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Home court in the Finals probably matters more to Cleveland than the Lakers, but by getting it, LA could remove a huge advantage the Cavs could carry into that series.  Similar thing tonight.  Even if they lose, the Lakers would enter a series with the Blazers believing with the utmost of confidence that they could win a series against Portland despite struggling at the Rose Garden.  Win, though, and they put a dent in some of that confidence the Blazers would need should these teams meet. 

A lil' ol' seed of doubt can do wonders. Some things to watch tonight:

  • The Glass: The Lakers may lead the league in total rebounding, but a closer look at the numbers shows that the Blazers are more effective, especially when it comes to offensive rebounding.  Portland grabs a league best 32.9% of their own misses, and lead the league in rebounding margin (+5.3) by a fairly wide margin.  In their last visit to the Rose Garden, LA was beaten up on the boards, but that was without Andrew Bynum in the lineup.  Thursday against Denver, Pau Gasol was the primary beneficiary of Bynum's return, gathering 19 boards, many coming off the weak side on the offensive glass, and overall the Lakers looked more like the Windex club they were over the first half of the year.  It'll be interesting to see how the Lakers do tonight against a much more effective rebounding team in Portland.
  • Turnovers: Despite myriad of high-flying athletes, Portland plays slowly (at 86.5, they have the lowest pace factor in the NBA, via basketball-reference.com), but they're extremely efficient, averaging 113.8 points per 100 trips, vs. 112.6 for the Lakers.  They aren't, however, nearly as good on the other end.  If LA can move the ball effectively, mixing smart jumpers with strong interior play, they ought to be able to put some points on the board, but they can't do Portland any favors by surrendering cheap points.  On a trip-to-trip basis, Portland will score, even against good defensive teams. 
  • Pick and Roll: The Blazers run it very well, with guys who can finish at the rim and players like LaMarcus Aldridge who have great range on the jumper.  The other night, I watched them slaughter the Spurs with endless P and R sets.  I'd be shocked if Nate McMillan didn't try to test Andrew Bynum by pulling him out away from the basket as much as possible.  The Lakers will need to be sharp on their rotations.

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The Lakers have to keep Aldridge in check. He's the key.

Portland really is classless...they are showing footage of the dust up last game on the big screen with the intention of revving up their crowd. No class at all.

Thanks Blazers - from a Cavs fan.

THE ONLY POSITIVE OF THIS NEGATIVE OUTCOME IS THAT FARMAR DID NOT PLAY IN THE 2ND. unfortunately, shannon was taken out and replaced by a dried fish

i like sashimi

This game was lost early in the 4th Q when the Lakers got in the penalty. Goodbye HCA throughout the playoffs! Show looked a little tired towards the end.

lakers need a new coach and a new system..triangle offense is obsolete...last 2 trip to the nba finals with the same coach and the same system is a mess...sorry but thats the truth...they cant even win in portland with andrew bynum back...triangle is a mess

Last night Phil ended the games with Sasha. Tonight Kurt ended the games with Ariza. It allowed the Blazers to pack it in, and not much movement for Kobe. Stupid coaching.

Ariza needs to get better with shooting. He had mid season, but its all disappeared lately.

One quarter that Portland wasn't in the penalty...one...in the penalty at the 7-8 minute mark in the fourth...and we can't get a call...still in it, and Rambis calls for quick threes twice in a row out of timeouts? Why?
I love Fish, but he hadn't been on all night...Shannon played well, Lamar played well, Kobe, until the last minute...

I would have finished the game with Pau, Drew, LO, Kobe and Shannon...from the time Portland went into the penalty...make them match up with me...we pounded the glass early, then Rambis got too smart for himself...

And Portland still had a foul to give?

I hate Portland, their fans, and their bush league announcers...hope they get swept in the first round...

I feel better now...but I bet none of my neighbors will speak to me for a while...

Not the end of the world. Lakers can't fall below Boston or Orlando. Could be a good time to give Fish a little rest and give UPS (Brown) some more minutes.

Just checked the standings...Portland as of the start of the play tonight was in the fifth seed...which means this would be the second round matchup, should both teams win...and since the Blazers own the Lakers in Portland, the LA boys had better not lose in L.A. And if it comes down to having to guard against a late 3...forget it.

this game could be a blessing in disguise.

Right now, with these standings it seems like we will go against Utah (especially if we beat them on our home floor) for the first round. The 4 and 5 matchup as of now is Houston vs Portland, even though San antonio can go into the mix but i see things remaining the same. Houston has home court over Portland and they have won twice on their home court and lost once, so I do believe they will win the series against Portland.

Then if the lakers progress forward, they will go against the Rockets which they have shown to have control over. We would never have to face Portland ever again=)

kurt rambis is stupid. i mean it was obvious PAU was out of rhythm and he was soft inside. and derek fisher is cold just like hes been the last 5-10 games. shannon brown and bynum were playin pretty good in the 4th and the lakers were tied until stupid Rambis tried to get his starters back on the floor on a night where they were cold as Gotenberg

Does anyone remember the last time Fisher had a good game? I sure can't...

I want Portland.

Western Championships Portland. Be there.

With Phil the Lakers are great...with Rambis the Lakers are good.

What Now. Bynum back and we still loose to the blazers. The bad thing is they are on our side of the bracket come play-offs. What the hell is going on. They had 7 or 8 players in double figures. I don't know I'm at a loss when it comes to portland or the Bobcats. For the record I'm completely and utterly speachless that the Cleveland Cavalers are the best team in the NBA. What is it about the East the last couple of years. Boston was our big obsticle, where in the Hell did Cleveland come from.

I;m very disapointed. Someone tell me things are going to get better please.

CrzyFan

I"m really beginning to dislike the Trailblazers and their fans. Especially the fans. One thing that put tonight's game in perspective was when I saw Rudy Fernandez patting Trevor Ariza on his chest during the 4th Q. A great example of sportsmanship by Rudy and Trevor in putting aside the previous incident.

too bad mr.clutch's last shot was an air ball. good thing nobody voting for the MVP on the east coast saw that shot.

Rambis is an idiot. I knew they had no chance when I saw him sitting on the sidelines. Odom was playing well in the 2nd when he pulled him out and put in Bynum who did nothing. Bynum need to focus on getting good position, moving his feet, and rebounding. The offense will come to him. He forced it too much in the 4th costing the Lakers big.

It looks like Kobe's body won't let him do what he wants. He should have taken some time off this off season. He lost to game today. From about 6 minutes on, he went one on one and wanted to guard Roy. Roy schooled Kobe.

Although Odom is playing better, I wish now that they would have traded him for Gerald Wallace. They need someone who is a slasher who can go to the basket. Kobe just can't do it anymore.

The Lakers need to shut it down for the next week to rest their players. I'm afraid that they're going to get a quick exit in the 1st round by Utah. Utah will play zone the entire series and there's going to be no one to guard Deron. They if they have to play Portland, they'll be lucky if they go seven. This isn't going to be pretty.

The mark of a great team is the ability to beat anyone anytime. These Lakers just can't do that.

As I said before, the Portland announcers are the worst I've ever heard in professional sports. Everytime Roy shoots, they say he got hit. Probably the most biased I've ever heard. Sucks that with NBA League Pass you don't get the choice of listening to your home teams announcers. Some away teams announcers are relatively fair, like the Nets announcers, but Portland is just way too overboard. Denver is pretty bad too. Glad that we beat them last night.

Phil, shut it down for the next two games. Definitely do not let Bynum play against Memphis. If he does and anything happens to him, I'm going to be pissed.

Shannon Brown was the only super brite spot for us in the 4th ... yet little Kurtie yanks him for D Fish. yes i love Fish, but you MUST go with the hot hand, not just the name. very very frustrating. has anyone been watching the Jazz recently? they are purposely tanking these last few games so they finish 8th to match up against us. i'm not liking this one bit.

MAN SOME OF U STUPID FANS CRY LIKE BABYS.

" O THEY WANT GET AWAY WITH THIS TYPE OF CALLS IN THE PLAYOFFS."

"THE REFS GIVE THE GAME AWAY..."

BLAW BLAW BLAW

SUCK THIS GAME UP MAN LAKER NATION. WE GOT BEAT FARE AND SQUARE. THEY OUTPLAYED US AND THATS THAT.

WE HAD A VERY GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING THIS GAME. MAYBE IF PJ WAS THERE WE COULD HAVE CAME OUT WITH A W. BUT THE FACT THAT LUKE AND THE TEAM TURNED THE BALL OVER LIKE FOUR TIMES IN CRUNCH TIME AND EVERYBODY WATCHING KOBE DO HIS THING AND NOT MOVE AROUND KILLED US. KOBE ONLY FORCED HIS JUMPERS BECAUSE HE COULD TELL EVERY ONE ON THE FLOOR THAT WAS THERE WITH HIM AT THE TIME WAS NOT DOING NOTHING SO HE HAD TO TAKE OVER. SHANON WAS OUT. HE WAS THE ONE MAKING THE BIG SHOTS SO WHAT CAN KOBE DO... GIVE IT TO FISHER WHO IS ALMOST MONEY DURING THESE TIMES... BUT IT JUST DID NOT GO IN.

THE BIG PICTURE

NOW WE ARE IN FOR A FIGHT IN THE PLAYOFFS TO THE END. WE KNOW THEY CAN BEAT US IN THE ROSE GARDEN BUT THEY HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO BEAT US AT HOME TOO. SO THAT MEANS WE GOT US A DOG FIGHT. LAKERS GOTTA STEP UP AND WE AS LAKER NATION GOTTA STEP UP AND STOP CRYING ABOUT CALLS AND ALSO THROWING THE SKY IS FALLING EVERY TIME WE LOOSE OR GAMES WE SHOULD OR HAVE TO WIN AND WE DONT. WE HAVE TROUBLE WITH THIS TEAM SO THERE IS NOTHING TO CRY ABOUT WE STILL HAVE A GREAT CHANCE TO WIN AT THE ROSE GARDEN. I THINK LAKERS CAN DO IT IN THE PLAYOFFS.

NOW ITS TIME TO REST KOBE AND GASOL AND BYNUM FOR SUNDAY BUT NOT FOR THE UTAH GAME WE HAVE TO BEAT THEM. WE CANT LET THEM GET ANY IDEAS.

IM OUT

Really bad substitution to put a cold fisher back in the game when Shannon was playing really well......Fisher missed a wide open shot and he allowed his man to break free for a big bucket....Luke had a terrible stretch that cost us 2 key possessions....Kobe forced a bad three with plenty of time left and Pau was open in the middle when he turned it over on the next possession......he had two plays down the stretch that were impossible to overcome....LO played a solid game tonight....Overall this was still a winnable game....however they just didn't execute the last 2 minutes.... hopefully they will see Portland in the Playoffs(if so Lakers in 5)......I also think that this was a good barometer for Andrew to see how his conditioning would hold up in a hostile environment..... overall I think he played well.... its going to take until the second round to shake off all the rust........The Lakers have to find a way to get Shannon more minutes... he keeps his cool much better than Jordan in hostile games like tonight....even though they didn't get the win.........I think this game will show them what they need to work on to get tuned up to make a run for the chip........I really believe Shannon will be a key contributor in the playoffs.....Keep your head up Laker nation........this loss will be a distant memory when the Lake Show are hoisting up that trophy in June......65 wins with one of our big 3 out is a very good season(next year if the team remains healthy they could make a run at 70 wins)..........We are watching the first championship season of the Kobe-Pau-Bynum Laker dynasty ........I say they will win 4 out of the next six chips.........

Cavs - best record (congrats)
Lebron- MVP (well deserved)
LAKERS 2009 NBA CHAMPS (first of four for Kobe-Pau-Bynum Laker dynasty)
Kobe - 2009 Finals MVP

Guys, I hate to sound like a disgruntled fan but we lost this game to the REFS in the fourth quarter, not the Blazers, we were right there even with them on the road, on the 2nd game of a back to back with a tough opponent last night, and then 14 foul calls against us in the 4th qtr. We breathed on them and it was a foul, mean while on our end they beat the stink out of us and we called for a TOTAL of 4 fouls.

Stinks that the Lakers lost..but at least it was a game for most of the quarters..the 4th was just a collapse towards the end...but from what I saw tonight Shannon Brown>Jordan Farmar. Bynum seems to be getting back to his baller self.

Is it just me, or is Bryant starting to show his age? Few years earlier than Jordan did. But then again, he's no Jordan.

So the Genius couldn't make the trip to sit on his throne? I guess his leg problems hurt his ability to hold the clipboard.
Blazers are ahead of SAS due to the tiebreaker, and are currently in the 4th spot.
I didn't hear any crying about the officials last night when the Lakers had 17 more trips than the Nuggets at the line.
What was Kobe thinking throwing a 3 point brick up with 19 seconds on the clock? then the next trip he throws a turnover????? where was the Genius to guide him??? OHMMMMMMMM. OHMMMMMMM


I think we've lulled them into a false sense of security.

Soon Portland will start to take us for granted and that's when we'll bury 'em.

Lakers will meet Portland either in the 2nd round or the WCF , if the Lakers can advance that far, the Lakers will be done if Portland can only steal one game in LA ( which is quite possible ) , I don't see the Lakers can win even one game in Portland. Jacqueline,it's pathetic to hope that we won't meet Portland in order to advance.

why the hell are there blazer fans on this site?

Ya, you guys won, probably the only "playoff" game you'll win.

I mean, if I was portland, I wouldn't want to have the refs pity me and try to help my sorry ass win.

TS

I don't know how many actual laker games you've watched, but I really dont think Portland is able to win a series against us. All the lakers need to do is steal one game in Portland, and that is looking quite favorable. If they had actually executed during that last stretch and not missed shots we would have won the game. Some of our key guys were also not playing well and once again it was the second night of a back to back. Obviously, the record is 2-2, not 4-0 favoring Portland. I highly doubt Portland wins against Houston, sorry if it's not the answer you're looking for haha.


I wouldn't go around preaching Portland can beat LA in a series.

I did not want to lose this game
Steve Smith on NBA.GAME TIME put the end of the game on Kobe for the lost. He said he should not have tried with the lakers up by 1 with about 2 minutes to play the one on one versus Roy. He feels that someone on the team needs to be able to tell Kobe when he is messing up. He let this become a Kobe vs Roy rather than the Lakers vs the trail blazers. There was no ball movement and the offense became stagnant. He says the Blazers are match up problems with the Lakers which is true. So the Lakers have to play their game inside out no matter what the score.

Hey Joe,
Stop crying about the refs, unless you want to mention the +17 FT's the Lakers had against the Nuggets.
The Lakers executed poorly on their last 4 posessions and lost the game.
Kobe bricking, Lamar fouling for no reason, Kobe thowing it away, Fish missing a 3
Boy if the Genius ain't around the Lakers are in trouble.
I Bet the Lakers are happy Phoenix is out so we don't have a repeat of the Lakers being up 3-0 and losing the series.
OUCH!!! I can't believe that would happen to a Genius!

blazer_3000 -

are you aware kobes played about 1600 more minutes then jordan did at kobes exact age. ONE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED MORE MINUTES, thats a huge gap. please educate yourself

Not A Bad Loss

This was going to be a tough W for many reasons. Back to back, with a rested Portland waiting and a ton on the line for them. They're fighting to get a 3 seed and with this W might just get it. There schedule is pretty easy going in, they should sweep their remaining 3 and with a Houston loss they'll get the 3. Lake Show wanted to win this one, but I have to believe not as bad as Portland, hell PJ didn't even make the trip.

The game itself was very competitive, back and forth, we just flamed in the last 4 minutes. Bynum got some good floor time on the road, in a hostile environment, so that's good. I would consider this game the real playoff tuneup, because I think we'll be giving the starters more rest in the final two.

Didn't like the 3 pointer Kobe took out of the timeout, with 1:30 to go. We were only down 3, didn't need to force a quick 3 at that point. A very bad shot by Mamba. His line wasn't great tonight, 9-24, 2 assists. Gasol only getting 9 shots isn't a good thing. Ariza's lack of offensive firepower is scaring me a little. Shannon Brown is obviously in the rotation now, definitely brining more to the table than Jordan right now.

Would like to see more of Sasha on the floor with Kobe, Lamar, Pau and/or Bynum. Or with Pau and AB sans Lamar. We need him out there to spread the floor, very important for our offensive balance. Kobe needs someone to kick too, as do our bigs when they get doubled.

All and all I'm feeling very good about our team right now. Tonight was a tough back to back game and yes Portland is definitely a threat. I've been talking about them all year. Their a scary bunch of talented youngsters. However, even if we see them in the playoffs, I'm not worried. We'll blow them at Staples and I think we'll get one if need be on their floor.

Let's get some rest, get AB some more valuable game time conditioning and ramp it up for the big show. I'm still thinking it's gonna be New Orleans in round 1, but could be Utah.

Its regular season..this game does'nt mean much. A win would have been sweet, but ehh, i'm not gonna sweat it.

If we meet Portland down the road... its time to put them in their place, send them home crying!

The Lakers WILL show up come playoff time baby!

WE ARE HUNGRY!!!

GO LAKERS!!!

i wish that sasha and shannon had been in instead of ariza and fisher during crunch time. both were cold and weren't giving us much while shannon and sasha were playing fairly well. ariza needs to practice his jumpshot some more because in the playoffs we need him to hit those wide open jumpers and 3's to make the opposition pay for not defending him.

Hats off to Portland's coaching staff. Rather than just scout the Lakers offense, they scouted the defense too and figured out a way to make the Lakers pay for their defensive strategy. It reminds me of earlier in the year when Sacramento attacked the middle of the floor and exposed a weakness of the strong side zone.

What it basically boiled down to was running the ballhandler off a pick to get the strong side D in scramble mode and then quickly reversing the ball to the weak side. The simplest example of this was early in the game when they kept getting reversing the ball to Roy wide open behind the arc. The weak side defender (Luke in that case) always shaded over to the paint or got cut off by a pick trying to get out to the shooter. I bet there were at least 10 instances of this that led to wide open looks for Portland.

What was a shame was the Lakers players were looking to the coaches multiple times asking what they should do (since theoretically they were doing what they were supposed to). Seemed like they made an adjustment at half time but then Portland changed things up and tried to break the Lakers down off the dribble or running simple pick-n-roll - both of which were very effective.

A couple of other minor things I saw was Trevor's hesitation to shoot really hurt the Lakers a couple times on offense and blew the possessions - Shannon got some good burn and continued to display a very controlled and effective game. Putting Shannon out there and trying to work Drew back in did make the defensive chemistry a little rusty even though they're stronger individual defenders than the alternatives.

I wonder if the loss will put the Lakers in rest mode for the final two games. Pau, Fish and Kobe could get some valuable rest with a little more than a week to the opening game of the playoffs (a reminder that the post-season is almost here!). During the year, PJ has given them days off from practice but next week those practice days will be valuable to prep for whoever the first round opponent will be. These next couple of games are now meaningless.

Laker Nation please pull it together you are starting to sound like you don't believe in the year of the SHOW........Pinch or slap yourself this is not the playoffs.....They were on the second night of a back to back and had a chance to win down the stretch.......You guys are crazy if you think the Lakers are going to loose in the first round TO ANYONE.... or to Portland in the second.....There is plenty blame to go around from coaching to Kobe but some of you guys sound like you are considering rooting for Boston or something.....Listen, Portland has the Lakers number during the regular season in their building but they WILL NOT beat the SHOW in a seven game series......Also Brandon Roy as a young guy had a little trouble guarding Kobe as well......no one is going to shut Brandon Roy out -like Kobe said "Roy is a bad boy"Kobe is not as athletic as he use to be but is a much more polished player than anyone in the League (that doesn't mean he doesn't make mistakes like tonight...the shot he took was a bad shot but it was the same shot he hit in Houston, S.A. and Utah .....tonight he missed , not the first time won't be the last) .....Just because Andrew is back doesn't mean the Lakers are going to win every game.....they will loose several games in the playoffs this year on their way to winning the CHIP!! Get yourself together Laker Nation !! I don't want anyone on suicide watch tonight.....THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE SHOW!! When the dust settles the Lakers will be Champs.....It won't be easy but you will be celebrating in JUNE!!!! Some of you guys sound like your contemplating wearing a bag over your head at the next Laker game.......We will see how far Portland gets in the playoffs only being able to win at home....If the Lakers see them in the second round....they won't be taken lightly and they will be sent fishing in 5 games!!!
I hate to see the Lakers lose as much as anybody but this is year that the KOBE-PAU-BYNUM DYNASTY BEGINS!! If your having trouble believing this truth than this team will make you believe!!! Simmer down the Lakers are the best road team in the NBA and if Cleveland gets past Boston then the Lakers will win 1 or 2 in Cleveland and beat the Cavs in 5 or 6....

Lakers 2009 NBA CHAMPS - "The Year of the Show"

PL

StevieD


YOU'RE DELUSIONAL if you think the suns can beat the lakers. lmao wake uppp bro that's pretty pathetic.

dont be envious of the team you wish was yours.

Lakers still have home-field avantage, Portland is good, but they still have to prove to me, they can win a first round in the playoffs and so on.

I think it is good for Lakers, when some teams will give them hard times in the playoffs. Lakers have to pass the mental toughness test first.

Last year Denver, Utah, San Antonio with injury did not push Lakers to game 7, finally when Lakers had tough times in Boston, they could not find a way to win.

Do we have to repeat over and over again ? NBA coach is stupid if he still believes Luke can run the offense in the playoffs ! Tonight is the case, Luke made big mistakes when he though he can run fast break against Portland, and the ball keep coming to Luke. The NBA star will win the playoffs but Luke is not a NBA star.

Jacqueline , in one of the 2 wins at home against Portland , B Roy didn't play , they were rusty in the Oden's debute of the season's opening , I've watched every Lakers' game either on Tv or at Staple Center , I think Portland have a better chance to reach the Western Conference finals ( they will finish 3 rd in the West ) and it's going to be a 7 game series if the Lakers can also make it to the W Finals.

If you'll permit a long-time Blazer fan to chime in . . .

The Lakers are the class of the league. No question. The Blazers are still wet behind the ears. No doubt. But we're excited to be rid of the "Jail Blazers" era and assembling some real talent to compete with our nemesis from the south.

Some classic Blazers/Lakers games over the years - great to have an opportunity to have you think about us again.

Can we beat the Lakers in a playoff series? I doubt it. But hey, a playoff win of any kind after several years is a bonus for us.

Sorry about the Ariza video at the start of the game. There are still many Blazers fans who care about sportsmanship and care more about winning straight up than hyping up.

Good luck in the playoffs, with everyone but the Blazers!

Can someone tell me . . .

. . . WHY THE LAKERS ALWAYS CLOSE OUT THE QUARTER by blowing a 5-12 point lead????

Seems like EVERY 2nd-3rd qtr of every game for the last month.

NO MORE SMUSH FARMAR. HOPE HIS MINUTES GO DOWN TO ZERO PLEASE.

Why do you apologize Blaze'em 77?

The Portland Trailblazers are the 2nd youngest team in the NBA and we just rolled the Lakers for the 8th straight time in the Rose City.

They can't handle the truth. The Blazers crashed their party way ahead of schedule. Now without Tim Donaghy on their side they know they are in real and serious trouble.

And no, you can't have our water.

D fish can you plz make a open shot for once!!!
Shann B hope PJ gives him more minutes cuz farmar its too late in the season for him to get any confidence back what in the world happened to his game???

The fact is they Blazers are just younger, hungrier and better, and a flat out better team.

The Lakers have lots and lots of talent but they are either nearing the end, prima donnas that complain about every call, or are old and washed up vets. Even Phil is being out-coached by a young stud of a coach in McMillan.

Sorry to break it to you Laker fans, that's the truth. The scary thing for you is our oldest player is Joel Pryzbilla who is 28!

The Lakers do close out periods really poorly. Not only that, this was the only game in a long time where they actually scored on a last possession play, where Sasha made a 3 at the end of the 1st half. Other than that, it's usually Kobe going 1-1 and getting the ball stripped.

Kobe needs to stop whining on every play wanting a foul. If he wants more fouls called, he need to try to INITIATE contact on his drive like Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Wade, LBJ, not try to avoid contact. Kobe seems to know how to make contact on jump shots, but not on drives. Also, now that he's lost a step, he needs to stop trying to be a 1-1 defender and play within the defense.

Kobe definitely lost this game.

The other problem with Kobe is that when he's challenged by another player, instead playing within the game plan, he goes 1-1. He's cost the team a few wins throughout his career this way. If PJ were coaching, he would have called the time out and yelled at the team to run the offense rather than have Kobe go 1-1 the entire game.

I'm beginning to think that Ariza is a 1 hit wonder. Same for Sasha. Farmar must go. Walton has limited abilities, but at least he has been playing with some consistency. Actually, I really liked his hustle getting rebounds and he played decent 1-1 defense. The foul that he got called on the rebound against Aldredge was a total crock. The replay clearly showed that Walton had the position and Aldredge reached over the top and fouled Walton. The refs called the game really poorly. The Lakers did get some calls, but for the most part, the refs sucked big time. I wouldn't be surprised if Paul Allen paid these guys off.

I hate Portland almost as much as the Celtics if not more. Their fans are definitely the Boston fans of the west. I loved it when I heard that the entire city was depressed for an entire week after they lost game 7 in 2000.

Amen to that TOM, farmar is a turnover with a sloppy telegraphed pass waiting to happen, plz put him waaaaaay at the end of the bench!!! Wish list for next season with or withour a ring, get a pt guard who can shoot.......

hey "blazers for life", what r u on?? Lakers nearing the end, they are one of the youngest teams! And you can have Joe Priz even if he was 20. U just better hope your hungry team can make it past the 1st round, NOT!!!! LMAO, must be passed your bed time.....

Has anyone checked out the box score? The Blazers had 6 players in double figures but the thing that caught my eye more was how spread out the assists were. They play uptempo ball , but they also pass the ball very well. The Lakers allowed the Blazers to control the tempo and the game. Now they have confidence that they can beat the Lakers in the playoffs. The Blazers do scare me because of their style. I love the Mamba but he has to stop playing one vs one, or one vs two, or one vs three, especially when we play a team that matches up very well against us. There are times when I do wish we had a traditional point guard. They find a way to get the ball to players at their comfort spots. I would like to see a play ran for someone besides Kobe and a point guard would help. The end of the game proved my point. Kobe is tired I know that's part of him not driving and a traditional point guard would hit the open seams and kick the ball out to the open shooter or get to the foul line. I think it would also stop this standing around as a team and watch Kobe take over and every team in the league know this. How about mixing in a couple of screens? How about double screens to the low post? How about a play for someone else on the same side as Kobe when the doubles come ? I understand why Vlade said what he did (YES, he caused a lot of his own problems), but he had a point about the play calling only for certain people. Players become better and more confident when they know that they will get a chance to win the game or score in double figures or they will be callled to make the play. Just my rant. On another note, I also believe that Rambis screwed up. The end of the game called for Bynum/Odum/Kobe/Sasha/Brown

This must be Bizarro World......everyone, go to sleep and wake up and get ready to prep to win the whole GDMF thing....

Some of you guys are beginning to sound like media disciples again!!....who cares what blazer fans say.....they should be happy their team played a great game......All roads to the finals go through Staples and NO ONE IN THE WEST CAN OR WILL BEAT THE LAKE SHOW IN A 7 GAME SERIES.......The eight games doesn't apply to this same Laker squad......So they beat the Lakers both times at home.....It is amazing how fickle some of you sound......Kobe is not as athletic and he used to be but he is by no means a over the hill waste like some of you are almost saying......I know that you are just upset about the loss but some of you sound like the Lakers are done b/c of one game......Let me fill you in on something with the media......they have to find a team out west to cultivate as a challenger for the Lakers....problem is the Blazers don't win on the road......They will be hard pressed to get past Houston in the first round and if they play the Lakers in the 2nd round or WCF Great....the WILL BE SENT FISHING IN 5 GAMES!!....We often talk about how soft the Lakers are but man some of you guys are SOFT FANS..I am convinced that some of you people or all of you are SHAQ in disguise ..........Did you just start watching the NBA last week? .......As long as Bynum continues to improve the Lakers WILL WIN MULTIPLE CHIPS over the next 5 years........The season is a 82 game marathon filled with peaks and valleys ......to enjoy the ride you have to be able to handle the best and worst of your Lakers..........Kobe made several BAD plays down the stretch but are you not the same people who were saying the Lakers were the team to beat after the Denver win? Kobe's 1-on 1 play has cost a few games but I think of about 15 games where his individual play has led the SHOW to victory as well.........YOU CAN SAY WHAT YOU WANT ABOUT AGE, SELFISHNESS, OR WHATEVER....Mamba will and will be huge in this years championship run (Lord willing he and the rest of the SHOW stays healthy) .......Don't let ESPN, NBA TV, or any other HYPE MEDIA bewitch you Laker nation....They have to cultivate a rival for the Lakers in the West to keep the hype circulating....... and to all you Blazers fans enjoy.....look forward to seeing you in the playoffs........True Laker fans are not afraid to tell the truth about bad performances (this applies to Kobe as well).....BUT WE CERTAINLY CAN'T START ACTING LIKE THE FAIR WEATHER FANS WE SEE AROUND THE COUNTRY.....YOU ARE NOT MEDIA DISCIPLES!! Stop acting like it!!

Lakers- 2009 NBA Champs
Kobe - 2009 Finals MVP

THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING SPECIAL IN LAKER LAND!!

PL

@DT,

You'll excuse me if I think a Laker fan complaining about the utter injustice of the officiating is the height of irony.

Portland the Boston fans of the West? I spent my whole life in Portland and currently live in Boston. Celtics fans are awful. They know nothing about basketball and were nowhere to be found two years ago when their team sucked, and now you get morons coming out of the woodwork thumping their chests and talking about how great KG is. Of the fans I know, the average Blazer fan knows a hell of a lot more about NBA basketball than the average Celtic fan. Dislike our fan base all you want -- God knows we hate yours -- but don't lump us in with the Celtic idiots.

Typical Laker fans, complaining about the refs!

The Blazers would NOT beat the Lakers in a 7 game series. The postseason is a whole new ball game, where we will see this Lakers team step it up to a higher level. They are hungry, as any team that made it to the finals and lost should be. I think they are a bit tired both physically and mentally, and 3-4 days of rest after the Utah finale at home will do wonders for getting their bodies and minds ready for the playoff run. I honestly don't see the Blazers advancing past the second round if they face the Rockets. I'm not even sure they can take the Spurs, and yes I know they took the series 3-1 but in the playoffs, experience is a big help and the Blazers don't have that yet.

Blazer fan here. If we meet you guys in the playoffs, it will be competitive - that's the only prediction I'm going to make.

Something I'd like to note though: I have heard lots of "this game doesn't matter", "there is no rivalry", "we'll win in the playoffs when it counts", etc. from Laker fans, similar to what happened after the last game up here. I thought the Lakers were ready for this game. It was "circled" on the calendar I remember hearing from Laker fans. So what happened? Home court advantage throughout the playoffs isn't that big of a deal? Or will it matter "next time"?

I didn't look at your forums then, but I bet you Laker fans were saying the same thing last June. In the Finals, the Lakers sure played like there would a 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th game.

Seems to be a problem for you.

As a Blazer fan, here are my thoughts:

The Blazers are an up and coming team who are coming up much faster than anybody thought they would.

However, they're still not nearly as good as the Lakers, and won't win a playoff series against LA without being extremely fortunate.

The thing I like about Portland is that they play the game the right way. They play like a veteran team, winning with rebounding, offensive efficiency and an improving defense. They're not a gimmick team like the Suns.

Best of all, they have shown an ability to completely forget any adversity or setbacks during the course of a game. If things aren't going well, they keep on attacking and don't hang their heads or panic.

As for the 2000 Game 7: any Blazer fan will tell you that wasn't nearly as depressing as the loss to the Bulls in 1992 or to Magic Johnson's Lakers in 1991.


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