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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 111-87 Game 5 victory over Oklahoma City

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan illustrates the stark contrast between the Lakers' performance in Game 4 to their 111-87 Game 5 victory over Oklahoma City.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues that the Lakers are in control of the series.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen argues that the Lakers secured the victory because of a sustained effort.

--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry details how Kobe Bryant's defense limited the Thunder.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details how the Lakers averted crisis.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan details Lamar Odom's aggressive first half as well as Bryant's popularity in jersey sales.

--The Times' Broderick Turner writes that Andrew Bynum responded to the call on defense after the Lakers' coaching staff threatened to bench him if he didn't get back on D quickly enough.

--The Times' Turner argues it's way too early to compare Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to Jerry West and Elgin Baylor.

--The Daily News' Teaford explains why Jackson doesn't want Lakers forward Ron Artest to shoot three-pointers from the corner.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights Derek Fisher's willingness for Bryant to guard Westbrook as well as his displeasure that Bryant suggested the Lakers could get eliminated.

--Carr also provides a medical update on Lakers guard Shannon Brown.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen argues that the Lakers' schedule (Game 6 on Friday, possible Game 7 on Sunday) could benefit them.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke observes the Lakers' improved effort in Game 5.

--The Times' T.J. Simers highlights Artest's turnaround performance.

--The Times' Mark Heisler credits Bryant's willingness to guard Westbrook, despite his numerous injuries.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande wonders why it took so long for the Lakers to show up.

--AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick loves the orchestra Bryant conducted.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore argues Phil Jackson's light-hearted demeanor prior to Game 5 helped calm the team's nerves.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper argues the Lakers are back in championship form.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding observes how Bryant's parents watched proudly from the stands.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins details how inconsistency defines the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi details Kevin Durant's contention that Bryant still dominates the game.

--AOL Fanhouse's Jay Mariotti argues the Lakers actually have no shot to win the title if Bryant doesn't shoot more.

--Some may call it mind-boggling. Some may call it frustrating. And some may call it annoying. But ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues the Lakers' unpredictable nature makes them fun to watch.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton details how Bryant left an imprint on the game.

Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears argues that Bryant's contributions often go unappreciated.

--The Oklahoman's Barry Tramel notices the Lakers suddenly waking up.

--The Washington Post's Michael Wilbon says the Lakers established a blueprint on how to play the rest of the postseason.

Blogs

--The Daily Thunder contends the Thunder better understand its horrible performance against Game 5 is really just one loss, and OKC needs to forget about it if it wants to stave off elimination.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky tells Lakers fans to start breathing again, and explains why with a game breakdown and video interviews.

--This is exactly the performance Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano wanted out of the Lakers.

--ProBasketballTalk's Kurt Helin details how Bryant's defense set the tone for the rest of the team.

--Silver Screen and Roll DexterFishmore notices Lakerdom's mood changes after the dominating Game 5 victory.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the team's dominance.

Tweet of the Day: "Real problem is getting stops and forcing jump shots. Thunder can't win if all LA's shots come in the paint. Keeps the running game in check" -- ChrisMannixSI (Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix).

Reader Comment of the Day: "That was beautiful last night! That was what we've been waiting for, the Championship caliber team, the Championship Heart and Intensity! I hope the rest of the playoffs contenders were watching, watch out bec. the REAL Champs are baaaaaaaack!" -- J24

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom blocks a shot by Oklahoma City guard James Harden in Game 5 on Tuesday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

 
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We Laker Fans have a saying...

"God created The Lakers to train the
faithful."
One cannot go against the word of God

Edwin,

Not feeling your Andrew Bynum on the trading block argument.

Bynum is among the top 3 NBA centers (Yao, Dwight Howard) not sure who Lakers would receive in return that is better than Bynum. As another LA Times post mentions, "Here's to Mitch K. for NOT trading Bynum for Jason Kidd". Here's to Kevin McHale for accepting Boston's offer for KG as opposed to Lakers offer of Bynum and LO.

MM, my favorite line from Dave McMenamin's piece:

"So what if they're as consistent as bad flan?"

I've never seen flan used in a B-Ball piece.


THousands of web words all say the same thing. Last night changes things and that's not over stating the case. The post season is linin' up for the Lake Show.

Those that crowned Cleveland better take another look at the way the Lakers passed the ball last night. There will be more of same for the duration. Confidence breeds complacency in the regular season, this team was built for this season.

Go Lakers n' GO Loud

Whoa! The REAL Lakers show up. Where have you been boys? Even the lamest crowd in the NBA (yes us) had the dump rockin'. Gotta love that (expletive)! THIS is why I love my Lakers. I love my guys puttin' the hurt on the other team. I can only accept tight games when we have a theoretical match and Oklahoma does NOT fit into that category! So of course I expect us to blow them out and likewise I expect to watch some extended garb-AZS time B-ball. This is what it is supposed to look like. Too bad we can't get this kind of sence of urgency from the boys on a majority of nights. Yes, I'm not even asking for it on EVERY night.

Now this is championship basketball. Keep it up guys.

MM, thank you for the recognition. I feel very humbled. I want to commend you guys, the regular intelligent bloggers for keeping the sanity alive in the face of the obstacles our Lakers faced and will face. Let's get the next Ws!

If the Black Mamba = Kobe. Thriller = Artest. Who should be the KRAKEN???

I vote for Bynum because he was unleashed!

Reading many of the material provided by MM, and for what i looked myself, only Ron Artest plays every game focused at 100%, and plays accordingly. Durant is having nightmares with him right now.

Bynum ran to defense only because he can be benched. Kobe decided just yesterday to play defense on Westbrook. Gasol always plays the same (20-10). Odom is always inconsistent. And Fisher... i respect him, but he is limited right now. Except for him and Artest, the rest are a bunch of inmature and spoiled kids.

"We Laker Fans have a saying...

"God created The Lakers to train the
faithful."
One cannot go against the word of God"

For... Kobe is the Kwisatz Haderach! (aka The Black Mamba)

JR

notables:
Bynum and Gasol polarizing? When Gasol got knocked down under the Lakers basket. The Thunder got the defensive rebound and ran down the other way. Bynum turned around to help Gasol up.

I was listening to the end of the game of the Cavs and Bulls (Chicago radio. I am in Chicago). right after Queen James shot with the left and missed. I believe there was a timeout. I heard the Bulls announcer talking about Heinrich was having words with Lebron. Radio thinks Heinrich thought Queen was showing them up. That's the second time a Bulls player confronted the Queen. I cant believe no one mentioned it on BSPN or TNT.

IS IT JUST ME? . . .

Did anyone else watch the end of the Cav's / Bull's game, when Lebron James shot those last two freethrows? I am very, very hesitant to ever pick on any individual player as I am a Team Guy (as opposed to cheering for the team my favorite players are on). But . . .

--He swished the first freethrow right handed with perfect form. Hands up together, down together, with clearly a snap of the wrists AND elbows as his arms came down. There is NO WAY he can do that if his arm was so dysfunctional that he had to carry it across his chest like it was in a sling.

--He missed the second freethrow left-handed; following an obvious attempt to play to the camera ~ making it "painfully" obvious he was switching hands. NO WAY that was necessary after watching the first attempt.

--Smacks way too much of the same thing Kobe did a few years ago when he was suffering from food poisoning and overplayed the body language that he was tired; ala Michael Jordan's flu-stricken performance in the finals a few years prior to that.

--Pierce in a wheelchair...
--Lebron lefthanded shot...
--What's next? Nuggets tatoo laser removal?!?!?

Mike

"Then again, it was either listen or sit on the bench."

""The coaches told me if I can't get back on defense I can't play. So I had to get back" Tuesday night."

"Another was Bynum "showing" more on the pick-and-rolls, doing his best to slow Westbrook and not let him get into the lane with ease like he had done in the previous four games."

So where was Bynum in Games 1,2,3,4 on defense? Where was this Bynum who allowed Westbrook to penetrate with little help to Fisher yet he helps Kobe in this game? Where was the type of game where he was supposed to have in Game 2,3,4 yet was notably absent? How about in Game 4 where Kobe spoon fed him more yet he was just allowing penetration very badly with no help?

One reason why Bynum is only good and not a franchise player. He will have these guys and SHOULD considering Nenad Kristic and Collison are the big men.

Once Bynum does this on a consistent basis against Shaq and/or Howard then we call all celebrate more than just one game.

and for those who keep on saying Bynum is a top 5 center in the NBA yeah that's true in an NBA where big men aren't as talented in either 90's or 00's. Howard as good as he is is only 1/2 the total force of a Robinson or Olajuwon. Put either Howard or Bynum in the 90's would they have been to the level Shaq Prime/Robinson/Olajuwon are? Maybe note worthy but even at their ages those 3 were better than the shrimp 2.

KB Blitz

u missed the yesterday bandwagon? :-)

ADRIAN PALOMAR… “Mamba24 can we please start,finish them without mercy bandwagon.I really cant wait until friday when my Lakers will kick this overhype thunder ass again.Lakers all the way baby!!!” Great call, Adrian. Mamba, put me on that bandwagon. This series ends on Friday.
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MCLYNE… “Who said there is no switch that can be turned on? Oh yeah, all of the so called "experts" on TNT, ESPN, ABC, and the online sportswriters. This team has just proved all of those fools wrong.” Well said, McLyne. Last night was like an entire bank of lights getting switched on.
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JEANETTE… “What can I say. A WIN, SIGNED, SEALED and DELIVERED.” Now wasn’t that worth a few nasty words from a rude blogger? Revenge is always better served cold.
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“Forgive me my Lakers family, I will actually be rooting for the Celts against the Cavs.” Blasphemy! Me, too.
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NEMAIA… “As I've said on the game 4 game chat, the Lakers would respond and they did last night. When they play as they did last night, especially on defense, these Lakers are unbeatable in a 7 game series.” You have always been a positive force on this blog. It’s the believers who generate the karma that changes destiny.
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ART… “Hey Laker Tom, 8-10, 5-7, 11, 21, 27 minutes, not too shabby eh? Where are all those calls to trade Drew? Go Beastling! :)” I loved how our entire 4-headed (Drew, Pau, Ron, and Lamar) front court played. How about 67 points, 32 boards, and 15 assists in 48 minutes. That was the best front court effort all year and the Lakers surely have the best passing front court in the NBA.
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HOBBIT… “Yes, Bynum had a good night. Yes, he finally played with effort. I still would have traded for Bosh.”
LOL. That was the funniest post of the day and the closest anybody came to being a troll. Congratulations.
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MM… “Kobe Bryant's imprint in Lakers' 111-87 victory over Oklahoma City goes beyond the box score.” That headline captured the entire game in one simple sentence. Great analysis and job done, MM.
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#4… “Enjoyed that some of the trolls (likable but nonetheless trolls) decided to show up in force right before this game, as if they were vultures circling some dead meat.” And by the end of the game, they had all crawled back under the rocks from whence they came. LOL. Blue skies are all we see today.
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MTI312… “I scanned through the comments after the win and can't find the bridge jumpers. Did they go through with it? They have a problem by concluding prematurely I guess.” They were prematurely ejaculated.
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MARK G… “Still I'm OK with the Artest deal. “ Just look at Kevin Durant’s shooting percentage. Ron has turned him into a volume scorer. And unlike Kobe, he doesn’t have the other tools to adjust to contribute.
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STOCKTON SHOWTIME… “Now paging Bitter, party of 100's. Bitter, your table is ready. Doubters, trolls, haters and sportswriters, today's your day to eat ALL the negative words spewed about the World Champions these last 5 days. Chow down suckas.” It’s a day of fasting for the trolls, SS. Until next October.
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JON K… “People will talk about Kobe's defense on Westbrook, which was great, but what I was most impressed with that WE ACTUALLY LOOKED LIKE THE LAKERS ON OFFENSE!” The triangle offense was run to perfection last night. Very few isolations and straight postups. Instead, penetration and great interior passing. And you could see how staying within the offense produced great ball and player movement and spacing.
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CORNERJ… “Wow. Just wow. The Lakers came out smokin' and never let up. Talk about a statement game. Message delivered. Every Laker...every single one...played like a champion. And not just for a quarter, but for 48 minutes.” Swish from the corner. This may have been the best game we have played all year long.
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TOM DANIELS… “Most important on offense, they seemed to find a way to way to get the most out of a banged up Bryant. A passive, deferring Bryant won’t get it done. Asking a limited Kobe to take over games doesn’t work. Last night he was an AGGRESSOR and facilitator, no deferring. He moved, he cut, he drove, he CREATED and he took good shots. He opened the floor up for other guys.” Take that, Kobe doubters. I have said many times that Lakers fans who don’t think Kobe is a team player and will adjust and do whatever we need to win are insulting and disrespecting the greatest and smartest player in the NBA today.
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“A great team effort makes everybody look good. It isn’t Fisher vs. Brown or Gasol vs. Bynum or Kobe vs. the world. It’s the Lakers vs. the Thunder. All the rest is just a distraction.” The better Tom speaks again. The best team effort we have seen this year. Total dominating effort against a quality opponent.
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JAMIE… “Kobe was awesome, much will be said about Phil switching him over to Westbrook and how it changed the dynamic of the game, but Kobe brought the Olympic-style defense he played two summers ago and it showed.” I have long said that Kobe should reprise his Team USA role. With Drew and Pau, we have the offensive firepower to allow Kobe to focus on defense and playmaking. Kobe was the Doberman last night.
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EDWIN… “Congratulations fellow Laker fans, we made it. We planted the seed that will guide our players on future competitions. I hope our successful bandwagon would guide us that we would not resort to name calling or labeling among us after all, we are all Laker fans with diversified behavioral patterns.” You are truly the statesman of the blog, Edwin. I loved how you keep working to pull us together despite our differences. Bravo.
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“we're raving our long lost prodigal brother because he provided us before delightful entertainment in comparing the calves of Kwame to the upper extremities of Chris Mihm. Who can imagined those detailed comparison? he's our court jester that relieved us from boredom. a unique fan who can rattle precise analysis without watching the ball game huh...mamba24 was right, we come here just to listen to this delusion of grandeur from nowhere. lol!” Good explanation. Mike won’t hang around long since we are winning.
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LAKERMIKE… “Nobody ever marvels at the canvas underneath the final presentation, but instead the magnificence of the finished product. This postseason run of the Lakers is like Fine Art. Wait, just wait on it, and behold the beauty!” Spoken like a true artist. The Lakers had a pure paint-by-numbers win last night.
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LAKERFAN… “Even though Kobe’s team mates contributed and scored more points than Kobe but the game ball belongs to none other than the Mamba King, Kobe, no ifs ands butts. It was Kobe’s leadership that was the key difference in game 5. Phil Jackson and staff should put together all the highlights of Kobe’s game from last night, to drive the point across to Kobe; that he does not have to huff and puff and take difficult shots; use arsenal of weapons at his disposal hand picked by GM and staff.” Yes, the MVP was once again the MVP.
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STAPLES… “Kobe on te other hand is the best passer to his bigs in the NBA. When he is focus on getting the ball to Bynum and Gasol, the Lakers are unstoppable. Kobe finds those two with ease and efficiency. I love Kobe Brynat when he plays like this!!! It is so much fun to watch. 13 pts only, but he was the big difference in the game. Bynum and Gasol dominance is a big result of Kobe's game.Lakers should play like this the rest of the 2010 playoffs.” The key was Kobe and all of the Lakers were not settling for outside shots but driving into the paint and then dishing to Drew and Pau. Much better strategy than just isolation post ups. In the flow.
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CYBERCOSMIX… “The coach that makes the best adjustments in a series usually wins, and Phil showed why he is the winningest coach in NBA history last night.” In the end, this may be PJ’s best coaching effort considering the team’s problems and the way the league has gotten more and more competitive.
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LTLF… “And the joy of winning another championship will be nicely seasoned by the mopey faces of Pierce and Garnett and Allen and Doc as their dream of another title dies on the parquet floor in game 4.” Man, I am actually going to have to root for the Celtics. LeBron watches from the sidelines again. Lakers get revenge for 2009 and set the stage to tie the Celtics for franchise championships next year.
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OUTLAW… “It's simple: The Lakers are blessed with some of the best passing big men in the NBA. How many of those passes would've bounced off of Kwame's hands of stone?” Mike T. always sounds logical and intelligent, until you start to dissect what he is really saying. Then you realize there is a huge disconnect.
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PAUL LEE… “Lakertom I hear what your saying but if Phil see's that then we need to make another adjustment we actually have to options go big with Kobe, Artest, Lamar, Pau and Bynum. Phil never used that lineup this year and I always wondered why, Lamar is actually knocking down some open 3's.” I stand by my crazy prediction that Phil may pull this lineup out of his hat sometime in these playoffs just to mess with other teams.
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TOM


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FINISH THEM WITHOUT MERCY FRIDAY LAKERS – BANDWAGON
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqBQeRmuZQI&feature=related
X, X, X, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 5, 3, 2, 1, HIT IT LAKER TOM PARADE TIME
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(01) ADRIAN PALOMAR – OWNER - Mamba24 can we please start,finish them without mercy bandwagon.I really cant wait until friday when my Lakers will kick this overhype thunder ass again.Lakers all the way baby!!!
(02) TEAMN – DRIVER - Finish this and roll on, baby!
(03) JOVBATZ44 – RIDING SHOTGUN - !" Adrian Palomar, I'm with you brother on the "Finish Them Without Mercy Bandwagon"!!!!!!!! Larry, let's do this brother!!!!! and yes, where is NINOY?????????LOL The "Switch is officially ON". It may be too early tell, but I can sense it. We got Kobe Bryant, and you've got none. Kobe is brutal in close out games. Remember Denver last year? Orlando? "SHOW NO MERCY
THERE WON'T BE ANY GAME 7. None my friends, none.
(04) #4 – KEEPER OF DYNASTY 4 & KOBE’S 4 RINGS - Nothing like home cooking. That said, I think this closes out in the Blunderdome. The Blunder haven't had to deal with an elimination before, I think they succumb to their own pressure and inexperience to adjust. Make no mistake folks, Kobe was and still is the driving force behind the offense. Literally and figuratively. They switched Durant on to Kobe. Supposedly because of the confusion that this caused when they did so in the 2 away games. What Kobe was able to do in many of those instances was use screens set by Pau to drive. Pau would roll, setting up confusion on their part. But Kobe set that up. It wasn't back to the basket postups, where the athletic Thunder could double team. Pau showed why he's the most skilled PF in the game off that pass. Bynum was ready to be a recipient or ready to get a rebound. But the basis was and always has been Kobe.
(05) KOBE81PTS – SGT AT ARMS - Please repeat this performance in game 6 and this series is over!!!!!!
(06) ILOVEKOBE33 – REFEREE - it was a great game from the start! when they play like this there unstoppable! kobe is the best player in the NBA
(07) JEFE1010 – REVIEW OFFICIAL - Great win Lakers - take care of business on Friday night!
(08) CORNER –J – ENFORCER - Oh, the humanity! The Thunder go down in flames. Hey, where are all the trolls? Come back, you punks, and let's hear how the Lakers are too old, too slow, and dead in the road now. Durant the best player in basketball??? Hahahaha. Nobody on the Lakers can stop Westbrook? Looks to me like Kobe punked him all night long. The Thunder are the next dynasty? More like die-nasty, stomped into the ground by the WORLD CHAMPION LOS ANGELES LAKERS. Never underestimate the heart of a champion, punks.
(09)CHICNSTU – GAME ANNOUNCER - That was an amazing display of team ball. Not only on offense but defense too, we played 48 minutes for the first time this season. I want more if that PLEASE!
(10) ALI – ALTERNATE REFEREE - The Sleeping Giant has awaken!!!! Finally and I hope they stay awake throughout the playoff series.
(11) ROBYN – ORDER RESTORER - Okay, order has finally been restored in Lakerland. Everyone can relax now and have a good night sleep!
(12) LAKERLADY – L.O.’S NUTRITIONIST - Sweet win. Lakers played great from start to finish. PJ did a great job letting Kobe guard Westbrook. DFish played scrappy D; Ron was all over the court and the two bigs were great. Lakers 'stayed thirsty', my friends. One more W to get this job done and then, NEXT!!!!GET IT DONE ON FRIDAY, GUYS!!!
(13) BENJAMIN - Kobe's manner makes it very clear. The manner of Kobe's teammates makes it clear. He's no longer ****ing around. This is some serious ish for everybody. The metagame is over. They're in the moment now. Game 6 oughta be interesting.
(14) JEANETTE - I agree with Kenny Smith, it does not matter how you win and how many wins it takes you to win a series, it is all about advancing to the next round and finally to the FINALS. Let us finish this in game 6. GO LAKERS!
(15) Nemaia Faletogo - As I've said on the game 4 game chat, the Lakers would respond and they did last night. When they play as they did last night, especially on defense, these Lakers are unbeatable in a 7 game series.
(16) TROY - Yes, the win was great, but I'm not satisfied, and I'm still concerned. The Lakers MUST win game 6 in order to be rested and healthy for a very good Utah team. No more of the disrespect for the Game I say in game 5; all that missing fts and layups BS. Do not go into your shells just because you're in Oklahoma, Lakers. Play hard, and end this damned thing already. We have a long way to go, and the road is difficult.
(17) CALIPHILOSOPHER - am looking forward to seeing how the OKC crowd reacts for game 6. As Derek Fisher said at halftime of game 3 (maybe it was 4; I think it was 3), the crowd, with their energy, makes you want to play your best (no matter if they are for you or against you). It should be a fantastic game on Friday.
(18) J24(LADY JEM24) - That was beautiful last night! That was what we've been waiting for, the Championship caliber team, the Championship Heart and Intensity! I hope the rest of the playoffs contenders were watching, watch out bec. the REAL Champs are baaaaaaaack!
(19) KEIFO - NOW THAT'S LAKER BASKETBALL BABY!!!!!!!!!!!
(20) MAMBA24 – IT AINT OVER TILL MIKE T SAYS IT’S OVER.
(21) MTI312 - Just enjoy the awakening and EXPECT them to keep it up and not worry. Kobe does a great job defending smaller shooters. Kobe on Westbrook reminded me of the Lakers/Sixers finals. Cut the head off and it's over.
(22) FAITH – DEFENSE GURU - This is how you do it. We are dominating like the world's best dominatrix. Who are we?! 16 championships LOS ANGELES LAKERS! Boo-yeah. Championship ball. OKC eat our dust! All. About. The. Love. GO Lakers! 3 down, 13 to go!
(23) JAMIE SWEET – SUB-ZERO…WINS..FATALITY - Throw me on the FINISH THEM bandwagon, puh-leaze! Can you put me down as 'Sub-Zero...wins...Fatality!' It would be sweet if Lamar had Sub Zero's freeze bomb. Now we need to finish it on the road. It would be good to send a message to whomever our next opponent is: We can take this Lake-Show on the road. We can compete at the highest level in the loudest building against maybe the most athletic team in the playoffs (Atlanta's right there, too). Besides, we've driven the stake into the vampire's heart, now we just need to cut off it's head and stuff it's mouth with garlic. What better place than Oklahoma?
(24) EDWIN GUECO – JUDGE - To all media here and outside, from now on don't ever underestimate the power of the Laker fans.
(25) LAKER MIKE -- LIKE FINE ART. . .--stand too close, and the brilliance cannot be fully appreciated --pass judgment before the masterpiece is complete, and short-change the genius of the process Nobody ever marvels at the canvas underneath the final presentation, but instead the magnificance of the finished product. This postseason run of the Lakers is like Fine Art. Wait, just wait on it, and behold the beauty!
(26) RICK FRIEDMAN - About that WITHOUT MERCY BAND WAGON. I'm in. If you had...
The Lakers season ending in April... Kobe applying for Medicare coverage in May... And Ron Artest with a one-way bus ticket back to Houston... You're OUT!
(27) MAGIA32 - Last night the Lakers clearly got The Stern Advantage. Lets hope on Friday the Lakers don't get The Stern Package!!! Did anyone see lebron fake that elbow injury, only cuz he bricked that left handed freebie. Also noticed when the game was over, james was just going to walk off without shaking hands again. Not till someone tapped him did he turn around to thank the Bulls players.
(28) CYBERCOSMIX - The coach that makes the best adjustments in a series usually wins, and Phil showed why he is the winningest coach in NBA history last night.
(29) LAILI K. – REPLAY OFFICIAL - Please put me on the FINISH THEM WITHOUT MERCY Band Wagon. Let's put them out of their misery on Friday.....\
(30) MAGIC PHIL - Regarding the refs, they always wait a little bit b4 starting their horrendous "show". Last night, WE DIDN'T GIVE THEM TIME TO EVEN START. 5 mins and we were already killing them mercyless, so they just let it go.Don't expect the same treatment friday night. It's very important for us to start the game the same way.Oh, and apparently, WE DID HIT OUR SHOTS!!!! , what a night... Oh, put me in the LETS FINISH FRIDAY BANDWAGON. Let's show these people that they should stick to their (argh) OU football team.
(31) LAKERTOM - Mamba, put me on that bandwagon. This series ends on Friday.
(32) TIM-4-SHOW - No Mercy. Lest we forget games 5 & 6 vs Houston last year.
(33) MARK G - think the Lakers take game 6 in OKC. I don't think this is like the Houston series last year. Against Houston, they didn't take the other team very seriously. It seemed liked the Lakers were asleep every game in the Rocket's building. In this series I think the Lakers have taken the Thunder seriously from the beginning. I don't think Laker's effort was that bad in OKC. I do think fatigue was somewhat of a factor. With another 2 games off, plus the rest Kobe and the other starters got in game 5, the Lakers should put the Thunder away on Friday. We'll see.
(34) JASON F. -No need to save Durant's energy when you're in an elimination game. Thanks Lakers for getting me excited again!
(35) JON K
(36) JASON F. -No need to save Durant's energy when you're in an elimination game. Thanks Lakers for getting me excited again!
(37) 2PHATT - fire up the bandwagon let keep this energy coming, when Friday game is over and the Oklahoma (babies) Thunders are finally asleep. The Whole Association will know that the Defending Champs are back, and ready to DANCE…
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"Then again, it was either listen or sit on the bench."

""The coaches told me if I can't get back on defense I can't play. So I had to get back" Tuesday night."

"Another was Bynum "showing" more on the pick-and-rolls, doing his best to slow Westbrook and not let him get into the lane with ease like he had done in the previous four games."
Posted by: KB Blitz | April 28, 2010 at 02:00 PM
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i thought that a professional payed 13 mil. will do all the above things without being told. especially in the playoffs.

growing pains

how long before Bynum will hit the NBA puberty level?

looks like "Grandma" is still hiding him under her dress.

**SHE'S JUST TO GOOD TO IGNORE, WHO YOU SAY WHY J24
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YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

Todd,

The trading I said was all based on big IF they get eliminated early, then FO will look at the comparable s there. Now if they continue progressing as a group and chemistry wise, then further development will prevail. One example, supposing Miami says, we want Drew for D'Wade or Bulls give you Noah + Hinrich for Drew or as you said Minny will offer Jefferson +Rubio's rights for Drew. You have to trade good players, not just expiring contracts? Kwame plus others for Gasol was a steal and I don't think it will ever happen again. Will u not think its perspective in the long run. However if the Lakers goes to WCF, I think the core group will be Kobe, Gasol, Bynum and Artest. Brown and Odom may be offered if there is a Superstar out there who's like to join Kobe. Do you think another team like for example the Hornets would release CP3 for Farmar, Fisher, Walton and Brown? I hope you got what I meant. I'm not suggesting trading anybody for nothing.

LTLF

u forgot "Big Baby" Davis in your Celtics script.

will he cry again?

>>>Bynum is among the top 3 NBA centers (Yao, Dwight Howard) not sure who
>>>Lakers would receive in return that is better than Bynum.

You could arguably make a case that Andrew Bogut &/or Brook Lopez had better seasons than Bynum. And neither of them has as many good players around them as Bynum, so they got more attention from the defense, but still fared well. But I can't think of any other C on that level.

But as I said, the ONLY thing I'd consider trading Bynum for is one of the top PGs in the NBA. And there is some possibility that either Deron Williams or Chris Paul could be available this summer.

But if Bynum plays this hard and this well all the way through the finals, then all trades are off.

>>> Durant is having nightmares with him right now.

Nightmare on Reno Avenue.

Coming to the Ford Center this Friday.

Don't fall asleep.

LakerTom,

you wrote: HOBBIT… “Yes, Bynum had a good night. Yes, he finally played with effort. I still would have traded for Bosh.”
LOL. That was the funniest post of the day and the closest anybody came to being a troll. Congratulations.

my response: So ... Should I change my position because of one game? That
would make me either a fair weather fan or a liar like yourself. I am neither.
I mean what I say and I say what I mean. I also show up and take the bad
with the good. Unlike yourself. You can go back to your cave now.

LakerTom is back with multiple answers to convenient posts and to make sure he throws his daily bone to his proselytes. the guru awarding the disciples who are chanting his mantra.

his subtle Kobe Bashing is in full force.

and he will come back tomorrow to tell us that Kobe is his favorite player.

>>>how long before Bynum will hit the NBA puberty level?

Most NBA players reach their peak level around 26-28 years old.

Bynum is 22. Which means he'll probably improve for 4 or 5 more years.

scary.

Ouchhhhhhhhh,

Big Baby Davis only cries tears of joy!!!!!

LTLF,

Back in the saddle ... agree.

Bynum could play his way into no trade zone.

Bynum has the POTENTIAL to be a top 3 center down the line, but due to his immaturity, lack of consistency and inability to stay healthy, he has a ways to go to crack the top 3. Here's my current center rankings based on the past few seasons. I would certainly take Bynum over some of the players ranked above him, but most of these centers have been more consistent and thus deserve higher rankings:

1. Dwight
2. Tim Duncan
3. Yao
4. Pau Gasol
5. Brook Lopez
6. Andrew Bogut
7. Al Jefferson
8. Marcus Camby
9. Marc Gasol
10. Al Hortford
11. Noah
12. Chris Kayman
13. Nene
14. Bargnani
15. Bynum

Congrats to Phil for figuring out how to better utilize Artest. He is a big body with excellent interior passing and post up moves. He can def create space for himself!.

Know why the Thunder are going down? they only average 15 assists per game. This means they don't pass as well as they need to. So if we can slow down their top scorers (as we did) we s/b fine.

Whew!

Awww thanks Mamba, you're the heart and soul of this blog! Thank you :blushing:


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