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Bynum has first on-court workout since injury, Farmar pain-free

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Lakers center Andrew Bynum took part in Wednesday morning's shoot-around, his first on-court work since sustaining a strained left Achilles' tendon March 19.

"I did a lot of offense," Bynum said, smiling. "My touch is still there."

He has not practiced with contact, a step he is saving for practice later this week. The Lakers are expected to begin playoffs Sunday against Oklahoma City at Staples Center.

Bynum said he felt minor pain near his ankle bone whenever he jumped but said it would not hinder him. He seemed eager to go through a full practice Thursday, or more likely, Friday.

"Obviously it's going to be different when I'm on the court with your ankles and kind of turning them and stuff like that," Bynum said. "That's just the last step, though." 

Reserve guard Jordan Farmar, who sustained a strained left hamstring Tuesday against Sacramento, said he felt significantly better Wednesday morning and might play tonight against the Clippers. He said he would "absolutely" be ready for the Lakers' playoff opener.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Andrew Bynum warms up before a game in February. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.

 
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Excellent news!!!!

And I just wanted to express my feeling about a term thrown around more and more in the blog lately - I thought perhaps that DFish was just a disgruntled fan. Hey, I've made plenty of posts about my disappointment in Fisher myself, but there's one thing I would never, EVER say (other than referencing it here) - and that is, if you actually call the Lakers the Fakers, you're not a fan.

I'm sorry. You're not.

That term is like using the N word. It's ugly. It's something I expect a celtic troll to say, not a disgruntled Lakers fan.

Have some effing respect.

Wes,

I think there's as much a chance of Kobe wearing Purple hair as Gold, ha, ha, ha! We are the NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers!

Would take Lakers bench over any bench in the NBA.

Lakers - Odom, Farmar, Brown, Sasha, Walton
Mbenga, Powell - minimum salary
Ammo - dud.

Dallas -- Terry, Butler, Haywood is good
Cavs - West, Varajeo, Hickson, Big ZZZZZZ
Boston -- Rasheed Wallace's game is garbage.
San Antonio - Ginobili (not really a bench player), Blair

If Sasha, Farmar and Brown get minutes they will produce.

Media says Lakers bench gets out scored by a wide margin when opponents bench plays twice as many minutes or has one player like Ginobili or JR Smith who gets 25 points during 30 minutes.

Not fair to compare benches, without minutes played disclaimer.

Sasha plays minutes he will produce.
Sasha gets 8 minutes (4 first half and 4 second half) he may produce and he may not.
That is how it goes with short minutes

INSIDE-OUT BASKETBALL
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Good things happen when you play inside-out basketball. You get easier shots and shoot a higher percentage. You get opponents in foul trouble and shoot a lot of free throws. Your rebounds and second chance points soar. Your 3-point shooters get wide open shots in rhythm. Basically, the game of basketball becomes easy.
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The Lakers’ greatest strength this playoffs is not Kobe Bryant but Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, and Lamar Odom and their best strategy this playoffs is not to play Kobe ball but to commit to playing inside-out basketball. That formula will take advantage of the Lakers greatest strength and their opponents greatest weaknesses.
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This means that Kobe needs to take fewer and better shots and that the team needs to begin each possession by patiently running the Triangle Offense and pounding the ball into Drew and Pau in the post. This will result in increased touches and shot attempts by our big men and better ball and player movement on offense.
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What we need from Kobe this playoffs is to reprise the same role he played for Team USA in the last Olympics. Mamba’s to-do list should include doses of shut down defense, great playmaking, and clutch closing of games. We don’t need Kobe to go off for 40 points every game. What we need is great team play and chemistry.
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Running the Triangle Offense well will also result in better transition defense and control of the game tempo as opposing teams try to run to offset the Lakers’ height and length advantage. A well balanced offense that shares the ball and gives everybody a chance to score will energize the Lakers at the defensive end of the floor.
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While it has been said many times, it deserves repeating that this Lakers team has been built for the playoffs, when the game slows down, full court transforms into half court, and tall ball dominates small ball. The big question is not whether Kobe can carry the team but whether the team can play inside-out basketball.
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TOM

Tim-4-Show,

I couldn't agree more. That troll isn't a disgruntled fan... he's just a troll trying to get a rise from the good folks of the blog. I give the troll zero energy and zero time. Like any fan, I get upset at my team. Sometimes I think the outlook is bleak. But in the end, I never stop believing. Because I've got purple and gold running through my veins, and that will never change.

Go Lake Show!

I predict the Oklahoma Thunder will strike down the depleated and uninspired Laker team
The Thunder has a chance in this matchup. I was actually praying Oklahoma City wouldn't play the Nuggets with the sixth seed because I had a terrible feeling of getting swept by Denver had Oklahoma City played them in the first round.

The Thunder have competed every game this season with the Lakers and have blown them out once. However, that was in the regular season. This is a totally different atmosphere, obviously.
The Lakers are filled with veterans and are resting Kobe in preparation for the postseason. Plus, they will most likely have Andrew Bynum ready to go by Sunday.
Now, going by the matchups, it's going to be an extremely interesting four to seven games.
Russell Westbrook shouldn't have too much trouble with Derek Fisher. Fisher has shown throughout the season that he can't keep up with Westbrook's speed. Although you can never count Fisher out, as he has one of the most clutch shots in the league.

However, Westbrook has solid perimeter defense and should be able to contain him decently enough.

Kobe Bryant going up against Thabo Sefolosha will be one of the marquee matchups in the series. The last time these two met, Sefolosha frustrated Bryant to almost double-figure turnovers and an early exit.

However, Bryant thrives in the playoffs and will most likely find a way to dissect arguably the best guard defender in the league a time or two.

On the flip side, Kevin Durant will also be going up against another one the best defenders in Ron Artest, who gets a lot like Kevin Garnett in the playoffs with his passion. Artest has either done extremely well or played lazily on Durant all season. I see Durant getting the best of him more times than not.

Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison will be a huge part in the Thunder's success if they want any chance at taking down the Lakers. They both will be on the court a lot trying to contain Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum down low.

Lamar Odom will be a huge factor for the Lakers and will be a big matchup for just about anyone on the Thunder roster. Jeff Green has had decent success against Odom in the regular season and will try and capitalize on his recent stellar play on both sides of the court.

However, I like Thunder's bench over the Lakers' with Serge Ibaka, James Harden, Nick Collison, and Eric Maynor all contributing in a huge way all season.
Jordan Farmar looks like he lost a step athletically, and Shannon Brown hasn't been the same since the All-Star break.

However, the Lakers are still the Lakers and are the No. 1 seed in the West for a reason. Plus, they have home court advantage over the Thunder.

Don't be surprised if the Thunder take the series to six or seven games. Actually, don't be surprised if they pull an upset.

The Outlaw,

Couldn't have said it any better my friend!

Excellent news!!!!

And I just wanted to express my feeling about a term thrown around more and more in the blog lately - I thought perhaps that DFish was just a disgruntled fan. Hey, I've made plenty of posts about my disappointment in Fisher myself, but there's one thing I would never, EVER say (other than referencing it here) - and that is, if you actually call the Lakers the Fakers, you're not a fan.

I'm sorry. You're not.

That term is like using the N word. It's ugly. It's something I expect a celtic troll to say, not a disgruntled Lakers fan.

Have some effing respect.

Posted by: Tim-4-Show

Hey Timmy boy. Jackson and Kupchak should have a little respect for the fans. Trotting Fisher out this year after a pathetic year last year is a slap in the face to knowlegeable fans. Not the syncophants that think loyalty to this clown is more important than performance. And for the inept Kupchak to not make a trade after the pathetic performance at PG this year was a joke.

Tim-4-Show,

I couldn't agree more. That troll isn't a disgruntled fan... he's just a troll trying to get a rise from the good folks of the blog. I give the troll zero energy and zero time. Like any fan, I get upset at my team. Sometimes I think the outlook is bleak. But in the end, I never stop believing. Because I've got purple and gold running through my veins, and that will never change.

Go Lake Show!

Posted by: The Outlaw

Hey Outlaw, you might consider me a troll but I will put my knowledge of basketball up against anyone on this blog.

Mr. Thunder,

It is interesting to see an opponent place forward a fair argument for his team for a change. One thing about Shannon Brown was his outstanding performance last night when he was given complete liberty. Otherwise you make a fair assessment for the Thunder. Good luck (NOT) to you, ha, ha, ha! Lakers in 6!

Mr. Thunder A.K.A. All Noise and No Heat...

Are you saying Sefolosha is a Kobe stopper??? Oh boy!!!
We all know what happens to "Kobe Stoppers" in this league dont we boys and gals??

This is going to be a great series, with the Thunder having answers for us at a lot of positions. I really wonder how Bynum and Gasol are goiing to perform together this postseason. If they play well, and if Artest can find his 3 pointer, we'll be rocking.


Wes

A CALL OF THE WILD
Somewhere in Time,. Episode 4, Season 1
The Moderator

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Many thanks to everyone supporting the idea's emanating from the Somewhere In Time series. It is just a vehicle for pushing ideas, thoughts, and analysis that may not be generated from the regularly scheduled blogging.

Special thanks to Jon K., Mamba24, LakerTom, ouch, Mark Medina and many others with their positive responses and contributions.

...

After another season of practicing in Staples Center-adjacent gymnasiums, the Lakers finally shift their practices to Staples Center itself. Overlooked by many, the move is a dramatic one, one that will have an immediate impact on the mindset of the team, and a very important advantage as the team steams into Sunday's Playoff opener.

The league is simply a bunch of easy-out teams ready to be conquered, if the Lakers believe it. The Western conference are a reeling bunch of overachievers ready to waive the white-flag, if the Lakers believe it enough to carpe diem. Indeed, there is a field of gold waiting for the Lakers on June 20th, if the Lakers believe it enough to see it.

Belief.

Believing and realizing (or re-realizing) one's potential and godlike co-creator capacity is a profound discovery (or re-discovery). The only question is if this crop of Lakers will understand it and yield it's power.

One great aspect of having Phil Jackson coaching this Laker team is the spiritual aspect he brings to table as well as the level of consciousness and awareness he carries in his infallible bag of tricks. You can bet that Phil will take the chance of moving directly under the Staples Center dome to fundamentally and quintessentially change the current culture of the team, by ratcheting up the intensity and executing other ploys, essentially throwing the regular season into the basura' can while preparing for the second season like they were Star Wars.

One question that boggles the mind, looking at it from a historical perspective, is if Kobe Bryant understands and comprehends the opportunity of a lifetime which has just crash landed at his front door. A world renowned scholar (*) once said "some are born great, some become great, and some have greatness thrust upon them." In the case of Kobe Bryant, he has, from a Basketball sense, had all 3 options supplied to him by life's Wheel of Fortune. The ladder presenting itself in the last 82 regular season games.

The unrelenting truth is that Kobe has had one his most taxing seasons. Aside from the start of the season where he displayed a vicious array of post moves, coupled with a refreshed 2-finger release, he has had a tough season. The game-winners have been fortuitous, but they have ultimately been overshadowed by the consecutive losses to the Cavaliers, his new and old arch-rivals teaming up to overthrow his MVP chances. When the MVP is hoisted by James at the onset of the Playoffs, with O'Neil standing and smiling by his side -- forget about buying gas. You'll save your money by filling up at the local Kobe Station where he'll be overflowing with your desired fossil fuel.

This aspect and intrigue cannot be overlooked.

Additionally, the outrage that was the KD-is-better-than-KB article by a maniacal wing of the Mass Media Complex and the hard hitting losses against the Nuggets have made for an interesting subplot going into Playoffs. One that, when put in a historical perspective, would have made the untouchable Michael Jordan envious.

A Durant-Anthony-James TKO.

It's the ultimate trophy. The exquisite Sumerian diamond at the local museum ready to be snatched by the world's greatest thief. The incomparable Argentine' beauty at the local club ready to be seduced by the city's most outstanding playboy. It is, with respect, the Rumble in the Jungle, the Thriller in Manilla, and the acclaimed, video-game version of the Ali-Tyson fight botched into one Almond Joy.

It is the All-World, All-Time, All-Universe opportunity presented to a mortal by the gods. It is, potentially and if seized, a blessing of the heavens.

It is, a chance at timelessness.

It is, a Call of the Wild.

Next move..

Kobe Bryant.

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Spell Check Omitted,

The Moderator

Mr. Thunder,

I wouldn't be surprised if any team upset any other one in the West. The East is a different story...

I think that Maynor and Harden will be the two biggest contributors for the Thunder (no offense to Collison or Ibaka) - they have had pro-style game since college, and are both really really good young players.

If Bynum, Pau and LO are good to go in the block, I can see this going 5 games with the Lakers winning.

However, I can see Durant going off for 40, Westbrook going off for 18 and 14-16 assists, and Jeff Green draining some triples (along with Harden) if they get hot.

It should be quite an interesting series. If the Lakers are to advance, they will need to take OKC EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY, since they could roast anyone.

Hey Dfish you might not be considered a troll if you actually gave the REAL D Fish some credit. That man has hit big shots for us in big games, and regardless of what you think or how much basketball knowledge you may possess the Conesus is that Fish plays good position defense.
He may be slow, he may be old but DANG IT!! He is a Laker!!! Seriously though, just relax give the man some credit for what he’s done for this Franchise.

And I’m with everyone else man, I don’t mind ruffling a few feathers here and there but that “Faker” crack was just low…

@THE MODERATOR, Brother keeep doing what you doing! You are AWESOME!
MAMBA24(Larry)

Hey Dfish you might not be considered a troll if you actually gave the REAL D Fish some credit. That man has hit big shots for us in big games, and regardless of what you think or how much basketball knowledge you may possess the Conesus is that Fish plays good position defense.
He may be slow, he may be old but DANG IT!! He is a Laker!!! Seriously though, just relax give the man some credit for what he’s done for this Franchise.

And I’m with everyone else man, I don’t mind ruffling a few feathers here and there but that “Faker” crack was just low…


Posted by: The Infamous El Guapo

Sorry El Guapo...has nothing to do with what he has done for the franchise. Sports is a business and he did not play well enough last year to be brought back to start. If he really was the class act that everyone claims he is...he would of just retired after last year. Before he hit those couple of big shots...at least half of the Laker fans were screaming for him to retire.

KB24 will RAMP IT UP now! This Playoff time is KOBE TIME!

And I’m with everyone else man, I don’t mind ruffling a few feathers here and there but that “Faker” crack was just low…


Posted by: The Infamous El Gua


Half of LA call them the Fakers.

Welcome Mr. Thunder! Thanks for the insight.

Of course, we believe differently here. We see our team in a different light. Don't believe that we're so arrogant that we've convinced ourselves that the Thunder have no chance....they will make it a series.

But let's not mince words. Over 7 games, even with a slowed Kobe Bryant, the Lakers are a better team. The fact is, Bynum, Pau, and Odom represent a bigger conundrum for any team to deal with than just Kobe Bryant.

For all the slights the bench receives from around the country, we haven't played with a bench the way it was designed to be for over half a season. Walton was out, Lamar has had to start, and there have been various ailments throughout. The bench is better than the analysts say.

While I think the Thunder will be a pesky upstart team, I find it hard to believe they will beat the Lakers in a 7 gamer. All that athleticism can't beat all that experience.

Like you said, this is the playoffs. Our fanbase, of all the fanbases in the nation, understands the difference.

And I’m with everyone else man, I don’t mind ruffling a few feathers here and there but that “Faker” crack was just low…


Posted by: The Infamous El Guapo

Hey IEG, If I were you I would be paying more attention to these so called fans that want to get rid of Gasol !! I would be questioning do they know the first thing about basketball !!

Yeah, LBJ probably will be this years MVP and he probably deserves it, but it is truly REMARKABLE what Kobe has done with a BROKEN INDEX FINGER on HIS SHOOTING HAND. You know, like 27 ppg with 5 assists and over 5 rebounds per game. He also is actually shooting above his career average from the field and is over 80% from the free line! Has a career full of Game Winners in this season alone! Now THAT is an MVP year!!

Hey Dfish you might not be considered a troll if you actually gave the REAL D Fish some credit. That man has hit big shots for us in big games, and regardless of what you think or how much basketball knowledge you may possess the Conesus is that Fish plays good position defense.
He may be slow, he may be old but DANG IT!! He is a Laker!!! Seriously though, just relax give the man some credit for what he’s done for this Franchise.

And I’m with everyone else man, I don’t mind ruffling a few feathers here and there but that “Faker” crack was just low…

Posted by: The Infamous El Guapo | April 14, 2010 at 01:50 PM
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No one has discredited Fisher for past contributions.
Comments are regarding his on court performance that has been consistently terrible.

1 good game out of 5 does not make a quality NBA player.
Certainly is not championship pedigree.

Assert what Fisher, Kobe, LeBron or Robert Horry have done THIS season is more likely to foreshadow their performance in THESE playoffs rather than what they did in previous playoffs.

Fisher and Robert Horry made contributions in the past, but if this season is indicative then don't expect much from them in the playoffs.

Yes, I know Big Shot Rob didn't play this regular season ....
so don't expect much from him in the playoffs.

Yes, Fisher did play this season and based on his recent bone head plays directly contributing to the last 2 Lakers losses in crunch time what should we expect?

Fish is what is he is.

A great interview and an inadequate PG for a championship team.

Farmar, Brown or Sasha are better PG options.

To add what Infamous El Guapo and Tim-4-show have said to DFish, what would you accomplish if you keep on hammering the same criticism on Fisher. We are all aware of this problem but he has still some juice too that Shannon and Farmar do not possess. The combination of the three is just about right. We are now in the playoffs, so concentrate on the game match ups not on players. Sizing up players should be done during long season, once you get to the play offs we have to be loyal to what we have. Every team has an handicap out there, they too have their own share of Fisher maybe not in their PG but they will not be under the Lakers record if they have no issues. Do you think Russel Westbrook can handle the pressure of the playoffs? How many playoffs has he played? This is a different paradigm, more physical and players are more focused. During season, Russell and Durant could score at will however, during playoffs they would expect more pressure and it will be a relentless pressure, that's why the experienced teams have the edge. Of course, we are aware the Lakers are not healthy. How do we know that they are just magnifying their injuries as part of the grand strategy? Therefore, until we reach the playing time, it's hard to believe on news hoopla or Coach'es viewpoint, it is all war out there. Win or go home.

DFish, you don't have to mention Fisher but you got to believe on the Lakers. OK, this is an invitation come to our side, there is no in between at this point. Quoting former pres. W, it is either you are with us or against us.

Hey IEG, If I were you I would be paying more attention to these so called fans that want to get rid of Gasol !! I would be questioning do they know the first thing about basketball !!
Posted by: DFish | April 14, 2010 at 02:09 PM
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Don't worry about that I had a squab with them about that to.

But for the record I never called your fanaticism into question. I just stated my opinon lies with everyone else with that "Fakers" remark.

Also true Lakers fans never refer to them that way. The only ones that do are Clippers fans, transplants from other NBA cities, or people who think it's cool to hate the Lakers.
I also find that the rule of thumb for people who talk that way are ussualy very lacking in their basketball knowledge. You sir are the exception rather than the rule.

What's up with all the Turing Machines today? Apparently they were programed to be annoying.

The lakers will sweep ok! why because its game time. No one wants to lose to OK at home, 2-0 Lakers, game three will be close real close, if we win that we close out or worst case 4-1.

Lets hope we can get a few games out of Bynum before he gets hurt again.

Hey Outlaw, you might consider me a troll but I will put my knowledge of basketball up against anyone on this blog.

Posted by: DFish


The fact that you think you have knowledge about something does nothing to counter the metaphysical thesis that you are a troll.

Nice try though!

Just for some levity, did anyone catch Rasheed shoot it in the wrong basket?

LOL...and Cs fans thought sheed was supposed to be some sort of savior or something....

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Video-Rasheed-Wrong-Way-Wallace-tips-in-a-sho;_ylt=An4F3lrepZH1CJ4jRytgMLu8vLYF?urn=nba,234155

What happened to the blog we used to know and love?

guys enough already with the fights. sunday marks day 1 of our goal championship. if we want to win we must play inspired defense and focus. only round 1 exists. nothing else is around. ok for now.

LakerTom
Yes, it's that simple! Now, if only our boys in purple and gold could get that too...

I'm glad that ol' Stu Lance noticed Sasha's new "boarding" skills. Dude is really going after the ball nowadays and even taking it to the hole. I like the post-doghouse Sasha! Actually, I noticed his new rebounding willingness earlier than that but now he seems to have that extra fire in him, just in time for the playoffs. It makes this old pessimist dream of a Machine sighting down the stretch of the championship run, bombing away from the outside and annoying the crap out of the opponents. I guess Faith is smiling somewhere. What happened to ol' Faith btw?

It will be great to have Drew back. I'm looking forward to his defense and rebounding.


The only "Kobe Stopper" is his broken finger, twisted ankle, and jacked up knee.


Lakers in 6.

I want to know what Mr. Thunder is smoking...

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rdlee - as long as I've read this blog, and particularly in terms of the play offs, troll patrol shows up on the blog to try and rub our faces in it. Doesn't work.

I've noticed that the term "troll" has been liberally and disengenuously misused in this board. Are those users really that ignorant or just pretending to be? A troll is a poster who posts solely for the purpose of personally offending other posters. A troll does not post rational discussion about particular topics -often, he displays lack of knowledge or expertise about the board's topics. OTH, being critical or possessing different ideas to the norm does not make a poster "troll". Whatever happened to respect of other people's opinions even if you don't agree with it?

Laker fandom is immensely large with a widely diversified point of view AND approach to being fan. Some fans like to be 100% "homers" meaning they are always positive and never finding anything wrong no matter what. They can also be called "cheerleaders" and I see nothing wrong with that approach. Some other fans take a more analytical approach being not just fan of the team but also fan of basketball the game itself. These fans do not simply just root and cheer for a team but also would like to analyze the finer aspects of the game. To throw out term such as "troll" to those one disagrees with not only show a lack of intelligence and logic to debate but also a lack of class.

That said I agree that the F-word in Lakerdom is strictly no-no as much as the N-word in real life.

I bet these MORONS will be conspicuously absent when we win and vigilant when we lose, have fun cause i guess you love hating our team more than you love supporting yours, its great to be of service to help you get over this terrible disease called HATE. Come back in JUNE MORONS, cause we will be here, will u?

This is the only team i have known since i was a kid and considering our rich history of this storied franchise i can speak for only myself but the F word seems disrespectful, and if you dont think much of one of the best teams in basketball history, then i guess you hate Michael Jordan cause he won too much, or Larry bird cause of his hairdo, Tim Duncan cause his game is boring, Lebron cause he is too strong, I say you are just a HATER, U ARE THE FAKER.

DFish,

"Hey Outlaw, you might consider me a troll but I will put my knowledge of basketball up against anyone on this blog"

That's because you're an idiot and one of the key identifying elements of an idiot is they don't realize what a fool they are.

Now I know your kneejerk reaction is to say, "Jon K. you are describing yourself" and that is because you have an Axis II personality disorder and that's what people with your disorder DO.

However, there are a considerable amount of people who like me on this blog and are happy to see me in game time chat while, in contrast, the majority of responses in regards to you are based upon frustration and disgust.

So... you might want to take a hard look at yourself because you clearly do not understand how you come across to the majority of people in this blogmunity which is primarily based upon respect and appreciation of the Lakers, not hatred of the team.'

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Lakers-Thunder might go five games. I give LA one game.

Fast run and gun teams like the Thunder have a wake up call when the playoffs start and the game slows down and the defense heats up. They are a young exciting team but they have NO ANSWER for Bynum, Gasol, and Kobe and Lamar will be a match up problem for them as well. We might not win the title this year but we won't get knocked out in the 1st round.

Lakers-Thunder might go five games. I give LA one game.

Posted by: hungryneck

How many did you give us last year smart a$$

Mitch is partially responsible for the sorry shape of the Lakers entering the playoffs. Unlike, the Cavs, Mavericks & Spurs he failed to fill the 14 th slot with a quick defensive guard that could be depended on to make wide open shots. Other than Pau, Kobe does not have a dependable scorer from the perimeter averaging 15-20 ppg like the Cavs, Celtics, Mavs, Nuggets, Spurs, SUNs and other contenders do. Hope Bynum is back to re-inforce the paint on both offense and defense with Pau. Lakers need to get more high percentage scoring from Pau & Bynum. Inside out with more scoring in the paint will ensure victory. With OKC the Lakers cannot afford succesive poor shooting nights and a large number of TOs.


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