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Lakers may need to grind out wins to secure series against Oklahoma City

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Former Lakers Coach Pat Riley often argued the playoffs didn't start until one of the teams stole a road game. That's either the most comforting or most delusional thought to tell Lakers fans now.

That's because Lakers are tied 2-2 with eighth-seeded Oklahoma City, and the latest loss didn't exactly go down to the wire. The Lakers lost 110-89 Saturday to the Thunder in a game that featured zero redeeming qualities from the defending champions. The fact that the Thunder has played pretty competitively with the Lakers isn't a huge surprise. OK, I did predict the Lakers would win the series in five, and that's obviously not going to happen. And I didn't expect any Oklahoma City wins to feature severe beatdowns. But because of the Thunder's youth and talent level and the Lakers' inconsistency, it's not at all surprising this series has become far more intriguing than your typical No. 1 versus No. 8 first-round matchup.

The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry makes a pretty strong case in explaining why the Thunder currently controls the series, with many of the items becoming a constant source of frustration for Lakers fans, including the OKC's athleticism, its defense, OKC guard Russell Westbrook, its free throws and its confidence. After reading the list, it really did get me wondering if the Lakers are capable of limiting those threats when they haven't been able to do so this series.

The Lakers may have home-court advantage, but that's a false luxury to have considering that their Game 1 and Game 2 victories didn't exactly come in convincing fashion. The Lakers' benefited mostly from a strong start in Game 1 and Ron Artest's strong defense on Kevin Durant, while the Thunder appeared sluggish and tight, perhaps because this was the team's first playoff game. But OKC made it competitive in the final three quarters. In Game 2, it took Lakers guard Kobe Bryant to go on a tear, scoring 15 fourth-quarter points to bail out the team, something he's done too many times this season.

At this point for the Lakers, it's not a matter of who controls the series and plays the best. The fact that the Lakers lack any long-term consistency and cohesiveness may bite them sooner or later. And the fact the team neglected on sharpening its play during the latter half of the season means there should be no sympathy given to the Lakers if they fall short in defending their title. But for the sake of simply advancing to the next round, the Lakers need to worry more about finding ways to grind out a win than in making it pretty.

That doesn't mean the Lakers shouldn't amp up their intensity in practice Monday and try to play their best basketball, beginning Tuesday in Game 5 at Staples Center. But let's face it. The Lakers have tried reworking their foundation and sharpening their play for the last month, and inconsistency still looms. In the regular season, I deemed it more important that the team actually shows marked improvement in all phases of their play rather than worrying about racking up wins. But the complete opposite approach is necessary in the postseason because wins are what dictates whether a team advances to the next round, not whether they put on an astounding performance.

If that means Bryant needs to bail out his team, let him fire away. Just make sure that happens if Bryant's shot is there and Durant isn't targeting him as a marked man. If that means the Lakers need to relentlessly feed the post, then let Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol do their thing inside. Just make sure Oklahoma City isn't denying penetration and constantly double-teaming the bigs. If that means the game hinges on Artest limiting Durant to the point that he gets himself in foul trouble down the stretch, so be it. Artest isn't an asset on offense anyway. If that means Lakers forward Lamar Odom needs to have another candy fix to find his energy, let him chomp on Skittles, M&Ms and the like. Just make sure his sugar high doesn't come crashing down.

The bottom line is the Lakers have too many problems, but not enough time to fix them. Grinding out wins doesn't suddenly erase the Lakers' long-term issues in later rounds in the postseason, but it'll at least prevent a first-round playoff exit. 

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant, reacting after a call went against the Lakers in Game 1 against the Thunder, is playing through injuries that make it difficult for him to perform up to his All-Star standards. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

 
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Most critical point of the series came in game 4 with 3 minutes left in the third quarter. Lakers were up by 8 at that point when Phil decides to sit out the starters most notably Kobe for Walton. At the end of the third, Thunder cut the lead to one.

PREDICTMENT:

The predicament that this laker team is in did not manifest over night. The distraction and drama started off season with: losing Trevor; long drawn out resigning of Lamer and his marriage to Kloe; signing of Artest and the side show that followed with concussion and TV appearances; Kobe not taking care of this health issues in timely fashion, being headstrong in defying nature; lastly, the injuries causing the revolving door affect with players constantly in and out the line up. All of these have taken a toll on this laker team and I am not surprised by the results.

Winning a title is not like turning on a faucet but it takes discipline, FOCUS, team chemistry and a little bit of luck. Laker are MIA in all of these categories.

correction: I meant game 3 with 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. Just realized 3 is a magical number.

I PREDICT:

Celtics and San Antone in the finals!! Both of these teams have had their players rest during the regular season and are stating to play well. Watch out..

THIS SERIES IS OVER!! THUNDER IN 6! You don't need to watch the game tommorow Tuesday in Staples Center. The game will be close for three quarters and when the Lakers sense that they are "no match" to Thunder's youth and athletism they will just fade away in the fourth quarter and lose by 20 pts. as Kobe stop playing just like what he did in Phoenix and Boston series. Then in the 6th games the Lakers will be humiliated in Oklahoma City losing by 4o points to be the first NBA Champion team to give up their championship ring to a neophyte team without a fight. This 2009-2010 team will become the "most maligned team" in Lakers franchise history. The blame will go down to Kobe for not attending to his injuries in the beginning of the season and Mitch Kupchak for destroying the team chemistry for adding Artest to replace the much reliable Ariza. What a horrible demise by a much loved LA team named Lakers.

I PREDICT: Celtics and San Antone in the finals!! Both of these teams have had their players rest during the regular season and are stating to play well. Watch out.. Posted by: lakerfan | April 26, 2010 at 11:53 AM
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LMAO! STOP IT! PLEASE STOP IT! Celtics si, San Antonio no!

Lakerfan,

Add more in the levity for not making a change in the mid season. The indications were there, the team is gravely sick with PG infections, they were busy dealing with Kobe's contract when there were immediate problems on hand. If Mitch made some crucial changes even to the extent of getting a cheap DLeague PG and a Euro perimeter shooter, Lakers could have rested Kobe and Fisher thereby escape from present predicament. NO, they are afraid of the Zen Coach triangle and his allergy to rookies.

Sometimes Mitch Kupchak is great and most of the times a general manager good for selling cupcakes.

this team and its recent performances make me completely sick, they are the antithesis of a team like the blazers

For whatever reason the present formula is not working, being Derek fisher, Ron Artest etc. This team needs a line up change. If the stubborn master refuses to substitute Fisher for Shannon Brown in order to try to limit Westbrook offensively then at least he should try benching Artest for Walton so that ball movement and even shooting (I know it's ironic) can improve and there isn't so much pressure on the defense.

That being said, this team needs a new coach, someone with a blue collar attitude, someone who is willing to kick them and push them when they don't feel like performing up to their capabilities, someone who is willing to make adjustments and not just seemingly interested in being friends and having a good relationship with veterans who don't bring anything to the table. ..

** WILL YOU BE THERE TUESDAY APRIL 27 WHEN THE VERY GATES OF HELL ARE UNLEASHED AND A FURY SUCH AS NEVER HAS BEEN SEEN ON A BASKETBALL COURT BEFORE WILL BE UNLEASHED? ***
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Some have stood steadfast, some have wavered and yes some have even backslid.
Some claim unwavering faith, Somes faith wavered. But all- yes all remeber a June day in 2008 when the worst Finals defeat in Lakers history was inflicted upon them by Boston. After that defeat I told Laker Nation to take that hurt, store it deep inside of you let it fester and burn do not try to calm it. I said hold it until you feel you are going to bust and hold it still, until such a time comes when it needs to be released. THE TIME HAS COME, THE LAKERS WILL NOT BE DISSESD!!! KOBE BRYANT WILL NOT BE DISSED. GOD%%$#$@#@ RELEASE THE KRAKEN, RELEASE THE KRACKEN!! LET THE WRATH OF ALL LAKERS DYNASTIES ROLLED INTO THIS ONE COME FORTH!!! Thunder do you not know you are playing the Freaking World Champion Lakers. Like the Celtics your @zzes laughed and joked on the side lines of your so-called blowout. THOSE WHO HAVE EYES WILL SEE, THOSE WHO HAVE EARS WILL LISTEN. Did you fools not think the Freaking LA Lakers were not observing this. Why do you think Dfish went to Phil and told him to Bench him for the next game. Do you think this proud though ancient warrior will not come out for game 5 with every ounce of fiber in him, do you think he will not die on that floor rather than suffer the indignity of being benched? WELL DO YOU?. L.O. has been lackadaisical in the past 4 games, do you fools think in a must have game that the Lakers must have such as the game last year, that even with a hurt shoulder L.O. dominated, her won’t come out for this game and play with a skill that even the great Magic Johnson will say he couldn’t Match, well do you? Finally, do you think that KOBE BEAN BRYANT, THE BLACK MAMBA, THE REINGING FINALS MVP, Arguably the greatest player on the Planet will let the indignities of Saturday, the laughing at the Lakers go. WELL DO YOU? HELL NO! The world is about to witness what true greatness - not the freakin manufactured Darth Stern, Princess Jimmy greatness- But true greatness and a true warrior is. With one hand KOBE BEAN BRYANT will show that the talent of Princess Jimmy is not equal to the Pimple on Black Mambas behind. Kobe has never had a game shooting under 20 without erupting the great VESUVIUS. Many have question the switch and doubted that it could be released. Well the switch is the hurt, pain, anger, and loss of that game 6 against Boston. And that switch is now being switched on. RELEASE THE KRAKEN, RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!, Let the Hurt from that game 6 loss to Boston erupt. Let the anger at the laughter of the thunder erupt. LAKER NATION I GIVE YOU -- THE VENGENCE OF KOBE BEAN BRYANT, THE BLACK MAMBA!!! AND MAY THE LORD HAVE MERCY ON THE THUNDERS @ZZ.
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Biggest problem is the Westbrook mismatch over Fisher.

Fisher says, "if he doesn't block Westbrook out from offensive rebounds then Phil has his permission to sit him down."

Phil, "why wait?"

Adjustments?

There will not be any.
Phil doesn't make changes.
No matter what.

Buss pays Phil $12 million for 10 rings and not for strategic changes.

What should Phil do?

Start Brown on Westbrook.
Like putting Durant on Kobe, it would change
OKC's game plan that is currently based on Westbrook
dominating Fisher.

As is Westbrook blows by Fisher with ease to score or pass.

Can Fisher give a speech to himself?

It would be great if Fisher's intangibles kick in game #5.

So all this so called lakers fans now are losing hope.let me remind you guys that the series are not yet over so stop bashing our players they need our support.I know Lakers will win this series no matter what.Lakerfan are you really a lakersfan or just a fake pretending fan stop whinning just watch the game!!!

David,

Walton is not a solution because he is part of the problem. Game 3 was lost as soon as he subbed Kobe at the end of 3rd Q. We have seen Walton since 2004 and what good has he done lately. He has no offense, no defense, all he knows is pass the ball. In Game 4 he frequently passed the ball to the Thunders.

My Predictions!!! Here they are....

West

2nd rd

Lakers
Jazz

Spurs
Suns

3rd
Lakers
Spurs


East

2nd rd
Cavs
Celtics

Magic
Hawks


3rd Rd

Cavs
Magic


Nba Finals

Lakers
Cavs


Champions

Lakers!!!!!!!!!

To ninoy stop taking drugs that makes you day dream.my lakers will defeat your thunder in 6 instead.they are just making this series enteresting and a lot of money involve with it.look at how much is the price of the ticket at OKC,no wonder how much money OKC and Lakers management make for this series.Lakers all the way baby!!!

Champions Lakers!!!!!!!!! Posted by: Staples 24 | April 26, 2010 at 12:09 PM
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AND THE WINNER AND NEW BLOG CHAMPION, STAPLES24.
YES, MY GOODNESS YES!!! PREACH BROTHER, PREACH!!
MAMAB24

To ninoy stop taking drugs that makes you day dream.my lakers will defeat your thunder in 6 instead.they are just making this series enteresting and a lot of money involve with it.look at how much is the price of the ticket at OKC,no wonder how much money OKC and Lakers management make for this series.Lakers all the way baby!!! Posted by: Adrian Palomar | April 26, 2010 at 12:12 PM
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ROFLMAO!!! LAKERS ALL THE WAY BABY!! YESSSSSSSSS!
AND IT COUNTS!!!

The only thing the Lakers have to solve to win a championship in the middle of a very tight playoff series is their chemistry!

That is easy right?

All Kobe, Fisher, Farmar and Brown has to do is follow the Coach, go indside-out every possesion and run the triangle. Stop trying to be a hero. Stop trying to run and speed the game up. The faults of game 2, 3 and 4 are on the GUARDS...


There is no way Thunder can run if Bynum, Gasol and Odom are shooting from the painted area and grabbing 2nd chance rebound.


GUARDS who jock up shots creates long rebound and fastbreak for the young athletic Thunders.


If you are Farmar, Fisher and Kobe who can't get inside to make a high percentage shot, THEN JUST pass the ball to BYNUM, GASOL, ODOM, ARTEST who can...

If I am Phil Jackson I would start


BYNUM
GASOL
ODOM
ARTEST
BROWN

BALL WILL GO INSIDE EVERYTIME !!!


Kobe, Fisher and Farmar should play with Mbenga and Powell.


Thanks Mamba24 this is the time of the year that we need to brace hand in hand to support our Lakers all the way to promise land.The real Lakers fan will support this team through thick and thin just like you and me,win or loss il support and die for my Lakers specially KOBE forever...

If (and sadly when) the Lakers fall out of the playoffs, Laker World can look back at two distinct reasons as to why this team failed.

Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson.

1. Kobe Bryant: I love Kobe Bryant. I always have. I defended him passionately on this very blog when many people were killing him after the Denver "rape" fiasco. I defended him during the fateful summer when he wanted to be traded. I have always admired Kobe Bryant's dedication. But, there's been one thing that I have always HATED about Kobe...his arrogance.

I never really felt that Kobe puts the team's needs in front of his own. For Kobe, it's all about his legacy. He wants to be known as being a tough-nosed player that could play through injury and sickness, this the final remnant of Kobe's fascination with Michael Jordon (and Michael's infamous playoff game when he played brilliantly with the flu and fell in Scotty Pippen's arms afterwards). In his dedication to Michael Jordan, and in the name of his own ego, Kobe has determined to play through his pain this season and garner ooohs and ahhs from the masses for his toughness.

But I'm not that easily fooled.

Screw your damned toughness, Kobe, the team comes first! Kobe Bean Bryant, our most valuable assett, allowed himself to neglect a key injury to his shooting hand, an injury that could have healed during the season, only because Kobe wanted to show how tough he was to the world.

We get that you're a tough guy, Kobe, but how in the hell does that help us now? How does that help THE TEAM now that you can't shoot (averaging around 30% shooting) and you can't keep from turning the ball over so many times? And then you speak of your injury as an excuse, and they immediately say you don't make excuses. Well then what is it, Kobe? Are your skills declining, or are you injured? Which is it, cuz you can't have it both ways.

Yes, Kobe has hit game winning shots. And yes, we had the best record in the West. But we are now facing a 3 game series with a team that has been clearly playing better than our Lakers, and our most powerful weapon has been rendered near impotent by his own egomania. Congradulations, Kobe. You're an offical tough guy. You'll soon have all summer to enjoy that title.

2. Phillip Jackson: What can 10 rings get you? Apparently, not the attention of your team. The Lakers have played horribly all year, losing handily to higher echlon teams, while all the while mis-guided fans disregarded this travesty in favor of some damned magical playoff button.

But not me.

When you have a team that misses that many freethrows in a key game, that doesn't hustle on rebounds, that shoots in the low percentages using an offense that's designed to manufactor easy shots, something is wrong.

When you have Ron Artest relying on fall away 3 pointers, shooting 10% of them, and a center that would rather party with Hugh than to improve his game, and throw in a flock of guards that don't their place nor game, something is wrong.

When you have your number 2 player questioning the leadership of your number 1 player, and your number one player being given the green light to neglect his health to feed his ego, something is wrong.

When you have a Kobe Bryant not taking 1 damned shot in an entire quarter of a pivital game, a game that you would go on to lose by 25, something is wrong.

I love Phil Jackson. The man is a genius, but he's not perfect, and his imperfections are glowing bright right now. Why are his World Champions, a team that was ranked number 1 in the West, being so outplayed by a young, upstart team ranked number 8? Why?

At what point will our head coach, with so many things wrong, the leader of this sinking ship, take credit for the faltering play of the Lakers? If we can attribute genius to Phil and his 10 rings, we can attribute incomptence to him as well.

Say what you want to say about everybody else on this team, IF we should lose this series, Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson are number 1 and number 2 to blame.

Gasol. Phil Jackson and Kobe undressed you infront of 20k on national tv saturday. Thoroughly, Totally & Ruthlessly exposed you. I'm not one for bitting off one's nose to spite one's face; yet, that gameplan was enacted to service notice. No wonder there were no post-game interviews or sound bites from you after game 4.

The Lakers were in games 1,2 & 3 even with Kobe shooting poorly. Why? Because even if he misses, it opens up REBOUNDING & PUT-BACK scoring opportunities for you and Bynum.

So, Fall back, strap on your hardhat, and do your GRUNT work. And most importantly STOP the INSUBORDINATION. Otherwise, after the playoffs, you will be TRADE BAIT for BOSH in a sign in trade deal.

Mamba24 can we start The Lakers Ressurection bandwagon please.Lakers all the way baby!!!

.The real Lakers fan will support this team through thick and thin just like you and me,win or lose i'll support and die for my Lakers specially KOBE forever..
Posted by: Adrian Palomar | April 26, 2010 at 12:28 PM
Yes, My Goodness Yes!! NOW THAT LADIES & GENTS...IS A REAL LAKERS FAN!! AND AN...OUT FREAKIN STANDING ONE!
KUDO'S BRO!!
MAMBA24

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(01) ADRIAN PALOMAR - OWNER - can we start The Lakers Ressurection bandwagon please.Lakers all the way baby!!!
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Yes we can Adrian. YES WE CAN!!!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) #4 - SECURITY
(05) JON- K - UNDERCOVER AGENT SUPREME
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"Kobe, Fisher and Farmar should play with Mbenga and Powell."


Kobe, Fisher and Farmar will need Mbenga to never go to the offensive end and just play dfense for the running Thunder.


Basically this is what Kobe, Fisher and Farmar are doing to Bynum and Gasol, they just make them run the court on offense, jock up shots and the two 7 footers run back to the dfense, Westbrook and Durant already making layups, while Bynum and Gasol are stopping and headfing back to the other end. Again and Again..


Bynum and Gasol is just getting tired running doing nothing, what a way to waste your TALENTED BIG MANS ENERGY!!!! HELLO!


And then you ask why Bynum has been inconsistent??? The inconsistency is on the GUARDS playing the right way...


BYNUM and GASOL GETs FEED EVERYTIME DOWN LOW!!!!


They will either make a shot and plus one.
Get fouled, two free throws.
Missed a shot and get the rebound by either one of them.
Missed a shot and Thunder CAN NOT RUN A FASTBREAK.


So why are the F@^@&@*ing Laker guards speeding the game up???? All they need to do is set the half court offense and pass the ball inside.


Pau gasol will rest this summer.

His Brother Marc told Pau won´t play basketball world championship for Spain

http://tinyurl.com/2ecd27e

LAKERS DOES NOT NEED TO GRIND OUT WINS!!!


LAKER GUARDS JUST NEED TO play what the Coach is telling them how to play the game.

LAKERS WILL WIN EASY!!!!

LAKERS WILL WIN EASY!!!! Posted by: Staples 24 | April 26, 2010 at 12:44 PM
NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M FREAKING TALKING ABOUT!!!

There are two ways in disciplining a child. One is talk it out with niceties and cuties that you will die without him, so continue giving him all the carrots of encouragement even if you are fooled by his mischievousness.

The other thing is the stick not literally hurting him but giving him some dosage of limits where he belongs. Tell what it is and don't be afraid to be hated by strings of criticisms. Because only in criticisms would teach him that he was not a born failure.

Therefore, being a Laker fan is not just saying yes to everything that is stupid, inept and lackadaisical. A true laker fan should also say STOP this nonsense of lackadaisical basketball, point to the youth today the importance of maintaining quality of the team, the winning tradition or at least the heart of champion who refuse to lose.

WE PAY KOBE BRYANT 30 MIL A YEAR just to get the 2 7footers to run and get tired??? Waste their energy and do nothing!


BENCH KOBE and FISHER!!! And Lakers will win easy!


Start


BYNUM
GASOL
ODOM
ARTEST
BROWN

Let's see.....

We have a severe lack of a perimeter game, which allows OKC to cram the paint on defense. Heck, at one point in the last game, they left Kobe to go double Bynum! What does that tell you?

Our players seem to have trouble even getting the ball into the post (Artest in particular). That's why Phil had them doing simple post-pass drills last week.

Kobe just isn't Kobe. When he shoots a lot, he doesn't shoot well. A combination of injuries and dead legs seem to be the cause. But when he doesn't (as in the last game), he isn't really facilitating either. If he's going to facilitate, he needs to do so aggressively. "Facilitate" does not mean "stand around the perimeter".

And finally....

OKC is a very good team! I don't see that mentioned often enough around here. Let's face it; to this point, Westbrook is better than Fisher, Ibaka is better than Odom, and Durant is playing better than Kobe.

But, the good news is, I think if we get past OKC, the rest of the west won't be as difficult. Watching the other series, I don't see anyone playing the way OKC is. Their athleticism, determination, and hustle are unmatched. But, if you're an OKC fan, don't get too excited if you beat the Lakers. A lack of home court will gobble you up in the later rounds.

BENCH KOBE and FISHER!!! And Lakers will win easy!
Posted by: Staples 24 | April 26, 2010 at 12:48 PM
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AWWW Staples24, you were on a Roll there bro, but you lost me there!!!
Mamba24

START BYNUM, GASOL, ODOM, ARTEST AND BROWN...


Odom will look to pass to Bynum and Gasol.

Artest guards Durant, Brown guards Westbrook.


Lakers win easy...


Therefore, being a Laker fan is not just saying yes to everything that is stupid, inept and lackadaisical. A true laker fan should also say STOP this nonsense of lackadaisical basketball, point to the youth today the importance of maintaining quality of the team, the winning tradition or at least the heart of champion who refuse to lose. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 26, 2010 at 12:48 PM
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SPARE THE ROD AND SPOIL THE CHILD! TELL IT EDWIN!!
MAMAB24

Yes Larry (Mamba24), please I want a seat on that bandwagon. I will never abandon my Lakers, no matter what. At this point, losing is not an option. We need all the positive vibes and as always you never fail to deliver. Keep it flowing Larry.

I think its shameful that the Lakers are tied 2-2 in this series with the eight seeded Thunder. The Thunder are a young unexperienced team playing a veteran Laker team and they're not laying down how many anticipated I think the Lakers will have to play tuff to get to the next round.

Just want to say Congrats to our bloggers who were mentioned on Roland's piece. Well deserved guys!

The Lakers will bounce back! I will not stop believing. Nobody can predict the future, so Ill stay calm and wait till Tuesday. One game at a time. Go Lakers!

Edwin,

>>>Walton is not a solution because he is part of the problem. Game 3 was lost
>>>as soon as he subbed Kobe at the end of 3rd Q.

While I'll agree that that was the turning point, blaming it all on Walton is ludicrous. First of all, Walton DIDN'T PLAY IN THE 3RD QUARTER. Luke only played the last 2:36 of the SECOND quarter, during which time the Lakers extended their lead form 5 points to 7 points. Those were Luke's only minutes in the entire game.

If you're looking for a scapegoats, try Shanon Brown. HE is the player who checked in for Kobe at the end of the third. At the time, the Lakers had a FIVE point lead (not 9 point), and he did indeed play like poop.

Or you could blame Lamar Odom, who checked in with 5:22 left in that quarter, when the Lakers DID have a NINE point lead, and played like absolute crap.

Or you could blame Fish (stoopidly tries to drive the lane and charges - gives up 5 points in 5 minutes to Westbrook), or Pau (missed free throw), or Ron Artest, who got beat by Durant for 8 points over those last 5 minutes.

But really, it's the whole group. They had led the whole game. The whole third quarter went like this: start with a 7 point lead, OKC narrows it to 3, Lakers build it back to 9, OKC narrows it to 4, Lakers build it back to 10, then back & forth betweeen 8 & 10 for a minute.

At that point (5:22), the Lakers just seemed to relax a little, thinking they'd just keep the Thunder at arm's length for another 17 minutes and finish it up on Saturday. And they let the Thunder build some momentum to end the third, and then they couldn't STOP that momentum in the 4th (partly because of a very good strategic move by Brooks putting Durant on Kobe).

But Walton had nothing to do with it. Epic fail on your part to blame a guy who was on the bench.

>>>We have seen Walton since 2004 and what good has he done lately.

Well. In the finals last season, he shot 80%. Best shooting % of any player in the finals.

The following is a list of weaknesses that the team has consistently displayed throughout the season, along with the players who are mainly responsible:

- giving up offensive boards - Pau and Drew
- poor P&R defense - Fisher, Pau and Drew
- lack of team speed (which is related to poor transition defense) - Drew, Artest, Fisher
- poor outside shooting - Fisher, Artest
- sub par bench - Mitch Kupchack
- lack of physicality and the inability (refusal?) to commit a hard foul - Pau, Drew and Lamar
- Derrick Fisher - Fisher and Phil

However, even with these weaknesses, the team's strengths heavily outweighed their weaknesses, and they managed to win the West. The problem now is that the injuries (to Kobe, Lamar, Artest, Shannon, Sasha and Drew) have exponentially magnified these weaknesses, and the Thunder (along with Stern and the refs) have done an excellent job of exposing these weaknesses in the past couple games.

I don't see this team winning it this year unless Kobe, Lamar and Artest can get healthy. The team is probably good enough to beat the Thunder if one or two of these guys can ignore their injuries and step up, but against the elite teams, this neutered version of the Lakers will be over matched.

Todd,

>>>Start Brown on Westbrook.
>>>Like putting Durant on Kobe, it would change
>>>OKC's game plan that is currently based on Westbrook
>>>dominating Fisher.

Not even close. Westbrook is capable of owning ANY of the Lakers three PGs. He can blow by Shannon or Derek at will. Farmar does a tiny bit better job keeping in front of him, but Westbrook is much stronger than Farmar. The only way the Lakers even slow Westbrook down is with TEAM defense.


>>>So all this so called lakers fans now are losing hope.

I ain't lost NUTHIN, and neither have the Lakers.

I called this a 6 game series from the start. If I'm wrong, it's because it will go 7 games, not because they lose.

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LAKERS RESURRECTION - BANDWAGON
* Aint No stopping us now, we on the move!!
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(01) ADRIAN PALOMAR - OWNER - can we start The Lakers Ressurection bandwagon please.Lakers all the way baby!!!
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Yes we can Adrian. YES WE CAN!!!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) #4 - SECURITY
(05) JON- K - UNDERCOVER AGENT SUPREME
(06) EDWIN GUECO - JUDGE
(07) THE OUTLAW
(08) BABY OUTLAW
(09) STAPLES24 - REFEREE - Nba Finals Lakers Cavs, --Champions Lakers
(10) JEANETTE - COMMISSIONER - I want a seat on that bandwagon. I will never abandon my Lakers, no matter what. At this point, losing is not an option. We need all the positive vibes
(11) JAMIE SWEET - DISC JOCKEY
(12) 2PHATT - FINAL ARBITER
(13) LONGTIMELAKERFAN - LAKER HISTORY KEEPER -
(14) INFAMOUS EL GUAPO - DEPUTY SHERRIFF
(15) LURKER - GUARDIAN OF THE GATE
(16)

I dont listen to people like troy who can't even spell the word congratulations.
Go Lakers.

@JEANETTE, Keep doing what you doing Sister and keep that positive attitude. Don't let these naysayers bring you down, cause they are going to be the same ones running to get on the Bandwagon when the Lakers win the title.
LOVE AND MUCH RESPECT MY SISTER
mamba24

Mamba24,

Don't quite understand why we need a resurrection band wagon, but I'm in if you say so.

i know that sometimes we need critism to learn from our mistakes to become the best we could be in everything you do in life.I think this years Lakers team have recieve to much critism already from Lakers haters and from some fairweather Lakers fans who are just saying good things if we win but start bashing our team if we loss.I think Jeanette are correct we need to inject positive vibes for this team and support them win or loss all the way.And for the records some of you are acting like Lakers GM by wanting to change players all the time lakers loss,please leave it to Mitch hes been paid millions to do his job and leave that till the end of the season to acquire players that will help this team in the future.For now we just stick and support this team hoping they can repeat as the champ again.

How many layups did Westbrook have? For heaven sake, this is playoffs basketball, there is NO layup!!! The Lakers played like Betty White, they need alot of sneaker bars to be a little bit more tough.

>>>>All Kobe, Fisher, Farmar and Brown has to do is follow the Coach, go
>>>indside-out every possesion and run the triangle

NO NO NO NO NO.

That's EXACTLY what they tried to do in game 4, and it's one of the major reasons they got blown out.

If you obsessively stick to one plan (whether it's force the ball into the post or something else), you make yourself easy to defend. There were way too many possessions Saturday where the Lakers spent most of the clock trying to force the ball into the post against either a fronting defender or a double team. Then Pau/Bynum would end up having to either rush a shot or kick the ball back out which frequently resulted in turnovers or rushed outside shots late in the shot clock.

If they can get the ball to Pau or Drew on the block in the first 10 seconds, fine. But obsessing over it is a losing formula, and so is going to it every time. Pau and Drew are not Shaquille O'Neal. They cannot dominate the Thunder bigs with all the double-teaming the Thunder is doing.

It has to be a good mix of things. Post play, Kobe ISO, Fish hitting outside jumpers (note that Fish is 50% on 3's for the series), Kobe/Jordan/Shannon/Lamar slashing and either scoring or kicking out.

That's a formula for winning.

Because KObe chooses not fix his injury when he had a chance in th ereguilar season and is now taking toll on Lakers perfomance. What would I do is start LAMAR ODOM in replace of him.


ODOM will get the ball to Bynum and Gasol.
ODOM can guard both Jeff Green and Durant when Artest makes a switch.
Odom can run back on dfense and be a big factorbring 6 foot 10.
ODOM can make Durant work in the dfensive end and commit early fouls if Odom drives the lane.
ODOM will get inspired if he starts without getting Bynum and Gasol out, means he has 2 7footers he can pass the ball to for easy offense.


NEXT: Start Brown in replace of Fisher.

START BROWN OVER FISHER!!!


Lakers need a bigger body to match Westbrrok's size, speed and strength. Only Brown has that ability.


Ryan,

You must have listened to me to catch that...congradulations!

SPURS LAKERS Western Conference Finals!!!

CAVS LAKERS NBA FINALS 2010!!!


Champions Lakers !!!

Finals MVP Kobe Bryant coming off the bench!!! delivering the game winning shot of game 7.

@Larry, thanks brother. Last week I felt really bad because of some really bad words thrown at me. I was deeply hurt but I realized that my love of this Laker blog family and the Lakers is beyond those emotions. I am back stronger than before.

Don't quite understand why we need a resurrection band wagon, but I'm in if you say so. Posted by: Rick Friedman | April 26, 2010 at 01:08 PM
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Rick, you I, jeanette, Jon K, Outlaw, LongtimeLakerFan, Adrian Palomar...
don't need one, but we need to resurrect the hopes of those laker fans who Faith is not as strong as ours. Actually to tell the truth I been kind of sown myself but thanks to you die hard Lakerholics, I'm off the wagon and drinking that sweet laker jucie again.
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LAKERS RESURRECTION - BANDWAGON
* Aint No stopping us now, we on the move!!
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(01) ADRIAN PALOMAR - OWNER - can we start The Lakers Ressurection bandwagon please.Lakers all the way baby!!!
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Yes we can Adrian. YES WE CAN!!!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) #4 - SECURITY
(05) JON- K - UNDERCOVER AGENT SUPREME
(06) EDWIN GUECO - JUDGE
(07) THE OUTLAW
(08) BABY OUTLAW
(09) STAPLES24 - REFEREE - Nba Finals Lakers Cavs, --Champions Lakers
(10) JEANETTE - COMMISSIONER - I want a seat on that bandwagon. I will never abandon my Lakers, no matter what. At this point, losing is not an option. We need all the positive vibes
(11) JAMIE SWEET - DISC JOCKEY
(12) 2PHATT - FINAL ARBITER
(13) LONGTIMELAKERFAN - LAKER HISTORY KEEPER - So all this so called lakers fans now are losing hope. I ain't lost NUTHIN, and neither have the Lakers. I called this a 6 game series from the start. If I'm wrong, it's because it will go 7 games, not because they lose.
(14) INFAMOUS EL GUAPO - DEPUTY SHERRIFF
(15) LURKER - GUARDIAN OF THE GATE
(16) RICK FRIEDMAN - HEAD OFFICIAL - Don't quite understand why we need a resurrection band wagon, but I'm in if you say so.
(17) J24(LADYJEM24) - The Lakers will bounce back! I will not stop believing. Nobody can predict the future, so Ill stay calm and wait till Tuesday. One game at a time. Go Lakers!
(18) RYAN - GO LAKERS

Michael Jordan Best player ever.

Kobe Bryant Best bench player ever.

Lebron James Best Player ever never to win an NBA ring.

Finally it is settled.

@Larry, thanks brother. Last week I felt really bad because of some really bad words thrown at me. I was deeply hurt but I realized that my love of this Laker blog family and the Lakers is beyond those emotions. I am back stronger than before. Posted by: Jeanette | April 26, 2010 at 01:17 PM
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WTF!, Someone dared attack my sister. Who the frak was it? Tell me the imbeciles name.
Mamba24(Larry)

Kobe and Fisher should both speak up and request Phil Jackson that they are giving their starting gigs in the betterment of the team.


ODOM AND BROWN !!!

I know everyone is panicking and all, but sit Kobe? Are you nuts?

Has over a decade of bailing us out been completely forgotten?

Have 6 game-winners this year been forgotten?

Sure, Fish is getting schooled by a kid 14 years younger and this Kevin Durant guy is showing that he's as good as the hype.

The sky is not falling, however, and sitting Kobe certainly won't help a thing.

@STAPLES24, Please brother I beg of you. PUT THAT DAMN CRACK PIPE DOWN NOW! The Mind is a terribel thing to waste!
Mamba24(Larry)

Staples 24,

>>>GUARDS who jock up shots creates long rebound and fastbreak for the
>>>young athletic Thunders

Game 1:
Shots by Kobe/Fish/Farmar/Brown : 38
result: Laker win

Game 2:
Shots by Kobe/Fish/Farmar/Brown: 46
result: Laker win

Game 3:
Shots by Kobe/Fish/Farmar/Brown: 44
result: Laker loss, but close game

Game 4:
Shots by Kobe/Fish/Farmar/Brown: 32 (the LEAST of the series)
result: Laker loss in a blowout

So now, do you want to re-think your position?

Yes, a wild shot by a guard can result in a long rebound and a fast break, but the Thunder got plenty of fast breaks on misses by the Lakers bigs as well. How bout these examples from game 4:

7:41 in the first: Bynum misses a layup, Durand grabs the rebound and drives back for a dunk (many many replays of that sequence).

5:20 in the first: Gasol misses a jumper, Sefolosha gets the rebound & kicks ahead to Krstic - Bynum fouls him to avoid a dunk.

1:47 in the first: Lamar misses a short jumper, Harden rebounds and kicks ahead to Durant - Shannon chases fouls him to avoid a layup or dunk.

That's 3 fast breaks in the first quarter alone started on a missed shot by Laker bigs. Not to mention Pau getting picked by Harden with 1:15 left and fouling him to avoid a break from starting.

With the Thunder intent on pushing the ball, and hustling harder for every rebound, it doesn't matter which Laker misses the shot.

The big thing is that the Lakers need to try harder to get EVERY rebound. No more standing there watching an OKC player run to the ball .

I KNOW I KNOW I SPELLED TERRIBLE, WRONG

troy,

>>>If (and sadly when) the Lakers fall out of the playoffs,

Wow, two losses and troy is already looking ahead to 2012.

Pretty pessimistic there.

>>>LAKERS RESURRECTION BANDWAGON

I ain't on that bandwagon. To have a resurrection, you've gotta be dead first, and the Lakers ain't anywhere near dead.

I ain't on that bandwagon. To have a resurrection, you've gotta be dead first, and the Lakers ain't anywhere near dead. Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | April 26, 2010 at 01:28
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHH
WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
YES MY GOODNESS YES!!! PREACH LONGTIME PREACH!!
I hear you brother, my apologies and...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!
MAMB24

Are the Lakers already dead that need a resurrection?
If they're the freaking champs why do they need blog cheerleaders to motivate them on.
If the Lakers are the freaking champions, why are they melting down?
And this meltdown is to the freaking Thunder, a bunch of rooks...
Sure thing, the freaking champs shouldn't be getting toyed around like chumps by a bunch of inexperienced rooks.
Sure thing they should grind it out at the end, they're supposed to.
As noticed, Saturday's loss was the worst by a defending champ in NBA playoff history.
The Lakers should pay attention to what the Cavs did to the Bulls yesterday, that should give them clues as to what a freaking champ looks like.
Not give a bunch of excuses for injuries, or blame Kupchak.

Don't worry Larry, I have moved on and next time it happens it won't bother me, I promise. Just to let you know, you are one of the reasons why I am still around.

@Mang Edwin, thank you for having my back. I love you all my Lakers blog family.

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LAKERS RESURRECTION - BANDWAGON
* Aint No stopping us now, we on the move!!
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(01) ADRIAN PALOMAR - OWNER - can we start The Lakers Ressurection bandwagon please.Lakers all the way baby!!!
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Yes we can Adrian. YES WE CAN!!!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) #4 - SECURITY
(05) JON- K - UNDERCOVER AGENT SUPREME
(06) EDWIN GUECO - JUDGE
(07) THE OUTLAW
(08) BABY OUTLAW
(09) STAPLES24 - REFEREE - Nba Finals Lakers Cavs, --Champions Lakers
(10) JEANETTE - COMMISSIONER - I want a seat on that bandwagon. I will never abandon my Lakers, no matter what. At this point, losing is not an option. We need all the positive vibes
(11) JAMIE SWEET - DISC JOCKEY
(12) 2PHATT - FINAL ARBITER
(13) RYAN - TIME KEEPER - GO LAKERS !!
(14) INFAMOUS EL GUAPO - DEPUTY SHERRIFF
(15) LURKER - GUARDIAN OF THE GATE
(16) RICK FRIEDMAN - HEAD OFFICIAL - Don't quite understand why we need a resurrection band wagon, but I'm in if you say so.
(17) J24(LADYJEM24) - The Lakers will bounce back! I will not stop believing. Nobody can predict the future, so Ill stay calm and wait till Tuesday. One game at a time. Go Lakers!


Resurrection??????????? Fan resurrection maybe. These are the damn champions. TIme to turn up the volume on this mofo.

We've seen this movie. The Okeys are good but all they did was hold serve. Tomorrow night's the beginning of the their end.

GO Lakers, and GO LOUD Laker faithful


Lakers are not dead LTLF,its their game I mean that needs ressurrection...

Yes, that is what I am saying, RESURRECT the Laker's pride. Our Lakers needs it and if they still would not heed the call we will give them some good spanking LOL.

Don't worry Larry, I have moved on and next time it happens it won't bother me, I promise. Just to let you know, you are one of the reasons why I am still around. @Mang Edwin, thank you for having my back. I love you all my Lakers blog family. Posted by: Jeanette | April 26, 2010 at 01:31 PM
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You would say something classy like that Jeanette. Edwins a good brother, he's had my back more than a few times
mamba24(LarrY)

1. Rebound -- all five if necessary.
2. Attack the basket -- use the bigs, the smalls, the mediums, doesn't matter.
3. Take jumpers in rhythm -- let the ball work to the spot.
4. Cut down outlets in transition -- clog the lanes.

Seems obvious to me that grinding it out has been the right approach from the beginning. The Lakers must impose their will!

Zopi your cavs will bounce out of playoffs first before the lakers.hahaha!!!

Seems obvious to me that grinding it out has been the right approach from the beginning. The Lakers must impose their will! Posted by: teamn | April 26, 2010 at 01:39 PM
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DAMN RIGHT! IMPOSE THEIR WILL!! MAKE THE THUNDER OBEY!
WOW!!! I can't wait! Is it game time yet? Lol!
Mamba24

Staples 24,

>>>>BYNUM and GASOL GETs FEED EVERYTIME DOWN LOW!!!!

Did you miss the first quarter of game 4, or are you just slow to understand what it meant.

In that quarter, the Lakers tried very hard to do EXACTLY what you're asking for. Here are the results of that strategy:

Pau: 2 for 4 shooting, 0 for 2 free throws, 1 turnover when Harden took the ball away from him on a double team.

Drew: 2 for 4 shooting. 1 of his makes was a putback of a missed layup attempt by Artest.

Lamar Odom: 0 for 2 shooting.

Kobe & Fish - 2 assists each passing the ball to the bigs.

Kobe took no shots, deferring to the bigs.

Fish missed two 3-pointers. In BOTH CASES, the shot clock was running out (after they spent 20+ seconds TRYING to get it in to the bigs)

Artest missed a 3 pointer with the clock running out as well.

There was not a single 3-pointer or 20+ foot jumper taken by guards with more than 5 seconds on the clock.

The whole quarter was obsessively force the ball to the bigs, and only have a guard take an outside jumper as a last resort.

End result: 17 points scored by the Lakers, and an 11 point deficit.

If you really want the Lakers to win, you better hope that Kobe comes out and takes over.

When Kobe goes into attack mode, then whether he's making his shots or not, there are usually 3 or 4 defenders watching him. That gets a lot more open shots for EVERYBODY than dumping it in to the post every time.

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LAKERS DOMINATION/RESURRECTION - BANDWAGON
* Aint No stopping us now, we on the move!!
*http://thrillof.com/Boston_Celtics/video:kobe-bryant-vengeance/

(01) ADRIAN PALOMAR - OWNER - can we start The Lakers Ressurection bandwagon
please.Lakers all the way baby!!!
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Yes we can Adrian. YES WE CAN!!!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) #4 - SECURITY
(05) JON- K - UNDERCOVER AGENT SUPREME
(06) EDWIN GUECO - JUDGE
(07) THE OUTLAW
(08) BABY OUTLAW
(09) STAPLES24 - REFEREE - Nba Finals Lakers Cavs, --Champions Lakers
(10) JEANETTE - COMMISSIONER - I want a seat on that bandwagon. I will never abandon my Lakers, no matter what. At this point, losing is not an option. We need all the positive vibes
(11) JAMIE SWEET - DISC JOCKEY
(12) 2PHATT - FINAL ARBITER
(13) RYAN - TIME KEEPER - GO LAKERS !!
(14) INFAMOUS EL GUAPO - DEPUTY SHERRIFF
(15) LURKER - GUARDIAN OF THE GATE
(16) RICK FRIEDMAN - HEAD OFFICIAL - Don't quite understand why we need a resurrection band wagon, but I'm in if you say so.
(17) J24(LADYJEM24) - The Lakers will bounce back! I will not stop believing. Nobody can predict the future, so Ill stay calm and wait till Tuesday. One game at a time. Go Lakers!
(18) TEAMN - STRENGTH COACH - The Lakers most impose their will
(19 VMAN - Resurrection??????????? Fan resurrection maybe. These are the damn champions. TIme to turn up the volume on this mofo. We've seen this movie. The Okeys are good but all they did was hold serve. Tomorrow night's the beginning of the their end.

Every year there is a new, young, fresh, exiting team who is the darling of the media. They put up a valient struggle, show flashes of true brilliance, lose and everyone claim that they will be a team to be reckoned with in the future. Then they are never heard from again or fall apart with bickering. Bye Bye Thunder it was nice knowing ya!

Running game is all about momentum. You slow the pace at every possesion you get, Lakers advantage.


Even if the Thunder scores on a slow pace, the momentum is still with the Lakers.




@STAPLES24, Bro you got some damn good ideas. If you could only stop downgrading Kobe.
mamba24

ADRIAN PALOMAR,
To ninoy stop taking drugs that makes you day dream.my lakers will defeat your thunder in 6 instead.they are just making this series enteresting and a lot of money involve with it. A.P.
First of all I don't take drugs that make me daydream. The fact that it takes somebody to know the effects of drugs makes me think that you're a drug addict. Secondly I am a Laker fan not a Thunder fan. But I belong to those what you call "Realistic" fan. Not the type of most Laker fans here in this blog that is blind and fanatic that eventhough it's obvious that the Thunder is really the more superior team based on the 4 games played, still says the Lakers will win the series. Thirdly by saying that the Lakers is just making this series interesting and theres money involve make me "puke" How can you say that?...are you watching the Thunder vs Lakers series or the Cleveland vs Bulls. The Thunder is just toying with the Lakers in those four games. Did you see how the Cavaliers destroyed the Bulls in game 4? That's what you call making the series interesting by giving away game 3 and destroying them the next game in Bulls homecourt. Did you see that in the Lakers and Thunder series? Stop taking drugs so you will not be hallucinating that the Lakers will still win this series. By May, 2010 you will start watching the Utah vs. Thunder series, if you still decide to watch the play-offs without our favorite team the Lakers in the picture.

Man, I threw a Laker party Saturday night, the the Lakers laid an egg! The way I see it, the Lakers now owe me for:

One bottle of tequila (for shots).
One bottle of vodka (for martinis).
One thirty-pack of brewski (for guzzling).
A few bottles of wine (for the stuck-up guests).
Two buckets of chicken (finger licking good).
Cranberry and orange juice (martinis).
Various chips and dips.

We all sat there trying to decide if we should even watch the fourth quarter! (we did - pass the tequila).

Man, I could have watched America's Most Wanted instead!

This year's Lakers don't seem to be improved from last year. Did they even take a step back with Artest and a no-show from Odom?

There is no magic switch that the Lakers can flip. If there is, they're still looking for it in a pitch-black room.

Remember the fast-breaking '80's Lakers with Magic, Worthy, etc. That's how fast the Thunder look today.

I remain hopeful, so I'll say Lakers in seven games. But it might be a while before I throw another Laker party again, haha.

Posted by: Shivarising

So, as there were some ludicrous poll questions the other day, let me pose a few of my own to you all:

1. Who will the new Lakers head coach be next year?

2. What team will Lamar Odom be playing for next season?

3. Where will Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton, and Jordan Farmar end up next year?

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Jeff Van Gundy will be the next head coach of the Lakers

Lamar Odum will be reunited with DWade in Miami after a Tabloid divorce bonanza

Sasha and Luke will remain a Laker as no one will take them off the Lakers hand

Farmar will seek his fortune wherever Phil Jackson isn't

LTLf,


There is no way Lakers can win with jump shots, it does not matter what your stats are. They are misleading as always. Lakers strentgh is to dominate inside, the more Bynum and Gasol gets touches the more Thunder is going to panic. Soon they will be in foul trouble.


Going inside slows the pace down and builds momentum for the Lakers in 48 minute game. Not 1 shot stat you are lecturing.

Speed the game up and it builds momentum for the Thunder.


Are you saying the jump shot of Fisher can give you a higher percentage than a dunk of Bynum?


If game 1 ist quarter play continued, the Laker guards were consistent with the plan. This series is already over in game 4. Thunder would have never discovered their momentum.


Stop taking drugs so you will not be hallucinating that the Lakers will still win this series. By May, 2010 you will start watching the Utah vs. Thunder series, if you still decide to watch the play-offs without our favorite team the Lakers in the picture. Posted by: NINOY | April 26, 2010 at 02:07 PM
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ROFLMFAO!!! WAHAHAHA! OH SWEET JESUS, STOP IT PLEASE!!
Yes Ninoy, Adrian is a Drug addict, I Mamba24 is also a drug addict. We are
admitted LAKERHOLICS!! Our Drug of choice...THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS. Now I want you to be truthful and answer a question please. But before you do that... PUT THAT FREAKIN CRACK PIPE DOWN!! ROFLMFAO!!! HAHAHHAHAHHAHA! OH THE HUMANITY!

>>>START BROWN OVER FISHER!!!

Fish is shooting 50% on 3-pointers and 41% overall for the series

Brown is shooting 14% on 3-pointers and 35% overall for the series

And Brown is no better than Fish at stopping or even slowing down Westbrook.

Yes NINOY who???Your the one hallucinating that thunder will win it,your not a lakers fan i know it the way you talk.i dont watch any game if not my Lakers playing,i dont get a damn to other team except my Lakers.So dont pretend that your a Lakers fan because your not.Hell no this thunder winning this series not at all,and please dont ever underestimate the heart of the champion.Get it NINOY!!!Just concentarate on your candidacy as president of the Philippines ok and to tell you the truth il vote for you.Peace dude!!!

Concentrate I mean NINOY!!!

Wait. I've figured it out.

The Lakers payroll is so high that the only way they can make money is to have a 7 game series in every round. That's it. If the Lakers would have won games 3 & 4 in OKC, there would have been no games 5 or 7 at Staples, losing several million in revenues.

That explains it all.

thunder are superior are you bloody blind NINOY???Looks like 8 vs 5 playing on the court thats why they win game 3-4.Do you know how much is the cost of ticket in Game 4 at OKC?compare it to other team playing in this playoffs its almost 6times more than that and thats is good business for both team if you know what i mean.

If the shooters hit the open shots,
if Ron, Lo, the bench hit 40% instead of shooting 2 or 3 for 10ish,
wouldn't this series be over now?
If not, would definitely be 3-1.

OKC is daring the shooters to beat them.

Wait. I've figured it out. The Lakers payroll is so high that the only way they can make money is to have a 7 game series in every round. That's it. If the Lakers would have won games 3 & 4 in OKC, there would have been no games 5 or 7 at Staples, losing several million in revenues. That explains it all. Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | April 26, 2010 at 02:32 PM
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EUREKA! Genius LongTime, Absolute Genius!! Now don't let Darth Stern hear you talking like that! Lol!
mamba24

Put me on the bandwagon, Lakers in 6, we see weakness in the West,hopefully its not ours!

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LAKERS DOMINATION/RESURRECTION - BANDWAGON
* Aint No stopping us now, we on the move!!
*http://thrillof.com/Boston_Celtics/video:kobe-bryant-vengeance/

(01) ADRIAN PALOMAR - OWNER - can we start The Lakers Ressurection bandwagon
please.Lakers all the way baby!!!
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - Yes we can Adrian. YES WE CAN!!!
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN
(04) #4 - SECURITY
(05) JON- K - UNDERCOVER AGENT SUPREME
(06) EDWIN GUECO - JUDGE
(07) THE OUTLAW
(08) BABY OUTLAW
(09) STAPLES24 - REFEREE - Nba Finals Lakers Cavs, --Champions Lakers
(10) JEANETTE - COMMISSIONER - I want a seat on that bandwagon. I will never abandon my Lakers, no matter what. At this point, losing is not an option. We need all the positive vibes
(11) JAMIE SWEET - DISC JOCKEY
(12) 2PHATT - FINAL ARBITER
(13) RYAN - TIME KEEPER - GO LAKERS !!
(14) INFAMOUS EL GUAPO - DEPUTY SHERRIFF
(15) LURKER - GUARDIAN OF THE GATE
(16) RICK FRIEDMAN - HEAD OFFICIAL - Don't quite understand why we need a resurrection band wagon, but I'm in if you say so.
(17) J24(LADYJEM24) - DEPUTY COMMISIONER - The Lakers will bounce back! I will not stop believing. Nobody can predict the future, so Ill stay calm and wait till Tuesday. One game at a time. Go Lakers!
(18) TEAMN - STRENGTH COACH - The Lakers most impose their will
(19 VMAN - Resurrection??????????? Fan resurrection maybe. These are the damn champions. TIme to turn up the volume on this mofo. We've seen this movie. The Okeys are good but all they did was hold serve. Tomorrow night's the beginning of the their end.
(20) RIZZO - SECURITY - Put me on the bandwagon, Lakers in 6, we see weakness in the West,hopefully its not ours

I admit I have been bashing Drew most of the season, but he is playing very well in these playoffs. With Drew in the middle the Thunder are more hesitant, with Gasol in the middle its Drive Drive Drive
My mind has changed and if one of the bigs has to go it's Gasol. When given the oppurtunity to be "the Man" in the last game, he wilted.
Bosh for Gasol is a much better switch that Bosh for Bynum. Kevin Love would be a great addition also. Smart, tough for his size, goes after rebounds and can pass. Not a bad shooter either, think of him as a Luke Walton with real skills.
Earlier this year, I suggested Kobe to rest until he was completely healed. I even dared to say that Kobe's ego would not allow him to watch his teammates do well without him. What happens? the Lakers played well in his absense getting confidence with each game, he comes back, still injured, and it's been a mess since.
I got ridiculed for suggesting such a thing but I still believe this to be the case.

That being said, Kobe take the summer off and heal because next year you should have a new coach and better players around you.

THE SLEEPER MUST AWAKEN
If i have to, I'll wait till next year, don''t like it but it is what it is.
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TROLL MAN, TOMORROW... THE SLEEPER WILL AWAKENNNNNN!
P.s. Good on you about Bynum! Kudos

4 games down, three to go. Leave the analysis to the experts and let's not do either a pundit or spoiler's role on this series. Again, there's no assurance what is the state of mind of the Lakers, same as for the Thunder. But if there's something that we have to stop now... putting a finger on this person or that. It's kinda frustrating for nobody expected for this series to go this far, but think and see how the Lakers approached this series by far. Have you seen anyone on their post game interviews and conferences to be down at a point and frown in front of the media?

There's no way to suggest what the Lakers have to do to get the series. They exactly know what to do and they just have to execute it well come Game 5. They lollygagged maybe on Game 4 or maybe they are trying to push for an experimental state Game 4 (biggies to push the game and offense) or maybe they are trying too much of sending a message, maybe they really know what they wanted. Hard to fathom, yeah, but maybe better be neutral nor negative or positive... maybe stop too much on falling in love with the Thunder. They have their attention since, but let the Lakers have it on themselves.

One thing right now, maybe they are the Lakers after all... they knew and had drama then and now... let's just hope, they will not flip the script somewhere else.

@Art - FL Lakers Fan, I do believe you have some valid points there sir.
Mamab24

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

Staples 24.

>>>>There is no way Lakers can win with jump shots, it does not matter what your stats are.


It's not "my stats". It's THE FACTS about what happened in games 1 to 4.

If you want to divorce yourself from reality and believe that the statistics in the first four games of this series are irrelevant, then feel free. But if you had made predictions about your stated belief, then you would be 1-for-4 in predicting the outcome of games in the series (game 3 the Lakers shot a lot of jumpers and lost).

 
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