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Caught in the Web: Capturing reaction to Lakers' 124-112 Game 2 win over Phoenix Suns

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Game Stories

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan showcases the Lakers' offensive dominance in their 124-112 Game 2 Western Conference Finals victory over the Phoenix Suns.

-- NBA.com's Bryan Chu dissects how the Lakers beat the Suns at their own game.

-- The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro outlines Phoenix's frustration.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding points to Bryant's facilitating role as evidence he still "has a in the best-player-in-the-game discussion."

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen details the Sun's inept defense against the Lakers.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights how the Lakers put the game away in the fourth quarter.

-- The New York Times' Billy Witz wonders if anyone can stop the Lakers.

Notebooks

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr illustrates how Andrew Bynum made the most of his limited minutes.

-- The Arizona Republic's Coro reports Amare Stoudemire stands by his statement that Lamar Odom had a "lucky game" in the Lakers' Game 1 victory.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen demonstrates why the Lakers' offense will be hard to stop when Ron Artest shoots well.

- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin showcases Pau Gasol's dominance.

-- The Daily News' Teaford highlights Phil Jackson's concerns about Bynum's health.

Sidebars

-- The Times' Bresnahan features Gasol's fourth-quarter performance.

- The Times' Broderick Turner details why the Suns' Game 2 adjustments still weren't enough to stop the Lakers.

- The Times' Lisa Dillman explains why the Lakers are lucky to have Lamar Odom.

-- The Daily News' Jill Painter credits Kobe Bryant's ability to play a facilitating role.

-- The Arizona Republic's Bob Young features Jared Dudley's contributions off the bench.

Columns

--  The Times' Bill Plaschke argues Lakers' dismantling of the Suns does very little to prepare them for the NBA Finals.

-- In entertaining fashion, The Times' T.J. Simers has Jackson confirm the team has asked him to take a pay cut if he were to coach next season.

-- The Times' Mark Heisler believes Bynum will need to be fully healthy for the NBA Finals if the Lakers want to repeat.

-- ESPN.com's J.A. Adande sees the Lakers making their effort look too easy against Phoenix.

-- The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley wants more from the Suns' stars, including Steve Nash and Stoudemire.

-- The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin credits Phoenix's improved offense, but criticizes its ineffective defense. He also believes Suns center Robin Lopez will be a valuable part of the team's future.

-- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore believes the Lakers are ready for a bigger challenge.

-- With the Lakers' series against Phoenix lacking much drama, The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins compares the match-up to various unsuccessful movies.

-- NBA.com's Art Garcia believes the Suns have no answers for the Lakers.

-- Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel can't wait for the Lakers to meet the Celtics in the NBA Finals.

-- Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins believes Gasol has remained dominant so he's fully prepared for Boston in the NBA Finals.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin argues Artest has now proven why he's more valuable to the Lakers than Trevor Ariza.

-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller details Phoenix's inability to stop Bryant from directing the offense.

-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton compares Bryant to a quarterback.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne details how Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire remains a defensive liability.

-- Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears criticizes Stoudemire for not backing up his words with his play.

-- Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel says the series is over.

-- The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker credits Jordan Farmar's fourth-quarter play.

-- The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman argues Phoenix needs a new coach who will teach the Suns how to play defense.

Blogs

-- In The Times' Fabulous Forum, Turner chalks up the Lakers' tough first-round match-up with Oklahoma City as the biggest playoff surprise.

-- The Times' Houston Mitchell details James Worthy's accomplishments, which readers consider good enough for Worthy to earn sixth place among the all-time greatest Lakers.

-- TrueHoop's Kevin Arnovitz breaks down Bryant's "artwork."

-- ProBasketballTalk's Kurt Helin goes through all the defensive adjustments Phoenix unsuccessfully made.

-- ESPN Los Angeles Andy and Brian Kamenetzky detail the Lakers' fourth-quarter run, Gasol's inside presence and provide hard-hitting numbers and video.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore sums up there's plenty to like in the Lakers' Game 2 win.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip credits the Lakers' team effort.

-- Valley of the Sun's Seth Pollack calls Phoenix's Game 2 loss an embarrassment.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell outlines how Bryant and Gasol exploited the Suns' defense.

Tweet of the Day:"Out of 94 regular-season & postseason games, 3 of the Suns' worst 4 defensive FG% games have come vs. the Lakers." -- paulcoro (Arizona Republic's Suns beat reporter Paul Coro)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I think our team needs a tougher game in Phoenix for games 3&4. I really want Phoenix to put up some real hard defense so the Lakers could have an excellent scrimmage in preparation fro the NBA finals, it's boring up to now." - appolo c. vermont

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to drive past Phoenix forward Jared Dudley during the second quarter of the Lakers' 124-112 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.

 
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Stop gloating. It was still a Suns victory because they tied the game at the end of the 3rd quarter & denied us Tacos...again.

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What a game!!! Many LOL's where had at the expense of the trolls on last night's chat.

Boy that Lamar Odom guy is one Lucky dude.
If Odom is lucky what does that make Pau?

After reading Bill Plaschke's column this morning I have come to the conclusion that he is more of an attention whore than Simmers...

And to close out my morning post...

I don't always prefer crazy, but when I do I prefer the Ron Artest on the Lakers type of crazy.

Consider this my boarding pass onto the Ron Artest Appriciation band wagon. I would like to Reserve the lucky #13 slot because thats the way I roll

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RON ARTEST APPRECIATION – BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHEMAMBAFAN – OWNER - I just have to express my appreciation for Ron Artest. I didn't want him. I was totally against him becoming a Laker. "He's crazy" I said. "He's looney tunes". "He talks about himself in the 3rd person". Yadda yadda yadda. I have since eaten crow with a huge side of humble pie. Keep doing what you're doing and you're gonna get your ring, Ronron. 6 more wins and it's all yours. This man is the perfect teammate. All heart, hustle and defense. No trouble. Not a lot of drama. Not even a hint of crazy. He's like Kobe in the sense that once he's focused, he's all in. He's locked down some of the best players in the game, and we ain't seen nothing yet. I love him. I love Ron Artest. I hope he's a Laker for Life.
(02) MAGIC PHIL – DRIVER - Two words for you, justa: ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheers.
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN – Three words for you justa “”Add Me too”.
(04) #4 - I appreciate Ron Artest's efforts to be the player that we need. I think he'll actually get much better next year.
(05) RICK FRIEDMAN – I appreciate it too!
(06)WALLACE - Put me on "RonRon's Bandwagon."Yes, I've always like Ron's game ever since he was with Chicago. Ron is similar to Kobe that he's a fierce competitor and back off from no one. It's a good character on our team. He has proven his worth in the playoff and look forward for his match-up against Paula Pierce in the Finals.
(07) VMAN – WAR GENERAL - Another beat of the War drum. The team is bonded, focused, ready for the first attack. Ron Artest defines the effort "we got to play like we did in the projects in Queens". Who was that meant for? He's ready, we're ready, it won't be long now.


(13) THE INFAMOUS EL GUAPO - I don't always prefer crazy, but when I do I prefer the Ron Artest on the Lakers type of crazy. Consider this my boarding pass onto the Ron Artest Appriciation band wagon. I would like to Reserve the lucky #13 slot because thats the way I roll

Stop gloating. It was still a Suns victory because they tied the game at the end of the 3rd quarter & denied us Tacos...again. Posted by: utzworld - the ONCE AND FUTURE BANNER HOLDER | May 20, 2010 at 08:33 AM
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Lol,As always brief and to the point. Hey BANNER HOLDER. WE Miss you man.
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utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER YOUR LAKERSBLOG FAMILY MISS YOU – BANDWAGON
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(01) JON K. – OWNER/UNDRCOVER AGENT SUPREME – utzworld we miss you.
(02) MAMBA24 – TEMP. DRIVER – Allright Utzworld I can play prima donna & disappear from time to time cause I’m just a Court Jester, But we need you brother. I beg you, come back and help the famiily
Finish this push to the title and help consolidate Dynasty #4 and our Legacy. I believe that you are the one who first reminded us there were Laker Dynasties and Legacy’s way back in the good old days. I know you may be going thru more serious things – God bless You, Your Daughter & your Family – but if you find a moment here and there come on back. Thanks Brother. Regardless, STAY STRONG AND GOD BLESS YOUR DAUGHTER.
(03)
(04) #4
(05) RICK FRIEDMAN - I'm confident we will see a return of our BANNER HOLDER upon the official match-up for the Finals.
(06)


Sasha and DJ need some run...

We want all guns loaded for the battle ahead.

Go Sasha, Go DJ, Go Lakers

UTZZZZZZZZ So good to see you back man. Miss the gameday prayers.

Mamba24, put me on Utz bandwagon and I wish him well and his daughter. We're having a hard time say a prayer especially in print. Utz should report during the playoffs, hold the flag high and compose a prayer for the blog.

Put me also on RonRon bandwagon, the Ariza die hards are silent because we're winning. Never doubt Artest, he's our secret weapon in '10 against the infamous Perkins calves. He will shred them into pieces, then eat them. LMAO!

To our Spaniard fans who are die hard Gasol fans, how come a typical Laker fan can no longer say anything even a constructive criticism to paisano Pau. Is fandome over the top of our heads that we treat these players as Gods or living Idols, in the case of Gasol, a Spanish Idol. They are players with strengths and weaknesses, it's just a matter of evaluating what we observe in a ball game which became imminently profound on certain games. If the criticisms are within reason like what MM mentioned in the other thread, I think we should let it fly.

Here is my problem about cultural differences. I could relate this because I come from both sides. International fans are peeved by American arrogance or hurtin' words used especially in painting the deficiencies of their favorite player. On the other picture, Laker fans here who are Gasol critics wanted Pau to be a brute force, rugged, an unyielding player in the post, they wanted him to be someone who is not a strong center like Kwame or Perkins so they call him names: soft, stiff, marshmallow etc. The whole thing goes on crazy jumbled in hurling insults that is already out of the subject matter. Well, both worlds are global in perspective connected by the net but have different way mores and custom in interpreting the art or how the sport should be played. If after sometime you can't change things or players itself, why don't we just accept what they are than what we want them to be. Work within the paradigm and let change happen in your own perception. There are things in this world that can be changed to your own liking and there are things that will stay as is. The world will not stop but will move on. As a blogger, it is time grow up and learn something from disagreement.

"I fear no one, But respect everyone"
- Fatty Federer, on playing the Celtics in the Finals

THEY SAY THAT CAT FATTY IS A BAD MOTHER..SHUT YOUR MOUTH BUT I'M JUST TALKING ABOUT FATTY, THEN WE CAN DIG IT!!

"We are winning, because we are out scoring them"
- Yogi 'Fatty' Berra, on the Lakers lack of defense in this series
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Dear Derek Fisher,

Many of us harped on you during the season for not doing the right thing in following in Luke's footsteps in requesting to come off the bench.

Let me be the first to say, I was right. I was right whether or not we win the NBA title (success does not make a decision optimal on its own merit).

Your play against Westbrook can hardly be considered good. Things didn't turn around until Kobe stepped up and took that responsibility off your shoulders.

You've had an excellent history against Deron Williams. Last series was no different. You looked adequate out there, hitting just enough baskets to make up for the points you were leaking on the defensive end. If every game of ever series plays out like this, then your play is of no consequence and we're all happy.

In Game 1 of the WCF, you showed everyone just how over rated Steve Nash is. You looked like an all-star out there!

Then something terrible happened last night. You converged to your season norm, and this just won't do. It took Farmar playing extra minutes in the 4th to break the game open.

Steve Nash is slow. You can do so much better than last night's display.

Consider this a warm-up to Rondo - because Rondo comes with weapons that Westbrook & Williams didn't have. You're going to NEED that warm-up. Should PJ put you on Ray Allen, consider Nash a warm-up to Allen (a much closer comparison anyway)

It's imperative that you're playing your best in the next round.

And when you enjoy your 5th ring, praise the lord, celebrate, and then tell Phil never to start you again unless there's a massive injury in the rotation.

Thank you.

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utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER YOUR LAKERSBLOG FAMILY MISS YOU – BANDWAGON
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(01) JON K. – OWNER/UNDRCOVER AGENT SUPREME – utzworld we miss you.
(02) MAMBA24 – TEMP. DRIVER – Allright Utzworld I can play prima donna & disappear from time to time cause I’m just a Court Jester, But we need you brother. I beg you, come back and help the famiily
Finish this push to the title and help consolidate Dynasty #4 and our Legacy. I believe that you are the one who first reminded us there were Laker Dynasties and Legacy’s way back in the good old days. I know you may be going thru more serious things – God bless You, Your Daughter & your Family – but if you find a moment here and there come on back. Thanks Brother. Regardless, STAY STRONG AND GOD BLESS YOUR DAUGHTER.
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(04) #4
(05) RICK FRIEDMAN - I'm confident we will see a return of our BANNER HOLDER upon the official match-up for the Finals.
(06)EASTCOASTJESSIE - ***
utzworld THE BANNER HOLDER YOUR LAKERSBLOG FAMILY MISS YOU – BANDWAGON
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(01) JON K. – OWNER/UNDRCOVER AGENT SUPREME – utzworld we miss you.
(02) MAMBA24 – TEMP. DRIVER – Allright Utzworld I can play prima donna & disappear from time to time cause I’m just a Court Jester, But we need you brother. I beg you, come back and help the famiily
Finish this push to the title and help consolidate Dynasty #4 and our Legacy. I believe that you are the one who first reminded us there were Laker Dynasties and Legacy’s way back in the good old days. I know you may be going thru more serious things – God bless You, Your Daughter & your Family – but if you find a moment here and there come on back. Thanks Brother. Regardless, STAY STRONG AND GOD BLESS YOUR DAUGHTER.
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(04) #4
(05) RICK FRIEDMAN - I'm confident we will see a return of our BANNER HOLDER upon the official match-up for the Finals.
(06)EASTCOASTJESSIE - UTZZZZZZZZ So good to see you back man. Miss the gameday prayers.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THERE FOLKS! SORRRY!

"Don't take it personal Suns, its-a justa business"
- Don 'Fatty' Corleone, on the Lakers march to the Finals

And when you enjoy your 5th ring, praise the lord, celebrate, and then tell Phil never to start you again unless there's a massive injury in the rotation.Thank you.
Posted by: Tim-4-Show | May 20, 2010 at 09:11 AM
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OOOOOOOOOOOHH WEEEEEEEEEEEE!
I WANNA BE TIM-4-SHOW WHEN I GROW UP!...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!

Mamba, it so nice, you said it twice!

UTZ, your presence is missed. Always liked what you had to say.

Fatty is on fire as usual, LOL

The Suns are just a fancy scrimmage. I hope they step up their D to help us prepare for the next round...

And for the love of God, can the Orlando Magic please win a game??

#$%@!!!

Seriously.

PREACH FATTY, PREACH!!!

Tim-4-Show,

Fisher will not be guarding Rondo. Kobe will be. Ever since Game 3 of the 2008 Finals Kobe has been on Rondo. In fact when Kobe was injured when the Celtics played in LA this season it was Shannon Brown who guarded Rondo....with not as much success compared to Kobe has done so far in the past.

So no need to worry about Rondo on Fisher.

Mamba, it so nice, you said it twice! UTZ, your presence is missed. Always liked what you had to say. Posted by: #4 | May 20, 2010 at 09:17 AM
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Thanks #4 for covering for my slip up. Lol!
Mamba24

"I'll see your Pierce, and raise you Artest"
- Tim-4-Show, on the improved Lakers toughness in the Finals

LeBron`s mother "scoring" with LeBron`s teammate?!?

Now, see what getting eliminated by the Celtics will cause some people to do?

The Celts are leaving a "Katrina-like" path of destruction wherever they go in this post-season!

On a sadder note...it was seriously uncool of the Orlando police to taser and arrest the father of Marquis Daniels during Game 2. Hopefully, Marquis` dad was at least able to throw a beer at a security guard for all his trouble!

Antonio Villaraigosa...roll out the red carpet for our June 3rd arrival.

"Don't take it personal Suns, its-a justa business"
- Don 'Fatty' Corleone, on the Lakers march to the Finals Posted by: Fatty | May 20, 2010 at 09:15 AM
FREAKIN CLASSIC!!!!! GO FATTY!!

The new goal is sweep.

Additional rest for Andrew's knee.

Home court advantage.

And revenge on the Celtics.

Alright, let's go.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

IS THERE A FIREMAN IN THE HOUSE?
FATTY'S ON FIRRRRRRRRRE!!!!!

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BACK TO BACK PAYBACK our DATE WITH DESTINY– BANDWAGON
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X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, HIT IT LAKER TOM! PARADE TIME!!! RINGS!!
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When Dark threatens to Extinguish Light, Lakers and Celtics Collide. When Good and Evil can't coexist for another second, Lakers / Celtics Collide. When Love is threatened by Hate, Lakers / Celtics Collide
The path is clear. It's time to get Ugly, turn up the tough. Pain? what Pain? Injuries? Cut me.
No Fear, the Suns shall Illuminate our path, aid in our preparation for the battle ahead.
The Good, the Light, the Love, will Prevail... Rise Up! GO Lakers! @ VMAN
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(01) TIM-4-SHOW – OWNER - One thing is clear, like it or not... Back2Back Payback - Kobe would like to thank all those fans in Boston that chanted MVP while Paula and Doc were purposely throwing games in a desperate attempt to salvage a dead franchise. Lakers get the last word. Last meeting of the 1980s, Lakers win on Boston home floor. Last meeting of the 2000s (2000-2020), Lakers win on Boston home floor in stunning game 5. As a token of appreciation, you will get to cheer for him in person as he's handed the Bill Russel finals MVP trophy after game 5 at center court.
(02) VMAN – DRIVER - When dark threatens to extinguish light, Lakers and Celtics collide. When good and evil can't coexist for another second, Lakers / Celtics collide. When love is threatened by hate, Lakers / Celtics collide@ VMAN
(03) JEANETTE – DRIVER - agree with most regarding Odom. He is in it for the redemption against the Suns and Celts on the next round. This year is the year that the Lakers will redefine greatness. THE TIME IS NOW!!! It is just the beginning of greater things to come.
(04) # 4
(05) ZAIRA AMATERASU – DIRECTOR FINALS WIN # 3 - This year is shaping up to be the Revenge Year. So let's keep having the Suns, then let's have the Celtics (very likely at this point) to complete the full circle.
(06) EDWIN GUECO – JUDGE - Once they get to the Finals, it is our time for redemption. This will be a back to back redemption against a Forbidden State and against Tormenting Leprechauns.
(07) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DEF need a seat on the bandwagon!! I'll stand if I have to. Hell - I'll strap myself to the roof it there's no more room!!!
(08) MAMBA24 – Revenge a wise person says is a dish best served cold. Our hearts are cold and dispassionate as we sweep away the garbage and clear a path for our Victory parade
(09) EAST COAST JESSE - Looks like it's gonna be a Lakers/Celtics final people. I can't wait!!!!!!!
(10) LAKERLASS - find me a little spot on that bandwagon. I know the Suns are going to throw every thing they can at us so we must be ready to go in for the kill. Posted
(11) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL - Make sure those PHX fans understand DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!! (12) CORNER J - I wouldn't even watch the next series...it'll be the first 7-game series ever stopped after 3 on a mercy rule).
(13) RDLEE - With the Kobe face, the broom is ready
(14) BRONXLAKERFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN - If you've got the broom, I've got the dustpan!
(15) KEIFO - - DIRECTOR WIN #4 WCF - Put me on the bandwagon- I've got my dustbuster!!
(16) FATTY – DIRECTOR WIN #2 FINALS - That's all you will hear from me on that. In the mean time, I will be looking for my broom. Let's see, where did I put that thing. I just had it out last week.
(17) KOBESBAD - Please put me on the bandwagon...Kobe is a very baaaaaaad man!
(18)DAVE M. - RECYCLING DIRECTOR - bandwagon me please. Those little dust bunnies need to be swept up and tossed in the garbage.
(19)TEAMN – SECURITY- Kobe Bryant is one bad mofo -- that turnaround j in the second half was unbelievable, I don't even think he had time to see the basket it was so quick!Incredible game by just about
(20) FEARLESS - From your mouth to all our hearts. As you say, so say we all. Let the Green Blood spill! We would have any, but we thirst for only one: Boston. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the coming of the real Clash of the Titans.
(21) J24(LADY-JEM24) – On to the next beat down
(22) MR.NANO - I also think we can win in 4, IF they continue focused. Let's just crush 'em.
(23) RICK FRIEDMAN – DIRECTOR PARADE CELEBRATION TITLE # 16 - You have a DATE WITH DESTINY– BANDWAGON and haven't saved me a seat? Surely, this must be an oversight, and not a slight.
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VMan, I agree that Sasha and DJ need some run, but is there a reason why you left out JP and AMmo?

Scratch that, is there a reason why you left out JP?

=)

Fatty reports from inside Arizona today.......

Wife's FB friend, a Sun's fan, comments on last nights game.

"I'm going to drown myself in Oreo cookies and Coronas. Gawd, I HATE these Lakers!"

Doesn't it make you feel so good, warm and fuzzy inside to be soooo hated?

What happened to that guy that calls himself, 'lakerhater'? I miss his deep and meaningful comments, "Suns rule! Lakers are losers!!"

#4

And don't forget Luke....we all need some comic relief.

RED'S LOVE CHILD,

"LeBron`s mother "scoring" with LeBron`s teammate?!?"

This reportedly went on for some time before the Celtics series and LeBron found out about it before Game Four of the series. Remember that look on LeBron's face? That's the look of "Oh my dear God, Delonte West was having sex with my Mom... repeatedly having sex with my Mom."

Yeah, two days ago I talked with a drug dealer from my club whose baby mamma is best friends with Gloria James. He told me that his baby mamma confirmed the rumor to him.

Yeah... only in Akron.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

What happened to that guy that calls himself, 'lakerhater'? I miss his deep and meaningful comments, "Suns rule! Lakers are losers!!"Posted by: Fatty | May 20, 2010 at 09:38 AM
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GO FATTY GO clap clap, clap clap clap!!
GO FATTY GO clap clap, clap clap clap!!!
GO FATTY GO clap clap, clap clap clap!!
GO FATTY GO clap clap, clap clap clap!!


RED'S LOVE CHILD,

"On a sadder note...it was seriously uncool of the Orlando police to taser and arrest the father of Marquis Daniels during Game 2. "

He probably deserved it. He is a Celtics fan after all.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

"It all depends what you mean by the word 'is'?"
- Bill 'Fatty' Clinton, on 'is' the Suns playing defense, or 'is' they not

GO FATTY GO clap clap, clap clap clap!!
GO JON K. GO clap clap, clap clap clap!!!
GO FATTY GO clap clap, clap clap clap!!
GO JON K. GO clap clap, clap clap clap!!!

On a serious note, what's this I hear about prayers getting banned on the Blog?

utzworld,

"On a serious note, what's this I hear about prayers getting banned on the Blog?"

Not that I've seen. All my prayers have gone through. But, dude, I'm just keeping the seat warm for your return, chaplain.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Fatty,

They have a good hand with some outs, but we're the favorites. Lest people get confused.

08 nearly went 7 (blowing 20 point home lead) WITH Luke & Rad.

Now there's Bynum & Artest + HCA

Fatty, now how could I forget Luke?

You sir, are on a roll today....

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Also,

I almost forgot to say in my defense of MM (who didn't ask me to say anything at all), he didn't say that the Suns were counting on Bynum's injury to succeed. What he gave were a list of supposed cracks int he Lakers armor that maybe a team like the Suns might list as ways they can exploit to defeat the Lakers. MM then went on to show the specific folly in relying on any of those faults benefiting your team in any way. Because the Lakers always seem to have a counter. To everything.

Read the article carefully, and you will see the truth.

--FEARless

Let's put it this way...

The Celtics are going to see Kobe's GameFace.

Nothing can stop The Face.

And it's going to be one exceedingly terrifying Face.

Does anyone really think that Kobe's going to allow THE CELTICS to stop him from equaling Magic Johnson in Championships? Really? Really?

Just imagine what Kobe is going to say to Thriller before the game! You thought Ron Ron was terrifying when he charged the stands in Detroit? Just imagine how much fear he is going to strike into Paula Pierce's heart!

We're inspired for revenge from 2006 and 2007 against the Suns.

This Finals is going to be taken to a whole another level.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

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I'm sitting here thinking of this and I realize that it really must suck when you have your big men getting dunked on, casually, without much effort, by some kid prospect of a center who's always injured (and who is currently injured) like it was nothing. NOTHING. The kid doesn't even look like he's trying that hard and he's making it look like you don't even have a team!

Almost a point a minute? And his knee is all swollen? And the Suns just beat the Spurs down? What the heck?

Then, to add injury to insult (because, lets be real, Bynum is currently just the insult -- which is actually the fun part of competitive sports), his backup is Lamar Odom? Possibly the most versatile player in the whole league.

WTF?!?!

--FEARless

Is it really true we have to wait 3 days till Sunday for our next win? Man, that's a long time!

Did you know, that those three days equate to like,..... three years in a Lakers fan's life?

Gotta work today around the house. My wife has a list of things to do as long as our length advantage over the Suns....

Have a great Lakers day!

See you on the blog!

We're just waiting until the Finals to release the unstoppable unstoppableness of Adam Morrison.

I want to see the slackjawed look of shock on Garnett's face as Ammo begins draining three-pointers.

It'll happen. It'll happen.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Fatty,

"Is it really true we have to wait 3 days till Sunday for our next win? Man, that's a long time!"

Tell me about it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

I want to see the slackjawed look of shock on Garnett's face as Ammo begins draining three-pointers. It'll happen. It'll happen.Posted by: Jon K. | May 20, 2010 at 09:59 AM
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THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!! GO JON K. GO!!!

Troy

Thanks for cheering us up this morning... That was just about the most depressing post I ever read.. While u do bring up some valid points ie.. matchup problems perhaps u should also focus on some of OUR advantages

- who will guard kobe? They have no defensive stopper. posey is long gone.. Put allen on him and take 10 pts of his average

- dfish shooting % are way up across the board these playoffs. He keeps this up we are unbeatable

- lamar is getting healthier

- have no fear ron ron is here.. No more luke and weakass defenders on their top scorer paula

- bynum/gasol will rotate on kg downlow.. Their length will bother kg and his weakass knees.. Perkins is no factor offensively. Rasheed is perhaps their biggest xfactor but he too melts under pressure and can easily be taken out of a game

- rondo will get kobeitis and history will show he's never had proven success with with kobe on him (see westbrook)

-celts have no depth anymore.. No more dangerous 3pt specialists.. Eddie house was huge for them before.. Tony allen isn't a force by any stretch of imagination

- and #1 reason.. WE GOT HOMECOURT.. Game 1 could decide series.. Win game 1 and see phils record after winning game 1...

I agree with u gasol will be the key to the series.. If he steps up and responds to their physicality this series could be over quick.. If gasol is gasoft again then it could be a long series but give lakers edge cause we got homecourt

JMHO.. Cheer up and take that to the bank!!

Clinton is cute, are you cute Fatty? love you comic contribution on the blog.

Tim4Show,

I believe we're already seeing the best of Fisher in these playoffs, doing good against Nash tho' his shooting last night was only 2-8 and missed the first two FT's. We can't teach the oldies new tricks or turn the moves faster because it is already on overdrive. Those body contacts in the posts and screen, that's still Fisher's specialty. Farmar was great at the start of the 4th but once he stays longer than that, the real Jordan appears. He is just right to work on within a patch up minutes.

If we rank the 4 PG's Westbrook, D'Williams, Steve Nash compared to whiz kid Rondo, don't u think Lakers have a chance of slowing RR down? I say Rondo can do those things because he's not facing the Lakers just like what Nash was doing against Spurs and Blazers or D'Will against Nuggets. It's not Fishers defense alone that is effective on Nash but the touches from Kobe, Artest, Gasol that totally disrupts Nash's effectiveness in WCF so far.... things could change in Phoenix.

Is the plan to use last night`s strategy in the Finals?

Just toss the ball to Gasol in the paint all night?

If so, poor Pau will be on life-support at Daniel Freeman Hospital or County USC before the 6 minute mark of the 1st quarter!

Between KG, Perk, Sheed, Baby...that`s 24 hard, bone-rattling fouls to spend!

LAKERFAN... “NOT SURE if anyone noticed in last night's game, Kobe kept going to Pau with Amare guarding Pau. I thought it was to rub Amare's nose because he had made comments as to how he dominated Pau when he played for the Bobcats...” Great observation, Lakerfan. I noticed that right away. Kobe was covering Pau’s and Lamar’s back after Amare disrespected both. It was great to see Kobe do that. That plus his comments regarding how important Farmar’s contributions were just shows how Kobe has matured as a team leader.
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MAMBA... Please put me on the Ron Artest bandwagon. I have been supportive of the Artest for Ariza “trade” from Day One. Ron brings much needed physical defense and mental toughness to the Lakers. And add me to the Back to Back Payback Bandwagon. Suns and Celtics both need to spanked badly and sent back home sad.
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TROY... “I've said this before, and I'll continue saying this...I fear Boston.” Excellent analysis, Troy. While the Orlando Magic might be an easier opponent to meet in the Finals, I think to a man the Lakers would prefer a rematch with the Boston Celtics. Just as the Lakers vs. Celtics rivalry during the 80’s catapulted both teams to greatness, the ultimate destiny of this Lakers team demands the litmus test of defeating another great team. True greatness does not shy from but rather embraces the challenge to take their performance to a new level.
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TOM

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(01) JUSTANOTHEMAMBAFAN – OWNER - I just have to express my appreciation for Ron Artest. I didn't want him. I was totally against him becoming a Laker. "He's crazy" I said. "He's looney tunes". "He talks about himself in the 3rd person". Yadda yadda yadda. I have since eaten crow with a huge side of humble pie. Keep doing what you're doing and you're gonna get your ring, Ronron. 6 more wins and it's all yours. This man is the perfect teammate. All heart, hustle and defense. No trouble. Not a lot of drama. Not even a hint of crazy. He's like Kobe in the sense that once he's focused, he's all in. He's locked down some of the best players in the game, and we ain't seen nothing yet. I love him. I love Ron Artest. I hope he's a Laker for Life.
(02) MAGIC PHIL – DRIVER - Two words for you, justa: ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheers.
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN – Three words for you justa “”Add Me too”.
(04) #4 - I appreciate Ron Artest's efforts to be the player that we need. I think he'll actually get much better next year.
(05) RICK FRIEDMAN – I appreciate it too!
(06)WALLACE - Put me on "RonRon's Bandwagon."Yes, I've always like Ron's game ever since he was with Chicago. Ron is similar to Kobe that he's a fierce competitor and back off from no one. It's a good character on our team. He has proven his worth in the playoff and look forward for his match-up against Paula Pierce in the Finals.
(07) VMAN – WAR GENERAL - Another beat of the War drum. The team is bonded, focused, ready for the first attack. Ron Artest defines the effort "we got to play like we did in the projects in Queens". Who was that meant for? He's ready, we're ready, it won't be long now.
(08) LAKERTOM - Please put me on the Ron Artest bandwagon. I have been supportive of the Artest for Ariza “trade” from Day One. Ron brings much needed physical defense and mental toughness to the Lakers. And add me to the Back to Back Payback Bandwagon. Suns and Celtics both need to spanked badly and sent back home sad.
(13) THE INFAMOUS EL GUAPO - I don't always prefer crazy, but when I do I prefer the Ron Artest on the Lakers type of crazy. Consider this my boarding pass onto the Ron Artest Appriciation band wagon. I would like to Reserve the lucky #13 slot because thats the way I roll

Troy, don't fear the leprechauns because they will eat u alive once they sense your weakness. They are rugged, brute and proud of it. confront them because under a long duress they can't handle it because they are olddddddd. this is their last hurrah before their fade away.

This season, twoAllens contracts are expiring and then the succeeding season PP, the heavy weights Davis and Perkins are all expiring. Celtis have a salary cap of 63M just with 6 players next year. Therefore, I say this could be the last noise from the Celtics, it will turn into a developing team.

Troy, don't fear the leprechauns because they will eat u alive once they sense your weakness. They are rugged, brute and proud of it. confront them because under a long duress they can't handle it because they are olddddddd. this is their last hurrah before their fade away. This season, twoAllens contracts are expiring and then the succeeding season PP, the heavy weights Davis and Perkins are all expiring. Celtis have a salary cap of 63M just with 6 players next year. Therefore, I say this could be the last noise from the Celtics, it will turn into a developing team.
Posted by: Edwin Gueco | May 20, 2010 at 10:19 AM
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HMMMM LISTEN TO THE WISE EDWIN GUECO, I DO!

FEARLESS... “You can bet Boston is now wondering just how healthy Bynum is. They've gotta believe that it is entirely possible that PJ is saving him up for the Finals and that Bynum's supposed "injury" was just a ruse to get the weenies off guard. With PJ, you never really know. To me, 13 points and 6 rebounds in 17 minutes doesn't sound all that injured. On five-for-five shooting?” Great post, Fearless. This was a game where Drew really showed great heart playing through his injury, hitting the offensive boards hard, and dominating the paint when he was in the game. All the Bynum doubters have to do is see how differently opposing teams play when Drew is in the game. Instead of easy layups and dunks that often occur when Pau is playing center, you do not see any cheap points in the paint when Drew is in the game. Instead, you see the other team hesitate to attack the paint because when they do they inevitably get their shot blocked or altered or receive a hard foul.
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TOM

"Antonio Villaraigosa...roll out the red carpet for our June 3rd arrival." - Red's Love Child

~~should be quarantined in the Skid Row district. The face of Perkins, KG and Doc Rivers are not qualified for Hollywood. They have to bribe the TSA to pass the inspection. lol!

It's a tendency generally resulting in fewer touches for Gasol than he deserves. Talking recently to one former head coach, he marveled at how incredibly difficult it is to defend Gasol, saying (barely joking, really) the best defense against him is simply that the Lakers don't give him the ball enough. Certainly his usage numbers- essentially a measurement of the number of possessions a player uses in 40 minutes of play- reflect it. Gasol finished the regular season tied for 94th in the NBA.

94th. 41 spots behind Marreese Speights. Just a hair behind Memphis rookie Sam Young. (Kobe, for the sake of comparison, was tied for fourth.)

It's kind of absurd. Yet Gasol still averaged 19.8 points after the break, and has been even better in the playoffs. Through 12 games, Gasol has produced 21 points on 58 percent from the floor, plus 12 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.9 blocks a night. This while only using 13.75 shots a game.

He's also a huge part of what the Lakers have managed to do defensively, as they've become one of the best teams in the league on that end of the floor. We saw it in last year's Finals as he bodied up Dwight Howard, while also having to check Rashard Lewis. Still, he manages not to get the credit he deserves. Gasol's mobility in space and ability to alter shots around the rim without fouling make him incredibly valuable, particularly against a team like the Suns, so capable of spreading the floor and attacking the rim.

(And his best play may have been a wicked slick over the shoulder pass from the elbow to a slicing Shannon Brown. There's a reason people call him a point guard in the post...)

Nobody will replace Kobe as L.A.'s Mariano Rivera, but tonight Gasol showed again he's a player capable of carrying the fourth-quarter burden with him.

--Brian Kamenetzky


Scooby dobi doOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUCHHHHHHHHH WHERE ARE YOU?

DANG! Now Edwin's on FIRRRRRRRE!!

Between KG, Perk, Sheed, Baby...that`s 24 hard, bone-rattling fouls to spend! - Red's

~~we will answer with Mbenga and put everyone named there to rest them permanently with career ending injury. You see DJ is judo black belter who is not afraid of death. I doubt if we can say that to any of the leprechauns you enumerated.

Mamba24....Please put me on the utzworld and Ron Artest b/wagons!! We all miss utz and his prayers and we all heart IRon Ron!

I was watching the TNT postgame last night...something I don't normally do...but as I was changing channels, I saw they were interviewing Ron. Man, Ron is fired up to be this close to his first Finals! I look for Ron to be a huge factor from here on. Not necessarily with his scoring, but with his defense and all around floor game. The man is pumped!!

The Celtics 24 fouls = at least 48 free throws.

Pau Gasol's Playoff FT% = .789

.789 x 48 = 37.9 points or 38 points.

38 points and foul trouble for boston's bigs? Putting Pau on the Free Throw line is a REAL compelling argument, LOL....

Having to resort to fouls also concedes that Pau can't be stopped with normal defense. Quite a fatal view of one's team.

Edwin

All we have to do is get DJ to smack Pierce down and the refs will have to call the game fair like they did after Howard slammed Paul to the floor. That had Celts in foul trouble.

Hi all - UTZ - prayers out to your family and daughter!

I know certain folks will not like this - but really - why are we wasting Bynum's time on court? If there is a chance of getting some arthroscopic assistance and letting him play in the finals - let's go! I am willing to risk him not playing because he hasn't been a factor in last couple years anyhow.

If the risk is he won't heal in time - then its much more serious and as usual the public doesn't know the extent of yet again another AB knee injury. Get the arthro AB!

Cheers all - keep up the good work.

PLG - only 6 more!

Hi all - UTZ - prayers out to your family and daughter!

I know certain folks will not like this - but really - why are we wasting Bynum's time on court? If there is a chance of getting some arthroscopic assistance and letting him play in the finals - let's go! I am willing to risk him not playing because he hasn't been a factor in last couple years anyhow. If the risk is he won't heal in time - then its much more serious and as usual the public doesn't know the extent of yet again another AB knee injury. Get the arthro AB!Cheers all - keep up the good work. PLG - only 6 more!Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | May 20, 2010 at 11:26 AM
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Leave it to Psyched to cut to the chase. I'm with you. But then again I play a doctor on TV. Lol! Good to hear from you PsychedLakerGirl. 6 more and we rolling down the parade grounds. YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Finish this push to the title and help consolidate Dynasty #4 and our Legacy. I believe that you are the one who first reminded us there were Laker Dynasties and Legacy’s way back in the good old days. I know you may be going thru more serious things – God bless You, Your Daughter & your Family – but if you find a moment here and there come on back. Thanks Brother. Regardless, STAY STRONG AND GOD BLESS YOUR DAUGHTER.
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(04) #4 - UTZ, your presence is missed. Always liked what you had to say.
(05) RICK FRIEDMAN - I'm confident we will see a return of our BANNER HOLDER upon the official match-up for the Finals.
(06)EASTCOASTJESSIE - UTZZZZZZZZ So good to see you back man. Miss the gameday prayers.
(07) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – DIRECTOR WIN # 4 Finals - UTZ - prayers out to your family and daughter!

The Celtics 24 fouls = at least 48 free throws.

Pau Gasol's Playoff FT% = .789

.789 x 48 = 37.9 points or 38 points.

38 points and foul trouble for boston's bigs? Putting Pau on the Free Throw line is a REAL compelling argument, LOL....

Having to resort to fouls also concedes that Pau can't be stopped with normal defense. Quite a fatal view of one's team.

Posted by: #4 | May 20, 2010 at 11:04 AM

#4-

I think your assuming every foul will be a shooting foul. I believe a team doesnt get into the penalty until the 5th team foul. That means the first 20 of 24 will be non shooting fouls. Which means only 8 free throws.

8 x 80%=7 ... A far cry from 38pts

I dont know for sure but I think 8 attempts is closer to his season average than 48.

Im sure KB Blitz or LTILF have the exact average for Pau. Since they cant pick winners, they keep track of these stats.

I would swear I heard this on the radio last night performed by Fatty Clinton and the Parliamentary Lakerdelic:

You've got a real type of B-Ball going down, gettin' down
There's a whole lot of B-Ball going round

You've got a real type B-Ball going down, gettin' down
There's a whole lot of B-Ball going round

Ow, we want Drew's Dunk
Throw down the dunk
Ow, we need his dunk
We gotta have that dunk

La la la la la
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo, owww!

La la la la la
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo, owww!

(with all apologies to George Clinton...)

JR

What's up with some of the people on this blog that are hoping that we won't face the Celtics because they are good?! Don't get me wrong, I like winning a championship as much as the next guy, but isn't it that much more satisfying to get a ring when there is a risk that you might lose. Won't Kobe and Crew's legacy be cemented if we beat the best the East has to offer? I personally don't want to hear Celtic fans 10 years from now saying that "Yeah you won championships, but Kobe never beat Boston."

That being said, I’m not sure you really need to fear Boston anyway. We are a much better team in every regarding other than PG. I am a huge KG fan, but Pau is the better player and he has been getting man lessons from Kobe the last two years. Artest is a lunatic who anyone in their right mind ought to be afraid of, let alone Paul Where-Is-My-Wheelchair Peirce. Kobe is the best player on the planet. Phil is the best coach on the planet. Bynum will be able to play enough to match up with their bigs down low and LO will fill in the gaps.

Just my two cents....

Go Lakers!

All we have to do is get DJ to smack Pierce down and the refs will have to call the game fair like they did after Howard slammed Paul to the floor. That had Celts in foul trouble.Posted by: ChicNstu | May 20, 2010 at 11:25 AM
NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! LOL!

Having to resort to fouls also concedes that Pau can't be stopped with normal defense. Quite a fatal view of one's team. Posted by: #4 | May 20, 2010 at 11:04 AM
PREACH #4, PREACH!

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RON ARTEST APPRECIATION – BANDWAGON
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(01) JUSTANOTHEMAMBAFAN – OWNER - I just have to express my appreciation for Ron Artest. I didn't want him. I was totally against him becoming a Laker. "He's crazy" I said. "He's looney tunes". "He talks about himself in the 3rd person". Yadda yadda yadda. I have since eaten crow with a huge side of humble pie. Keep doing what you're doing and you're gonna get your ring, Ronron. 6 more wins and it's all yours. This man is the perfect teammate. All heart, hustle and defense. No trouble. Not a lot of drama. Not even a hint of crazy. He's like Kobe in the sense that once he's focused, he's all in. He's locked down some of the best players in the game, and we ain't seen nothing yet. I love him. I love Ron Artest. I hope he's a Laker for Life.
(02) MAGIC PHIL – DRIVER - Two words for you, justa: ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheers.
(03) MAMBA24 – RIDING SHOTGUN – Three words for you justa “”Add Me too”.
(04) #4 - I appreciate Ron Artest's efforts to be the player that we need. I think he'll actually get much better next year.
(05) RICK FRIEDMAN – I appreciate it too!
(06)WALLACE - Put me on "RonRon's Bandwagon."Yes, I've always like Ron's game ever since he was with Chicago. Ron is similar to Kobe that he's a fierce competitor and back off from no one. It's a good character on our team. He has proven his worth in the playoff and look forward for his match-up against Paula Pierce in the Finals.
(07) VMAN – WAR GENERAL - Another beat of the War drum. The team is bonded, focused, ready for the first attack. Ron Artest defines the effort "we got to play like we did in the projects in Queens". Who was that meant for? He's ready, we're ready, it won't be long now.
(08) LAKERTOM - Please put me on the Ron Artest bandwagon. I have been supportive of the Artest for Ariza “trade” from Day One. Ron brings much needed physical defense and mental toughness to the Lakers. And add me to the Back to Back Payback Bandwagon. Suns and Celtics both need to spanked badly and sent back home sad.
(09) BRONXLAKERFAN - we all heart IRon Ron!
(13) THE INFAMOUS EL GUAPO - I don't always prefer crazy, but when I do I prefer the Ron Artest on the Lakers type of crazy. Consider this my boarding pass onto the Ron Artest Appriciation band wagon. I would like to Reserve the lucky #13 slot because thats the way I roll
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Finish this push to the title and help consolidate Dynasty #4 and our Legacy. I believe that you are the one who first reminded us there were Laker Dynasties and Legacy’s way back in the good old days. I know you may be going thru more serious things – God bless You, Your Daughter & your Family – but if you find a moment here and there come on back. Thanks Brother. Regardless, STAY STRONG AND GOD BLESS YOUR DAUGHTER.
(03)EASTCOASTJESSIE – RIDING SHOTGUN - UTZZZZZZZZ So good to see you back man. Miss the gameday prayers.
(04) #4 - UTZ, your presence is missed. Always liked what you had to say.
(05) RICK FRIEDMAN - I'm confident we will see a return of our BANNER HOLDER upon the official match-up for the Finals.
(06) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL – DIRECTOR WIN # 4 Finals - UTZ - prayers out to your family and daughter!
(07) BRONXLAKERFAN - Please put me on the utzworld and Ron Artest b/wagons!! We all miss utz and his prayers

The difference in this playoff series is sinple.


THe Lakers STAR players have played well up to their billing like Kobe, Gasol, Artest and Odom. While the Suns Amare and Nash has been a disappointment. jrich, Hill, Dudley, Dragic have carried the Suns, but not enough! When are their two Superstars going to show up and play like one? Kobe and Gasol played like Superstars!


One Bynum thunderous dunk on Perkins, a lot of Ron Artest on Pierce and KOBE on Rondo will be the difference in the Celtics series.


All we have to do is get DJ to smack Pierce down and the refs will have to call the game fair like they did after Howard slammed Paul to the floor. That had Celts in foul trouble.Posted by: ChicNstu | May 20, 2010 at 11:25 AM

ChicNstu-

Great story about DJ smacking Pierce down and Howard slamming Paul to the floor and the Celts in foul trouble but you forgot to mention who won the game?

Sasha and DJ need some run...

We want all guns loaded for the battle ahead.

Go Sasha, Go DJ, Go Lakers

Posted by: VMan | May 20, 2010 at 08:55 AM
I was about to say that!!!
BRING THE CONGOLESE NIGHTMARE!
Actually, I think DJ will be a valuable asset against Perkins...

If Ron Artest shots falls in and Paul Pirce does not, Lakers will win against the Celtics.


Kobe must double on Pierce and leave Rondo to take open jump shots if necessary.


Just like the Celtics will double on Kobe and leave Ron Aretst for open shots.


Who is a better shooter Rondo or Aretst? Ans. Ron-Ron


Who is better in getting double teamed Kobe or Pierce? ans KOBE B.

@STAPLES24, you're starting to get on that Roll again brother. Now don't disapoint me this time.

Lakers Champions! 5th ring for Kobe and 2 Finals MVP. Getting really close to MJ. 7 Finals appearances to MJ's SIX only.


No ring for the King (Princess Jimmy)!!! getting close to Barkley!!!


131-92, I was being just as facetious as the poster was, no? Playing along so to speak. I don't think any player has ever had 38 FT line points.

Even if its were non-shooting fouls, being in the penalty when the game is close is far from the strategy I believe the Celtics would truly employ....good hard one-on-one defense without having to foul a decent free throw shooter.

Let's face it, Dwight Howard and Pau are far, far different problems to solve.

LakerTom:

Glad you caught it too. It was a pure delight to see Kobe play a total team game and corral his team mates to his party. In the first quarter (around 8 min mark) he threw a pass to Pau in the paint area and of course caught Pau by surprise. To be honest it caught me by surprise as well, usually I cringe when Kobe goes in the kill mode. The way he hugged Pau in appreciation, being complimentary to Ron, Lamar, Shannon in his gestures and complementing Farmar bodes real well for the Lakers. All in all I noticed great team spirit which was amplified by Kobe being receptive and appreciative towards his team mates. This gesture on Kobe's part is an intangible that is going to pay big dividend in the final championship round.

Cheers!!


I do not recall Kobe ever being so accepting of his team mates.

Lebron will go to Brooklyn Nets and be closer to his goal of being a billionaire. The Russian billionaire owner 36th richest man in the world said it best to lure Lebron, this team is going to be a GLOBAL TEAM, from New Jersey to New York to Moscow to Asia. Lebron must be feeling that already!


Mikhail and Lebron are made for each other. An owner who needs the biggest Superstar to reach his dreams and a player who needs a billionaire to reach his goals.

I do not recall Kobe ever being so accepting of his team mates.

Posted by: lakerfan | May 20, 2010 at 12:03 PM

its cuz his teammates are dominating this series. He wants them to match his intensity and probably, more importantly, make the shots he creates for them.

Heck, I'd be huggin my teammates and praising them if they got me that many assists!

New Jersey! NJ Nets
New York! Brooklyn NY Nets
Moscow! Mikhail
YiJIANLIAN! China!!!
Global!!! Lebron!!!


If Ron Artest shots falls in and Paul Pirce does not, Lakers will win against the Celtics.
Kobe must double on Pierce and leave Rondo to take open jump shots if necessary.
Just like the Celtics will double on Kobe and leave Ron Aretst for open shots.
Who is a better shooter Rondo or Aretst? Ans. Ron-Ron
Who is better in getting double teamed Kobe or Pierce? ans KOBE B.

Posted by: Staples 24 | May 20, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Staples-

Sure and IF Pierce's shots fall and Kobe's doesnt ... Boston wins.

This isnt the same Rondo that Kobe faced in the '08 Finals. If he leaves Rondo to double Pierce ... Lakers are in big trouble.

Besides ... Why would Dribble Dribble need help guarding Paula?

After Dwight Howard, the youngest Center not prone to injury that has shown solid performances is Brook Lopez!


Any NBA team who waats to win a Championship has to have a big man.


PsychedLakerGirl "why are we wasting Bynum's time on court? If there is a chance of getting some arthroscopic assistance and letting him play in the finals - let's go! I am willing to risk him not playing because he hasn't been a factor in last couple years anyhow."
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I hear you, but there is no chance he will heal in time. Maybe at the start of the Utah series, but even then it would be questionable as he has always been behind schedule with rehab. Not sure if it is a toughness thing or a physiological thing.

Either way it is critical that he starts games to put a big body on Perkins and help out with KG and Ticket Stub down low. He doesn't need to play huge minutes but we would be hard pressed with just Pau and LO.

If Lebron wants the most gorgeous women in Europe, that alone will make him go to Brooklyn Nets.


"Yeah you won championships, but Kobe never beat Boston."

I know that I never curse on this blog, but:

OH HEEEEEELLLLLLL NO!

--FEARless

Let's face it, Dwight Howard and Pau are far, far different problems to solve.

Posted by: #4 | May 20, 2010 at 12:03 PM

#4-

I agree. I know the Celtics wont use the same approach as with Howard. Pau is a much better free throw shooter then Howard. I think the point is that we have more fouls to give without having to worry too much about guys fouling out. For example if Amare gets into foul trouble early, they dont have anyone to replace him. If Perk gets into foul trouble we can go to Sheed or Big Baby or even Garnett without losing much. And when they do foul ... make Pau feel them.

I think Boston will activate Greg Kite to have an extra 6 fouls to give!

Mamba24,

Put me on the RonRon bandwagon. Just not too close to Ron, you know...just in case...

I need to be on the UTZ bandwagon as well. Gotta show my support.

--FEARless

131

"but you forgot to mention who won the game?"

I didn't forget. I'm sure we are all aware of who won the game.

You do realize that the Lakers are not the Orlando Magic. Right?

131

"but you forgot to mention who won the game?"

I didn't forget. I'm sure we are all aware of who won the game.

You do realize that the Lakers are not the Orlando Magic. Right?

Posted by: ChicNstu | May 20, 2010 at 12:40 PM

ChicNstu-

OK ... maybe you didnt forget but I still dont see where you mentioned it.

I do know your not the Magic. I never said you were. I have never critized the Lakers, other than their bench. I just try to bring Laker fan back to earth a bit.

Im not the one laughing all year that your team wouldnt even make to the playoffs healthy. And that you wouldnt get past the first round. Then the second round. Then the third round. Now the Finals.

>>>On a sadder note...it was seriously uncool of the Orlando police to taser and
>>>arrest the father of Marquis Daniels during Game 2. Hopefully, Marquis`
>>>dad was at least able to throw a beer at a security guard for all his trouble!

Bullstuff.

We live in an era when Monica Seles GOT STABBED ON THE TENNIS COURT by an unruly fan.

If you can't comport yourself like a normal person at public events, then DON'T ATTEND THEM.

If you're confronted by police, then DON'T RESIST THEM.

If you're confronted by police and you resist them, EXPECT TO GET TASED.

Tasing is a lot safer than beating him to the ground like Rodney King.

>>>Great story about DJ smacking Pierce down and Howard slamming Paul to
>>>the floor and the Celts in foul trouble but you forgot to mention who won
>>>the game?

What, are we supposed to be impressed? The Lakers beat that same team in the finals last year. Actually, it was a BETTER team. They had Turkoglu instead of Vince "choke when it counts" Carter.

>>>If he leaves Rondo to double Pierce ...

Okay so it's clear that you didn't watch the first round.

Nobody will need to double Pierce. Just like nobody needed to double Kevin Durant in the first round.

Artest is going to make Paul Pierce cry.

What, are we supposed to be impressed? The Lakers beat that same team in the finals last year. Actually, it was a BETTER team. They had Turkoglu instead of Vince "choke when it counts" Carter.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | May 20, 2010 at 01:14 PM

You can if you want to be or if you dont want to be ... then dont be. I couldnt care less!

>>>If he leaves Rondo to double Pierce ...

Okay so it's clear that you didn't watch the first round.

Nobody will need to double Pierce. Just like nobody needed to double Kevin Durant in the first round.

Artest is going to make Paul Pierce cry.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | May 20, 2010 at 01:16 PM

LTILF-

Tell that to Staples 24 ... hes the one that said it. Since you dont seem to understand what you read, I will repost it for your benefit. Read the 2nd sentence. It starts with "Kobe must" and Ive added a couple of ** to make it easier for you ...

If Ron Artest shots falls in and Paul Pirce does not, Lakers will win against the Celtics.


**Kobe must double on Pierce and leave Rondo to take open jump shots if necessary.


Just like the Celtics will double on Kobe and leave Ron Aretst for open shots.


Who is a better shooter Rondo or Aretst? Ans. Ron-Ron


Who is better in getting double teamed Kobe or Pierce? ans KOBE B.

Posted by: Staples 24 | May 20, 2010 at 11:58 AM

>>>Besides ... Why would Dribble Dribble need help guarding Paula?

He won't.

Kevin Durant shot 47% during the regular season. He was the leading scorer in the NBA.

Ron Ron held him to 35% shooting, mostly with single coverage, in the playoffs.

Paul Pierce also shot 47% during the regular season. And he's slower and shorter than Durant, and less effective at drawing fouls (Durant is the best in the league at drawing fouls).

I expect PP to be constantly whining to the refs from about the 3rd quarter of game 1 to the end of the series. WAAH WAAAAHHH!!! HE WON'T LET ME GET THE BALL!!! WAAAAHHH WAAAAAHHHH HE'S TOUCHING ME!!!

Cleveland and Miami had nobody to guard KG, so he went off on them. Orlando's contained him to a mere 30% shooting. The Lakers have Bynum and Gasol to throw at him, so I don't expect much higher than that 30%.

Also with respect to KG, he's averaging 8.6 rebounds for the playoffs. What do you call a power forward who averages less than 10 rebounds?... a small forward.

Ray Allen used his good mojo in the first round. Vs Cleveland he shot 43% (32 on 3's) and vs Orlando he's shot 41% (20% on 3's). The Lakers have the best 3-point defense in the league. Ray will get a few, as he's a very good shooter. He might even have a great night up to the standards of a Jared Dudley. But he won't contribute enough to matter.

Rondo will have an excellent series. He'll frequently make the Lakers look slow and flat-footed on defense. Just like Russell Westbrook did. Just like Deron Williams did. You saw how much it helped their teams.

And all those desperation guys you brought in to try to pad your bench? Tiny KryptoNate? 80-year-old Michael Finley? Mr Candace Parker? Marquis "out of control daddy" Daniels? Puuuhhhhh-lease. And people criticize the LAKERs bench.

Fat-baby Davis might be okay if you forced the Lakers bigs to wear a necklace of candy bars around their necks.

Sheed has been on-again-off-again this season (and mostly off).

Tony Allen is extremely athletic, but makes more dumb mistakes than Lamar Odom (and that's saying something).

Just as the Celtics exposed Cleveland and Orlando for being weaker than their Leastern bloated records made them out to be, the Lakers will expose the Celtics for being the best of the Least, and nothing more.

I always can rely on Celtic fans to start talking about hard fouls and the number of fouls that the scrubs on their bench have to give. Basketball is a physical sport to be sure. But the essence of the game is skill, teamwork and precision. I despise the Celtics because from Danny Ainge, to Doc Rivers to Thibodeau to the last man on the bench, the mentality is not to beat a team with skill, but with thug tactics and a goon mentality. 25 years later, Kevin McHale is still cackling about the cheap clothesline shot where he almost took off Kurt Rambis' head. That's not basketball.

Unfortunately fo Celtic fans, that type of crap only works once. Just like the Lakers came back in '85 and celebrated in the Gaah-den, the 2010 Lakers will avenge the referee-fueled debacle of 2008.

C-YAH!!

LTILF-

Thanks for the Celtics Year In Review. Next year I wont buy the NBA league pass and wait for your Year In Review.

I liked the one about Orlando containing KG to 30% shooting ... Like the series is over.

Then you kinda tried to make another prediction ... "The Lakers have Bynum and Gasol to throw at him, so I don't expect much higher than that 30%." You used to word "expect" so you could hedge your bets and backpedial after your proven wrong.

I cant say I blame you. You and KB Blitz pick winners at a lower percentage than KGs shooting percentage against Orlando.

Ill give both of you credit ... you just keep making predictions. You both have the scorers mentality ... You always think your next pick will be right!

Unfortunately fo Celtic fans, that type of crap only works once. Just like the Lakers came back in '85 and celebrated in the Gaah-den, the 2010 Lakers will avenge the referee-fueled debacle of 2008.

C-YAH!!

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | May 20, 2010 at 01:53 PM

Bronx-

Wont that mean it worked twice?

Referee fueled? I thought it was because Bynum and Ariza were hurt?


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