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Lakers debate whether they can replicate same energy in Game 6 against Oklahoma City

The Lakers had heard all the chatter about how they no longer appeared to look like the superior team against Oklahoma City. They were too beat up, too old, too slow, too lazy and too disinterested to contend against the eighth-seeded Thunder, whose development quickly grew with each game in the first-round matchup.

Instead of letting that become the prewritten storyline, the Lakers changed the script in Game 5, charging out in front of a supportive crowd at Staples Center and imposing their will in a 111-87 victory Tuesday against Oklahoma City. They stormed out to an early lead and sustained it thanks to dominance in the paint, Kobe Bryant's suffocating defense on Russell Westbrook, Ron Artest's effectiveness on offense and an efficient contribution from Lamar Odom. How to explain the sudden contrast between Game 4 and 5?

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson wished it were part of his coaching motivation, but he found that tactic ineffective for the latter part of the season. Instead, the answer seemed rather simple.

Said Jackson: "It was just raw energy. That's all there it was to it."

That's why it should be interesting to see how everything plays out in Game 6 on Friday in Oklahoma City. The Lakers haven't secured a road win there all series and hadn't picked up a victory at Ford Center since Nov. 3 in a 101-98 overtime victory. And in all the games this series, the home crowd has surely made a difference, with the electricity at Ford Center overwhelming the Lakers during the Thunder's late-game rally in Game 3 as well as OKC's early dominance in Game 4. And the buzz around Staples Center in Game 5 seemed to lift the Lakers just when it appeared they were playing sluggishly.

This isn't a make-or-break game for the Lakers. Should they need it, the seventh and deciding game would take place Sunday at Staples Center. And history appears to be on the Lakers' side, with Jackson's teams going 44-0 after winning Game 1, the Lakers going 39-1 after winning the first two contests and the Lakers finishing 17-0 after winning Game 5 at home. Still, the Lakers would surely like to end this series sooner rather than later.

"We don't want to try to stretch this out," Lakers forward Pau Gasol said, "and give them another chance."

That sounds all well and good, but that just leads to more questions as to how the Lakers can duplicate the same energy in Game 5 when they have acknowledged that most of that drive sprang from a strong sense of urgency after allowing the Thunder to tie the series. I detailed earlier this month that the Lakers had struggled this season in capitalizing on signature wins. Surely the playoffs are a different animal since they feature the same opponent in a series and sometimes a team must grind out a win rather than worry about the team's development.

Nonetheless, each game in the Lakers-Thunder series has had distinguishable qualities. The Lakers secured Game 1 mostly because of building an early first-quarter lead, involving Bynum and Gasol inside and Artest locking down on Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant. They took Game 2 because of an early lead and then a resurgent Bryant in the fourth quarter. The Lakers lost Game 3 thanks to the Lakers' reserves allowing OKC to rally late in the third, the team's failure to get production inside and Bryant trying to play hero in the fourth quarter. Game 4 featured nothing positive from the Lakers, and Game 5 featured nothing positive from the Thunder.

What will happen in Game 6? Who knows, but the Lakers know the necessary ingredients to put the series away.

"We have the tendency to think we're so good, but our backs were against the wall and we showed up," Bynum said of the Lakers' Game 5 performance. "I just think we have to take this energy and just start it from the beginning of games and we'll be all right. We won't have to wait until we're down by 15 or down by 10 to pick it up."

There are also questions about what type of adjustments the Thunder will make to counter the Lakers.

Bryant kept Westbrook to 15 points on only four of 13 shooting, a plan Jackson said he'd keep for Game 6. But he anticipates OKC will run more pick-and-rolls for Westbrook to counter Bryant's defense. And then there's the factor that Westbrook may not have foreseen going up against Bryant.

Said Bryant: "He was probably surprised."

The Thunder wasn't surprised with the Lakers' dominating inside presence in Game 5 led by Gasol (25 points) and Bynum (21). After all, the Lakers are 41-14 when both of them are in the lineup. That's why the Thunder spent much of Games 2, 3 and 4 collapsing in the lane anytime the Lakers had the ball as close to the free-throw line. But constant penetration through passing, not dribbling, made the difference for the big men's resurgence. Still, even with Gasol's playoff consistency (19.8 points on 56.1% shooting), Bynum is still gradually becoming better conditioned after missing the final 13 games of the regular season because of a strained left Achilles tendon.

Some factors may differ in Game 6 from the rest of the series. They include the team's free-throw trips (31 attempts in Game 5 compared with a combined 40 in Games 3 and 4), the ability to limit the Thunder in transition points (OKC recorded seven fastbreak points after recording 72 in the first four games) and Artest (scoring 14 points on six of 11 shooting after shooting 12 of 39 in the first four games). That's why Lakers guard Derek Fisher believes the outcome in Game 6 will go beyond just sustaining the same energy and effort.

"There's too many variables and too many things that change, game to game," Fisher said. "Friday night's game won't be about a lack of sense of urgency, focus or concentration or any of those things. It'll be a matter of what happens in the game."

-- Mark Medina

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I've been a laker fan since day one. I'm rooting for the celts against the cavs. There will be nothing more satisfying than wiping the smiles and scowls off the C's faces, especially KG's smug ass. But let's not get ahead of ourselves because we all remember what happened in game 6 of the houston series last year. L.A. should take care of business early so they could get more days off to rest and recuperate. Oh, before i forget, L.A. should foul westbrook hard everytime he drives to the paint. Implement the no lay-up rule!Let's kill whatever swagger OKC has left and move on to the next round. Peace!

Posted by: pj | April 28, 2010 at 04:29 PM


"We all remember what happened in game 6 of the houston series"?

LOL ... You best remember what happened in another game 6 ... LMAO!

KOBE ON GUARDING WESTBROOK:
“If we were going to be eliminated, then I want to go into the summer thinking that I could have done something about it,”

FISHER RESPONSE:
“We got to talk... I don’t think there is any unwillingness on his part to go down with the ship if it’s going to go down. But we do have to talk, because any ship that he and I are on is not going to go down...So, all that talk about ‘if we’re going to be eliminated’ – I don’t know if his age is getting to him, but we got to clean that all up.”

MY RESPONSE:
WTH is dfish talkin about??? clean what up?? kobes age? huh? quit meandering to another dimension and please stick with the subject.. kobe was making reference to your sorry defense.. but in a nice way.. sorry.. face the facts.. no need for cheap shots!

Aloha LakerTom,

If we remember what we learned in game 5, we will wrap this thing up. We finally played to our strength for an entire game, not just the 1st quarter. It's funny how two simple adjustments, along with increased energy made all of the difference.

The first adjustment of course was putting Kobe on Westbrook. But the second was on offense and it was less obvious. Moving Pau to the elbow was huge. We have done it at times this year but we did it for most of the game. Pau has a nice jump shot and it forced his man out to guard him. This left more space for Andrew to operate around the basket and gave Kobe a lane to penetrate. Plus Pau is such a good ball handler for a seven footer that he was able to drive to the basket for a score or an assist. This is the key to the Lakers moving forward.

I am hoping Kobe stays in this attack mode. With his outside shot as inconsistant as it has been, his work inside, drawing the defense will be essential. All in all I feel a lot better now about our chances for the entire playoffs.

Aloha

MH

MH

MM..

props on the instant posting.. just one more favor to ask.. when you speak to your sports editor or other powers that be tomorrow about the live chat can you also mention what they think about establishing an LA times policy limiting the number of player interviews per day... dfish interviews are gettin out of control... there should be a more fair system in place like allowing one minute of airtime per player for every point/rebound/assist they contribute.. dfish is a mic hog.. never seen anyone do so little and say so much.. much appreciated dude!

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So, yesterday soccer got me badly (congratulations to Inter, but Barcellona had that last score regularly, you know...) and I couldn't come here to write my joyful comment about the Game 5 win.

I read though all of your comments, and I was ready to put my two cents in, only to realize all had already been said.

So, just to not miss a feeling, I have decided to cut and paste what I wrote in my blog about the victory, just a bunch of hours after the win actually happened (laugh freely about naivity... and think you don't get to see the naivity and cheesyness of the colours purple and yellow of the writing here ;) ;) ;))

THIS :

"Who are We???? We’re The World Champions, the Los Angeles LAKERS!!!!!!

Kobe and Pau... PERFECTION on court!

(okay, I will admit these colors on the writing are soooo cheesy and naif, but light years better than the lilac suit the stupid journalist courtside had tonight at the game… EWWWWW)

Ladies and Gentlemen… yes WE DID SHOW UP!!!

Yes… we blew them Up!!!

Yes, we had a full check in:

Lamar decided his playoffs had to start >>> Check ***

Pau had a monstrous game, where everything went down well and his class shined all throughout >>> Check ***

Ron Ron shaved his head and gained back all his force, included a never prevously seen jump (Sanson reversed, lol) >>> Check ***

Drew was really really consistent and we had all rebounds >>> Check ***

Derek commanded all he had to, giving balance all around >>> Check ***

Kobe, the GOD, just was PERFECT defensively and in assisting everyone, not to mention offering coupla score to drop jaw down >>> Check ***

The Bench Mob did all they had to to sustain the lead and mantaining the proportion of the OKC blowout HUGE >>> Check ***

Results? These (there is a video there in my blog, sorry here it can't show up, ndr):

Man it was awesome.

Pau howled a lot tonight ;)

All I did ask for days was there, finally.

Why oh why we did not play this way previously?

We ERASED OKC from the paint, it was superb to watch and feel.

Now please, serve them the same poison at their home and just END this series, cos we have work to do, baby, and the rest of the NBA is pacing up and shapin up (LeBronze is whining for an elbow… stupid monkey, our only God of basketball plays with that, and a knee disjointed, an ankle injuried, and a shooting broken finger all season. You dumb idiot. Shut up, you Stern’s baby boy, that referees give you FT as soon as anybody whispers in your ear… ).

I am soooooooooooo delighted.

Wow I can’t cope."

END

See? I was pretty pumped up.

I was also during the game and it was a beautiful feeling to be felt inside.

But I don't wanna play down the difficulties of tonight's game at all.

Kobe still having troubles in his knee, and that is something that can't avoid to scare the hewl outta me.

I am sure Westbrook and Durant won't be as passive tonight (though their passivity was induced by our great game).

They have a will and they have their skill: we have to be as intense as the other day and just willing to pull it off all once more and once again.

I have always said it and I repeat it: it's ALL ON OUR PART.

We do play = we win.

We try to take it easy = we're in trouble.

Our efficiency stays all in focusing on the things we do best (which are pretty much all things basketball).

Intensity and effort are like the turnisol cards of our season. Without them we just don't work. We never really did in our times.

When we are all focused, we can overcome the troubles of our injuries because our players' skills are so wide we can provide different resources to the various patterns of games (game plans, if you prefer).

We have to defend, rebound, and play OUR offensive game regardeless of momentarily occurences on court.

We have to stick onto them and do everything that takes against these kids, because when we think we can win by putting only our 80% in, they kick our butts.

I am greatly pleased with OKC: I really think OKC could have send any of the Eastern teams that are even advanced in the second series home (I really do, they are that good) but they are young and inexperienced and we are quite simply just better.

We need to win one there and go on in our scheme to Figueroa.

Next year, I will take a look carefully at OKC cos kids are gonna be a MAJOR trouble in the West. They have a long paved in gold way ahead them, and I would love to have among us Westbrook and KD anytime (I don't really think they will ever move, though).

But not this year.

Sorry kids.

Your time to shine has ended, but I will land to you all that you were seriously brilliant this season.

It has to end tonight, that brilliancy.

Go bring it home for us, Lakers.

I believe that I can always believe in my Lakers, and in you, my hero Kobe.
Catch you later ;)

Phil,

"Said Jackson: "It was just raw energy. That's all there it was to it.""

WRONG!!!!

It was execution.

Dude, watch the game again. We didn't play in a frenzy. We played like Champions. We executed on offense and defense. Yes, that requires energy, but we didn't play like wolverines on methamphetamine after listening to Iron Maiden's "The Trooper"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbT2lHtYtEQ

We played with focus, determination and... yes... professionalism.

We played like Lakers.

That's why I was so happy with our performance.

We played to our potential, but it was no fluke. This is something we can maintain. This is what this team was built for.

We played like Lakers.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Like Phil said, it was raw energy. Nothing more, nothing less. I agree.

The question is: Can the Lakers muster that kind of raw energy time and again. They must, if they want to get out of the first round.

For one (take a note), you caught Westbrook off-guard. Be assured, he won't be going 4 of thirteen again, Kobe or not.

Two, the Thunder not only will (but more importantly can) muster the energy, time and again. Expect them to bring it two games in a row. Really bring it! Can the Lakers do that for 48 minutes, or longer? Really?

No doubt. Laker fans are feeling pretty cocky that a 7th game, if there is one, will be played at Staples.

My feeling is that if you don't win in Oklahoma City, it's all over for your sluggish, beat-up team. And even if you do win, how much will your old boys have left for the next hungry challenger?

Sonnybelfast

sontybelfast and Michael T back on the blog.

looks like their ULCER is acting up again

thums? anyone?

Good morning Lakernation,

I can't help it Zaira, your last 2 posts are EXCELLENT especially the one from the previous thread.

Just like that line in the AVATAR movie, we SEE Kobe more because we look beyond marketing hype.

IMO, that is your best post so far. Keep them coming, they are a delight.

Take care.
J

But let's get back to the important things! Do you think that the "switch"
was finally flipped yesterday? I was talking with my Dad. We both think
that yesterday was the best we've seen the Lakers play all year.

Posted by: hobbitmage | April 28, 2010 at 10:26 PM

I think that game was the best game that they have played BY FAR the entire year. I don't think I've seen that type of defensive effort this season, and it was rather impressive.

There seemed to be offensive contributions from everyone, and I was extremely happy that they let Ron Ron go to work in the post. Jeff Green is too small to try to guard him.

I have no clue if that proverbial switch was thrown, but if it was, I'd like to see them now develop that killer instinct by smashing OKC on the road.

I still think that some nastiness from our team is in order - perhaps a hard foul on Westbrook just to send a message that it's not going to be a cakewalk even if you get to the rim. What do you think?

BTW - I find it really interesting that you do coding. I've always wanted to learn, but I'm not really sure where to start. Do you design apps/flash games/other cool stuff?

WHAT DID YOU EXPECT
Life evens all wrongs in an ironic funny way, Ask the Thunder, licking their wounds in OK.
After game 4 they sat on the bench and clowned, came game 5 they got a Laker beat down
Excuse me, has any one seen Westbrook, Oh, that’s right Black Mamba gave him the Hook
And Princess Jimmy shame on you, Acting like you’re injured so you could be like Kobe too
Did you think that would make you seem more a Man, Fool you’re a Princess understand
Did that ouch on your elbow hurt, All right Princess go home and change your skirt
Announcers “Ooooh Jimmy shot with his left hand”, He didn’t make the shot, but Kobe can
Left hand, right hand it’s all the same, Kobe Bryant is the real master of the game
All the world was able to see, The Mamba’s not just about offense, he’s also about vicious “D”
Princess Jimmy aint you ashamed, trying to blame a hurt elbow for your Fraked up game.
Mangled fingers, bad back, strained thigh, Kobe’s still better than Princess Jim & that’s no lie
As for what team can beat the Lakers, Suddenly I can’t find anybody in Vegas to make a wager
Never underestimate the Champions will, Never underestimate the duo of Kobe & Phil
The synergy of this Blog for Game 5 was beautiful to see, that’s the way it always should be
So I’ll leave this note for you, We’re The Freaking Champion Lakers, Friday OK you’re thru!
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FINISH THEM WITHOUT MERCY FRIDAY LAKERS – BANDWAGON
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) TIM-4-SHOW - No Mercy.
(32) MIKE T. CHIEF STRATEGIST I’m MIKE T. Who the Hell are You Thunder!
(33)ZairaAmaterasu - BLOG GODDESS - I believe that I can always believe in my Lakers, and in you, my hero Kobe.
Catch you later ;)
(34) SONNY BELFAST - NEUTRAL OBSERVER - The question is: Can the Lakers muster that kind of raw energy time and again. They must, if they want to get out of the first round.

After all the inconsistency of this team it's great to finally have something good.

And Kobe Bryant proved again that a player doesn't have to score a lot of points to lead a game. I think he should consider this version of him, but for this he will always depend on the rest of the team which for me is the essence of this game.

Like when Wilt Chamberlain concentrated on defense in 1972.

Caliphilosopher,

you asked if I write/design apps.

my response: nope. Nothing so glamorous. I'm an IT guy.

I'm thinking that last Laker victory over the Thunder was one of the most satisfying of my Laker fandom career. It was easily the best win of the year, and when something stands out as the best of any entire year, it deserves some respect. Just something about the circumstances of Durant being the next Kobe, Kobe being old and injured, Bynum being young and injured, Gasol being soft and pastery-like. The Ron deal, the bench vanishing like Froto in Mount Doom, the realization that Fisher was old 8 years ago when he left the lakers the 1st time, all that stuff made that win like eating lobster at the Wharf in SF on one of those buy-one-get-one-free tickets you get somewhere free. Mmmmm.


Wes

it's a good move to put Kobe on defense...since his health is not healed yet...but still speed and skill to stop any opponent scorer or game player...

whether team need to go back to LA for Game 7 or not...I strongly believe Lakers will win this series...
and definitely team will go to NBA Final...another year...and 3 years in a role...

Go Lakers The Great....

***(THE TAO OF LAKERHOLSM)***
Walking around head held high, If I didn’t know better I’d think I could fly
That’s what a Laker win does for me, I guess I’ll be addicted for Eternity
Call Me an Addict, damn right it’s true, I’m addicted to the Lakers thru & thru
This affliction I didn’t know what to call it, Justa said 24, Man you a Lakerholic
I sank to my knees tears in my eyes, Was I afraid, Hell yeah I’m not gone lie
I said Justa, how much time do I have to me, Until the end of the Last Laker Dynasty
Then suddenly I began to grin, Any fool know’s Laker Dynasties will never end
Jon K hushed me before I could speAkl, He asked, Mamba24 are u sure this path u seek
Being a Lakerholic involves more than Bliss, You must be ready for your family to miss
The path of the Lakerholic is harder than Zen, You feel like hell when they don’t win
When a Laker game is on TV, You will neglect your job and even your family
The only thing that means anything to you, Is how did my Freakin La Lakers do.
If they won, zoom I’m sky high, And as I said before, I feel as if I could fly
But ah young seeker, if they lost, Do not receive the news alone at any cost
At times the pain might be so strong, You’ll sit in your bed & moan, & moan
Strange words will come forth from you, Damnit to hell what’s the matter with Drue
Then this will happen I don not lie, Before you will float a magnificent thigh
If this happens to the Doc. You must go, It’s Kwame Brown fever and it’s communicable
But if your heart is pure & you seek no pain, In the morning only traces of hurt will remain
This duality of highs & lows is the Tao of Lakerholics and thru it every novice must go
Then one day watching a game, A burst of insight will flash as bright as a flame
It will come to you & you will understand, Kobe Bryant is far more than just a man
He’s a Laker Avatar who was sent to us, To show that the way of Lakerholics is just
At that moment all seeking is thru, as these words of illumination transform you
“Seeker your search is over & done, All Basketball roads started from this one
Your True self reveal now I do, You’re a Freakin LA LakerHolic that’s who the Hell r u.


***(THE TAO OF LAKERHOLSM)***
Posted by: MAMBA24 | April 29, 2010 at 07:18 AM
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Mamba, you are just too much!
You are just a poet machine.
You've got some skills thats for sure.

@Art-Fl Laker Fan, Thank you my brother. Coming from you that means a lot.
Mamba24

Lots of folks are questioning why it took Phil so long to put Kobe on Westbrook.


Answer: Swollen knee, broken finger, bad ankle. Trying not to make Kobe work too hard on D unless it was necessary. It became necessary.

Good morning,

I'm finding myself unable to continue reveling in the Lakers' awesome Tuesday night victory. I hope the Lakers aren't either. Basketball doesn't contain consistent ingredients like Coke, Pepsi, or toothpaste. What happened in Game 5 can't be bottled and shipped in a sleek container to OKC.

The chemistry will change drastically, as it naturally does when the Thunder take to their home floor. Kobe and Company will have to create a brand new flow to counter the energy of their determined underdog opponents. The Lakers will have to perform as they did in Game 1, with a mindset just as fresh. Game 5 must be a distant memory, not laurels upon which to rest.

Kobe taking Westbrook created an advantageous situation for all his team mates in Game 5. They capitalized on it. If they let down in Game 6 with a "Let Kobe Do It" mentality, there will be a Game 7. For a team that doesn't like to expend an extra bead of sweat, such a mentality would be perilous.

Many of us like to think of "Thunder Road" as one of Springsteen's greatest songs. I refuse to let myself think for one second that this opening round of the playoffs can become a different "Thunder Road" under any circumstances. But a Laker team that might easily settle for second class energy and execution on Friday night is in charge of creating its own memories, for better or for worse.

I'm counting on another exhibition of Laker greatness. We've seen that the guys have it in them. Defending champions must have exceptional desire in them to repeat. We fans have it. Ball in their court to show it. Go Lakers!

@Rick Friedman, FACE IT BRO, YOU'RE A LAKERHOLIC!

Oh Rick Friedman by the way I forgot. Do I have to say it...
OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!

Did the REAL Lakers show up in game 5? Not really. Game 4 and game 5 both had "real" Lakers.


Skilled but not real athletic.
Talented, but not real deep.
Best player in the league (Kobe, not Ammo) but he's injured.
Size, but a lack of team quickness


Some nights a big, skilled team with the best in the game is enough. Some nights a lack of quickness and depth, Kobe's knee and finger, etc. make the Lakers beatable. The difference will be intensity and aggression.


Game 5 was beautiful, but it just counts for one win. Game 6 is a whole new deal. OKC will be at home. Role players will play better. That crowd will be into it. The Thunder will get more foul calls, which may affect the Lakers' aggressive D. The Thunder will have a plan to deal with Kobe on Westbrook. They will watch film of the realigned triangle with Artest in the post and Pau up top. They will make adjustments.


The Lakers will have to summon urgency and execution once again and play aggressive team defense. Pound the boards. Move the ball on offense and work for good shots.


They better get used to it. It's playoff time. You have to play that hard every night. That's how they will win each of the 13 games they still need for a title.

Lots of folks are questioning why it took Phil so long to put Kobe on Westbrook.


Answer: Swollen knee, broken finger, bad ankle. Trying not to make Kobe work too hard on D unless it was necessary. It became necessary.

Posted by: Tom Daniels | April 29, 2010 at 07:42 AM

Phil didn't put Kobe on Westbrook, Kobe put Kobe on Westbrook. Now, if only Kobe would play Fisher about 10 min a game. That would be great.

Phil didn't put Kobe on Westbrook, Kobe put Kobe on Westbrook. Now, if only Kobe would play Fisher about 10 min a game. That would be great. Posted by: Magia32 | April 29, 2010 at 07:57 AM

ROFLMFAO!! OH MY!..OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

Sleeper, awakened
Purple and Gold dreams anew
The Kraken released!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@Mamba24,

You, Larry, DEFINE Lakerholic. Your example makes the rest of us constantly aspire higher. Have an excellent day!

KOBE ON GUARDING WESTBROOK:
“If we were going to be eliminated, then I want to go into the summer thinking that I could have done something about it,”
FISHER RESPONSE:
“We got to talk... I don’t think there is any unwillingness on his part to go down with the ship if it’s going to go down. But we do have to talk, because any ship that he and I are on is not going to go down...So, all that talk about ‘if we’re going to be eliminated’ – I don’t know if his age is getting to him, but we got to clean that all up.”
MY RESPONSE:
WTH is dfish talkin about??? clean what up?? kobes age? huh? quit meandering to another dimension and please stick with the subject.. kobe was making reference to your sorry defense.. but in a nice way.. sorry.. face the facts.. no need for cheap shots!
Posted by: yellofever | April 28, 2010 at 10:46 PM
ROFLMAO!! OH MY GOD THIS IS SOME FUNNY ISH!

Sleeper, awakened, Purple and Gold dreams anew, The Kraken released! Posted by: Jon K. | April 29, 2010 at 08
DAMNIT! Jon K. Stop showing off that you are a Lakerholic Master! The Sun Source of all Basketball Arts.

@Rick Friedman, Rick most days are excellent days for me because of the classy Lakerholics such as yourself.
Mamba24

Rick Friedman,

I think the key to victory in Game Six is stomping on the throats of the Thunder early and keeping them from making big plays (e.g. posterizations on our bigs).

Why?

Keep the crowd out of the game as much as possible.

It's going to be VERY difficult to win if the Thunder are having 15 to 25 more freethrow attempts than us. That happens because refs get caught up in the energy of the arena and are subconsciously swayed by the crowd. The Zombie Sonics' crowd is LOUD. We need to keep them down.

So, a fast start followed by a methodical remaining three quarters, I believe is the best approach.

But, then again, we could just crush their bodies, souls and spirits by unleashed the unrelenting fury that is the spirit of Laker Nation, minute in, minute out. That could work, too.

RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

AHHHHHHHHHH, The trooper, that went well with my morning coffee.

Thanks Jon K..LOL


"We will live to fight another day"

But, then again, we could just crush their bodies, souls and spirits by unleashed the unrelenting fury that is the spirit of Laker Nation, minute in, minute out. That could work, too.
Posted by: Jon K. | April 29, 2010 at 08:14 AM
I NEVER SAID THE TAO OF LAKERHOLICS IS A PEACEFUL ONE!
MAMBA24

"We will live to fight another day" Posted by: ChicNstu | April 29, 2010 at 08:16 AM
THIS AGRESSION THAT YOU ARE NOTICING IS ONE OF THE SIDE EFFECTS OF LAKERHOLISM. After you pass thru the 2nd veil it will slowly dissolve.

{Jon K.'s Key To Victory From A Guy Who Has Never Played In An NBA Game, Never Coached An NBA Game And Can't Dunk}

1. Getting back quickly on defense/transitional defense

2. QUICKLY initiating the offense

3. Ball movement, ball movement, ball movement... to set up the high percentage shot and not the jump shot (open three).

4. Telling Thriller to crash the boards

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

props on the instant posting.. just one more favor to ask.. when you speak to your sports editor or other powers that be tomorrow about the live chat can you also mention what they think about establishing an LA times policy limiting the number of player interviews per day... dfish interviews are gettin out of control... there should be a more fair system in place like allowing one minute of airtime per player for every point/rebound/assist they contribute.. dfish is a mic hog.. never seen anyone do so little and say so much.. much appreciated dude! Posted by: yellofever | April 28, 2010 at 11:14 PM
PLAYER HATING IS THE THIRD VEIL OF LAKERHOLISM. Once it is passeed thru your being will be infused with a love of all Sentinent Beings.

Jon K.'s Key To Victory From A Guy Who Has Never Played In An NBA Game, Never Coached An NBA Game And Can't Dunk}Posted by: Jon K. | April 29, 2010 at 08:22 AM
IN THE TAO OF LAKERHOLICS THESE SKILLS ALL OCCUR WITH NO EFFORT ON THE PART OF THE SEEKER.

Laker Fan-

"I know Phil will be coaching next year, somewhere. Whether it's here or someplace else I don't know," Buss said. "There's going to be a lot of good jobs that come up this summer."

You might get your wish. My bad. I forgot the Lakers won their last game so you dont want to fire him. I shoulda waited until after Friday nites loss when you will be calling for his head again.

You might get your wish. My bad. I forgot the Lakers won their last game so you dont want to fire him. I shoulda waited until after Friday nites loss when you will be calling for his head again. Posted by: 131-92 | April 29, 2010 at 08:41 AM

LMAO!! Damn, you're as sharp as ever 131.

Jon K,

>>> we could just crush their bodies, souls and spirits by unleashed the unrelenting fury that is the spirit of Laker Nation, minute in, minute out.

We could and we should. My kind of strategy, too. Stomping on the throats of the Thunder early and often would make my day!

Awww Jeanette.... how cute :) :) :)
Thank you dear.

Thank you a lot :)

(U in chat tonight? Hope so ;))

At least, we the Thunder, have you all worked up. I have never seen so many fans question or dissect a game or series. You all know you are at the end of a amazing run. Look back and enjoy it, and for the years to come the please step aside! GO THUNDER

GO THUNDER Posted by: OKC FAN | April 29, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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Yes Thunder indeed go...Right back to the Oblivion you will be when we are finished with you FridAY.


Well, regrettable props to the Laker inside game, mostly missing in games 1-4. Gasol and Bynum are the difference, not Bryant.

But the only thing I've feared about the Lakers is the coach - having seen him in Chicago, go to LA, and do it again. Like Coach K at Duke. He's the star.

That said - the Thunder will be pumped Friday - and these are kids who will give their very best. No pouts. The fans will have their back - win or lose.

Enjoy those multi-hour commutes? Didn't think so. Come to OKC, where housing is affordable, the basketball is great, and driving is not a 2 hour affair.

Enjoy those multi-hour commutes? Didn't think so. Come to OKC, where housing is affordable, the basketball is great, and driving is not a 2 hour affair.

Posted by: Chicago - Okie | April 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Naaahhh...I think most of us enjoy the ga-gorgeous weather, short drives to the beach, short drives to the mountains, short drives to the desert, great concert venues,....and oh ya....OUR 15 Championships...and counting.
Thanks for the invite though.

Naaahhh...I think most of us enjoy the ga-gorgeous weather, short drives to the beach, short drives to the mountains, short drives to the desert, great concert venues,....and oh ya....OUR 15 Championships...and counting.
Thanks for the invite though. Posted by: LakerFox | April 29, 2010 at 11:31 AM
ROFKMFAO!!! KUDO'S LAKER FOX, TELL IT!!
MAMBA24


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