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UPDATE (10:55): It seems that Mehmet Okur is out for Game 3.  Andrei Kirilenko will start in his place.  And while we're here, Andy and I are set to sit in tonight for 710's postgame show, for an hour following the game.  Radio magic.  BK

With the Lakers having controlled Games 1 and 2 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal at Staples Center, most of the lingering questions about this series (I'm talking about outcome here, not LA's performance, something the coaching staff believes still needs some tweaks) involve how things could change in tonight's Game 3, kicking off the Salt Lake City portion of this playoff tour.  After all, them State seal of utah folks at the EnergySolutions Arena have a well earned rep for volume, and the Jazz are in nearly every measurable way a better team on their home floor.

It's a tough place to play, no question, but the Lakers say they're looking forward to it.  To the point that yesterday at practice, Kobe and LO actually called it fun:  "It's a little different than a good game of Monopoly, or something like that," Odom said.  "It's a different kind of competition, you know?  Somebody telling you that they hate your guts, and then you can make a spin move and make them go "Ahhhhhh!" in the same breath?  You know?  That's the rush that you get from playing on the road."

Love that quote.  And it's exactly how AK and I feel when we head into an enemy arena and fire up the laptops.  Same. Exact. Thing.  (We will not be accepting letters debating the point.)

Certainly Derek Fisher is aware of how nasty Utah fans can get, but believes much of the ugliness he encountered last season is indeed a thing of the past. Now, he says, he gets booed because he's a Laker, not a former Jazz.

But while the Lakers are braced for the worst, they may not get it.  With the Jazz searching for positives/moral victories after the first two games, and Mehmet Okur's status still an open question, fans aren't exactly steeped in optimism.  Tickets were still available for the game as of Wednesday afternoon, and talk radio chatter in SLC is, at best, wrought with pessimism.  There could even be (gasp!) some Lakers fans in the crowd

Whoever shows up will get a chance to see Andrew Bynum, who is still feeling a little discomfort in his right knee.  The Lakers aren't terribly concerned, and Phil Jackson said yesterday he sees fatigue and a natural adjustment to his brace as larger issues for Bynum than pain, and Drew himself didn't seem concerned.  As a precaution, Bynum didn't do much at practice, but headlines like this one still give a fright.

More news and notes:

BK

 
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Yes, playing in the Beehive State is a bit like playing baseball with a hornets' nest, but Utah is unaware of our secret weapon...

The lucky barstool.

THE POWER OF THE LUCKY BARSTOOL COMPELS YOU!

And it will be fully activated tonight (unless I have to fight through a horde of LeBroniacs to get to it and soon thereafter explain my metered actions to the authorities).

Expect full activation.

I also expect our veterans (especially Kobe, Lamar and Pau, Fisher, and, yes, even Luke Walton) to play out of their fricken minds.

I expect our younguns to be a little discombobulated, but nothing a little screaming at by Kobe Bryant can't work out.

Let's do this.

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

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

GO LAKERS!

I think DJ Mbenga should be activated for tonight's game.

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

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

GO LAKERS!

My hope?

Fourth quarter. One minute left. Lakers up 113-97. Kobe at the freethrow line.

One thousand Lakers fans in the arena in Lakers jerseys standing up and collectively chanting "MVP! MVP!" as Jazz fans stream for the exits.

You can't escape the wrath of Laker Nation.

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

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

GO LAKERS!

Edwin,
Thanks for thinking of me (in the previous thread), and you see I've already posted, in response to WOT UP.

I have two things to say about my diminished frequency of posting:

1) I've been extremely busy this year, so much less time to read through the blog, which has grown in size.

2) I found it more fun to help "solve" Laker problems when they were struggling than when they are dominating, like this year.

I'll always prefer the Lakers to any underdog we are faced with, but working as a team (with the bloggers, of course) to fight off trolls and analyze weaknesses that have produced deeply frustrating results - like over the years since the start of the blog until last spring - gives a feeling of being more productive than complaining about the minor weaknesses of a dominant team like the Lakers today.

And of course Kobe the ball hog is no longer an issue now that he's not the only dude who can be trusted 1) to put the ball in th hole 3) to defend. So when the great debates are reduced to which role player to complain the most about, there's less motivation to write in the blog.

STATEMENT GAME TONITE...

If the Lakers go into Utah and pound them, that lets the league know we are powerhouses home/road and wont be punked.

If we lose tonite, the same old questions are up again.

Are we tough enough?

Let's start to answer that tonite. We are better than this team. If we focus,execute, defend and rebound we will be fine.

Jon K - how goes the possible transfer to LA? You coming home? Don't forget to pack your barstool!

I agree we should have Congo Cash activated for tonight. At least he'll have more of a chance getting into the game than Ammo will... I love his energy & enthusiasm, plus 6 extra fouls is nothing to sneeze at.

GO LAKERS!! WE GOT THIS!!!

Edwin,

I actually like the idea you proposed regarding the multiple threads. And like Benjamin, I too miss the Extra! Extra! posts and have always thought one post per day with updates would be the perfect situation. Overall, AK and BK have done a great job keeping the blog on course as the LA Times has tried to adjust to the changes and evolution in journalism. In the old days, I could not stand to eat lunch without having a LA Times Sports page in hand. Today, AK & BK’s LA Times Lakers Blog has become my sports page.

On the other hand, I can understand the value of new threads as each thread gets treated as a new news source by the search engines. When I browse Google news for my usual “Lakers Bynum” story line check, sorted by date, I always see the blog’s new threads. Bottom line, we just need to adjust as we always have done because multiple threads are here to stay. Finally, it doesn’t matter, just like not having Lakers colors really doesn’t matter. What matters is that we love the community the AK and BK have built where we can come and play every day. This is home for any serious Lakers fans. Even if they keep adding new rooms and features, we won’t let it stop the buzz and interaction we love.

Tom


Jon K

You'd think DJ would be activated considering the minutes he put in before the playoffs, vs the Adam M minutes.

Maybe AM is having better practices but you can't have too many 7 footers with attitude and 6 fouls to play with.

as soon as i posted something, there's a new thread. darn.

go Lakers, and take care of business tonight. i will not accept a loss to the Jazz. we know how to play in hostile environments... especially Kobe. since Phil won't, it's time for Kobe, Fisher, Shaw, Rambis, Kareem (and everyone else that has a ring) to break out the jewelry, and show the young guys what it's all about.

as for Bynum: can't the staff get Andrew a less cumbersome brace. that one he currently wears looks huge.

Jon K, do you wear Lakers gear when you go out for Lakers games? if so, do you get angry looks or comments from people?

"Injuries are part of it, and I like Bynum, but I'm worried that he may be injury prone."

I have a different take on Drew's knees Johnny. He has had three surgeries (one minor) in the last 5 years. He was injured in his Senior year by the way.

This years injury was about a 210-225 pound 6'6" falling back on his knee while Drew was anticipating for a rebound.

Last year when Drew landed on Lamars knee, it attributed to another freak injury. Normally that would be an ankle injury however, the big guy's awkward landing momentum was on his knee.

I feel he is more of a slow recover-er, than injury prone.

Either way, I'm glad the monster is on our side.

Best,

Laker Tom, Benjamin (and anyone else applicable),

Just to clarify, we still do the "Extra, Extra!" on a daily basis (unless there's not much to report). This thread is literally just that. We decided to give the posts a different name, for variety's sake. To make it a little more interesting. But for all intents and purposes, it's not really different than before.

AK

Well, if Utah "nation" is down on their team, the last thing the Lakers should want to do is give them hope and a reason to rally. Because waking up that sleeping giant could cause a wave of momentum that'll make this series a lot tougher than necessary.

The news about Drew is worrisome. Hopefully PJ can pace his minutes. No reason to see an inefficient Drew (due to fatigue) and hopefully that knee doesn't deteriorate further.

I sincerely hope the coaching staff implemented some adjustments to the defense. The players can execute all they want but it won't be effective unless the gameplan is sound.

Today's LA Times reports that AB missed part of practice on Wednesday because of soreness in his right knee. Any furrther update on this?

Agree with activating DJ Mbenga over Morrison. However, its a business decision as Morrison is signed for next year.
If something happens to Lakers bigs or they play the Blazers where size counts DJ will be on the court.

Ooops I meant Lamar's foot.

Us being TOUGH enough she not be of question when we blew the hardest division wide open with 60 plus wins and still counting!

Nobody was asking if we was tough when we swept both Boston and Cleveland this year and ended up with the best ROAD record in the league.

That tough issue ISH is dead as far as us if you ask me!

CORRECTION to my POSTING..I meant to write

SHOULD not be of question I mean, not SHE....

Leon Powe is MORE knock-kneed than Drew, wonder if he is gonna continue to have knee concerns as a result..But tjem again, who cares, he's a green weenie after all!!

Every poster here rocks! This is absolutely the best place to come for Laker news and insight.

MAMBA24: Bravo my good man! You are such a positvie force on this blog and I applaud you for it. You rock!

Jon K.: I absolutely love your passion. You got nasty thoughts and I love it.

LakerTom: Thank god there is someone as optimistic towards the lakers as you. I think you make us all feel a little less weird when when dealing with our not-as Lakercentric friends and family. You are a also a spectacular writer too. Thanks so much for your posts!

Mrbarneydangles: I've always been there with you brotha regarding Lamar. Laker for life and finals MVP!

CORRECTION -- my typing is off today,

I meant to write, THEN AGAIN, who cares....

Mamba24,

Good morning. AWESOME ROLL CALL. I nominate this one for the Basketball Hall of Fame. Seriously.
Also, please sign me up for the Happy Anniversary band wagon.

Great posts this morning by everyone. Playoff Fever is running rampant, as it should.

Go Lakers!

If Utah were playing in the weak EC, their season record would have placed them as the 4th seed. So in terms of winning percentages, the Lakers-Jazz series is the equivalent of the Cavs playing against Atlanta in the first round (instead of their pathetic series with the Pistons).

I found it more fun to help "solve" Laker problems when they were struggling than when they are dominating, like this year.

HEY TSPHERE! LET ME TELL YOU ONE THING:
Now that they are not struggling you are entitled to lay back enjoy some of the Dominance you help produce. Lol. Good to see you posting again.

GO LAKERS!

Road Trip!

End the first round in Salt Lake.

It is gonna be a tough game tonight. I am not counting on Shannonn Brown (btw I prefer "ShannWow" to "UPS, , ,he delivers") or Trevor to be as sharp OFFENSIVELY as they were in LA.

But hopefully we'll have tightened up on D. And then Kobe, Pau, Fish & Drew will take up some of the scoring slack, if needed.

That said, we may end up losing one of the games in SLC. And between last year's playoffs & the last game this season I'm already tired of U-tar. So let's get this series over with.

GO LAKERS!!!

THE POWER OF THE LUCKY BARSTOOL COMPELS ME TO....
To order myself a drink called Brass Monkey, sit back and watch the Lakers systematically take apart the Jazz!

justanothermambafan,

Actually, I'm applying for a ghostwriting job in Los Angeles today. Do me a favor, please, and say a prayer for me on this one. Not only do I want this job very badly, but I know I would do it well and it would bring me back home. A perfect combination.

leonardbast,

Actually, I don't wear Lakers gear, but I do pound drum rolls on the bar during free throws and do the Lakers clap.

LET'S GO, LAKERS!

LET'S GO!

LET'S GO LAKERS!

LET'S GO!

GO LAKERS!

Over time, I've become the iconic "Lakers Guy" in the place. It's led to a plethora of interesting (and not so interesting) discussions with LeBroniacs.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!

CORRECTION -- my typing is off today, I meant to write, THEN AGAIN, who cares....Posted by: lakersrydeordie | April 23, 2009 at 09:54 Am
We knew that. LOL!

Goooooooooood Morning, Lakerblog!

Hey, this is not a test! This is basketball! Time to rock it from the Mamba to the D.J.M.!

Who is D.J. MBenga anyway? He sounds like something from the Wizard of Oz. Oh no don't go in there! Ohhh wee ohh. MBlocked again! Oh look you've landed in Salt Lake. You're amongst the little people now. We represent the Utah army, the Utah army, the Utah Army. Oh no! Follow the Jerry Sloan rail! Follow the Jerry Sloan rail!

Yo, they can play "nasty" errr DIRTY all they want but we're about to drop so many bombs from downtown in EnergySolutions, the Jazzinatics are gonna cover their ears like artillary man Roosevelt E. Roosevelt and their eyes like someone forced to gaze upon Robin Williams' hairy back.

Olf,

Dude. SanWow. Lol. Totally. He sells himself!

ShanWow, that is.

as soon as i posted something, there's a new thread. darn.

Tha'ts because the Blog gods are both Omiscience & Omnipotent. Lol!

Let's remember that Utah is supposed to win this game. They are one of the best home teams in the league, and it will be very tough.

So no, a loss tonight would not automatically show that the Lakers are not legit, or bring up all the questions.

In fact, the basketball fan in me want to see Utah put up a good fight. Last year's Denver series was kinda boring don't you think? I mean sweep and rest for our players was nice and all, but weren't some of you disappointed that our opponent basically CAPITULATED? I certainly was.

Update from jazz. Memo out tonight and AK to start instead of Korver. I thought Memo would come back at home tonight and drop 20, good to see him out.

Hey Everybody enjoy the ride. We will get to the destination when we get there. Dynasties last a long long time and I have a feeling that this is going to be an especially long Dynasty.

Larry(Mamba24)

I read somewhere that they can't activate Mbenga until the next series. Phil has to have the rotation set before the series start.

"Paging Jon K. and his lucky Barstool"
WE GOT THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ShanWow, that is. Posted by: Jesterguru | April 23, 2009 at 10:25 AM
WOW! Hey JesterGuru how you like the ride so far?

LET'S GO, LAKERS!

LET'S GO!

LET'S GO LAKERS!

LET'S GO!

GO LAKERS!
CLAP CLAP, CLAP CLAP CLAP

i'm surprised they announced Okur being out so early. i guess Jazz aren't into the same mind games that other teams do.... (surprised Celtics aren't saying, "Garnett's availability will be a game-time decision," LOL!)

Vonislav Waferdenko,

"Let's remember that Utah is supposed to win this game. They are one of the best home teams in the league, and it will be very tough."

I must respectfully disagree.

We've already got into Utah's heads and the fans' heads. No one, including the Jazz, expects them to win this series.

Which means they will engage in self-sabotoging behavior to fulfill their beliefs. It's funny how humans do that, but they do and the Jazz will.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!

Larry, I'm all MickeyDs about this season. I'm loving it!

Especially ShanWow. About 5 times a game I'm yelling, "I LOVE the new guy!"

Could there be a better fit between player and system? Finally the guy has found a home where he doesn't have to be a primary ball handler. He can spot up, knock down threes, slash to the rim and use his size and athleticism to defend smaller, weaker PGs until they cry.

And, unlike many others (cough Gay Payton cough) he's got the smarts and the DESIRE to have picked up the triangle in a short amount of time.

Awesome!

Wooohooo! I just scored 2 executive sweet tickets for tonights game from my work! Stupid dress code means I wont be able to wear any of my laker gear but oh well.

I look forward to seeing much purple and gold at the ESA tonight. Let's make the MVP chants as loud as it would be at Staples!

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We got the current and future MVP in Kobe Bryant
The list of Laker greats starts with the great George Mikan
We Claim Shaq, Magic, Wilt, Elgin & Kareem
Worthty, Goodrich & Big shot Horry, we take only the cream
We Claim a Glove, A Mailman, A Logo, and a Beast
We’re coached by a 9 time Title Winner who learned Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Legend, Broadcasted our Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest and Best Owner in Dr. Jerry Buss
And The only one that can beat the Freakin La Lakers is us
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
WE’RE THE FREAKING LA LAKERS WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!!
LAKERS TODAY LAKERS TOMORROW LAKERS FOREVER
R
*


So, Memo out probably means no DJ either. I thought if Memo was activated then DJ would be for the fouls but J. Powell can be in for the same reasons.

What a luxury to have all these bigs in our lineup...

Thanks Leonardbast for the props.
Good luck Jon K. - prayers out.

It's my sister's bday today so I am telling her that my present to her today is a big Lakers VICTORY! It's tough right now and I figure it's a win all-around.

LGL! 14 mo!

Shaww: "Update from jazz. Memo out tonight and AK to start instead of Korver. "

I wonder if AK will bring it "7th and 8th grade basketball in suburban St Louis"-style. Or was that just BK who was ballin' back then?

It is gonna be a tough game tonight. I am not counting on Shannonn Brown (btw I prefer "ShannWow"...

Posted by: olf | April 23, 2009 at 10:03 AM
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Olf,

Dude. SanWow. Lol. Totally. He sells himself!

Posted by: Jesterguru | April 23, 2009 at 10:25 AM
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ShanWow, that is.

Posted by: Jesterguru | April 23, 2009 at 10:25 AM
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Thats awesome....I will photoshop something for you folks tonight when I get home from work...


Now... If the Lakers dump the ball down low and let Pau, Drew and Lamar go to work I'm pretty sure they walk away with this one. Well this and some good D.

And, unlike many others (cough Gay Payton cough) he's got the smarts and the DESIRE to have picked up the triangle in a short amount of time. Awesome! Posted by: Jesterguru | April 23, 2009 at 11:01 AM

EXACTLY!!!

The Lakers need to lay down the law tonight.

I think it's time to put an end to this "tough" talk from the Jazz and crush their dreams.

I like the Lakers for the win. 118 - 96.

Also can't see the Celtics winning at Chicago. Bulls win, 98 - 90.

Folks, if we win today, it is going to be a Bonus for us only.

So, let us not spew the hatred and angst (including me.. lol) into the live chat or blog if we perform badly.

The last 2 games we played in LA, I was so excited/worried, that I ended up calling PJ a moron etc etc

Today I am feeling much more peaceful and relaxed. If its a W, its great, if its a L - then we'll get the W next game :)

Btw, anyone saw the Cavs insane pre-game intros in their Game-II.... man, height of craziness!!!

People have probably noted this before, but there's a beautiful symmetry in watching the legendary Lakers regain their rightful place...

When the Lakers are in championship mode, it seems the bench and role players draw power from the uniform itself. In turn, the team seems that much more invincible because of depth. This, in turn, makes wearing the uniform that much more right and proper.

We will nearly always have at least one marquee player. But what separates us from, say the Knicks or Celtics is that so much of the winning teams' identity has come from people no one expected...

Horry
Fisher
Fox
AC Green
Rambis
Scott (can you believe he was never an All-Star?)
Cooper


Trevor? Shannon? Sasha? Even Jordan, who's in a rut, is gutting up big time. There's even LO, who swaggers with energy as the sixth man, instead of seeming like so much frustrated potential on the starting team.

So, it's amazing to see Kobe, Pau and Drew living up to the hype. But what's pushing us over the top is that the other guys are hungry to be part of the Lakers legend.

What I'm saying, is it's Purple Armor time, *****es!

Do
You
Not
Ascertain
Showtime.
The best is
Yet to come.

lakalova,

Thanks, man. Nice of you to say.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!

Who has the lowest class fans: Utah or Boston? I can see why Celtics' fans are low-class because fans of Boston teams are generally low-lifes. But the state of Utah has probably the nicest people in the entire Union. It's strange then that Jazz fans would be filled with such hate and vitriol.

Mamba24 - just doggin ya a little - I know it's all about the love LOL!!! (Seriously though - your roll call & bandwagons were one of the main reasons I decided I loved this blog - you really are one of the main forces creating that sense of community that we all love - so thank you!)

Jon K - consider it done. (UTZ - help my brotha out!!) If you get this job, when are you back in town? Before the Finals? Cuz that would be the best case scenario - can't have your life in danger!!

I must agree with all the positive comments about ShanWow - or UPS - or whatever we're going to call him. I LOVE THIS KID!!! He is just soooo happy to be a Laker that it seems he's doing everything in his power to be a valuable cog in the championship wheel. I'm really going to be watching him tonight to see how he responds to the hostile atmosphere in Bootah. I'm hoping he steps it up, but I just really want to see him continue to gain confidence.

GO LAKERS!!! WE GOT THIS!!!!!!

AK / BK,

Is the 710 postgame show also available as a podcast? I live on the East coast now (Originally from Orange County) and thus usually DVR the lakers game and watch them the following morning.

Thanks

**Will Phil Jackson keep the Lakers from winning it all? **

Sure does look like it.

Most NBA observers admit the Lakers are the most talented team in the league. But with Phil and his substitution patterns they are only destined to lose.

I have stated this before but I can only think of the great
TOM LANDRY of the Dallas Cowboys and how they had to shove him out to pasture due to the game passing him by.

Phil Jackson meet Tom Landry!!

Dr. Buss if PJ loses his third in a row in the Finals are you going to smell the coffee and wake up??

Hands down these Lakers are the best in the NBA but something tells me Phil will make sure it doesn't happen.

Now come out with a victory tonight and I will take it all back. HAHA!!!

BD

I want Kobe to be aggressive going to the hole tonite maybe have Pau and whoever flash to the basket for some sweet AND-1's...Just take it to their asses and come out victorious!

Also, i want to see our bench play GREAT on the road........

Kobe says the jeering "relaxes him." WHAT A HEAD GAME!!! He has officially mind screwed the Utah fans!! I love it.

Hopefully other Lakers will follow in their leader's positive attitude.

GOOOooOOOOOO LAKERS!!!

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

EJK,

I know what you mean about Utah fans. The same is oddly true about Oregon fans. I've had nothing but good personal experiences with Oregonians, but for some reason they are among the most scumbag fans in the nation.

It makes no sense to me.

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

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

GO LAKERS!

Re Bynum's knee. The OC Register's Kevin Ding reported yesterday that it is Bynum's Illiotibial band that's bothering him. I've had issues with my IT band before and it's only tangentially related to his MCL issue in that it's indicative of compensation or overuse (e.g. sort of like tendinitis or shinsplints). Ibuprofen should make the pain controllable as should some light physical therapy. It should pose no long term issue to his performance and it is not a sign that his MCL hasn't healed, only that his body may not have been completely ready to resume NBA action.

EJK,

That's a great question you raise. Not so much who the worst fans are between Utah and Boston, but why Utah fans are so bad? I've lived here for 15 years now and I really love it, I don't think I'll ever move... but I hate the Jazz fans (only thing worse are BYU fans... GO UTES!) It's like they are some breed of subspecies that only get transfigured as they walk through the doors of the ESA.

Thoughts about tonights game...

Kobe will come out in a flurry to start the game

I expect Bynum to continue to labor

I expect Pau to be his usual outstanding self

I expect Lamar to play out of his mind. (the reason the Laker's are going to win tonight)

I expect Shannon Brown to continue with his sold play.

I expect Sasha to hit some shots.

I expect no minutes for Farmar

I expect 4 to 6 meanigless minutes for Luke

I expect Ariza to cool off a tad.

I expect the Lakers to win 102 - 97

Go Lakers!!!


It's not "on" till you win on the opponent's floor.

It's on tonight!

fo fo fo fo
got 14 rings
time to get one mo'

AND SO IT CAME TO PASS THAT THE JOB THAT JON K. MOST WANTED WAS GRANTED HIM. LET IT BE BE SAID! LET IT BE WRITTEN! LET IT BE DONE!

God Bless you Jon K. I don't know how much good it will do but I will be praying for you & The Lakers the rest of the day. Good Luck my brother.

Larry(Mamba24)

BD - you may as well just take it back now. Win or lose tonight, we're moving on to Round 2. WHY - in the name of all that's holy - would PJ sabotage this team?? He wants ring # 10 so bad I'm sure he dreams about it.

Put the bottle down & step away from the shotglass.

EJK - that whole "cancer" thing they did to Fish shocked me. Bottom line - Utah's fans are so low and down in the gutter they have to look waaaayyy up to see the curb.

They give scum a bad name.

BD - couple things.

One: Admitting you made a mistake is half the problem. Done and over. You shall see a short rotation tonight and assuming a W, especially short rotation in G4. No way PJ wants to give these guys an opening.

Two: Jeanne would be cutting him off (in more ways than one) if we don't win this year. The power of the female my friend. PJ has turned it all over to her.

LGL!!

for some reason i think kobe is gonna have a big game, 40 point big game!

jon k,

with ur lucky barstool and my lucky watch no way the jazz win....

ak and bk,

keep up the good work guys i love this blog and especially on game nights!!

mambas gonna strike big tonight

I find BD, pfunk and any other posts that criticize Phil Jackson's substitution patterns and coaching ability to be downright hilarious.

Seriously. I laugh really hard at armchair coaches who think they know more about the game of basketball than the man who's currently on his way to being the all-time leader in NBA championships.

Really, there is only one other person coaching in the NBA right now with talent level on par to Phil Jackson and it's Greg Popovich. He's still trailing PJ by 5 titles.

You're not a better coach than Phil Jackson.

This season the lakers had a 70.7% winning record on the road, and morethan half of those games are without AB. I know the post season is a totally different animal, but with that in mind, I would say this "Lakers will have at least 75% chances of winning on anyones gym during the playoffs". So, if you ask me about splitting a road games with an opponent, elite or mediocre?... YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT! ...and of course I'm being objective and conservative...

It wasn't a mistake to play Farmar and Vujacic - the possible payoff was significant, and the possible downside was minimal.

Stopping something that didn't work out doesn't mean it was a mistake to try it in the first place.

Lake Show will go up 3-0 in a very close game tonight....they will end the series on Monday ( in 5) and get ready to play Houston (who will win in 6 games).....I think Kobe will have a huge night tonight to get Lake Show over the hump......Predicted #'s Kobe 42-6-3...Pau 17-8-2....Andrew 15-6-1 ....LO 12-8-2....Fish 8-2-2 ....Shannon 8-3-2......Trevor 9-5-3....the rest of the guys will have 6 pts combined .....Final score Lakers 117 Jazz 114


2009 NBA CHAMPS !!

PL


Jon K,

Good look tonight with the lucky barstool..Hopefully someone hasn't taken it!

I'm heading back to L.A tomorrow! I'm excited..I cant wait to get back to the sunny Pasadena weather!

I may be back in Cleveland in June..Should be fun!

Is there anyway I could be in the next roll call?

I've been coming to this blog for a while now but this is the first day I'm posting... I'm so sick of detroit... all my friends atre piston fans and I love that they SUCK! HAHAHAHAHA. GO LAKERS!

Game time, 6:30. Might have to get some wings for tonight's game.

I honestly hope they are hostile to the Lakers. We can't ride a wave of good fortune to the playoffs, as much as I hate to admit it.

We need phasers set to kill tonight, and everynight. Phil, could you please stop coaching to make everyone feel good? Shorten that rotation 9rings!!!!!

#4

Jon k,

Your lucky barstool and my lucky watch noway the lakers lose!

107-98 lakers...

Interesting quote from Shannon Brown (from a recent K. DIng article)

Brown noted that “the triangle is a thinking man’s game,” and when asked about Radmanovic’s complaint that role players are limited by the offense, Brown said: “I don’t know how they say they didn’t get opportunities, because they are there. They are there in abundance.”

PL,

Yes sir kobe is gonna come out big tonight for some reason I think 42 is just about right

EJK,

The reason fans in Utah (and Portland) act that way is because they have years of pent up frustration and bitterness piled up, especially towards the Lakers. For every euphoric Laker moment that we are all fortunate enough to have witnessed (Horry's shot, Game 7 agaisnt Portland, Magic's Hook, etc), Utah (and Portland) fans have just as many painful memories. Every time Utah fans watch their team, I am guessing all these painful memories come back to smack them in the face. Utah fans use their home games to release their anger, bitterness and pain. I kind of feel bad for them...not really.

The moral of the story is, it's good to be a Laker fan.

Wow, watching Jim Rome Is Burning and his interview with TMac was great. TMac had nothing but the highest praise for Kobe and said that LeBron had a great year and deserves the MVP, but that the media helped LeBron greatly by hyping him up and advertising him all the time. TMac said that he's shocked that Kobe only won it last year.

So what is the Jazz starting lineup tonight if AK is starting? Is Collins sitting? Korver?

phantom-

Thanks for asking. If you go to 710espn.com, you can click there and hear streaming audio.

Nemaia-

Korver sits for Kirilenko. It's an interesting substitution, b/c without Okur and Korver, that becomes a terrible shooting team. My guess is that LA packs it in very tight and makes Utah shoot over them as much as possible.

BK


to whom it may concern:

I've actually purchased ShamWows.. it was late, I'd been drinking.

Just fyi, even the post office performs better than they do. That coupled with the fact that the ShamWow guy just got arrested for indecent exposure or salacious behavior of some sort, adds up to a negative Shannon may or may not dig.

Not casting a vote, UPS, Shannwow, it's all good. I'm just sayin'....

Stephen Curry is going to get torn up in the NBA. Unless he goes to a team where he has the green light, he may find himself in AMo territory. He may be a talented scorer but not very efficient and that's going to kill him if he's expected to come off the bench and execute in short minutes without putting the team in jeopardy.

Pig, you're totally on point. The armchair coaches on this blog are ridiculous. I think PJ is a great coach, and it's hard to argue with his resume. Phil trusts his players, and I like that in a coach.

Game day, and I'm loving the anticipation.

I think we've got a big game coming from Kobe tonight. I wouldn't be surprised to see 45+.

Go Lake Show!

Speaking of ShamWow, whatever happened to Shammond Williams?

blitz,

>>> Other than that Bynum is fine. He should have scored more points than 10
>>> in one quarter though. He's not a choker like Sasha/Jordan is and is showing
>>> signs of being a playmaker.

I have a real problem with you calling out Lakers players as chokers. Both Sasha and Jordan have worked their butts off as Lakers players and have been and will still continue to be valuable contributors to the team’s success. You show a serious lack of appreciation and loyalty as a fan that goes beyond constructive criticism when you disrespect our players heart and character by calling them chokers. Try and act like a “real” Lakers fan.

Tom

OLD AND NEW FRIENDS…

Great to see several old friends as well as some new ones chime in on reading the bloggers within the blog. Thanks to old friends Faith, dice8u, Fearless, and isang for their kind comments as well as new friends TheTruth21 and lakalova. The Lakers Blog rocks.

Tom

Looks like they are starting AK47 so that they think they do not have to double team KB. KB must be salivating at the prospect of a 1-on-1 coverage.

Mamba come on i told you this 1 year ago that i was not on roll call despite being here since 2006, having to suffer through Mike T's horrible long posts, going through parker(smush), years of obscurity getting pounded out by the suns, demands to be traded, losing in the finals and now on the verge of greatness and still have not been added to the roll, please put me on the roll and remember there are two posters here that is Frank Rizzo, and RIZZO, i am RIZZO. I do understand that this was an oversight, just seems messed up you have all these newbies on here now and i am not.

My thoughts on tonight's game:

We won't get the foul calls so I figure 1 or more of our bigs will be in foul trouble. (So keep your head in the game Lamar!)

Kobe will go all "Charles Barkley's mom" and drop 45 on 'em.

Someone please remember to keep giving Pau the ball in the 2nd half!

Shannon's done real well but he needs to just continue to keep it simple and not get discouraged if he struggles a bit.

Win or lose I want to see some intensity & focus. No sloppy play (Jordan & Sacha). This is a good warm-up for the rest of the playoffs.

Go Lakers!!!

FROM PALM BEACH, FLORIDA


BONSOIR GUYS,

TONIGHT GAME IS VERY SCARY UNLESS OUR TEAM PUT HIS HEART AND GIVES 100% PERFORMANCE TIL THE END.

FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS=WIN IT ALL


LOVE TO ALL


SHEKOBE FOREVER

Ariza on Deron.

Is that crazy?

The Snake,

AK47 will be inserted into the starting lineup tonight to guard Ariza, not Kobe.

"Ariza on Deron.

Is that crazy?"

Posted by: jq

Not at all. Gotta throw different looks defensively on D-Will.
Great idea!

So, Lakers are the favorites tonight?
Vegas has them at -3
David Thorpe picked them in his scouting report.
95% of users picked them on streakforcash.
Even the computer, accuscore, has them at 51%.

Laker Tom,

Sasha and Jordan have both been "inconsistent". After having a so called career year Sasha is back to being a crappy overall shooter and Jordan for some reason even before his injury was not playing good after November (and his defense was pathetic no matter what).

I still haven't forgotten Ray Allen blowing through Sasha for the dagger layup without the aid of screen and Jesus Shuttlesworth isn't as good as say Pierce in driving to the hoop (underrated still). Not to mention Jordan just letting Eddie House shoot a energy killing three when he abandoned House to help Kobe even though KB didn't need help against KG. And 2-15 shooting combined when KB was a great playmaker and racked of 10 assists. That game should have been won and the starting lineup did well just those two were a big factor in the defeat.

When Kobe fouled out against Charlotte who stepped up the most? Bynum. Jordan just played pathetic and Sasha kept shooting ill-advised shots. A big reason why Jordan is sitting on the bench and will be sitting on the pine most of the time (unless of match up or blowouts). Sasha will probably be sitting on the pine most of the time as well. I give them heart but it's PLAY on the court that matters. Bryant said Kwamay Brown had heart....maybe but nobody sure liked his production save for one crazy dude. SB has shown real heart similar to Trevor. He did not cry to the head coach because he wanted to play some other way or cry that he needs more playing time to be effective when it you need to be productive to receive more playing time ala Shannon Brown and Eric Gordon of the Clippers. (Before someone responds Eric Gordon played well in limited minutes when he started and his production/minutes went up).

Heck Luke has a better FG%, better FT% than Jordan, better rebounder, better playmaker and is pass first (helps setting up Bynum a TON) person unlike the must be ball dominant Farmar or the shoot around the world Vujacic.

Ball don't lie!

Hey Mamba,

I read every day (actually I leave it open at my job) but rarely post. I'd like to be included in your roll call.

PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZ!

GAME DAY!!!

It's time to shorten the rotation. We loose the big leads when the bench plays. ARIZA and Brown should play more, less of Walton and none for Jordie.

Walton and Farmar are all known for making mistakes and playing soft in a tough crowd like this. We need agressive players who fights back.

Bynum/Odom
Gasol/Odom
Ariza/Sasha
Kobe/Sasha
Fisher/Brown

The more minutes for Sasha the better he will play.

Kobeblitz,

I can understand some of your critical comments towards Farmar and Sasha this year. They've been disappointing thus far. You have been ripping on Farmar and Sasha all year long, as well as Ariza. You have stated time and time again that Luke is better than Ariza, and that Ariza will NEVER be a consistent 3 point threat. How can you have such negativity for these three players, yet have only positve things to say about Luke, who makes about the same as ALL three players combined.

 
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