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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 4 of Lakers-Jazz series

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Lakers links

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains the importance of the Lakers' sweeping, Kobe Bryant's missed box out on Wesley Matthews and a medical update on Sasha Vujacic.

--The Times' Broderick Turner believes the Jazz's chances to come back against the Lakers are highly unlikely. Turner also details what the Lakers must do to win in Game 4.

--The Times' Bill Plaschke relives the playoffs in Tweet form.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande argues the Lakers are back on track.

--ESPN.com's Kevin Arnovitz as well as ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky have a video breakdown of Game 3's final moments.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Matt Calkins argues the Lakers should take advantage of any rest they can get. Hence, the Lakers need to close out the series tonight against Utah.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr compares Kobe Bryant's injured finger to LeBron James' injured elbow.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper explains how Ron Artest has moved on from Twittergate.

--Fox Sports' Randy Hill argues Derek Fisher serves as a valuable component to the Lakers' starting lineup.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin examines the Lakers' success in close games.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton argues Pau Gasol's contributions sometimes go unnoticed.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights Gasol's consistency against the Jazz. Teaford also details the Lakers' track record in close-out games.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker details how Adam Morrison keeps his teammates laughing and still feels part of the team, despite his limited minutes.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore breaks down why the Lakers' offense has been so efficient.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a complete rundown of Sunday's practice.

Jazz links

--The Deseret News' Tim Buckley says Utah is well aware of the heavy task at hand.

--The Deseret News' Jody Genessy believes this may the last game for Carlos Boozer in a Jazz uniform. Genessy doesn't like that The L.A. Times is ripping on Jazz fans.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Tony Jones reports Utah Coach Jerry Sloan doesn't plan to make any lineup changes.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Kurt Kragthorpe argues Game 4 serves as a good chance for Boozer to shape his legacy.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Steve Luhm highlights how Bryant's remained a Jazz killer.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Gordon Monson highlights how the Jazz feel getting swept would be humiliating.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Ross Siler reports that Utah hasn't completely lost hope in this series. Siler also details how Matthews has moved on from his missed put-back in Game 3.

Tweet of the Day: "When LeBron passes up shots, he's an unselfish facilitator. When Kobe does it, he's a sociopath." -- KBerg_CBS (CBSSports.com's Ken Berger)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I wouldn't be surprised if the Jazz use the same approach again and dare the Lakers to beat them from outside. Can the Lakers shoot 46% in 3's two consecutive games? Especially on the road? For the Jazz that seems like a risk worth taking. I think the Lakers need to figure out a way to get more inside scoring or we have game 5 back in LA." -- Art-FL Lakers Fan

--Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Utah guard C.J. Miles fouls Lakers power forward Pau Gasol on a shot attempt in Game 3 on Saturday night. Gasol would finish with a workmanlike 14 points and 17 rebounds. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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Mark,

These links posts are really useful, thanks for the hard work.

Bynum plays aggressive tonight and we shouldn't have any serious problems. Bynum disappears like he did in Game Three, well, we might need some more heroics from Derek, Fisher and a third player.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

If I may take Larry's rally the troops position for a minute...here goes nothing...Ahem...

For some nothing you have done since being a Lakers fan will make up for the hating you did during the regular season. Somewhere deep inside you knew it was wrong, a voice you did not recognize screamed for you to stop. You saw no way out, it was the way things were, they could not be changed. You were trying to convince yourself and other people that they deserved it. You became numb to their explanations and counter points, you learned to shut out the voice speaking against it. But there's always a choice. Some chose to ignore it. Yet we sit here now. We sit here, and we cannot imagine the day when we will not cheer for the Purple and Gold. Because it will never come! One day others may try to convince you they have a better team, that is more about them than you. For them, looking down on other less fortunate teams is a blessing. How will you go on? It is simple. You will never cheer for another team! Accept it! You hated on your team, on others, many others, that cannot be undone. You will never find personal retribution, but this is not end! That which is right, just and true can still prevail. If you do not cheer for your team all may be lost for everyone else. But do not cheer for yourself, cheer for others, others that will cheer for the Purple and Gold along with you!!! That is the least you can do.

I am equally upset and delighted about last game.
Upset, cause I couldn't be in chat, having to preserve my fruition of the NBA Pass for when the storm would have ended over Milan (and I equally shut down twitter to avoid spoilers, of course).
Delighted, because that is just MY kind of playoffs game.

Huge, epically shaking, and with MY FAVOURITE Duo taking the honours so wonderfully.

I was so so so so happy about Derek the next day I was smiling like an idiot even during the Mass.

Seriously.

Guy is just what playoff Lakers need: a complete cold blooded KILLER.

Kobe in his awesomeness just confirms my faith (holy faith) every single step more..

It's almost as delicious as a neverending chock cupcake, which doesn't make you become fat.

Perfect, and impossible.

Today's game must be a wrap up and send us to the Western Final.

I'm not worried about Suns.

I've followed the games and we can work suns out.

Unlike many here, I like Nash as player, but I don't think his class can stop our class.

Because we rule in so many players in that department, and we can stop their fireballs in more than one way.

I expect a better game from Lamar and Drew today, but I have to say these playoffs are showing a good version of our Lakers.

Just those Lakers I was calling out to be there in needin times.

No, we're not peaking yet.

We're not even near there.

But we're working on it.

And hopefully we are gonna pick after the Suns sets down in The West quiet sea that faces Santa Monica's Pier.

Can't wait for tonight.

And believe, I missed you all terribly last chat.

;) I love to scream along you all ;)

Jon K,

Bynum wasnt a scorer in game 3, but he was the reason our shooters got some open looks and drained them. Artest picked up the slack with some clutch shooting. Bynum getting doubled also gave our shooters some confidence that will be key in future playoff games. I'm ok with Drews play in game 3. It was a solid trade-off.

Here's a little LOL for all the Fish haters. A Cleveland fan posted this to one of the ESPN comment sections on an article that criticized Mo Williams' play.

"I told anybody that would listen that come playoff time i'd rather have Derek Fisher running the point than Mo "Masonry" Williams."

Grass is always greener I guess

Win, Rest, and then Crunch Suns!

Preach Infamous El Guapo, Preach!
Hey Zaira, HumanAnaomaly, Edwin G., ChicNStu, Teamn.
Go, Jon K, Go!
I'm trying to write a poem for this fitting Sweep occasion but I'm having writters block. Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated.
Mamba24(LarrY)

Regarding T.J. Simers' article ripping Utah...

1. I've been to Salt Lake City several times and it's really not that bad.

2. It seems that T.J. Simers is trying to be Jim Murray redux in ripping on Salt Lake City.

a. That's Jim Murray's gig. He ripped on every city that wasn't L.A. You gotta love that.

b. Jim Murray was great at it and it was funny, T.J. Simers' article, like most things he does doesn't effectively address the subject, but instead spends most of his time talking about himself. Gonzo journalism at its least inspired.

3. Plaschke's point is better supported: Jazz fans are hypocrites. As a religious scholar, I have mixed feelings about Mormonism. As a kid living in Boise, Idaho, I had lots of Mormon kids who wouldn't play with me because I was raised Catholic. That didn't feel very good. Anyhow, I'm not here to insult anyone's religion (even though I'm really good at it). I just think it's usually best that people walk their talk.

4. Salt Lake City may not be the funnest place on Earth, but it's not the most miserable. Here's Jon K.'s personal list in loose order:

1. Detroit
2. Newcomerstown, Ohio
3. Cleveland, Ohio
4. Youngstown, Ohio
5. Canton, Ohio
6. Akron, Ohio
7. Finley, Ohio
8. Dayton, Ohio
9. Warren, Ohio
10. Almost any other place in Ohio except Hudson and Pennisula
11. Syracuse, New York
12. Buffalo, New York.
13. Des Moines, Iowa
14. Gary, Indiana
15. Trona, California
16. Philadelphia
17. Greenley, Colorado
18. El Centro, California
19. West Virginia (all of it)
20. Erie, Pennsylvania/Green River, Utah

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!


teamn - You're welcome. I'm glad you find them useful. I know Lakers fans like to get their daily fix of news so I just want to make it easier for you guys so you don't have to navigate all over the place.

MM

Mamba24,

I don't why but I always rhyme in Limericks. It's lame but I'll throw it out there. Ridicule it or use it, it's all good to me. Forgive me poets everywhere.

In Utah Jazz fans smell doom,
As Kobe wields his broom,
We hope it's in Four,
But should it take more,
Well still Crush the Suns pretty soon

How do Crue:

Rode in on my broom this morning...

Ah Mamba24, you charmer you (with a wink and a nod towards your roll call).

So looking forward to this game tonight. GO LAKERS!

Zaira,

"No, we're not peaking yet.

We're not even near there.

But we're working on it."

You are indeed correct, ma'am!

There is reason for optimism and enthusiasm!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

We all have to worry once Simers rips Utah out.

Guy and basketball truth are just elision of one another.

;)

LTLF, if we talk about Fisher, it is not about hate but just an opinion what is good for the team. Everybody whether a Laker fan or a Cleveland fan has an opinion or dislike on one player and prefers the other player. Even sportswriters makes their own spin, is it the right spin? Not necessarily. It depends on what the player will bring on his game on a given day. I think that what makes this blog an interesting site to read because of different flow of opinion as perceived by one fan or another. Do we say it in the tone of D'Fish? NO. Will there be a day when we have only one opinion? I doubt if that will ever happen in America.

I can authoritatively say we can only have one opinion - REPEAT. Only trolls and 131 and the shamrock fans will disagree with that statement.

ChicNStu,

"Bynum wasnt a scorer in game 3, but he was the reason our shooters got some open looks and drained them. "

I see your point, but to quote Andrew, "I was passive."

Passive? Really? So it ain't so, Drew!

There is no room for passivity in the playoffs! This is BASKETBALL!

So, yeah, I'm looking forward to seeing The Beast play tonight instead of nice guy Bynum.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

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Now let's get down to business, Ladies and gents start your engines. We see the finish line and theirs no stopping us now, the Jazz know this. If not today then next game, BUT YOU CAN"T STOP DEVINE ORDER. Also WHY, WHY would we the WORLD CHAMPIONS fear the SUNS? No way in HELL, this is DESTINY. Posted by: 2PHATT | May 10, 2010 at 11:22 AM
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Why indeed 2PHATT...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!
mamba24(larrY)

Ah Mamba24, you charmer you (with a wink and a nod towards your roll call).
So looking forward to this game tonight. GO LAKERS!
Posted by: LakerLass | May 10, 2010 at 11:31 AM
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What can I say Lass? You came, you saw and you conquered.
Love Ya Lass!
Mamba24(larrY)

I don't why but I always rhyme in Limericks. It's lame but I'll throw it out there. Ridicule it or use it, it's all good to me. Forgive me poets everywhere.
In Utah Jazz fans smell doom,
As Kobe wields his broom,
We hope it's in Four,
But should it take more,
Well still Crush the Suns pretty soon Posted by: Mark G | May 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM
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Sounds good to me! Better than anything I can come up with. Let's go with it
A million thanks!

Mamba24(larrY)

Zaira,

"We all have to worry once Simers rips Utah out."

I fear you may be correct. Simers and Heisler have a nigh-preternatural ability to be consistenly wrong.

I'd love to go to Vegas with Simers and play roulette with him. Every time he bets black, you bet red. Every time he bets red, you bet black.

You'd be a millionaire within 35 minutes.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Larry, no problem, I'm a giver.

Doesn't Kobe have (4) 30 point games in a row now? What do you have to say now Sir Chuckster? Kobe is NOT old, has just been HURT (and seems to be getting better)! Carry on Black Mamba!

TEX WINTER, THIS SWEEPS FOR YOU
Before we get to who's next, lets sweep the Jazz, do it for Tex
Shoulda been in the Hall years ago, Damn you Darth Stern you so & so
Tex may not get the credit due, but those 10 Rings belong to Tex too.
Not taking nothing away from Phil, But Tex taught mamba go for the Kill
He taught the same to Scootie & MJ, So sweep the Jazz for Tex today
And as you celebrate tonight, remember Tex, to forget him is not right
He never asked for honor's or even Fame, he deserves them all Tex is his name
So that's all I have for you, He's Tex Winter & he has 10 rings too!
WHAT DO WE PLAY FOR? RINGS AND TEX!
FROM THE LAKER NATION & BLOG: WE LOVE YOU TEX!!!!!!

So true JonK, so TRUE ;)

LakerLass!!!!!
U in chat today?

Awesome :)

Catch you later fam...
It's my time for steamy bath.
It's wonderful to have a totally smooth skin ;) Try it ;)

Doesn't Kobe have (4) 30 point games in a row now? What do you have to say now Sir Chuckster? Kobe is NOT old, has just been HURT (and seems to be getting better)! Carry on Black Mamba! Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | May 10, 2010 at 11:50 AM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!
mamba24(larrY)

Edwin G., the Triple Towers lineup has been tried several times and it just does not click. I think the last time was against Portland in Feb when Kobe was injured. Our starting lineup was AB, Pau, LO, Ron and DFish.

Andre Miller kept pushing the pace and our defense could not come back quickly enough. It only lasted 5 minutes and PJ had to pull out AB.

I'm with rick on this.. Dfish is comin through in a HUGE way this playoffs but let's judge him after its all said and done.

He's still got nash then possibly rondo, jameer or mo will

Still long way to go

Mamba, sorry,I saw you only now...
My poetry skills aren't THAT great, but I will think about some.
Maybe steam bath will help also my inspiration being smoother ;)

Later sweet man :)

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SWEEP THE JAZZ TONIGHT FOR TEX - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 - TEMP.DRIVER - This ones for you Tex.

>>LTLF, if we talk about Fisher, it is not about hate but just an opinion what is good for the team.

I think I'd have to call DFish a hater.

Maybe steam bath will help also my inspiration being smoother ;)
Later sweet man :) Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | May 10, 2010 at 11:55 AM
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Thanks! What ever it takes Zaira, Blog Poetess & Goddess. Lol!
Mamba24(larrY)

>>>I can authoritatively say we can only have one opinion - REPEAT.

Amen to that, brother.

Only Mike T wouldn't get joy out of a Laker repeat, as he stated here in the blog.

I think the Lakers end it tonight. Drew was "passive" in game 3 and the Jazz focused on shutting down the Lakers' inside game. Result: the Lakers, who have been getting off to great starts by going inside in these playoffs, started flat.


The Lakers will make adjustments, just they did against OKC, to open up the inside game. Drew will come out more focused. I expect a typical strong, inside start tonight. Plus closer Kobe, who looks more like himself every day, to be aggressive in Q1.


If the Lakers can get off to a strong start in a game where Utah is down 3-0, I expect the Lakers' desire to end this will overcome Utah's pride and home court advantage, and this seried will end with whimper after 3 tough games.


The trick is to not let Utah and the crowd start feeling good.

Still long way to go Posted by: yellofever | May 10, 2010 at 11:55 AM
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I agree YellowFever. It is a long way to go and I'm rolling all the way with Derek Fisher. If we flame we flame, but at least will go out and make sure no bullets are left in his gun. Go Derek Fisher, Go!
Mamba24(larrY)

Hobbit

Big favor to ask.. (Un favor muy grande) pls keep ur new penpal friend ricky in check... Maybe ur being way too nice and he's not getting the message.. He appears to be cordial and a nice guy and don't mind him around but frankly he's got no clue what the frak he's talkin bout..

He keeps sayin pau is the leader of this team.. he also said pau would have an easy time on shaq.. Does he watch any laker games? Senor ricky needs a big jolt of reality.. Its starting to get out of hand. Pls deal with him.


Tom Daniels, Jerry Sloan will have the Jazz pumped. They will throw everything at us for 3 quarters and have us on the ropes. But I predict it is time and in the 4th quarter you will see the new laker D that will totally eviserate the Jazz. THIS IS OUR MOMENT, THIS IS OUR TIME, THIS IS OUR DESTINY. LET DYNASTY 4 ROLL FORTH! WE ARE THE FREAKIN WORLD CHAMPION LA LAKERS!!
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Mamba24(larrY)

M2,

>>> Rick - When is the perfect time to relive Fish's shots?

For me, it's when he hits the game (and series) winning shot in the 2010 NBA Finals. So far, Fish has been great in the playoffs, to be sure, but there's only ONE time to celebrate. I think we all know when that is.

LakerLass!!!!!
U in chat today?
Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | May 10, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Hi Zaira. Sorry no, won't be able to chat. Won't be home until 8:00 (never fear though, i will have the game recording).

So good to see everyone again and to be so pumped.

I, myself, have been critical of Fisher. He didn't have a good regular season. He's ONLY stepping up now, you know, like when it really COUNTS! Carry on Derek!

Hi Zaira. Sorry no, won't be able to chat. Won't be home until 8:00 (never fear though, i will have the game recording). So good to see everyone again and to be so pumped. Posted by: LakerLass | May 10, 2010 at 12:05 PM
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WHAT? No Lass in the chat? Oh durn!
mamba24(larrY)

Mamba

I'm rootin for dfish but this seems too good to be true.. Like I said in a previous post he's been absolutely undfish like recently. Lol..

Let's just say kobe bailed him out against okc and ron ron lent more than a big helping hand against deron deron... He hits another clutch shot and MM devotes another whole thread to his heroics.. What about kobes big 3 last game.. Does that not deserve any mention??

yes lots of work left but I too am ridin this sudden outburst like zorro.. Ride that wave dude! High five!

As a religious scholar, I have mixed feelings about Mormonism.
Posted by: Jon K. | May 10, 2010 at 11:28 AM

shouldn't a "religious scholar" know that Mormonism is considered an in-sect? works with in-breeding?

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There is reason for optimism and enthusiasm!
Posted by: Jon K. | May 10, 2010 at 11:32 AM

naiveté and ignorance?
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time to take a hot steamy bath. that will cleans some sins and will save a trip to the confession booth. ;-)

there is a game tonight. no time for errants

@YellowFever, Good points!
Mamba24(larrY)

time to take a hot steamy bath. that will cleans some sins and will save a trip to the confession booth. ;-) there is a game tonight. no time for errants.
Posted by: ouchhhhhhhh | May 10, 2010 at 12:20 PM
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What is it with everybody & this hot steamy bath ISH? Is this a new secret weapon? In that case i think I'll try one. Care to join Lass? :-)
Mamba24(larrY)


WHAT? No Lass in the chat? Oh durn!
mamba24(larrY)
Posted by: MAMBA24 | May 10, 2010 at 12:11 PM

*Wistfull sigh* Sorry my dear Mamba24. Even on a broom it takes a long time to get home. Air traffic by Burbank airport's a beetch. (she says with a wink)

And I love your sentiment for dedicating tonight's game (win) to Tex.

Lass

He's been great in THIS series (and by great, it's relative to him not to everyone else), but I would disagree about him playing great in the whole playoffs. That game where he fouled out I was cheering (even though Westbrook was about to go to the line again) - we pulled away from them at that moment on. Two games later, the light bulb went off and Kobe decided someone needed to guard the guy.

Since then, Fisher has made up for his D by playing well on O.

There are others on this team capable also, but we'll never know that for sure.

Frankly, a Fisher thread halfway through the playoffs sort of made me gag a little - there'll be plenty of time to discuss AFTER it's over. And let's just hope that it's over on Figueroa

Bottom line is, I don't care as much as long as it ends on Figueroa.

But, that's precisely why I care? Hmm - sort of paradoxical

Put it to you this way

Just WIN THIS GAME TONIGHT

What is it with everybody & this hot steamy bath ISH? Is this a new secret weapon? In that case i think I'll try one. Care to join Lass? :-)
Mamba24(larrY)

I'll follow my Mamba24 anywhere.
The new secret weapon: the Laker Blog virtual hot tub? Well, it is all about the Laker Love.

Only virtual?

Mamba24

do U have a lot of sins to cleans?

or cleansing with another person in the TUB is a sin in itself? hard to cleanse.

for those of US growing a thick skin to blog here, even a lifetime spent in the TUB won't do it. but for a quick tease it's working.

oucchhhhh,

"shouldn't a "religious scholar" know that Mormonism is considered an in-sect? works with in-breeding?"

That's like saying that being Catholic makes one a child molestor.

Or that being Muslim makes you a terrorist.

Not really cool. I don't agree with certain elements of Mormonism, but I'm not going to insult the faith, which is essentially Christian.

Comments like yours should probably be deleted.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

yellowfever,

you wrote: Big favor to ask.. (Un favor muy grande) pls keep ur new penpal friend ricky in check... Maybe ur being way too nice and he's not getting the message.. He appears to be cordial and a nice guy and don't mind him around but frankly he's got no clue what the frak he's talkin bout..

He keeps sayin pau is the leader of this team.. he also said pau would have an easy time on shaq.. Does he watch any laker games? Senor ricky needs a big jolt of reality.. Its starting to get out of hand. Pls deal with him.

my response:

*chuckle* *sigh*

I'm tryin'! He's Spanish. He's got a thing for tall skinny white guys. I'm not
sure that I can help him. I don't know if he's watching any of the games.
I don't know if he knows anything about basketball besides cheering for
all Spanish born players.

You've got to be tolerant of him. When is the last time Epana had a good
NBA player? Sorry. A great NBA player?

Maybe we can help educate him?

Hola Ricky,

Ud puede mirar los juegos de los lakers?

do U have a lot of sins to cleans? Posted by: ouchhhhhhhh | May 10, 2010 at 12:38 PM
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Do I? Shoot, a hot bath with Bleach and ammonia won't do the trick man! lol!
Mamba24

Only virtual? Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 10, 2010 at 12:37 PM
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The more the merrier Justa! LMAO!!! just playing with you Justa!
Mamba24(larrY)

I'll follow my Mamba24 anywhere. The new secret weapon: the Laker Blog virtual hot tub? Well, it is all about the Laker Love.Posted by: LakerLass | May 10, 2010 at 12:33 PM
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Lass my Love, that's why I Love you so! :-)
Mamba24(larrY)

ouchhhhhh,

"for those of US growing a thick skin to blog here, even a lifetime spent in the TUB won't do it. but for a quick tease it's working."

Now all the chants shall change from "ACTIVATE" to "EXFOLIATE". LOL

Only virtual?
Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 10, 2010 at 12:37 PM

LOL!

You and Mamba24 certainly make for a great tag team. A wonderful, fun loving, Laker embracing team. And I love you two all the more for it.

The Snake,

"I think the last time was against Portland in Feb when Kobe was injured. Our starting lineup was AB, Pau, LO, Ron and DFish"

~~Correct if I'm wrong, was this time when they won against Blazers in Portland. or you are referring to their last game against the Blazers?

I don't know The Snake, when it is the last quarter and last few minutes, I just feel something is missing in LO out there. Part of me says that I like Drew/Gasol combined in the post both for off. and def. purposes. The part of me says that Drew is slow compared to LO, it slows the game. Therefore, both Drew and LO presence create mismatches on any other team. I don't recommend it at the early part of the game but just on the last few minutes where Lakers want to dominate the rebounds, the follow-ups while Kobe makes his moves. Try to analyze the Jazz and Suns Centers if they have enough height to match that strength. If you're D'Williams under the basket, Bynum, Pau and LO hands are covering your view of the ring, no matter how fast is D'Willor talented in faking or using body english moves, the long hands of our triple towers would surely block his shot.

damn, i finally got my computer back. radio shaq has been holding it hostage for awhile, ha ha. i've been missing all of the blogs from my laker's bretheren, good to be back.....AND is that mamba24 posting again? yesirree, he's back and badder than ever! ha ha. have we started the "put-me-on-the-bandwagon-bus" for tonight? LET'S WRAP IT UP TONIGHT! FEELING IT! i'm getting my wish, the phx suns and the lakers in WCF. this will be the 3rd meeting for these 2 in the WCF. previously, we won in 82' and 2001.......AND guess what? we were the nba champs after those series. soooooooooooo, if form holds true, we'll repeat AGAIN as NBA CHAMPS! just what i need..... more hats and shirts that say L.A. Lakers 2009-2010......CAN YOU DIG IT! I"M SMELLING A SWEEP, c'mon mamba24.....get the bandwagon bus started!

OK, OK enough of this Mushy stuff. This is SWEEPS NIGHT.
TIME TO GET THOSE KOBE FACES ON PEOPLE!
Thriller, Pau, LO put that candy down, Fish, KOBE FACE
ON IN 3, 2, 1 ENGAGE!
mamba24(larrY)

Only virtual? Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 10, 2010 at 12:37 PM
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The more the merrier Justa! LMAO!!! just playing with you Justa!
Mamba24(larrY)

Posted by: mamba24 | May 10, 2010 at 12:50 PM

I'll follow my Mamba24 anywhere. The new secret weapon: the Laker Blog virtual hot tub? Well, it is all about the Laker Love.Posted by: LakerLass | May 10, 2010 at 12:33 PM
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Lass my Love, that's why I Love you so! :-)
Mamba24(larrY)

Posted by: mamba24 | May 10, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Larry, you are a MASTER!
I want to be like you when i grow up! LOL

Go Larry!
sorry,
GO LAKERS!!!

TIME TO GET THOSE KOBE FACES ON PEOPLE!
Posted by: mamba24 | May 10, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Damn straight!

I'm gonna walk around work the rest of the day with intensity in my eyes and my jaw jutted out.

To the Lakers: Time for that killer instinct boys. This is not the Friendship Games. Take the Jazz down and be done with this round. Period.

Jon K.

your bodacious flamboyance is always ON.

a Catholic "religious scholar" who's mot du jour is HATE and who's act of gratefulness is PUNCHING PEOPLE IN THE FACE

maybe you should CONFESS to Mark Medina how many times the K Bros banned you from the blog and how you put your tail between your legs and begged them to let you BACK IN/ON. the confess sin confess sin LOOP is working. what else counts?

To the Lakers: Time for that killer instinct boys. This is not the Friendship Games. Take the Jazz down and be done with this round. Period. Posted by: LakerLass | May 10, 2010 at 01:03 PM
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Preach Lass, Preach!
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Larry, you are a MASTER! I want to be like you when i grow up! LOL
Go Larry! sorry, GO LAKERS!!! Posted by: MrNano, the new disciple of Mamba24 The Blog Love Guru
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Stop that Mr. Nano, Stop it right now! Lol! There is only one Love Guru & that is Phred! Mamba24 is just a lil heartbroken blogger who has eyes only for LakerLass.
Mamba24(larrY)

Mamba24 is just a lil heartbroken blogger who has eyes only for LakerLass.
Mamba24(larrY)

Posted by: MAMBA24 | May 10, 2010 at 01:18 PM

*Blush*

ouch, dude.
Who p'd in your Wheaties today?
It's game day. Everything is good. The past is gone and the future is bright and all that good touchy feely sensitivity crap.

Positive waves for closing out a series.

JR

Just be cool http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inlhnKP2i0c Posted by: Mark G | May 10, 2010 at 01:17 PM
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DAMNN! The late great Oscar brown Jr. He passed away a few years ago. But his daughter Maggie continues the legacy. I hate to be a name dropper but I knew his daughter Maggie. My respect for you just grows by the day Mark G. but if I keep releasing these lil tidbits soon people will know my TRUE NAME so that's all for now. back to talking Laker Devastation
Mamba24

Hahaha mamba24 are you courting Laker lass?will the lakers will win big tonight and nothing can stop us for our back to back title as long as were healthy.KOBe the greatest player of all time.MJ and LBJ the best pampered player of the NBA.Lakers all the way baby!!!

Justa and lakerlass would you mind me asking if you too are married,with boyfriend or single?

It's game day. Everything is good. The past is gone and the future is bright and all that good touchy feely sensitivity crap. Posted by: Jolly Rancher | May 10, 2010 at 01:22 PM
ROFLMFAO! We all hear you loud and clear JR! Thanks for clearing my head at least!
Mamba24

oucchhhhh,

"a Catholic "religious scholar" who's mot du jour is HATE and who's act of gratefulness is PUNCHING PEOPLE IN THE FACE"

1. I was raised Catholic. I am not a scholar of Catholicism specifically.

2. I do make comments about punching people in the throat. It's more effective than punching someone in the face.

3. I never said that I was a saint, but I will agree that I'm a fighter.

4. Yes, I have no problem fighting people and I see no sin in it when is is for the right cause.

5. I am so tired of your endless cynical stream of insults as a vain attempt to prove to people that you are clever. I don't find you to be clever in the least, just attention seeking.

6. You shouldn't insult people's faiths even when you disagree with them. Just because I am stating the obvious, it provides little merit for you to insult me directly, which simply proves that you cannot defend your stance.

Good day, el jerko.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

For all MK fans, i have an image in my mind for today:
FINISH THEM!
-change of scene-
Kobe with a hand in the air with the ball in it and a ferocious look.
Lying in the floor, Deron Williams after the block.

Red letters below: FATALITY!

MM,
Thanks for the RC.
Let's hope the Lakers come out firing on all cylinders and put the Jazz to bed.
We can even tuck them in and turn out the lights for them.

Kobe with a hand in the air with the ball in it and a ferocious look. Lying in the floor, Deron Williams after the block. Red letters below: FATALITY! Posted by: MrNano | May 10, 2010 at 01:34 PM
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WOW! Mr. Nano you do have your Game face on!!
But to paraphrase a Wise Man: We didn't come to slay Dwill
We just came to beat DWill. Lol!
Mamba24

LOL Here's my favorite comment in ESPN.com's comment section of reactions to Barcelona beating Olympiacos for the Euro-league title...

"A couple of NBA bench guys leading Euroleague teams to championship games...sounds about right."

Hahaha mamba24 are you courting Laker lass?will the lakers will win big tonight and nothing can stop us for our back to back title as long as were healthy.KOBe the greatest player of all time.MJ and LBJ the best pampered player of the NBA.Lakers all the way baby!!! Posted by: Adrian Palomar | May 10, 2010 at 01:28 PM
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Courting? Sir a gentleman never reveals those things. Especially if her better half might be listening? Lol!
Mamba24

Justa and lakerlass would you mind me asking if you too are married,with boyfriend or single? Posted by: Adrian Palomar | May 10, 2010 at 01:29 PM
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Justa has been happily married for 18 years. LakerLass has her LakerLad & woe is poor Mamba24 who has no one! WAAAAAA!
mAMBA24

Mamba24 - I thought you were married....?


Besides - not true that you don't have anyone. You've got ALL of us on here. Don't EVER forget that, my man!

Justa and lakerlass would you mind me asking if you too are married,with boyfriend or single?
Posted by: Adrian Palomar | May 10, 2010 at 01:29 PM

While in the world of the Laker blogosphere I have eyes for none other than our beloved Mamba24, I must confess that in the real world I am engaged.

Laker Lass's Lad is a big Laker fan himself (how could he be otherwise?) and an all around good guy. In fact, he threw me a big surprise birthday party on Saturday. A truly wonderful and touching gesture I will always remember.

Just think, Mamba24 on the blog and the Lad at home. I am one helluva lucky lady.

Lass

Mamba24 - I thought you were married....?Besides - not true that you don't have anyone. You've got ALL of us on here. Don't EVER forget that, my man!
Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 10, 2010 at 01:51 PM
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Are you talking about my half Vamp half Zombie girlfriend? Naw, she left me for HellBoy! Lol
Mamba24

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HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY LAKERLASS - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - Happy Birthday Lass my virtual love
(02)

Mamba24 - you deserve SO MUCH BETTER than that. I'm truly sorry - it's hell going through relationship crises.

But don't forget - WE've always got each other here on the blog! I love you man. Seriously. You're the best.

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY LAKERLASS - BANDWAGON
Posted by: Mamba24 | May 10, 2010 at 01:59 PM

Oh Mamba24, shush. You're just too sweet.
I guess we better tone down this mushy stuff before we make others on the blog lose their lunches.

So on to the really imporatant things: a Jazz beatdown by the Lakers.

5 hours 'til we sweep the jazz into vacation! going fishin' with kenny, charles will be d.will and the booze man!

Happy Birthday, Laker Lass!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!


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