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Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest discuss 111-87 Game 5 victory over Oklahoma City

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LongTimeLakerFan,

I am typically with you on all your posts ... however,
take exception to trading Andrew Bynum for a point guard. The big vs. small thing is not the way to go.

Not looking to trade Bynum period.
Bynum is better than Chris Bosh now, and will be much better in future years.

Some one suggested trading Bynum to the Timberwolves for Al Jefferson and Ricky Rubio. That makes some sense .... but again trading Bynum is risky...
Bynum could be the guy ....

GO, GO KOBE GO : http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=5142370

Posted by: MAMBA24 | April 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Dear NBA,

Sorry to have awoken a sleeping lion.

See ya next year.

Regards,

Scotty Brooks

No Mercy.

Lest we forget games 5 & 6 vs Houston last year.

How appropriate that Ron Ron has a Manny Pacquiao shirt behind him, he plays like defense like a boxer, moving his feet and cutting off angles. He's also tough and dish out punishment like Pacquiao. He looked as intense as he's been since he's joined the Lakers, even shedding his haircut to represent his no-nonsense approach to this game. I love him saying they won because they attacked tonight, it's obvious that they were the hunters and OKC was the prey.

I repeat here again, THIS IS WHY THE LAKERS SIGNED RON ARTEST!

Bynum and Pau are the new twin powers in the middle, THIS TANDEM WILL GO DOWN AS ONE OF THE BEST TWO BIG-MEN COMBO IN NBA HISTORY! Yes, better than Hakeem / Sampson. Better than Robinson / Duncan. And yes, I predict they will be BETTER than HOF'ers McHale / Parrish! This is only the 5th playoff series that they have been able to work together, and look how well they play off each other! They are both signed through 2013, and Bynum by then WILL BE THE MOST DOMINANT CENTER IN THE LEAGUE! Pau already is the most skilled, versatile big-man in the league, and with Kobe on the wing orchestrating things they are free to dominate in the paint.

The Lakers play like last night, it is such a beautiful thing to see. They are so much more talented than everyone else, EVERYONE else in the league but sometimes just fall back because they aren't challenged. It is NICE to see a scrappy, young team like OKC team give them a test, and to see the Lakers basically say, OK, you woke us up and we're here to play, so NOW what you gonna do? OKC shrunk away, the Lakers only FLEXED their muscles and flicked them away within the first 4 minutes of the game.

This is shaping up for a great postseason! Lakers have finally showed up, so now the party has finally started. Thanks OKC for waking up our guys, it happened a little earlier than expected but it should make for much funner viewing. Don't let up the accelerator pedal Lakers, now they are down just go for the kill and finish them off!

GO LAKERS!!!

Todd,

Sometimes we have a difficulty in assessing our players because of the inconsistency they bring on the table. Throughout the season, we don't know what mask they will wear in every ball game. Bynum, Odom, Farmar are in that category. They are offensive players, there are lot of things we need from their defense. Bynum was explosive in D last night, he was the last player blocking the Thunderous attack which is really the right prescription as the building an impregnable defense. Defense should start in the high post from Farmar, intervention in the middle and finally the bulk of the body in low post. Because of those remedies, Westbrook advances were checked. Durant could not dunk the ball but has to settle with long shooting. Time expires on them too because of the long hands of the Lakers in the post prevented every Thunder to do with what they do best i.e. offensive rebounds and follow ups.

Going back to the post season, if Lakers are eliminated for sure Bynum and Odom will be in the trading block. If they go to the Finals perhaps, there is a reason to go for more development and adjust the role players. Even though we are Laker fans who are supposing to cling to our players, we have to be objective also and look at it on wider perspective based on talent, youth and experience. I am loyal to the purple and gold, the players come and go and only the phenomenal ones stay. That has been the tradition of the Lakers under Jerry Buss.

In a game of adjustments I have to wonder what Westbrook is going to do in game 6.

He got manhandled by Kobe in the first quarter game 5 and it threw his off sync for the rest of the game. I don't think the kid is just going to curl up and cry uncle. My guess is that he's going to adjust...kinda reminds me of the Duran/Leonard fights, one and two.

Fight 1: Leonard came out and went hand to hand with Duran and lost the decision.

Fight 2: Leonard made an adjust and used his speed to frustrate Duran and we know the rest.

Kobe got into Westbrook's head in game 5 and Westbrook responded by acting like he was shaken up. Next time Kobe does something to Westbrook...I don't think Westbrook is going to get spooked. He's ready for it now.

In a series of adjustments...It's the Thunder's move. Don't expect the same results.

mike t.

LTLF,


"It's not quite that simple. They tried exactly the same thing in game 4, and got thumped in the first quarter and never really got back in the game."


It is actually very SIMPLE!!! That is why I guaranteed game 5 to be an EASSSSYYY GAME for the Lakers, when the headline was LAKERS WILL NEED to GRIND IT OUT in game 5...


All Lakers had to do was play the right way!


In GAME 4, the first half of first quarter the passes were there but not pretty and not in ryhthm, like OK! I will pass it inside!! Instead of or not like I need to pass it inside, or I like to pass it inside, I enjoy making an assits for my terammmates. Not like in game 5 the passes were a lot more crispier than in game 4.


But even in game 4, first half of first quarter, Lakers up by 1 pt as bad as the shots being taken, out of ryhthm. Lakers were still in control because the pace by slowing down for the Thunder.


Not until the 2nd half of the first quarter when Odom came in and Bynum left the game, Laker guards starts shooting, the Thunder starts their RUN.


You see even when the bigs are missing their shots, the Thunder still can not get their momentum with a slow pace.


Evry good thing that happened in game 5 a lot of it is MOMENTUM by the Lakers, because thier MAIN game plan was working INSIDE-OUT and it fueled their run of their own..


Kobe and Fisher religiuosly feed the bigs inside, up to the point they completely stop shooting and more dribble penetration where happening, it all starts from INSIDE.

The MOMENTUM FOR THE LAKERS JUST CARRIED a LOT of the good things that happened, the Thunder was shaken and got out of sink, and Never gained their OWN MOMENTUM, because the Lakers killed it with INSIDE-OUT...


When Crisp, efficient, all-out passing inside is happening for the Lakers everything falls in place. It is what sets the balance of the Lakers offense.


INSIDE-OUT is what MAKES the Lakers GREAT BECAUSE THEY HAVE very skilled TWO 7 footers and a KOBE BRAYNT !!!! who can deliver them the ball with ease, effectiveness and efficiency... THIS IS LAKERS STRENGTH !!! LAKERS SHOULD ALWAYS CAPITALIZED ON!!!


In game 4, Fisher put his effort to pass them the ball. But somehow Westbrook jumping abilit and length guarding him, and him being short does not have the same effective Bryant feeding the ball inside.


Watch the game again in game 4 1st quarter which I did 3 times and Fisher was horrible in his entry pass to Bynum.


If Brian Shaw or Ron Harper is playing at PG position for the passes will be a lot more effective.


That is why I think Walton should play more. Even Sasha was doing very well before the injury. Lakers need a tall guard to feed the inside much better!!!


I think Odom should be the starting PG for the Lakers in this series. Bryant guards Westbrook.

pfunk - hobbitmage - LTLF (in order of the posts on the thread)

now that was the "real" TRIANGLE of comments.

Tom Daniels,

Awesome post at 8:22 this morning. Sums up my feelings about the blog as well -- lots of personal attacks on players and other bloggers, to my disappointment, as everyone seems to want to prove their intellectual superiority.

It's all about the Lakers on the front of the jersey -- we can criticize style of play, strategic and tactical mistakes, and talk about how best to improve overall, but the rest of it gets tedious to me.

13 more to go!

mamba24

sorry i messed with u yesterday. u were good game

looks like Kobe beef was hard to digest

Russell Westbrook

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on a different note, Princess Jimmy shot the FT with left because he TAUNTED the chicago players knowing that his first FT (with right) sealed the series.

his "funny bone" comment was a Kobe copy cat but does not work. one hurts it once. cool, but is not coming back for a month period. lame

I 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.

LTLF

enjoyed the Snaq 2004 review and the Septics script. did not know u can be so nasty and low. but hey, one has to step down to their level.

Mike Teniente,


What took you so long to get back on this blog? As bad and as good as you are, I enjoyed reading what yuo uhave to say. The Kwame was so bad, I just laughed on it. Your negativity on Bynum was so awful, I just laughed at it.


But hey, we all have our own favorites and silly ideas and sometimes we just like to stick with it.


I remebr you said how bad the Lakers will be when we loose KWAME BROWN. well, since then we've been to the NBA FINALS TWICE!!! HAHAHA!

Nice to have you back my man!

Stay and never go away again.

The very first week this blog openned, you were there!!!
I remember Faith, Jon K as well. It is only the four of us and the K broethers I remember on the first three days of this blog.


Ex, v-man, kory, all came along after like a month or so.


Edwin

why did you invited so much annoyance in yesterday?

when will Mike T leave again?

my morning coffee is becoming very bitter with each sip.

LTLF,


"It's not quite that simple. They tried exactly the same thing in game 4, and got thumped in the first quarter and never really got back in the game."


It is actually very SIMPLE!!! That is why I guaranteed game 5 to be an EASSSSYYY GAME for the Lakers, when the headline was LAKERS WILL NEED to GRIND IT OUT in game 5...


All Lakers had to do was play the right way!


In GAME 4, the first half of first quarter the passes were there but not pretty and not in ryhthm, like OK! I will pass it inside!! Instead of or not like I need to pass it inside, or I like to pass it inside, I enjoy making an assits for my terammmates. Not like in game 5 the passes were a lot more crispier than in game 4.


But even in game 4, first half of first quarter, Lakers up by 1 pt as bad as the shots being taken, out of ryhthm. Lakers were still in control because the pace by slowing down for the Thunder.


Not until the 2nd half of the first quarter when Odom came in and Bynum left the game, Laker guards starts shooting, the Thunder starts their RUN.


You see even when the bigs are missing their shots, the Thunder still can not get their momentum with a slow pace.


Evry good thing that happened in game 5 a lot of it is MOMENTUM by the Lakers, because thier MAIN game plan was working INSIDE-OUT and it fueled their run of their own..


Kobe and Fisher religiuosly feed the bigs inside, up to the point they completely stop shooting and more dribble penetration where happening, it all starts from INSIDE.

The MOMENTUM FOR THE LAKERS JUST CARRIED a LOT of the good things that happened, the Thunder was shaken and got out of sink, and Never gained their OWN MOMENTUM, because the Lakers killed it with INSIDE-OUT...


When Crisp, efficient, all-out passing inside is happening for the Lakers everything falls in place. It is what sets the balance of the Lakers offense.


INSIDE-OUT is what MAKES the Lakers GREAT BECAUSE THEY HAVE very skilled TWO 7 footers and a KOBE BRAYNT !!!! who can deliver them the ball with ease, effectiveness and efficiency... THIS IS LAKERS STRENGTH !!! LAKERS SHOULD ALWAYS CAPITALIZED ON!!!


In game 4, Fisher put his effort to pass them the ball. But somehow Westbrook jumping abilit and length guarding him, and him being short does not have the same effective Bryant feeding the ball inside.


Watch the game again in game 4 1st quarter which I did 3 times and Fisher was horrible in his entry pass to Bynum.


If Brian Shaw or Ron Harper is playing at PG position for the passes will be a lot more effective.


That is why I think Walton should play more. Even Sasha was doing very well before the injury. Lakers need a tall guard to feed the inside much better!!!


I think Odom should be the starting PG for the Lakers in this series. Bryant guards Westbrook.

Mike T,


Westbrook will adjust ofcourse, but a great defender is already on him, a relentless one at that.


Westbrook actually already adjust in 3rd qrtr of game 5, when he started shooting 3's that was going in.


In game 6 those won't go in, Kobe will adjsut too.


I think I will put my bet on Kobe, instead of Westbrook in a game match up, won't anybody!!!

Mike T.

I believe that was the last Thunder adjustment out there, speed and power rebounds. If Lakers are playing in that mode, it is hard to play chess with lots of pieces missing on the part of Thunder. They don't have 7 footers to neutralize Gasol/Bynum if they play in Game 6 the way they played last night. Secondly, they don't have the Artest who will slow Kobe in facilitating or playing smart basketball. Thabo and Jeff Green are not enough.

Here is what I obseved on the Lakers young players specifically Bynum, Farmar, Brown and Vujacic. When they're playing at Staples they're so good, free spirited with a trampoline spring in their jumps but when playing on the road under maddening noise and cat calls, they easily lose composure and affected by the crowd. They need cheerleaders in their game at all times.

Mike Teniente,What took you so long to get back on this blog? As bad and as good as you are, I enjoyed reading what yuo uhave to say. The Kwame was so bad, I just laughed on it. Your negativity on Bynum was so awful, I just laughed at it. The very first week this blog openned, you were there!!!
I remember Faith, Jon K as well. It is only the four of us and the K broethers I remember on the first three days of this blog. Ex, v-man, kory, all came along after like a month or so. Posted by: Staples 24 | April 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

TELL THE STORY BRO STAPLES24, TELL THE STORY!!

LTLF said a couple of things I want to comment on.

“And Kobe was trying to pass more in game 4 as well. The difference is that this time when he passed, his teammates made their shots more often.”
"It's not quite that simple. They tried exactly the same thing in game 4, and got thumped in the first quarter and never really got back in the game."

The difference between the Lakers offense in games 4 and 5 was not a matter of guys making or missing the same shots. The Lakers offense functioned COMPLETELY DIFFERENTLY not “EXACTLY THE SAME”. I think Kobe did the right thing in both games, given his health and the Lakers advantage down low.

BUT – as a TEAM in game 4 the Lakers were standing around. They were feeding the post in static post up situations that led to double teams. They were shooting a lot of 3s. They made themselves easy to guard.

As a TEAM in game 5, the Lakers were moving. Players and the ball. Not settling for jumpers. Making OKC move their feet and play defense. Getting OKC into double teams and rotations and out of position and making them pay. Spoon feeding Bynum at the rim and Gasol in single coverage situations. Artest was attacking. Kobe was drawing attention to himself then picking apart the defense with aggression and precision.

The difference in the touches that, for example, Bynum saw in game in games 4 and 5 are what playing well as a team and executing the offense will do for you. Hell, some of us might have gone 8-10 with the way Drew was set up for success. Standing around and tossing the ball into the post is one thing. Running the offense the way they did in game 5, with Kobe as orchestrator, is a completely different thing.

I think the Thunder we'll put Kobe in the pick and roll more, the Lakers just have to keep playing Westbrook for the drive. He's not going to become a better jump shooter by Friday.

Listen, Westbrook is faster than Kobe. From what I've read, Kobe took away the angles that led to the lane. Taking away the angles is what it's all about. The game is about positioning.

These guys study tape. In game 6 all you have to do is watch the first quarter to pick up on any adjustments made by either team.

Whenever you think you have a solution to a problem...the problem has a way of redefining itself and therefore, a need for a new solution is to the new problem is what needs to be addressed.

Anticipation is the key to adjustment.

Again, Kobe took away the angles to the lane. Let's see if he can do it again as easily as he did in game 5.

mike t.

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WE RIDE OR DIE WITH FISH - BANDWAGON
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(01) FEARLESSS – OWNER - Fish, Gasol, and Bynum have shown up every game. Kobe has been a little inconsistent, but has been working very, very hard. Artest has been here defensively.The weakest links have been the bench and LO. Does anyone still think we could be here w/Farmar? Fish has been on point all series long. I ride or die with Fish. That should be a new bandwagon.
(02) MAMBA24 – DRIVER – 0.4 say no more. Fish We believe

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THANK YOU EDWIN GUECO FOR THE JUST WIN PETITION WORK – BANDWAGON
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There is only one almighty in the blog that could claim that credit.. It is good the rest of the group followed our cue or else there is no bandwagon. lately, there are new blogs sprouting in LA, like this money Smith, another Chick pretender. I didn't know that Stu and Bresnahan have blog of their own but still nobody can match the energy and excitement of the MM's blog. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 28, 2010 at 10:09 AM
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - Edwin Gueco my mentor, thank you sir. You may not believe it but I think you can take part of the credit for the Lakers victory. If you don't think the Lakers
FO doesn't listen to us they do. KUDO'S BROTHER
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER
(03) LAILI K. – RIDING SHOTGUN - Please put me on the THANK YOU EDWIN GUECO FOR THE JUST WIN PETITION WORK – BANDWAGON I personally witnessed his dedication to that bandwagon. He was up all night and worked throughout the whole day till game time recruiting Laker faithfuls. His dedication and love for his Lakers is unmatched. Thank you Edwin G. I believe that it definitely had effect on our players to come out strong and put fear into the hearts of the Thunder from the get go.
(04) #4 – KEEPER OF DYNASTY 4 and KKOBE’S 4 RINGS –
(05) JON K – SECRET AGENT SUPREME -
(06) KEIFO
(07) FAITH
(08) MIKE T. I’M Mike T. who the hell are you.

FATHER (MAMBA24) Father (Mamaba24)

THE SLEEPER HAS AWAKENED

sorrrr@
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THANK YOU EDWIN GUECO FOR THE JUST WIN PETITION WORK – BANDWAGON
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There is only one almighty in the blog that could claim that credit.. It is good the rest of the group followed our cue or else there is no bandwagon. lately, there are new blogs sprouting in LA, like this money Smith, another Chick pretender. I didn't know that Stu and Bresnahan have blog of their own but still nobody can match the energy and excitement of the MM's blog. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 28, 2010 at 10:09 AM
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - Edwin Gueco my mentor, thank you sir. You may not believe it but I think you can take part of the credit for the Lakers victory. If you don't think the Lakers
FO doesn't listen to us they do. KUDO'S BROTHER
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER
(03) LAILI K. – RIDING SHOTGUN - Please put me on the THANK YOU EDWIN GUECO FOR THE JUST WIN PETITION WORK – BANDWAGON I personally witnessed his dedication to that bandwagon. He was up all night and worked throughout the whole day till game time recruiting Laker faithfuls. His dedication and love for his Lakers is unmatched. Thank you Edwin G. I believe that it definitely had effect on our players to come out strong and put fear into the hearts of the Thunder from the get go.
(04) #4 – KEEPER OF DYNASTY 4 and KKOBE’S 4 RINGS –
(05) JON K – SECRET AGENT SUPREME -
(06) KEIFO
(07) FAITH
(08) MIKE T. I’M Mike T. who the hell are you.
(09) JEANETTE - Many many thanks to you Mang Edwin G and also to Rick F and Justa, they started that bandwagon. Edwin Gueco, my favorite blogger of all time. Sorry Larry, Justa and the Mamba clan, he won my heart a long long time ago, when I was just lurking on this blog. That does not mean I love you less guys

>>>>did not know u can be so nasty and low.


I'm generally only nasty and low about the Celtics.

But here's how low I can go...

My favorite part of the speculative future finals was where Pierce was rolling around on the ground pretending to be injured and Ron Artest walks over and kicks him in the gut and says, "Get up, punk."

tee hee hee. Hard not to giggle at that image.

Artest vs durant

Round 1- artest 10 durant 9
Round 2- durant 10 artest 9
Round 3-artest 10 durant 8
Round 4- artest 9 durant 9.. Point deduction for durant for ref foul play
Round 5- artest 10 durant 8

Total: artest 39 durant 36

Prediction
Round 6- artest delivers knockout blow and wins by TKO

*Phew*

Very nice game to watch last night. A few things...

*Amazing what one extra day of rest can do for a hobbling, slightly older team! Given that the next game isn't until Friday, I expect us to close out then.

*Those who say Phil doesn't make adjustments, time to eat crow! Putting Gasol on the wing and Artest in the post, starting our offense earlier, and swinging the ball to the top when OKC fronted our guys were all key adjustments. Sure we want to play a half-court game against OKC, but that doesn't mean playing slowly. The Lakers showed last night that you can run half-court sets at a quick pace.

*Hello mid-range game, good bye bombing from the 3-point line! Several times last night our guys passed up 3's to look for shots closer in, or to penetrate/attack and create opportunities. Well done everyone!

*Kobe! Way to combine being a facilitator with being aggressive! In game 4 I thought you were confusing "facilitator" with "stand around outside", possibly to save your legs for the 4th quarter (which didn't happen). Last night you showed played a wonderfully smart, efficient offensive game. And that brings me to...

*D-fence!! (where's my sign?) Kobe's lock-down D on Westbrook was awesome! Once again, Kobe shows that when the chips are down, he's the guy you want on your team to take out the other team's best player.

I expect OKC on Friday to make their own adjustments, the most likely being to put Durant on Kobe. They had success with it in the 4th quarter of game 3, so it wouldn't surprise me to see them do it again. No need to save Durant's energy when you're in an elimination game.

Thanks Lakers for getting me excited again!

Staples 24

Great memory. I remember Jon Kavulic postin' like 10 times an hour that first month. Great to hear from the long timers that suffered through the Smush years.

Hope Mike T hangs out. He makes bloggin' a contact sport.
Heard from Ex? Like to call him back to duty. Tell him Sonny B stopped by.

FATHER (MAMBA24) Father (Mamba24) THE SLEEPER HAS AWAKENED Posted by: Troll Man | April 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM
THEN SPEAK SLEEPER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7J9_S9NMCY

Posted by: Tom Daniels | April 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Very well said.

I mentioned during game 2, when the Thunder first starting fronting our bigs that dribble penetration by the guards and dishing to Drew or Pau would get them easy baskets. Collapsing the D is the best way for the Lakers offense to take advantage of their strengths. More offensive movement does not allow the Thunder defense to zero in on any 1 player. WE MUST keep them guessing!

The key to Friday's game will be to punch them in the mouth early and take the crowd out of it. These kids are fueled by their crowd and it's going to be tougher to demoralize them like they did at Staples.

Props to Kobe for taking on Westbrook like he did. His work ethic is unbelievable and to request a challenge like that is impressive.

Looks like we'll get Utah in the 2nd round...how about them Nuggets eh? Unbelievable!

"why did you invited so much annoyance in yesterday?"

That was an ouchhhhh, no that was just our repertoire like members of the 3 stooges. You have not seen yet the real mike t. If you want a clue, rent on that movie Silence of the Lambs. Right now, he's free spirited and could take my jokes but other times it penetrates and affects his temper.

I am waiting for my good friend LakerTom to chime in and renew their feud on the 120 pts per game. That will be another riotous debate. Annoyance becomes entertaining provided it is within limits that you are familiar with the other poster. It becomes threatening if you say things out of the blue and you have no writing long relationship with the other guy receiving it.

How long will he stay? As long as the attention is there. No kidding aside, try to digest also his basketball acumen and there is something to be learned from UHK alumnus (University of Hard Knocks). lol!

WELL, WELL, WELL you see what happens when dis-respect your elders; you get your @zz spanked. Now it’s time to put the babies to bed, good night now.

MAMBA24, 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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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. The Lakers play like last night, it is such a beautiful thing to see. They are so much more talented than everyone else, EVERYONE else in the league but sometimes just fall back because they aren't challenged. It is NICE to see a scrappy, young team like OKC team give them a test, and to see the Lakers basically say, OK, you woke us up and we're here to play, so NOW what you gonna do? OKC shrunk away, the Lakers only FLEXED their muscles and flicked them away within the first 4 minutes of the game.
(29) LAILI K. – REPLAY OFFICIAL - Let's put them out of their misery on Friday.....
(30) TIM-4-SHOW - No Mercy. Lest we forget games 5 & 6 vs Houston last year.
(31) 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.
(32) JASON F. -No need to save Durant's energy when you're in an elimination game. Thanks Lakers for getting me excited again!
(33)

Gee Mike T. I missed your intense negativity...welcome back Sir.

Mamba24, Jeanette is bias on me because she is my blood sis, you're only a blog sis. haha. Thanks for the props jeanette you are also the only rose here among the thorns and good you can keep up us. from time to time, Zaira and East coast Jessie as well as Faith pay a visit.

Vman, remember that courtship on the blog? Our Ladies-man is back.

2 posts for the day, and Mike T is back?

Did I go back in time?!

When I think back on all the bad trades suggested on this blog, I can't help but say, "thank you" to Mitch. Some wanted to trade Bynum & Odom for KG, or JKidd or even Jermaine O'Neal. How bad would we be if those trades came down? I remember Michael T wanting Darius Miles and Steve Blake. As much as I liked Trevor Ariza, I think Artest is going to pay off now that we're in the playoffs.
I don't remember if I came on the blog the first week or not, but I do remember winning the Kam Bros first Trivia contest.
Old bloggers rule!


THE biggest advantage Kobe has over Westbrook, aside from size and experience, is REF cred. They'll swallow more whistles than they'll blow. Fisher, Brown and Farm won't get that benefit of the doubt, especially on the road.

MAMBA24,

Please put me on the Win or Die With Fish Bandwagon.

There's a reason he's co-team captain.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

i have one for Mike T right from the horse's mouth:

"When asked if he would have trusted his teammates a few years ago, Bryant responded: “And pass it to whom? I would’ve had 55-60 points.”

was he referring to Kwame "fumble the ball, no offense" Brown?

or to Just Calves?

Blog vets unite! LOL.

Ok now for something Laker related, as opposed to blog related.

I was playing Nina Simone's Feeling Good before the game last night and boy did it come true. That game FELT GOOD.

It's not the intensity, it's not even the domination, it's the return of the Lakers we knew and loved. The fire, the heart, the determination. That's the lakers that wins championships and uses things like losing in the 2008 Finals to win it all. That's the team that doesn't just show they belong but proves it.

I said it once I'll say it a 1,000x, I am all about the D. But last night, this series? It's about scoring. The less we miss the less they run with it. I counted last night for every play we turn the ball over they ran like the it was a marathon. Granted we also did a better job running back---always a plus but the simple fact that we missed less (less 3 pointers to boot) also meant we had to run back less...and in turn conserve our energy for the dominant ball movement. The lakers are the best passing team in the league, do you guys remember that? They showed it in spells but last night it was proven. When your big men can bounce pass like Magic in his prime you know you have something good. A lot of Pau's passes were in congestion and it still lead to thunderous dunks by Andrew Bynum aka A-bomb. You don't mess with the bomb man. You just try to defuse it. Last night there was no stopping the lake show.

And there will be no stopping this laker dy-NASTY. 3 down, 13 to go. Go Lakers!

rdlee,

you are our senior elder here and have been a Laker follower for a long time. I hope you will share us more details of your knowledge.

yeah darius miles, let us ask the basketball mind what happened to darius miles? who is better next season kwame or mbenga? lol!

Father it has been forever since my last confession

Forgive me father for I have sinned

I have doubted the greatness of Phil Jackson
I have ridiculed Ron Artest
I have ask the Lakers to trade Pau Gasol
I have ask the Lakers to trade Lamar Odum
I have denigrated Derrick Fisher
But most of all, I have doubted the Greatest NBA franchise in history, the Los Angeles Lakers.

My son, you sins are great for sure, 2 Hail Marys and sin no more on the Laker Blog.

And there will be no stopping this laker dy-NASTY. 3 down, 13 to go. Go Lakers!Posted by: Faith | April 28, 2010 at 12:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVKjC_simy8

Faith, we won by D-Fence. I hope you post more now that Mike T is back. we also miss bobie.

We Laker Fans have a saying...

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

Soul power!

All about the love mamba24!

Staples 24,

you wrote: All Lakers had to do was play the right way!


In GAME 4, the first half of first quarter the passes were there but not pretty and not in ryhthm, like OK! I will pass it inside!! Instead of or not like I need to pass it inside, or I like to pass it inside, I enjoy making an assits for my terammmates. Not like in game 5 the passes were a lot more crispier than in game 4.

my response: I think you're over simplifying things. Let's find out.

You spoke of passes. What about player movement? In game 4, the *BIGS*
were getting fronted. I didn't see that last night. If my observation is
correct, why weren't they getting fronted & where was the help defender
coming over the back? Could it be that we had player movement last night?

re: The assists, I believe that Kobe had more assists in Game 4 vs. Game 5.

Last night Kobe had 7 assists Pau had 5. Artest had 5.

Game 4 Kobe had 4 assists Pau had 3 Artest had 1.

Ok. Kobe had more assists last night, but so did Pau & so did Artest.
The higher assist totals for Pau & Artest would indicate that it was more than
just Kobe's desire to pass to teammates. This would be in keeping with
PJ's making adjustments wouldn't it?

So do you not talk about player movement because it's not important to you?

Do you not talk about player movement because you can't see the players
moving?

Do you not talk about player movement because you really want to make
every incorrect Laker moment about Kobe and every correct Laker moment
about Bynum & Pau?

I don't care which one it is, but I am curious as to which one it is.

Stars Align.

UTah and San Antonio? Yeah, one game at a time and all that BUT... this is linin' up just right. Last night changed everything and that's not over stating the case.

The lads have given us good reason to wonder. There's been complacency, a lot of vet calm soundbites after embarrassing losses. Vet calm goes down better after 30 point blow outs. This is fun and only gonna get better.

GO Loud, Go Lakers

"My first question would be, how much playoff experience does he have? Lots of minutes or just a few?"

Give it up LTLF. Jordan Farmar has TONS of playoff experience already with the 5 games where he was a STARTER against the Phoenix Suns, went to 2 straight Final runs already and you are saying he doesn't have playoff inexperience??

Jordan Farmar has over 808 minutes in the playoffs that HARDLY counts as "just a few" minutes. It don't matter if he started or not 808 is a TONS load of minutes.

He gets owned by Nash (yeah lots of PG's do but Jordan Farmar is one of them), gets embarrassed by D-Will in 08, chokes in the 08 Finals, gets his PT sapped off by Shannon Brown, and has only *ONE* good game in 08 that suddenly makes him the PG of the Lakers instantly when forgetting he couldn't handle Brooks either in Game 4.

Give it up....Jordan does not like his role in LA aka the guy who doesn't have the ball in his hands. He may play the role Fisher is like with no complaining at times but he wants to have the ball in his hand! One reason why he doesn't like the offense. You are right he'll be gone and unless it's with a contender he'll be playing worst if he does play as a starter.

Faith, we won by D-Fence. I hope you post more now that Mike T is back. we also miss bobie.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 28, 2010 at 12:44 PM

LOL....I remember this conversation!

Yes, Faith post more. You are the queen and forever will be. I go to your blog sometimes but do not post :-)

I shudder at the early days of the blog when we had to endure Smush, Kwame, and Luke as starters. We weren't even dreaming of Gasol, we were hoping that Mihm would be our answer at center!!! I even thought Aaron McKie might help us. I never complaint about Fish when I think back to those days. How in the heck did Kobe get us in the playoffs back then? And how did he NOT get the MVP?
One of my favorite overachieving teams was the one in 1976-77 that started Kareem, Don Ford, Cazzie Russell, Don Cheney and Lucius Allen. Coming off the bench were Kermit Washington, Tom Abernethy, Earl Tatum, Bo Lamar, and CJ Kupec. They had the best record in the NBA but lost to Walton's Blazers in the Conference finals. Trivia question: Who was the head coach and who were his assistants?

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

I vote for Bynum.

Thank you Jeanette! I like reading your stuff too. Way to quiet the trolls lol.

Rdlee, remember JJ? LMAO. Saviour pickup!

Oh memories, all alone in the moonlight...

Faith:
I actually thought JJ might have something left in the tank back then. Too much squabbling with JKidd over women, I guess.

I wish Kobe had a nicer face, he always look so "arrogant". I don't think he is, but that's why so many people say it so. C'mon Kobe, kids look at you. I gave my son your jersey but he's still a little "off" from you. Smile, man....smile!


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