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Jazz on Game 1 loss to the Lakers

Lakers11_300 Forget how much I've missed Jerry Sloan's homespun sensibilities.

No fuss, no muss. A certain lack of  ...

Well, you get the idea.

After all, it has been more than a year since the Lakers and Jazz last met in the playoffs. And the venerable Jazz coach did not disappoint. Last year, he said the Jazz needed to be "like an old fly" after the Lakers beat Utah in Game 1.

After Sunday's five-point loss, Sloan came up with another lively visual image.

“You learn something from playing against them if you want to make yourself better," he said following the Lakers' 104-99 victory. "They (the Lakers) will take your nose and stick it in the ground and turn around on their heels on top of you.

"That's how good they are. We have to learn to fight through that."

Later, Paul Millsap wasn't buying into any moral victory stuff being posed in the locker room. The reserve forward had his usual workmanlike 16 points and nine rebounds.

"We’re not playing to get close. We’re playing to win the game," he said.

Game 2 is on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Still, in some ways, the situation doesn't appear as dire as it was for Utah in the first round of this season's playoffs.

"I would say we’re in better shape, as far as team morale, than we were after Game 1 against Denver," said reserve Kyle Korver, who had seven points in 21-plus minutes. "That was tough. That was gut-check time. We know we can play better. "

They can do something about that. Some other things, of course, are out of their control.

Dazzling point guard Deron Williams, who had 24 points and eight assists, was asked how he was going to solve the Lakers' size advantage.

"Unless I grow another three inches before tomorrow, there’s nothing I can do about it," he said.

--Lisa Dillman

Photo: Lakers power forward Pau Gasol forces Utah point guard Deron Williams into a pass on a baseline drive in the first half on Sunday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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NOTHING UNEXPECTED . . .

--Much like Cavs/Celtics game 1 when a 2nd half lead evaporated into a Celtics loss, Lakers/Jazz game 1 includes LA jumping out to big, early lead, then challenged, and finally pulling away late for the win.

--The level of the Laker's post-Thunder, playoff-intensity drained away throughout the game like a slow-draining shower. Steady, noticeable, and maddening.


PLEASANTLY SURPRISED . . .

--Fisher seems to have found his playoff stride. Other than continuing his horrendous habit of bricking passes to the post, he has steadied his play. More hope and less cringe when he puts up a shot.

--Bynum played through significant injury to the asset of the team while perhaps to his own limitation. Big step of maturity there. (And to those who say, "get surgery and come back in 10 to 14 days... we can beat Jazz without him" ~ STOP IT!!!! That's the arrogant, ho-hum, flip-the-switch, attitude we are fighting to rid the Lakers of!!!)


TUESDAY IS COMING AND . . .

--KEY ELEMENT: Watch whether Artest shoots more in the paint or behind the arc. No need to explain which is the better choice.

--KEY JAZZ ADJUSTMENT: Pass on the 3's and drive right at the Laker bigs.

--KEY LAKER ADJUSTMENT:
Reminder #1 - EFFORT on D and ACTIVITY on O
Reminder #2 - REST AWAITS the winner of a short series... hint-hint

Mike

"Unless I grow another three inches before tomorrow, there’s nothing I can do about it," he said - Deron Williams

Don't mistake this statement as a form of surrender on the 1st game. He wants to send a message to his teammates "that we are against tall opponents, we have to work harder and be efficient with our first shot."

Lakers should counter, "yes we know the discrepancy. We also noticed Utah has no post players except PF's, therefore pound the ball inside and finish this salt lake rattlers. Nothing is more satisfying than these rattlers are dead and finished."

No mercy please so that there will be no high blood problems for die hard Laker fans who are not necessarily lakerholics.

Why is it that I cringe every time "Thriller" touches the ball behind the 3-point line? The whole room screams nooooo...., Good GUT win. The bench is predicable, you can always count on them to, you know!!! Why beat this dead horse. JUST WIN BABY

LOW POST PLAY . . .

One thing that shocked me. Compared to the MAJOR post pressure applied by Thunder, the Jazz seemed content to give Lakers the post-pass , , , IF THEY WOULD TAKE IT!

No fronting,,,
No double-teams before the pass,,,

And yet, my guess a close study of game video will reveal less than a dozen straight passes to the low-post. When, oh when, will our beloved Lakers learn?!?!

Mike

The only thing that is of concern to me was what LO said in an interview coming off the floor after the win. Commenting on the bench play, he said they weren't talking to each other, and not playing with each other - like they were all foreign to each other. He looked upset or pissed off.


This worries me. If the bench guys are not feeling the chemistry of playing with each other - at this point in the season - it's definitely a cause for concern. I guess the good news is they looked like they were clicking vs the Thunder, and the next game is home also so there's time for improvement.


I hope they have another locker room meeting to air out any grievances or whatever. Whatever it takes. Burn incense, light candles, change your undies - WHATEVER IT TAKES. We need the bench mob back. And pronto.

One thing that impresses me - aside from the unstoppableness of Kobe Bryant - is the CALM that we maintained at the end of the game. The CLARITY of purpose. The FOCUS. The POISE.


Make no mistake. WE are the defending champs. The road to the Larry O goes through US. No pesky Thunder, no Jazz, no Spores or Phuns or WHOEVER is going to take what is rightfully OURS.

WE GOT SWAGGER BABY. Oh yeah we do. And as irritating as it can be when we let leads slip away or don't play up to our potential, I believe we got this. I truly do. And I believe the Lakers feel it too.

This game was so predictable is was boring. The Lakers pull out ahead, the Jazz stay close, the Jazz catch up and go ahead, the Lakers find a way to win.

Can't we just fast-forward to the WCF?

mike t.

Mike T. ,
There's an old italian (or maybe Jewish, ya never know with my family):
Never wish away your life because your wishing away your children's and mine when you do.

Relax, there will be enough drama as each round progresses. Besides, rushing the future is not living in the now.

JR

Justa -

Then Odom needs to do something about it, talk to them, not the media. It seems to me that the unit he's talking about is him, Gasol, Walton, Brown and Farmar. Gasol communicates and Walton's always good at talking and playing WITH other players. So that leaves Odom himself, Brown who can be a bit quiet and Farmar who's usually pretty vocal. As much as I admire Odom's talent and versatility, he's a guy who's been known to fade into the background at times. So, if he sees that unit as not being in sync, then he's gotta get in their faces about it.

Like i said. Utah WILL be competitive regardless of injuries. Coach Sloan will make adjustments. Jazz will win game 4. Gone Fishing after game 5.

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

dave m - I see what you're saying and I think he will. He's a fabulous team guy - excellent chemist lol! I'm sure there will be conversations over the next few days that we all wish we could sit in on.


Still - as to him fading in games - I don't see this game as one of them. Sure he took some ill advised shots, but who didn't? He was HUGE when we needed him to be. Tonight's win may be more obviously Kobe's, but I say he can lay claim to it as well.

Hey chic - yes they'll be competitive, but I'm still saying sweep. I'm feeling it. I'm strangely calm - you'll notice I didn't even call on Rick for the defibrillator in the 4th? We got this. I know it.

JAMF

I think i can live with a sweep..LOL.

I had to take my niece home at halftime. I missed the the chat in the second half and only caught the last 5 minutes of the 4th qtr.

You keeping your calm is hard to believe.LOL

chic - I know, right? It's weird. I felt like this last year vs Orlando too.

Was there a playoff game today? I had the TV on. It was the Lakers vs the Jazz. I participated in the live game chat. I remember being bored and thinking the Lakers must be, too. There was sort of this frenzy at the end, but nothing out of the ordinary. Kobe to the rescue and all that.

Nah. Couldn't have been a playoff game. No excitement. No tension. It was sort of a flashback to a September preseason game kind of vibe. Lakers won. Another game Tuesday? Cool. Yeh, I'll be watching.

Go Lakers!

Whatdayamean it was a playoff game? Playoff games have urgency. There was no sense of urgency in that game. You must be kidding me.

Seriously? It was? Wow!

ron, i have been one of your biggest defenders all year but please if you get the ball in 3pt land and you are open PLEASE don't shoot anymore. either drive it and finish or kick to someone open. no one can stop you if you drive the ball.

i can't take it anymore, yes occasionally you may make 1 or 2 but more often than not your misses keep the other team in the game which is what happened to Utah today.

Was there a playoff game today? I had the TV on. It was the Lakers vs the Jazz. I participated in the live game chat. I remember being bored and thinking the Lakers must be, too. There was sort of this frenzy at the end, but nothing out of the ordinary. Kobe to the rescue and all that.

Nah. Couldn't have been a playoff game. No excitement. No tension. It was sort of a flashback to a September preseason game kind of vibe. Lakers won. Another game Tuesday? Cool. Yeh, I'll be watching.

Go Lakers!

Posted by: Rick Friedman | May 02, 2010 at 08:02 PM
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It was a nail biter according to some of the posters here. LOL.
There were demands all over the place as if they will be heard. If you didnt watch the game you'd think the Lakers lost today.

Rick, Jamf

Yeah. I almost dozed off in the 2nd Qtr.

How did Drew play in the second half? Did his knee get worse?

Should we start Lamar over Drew?

LakerMike do you really have to be predictable as usual??

"And yet, my guess a close study of game video will reveal less than a dozen straight passes to the low-post. When, oh when, will our beloved Lakers learn?!?!"

Maybe because they are simply content in throwing always to the post and let the Jazz eventually take AWAY the low post? Like the Thunder eventually did in Games 2-6 that forced Kobe to either be great (2 and 6) or a playmaker (5). Are you really up in Bynum's behind that you FAIL to notice that Gasol had 25 points and he's primarily a post player? Or are you just so disappointed your boy Andrew Bynum that you are willing to let the blame go on Kobe and the rest of the Lakers perimeter players just because Bynum did not get his Shaq numbers.

Try in the 4th quarter where he got at least 5 entries into the post yet either turnovers or bricks.

The Lakers won with greatness from Kobe an d Gasol against quality opponent in Utah.....while the Cavaliers are fending off the good but 49 win Ceptics in the LEAST.

Just relax and enjoy the fact that Kobe Pau and even some clutch baskets from Odom won the day even if your boy Bynum did not have the impact he had in Games 1 and 5 of the Thunder series.

i think the reason for the fuss is even though the Jazz are tenacious if the Lakers kept even a fraction of the intensity of last games of the thunder series this game shouldn't have been close.

there were times in the game when it seemed only Kobe could get the ball in the basket. that's the frustrating part, you never know which team is going to show up or what is going to happen when you put the bench in.

Rick F, when you say there is no urgency, our other blog brothers will misunderstand our unhappoiness and boredom after a W. They won't appreciate the undertones or subterfuge of what an urgency means in Odom's and Artest's brick shots. Because it indeed a hardfought game by the Jazz It has to be a resounding...... Yes, yes, we won the first game in the 2nd round against a worthy opponent Utah who beat the Nuggets. Fans in this blog are nobodies, spoiled and malcontents. They want the Championship to be given to them in a silver platter.

Odom is our hero, did you not see his last follow up shot? It hurts to read to call him Odumb. You all don't understand the intensity of playoff basketball. LMAO!

At least we're better off than we were last year at this point. If you remember we were down 0-1 to the Rockets.
I'm curious to see how the suns-Spurs series goes. I'd have to think the Spurs will win. I just hope the Suns extend them to 7 games and wear them down.

@ KB BLITZ . . .

Ummm, dude, I think you have me mistaken for somebody else (maybe LakerTom?). I will overlook your vitriol this time. Have a good day celebrating with US another Laker's playoff game win!

Mike

BLOG CRUE
I missed the game due to work but I'm glad to see we won. Looking forward to Tuesdays game 2.

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

ron, i have been one of your biggest defenders all year but please if you get the ball in 3pt land and you are open PLEASE don't shoot anymore. either drive it and finish or kick to someone open. no one can stop you if you drive the ball.

i can't take it anymore, yes occasionally you may make 1 or 2 but more often than not your misses keep the other team in the game which is what happened to Utah today.

Posted by: autoprt | May 02, 2010 at 08:07 PM
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Ummm....I dont think he's in there for his 3 pt shooting. He will launch those 3's just to keep the defense honest. When he was interviewed when they were playing OKC. He said, he was instructed to camp beyond the arc. He will do what the coach tell him to do. You can't really complain when a pitcher strikes out as long as he's shutting out the opposition.

Blitz- turn it down a notch bro..You're always sooo defensive.

mti,

I agree, any points Ron scores is ALL GRAVY! He has shown us why he's here and will shoot only when wide open(i hope).

Rick F, when you say there is no urgency, our other blog brothers will misunderstand our unhappoiness and boredom after a W. They won't appreciate the undertones or subterfuge of what an urgency means in Odom's and Artest's brick shots. Because it indeed a hardfought game by the Jazz It has to be a resounding...... Yes, yes, we won the first game in the 2nd round against a worthy opponent Utah who beat the Nuggets. Fans in this blog are nobodies, spoiled and malcontents. They want the Championship to be given to them in a silver platter.

Odom is our hero, did you not see his last follow up shot? It hurts to read to call him Odumb. You all don't understand the intensity of playoff basketball. LMAO!

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | May 02, 2010 at 08:23 PM
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You are confusing me!!!! Here are your words:
"They won't appreciate the undertones or subterfuge of what an urgency means in Odom's and Artest's brick shots"
You think they shot those because they don't have sense of urgency? What are you saying? They are selfish and only care about their individual stats? To me, when they miss it gets magnified only because you dont like them. I've seen Deron Williams brick shots. Kobe brick shots. Yes, they miss more often than those guys but they are offensive players. That's what they are there for. Once in awhile other players like Walton, Brown, etc will have to take those 3's because that's where they are positioned.
And then you praised LO? What is it? He bricks shots and have no sense of urgency or is he a hero? Make up your mind!

All have pitty on some of us who are always nervous before and during our games. As a long-time Yankee fan (Mick, Yogi and Whitey) and long-time Laker fan (Jerry and Elgin), I really enjoy sports! The only time I think I felt really CONFIDENT was 2004 when my Yanks were up 3 games to 0 on the Red Sox and proceeded to lose 4 in a "stinking row!" Since then, I don't take any game for granted, ha, ha.

mti312 all i was saying is i love what ron has done but feel he is more effective driving instead of shooting. he was doing better earlier in the year but once his thumb got hurt his shooting percentage went way down on 3's. some of them recently have turned into 5-6 point swings when he misses.

mti312 all i was saying is i love what ron has done but feel he is more effective driving instead of shooting. he was doing better earlier in the year but once his thumb got hurt his shooting percentage went way down on 3's. some of them recently have turned into 5-6 point swings when he misses.

Posted by: autoprt | May 02, 2010 at 09:02 PM
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I hear ya. Like I mentioned in one of my post, he said that was how he was instructed to position himself. There was this one game vs OKC where he was told to post up. It's all about the matchup. I think the Jazz wanted Artest outside away from his strength.
But I do agree with you.

Its the NBA. Where anything can happen! People actually put their hard earned money on the outcome of theses game. I don't gamble. I've seen too many games decided by the refs and a injury can turn the game on a dime. Teams come out and don't perform, its all part of the game. Everybody handles a win differently and a loss differently. It's all entertainment. I say enjoy the ride!

GO LAKERS!!

J.R.

We have a barometer in this blog. When the best basketball mind says: Can't we just fast-forward to the WCF? It means from analytical perspective of the philosopher there is a mismatch from 1-5 positions at any point of the game. It has to be the Lakers beating themselves for the Jazz to win this series.

MTI312 you said: All I know, you can demand as loud as you can hear. But guess what??? THEY CAN'T HEAR YOU! LOL. Stop sounding like you have an impact.

Ironically, MTI312 was also correct that Kobe and PJ are maligned here for the slightest mistake committed by other lakers. Oftentimes, we have declared the Lakers as losers at the onset of the playoffs. Yet we continue winning against Thunder, now against the Jazz.

Are we going to convert everyone to be PJ fans or Kobe fans or Bynum fans? NO,. Are we going to convert these Laker fans to adore our stars just like what they do in Cleveland and San Antonio? Never. Even when Lakers wins the Championship, somebody will say something about someone that was not done. That is the nature of the beast in LA.

If you feel bad in reading opinions here because they have no impact and nobody listen, I think you just go forward and omit reading. It is also good for your understanding.

Undoubtedly, some bloggers here will not be able to sleep until they come out and say something what was observed in this game. They don't care about what was said in the past but focused only on this game. Injuries are short lived and forgettable too. By this time, u should know how to read the blog behavioral patterns and live with it. As Shakespeare said, the world is a stage and each must play a part. Which character do you (MTI312) play because you appear to be upset with the critics?

MTI312,

"Odom is our hero, did you not see his last follow up shot? It hurts to read to call him Odumb. You all don't understand the intensity of playoff basketball. LMAO!"

You didn't understand the sarcasm. If you are upset with my posts, omit them.

Odom is our hero, did you not see his last follow up shot? It hurts to read to call him Odumb. You all don't understand the intensity of playoff basketball. LMAO!

Posted by: Edwin Gueco

Edwin - thank you for also pointing out that Lamar deserves a LOT of credit for this win. I also hate it when people (who think they're funny or witty but are not) call him or others names. You're right. It does hurt. These guys are out there working for a ring. We are sitting on our azzzzes watching. I say cheer for your team or just shut up and go away.


Other than the TV ratings, thus is about as perfect a playoff series as I can remember in Laker lore. Even Sloan doesn't believe they can win this.

Time to tune up the bench with playoff minutes, rest the wounded and weary and move on. The outcome is etched in granite but the blog should still be able to dig some controversy out of it.

I don't know, I think you can be a big Laker fan and still point out flaws as we see them and hope that PJ would too and make adjustments. It's all part of us at home trying too be the coach or GM. Like right after the game today, my son calls and says why does PJ sit Kobe so long in the 4th quarter? It does beg a question, like Mark Jackson said, making the starters win the game twice. I told him I agree, but perhaps there is something between PJ and Kobe (like Kobe needs that rest). Like, I am thinking if Kobe would have been in the game the whole 4th with the 7 point lead to build on, perhaps he would actually exert less energy than having to bring the team back from disaster? Just thoughts.

Justa,

You have to read the two masks of Odom especially when LTLF said Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Was those observations the truth? I think they were when he was with the 2nd unit.

Was he not the hero in making a follow on Kobe's missed? I think that is the good part of Odom in redeeming himself.

If it was not Odom and the 2nd unit, how are we going to read the -12 pts in the 4th Q. Can we blame it to the starters? Supposing we lost the game because of those miscues, what is the adjustments to be made?

Again there are good comments and bad comments, it is just the way we interpret it. A bad comment will appear bad if the innermost objective is to badmouth the Lakers. A bad comment will appear good, if the intentions is to point the mistakes and avoid them doing it again and again. By this time, don't you think we should have masters degree in blogging to read between the lines of what a bad comment is?

EG,

You got me thinking. You know, if all the Lakers lived up to OUR expectations, we would have beaten Utah 150-75, ha, ha, ha. I wonder how many of us live up to OTHERS expectations of us?? Maybe some of us (ME) should be more realistic sometimes. Yeah, I was upset with Lamar hoisting short 3's, but was I ever happy when he had his followup shot that was HUGE! Go Lakers!

DJ,

I think there is something above the Lakerholics....they are the Perfectionists!!! We were spoiled by the Jerry West, Wilt, Kareem, Magic, Shaq and then Kobe. The lakerholics are happy with a win while the perfectionists are always aiming for a kill. If it was barely killed, it is not satisfying. If it is a blow out, it is boring. lol!

Exactly!

EG,

It's like the other day, when Kobe missed that game winner and Pau followed up, I told my son, yeah, we expect Kobe to make every last second shot (and he does about 9 out of 10), but I said to him, "pretend you really didn't hear ME say this, but Kobe is HUMAN!" We both laughed.

It's unusual that several people seem to be bagging on the bench players for "playing selfish and taking bad shots" at the start of the fourth. Lamar'2 two 3-pointers (one when the starters were back) were the only bad shots in that stretch.

Shannon missed a couple of jumpers, but they' weren't wild 3's and they weren't right at the start of the shot clock or anything.

They managed to get the ball in to the post 4 times during that stretch - once to Odom and three times to Bynum. Bynum (who you might remember IS A STARTER) threw up two bricks (one an absolute layup) and had the ball stolen from him trying to dribble in traffic.

It's not like the bench were passing the ball around the outside and then jacking up wild 3's. They tried to work the ball in to the post, but Bynum tanked.

And Odom did play severely bad. His man (Millsap) scored 6 of the Jazz' 8 points against Lamar in the post.

But it's hard to blame Shannon for taking a couple of jumpers (non-3's), and all Jordan and Luke did was try to get the ball in to the post. It's disingenuous to lionize them for the failures of Bynum and Odom.

Jerry Heller,

>>>I have to say that Ron Artest is a huge liability out there.

Well, think about it this way. In the Thunder series, Artest probably accounted for REDUCING Kevin Durant's points by 15 to 20 a game. Would you have been happier if Artest scored 20 points a game and let Durant score 40? The effect would have been the same.

In the Utah series, it's going to be less pronounced, as Utah doesn't have the type of player that Ron-Ron is good at clamping down on. But in the finals, you can bet either LeBron or Pierce is going to have a miserable time.

LTLF,

I think we all sometimes tend to forgot how hard it is for Ron, with his bad hand to be very efficient offensively. Kobe has had his days as well with his hand! However, they have both been very good defensively. After all, isn't that the main reason we signed Ron, for defense? You point is very valid concerning Ron. He also plays very hard and has been the model citizen as well.

KB Blitz,

I think everyone and their Grand mother knows how I feel about Bynum. :)

Mostly, I'm just chillin' right now. Here's the thing.

1. Bynum's hurt. He was hurt. He is hurt. He'll be hurt. He's built wrong.
Wide waist & knock-kneed.

2. Phil is coaching for his Laker job.

3. Farmar & Brown our playing for a contract.

4. Artest & Odom are playing for a ring & respect.

5. Pau is playing for stardom & a ring.

6. Kobe is playing for a ring and fighting off the youngsters.

If the Lakers don't win, heads are gonna roll. However, Kobe's desire for
championship's is bigger than the Grand Canyon.

What does all of this mean? If it is humanly possible to win, Kobe is gonna
win. Period. And he's willing to pull the entire city of Angles with him to do
it. As long as the Bynum bootlickers don't get out of hand, let them have
their fun. It's easy to smack them down at any time.

Edwin (and Justanother too),
Thanks for putting things in perspective. It's so easy for us to write about what we see from an armchair distance... I know that I'm as guilty as any when it comes to throwing easy comments out there. Bottom line, the Lakers had a rocky end to their regular season and have rebounded nicely in the playoffs (pun shamelessly embraced). As for Lamar, I read more of his postgame comments and then went back and re-read my own response to Justa above... and y'know, I'm kind of full of you know what, haha! Good for Odom for getting fired up.

"As long as the Bynum bootlickers don't get out of hand, let them have
their fun. It's easy to smack them down at any time. "

My response: Hobbitmage.....where would the fun then be? :)

In any case we need to help to teach the people who come in here the right things rather than the things which ignore things like Pau's contributions specifically the game winning shot in Game 6 and that Bynum was more responsible for the Lakers Victory except if the name was Kobe Bryant.

re: Bynum's injuries. How dare you diss Kobe/Artest/Odom (well maybe not considering your feelings about him)/Shannon while they play injured Bynum gets a pass?

In any case don't you think it's funny when a post player like Pau gets so many touches yet there are still bashing of the Lakers that a certain individual didn't get his touches to be the next Shaq?

re: Remember Kobe played through injuries and while it did have an effect on his performance no doubt it wasn't as severe as Bynum's. Thanks have a nice day.

As everyone predited, we are way much better team than the Jazz. We always had control of the game...besides the 4th quarter. It could have been a disaster loosing a home game, hence the bitter taste...But we made it. Moving on. A reminder: Next game is a home game, the pressure is on us.
Cheers.

WE LOVE DRAMA.

If u noticed the game was so boring. I rarely lie on the sofa watching the lakers; but this game, i almost fell asleep. you know, we are build for the drama otherwise we are the lakers..

5 down. 11 left to go.

The key player to this series and unto the next is Lamar nobody can match up with him ( Suns & Spurs as well ), if he plays heads up game we will win big time and if not you can rely on Kobe and Pau. I really like the way Kobe facing up the challenges the critics thrown at him. He is really excellent in handling them and now they are eating their words. We can observe how he is affected by his injuries the way he makes free throws and how he elevates but this guy defies the odds once again. He wants to prove that he is not done yet and the extension contract that was signed was not a mistake. This blog is getting interesting and I hope and pray it will not turn out as a vehicle to malign and insult one another just like the other blogs has. It's giving or sharing your thoughts about the game and your team, though out of frustration we wrote some silly things but it's understandable because we both have passion toward it but let's us refrain for making it a personal attack, this blog is great and informative I am learning a lot from this. I thought I know the game very well but when I read the comments here it enlightens me more...enjoy the game and this blog....

isang,

"5 down. 11 left to go."

I was actually thinking the same thing driving home from my gangster bar at 3 AM.

Five down; 11 left to go.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

I am still totally freaked out about Bynum's injury.

Our compensation can only be Thriller.

I fear he has a fear of success and thus is totally freaking out right now internally. He's always been an outsider. Now he can be a Champion. That is a huge psychological jump for many people and they, thus, sabotoge themselves... like never being able to make an outside shot because their focus is compromised by an internal panic of actually being able to get what they've wanted their entire fricken life.

I've said it before. I'll say it again.

This entire Championship rests on Thriller.

That's drama.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I am extremely happy that Bynum is a Laker.

Anyone who is not, well, they may have certain problems.

Bynum's good. He's a good Laker. We need him.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

pau is playing great basketball in playoffs. bynum must rest and recover to defeat orlando in the finals, again!!

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X, X, X, X, X, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, HIT IT LAKER TOM! PARADE TIME!!! TITLE 16
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WE'RE COMMING FOR YOU PRINCESS JIMMY
BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID!

I know the game very well but when I read the comments here it enlightens me more...enjoy the game and this blog....
Posted by: appolo c. vermont | May 03, 2010 at 12:28 AM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT POST!!

I'm certainly "contented" with the win, but like many here, not satisfied with it. Like a good meal followed with stale dessert and lukewarm coffee. A stale playoff win though, is better for the digestion than a stale regular season win.

One thing that helps ease my frustration is the growing awareness that except for Kobe, this team doesn't have, and never will have, the killer instinct. They are quite content to play with their food, as Tim-4-Show so insightfully put it. No matter how bad the competition is, they're satisfied just playing along with them. If this was soccer (sorry, Zaira) they're cool going for the tie.

The thing that makes it frustrating is that this team is extremely talented and much more athletic than their soccer-like boring play 75% of the time indicates. And the one thing that confirms my observation is how they play right after they have been totally humiliated...like they were in game 4 against the Thunder. Well in game 5 they showed that they can indeed be the Lightning. But ONLY, it seems, after being completely embarrassed first. Just too much of a hassle, apparently, to play like that every game.

Hopefully, they won't play with their food too often, or wait to get embarrassed and humiliated in a seventh game (again).

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WE ARE THE FREAKIN LAKERS AND WE FEAR NO TEAM - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - The name of the Bandwagon says it all
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER - Nothing but another title will suffice
(03) JON K - RIDING SHOTGUN - WHAT DO WE PLAY FOR?...RINGS
(04) #4
(05) J24 - VICIOUS REBOUNDER I hope the rest of the playoffs contenders were watching, watch out because . the REAL Champs are baaaaaaaack!
(06) SEGEBOY- THE SHERIFF – “THEW CHAMP IS HERE” THE CHAMP IS HERE”
(07) ADRIAN PALOMAR – SECURITY – Lakers all the way baby!
(08) JOYBATZ44 – REFEREE - The "Switch is officially ON". It may be too early tell, but I can sense it. We got Kobe Bryant, and you've got none.
(09) LAKERLASS
(10) FAITH –
(11)ZAIRA AMATERASU - BLOG GODDESS - I believe that I can always believe in my Lakers, and in you, my hero Kobe.
(12) JEANETTE – TRUE BELIEVER – I BELIEVE FAMILY!!
(132) EDWIN GUECO – JUDGE - To all media here and outside, from now on don't ever underestimate the power of the Laker fans.
(14) BENJAMIN – LEAD OFFICIAL - 13) BENJAMIN - Kobe's manner makes it very clear. The manner of Kobe's teammates makes it clear. He's no longer ****ing around. This is some serious ish for everybody. The metagame is over. They're in the moment now.
(15) KEIFO – REPLAY OFFICIAL – LAKERS RIDE OR DIE BABY!
(16) TIM-4-SHOW - DIRECTOR OF FINALS GAME 1 – NO MERCY!
(17) MTI312 - Enjoy the awakening & EXPECT them to keep it up
(18) LAILI K. – REPLAY OFFICIAL

I saw the Kobe playoff face. The rest of the league better watch out.

Good morning Mamba24,

Please add me to the WE ARE THE FREAKIN LAKERS AND WE FEAR NO TEAM - BANDWAGON.

LBJ voted MVP? Fine. For the 2nd year in a row that'll only be the consolation prize. We all know who the Finals MVP will be and his name is Kobe Bryant. Start crying now, Princess.

Good Morning; Rick Friedman, RDlee, JustAnotherMambafan, Corner J, DingoStar, Blog God & the rest of the 'Crue. Good Morning Laker Lass Love of my life. Kobe is back to being the Black Mamba. Be Afraid NBA be very Afraid. Princess Jimmy won the MVP & Kobe didn't. Br Terrified NBa, Be very Terrified.
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WE ARE THE FREAKIN LAKERS AND WE FEAR NO TEAM - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - The name of the Bandwagon says it all
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER - Nothing but another title will suffice
(03) JON K - RIDING SHOTGUN - WHAT DO WE PLAY FOR?...RINGS
(04) #4
(05) J24 - VICIOUS REBOUNDER I hope the rest of the playoffs contenders were watching, watch out because . the REAL Champs are baaaaaaaack!
(06) SEGEBOY- THE SHERIFF – “THEW CHAMP IS HERE” THE CHAMP IS HERE”
(07) ADRIAN PALOMAR – SECURITY – Lakers all the way baby!
(08) JOYBATZ44 – REFEREE - The "Switch is officially ON". It may be too early tell, but I can sense it. We got Kobe Bryant, and you've got none.
(09) LAKERLASS
(10) FAITH –
(11)ZAIRA AMATERASU - BLOG GODDESS - I believe that I can always believe in my Lakers, and in you, my hero Kobe.
(12) JEANETTE – TRUE BELIEVER – I BELIEVE FAMILY!!
(132) EDWIN GUECO – JUDGE - To all media here and outside, from now on don't ever underestimate the power of the Laker fans.
(14) BENJAMIN – LEAD OFFICIAL - 13) BENJAMIN - Kobe's manner makes it very clear. The manner of Kobe's teammates makes it clear. He's no longer ****ing around. This is some serious ish for everybody. The metagame is over. They're in the moment now.
(15) KEIFO – REPLAY OFFICIAL – LAKERS RIDE OR DIE BABY!
(16) TIM-4-SHOW - DIRECTOR OF FINALS GAME 1 – NO MERCY!
(17) MTI312 - Enjoy the awakening & EXPECT them to keep it up
(18) LAILI K. – REPLAY OFFICIAL
(19) RICK FRIEDMAN - DIRECTOR FINALS GAME 2 - LBJ voted MVP? Fine. For the 2nd year n a row that'll only be the consolation prize. We all know who the Finals MVP will be and his name is Kobe Bryant. Start crying now, Princess.
(20) RDLEE - PLAYOFF FACE ADJUSTER - I saw the Kobe playoff face. The rest of the league better watch out.
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Hobbit,

Earlier in the season we had a discussion on Drew's physiology and we were in minor disagreement (you pointed out physiology as his problem and I pointed out lack of seasoning). I'm beginning to see what you are talking about. The lad does have all the talent to get around the seasoning aspect, but his body is just built wrong to take an NBA beating. Makes me wonder if he'll be able to walk by the time he retires.

JR

>>>The key player to this series and unto the next is Lamar nobody can match up with him

Serge Ibaka owned him for the Thunder.

Yesterday, Paul Millsap completely outplayed him. The stretch at the start of the 4th where the Lakers lost the lead, Millsap scored 6 points on Odom in the post, while Odom jacked 2 wild 3-pointers and turned the ball over trying to post up.

Last year, you could have used the "nobody can match up" argument, but this year it seems like every team has someone who can own Odom.

And a lot of it is mental. Odom should NOT be shooting 3's - he's a terrible 3-point shooter. And he used to hustle for EVERY rebound - I can't tell you how many times this season I've watched him stand and stare while an opponent takes a rebound that was within his reach.

And how about the ball on the floor where Odom got called for a foul. Ronnie Price was willing to dive on the floor to get the loose rebound. Lamar wasn't, instead he tried to bend down and pick the ball up. So Price got the ball, and Lamar got called for a foul trying to tie him up.

I don't know whether it's winning the first ring or getting married or getting older, but Lamar's effort level just doesn't seem to be up to his old standards this year.


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