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Caught in the Web: Lakers' 100-81 loss to San Antonio Spurs prompts a few questions

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' inconsistency in their 100-81 loss Sunday to the San Antonio Spurs.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding wonders if the Lakers are playoff-ready.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen notes the Lakers lay an Easter egg, what with allowing Manu Ginobili to score 32 points, and the Lakers' 20 of 61 shooting. That included an eight of 24 clip from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

--The San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald focuses on Ginobili's effort.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford says the Lakers lost a big opportunity to make a statement win, as well as establish momentum.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan has an update on Shannon Brown's right thumb,

--The Times' Broderick Turner details the bench's continuous struggles in providing production.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen notes Tim Duncan's emergence against the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi reports that owner Jerry Buss has been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes that Coach Phil Jackson criticized the officiating, meaning he'll likely be cutting a check to the league fairly soon.

--The Daily News' Teaford notes Luke Walton's return had a minimal affect on the game.

Columns

--The Times' Mark Heisler argues it's more worrisome regarding the Lakers' play because they're now actually trying.

--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin isn't a fan of how the Lakers have executed the triangle offense.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues that the Lakers will play better in the playoffs, but their track record so far indicates it'll be very hard to repeat.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky give a detailed breakdown of the game along with post-game video.

--Forum Blue and Gold has a play-by-play breakdown of how the Spurs outplayed the Lakers in the fourth quarter.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the Lakers' lapses and San Antonio's impressive play. But that still doesn't mean Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich wants to face the Lakers in the playoffs.

--Silver Screen and Roll details the Lakers' inefficiency.

--48 Minutes of Hell credits Popovich for the win.

Tweet of the Day: "Here's my problem with Artest: He is one for seven from 3-point range and has been *lousy* from long distance recently but keeps hoisting." -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan during the Lakers' 100-81 loss to the Spurs.)

Reader Comment of the Day:"Home court in the 2-3-2 format is even bigger than in the 2-2-1-1-1 format, but I am more worried about the Lakers even making back to the Finals. It doesn't feel like it right now. Getting Bynum back will help, but they really don't have a legitimate 3 point threat." -- OhioVic

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Spurs guard Keith Bogans and Lakers guard Kobe Bryant go to the floor in a fight over a loose ball in the first half Sunday. Credit: Jae C. Hong/Associated Press.

 
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AN ODE TO THE DOCTOR
So the NBA decided to do what’s just, and induct the good Dr. Jerry Buss
It took them long enough this is true, to give Dr. Jerry Buss his due
Without the Lakers I do think, The NBA would probably sink
He raised the standards of the NBA, so it’s time he had his day
Before Dr. Buss came to be, Thugs like the Celtics was the face you’d see
The face of the NBA was a Celtics mug, That’s right the face of a straight up thug
Into this den Dr Buss came, and brought some class to the NBA game
He showed that basketball could be, A thing of grace and beauty.
He did a lot of other great things, including winning lots of Rings
So Dr Buss I’d like to say, You’re a credit to the World and the NBA!

M/M just a little commentary on your morning threads, many are reluctant to post in the morning among the morning crew or publish the Mamba24's roll call. They are afraid of your tidal wave of threads some are fresh news like JB and others are recycled news from different newspapers saying the same thing. Only the surfers among us could ride with the fast pace of MM's writing hormones. In the olden days, we normally get to LA Times to look for scores, look for what Jack Murray would say or Scott Ostler's viewpoints. Today in the internet age we are just ahead of the news with avalanche of information. Like for example the game yesterday, is there any news that will change the outcome of the game? It remains the same isn't it and more often than not, DFish, Todd and ic were ahead in dissing the players and the Lakers in general and if Plaschke & Simers join the negatives, it only adds more salt to the wound. As I suggested before, I wonder if you can slide this type of thread at 1pm and then the next thread at 7pm, you give a chance for the elders to take a deep breathe, the office fans get settle down and the foreign fans to wake up with new vigor to contribute to the blog.

Just a suggestion and nothing to do with the quality of your work.

Edwin, I appreciate your feedback and I have tried to make improvements with fulfilling the needs to keep threads alive while also providing news. I'm definitely trying to space out threads more, but the thing I remain reluctant about putting this thread in the afternoon is very simple. Lots of Laker fans in the morning will get up and go to the Internet trying to find all the links written about the team. I want to make it easier for them by posting this link in the morning so they can almost view it as a one-stop shop destination. Surely there are people who don't check in until later but there is a bunch who check in the morning.

I hope that clarifies the issue. Let me know if you have any other additional thoughts/concerns.

MM

@MM, I may not have said it lately Blog God, but I think you are doing an OUT FREAKIN STANDING JOB! Kudo's to you sir and thanks for keeping Lakers Blog the best Sports blog on the net!
Mamba24

Mamba24 - Thanks a lot for the love. I truly appreciate it man.


MM

MAMBA… Loved “An Ode to the Doctor.” Please add me to the Tex Winter HOF Bandwagon. About time that the basketball world honored Tex for all of his accomplishments.
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TOM

Not happy about the loss, no sugarcoating it.

I'd like to get Andrew back, and give Luke more time before I can accurately assess how this team is going to do the playoffs.

But suffice it to say, I'm not happy with their performance or their current state. Still optimistic that this is the best team in the land, but they haven't 'clicked' for awhile now.

@LAKERTOM - Thanks Lakertom I'm honored.
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NBA DO WHATS RIGHT & PUT TEX WINTER IN THE HALL OF FAME - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - David Stern for once do what's right and put Tex Winter in the Hall of Fame. You'll burn a lot of that Evil Karma if you do.
02)LAKERTOM - DRIVER - Please add me to the Tex Winter HOF Bandwagon. About time that the basketball world honored Tex for all of his accomplishments.
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The final score was not a surprise to me, as soon as I read who the ref would be. I cannot type his name, makes me sick...Game after game, the same "approach" to our beloved Lakers.

I know, we have 15 titles, it's a lot...But just let the best team win, that's what people call SPORT, mr. BS.

The final score was not a surprise to me, as soon as I read who the ref would be. I cannot type his name, makes me sick...Game after game, the same "approach" to our beloved Lakers.I know, we have 15 titles, it's a lot...But just let the best team win, that's what people call SPORT, mr. BS.
Posted by: Magic Phil | April 05, 2010 at 11:35 AM

THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!

TO ALL THE LAKERS DIEHARD,
Mark my word "THIS LAKERS SQUAD WILL BE ONE AND DONE" It means they will lose in the second round of the play-off. That's what they got from messing up the chemistry of the team. They won the championship last year, so what the heck of getting the "useless" Artest to replace the "reliable" Ariza.
Better luck next year! Now I will have more time to watch the Dodgers and the L.A. Kings.

Ouchhhhhhh:
"where was the same Gasy today in the lost? just LOST. Timmy played like in his youth. almost. maybe like 4-5 years ago. and Gasy? another Faux pas."

Tim Duncan 11 rebounds 4 ast 0 blk 24 pts
Gasol 7 rebounds 6 ast 3 blk 32 pts

You are very sick. Definitely you see different games.
Anyway is a pleasure to hear you say "Timmy played like in his youth. almost maybe like 4-5 years ago"
Pau juice at the same level as Tim, is obvious to anyone except for the sick as your.

In this game is clear that you just hate Gasol.
Bad news for you fuck three years more. Looking for a doctor or team changes

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NBA DO WHATS RIGHT & PUT TEX WINTER IN THE HALL OF FAME - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - David Stern for once do what's right and put Tex Winter in the Hall of Fame. You'll burn a lot of that Evil Karma if you do.
(02)TIM-4-SHOW - DRIVER - met Tex Winter a few playoffs ago here in Denver. The guy is a class act and not only does he deserve to be in the hall of fame for his coaching resume, but his achievements over his lifetime of basketball are far superior of Naismith himself - you could argue that the hall of fame should rename itself after Tex.


Why is no one asking what's wrong with Kobe? They talk about Tim Duncan being past his prime, but Kobe has looked it the past month. Turnovers, attempts at the quick move that lead to slips, trips and falls, and worst of all, shoots more like Fisher than himself. Clearly he is unable to put this team on his back anymore. Is it injuries? Accumulation of play? Old legs? I love Kobe, and it's hard to watch what seems like an erosion of his skills. Clearly his desire is till there, but he can't summon it physically like he used to. Should we have signed him to a 3 year max or near-max extension? Not sure. Personally, I think Kobe need a long rest and rehab, fix the finger(s) rejuvenate the legs.

KOBE
You already got what you want(90mil-FAN money).Now the time to return the FAN's favor(the WIN and the RING).

It prompts more than a few questions,a lot of questions. Was it the right move to sign Kobe to that monsterious extention making it hard to pay anybody else to come here ? will Bynum be injury prone throughout his career ? Is Farmar the point guard of the future ? Is the triangle too old and complicated for younger players ? Is Phil Jackson the right coach for these younger players ?. To me,Phil jackson needs to go,bring a players coach in someone who can relate to the young talent this team posseses,we have a good core of players has yet to develop into what they are capable of,and mostly due to playing his veterans win or lose. He has always been a veterans coach,look at most of his champioship teams,none really of young talent,don't make the mistake of signing him again,this team needs another direction(Byron Scott). Jordan Farmar's penetration and being able to finish with both hands can open up soo much for this team we have but the triangle is not built for that. I truly think if Phil goes this will be a better team than what is showing now,a new coach hopefully will be able to stand up to Kobe and tell him to not control the ball so much and play always in the teams best interest. I've always been a Laker fan and will always be but Phil Jackson is overrated in my book he's just been lucky enough to have coached some great players who would have won a championship with or without him,he's had a great career I think it's time to hang it up. Laker for life !

not to worry. everything will be fine once the playoffs begin.
Laker Fan.

If the Lakers continue to lose games to end the season then I would worry.

hillbilly, I've ask the same question but nobody responds to it. There is something really wrong with Kobe's game, I just hope it's the finger and tired legs. He's looks beat up, and other teams are going at him, it doesn't help that he don't play much defense any more that may be due to injuries.

How about MICHEAL COOPER to be Laker coach? I think he qualified--himself has 4 rings with Laker as player and he got some champ rings as WBA coach.

Montez I agree with you. Especially in regard to Kobe, it is better to get rid of the Triangle. What REALLY is the Triangle anyway? It's just a marketing gimmick of basically space the floor out so Kobe (or used to be Jordan or Shaq) to go 1-on-1 against his defender and simply overwhelm whoever it is out of sheer talent from the superstar(s).

As Kobe ages that is no longer possible -at least on a consistent basis. It is just too much to ask him to score by way of 1-on-1 the whole game. It is time for him to become more a catch-n-shoot player. It is time for him to play like Reggie Miller or Ray Allen play when they are in the twilight of their careers. This means an offense that will have a lot of screens for Kobe to come off and just catch and shoot. No more having to go 1-on-1 against a younger, quicker defender and no more having to drive into the teeth of the defense and being beaten up everytime.

The Lakers desperately need a new offense if they are going to be able to squeeze the most out of Kobe's remaining production.

The Lakers still have a core group of terrific players in Kobe, Gasol, Odom, Artest and Bynum. Up until now they were able to win from sheer talent and athleticism alone. Imagine if they have a good coach who can turn the team into a well-coached and well-discipline one with excellent Xs-and-Os strategies instead of the mediocre coaching/system they have now.

That is, not to mention a coach who can actually coach DEFENSE!

Great point Psycorp,Kobe's years are numbered and it's time for him to realize to let the younger guys help him and stop tryin to be the man all the time ! kinda like Roy Jones lol,was great in his prime but starts to lose a step or two through the years. And why do we double sooo much on defense,I'm no coach but there's something wrong and obviously Phil can't figure it out !


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