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Lakers 103, Denver 94: Game 5 comes alive like Peter Frampton without the 70's hair and talk-box

With 5:12 left in the third quarter in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers found Lamar Odom celebrates in Game 5 against Denver themselves down by seven after a Dahntay Jones putback of Carmelo Anthony's missed finger roll- second chance points for the Nuggets being no stranger to this series- and faced a crossroads in their season.  More points for the Nuggets, and LA could very well head back to the Rockies down a game, needing two straight wins to advance to the Finals.  Instead, the Lakers, who have been on the defensive for much of the series, got defensive.  Over the final  4:20 of the quarter, LA blocked two shots, forced four turnovers, held the Nuggets to five points, and tied the game at 76.  Rather than relax, they carried the momentum into the fourth, ripping off 11 points before the Nuggets responded with even a point.  By then, the purple and gold had established control, and the game was theirs.

Final score, 103-94, giving the Lakers a 3-2 lead heading to Friday's Game 6 at Pepsi Center.  Unlike other games in this series, LA won this with defense and a patient, well executed, and utterly balanced offensive effort.  They looked much less like the team needing the Kobe Bryant, Superman Edition to bail them out, much more like the group that shredded opposing defenses in a variety of ways with a variety of dudes over the course of the season.  

It's hard to overstate the importance of tonight's game.  Huge.  Massive.  Gigantic.  If it was a fossil in the Natural History Museum, they'd call it Ginormasaurus and children would visit it on school field trips.  And with their backs against the wall, a team that some declared is without substantial fortitude, whether intestinal or... slightly lower down the body, shut the door on an explosive Denver team and kept control of the series. 

The breakdown- a very happy, breakdown filled with purple and gold hardwood treats- is below.  Do you feel like we do?  I bet so, Lakers fan.  Oh, I bet so.


There was too much good stuff to limit "The Good" to a mere three.  Thus, bullets:

  • Lamar Odom: "I don't care what he says," Luke Walton told the media after the game, "his back his been killing him.  Tonight, though, LO overcame the pain and was a monster contributor for the Lakers.  7-15 from the floor, 14 boards, three dimes, four blocks.  It wasn't perfect, but it was how Odom responded to mistakes that made his performance particularly impressive.  Whenever he made a mistake (which tended to be a missed shot down low), Odom came back with a play on the other end.  He, along with Shannon Brown, formed the foundation of LA's critical defensive stand.  In the fourth, Odom was all over the floor, scoring eight points, grabbing six boards and blocking a shot.  In his postgame press conference, LO was asked if he actually felt better tonight, or just managed to look like he did.  The response was vintage Odom:
"I just looked it.  I had to suck it up.  Couldn't pick the paper up anymore.  Didn't want to answer the phone.  Couldn't watch ESPN.  Couldn't watch TV for a little bit, right?  I took it like a man.  I just had to.  This is my tenth season. Game 6.  I haven't been playing well.  My back's just to the wall.  Put my focus cap on, came out and just went after it."

Love that.
  • Pau Gasol: He didn't necessarily get the number of shots he was calling for after LA's loss in Game 4, but Pau had plenty of touches, and LA's offense was better for it.  Gasol was a focal point of the offense in the high post, and created great looks for his teammates, whether via sweet no look passes to Andrew Bynum, or a particularly effective two-man game with Trevor Ariza.  More than that, Gasol was stout defensively like his beloved FC Barcelona, shutting down the lane (five blocks) like those dudes shut down Manchester United (Note: I didn't watch the game and don't follow the game, so it's fair to say the soccer comparisons stop here.)  Early in the game, Pau ceded many of LA's available post touches to an active Bynum, but was a force late, scoring eight of his 14 over the final quarter.  Final line: 14/10/4, plus two steals and the aforementioned quintet of blocks.  It was his eighth straight double-double. 
  • Kobe Bryant: So much focus is placed on "What Kobe will show up?" on any given night, as if the only way Bryant can make an imprint on a game is by piling up 48 points and YouTube clips.  Tonight, he played nearly 45 minutes and only took 13 shots, but lest you think he was somehow uninvolved piled up eight assists as the Nuggets brought frequent double teams for which Kobe frequently made them pay via the pass (my favorite coming with 4:46 left in the third, when with his back turned to the court and pinned to the sideline by two Denver players, he whipped a perfect backhand pass to Shannon Brown dunks around Chris Andersen Shannon Brown under the bucket for an easy layup.  That ain't easy.)  More importantly, on a night where Denver was daring him to hoist the team on his back, Kobe didn't oblige, and instead allowed LA's offense to flow.  Don't get me wrong- Kobe's 22 points still mattered as did his nine freebies in ten attempts (to the point you can look past the seven turnovers) but importantly he didn't force a square peg into a round hole on Wednesday, and the results were fantastic. 
  • Guard Play: Derek Fisher had his strongest overall game of the series, helping support LA's offense early (10 first half points) and, as was noted at the break by my friend Eric Neel of ESPN.com, found a little bit of the swagger he had lost in the first four games.  The second half was dominated by Brown, who played 14 very effective minutes over the final two quarters.  Six points on 3-5 from the floor, all while bringing his customary energy and defensive pressure.  Brown was a big part of that push late in the third, and until he was removed with four to play, helped continue to gum up Denver's attack.  Jordan Farmar's one bucket came on a nice putback off an offensive board in the first quarter, and even Sasha Vujacic chipped in with a huge triple to end the first half.  and tie the game at 56.  (Wisely, rather than doubling down on a positive contribution from Sasha, Phil sent him to the cashier and collected his winnings.  Vujacic didn't play in the second half.)  It's amazing how much of a difference it makes for the Lakers when they get production from non-Kobe members of the backcourt.
  • Balance: Five players in double figures, with Bynum (himself active offensively in his near-19 minutes of burn) a point away from becoming the sixth.  Bynum, by the way, seemed to build on his positive performance from Game 4, and while he did find himself in foul trouble during the second half (and sitting behind the very effective Gasol and Odom), he was a factor, which is what the Lakers need.  Walton gave LA decent minutes against Anthony, and more importantly took some ball-handling responsibilities in the fourth while Brown was on the floor, freeing SB to work in the open floor and away from the rock. As a team, LA piled up 25 dimes on 37 field goals.  It was a nice change of pace for the Lakers, who have found their offense becoming increasingly stagnant.  No surprise, either, that a lack of predictability helped push Denver into foul trouble, as did LA's dominance of the paint, where they outscored the Nuggets 54-36.  The Lakers made a point of pushing the ball down low and keying movement out of the low, mid, and high post, with great results. 
  • Defense: I mentioned the big push at the end of the third into the fourth, but it's worth mentioning that Anthony finished 9-23 from the floor, Chauncey Billups only had 12 points and six free throws, and JR Smith was 3-13.  Those are positive developments.  In the second half, LA held Denver to 29.3% shooting, and over the course of the game were much smarter in their coverages and rotations. 

That Which Still Needs Improving:

  • Cleaning the Defensive Glass: While LA managed to slow the flow of offensive boards given away to the Nuggets as the game went along, there were still far too many second chance opportunities for Denver.  Particularly in the first quarter, when the Nuggets snagged six of their misses.  They'd finish with 14, not all that disastrous, especially given how many shots Denver missed over the final 24 minutes.  But Friday night, in front of their home crowd, the Lakers can't expect to dodge some of the bullets they did tonight. 

BK

Postgame Quotes:

Phil Jackson:

Q.  In the must‑win games, whether it's the Rocket series or tonight, the Lakers have responded.  Can you talk about the team, what does that say about them and the way they are mentally.

            COACH JACKSON:  It's playoff basketball and the energy that's created by the home crowd, by the intensity of the game, all that plays into it.  And this Lakers group is really connected.  They're a connected group.  They're driven and they're motivated to get to where we were at last year to give us a chance to win.

            We're learners.  We've got some young guys out there that are still making mistakes and we're trying to work through it.  That's the best thing tonight, even though we made mistakes defensively and offensively you're going to have that.  They continued to work at it.  It was no big deal...

 

            Q.  Just in general could you talk about that defensive stretch where you had I think 11 straight stops at the end of the quarter?

            COACH JACKSON:  Some of those stops I was amazed at, because I thought that we left ‑‑ we're hustling really hard, we left guys open for shots we were still able to recover to get back to guys who were taking shots.

            We had blocks at the baskets.  We had rebounds and I thought they were up for grabs and we came down with and that was a period of time where we were able to create some things.  The stretch was finally broken by Kleiza hitting a three, but that was a great stretch for us.

 

            Q.  Kobe's done so much for you guys scoring in this series, was it part of the game plan tonight for him to play more of a facilitator role?

            COACH JACKSON:  That's what we really asked of him.  He had eight assists, probably could have had more if we hit some shots.  But he was creating the offensive opportunities by generating and double teaming the screen roll with Pau and moving the ball ahead.

 

            Q.  Coach, Gasol was talking before, I guess yesterday he was talking about getting more touches and getting the ball more.  In the beginning of the game, I didn't even see him touch it maybe the first five minutes.  Was that by design?  The team seemed to be going to Andrew quite a bit.

            COACH JACKSON:  Well, we did.  Andrew's got that center position.  And it's easy for him to get the ball in there, because we were using Pau to create cuts and get opportunities.  We didn't go inside to him I don't think once in the third quarter, and I kind of berated the team for that, for the fourth quarter stoppage.  And they went back inside at the end of the game, we got some things done...

 

            Q.  How proud of you are of Shannon Brown coming in, the aggressive plays going at Birdman who has been there, aggressive in the series?

            COACH JACKSON:  I put him in the ball game and said, You gotta make things happen for us because we were down 5, 6, whatever it was at that point in the game.  And both Fisher and Drew got four fouls and had to come out of the ball game.  He sparked our team, gave us a real big lift..

 

            Q.  About Shannon, what does that say to you about the way he was able to be so ready after not playing in the first half?

            COACH JACKSON:  He's got a great attitude as a player.  He supports his teammates.  He looks for his opportunities.  Tries to make the best out of them.  And with that quarter break, you know, Billups having foul situation, I thought they may substitute Carter in for him.  I said, If Carter goes in, Jordan, you're going in; if Billups stays in, Shannon, you've got the lead guard role.

            They kind of waited us and kept Billups out on the floor.  And we had Shannon out there and they were both connected, both Jordan and Shannon stood in front of me and said go for and it they did.

 

VIDEO:



Kobe Bryant, on the low post play and how to avoid a Game 6 letdown

Kobe Bryant, on the team's readiness and the second half defense

Kobe Bryant, on the media's analysis of the Lakers

(AK's note: As those who actually read what I write know, I think much of the media coverage has too often been presented within a prism of "If the Lakers don't roll through the playoffs, something is wrong," as opposed to acknowledging that the Nuggets are a legit team. Thus, I asked Kobe whether he thinks people still have a difficult time wrapping their heads around that notion. His "It's just talk for the sake of creating discussion" viewpoint is interesting, and I'd like to think he's right. And maybe he is in certain cases. But honestly, I do think he's giving some talking heads and writers too much credit. From where I'm sitting, this doesn't often feel like false bluster for the sake of driving discussion. At the very least, some of these people should consider moonlighting in Hollywood, because they play this role rather convincingly.)

 
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One down, one to go. That game in Denver will be HARD, but if we can make it happen, that would say a lot about where this team is headed. Lots.

Let's go lake show!

That was a great win, if not a totally convincing one.

AK's right. Denver is that good. It's not just talk. They have inside defense, an all star PG and an elite small forward with plenty of shooters sprinkled in.

That said, I couldn't be happier for LO, one of the truly great guys in the game and it's great when great things happen to great guys. Encouraging that Fish hit a few but I get the feeling that Shannon will make something good happen every second he's on the floor.

Kobe the facilitator gave Denver something to think about for game 6. But this, in all probability, is goin' the distance.

QUICK TAKES…

* Fabulous stretch of defense from the Lakers as they held the Nuggets scoreless for a long period while spreading the offense perfectly and using pick-and-rolls to find open players underneath the basket. 12 blocked shots and 38% Nuggets shooting.

* Pau’s best defensive game as a Laker. And it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Pau talked the talk and walked the walk tonight. I know he can do this every night but what great timing to amp up the D in the 4th quarter. The Co-Player of the Game.

* Great game from Lamar. More importantly, he actually made a great in-game adjustment from trying to soar to the rim to forcing the contact to get 3-point plays. Not to mention a timely 3 and a couple of monster dunks. The other Co-Player of the Game.

* Kobe Bryant was sensational, dishing out 8 assists and getting everybody going early on offense with a balanced controlled attack. While we took a few too many 3’s, we also did a much better job of pounding the ball inside and playing inside out basketball.

* Great signs from Drew and some impressive and aggressive minutes in the first half. A Beast sighting for sure in the 2nd quarter. Had Lamar not been playing so sensationally, Drew would have definitely earned some fourth quarter playing time.

* Excellent substitutions in general by Phil, never let the game get out of control, and got positive contributions from Trevor, Fish, Shannon, Luke, and even Sasha, with a clutch 3 from the quarter to tie the game at the half time buzzer. Bench won battle 34 to 26.

* Lakers need to toughen their resolve and punch out the Nuggets on Friday night. The last thing you want to do against a team like Denver is give them a shot at a Game 7 when they have already shown they can compete in Staples. Game 6 close out is key.

Great win by the Lakers. Slowly but surely, they are getting their game back together.

Tom

all LO has to do is drive to basket, or jump. rebound. lift your arms up to block. occasionally shoot. were good.

great game LO glad you woke up.

love the picture of odom and walton! haha vintage

Nice overall game by LA, and it was expected being at home. DEN obviously gave a poor performance with both Chauncey and nene off their games.

This series mimics the HOU series, like exactly yo. Next game DEN should win by 15 pts, then its Game 7.

If history repeats itself, lamar will disappear Friday. One good game in the series is not bad, though.

I was reading the little game recap on espn.com and they actually had the Kobe puppet introducing the video clip. I gotta say, that Kobe puppet is way smoother than the real Kobe. He sounds like he should be the DJ of some R&B station. And then there's the fact that he doesn't even look like Kobe. But I guess Kobe's pretty face and high cheekbones don't translate to felt. Will we see the puppet, sans LeCrab? Maybe Nike could send it to Staples to take pictures with the kiddies.

But enough about the puppets.

Great game! I have a soft spot for Lamar, so I was beyond pleased to see him really step up tonight. But please, lay off the candy! Loved Pau being aggressive, Kobe distributing, Shannon sparking. Just a great, balanced effort. Nothing would make me happier than to see the Lakers get the Western Conference trophy presented to them on Denver's floor. Let's do this!

Kobe was completely gassed during the last half of the fourth quarter after he refused to come out of the game. Kobe turned the ball over 3 times in the fourth quarter caused by fatigue. Its not clear, he could have "taken the game over".

Phil needs to make the adjustment and let Shannon Brown play more minutes against Billups. Brown was the reason Lakers defense went into lock down.

Lakers would be better if DFish played ZERO minutes. Brown and Farmar collectively would do a much better job. Their talent, quickness and energy provides more return on minutes played that DFish "veteran" status. Phil seems unwilling to cut DFish's minutes regardless of DFish's poor play or Brown/Farmar superior play.

We are playing a good team. The Nuggets are legit, so it makes this win extra special

I was wondering in the previous posts if we had an answer to the "crash offense" that teams (Portland, and in the playoffs Houston and the Nuggets game 4) play devastatingly against us. Tonight we did in spades. It starts there, on the defensive end.

We plug this hole and we are Champs for sure

Baywood

why are u laker fans not complaining about the refs now? that was by far the worst case of homer call i have ever seen in my life...straight garbage...its hard for the nuggs to beat the lakers the refs and the NBA..impossible task!!!!!!!!

Some Thoughts......

Lamar Odom played really well..If not Bynum would have played more..

Kobe Bryant...I really like that Kobe..
Shannon Brown...Guy played well in only 14 minutes of play.
And that dunk on that bird guy was nice..
Pau didnt get as many touches in the first half but got them when we really needed them...

Good teams win a lot of games..Great teams find a way to win there backs are against the wall....

Fish played OK for once but when PJ put him back in with 4 minutes to go he killed the momentum and the team had to overcome Fishitis to hang on. Why take Brown out at that point when he was sparking our run? Pj is eo smart or stubborn for his own good.

lmao at the Nuggets fans who are so used to Nuggets not being called for the fouls that they commit, that they feel cheated when one of the fouls is actually whistled against their team.

in reality, it's only terribly bad officiating, meaning uneven calls on rough play(not an uneven NUMBER of fouls, just an uneven approach to what is called and what is not) that has kept Denver in the series. i don't mean that Denver has gotten all the calls, just that they are allowed to hack, hold, bully and push more than the Lakers, obstensibly because they are more "physical". a foul is a foul.

but hey, it's the playoffs, they should be allowed to play pretty roughly, it's supposed to be about extra effort. just call it evenly. if it's a whistle for ticky tacks, keep it that way. if it's nation ball, then let both teams have the same liberties. most importantly,

the refs are there to keep the game "basketball". they are not there to bring their opinions, they're there to keep the competition clean, and to keep the game short of a fist fight. they are woefully bad at their job it seems, but the Nuggets didn't get jobbed.

Denver, Do you feel like we do?

why are u laker fans not complaining about the refs now? that was by far the worst case of homer call i have ever seen in my life...straight garbage...its hard for the nuggs to beat the lakers the refs and the NBA..impossible task!!!!!!!!

Posted by: C.Wilson | May 28, 2009 at 01:24 AM
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Hey.. could yo point one play where the ref totally close his eyes as in what happened in Denver in Game 4..?

Common... point something up... both team got the same calls tonight...

Denver just couldn't respond to the Fourth Quarter run by the lakers... that's why...

nice and important win but do pau's teammates not like him or something. granted bynum was rolling in the 1st but the 1st entry pass to pau on the low block in the 1st qtr was at the 3 min mark and no concentrated effort to give him the ball until the 4th qtr. good team offense in the 1st half though and good team defense throughout the whole game in general and another great game by bynum. do NOT like the way kobe came out in the 3rd though. tried to take over the game and it led to a stagnant offense and the biggest opportunity for denver to take control of the game. if the lakers commit themselves to giving pau and bynum the ball down low in game 6 and move their feet on defense like they did in game 5, the lakers should win it in 6.

george karl is a joke. so now he notices that the refs suck. he complained about melo getting hacked, dude look at kobe he is getting killed (he weighs like 30 lbs less than melo too) he didn't even know what to say when a reporter told him melo had more trips to the free throw line than kobe. karl look your team has gotten more free throws than la even though more games have been played in la.
he also doesn't think his team lost, he says if you ignore the scoreboard nuggets won. dude, what kind of measurement do you use to determine who wins a game. you guys lost. melo had a bad fg%, chauncey didn't have enough points and jr wasn't hot. this is why you lost. also, finally birdman was getting called for some fouls.

Eli,

I agree. I like the puppet Kobe more than the real one. Sorry, but I HATE hearing the real Kobe talk. I just do. Can't stand it. I like Kobe, I like him a lot. But I don't like what he tries to sell me in every interview.

So, I love the Kobe puppets. Very funny, very charming and ironically, more human than the real thing.

Kind of.

Wes

that offensive foul on Chauncey...tell me laker fan when has Kobe ever been called for lifting his leg on a layup?...matter of fact when has any laker in this series been called for an offensive foul for lifting his leg?...and your boy Kobe gets EVERY superstar call... so just stop laker fan....stop acting like this series is being officating with a bias toward the fouls you guys commit..that is an absolute joke...LAKER fan is the last person in the world that should complain about referees...we have 16 fouls called on our bigs...tell me where we are not getting called for fouls...please

kobe is a big-time player for real...there are little things that he does in the games that make a huge difference...he always talks about how the game of basketball is like playing chest...u make a move, then a new one, then the opponent is confused about what the next move gonna be...well that's exactly what he did last night...instead of being the mamba, he took on the facilitator role the whole game...now he puts denver in a confusing situation...they don't know how he gonna come out in game 6...its funny

I don't like to say the candyman "step up" last night...I expect him to play like that...it aint like he can't do it...we such a better with lamar playin' like that...shannon, way to bring the intensity level man...

Definitely relief and joy here. Seeing Bynum participate early made me feel good about the game. It was a team game from the beginning.

Concern and anger too. Where has LO been? When Bynum went down and we first got Pau, LO dominated for months. He has always had the ability to play at that level. He just doesn't show up. So I am not so quick to celebrate his one good game in forever. At least not until I see him try twice in a row or for the rest of the season.

Question: When we had our streak of stops in the forth, was if Phil Jackson that called the time out? After that Denver went on a mini-run. If so, why did he stop our momentum? We're here, but sometimes PJ's genius worries me.

Overall, that was the best the Lakers have looked since the beginning of the season. We played team ball. I hope it was more than just a fluke. Either way . . .

GOOOoooOOOOOO LAKERS!!!!

BTW, anyone still complaining about Vlad for Shannon Brown and AM (who?). As nice as it is to have someone camped in the corner and complaining . . . UPS DELIVERS!!

How clutch was his 3 with 2 seconds on the clock?
How clutch his defensive energy?
PJ didn't need to tell him to make things happen.
Brown consistently performs the "bringing energy and aggression of the bench" role.

GOOoooooOOOO LAKERS !!!!

BK,

This is one heck of an article, especially this sentence, "If it was a fossil in the Natural History Museum, they'd call it Ginormasaurus and children would visit it on school field trips.

Out-Freakin-Standing!

Hi there buddies!

I haven´t seen the agame yet, this afternoon I´be able, but looks like we played better tonight.

Just one complain: Pau Gasol 45 min. Is our coach mad? I brought the joke about heart attacks to make it clear that Gasol is as soft as Hulk, now it doesn´t sound very funny but frightening. I mean 45 min a player that has been playing dor two straight seasons, world cup, olympics, finals and this year again conference finals, and averaging over 40 min a game hustling out of position with brutes usually 50 pounds heavier than him. forget about Hulk, next level of endurance is Wolverine, and it is the highest!

Go Lakers!

"I think much of the media coverage has too often been presented within a prism of "If the Lakers don't roll through the playoffs, something is wrong,""

AK, not just the media. At least half of the Lakers fans feel the same way.

Whose whine, Denver?

In other order of things:

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som la gent blaugrana,
tant se val d'on venim,
si del Sud o del Nord.
Ara estem d'acord, estem d'acord,
una bandera ens agermana.

Blaugrana al vent,
un crit valent,
tenim un nom,
el sap tothom:
Barça, Barça, Barça!

Jugadors, seguidors,
tots units fem força.
Són molts anys plens d'afanys
són molts gols que hem cridat
i s'ha demostrat, s'ha demostrat,
que mai ningú no ens podrà tòrcer.

Blaugrana al vent,
un crit valent,
tenim un nom,
el sap tothom:
Barça, Barça, Barça!


Iniesta and Xavi best players in the world. No messi, no Cristiano Ronaldo, not any other one!

Good morning,

So much good energy was expended by the Lakers on Wednesday night, it left me exhausted as if I had played all 48 minutes. I suspect that many of you feel the same way.

That was the Lakers team we all had been waiting to see. That's the Lakers team that made us all fans. They left everything on the floor. They played smart. The energy of the home crowd made even PJ aggressive. Bottle it. Put it in a Pepsi bottle and take it to Denver for Game 6.

In case anybody forgot, Game 5 showed how important Lamar Odom is to this team. I believe Luke Walton about Lamar manning-up to play through incredible pain. Lamar is absolutely the Player of the Game. Let's hope he can do it again on Friday night.

Mamba24 and utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER, it was great to have you along on the live game thread. With your participation, I hope you came away understanding why so many of us think it's the best experience watching a game.

As for George Karl, it was pitiful to see him mocking Phil's comments after Game 5 about the officiating. For once we had a crew that understood that the game was about the game, not about zebra love. Especially pitiful was his comment about Melo getting mugged. Jeez, everybody gets mugged all game long. Get over it.

One more thing. I was totally with Lamar that after Game 5, it was too awful to watch ESPN or read the beat writer and columnist screeds. If that's what it takes to get focused, let's not have another game that leaves the team wide-open for criticism. The Lakers proved they can play like champions. It only takes five more efforts like we saw Wednesday night to earn that coveted championship monicker. Then, like Kobe they can head for Cabo to rest, relax and celebrate. Go Lakers!

This was a real interesting game.

Phil did a great and brave thing as a coach, asking his star to be a facilitator, or as Kobe said, a "decoy," in a huge game. Phil put his trust in guys who have been uneven and they deliverered: Bynum, Fisher, Odom, Brown, even Sasha. This was the Lakers best overall game in this series. Props to Phil for going against the grain to get the win, while Carmelo tried to fo it all for Denver.

Bynum played very well for the second game in a row for the first time in these playoffs, and he is starting to develop trust from his teammates. If they get confident pounding the ball into him it will be huge. LakerTom, I think your boy is coming around, great to see! Odom put it all out there on the floor. Ariza played through his pain.

Fisher rewarded Phil's trust in him with a great performance. Important for the team, they need him, and wonderful for Fish, who has played hard even through his struggles and been a stud for the Lakers over the years. With Brown putting in very solid minutes as well, the Lakers' PGs actually outscored Denver's 20-19.

A great team effort, led by Kobe. The only patch of play that really bothered me was in the fourth, up by 10, when they started trying to isolate Kobe every time and ended up with some bad shots late in the closk and bad turnovers. They had a handful of empty posessions where they left what was working.

For as well as the Lakers played and as many guys contributed, Denver stayed right there, playing the first 3 qusrters dead even. That is how good Denver is. When the Lakers started to play good team ball against Houston, it was a rout. Denver proved they can stay right with the Lakers. They are a very good team.

A little proper respect for Denver might make LA fans and the press less prone to mood swings when the Lakers lose a game. Denver had not lost at home in the playoffs before the Lakers got game 3. A split against a team with a 16 game home winning streak is not bad at all. A lot of Laker fans need to learn what playoff ball is about - teams do not generally roll into the Finals unscathed. That expectation is unrealistic.

Which gets us to game 6 - it will be a tough one. To me it is a coin toss. Denver is certain to come out with desperation, the Lakers will have to weather the early storm and hang in to claw one out.

A win in 6 would be very very very good. And now Cleveland needs to drag out that series.

Lakers, do you feel it? Did you see your hearts catch fire? Could you sense yourselves rising up? Yes it is true that you guys have skill, strength, and grace when you play. Because of that people sometimes think that you lack toughness and courage and that warrior spirit. That is Bull. Lamar is our Willis Reed except that it isn't for one game. It is for the duration of the playoffs. Lamar played with Confidence and was Brave. In true Warrior Spirit he kept attacking even though it hurt and even though he got blocked a few times. Now that is Heart and Fearlessness. Follow his lead guys. Keep rising up.. Keep banding together and fighting for each other. Realize that each and every game is a challenge to your heart and that you will throw down with any team and grab/ take victory because you will fight harder, dig deeper, hustle more, and use all your Powers and Abilities to help this Laker team succeed and make each other better. This is who you really are guys. Step into Greatness. We will follow.

SHANNON BROWN IS A KEEPER – BANDWAGON
*
(01) MAMBA24 – DRIVER
(02) KEIFO – RIDING SHOTGUN
(03) LAKER TOM - OWNER
(04)#4 - Even if his offense sucked, his defense makes him a better complement to Kobe than Farmar.
(05) DOC4daLakeShow - Glad to see Shannon get the run.
(06) JON K - Brown has shown us glimses of potential for us to get excited about.
(07) THE OUTLAW - Shannon Brown is a keeper, no doubt about it. I like that guy's energy and hustle. Nice three-ball from the corner, too. I didn't expect that
(08) BABY OUTLAW – Waaaaaa Shannon Brown.
(09) PIG “MILLER” – Resign Shannon Brown
(10 BD - JORDAN FARMARS WAKE UP CALL FROM MR. BROWN
(11) FATTY – Shannon Brown, "Lakers Secret Weapon"
(12) LAKERSRYDEORDIE – Always has been always will be.
(13) Sir CHARLES –
(14) NEMAIA FALETOGO - Shannon is more athletic, stronger and a better defender than Farmar
(15) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - I would like to roll with the Shannon Brown's a Keeper bandwagon s'il vous plait. That was a GREAT amount of burn for the kid. I was watching him off-ball last night and he was very active, focused and looked ready to explode from his energy & enthusiasm. I like it a lot! Hopefully this is the kick Jordy needs to get his act together and his ass in
(16) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - put me on the Shannon Brown bandwagon, por favor. He's most def gunnin for Jordan's (and Fish's) spot.
(17) TALIQ - not only can he play but every minute he spends on the floor means less of farmar refusing to pass to kobe's bff, i.e. sasha"
(19) JOHNNYP - How crucial is Shannon Brown when we have this bench slump going on?
(19) EDWIN GUECO - To all PG's of the league "They either slow down with Shannon or get mowed down." (20) JAMIE SWEET – GO SHANNON –(It’s always good to keep your options open)
(21)LAILA - shannon brown was awesome
(20)LAILA - shannon brown was awesome
(21) ChicNstu |- UPS ..Thats what Brown can do for you!
(22) EASTCOAST-JESSIE - I also have to say that Shannon Brown is getting lot's of love from me. The kid is ridiculously athletic and his defense is much better than Farmar's.

AK/BK/Exhelodriver,

Absolutely correct on media and some bloggers. I've said before very few teams in the history of the NBA have thoroughly dominated the playoffs on their way to a championship. Domination is simply an unrealistic expectation.

This team has many strengths, but also weaknesses that can be exploited by a smart, composed team. Thankfully, the Lakers are becoming a very, very intelligent group that knows how to close in the fourth quarter. They recognize the matchups to exploit and how, at key times. Thus, three big wins against Denver.

Championships are earned through this agonizing playoff crucible -- I don't care how the 16 wins come, just that the Lakers reach the magic number. So screw the media and their laziness, screw the trolls and their silliness, screw the refs and their madness -- Lakers FOREVER!

Here is the best video I could find off Brown's sick dunk,

http://tinyurl.com/posterization

BK/AK, truehoop said that during the game LO bent over and you could see the bulge in his back, any way you could find that shot?

Mamba24 and utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER, it was great to have you along on the live game thread. With your participation, I hope you came away understanding why so many of us think it's the best experience watching a game.Posted by: Rick Friedman | May 28, 2009 at 06:51 AM

Thanks Rick but the conversation was moving a lil to fast
for me I found myself concentating more on the conversation than the game and had to cut my posting
short.

Good Morning, Laker Nation!

It's time for...

Jon K.'s Early Thoughts That He Has Not Put Too Much Thought Into Yet:

1. Sweet, sweet victory.

2. Here's the thing... throughout the game I saw our players doing the right thing despite themselves. Denver has suckered us into thinking it's best to quickly pass the ball around the perimeter for an open jump shot. However, George "The Golem" Karl is smart enough to realize that we don't win games like that. We have a sharpshooter in the name of Kobe Bryant, but all our other shooters--Derek Fisher, Sasha Vujacic, Trevor Ariza--are all too streaky to dominate. Even if one is hot, the other two will not be. So, early on in the game, our guards were getting suckered into Denver's game plan, but you could see them struggling against it. They WANTED to take the shot, but then hesitated and looked for the challenged pass inside and THAT is exactly what we need. THAT is how we are going to win a Championship. By making that extra, difficult pass inside. And slowly over the game the team syncked on that idea. Slowly the ENTIRE team got onboard with that concept and it effected team rebounding and team defense in a VERY positive way. Denver doesn't have an answer for that. We've broken the magic spell created by George "The Golem" Karl. I'm now confident of a victory in Denver on Friday.

3. Lamar Odom. If the guy wasn't eating three pounds of candy every day, he'd probably be playing like that every game. In all seriousness, he played like a true warrior last night, especially considering that he's still in pain. Andrew Bynum should learn from his example.

4. My favorite play of the game? A wide open Kobe Bryant foregoing an open shot near the end of the fourth quarter to pass the ball to Lamar Odom close to the net. Awesome.

5. What was up with all the long passes last night? It seemed like 1/3 of our passes were 3/4 the length of the court. Kind of risky. Sometimes it paid off and sometimes it didn't.

6. Seriously, we've got the formula for success. I'm a bit amazed that we bit so hard onto George Karl's game plan. I see now that he lured us into playing out of our game. I'm actually pretty impressed.

7. It seems like there is one team--tinged by evil--in every playoffs... that one team which is fricken really good and also a bunch of classless thugs. Last year it was the Celtics. This year its the Thuggets. Somehow Chauncey Billups has convinced this group of thugs and manchildren to actually listen to George Karl... and they are really good as a result. Unfortunately, after George Karl's complaints about the referees following last night's game, that's going to create a wave of resentment amoung the Thuggets for Game Six. If/when we get ahead in the second half in Denver, expect the Thuggets' equanimity to break down. Billups and Karl will not be able to hold them back. I expect a brutal, physical and dirty second half from the Thuggets.

8. It was nice to see Derek Fisher and Sasha Vujacic get out of their funk last night. Sasha's three-pointer felt particularly good.

9. Laker Nation was alive last night! I think we're finally discovering the benefits (and responsibilities) of home court advantage. Remember the Finals last year against the Celtics? Staples was filled with spectators, not fans. It was awful. If (when) we get past the Thuggets, I expect this year's Finals to supported by fans, not spectators and REAL FANS MAKE NOISE!!!!

10. A great game last night. A mature game, because our players knew what they needed to do and did it. They played with both their hearts and their heads... and that's how you win.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!!

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

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

GO LAKERS!!!

You know I thought I was a rabid fan but some of you
were so into the game it was almost frightening! My God
it looked like you were ready to tear Denver & the Refs
head off.

You know I thought I was a rabid fan but some of you
were so into the game it was almost frightening! My God
it looked like you were ready to tear Denver & the Refs
head off.

You know I thought I was a rabid fan but some of you
were so into the game it was almost frightening! My God
it looked like you were ready to tear Denver & the Refs
head off.

Oh... and the lucky barstool has improved to 46-6. Sure, it's a far cry from when it was 33-1, but 13-5 through the end of the year and the playoffs ain't bad.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

carmelo should be suspended:

http://www.polmachina.com/?p=287

I'm thinking that Andrew Bynum plays much better when we push the ball inside. It's like he takes it personally when we throw the rock around the perimeter. It's a little immature of him to sulk like that, but, still, it's one more reason to continue to try to get the ball inside. When Bynum plays like The Beast, we win. Pure and simple.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

By the way, the trade of Vladimir Radmanovich for Adam Morrison and SHANNON BROWN is one of the more brilliant trades ever. It's not as flashy brilliant as the Pau Gasol trade, but it wasn't obvious in the slightest.

Mitch to Charlotte: "Hey, you guys need a shooter, why don't we trade you Vladmir Radmanovich for Adam Morrison... and throw in THAT SHANNON BROWN KID just to even things out. He doesn't play anyways, right?"

Just brilliant. Mitch, how do you do it?

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

In true Warrior Spirit he kept attacking even though it hurt and even though he got blocked a few times. Now that is Heart and Fearlessness. Follow his lead guys. Keep rising up.. Keep banding together and fighting for each other. Realize that each and every game is a challenge to your heart and that you will throw down with any team and grab/ take victory because you will fight harder, dig deeper, hustle more, and use all your Powers and Abilities to help this Laker team succeed and make each other better. This is who you really are guys. Step into Greatness. We will follow. Posted by: Salvador | May 28, 2009 at 07:02 AM

Salvador that is a beautiful piece of writting brother!

Proudly wearing my Shannon Brown jersey around Plano, Texas this morning. I have the only one in Texas.

His college mate Mo Ager sits on the New Jersey bench, Mitch are you reading this?

I still have yet to see anyone highlight the TURNING POINT of the whole game.

Momentum for the night - if not the series - was seized by the Purple & Gold when Shannon Brown PLUCKED THE BIRD!

Drive on him (and Nene & K-Mart) all night during Game 6. He can't block EVERYTHING!

Good morning Mamba24 & Laker morning CRUE!!!!!!

EXCELLENT AWESOME WIN LAST NIGHT!!!

That is EXACTLY the kind of play that I would love to see every game. I know that's unrealistic - but the heart wants what it wants!

TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN WONDERING WHERE LO IS THIS SERIES: read Plascke's (sp?) article (I know - of alllll people). LO's back is an absolute MESS. But the dude brought it last night. He is a warrior too. He knows what's at stake. He delivered what we needed exactly when we needed it. I just really hope we get this done tomorrow so he can get some rest before the Finals.

Mamba24 & UTZ - I had to cut out at half-time for a meeting & didn't get a chance to "see" you on the live chat. Hopefully you'll be back and will agree with me (and Rick above) that it's a lot of fun to watch - and vent - all together!

GREAT win - 5 more and Larry O comes home.

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

My name is justanothermambafan & I'm a Lakerholic.

{Lakers Secret Agent Jon K. Reporting From DEEP Behind Enemy Lines In The Sullen Gray Wastes Of Northeast Ohio Where Every Day Feels Like A Random Page From Cormac McCarthy's "The Road}

1. So, the LeBroniacs are presently in a general state of mourning right now. Most are in the phase of anger or bargaining.

2. The sources of anger tend to be non-LeBron Cavs and coach Mike Brown, frequently described as "an idiot" and a "blankety-blank-blank-blank."

3. One LeBroniac last night repeatedly told me "It's going to seven games! It's going to seven games!" When I asked him "Why?", he responded, "Because the world is so fricked [not that word, but another less savory one] up! It's got to go seven games! That's just what you've got to expect when things are so fricked up!"

When I told him that didn't make any sense, he got really angry at me.

4. The hatred for the Lakers is still just as strong, maybe stronger, but people muttered their hatred to themselves and their beer mugs last night, instead of getting in my personal space and throwing spittle and the foul stench of ashtray breath in my face. It's an improvement, methinks.

5. I'm hoping that Orlando breaks the Cavs' back tonight, even though extending the series is best for the Lakers. I'm just so tired of hearing the Kobe versus LeBron debate forced into my life. I just want the LeBroniacs to creep back into their sewage filled holes.

6. If (when) we face Orlando after the Thuggets (I know, we have to finish this series on Friday, not Sunday), the health, aggression and presence of mind of Andrew Bynum will be crucial. Dwight Howard is an absolutely amazing player.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Mamba,

I'd love to be on the Shannon Brown bandwagon. Love his passion and committment! Go Brown!

C.Wilson,
Dude, I get how you feel, but there were no homer calls. We think the Dhantay Jones dirty plays with no calls were homer calls. How do three refs miss a deliberate trip of another player? Also, if you go back and watch game 4, there were tons of times where our players got hacked with no call, and then lots of times where we were just playing ball and were called for ticky tack fouls. Felt like if we even got within a millimeter of them a foul was called. So I guess it boils down to perspective.

Denver is a good team, and they'll be firing on all cylinders next game. If we keep it close, there's every chance we take it - that said, I still think we go 7.

As always,

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE LA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That win last night only GUARANTEES that there will be game 7 in Staples Center, and a chance to advance in the Finals.

Anyone know which refs are assigned for Game 6?

Funny to see Karl bitch about Gasol challenging "...20 shots to the rim and gets 1 foul..." How is it when Kobe drives in, gets hacked by 3 Nuggets in the paint and that is just good defense, but when Gasol challenges a shot in the paint it should automatically be called a foul?

If anything, I thought this is the first time the refs actually called that aspect of the game relatively fair. They let defenses bang. (Even in Games 1 and 2, I thought Denver got those calls more than the Lakers.) Don't forget Melo still had 13FTA. Also, I liked the fact that refs did not automatically give Billups 10FTA for jumping into the defender, making him actually learn his points.

Yeah, of Nene's 6 fouls, couple were ticky-tacky, but if Denver is really expecting him to win games for them, they are really delusional. And refs could have let Billups knee to Ariza's neck/chin go (although Kobe still get flack for NOT actually hitting Artest in the throat). Nonetheless, Nene fouling out and Billups picking up fouls prove the theory that the refs calls can control flow and rotation for a team. I'm sure all the Denver fans who thought Lakers fans were bitching unnecesarily now understand the frustration, even if they have less reasons since no Laker tried to trip anyone or do the chicken dance.

My big hope is that they can good refs who'll call the game fairly and evenly. Either lets the players play and bang, or just call every touch foul and allow 100FTA. Either way, just call it same at both ends of the floor.

Mamba24-

Dude, add me to Shannon's bandwagon. ShanWOW's a thrill to watch, he's my new favorite laker not named Kobe or Pau.

Mamba, add me to the Shannon Brown is a keeper bandwagon.
Great attitude + great ability = Great player and teammate

EL GUAPO IS INVADING THE MILE HIGH CITY
FOR GAME 6!!!!!!!

EL GUAPO WILL CHEER FOR HIS TEAM!!!
EL GUAPO WILL GIVE THE "EYE" AND SNEER AT ANY NUGGET FAN THAT "EYE BALLS" EL GUAPO!!!!!
EL GUAPO WILL LAY THE SMACK DOWN TO ANY NUGGET FAN THAT THINKS THUGS WEAR SKI JACKETS AND UGGS!!!!!!

Its not a haiku but thats one hell of a free form poem...

And yes I am going to Denver to watch game 6 in person...booked my hotel flight and got tickets for the game not more than 15 minutes ago...Step 2 in my master plan is avoiding work mandated training

>>>that offensive foul on Chauncey...tell me laker fan
>>>when has Kobe ever been called for lifting his leg on a
>>>layup?

Even if he hadn't lifted his leg, he ran over a stationary player
outside of the restraining arc on that play.

Maybe you've never heard of something called charging, but
that's what Chauncey was guilty of, not lifting his leg.

But since you ask, Kobe has been assessed flagrant fouls
several times for unnatural body motions. Basically, for flailing
his body about in an attempt to draw a foul - which Chauncey
does constantly.

Billups definitely gets the same star treatment Kobe does.

Jerry West retracted his statement about Kobe vs. Lebron, perhaps, he realized that the way the Cavaliers are playing the so called MVP was a farce. Anyway, I think the logo was reading to much with "pain-in-the-butt" writers Plaschke/Heisler/Simers who can't decide whether to side the Lakers or torch the team, so the logo joins the confusion. As i said before, it is difficult to play the role of a historian when history is still being written. Perhaps, he should talk of Shaq, Duncan and Nash who are about to join the roster in Springfield, MA "during my time etc. etc." LMAO!

Jerry will be back in LA full time, not with the Lakers but with Riviera GolfCountry Club thru Northern Trust Open. He will try to promote Riviera too, as one of the oldest (since 1922) and premier golf links in the country. It is in Pacific Palisades, why not Rivera, the home of Los Angeles Open, one of the first pro events that allowed non-white players, their cause is a worthy one to raise funds for charity which were severely affected by recession.

When PJ took UPS out with 4 min to go I asked myself "Why" and then I realized he is not quite ready to RUN the offense and Kobe was getting gassed drawing the double teams and running the offense so Dfish was brought in for that reason. Granted it did not work out real well with Fish getting some turnovers etc. but I think that was the reasoning behind it.

Mamba24,

Indeed, that is true we became rabid fans, the fair weather, the laker fakers as well as lakerholics shouted in unison on that monstrous DUNK by shinning Brown. The so called eagle with tattooed wings soared but humiliated, he became just a humming bird as he landed with his protruding mouth uttering: " tweet, tweet, tweet!". LOL!


SHANNON BROWN IS A KEEPER – BANDWAGON
*
(01) MAMBA24 – DRIVER
(02) KEIFO – RIDING SHOTGUN
(03) LAKER TOM - OWNER
(04)#4 - Even if his offense sucked, his defense makes him a better complement to Kobe than Farmar.
(05) DOC4daLakeShow - Glad to see Shannon get the run.
(06) JON K - Brown has shown us glimses of potential for us to get excited about.
(07) THE OUTLAW - Shannon Brown is a keeper, no doubt about it. I like that guy's energy and hustle. Nice three-ball from the corner, too. I didn't expect that
(08) BABY OUTLAW – Waaaaaa Shannon Brown.
(09) PIG “MILLER” – Resign Shannon Brown
(10 BD - JORDAN FARMARS WAKE UP CALL FROM MR. BROWN
(11) FATTY – Shannon Brown, "Lakers Secret Weapon"
(12) LAKERSRYDEORDIE – Always has been always will be.
(13) Sir CHARLES –
(14) NEMAIA FALETOGO - Shannon is more athletic, stronger and a better defender than Farmar
(15) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - I would like to roll with the Shannon Brown's a Keeper bandwagon s'il vous plait. That was a GREAT amount of burn for the kid. I was watching him off-ball last night and he was very active, focused and looked ready to explode from his energy & enthusiasm. I like it a lot! Hopefully this is the kick Jordy needs to get his act together and his ass in
(16) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - put me on the Shannon Brown bandwagon, por favor. He's most def gunnin for Jordan's (and Fish's) spot.
(17) TALIQ - not only can he play but every minute he spends on the floor means less of farmar refusing to pass to kobe's bff, i.e. sasha"
(19) JOHNNYP - How crucial is Shannon Brown when we have this bench slump going on?
(19) EDWIN GUECO - To all PG's of the league "They either slow down with Shannon or get mowed down." (20) JAMIE SWEET – GO SHANNON –(It’s always good to keep your options open)
(21)LAILA - shannon brown was awesome
(20)LAILA - shannon brown was awesome
(21) ChicNstu |- UPS ..Thats what Brown can do for you!
(22) EASTCOAST-JESSIE - I also have to say that Shannon Brown is getting lot's of love from me. The kid is ridiculously athletic and his defense is much better than Farmar's.
(23) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - I'd love to be on the Shannon Brown bandwagon. Love his passion and committment! Go Brown!

Ummm... how was Carmelo Anthony's viscious elbow to Kobe's head while he was going to the basket AT LEAST not a Flagrant One?

I don't get it.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

wow, that was a team effort. i am absolutely loved it. don't get me wrong i love when kobe goes off but i want to see our team play. i want to see how much this team wants to win. last night they proved they are not heartless. hopefully, kobe and pau can get some rest. shannon brown is amazing, he never lacks energy. jordan was good in the few minutes we saw of him. hopefully, fish will get fewer minutes. his shooting so much isn't bothering me but the fact that he gets the worst fouls and makes really bad decisions lately.

we should have a bandwagon for the laker team, to remember that the lakers are more than two players: kobe and pau.

btw, check out this article i found. maybe the rest of the lakers should consider this.

http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/columns/story?columnist=powers_scott&id=4207575

The Infamous El Guapo,

Another Laker secret agent invading enemy territory.

I suggest confusing Thuggets fans by using multisyllabic words.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Edwin Gueco,

LeBron and Kobe were clearly playing for different things this year.

LeBron has played for the MVP, and he deserves it.

Kobe is playing for the Championship, and he deserves it.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

El Guapo, may the force be with you. Convert those Thuggets into handsome and amiable Maoris. We don't want Game 7 as Ninoy suggested, it should finish in Denver. Tell Fisher to win one for the handsome blogger, El Guapo.

Good morning Just Another Mamba.
You sounded like a completely different person
during the game/ You should have told me what
I was missing.

Has T.J. Simers been huffing paint AGAIN?

What's all this "we" talk?

Is he actually trying to convince us that he's a "homer"?

Give me a break. T.J. Simers has been and is a Troll.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Hello FamBam!

Warning: A lot of non-sense.

I want a 6 game winning streak.

That was a convincing non double digit win.

Mr. Barney Dangles, what did I text you last night?

I want a LAKER viewing party.

T-A all day!

Gasol pass to Bynum was sweet.

I feel AB is still at 60% more than the stated 85%

AB, just rebound and block shots.

Lamar, if you play like that, we win. Just that simple.

More Shannon Brown.

More Farmar.

If Fisher and Vujacic aren't making good plays or shot with in 2 minutes, sub mighty mouse or bull dog 2.0 in.

All the coaches are complaining.

If we win game 6, I feel we can't be stopped.

If we take it in 7 games, we still can't be stopped, when we focus.

Lamar watch out for the Diabetes.

I originally said Lakers in 7, but I want Lakers in 6.

Mamba24,
"You know I thought I was a rabid fan"
"You know I thought I was a rabid fan"
"You know I thought I was a rabid fan"

OK, we get it !! You don't have to tell us three times!

FWIW, I've made several trips to the Live Blog during the playoffs. Or have y'all forgotten that it's me firing shots at the Chicken Littles who trash and berate every member of the Lakers for missed shots, fouls, missing rebounds, etc.

The other thing I notice: After we win, most of the Chicken Littles don't even bother posting the day after...unless we lose of course.

SUPPORT YOUR TEAM! During good plays and bad plays, during stretch runs and scoring droughts, through bad officiating, blocked/missed shots and rough patches: SUPPORT YOUR TEAM AT ALL TIMES!!!

P.S. Mamba: Update your Roll Call. Mini Banner Holder-ette has joined us....and has been here for 1 month (as of this coming Saturday).

Sad note, the oldest blogger at age 97 died yesterday, I thought LakerTom was the oldest one. (j/k only) LOL!

Yes Salvador, that was a passionate piece the PJ should let every Laker player read before going to Denver. Don't come home without the bacon and fry those chicken wings.

Mamba24,

Indeed, that is true we became rabid fans, the fair weather, the laker fakers as well as lakerholics shouted in unison on that monstrous DUNK by shinning Brown. The so called eagle with tattooed wings soared but humiliated, he became just a humming bird as he landed with his protruding mouth uttering: " tweet, tweet, tweet!". LOL! Posted by: Edwin Gueco | May 28, 2009 at 08:53 AM

Stop it Edwin, Stop it right now! LOL!!!!!!

BIG TIME game by Lamar Odom. BIG TIME! Dude will drive you absolutely crazy but when he's on, he's one of the top 10 players in the league. He and Bynum work well together so next year... next year... if we still have Gasol and Bynum with Odom coming off the bench... with Shannon Brown starting... we're gonna be a BEAST! Odom and Brown reduce the wear and tear on Kobe and Gasol, it's that simple...

Major props to Lamar though, we needed him badly in a pivotal game and the dude showed up BIG TIME!

I am just so tired of all this damn talk about lakers not having heart and if we win we don't deserve it. Shoots the Denver nuggets and all the other teams within the NBA is about competing and everyone believes they are the best team even if they don't have all the components to put together a championship run this year or the next. Not because the media dictates who is the better team means the others are not worthy of competing and giving you a fight for your money. So everyone needs to shut the hell up man! This is good playoff basketball with sometimes a lil "like what the hell is that from the refs" in between. Nothing good comes easy and no team who believes in themselves will just roll over and play dead and let you walk into something that they themselves believe they are worthy of achieving also. So everyone just needs to cut this crap out about the lakers not having heart and all that crap! They have to fight for what they want to accomplish, SO WHAT. The end result is all that matters and if its holding up that trophy and a parade in downtown LA, because we don't have damn heart or passion or because we're not really that good then I'll take it suckers! LA for life!

AK,

remember what kobe said before making that statement about the media? he said, i don't think the media is that simple minded, that's why i think they make a big deal to create discussion.

see, the media is that simple minded. he said it. he just didn't want to make the dig so obvious.

*
CONGRATULATIONS ON A MINI BANNER HOLDER - BANDWAGON
*
(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - Chaplain I'm so happy for you
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBA - DRIVER for utzworld

Mamba24,
"You know I thought I was a rabid fan"
"You know I thought I was a rabid fan"
"You know I thought I was a rabid fan"

OK, we get it !! You don't have to tell us three times!
Posted by: exhelodrvr | May 28, 2009 at 09:18 ROFLMFAO!!!!!

KOBE TAKES 13 SHOTS

Blitz, remember the conversations we had about Kobe taking less shots and getting 8 dimes a game? I've been harping on the fact that with all the attention Mamba gets, and with the players he has around him, 8 assists a game and less than 25 shots a game spells Laker Championship.

Last night he was forced to distribute the rock and he did it masterfully. Yes, he had a few to many turnovers, but his overall play in this mode empowers his teammates, gives us great balance and basically makes us unstoppable. Also, keeps more gas in his tank for the crunch time heroics we'll always depend on.

Bottom line, Kobe as distributor, facilitator and team leader gets us to the promised land. Keep it up and we close this thing on Friday.

Jon K,

What do you think? The people of Cleveland are feeling miserable again because they live in Cleveland, the cursed state ever since they got the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians. If they fail to stretch this series into the 7th game, they will also say bye, bye to James this summer - the end of the only pride and the last hope of Cleveland. Be humble Jon K, tell the people of Ohio to build their fortune in a bankrupt state of California. It is the only time when they can buy a fair reasonable price of property.

Will it be Disneyland vs Disneyworld? The original vs the clone; The swamp vs. the place of the illegals; NASA vs JPL; the bull vs. the matador; Category 5 Hurricane vs. Intensity 8 Earthquake...take your pick. Meanwhile, the Disney characters should first finish their mickey mouse jobs on Game 6.

Great Post #4. And After Friday that's how many games we willl need!

Posted by: Mamba24 | May 28, 2009 at 09:20 AM

Thanks Mamba! "4 more after Friday" has a nice somewhat alliterative ring to it.

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SHANNON BROWN IS A KEEPER – BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 – DRIVER
(02) KEIFO – RIDING SHOTGUN
(03) LAKER TOM - OWNER
(04)#4 - Even if his offense sucked, his defense makes him a better complement to Kobe than Farmar.
(05) DOC4daLakeShow - Glad to see Shannon get the run.
(06) JON K - Brown has shown us glimses of potential for us to get excited about.
(07) THE OUTLAW - Shannon Brown is a keeper, no doubt about it. I like that guy's energy and hustle. Nice three-ball from the corner, too. I didn't expect that
(08) BABY OUTLAW – Waaaaaa Shannon Brown.
(09) PIG “MILLER” – Resign Shannon Brown
(10 BD - JORDAN FARMARS WAKE UP CALL FROM MR. BROWN
(11) FATTY – Shannon Brown, "Lakers Secret Weapon"
(12) LAKERSRYDEORDIE – Always has been always will be.
(13) Sir CHARLES –
(14) NEMAIA FALETOGO - Shannon is more athletic, stronger and a better defender than Farmar
(15) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - I would like to roll with the Shannon Brown's a Keeper bandwagon s'il vous plait. That was a GREAT amount of burn for the kid. I was watching him off-ball last night and he was very active, focused and looked ready to explode from his energy & enthusiasm. I like it a lot! Hopefully this is the kick Jordy needs to get his act together and his ass in
(16) utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER - put me on the Shannon Brown bandwagon, por favor. He's most def gunnin for Jordan's (and Fish's) spot.
(17) TALIQ - not only can he play but every minute he spends on the floor means less of farmar refusing to pass to kobe's bff, i.e. sasha"
(19) JOHNNYP - How crucial is Shannon Brown when we have this bench slump going on?
(19) EDWIN GUECO - To all PG's of the league "They either slow down with Shannon or get mowed down." (20) JAMIE SWEET – GO SHANNON –(It’s always good to keep your options open)
(20) LAILA - shannon brown was awesome
(21) ChicNstu |- UPS ..Thats what Brown can do for you!
(22) EASTCOAST-JESSIE - I also have to say that Shannon Brown is getting lot's of love from me. The kid is ridiculously athletic and his defense is much better than Farmar's.
(23) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER - I'd love to be on the Shannon Brown bandwagon. Love his passion and committment! Go Brown!
(24) JEFF - ShanWOW's a thrill to watch, he's my new favorite laker not named Kobe or Pau.
(25) BILLY IN SLO - Great attitude + great ability = Great player and teammate

4 more after Friday" has a nice somewhat alliterative ring to it. Posted by: #4 | May 28, 2009 at 09:57 AM

IT DOES!

And to these nuggets fans and players, bandwagon hoppers and just pure laker haters who are complaining about the reffing last nite, and how we paid the refs off and crap! Man really!!! are you'll really serious bout that crap! C'mon man! Both sides of this heavy weight series could get into that. Some of the calls i believe are definitely questionable on both sides but shoots the nuggets in this series has benefited a little more than the lakers seeing they are swearing heaven down, the refs are trying to give us the game. I mean honestly I think that if you are trying to give someone something you would make sure they are the noticeable beneficiaries of that gift! C'mon man! Look at the givers, the gift and then look at the receiver? Whose on the betta side of the fence, yea i know you see it, so does the world! LA Rules! Just shut up and play ball!

I'll admit, I'm definitely on the SB bandwagon. Excluding LO, he is simply our Bench Mob X factor. As Shannon raises up, the crowd goes wild.

Let's finish this in 6!!!!

i like how DEN cries foul at the officiating. i thought the game was called pretty fairly. DEN simply got outplayed by a better LA team that showed up to play.

where has Odom been? he played a great game off the bench. glad he finally woke up.

Edwin Gueco,

Clevelanders are generally a pretty miserable self-loating bunch with a massive inferiority complex. I've barely spoken to a soul who wouldn't move from here if they could; however, at the same time they are FANATICALLYand IRRATIONALLY homers when it comes to supporting their teams.

Seriously, dude, I had several people guarantee that the Browns would have an undefeated season last season. If you watch the sports shows, a constant question is "Why don't the Browns draft more players from Ohio State and other Ohio colleges?"

While 75% of the people want to get out of here. It's bizarre.

The overall level of ignorance, pessimism and racism are all pretty high. Though it is so affordable, that if a person has a decent job and has a decent support network through their church (the only healthy networking system out here), they can raise their children and build wealth in a fairly healthy way.

Anyhow, back to the Cavs.

I have heard... everyday... for over a year at least one rant about LeBron James as the equivalent of Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russel, Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson, but SIGNIFICANTLY better than them all. I'm so tired of it. It's just so over-the-top and so inflexible.

I think when things fall apart... as they will... the Clevelanders will deal with it with their typical self-loathing fatalism. LeBron will go to New York. Clevelanders will express outrage. Come to accept it. Find something positive about LeBron's legacy in Cleveland. And then find something else to be desperately and irrationally enthusiastic about again.

The problem is with the culture here is that they want to win so badly, but don't know how, but they lack the humility to accept that they're losers. So, instead of trying something new or learning how winners win, they just do what they've done before, BUT MORE OF IT assuming that if they just work harder, cheer harder, they'll win... eventually.

It doesn't work that way.

As I tried to explain to a LeBroniac recently, Championships are won through excellence, not because "it's finally our time because we deserve it."

Quite frankly, you don't deserve it unless you are able to sustain excellence and that's something that Clevelanders don't understand.

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS AND WE RISE!!!!

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

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Lakers got the benefit of a couple calls on nene but for the most part refs were making consistent calls on both ends.... But refs finally got it right with chauncey makin him earn his shit to the stripe (did u see that dirty knee to arizas face?) I also saw the replays on a lot of gasol blocks and they were not fouls contrary to george karls postgame comments... Melo got plenty of FTs too and that's when denver got untangled cause that was vintage melo trying to score on double teaming

What can I say about shannon brown!!! HOW HUGE WAS THAT MONSTER THROWDOWN ON TWEETY BIRDMAN!!!!! How bout that shutdown defense on chauncey at end of 3rd not falling for his pumpfakes that sparked the run. Lakers were down by seven when he checked in and were up by ten when he checked out

Kobe the facilitator!!! Wow he was like an all pro quarterback just reading the defense and reacting. Amazing performance of HIGH BBALL IQ

LO... I'm utterly speechless. Pls keep bringin it

Phil finally got it right going inside... Denver was doubling gasol and I think that was a mistake. Opened up the floodgates and helped set lamar free. I also got a feeling that corner 3 by sasha is gonna bring back THE MACHINE!

Let's finish this in 6!!!! Posted by: Justin | May 28, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I like the sound of that. That should be our slogan for the next game!!!

JohnnyP said....
"BTW, anyone still complaining about Vlad for Shannon Brown and AM (who?). As nice as it is to have someone camped in the corner and complaining . . . UPS DELIVERS!"

I don't think there was an overwhelming amount of complaining done after that trade. I think that people that understand the business side of the NBA and the Lakers understand. A team, in order to stay successful must constantly make moves....and you hope that your number of good moves exceeds your number of bad moves....someone in the Laker org once said, I think it was the Logo....that each year, your team does not get one year older....in essence it gets (now) 15 years older because you have 15 guys who each age one year....and if you don't watch out eventually you become like the San Antonio Spurs, who have been successful, but are closer to AARP than NCAA.....I believe Lakers wanted Shannon since he was drafted, he was picked one pick before Jordan Farmar, that last statemen, which I made many times beforet is for the newbies who only watch BBall and games when it gives them a chance to "whoo whoo" at work.....

Chris Anderson is today's Dennis Rodman....he blocks, Rodman rebounded....ignore scoring stats...they are both acting as rebels with a cause, fawning like green peafowls (type of peacok) which are from Burma, East of Java (the movie "Krakatoa East of Java" was a movie faux pas....because Krakatoa is actually WEST of Java....now if I screwed up like that at work, would I be counseled, terminated?????..."Showtime"....too bad he's going to be worth more than the Lakers can afford....I like Josh Powell's steady play, but I would be willing to have Chris A on the roster in that slot, because even with our twin towers plus LO, the lane is like the carpool lane, usually, not last night from what I read, havn't watched game yet, have this thing called work...I know that our twin towers have not played super well when on the court at the same time, but I say it is a project that we stick with....eventually the light bulb will come on.

What to do with AMMO?.... they will probaby trade him to Memphis for 2 second round picks.....they got him from Charlotte I think....I get confused about down South, cuz they all seem related.

C.Wilson,

Kobe got called for lifting his leg and got an offensive foul IN THIS GAME.

What are you, blind?

And the lifting the leg thing is always a foul, unless Karl Malone does it.

I've been on the Shannon Brown is a keeper bandwagon since his second in game appearance.

Time to add me officially.

Concern and anger too. Where has LO been? When Bynum went down and we first got Pau, LO dominated for months. He has always had the ability to play at that level. He just doesn't show up. So I am not so quick to celebrate his one good game in forever. At least not until I see him try twice in a row or for the rest of the season.


Exactly. Even injured he can do better than he has...

Thanks Lakers, for another fretful game. Doubt they will win game 6 and anything can happen in game 7. Hugh Hefner is the only one who looked relaxed, now that's what I call a "triple double".

Lamar eats too much sugar, it is affectly his mental state. It may account for his on and off performance. Better go cold turkey during the summer LO.


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