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Lakers' 111-110 Game 3 victory over Utah Jazz feature strong outside shooting and late-game plays

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With the Lakers holding a one-point lead against the Utah Jazz with only 6.1 seconds remaining, the to-do list appeared rather simple. Successfully inbound the ball, don't commit a turnover and knock down a pair of free throws.

The Lakers never achieved the latter two items because they couldn't successfully master the first. Lakers forward Ron Artest threw the inbounds pass wide left of Derek Fisher, who drew contact from guard Wesley Matthews but without the whistle. Lakers forward Pau Gasol reached for the ball, but Jazz forward Kyle Korver swiped it away and secured possession with 4.4 seconds remaining.

The Lakers bore frustrated looks. Fisher questioned officials about the non-call. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant wore a solemn expression. And Gasol stood with a blank stare while the team huddled. Sure, the Lakers, at least temporarily, appeared angry with the execution, but this game featured many instances where the team responded well to adversity. This final play would be one of them.

On this play, Artest guarded Utah's Deron Williams up top after he received an inbounds pass. Though Williams' quick feet created separation for a 22-foot- jump shot, Artest's firm positioning denied Williams a chance to drive the lane. Artest contested the shot, which rimmed out. Gasol aimed to grab the rebound, but Matthews snuck around him. He tipped the ball, but the shot hit off the back rim just as time expired.

The Lakers walked away with a 111-110 Game 3 victory Saturday over the Utah Jazz in a contest that featured an equally strong effort from both teams, eight lead changes and plenty of adjustments. With the Lakers managing to be on the winning end, they have a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals, and can officially secure the series with a Game 4 victory on Monday.

History suggests the Lakers should be in good shape. No NBA team has ever managed to come back from a 3-0 deficit, and with how the Lakers prevailed in the final moments, Utah likely feels more deflated than inspired. They have to win four consecutive games to stay alive, but, instead, the Lakers will likely eliminate Utah for the third consecutive postseason. Meanwhile, the Lakers will likely grow from this experience, knowing they prevailed in a game that featured many challenges.

Despite the Lakers owning an overwhelming rebound advantage (101-78) and paint presence (118-100) in the first two games, the Lakers' frontline became pretty much a non-factor in Game 3. Gasol had only 14 points on six of 12 shooting after averaging 23.5 points the first two contests. Also, Lakers center Andrew Bynum scored zero points and attempted only one shot in 20 minutes, after collecting 17 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots in Game 2. The Lakers didn't give the frontline enough touches, but it wasn't because of a lack of effort. The Jazz double teamed the post and forced the frontline to kick the ball out as soon as the Lakers made an entry pass.

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But like in the final minutes of the game, the Lakers adjusted. Bryant provided his usual heroics with his 35 points on 13 of 24 points marking the fourth consecutive game he dropped at least 30 points. Fisher continued his playoff resurgence with 20 points on a seven of 13 clip, including a key three-pointer that gave the Lakers a 109-108 lead with 28 seconds remaining. Artest appeared on a mission, finishing with 20 points on seven of 13 shooting and four of seven from three-point range two days after lamenting via Twitter Phil Jackson's criticism on Artest's 16.7% clip from three-point range this postseason. The two have since patched things up, and at least for one game, Artest patched up his shooting. And after the bench struggled securing fourth-quarter leads in the first two games against Utah, Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar combined for 14 points in the middle of the second quarter to cut the Jazz's lead to seven.

Those efforts only previewed how the Lakers found multiple contributions in the fourth quarter, while Korver lit up for 23 points off nine of 10 shooting. Artest grabbed a pass along the baseline from Gasol and moved back for a corner three-pointer, cutting the Jazz's lead to 88-87 with 9:37 remaining. At the 6:01 mark, Bryant's quick first step allowed him to drive past Matthews through the lane with ease and closed the gap to 98-95. Lakers forward Lamar Odom, who had a modest eight points on two of six shooting along with eight rebounds, received a dump off pass from Fisher at the top of the key and then pulled up for a three-pointer, giving the Lakers a 101-100 lead with 2:23 remaining.

Then with the Lakers trailing, 106-103, with under a minute remaining, Bryant pulled up for a three at the top of the key after Fisher set a screen on Matthews. Soon after, Fisher returned the favor. Bryant drove the lane and drew help from Williams, leaving Fisher open at the far end of the perimeter. His trey gave the Lakers a 109-108 lead with 28 seconds remaining, and added another clutch shot in Lakers lore. And after Bryant made two free throws to give the team a 111-108 edge with seven seconds left, Fisher correctly fouled Williams before he attempted a shot, eventually yielding to a 111-110 score with 6.1 seconds remaining.

That set up the Lakers inbounds pass that went awry. But as they did for the entire game, the Lakers didn't fold. And the effort ensured a likely ticket to the Western Conference Finals.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers power forward Pau Gasol (16) and guard Kobe Bryant (background) react along with Jazz power forward Carlos Boozer as the buzzer sounds to end Game 3 on Saturday night in Utah. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

Photo: Utah guard C.J. Miles fouls Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on a drive down the lane in the first half of Game 3 on Saturday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

 
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On the one hand that no-call against Fisher was egregious and obviously bad.

Then I think back to 3 calls going against Williams which Fisher precipitated with some Oscar-caliber acting, and I reconsider.

"Derek Fisher, who drew contact from guard Wesley Matthews but without the whistle."
Don't you mean "Derek Fisher, who was held and thrown to the ground by guard Wesley Matthews but without the whistle." ?

Fantastic game. Both teams were smoking hot, trading great shot after great shot. Ron-Ron finally found his stroke from the perimeter (good call, puddle and EJK), and Fisher showed exactly why Phil has stayed with him. Fish hit big shot after big shot and did a really good job on DWill.

Paging DFish...paging disgraced troll, DFish...

Kobe, you were one box-out away (or lack thereof) from being tonight's scapegoat.

every time when LakerTom thinks – "Spring is in the air, the flowers r blooming and birds r chirping" – a new avalanche hits the place.

BACK in hibernation.

till next year. and the next and …

don't worry LakerTom, will wake you up when the Franchise Player arrives.

3 out of 4 semis are 3-0. un-expected from a second round series. maybe just shows that there r only 2-3 teams that r championship worthy.

D' e-nver and Cuban fans have to be really depressed and pissed being eliminated by teams that r down 0-3. what a charade?

MM,

Great article. And let's be honest: the only way "Artest contested [Deron's last second] shot" is if Deron was two feet shorter.

Ron couldn't get a hand above Deron's chest on his last shot.

wow, i cant believe we won that game. what a classic.

Funny thing is we were all waiting for a statement game in the regular season, but we've just won 5 in a row in the playoffs, 2 in extremely hostile environments. I think we just witnessed a statement game.

Go after Wesley Matthews in summer, he's only making in the 400's and I think he's got some potential, could gove Kobe a rest, could probably pick up triangle fast due to high BBall IQ. I like his size, maybe he can play some point. Look, the first 2 guards off the bench, Farmar and Shannon may be gone....I think he's already as skilled as Shannon, just will miss the highlights he provides.

IF YOU HATE FISHER YOU HATE YOURSELF

I have been hard on Fisher the whole season and yes, I did not agree with a couple of his shot selections, but he had an amazing game tonight. He even played some decent defense in light of a couple of layups by Williams (he does that to alot of people).

Like I was telling my friend while watching the game, even though I usually "do not like" (kind terms) how Fisher plays in the first 46 minutes of the game. But I would take him for that last 2 minutes. Other than Kobe, he is the only guy I really trust to take a big shot.

GREAT game. Can't remember the last time the last minutes of a close game wasn't a free throw parade. Guys made plays, clutch shots.

Sure, there's things to complain about but if you weren't entertained by that game, ya might want to look into another form of entertainment.

No! Please don't page the disgraced troll dfish!! He really made the blog suck.

It felt like it would end with a Laker "W" throughout the game, despite the Jazz's double-digit lead...Lakers kept coming back and the Jazz never pulled away again. Gotta hand it to both teams for their tenacity, but in the end, the Lakers have the championship experience and knew how to finish the game. That inbounds play that gave the Jazz the ball was one of the oddest plays I've ever seen...but, ball don't lie...and DWill had a good look and that tap-in were not meant to be. Tough loss for the Lakers, but as everyone has commented before, props to the OKC Thunder for waking up the sleeping giant. Lakers are back to playing some of their best BB of the year....just in time, I'd say. Would love to see them finish the series on Monday, let the Spurs push the Suns for at least a Game 5 and let the Lakers get a few more days off.

Like the t-shirt says: "Got rings?"

Add:
Good article from Plaschke re: the Jazz fans dogging DFish's departure from SLC to concentrate on his daughter's health. Even the announcers and Jerry Sloan in the postgame interview discussed it. They need to let it go...and if they don't, they can expect DFish to put on a display like he did tonight and shut them up. I don't know how much longer he intends to play, but the guy has an uncanny knack for hitting timely shots....the Laker version of "Mr. Big Shot", who I'd take any day over Billups. Through the years, he has often played like the toughest guy on the court despite others that are younger and more physically gifted than he is....give him some props!

Pau Gasol, THE BEST, THE DIFERENCE, THE KEY PLAYER, PAU GASOL IS GOOOOOOODDDDDDD.

Fisher, wooooowwww

Lol. Now DFish, I hope you're preparing yourself a big dish of sauteed crow. Mmmm.


What do all the Fisher haters have to say now? And don't say "well, it's just one game." No, it's the biggest game of the year, post season, everything riding on it. It was the regular season contests, if any, that had a lesser weight.


What can you say about a guy who comes thru in the clutch like Fisher?


What you can't or don't do, is talk smack the whole year, and then, NOT stand up and say, "hey, I was wrong."


So, Fish bashers, line up. Who's first?


Wes

Hey DFish,


I'm a supporter of free will and all that, so I don't mind your aggressive posts, but, my man, if you want respect with your fun, you've got to call it right from time to time. Fish cam thru big time tonight, and you respond with this:


"Fisher gives up more points and gets less assists than his man in every game so anyone that thinks he is really doing anything special on there STFU !!!!


Posted by: DFish | May 08, 2010 at 08:17 PM"


I 'm thinking you're a better man than that. Right?


Wes

That game last night was like an all-inclusive vacation on the Mexican Riveria. Incredible, Like Dylan intrepreted by Calexico and Jim James:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6z7gNDK89U


Wes

See, this is someone you can respect:


"I have been hard on Fisher the whole season and yes, I did not agree with a couple of his shot selections, but he had an amazing game tonight. Like I was telling my friend while watching the game, even though I usually "do not like" (kind terms) how Fisher plays in the first 46 minutes of the game. But I would take him for that last 2 minutes. Other than Kobe, he is the only guy I really trust to take a big shot.


Posted by: Tom | May 09, 2010 at 02:01 AM"


That' someone you cna have a decent sports conversation w. Good job Tom.


Wes

Whew, fun game to watch.
Way to go Fisher !
Good timing for Ron to get offensive.
If Fisher and Artest keep shooting like this,
well, you know the rest.

Ron Ron dribbling behind the 3 point line and hitting the shot was kinda funny? shooting down the yapper?

when he does shoot off dribble he makes the shots. Ron is not a spot up shooter.

and some of his penetrations r chaotic and end with circus shots: as long as he makes them, i have a huge smile

it was really a fu game to watch with both teams shooting the lights out. i uess in the end experience prevailed. and yes, Kobe did his job as he advertised at halftime. ice veins and blooded killer instinct. the fade away on the left, the assist to fish, the 3 from the top right and the last 2 free throws: vintage Kobe.

and also some vintage quick steps and first big steps on penetration. not too shabby. obviously his body feels better, stronger. what a way to get back in shape as the playoffs move to higher levels and his contribution is necessary.

on a different blog someone mentioned that when he shoots under 20/game the team is 3-1. and when he shoots over 20 the team is also 3-1. so, the number of shots is not the issue.

the strange thing is that after an encouraging performance, the bench mob becomes again the bench slob. same with the triple tower. after having the best performance of the season i the previous game, the 3 bigs really sucked.

it is important to win every game, if possible, so it is not important who are the characters of the PLAY/game. obviously, Kobe is the director/conductor. and he won't let US down.

Happy Mothers Day!

There are few things I loveas much as Sunday morning music.


http://tinyurl.com/28pgrw2


Wes

why are half the comments on this blog either by or responding to idiot trolls?

what happened to starve the trolls?

For the mothers out there. I can't find the muppet version, unfortuntely.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gznprh6cDHo


Wes

KB Blitz

please remind me the "name" of DWILL's haircut. promise i will copy and save it. more i look at him, funnier he looks. like some medieval soldier in some army.

it should be posted on the SL Dunk site.

DFish,

Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought you had some intelligent arguments before. Here's the deal. You spend a lot of time on this chat, and that's fine, but if your going to be such a widely-read, highly-visible presence, can't you bring a bit more to the table? Sports arguments are fun, but they need contributions form both sides. I need the person on the other side of the argument to bring more than name calling, and you've turned to empty insults where you once had arguments. If you can't respect your opponant (Fisher)after his heroics last night, then the whole atmosphere changes, and you become less of an interesting voice. You're basically saying that Fish's shots last night didn't even happen, instead of offering a perspective from the other side. Big difference.


Wes

Towards the end of the game, I commented to my spouse when Fisher took a very difficult and needed 3 "he HAS to hit this to make up for the points he just gave up on the other end"

Swish.

"Good. Then I'm fine with him playing here"

He's not Ron Ron giving you loads on D, he's hurting the team in so many ways, BUT if those shots are falling like last night, he's absolutely making up for it AND even slightly giving us more than he takes away.

Does this excuse the last 6 months?

No. Proper decision making is not results oriented but validated strictly on the merits of the logic of the decision itself.

I felt bad that the ONE TIME PJ fouls to prevent a 3, it all blew up up in his face. Ron Ron & Luke are close to equal in pasing, but I think I'd have Luke inbounding on that last play

The Lakers showed themselves to be well rounded last night. The Jazz took away Bynum inside (and Gasol in the first half). The Lakers said, fine. We'll beat you with Kobe and Artest and Fish.


The Lakers started poorly. Thy planned to grab an early lead inside, but Utah's defense took that away with agressive double teams. The Lakers did a poor job early in responding to the doubles and fell behind by 13. Kobe kept them in the game single handedly on offense.


But then the other Lakers got aggressive. First Shannon Brown. Then Fisher started making the Jazz pay for their focus on the post. And Artest was beautiful, agressive from the perimeter, driving to the hole and posting up. Finally, that created space for Gasol to get untracked.


The Jazz played tough at home. Kyle Korver was unconscious. As we will keep seeing, role players are so much more comfortable at home. But it was the Lakers' turn to be the team that sticks around, doesn't give and keeps fighting from behind. The Lakers got lucky on the last play - Williams used Artest and got a good loock, and Matthews missed a point blank tip. But they earned this one. They fought back from and ugly start and stole game 3 on the road.

Well, the semi-finals have been pretty straightforward. The Conference Finals are almost determined already. I can't remember a year with less drama:


Lakers/Jazz - 3 close games, but the Lakers have a 3-0 lead and will win this thing. I put Monday at 50-50, and the Lakers finish this off in no more than 5.


Suns/Spurs - The Suns have been surprising. The Spurs look very old. Up 3-0, the Suns may put this thing away today. The Lakers' length should get them past the Suns, but the Suns are playing defense this year and they are playing well in half court, grind it out stretches against the Spurs. It could be interesting. Hottest team in the West since the All Star break.


Magic/Hawks - Quietly, with very little media focus, the Magic are probably playing the best ball of anyone in these playoffs. They are not just on the verge of a sweep, they seem almost assured of one.


Cav/Celts - I win either way. One of these teams loses every game. The Cavs pounded the old Celtics in game 3, but it's just one win. I would be surprised if Celtic Pride doesn't bring a win in game 4. Boston will come out fierce. Still, the legs aren't what they used to be. Cavs in 6. Setting up a very interesting matchup with the Magic, who are more than capable of knocking off the Cavs again this year.

The Lakers defeated what was a very solid defensive game plan by the Jazz by hitting good and clutch outside shots. Utah simply decided to double and triple the post players of the Lakers as soon as they caught the ball. In adddition, they were digging down and hacking across the arms of the Laker bigs. The Lakers countered by making the open shots they were given. The unusually fine shooting games from Fish, Ron Ron and Kyle Korver made this a very tight and exciting contest. It's amazing what a one point difference will do. Now, Utah's season is virtually over, while the Lakers can draw upon the strength and clutch play that was needed to pull out this game as they move forward in the playoffs. Ron has been providing staunch defense throughout the entire year and playoff, but last night he showed the tough, clutch play of a future champion on offense as well. It was great to see.

GO LAKERS!!!

Good morning,

Whew! That was a close one. It had me biting my nails to the bone. I was dripping buckets of sweat. I was shaking. I couldn't eat. I was stammering. I could see the end coming.

You know why. You read the sportspage. You read the blog. Game 3 was on the Jazz' home court. The Lakers had a big problem. Thousands of words had been written about it.

Twittergate could derail everything. How would the team respond?

Twittergate. Would it divide the team at such a critical juncture of the playoffs? Would this huge split between player and coach divide the entire team? Could the Lakers withstand such a huge distraction?

All day before the game, my mouth was dry. Wondering. Worrying. Obsessing. After all, I knew it had to be important. ESPN was talking about it every ten minutes. It warranted a story on the front of the sports section. It was all over the web. I was a fan. I had to be concerned. This was my team's future at stake.

What did the players think? What were they saying? What was Kobe saying?

We finally found out after the game. Kobe was questioned about the "situation" between Thriller and the team's Hall of Fame coach. He responded, "What situation? Is that a joke? Seriously?"

"We all found it kind of funny," Bryant said. "It's not a big deal at all. Not even a whisper. It's entertaining."

Whew! We dodged a bullet. Social media, that evil hazard of the 21st century almost cost the Lakers their season, but I'm still worried about next time.

Wesjoenixon,

"Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought you had some intelligent arguments before."

Really? Where did you get that impression before, Wes?

All this guy has done is made one histrionic rant after another in an unendingly obsession stream of hatred towards Derek Fisher. I expect that he's actually the Jazz fan who last year covered one eye and screamed while Derek made freethrows.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Rick Friedman,

"Whew! That was a close one. It had me biting my nails to the bone. I was dripping buckets of sweat. I was shaking. I couldn't eat. I was stammering. I could see the end coming."

But RALLY CAPS and CHICKENBONE saved the day!

A fantastic game.

The Thunder and the Jazz have made this team better.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Marky Mark,

"Lakers forward Ron Artest threw the inbounds pass wide left of Derek Fisher, who drew contact from guard Wesley Matthews but without the whistle."

I think this could be better stated as:

"Lakers forward Ron Artest threw a leading inbounds pass to Derek Fisher who was tackled down to the ground by guard Wesley Matthews, but a foul was not called."

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K,

>>> The Thunder and the Jazz have made this team better.

Yes, indeed! Go Lakers!

The combined might of the Lakers, RALLY CAPS, and CHICKENBONE defeated Lawler's Law last night, just a 4% probability, thereby making it an additionally special game.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!


LTLF

Caught your rant about Shannon Brown on the last thread. Agree on all points. I've posted about his confusion stopping ball movement, giving teams a chance to catch up. He's better on defense but makes bad choices as he did last night with Korver.

Sasha was starting to come on at the end of the year when he went down. I seriously hope he can come back in that form to help us the rest of the way. One more option in the rotation, especially one that cannot be left alone, will help spread the floor especially for Lamar who also needs to announce his presence in these playoffs.

DFish,

This is for you:

http://www.derekfisher2.com/

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Fisher

"Fisher has won four NBA Championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and is one of only four active players to have won four NBA Championships. In the past decade, he ties Robert Horry for having played in the most NBA Playoff Games (149) and played the tenth most Playoff minutes (4,221). Fisher has the highest cumulative three-point percentage in NBA Finals history. He ranks third all time in NBA Finals three pointers made (41), one shy of Michael Jordan for second all-time behind Robert Horry. He has the second highest three point field goal percentage in NBA Finals history (46.1%), trailing only Ray Allen. The NBA listed his "0.4 Shot" as the 18th greatest playoff moment of all time.[2]"

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jon K,

I saw in one of your earlier posts you saying how will he die to DFish...

Not so nice bro... He might be a troll or posting such comments, still telling what would bring death to him is awful..

Your love for Lakers is so much that you wish death on someone?? Come on, cool down!!

Ricky, your "best player in the world" Pau Gasol almost cost us the game!!

When Williams missed the Jumper, instead of securing the rebound safely, your boy allowed the tiny Wes Mathews (I think he would be 6'3 or 6'4) to get ahead of him to the rebound and tip the shot.

It was lucky it did not go in... So, how did your guy become the difference this game???

Jon K - Fair point. I would say both statements are correct

MM

D FISH
Please go away and don't come back. Your disrespectful rants about Derek Fisher honestly keep me from reading the comments. I know I could just skip your posts but it is like a train wreck, just gotta' look. At least man up and admit reality dude.

Derek Fisher is a man of few words. He speaks with his actions; he is the consummate professional - whether taking last second shots or throwing an elbow to the head of Scola. Without Fish needing to say it, maybe he has a plan to measure his energy and kick himself into overdrive in the playoffs - after all, he's been here a few times before and it's no accident. It's not about individual stats, it's about winning games.

Have you noticed how many times he is picked off and decked at the top of the key and gets right back up? Just his presence on the floor is inspiring.

The point should be not that he made the shot, but that he had the balls to take it.

I must admit, I love D fish but have been disappointed with his overall play all year. Layups are like half court shots for him and still he knocks down clutch 3 pointers like nobody's business. If he plays like yesterday or even close to it we are a much more dangerous team and if people have to actually guard Ron Ron...boom shakalaka. I'm still waiting for the team to have everyone playing well at once. That would be a thing of beauty. Bynum, Odom, and Pau had off games while our guards were on fire which is great and now the next step is to balance it out...inside outside - pick your poison.

The CRAVEN jackal who bogarted Derek Fisher's name, as in DFish, where are you, you despicable troll?


Show up and eat your miserable crow!

All I have to say is, nobody is PERFECT!! We won the game --- geez, enjoy it already!!!

"Ricky, your "best player in the world" Pau Gasol almost cost us the game!!

When Williams missed the Jumper, instead of securing the rebound safely, your boy allowed the tiny Wes Mathews (I think he would be 6'3 or 6'4) to get ahead of him to the rebound and tip the shot.

It was lucky it did not go in... So, how did your guy become the difference this game???
Posted by: Ruud Van Nistelrooy | May 09, 2010 at 09:50 AM"

He's 6'5" or as listed, standing next to Kobe I saw he was just a tad shorter...and he's built. Has larger than needed chest muscles. He's not the scrawny player that his dad was. As I said in a later post, I say the Lakers try to snake him from Utah in the offseason. He's a big guard, maybe he can play point as well as Shannon, cuz in the next year we may be really thin at guard, with people calling for Fish to retire, Farmar will probably opt out for more playing time, even knowing that Fish may be gone, he'll figure he'll be replaced by someone else, and Shannon will probably opt out for more money, you blame him. he's only at a shade under 2 mill....hopefully he'll only get offers less than 3 mill and the Laker's match. Sasha has been inconsistent for all the years he has been here except for 1/2 of the championship year.

Phil Jackson should teach his player's the Boston's box and one trap and multiple trap defense. Maybe, Clippers could scrimmage against Laker's to teach them Boston's defense. Utah should do Laker's a favor an play Boston's defense for whole game like Duke forward Boozer did in college. Boston uses full court, half court, multiple traps on players, and zone defenses that Kobe doesn't recongize until it's too late. Sun's will give Laker's problems with three-point shooters in Nash, Frye, Dooley, and Hill. Reserve guard scored 26 points against Spurs. Cleveland, Boston, and Orlando will all player either Suns or Laker's even in finals. Suns have seven day rest until next game. Gilbert Arenas is out on probation, maybe Laker's could sign him to play-off contract . Laker's miss Kobe Karl, Crinitton, Rush, and Davis from past teams. All first round draft pick gone. Don Nelson has Laker's dismissed players as his second squad in Oakland. Walt Disney Co/ABC televised games with 4.5 million viewers per game compared to 2 million by TNT. ABC/ESPN/Olympic's broadcast network for London Olympic Games.

"Maybe, Clippers could scrimmage against Laker's to teach them Boston's defense.

Posted by: Donald Blaskovich | May 10, 2010 at 09:35 AM"

......yaknow, I always wondered if the Lakers and Clippers ever considered off the record scrimmages against each other, these would of course would, if they every tried it early in the season, or even in the pre-season....I think why not, why scrimmage against your own team constantly, when they know what play is coming every single time, I don't see where it could hurt, it's not like the Lakers would be giving away all their magic secrests, that was done when one of their players left some material in a hotel room a few years ago, and then the Clippers would see the light and be contenders....it's probably a liability thing, or a clause written by Stern, and the Lakers would be fined a quarter million dollars and the Clippers would be fined $10K.


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