to give them even more.

KOBE BRYANT= MVP

GO LAKERS

Hey Maaaaaammmmmmbbbbbbaaaa!!!!

All is lovely today. Can't stop grinnin' from ear to ear. I had a feeling somebody would go off at last night's game but Kobe outdid himself, as is "common place".

I can't help but notice how Enver just falls apart in the 4th quarter of every game...mentally that is. They just lose their cool and that's not going to get them anywhere.

Skip Bayliss should go and geta job on TMZ. He'd fit better there. He gets paid to say something that will keep people watching. He's a joke as a journalist, if you can even call him that.

I'm pretty sure whoever posted that wasn't really Fire32, so I don't think blasting that particular individual makes a lot of sense. The writing style was clearly different. I mean, the guy used capital letters, and we all know that Fire32 doesn't have a shift key.

The D:"It really is all meshing for Kobe. He's got the rock star's hold over the emotion of the
entire building. He has the technical skill of a virtuoso at his prime. He's got the hearts and
minds of his teammates like a seasoned platoon leader. He's got faith in his team like a holy warrior.
Add his unquestioned gifts, his discipline and his desire to win, and it smells a lot like Laker glory."

MAGNIFICENT! SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT! GIVE THE MAN THE PRIZE!

This post is just a reminder to those who would like to assign those championships to Shaq and a little resume of Kobe and some of his playoff performances.

There has been such a media slant on Kobe for sooooo long sometimes we forget we are watching the man who will surpass MJ's legacy...........I know it sounds like basketball heresy but..............

2000

6/4/00, Game 7, Western Conference Finals, Staples Center: Lakers 89, Portland 84Kobe's line: 47 minutes, 25 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 blocks.

This was the game where the Lakers rallied from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter against Scottie, Sheed, and Co. to get back to the Finals for the first time since 1991. Portland did a better job of defending Shaq in that series that anybody ever did before he got old. Kobe led the team in points and had game-highs in boards, dishes, and blocks.

Highlight Reel: "The lob - to Shaq." - Bob Costas. As a Lakers fan, I am forever grateful to Costas for immortalizing that moment in Laker lore for me. Notable because of how badly Kobe fractured Scottie's ankle's at the top of the three-point line, and for how high Shaq got up to get to that ball. Back then, you could throw the ball practically to the moon and he would go up and get it. How times have changed.

6/14/00, Game 4, NBA Finals, Conseco Fieldhouse: Lakers 120, Pacers 118 OTKobe's line: 47 mins, 28 pts, 4 rebs, 5 asts, 2 blks, 14-27 shooting.

Shaq fouled out in OT with 36 and 21, leaving Kobe to save the day by scoring 8 of his 28 points in the extra period, and tipping in a missed shot by Brian Shaw for the game-winner. I watched the end of this game on a small-screen TV at El Cholo's.

2001

5/13/01, Game 4, Western Conference Semifinals, Arco Arena: Lakers 119, Kings 113 Kobe's line: 48 mins, 48 pts, 16 rebs, 3 asts, 2 stls, 15-29 shooting.

Well, that stat line speaks for itself. I have the ESPN version of this game on tape, and let me tell ya...no 22 year-old player has ever been more polished offensively. Ever. LA gets it's second of three consecutive sweeps to start the playoffs.

5/19/01, Game 1, Western Conference Finals, Alamodome: Lakers 104, Spurs 90Kobe's line: 47 mins, 45 pts, 10 rebs, 3 asts, 19-35 shooting.

This was the very next game, if you didn't notice. After this one, Shaq famously said, "I think he's the best player in the league. By far." The Kobe-Shaq relationship thawed that night, and they would play nice for more than two years after that.

20025/12/02, Game 4, Western Conference Semifinals, Alamodome: Lakers 87, Spurs 85
Kobe's line: 44 mins, 28 pts, 7 rebs, 3 asts.

The numbers don't tell the story here. Kobe was never more clutch than he was in this series. I mean, you talk about a closer. This is the game where Kobe stretched his left arm all the way back to snag an offensive rebound off of a Derek Fisher missed shot, came down, then went back up like a pogo-stick and scored the game-winning layup. He just wanted it more. For my money, the single greatest play of Kobe's career.

6/9/02, Game 3, NBA Finals, Izod Center: Lakers 106, Nets 103Kobe's line: 46 mins, 36 pts, 6 rebs, 4 asts, 2 blks, 14-23 shooting.

This was the game where Kobe made a jumper with Kenyon Martin's hand literally in his face down the stretch. Another very clutch performance. People might remember this one more if the series wasn't completely one-sided. A complete walkover. Like taking candy from a baby.

20044/28/04, Game 5, Western Conference first-round series, Staples Center: Lakers 97, Rockets 78
Kobe's line: 41 minutes, 31 pts, 6 rebs, 10 asts, 3 stls, 12-21 shooting.

Kobe flies to Colorado to attend legal proceedings, flies back to Los Angeles and arrives at the arena four minutes before tipoff, eliminates Rockets all in one day. Man those were crazy times.

5/11/04, Game 4, Western Conference Semifinals, Staples Center: Lakers 98, Spurs 90Kobe's line: 45 mins, 42 pts, 5 rebs, 5 asts, 3 stls, 15-27 shooting.

Kobe flies to Colorado and enters a plea of "not guilty" to sexual assault, flies back to Los Angeles, nods up series versus Spurs. Have this one on tape, too, the real, uncut, TNT version: At 25, Kobe may already have been the best pure scorer in the history of the game.

6/8/04, Game 2, NBA Finals, Staples Center: Lakers 99, Pistons 91 OTKobe's line: 49 mins, 33 pts, 4 rebs, 7 asts, 2 stls, 14-27 shooting.

Kobe hits the three over Rip to send the game to OT, where L.A. got the W. After the game, Larry Brown drew criticism for not instructing his team to foul Kobe before he got up the shot. The Lakers would lose the next three games and that would be that, which took a lot of it's luster away. But at the time? HUUUUUUUUGE shot, especially when you consider that up to that point he had only made 4-of-28 three-point attempts in the fourth quarter during the playoffs.

Then again, in a way, that just makes it a typical Kobe shot. But I can't leave it out because of the magnitude of the shot at the moment he made it.

20084/23/08, Game 2, Western Conference first-round, Lakers 122, Nuggets
Kobe's line: 42 mins, 49 pts, 4 rebs, 10 asts, 18-of-27 shooting.

You saw the game. Besides, at this point, what more can you say about the man? He's one of the greats.

Let's hope he has a few more in him this postseason, and the ones that follow. He isn't going to last forever, we better enjoy him while he's still here.

Good morning all.

Great game by MVP. Thank you Luke for continuing to reward my undaunted faith in you and your return from injury and blog bashing. Not a single puke reference. Thankfully.

Trolls make me laugh. Glad to have you here Fire.

Mamba please add me to the David Stern Kobe MVP Jail Bandwagon (you know).

I can't help but smiling right now. I'm assuming the rest of you are dressed in a smile as well.

Go Lakers

Kobesabadasssssss(and he is)

Nemaia,

I can't wait for them to start trash talking in Enver...that just adds more fuel to the fire. We'll embarrass them on their home court. How sweet!

*___________________________________*
*.LAKERS SWEEP DENVER / DAGGER
IN THE NUGGETS BANDWAGON
*___________________________________*
(01) LAKER TOM - Owner
(02) FAIRWEATHER FATTY – Driver
(03) HAVA98 - Game 1 Win Director
(04) TWOODY – Taught Kobe the Crossover
(05 WHITEMAMBA24 – Game 2 win Director
(06) MAMBA24 –Riding ShotGun
(07) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - Game 3 Win director
(08) JAIMSYY – Game 4 Win director
(09) THE OUTLAW – wrote the “TALKING BOUT PRACTICE” speech for AI.
(10) LAKERS LEGACY – Has his own banner in the rafters next to Magics
(11) MICHAEL H.- Gave Jamaal Wilkes his nick-name.
(12) DAVID IN SPAIN - Convinced Pau Gasol to join Lakers
(13) TOAD – Member of Kobe’s inner circle
(14) JANAYA – Made Camello back pedal in fear
(15) KOBESBAD - Made Kobe raise his game & took Carmelos Booze.
(16) JAMIE SWEET – Defender of Truth, Justice & the Waltonian Way.
(17) JOHNNY P. – Director of Vacuums
(18) EDWIN GUECO – Bus maintenance for Denver Sweep
(19) FEARLESS – Taught Kobe to jump over Bandwagons fearlessly
(20) LAL_FAN - Fined by NBA for allowing Kobe to jump over car
(21) HUGO SPAIN – Beat Paul Gasol in Horse
(22) JUANMAN888 – Gave L.O. a good talking to about his bad game
(23) Laker Dodger Die Hard Fan In Upstate NY | - ISIAH applied to him for job.

ex:

Yeah, it just seems those orange trolls just can't let go of their whining about things. They are convinced whole league is in conspiracy against them.

And, I really have my doubts that the poster calling himself Fire 32 was indeed the fire 32 we have seen here before..........the psot just wasn't quite what we've come to expect from him.

Who the hell is Skip Bayless?

Nemaia,

I haven't seen the segmentyet, but it sounds like he's specifically rooting against Kobe. Not even the Lakers, but Kobe. I've never been one of the bloggers who think certain guys just hate Kobe (other than Simers, of course), but that sounds ridiculous.

Good Morning, Laker Nation!

It amazes me that Trolls STILL show up in Laker Nation despite large, menacing signs on our borders reading, "Trolls! KEEP OUT! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here!"

Fire32 is particularly hilarious. The Big Mistake has brought down the Suns and Phoenix fans must feel like their drowning in the hot sands of the Arizona desert, but the guy has the balls to come here and tell us that we're going to lose to the Nouguts. Unbelievable. This is why there are laws against inbreeding.

Overall, good game last night, tremendous performance by Kobe Bryant, nice passing, it's enheartening to see Luke Walton bring up his performance so in the post-season.

GO LAKERS!

DJ Mbenga, next season he can be a junior Bynum.

First he has to enroll in the Track and Field Meet here in Santa Monica and compete for the 400 M dash daily, High Jump, Discuss throw and so forth.

Secondly, enroll in the Kareem School for Centers i.e positioning in the post in order to avoid those defensive 3 secs.

Third, play more often with Mamba and apply his Karate knowhow on the round house kick can be effectively applied in b'ball without foul or sweeping his guard when he's being blocked out for rebounds. Of course he has to hide them from the zebras.

DJ Mbenga, this is money but you need to take an advanced course in basketball. If Socks learned his b'ball without passing College, Mbenga at the brink of death could be the next Great African Hope his name will be next to the Dream.

PS. If not, he will just become Olowonkandi, another candyman from Africa. lol!

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WIN THE MVP THEN SOMEONE ‘S GOING
TO JAIL BANDWAGON NO MVP NO PEACE
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(2) CBUCK____________________(24) BROWNMAMBA24
(3) VIOLATER_________________(25) WHITEMAMBA24
(4) OUTSIDERGUA_____________(26) BLACKMAMBA24
(5) LAKERTRUTH ______________(27) TIM-4-SHOW
(6) ALEXINH017________________(28) CHUCK.L.OHNIO
(7) DREREK___________________(29) TSIRY
(8) SHAQFAN__________________(30) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN
(9) JANAYA____________________(31) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL
(10) JON K_____________________(32) SBPIMP
(11) IVI8KRS____________________(33) JEFF
(12) JOE DUBB__________________(34) JESTER GURU
(13) FEARLESS WHACK JOB______(35) DOC4daLakeShow
(14) TSPHERE__________________(36) HMRHED
(15) ANDO_____________________(37) RICK FRIEDMAN
(16) HAPPY GILMORE____________(38) KEIFO
(17) CHRIS H.___________________(39) MILO RAMBALDI- --Team Prophet.(47)
(18) DREW PAU KOBE____________(40) SIMI_LAKER_GIRL
(19) LAKERLARRY_______________(41) TSPHERE
(20) MAMBA24 __________________(42) JOHNNY P.
(21) MARKY THE ARKY___________(43) LakerGurl The one and only
(22) KOBESBAD_________________(44)

Good Morning Everybody!

The high fives between Kobe and Pau, even on broken plays, shows the level of communication and team spirit that is going on right now. I don't when the last time we've seen that much fun and good feelings going on for the lakers on and off the floor. It's good for them and good for us too!

I took the Kobe pistol thing as him showing off for Reggie Miller, using Reggie's old moves. Kobe was looking right at him when he did it. It makes for good TV.

Mamba24, load me in the Championship Bandwagon please!

Let's get those brooms out!

Has there been a team more tatted up than the Nuggets?

Damn, JR Smith must love being American, cuz he's got the Declaration of Independence on his chest!

Kobe TNT interview. Most complete but video is poor

What you miss is the beginning of segment. Chuck is saying MVP-MVP-MVP

Then they come back to this

Funniest video all year. Will bring tears to your eyes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65XO2FejP6U

I disagree that JR Smith is MORE athletic than Kobe.

Skip is the guy Rome use to get to cover him when on vacation but nobody like the guy because he is kindof like Steve Hartman. All stats nad no game

"Who the hell is Skip Bayless?"

Unfortunately for us all, Skip has been trying to answer that question very loudly for years.

Mamba

You better believe I'm in for the sweep....let's see...how about the Latina who slaps the shit out of Melo, J.R.Smith , and K-Mart after the sweep.

I'll leave A.I. out of that one for now. He's aiight!

Dang...

Double up on Kobe, open up the floor for Gasol & LO to take over.

Clamp down on Gasol & LO, Kobe scores 49. Woulda probably been 39 had J.R. Smith & K-Mart not pissed him off. Dude's like Bill Bixby in "The Incredible Hulk" TV show: "Don't make me angry. You won't like me when I'm angry."

Poor Denver. Dammed if they do, dammed if they don't.. The Banner waves and the broomstick is out of the pantry. Put me on the SWEEP bandwagon PRONTO!

BK, it's obvious you don't have much appreciation for Vlad's game, it's like when the news stations are counting the ballots and if it's a democratic TV station they'll say we predict the democratic winner when they have just a slim lead and then when a Republican is leading with a larger lead they'll say it's too close to call. Obviously you look for weakness in Vlad's game and when you get it you exploit it and when he has a average game you make it seem like he had a bad game. Only when he has a really outstanding game to you give him a little love. Vlad had an average game last night, 8 points 4 rebounds and 2 assists, that's about what he's averaging on the year. But too you it was ineffective, don't forget Phil played Luke for big minutes last night and didnt give Vlad more opportunities to build up any time especially with Odom down it seemed logical that Vlad would get a few 4th quarter minutes but he left Luke out until 1 minute left even when the game was long decided. Vlad was in during the end of the 3rd quarter stretch when Odom was in foul trouble and the team went up by 10 to close the quarter. I think you'll see Vlad have a big game on Saturday and if he does I'd like to see what you have to say, he was OK or something else? As for the defense, I beloeve Anthony was held under his season average, I guess Vlad had nothing to do with that either?

JonK - I also would like to congratulate you on the Melo/Nacho post last night. I did at the time and wasn't sure if you saw the props, so here it is again. That was one of the funniest things I've read on this blog!!! If I had been drinking, it would have been spraying out of my nose!! Thanks for adding your comedic take to this blog - excellent!

Fellow Lakers fans,

If you are in need of a feeling of smug superiority today, just follow this link and look at the bottom right of the page.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs2008/series?series=denlal

Like a recital of Beethoven's 9th, you know it well but it's still always satisfying.

Was good Pfunk36?

Did you tape that ESPN version of that Kobe game you are referring to in your post?? I believe it was the Sacramento game? I would love to cop a version for myself..That was a def keeper!

Skip Bayless is a BeYotchAsZ!! I don't bother listenin' to him -- he gets No love!


Mamba24,
Please include me in all the Bandwagons. I am like Steve Hartman, call me the "MR BANDWAGON MAN JR".

To all,

I absolutely love this. I was at the game last night and one word explains the game. Electrifying. The Lakers are just that "Electrifying". Kobe scoring 49, Mbenga doing the dirty work, Sasha doing his best defense on AI and JR Smith, or Luke being consistent, this team is for real. We have been saying that all season, so what makes it different now?

Defense, all the analyst, reporters, so called experts are saying that Lakers doesn't really have that good of a defense. I disagree. I played basketball before and to have a good defense doesn't necessarily mean that you hold you opponents down below 100. Good defensive team (like the Lakers) makes the stops when they need the stops. To me that makes a good defensive team.

I will try and post the pics from the game including a picture of AC Green in Mid court. It's a great day for LA>
Juno

Yeah that KSmith video was madd funny, I def laughed til I cried!! lol

What was funny also was how his knockneed walked over to position himself before gesturing the car to proceed! I knew Kenny Smith was knockneed but DAYUM, I am gonna start calling him K-Foot and not KSmith -- those legs is jacked up! How the hell is he able to walk around like that???

But yo, then on top of it, that WACK sneaker (just one, mind you) is just sitting there! Madd funny!

That was classic! LMFAO

One thing worth mentioning regarding shots taken behind the arc:

--Sasha & Farmar are making much better decisions now as to when to take the 3's. This is very good to see.

--Kobe was Kobe last night. Altho' he took some ill-advised 3's, I could easily overlook that, considering that he played a hell of a game!

--Luke took one I think in the 4th period after an offensive rebound (one of only a few OR) that was not very smart (so much about his basketball IQ)--he should have milked some time and set it up for a better shot.

As a whole, our Lakers are making better decisions with their shots and learning to control the tempo of their games--a good sign that they are maturing.

I like DJ the Bengal.

Kobe took a charge.

I give Walton begrudging props. He and Radmanovic are much better on offense than on defense.

*___________________________________*
*.LAKERS SWEEP DENVER / DAGGER
IN THE NUGGETS BANDWAGON
*___________________________________*
(01) LAKER TOM - Owner
(02) FAIRWEATHER FATTY – Driver
(03) HAVA98 - Game 1 Win Director
(04) TWOODY – Taught Kobe the Crossover
(05 WHITEMAMBA24 – Game 2 win Director
(06) MAMBA24 –Riding ShotGun
(07) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - Game 3 Win director
(08) JAIMSYY – Game 4 Win director
(09) THE OUTLAW – wrote the “TALKING BOUT PRACTICE” speech for AI.
(10) LAKERS LEGACY – Has his own banner in the rafters next to Magics
(11) MICHAEL H.- Gave Jamaal Wilkes his nick-name.
(12) DAVID IN SPAIN - Convinced Pau Gasol to join Lakers
(13) TOAD – Member of Kobe’s inner circle
(14) JANAYA – Made Camello back pedal in fear
(15) KOBESBAD - Made Kobe raise his game & took Carmelos Booze.
(16) JAMIE SWEET – Defender of Truth, Justice & the Waltonian Way.
(17) JOHNNY P. – Director of Vacuums
(18) EDWIN GUECO – Bus maintenance for Denver Sweep
(19) FEARLESS – Taught Kobe to jump over Bandwagons fearlessly
(20) LAL_FAN - Fined by NBA for allowing Kobe to jump over car
(21) HUGO SPAIN – Beat Paul Gasol in Horse
(22) JUANMAN888 – Gave L.O. a good talking to about his bad game
(23) Laker Dodger Die Hard Fan In Upstate NY | - ISIAH applied to him for job.
(24) EASTCOASTJESSIE - The Latina who slaps the sh#t out of Melo, J.R.Smith , and K-Mart after the sweep.

Good morning Laker family around the Globe,

To me, the headline from Wednesday night's game isn't (A) Kobe's ability to explode for 49 points, (B) the "W", or (C) Luke Walton's ability to be an important contributor.

The headline is how much the Lakers miss Lamar Odom's contributions when he is confined to the bench because of foul trouble. Much of the raggedy play on Wednesday night was because the team missed LO's rebounding, size on Defense, and ability to create Offense inside the arc.

The Nuggets were able to score almost at will because the Lakers were missing a factor that the team now takes almost for granted.

There's a lot of cleanup to be done before Saturday's game. Part of it is for Jordan Farmar to understand that if he is to retain his status as "point guard of the future," he is required to put more concentration to controlling (as best as anyone can) Allan Iverson. By the third game in this series, Farmar must be able to anticipate what AI is going to do, and force him to do something else. Not that Fish is much better. He's not. This is essential not just for the series with the Nuggets, but for all the series beyond.

I also thought that Phil put the "W" in jeopardy by not being more actively engaged. Momentum is too much of a friend to give it up easily to your opponent. I kept screaming for a time out at the start of the second half that never came.

The terms of engagement will be different when the series moves to Denver on Saturday. I'm counting on the Lakers to be ready.

The last few of my postings are coming up without my TAG...


FYI, I posted a reply about the KSmith video as well as the SKIP BeYotch AsZ Bayless!

____(70 ) Lakergurl – There can be but one.


Posted by: MAMBA24 | April 24, 2008 at 06:03 AM


THANKS Mamba24. You da Man! Props and more.

Ken-

AK actually wrote the breakdown last night, but either way, I would agree that Rad's game wasn't all that strong. Yes, he had eight points, but he was 3-10 from the floor, and was repeatedly burned defensively. Was he awful? No, but he wasn't all the effective, either.

As for PT, he played almost 30 minutes last night, which is beyond his season averages. Most of Luke's extra minutes came because of Odom's foul trouble, rather than at Vlad's expense. There were stretches when they were on the floor at the same time.

Generally speaking, you're probably right in that I tend to think that when Radmanovic isn't hitting shots, as was the case last night, his value goes way down. He's not a good defender (worse than Walton, for example, as both a man on and help defender), an inconsistent passer, and often makes questionable decisions. When he is on, though, he's incredibly useful, stretching out defenses and making the offense work better.

But there's no question that Vlad's primary value is shooting, and when he's not doing that well, it definitely limits his game. That said, when Vlad has played well this year, I've said so, just like with every other player on the team.

BK

Nice W, but we still haven't played our A game. When we focus on our Defense (sure would be nice to get Trevor and AB back) and everyone plays well we are going to be unstoppable. The only team that worries me are the Dreaded Celtics. They play a complete game for 48 minutes. If we can match that intensity it will be a helluva finals. Looks like we'll have to go through San Antonio 1st which should give us plenty of swagger taking down the champs. Go Lakers!

Last night during the broadcast I heard them say Ariza could come back as early as later in this series...if it takes that long?

They also mentioned Bynum could possibly be back in the 2nd round. Anyone hear anything else.

I'm so anxious to get these guys on the floor. I can't wait to see our team at full force

Bk, I disagree with you on the one point about Vlad's D, although it wasnt a stone cold stopper he did make some good plays on D and with the help of Luke held Carmelo to a subpar game, it was Luke who will get the credit but I think if you go back and look Vlad is playing a little better D than people are giving him credit for. I think his size keeps smaller forwards guessing a little bid more from the outside and makes them unsure if he's going to block the shot, even though he's not know for that, when you shoot over taller players you always think about it. Here's a article from the Denver Post on Anthony's game in the first half.
http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_9034413

BK, one last thing I'd like to say about Vlad is that he does need someone to create an open shot for him so sometimes it may appear that he is not effective while on the court because he doesnt have a lot of points, but he still opens the lane for players like Kobe and Pau which does increase his value, and when Kobe is scorching and opponent and although he had 10 assists last night, he often doesnt look to get other outside shooters involved, he may find someone underneath but he usually shoots the outside shot himself. Watch the next game I think you'll see Kobe driving and kicking more to the corners, because Karl will pack it in even tighter on his drives. Vlad with a big game like he had in December.

Ken-

I don't really agree on the D thing. I'm not saying the guy never makes a good play or gets a stop, but overall, he's just not a very good defender, team or otherwise. Sometimes I think it has more to do with what's going on upstairs rather than something physical, but either way, it's not his strong suit.

As for his impact on the offense, I agree. His presence does force teams to pay attention to him, and helps with the spacing on the floor. I'm not saying he should be on the bench, and when hes shooting well, he's an incredible boost to the team. But that doesn't mean he had a good game last night. Will he come back with a better effort in Game 3? I don't see why not.

BK

justanothermambafan,

Thanks a lot for the compliment. Nothing says "riot" like Carmelo Anthony and nacho cheese sauce.

GO LAKERS!

Here are the significant stats after last night's game:

Kobe gets 10 dimes in 42 minutes on the floor while the entire team of the Noggets (no get dimes) made 12 - two more than Kobe - in 240 minutes on the floor (5 x 48).

Iverson picks up his 3rd T in two games. The rule for the playoffs is 6 T's before a suspension. I guess AI figures he only has two more games to play anyway!

Yesterday a Breakin' Two reference and now the Dave Clark Five!!!

BK/AK, I like your wry cultural references! I only wish I realized how many are flying over my head.

bozz--
"p.s. Am I the only one that thinks this punk "Fire 32" is not the same Fire32 that's we've love to hate? Hmm..."

If you check out the earliest posts, you'll see that I agree. The biggest tell was this punk left the original post in the previous thread with no name.

The other tell was in this thread, it was signed 'Fire 32' and when you look back into old threads, the ORIGINAL 'Fire32' had no space in the name.

That's why I defended the reald Fire32 early on.

There's a lot of cleanup to be done before Saturday's game. Part of it is for Jordan Farmar to understand that if he is to retain his status as "point guard of the future," he is required to put more concentration to controlling (as best as anyone can) Allan Iverson. By the third game in this series, Farmar must be able to anticipate what AI is going to do, and force him to do something else. Not that Fish is much better. He's not. This is essential not just for the series with the Nuggets, but for all the series beyond.

I also thought that Phil put the "W" in jeopardy by not being more actively engaged. Momentum is too much of a friend to give it up easily to your opponent. I kept screaming for a time out at the start of the second half that never came.

The terms of engagement will be different when the series moves to Denver on Saturday. I'm counting on the Lakers to be ready.

Posted by: Rick Friedman | April 24, 2008 at 09:34 AM

I disagree that Fisher is not much better than Farmar. Fisher is older and less athletic but a lot wiser. I have seen him play defense which is effective when he deflects passes and disrupts flow of Denvers offense. He is not lock down defender but he disrupts opponents offense and funnels them to where they don't want to go.

I do agree that TO should have been called when Denver started run and not when Lakers lost lead.


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