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Lakers 107, Thunder 93: Break glass in case of emergency

Just because the Lakers haven't needed Kobe Bryant to play Superman on a night in, night out basis this season doesn'tKobe_bryant_slams_against_the_oklah mean the guy doesn't show up at the arena every night with a cape, a point driven home (on the odd chance there was any lingering doubt) in the fourth quarter of LA's 107-93 win over the Thunder in Oklahoma City Tuesday night.  With under 10 minutes to play and OKC pulling tight to the Lakers, a resting (and antsy) Kobe checked back in- the push/pull of time management between him and Phil Jackson having been sufficiently satisfied- and went to town, piling up 15 points in the frame, including eight straight and 13 of his team's next 17.  (Just for funsies, he also tossed in a couple dimes, including a slick read out of a double team to a wide open Jordan Farmar under the basket.) The box shows a 13-21 night en route to 36 points.  It wasn't anything Derek Fisher hadn't seen before, not that it becomes any less fun to watch

For his part, Fisher pitched in with 12 points, including two big fourth quarter jumpers, adding to a list of important buckets he's delivered over the past few games. Luke Walton, who finished with 11/5/4, also continued to do what the Lakers need from him out of the SF spot.

LA is idle today, but will look to push their win streak to six Thursday against the Suns at Staples.

IN OTHER NEWS...

BK

 
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Good Morning Guys.

Mihm might be the only player the Lakers could add to improve the squad. Doubt it will happen though.

Good Morning Sir Charles
Good Morning JustAnotherMambaFan
Good Morning Morning Crue
Another day another win, Ho Hum DANG, Every day I wake up
I THANK GOD I’M A LAKER FAN YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
**
PAU GASOL - LAKER FOR LIFE - BANDWAGON
**
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER
(02) HUGO SPAIN - CO/OWNER - I´m a frigging spaniard damn you! Need I
Say more?
(03) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - DRIVER - He's my favorite non Kobe player.
(04) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - When you say Pau, you’ve said it all.
(05) #4 - His skill will carry him forward for a long time. This guy is no flash
in the pan athlete.
(06) BOZZ – SECURITY
(07) JON K. – Pau Gasol is amazing , a Laker for life
(08) EDWIN GUECO - He made three vital contributions: a). Lakers started
winning; b). Will prevent Kobe opting out this summer. c)
Turned some scrubs into flowers.
(09) SEAN714 – Yes My Goodness YESS!!
(10) SAMLL - Pau is my favorite Laker other than Kobe - a bigger Swiss Army
Knife than LO. Please put me on the Pau=Laker for Life bandwagon. Thanks!
(11) ANNA-IN-BONDI - i heart pau...
(12) CARLOS DeeP - El Espanol is NOW EL CONQUISTADOR in my
book... so heck yeah! PAU MUST BE a LAKER FOR LIFE!!!! (which actually
means 25 yrs. to life w/o the possibility of parole!!) LOL.
(13) DICE8UP – If you believe in Pau that aint no gamble folks that is a sure thing.
(14) EDWIN GUECO – Longtime Pai Booster.
(15) LAL_FAN - Just another in a long line of fans.


Stephon Marbury is signing with the Celtics.

Awesome.

The Cancer has come to Boston.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

Stephon Marbury is signing with the Celtics.Awesome. The Cancer has come to Boston.
Posted by: Jon K. | February 25, 2009 at 08:39 AM

Hey don't forget about me too.

Good morning, Lakers Blog Family,

Another win, and one step closer to securing home court throughout the playoffs.

Go Lake Show!

put me down for the Pau Gasol for life bandwagon...

This is our year, can you feel it? We're winning all those types of games we lost in previous years - the ones where we played down to the level of the opposition. While we still tend to do that, there's always the sense with this Laker team that there is business to be done first and foremost. We're on a mission, cruise through the west and then demolish the Cavs or Celts, either of which will be bloddy and battered from facing each other. That's how I visualize it, at least! GO LAKES!

So much depends upon Andrew Bynum, glazed with rain water, beside the white chickens.

We need to get him healthy and ready to perform, not just back on the court.

Any word on Bynum? Aren’t we in week 3 of 8-12. If so, he could be back in five weeks…

Wes

Disappointing rebuttal to Lewis article. Shorter version: I think Battier sucks, the article doesn't talk about the basketball stats I like, it talks too much about Battier the person.

I thought the Lewis article was fantastic as a piece about a human being and a basketball player. It's not Moneybasketball, it's a short article and everything in it was interesting to me. It's a NYT article for everyone, not basketballprospectus.com for hardcore basketball fans.

Mamba,

Put me on the Pau Gasol Laker for Life Bandwagon. Do we have a similar bandwagon for Lamar Odom? We should. Thanks.

Tom

two things that bother me:
1. pau gasol's minutes. way too many. phil has got to do something about this.
2. marbury going to celtics. i think he can be a model citizen for the remainder of the season. but i hope that i am dead wrong on this one.
good day to my fellow laker brother and sisters
michiganlaker

thehammer -

Yeah, I feel it!

Can't wait for tomorrow night against PHO!! Look for PHO to run, run, run. Can we keep up with them? I think so! It's gonna take solid D and some great O to keep them in the W column in this game but I think we can do it!

Went over to the Celtics blog last night and they are bemoaning the fact that it looks like Starbury will sign with their team. Even they don't see him as a good signing. WOW. First time ever I've agreed with a Celtic fan. And may it be the last...

McDyess waited to go back to the Pistons, his beloved team only to find them not doing so hot. Wonder if that's not as important to him as playing in DET. We'll see.

Feel bad for Oden. He can't help it if he's glassman, but it sucks for the people who took him at number one. I mean, all is career he's going to have to listen to murmurs of how he was taken number one and then was constantly injured. That just sucks.

Mamba LOVE the Pau Gasol bandwagon! I know I'm already on it, but if I could be on it a million times over I'd say do it! Dude is playing out of his mind and even if he didn't have a great game last night he's still killin' it. LOVE PAU.

Started thinking last night about when the season is over, and I freely admit I will have some serious jonesin' for my team. Why think about it now? Dunno. Weird. Probably because of all the spring training going on here in AZ. I hate baseball. Way too slow.

Can't wait for tomorrow!

PAU GASOL - LAKER FOR LIFE - BANDWAGON
**
(01) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – OWNER
(02) HUGO SPAIN - CO/OWNER - I´m a frigging spaniard damn you! Need I
Say more?
(03) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - DRIVER - He's my favorite non Kobe player.
(04) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - When you say Pau, you’ve said it all.
(05) #4 - His skill will carry him forward for a long time. This guy is no flash
in the pan athlete.
(06) BOZZ – SECURITY
(07) JON K. – Pau Gasol is amazing , a Laker for life
(08) EDWIN GUECO - He made three vital contributions: a). Lakers started
winning; b). Will prevent Kobe opting out this summer. c)
Turned some scrubs into flowers.
(09) SEAN714 – Yes My Goodness YESS!!
(10) SAMLL - Pau is my favorite Laker other than Kobe - a bigger Swiss Army
Knife than LO. Please put me on the Pau=Laker for Life bandwagon. Thanks!
(11) ANNA-IN-BONDI - i heart pau...
(12) CARLOS DeeP - El Espanol is NOW EL CONQUISTADOR in my
book... so heck yeah! PAU MUST BE a LAKER FOR LIFE!!!! (which actually
means 25 yrs. to life w/o the possibility of parole!!) LOL.
(13) DICE8UP – If you believe in Pau that aint no gamble folks that is a sure thing.
(14) EDWIN GUECO – Longtime Pai Booster.
(15) LAL_FAN - Just another in a long line of fans.
(16) the_HAMMER - put me down for the Pau Gasol for life bandwagon...
This is our year, can you feel it?

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GET WELL SOON BYNUM THE BEAST PRAYER BANDWAGON
***.*
(00) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER –CO/OWNER/CHAPLAIN – LET US
PRAY FOR DIVINE HEALING. Dear Lord you create all greatness so let
your child Andrew heal quickly in order to express that greatnes and thus
give tribute to thou greatenss - AMEN
(01) LAKER-TOM CO/OWNER - Drew will return for April 3rd home game against
Yao and the Rockets as the Lakers return from a 7-game road trip..
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - I shall drive to the ends of the earth to get a healer
(03) WESJOENIXON = This is mickey mouse. If Bynum's people can't be on time,
they needn't be involved
(04) SHE-KOBE - Don't worry, Guys, everything will be fine with Bynum.
(05) BLUESKY - He is youing, he will recover soon
(06) DAVE M. - Has Laker Tom posted since this happened? He's probably holed
up with Nepalese temple ball worry beads... don't worry buddy -
the Beast WILL be back!
(07) GOLAKESHOW - ahhhhhhhhh the anxiety! i cant take it!!! My
heart skips a beat every time I refresh the blog.....
(08) KOREY - To say we need Bynum to win a championship, is an understatement.
(09) NICK ESPI - lets just hope hes going to sore for a bit and he will be fine
(10) LG - The suspense is killing me. Feel better soon Drew!
(11) THE LAKE SHOW - Drew if you read this, keep your head up and prevail!
(12) FLOYD - it felt like our chance for a championship just went out the window
and the wait for next year just began
(13) JON K - I don't like this at all.God, please bless Andrew Bynum,
his knee, and his doctors.
(14) RICKY - I'm glad Bynum chose to forgo the Laker's supposed specialist and
went back to see his own doctor.
(15) MRBARNEYDANGLES - Lets just all pray that he is able to return asap.
(16) SBPIMP - Honestly, we're doing just fine, people. Let the dude rest up as long
as he needs, and we'll get back at it when he can. In the meantime, we've got
games to win. Don't forget that sending positivity out to the universe brings it back
to you. Let's not badmouth Vitti and the staff - they did just get us Farmar back in
half the estimated time.
(17) LEONARD BAST - i'm going to remain optimistic that this won't
be season ending, and will just be sprain.
(18) FAITH - Let's continue to have faith that things will work out. Hopefully.
(19) ROCKY - Dear LakerGod,Please don't allow the MRI results
to be devastating
(20) JUSTANOTHERMAMBA - SOCKS - get well soon buddy!
WE NEED YOU!!
(21) PSYCHED LAKER GIRL - Hi all: I am leaning toward the Laker conspiracy theory
in that the Lakers PR office (and PJ with his psychological mind games) wants the
Cavs, Celtics to think something is wrong and he will be out for a while and to prepare
for him to be out...........BUT that he will miraculously play in BOTH games and
those teams will not be prepared for him........Thoughts????
(22)MIKE AND MIKE - Please Drew come back soon. I saw the look on
Kobe's face, made me feel depressed.
(23) CBUCK – I was with Bynum when nobodoy else was.
(24) LAL_FAN - Your biggest Fan
(25) JOHNNY P. – I want the Beast to come roaring Back
(26) BD - I think we will need 2 Bynums down low. Andrew we need
you...hurry up and get back so the defense doesn't look pathetic and
at the same time you can shut up the Homers who think we might be
better without you or the Lakers play better with LO. No Bynum No Championship!
Get Well Bynum!! No Bynum No Championship

Speaking of articles did everyone get a chance to read this article in the LA Times?

MARK HEISLER / ON THE NBA
Lakers-Celtics rematch? Be careful what you wish for

Lots of good facts and no fiction! Highly recommend it!

ALWAYS GLAD TO HEAR FROM YOU MICHIGAN LAKER

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BABY OUTLAW & THE SBPIMP TWINS AS THE FINALS
VICTORY PARADE GRAND MARSHALLS - BANDWAGON
*****
(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - We gotta have a grandmarshall and I can't think of
any one better than our new generation of Laker fans

Mamba24,
Put me in the PAU GASOL - LAKER FOR LIFE - BANDWAGON.. plz.. I mean he is the only under the radar superstar in the league!!

LAKER GURU FROM INDIA

With all due respect to Mark Heisler, who is as good a basketball writer as there is, why shouldn't Lakers fans be ecstatic that the hated Celtics have added a cancer to their roster? To me, it's a sign of weakness. Boston obviously feels vulnerable this year. It can't feel good for a team's confidence to have to hire a mercenary. I also get the strange feeling Marbury and Ray Allen will not get along. I'll enjoy watching this team implode. Sure, I could be wrong, and they might be better with him. But to my mind, the odds of the Celtics raising Banner 18 just got longer.

Feel bad for Oden. He can't help it if he's glassman, That just sucks.

longtimelakerlover

Hate to say it but Bynum might be in that same glass, I mean class.

mamba24,
please put me on the "pau gasol needs less minutes" bandwagon. the man needs to rest some. he is looking a bit tired. let's help our spaniard out!
thanks,
michiganlaker

Mamba24 - you're baaaaaccckkk - sweet! Another great day on the blog!

Kobe saved the day. To quote Chick "he saved that sinking ship. He put on a diving bell & went down & got 'em".

We shouldn't need heroics but I will take the W any way we can get it. I sincerely hope the bench mob is learning from this "letting the lead slip away" thing they seem to be doing.

This is the most frustrating best team ever.

GO LAKERS!

First time ever I've agreed with a Celtic fan. And may it be the last..
.Posted by: longtimelakerlover | February 25, 2009 at 09:18 AM

LMAO!!

MichiganLaker,

"marbury going to celtics. i think he can be a model citizen for the remainder of the season."

{WILD HYSTERICAL LAUGHTER}

Oh yeah? Really? Really?

What makes you think that Marbury is going to be a model citizen? Give me one piece of evidence that this will be the case.

In contrast, I will give you SCORES of evidence to support that he will be a total cancer.

Think of it. Paula Pierce, Kevin Garnett and STEPHON MARBURY in the same enclosed space.... getting along.

{WILDER HYSTERICAL LAUGHTER.}

Yeah, right.

Oh... I can't want for this to start.

So delicious.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!

***
LAMAR ODOM LAKER FOR LIFE BANDWAGON
***
*
(01) KIWI – OWNER - I hearby pledge not to criticise Odom until the end of the
season.
(2) MR_BARNEY_DANGLES - DRIVER -LAMAR IS A BEAST AHHHHHHH.
I'm really glad he is getting "numbers" s
(03) BOCA Laker Gurl- Laker girl for Life.
(04) LEONARD BAST - all we need out of Lamar is about 15 and 15 a night,
then we'll be fine!
(05) SBPIMP - I'm totally on the Lamar Laker for Life bandwagon
(06) TIM-4-SHOW - If Lamar can play like that a majority of the time, then I'm
all for him being a Laker for the rest of his career.
(07) MIKEANDMIKE - I believe in odom.
(08) LAL_FAN - I’ll be more than happy to admit being wrong about him
every game, if he keeps doing it with any kind of consistency
(09) LAKERTOM - Throw away the “Odumb” jokes and give the man
his due. He deserves to be a Laker
(10) TALIQ - His team will makeup for the occasional bone head play,
it's the least they can do for a guy that's all about team chemistry" ...
(11) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - have always been on the I LOVE
(12) KOREY - And on the Laker for life talk, it'd be foolish for Kupchak NOT to
sign Lamar given Bynum's injury history. You resign Lamar you guarantee a
championship contender for the next 4 years with or without Bynum's health.
DOnt resign him and we are at risk.
(13) JON K. - Lamar Odom reigns supreme.
(14) #4 - The one thing about LO and Gasol starting together is that
there is absolutely no sense of ego or self involved.
(15) CHARLES - Give credit to Lamar for cutting and props to
Gasol for finding him
(16) LAKER_FAN24 - Lamar Laker for Life
(17) KOBEBLITZ - I'll give credit to Lamar and hopefully until Bynum is back
at least he'll average double digits in points and rebounds and improve that
(18) MIKER – LO ALL THE WAY
(19) PK-IN-THE-MESA – HE BECAME A LAKER THE OLD FASHIONED WAY…
HE EARNED IT!!!!!!!
(20) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DEMAND (yes you heard me!!) to be on
the LO = Laker for Life Bandwagon.LO is becoming more & more the
player we all know he can be.
((22) CHINA LAKE - Add me to the Lamar Odom Laker
for Life Bandwagon! This is my first bandwagon
. I've never quite been able to grasp the controversy over LO.
Granted, he's inconsistent, but it seems that is the
overwhelming truth about most people in life.
(23) EDWIN GUECO - LO is the 3rd option when the
spoiled beast is languishing in pain but he has to trim
(24) SAMLL - Another re-setting of his season-high – 19
rebounds! 19 points is great, too! Mamba, you gotta
put me on the Lamar for Life bandwagon
(25) SEAN714 – Knew he had it in him
(26) LAKE_TOM – Do we have a similar bandwagon for Lamar
Odom? We should.


THE CELTICS MAKE THEIR “MOVE”…

You have to laugh at the moves of the Boston Celtics, deluding themselves that the addition of Mikki Moore and Stephon Marbury will help them better matchup with the Lakers. Mikki was cut by the Sacramento Kings after averaging 3.5 points and 3.3. rebounds in 16 minutes per game for the Kings this season. Stephon meanwhile did not even play at all this year for the Knicks, banished to the bench for poor attitude.

So let’s see how that changes things. With both teams having their full rosters available, the Lakers beat the Celtics in LA on Christmas by 9 behind the 4th quarter play of Gasol. Then, without Andrew Bynum, the Lakers still defeated the Celtics in Boston by 1 point, which triggered a loss-of-confidence losing streak that dropped Boston behind Cleveland. So do we now consider the teams evenly balanced should they meet in the Finals?

Winless against the Lakers this season, Boston is hoping that adding Moore and Marbury will offset the Lakers getting Andrew Bynum back for the playoffs. They are hoping that Mikki will give them another big man ala P.J. Brown last year. Unfortunately, Mikki is no P.J. Brown. In his 13 year NBA career, Moore has never averaged more than 10 points or 5 boards per game. Mikki will probably be no better than the guys Boston already had.

The Shamrocks are also hoping that Stephon Marbury can somehow control his emotions and give them a solid playmaker and scorer off the bench, a new version of James Posey. Marbury, however, is no James Posey. He plays no defense and would rather shoot than pass. While the risk is minimal that he will destroy the Celtic’s camaraderie, I cannot wait to see how Marbury responds to Garnett’s abuse as soon as he blows a couple plays.

The bottom line is that the Celtics age is starting to catch up with them. If they are lucky enough to squeak past the Cleveland Cavaliers to make it to the Finals to play against the Lakers, it will be the end of the road for the One-and-Out champions as the Lakers with a dominant Andrew Bynum will sweep them in the Finals 4-zip.

As for the Cavaliers, the Lakers soundly beat the Cavs without Ilgauskas in LA by 17 and then without Andrew Bynum defeated the Cavs with Ilgauskas in Cleveland by 10 points. Throw in a dominant Andrew Bynum and the Lakers will sweep the Cavs too should they be fortunate or unfortunate enough to make it to the Finals against the Lakers.

Barring unforeseen injuries, the Lakers are ready to embark upon the Fourth Dynasty in their illustrious and storied history. If Andrew is really all the way back by the time the playoffs start, this Lakers team could set a record by being the first team in NBA history to finish the playoffs 16-0, beating the 16-1 record set by the 2000 Kobe/Shaq Lakers.

As always, JMNSHBO!

Tom

JustAnotherMambaFan You know nothing, NOTHING, can keep me away to long
from THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH. It's time to start savoring it now. 25 more games and
the Regular season is over. 16 after that(I DO PREDICT A FIRST TIME EVER PLAYOFF SWEEP)
and thats it baby. Victory parard time and Long Long off season. So everybody cherish the ride.

Jon K,

How bout Manny last year being a model citizen with the Dodgers ... did you have {WILD HYSTERICAL LAUGHTER} and {WILDER HYSTERICAL LAUGHTER.} when the Dodgers traded for him?

And as far as "Paula Pierce, Kevin Garnett and STEPHON MARBURY in the same enclosed space.... getting along." They seem to get along quite well. And if they dont ... do you remember how well Kobe and Shaq got along and the still manage to win 3 times together!

Hope that helps in your quest for evidence!


Jon K.,
why don't you take a xanax and calm down a bit. i just feel that he knows he is playing for a contract next year and if he has to be a "quasi role model" bench player for 4 months, then he might be able to do so. he does solidify the bench by being able to back up rondo. but like i said before, i hope i am dead wrong on this one. ok, now try to "calmly" reply if you wish. you might need more time for the xanax to kick in.
later

Hola Mamba! Thanks for adding me to the AB bandwagon.

Por favor mi amigo - El Spaniard the ultimate Torero bandwagon as well....

GO LAKERS!

Magia32: Not sure I would say that about Bynum just yet. Both his injuries happened with strong contact, and prob would have taken anyone out. We shall see...I prefer to hope for the best!

Mamba24,

Baby Outlaw will be honored to lead throngs of Lakers fans down Figueroa. His dad will be close behind.

Go Lake Show!

Mamba24,
Add me to the Gasol laker 4 life bandwaggon ... sign it 'His game is so sweet the haters call him marshmallow"

Jon K,
I'm not convinced Marbury will make the celtics worse. And even if he makes them considerably better then so be it ... this laker team will go as far as Kobe takes them and some of us believe the sky is the limit when it comes to mamba ... we cant stop the celtics or any other team from getting better, we can only work harder @ improving our own game and come June I have no doubt that this team will make us proud ...

24 + 16 + [1]7 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

Rest easy y'all ... the can try ... they will try ... but can't nobody hold us down but ourselves yo ... enjoy the best record in the league, enjoy being a laker fan y'all

Let's see Stephon Marbury split from being on a team with KG because he couldn't see being
on a team where KG made more money than him. Now you trying to tell me everything is peaches
and cream? I think not. I think the celts will not make it to the Finals. I think King james will
destroy them and Kobe will destroy King James. OH THE HUMANITY!!!!!!
CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!!!

Hey, is tomorrow the first time Shaq plays at Staples in a Suns uni? I know he missed a couple of games (grandmother's funeral, injury).

Would you boo or cheer when he's introduced? I for one would BOO LOUDLY.

How many truly great players got traded as much as he has?

Mamba24:

Feel free to add me as Generic "I slay Zombie Celtics for Breakfast" One.

By the way... Hello, everybody!

Laker Tom, I'm sorry for butchering your name on
The Bandwagon. Put it down to the Starberry jinx

131-92,

I heard mo williams guranteed that the cavs will be in the nba finals yo ... I hope ya boys prove him wrong yo ... pls tell me the green weanies from the east can still contain the king ...

F what you may have heard from Mark Heisler of the times ... 'be careful what u wish for' ... doesn't apply here ... we want u ... we fully intend to send y'all into rebuilding mode ... basketball hath no fury like a mamba scorned yo ... come test us ... ya heard ... y'all need to come F with us, cuz we fully intend to make u the first chapter in our dynasty ... Lebron's smackdown can wait

I aint just ranting ... I'm jus lettin u know ... keep ya eyes on the cavs ... cuz they trying to F up our rematch ... so go away and comeback when y'all make it past the king ... lest u become a witness to the finals

24 + 16 + [1]7 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

Everybody's calling Greg Oden the new Sam Bowie. How about TMAC?

Mamba24,

Add me to the bynum get well bandwaggon ... sign it "kobe said u make us championship caliber, lakertom says you're mr. franchise, I say that ring wouldn't be as sweet without u yo"

24 + 16 + [1]7 = The Purple Tinted Golden Age

LakerTom,

Let me take the time to respond you some of your thoughts:

"Mikki will probably be no better than the guys Boston already had" ... he may not be better talent wise but he is taller at 7 ft ... Powe is bearly 6-8 .... huge difference when your guarding or posting a true 7ft center.

"I cannot wait to see how Marbury responds to Garnett’s abuse as soon as he blows a couple plays." ... you act like Garnett just yells like a mad man ... I dont see any of his teammates complaining about him, thats just the way he is wired! Marbury already played with KG so if he had a problem with him ,,, Marbury woundnt sign with the Celtics. He would sign with the Lakers where nobody yells no matter how many own defensive assignment occur.

"The bottom line is that the Celtics age is starting to catch up with them" ... how did you arrive at that conclusion? Was it the 25pt win at Phoenix or 40pt win at Denver w/o Kg? Those are some of the "tough" Western Confernce teams! Not to mention we beat the Hornets on the road just before the break ... another "tough Western Conference team! Or is it they have a better record than both Cleveland and the Lakers in the last 20 games?

Do you have any "FACTS" to back up all your thoughts?

Rumor on the blogs has Marbury now signing with the Heat. Huh?

LakerTom - hear, hear!

But can we add that the Lakers would love nothing better than 2 - 7 game playoff series for the Celtics to return.

Even with the added rest during the playoffs - the emotional toll of having to beat Orlando and LBJ or whoever else rises out of the East will be fun to watch......and I don't think LBJ is going to go down easy this year.

GO LAKERS!!!

Bloggers

I just read some of the comments from the previous thread after watching the game last night and it appears everyone (including me) is very concerned about the Lakers building these leads and then allowing teams back in the games and then depending on Kobe to save the day.

Kobe did it in overtime against the Hornets last week, scoring 11 points in overtime and 39 overall, He came through against Minnesota the other night down the stretch finishing with 28 points and of course last night after blowing another lead Kobe finished strong down the stretch with 15 points in the final quarter and 36 overall.

This is an alarming trend for the Lakers, but what surprises me is that very few (including the media AK/BK) are examining the reasons why.

Below is my humble opinion on why this trend continues under Phil Jackson coached teams especially in his second stint with the Lakers.


REASON #1 (and maybe the only reason?)

PHIL JACKSON'S SUBSTITUTION PATTERNS

This reason usually flys under the radar for this alarming trend of the Lakers losing large leads during games but they have consistently happened under Phil Jackson......Why?

When you examine the box score from last night you will see that Kobe played just under 34 minutes while Gasol and Odom played 40+ minutes. This has been a trend lately with Phil (reducing Kobe's minutes while ironically increasing Pau's) which to me is of concern not because he has reduced Kobe's minutes but Phil's total disregard or lack of acumen as it relates to the momentum or the pulse of the game pursuant to WHEN he removes Kobe from the game.

If I didn't know better I would say he was doing it purposely. As most of you probably already know I haven't trusted Phil's motives ever since he violated the Locker room code ala Joe Torre and wrote that book about private conversations not to mention the baseless accusation he leveled at Kobe with no proof and contrary to Kobe's highschool coach that Kobe would sabotage highschool games and then win them in the end, but I digress.

One trend that follows the Lakers losing leads especially in the 2nd quarter is how long Kobe sits at the end of the first quarter. Last night Kobe didn't return to the game until the 6 or maybe 5+ minute mark.........this is too long for Kobe to be on the bench most games because usually if Kobe re-entered the game at say the 8 or 7+ minute mark (after what should have been a timeout) this could stem the tide of momentum shifts or long runs by other teams (especially on the road) this is a trend of which Phil appears oblivious.

Phil substitution pattern at the end of the third quarter and on into the fourth is amazingly even worse. Phil usually elects to sit Kobe a couple of minutes before the third quarter ends which effects the Lakers ability to end that quarter strong........and then sometimes does not bring Kobe back until the 5+ minute mark in the 4th.

To Phil's credit the other day he did say that "he didn't want to destroy the confidence of the BENCH by pulling them once the lead evaporates" ........But as Shakespeare allegedly said Aye therein lies the rub.

The job of a coach is to not platoon players but find the right "combination" down the stretch of games which may mean some players could remain in the game but maybe one or a couple of substitutions should be made.....in other words maybe you may actually have to coach.

It doesn't appear I'm the only one that noticed this trend last night as Kobe stressed....."I just had to get up and check myself in," Bryant said. "One thing we don't want to do here is get the crowd going. The crowd got going, got them into the game, and with a young team, they feed off of that. I just couldn't wait any longer. I had to go in and try to stop that momentum a little bit."

Phil's response: "I didn't want him to have to spend that much time on the floor, but the game kept getting stinkier as it went along. He went in, hit the first shot he got and was very confident from then on."

These two statements are diametrically opposed to one another and gives us a glimpse of Phil's sometimes "Laissez faire" attitude towards being in control through timeouts, plays out of timeouts, and timely subs to mitigate the other teams momentum.

I have a thoery why Phil behaves this way but I will save that for another time

131

Which Celtics blog are you a regular on? Please provide the link if you don't mind.

THE CELTICS MAKE THEIR “MOVE”…

You have to laugh at the moves of the Boston Celtics, deluding themselves that the addition of Mikki Moore and Stephon Marbury will help them better matchup with the Lakers.....

As always, JMNSHBO!

Tom


Posted by: LakerTom | February 25, 2009 at 09:43 AM

Great post, LakerTom.
And to the Laker fans who are concerned about beating Boston as a result of signing Mikki Moore and probably Starbury:
Who do you think the Cs would rather have:
Starbury and Mikki Moore.....
or.....
James Posey and P.J. Brown.
The Cs (especially KG's bad knee) are done.

Jon K,
no hard feelings brother. it's always good to have some banter about how the "other" teams are desperately trying to grab at anything to be on the same level as the lakers.
later,
michiganlaker

pfunk

PJ's patterns are designed to manage minutes during the regular season, and gives players continuity in their roles. His philosophy is about regular season management, and post-season success. It can be frustrating, but players learn more about themselves and the game by pushing through difficulties.

After your in game assessment of Pau Gasol not "manning up" while he was getting 24 points and 14 rebounds, it's hard to take anything you say seriously.

pfunk - I'm guessing you're one of the proponents of getting the W vs resting the starters? The reason I ask is, there are others who are calling for the exact opposite of what you're talking about, decreasing all of the starters minutes to keep them fresher for the playoffs even if it means losing the occassional game. You didn't mention that at all so, do you think that factors into PJs substitution patterns?

LakerTom,
I do hope that your very smart analyzation about how the Lakers quest for the Championship unfolds this season will come true. I want them to win this year for Pau Gasol who works hard every game and a consistent contibutor the whole season. He truly deserves to have his first ring after many fruitless years with the Memphis.

131-92
I hope to still hear from you after the Cavs dismantled your team in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Feel free to add me as Generic "I slay Zombie Celtics for Breakfast" One.
Posted by: generic_one | February 25, 2009 at 10:13 AM

AW SHOOOOOOOT With G1 back I can practically hear
the Band playing and see the Gold Tints of the Trophy.
Welcome back. Damn this get's better and better!
Generic One!!! You have been deeply missed!!!!

Rumor on the blogs has Marbury now signing with the Heat. Huh?
Posted by: ZLakeShow | February 25, 2009 at 10:26 AM

There you go! The guys as looney as KG.

Mr. 131: Why aren't any of your fellow Celtic Fans backing you up? Watching your posts is like watching a chihuahua barking in a room full of pit bulls.

Taliq,

Why didnt you do all the stuff last yr? You had your chance (or not) to do that last yr! Why wait and get embarassed? Dont tell me the Lakers let us win because they have a plan! I just dont understan why the Lakers didnt do all this crap you say there gonna do last yr! CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY TO ME!

Mo can say whatever he wants ... games are won on the court! Not in interviews on Espn Radio! What did you expect him to say? That they cant beat the Celtics? Why do you waste your time with nonsense?

SO YOU GO AWAY AND COME BACK WHEN YOU BEAT US!!!!!!!

I dont want to hear anything but a good explaination ... why the Lakers didnt f us up last yr when they had their chance? VERY SIMPLE QUESTION

OUR BANNER HOLDER,

NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU! I THOUGHT YOU WERE WATCHING THAT 85-86 FINALS GAME YOU WENT TO WHEN DJ HIT THE WINNING SHOT!

BANNER FOLDER,

YOUR NOT SUPPOSED TO WATCH THE POST ... YOUR SUPPOSED TO READ THEM! I MAY BE A "chihuahua barking in a room full of pit bulls" BUT I GOT A RING TO HELP ME BARK LOUDER!

HOW WAS THAT GAME IN THE 85-86 FINALS? YOU MUST REMEMBER IT REALLY WELL SINCE YOU WERE THERE! YOU WOULDNT BE MAKING IT UP WOULD YOU?

131-

No use bragging about beating the Thugs or Funs, neither pose a threat to our run to the Finals. You should be worried about the Cavs and the Magic, as your run to the finals has a much bigger question mark. Also the recent additions of Moore and possible Marbury may help you but it does reek of desperation. You're living in the past man, so far we swept you guys this year and there's nothing to indicate so far that this is a very different year from last. Good luck!

pfunk-

Phil substitution patterns and hands-off game managing style have been well covered here and elsewhere. It's obvious he believes in letting his guys work through things on the court rather than pull them into a timeout and draw something up every time something is amiss. I also believe he is willing to lose a few more games in the long run this way, in order to build up a certain type of confidence in the players. If they know they can get themselves out of a pickle they will be more empowered to handle things on the court and make intelligent reads of what they must do.

It can be very frustrating to watch, but hardly as frustrating as a Dunleavy type coach calling every offensive set and trying to play the game himself from the bench. That style sucks.

Mamba,

Guess it’s time to start that 16-0 Playoff Sweep Bandwagon since you and I have both predicted it. LOL. This is going to be the sweetest Lakers playoff ever in NBA history.

Tom


thehammer

Im not braggin. I agree its not a big deal just another regular season game. I was just making a point to his post that age is catching up to the Celtics.

Im worried about the Cavs but not worried about the Magic! Not even a little bit. Its not deperation ... its realizing you have a need and filling it with the best possible option. All teams have weaknesses and need depth in case of injuries or even foul trouble.

Im not living in the past. The Celtics are the current NBA Champions. Lakers beat us twice in very close games. Xmas day the game was tied with 3 minutes left and the one in Boston was a 1 pt game in OT. So I dont see where the Lakers are so much better than the Celtics.

***
16 – 0 PLAYOFF SWEEP BANDWAGON
***
(01) LAKER_TOM - OWNER
(02) MAMBA24 - Proud Driver

Mamba,

Thanks for the 16-0 Bandwagon, Larry. Got to show the rest of the blog how to believe. Like the pres says as he swishes a 3-pointer, YES WE CAN!

Tom

131-92,

"why the Lakers didnt f us up last yr when they had their chance? VERY SIMPLE QUESTION"

You were better last year ... you beat us in the regular season ... you had the better regular season record ... and you beat us in the playoffs

This year were better than you ... we beat you in the regular season ... we intend to have the best regular season record in the league ... and if you show up for a rematch, we promise the type of beat down that gets a coach fired and a team dismantled ...

But u right ... talk is cheap ... so get off my freaking blog ... allow purple and gold fans to enjoy our ride ... and come back after in june to come see what we saying about the green weanies from the east ...

24 + 16 + 1[7] = The Purple Tinted Goldne Age

I was mentioned in the blog!!!! *Champagne and confetti*

I'm print this page out, framing it in gold, and hanging it on my wall, son!

"SO YOU GO AWAY AND COME BACK WHEN YOU BEAT US!!!!!!!"


Dude. You're on our blog.

Wow...2 seperate responses to one little post from little ol me. And in ALL CAPS to boot! I'm flattered!

Don't sit there and try to deflect the events of 2/5/09 as a very close game. We beat y'all. With our star center injured. In your house. With your fans looking as slack-jawed as I did back in 86.

Y'all scrred. Why else would you sign a never was 7 foot center on your roster?

Starberry is not gonna save you. Neither is Mikki (watch me commit 6 fouls in 6 minutes) Moore (ask our worthy opponent Mr. Sonny Belfast how we pwned that dude in Sacto).

Instead of worrying about us, you should be quivering in your KG skidmarked Fruit of the Looms about LeBron, Mo & the Cavs.

Meaningless ALL CAPS response in 5...4...3...2...

Posted by: longtimelakerlover | February 25, 2009 at 02:01 PM


Dude. Solid gold response.

Mamba24,

Thanks for the Bynum bandwagon sentiment placement.

Gasol is already a Laker for life in my heart! Put me on that list. Call him soft to his face as he jabs, jabs, fakes and spins around and dunks on you with agility you cannot recall seeing in a big man. No one has more heart. Pau Gasol Laker for Life.

LO too, but I've felt that forever.

I do not fault PJ for Kobe's needing extended minutes. The second unit is NOT getting it done. If PJ rests Kobe, he is needed to patch things up in no time.

I worry about Kobe getting injured needing to be spectacular in the end of the fourth. This is the fault of the second string. They should show some respect, work on their shots, learn to run the offense effectively with fewer starters on the floor and, at very least, maintain leads.

Not so sure about the second unit being Lakers for life. But as this is THE CHAMPIONSHIP season and they are here for that ride, love to them and may they all be the stuff of Lakers' legend!!!!

GOOoooOOOO LAKERS!!!!!!

SammLL,

"Pau is a big swiss army knife" Bravo.

Johnny P

pfunk

PJ's patterns are designed to manage minutes during the regular season, and gives players continuity in their roles. His philosophy is about regular season management, and post-season success. It can be frustrating, but players learn more about themselves and the game by pushing through difficulties.

After your in game assessment of Pau Gasol not "manning up" while he was getting 24 points and 14 rebounds, it's hard to take anything you say seriously.

Posted by: "Pig" Miller | February 25, 2009 at 10:56 AM

=====================================
I have to side with Pfunk on this. Why is it an either or proposition?
Why not less minutes for Kobe and Pau and still win the game?

Mbenga can give Pau 5-10 minutes of rest during a game and Powel can give LO the same. When you have abig lead why not Shannon Brown for a few minutes?

Yes PJ why not call a Time out when score dwindles. Don't have to be control freak like Dunleavy but don't have to be a log sitting uselessly on PJ throne. Earn some of that 12 million dollar a yr contract.

As to nine rings why so much blatant trust for a non producing coach. Remember he was resigned to bring championship back and has failed miserably. If he wins this year it is because Kobe wants it bad and has dragged the team on to get this done.

If the Lakers win the PJ bandwagoners will come out in droves and proclaim him genius taking the credit from Kobe and team.

Heck I could say I will predict a huge earthquate every year and when it happens I take credit for the prediction.

PJ is ok but his methods and old ways are returning and he is hurting the team more than helping. We need a supporter of our team rather than a backstabber.

Usually I don't post my feelings about PJ after wins because I don't want to detract of the positive side the team has accomplished. but this is reply in support of another blogger who I happen to agree with on PJ.


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