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Caught in the Web: Capturing reactions to Lakers' 118-109 Game 3 loss to the Phoenix Suns

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' struggles with playing against Phoenix's zone defense as well as the team's small supporting cast in its 118-109 Game 3 loss to the Suns.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins suggests the Lakers are still in control of the series, but Phoenix just made it more competitive.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro details Phoenix's improved play.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes Phoenix's adjustments in Game 3 could prove successful again later in the series.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix breaks down the factors of the Lakers-Suns Game 3 matchhup.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why the Lakers had trouble stopping Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire.

--NBA.com's Mike Tulumello features the Suns' depth.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell explains how the Suns' ended the Lakers' eight-game winning streak.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan details Kobe Bryant's strong performance as well as Lamar Odom's disappointment with ESPN.com's Bill Simmons.

--The Daily News' Teaford reports Lakers Coach Phil Jackson is considering resting Andrew Bynum for Game 4.

--The Arizona Republic's Bob Young reports Suns Coach Alvin Gentry initially felt reluctant for his team to play zone. Young also reports that Suns reserve forward Jared Dudley asked fans via Twitter for suggestions on how Phoenix should play the Lakers in Game 3.

--The Arizona Republic's Coro and Young highlight Steve Nash's contributions.

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Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues the Lakers need to sit Bynum until the NBA Finals.

--The Times' T.J. Simers remains perplexed with Lamar Odom's inconsistency.

--The Times' Mark Heisler says the Lakers' Game 3 loss suddenly makes this series competitive.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande points to the Lakers' inability to attack Phoenix's zone defense as the reason why they ended their eight-game winning streak.

--AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick points to the Suns' grittiness as making the difference.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard labels center Robin Lopez as the Suns' unsung hero.

--The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley argues the series is just getting started.

--NBA.com's Fran Blinebury says Stoudemire answered his critics.

--Fox Sports' Greg Boeck credits Phoenix's toughness.

--The Arizona Republic's Paola Boivin illustrates the transformation Stoudemire made in Game 3.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore argues the biggest adjustment the Lakers need to make in Game 4 involves attacking the Suns' zone.

--The Orange County Register's Ding explains why resting Bynum would do very little for his health. If anything, Ding believes Jackson's acknowledgement he'd rest Bynum in Game 4 just serves as a motivational tactic.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi believes the Lakers' Game 3 loss will actually prove more beneficial to their development than any blowout would have done.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin chalks up the Lakers' loss to poor execution.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller points to Bynum's injury as evidence to why Odom needs to remain consistent this postseason.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton demonstrates how the Lakers' performances in this series appear remarkably similar, with exception to Stoudemire's play in Game 3.

--Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears argues the Suns can contend with the Lakers so long as Stoudemire replicates his Game 3 performance.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne highlights how Lopez  is the "Screech Powers of the NBA."

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down Phoenix's zone defense as well as the play from   Lopez.

--Bright Side of the Sun's Seth Pollack sums it all of Game 3 up in his headline, "Phoenix Suns Defense Zones It Up, Lakers Forget How To Move Ball"

--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip credits Phoenix for making adjustments.

--NBA.com's Art Garcia details how Nash popped his nose back into place.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore hasn't liked the Lakers' defense all series.

Tweet of the Day:"29 days had passed since L.A.'s last playoff loss, in Game 4 at Oklahoma City." -- LakersReporter (Lakers.com's Mike Trudell)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Phoenix will play zone the entire way now and if the Lakers make it to the Finals, so will the Celtics. I'm surprised that other teams don't play zone against the Lakers since the Lakers don't have good outside shooting. I kept yelling at the Lakers to go into the POST to Gasol, but they just kept passing the ball around the perimeter and jacking up wild 3-pointers with time running out." -- dj855

--Mark Medina

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Top photo: Suns power forward Amare Stoudemire battles the Lakers' Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom for a rebound in the first half of Game 3 on Sunday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

Bottom photo: Stoudemire scores on a reverse layup against Pau Gasol in Game 3. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

 
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Ok so the Suns are not chumps.
However, its unclear they can do it again.

Amare was "lucky" .

Adjustment is not Phil's strong suit, but
Lakers can't run regular triangle against Suns zone.

We'll see ...

There's been too much crap talk about this supposed zone "stiffling" the Laker offense.

We scored 62 freaking points against that zone!!! 62!!!

The guys didn't stick to what was working & started jacking up 3's.

A couple things went wrong & we lost it at the end.

I say stick to the zone Phoenix. Like I said before - we'll pick it apart next game like a buzzard picking apart a carcass. And then y'all will be wondering at the amazing Lakers and their astounding game to game ajustments.

Tell 'em Justa...seriously WTF is wrong with these people. We had 1 bad quarter, the 2nd, where we scored 15 and it hurt us for the rest of the game. Just 10 more points in that quarter and we'd be talking about sweeps this morning.

hobbitimage,

>>> DJ Mbenga is actually our most athletic C. He's also our strongest C. He's
also the least talented C. He's also the most focused on defense. I would
have preferred that he received more playing time. Does that make sense?

I pretty much agree. Putting Mbenga out there for some short runs on Sunday would have helped Gasol have some gas left in the tank for the last ten minutes of the game.

I feel the same way about Sasha. Giving Sasha some short burn would have helped Kobe, too.

If Kobe and Gasol hadn't been entirely wasted by the time the game could have been saved, the team could have overcome the deficit and the Lakers would wake up with the series in hand 3-0 this morning.

@ Justa - I couldn't agree with you more... All "zone" is is an excuse for the opposing team to say "that wasn't my man", which is all you're gonna hear from the Suns in Game 4.

Hey Gentry, I "suggest" you stick with that plan... LOL!

Bynum is a total ZERO and should be benched for remainder of season. He is useless and should be considered trade bait soon as trade season opens. He plaed like an amateur last night not someone with 5 years NBA experience.

Against Celtics, this matchups will be a masacre:

Pau Gasol vs. Garnett, Perckins, Big Baby and Wallace. No possible for Pau. Sorry Bynum fans, but Bynum can play b/c injury, again. I think this year b/c Lakers dept, we cant win.

The Lakers have the biggest NBA payroll????, reallyyyy???????

Celtics: Garnett, Pierce, Allen, Rondo, plus Wallace Perckins and Wallace......

Lakers: Kobe and Pau.........

Matchups vs Celtics:

Kobe vs. Allen
Pau vs. Garnett, Perkins, Wallace and Davis (buffffff, no possible for Pau)
Pierce vs Artest: Pierce all day (is a superstar, Artest only a role player)

I think Lakes cant win this year b/c dept. Rondo, tony Allen, Robinson, Marquis Daniels.... vs. Vujacic, Morrison, Mbenga and Powellll,,, BUFFFFFF

Lakers: Kobe and Gasol
Celtics: Rondo, Pierce, Allen, Garnett and Perckins, plus Wallace, big Baby and Tony Allen. No way for Lakers.

Good Morning Crew!!

A loss is a loss, at least we're up 2-1 and not down 3-0 :)

The loss last night will get us ready for the Finals coz we all know that Celts or Magic will use the same defense mechanics. Better to lose one now than 4 come Finals.

Keep calm and Carry on. Onto the next win.

Lakers: Kobe and Gasol Celtics: Rondo, Pierce, Allen, Garnett and Perckins, plus Wallace, big Baby and Tony Allen. No way for Lakers. Posted by: ricky | May 24, 2010 at 10:01 AM
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ROFLMFAO!!! OH SWEET JESUS, THAT'S SOME FUNNY SHIZZLE!
Sounds to me like these Celtic Trolls are scared witless. Relax Trolls, it won't hurt much. We will take those 4 games from the Celtics as painlessly as possible and to show what nice guys the Lakers are they might let the Celtics hold the trophy. HAHAHAHHAHA!! Now stand tall Trolls. Be proud of your team. Sure they are going to lose, but once upon a time they were relevent to the discussion. See you next week. Of course the week after it will all be over since we are going to SWEEP. The Celtics beat the Lakers? ROFLMAO! Please, please, oh my god that is so funny. OH THE HUMANITY!!!

Posted by: mamba24 | May 24, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Hey J24, that's the spirit!
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NOT UPSET AT ALL ABOUT 1 LOSS TO SUNS - BANDWAGON
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(01) EASTCOASTJESSIE - OWNER - Surprisingly, I'm not too upset or surprised by the loss last night. Game 3 is always the toughest game to pull out for the visiting team simply because the home team is playing the 1st game in front of their crowd. I expected them to play with much more energy and aggresiveness on their home floor. I always said this would be a 6 game series but after watching the Suns play their best game last night and be tied or up by just a few points most of the game, I say 5 games now. This will most likely be their only win in this series.
(02)ROCKY - DRIVER - We will beat the Suns, then we will be in a position that we haven't been in since we had Kwame Brown; we'll be the underdogs. While it does not please me that the C's are back on top, I think being the underdog going onto the Finals will probably be a good thing for the Lakers. The Lakers under Phil Jackson have always played their best ball when there is doubt, when they are the underdogs.
(03) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER- RIDING SHOTGUN - Not worried, even a little bit. I expected PHX to get some home cooking, and despite how bad we moved the ball and shot, we still scored 108 and it was close 'til the end. To quote someone above, "Lakers in five still works nicely."
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(05)PEACE - SECURITY - I'm disappointed after every Lakers' loss. But if that's what it takes for the Suns to beat LA the rest of the series, so be it. They're 2-5 against the Lakers this season. They'll have to win 3 of the next 4.
(06) MAMBA24 - REPLAY OFFICIAL - If they aren't that upset I guess I'm not either
(07) CALIPHILOSOPHER - REFEREE - Actually, IF we make the finals (since I don't like to count my chickens before they hatch), there is a possibility of our team winning the championship.
(08)TOM DANIELS - DIRECTOR OF TUESDAY WIN # 3 - Not worried. Lakers won 8 playoff games in a row. They lose a game on the road to the Suns, a great home team that did, after all, make it to the conference finals and had their backs to the wall. Lakers did a good job early on weathering the Suns' strong emotional start and actually winning the first quarter. But Amare's agressive game was effective in scoring and (more importantly) in getting the Lakers' bigs in foul trouble. The zone got the Lakers out of rhythm and gave the Confidence. And the game got away.I think this is Suns' only win.
(09) ART-FL LAKER FAN - Director Win # 4 Thursday - Game 4: take care of the ball, cut down on 3's, drive. Seems the Suns are going to dare the Lakers to beat them from outside. What else is new?
(10)HOBBITMAGE - BYNUMS BIGGEST FAN - had expected PHX's best punch this game. I had expected a fall off in the shooting of LO & Artest. Lakers in 5 still works nicely. I wish PJ had given DJ Mbenga more playing time.
(11) TIM-4-SHOW - It was the difference between this being a 4 game series and a 6 gamer.Close out in PHX Hopefully I'm wrong and they find some heart in game 4.
(12)JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - KOBES DUNK COACH - Does anyone really think The Show won't make the appropriate adjustments and win Game 4? Really? I can't believe the Lakers will let a very close win by the Suns in 1 game to defeat them mentally for the rest of the series. Our guys are in it to win it. Period. The only question is how bad are the Suns going to get beaten by in the next game? And the one after that? We have a date with destiny people - and the Suns are not in that equation.We have a date with destiny people - and the Suns are not in that equation.
(13) HALOSANT - Look, I was hoping, as well as all of the Laker Nation, for a Sweep. But hey, the Suns came out with some heart. What do expect... we're the ALL MIGHTY WEST BABY!!!! Our teams have PASSION and PRIDE unlike most of the WEAK EAST teams... we won't mention any names, right Orlando, Cleveland, Milwuakee & Atlanta? Celtic Fans, don't get your panties wet just yet... who the hell have the Celtic's beaten so far? All of them essentially "One-Man" teams like the Lebron-aliers and now the Orlando Howard... you know damn well the Lakers are not just a "One-Man" team, although we do have "THE MAN". Keep up the DREAM that this "one" loss means you can beat us in the Finals... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
(14) KEIFO – PENALTY OFFICIAL - Lakers take tomorrows game by at least 15 go lakeshow!!!
(15) TODD – NO NONSENSE OFFICIAL - Ok so the Suns are not chumps. However, its unclear they can do it again. Amare was "lucky" . Adjustment is not Phil's strong suit, but Lakers can't run regular triangle against Suns zone. We'll see ...
(16) MAGIC PHIL - put me in the NOT UPSET AT ALL ABOUT 1 LOSS TO SUNS – BANDWAGON The Suns went 42 times to the FT line, that's not gonna happen again tomorrow.
(17)J24(LADYJEM24) - TIE BREAKER - The loss last night will get us ready for the Finals coz we all know that Celts or Magic will use the same defense mechanics. Better to lose one now than 4 come Finals. Keep calm and Carry on. Onto the next win.


Mamba24,

He got no love among Laker fans, so he solicits one from the Celtics just in case if his trade is still saleable. He is the Spanish version of our best basketball mind.

WILL SOMEBODY PUT SOME CHARCOAL ON THE BARBI SO WE CAN
ROAST A COUPLE OF THESE TROLLS. I think they will go real good with a brew or ale while watching the Lakers defeat the Celtics for the Title. o

No big surprise here. I said Lakers in 5 or 6 before the series and I'll stick with that now.

Unlike Orlando, the Suns are not just going to lay down and cry because they lose a game or two. They'll keep fighting to the end, and actually make the Lakers fight to win.

Orlando is laying down, just like they laid down in game 5 of the finals vs the Lakers last season.

Watch: All of the press will be picking Boston to win the finals. Just like they all picked the Lakers to win the finals two years ago when the Lakers dominated the pre-finals playoffs and Boston struggled.

And I'm sure the trolls will be out in force. Heck, we'll probably even get posts by gunner & KL Beast by the time the finals starts.

And then the Lakers will take the court and shut them all the heck up.

Amare 18 FT?? Are u frakkin kidding me?
Phoenix 42 FT?? Are u frakkin kidding me?

This game was eerily similar to okc game 3...

Let's see our bigs were taken completely out of the game by touch fouls.. Durant (oops I mean amare) was feeding off the refs and became more and more aggressive with each possession... Knowing they can't buy any calls lakers gave up the inside game and started bombing 3s.. Can you blame them)..

Sound familiar yet?? Go back and chk okc game 3 stats if u don't believe me

Amare 18 FT.. HAHA.. Yeah whatever dude.

He got no love among Laker fans, so he solicits one from the Celtics just in case if his trade is still saleable. He is the Spanish version of our best basketball mind. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | May 24, 2010 at 10:10 AM
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LMAO!!!!
Edwin my mentor how are you sir.

So ricky...since you know so much about the Lakers/Celtics matchups can you answer one question?

What the hell is "dept"? Do you mean depth?

Amare 18 FT?? Are u frakkin kidding me? Phoenix 42 FT?? Are u frakkin kidding me? This game was eerily similar to okc game 3... Amare 18 FT.. HAHA.. Yeah whatever dude. Posted by: yellofever | May 24, 2010 at 10:12 AM
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Now YellowFever you are treading on dangerous territory. Mark Cuban just got fined 100 grand. And you, YOU, would dare question the integrity of Darth Sterns Hand picked officials. I'm sorry sir but do you know what that would make you? WELL DO YOU? It would make you sir a man who see's thru all the B.S....OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!

So ricky...since you know so much about the Lakers/Celtics matchups can you answer one question? What the hell is "dept"? Do you mean depth? Posted by: EastCoastJessie | May 24, 2010 at 10:14 AM
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hahahahahahah stop it! stop it now Jessie! OH SWEET JESUS!!
ROFLMFAO!!!waaaaaaaaaa!!!! CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!!!!

And I'm sure the trolls will be out in force. Heck, we'll probably even get posts by gunner & KL Beast by the time the finals starts. And then the Lakers will take the court and shut them all the heck up. Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | May 24, 2010 at 10:11 AM
OOOOOOOOOOOOH WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!! PREACH LONGTIME, PREACH!!!
MAMBA24

Breaking News ....

If you shoot more than 30 3s .... you will not go to the free throw line!

We seem to be leaving a trail of fired coaches in our wake of destruction!

I've heard of Home Cooking, but last night PHX had the equivalent of a 2 star michelin chef cooking a 7 course meal in their house.

2 of my favorite "no really, this game isn't fixed" moments:

A defender (Nash) gets beaten badly off the dribble. He attempts to steal the ball with his FACE, and draws and offensive foul on Kobe.

A player (Lopez) INTENTIONALLY strikes an opposing player, in the HEAD, with his ELBOW (an ejectable offense to say the least) and is given only a technical foul, as is the other player who did nothing but get hit in the head.

If Lopez isn't suspended for the next game we'll know something is up. The NBA can't be happy with these series all ending so quickly, unfortunately their attempts to extend it can't even be called "thinly veiled" when you look at the free throw totals.

YellowFever, I have two words for you: OH PLEASE.

Question for you: how many teams that jack up 32 three point shots go to the line more than 20 times? Did you watch the game? How many shot attempts did Laker big guys take, and of those shots how many came on power moves to the basket? Now compare that number to the number of times Stoudamire went HARD to the basket.

A blogger crying about foul disparities after a loss is the fan equivalent of the kind of softness that the Lakers will have to try not to show against the Celtics this year--or else it will be 2008 all over again.

Thank you Mamba24, tell the Laker nation not to worry too much of the loss. We need one in order to be humbled because we have a tendency to be over confident. It was just a month ago when Lakers were not given a chance to be in the WCF, it was Nuggets, Mavs but we're here.

I will be very near to LT this coming weekend to give away my daughter on wedding bells, so I hope the Lakers rough up this series by Thursday. We don't want to have divided concentration of watching the score while the Father of the bride gives the speech at the reception. If this turn out to be a 7 game series, we're in a punk again in Lakerville with lots of angst, guilt and memories of '06 3-1 meltdown. Not again please, i know we still have Odom, Mr. Inconsistent but got the good part of Odom lately because of Chloe's inspiration, I hope it remains that way, let's see.

While waiting for tomorrow, we'll have 18 hours to absorb the bellyaching, the cranium breaking, the sucking of good cells in our system by trolls, a Fisher troll, an anti-Gasol, a pro Gasol troll, a pro-Perkins philosopher troll, the trolls from all sectors that we are born losers pulling our hands, legs, neck or anything they can pull for the next 18 hours.... Mamba24 just hold on the fort of Oh Humanity!

Hey Mamba24....What, me worry?

thanks for reserving my usual spot! Not worried at all about this....in fact, I'm one that believes this team needs a loss headed into the finals.

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Mamba - if you sweep, I will never post here again. Sweep, right? Four in a row? 2 in LA and then 2 in Bos? You said sweep, right? Well, we ain't Utah!! And, no I'm not worried. If we lose, okay, no one ever thought we'd make it any way. But Bynum for Bosh? Really? Straight up? No other players involved? You ARE kidding, right? osted by: Giant Green Bald Headed Lunatic | May 24, 2010 at 10:14 AM
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You heard it right here folks. Boy these Celtics fans must really be worried. Me thinks thou dost protest too much. See the Lakers were going to be nice and just give you a nice gentle sweep to obscurity. But now...BUT NOW....You throw out challenges within the very heart of Laker Nation itself. AW...HELLLLLL NOOOOOOOOO. NOT IN OUR HOUSE!!! NO MORE MR. NICE GUY!!! THIS IS WAR!!! THE FREAKIN WORLD CHAMPION LA LAKERS WILL NOT ONLY BEAT THE CELTICS. THEY WILL UTTERLY AND COMPLETELY DESTROY THEM!!! I am so confident of this that if The Celtics win - ROFLMFAO! - I will change my name from Mamba24(Larry) to Larry Bird. OH SWEET LORD!!! PLEASE!!! Of all the silly things in life to say. The Celtics beat the Freakin LA Lakers! OH THE HUMANITY!


AND YES! MY PLAYOFF GAME FACE IS NOW OFFICIALLY ON!
NO MORE OF THIS MR NICE GUY SHIZZLE!!

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It's time for another episode of...

Jon K.'s Early Thoughts That He Has Not Put Too Much Thought Into Yet!

1. Does Mark Medina sleep?

2. I am learning to dislike chicken littles even more than (most) trolls. With trolls, you know what you get. With chicken littles, they claim to be (and seem to actually believe they are) real fans. They just don't get it.

3. It was so busy last night we should have had three bartenders. We had me. As a result, I could barely even keep track of the game. So, I will not be able to provide much pseudo-expert analysis.

4. I hate losing.

5. 22 more freethrows? Really? I know home court gets the calls, but the Lakers NEVER get 22 more freethrows in a game! NEVER! (Well, maybe against the Kings once in the playoffs, but that's it.)

6. I can somehow live with losing by 9 when the opposing team has 22 more freethrows.

7. I'm worried about Andrew Bynum... a lot.

8. I was impressed by Kobe and Phil's maturity and calmness during their interviews. They are not panicking... at all.

9. I originally picked the Lakers to win in six. I think that the Celtics' success and our domination in the first two games took my mind out of reality and I began to be affected by my fellow Lakeraholics' enthusiam and I assumed sweep. Now, back to reality.

10. How the heck did Stoudemire score 42 points? Really?

11. Onto the next game!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I didn't watch the game so my analysis means nothing, BUT by the sounds of things it seems that we should rest Andrew.

Why?

Not because of his knee, but it seems that his knee kept the Lakers from getting the Lakers' set on defense and affected the defensive tone of things, so the Suns just ran it down our throats because we weren't able to deal quickly and effectively with the transition game.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

What, me worry? Thanks for reserving my usual spot! Not worried at all about this....in fact, I'm one that believes this team needs a loss headed into the finals. Posted by: #4 | May 24, 2010 at 10:33 AM
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I keep trying to tell you, you can't have a bandwagon without a #4. Brother! Lol

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NOT UPSET AT ALL ABOUT 1 LOSS TO SUNS - BANDWAGON
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(01) EASTCOASTJESSIE - OWNER - Surprisingly, I'm not too upset or surprised by the loss last night. Game 3 is always the toughest game to pull out for the visiting team simply because the home team is playing the 1st game in front of their crowd. I expected them to play with much more energy and aggresiveness on their home floor. I always said this would be a 6 game series but after watching the Suns play their best game last night and be tied or up by just a few points most of the game, I say 5 games now. This will most likely be their only win in this series.
(02)ROCKY - DRIVER - We will beat the Suns, then we will be in a position that we haven't been in since we had Kwame Brown; we'll be the underdogs. While it does not please me that the C's are back on top, I think being the underdog going onto the Finals will probably be a good thing for the Lakers. The Lakers under Phil Jackson have always played their best ball when there is doubt, when they are the underdogs.
(03) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER- RIDING SHOTGUN - Not worried, even a little bit. I expected PHX to get some home cooking, and despite how bad we moved the ball and shot, we still scored 108 and it was close 'til the end. To quote someone above, "Lakers in five still works nicely."
(04)#4 - KEEPER OF DYBASTY # 4 - Not worried at all about this....in fact, I'm one that believes this team needs a loss headed into the finals.
(05)PEACE - SECURITY - I'm disappointed after every Lakers' loss. But if that's what it takes for the Suns to beat LA the rest of the series, so be it. They're 2-5 against the Lakers this season. They'll have to win 3 of the next 4.
(06) MAMBA24 - REPLAY OFFICIAL - If they aren't that upset I guess I'm not either
(07) CALIPHILOSOPHER - REFEREE - Actually, IF we make the finals (since I don't like to count my chickens before they hatch), there is a possibility of our team winning the championship.
(08)TOM DANIELS - DIRECTOR OF TUESDAY WIN # 3 - Not worried. Lakers won 8 playoff games in a row. They lose a game on the road to the Suns, a great home team that did, after all, make it to the conference finals and had their backs to the wall. Lakers did a good job early on weathering the Suns' strong emotional start and actually winning the first quarter. But Amare's agressive game was effective in scoring and (more importantly) in getting the Lakers' bigs in foul trouble. The zone got the Lakers out of rhythm and gave the Confidence. And the game got away.I think this is Suns' only win.
(09) ART-FL LAKER FAN - Director Win # 4 Thursday - Game 4: take care of the ball, cut down on 3's, drive. Seems the Suns are going to dare the Lakers to beat them from outside. What else is new?
(10)HOBBITMAGE - BYNUMS BIGGEST FAN - had expected PHX's best punch this game. I had expected a fall off in the shooting of LO & Artest. Lakers in 5 still works nicely. I wish PJ had given DJ Mbenga more playing time.
(11) TIM-4-SHOW - It was the difference between this being a 4 game series and a 6 gamer.Close out in PHX Hopefully I'm wrong and they find some heart in game 4.
(12)JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - KOBES DUNK COACH - Does anyone really think The Show won't make the appropriate adjustments and win Game 4? Really? I can't believe the Lakers will let a very close win by the Suns in 1 game to defeat them mentally for the rest of the series. Our guys are in it to win it. Period. The only question is how bad are the Suns going to get beaten by in the next game? And the one after that? We have a date with destiny people - and the Suns are not in that equation.We have a date with destiny people - and the Suns are not in that equation.
(13) HALOSANT - Look, I was hoping, as well as all of the Laker Nation, for a Sweep. But hey, the Suns came out with some heart. What do expect... we're the ALL MIGHTY WEST BABY!!!! Our teams have PASSION and PRIDE unlike most of the WEAK EAST teams... we won't mention any names, right Orlando, Cleveland, Milwuakee & Atlanta? Celtic Fans, don't get your panties wet just yet... who the hell have the Celtic's beaten so far? All of them essentially "One-Man" teams like the Lebron-aliers and now the Orlando Howard... you know damn well the Lakers are not just a "One-Man" team, although we do have "THE MAN". Keep up the DREAM that this "one" loss means you can beat us in the Finals... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
(14) KEIFO – PENALTY OFFICIAL - Lakers take tomorrows game by at least 15 go lakeshow!!!
(15) TODD – NO NONSENSE OFFICIAL - Ok so the Suns are not chumps. However, its unclear they can do it again. Amare was "lucky" . Adjustment is not Phil's strong suit, but Lakers can't run regular triangle against Suns zone. We'll see ...
(16) MAGIC PHIL - put me in the NOT UPSET AT ALL ABOUT 1 LOSS TO SUNS – BANDWAGON The Suns went 42 times to the FT line, that's not gonna happen again tomorrow.
(17) MAYOR OF KOBE TOWN - THE MAYOR - I've heard of Home Cooking, but last night PHX had the equivalent of a 2 star michelin chef cooking a 7 course meal in their house.
A player (Lopez) INTENTIONALLY strikes an opposing player, in the HEAD, with his ELBOW (an ejectable offense to say the least) and is given only a technical foul, as is the other player who did nothing but get hit in the head. If Lopez isn't suspended for the next game we'll know something is up. The NBA can't be happy with these series all ending so quickly, unfortunately their attempts to extend it can't even be called "thinly veiled" when you look at the free throw totals.
(18)EDWIN GUECO - JUDGE/JURY/EXECUTIONER - tell the Laker nation not to worry too much of the loss. We need one in order to be humbled because we have a tendency to be over confident. It was just a month ago when Lakers were not given a chance to be in the WCF, it was Nuggets, Mavs but we're here.


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CONGRATULATIONS EDWIN GUECO ON YOUR DAUGHTERS WEDDING - BANDWAGON
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(01)MAMBA24 - OWNER - Edwin my mentor, may your daughter and her family have alll the hapiness in the world and may God bless her with an abundance or Riches. Be Proud Papa!
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Guys,

I wanted to give you guys a heads up regarding today. My computer wouldn't start this morning. I'm literally standing in line at the Apple store waiting for my appointment, so I snuck on one of the computers so I can report I'll likely be out of commission today while I figure out what's wrong with my computer/trying to get it fixed.

I alerted management so they're going to hold the fort today. I also alerted them about you guys wanting the game chat for the Celtics-Magic game. I can't guarantee what will happen with that because they have a lot of other things on their plate too. But we'll keep you posted.

Sorry that this happened, but I'll report everyone on the progress once I know. Whoops...I have to go....one of the Apple geeks is wondering what I'm doing....

Mark Medina

Mr stu jackson executive vp of nba operations,

How nice of u to drop in? U've been under the radar.. Not tearing down any new franchises or handing out any controversial suspensions lately?

I'm happy u found a home in sterns circle of trust.. Tell us how does sterns ass taste?

Mamba24,

I cordially invite you to join the Official Lakeraholics He-Man Trolls & Chicken Littles Haters Club.

Our Brotherhood Eternal. Our Wrath Deadly.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Mr stu jackson executive vp of nba operations,How nice of u to drop in? U've been under the radar.. Not tearing down any new franchises or handing out any controversial suspensions lately? 'm happy u found a home in sterns circle of trust.. Tell us how does sterns ass taste?Posted by: yellofever | May 24, 2010 at 10:51 AM
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Now See, NOW SEE! I warned you! you have meddled with the forces of Darth Stern and he has dispersed his cleanup crew.
ROFLMFAO!!!...OUT FREAKING STANDING
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Mamba24,I cordially invite you to join the Official Lakeraholics He-Man Trolls & Chicken Littles Haters Club. Our Brotherhood Eternal. Our Wrath Deadly.Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.Posted by: Jon K. | May 24, 2010 at 10:52 AM
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YES! YES! HELL YES!!! Thank you sir!

WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE! The Blog God without a computer!
AWWWW HELLLLLL NO! Some one will pay for this my lord!!!
MAMBA24

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CONGRATULATIONS EDWIN GUECO ON YOUR DAUGHTERS WEDDING - BANDWAGON
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(01)MAMBA24 - OWNER - Edwin my mentor, may your daughter and her family have alll the hapiness in the world and may God bless her with an abundance or Riches. Be Proud Papa!
(02)JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER -
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put me in the.....
CONGRATULATIONS EDWIN GUECO ON YOUR DAUGHTERS WEDDING - BANDWAGON
It's always a important moment when one of our children is ready for the worlds. Congrats

I expect our team losing the next one too, although they are totally cappable to win it.
As yellofever said, it was similar to the game 3 in OKC... and i may add, a couple more from 2008 to the present. I can see a pattern there, so that's why i told that we'll win in 6. Is something mental in our team, and that is expected, in my opinion. BUT that worries me if we go to the finals. That can be the decisive factor confronting the C's. And that's the coach team job, to end those "lapsus".

Is good to lose from time to time, it make us to have our feet on the ground.

GO LAKERS!!!

Yellow, that was plain rude. Of course, when you don't have the facts on your side (you don't, you know), resorting to ad hominem attacks is a pretty common approach.

Apparently, when the Lakers lose you think that officiating is to blame, so I'll go ahead and accept your gratitude for the 8 consecutive wins that the league allowed your team before last night. That's how it works, right?

Mamba

My man.. Stern can fine me all he wants.. He can hire the best good collection agency in the biz and then take me all the way to small claims court.. No way I pay him a single dime.. Haha

He can take away our lives but he'll never take away my FREEEEEEEEEDOM!

Apparently, when the Lakers lose you think that officiating is to blame, so I'll go ahead and accept your gratitude for the 8 consecutive wins that the league allowed your team before last night. That's how it works, right? Posted by: Stu Jackson | May 24, 2010 at 11:08 AM
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LMAO!! I TOLD YOU! Darth Stern don't play Baby! But Stu you must renounce this nonsense now and come out from the Dark side into the Golden Light of the Freakin World Champion Lakers. KOBEWAN will be able to heal you of that dark black magic that now inflicts your soul!


Is good to lose from time to time, it make us to have our feet on the ground. Posted by: MrNano | May 24, 2010 at 11:05 AM
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I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I'M RIDING WITH MR. NANO!!
MAMBA24

AND YES! MY PLAYOFF GAME FACE IS NOW OFFICIALLY ON!
NO MORE OF THIS MR NICE GUY SHIZZLE!!
Posted by: mamba24 | May 24, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Wait Mamba, i your face turned on because your purple & gold thong is ridin' up somewhere? LOL...so sorry Mamba, just feeling really silly today.

Edwin, congrats on your daughter's wedding.

-Slip screens....whoopty freakin do....I think I'm going to enjoy the adjustments the Lakers make.
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Lamar just didn't look like he had it yesterday, nor did Bynum have it.
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Might be time to sick our Kobe doberman on Nash to force those turnovers.
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....Regardless, CONGRATULATIONS are in order. Mang Edwin, congrats to you on your daughters wedding! Huzzah!

AND YES! MY PLAYOFF GAME FACE IS NOW OFFICIALLY ON!
NO MORE OF THIS MR NICE GUY SHIZZLE!! Posted by: mamba24 | May 24, 2010 at 10:41 AM
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Wait Mamba, is your face turned on because your purple & gold thong is ridin' up somewhere?
ROFLMFAO!!!!! OH JESSIE THE HUMANITY hahahah
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My man.. Stern can fine me all he wants.. He can hire the best good collection agency in the biz and then take me all the way to small claims court.. No way I pay him a single dime.. Haha He can take away our lives but he'll never take away my FREEEEEEEEEDOM! Posted by: yellofever | May 24, 2010 at 11:10 AM
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OOOOOOOOOOOH WEEEEEEEEEE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enwqNa39DqE
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CONGRATULATIONS EDWIN GUECO ON YOUR DAUGHTERS WEDDING - BANDWAGON
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(01)MAMBA24 - OWNER - Edwin my mentor, may your daughter and her family have alll the hapiness in the world and may God bless her with an abundance or Riches. Be Proud Papa!
(02)JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER -
(03)EASTCOASTJESSIE - RIDING SHOTGUN - Edwin, congrats on your daughter's wedding.
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(05)MAGIC PHIL - SECURITY - CONGRATULATIONS EDWIN GUECO ON YOUR DAUGHTERS WEDDING - BANDWAGON It's always a important moment when one of our children is ready for the worlds. Congrats

ONE Game

The outcome is still inevitable.

Time to give DJ more run. Andrew can play but he's not lookin' like he can trust the knee. Hate that.

Mang Edwin....congrats! Huzzah!

You know I love ya Mamba...thong and all baby!!

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NOT UPSET AT ALL ABOUT 1 LOSS TO SUNS - BANDWAGON
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(01) EASTCOASTJESSIE - OWNER - Surprisingly, I'm not too upset or surprised by the loss last night. Game 3 is always the toughest game to pull out for the visiting team simply because the home team is playing the 1st game in front of their crowd. I expected them to play with much more energy and aggresiveness on their home floor. I always said this would be a 6 game series but after watching the Suns play their best game last night and be tied or up by just a few points most of the game, I say 5 games now. This will most likely be their only win in this series.
(02)ROCKY - DRIVER - We will beat the Suns, then we will be in a position that we haven't been in since we had Kwame Brown; we'll be the underdogs. While it does not please me that the C's are back on top, I think being the underdog going onto the Finals will probably be a good thing for the Lakers. The Lakers under Phil Jackson have always played their best ball when there is doubt, when they are the underdogs.
(03) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER- RIDING SHOTGUN - Not worried, even a little bit. I expected PHX to get some home cooking, and despite how bad we moved the ball and shot, we still scored 108 and it was close 'til the end. To quote someone above, "Lakers in five still works nicely."
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(05)PEACE - SECURITY - I'm disappointed after every Lakers' loss. But if that's what it takes for the Suns to beat LA the rest of the series, so be it. They're 2-5 against the Lakers this season. They'll have to win 3 of the next 4.
(06) MAMBA24 - REPLAY OFFICIAL - If they aren't that upset I guess I'm not either
(07) CALIPHILOSOPHER - REFEREE - Actually, IF we make the finals (since I don't like to count my chickens before they hatch), there is a possibility of our team winning the championship.
(08)TOM DANIELS - DIRECTOR OF TUESDAY WIN # 3 - Not worried. Lakers won 8 playoff games in a row. They lose a game on the road to the Suns, a great home team that did, after all, make it to the conference finals and had their backs to the wall. Lakers did a good job early on weathering the Suns' strong emotional start and actually winning the first quarter. But Amare's agressive game was effective in scoring and (more importantly) in getting the Lakers' bigs in foul trouble. The zone got the Lakers out of rhythm and gave the Confidence. And the game got away.I think this is Suns' only win.
(09) ART-FL LAKER FAN - Director Win # 4 Thursday - Game 4: take care of the ball, cut down on 3's, drive. Seems the Suns are going to dare the Lakers to beat them from outside. What else is new?
(10)HOBBITMAGE - BYNUMS BIGGEST FAN - had expected PHX's best punch this game. I had expected a fall off in the shooting of LO & Artest. Lakers in 5 still works nicely.
(11) TIM-4-SHOW - It was the difference between this being a 4 game series and a 6 gamer.Close out in PHX Hopefully I'm wrong and they find some heart in game 4.
(12)JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - KOBES DUNK COACH - Does anyone really think The Show won't make the appropriate adjustments and win Game 4? Really? I can't believe the Lakers will let a very close win by the Suns in 1 game to defeat them mentally for the rest of the series. Our guys are in it to win it. Period. The only question is how bad are the Suns going to get beaten by in the next game? And the one after that? We have a date with destiny people - and the Suns are not in that equation.We have a date with destiny people - and the Suns are not in that equation.
(13) HALOSANT - Look, I was hoping, as well as all of the Laker Nation, for a Sweep. But hey, the Suns came out with some heart. What do expect... we're the ALL MIGHTY WEST BABY!!!! Our teams have PASSION and PRIDE unlike most of the WEAK EAST teams... we won't mention any names, right Orlando, Cleveland, Milwuakee & Atlanta? Celtic Fans, don't get your panties wet just yet... who the hell have the Celtic's beaten so far? All of them essentially "One-Man" teams like the Lebron-aliers and now the Orlando Howard... you know damn well the Lakers are not just a "One-Man" team, although we do have "THE MAN". Keep up the DREAM that this "one" loss means you can beat us in the Finals... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
(14) KEIFO – PENALTY OFFICIAL - Lakers take tomorrows game by at least 15 go lakeshow!!!
(15) TODD – NO NONSENSE OFFICIAL - Ok so the Suns are not chumps. However, its unclear they can do it again. Amare was "lucky"
(16) MAGIC PHIL - put me in the NOT UPSET AT ALL ABOUT 1 LOSS TO SUNS – BANDWAGON The Suns went 42 times to the FT line, that's not gonna happen again tomorrow.
(17) MAYOR OF KOBE TOWN - THE MAYOR - I've heard of Home Cooking, but last night PHX had the equivalent of a 2 star michelin chef cooking a 7 course meal in their house.
A player (Lopez) INTENTIONALLY strikes an opposing player, in the HEAD, with his ELBOW (an ejectable offense to say the least) and is given only a technical foul, as is the other player who did nothing but get hit in the head. If Lopez isn't suspended for the next game we'll know something is up. The NBA can't be happy with these series all ending so quickly, unfortunately their attempts to extend it can't even be called "thinly veiled" when you look at the free throw totals.
(18)EDWIN GUECO - JUDGE/JURY/EXECUTIONER - tell the Laker nation not to worry too much of the loss. We need one in order to be humbled because we have a tendency to be over confident. It was just a month ago when Lakers were not given a chance to be in the WCF, it was Nuggets, Mavs but we're here.
(19) JON K – LUCKY STOOL OWNER - I can somehow live with losing by 9 when the opposing team has 22 more freethrows. 7. I'm worried about Andrew Bynum... a lot. I was impressed by Kobe and Phil's maturity and calmness during their interviews. They are not panicking... at all. . I originally picked the Lakers to win in six. I think that the Celtics' success and our domination in the first two games took my mind out of reality and I began to be affected by my fellow Lakeraholics' enthusiam and I assumed sweep. Now, back to reality. How the heck did Stoudemire score 42 points? Really? Onto the next game!
(20) MR.NANO –I expected our team losing the next one too, although they are totally cappable to win it. As yellofever said, it was similar to the game 3 in OKC... and i may add, a couple more from 2008 to the present. I can see a pattern there, so that's why i told that we'll win in 6. Is something mental in our team, and that is expected, in my opinion. BUT that worries me if we go to the finals. That can be the decisive factor confronting the C's. And that's the coach team job, to end those "lapsus". Is good to lose from time to time, it make us to have our feet on the ground.
(21) VMAN - ONE Game The outcome is still inevitable.
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CONGRATULATIONS EDWIN GUECO ON YOUR DAUGHTERS WEDDING - BANDWAGON
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(01)MAMBA24 - OWNER - Edwin my mentor, may your daughter and her family have alll the happiness in the world and may God bless her with an abundance or Riches. Be Proud Papa!
(02)JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER -
(03)EASTCOASTJESSIE - RIDING SHOTGUN - Edwin, congrats on your daughter's wedding.
(04) # 4 - ....Regardless, CONGRATULATIONS are in order. Mang Edwin, congrats to you on your daughters wedding! Huzzah!
(05)MAGIC PHIL - SECURITY - CONGRATULATIONS EDWIN GUECO ON YOUR DAUGHTERS WEDDING - BANDWAGON It's always a important moment when one of our children is ready for the worlds. Congrats
(06) LakerTom
(07) KEIFO

We lost because Lamar didn't show up. Simple as that.

Lakers in 6.

You know I love ya Mamba...thong and all baby!! Posted by: EastCoastJessie | May 24, 2010 at 11:28 AM
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Stop it EastCoastJessie, you killing me. Lol! Love ya right back Princess!
Mamba24

Hey Guys! Was wondering if any of you knew why I am not playing this series? I'm healthy, I can help against the zone, and I am known for being an irritant against opposing players.

You know that Phil doesn't talk to me, so I was wondering if any of you knew if I was going to get any minutes?

Edwin,

Quick bit of advice to your daughter : Prenuptial Agreement!
Quick bit of advice when you deliver the toast : No Cursing!

Congrats!


Mr stu jackson..

I believe u were the first to cast the first blow.. I gave u my honest assessment however subjective and u proceeded by calling me a crybaby

And now u want me to express gratitude? WOW.. Such the mind of a evil man.. How bout you (and sternY stop by the home of every man u pass and ask for forgiveness for over 30 years of theft rape and murder... And hand back all the improper fines and unjustifiable suspensions esp to cuban which total almost 1.5MIL and hand him back the nba crown of 2005 which was rightfully his?? Haha

I'm done with you.. Talk to the hand.


At around the same time last year, we were 2-1 against DEN in the WCF.

We'll be fine.

Congratulations Edwin!
Mi wedding is coming in some months, so is a sensitive topic for me too!
mamba24, add me to Edwin's bandwagon.

PS -all the bloggers will be invited!-

Still waiting for news on Lopez' suspension.

Kobe has been suspended one more than one occasion for hitting people with elbows, Lopez's was about as intentional as they come. I'm surprised more people & the press aren't talking about the possible upcoming suspension for Lopez.

Yellow, I should be more careful. I had no idea I was directing my comments to someone who is clinically insane. You were complaining about unfair officiating, so I pointed out that you were wrong (I should have just quoted Phil Jackson's press conference last night, because maybe you'd believe him over me). Now you are accusing me of theft, rape and murder? Huh?

Of course, even more absurd than accusations of rape (and the need to apologize to "every man" (suggesting what, that I raped men?) is the idea that the 2005 NBA championship rightly belonged to the Dallas Mavericks!

Still waiting for news on Lopez' suspension.

Kobe has been suspended one more than one occasion for hitting people with elbows, Lopez's was about as intentional as they come. I'm surprised more people & the press aren't talking about the possible upcoming suspension for Lopez.

Posted by: Mayor of Kobe Town | May 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM

I wish it were true Mayor but Sideshow Bob will most likely not be suspended.

http://phoenix.fanster.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sideshowbob1.jpg

Edwin, congrats on your daughter's wedding. I trust your new son-in-law is also a Laker fan?

Mi wedding is coming in some months, so is a sensitive topic for me too!
mamba24, add me to Edwin's bandwagon.

PS -all the bloggers will be invited!-

Posted by: MrNano | May 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM

NICEEEEE!!!!!

Mr stu jackson..
I believe u were the first to cast the first blow.. I gave u my honest assessment however subjective and u proceeded by calling me a crybaby And now u want me to express gratitude? WOW.. Such the mind of a evil man.. How bout you (and sternY stop by the home of every man u pass and ask for forgiveness for over 30 years of theft rape and murder... And hand back all the improper fines and unjustifiable suspensions esp to cuban which total almost 1.5MIL and hand him back the nba crown of 2005 which was rightfully his?? Haha I'm done with you.. Talk to the hand. Posted by: yellofever | May 24, 2010 at 11:38 AM
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Now Yellow Fever I have tried to caution you, you are inciting forces that should not be trifled with. Stu told me how Sterns @zz Tasted and he said it WASN'T GOOD!!!...Now, NOW You present the ultimate mojo of THE HAND! No, No YellowFever not that! This has gone TOO FAR NOW!! @ZZ tasting OK! but THE HAND, no no. I got your back bro. but I fear that even KOBEWAN himself may not be able to get us out of this devilish mix

I wish it were true Mayor but Sideshow Bob will most likely not be suspended.

http://phoenix.fanster.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sideshowbob1.jpg

Posted by: EastCoastJessie | May 24, 2010 at 11:52 AM
HAHAHAHAHAAAA.. He reminds me of somebody, now I know who.

Mi wedding is coming in some months, so is a sensitive topic for me too! Mamba24, add me to Edwin's bandwagon. PS -all the bloggers will be invited!- Posted by: MrNano | May 24, 2010 at 11:45 AM
OOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHH WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
GO MR NANO!!! And you shall have your Bandwagon when that blessed day approaches. Congrats. sir!!
Mamba24

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(01) EASTCOASTJESSIE - OWNER - Surprisingly, I'm not too upset or surprised by the loss last night. Game 3 is always the toughest game to pull out for the visiting team simply because the home team is playing the 1st game in front of their crowd. I expected them to play with much more energy and aggresiveness on their home floor. I always said this would be a 6 game series but after watching the Suns play their best game last night and be tied or up by just a few points most of the game, I say 5 games now. This will most likely be their only win in this series.
(02)ROCKY - DRIVER - We will beat the Suns, then we will be in a position that we haven't been in since we had Kwame Brown; we'll be the underdogs. While it does not please me that the C's are back on top, I think being the underdog going onto the Finals will probably be a good thing for the Lakers. The Lakers under Phil Jackson have always played their best ball when there is doubt, when they are the underdogs.
(03) LONGTIMELAKERLOVER- RIDING SHOTGUN - Not worried, even a little bit. I expected PHX to get some home cooking, and despite how bad we moved the ball and shot, we still scored 108 and it was close 'til the end. To quote someone above, "Lakers in five still works nicely."
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(05)PEACE - SECURITY - I'm disappointed after every Lakers' loss. But if that's what it takes for the Suns to beat LA the rest of the series, so be it. They're 2-5 against the Lakers this season. They'll have to win 3 of the next 4.
(06) MAMBA24 - REPLAY OFFICIAL - If they aren't that upset I guess I'm not either
(07) CALIPHILOSOPHER - REFEREE - Actually, IF we make the finals (since I don't like to count my chickens before they hatch), there is a possibility of our team winning the championship.
(08)TOM DANIELS - DIRECTOR OF TUESDAY WIN # 3 - Not worried. Lakers won 8 playoff games in a row. They lose a game on the road to the Suns, a great home team that did, after all, make it to the conference finals and had their backs to the wall. Lakers did a good job early on weathering the Suns' strong emotional start and actually winning the first quarter. But Amare's agressive game was effective in scoring and (more importantly) in getting the Lakers' bigs in foul trouble. The zone got the Lakers out of rhythm and gave the Confidence. And the game got away.I think this is Suns' only win.
(09) ART-FL LAKER FAN - Director Win # 4 Thursday - Game 4: take care of the ball, cut down on 3's, drive. Seems the Suns are going to dare the Lakers to beat them from outside. What else is new?
(10)HOBBITMAGE - BYNUMS BIGGEST FAN - had expected PHX's best punch this game. I had expected a fall off in the shooting of LO & Artest. Lakers in 5 still works nicely.
(11) TIM-4-SHOW - It was the difference between this being a 4 game series and a 6 gamer.Close out in PHX Hopefully I'm wrong and they find some heart in game 4.
(12)JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - KOBES DUNK COACH - Does anyone really think The Show won't make the appropriate adjustments and win Game 4? Really? I can't believe the Lakers will let a very close win by the Suns in 1 game to defeat them mentally for the rest of the series. Our guys are in it to win it. Period. The only question is how bad are the Suns going to get beaten by in the next game? And the one after that? We have a date with destiny people - and the Suns are not in that equation.We have a date with destiny people - and the Suns are not in that equation.
(13) HALOSANT - Look, I was hoping, as well as all of the Laker Nation, for a Sweep. But hey, the Suns came out with some heart. What do expect... we're the ALL MIGHTY WEST BABY!!!! Our teams have PASSION and PRIDE unlike most of the WEAK EAST teams... we won't mention any names, right Orlando, Cleveland, Milwuakee & Atlanta? Celtic Fans, don't get your panties wet just yet... who the hell have the Celtic's beaten so far? All of them essentially "One-Man" teams like the Lebron-aliers and now the Orlando Howard... you know damn well the Lakers are not just a "One-Man" team, although we do have "THE MAN". Keep up the DREAM that this "one" loss means you can beat us in the Finals... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
(14) KEIFO – PENALTY OFFICIAL - Lakers take tomorrows game by at least 15 go lakeshow!!!
(15) TODD – NO NONSENSE OFFICIAL - Ok so the Suns are not chumps. However, its unclear they can do it again. Amare was "lucky"
(16) MAGIC PHIL - put me in the NOT UPSET AT ALL ABOUT 1 LOSS TO SUNS – BANDWAGON The Suns went 42 times to the FT line, that's not gonna happen again tomorrow.
(17) MAYOR OF KOBE TOWN - THE MAYOR - I've heard of Home Cooking, but last night PHX had the equivalent of a 2 star michelin chef cooking a 7 course meal in their house.
A player (Lopez) INTENTIONALLY strikes an opposing player, in the HEAD, with his ELBOW (an ejectable offense to say the least) and is given only a technical foul, as is the other player who did nothing but get hit in the head. If Lopez isn't suspended for the next game we'll know something is up. The NBA can't be happy with these series all ending so quickly, unfortunately their attempts to extend it can't even be called "thinly veiled" when you look at the free throw totals.
(18)EDWIN GUECO - JUDGE/JURY/EXECUTIONER - tell the Laker nation not to worry too much of the loss. We need one in order to be humbled because we have a tendency to be over confident. It was just a month ago when Lakers were not given a chance to be in the WCF, it was Nuggets, Mavs but we're here.
(19) JON K – LUCKY STOOL OWNER - I can somehow live with losing by 9 when the opposing team has 22 more freethrows. 7. I'm worried about Andrew Bynum... a lot. I was impressed by Kobe and Phil's maturity and calmness during their interviews. They are not panicking... at all. . I originally picked the Lakers to win in six. I think that the Celtics' success and our domination in the first two games took my mind out of reality and I began to be affected by my fellow Lakeraholics' enthusiam and I assumed sweep. Now, back to reality. How the heck did Stoudemire score 42 points? Really? Onto the next game!
(20) MR.NANO –I expected our team losing the next one too, although they are totally cappable to win it. As yellofever said, it was similar to the game 3 in OKC... and i may add, a couple more from 2008 to the present. I can see a pattern there, so that's why i told that we'll win in 6. Is something mental in our team, and that is expected, in my opinion. BUT that worries me if we go to the finals. That can be the decisive factor confronting the C's. And that's the coach team job, to end those "lapsus". Is good to lose from time to time, it make us to have our feet on the ground.
(21) VMAN - ONE Game The outcome is still inevitable.
(22) TROY – Lakers in 6.

(23) THE SNAKE - At around the same time last year, we were 2-1 against DEN in the WCF. We'll be fine.
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CONGRATULATIONS MANG EDWIN GUECO ON YOUR DAUGHTERS WEDDING - BANDWAGON
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(01)MAMBA24 - OWNER - Edwin my mentor, may your daughter and her family have alll the happiness in the world and may God bless her with an abundance or Riches. Be Proud Papa!
(02)JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER -
(03)EASTCOASTJESSIE - RIDING SHOTGUN - Edwin, congrats on your daughter's wedding.
(04) # 4 - ....Regardless, CONGRATULATIONS are in order. Mang Edwin, congrats to you on your daughters wedding! Huzzah!
(05)MAGIC PHIL - SECURITY - CONGRATULATIONS EDWIN GUECO ON YOUR DAUGHTERS WEDDING - BANDWAGON It's always a important moment when one of our children is ready for the worlds. Congrats
(06) LakerTom
(07) KEIFO
(08) MR. NANO - Mi wedding is coming in some months, so is a sensitive topic for me too! add me to Edwin's bandwagon. PS -all the bloggers will be invited!-
(09) THE SNAKE - Edwin, congrats on your daughter's wedding. I trust your new son-in-law is also a Laker fan
(10) REDS LOVE CHILD – Edwin , Quick bit of advice to your daughter : Prenuptial Agreement! Quick bit of advice when you deliver the toast : No Cursing! Congrats!

GO MR NANO!!! And you shall have your Bandwagon when that blessed day approaches. Congrats. sir!!
Mamba24

Thank you!
:o)

Here is a simple breakdown:

Our offense was just as efficient as has been all playoffs. Before PHX went up by 10 at the end of the 4th Q, Kobe was 13 for 21! Pau was as efficient and consistent as ever. Of the major contributors, only LO came up short.

PHX zone accounted for 8 more turnovers than usual. At our efficiency rate that would equate to about 5 buckets or about ten points. We lost by 9.

Conclusions:

1) If we figure out the zone, we become unstoppable.
2) -LO + Amare = Suns win

I can see why Kobe was mad at LO. Kobe is keenly aware of just how important LO is. I wonder if LO knows how important he is?

I know this is overly simplistic. I was in the hospital all night and only got to listen to the last 6 minutes of the game on the radio.

Did I about get it right?

--FEARless

BTW, I don't see either Kobe or RonRon lettin' Amare drop 42 any time soon.

--FEARless

Just got back from the blog and didn't expect Mamba24 to turn the wedding of my daughter into a bandwagon. THANKS TO ALL. Thanks for the love and warm wishes, it's a combination of happiness, loss of a little fortune, melancholy in wishing a brighter future for this couple.

He is a native of Cleveland,OH and a Lebroniac fan. According to him there is no room for disappointment if you are from Akron, OH. They have lived with it and outgrown it. So he just look forward to their college schedule of Ohio State football and b'ball seasons, if Cavs, Indians, Browns give them something to cheer at an extended, it pure gravy. Red's , others and Lakerholics aren't we proud of our teams always competing for Championship and still not too happy about it after a miserable loss.

Red, the cursing will be in a different tone. Like for example, I don't agree with these silly traditions of feeding 200 people, we should get a dowry! That's the sentiment of cheapskate father who can't afford to buy a lower seat at Staples but ready to pay the meal of 200 people lol! a curse inside but a happy face outside to our future in laws. LMAO!

Thank you Mamba24 and I might be in the vicinity of LakerTom's territory by Sunday in San Rafael. Wish WCF is done by that time.

LOL Edwin, our prayers go out to you and your wallet. May you recover quickly!!!! And try to enjoy the day....you're paying for it all anyway.

Thank you Mamba24 and I might be in the vicinity of LakerTom's territory by Sunday in San Rafael. Wish WCF is done by that time. Posted by: Edwin Gueco | May 24, 2010 at 12:20 PM
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It's the least I could do for my mentor. Don't worry about the WCF, the Freaking LA Lakers have that covered. You just go and enjoy yourself with your family. Just remember you still have a family at lakersBlog also. Lol!:-)
Mamba24

Did I about get it right? --FEARless Posted by: FEARless | May 24, 2010 at 12:16 PM
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DAMN you good! Lol!
Mamba24


Am I right when I see that Fish is *still* hitting 50% of his shots? If that is the case, was there any compelling reason way Farmar and Brown were in the game late to make those boneheaded turnovers? Was Nash eating him up, or something?

The box shows Nash played about even with how he's been playing.

Actually, it looks like the only two dudes who played significantly different was LO on the downside and Amare on the upside.

Man, that had to be frustrating to watch. Especially with Amare getting to bail his big fat mouth out.

--FEARless

PS: I'm still not giving a dude max $$ if he only plays well at home. That's what bench players do.

hobbitimage, I cannot agree more with you, the Lakers should give Mbenga more time, especially after Bynum uneffective time on court, in Finals I doubt that Bynum will make an improvement, Phil got to adjust against those "green thugs" or the Lakers wont be a champion.

ricky,

>>>Lakers: Kobe and Gasol
>>>Celtics: Rondo, Pierce, Allen, Garnett and Perckins, plus Wallace, big Baby
>>>and Tony Allen. No way for Lakers.

Is that some new Euro-league thing? Where they let one team put 8 players on the floor and the other team only gets to play two?

Not sure if anybody has told you, but in the NBA both teams get to play 5 players.

Must be embarassing for you to be so ignorant of basketball rules.

LTLF,

2 on 8, lol, at least then the Celtics would have a chance.

ricky,

>>>Lakers: Kobe and Gasol
>>>Celtics: Rondo, Pierce, Allen, Garnett and Perckins, plus Wallace, big Baby
>>>and Tony Allen. No way for Lakers.

Is that some new Euro-league thing? Where they let one team put 8 players on the floor and the other team only gets to play two?

Not sure if anybody has told you, but in the NBA both teams get to play 5 players.

Must be embarassing for you to be so ignorant of basketball rules.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | May 24, 2010 at 01:14 PM


Billy Beane calling someone ignorant ... I thought it was just me!

How bout this stat ... Celtics 3 Orlando 0?

>>>if you are from Akron, OH. They have lived with it and outgrown it. So he
>>>just look forward to their college schedule of Ohio State football and b'ball
>>>seasons,

Uh uhhhhhh.

If he's from Akron, then why ain't he cheering for the Zips?

FEARless,

>>>Am I right when I see that Fish is *still* hitting 50% of his shots? If that is the
>>>case, was there any compelling reason way Farmar and Brown were in the
>>>game late to make those boneheaded turnovers? Was Nash eating him up, or
>>>something?

No. You're wrong.

To "still" be hitting 50% of something, you have to do it consistently. Other than this last game, Fish hasn't hit 50% of his shots since game 3 vs Utah.

During the post season, Fisher has hit 43.8% of his shots (42.6% of his 3-pointers). That's very good for him and good for the team.

But Farmar has been hitting 45.5% overall and 46.9% of his 3-pointers. Farmar's 3-point shooting has been the equivalent of Brown's or Ariza's 3-point shooting in last years' playoffs.

Yes, Farmar and Brown made some dumb turnovers in the game. But Fish ain't up to playing 48 minutes a game. So if you're a hater, deal with it.

LTLF,

He was reared and finished his bachelors at University of Akron but his fandom is Ohio State. perhaps like our teams in NBA, you go with what is popular? Like you for example, we never heard u cheering for the U. C. I. Anteaters but well versed on the stats of the Bruins and Trojans players. Well, my son-in-law has been working everywhere, formerly a school administrator at University of Houston, just completed his masters at St.Mary of Cal in Moraga, Ca last week where my daughter works. Therefore, it is a matter of putting that knowledge to work, unfortunately there are no jobs in CA, he has to take any kind of job and wait for any breaks. Those are the fate of young people today, they're the best and the brightest, lots of debts, technologically sound but no good jobs in sight. Wal Mart and Target would not employ them.

Art-FL

>>>2 on 8, lol, at least then the Celtics would have a chance.

Exactly. Somehow I like to think that Mamba would still pull off a win, but the odds would be pretty long.

>>>>How bout this stat ... Celtics 3 Orlando 0?

Gosh, we're all really impressed. Must make you feel mighty to beat the team the Lakers already beat in the finals last season. Except for they dumped one of their few players who performs well in the clutch and picked up one of the biggest chokers of all time to replace him.

Must be really satisfying.

Do you post as 3-0 on the Orlando blog?

>>>Like you for example, we never heard u cheering for the U. C. I. Anteaters
>>>but well versed on the stats of the Bruins and Trojans players.


ZOT!!!!!!!

That's the one thing that was going in favor for Oklahoma City!

I was at UCI when Scotty Brooks was draining 3's for them (and beating UCLA, I might add :-).

But as it happens, I attended UCI as an undergrad and UCLA for grad school, thus my affiliation with players from both schools.

Gosh, we're all really impressed. Must make you feel mighty to beat the team the Lakers already beat in the finals last season. Except for they dumped one of their few players who performs well in the clutch and picked up one of the biggest chokers of all time to replace him.

Must be really satisfying.

Do you post as 3-0 on the Orlando blog?

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | May 24, 2010 at 02:10 PM

Billy Beane-

Its as satisfying as it was for you. I dont remember you apologizing after beating them.

Regarding their changes ... Not my problem. We beat who they put on the floor.

I'm not sure what to make of all of the complaints about the free throws. Just because they're called "free throws" doesn't mean you don't have to earn them. The Lakers were unstoppable when they went inside. I think they shot about 80% or so when they were within 10 feet. If the Suns were fouling them on those shots, it sure wasn't helping. The problem is the Lakers took 30 something 3's and continued to try to loft shots over the zone. That doesn't get you free throws and isn't reliable at getting you points.

The Suns, on the other hand, attacked the basket and Odom and Bynum repeatedly got burned while playing lazy defense. They rotated over late and couldn't get into a real defensive position and were forced to hack.

But no, let's just believe that because the Suns shot more free throws than the Lakers, they were favored by the officials. Stoudemire shot more free throws than Nash, does that mean the officials hate Nash?

REPOST:
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@LTLF:


FEARless,

>>>Am I right when I see that Fish is *still* hitting 50% of his shots? If that is the
>>>case, was there any compelling reason way Farmar and Brown were in the
>>>game late to make those boneheaded turnovers? Was Nash eating him up, or
>>>something?

No. You're wrong.

To "still" be hitting 50% of something, you have to do it consistently. Other than this last game, Fish hasn't hit 50% of his shots since game 3 vs Utah.

During the post season, Fisher has hit 43.8% of his shots (42.6% of his 3-pointers). That's very good for him and good for the team.

But Farmar has been hitting 45.5% overall and 46.9% of his 3-pointers. Farmar's 3-point shooting has been the equivalent of Brown's or Ariza's 3-point shooting in last years' playoffs.

Yes, Farmar and Brown made some dumb turnovers in the game. But Fish ain't up to playing 48 minutes a game. So if you're a hater, deal with it.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | May 24, 2010 at 01:49 PM
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LTLF, how soon we forget. I was Farmar's biggesgt advocate on this blog not too long ago. I haven't exactly given up on him, yet. However, the difference betweem 43.8% and 45.5% is one made field goal. That's because they both shoot so rarely.

The fact that they are both over 42% on threes isn't just "very good", that makes them both more efficient than Pau. You do know that 40% on threes is the exact same efficiency as 60% on twos? Why do you think the Suns and Golden State and others play that way, because it doesn't work? It is very effective most of the time, which is how they rack up so many victories during the regular season.

The problem is it only works sparingly in the playoffs, for certain matchups and in certain situations.

My point is more that Fish's minutes have to be managed better so that he can close games. He is much less likely to turn the ball over in those situations. Esp. in the playoffs. (Though, no one, not even Kobe, is immune, as we all know).

Besides, remember:

1) I cannot see the games
2) I missed hearing all but the last 6 minutes of this game because I was in the hospital.

Because of those two points, I have to ask.

But, a "Hater"? Surely, you jest...

--FEARless

BTW, an effective 3pt shooter only has to hit 33%. That's it. That is equal to 50% on 2pt shots. We all know that the number of dudes in this league who can hit 50% on twos is very small. Embarrassingly small.

I see what you're saying but shooting 33% on 3's won't win you many games. 3's don't get the other team in foul trouble, they don't create second chance points, and they often result in run outs for the other team.

The 3 is a very effective shot for spacing the floor or closing a deficit late in a game but when you live and die by that shot, you die much more than you live.

When the 3 point shooting teams win games, you'll usually see that they're shooting close to 50% on the 3 pointers in that game.


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