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Caught in the Web: Lakers avoid a trap game against Indiana Pacers

Kobe Bryant #7

Game Stories

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore leads with how Ron Artest didn't want to talk about the team's trip before the Pacers game because he wanted to focus on that contest instead.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on the how the Lakers rebounded from a slow first half.

The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding on the Lakers' third-quarter run.

Lakers.com's Mike Trudell on the Lakers dominating the second half.

The Riverside Press Enterprise's Dan Weber highlights that it was only a matter of time before the Lakers dominated the game.

The Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells on the Pacers' third-quarter failures.

Notebooks

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore details Artest's conditioning program.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports that the Lakers don't plan to pick up any recently cut players.

The Riverside Press Enterprise's Dan Weber on how Artest has been voted for among the dirtiest players in the league.

Columns

The O.C. Register's Kevin Ding on Artest's defensive presence.

--The Times' Mark Heisler explains how the Lakers-Pacers game wasn't the most intriguing matchup.

ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin on how the Lakers have plenty of things to improve upon during this upcoming three-game trip.

Sidebars

NBA.com's Bryan Chu on Artest's conditioning program.

ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi on Lakers forward Pau Gasol "pitches in for cancer".

The Times' Broderick Turner on Jordan Farmar's strong play, despite playing with a jammed left pinkie.

Blogs

--Forum Blue and Gold credits the Lakers' complete effort against Indiana.

Indy Cornrows on how the Lakers left the Pacers "flattened on side of the road."

ESPN Los Angeles' John Ireland on how the Lakers are supporting George Karl's fight against cancer.

A game and video breakdown from ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky.

--Silver Screen and Roll on how Artest was "picking chunks of Danny Granger out of his teeth."

Other Lakers news

--The Daily News' Tom Hoffarth has a Q&A with Roland Lazenby about his new biography on Lakers legend Jerry West.

--The Times' Tim Rutten reviews Lazenby's book.

Tweet of the Day: "Fan after game "Nice game tonight Luke" ...um he didn't play" -- DuranLA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran).

Reader Comment of the Day:"Kobe took Phil Jackson's request for "more ball movement" a little too seriously." --Ryan Kane.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant runs into Indiana's Josh McRoberts, who scored 15 points in the Pacers' 122-99 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times.

 
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Tweet of the Day: "Fan after game "Nice game tonight Luke" ...um he didn't play" -- DuranLA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran).
VICIOUS!! LOL!

21 to go

I'm feelin' ---- WIN OUT.

ouchhhhhhhhh
Jack Kerouac was a Lakers fan. He told me back in 1969 just before he took his last swig.

Jack Kerouac and Colorado love our World Champion Lakers!

4 Blog's by 10:18 AM.......some people have jobs and lives they should be focusing on...what are you shooting for today, 7 Blogs????? Look a good one canr ride for a while, we are not ADD..........

Mark you must have read alot of Ayn Rand.

There's no cohesion if you keep jumping around topics...by the time you're finishing typing one, you wonder, am I on the right blog....

OK, ugly players.........Devin Brown, someone keep it going, oh yeah, Al (Klingon) Jefferson.....

Without loooking, what's this blog about???? It was probably about the last game of which the last 8 blogs were probably about. Piece rate????

human - while there are certainly valid positives and negatives regarding the fast-paced information age, my approach has been to try to provide a buffet so to speak for all lakers fans. there are some fans who like to browse, some who like to pick and choose what they read and then others that like to eat everything. i'm trying to set that balance in appealing to all those different type of readers. I'll never just clump blog posts together, meaning there won't be one post at 8:00 am and then another at 8:05. but i want this blog to be something fans think they can go to when they want to get the latest fix. fortunately the setup we have is that all posts are archived so you can always go back and read any that i missed.

i'm not trying to be defensive and make excuses because i understand your point. i'm just trying to share my perspective. its been about two months so there's a long ways to go for me to make this the best it can be. so that being said, im always open for feedback or any additional thoughts you may have.

MM

MM - I think you're doing a FAB job. I'm soooo glad you're not like TP....

"Kobe recently shared with us that the finger will remain fractured until the end of the season. He hasn't said what he'll do in the offseason or if it will require surgery. But he'll wear the splint for the rest of the season. Bryant also said the time off helped rest the finger, but it didn't heal since it's broken."


Thanks for that, MM - wow!...I'm no doctor but doesn't 5+ months for an avulsion fracture to fully heal seems like a lot? All I know is I just wanna see Kobe splint-free for the playoffs - it not so much that I'm worried about the shooting as much as I am about the way it affects his ball-handling...just sayin'...

Other than that, I'm really happy about the way the Lakers are playing these days and with the overall state of the team - I suspect that come April this team will truly be firing on all cylinders. One suggestion - if Sasha suffers any setbacks after he comes back and assuming Luke's back rules him out for the rest of the season, might the Lakers be willing to give Michael Finley a long, hard look for the veteran's minumum? It seems like he could prove to be a pretty effective insurance policy given extremely limited minutes... I mean, I know he really old, but he's a combo guard that has range and is pretty savvy - and it looks like the Celtics are more interested in Hughes than they are Finley. I don't know...

Lakers Q & A:

-How can the team avoid the habit of getting off to slow starts? - START LAMAR
-How can the team improve their offense by creating better spacing in the post? - START LAMAR
-How can the team improve their offense by making Pau the primary option in the post? - START LAMAR
-How can the team fully maximize Pau's full arsenal of skills? - START LAMAR
-How can the team fully maximize Bynum's offensive skills in the post? - START LAMAR
-How can the team maximize Kobe's improved post game? - START LAMAR
-How can the team become better at defensive rotations? - START LAMAR
-How can the team improve their lack of team speed? - START LAMAR
-How can the team get easier transition buckets? - START LAMAR
-How can the team get better offensive flow and rhythm? - START LAMAR
-How can the team create better chemistry on the court - START LAMAR
-How will the team create match up problems against the Cavs big men? - START LAMAR
-How can the team give itself the best chance at a repeat? - START LAMAR
- How can Phil ignore his assistant coaches when they are begging him to start Lamar? - I have no idea

haha

My "reader comment of the day" really sounds odd out of context from the "caption the video" contest where it was pulled from.

Ryan - still... congrats!

jefe101,

"I'm no doctor but doesn't 5+ months for an avulsion fracture to fully heal seems like a lot?"

I like how you phrased that, and I'm not M.D. either but it sure does seem like maybe Kobe really screwed this thing up by trying to play through it. It may have been in the best interests of the Lakers for him to suffer through an extending healing process by continuing to play with the break, but I really must wonder if it is what was best for Kobe's digital health over the long haul.

I'm guessing that he has surgery on it once the championship is won this year and I certainly hope that returns all normal function to the fractured finger for next season and for the remainder of his, hopefully long and productive, life...

LAKER TRUTH,

"START LAMAR"

If I didn't know better, I'd think that you had an agenda...

Ryan Kane,

Share the mojo dude...your credibility just skyrocketed, or so they say...

Hey how'd you do that thing with the hidden link in your username? I've never seen that around here before, you really do have some serious mojo goin' on don't you...

LAKER TRUTH

missed u around here. i wanted to put a warning on the blog. the above was brilliant. u came back in style. :-)

Roland Lazenby,

Thanks for reporting on LeBron's interest in becoming a Laker. Not sure why there was such an outrage over it among Laker fans, as that news should have brought a smile on our faces. We're talking about a surefire dynasty here with LBJ.

Ask yourselves: were you not a "true" Laker fan when you wanted Shaq to join the team in 1996? Let's not ignorantly question anyone's fandom here.

Lakers Q & A:
-How can the team avoid the habit of getting off to slow starts? - START LAMAR
>1)No start JF or Shannon @ pg

-How can the team improve their offense by creating better spacing in the post? –START LAMAR
>2)No play the triangle and move instead of Kobe watch

-How can the team improve their offense by making Pau the primary option in the post? - START LAMAR
>3) No stay with the triangle and change up primary in post whether it be Pau, AB, Kobe or Drew depending on match ups.

-How can the team fully maximize Pau's full arsenal of skills? - START LAMAR
>4) See 2 and 3

-How can the team fully maximize Bynum's offensive skills in the post? - START LAMAR
>5) Pass the ball inside instead of taking so many perimeter shoots, attack the rim no matter what big(s) is/are in the post.

-How can the team maximize Kobe's improved post game? - START LAMAR
>6 See 3

-How can the team become better at defensive rotations? - START LAMAR
> 7) every one man up on perimeter and don’t rely on bigs to bail them out.

-How can the team improve their lack of team speed? - START LAMAR
>8) See 1

-How can the team get easier transition buckets? - START LAMAR
>9) See 1 again


-How can the team get better offensive flow and rhythm? - START LAMAR
>10) See 2 and 3

-How can the team create better chemistry on the court - START LAMAR
>11) play the triangle. The only chemistry situation was JF and Sasha but that is no big deal.

-How will the team create match up problems against the Cavs big men? - START LAMAR
>12) See 2, 3 and 5

-How can the team give itself the best chance at a repeat? - START LAMAR
>13) Play the “D” they have been playing especially the way RA has all game

-How can Phil ignore his assistant coaches when they are begging him to start Lamar? - I have no idea
>14) How you have such privy to the assistant coaches wishes and that they are begging PJ to start LO? I have no idea.
> numbered replies come from your friendly spider… oops I mean JustaLakerFan

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | March 03, 2010 at 12:45 PM


I didn't get to see the game last night but, I'm happy for the win.

This might fall under the category of 'having too much time on my hands' (lol) but, I did a little research and found that there are at least 9 former Lakers who were born in my hometown(DC) or the nearby suburbs.

Let me know if you remember any of them.

Here's the list:

Elgin Baylor, 1958-1971
Adrian Branch, 1986-1987
Kenny Carr, 1977-1980
Jerry Chambers, 1966-1967
Adrian Dantley, 1977-1979
Fred Hetzel, 1970-1971
Eddie Jordan, 1980-1984
Larry Spriggs, 1983-1986
Kermit Washington, 1973-1978

If you'd like to check on players from your hometown you can try finding them here.

http://www.lakersweb.com/former.html

G in DC,

"Let me know if you remember any of them."

I remember all of them except Hentzel, but then I was very young during his tour of duty...

However, I did stumble across something today that I immediately thought would be of interest to you...

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1964&dat=19711204&id=WnkyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HLcFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2774,2209826

aztronut

You are a gentleman, a scholar, and most importantly, a TRUE LAKERS FAN sir...thanks for responding and the link is very much appreciated.

Btw az, I grew up with AD(he lived one block up from me) and believe it or not, we used to tease him and call him 'Baby Huey'(the cartoon character) because he was so big for his age and kinda awkward as a young teen...little did we know he'd become a great NBA player.(lol)

G in DC,

"I grew up with AD...he was so big for his age and kinda awkward as a young teen..."

That's fascinating, particularly because AD was one of the least awkard basketball players I ever saw. The guy had an absolute knack for sneaking through cracks in the paint to score underneath...

Isn't he an assistant coach for someone these days? It'd be nice to see him get a head coaching gig sometime...

BTW, Congratulations, I think you are fitting in very well around here and I appreciate your calm and reasoned approach to a lot of the insanity that goes on every now and then, or whenever, or always...


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