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Lakers vow to improve rebounding efforts in Game 5 against Oklahoma City

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All day, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson spent his Sunday afternoon and evening dissecting all that went wrong in the team's 110-89 Game 4 loss Saturday to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He compiled a detailed list for what would entail a long film study during Monday's practice, with several areas including the team's poor transition defense, the team's poor effort on loose balls, the team's poor shot selection, the free-throw disparity and the team's poor rebounding. Yet, with so many problems to fix with so little time, he insisted that very little should be taken away from the Game 4 loss.

""You have to let that one go down the drain, flush it down the toilet and let it go," Jackson said. "You don't have to bring it back up again and analyze it."

Nonetheless, those aforementioned problems aren't foreign to the Lakers. The Lakers are shooting 41.3% from the field and 29.2% from three-point range in their 2-2 series against the Thunder. OKC, led by guard Russell Westbrook, has overwhelmed the Lakers with a 72-17 edge in fast-break points. The Thunder has won the free-throw battle, 139-94, not because of favorable treatment but because it has played more aggressively on offense. And the Thunder has out-rebounded the Lakers 103-82 in the last two games.

Though the Lakers pledge to improve in all those areas Tuesday night in Game 5, the most egregious statistic involves the rebounding, namely because the Lakers have the size in Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom to control the glass. It also seems astounding considering the Lakers outrebounded OKC in the first two games, 90-73. I took Jackson's advice in not dissecting Game 4 because some of the rebounding lapses (and any lapse for that matter) pointed to the Lakers giving up early than poor execution. Game 3 was a different story, and below the jump is a breakdown of all the missed offensive rebounds that resulted in the Thunder scoring in transition.

First quarter, 4:52 - 4:37

Oklahoma City played the Lakers in a box-and-1, with Oklahoma City forward Jeff Green marking Bryant on the far side, while OKC guard James Harden, guard Thabo Sefolosha, center Nick Collison and forward Kevin Durant manned the lane. As soon as Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drove along the far baseline, Collison doubled Bryant in traffic. OKlahoma City broke out of its junk defense after Bryant passed the ball to Lakers forward Ron Artest on the near corner. Harden confronted Artest, forced him to his left before he quickly picked up his dribble. With three seconds left on the shot clock, Artest heaved a three-point, but it hit off the front rim. Bynum didn't attempt to box out Collison inside, but he still had the ability to grab the ball over him. But Bynum couldn't get a firm hold on the ball as Durant grabbed the rebound. OKC then ran a two-on-one fast break with Durant passing to Harden on the near end. Harden one-timed the pass to Thunder guard Russell Westbrook on the far end. With Lakers guard Derek Fisher the only player bacj on D, Westbrook easily drove in for the two-handed dunk, cutting the Lakers' lead to 20-11.

First quarter, 3:56 - 3:49

After Artest passed the ball to Bryant in the far corner, he curled left and pulled up for a jumper over Green. The shot hit off the front rim, and Durant grabbed the rebound with Gasol making zero effort to box out and grab the rebound. To make matters worse, Gasol saunters back on defense. Artest tried confronting Durant at the top of the key, but he connected to Harden, who stood wide open on the far corner. Harden's three pointer reduced the Lakers' lead to 22-16.

Second quarter, :42 - :32

With Bryant manning the point at the top of the key, Bynum set a high screen on Westbrook. Oklahoma City Thunder Nenad Krstic switched, while Westbrook fought through the screen. That left Lakers forward Luke Walton wide open at the top of the key. Bryant kicked the ball out to Walton, whose attempted three-pointer hit off the front rim. Neither Bynum, Gasol nor Bryant boxed out in the paint, allowing Westbrook to grab the board with ease on the far end. Westbrook pushed the ball up the court and drives through the lane past Walton for the left-handed layup, cutting the Lakers' lead to 50-43. That marked Westbrook's 10th point in 10 shots.

Third quarter, 11:26 - 11:16

Fisher looked to throw an entry pass to Bynum inside, but he couldn't get good positioning on Krstic. So Fisher drove the lane, drawing a double team from Westbrook and Krstic along the baseline. That left Bryant open at the top of the key, but Fisher forced a pass inside to Bynum. OKC guard Thabo Sefolosha batted the ball away, which went to Bryant at the top of the key. Sefolosha immediately picked Bryant up, but he enough time and space to drive past him and through the lane for the left-handed leaner. The shot rimmed out, and Durant grabbed the board, thanks to a Westbrook tip out. This play showcased the Thunder's tendency to clog the paint -- front and backcourt included -- to grab the rebound and start run outs. Durant immediately passed the ball upcourt to Green, who sped past Artest for the reverse layup, reducing the Lakers' lead to 50-47.

Third quarter, 4:16 - 4:00

Gasol set a high screen on Westbrook, and Krstic doubled up on Bryant as he drove near the right block. Though Gasol was left open in the paint, he didn't get a look. Bryant kicked the ball out to Artest at the top of the key. He dribbled left and settled for a pull-up jumper with only three seconds remaining on the shot clock. Both Gasol and Odom were boxed out, and Sefolosha batted the ball out of Gasol's hands. The Lakers all got back on defense, but Durant managed to drive past Kobe off a simple entry pass from Sefolosha. Durant's shot rimmed out, but Collisson grabbed the board, despite Gasol, Odom and Bynum standing in the paint. Collison's putback cut the Lakers' lead to 66-62.

Third quarter, 1:34 - 1:21

Lakers guard Shannon Brown set up Gasol on the right block, but immediately drew a double team from Harden and Krstic. Gasol kicked the ball out to Brown, who air-balled his three-point attempt. Krstic boxed Gasol out, allowing Durant to grab the board without a problem. He then ran the break, stopped at the top of the key and passed the ball to Harden on the near side of the perimeter. His three-pointer reduced cut the Lakers' advantage to 74-71.

Third quarter 1:03 - :53

The Lakers did little to stave off the crowd's electric energy. Brown fed Gasol at the left block and El Spaniard had a one-on-one advantage against Krstic. Instead, Gasol passed the ball to Fisher on the near-side perimeter. Fisher's three pointer came with 10 seconds left on the shot clock against a contested Westbrook, and the shot hit off the rim. Krstic boxed out Gasol and Ibaka boxed out Odom without a fight, allowing Durant to grab the rebound unguarded. He ran out on the far end of the court and pulled up for a transition three-pointer, tying the game up at 74-74

Fourth quarter, 6:05 - 5:49

After Gasol received an entry pass from Artest, Gasol dribbled in and then kicked the ball out to Fisher on the far corner. He pump faked Westbrook, but then dished the ball to Bryant on the far perimeter. Though Durant closely guarded Bryant, he fired a three-pointer that ultimately hit off the back iron. Artest leaned in for the rebound, but couldn't get a firm hold on the ball. Westbrook grabbed the loose ball and the pull up for a corner jumper, increasing the Thunder's lead to 86-82.

Fourth quarter, 5:30 - 5:11

Bryant drove left, dribbled behind his back and slashed right toward the free-throw line. Durant slid back, Bryant dribbled the ball between his legs and drove left since Durant gave him space. After cutting past the left elbow, Bryant pulled up for a jumper outside of the paint, but Durant swatted the ball away, raising the crowd's decibel level to deafening proportions. The play marked Durant's valiant defensive effort on Bryant where he only went two of 10 from the field in the fourth quarter. It resulted in Durant nailing a nine-foot jumper in transition on the following play, giving OKC an 88-82 lead.

What this means

After rewatching the tape, I actually found it most disturbing that players seemed to stress the need to get back more than actually trying to fight for the rebound. I'm not saying the Lakers should trot back on D, which in many cases they have. But they have to consider the competitive advantage they have. The Thunder is simply a faster and quicker team, and while an effort to get back early can be helpful, it can also negate your game plan.

Bynum's contention that it may be necessary to give up rebounds in order to get back on transition defense is ridiculous. The Lakers have a much better chance, given their size, to win against Oklahoma City in cleaning windows than in winning in a foot race just because they got a head start on transition defense. The plays above demonstrate two things. The Lakers are either impatient with their shot selection or are so slow in running the triangle that they don't have much time other than mustering up a forced shot. But the Lakers should have a dependable insurance policy in the big men grabbing the boards, a quality the team lacked mostly due to the frontline's unwillingness to hustle and box out.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers' Pau Gasol loses control of the ball in front of the Thunders' Serge Ibaka in Game Three of the Western Conference playoffs in Oklahoma City. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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We'll see how good it is to see MICHAEL FRICKEN C. TENIETE tomorrow if the Lakers loose tonight. Enough with this person already, I'm happier with our normal troll/haters here.

Looking for a little diversion from all the pre-game madness? Here's a fascinating obit on Franklin Mieuli, the quirky former owner of the Golden State Warriors:

http://nyti.ms/cF0AnZ

What an exception to the overcorporatized world of sports we now live in!

Ok, Phil at least is doing part of his job. If the players do his job, and Phil does the other part of his (in-game coaching) we are surely going to win.

GO LAKERS!!!

Hey, gotta say I love this quickie post thing...we've finally caught up to the other blog worlds. Now I don't have to post, go to class and then come and wait for my comment to post 2 hours after the conversation ended. LOL

No...it can't be...Michael C. Teniente?!...THE Michael C. Teniente?...O-M-effin-G!!!

The Prodigal Poster returns. The Wind Beneath Kwame's Stone Wings. Dude, all is forgiven. Welcome home...home of the World Champion Lakers. To what do we owe this honor? Or are you just back for a presumed Laker death watch? If so, amigo, you're in for a disappointment, and I guess you'll slink off on another hiatus by Friday when we spank the Thunder on their home court for our win numero quatro. But hey, we Laker faithful are magnanimous and we open our big tent to all. Welcome home, no matter what has brought you here, Mike C.

And Mamba24, my brutha from anutha Lakuh, you are ON FIRE today bro!!! That's the kind of passion true Laker fans have. Never give up, never give in, never let the suckas see you sweat. And tonight, take no crapola from no frickin trolls, baby!!! Take no prisoners (intellectuals excepted, Mike C.).

And sorry for the delay in getting to your bandwagons the last couple of days...had to get past the dang Invisible Swordsman ...But, I made it, amigo...because...

Wherever there is injustice, you will find us...Wherever the Black Mamba coils, though now arthritic, fractured, or whateva, to yet strike its righteous, vengeful, and yes fatal bite upon the unsuspecting Thunder hyper kangaroo rats to be swallowed whole in what we here call a Laker Playoff Happy Meal, we'll be there...and Wherever a plethora of pusillanimous pundits and punk troll posters gather to prevaricate and postulate poopy pinatas of pustulent opinions about our Mighty World Champion Lakers, you will find us...because we are...

THE LAKER AMIGOS! LET'S RIDE!!!

May be odumb and gasoff can trade their imaginary skirts for real ones and the other team might get distracted.

^^Maybe Durcan't and Westbroke can lend them theirs!

NEVER, EVER, let THE HATERS see you sweat, which is important because I've already had to change my LAKER shirt twice already today.... but that's OK because come game time when I'll be wearing my 2009 LAKER championship T (to represent the last championship won) I'll be ready to cheer on our champions to a victorious surge in game 5 followed by game 6 on Friday..
GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Game Day


It's time. Throw me on the 'Put or Shut Up' bandwagon.


I'm in the mood for a supreme Laker effort where the triangle is humming, the passes are crisp and on target and everyone's head is in the game. Your job is simple, win basketball games.


No more silly shots, communicate on D, rebound like you want it more than some punk kids from Oklahoma. Play like you can and have this season. Show us why we love this team, don't take us for granted.


Staples better be so loud I can't hear Jeff Van Gundy whining. You know he's gonna be there, homie loves to see the Lakers lose.

Mamba, as I always say, thanks for putting me on any bandwagon that supports the 2009 NBA FRICKEN CHAMPS.

The game was established in the first quarter. Once the Thunder stalled the Lakers' offense, in the first quarter, the rest of the game was filled with irrelevant stats.

The only time you pay attention to stats for the whole game is when the game is close. Then you can point to some turning point that was critical to the win or loose.

This last game was over after the first quarter. Those are the only stats that matter. And it's not even the stats. It's the configuration of the game's flow, which had the Lakers trying to pound it inside. For some reason the Lakers and a bunch of the fans thought that the Thunder were just going to back down and let the Lakers get low post position. To the contrary...the Thunder made a weak legged Gasol fight for position just to receive an entry pass. By the time all that happened...well, if that's what the Lakers are going to do then they have to calculate that Gasol and Bynum are going to convert at over 50 percent. If they shoot less than 45 percent, with the configuration of the players on the court as it is...then the Thunder are going to get the rebound and run, which they did.

You can't expect the Lakers to dominate the rebounding if one of their bigs is receiving an entry pass with the intention of shooting. He's naturally out of position because he's shooting the ball, and according to the Thunder's defense the other big is being denied access to the basket because the Lakers are on offense and their offensive position is not their defensive position. In other words: the Thunder have inside position, while the Lakers try to execute their offense.

All of that happened in the first quarter. After the first quarter...the Lakers were out of sync offensively and had no answer for the Thunder's young legs on defense, which makes the 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter stats irrelevant.

Now that is basketball philosophy!

mike t.

Perimeter defense and getting back on defense will determine tonite's outcome.

Lakers must limit OKC fast break points and free throws to win.

OKC doesn't have an answer to Bynum.

Fisher? He is killing the Lakers and is the single biggest reason they are in this position. He is getting thoroughly outplayed by Westbrook.

Mainstream media continues to give Fisher a pass.
Wassupp on that?

Hold the "Westbrook is the fastest player in the league" Fisher excuse.
Fisher's defense makes all NBA point guards look like world beaters ...
Steve Blake, Aaron Brooks, Andre Miller.

If the Lakers get past the thunder, who ever they play in the second round
Chauncey or Deron Williams will blow Fisher away too.

Phil doesn't make changes.
No matter what.

Lakers have to come out strong right from the beginning and Staples needs to be rocking!!!

Every non-laker fan wants this team to fail - it will not happen!!!!

Lakers in 6 baby!!!!!

Mark, I like the new quick post thing, so far.

I also like how this has sort of turned into a pick-up game and we can call foul on certain posts. Self-regulation is kinda nice the way things are working out.

BTW, thanks for regulating that guy that was posting things that aren't fit to be posted in filipino. I'm more 'american' than I am filipino, but that stuff was even offending me.

The only question now is this: Was it a fluke or are do the Thunder have the Lakers' number?

My educated guess is that the Thunder have the Lakers' number. But tonight will show if that's true or not.

mike t.

Mr. Tiniente, you already started your sermon analysis-paralysis, does that mean that you are now on board with the Laker umbrella? Before you ask the flock to believe your word, you have to make a commitment first. Are you a Laker fan or a pseudo Brod Turner?

edwin,

what the hell are u talking about? come on, man. quite trying to make me conform to your idea of what a fan is. Never gonna happen.

mike t.

MM, this is probably the best analysis I've seen on the last game

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After rewatching the tape, I actually found it most disturbing that players seemed to stress the need to get back more than actually trying to fight for the rebound. I'm not saying the Lakers should trot back on D, which in many cases they have. But they have to consider the competitive advantage they have. The Thunder is simply a faster and quicker team, and while an effort to get back early can be helpful, it can also negate your game plan.
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Offensive rebounds takes away alot of fastbreaks

That was MM comments by the way

Mike T,

Welcome back!
But please be warned that a Mike T. clone has emerged in your absence. Like yourself, your clone worships an unproven big man. Your clone is every bit as feisty and obsessive as you ever were with Kwame, perhaps even more so. The clone's name is Laker Tom. The only difference is Kwame's stone calves and stone hands have been replaced by Bynum's soft legs and soft hands. Be prepared for battle with your clone, and let the best man win, as there can only be one Mike T.

peace,
Mitchell

MM - I'm chiming in on thanking you for the quickie posts. Self-regulation is wonderful!! Maybe it will flow over into the post-game chat when you have to do interviews??? Just asking....

Thank you though - this seems to be working out pretty well. AND fewer threads today is AWESOME!!! It actually feels like we're having an old-fashioned conversation up in here!!

mike t,

"You can't expect the Lakers to dominate the rebounding if one of their bigs is receiving an entry pass with the intention of shooting. He's naturally out of position because he's shooting the ball, and according to the Thunder's defense the other big is being denied access to the basket because the Lakers are on offense and their offensive position is not their defensive position. In other words: the Thunder have inside position, while the Lakers try to execute their offense."

In other words: with the Lakers' offense being the triangle, which is based on spacing...then the other Lakers' players are out of position. The offense is designed for the Lakers to be out of position for offensive rebounds. The only way they are in position for offensive rebounds if for Kobe or Lamar to collapse the Lakers spacing by attacking the rim, which draws in the defenders and creates position for the Lakers bigs to get offensive rebounds. As long as the Lakers try to pound it in...that ain't gonna happen.

mike t.

hey, I responded to myself. LOL!

The great thing about losing 2 straight is that we finally have our backs against the wall to some degree. This team knows it can't lose this game because it can't win on the road. But I expect good, exciting things tonight. I suspect the live chat too is going to be rocking, one of those type-something-no-one-can-ever-read nights because the chat moves so fast. Those moments crack me up. We become chirping birds, just happy to be talking.


Still, one wonders if the team needs a moment like this:


"Logan says Roethlisberger was seen by some teammates as unapproachable for their social and charity events and to sign autographs for fundraisers.


Both players, who were interviewed recently by "Outside the Lines," say they liked Roethlisberger and had good relationships with him, but there was no doubting the rift on the team.

"It was the elephant in the room," Logan says. "It was being talked about in different sections of the locker room."


After opening the 2006 season with a win, the Steelers dropped three straight games and then, the players say, there was a memorable meeting of the entire team when linebacker and co-captain Joey Porter shattered any secrecy in the locker room about the sentiment against Roethlisberger.


Former teammates say then-Steelers linebacker Joey Porter called out quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in a 2006 locker room speech.


"It was just shocking to hear," Logan recalls. "Everyone wanted to say it, but no one [had] said it."


The "it" was the players' grievances against the third-year quarterback.


"Joey, we called him Peezy," Davenport says, "stood up and said, 'I got something to say.'"


Davenport says tensions had been building and building, and everyone in the room was quiet.


Porter then called Roethlisberger out as "the last person in the building and the first person to leave, not being dedicated to the team," Davenport says.


Next, Porter took Roethlisberger to task for separating himself from the team, according to Davenport.


"Last year you used to hang out with us," Davenport recalls Porter saying. "This year, it's like 'the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben.'"


Logan credits the Porter speech for affecting the team and its signal-caller.


"I think that cleared a lot of the air, let the gas out, everyone was like, 'Ahhhhhh, we can breathe now, with it not being so tense now,'" Logan says. "I think it might've opened Ben's eyes a little, just to say, 'Hey, if I am a little more friendly to these guys, if I am a little more open, maybe I'll gain their respect.'"


Says Davenport: "[Porter] was basically telling Ben, 'You're our leader, you've got to be better. We win or lose on you,' and that was his whole thing, in so many words."


Roethlisberger silently absorbed the dressing down, according to Davenport.


Former Steeler Mike Logan says Joey Porter's speech had an impact on Ben Roethlisberger and the team.


Though the others present also kept quiet, Logan says, "It was kind of an eye-opener for everyone to say, 'Wow!'"

Wes

Jon K.

Here is a question I'd like to post for you. Will the sudden appearance of the prodigal son, Mike C. Teniente bring good luck or a bad omen to the Lakers tonight? What does your bio-chrono say on Mike T? There is a shift in following from Kwame to Westbrook....something to do with calves again from large Kwam to a small Westbrook.

If Mike T is the bad omen, we need a voodoo ghost buster. lol!

DYNASTIC CHAMPIONS

--It happened to the 60's Celtic Dynasty...
--It happened to the Showtime Lakers Dynasty...
--It happened to the Jordan-Bulls Dynasty...
--It happened to the Shaq-Kobe Lakers Dynasty...

Tough playoff series here and there that had the fans fearing defeat.

This is what separates "one-and-done" champions from the Dynastic ones. They are able to push through the inevitable fortresses of contenders to the title. It is what Dynastic Champions do.

History proves this out. We are watching history unfold.

Mike

Justa - The main problem is I have to shut it down after the game because I have to move my computer into the work room and then scramble to get my camera and all that stuff to go to the locker room. There's just not enough time after the game to set all that up again. BTW, the fewer posts is a pure coincidence. It's just that there wasn't a lot of news happening.

MM

Mark M.,

With frenzied happening on the blog of our thirst for victory, we forgot to thank you for what you have done lately. I am your harshest critic on so many threads but the automatic posting was a wonderful of your trust and confidence on what we will post. Indeed, it is dangerous as you some immature audience come and disrupt the proceedings but it is an exception to majority of the posts.

Thank you again and I hope we will meet all your expectation as mature fans.

MM,

you wrote: But the Lakers should have a dependable insurance policy in the big men grabbing the boards, a quality lacked mostly due to the frontline's unwillingness to hustle and box out.

my response: I thought I saw a lack of "boxing out" and a lack of hustle. Good
to know these glasses are good for something.

Go Kobe!
Go Lakers!!!

Edwin Gueco,

Michael C. Teniente--while brilliant--when tested by reality, is usually wrong.

He is unique in that regards.

So, I'd say it's a good omen.

Listen, tonight is the night for basketball. Laker Nation expects it and we're going to get it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Mark Medina. Nice to meet you.

It's good to know that there are some objective writers out there. I hope you enjoy my game especially as LA product.

Sorry for my bad breath. Too much Farm Fish for the past week. Should I try some Kobe beef? Will that slow me down?

See you after the game.

So I just finished watching a replay of game 3 and here are my observations

1. Sitting Kobe with 3:11 left in the 3rd quarter was a huge momentum buster
2. Luke should never step on a BB court again.
3. Kevin Durant hides behind his boyish looks and really does a lot of pushing and the ref's look the other way
4. Fish still can't stop any guard he's facing from penetrating
5. That foul on Artest against Baby Durant with the Lakers 2 down...BRUTAL
6. Regardless of the numbers he put up, Gasol really hurt us down the stretch
7. Doug Collins questions why on an inbounds play the Lakers don't have quicker players on the floor to try and deny a pass to 90% FT shooter Baby Durant. Instead Gasol has to switch on him!!! Laker fans are use to it.


8.

8. You get egg-roll

Mark M. there are only few hours left before game time, could you please deliver this message on the locker room of the Lakers. Give it Brian Shaw or Jim Cleamons that the fans in the Lakers Blog mean business. Thank you

Here are the petition:


TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON
WE WANT A WIN TONIGHT

(1) Rick Friedman - No more speeches. No more soundbites. No more beards. No more haircuts. Come out to play. Win. Who's with us?
(2) Justanothermambafan - Edwin - FEELING YOU!!!! I'm tired of all the crap too. It's time to win. That's it. WIN.
(3) Edwin Gueco - C'mon all Laker fans, if you are truly Laker fans in this blog join us with Rick and Justa in our bandwagon. Mark Medina will deliver this petition to the players "We Want A Win Bandwagon." We are tired of speeches, positivity, negativity, interviews, analysis, forget all the craps of the past, just win and move on. Thank you blog brothers & sister, this is the day we declared our blog freedom and we have only one message. We are tired of crap basketball, crap coaching, hairdos, beard, chocolates, pouting, bandages etc, etc, we want a win tonight. I want to see our traditional analysts to join the cause like LakerTom, Hobbit, Kblitz, LTLF, Jon K, Troy, MTI312, 131-92, GreenBald Lunatic, never, ninoy, gunner jamie Sweet, Ex, Nemaia, if I miss some important names you know who you are.... whether you are a troll, a fairweather, a negative, a supreme optimist....our message is sum in one sentence. NO MORE ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS WE WANT A WIN TONIGHT.
(4) # 4
(5) Dave m - Rick - I'll hop on that locomotive and be glad for the lift.
(6) Laili K - Thanks Edwin for all the positivity. Frankly I'm tired of reading all the analysis and paralysis since the past couple of days. Although I truly appreciate the breakdowns by some real knowledgeable fans, including yourself. I will go with my heart. And in my heart I sincerely believe that our beloved Lakers will prevail. Thanks Edwin. I am honored to be on this band wagon among some of the best of this blog. I don't post, but read everything everyday, religiously :)
(7) Mamba24 - No more talk...ACTION
(8) Jeanette - Let's WIN for goodness sake. I don't want the TALK, just come out and win. Are you accepting digital signatures on the petition letter?
(9) Kobe81pts - I definitely want to be a part of that bandwagon. Lakers come out to play hard and win!!!! No more excuses!!!
(10) Benjamin - Sign me up for the get rid of the analysis paralysis bandwagon
(11) Jon K. - Enough talk. Let's get this game on
(12) Caliphilosopher - It's been high time for every laker fan to get behind the team and support them.
(13) LakerTom - Time to put up or shut up. I believe they will come out and play their best game of the year. We win big tomorrow night. Bet on it.
(14) Carlos DeeP - Edwin, YOU are the MAN... thnx for the super ++++++ attitude of a true LAKER and for articulating it with such frickin' flair!!!!!!
Our LAKERS got this, so "What, me worry?"
(15) jac - You have an amazing team that will not last forever! Stop taking your team for granted, and if you do go to the games, cheer your butts off! We owe it to our boys! We need to motivate them to play better.
(16) Mclyne - Excellent post Edwin!!! Thanks for the inspiration
(17) Kensey - LAKER PRIDE !!! Don't fight it. GET USED TO IT !!! You'll be glad you did. Get on board LAKER WAGON. Do so now, Do so today!
(18) G IN DC - All tied up at 2 games apiece...now the fun starts
(19) MTI312 - I am with you jamf!!!
(20) FAITH
(21) EASTCOASTJESSIE - I know it's been tough for all of us the last few days but I have faith in my team. They will come out fighting tomorrow and we'll shut them down in game 6 for sure. I highly doubt anyone really believed this would be a sweep anyway...I thought 5 games but 6 will do the trick too. What I sure as hell don't want is a game 7 whether it's in L.A. or not. Then it looks like we'll have Utah in the 2nd round so we'll get plenty of rest after that one. I highly doubt they'll takeit to 5 games with so many injuries.
(22) HUGO BOSS -
(23) ART FL-LAKER FAN -
(24) 2Phatt
(25) Rizzo
(26)Hugo Boss
(27) J24(LadyJem24)
(28) TeamN
(29) ART FL-LAKER FAN -No more beards, no more haircuts, good one Rick.
Tied at 2 apiece, game day in LA, this is what we've waited all season for
(30) (24) MARK G
(31) SEGEBOY - I want in on that bandwaggon too yo ... sign it, 2010 version of the sacremento queens will suffer the same fate as their predecessors
(32) CANDYMAN - put me on the TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON we need to win tonight. Thanks
(33) LURKER - Today's a good day for some good old-fashioned playoff basketball beatdown. It's time to mute the sound of thunder.
To the fans who will be in Staples, I have one word for you: boo! Boo the Thunder into oblivion!!!! BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tonight we take back what is ours. Go Lakers!
(34) JOVBATZ44 - LET'S SEE SOME GOOD OLD FASHIONED BUTT KICKING TONITE!!!!!!!!!!!!
(35) MARK G. - I'm up, my game face is on, lets do this.
(36) YELLOW FEVER - No more over yappin.. No more analyzing.. no more excuses, no more predictions, no more player clips.. and esp not another dfish interview.. please MM Finally our first must win.. our first true test.. real playoff pressure starts NOW.. let's see what our men are made of.. real heros show up NOW... separate the men from the boys.. champs from chumps.. win or go home.. well almost.. Let's start the dynasty.. Its now or never!
(37) JT. - Long time lurker, first time post. I am going to game tonight and let me tell you I will be screaming my lungs off the entire game!
Lakers for life!
(38) LAKERMIKE - ...eyes rolling back in my head,,, ...suffering off-days, analysis-paralysis, ...RX ~ no more talk! JUST WIN!
(39) BRYLLE - While the media may not admit it, but they loathe the greatness of Kobe. It overshadows LeBron's or DWade's. They, and WE, became so spoiled that when Kobe's numbers dropped and a "change" in Kobe's dominance/influence in a game was observed, these media-morons (especially down there at ESPN), are quick to say that Kobe is behind LeBron, Durant, DWade. They're not doing him justice. And would really regret all these times that they've been hating him once Kobe hang them sneakers up. And, I am lucky enough to be one of the few that appreciates Kobe's game and legacy. Too bad for these haters and naysayers doesn't give a F to what they think. So I'm done ranting. I just need to get that off of my chest. I'm gonna go into my KOBE-focus and enjoy the playoffs.
(40) ROCKY - If there's a switch, it's about time to turn in on for a minute.
Go Lakers!
(41) TOM DANIELS - Shut down the fast break. Own the boards. Be aggressive with the ball, get in the paint, get fouled. Make foul shots.
Grind one out, let's beat these kids and move on.
(42) lakeshowinphx - YOU'RE THE DEFENDING NBA CHAMPS! START PLAYING LIKE CHAMPIONS! did i leave anything out? ha ha
(43) CHICNSTU - RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!
(44) MTI312 - Ok fine, I'll join the JUST WIN bandwagon because I'm a real Laker fan.
(45)


Calling: Laker Truth, lakergurl, Mr. Nano, WesJoe, hobbit, kblitz, LTLF, Mike T, Russell Westbrook, are you all joining our cause?

If you are please copy and paste your name. Deadline: 4pm pst

HOW can Gasol, Bynum & Odom get outrebounded by OKC? Those OKC Farmboys just outhustle then!

I'm a former Laker's Fan. Why are the Laker's just goofing off? Are they lazy or just a bunch of spoiled brats?

It's funny because I know a few people who is always wrong. Despite that they still think they are right i.e. Lt. Michael C.

What is the next number in the following sequence? 79 - 92 - 101 - 110 - ???

Something like 120? Well so far that's been the Thunder's scoring against LA from game 1 - 4. The Thunder are scoring more and more at will and at ease against LA Defense. Forget about which Laker shoot better or who should get the ball in the low post, if the team cannot slow the Thunder runaway train they will be toast. If OKC scores in triple digits again, forget about a repeat!

It's all about D-E-F-E-N-S-E now that LA's back is against the wall and tonight's game is a must-win.

Not just the players but the coaching staff has to step up as well. So far Coach-of-the-Year Scott Brooks have been making terrific adjustments game-to-game and been beating the pants off Not-a-single-vote Phil Jackson.

"Just turn their heads and make a bee line running back on defense" is NOT the answer. That's not a strategy at all. A strategy to counter Thunder fastbreaks would be something like:

a) always keep the two guards ABOVE the FT line on offense so they can run back quickly

b) when a Thunder get the ball back either on rebound or from the inbound pass, make sure at least one Laker closest to the ball IMMEDIATELY coming up and pressure the ball, preventing the Thunder with the ball from easy advancing or from having a clear view to throw an outlet pass.

c) telling Fisher to gamble a lot more to take a charge, a la Nick Collision of the Thunder, especially when encounter a Thunder fastbreak. Worst thing that can happen is Fish fouling out which isn't much of a bad thing for LA anyway.

d) give more minutes to Brown/Farmar and less to Fish. So what if Brown/Farmar are not shooting well because at least these two have a prayer to stay with Westbrook.

e) enough with the niceness. Always remember that "nice guys finish last". Time for LAL to use their size and muscle to put the hurt to the young and frisky Thunder.

DESPERATE time requires DESPERATE measure and the Lakers better resort to Thugzball if they are to have any hope of slowing down the runaway steam locomotive that is the Thunder offense.

"Calling: Laker Truth, lakergurl, Mr. Nano, WesJoe, hobbit, kblitz, LTLF, Mike T, Russell Westbrook, are you all joining our cause?"

Posted by: Edwin Gueco

this looks like an elite group of people/bloggers. how come pfunk is not invited?

i protest and pass. just another discriminating bunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How about first making some shots, then rebounding the ball with authority and then getting back on defense. Play with some heart and demand and hold people responsible for poor play. I don't care if westbrook is faster than fish or not he has to stop him or sit. The bigs have to score, rebound and play defense with heart or sit. Kobe just has to be kobe but I will take kobe at 70% if the rest do what they are suppose to do. How about Phil telling Artest he is actually wearing a Lakers jersey and they are playing in the playoffs. How about telling Odom he is getting paid to play basketball for a living for the Lakers. How about telling Jordan Farmer and Shannon Brown they have to actually contribute to the cause. I have never seen a lakers team play with no heart like this one. Basketball is a simple game that can be played by anyone. Professional basketball players are supposed to be highly skilled and that is what separates them from ordinary joes but these lakers are playing like my pickup buddies on saturday.

Even IF the Lakers beat the Thunder they will have to revamp their team in the off season. They aren't Champs anymore. Nobody things they can beat Cleveland. The Laker's starters are better than the Thunder but the Laker's bench is poor. The Fish is too slow, Lamar/Bynum can't maneuver in the paint. Gasol is really the only SF-PF-C than is fast enough to handle the Thunder, but he's lonely in there. Kobe just can't attack the middle like he did last year. The Lakers are either all-out-attack OR they are mediocre.

Edwin, You're welcome. I think so far it's been mostly smooth sailing. We'll have some trolls here or there but they will be rooted out as soon as they pop up.

MM

MOMEMT OF TRUTH GAME

WHAT WILL UNFOLD TONIGHT

A win will exonerate Phil Jackson as this season is easily his worst coaching job ever.
His mantra of letting the players figure things out on their own has only led to most of them lacking focus, execution, and confidence.
Can anyone honestly say that ANY PLAYER on this team has improved?
When our players needed some real coaching he was nowhere to be found.

A loss will send him packing and I for one will not be sad.
Larry Brown anyone? Here's a teacher, something the Lakers have lacked for many years.

I CANNOT EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH

Can anyone honestly say that ANY PLAYER on this team has improved?

I'm a former Laker's Fan. Why are the Laker's just goofing off? Are they lazy or just a bunch of spoiled brats?
Posted by: Oklahoma Farmboy Thunder Fan | April 27, 2010 at 02:25 PM
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1. Good riddance!
2. To answer your question. The Lakers are making this series exciting + all those support from OKC even from the commish, you dont want the fans disappointed. They might not come back to watch again. After all, aren't the Thunders pretty much an expansion team?

Ok Edwin, i'm In.
I need a bandwagon right now to make this wait a little bearable.
Tonight for a win!
GO LAKERS!!!

ouchhh, pfunk, chuck23, trollman, ninoy etc.

you are all invited, sorry for omitting the important ones. put your name on the bandwagon. it is written and it will be done, we're going to win tonight.

MM - come on man! I was trying to give you props about the limited number of threads today, and you chalk it up to no news. Did you not see how the conversation is flowing quickly and everyone's excited on here? It's not just cuz of the game tonight, although that's the main reason. BUT - it's also because we can actually CONVERSE with each other because we're not jumping all over trying to pick up on a new thread every hour (or so). Seriously - take today as a template - it works!

Hey Mike T - did you ever answer the question as to why you came back NOW? Today?

PUT ME ON

no more phil bashing till.... hopefully never

OK Mr. Nano and Troll Man you are in, we will post it again by 3:30pm to wait for the late joiners like my good friends, ouchhhhh, hobbit, kblitz still procrastinating. lol!

I agree with Oklahoma Farm Boy Thunder Fan: win or lose, LAL will need to revamp and retool this summer. If they are to keep a starting four of Bynum, Gasol, Artest and Kobe they better go out and get a better-than-average PG who has youth, energy and speed. It's because those four may have size and skill they are also old and slow. As for the bench unless they trade Odom for somebody better, the rest of the bench is pretty much disposable especially worthless pieces such as Walton, Morrison, Powell... maybe even Vujacich as well.

Oh and it might be a good idea to get somebody who can shoot the damn ball!

To answer those who asked the question: the Lakers look like that because that's the kind of laissez-faire, let-them-figure-it-out, touchy-feely, spiritual-not-physical kind of tone their head coach set for the team.

justanothermambafan,

"Hey Mike T - did you ever answer the question as to why you came back NOW? Today?"

Do I really need a reason?

Why? If the Thunder beat the Lakers it would be a huge upset. I didn't really think it would happen, but I watched game 4 and what I saw convinced me that the Thunder might actually win this series. And I wanted to give my insights as to why I think it might happen.

Tonight will let me know if the Thunder have the Lakers' number. I'm interested! If the Lakers lose this series...that would bring up a huge debate as to what has to happen next. The first thing would be to let PJ go. And then the summer of free agents and trades come into play.

In my opinion you can't win with two offensive big men. You need one to be defensive and the other to be offensive.

This series is showing that through and through...

mike t.

(45)


Calling: Laker Truth, lakergurl, Mr. Nano, WesJoe, hobbit, kblitz, LTLF, Mike T, Russell Westbrook, are you all joining our cause?

If you are please copy and paste your name. Deadline: 4pm pst

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 27, 2010 at 02:21 PM


Mr. Gueco,

As I always respect you, Here it is......

45) Lakergurl

there are rumors that a Coup D-Etat will shook up the Lakers Nation around 7:30 Pm Pacific.

the Speaker of the House, Derek Fisher and the Prime Minister of Touchyness, Gassy Pau will be restrained of any powers.

An Interim Government will take over with the 3 Generals in command: Kobe, "Bean" and Bryant.

The news was leaked by the double- agent Philip Jackson who's powerless inactions will pin him down to the high throne. The above action is necessary to prevent any uprising of the Lakers Nation and the powerful investors sitting in the front rows at the parade.

Just like what I predicted before, game 5 will be close for three quarters, then Kobe just like what he did in Phoenix and Boston series will give it up in the 4th quarter and the Lakers will lose by 15 points. The Lakers knowing that they are no match to the young athletic Thunder will not show up in game 6 losing by 30 points. If this prediction will not come true you won't see the name NINOY in this blog for this year of 2010. By the way I am the great, great, great, great grandson of Nostradamus

Hey justa - we got a new thread :)

MM

** --TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON
** --WE WANT A WIN TONIGHT

(1) Rick Friedman - No more speeches. No more soundbites. No more beards. No more haircuts. Come out to play. Win. Who's with us?
(2) Justanothermambafan - Edwin - FEELING YOU!!!! I'm tired of all the crap too. It's time to win. That's it. WIN.
(3) Edwin Gueco - C'mon all Laker fans, if you are truly Laker fans in this blog join us with Rick and Justa in our bandwagon. Mark Medina will deliver this petition to the players "We Want A Win Bandwagon." We are tired of speeches, positivity, negativity, interviews, analysis, forget all the craps of the past, just win and move on. Thank you blog brothers & sister, this is the day we declared our blog freedom and we have only one message. We are tired of crap basketball, crap coaching, hairdos, beard, chocolates, pouting, bandages etc, etc, we want a win tonight. I want to see our traditional analysts to join the cause like LakerTom, Hobbit, Kblitz, LTLF, Jon K, Troy, MTI312, 131-92, GreenBald Lunatic, never, ninoy, gunner jamie Sweet, Ex, Nemaia, if I miss some important names you know who you are.... whether you are a troll, a fairweather, a negative, a supreme optimist....our message is sum in one sentence. NO MORE ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS WE WANT A WIN TONIGHT.
(4) # 4
(5) Dave m - Rick - I'll hop on that locomotive and be glad for the lift.
(6) Laili K - Thanks Edwin for all the positivity. Frankly I'm tired of reading all the analysis and paralysis since the past couple of days. Although I truly appreciate the breakdowns by some real knowledgeable fans, including yourself. I will go with my heart. And in my heart I sincerely believe that our beloved Lakers will prevail. Thanks Edwin. I am honored to be on this band wagon among some of the best of this blog. I don't post, but read everything everyday, religiously :)
(7) Mamba24 - No more talk...ACTION
(8) Jeanette - Let's WIN for goodness sake. I don't want the TALK, just come out and win. Are you accepting digital signatures on the petition letter?
(9) Kobe81pts - I definitely want to be a part of that bandwagon. Lakers come out to play hard and win!!!! No more excuses!!!
(10) Benjamin - Sign me up for the get rid of the analysis paralysis bandwagon
(11) Jon K. - Enough talk. Let's get this game on
(12) Caliphilosopher - It's been high time for every laker fan to get behind the team and support them.
(13) LakerTom - Time to put up or shut up. I believe they will come out and play their best game of the year. We win big tomorrow night. Bet on it.
(14) Carlos DeeP - Edwin, YOU are the MAN... thnx for the super ++++++ attitude of a true LAKER and for articulating it with such frickin' flair!!!!!! Our LAKERS got this, so "What, me worry?"
(15) jac - You have an amazing team that will not last forever! Stop taking your team for granted, and if you do go to the games, cheer your butts off! We owe it to our boys! We need to motivate them to play better.
(16) Mclyne - Excellent post Edwin!!! Thanks for the inspiration
(17) Kensey - LAKER PRIDE !!! Don't fight it. GET USED TO IT !!! You'll be glad you did. Get on board LAKER WAGON. Do so now, Do so today!
(18) G IN DC - All tied up at 2 games apiece...now the fun starts
(19) MTI312 - I am with you jamf!!!
(20) FAITH
(21) EASTCOASTJESSIE - I know it's been tough for all of us the last few days but I have faith in my team. They will come out fighting tomorrow and we'll shut them down in game 6 for sure. I highly doubt anyone really believed this would be a sweep anyway...I thought 5 games but 6 will do the trick too. What I sure as hell don't want is a game 7 whether it's in L.A. or not. Then it looks like we'll have Utah in the 2nd round so we'll get plenty of rest after that one. I highly doubt they'll takeit to 5 games with so many injuries.
(22) HUGO BOSS -
(23) ART FL-LAKER FAN -
(24) 2Phatt
(25) Rizzo
(26)Hugo Boss
(27) J24(LadyJem24)
(28) TeamN
(29) ART FL-LAKER FAN -No more beards, no more haircuts, good one Rick.
Tied at 2 apiece, game day in LA, this is what we've waited all season for
(30) (24) MARK G
(31) SEGEBOY - I want in on that bandwaggon too yo ... sign it, 2010 version of the sacremento queens will suffer the same fate as their predecessors
(32) CANDYMAN - put me on the TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON we need to win tonight. Thanks
(33) LURKER - Today's a good day for some good old-fashioned playoff basketball beatdown. It's time to mute the sound of thunder.
To the fans who will be in Staples, I have one word for you: boo! Boo the Thunder into oblivion!!!! BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tonight we take back what is ours. Go Lakers!
(34) JOVBATZ44 - LET'S SEE SOME GOOD OLD FASHIONED BUTT KICKING TONITE!!!!!!!!!!!!
(35) MARK G. - I'm up, my game face is on, lets do this.
(36) YELLOW FEVER - No more over yappin.. No more analyzing.. no more excuses, no more predictions, no more player clips.. and esp not another dfish interview.. please MM Finally our first must win.. our first true test.. real playoff pressure starts NOW.. let's see what our men are made of.. real heros show up NOW... separate the men from the boys.. champs from chumps.. win or go home.. well almost.. Let's start the dynasty.. Its now or never!
(37) JT. - Long time lurker, first time post. I am going to game tonight and let me tell you I will be screaming my lungs off the entire game!
Lakers for life!
(38) LAKERMIKE -DYNASTIC CHAMPIONS

--It happened to the 60's Celtic Dynasty...
--It happened to the Showtime Lakers Dynasty...
--It happened to the Jordan-Bulls Dynasty...
--It happened to the Shaq-Kobe Lakers Dynasty...
Tough playoff series here and there that had the fans fearing defeat. This is what separates "one-and-done" champions from the Dynastic ones. They are able to push through the inevitable fortresses of contenders to the title. It is what Dynastic Champions do. History proves this out. We are watching history unfold.

(39) BRYLLE - While the media may not admit it, but they loathe the greatness of Kobe. It overshadows LeBron's or DWade's. They, and WE, became so spoiled that when Kobe's numbers dropped and a "change" in Kobe's dominance/influence in a game was observed, these media-morons (especially down there at ESPN), are quick to say that Kobe is behind LeBron, Durant, DWade. They're not doing him justice. And would really regret all these times that they've been hating him once Kobe hang them sneakers up. And, I am lucky enough to be one of the few that appreciates Kobe's game and legacy. Too bad for these haters and naysayers doesn't give a F to what they think. So I'm done ranting. I just need to get that off of my chest. I'm gonna go into my KOBE-focus and enjoy the playoffs.
(40) ROCKY - If there's a switch, it's about time to turn in on for a minute.
Go Lakers!
(41) TOM DANIELS - Shut down the fast break. Own the boards. Be aggressive with the ball, get in the paint, get fouled. Make foul shots.
Grind one out, let's beat these kids and move on.
(42) lakeshowinphx - YOU'RE THE DEFENDING NBA CHAMPS! START PLAYING LIKE CHAMPIONS! did i leave anything out? ha ha
(43) CHICNSTU - RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!
(44) MTI312 - Ok fine, I'll join the JUST WIN bandwagon because I'm a real Laker fan
(45) CORNER-J - Wherever there is injustice, you will find us...Wherever the Black Mamba coils, though now arthritic, fractured, or whateva, to yet strike its righteous, vengeful, and yes fatal bite upon the unsuspecting Thunder hyper kangaroo rats to be swallowed whole in what we here call a Laker Playoff Happy Meal, we'll be there...and Wherever a plethora of pusillanimous pundits and punk troll posters gather to prevaricate and postulate poopy pinatas of pustulent opinions about our Mighty World Champion Lakers, you will find us...because we are...THE LAKER AMIGOS! LET'S RIDE!!!
(46) MR.NANO - Ok, Phil at least is doing part of his job. If the players do his job, and Phil does the other part of his (in-game coaching) we are surely going to win. GO LAKERS!!!
(47) LAKERGURL(THE ORIGINAL) - Calling: Laker Truth, lakergurl, Mr. Nano, WesJoe, hobbit, kblitz, LTLF, Mike T, Russell Westbrook, are you all joining our cause?Mr. Gueco, As I always respect you, Here it is......



>>>Can anyone honestly say that ANY PLAYER on this team has improved?

Bynum.

Bynum in last year's playoffs was a shadow. When he's on the floor this year he's a defensive force, with effective if inconsistent offense.

I'd have to say everyone else is playing worse so far this year.

Hey Edwin & Mamba24 (LarrY):

You dare not to leave the station without me!!! My game face is on. I wore my 2009 Championship T-Shirt today and it will be on my body until we send these young OKC pups to a proper place; Gone Fishing!

I echoed Rick's suggestion thatthe time of talking good game is OVER! Once our KRAKEN has been released, the happiness will return to the Laker Kingdom!!

Go Lakers!
Release the Kraken!!!

Edwin Gueco,

you wrote: TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON
WE WANT A WIN TONIGHT

my response: sure. I always ride in back. I was watching the Goldman
Sachs beatdown.

** --TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON
** --WE WANT A WIN TONIGHT

(1) Rick Friedman - No more speeches. No more soundbites. No more beards. No more haircuts. Come out to play. Win. Who's with us?
(2) Justanothermambafan - Edwin - FEELING YOU!!!! I'm tired of all the crap too. It's time to win. That's it. WIN.
(3) Edwin Gueco - C'mon all Laker fans, if you are truly Laker fans in this blog join us with Rick and Justa in our bandwagon. Mark Medina will deliver this petition to the players "We Want A Win Bandwagon." We are tired of speeches, positivity, negativity, interviews, analysis, forget all the craps of the past, just win and move on. Thank you blog brothers & sister, this is the day we declared our blog freedom and we have only one message. We are tired of crap basketball, crap coaching, hairdos, beard, chocolates, pouting, bandages etc, etc, we want a win tonight. I want to see our traditional analysts to join the cause like LakerTom, Hobbit, Kblitz, LTLF, Jon K, Troy, MTI312, 131-92, GreenBald Lunatic, never, ninoy, gunner jamie Sweet, Ex, Nemaia, if I miss some important names you know who you are.... whether you are a troll, a fairweather, a negative, a supreme optimist....our message is sum in one sentence. NO MORE ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS WE WANT A WIN TONIGHT.
(4) # 4 - 4 Rings on Kobe, Dynasty4,...THATS IT, IT'S TIME!!
(5) Dave m - Rick - I'll hop on that locomotive and be glad for the lift.
(6) Laili K - Thanks Edwin for all the positivity. Frankly I'm tired of reading all the analysis and paralysis since the past couple of days. Although I truly appreciate the breakdowns by some real knowledgeable fans, including yourself. I will go with my heart. And in my heart I sincerely believe that our beloved Lakers will prevail. Thanks Edwin. I am honored to be on this band wagon among some of the best of this blog. I don't post, but read everything everyday, religiously :)
(7) Mamba24 - No more talk...ACTION
(8) Jeanette - Let's WIN for goodness sake. I don't want the TALK, just come out and win. Are you accepting digital signatures on the petition letter?
(9) Kobe81pts - I definitely want to be a part of that bandwagon. Lakers come out to play hard and win!!!! No more excuses!!!
(10) Benjamin - Sign me up for the get rid of the analysis paralysis bandwagon
(11) Jon K. - Enough talk. Let's get this game on
(12) Caliphilosopher - It's been high time for every laker fan to get behind the team and support them.
(13) LakerTom - Time to put up or shut up. I believe they will come out and play their best game of the year. We win big tomorrow night. Bet on it.
(14) Carlos DeeP - Edwin, YOU are the MAN... thnx for the super ++++++ attitude of a true LAKER and for articulating it with such frickin' flair!!!!!! Our LAKERS got this, so "What, me worry?"
(15) jac - You have an amazing team that will not last forever! Stop taking your team for granted, and if you do go to the games, cheer your butts off! We owe it to our boys! We need to motivate them to play better.
(16) Mclyne - Excellent post Edwin!!! Thanks for the inspiration
(17) Kensey - LAKER PRIDE !!! Don't fight it. GET USED TO IT !!! You'll be glad you did. Get on board LAKER WAGON. Do so now, Do so today!
(18) G IN DC - All tied up at 2 games apiece...now the fun starts
(19) MTI312 - I am with you jamf!!!
(20) FAITH
(21) EASTCOASTJESSIE - I know it's been tough for all of us the last few days but I have faith in my team. They will come out fighting tomorrow and we'll shut them down in game 6 for sure. I highly doubt anyone really believed this would be a sweep anyway...I thought 5 games but 6 will do the trick too. What I sure as hell don't want is a game 7 whether it's in L.A. or not. Then it looks like we'll have Utah in the 2nd round so we'll get plenty of rest after that one. I highly doubt they'll takeit to 5 games with so many injuries.
(22) HUGO BOSS -
(23) ART FL-LAKER FAN -
(24) 2Phatt
(25) Rizzo
(26)Hugo Boss
(27) J24(LadyJem24)
(28) TeamN
(29) ART FL-LAKER FAN -No more beards, no more haircuts, good one Rick.
Tied at 2 apiece, game day in LA, this is what we've waited all season for
(30) (24) MARK G
(31) SEGEBOY - I want in on that bandwaggon too yo ... sign it, 2010 version of the sacremento queens will suffer the same fate as their predecessors
(32) CANDYMAN - put me on the TIRED OF ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS BAND WAGON we need to win tonight. Thanks
(33) LURKER - Today's a good day for some good old-fashioned playoff basketball beatdown. It's time to mute the sound of thunder.
To the fans who will be in Staples, I have one word for you: boo! Boo the Thunder into oblivion!!!! BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tonight we take back what is ours. Go Lakers!
(34) JOVBATZ44 - LET'S SEE SOME GOOD OLD FASHIONED BUTT KICKING TONITE!!!!!!!!!!!!
(35) MARK G. - I'm up, my game face is on, lets do this.
(36) YELLOW FEVER - No more over yappin.. No more analyzing.. no more excuses, no more predictions, no more player clips.. and esp not another dfish interview.. please MM Finally our first must win.. our first true test.. real playoff pressure starts NOW.. let's see what our men are made of.. real heros show up NOW... separate the men from the boys.. champs from chumps.. win or go home.. well almost.. Let's start the dynasty.. Its now or never!
(37) JT. - Long time lurker, first time post. I am going to game tonight and let me tell you I will be screaming my lungs off the entire game!
Lakers for life!
(38) LAKERMIKE -DYNASTIC CHAMPIONS

--It happened to the 60's Celtic Dynasty...
--It happened to the Showtime Lakers Dynasty...
--It happened to the Jordan-Bulls Dynasty...
--It happened to the Shaq-Kobe Lakers Dynasty...
Tough playoff series here and there that had the fans fearing defeat. This is what separates "one-and-done" champions from the Dynastic ones. They are able to push through the inevitable fortresses of contenders to the title. It is what Dynastic Champions do. History proves this out. We are watching history unfold.

(39) BRYLLE - While the media may not admit it, but they loathe the greatness of Kobe. It overshadows LeBron's or DWade's. They, and WE, became so spoiled that when Kobe's numbers dropped and a "change" in Kobe's dominance/influence in a game was observed, these media-morons (especially down there at ESPN), are quick to say that Kobe is behind LeBron, Durant, DWade. They're not doing him justice. And would really regret all these times that they've been hating him once Kobe hang them sneakers up. And, I am lucky enough to be one of the few that appreciates Kobe's game and legacy. Too bad for these haters and naysayers doesn't give a F to what they think. So I'm done ranting. I just need to get that off of my chest. I'm gonna go into my KOBE-focus and enjoy the playoffs.
(40) ROCKY - If there's a switch, it's about time to turn in on for a minute.
Go Lakers!
(41) TOM DANIELS - Shut down the fast break. Own the boards. Be aggressive with the ball, get in the paint, get fouled. Make foul shots.
Grind one out, let's beat these kids and move on.
(42) lakeshowinphx - YOU'RE THE DEFENDING NBA CHAMPS! START PLAYING LIKE CHAMPIONS! did i leave anything out? ha ha
(43) CHICNSTU - RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!
(44) MTI312 - Ok fine, I'll join the JUST WIN bandwagon because I'm a real Laker fan
(45) CORNER-J - Wherever there is injustice, you will find us...Wherever the Black Mamba coils, though now arthritic, fractured, or whateva, to yet strike its righteous, vengeful, and yes fatal bite upon the unsuspecting Thunder hyper kangaroo rats to be swallowed whole in what we here call a Laker Playoff Happy Meal, we'll be there...and Wherever a plethora of pusillanimous pundits and punk troll posters gather to prevaricate and postulate poopy pinatas of pustulent opinions about our Mighty World Champion Lakers, you will find us...because we are...THE LAKER AMIGOS! LET'S RIDE!!!
(46) MR.NANO - Ok, Phil at least is doing part of his job. If the players do his job, and Phil does the other part of his (in-game coaching) we are surely going to win. GO LAKERS!!!
(47) LAKERGURL(THE ORIGINAL) - Calling: Laker Truth, lakergurl, Mr. Nano, WesJoe, hobbit, kblitz, LTLF, Mike T, Russell Westbrook, are you all joining our cause?Mr. Gueco, As I always respect you, Here it is......
(48) WALLACE - You dare not to leave the station without me!!! My game face is on. I wore my 2009 Championship T-Shirt today and it will be on my body until we send these young OKC pups to a proper place; Gone Fishing! I echoed Rick's suggestion thatthe time of talking good game is OVER! Once our KRAKEN has been released, the happiness will return to the Laker Kingdom!! Go Lakers! Release the Kraken!!!
(49) HOBBITMAGE - my response: sure. I always ride in back. I was watching the Goldman Sachs Beat-down. LACE UP! IT'S TIME!!!
(50) TROLL MAN - PUT ME ON no more phil bashing till.... hopefully never
(51) MAGIC PHIL - It's time. Throw me on the WE WANT A WIN TONIGHT bandwagon. Westbrook what? Fast? Look, I can't wait until he penetrates into the paint and get blocked hard by one of our towers. There's no way they can make a single layup tonight. They better shoot a lot of 3s. Let's win tonight, is not that hard!!!!
(52) CYBERCOSMIX - No Talk...IT'S TIME!!!!
(53) MIKE T. (*******)

It's easy to see the Lakers are tired , second NBA finals in a row Olympics and here we are again defending a championship. Every team plays differently. Just because okla. has a young running style that is confounding the Lakers right now. It doesn't mean the Lakers will have the same problems with their next round opponent. I really doubt they are loosing their edge! Remember okla. is an 8th seed with nothing to loose. They are coming hard and they are getting the calls because of their aggressiveness, and it's killing the Lakers! The Lakers have to match young legs with young legs, let the bench absorb some fouls, and run these guys. They need to play "Rope A Dope" keep the next game close and then play the fourth qtr. like it's game 7 of the finals. If they win this game @ home, they will have 2 games to win one and dispose of these upstarts!

good luck lakers!!!! God bless you all!!!


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