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Caught in the Web: Capturing reaction to Lakers' 92-83 victory over San Antonio Spurs

Game Stories

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how the "Lakers turned a near-flawless second half into a 92-83 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, extending their two-week run after getting commendable efforts from too many players to avoid a run-on sentence."

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding says the Lakers are beginning to look like they're in postseason form.

-- ESPN Los Angeles Arash Markazi explains how Ron Artest's defense made the difference.

-- The San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald highlights how Lakers guard Kobe Bryant gave the Spurs a knockout punch.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford has more about Artest's play.

Notebooks

-- The Times' Bresnahan reports that both Lakers center Andrew Bynum and Lakers forward Luke Walton hope to return to the court after the team's five-game trip, either April 2 against Utah or April 4 against San Antonio.

-- The Times' Broderick Turner breaks down how Lakers forward Pau Gasol limited Spurs forward Tim Duncan.

-- The Daily News' Teaford has more on Bynum's improved health.

Columns

-- The five-game trip has started off so well for the Lakers that The Times' T.J. Simers says he may be getting lunch during the trip with Coach Phil Jackson.

-- The Orange County Register's Ding argues that the answer to the whole "Ron Artest or Trevor Ariza" debate is that both Houston and the Lakers benefited from the off-season switch.

-- Kens5.com's David Flores describes how the Lakers effort deflated the San Antonio Spurs.

Blogs

-- ESPN Los Angeles Brian Kamenetzky argues that Artest's performance proves that his arrival with the Lakers is for the better.

-- Forum Blue and Gold says the Lakers provided a glimpse of what they could look like the for the rest of the five-game trip.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore breaks down how the Lakers' defense limited San Antonio.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell never disappoints with his running diary.

More Lakers links

-- In a must-read feature story, Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins has an extensive feature on Gasol, with the focus on how well-rounded he is on and off and the court. There's no need for Lakers fans to worry about a jinx. Gasol isn't on the cover.

-- Ball Don't Lie has a funny photo caption featuring Artest and Ariza, making light of Artest's admission to The Times' Bill Plaschke that Ariza is a better basketball player.

Tweet of the Day:"Landed in san antonio, saw my boy d fish and kobe, it reminded me of .o4 shot, thanks d fish" -- THE_REAL_SHAQ (Cleveland Cavaliers center Shaquille O'Neal)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Good win....I want to see more develop out of this, but I got a good sense of satisfaction with the way they played and were able to solve problems on D. It is less important that they beat the Spurs." -- #4

--Mark Medina

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ZAIRA… I have to agree with Jolly Rancher. It’s good to see our princess outside the Live Blog for a change. We must be approaching the playoffs. LOL! Now where is our Ministress of Defense?
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JOLLY ROGER… “My second favorite team has always been the Spurs.” First, a belated Happy Birthday. Second, I don’t have a second favorite team but I know what you mean. Class coach, couple of class super stars who stayed in the small franchise, and a team with championship legacy that teams like the Suns, Jazz, and Nuggets never have had. They are our only rivals in the West as far as I am concerned.
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JEANETTE… “Ron Artest blowing kisses and Kobe high fiving fans, love it!” That was the part of the game I loved best, too. I mean how sweet is it to be a Lakers fan. Doesn’t matter what enemy arena we are in, there are always Lakers fans holding up the honor of the purple and gold. Lakerholics rule the NBA.
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MM… Props and more props for the great job you are doing. I am starting to think that the KamBros were really a couple of slackers compared to you. Kobe’s ascent to the highest elevations of NBA career scorers is taking us on a virtual tour of the greatest players in NBA history. Wake up and smell the roses, Lakers fans, because we are watching true greatness in the making. Before he is done, Kobe will be the G.O.A.T.
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TOM

Tom - Thanks for the love. But the K Bros aren't slackers. Far from it. They have done and still do great work both with their blog and on radio.

MM

I love reading Bill Plaschke. The Blog trolls have nothing on him. The guy's the genuine article. Absurd, bias and just plain loony.

Welcome back Zaira. Got to admire your dedication to the Lakers. I follow the game chat, although I do not participate. It was beautiful to see you and Faith on the game chat. It's an all star.

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CONGRATULATION KOBE 12TH ALLTIME SCORING - BANDWAGON
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(01)JUSTANOTHERMAMBA – OWNER - Congrats to finally (!!!) waking up to the greatness that is Kobe Bean Bryant. Recognizing the unstoppability of his unstoppableness. Nothing like being a fan of the Mamba. Nothing like it in the whole world. Next to being a true purple & gold Lakerholic, it's the best! We are surely blessed (and spoiled) to have such an unbelievable talent to watch on a regular basis. The Black Mamba is something else. How many times last night did we go "OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE HE JUST DID THAT"????? LOL!!! You'd think we'd be used to it by now!
(02) SEGEBOY - THE SHERIFF
(03) KB BLITZ - DRIVER
(04) JEANETTE - RIDING SHOTGUN - History is in the making. There is no denying, it's Lakers vs. Cavs in the Finals. Lakers win and Kobe Finals MVP, KOBE is in my books will be GOAT. Congrats to KOBE, it blows my mind on how great he has become. Maturity has done a great deal on that. Amazing how he can turn it on. When PJ said activate the ball, he started shooting. He scores when he wants, where he wants, how he wants, as a defender you could only wish he miss.
(05) ZAIRA AMATERASU – SECURITY - particularly loved the way Kobe was able to guide us all, not merely as player (he did just so well tonight as game chief) but also as a "antics-slower". I also loved all that he said during the post game interview. Spot on in full.
(06) MAMBA24 - A hopeless Lakerholic
(07) SCOTT – DEPUTY SHERIFF - LeBron gets all the attention, but it's Kobe and Duncan who've proven themselves in the NBA, with 8 titles between them this past decade. Let's see if LeBron can get anywhere near this before we call this "the LeBron Era."
(08) LAKER IN BC - Kobe playing like Kobe, doing whatever he wants to do, when he wants to do it.
(09) FEARLESS - But, the Finals MVPs, they get those right. Can you imagine if Kobe is able to go up against Goliath and repeatedly beat him back? Can you imagine the series where LeBronze and Kobe square off in the Finals and LBJ doesn't win? How does LBJ stay anointed after that?
(10) ANNIE - Go Kobe!! you are always the best player at all time.
(11) AVASIA - KOBE CAN MAKE ANYTHING HAPPEN BECAUSE HE IS A GREAT PLAYER HANDS DOWN! :) (24 SHAWTY)
(12) LAKERTOM – CONGRATS, to Kobe!
(13) JON K – SECRET AGENT - Congratulations, Kobe! We all know that when you finally do retire, you are going to be Top Three All-Time in scoring!
(14) OUCHHHH - that Kobe guy had 11-16 that is like 68.75% ironically, he had the lowest +/- of the game at -3. :-) also he made all the difficult shots (except the last 3 when he was nonchalant)
(15) LAKERTOM -

Tom - Thanks for the love. But the K Bros aren't slackers. Far from it. They have done and still do great work both with their blog and on radio. Posted by: Mark Medina | March 25, 2010 at 08:44 AM
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MM you sir are a true professional. Your immense talent is only exceeded by the class and dignity such as that displayed in that answer. KUDOS! And...OUT FREAKIN STANDING BLOG GOD!!
Mamba24(LarrY)

Mamba 24 - Thanks for the kind words. That definitely means a lot.

MM

LAKER TRUTH & mamba24 [with a big grin on my face. :-))))))))))))))))))]

2nd qt. in the huddle, 5:43 left Lakers down 30-38

PJ says ti Kobe:

"Kone U R not act, U R not ACTIVATING THE BALL

Activate IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

U look to make PASSES.

U have to do some SCORE now, DEAR."

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in translation, as both LAKER TRUTH and myself wrote a few days ago and mamba24 branded it for eternity:

pretty ball with TOUCHES is not efficient - see, 30-38 (i will get back on that later in detail: Gasol offense vs. Kobe offense)

FEAR is lethal. not only that Kobe had 2 shots in Hill's face (one from the left side the next isolation on the right) at a time when Hill had already 18 points, but the kid got deflated. for the rest of the quarter he did not score and he had only 3 more points for the rest of the game.

indirectly, Kobe did what the point guards could not do defensively. he reminded Hill (after a 27 points game against OKC) that he is still MORTAL. and Hill stopped himself. he was flustered. talking about "intangibles"?

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FAITH & ZAIRA, - LETS HEAR IT FOR THE LADIES, WELCOME BACK – BANDWAGON
Looks like we’re getting the Band back together. Of course the most impressive defense the Lakers have shown is when our Minister of Defense Faith retrurned. Also Kobe was outstanding due to the magnificent contributions of Zaira & Faith last night. Ladies, The Lakers Blog Salutes you! Kudos!
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(01) JEANETTE – OWNER - Welcome back Zaira. Got to admire your dedication to the Lakers. I follow the game chat, although I do not participate. It was beautiful to see you and Faith on the game chat. It's an all star.
(02) LAKERTOM – DRIVER - ZAIRA… I have to agree with Jolly Rancher. It’s good to see our princess outside the Live Blog for a change. We must be approaching the playoffs. LOL! Now where is our Ministress of Defense?
(03) FEARLESS – RIDING SHOTGUN - To beat them this way on their homepitch just sounds good and put things in a nice perspective."@Zaira What a great way to put it.
(04) JOLLY RANCHER – SECURITY - Is that a real live Zaira sighting??!! A good win and Zaira too: Now it feels like things are coming back together.
(05) MAMBA24 – It looks like we’re getting the Band back together. Of course the mostt impressive defense the Lakers have shown is when our Minister of Defense Faith retrurns. Also mamba was outstanding due to the magnificent contributions of Zaira & Faith last night. Ladies The Lakers Blog Saluts you Kudos!

READER COMMENT OF THE DAY! WOOHOO, thanks for the honor MM!

MM, if I could say a bit about your coverage of the Lakers on this blog, its not that its just unbiased, but it takes into account how Laker fans feel about their team while being unbiased. Its a tough, tough thing to do with such a passionate fanbase (and haterbase, if that's a group) and such a polarizing subject as the Lakers and the city of Los Angeles. To quote a oft repeated and beloved blog saying: OUT FREAKIN STANDING, MM. Its been a pleasure to read the blog.

Mamba24, please put me on the Kobe, 12th on the scoring list bandwagon.

Does anyone remember how much Kareem hated Alex English? This one's for you Cap.

mamba, and you know I'm down with the Laker ladies bandwagon....

A ladies perspective of Laker basketball is always very, very interesting. I'll go ahead and say its a damn aphrodisiac....one of the major reasons why Mrs. #4 is Mrs #4 today.

the NBA and the pedestrian press has King James.

but

Kobe and the Queen's Boys will dethrone him.

the coup d'etat is in the air.

#4 - Thanks a lot. I really appreciate your observations. Remaining neutral is a huge goal I think really for every sports writer who takes their craft seriously. That doesn't mean I can't have fun with my job. That doesn't mean I can't express my enthusiasm for the game and covering the team. But I'm merely a collector of facts and observations. I have no rooting interest for or against the Lakers. But because I know that I am serving Lakers fans, I think it's my job to present issues that will help you stay informed about your favorite team.

Really appreciate the words because it is a tough act to balance, and one that's never perfect. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

MM

I love reading Bill Plaschke. The Blog trolls have nothing on him. The guy's the genuine article. Absurd, bias and just plain loony.

Posted by: p ang | March 25, 2010 at 09:01 AM
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HAHAHHAH!!!! Hit the nail on the nail right on the head P!!

Awesome win last night. I hope this fires the team up and they just tell Ron to go out there and do his thing from here on out.

Kobe did what the point guards could not do defensively. he reminded Hill (after a 27 points game against OKC) that he is still MORTAL. and Hill stopped himself. he was flustered. talking about "intangibles"?
Posted by: ouchhhhhhhhh | March 25, 2010 at 09:18 AM

I would comment but that right there says it all. So I'll simply say...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!

THEY TRIED TO SEND ME TO REHAB FOR LAKERHOLISM AND I SAID, NO, NO, NO!
mamba24(larry)

These are the NBA season dog days ....

Great win, but Spurs are not a great team.
OKC will be a tougher test.
Younger and much more athletic.

Kevin Durant is more consistent than Tim Duncan.
Is Tim Duncan still super elite?
No.

NBA seasons seem to have caught up with Timmy.
He jumped about 2 millimeters on his shots that Pau wiped!

Jeff Van Gundy makes dumb statements.
He said Lakers "Weakened their bench with trades and injuries"

Trades Jeff? C'mon read your material media guy!

Ball movement is the key to Lakers offensive success.
Luke Walton will help when he returns.

Kobe played an efficient and very effective game.
Limited FGA's and very good decision making.

LO's shoulder is really hurting.
Noticed he was in severe pain a couple times and played through it.

Artest vs. Ariza? Been staying out of this because I preferred Ariza.
Made several posts on this issue last summer.
Now? I am OK with Artest.
He brings toughness and hasn't done anything completely stupid (and hopefully won't).

E. Fish? Hill torched him in the first quarter.
Fisher is the Lakers biggest liability as he again proved last nite.
Have made several posts on this topic and stand by them all.


#4 HE'S A JOLLY GOOD FELLOW, THAT NOBODY CAN DENY! Congrats. Brother #4 on Reader Comment of the day award. Only one in a long line of jewels contributed to the Blog by you! Kudos!
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FAITH & ZAIRA, - LETS HEAR IT FOR THE LADIES, WELCOME BACK – BANDWAGON
Looks like we’re getting the Band back together. Of course the most impressive defense the Lakers have shown is when our Minister of Defense Faith returned. Also Kobe was outstanding due to the magnificent contributions of Zaira & Faith last night. Ladies, The Lakers Blog Salutes you! Kudos!
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(01) JEANETTE – OWNER - Welcome back Zaira. Got to admire your dedication to the Lakers. I follow the game chat, although I do not participate. It was beautiful to see you and Faith on the game chat. It's an all star.
(02) LAKERTOM – DRIVER - ZAIRA… I have to agree with Jolly Rancher. It’s good to see our princess outside the Live Blog for a change. We must be approaching the playoffs. LOL! Now where is our Ministress of Defense?
(03) FEARLESS – RIDING SHOTGUN - To beat them this way on their homepitch just sounds good and put things in a nice perspective."@Zaira What a great way to put it.
(04) # 4 - You know I'm down with the Laker ladies bandwagon....A ladies perspective of Laker basketball is always very, very interesting. I'll go ahead and say its a damn aphrodisiac....one of the major reasons why Mrs. #4 is Mrs #4 today.
(05) JOLLY RANCHER – SECURITY - Is that a real live Zaira sighting??!! A good win and Zaira too: Now it feels like things are coming back together.
(06) MAMBA24 – It looks like we’re getting the Band back together. Of course the mostt impressive defense the Lakers have shown is when our Minister of Defense Faith retrurns. Also mamba was outstanding due to the magnificent contributions of Zaira & Faith last night. Ladies, The Lakers Blog Saluts you Kudos!
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CONGRATULATION KOBE 12TH ALLTIME SCORING – BANDWAGON
As noted blogger #4 said:” Remember how much Kareem hated Alex English? This one's for you Cap.

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(01)JUSTANOTHERMAMBA – OWNER - Congrats to finally (!!!) waking up to the greatness that is Kobe Bean Bryant. Recognizing the unstoppability of his unstoppableness. Nothing like being a fan of the Mamba. Nothing like it in the whole world. Next to being a true purple & gold Lakerholic, it's the best! We are surely blessed (and spoiled) to have such an unbelievable talent to watch on a regular basis. The Black Mamba is something else. How many times last night did we go "OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE HE JUST DID THAT"????? LOL!!! You'd think we'd be used to it by now!
(02) SEGEBOY - THE SHERIFF
(03) KB BLITZ – DRIVER
(04) # 4 - Please put me on the Kobe, 12th on the scoring list bandwagon. Does anyone remember how much Kareem hated Alex English? This one's for you Cap.
(05) JEANETTE - RIDING SHOTGUN - History is in the making. There is no denying, it's Lakers vs. Cavs in the Finals. Lakers win and Kobe Finals MVP, KOBE is in my books will be GOAT. Congrats to KOBE, it blows my mind on how great he has become. Maturity has done a great deal on that. Amazing how he can turn it on. When PJ said activate the ball, he started shooting. He scores when he wants, where he wants, how he wants, as a defender you could only wish he miss.
(06) ZAIRA AMATERASU – SECURITY - particularly loved the way Kobe was able to guide us all, not merely as player (he did just so well tonight as game chief) but also as a "antics-slower". I also loved all that he said during the post game interview. Spot on in full.
(07) MAMBA24 - A hopeless Lakerholic
(08) SCOTT – DEPUTY SHERIFF - LeBron gets all the attention, but it's Kobe and Duncan who've proven themselves in the NBA, with 8 titles between them this past decade. Let's see if LeBron can get anywhere near this before we call this "the LeBron Era."
(09) LAKER IN BC - Kobe playing like Kobe, doing whatever he wants to do, when he wants to do it.
(10) FEARLESS - But, the Finals MVPs, they get those right. Can you imagine if Kobe is able to go up against Goliath and repeatedly beat him back? Can you imagine the series where LeBronze and Kobe square off in the Finals and LBJ doesn't win? How does LBJ stay anointed after that?
(11) ANNIE - Go Kobe!! you are always the best player at all time.
(12) AVASIA – Kobe can make anything happen because HE IS A GREAT PLAYER HANDS DOWN! :)
(13) LAKERTOM – CONGRATS, to Kobe!
(14) JON K – SECRET AGENT - Congratulations, Kobe! We all know that when you finally do retire, you are going to be Top Three All-Time in scoring!
(15) OUCHHHH - that Kobe guy had 11-16 that is like 68.75% ironically, he had the lowest +/- of the game at -3. :-) also he made all the difficult shots (except the last 3 when he was nonchalant)
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dear Mark Medina (with a wink to LAKER TRUTH)

with all the respect and humility

the playoffs r around the corner. there is little time but you need to be ready.

u need to attend a Kobe Bryant Syndrome DEPROGRAMING program. (also many bloggers and the corporate press - see LA Times, ESPN and especially Stu Lantz)

and i'm referring to your game summary where u say: "While he was mostly limited all night fighting through double teams, he made the Spurs pay by embracing the facilitating role and ending the night with six assists."

wrong. Kobe the FACILITATOR never existed and is OBSOLETE.

kobe the facilitator means a passive kobe that has to baby seat the scrubs.

kobe the facilitator means that he has to stroke the egos of insecure tall guys like Faux Pas and the dormant Beast.

kobe the facilitator is 25 mil down the drain.

as PJ sad to him at the 5:43 mark: "Kobe, U R not act, U R not activating the ball. ACTIVATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!. U HAVE to so some SCORE now DEAR."

Kobe the FACILITATOR is DEAD. Long live the ACTIVATOR.

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in translation: kobe always FACILITATES the offense. but there r 2 ways. the PASSIVE one that all of you like and it is in-EFFICIENT. and the ACTIVE one that OBVIOUSLY creates better spacing and better positions for the MOVING players toward the basket and the POST UP shooters and in the process SHOTS DOWN the other team. THE FINAL BLOW.

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so think about it, meditate and change your approach. and suggest that to others too. especially Stu who repeats that like a mantra. as soon as PJ said that, Mark Jackson commented: "Kobe has to be aggressive and to impose himself (see, Kobe doin' WORK). and after that he can be in facilitating role. i disagree here with MJ. because in the process of Kobe being aggressive he already does that. there is no phase 1 and 2.

so basically PJ played a game on Gasol, Fisher and the entire press and broadcasters when after the Memphis game he approved Fisher's and Gasy's comments about shots and TOUCHES). hr wanted to show them that maybe somewhere they r right a "LITTLE". but they can 't make it without KOBE the ACTIVATOR.

ACTIVATE IT. ACTIVATE IT

and as a reminder of the ACTIVATOR: that won the series in 2009 against 'e-nver and later killed the Magic. results: Lakers CHAMPIONS. and Kobe the ACTIVATOR got the MVP.

"it's activate, not facilitate". "it's activate, not facilitate". "it's activate, not facilitate".

U think that is JUST a word or just a nuance: no, it is the difference between W and L

Todd-
i'm not saying that he's not on the decline, but Timmy has never jumped more than 2mm in his life.
he has rarely been gaurded by anyone as tall or a skilled as Gasol...

I know Ron's a defensive force on his own, but it would have been great to see him in Kurt's defensive system. Trevor gets heaps of praise for fit, but he couldn't stay with the big 3s that now roam the NBA.

Hoping to see more light bulbs turn on over the Lakers heads as we head towards the playoffs....

Thanks Mamba24! Appreciate the bandwagon seat, and the kudos!

ACTIVATE NOT FACILITATE, clap clap, clap clap clap!
ACTIVATE NOT FACILITATE, clap clap, clap clap clap!
GOOOOOOOOO KOBEEEEE!!

Really thought the lakers played awful. How many wide open threes did the spurs miss? Could have been a completely different game had some of those fallen. I keep waiting, but we're still not there yet.

Posted by: TBone


Tbone good to see at least one Laker fan is not just a rah rah rah and final score means we played well. I have no idea what game most of these guys watched last night, but definitely wasn't a dominating performance by the Lakers !!!

Thanks Mamba24! Appreciate the bandwagon seat, and the kudos!Posted by: #4 | March 25, 2010 at 10:03 AM
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Brother you know there's always a spot reserved for you at your discretion on any bandwagon.
Mamba24(larrY)

E. Fish? Hill torched him in the first quarter.
Fisher is the Lakers biggest liability as he again proved last nite.
Have made several posts on this topic and stand by them all.

Posted by: Todd

Todd are you kidding ? Fisher has to be on the court. He is a Laker institution and should be out there as long as he wants to stink up the court. His veteran leadership and gritty play is unprecendented in the history of the NBA !! Todd you should be careful as Jonny boy K will probably want to meet you an alley and have you repeat that.

"it reminded me of .o4 shot"

Hey Shaq - I swear that it was 0.4 and NOT 0.04. We gotta get you some blueberries to get those antioxidants going...

Sorry LeBron....Artest will be the difference if the two meet in the Finals!


http://whybedumb.com/index.php/2010/03/versus-lebron-will-be-the-difference/

"facilitate" and "making his team better" r two terms coined by the media in the process of putting Kobe down and Princess Jimmy on a pedestal.

they also invented Faux Pas for MVP or co-MVP. only Gasy did not get it.

ouchhhhhhhhh - you're right. when i write the word facilitate, it's used as secret code to hide my obsession for LeBron. or it means that's what bryant did on offense. facilitate.

MM

Kevin Durant = a not-so-mini test on how they will play big 3s in the playoffs. He's pretty similar to Lebron in presence, if not the bowling ball-style drives to the bucket.

It'll be interesting to watch how the team handles it, especially since they are a possible first round matchup (1.5 game outta eighth).

THIS is what I like to hear from our leaders:

"Guys think I'm the same guy I was two or three years ago but since I've gotten lighter guys need to be reminded don't dribble around me too much," he said. "I'm a different player."

@Artest

"Signature wins come in the Finals," said Bryant, shaking his head at the thought beating the Spurs meant anything more than win No. 53. "Signature wins in the regular season don't exist."

@Kobe

Oh, Mamba, you BEST believe that you better put me on the Welcome to the Ladies bandwagon. As is known by all in attendance, it is Zaira's words that move me the most in this forum. There are many others here who vie for second place on that list (yourself included).

--FEARless

- It was a relief to see Phil tighten his leash on Fisher by pulling him out of the game after he was struggling to score and contain the Spurs "superstar" - George Hill. Phil seems to be in playoff mode. This is a reassuring sign for things to come.

-DFish, Agreed that the Spurs missed wide open shots, but part of the reason was because the Lakers wore the Spurs down defensively for most of the game (namely, Duncan, Manu and Hill), and as a result, the Spurs had tired legs by the fourth quarter. (This was the formula for the Shaq/Kobe teams as well). Overall, I thought it was a solid defensive effort.

- Ouchhh, It was pretty telling that although Kobe was being double/triple teamed in the first half, Phil still wanted Kobe to start shooting. Even though Kobe was making the right plays by passing out of the doubles, his teammates were struggling to convert, forcing Phil to go to his ace in the hole, otherwise known as Kobe Ball.

Todd and to all lakerholics,

What is the meaning of "E." before Fish? You said Hill torched Fish, not only Fish but all the Lakers guarding Hill however only in the first half. In the 2nd half, Hill was leveled off by the Laker defense and Kobe's onslaught in such a way the former hill became a deep canyon!!!

We have to give full credit to Pau Gasol resounding defense against Timmy, the long arms were like Plastic Man blocking an old Avatar. It was a clean block and steal as well, you can't ask more than that.

Another defensive from Octopussy hands of Artest. A smart Argentinian was outfoxed by RonRon and Bonner too, the hands are so long coming from left or right but it surrounds the Spurs completely under the spell of Artest. Defense wins the games and the offense of the great Kobe plus contributions of LO, Jordan and Shannon sealed the deal.

Will defense be ever present with the Lakers from now on or just one game? Will the 2nd unit be consistent in the controlled offense or just one game? Will the Catalan fight back in defending his post or just one game? Will Kobe the activator or facilitator or legend buster be as aggressive in the next four games or just one game. These questions are posted not to be answered by lakerholics anonymous but as a challenge by fair weathers to our team. We want this type of play in every game not just one game.

Gosh, who ever started coming up with names such as lakerholics, fairweathers, trolls? You guys or gals have no idea the significance or disadvantages of having turf names in LA. Your body could be separated from your soul if other turf names in South LA or East LA join this blog. Can we not just settle that we are all Laker fans per se and stop from there?

Hey guys a new post is up

MM

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FAITH & ZAIRA, - LETS HEAR IT FOR THE LADIES, WELCOME BACK – BANDWAGON
Looks like we’re getting the Band back together. Of course the most impressive defense the Lakers have shown is when our Minister of Defense Faith returned. Also Kobe was outstanding due to the magnificent contributions of Zaira & Faith last night. Ladies, The Lakers Blog Salutes you! Kudos!
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(01) JEANETTE – OWNER - Welcome back Zaira. Got to admire your dedication to the Lakers. I follow the game chat, although I do not participate. It was beautiful to see you and Faith on the game chat. It's an all star.
(02) LAKERTOM – DRIVER - ZAIRA… I have to agree with Jolly Rancher. It’s good to see our princess outside the Live Blog for a change. We must be approaching the playoffs. LOL! Now where is our Ministress of Defense?
(03) FEARLESS – RIDING SHOTGUN - To beat them this way on their homepitch just sounds good and put things in a nice perspective."@Zaira What a great way to put it. As is known by all in attendance, it is Zaira's words that move me the most in this forum. There are many others here who vie for second place on that list (yourself included).
(04) # 4 - You know I'm down with the Laker ladies bandwagon....A ladies perspective of Laker basketball is always very, very interesting. I'll go ahead and say its a damn aphrodisiac....one of the major reasons why Mrs. #4 is Mrs #4 today.
(05) JOLLY RANCHER – SECURITY - Is that a real live Zaira sighting??!! A good win and Zaira too: Now it feels like things are coming back together.
(06) MAMBA24 – It looks like we’re getting the Band back together. Of course the mostt impressive defense the Lakers have shown is when our Minister of Defense Faith retrurns. Also mamba was outstanding due to the magnificent contributions of Zaira & Faith last night. Ladies, The Lakers Blog Saluts you Kudos!
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Def Welcome back Zaira and Faith, no one likes a dude ranch.

I didn't actually know Faith was missing, she's always on the live chats. I know this because Justa won't let me call games when she's around. Actually Justa won't let me call the games even she's not around. Hey, what's up with that?

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FAITH & ZAIRA, - LETS HEAR IT FOR THE LADIES, WELCOME BACK – BANDWAGON
Looks like we’re getting the Band back together. Of course the most impressive defense the Lakers have shown is when our Minister of Defense Faith returned. Also Kobe was outstanding due to the magnificent contributions of Zaira & Faith last night. Ladies, The Lakers Blog Salutes you! Kudos!
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(01) JEANETTE – OWNER - Welcome back Zaira. Got to admire your dedication to the Lakers. I follow the game chat, although I do not participate. It was beautiful to see you and Faith on the game chat. It's an all star.
(02) LAKERTOM – DRIVER - ZAIRA… I have to agree with Jolly Rancher. It’s good to see our princess outside the Live Blog for a change. We must be approaching the playoffs. LOL! Now where is our Ministress of Defense?
(03) FEARLESS – RIDING SHOTGUN - To beat them this way on their homepitch just sounds good and put things in a nice perspective."@Zaira What a great way to put it. As is known by all in attendance, it is Zaira's words that move me the most in this forum. There are many others here who vie for second place on that list.
(04) # 4 - You know I'm down with the Laker ladies bandwagon....A ladies perspective of Laker basketball is always very, very interesting. I'll go ahead and say its a damn aphrodisiac....one of the major reasons why Mrs. #4 is Mrs #4 today.
(05) JOLLY RANCHER – SECURITY - Is that a real live Zaira sighting??!! A good win and Zaira too: Now it feels like things are coming back together.
(06) MAMBA24 – It looks like we’re getting the Band back together. Of course the most impressive defense the Lakers have shown is when our Minister of Defense Faith returns. Also mamba was outstanding due to the magnificent contributions of Zaira & Faith last night. Ladies, The Lakers Blog Salutes you Kudos!
(07) MARK G. - Def Welcome back Zaira and Faith! No one likes a dude ranch. I didn't actually know Faith was missing, she's always on the live chats. I know this because Justa won't let me call games when she's around. Actually Justa won't let me call the games even she's not around. Hey, what's up with that?

Edwin,

Dropped the "D" in Derek Fisher for obvious reasons.

Decision was posted on the blog after e. Fish left Stephen Curry wide open to shoot the game tying 3ptr. in the Golden State game 2 week ago.
Though it was only one of many e. Fish defensive lapses this season, it nuked the "veteran floor presence" argument many people had made.

"Dropped the "D" in Derek Fisher for obvious reasons."

Let's make these reasons explicit, shall we?

Todd,
Wait one here. Kobe is known to constantly leave his man to play "center field" (I seem to recall him loosing a guy named Lee last June) but when Fish gets screened, bumped or covers another open 3 point shooter he is "no D". Give us a freakin' break here.

Come on guys (Todd and DFish), you have to lose this irrational hatred of anything Fisher. I suggest a visit to the Museum of Tolerance.

JR

Larry dear... please please please no... don't make me a subject of a welcome back bandwagon cos I feel like I am calling shots that aren't mine!!!

Oh,,, it feels just a stealing from my undeserving part from all of your cute and caring hearts.

I never really went away.
It was just like takin a DEEEEEEEP breath for avoiding clashes against my adored Kobe's haters.

(and if you had to follow me in chat, you MUST know that when I wanna clash with people, I can be as sharp as a killer knife... and it wouldn't be good on the blog. It wouldn't ;))

So, first of all, THANK YOU ALL FOR THE LOVE.

It makes me feel s sweet inside.

But at the same time... stop it!!!
It truly is undeserved.

On my side at least.

Faith instead is DA Queen and our Mighty Empowered Ruler of Defense.

Above only knows how much that Rule is Key to our next ring.

Faith!!!!! Come back and regulate our Purple&Gold Knights out there.
Put on them over their shoulder the Calling Sword of Incoming Reign To Be and just make them all ready to kill it all ;)

Always remember: there's no Glory without great D.
And we need the Sorceress of D.
Straight asap!

Lotta love, crew ;)
(Larry dear... how cute you wrote in the blog of mine :) awww. Sweet :))

ouuuuuuchhhh

>>>the NBA and the pedestrian press has King James.
>>>but
>>>Kobe and the Queen's Boys will dethrone him.
>>>the coup d'etat is in the air.

WHAT COUP D'ETAT???

You've got things backwards. Just because you CALL YOURSELF king don't MAKE you a king.

The Lakers are the legitimate champions. They EARNED it.

Until LeBron EARNs something, he ain't nothin put POSER James. When he actually manages to slip by Mamba and win a title, then he can start calling himself king.


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