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The Lakers hate their moms, Laker fans' moms and everyone else's moms!

I'm not often one who jumps to conclusions, but how else can you explain the Lake Show's performance this afternoon, aBench watch Mother's Day crapfest that ended in a 99-87 Game 4 loss to the Houston Rockets?  I'm sorry, but nobody prioritizing homage to the lovely women raising children worldwide would have come out as flat and disorganized as the Lakers did, much less stayed that way. 

From the opening tip, the purple and gold were not only off their game, they flailed in every single aspect of it.  Take the disastrous first quarter, one that ultimately laid the foundation for an unsuccessful effort.

  • Three and a half minutes passed before getting on the board with a Kobe Bryant 18-footer, which put L.A. seven points behind Houston's pace.  Nearly another three and a half minutes in the books, and we're sitting on seven total points, all courtesy of The Mamba.  Moreover, the Lakers worked in a style most folks wouldn't label "advantageous."  Way too little ball movement or attacks of a middle left vulnerable in Yao Ming's absence.  Way too many arc-bound dribbles, quick J's, sloppy passes (when the ball did actually change hands) and generally flawed execution.   
  • In the meantime, the oft-offensively challenged Rockets notched 22 points during this same time period.  The issue wasn't just Houston hitting shots (although that obviously created a problem).  It was the Lakers apparently feeling indebted for Houston providing place to play, because they looked dead set on doing the hosts as many favors as possible.  Thus, those same seven minutes produced seven Rockets points off turnovers.  Over the entire quarter, the Rockets also scored seven points on possessions converted immediately upon a Laker miss.  And considering how few shots the Lakers launched from within ten feet (a mere quartet), that only accentuated how the reluctance to play towards strengths bit the Lakers in the hindquarters.
  • It wouldn't be fair to harp on the players without mentioning Phil Jackson's role in thisSasha Phil mess.  I've often said the "PJ refuses to call timeouts in lieu of letting players figure it out while he kicks back and does nothing" criticisms can be ridiculous.  You can't call time out EVERY time an opponent goes on a run- as fans would seemingly expect- and more often than not, we've seen these Lakers overcome stumbles.  And such achievements contain value. 

    But with Phil's technique comes judgment.  This quarter was ridiculously botched on both sides of the ball, and the Lakers were getting lapped unusually fast.  With struggles as extreme as I've seen all season, even I was jawdropped at Phil waiting until the 2:30 mark to call a time out.  In my mind, big mistake, and one that certainly figured into a win falling out of reach.

Jordan Farmar hangs his head From there, a lot more of the same. 

To put it mildly, the Lakers spent this contest way the hell outta sync.  With 5:40 left in the game, I happened to take a gander at the box score and noticed the Lakers was working on an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1:1.  Ten assists.  Ten turnovers.  That's straight up horrendous, a far cry from what we've come to expect from a Laker team that's made such profitable hay moving the ball around. 

Failing to execute not only stymied the offense, but the D as well.  Those bad, often impatient shots put the Lakers on their heels in transition, where the lockdown effort is typically weakest.  Even when points weren't surrendered on those possessions, various Lakers picked up fouls as a result.  I've said it before and I'll say it again.  This team's defense is largely dictated by their offense, and when shortcuts are taken with the latter, the former typically goes to pot with the bathwater.  (Although make no mistake, when the Lakers defended from a set formation, they weren't always so hot, either.)

If there is a positive to be taken away from this loss, it's that pinning blame on any one player would be disingenuous.  Save perhaps Shannon Brown, you're looking at a cavalcade of Lakers dropping the ball.  Or at the very least, not until the fourth quarter mini-push, when Pau Gasol notched eighteen of this thirty points.  Granted, some fault for just a dozen coming previous is due to teammates not eying him enough, but Gasol also missed five free throws and that same lack of focus at the stripe may have contributed to an undersized Houston winning the rebound battle 43-37 and snatching eleven offensive boards.  It's obviously not all Pau's fault, but undoubtedly, when your seven foot center plays thirty-eight minutes, some of that onus must fall on his shoulders. 

On down the line, it's a laundry list of Lakers failing to answer the bell.  Trevor Ariza turned the ball over Kobe and Shane Battier battle three times in one quarter.  Luke Walton tied Ariza's mark during the second quarter, then added another for good measure.  Sasha Vujacic's shot remains unreliable.  Jordan Farmar came back down to earth after Game 3's playoff resuscitation.  Ditto Andrew Bynum, who also showed signs of life during that contest.  Time off serving a suspension resulted in zero step pep for Derek Fisher, outscored 34-2 by Aaron Brooks and notching a team-worst +/- of negative twenty-six in under twenty minutes of run.  It would be a vast understatement to say Fish brought little to the table. 

And Kobe may have gotten off to a hot start with nine first quarter points, but that also represented his day's high point, as he finished the day with fifteen.  Shane Battier did a considerably better job guarding Bryant than the other way around and 24's "center field" style continually left the Dukie wide open behind the arc. 

As for Lamar Odom, his sub-par performance turned quite literally painful after he landed hard on his back while driving the lane and colliding with Shane Battier.  That he drew an offensive foul on the sequence added insult to an injury that prevented more run.  It's unknown as of yet whether he'll be available for Tuesday's Game 5.

Cock of the walk So that's what went wrong, which begs the natural follow up... Why?

Was this a matter of underestimating an already less talented opponent down their best player?  Overconfidence?  Underestimating the fight Houston had left in them? 

The K Brothers won't travel with the team until the Finals- knock on wood- so I can't talk intelligently about how cocky the vibe was or wasn't before tip off.  I'd like to think the patient didn't die from an overdose of "We got this."  After all, this Rockets squad has made it perfectly clear that backing down or packing it in ain't part of the agenda.   Undermanned or over-matched, everything will be left on the floor, which renders cakewalk expectations pretty much ridiculous.  If this lackluster production came courtesy of phoning it in, then the entire roster deserves a slap in the face beyond simply the metaphorical one provided by this loss.  Honestly, that's just inexcusable.

In any event, if there's anything the trio of postseason losses have made crystal clear, it's the following. When the Lakers play their brand of basketball, one that features a flurry of passes, movement off ball and smart shot selection to complement energetic team/help-oriented defense, they're pretty much unbeatable.  When they stray from the program, however, chinks in the armor grow glaringly exposed.  I don't doubt this team's talent and ability are up to snuff for a title chase.  But I do sometimes question their ability to display common sense over 48 minutes.  They often make life much harder than need be, and like this afternoon, they sometimes pay a price.

AK

 
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MAMBA 24 & Jon K:

Thanks for reminding all of us to have faith in the team. All of us (bloggers) are disappointed by the lackadaisical performance by our team yesterday. We can puke all days playing the blame game but will not change the result. It's time to move forward and cheer for our team tomorrow night. I'm sure that Kobe is mad at his own performance yesterday and will redeem himself at the Staple Center tomorrow. However, Kobe's teammates on the team must recalibrate their mindset and forge killer attitude in order to be successful. Kobe must respect Battier's outside play and stay with him instead of trying to roam the perimeter to help out other teammates (Fish & Ariza).

Let's take care this pesky Rockets in the next 2 games!!!

Its only 1 game people!...now I would love for lakers to lose, but its foolish to predict this series based on rockets performance last night...we seen all they[rockets] had now they're gonna get spanked! Next 2 games

Its only 1 game people!...now I would love for lakers to lose, but its foolish to predict this series based on rockets performance last night...we seen all they[rockets] had now they're gonna get spanked! Next 2 games

By the way, I don't think either AB or Sasha will make significant contribution in the playoff. AB is playing scare and is a big liability on D against the faster Rockets (mnus Yao). Sasha is just a one year wonder last year, he is a lemon, in my opinion.

I'll be watching game #5 in Vegas at the Bellagio's Sport Book tomorrow. It will be fun!!!

Let's Rock!

RocketFann,

"(Battier for President 2016!)"

What's he gonna do as President? Face-guard our enemies?

I expect revenge on Tuesday.I expect the team I know and love to play with energy and heart.And I expect the fans to be as loud as a jet engine. Anything less is insufficient. What do we play for? RINGS!!!!! Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
Posted by: Jon K. | May 11, 2009 at 10:25 AM

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Thank you Kevin Ding. Thank you for your sanity.
http://bit.ly/xLaBQ Posted by: Pig | May 11, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Thank you Pig Miller for standing tall

David Cadia sez:

"As a fan I am truly concerned, this is the same mentality they had with Boston in game 6 last year. Totally embarrassed again on national television, again. Where is your pride Lakers? "

It reminded me of Game 7 vs. the SUNS in 2007...koby didn't show up because he threw a tantrum, and the SUNS easily routed the hapless lakers to the enduring delight of SUNS fans.

koby is the common denominator here...dude can't play championship ball becuz he isn't a true leader...

Here in Houston its amazing that your beat writers continue to write comlumns that perpetuate the Lakers entitlement attitude, saying the Rockets are done, its all about LEBRON and KOBE in the finals.

Even tho the Lakers are the best team on paper, this is a team sport, and that takes effort from the group on both ends, not just making highlight clips on sportscenter.

Phil Jackson isnt a coach, and has just been the benifactor of having truly gifted players to carry him, never has he assembled a team on his own and won anything.

We would rather have our team of players that are together and unified and play hard especially on defense than anything else win or lose, we know we will never have to worry about them not showing up.

Kobe is one of the best, no doubt, but his tasteless taunting and antics are disgraceful, Jordan or Majic would never of lowered to that, they earned respect with their actions only. And he doesnt respect Battier at all and paid for it.

The Rockets have lost both of their star players, and Mutumbo, and will never give up, what would happen to your Fakers if Kobe went down? Has your GM done his job assembling the team for all phases? I would be worried Laker Fans, if not this series, but the long term future and becoming the Clippers.

As far as Van Gundy goes, it is funny to hear the opposition to any postive comments about a team, when all the media does is fawn about Kobe, how dare someone make any complimentary comments about anyone else but him?

Start Farmar or Brown over Fish (sorry Fish, game over/career over...), get Bynum (where's your head at big guy?) and/or Gasol (got 7 inches on Hayes?) to dominate down low, get Kobe to stay on Battier, get LO to be more consistent - and Lakers win game 5 by 20 points... easier said than done???

Minor correction: Celtics-Bulls Game 6 was the most watched FIRST ROUND playoff game in cable history.

For all the attention Celtics-Lakers received last year, ratings were actually better for the Pistons-Lakers series 4 years earlier. Maybe because the 03-04 Lakers team had a lot of, um, interesting issues outside of the games themselves.

Still, Finals ratings dropped between those two Lakers Finals, despite the 05 Finals being arguably the best Finals of this decade, between two great teams at the top of their potential.

Undoubtedly one othe worst performances in Laker history. Both a coaching and player meltdown. Tex Winter said this team has a lot of warts. That is an understatement. The Lakers are all sizzle with no steak. They are yesterday's garbage wrapped in a silk stocking. They are underacheiving losers. Can you say wait till next year?

Jon K.,

I can just see your nephew being disturbed by you breaking the news to him about LeBron. Nicely done. All innocent children must be saved from the dark side.

BUTLER,

I'm addressing you because I almost don't consider you to be a Troll anymore. Just a misguided Suns fan.

Listen, man, I've been here in Cleveland for a few years now and I've talked to A LOT of people who have personally met and interacted with LeBron James. These are Clevelanders. They're not going to talk smack on LeBron James for the sake of talking smack on LeBron James. Quite the contrary, those people who have not met LeBron James WORSHIP this guy in a disturbingly sycophantic way. Disturbing. I've never seen anything like it. Locally, it is FAR WORSE than anything that happened with Michael Jordan. They talk about him with the reverence of a holy person. It's weird.

Anyhow, those who have met after he became a professional athlete have ALL told me negative stories of arrogance, rudeness, and greed from LeBron. All of them. Everyone of them are no longer fans of LeBron James AFTER meeting him.

In contrast, every story I've heard about him from people who met him as a kid have all been positive.

So, that's the God-honest truth.

Take it as you will.

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

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

GO LAKERS!

David Cadia,

" Where is your pride Lakers? That's the purple and gold of West, Kareem, Worthy, Magic that you are representing. You embarrassed yoursleves yesterday but worst yet you embarrassed your fans who are always behind you. You guys need to grow up and stop thinking that jsut because you have the most talented team that you should win the title. Start watching ESPN classic and see how champiosnhips are really won: effort, un-selfish team basketball, killer instinct, toughness."

~~ David, you said it best. This is the reason why fans are angry, angry at these Laker players who are not aware of what they are representing. The Lakers I know is equivalent to Sparta. They don't run or lose courage despite all odds, whatever their shortcomings they attack, they fight to the end. That is the Lakers I know, not the same Farmar watching Brooks make a mockery out of him on an alley hoop at the end of 3rd Q, that is really pathetic and unlakerlike. Until they have proven and rectified their poor selves, we will never forgive nor forget the Mother's Day debacle, they've to get the Championship or else heads will roll in bloody LA. Ooops, cool down man, on the 2nd thought it is just basketball no need of suffering high blood on spineless, bloodless players!

Mamba24, You are the king. utzworld is the Pope.
I'm just a field general running around manically punching the opposition in the throat.
Posted by: Jon K.

Jon K - excellent. I am happy to be in your company along with Mamba24, Utz, Pig, Rick and all the posters out there who may be disappointed but are not calling for the deconstruction of the team. You know who you are - no need for me to post a mini roll-call!

Mamba24 - KEEP IT UP as well. I'm LOVING the enthusiasm and "take no prisoners" attitude. We need more of that around here.

This team HAS what it takes. They will show us tomorrow night. And then y'all will be back on the bandwagon - just wait.

TROLLS - we don't care what you think. We don't care what you say. We know who the better team is - who the newborn dynasty is - the team who will win it all - AND THEY ARE NOT WEARING RED. It's the P&G baby - can you dig it????!!!!

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

wow, that game just sucked. like others have said i could tell from the first play when trevor (who absolutely love) had a turnover in the first play. i knew we were doomed b/c ariza who is known for his hustle couldn't decide if the ball was worth going after.

the lakers sucked yesterday, but i will never give up on them. my sister yesterday told me why don't you just be a cavs fan. sorry that's not me. lebron and the cavs are amazing, but i am a lakers fan.

the lakers have the ability to be champions now they just have to start playing like it (i know easier said then done).
the problem with the lakers is last yr they got to the finals, so they assume they will get to the finals this year. i think the lakers assume their only obstacle in getting a championship is east coast team. hopefully they will play with the same heart they have played earlier.

btw, all those questioning kobe's leadership skills should take a closer look. he did leave shane open, but this team is uninspired. i am sorry but no one can inspire this team if they can't do it themselves. lbj can't do it. no one can. however, i think phil needs to yell at them and they need to watch this game over and over again.

Pig,

Sanity. Sweet, sweet sanity.

Man, do I appreciate Kevin Ding as a writer.

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

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

GO LAKERS!

I'm just a field general running around manically punching the opposition in the throat. What do we play for? RINGS!!!!! Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
Posted by: Jon K. | May 11, 2009 at 10:16 AM

I hope the opposition bring their boxing
gloves with them tomorrrow. A Wise man once said:
ALI, what you gonna do? You float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.
WE GONE DANCE ALL NIGHT LONG
RUMBLE ALI RUMBLE
RUMBLE KOBE RUMBLE
RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE
UNLEASH THE BEAST
THE BLACK MAMBA IS THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL ALIVE.

Ladies and Gentlemen listen to me . I have 3 words for you. WE GOT THIS

i think phil needs to yell at them and they need to watch this game over and over again. Posted by: laila | May 11, 2009 at 10:53 AM

You know what Laila? I think you are right!

Larry(Mamba24)

TROLLS - we don't care what you think. We don't care what you say. We know who the better team is - who the newborn dynasty is - the team who will win it all - AND THEY ARE NOT WEARING RED. It's the P&G baby - can you dig it????!!!!GO LAKERS!!! WE GOT THIS!!!!!!
Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 11, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Do I have to say it.....OUT FREAKING STANDING!!! THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE MAMBA CLAN.

Rocky,

Excellent post, my man. Solid reasoning and analysis. I agree with your comments 100%, especially the part about the Rockets needing a “perfect storm” of events in order to win.

Tom

Let's take care this pesky Rockets in the next 2 games!!!
Posted by: Wallace | May 11, 2009 at 10:34 AM

We will Wallace we will. And If you are new welcome,

Let's take care this pesky Rockets in the next 2 games!!!
Posted by: Wallace | May 11, 2009 at 10:34 AM

We will Wallace we will. And If you are new welcome,

I love it...none of you LA fans, players, writers get it. This blog is a prime example..

"Was this a matter of underestimating an already less talented opponent down their best player? Overconfidence? Underestimating the fight Houston had left in them?"

None of you think that the Rockets even deserve to be on the court with your beloved Lakers. What makes you think that your team is "more talented" than the Rockets. You have Kobe and Gasol..good for you! After that though, do you really think there is a significant difference in talent level? Seriously...Fisher, Odom, Bynum, Sasha (I am not even gonna try to spell his last name). They are no better pound for pound than Scola, Battier, Brooks...

What I know is that if you keep thinking that the reason you are losing is all on you, then you will lose this series. The Rockets have every reason in the world to believe they can take you right now...but I am sure if the Lakers superior talent takes over..things will be fine. How can you not admit that the Rockets are far better than any of you give them credit for...

What I know is that if you keep thinking that the reason you are losing is all on you, then you will lose this series. The Rockets have every reason in the world to believe they can take you right now...but I am sure if the Lakers superior talent takes over..things will be fine. How can you not admit that the Rockets are far better than any of you give them credit for...Posted by: Nathan | May 11, 2009 at 11:18 AM

You know you are right. You have a nice little team there. Houston tried to be a Laker lite with TMAC and YAO in place of KOBE & SHAQ. but everytime things get interesting one or the other goes owwww. But I'm going to say this and it might sound crazy. A few minutes After yesterdays game started we all had some type of feeling the Freakin Lakers would lose. But sorry to say for your sake We all also have this certain feeling that the Lakers will not only win the next game, but the title as well.

"I love it...none of you LA fans, players, writers get it. This blog is a prime example."

Why do you care about what other fans think? You're getting yourself all worked up for no reason. A good thing for you to do, if you haven't already, would be to watch the basketball games and then comment on the basketball games. Stop worrying yourself so much with how we feel about the Lakers. You're wasting your breath. What do you think your comments will do? Make us suddenly see the light and change our minds?

Ahem – Holy crap! I can't believe I'm such a clueless basketball fan! I hereby rescind my Lakers fandom and am all aboard for whatever team other people believe is the most respectable, and whose coach makes the best peanut butter sandwiches. Also, if that team's fans are likable, I will like that team.

That last part was a joke, kind of like your post, Nathan.

i'm trying to read every post before i add to this blog, but it's becoming very difficult as the # of posts is growing exponentially, it seems. i get done with one page, two more takes it place.

first and foremost, i apologize to any Rockets fans i antagonized in the past. i was feeling smug, but after yesterday's game, i have no smugness left.

2nd, i was also embarrased by the play of the Lakers. i'm not going to bother pointing out their mistakes or what they need to do better, as that has been done to death now. lakers just gotta play better defense and offense. that's all there is to it. oh yeah, and hustle more, i guess.

3. for all the so-called Lakers fans that are all doom and gloom, and are declaring idiotic statements like: "i can't watch this Lakers team anymore," or "they're not my favorite team anymore." "they can never win a championship, because this team has no heart." etc. etc. etc. i concur with Mamba24. there's the door. we don't need you. the Lakers don't need you. if because of yesterday's loss, you can't stomach watching the Lakers anymore. then, don't. simple as that. and please stop blogging on here, too, because i come here to read and write to TRUE lakers fans. Lakers fans that stick with their team through thick AND THIN. and i gotta say, i'm much more proud of this lakers team than i was when we had to start Kwame Brown or that 1st post Magic Johnson squad. anyone remember Cedric Ceballos? or that laughable time when LA signed Dennis Rodman?!

but i digress. either root for the Lakers or don't. don't be wishy-washy about it. of course, i'm not calling out Rick or the fans calling out certain individuals. that's all well and good, and is every fan's right. but it's still only 1 loss. and to say the Lakers are without heart, because of the last game is just a matter of perception. to me, they at least fought back in the 4th quarter, and actually decreased the lead to 10, before losing by 12. not too shabby for having been behind by what, 29?

don't forget, basketball is not a game based completely on heart. it's also based on skill. and yesterday the Lakers played like they had none. tomorrow night has to be a different story. it just must be. because i'm a Lakers fan, and i wouldn't be able to sleep at night if i did not believe that.

"Why do you care about what other fans think? You're getting yourself all worked up for no reason. A good thing for you to do, if you haven't already, would be to watch the basketball games and then comment on the basketball games. Stop worrying yourself so much with how we feel about the Lakers. You're wasting your breath. What do you think your comments will do? Make us suddenly see the light and change our minds?

Ahem – Holy crap! I can't believe I'm such a clueless basketball fan! I hereby rescind my Lakers fandom and am all aboard for whatever team other people believe is the most respectable, and whose coach makes the best peanut butter sandwiches. Also, if that team's fans are likable, I will like that team."

---I will rescind the fans part if that makes you feel better...this is to the players only! I have watched the games (and I have to say that they are friggen late in H-town when they play in LA! Not easy for this old man). The series is tied...that's all I care about. Another heavy weight punch and things could get really interesting for my team!

By the way, I heard that Kurt Rambis makes a mean PB&J...maybe I should just be a Lakers fan.

Mamba24, justanothermambafan, and jon k, thanks for helping the rest of us stay grounded. Edwin, i like your posts, too.

jon k., that was funny about your newphew and the lebron/kobe incident. i hope you didn't scar the kid for life.

Where is all this talent ya'll keep speaking of???? Yes, Kobe is unbelievable on nights he wants to play, and Gasol is really good from time to time, but who else do ya'll have to speak of????? Fisher, Farmar - Brooks is better, Kobe - no argument(but to be compared to MJ u have to bring it every night), Odom - Scola is more consistent, Gasol - let's players several inches shorter take him out of his game, Bynum - a no show, and who do ya'll have to stop Artest(besides just letting him stop himself)?????

If ya'll lost Kobe and Gasol in the same season you wouldn't even make the playoffs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for that. You sound as exasperated as all of us Laker fans do. I just don't understand them. How can you play with such heart, focus and drive for Games 2 and 3 and then just stop playing altogether in Game 4? It's like, when they're given a privilege (getting homecourt back and then having a central player on the opposing team out), they look for another reason to make it hard on themselves. It's so disheartening as a fan when you know they can do better.

Last year, we have lost Game 4 against Jazz also in Mother's Day. The Lakers definitely hate all the moms of the world.

Whenever the Lakers get up by 20, you can be sure the lead will eventually be whittled down or lost completely. Yet, when they get down by nearly 30 -- NEARLY 30, without Yao!!!!--they can only get it back to 10 and lose by 12. The Celtics, the Nuggets, the Cavs, the Rockets-- none of these teams would let that happen. When they're down, they fight back; when they're up they fight to keep the lead. Call it heart, courage, killer instinct--whatever--the Lakers, arguably the most talented team in the NBA, are missing some crucial element of character that defines champions. It shows itself in the Lakers always--with very rare exceptions--playing down to the competition. Hey Kobe: Play defense! If you win in four or five, you get to rest! Today, the Rockets and their fans get to be proud of an inspired effort when the odds were stacked against them. As Lakers fans, we get to wallow in embarrassment, let down by a team that too often epitomizes the stereotype of L.A. "flakiness." Jerry West, Michael Cooper, James Worthy, Magic, Kareem -- they NEVER let that happen.

Laker are chumps not champs; they do not hussle for every rebound bynum does not even jump to block? Is he still hurting or enjoying his Beer? Kobe needs to focus and lead and be on fire and stop whining to the refs; go for the layups let them fould you hard are you afraid now Kobe? Team Traingle Ball and oh yhea Basics like the bounce pass? What is up with throwing the ball down court in doble coveage ? Brett Farve ? Gasol is Lazy Lazy Lazy - Best palyer in the world right.. your only as god as your last Game -- Tell you what Prove me Wrong and Kick butt Lakers uh if you can that is remember 39 Game 6 -- I Guess not or maybe so we shall see.

 
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