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Caught in the Web: Lakers chalk up a win as they fail to dominate Golden State

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Game Stories

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan chalks up the Lakers' 124-121 victory over Golden State to the team's usual display of complacency.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding points to the Lakers' poor pick-and-roll defense as the main reason they struggled getting the win.

-- NBA.com's Geoff Lepper explains why Kobe Bryant isn't going to take much away from the ugly win.

-- The San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons quotes Warriors center Chris Hunter blaming the loss to the Lakers on the "Invisible Man."

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlighted many of the Lakers' shortcomings they eventually overcame.

-- The Oakland Tribune's Marcus Thompson II reports Warriors guard Stephen Curry asked Lakers guard Kobe Bryant if he was worried in the final moments of the game. Bryant responded with a snicker.

Notebooks

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes a few issues, including the Lakers' number of hand injuries, their admiration for the Portland Trail Blazers, the NCAA men's basketball tournament and Pau Gasol's hard foul on Phoenix center Louis Admunson being upgraded to a flagrant foul Type I.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford reports Lakers guard Derek Fisher believes the team is on its upside and has enough time to improve before the regular season ends.

Columns

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains why the relationship between Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol is strong.

Blogs

-- For the zero defense the Lakers and Warriors put on display, the performance inevitably brought back memories of playing NBA Jam. Well, there's a new version coming out (kudos to SB Nation)

-- Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby likes how Gasol looks without any braces.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky doesn't like to place too much important on one contest in an 82-game schedule, but he considered Lakers' play against Golden State too troubling to ignore.

-- Forum Blue and Gold went to the game and had a good time.

-- Golden State of Mind argues that Warriors Coach Don Nelson is the right man for the job, even if others don't believe so.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a running diary of the Lakers' game.

-- Silver Screen and Roll is impressed with Curry, but not so much with the Lakers.

League rankings

-- ESPN's John Hollinger provides his latest calculations.

-- Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix predicts the Lakers won't be able to keep pace with the Dallas Mavericks.

-- Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus explains why the Lakers' three-game winning streak doesn't warrant the team moving up in the rankings.

-- ESPN's Marc Stein dissects Bryant's shot selection.

Tweet of the Day: "You'll see better defense in pickup games at Venice Beach." - Mike_Bresnahan (The Times' Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan on the team's poor defense against Golden State).

Reader Comment of the Day: "just played it all and there were about 5 too much info moments on it. Lamar has the best smile though, he is a great interview along with being a funny guy." -- CyberCosmiX on Lakers forward Lamar Odom and wife Khloe Kardashian appearing on "Lopez Tonight."

--Mark Medina

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Photo: The Lakers' starting five -- from left, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Ron Artest, Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant -- gather after a foul was called against the Warriors on Monday night. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images.

 
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How many unrewarding wins do we need to witness before we realize it doesn't mean all that much?

It doesn't mean that we should all plan a vacation for June, cancel parade plans, look for another team to support. It means it was another regular season win by a group of vets that did just enough to win.

All the ink slingin on the web adds up to the same conclusion. If they had won all these by double digits, they would crown them too soon. As it stands, they'll just have to crown them when they win it all.

Good morning everyone!

While the execution wasn't fantastic, I'm starting to see some glimpses of what I was hoping to see - effort, toughness inside, Sasha being a pest off the bench, and hustle.

We had too many turnovers, but when you fall into the trap of playing like GSW does, that is to be expected.

For those who happen to not be satisfied with a 3-game winning streak: The best part of having it is the potential to turn it into a 4-game winning streak.

Have we played as a complete unit yet? Maybe not, but I'll take 3 wins with us playing so-so. I'm looking forward to how they respond tonight. Gotta keep notching those road wins.

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How many unrewarding wins do we need to witness before we realize it doesn't mean all that much? It doesn't mean that we should all plan a vacation for June, cancel parade plans, look for another team to support. It means it was another regular season win by a group of vets that did just enough to win. All the ink slingin on the web adds up to the same conclusion. If they had won all these by double digits, they would crown them too soon. As it stands, they'll just have to crown them when they win it all. Posted by: VMan | March 16, 2010 at 08:52 AM

MY, MY, MY! I Just have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!
Mamba24(Larry)

I hate to say it, but I think this team right now is a poorly coached team. Or they look like a poorly coached team. All due respect to one of the greatest, Phil Jackson, but they have poor execution, undisciplined, and at times unmotivated. The onus is not entirely on the players here. Not saying we won't win a championship, because we will, but the way they are playing now is more a direct result of coaching leadership and injuries than anything else I think.

I'm hoping it's Phil's zen strategy and all will snap into place and this year's journey concludes. We ask urgency from this team, but for Phil, urgency isn't really his thing.

I hate to say it, but I think this team right now is a poorly coached team. Or they look like a poorly coached team. All due respect to one of the greatest, Phil Jackson, but they have poor execution, undisciplined, and at times unmotivated. The onus is not entirely on the players here. Not saying we won't win a championship, because we will, but the way they are playing now is more a direct result of coaching leadership and injuries than anything else I think.
I'm hoping it's Phil's zen strategy and all will snap into place and this year's journey concludes. We ask urgency from this team, but for Phil, urgency isn't really his thing.
Posted by: jq | March 16, 2010 at 09:33 AM

You know with all of 10Rings teams - except two - these same criticisms were leveled. In fact one Laker team rolled in the playoff pretty much given up for dead and what did that team do in the Playoffs. FO, FO, FO, FIVE. Have FAITH. As Vman said, this is a veteran team who have played more games in the Last three years than any other team in the NBA. Don't forget about the Olympics also for Kobe. If they played 100% every game they would be wasted by the Playoffs. It's like a Boxer that comes out swinging thru the entire round. If he doesn't get his knockout by about the 5th, he's thru. It's the same with teams. Look at all the teams that strived to have the best record and then when the playoffs came. They had the best record and that's all. They had Nothing left. Ask the Patriots going for a perfect record. As the Colts about 4 years ago when they went for the perfect record. It's all about pacing yourself. Plus especially now you don't show teams all that you got. Coaches are out scouting teams they might see in the playoffs. Last year everybody complained about our D and how horrible it was but just as we were on the brink with Denver, we pulled out the new D designed by Kurt Rambis and didn't look back till we were holding the trophy. You don't have to like Phil but trust that he know's what he's doing. Don't believe me? Ask Shaq, ask Kobe, ask Pippen, ask Michael Jordan.
SEE YOU AT THE PARADE BROTHER! MAMBA24(LARRY)

I fond this W satisfying. Winners find a way to win and that's why I like watching the Lakers. If they kept losing these close games it wouldn't be half as fun to watch. Or if Kobe had missed those 7 buzzer beaters.

There were at least a half dozen games that the lakers should have won due to ____(fill in the blank, whatever. So their record should be closer to 55-12. To me, if they simply had turned up the effort a notch, had a few less injuries, that's where they' be.

There were at least a half dozen games that the lakers should have won due to ____(fill in the blank, whatever. So their record should be closer to 55-12. To me, if they simply had turned up the effort a notch, had a few less injuries, that's where they' be. Posted by: DocPappy | March 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM

I was taught never to disagree with my Pappy and you know you're Right! Good Post DocPappy!
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Where the heck does nellie find these guys? Every year he's got a new set of wild stallions running loose.. Athletic fast deadeye shooters who get no PT like morrow and cj watson that I would take in a heartbeat over farmar and sasha.. What a waste of talent.. only if nellie would actually do any coaching.. Its obvious this guy has lost all passion for the game and is just buyin time till he breaks the coaching record.. Yesterday didn't shake up the roster by giving any 10 day contract players 40 minutes or playing vlade at center like he normally does but how can anyone thrive in his system if any given day you can play 5 minutes and then 40 minutes the next day... Nellie is clearly going senile and its time he stepped down.
That franchise still has plenty of talented pieces and is probably only a couple of pieces away from playoff contention.

Btw that curry kid is an absolute keeper.. I know dfish was guarding him most of the night but damn he got mad skills.

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First of all, many thanks to Mamba for the Anniversary Bandwagon and to Edwin, Jay Jay, #4, VMAN, Justanothermambafan, Ouchhhh, Justalakerfan, Bronxlakerfan, CyberCosmiX, Jolly Roger, et al. It’s always good to find a subject we all agree upon. Met with Jay Jay at halftime for a drink. Mrs. LakerTom, son Kev, and grandson Nick had a wonderful time. And the Lakers won, which made the evening.
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As for the game itself, I couldn’t believe how a 10 point laugher turned into a Maalox moment as Ellis desperation 3-point attempt danced on the rim forever before falling off. The only good thing about the end of the game was the gigantic groan that Warrior fans excreted as the buzzer sounded and the shot fell off. Too bad we can’t trade Sasha for Curry. The kid was on fire last night and played like the ROY.
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24 turnovers vs. 5 turnovers really told the story. I know the Warriors are among the league leaders in turnovers forced, but Drew and Kobe must have set a record for a duo turning over the ball. I thought Drew had a pretty good game other than the turnovers with 19 points, 14 boards, and 3 blocks. It was also a big relief to see Pau come through in the third quarter with some excellent low post moves and plays.
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MAMBA24, I still BELIEVE. I have never and will never give up on the LAKERS. When you have PJ and KOBE on your team you have no reason to lose FAITH.

Seriously, I do not see LAKERS losing in a 7-game series against any team in the playoffs if they play better than how they are playing right now. Lakers looked tired in most games resulting in poor execution but they are so talented enough to muster wins. Championships are not given, you have to want them and take them at all cost.

Propose we call him E. Fish because he plays no D.

Media says Phil plays E. Fish because he is a vet?

E. Fish didn't look like a vet when he left Stephen Curry open for
a three to tie the game.

Lakers first unit guards are playing terrible perimeter defense.

Glad to Sasha is getting some minutes even though they are coming at Farmar's expense.

VMan,

Great post and right on the money.

Propose we call him E. Fish because he plays no D.Posted by: Todd | March 16, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Call him what you want, at the present time I call him 4, soon to be 5 time World champion. What do they call you Todd?
Mamba24

@JEANETTE, I know you still believe Jeanette. I'm just playing with you sister. :)
Mamba24(Larry)

One comment about Fish, he seems to be a fine person and even though he's not shooting all that well and not defending all that well, he does give ever ounce of effort. If all of our more talented players (not counting KB24) would give the same amount of effort, we'd be at least 55-12.

@LAKERTOM, Thanks for checking in. I'm glad to see all three generations enjoyed themselves. You're a lucky man LakerTom.
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Not to change the conversation, but looking ahead, past this year's repeat Championship, what improvements can we make? I know we can't really sign any of the Free Agents coming out, but could do sign and trade if that particular Free Agent told his team, "LA on a sign and trade, or I walk and you get nadda." We seemingly could move one of our Bigs in a deal. Does anyone think LeBron (I know, I know, NOT LeBron) would want to come here or D-Wade or anyone else? Not sure that Bosh would help that much, as we need more of a KB24-type clone (D-Wade or LeBron). What does anyone know or think? You as well MM, if you have time. Thanks!

One comment about Fish, he seems to be a fine person and even though he's not shooting all that well and not defending all that well, he does give ever ounce of effort. If all of our more talented players (not counting KB24) would give the same amount of effort, we'd be at least 55-12.
Posted by: DJ | March 16, 2010 at 11:10 AM

NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!! Now see that's a post with constructive criticism without being mean. Way to go DJ
MAMBA24(LARRY)

"Don't worry about things we cannot control." That means these Lakers!! If they don't somehow get it together by the time the playoffs roll around and get through round1 and thereafter, just means they weren't good enough or didn't do enough to be victorious - and that's something nobody can control but the players, not us fans or bloggers. It's up to the players..Phil can kick the ballistics til he's blue in the face but if the players cannot execute the gameplan then its pretty much moot. For me, it doesn't have to be pretty --- it just has to amount to a W! I am not about to give up on my team just because we are crushing teams cuz at the end of a day a loss is a loss and a win is a win.

I believe................

correction to my post, I mean just because we "AREN'T" crushing teams..obviously, not ARE!!

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Also, I am feeling how Andrew is playing -- though a couple times he was so anxious to shoot he made bad decisions --it happens, he is learning...And he is being aggressive --- he'll get better!!

@MAMBA24, . I know you still believe Jeanette. I'm just playing with you sister. :)

I know that!....I know you'll come after me after that post and you sure did :-)

I have been very busy lately and cannot post but I backread everything. Got my overdose of Lakerholic as a result. I stayed up late last night to watch the game (past 1:00am) and have to wake up at 4:00am (reason for the rant). Cannot miss work this time.


Shannon's quietly getting serious crunch minutes. Obviously, Phil likes his defensive athleticism and veteran decision making ain't always all it's advertised. Fish left Curry with the wide open look. Kobe set a blistering turnover pace before pretty much phonin' the last couple minutes in.

As many caveats as there are to the win, I'll take one more just like tonight.

@Laker Tom,

Belated Happy Anniversary to you and your wife.

“I’m a lucky man to count on both hands
The ones I love
Some folks just have one,
Others they got none.”

I like this one, very sweet. My hats off to you sir! Mrs Laker Tom is one lucky woman.

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The ones I love
Some folks just have one,
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That song was my valentine gift to my wife this year. Yesterday was our 44th. Posted by: LakerTom | March 16, 2010 at 11:21 AM

OOOOOOOOHHHHH WEEEEEEEEEE! NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!
KUDOS LAKERTOM!!! TO BOTH YOU & MRS. LAKERTOM...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

The Lakers are definitely in 'cruise control' at the moment. They know when to start ramping things up. There's still a month of regular season games left, I wouldn't be surprised to see them doing just enough to win games until the end of the season, with shorter stretches to the starters and bigger minutes for the reserves. It would be nice to catch Cleveland, but I'm sure it's not a priority as much as pacing the team and getting them ready for the playoffs.

Stephen Curry is a stud. He probably won't win ROTY because of low minutes over the first couple of months, but he definitely deserves consideration. No offense to Brandon Jennings, but him and Tyreke Evans are the two best rookies in my eyes. Man how I wish he were in purple and gold, maybe some time in the future...

Did anyone notice how many players stuck around to chat right after the game? Well, considering the Warriors have 3 former Lakers on their squad in Turiaf, VladRad & Devean George it isn't suprising. Once a Laker, always a Laker (except for boneheads like Smush Parker that is).

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MM: Thanks for reader comment of the day. I'm just happy to be a reader of the best NBA blog around! As for the Lamar/Khloe interview, well now it's clear why George Lopez is on late night. Gotta love him though, he's a big-time Lakers fan!

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jq: "I hate to say it, but I think this team right now is a poorly coached team. Or they look like a poorly coached team. All due respect to one of the greatest, Phil Jackson, but they have poor execution, undisciplined, and at times unmotivated. The onus is not entirely on the players here. Not saying we won't win a championship, because we will, but the way they are playing now is more a direct result of coaching leadership and injuries than anything else I think.
I'm hoping it's Phil's zen strategy and all will snap into place and this year's journey concludes. We ask urgency from this team, but for Phil, urgency isn't really his thing."

Phil Jackson has won 10 rings. 4 with the Lakers. They are a championship team, coming off two-straight finals appearances. They lead the West by 3+ games. YOU might want to see urgency from the team in some rather meaningless mid-March game against a team that won't make the playoffs on the front end of a back-to-back. I'm sure that Phil and others would rather see PACING.

Giving maximum-energy against the Golden State Warriors a month before the playoffs start isn't going to accomplish anything, they smoothly, effectively (well, overlooking turnovers) did what they needed to do to get the victory. Maybe it wasn't pretty, but effective.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO LAKER TOM & MRS. LAKERTOM - BANDWAGON
*“I’m a lucky man to count on both hands The ones I love
Some folks just have one, Others they got none.”-
That song was my valentine gift to my wife this year. Yesterday was our 44th.
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(01) EDWIN GUECO - OWNER- BTW, Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Tom $$$$$ (known as LakerTom)
(02)JAY JAY - DRIVER - Laker Tom- Congrats on the 3 generations
(03) MAMBA24 - RIDING SHOTGUN - Congrats. LakerTom, may the generations of Laker fans lIVE long & prosper
(04) #4 – Happy Anniversay Laker Tom
(05) VMAN -Laker Tom Happy Anniversary
(07) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – Happy anniversary LakerTom So sorry I didn't get a chance to post my well wishes earlier, but I see Mamba24 was kind enough to put me on your bandwagon. I sure hope that by the time you get to read this, the Lakers have opened the proverbial can of whoop-ass on the Warriors and you've had a FABULOUS night!
(08) OUCHHHH – LakerTom u r NOT wearing a AB 17 t-shirt at the game? will that be too embarrassing? i'm sure if Mrs. LT finds out how much time you spend thinking, writing, gloating and glowing about 17 she will become jealous and maybe file for divorce. your love for AB 17 is a form of cheating
(09) JUSTALAKERFAN - Please Sir Mamba please add me to the LakerTom Happy Anniversary Band wagon and congrats for 3 generations of Laker fans.
10) BRONXLAKERFAN - Please put me on the "Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Laker Tom" bandwagon.God bless you and your family, LT...and enjoy the game!
11) CYBERCOSMIX - - LakerTom: Happy anniversary and enjoy the game! Read your story about losing your cool in a pickup game. I could understand it since someone fouled your son hard. Sounds like you just kind of fought the guy instead of hacking him down lol. Probably if he had fouled you hard instead of your son, you'd have reacted differently, but since it was your son it got you ticked off.
(12) JOLLY RANCHER - Laker Tom - Hope that this edge of your seat game was worth it for all 3 generations and provided a fun anniversary.
(13) JEANETTE - @Laker Tom, Belated Happy Anniversary to you and your wife

Maybe these close games happen because the Lakers are too nice. Here's the logic: the Laker's are an elite, championship team that proved early in the season that they could blow out most teams by 20 points. But they're not mean. If the were they would relish in theses wins. But they never smiled, taunted, or played up theses victories. To a certain degree,they actually let other teams back in when those teams made a push.

Maybe the Lakers have played sloppily for a good reason! They're not killers. Especially when you're tired, you unconsciously "slip" and turn the ball over, following the team leader who's doing it.

People talk about the killer instinct, the true meanness you need to humiliate opponents. None of the Lakers are truly like that as people. (The Cavs and Celtics have more aggressive players.)

Pau's recent Flagrant 1 was "passive-aggressive", he didn't really mean any harm (like say Bill Lambier).

The Lakes respond to that aggressive level when they're pushed, but they don't always instigate the "first punch". They're too nice to do that.


Posted by: mamba24 | March 16, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Call him what you want, at the present time I call him 4, soon to be 5 time World champion. What do they call you Todd?
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If rings allow E. Fish to leave an accurate shooter attempting the game -tying field goal and these perimeter defensive lapses continue E. Fish may still have 4 rings in July.

BTW, if rings are the defensive performance measure Lakers could corner the market on veteran playoff experience, sign Robert Horry who publicly said he could assist them.

Mamba24 could then call Big Shot Rob .... 8 time World Champion!


Have you guys read "The Last Season"?

Everything in there explains the stuff that's going on today with the Lakers.

If we keep making Turnovers like that they'll have to call us the Bakers.
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Just kidding.

Hello everyone,

I just have to comment on the fish bashing lately. Didn't he single handedly spark the greatest playoff run in team history in 2000-2001 after missing 3/4 of the season because of a broken foot? Wasn't it two years ago fishy got us out of the Smush Parker dark ages by bring stable point guard play back to the lakers? Wasn't it a year ago that he single handedly demolished the hopes of the Orlando Magic in Game 4 of the finals? Wasn't it last night that Fishy kept us in the game with timely shots to get us tge lead in the 3rd quarter? I don't look at the stats, I look at the man. He plays with heart, he plays with conviction, but
most of all, he plays for the 15 Time World Champion Los Angeles Lakers (4 of which he was a contributer). I get the nagging feeling all of these D.Fish naysayers are just disgruntled Utah fans who can't get over the fact that he left them in the wings for his little girl. I could care less what he does now, the man has earned his right to his position. Once a Laker, always a Laker...no matter what.

Monta Ellis is a class act. Yes, he's got more tat's than JR Smith, but for all the misses in last nights game, including his heartbreaking shot at the end, he still played some nice D on Kobe and congratulated the Lakers after the game. The Warriors have a great backcourt if Nelly doesn't blow things by over-tinkering like he's prone to do or whatnot.

Ellis though might need to be reigned in some, going 5-for-23 is not the way to lead your teams to wins, 11 assists and 5 steals aside. Especially though when you've got a great young shooter like Stephen Curry on the floor. I know that all shooters have off nights, even the best of them, but those 40+ pt scoring nights seem to have gone to Ellis' head some.

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LakerTom: Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself at the game. The Warriors have some pretty good fans, but I could swear watching the game that the Lakers were getting every bit as much cheering for them when they scored. Must have been fun watching those 3 bounces on the rim on the last shot that finally bounced out. I think it lasted like a whole minute, it seemed to! lol...

Last thought for now, LeBron should watch how Monta Ellis misses the last second heartbreaking shot and still shakes hands with the opponents...

I hope these guys are just coasting and reserving energy and strategy for the playoffs. There were times when they just look lazy or slow. Bigs are jogging down court like Shaq, guards are are getting blown by like statues, tons of dumb turnovers and what about coaching? GS is shorthanded and basically a way smaller team. Why are the Lakers not pounding the ball inside every time? Firing up longballs without even a pass is just dumb.

Mamba24 could then call Big Shot Rob .... 8 time World Champion! Posted by: Todd | March 16, 2010 at 12:02 PM


You are absolutely right sir!
Mamba24(Larry)

@CYBERCOSMIX, Way to go brother as Reader Comment of the day.
KUDOS!
Mamba24(Larry)

GS Warriors are good 3pt perimeter shooters but they missed the crucial shots in the end with Curry and Ellis that is why they are called Warriors.

The Kobe hater legionnaires have ax to grind against the Superstar like LA guy who call himself from LA even if he lives in the boondocks of Midwest or our local Todd who need to push Kobe out or Sasha in order to get Farmar in. Well, the Lakers this year have different mojo - "We will repeat by barely winning in every game, what counts most are the scores in the playoffs." Mavs and Nuggets got all the players but could not catch up, so why is winning 3 pts. not a good event. Drew was active all night, he knows that his master is watching in the stand. LO consumed a lot of chocolatesso he mixed up his passing with nuts and bananas, yet he rebounds and contributed helter skelter play. When it comes to defense look for Artest and Shannon Brown, they made some valuable stops as well bone head passes too. Most important is the score inthe end, Lakers win again now ahead 4 games against Nuggets and Mavs...tonight another game at the State Capital of Cow Bells & Cow Pies.

What do you call a California cattle with no legs? Sacramento Kings Ground Beef. lol!

Hey guys we got a new post up

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Busy today, but just a quick observation about all those turnovers last night. The Lakers have definitely amped up their energy level and overall pace the last two games. As any athlete will tell you, that's not something you just do and suddenly have all the pieces running smoothly. Timing coordination suffers for a while. You're moving quicker, your teammates are moving quicker, your opponents are moving quicker, and hands are flying everywhere. It takes several games until everything starts to feel normal speed again (whereas half-speed was your normal before), just at a much higher level.

And it's definitely a pace that needs to be continued the rest of the way, so by the time the playoffs roll around, everyone is in sync. In the playoffs, this applies to half-court set offenses like the Lakers as well as helter-skelter teams like the Warriors. Passes, cuts, rebound moves, etc., all happen with greater intensity and at faster speeds. So the Lakers need to get it down now and be ready for their run.

When the Lakers win it again this year, back to back for Kobe. Will we call it "Kobe-peat"?

"The Oakland Tribune's Marcus Thompson II reports Warriors guard Stephen Curry asked Lakers guard Kobe Bryant if he was worried in the final moments of the game. Bryant responded with a snicker."


Once again, Kobe shows why he's widely considered to be the best character guy in the NBA.

Well, the Clippers lost AGAIN.

I'm beginning to think that German bookies are paying Chris Kaman to miss shots.

Urgh.

Go Clippers!!!

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | March 16, 2010 at 08:06 AM

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Jon K just think of Kaman as the same guy who said he was better than Pau and Bynum. Yeah right!


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