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Lakers' 128-107 Game 1 victory over Phoenix Suns sets tone for rest of the series

Three weeks ago, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson ticked off too many areas to correct as his team remained locked into a first-round series tie through the first four games against Oklahoma City. Following the Lakers' 128-107 Game 1 victory Monday over the Phoenix Suns of the Western Conference Finals, Jackson ticked off too many areas that pleased him.

Three weeks ago, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant fielded questions on his health. That area left many wondering whether his sore right knee would prevent him from having the necessary lift to help him remain dominant. After finishing Monday with a 40-point performance that marked his sixth consecutive game where he scored at least 30 points, Bryant again fielded questions on his health. But this time, many wondered how a week-long of rest, constant treatment and draining the fluid out of his right knee enabled him to remain so dominant.

Three weeks ago, Lakers forward Lamar Odom left many wondering, including Jackson, whether he would ever leave an imprint on the game. After scoring 19 points and grabbing a playoff career-high 19 rebounds in a game where he boosted the Lakers' first-quarter run against Phoenix, he left many wondering the origin of his sudden aggressiveness.

Three weeks ago, the Lakers, the media and fans alike remained split on whether the team still remained championship contenders. After the Lakers imposed their will against Phoenix, however, they look as sharp as ever. Bryant frowned and answered, "I have zero reaction" when he was asked about the 18,997 at Staples Center that chanted "We Want Boston." But with the Lakers seven wins away from securing a second consecutive championship, Bryant believes the Lakers are at their peak.

"We're playing as best as we've played all year right now," Bryant said. "But we still have a lot of work to do."

That is true. No matter how dominating the Lakers played against Phoenix, a Game 1 victory still only means a Game 1 victory. But with the Lakers winning seven consecutive games and showing little signs of changing, this West Finals series should end rather quickly. No, the series isn't over. And Phoenix will surely adjust Wednesday in Game 2. But the Lakers paved the way so they could go on cruise control to the NBA Finals. And it's going to be very hard for the Suns to stop that from happening.

"This is a surprise for us," Jackson said. "We thought this was going to be a close game."

But it wasn't.

After Phoenix scored the game's first seven points, the Lakers held the Suns only to four points in the final 4:24. After Phoenix started out going two of four from three-point range, the Lakers held the league's top three-point shooting team to a five of 22 clip. Phoenix Coach Alvin Gentry chalked the poor figure to the team having a bad shooting night and the Lakers tough defense, while the Lakers took the diplomatic route and said the Suns will shoot much better in Game 2. But when the Lakers outscore Phoenix 56-36 in points in the paint, commit only seven turnovers and shoot 58.2%, it won't really matter whether the Suns' shots suddenly fall.

"So far, the series is going the way we want it to," said Lakers forward Pau Gasol, whose 21 points on 10 of 13 shooting marked the fifth time in seven games he scored at least 20 points.

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Bryant maintains high level

All week long, Bryant had limited himself in practice, devoting himself only to shooting drills and lifting weights. It's a strategy he believed would keep his sore right knee healthy, even if the rest came at the expense of maintaining team chemistry and sharpness in practice. Considering his heavy practice during both the off-season and regular season, Bryant acknowledged missing practice during this past week didn't prove too consequential in trying to remain sharp.

But the uncertainty still remained. The Times' Mike Bresnahan reported that Bryant recently had a significant amount of fluid drained from his swollen right knee, a development Bryant and Jackson acknowledged, although the Lakers Coach said that procedure happened at an undisclosed time much earlier than when the report surfaced prior to Game 1. Still, Bryant also stepped on the court wearing a slightly slimmer sleeve on his right knee, a detail Bryant brushed off afterwards, saying, "I've been wearing the sleeve the entire playoffs."

Nonetheless, Jackson still admitted that even with the time off, he still wondered whether Bryant's shooting and reaction time would stay high.

Those concerns soon became unfounded. Though Bryant missed his first two shots, he played aggressively from the beginning. And soon enough, his shot went in the basket. Bryant drove the lane and nailed a floater past Jared Dudley for a 30-23 first-quarter lead with a minute remaining. Bryant sank a three-pointer at the top of the key on the next possession. He then drove the lane and pulled up for a corner jumper, giving the Lakers a 35-26 first-quarter lead as time expired. It was just the beginning of an effort that gave Gentry the observation that "Kobe kind of controlled the whole game."

"When you have these days off, you can kind of sit back and come out too passive to start this game because of the time that we had off," Bryant said. "I wanted to make sure we got off to a good start in the first quarter."

His 11 points on three of five shooting in the first quarter proved to be just the beginning of a 40-point night on 13 of 23 shooting, marking the 11th time in Bryant's playoff career he's scored that many points, most recently in the Lakers' Game 1 2009 NBA Finals victory over Orlando.

After a jump ball, Bryant grabbed possession and fed Gasol inside for a 58-50 lead with 2:12 left in the second quarter. Grant Hill tried denying him penetration on the next play, but Bryant drove the lan and forced a foul on Jason Richardson. In the third quarter, Bryant followed a 16-foot jumper with a finger roll past Richardson after splitting the defense.

Bryant became so engaged with his matchup against Hill, who got advice from Houston forward Shane Battier, that he drove past Hill as he fell and then drew a technical with 7:48 remaining in the third quarter for taunting.

"Every time he plays somebody, he takes it personal," Gentry said. "That's his motivation. I didn't see anything wrong with it. I don't think he was trash talking or anything like that. He understands how important this first game is, and I just thought he played at a real, real high level."

And Bryant's take?

"It's never personal for me," Bryant said, smiling.

Whatever the case may be, Bryant ended the third quarter scoring 21 points, a performance he simply summed up as the product of "being aggressive." While fans saw his effectiveness unfold on the court, the work that went into that started with the week-long stretch of limited practices, a period Bryant afterwards compared to training camp.

Said Odom: "Time off was exactly what he needed."

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Odom has coming out game

Gentry thought the Suns could absorb Bryant scoring at such a high rate, so long as his teammates didn't remain involved. So much for that approach.

The Lakers featured five players in double figures including Bryant (40), Gasol (21), Odom (19), Ron Artest (14) and Jordan Farmar (10). But there's a reason why Gentry pointed to Odom's play as "the difference in the game" by giving the Lakers "that extra burst of energy to kind of get them over the hump." Jackson seconded that notion by adding that Odom's play "jump started us."

Did it ever.

"He's capable of doing that as a starter," Bryant said of Odom, who helped the reserves outscore the Phoenix bench, 44-35. "You've all seen the numbers that he puts up when he starts for us. But it sends a great message to the rest of our team that he's accepted the role of coming off the bench. He's had games where people have criticized him, but it's really just the amount of time that he's on the floor, and for him to accept that role makes us that much of a better team because he can have moments like this and have games like this."

Odom entered the game in place of center Andrew Bynum with 5:31 remaining in the first quarter, and didn't waste time getting involved. He immediately posted up on Channing Frye and converted on a bank shot. Moments later, he hit a three-pointer. Soon after, Bryant drove through the lane in traffic and found Odom. His putback on his own missed shot gave the Lakers' their first lead of the game, at 24-23 with 3:25 remaining, a lead the team would never relinquish. His seven quick points marked just the beginning.

Odom rebounded off of Shannon Brown's missed jumper, he converted on a finger roll after driving the lane through traffic and he tied a career-high in offensive rebounds (seven).

"I didn't really want to wait," said Odom, who said his sprained left shoulder significantly improved this past week. "I said to myself," If I'm going to have a bad game, I'm going to have a bad game going out swinging. I'm not going to wait for the game to come to me tonight. I'm going to try to attack, and if a jump shot is there, I'm going to take it."

Of course, Odom and aggressiveness aren't always synonymous. Often, Odom talks about letting the game come to him and wanting to take his time, an attitude that speaks to his willingness to embrace a jack-of-all-trades but an attitude that frustrated Jackson enough for him to publicly say Odom needed to have a bigger presence this postseason.

Odom entered the series averaging 8.5 points and 8.1 rebounds, which ranked below his regular-season average of 10.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, a clip that prompted former Laker James Worthy to publicly question his effort. But Bryant found such criticisms unfounded.

He's had games when people have criticized him, but it's really just the amount of time that he's on the floor," Bryant said. "For him to accept that roles makes us that much of a better team because he can have moments like this and have games like this."

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Bynum shows knee is limiting him

No, Bynum didn't appear to the game in flip-flops and abstain from play like the photo to the right shows him doing this week in practice. But it would've been understandable.

Bynum recently acknowledged that he experienced more pain in his right knee because of increased swelling around the torn cartilage. Though that development largely contributed to Bynum's zero-point finish in Game 3 and six-point effort in Game 4 against Utah, Jackson remained unconcerned about Bynum's long-term health.

But a week-long of limited practice didn't seem to be enough to do the trick. Against Phoenix, he scored only four points on two of four shooting in 19 minutes. It's no coincidence that the Lakers' first-quarter run began as soon as he went to the bench.

"I'm all right," Bynum said regarding his right knee. "It's more mental, I think. Just trusting myself and trying to dunk the ball instead of lay stuff up."

Still, Jackson pointed to the rest of the Lakers' cast as reason why he's not concerned about Bynum.

"After the game he said he didn't feel quite up to his normal play, and that's obvious for us," Jackson said. "But we were able to survive it actually without him having a big contribution tonight." 

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who finished with 40 points in Game 1, finishes off a breakaway dunk in the fourth quarter against the Suns and power forward Amare Stoudemire on Monday night. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom comes up with a steal as Phoenix guard Steve Nash, who lost possession of the ball, is left on the court as the Lakers scored on a Kobe Bryant breakaway dunk on the play in the second half of Game 1 on Monday night. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum walks on the court at the team's training facility in El Segundo during a team practice on Wednesday. Bynum sat out the practice session because of a knee injury. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.

 
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Go Lakers!

When kobe feels good and besides this. as long as two of our 3 bigs play well, the Lakers are tough to beat. When kobe feels good and besides this all three play well, we bring out the broom.
So simple.

"that's a stupid excuse for tanking in the playoffs. "

Really, wow, what would be a good excuse, famine? You seem pretty upset by my comment for someone who doesn't care?
I'm a real Laker fan.

Posted by: Mark G | May 17, 2010 at 10:45 PM

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first, congratulations. it's all rhetoric and bs here. does anything we do affect the game? maybe the tiniest bit it does.

as to a good excuse, yes, famine would be sppropriate. his mother and he have certainly been involved in equally embarrassing situations in the past, according to the tabloids like espn and the LA Times, so as a grown man he would need to get over that. if your mamma is single or not, she's a gonna sleep with whomever she sleeps with, and she always has, unless i've been lied to. like being surprised that MJ gambled or baseball players have been using steroids, there's really no news for Lebron, asuming that the rumor's even true. if it were MY mom, that'd be a shocker, but you know, she's my mom, i'd have to get over it. as an adult who can sleep with whomever i please, i gotta expect mom has been doing that longer than me. this isn't the victorian age, this is the age of AXE for crying out loud! how can there really be shame in two adults having sex when there are no cheating spouses or strange practices involved(or maybe there were!) in this age of College Humor and AXE commercials and Lamar's sister in law eating in bed? i couldn't go skipping work because of it and expect people to respect me, not by MY coworkers who would be screwed if i didn't show up, anyway.

like i said, only one teammate, and not even the most important teammate was invlolved. maybe he'd be mad at that guy, but why kill the rest of your teammates? isn't Lebron Mr. Team? doesn't he want his mother to have fun too? i'll bet he's laid some wood lately.

these are just the quick thoughts off the top of my head, as meaningless as yours. i don't really care, because LJ is an impediment to a Laker championship and his misfortune is the Laker's fortune. it's sad, but true and it's only basketball. if it were swordfighting, it would be a little more serious. i really don't care because the Lakers won tonight! hooray!

if you think we're having a fight, you're crazy!

I would love a Lakers/Celtics rematch in the NBA Finals,to get some revenge. but think about it. I told myself if The Celtics could win Game 1 at Orlando, then no; I won't ask for the rematch. Why because they are gonna get physical and get dirty. Thats their game, they are old and slow. And if they lose, well they will be happy that they roughed up some feathers. Or injured some players.
Oh by the way, yeah i'm calling the Lakers/Suns series over in 6 maybe 7; cause you never know what will happen. If the Magic/Celtics series goes to 5,6,0r 7 games, expect the Lakeshow to follow the pattern.
I would rather have the Lakers lose to the Magic, if that was to happen, than have them lose to the Celics. otheriwse there would be no end of them trolls on this blog.
I'm not doubting, i am just cautious.

Despite many attempts to push the NBA conference finals to the second page by the ongoing countdown to the decision by "The Chosen One", there can be no denying who the studs are that are left playing the game. Happy to see the Lakers crank it up after the two losses to OKC as this is not the same Laker team from then that is now playing the Suns.

No predictions for when it will end, but the Lakers will head to the NBA Finals for their third consecutive time June 3rd.

LAKESHOW!!

i really get the feeling that Mr. Heisler would like to see a Laker loss, as that would prove his mental superiority. i wouldn't call him a "hater", but like the entire staff, he seems to feel that a negative attitude is the only "real" attitude, the only "objective" attitude. i think it's just as silly as being a pollyana.

hey! why not give them a "great game!" when it is? the made hay out of Phoenix and at least for one night, the Lakers broke the Sun's resolve. that's pretty cool for LA Lakers fans, especially for those who can call the Lakers their "home team". there is nothing wrong with a little homerism. you SHOULD love home.

i'll say it for you Heisler. good game, Lakers! keep it up! 3 more to go, then four more!

the Times writers have made their living castigating a winning team, when they could have also been making a living writing about the good things, say Kobe, Lamar, Fish, PJ, et al have done for us basketball fans. we can gloat a little, knowing that the battle is not yet won and the opponent, while overmatched, can beat us if we do not remain on guard(to use the warrior idiom).

how can you write for the home team and not root along with the city? you are not our betters, you are merely our eyes and ears! if you don't like the attitudes the players throw you, then stop asking so many repititious, inane and leading questions! you guys act like gossipy old ladies and then get insulted when the players treat you like gossipy old ladies. you are just an arm of the team's pr department! you're not the arbiters of the games, even if many of you do vote for awards and honors, you do it as the public's proxy.

just my late night ranting opinion...

If NBA Coaches could decide the MVP trophy, Kobe would have won them 5 maybe 6 in a row, lol. I always hear the opposing coaches saying Kobe is the best, and his performances have been the best they have ever seen. That or there is no defensive scheme other than have him miss those shots that 95% other NBA players would have. That or they can also say, present Kobe with a double team/triple team or have all 13 active players defend him. Lol Yeah thats too much huh?
Still, every Coach,GM would agree that they would have him in the closing minutes of any game. Yet they would take Lebronze now as the better player. Ok, but they don't mention the age difference. If Lebronze and Kobe were to be the same age, who would they take then?

The Celtics will still beat the Lakers. The Celtics have a Kobe stopper in Nate Robinson, Kobe won't know what hit 'em.

Kendrick Perkins will be able to penetrate through the lane all day, or he can shoot those three's!

Perkins weighs 270lbs and Pau only weighs 200, so its clear Perkins is the better player because he weighs more! Especially that Kendrick eats more than Pau, Kendrick eats everything.

Kendrick outweighs everyone on the Lakers. He is that good!

Celtics will beat the Lakers, I know because I'm always right(see Kwame Brown).

I'm Michael C. Teniente the More-On, who the hell are you??

Kwame Brown is the most underrated big man in the league. He is so underrated that he is no longer playing in the league!

Is the NBA blind? He weighs 280lbs!!! So, he must be good! His potential was never realized, too bad. He could have been the next Hakeem Olajuwon, by the way, Hakeem only weighs 265 lbs, so he doesn't cut it on the Great Centers of All Time!


I'm Michael C. Teniente the More-On, who the hell are you??

Did anyone see Paula Pierce looking at film of the Lakers vs Magic of the finals? The Celtics had to look at tape where we took out Orlando.
Yeah maybe thats what every team in the NBA do, look at other teams defensive/offensive schemes. but at least it is never shown publicly.
So if the Celtics beat the Magic, lets make sure they say thank u Lakers for showing the way, lol.
Also Celtic fans should also add; "We couldnt beat them w/out you showing us, knowing they beat us on our own home floor in game 7 when we had a 3-2 lead".

Bad Momma

I know a couple of famous types with family members that are a constant struggle to keep out of the press. It's tough on Bron but he won't be able to add a "no mom" clause to a contract wherever he goes.

The difference between he and Kobe? On a night where Kobe got upsetting news, he'd get 50.

Kobe "Bean" Bryant - It's a privilege to watch you play!

Suns got the wind knocked out of them, another beating Wed should mess with their confidence some more.
Kobe wants another cookie and the Lakers are focused!
I wouldn't want to be in front of this freight train.

Hope Magic can pull out a W and extend their series to 7 games.

Hahaha Lakers win again.KOBE the greatest player of all time.Jordan and Lebron the most pampered and marketed player in the NBA.Lakers all the way baby!!!

X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, X, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, HIT IT PARADE TIME!!! RINGS!!
We Got This & We Want More! Nothing but another title will suffice.@ JustAnotherMambaFan
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OOOH I'm so afraid we're in for a tough series! LMAO!
OOOOH Is Kobe losing it, where's the old Kobe! ROFLMAO!
NEVER FORGET WE ARE THE FREAKIN WORLD CHAMPION LA LAKERS AND THE ONLY ONES THAT CAN DEFEAT US ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS. NOW RELAX AND WATCH HOW A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM AND THE REAL MVP OF THE LEAGUE WORK. YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! GO LAKERS!!!!
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sniff sniff I think I'm going to cry last nights game was so beautiful

I would love a Lakers/Celtics rematch in the NBA Finals,to get some revenge. but think about it. I told myself if The Celtics could win Game 1 at Orlando, then no; I won't ask for the rematch. Why because they are gonna get physical and get dirty. Thats their game, they are old and slow. And if they lose, well they will be happy that they roughed up some feathers. Or injured some players. Posted by: joe_corad | May 18, 2010 at 02:46 AM

No, No, No, Joe. Don't believe the propaganda. We already faced the Celtics so we have their play imprinted in our DNA. Call me crazy but I'd rather face the best competition and lose than face so weak injured nobody & win. It's the teams you compete against that define your place in history. The greater the teams the greater your legacy. Look at Ali he fought everybody, Joe frazier, George Forman, Ken Norton, he didn't duck any body. Then you have Bowe, Holyfield & Tyson they all could have been great champions but they fought bums.Yes even Tyson. We are the Freaking Los Angeles Lakers, we fear no team!!

Hahaha Lakers win again.KOBE the greatest player of all time.Jordan and Lebron the most pampered and marketed player in the NBA.Lakers all the way baby!!! Posted by: Adrian Palomar | May 18, 2010 at 05:30 AM
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Do i have to say it? DO I HAVE TO SAY IT ADRIAN?...
OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

mud...

Great post concerning Mark Heisler. This man seems to minimize everything that the Lakers do. The Lakers kicked the SPIT out of the Suns last night. No ifs, ands or buts about it. After Lamar entered the game and scored his first 5 points, this game was OVER! The Lakers sent a clear message to the Suns. Simply put, The Show served notice that it will take nothing less than a maximum effort from Phx. to slow down the Laker machine. It's just a matter of time before the Lakers advance, and the Suns KNOW it!

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But with seven wins away from securing a second consecutive championship, Bryant believes the Lakers are at their peak. "We're playing as best as we've played all year right now," Bryant said. "But we still have a lot of work to do."
NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!
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Some had doubts some stayed the course but it was never in doubt.
Winning NBA Championships are what the Lakers are all about.
Just 7 more that's all that's left till the next Ring we win
The Phoexnix Suns never had a chance from the moment that the game began
The Mamba is once again Superman, the Bench Mob has come on-line
Lamar is playing like Pippen and Gasol is doing just fine.
You better stop and appreciate these next few games it's true.
Win 7 more and once again a wonderful season will be thru.
Then everyone will whine, oh where did the season go.
Each game you should have appreciated, instead of saying the seasons too slow.


Jon K....

Man, that is one funky azz rumor going around about LeBrawn's mom. The fact that various bloggers have posted links which claim the same thing only adds to the intrigue.

Personally, I don't believe it. For the following reason. I think that if Lebron HAD found out about this alleged relationship, between his mother and Delonte West, who is supposedly a friend and trusted teammate, before game 4 of his series with the Celtics, then the national story wouldn't have been about LeBrawn melting down and losing the series. It would have been about him being jailed for the murder or attempted murder of said Delonte West.

I'm serious. I can't imagine that if this were true, Lebron could be in Delonte's presence without going off on him. But, weirder things have happened. The truth is stranger than fiction. I'm sure, regrettably, this story will get wings and come to a head. We shall see.

Good morning Lakerholics!!! Up bright and early today...finals are DOOOONE!!! Thank you all for your prayers yesterday and my apologies for creating the "ban prayer" chaos yesterday. I won't even start that argument because you'll lose. All I will say is 92/8...deal with it!!

Anyway, on to b-ball...loved an article yesterday by Amar'e talking some big talk http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/05/17/stoudemire-vows-no-mercy-against-lakers-big-men/

"We definitely play down low," Stoudemire said when asked if he was tired of hearing about the 7-foot duo of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. "They just have two guys, so once you beat Gasol you have your little brother right behind you. That makes him a better player.

"I played against Gasol in Memphis, and it was total domination. But now he has his little brother with him so he's a little bit more confident now because he has someone to help him out in the post. But we're still here. We're back, and we're going to see what happens tonight."

Amar'e Stoudemire Asked if Bynum's knee problems could perhaps turn Gasol into the defender of his younger years, Stoudemire went into ruthless mode.

"If he's banged up, we're going to try to bang him up some more. There's no mercy man. It's the Western Conference finals. We're here to play, and we're here to win."

How did that work out for ya Amar'e??? Bynum hardly played and you STILL got your asses handed to you bruh.

Good morning Lakerholics!!! Up bright and early today...finals are DOOOONE!!! Thank you all for your prayers yesterday and my apologies for creating the "ban prayer" chaos yesterday. I won't even start that argument because you'll lose. All I will say is 92/8...deal with it!!. We're here to play, and we're here to win." How did that work out for ya Amar'e??? Bynum hardly played and you STILL got your asses handed to you bruh. Posted by: EastCoastJessie | May 18, 2010 at 06:32 AM
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Hey Princess, so Finals are done and I don’t have to ask if you did well, that’s obvious.
Apologies for ban prayers? Come on Jessie we been doing this for years, So now we suppose to be sensitive to some trolls feelings? Give me a break. Lol! Yeah It looks like it worked out real well for Amare. LMAO!!! Well 7 more to go and that Ring is ours. Take care Princess, Love ya!
Mamba24

Boy, it sure is rough having to listen to that TNT crew. Barkeley , Kenny and Reggie hate the Lakers. Barkeley is a buffoon! And I'm so tired about hearing about the Lakers' "length". Yes the Lakers have great size. But, you've got to realize that the Laker bigs are extremely skilled as well. Other teams have 7 footers, too. The Laker big men have mad skillz. That's the key.

Good morning, MAMBA24!!!

I have no doubt that this Laker beatdown of the Funs was fueled by your unbridled optimism and enthusiasm! It's all because of you! Although Kobe, Pau and the boys helped a little, too!! LOL!!

Hey Mamba, I always know you'll be here to welcome me every morning. Good feeling, such a good feeling!!!

Yeah, uh we've never apologized for it and never will. Those who don't like it can move past the posts.

I'd like to single out Derek Fisher for playing a strong, heady game. He got up on Steve Nash and took him out of his comfort zone. Fish's stats won't show it, but his contributions were vital to his team's success. Fish played his role to the max.

have no doubt that this Laker beatdown of the Funs was fueled by your unbridled optimism and enthusiasm! It's all because of you! Although Kobe, Pau and the boys helped a little, too!! LOL!! Posted by: bronxlakerfan | May 18, 2010 at 06:47 AM
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LOL! Good Morning BronxLakerFan! Yes I'm not afraid to admit I was screaming at my TV for Kobe to go for 50 and to posterize Nash like he did a couple of years ago. But as they say we can't get too cocky because all we've done is hold home court. But then again I never heard Phil talk this confident with any of the other Laker champions or even the Bull champions for that matter. If everybody stays healthy or relatively healthy I got a feeling that these last two series are going to be series for the ages. Phil talking smack, Kobe talking smack, Lo playing like Scottie Pippen. I hate to go out on a limb but I have a feeling the lakers are not going to lose again in these next 7 games. Revenge is a mother brother. LOL!
Mamba24

Mike T.,

Why do you equate weight to talent? This basketball not weightlifting lol! You got a new star in Nate who is not even playing. Match him with Luke they have similar playing time and against Kobe there is too much height advantage.

I wish the Celtics will win tonight before thinking of the Finals. Orlando is closing in at the 4th q. it is possible they'll continue it today as a desperation move to even the series. Can they do against Perkin calves (the new craze of Mike T)? Let's see I think Dwight has bigger one. Carter and Lewis have to contribute more in order to win tho' I'm cheering for the Celts for good time sake. Got to confront that 131 stigma coming to remind us of the '08 season.

Mud & Bronxlakerfan,

I've long ago decided not to read or watch anything with Heisler or Plaschke. This blog is probably the only reason to come to the LA Times sports section. The Washington Post, New York Times, and even the OC Register all have better writers. Unlike the days when you could only read the paper available at the nearest bus stop newspaper box, the internet gives us a choice and I've made mine. I'd love to become the sports editor at the LAT. I'd pretty much clean house. I'm not against columnists I disagree with; I'm just against those with nothing interesting or intelligent to say.

bronxlakerfan I know exactly what you mean. I can't stand watching them guys. Aside from Kenny who gives the Lakers props every one in a while, Charles and Reggis are always so damn negative. I really can't figure out why but I sure was happy Barkley hadto eat his words when he was so sure Lebron and the Cavs were gonna win the championship.

Mamba24,

How did EastCoastJessie do on her Constitutional Law exam?

As I mentioned last week, I`ve been a member of the California Bar for several years.

Had I known of this exam...I gladly would have given this Laker Girl a "tutorial" she never would have forgotten!

mud,

lol, I'm not looking to have a fight. My point was basically, for a lot of people, the situation (no need to describe it) would have been untenable, and would have been more than enough to affect their play. You obviously disagree. That's fine with me. I probably overreacted to the "stupid reason," line. I also agree with you that the comments we make, mine included obviously, are just white noise when it comes down to it. No hard feelings.

Mark

Red's I did just great, thank you for asking. Somehow I think I would've declined that offer :-) I have a trust issue with Celtics fans that's all.

Morning Crew!

Nash is massively over rated. Fisher stays in front of him easy - he's no Williams and he's no Westbrook, and he's no preparation for Nelson or Rondo.

Who is the only MVP in the history of the NBA to never lead a team to the Finals?

^^Another example of being over rated, those MVP's belong to Kobe - and now you must pay, a Cookie will cover the interest for now

How did EastCoastJessie do on her Constitutional Law exam?

As I mentioned last week, I`ve been a member of the California Bar for several years.

Had I known of this exam...I gladly would have given this Laker Girl a "tutorial" she never would have forgotten! Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | May 18, 2010 at 06:59 AM
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Come on Red she's a Lakerholic, she couldn't help but Ace it. As for your "tutorial", I think i'd advise her to take a black jack with her. LoL. ButI see as I'm typing you already got an answer straight from the source. So Red, we held serve, your turn tonight. Now if you win tonight buddy there is no doubt the Celtics will sweep so show no mercy confuse Superman. Finally I have to give a hand to that septugenarian - Rasheed! I didn't think the guy had it in him, but he's playing almost like the Rasheed of old. Which means when we beat you all in the Finals, we will not only get revenge on the Celtics but also the Piston thru Rasheed.Lol. You know Red, life sometimes is just so poetic. Good luck to your guys tonight and see you in the finals.
Mamba24

bronxlakerfan,

As I was told the rumor, it just all seemed to make sense. Only in Cleveland! ONLY in Cleveland!

Not in Buffalo. Not in Syracuse. Not in Gary. Not in Cincinnati. Cleveland.

Anyhow, LeBron's mom has a long history of substance abuse issues and erratic behavior. Delonte West was armed to the teeth because he thought demons were going to invade from the skies at any moment.

The general assumption here is that LeBron's mom was intoxicated, made a pass at Delonte, Delonte accepted and then the flowers of Cleveland romance began to spring anew!

It seems too bizarre a tale to just be a rumor and it is congruent with the personalities of everyone involved.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Good morning Mamba24, you are early today huh! I know because we won and want to know more about gossips.....lol!

DJ, remember we were discussing of the killer instinct in one of the threads, a lakerholic will rejoice by a narrow W, even if the whole team is inefficient. Well, a laker perfectionist (or the so called LA fair weather people) they want a kill from the get go and more relentless kill in the last quarter. There should be no chance to breathe life, no blood flows in the vein, make sure the opponent is killed ready to be buried or cremated! These perfectionist learned their b'ball from Chicky baby, spoiled by Magic & Kareem era and tired of being beaten by the leprechauns in the sixties and inhaled too much smoke from Red A. or listening to the hoarse voice of Johnny Most praising every Celtic as if they're the anointed ones in NBA. Last night game was example of perfectionist type of game. Defense, offense, scrubs everyone were playing great and when we see Mbenga + Walton in the 4th smiling, it means it was a nice game.

Even Mike T. lost for words, he wants to praise PJ. Oh no way, he is no longer a Laker fan because of PJ. PJ is controlling, he hates his philosophy because he's not following Mike direction to play Kwame. He is now a Celtic fan because of Kendrick Perkins. he's now the new "K" the Kendrick calves, that's mike's dream of a delightful dinner. LMAO!

Got to go now to make a little money....... Thanks Jon K for the prayer and also the gossip.

Mark Heisler looks and sounds like he is disappointed by the Lakers' victory.

Not cool.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Good morning, Hyacnth, Tim-4-Show, Mud, Rick Friedman, EastCoastJessie, Mark G. MarB, Bronxlkaerfan! GOD, it's great being a Lakerholic. It's the addiction you just can't get enough of! LOL! Sweep!

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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - I got the Broom handy!
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It bothers me that The Three Stooges write for the L.A. Times and they really don't enjoy the success of the LOS ANGELES Lakers.

What the hell?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Good morning Mamba24, you are early today huh! I know because we won and want to know more about gossips.....lol!Got to go now to make a little money....... Thanks Jon K for the prayer and also the gossip.Posted by: Edwin Gueco | May 18, 2010 at 07:17 AM
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Good morning Edwin, go make that money sir. But remember where ever you go, you are a member of Laker Nation and wear that badge with pride sir.
Mamba24

Edwin

r u sure u r ok? in the past 3 days?

now go back and read the Mike t post. it is not him. it is an impostor. and you answered.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

have some coffee first. like LO. maybe not as much. :-)

It bothers me that The Three Stooges write for the L.A. Times and they really don't enjoy the success of the LOS ANGELES Lakers.Posted by: Jon K. | May 18, 2010 at 07:21 AM
LMAOF!! PREACH JON K., PREACH!

HEY NINETEEN....

Lamar's 19 point, 19 rebound masterpiece was so nice that Steely Dan wrote a song to celebrate it....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh_x3F3jxeI

GO LAMAR!!

A huge thing to remember if we play Boston in the Finals again: We are not THAT Lakers team. If you remember Vlade Radmanovic was starting. As was Lamar. Luke and Sasha were in the regular rotation. Bynum didn't play at all. Ariza played very little.
I'll take Artest on Pierce over Vlade or Luke on Pierce. Bynum on Perkins and Gasol on Garnett over Gasol on Perkins and Odom on Garnett. Also Shannon Brown is a big plus as well.
Don't Fear the Green!

Good morning Lakernation,

I've been away in a while. My dearest aunt lost her battle with cancer. Have to rush to San Francisco. That's the sad news.

I've missed a lot of games including the choke job of LBJ and the crew. The good and great news is that my beloved Lakers are looking good to repeat. We got this, there is not denying the Lakers. There is no denying Kobe his 5th cookie.

GO LAKERS!!!...See you all at the parade :-) :-) :-)

The funny thing about Mike T disliking PJ is that out of a whole season, the Jackson Journal gave PJ a thumbs up something like 78 out of 82 games

hilarious

With the Kobe face, the broom is ready!

I've been away in a while. My dearest aunt lost her battle with cancer. Have to rush to San Francisco. That's the sad news. We got this, there is not denying the Lakers. There is no denying Kobe his 5th cookie.Posted by: Jeanette | May 18, 2010 at 07:33 AM

Good Morning Jeanette, we missed you. Sorry to hear about your Aunt. My Prayers go with you and your family. I'm glad the Lakers could get a blow out win to bring a lil joy into such a sad occasion for you. Stay strong Sister, you know you got the Blog Families Love & Prayers.
Mamba24
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - Always did always will.
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - DRIVER

Lakers need to remain focused. don't even try to relax.

My condolences Jeanette. Glad to have you back!

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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - I got the Broom handy!
(02)RDLEE - DRIVER - With the Kobe face, the broom is ready!

Thanks Larry,

Last night's victory truly gave me a bright sunshiny day.

Catch you all later. We'll still need to fly again to San Francisco this Thursday.

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SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR AUNT, JEANETTE - BANDWAGON
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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - Sorry for your loss Jeanette, stay strong & God be with you & your Family
(02)EASTCOASTJESSIE - DRIVER - My condolences Jeanette. Glad to have you back!

@JovBatz44,

You mentioned Kobe making Chuck eat all the crows he can stand. That is so true. Chuck is the one that said that Kobe couldn't keep this scoring spree up.

Ooops!

Hey, has Kenny Smith pointed out to Chuck that Kobe is still scoring? Or that the Suns already look done? I don't have cable anymore, so I can't watch the games. I can only listen to them on the radio.

My kids' schools have severely cut their extra-curricular budgets in an effort to save $$$. So, parents have to come WAY out of pocket in order to participate. I had to give up cable among other things to bridge that gap for my kids. I had to give up one of our cell phones as well. But, at least my kids get to twirl flags (and march in the Rose Parade this year) and play basketball, baseball, and volleyball and sing in the choir.

So any insight as to the visuals of the game would be greatly appreciated. Don't feel too sorry for me, though. Spiro has turned himself into quite a nice play-by-play announcer. Nowhere near as good as Chick, but good enough to get the job done.

Nice win last night.

--FEARless

MAMBA24...

If you've got the broom, I've got the dustpan!!
After reading Amare's boastful comments, I say SUCK THE FUNS!!

Please put me on that sweep bandwagon!

It was the best of Times...Mark Medina (they're not paying you enough, dude)...it was the worst of Times...TJ Slimers (the Eric Wright of sportswrighters)...

Whoa, what a total beatdown! The Lakers just up and opened a can of Costco-sized whoopazz on them. When we play like that there is NO team in the NBA that has a chance. Not even if Lebronze's mom had regained her virginity. Heck, even Red's Love Child is so amazed, he just has to watch in lurking admiration (dude, if I were you, I wouldn't even watch the next series...it'll be the first 7-game series ever stopped after 3 on a mercy rule).

Jeanette...

Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved aunt. May she rest in peace and may God comfort you and your family.

Hey Fearless! Yeah brother times are bad, but then again we were almost off the cliff for a little while. But Keep Hope alive, it's a lot of different programs out there that people have no idea exist, to help people. But the damn banks are sittiing on the money.
OK enough preaching. Now, think of the best Laker game you ever saw. Think of a game where the Offense, defense, Bench mob, Kobe, Lo & Pau were clicking on all cyclinders. Think of Kobe scoring 20 points in one period and being taken out of the game for good with a lot of time left after scoring 40. Think of a look of sheer helplessness on the Suns face as everything they tried to do was easily countered by the Lakers. You can imagine it but it still won't paint the picture. Last night was total domination. If the Lakers do this Wednseday night I believe the Suns will just wave the Flag. I hate to say it but I think all season Phil has been holding back for the Playoffs. What you see now is the Real Freaking Lakers. Thats the best I can do in painting a picture bro.
Mamab24

Kobe Bryant is one bad mofo -- that turnaround j in the second half was unbelievable, I don't even think he had time to see the basket it was so quick!

Incredible game by just about everybody. Little things by Fish, big things by Odom, contributions from Pau and the bench, good decisions by Phil, and dominance by #24 -- all in all a clear indicator that the Suns have no hope.

So shut up Amare and get ready to go on vacation!

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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - I got the Broom handy!
(02)RDLEE - DRIVER - With the Kobe face, the broom is ready
(03) BRONXLAKERFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN - If you've got the broom, I've got the dustpan!!After reading Amare's boastful comments, I say SUCK THE FUNS!! Please put me on that sweep bandwagon!
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(02)EASTCOASTJESSIE - DRIVER - My condolences Jeanette. Glad to have you back!
(03) BRONXLAKERFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN - Jeanette, Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved aunt. May she rest in peace and may God comfort you and your family.
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Good Morning Fearless-

Sorry to hear about your situation. I think Ive got a solution for you. Im working with a new telecom company that offers FREE cell service. And begining June 1, we we be offering TV programming. Up to 272 channels including the movie channels and sports packages. Also FREE!

If you want additional information then shoot me an email at efreecell@yahoo.com.

Go Lakers! Take care of the Suns!

Mamba24, put me on the SWEEP bandwagon as Sanitation Supervisor and Los Dysuns Hypersuck Operator.

As for Jeanette, our Laker sister, my condolences and put me down as Laker Brother, With Arms Around Her Shoulder.

Good Morning Everyone!

A few things before I head out of the house:

- I was very pleased with the effort last night. Lots of players played under control, and played within the offense.

- Ron only took 1 shot that I wasn't really ok with. I thought he had a good game.

- Jordan didn't go too crazy last night. That was especially pleasing; he also hit his open jumpers too.

- I'm a real big fan of Josh Powell's energy.

- I'm also worried that the Suns will do something to counter on Wednesday.

more to follow this afternoon!


EastCoastJessie - Congrats on being done with finals; Jeanette, my condolences for you and your family.

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(01) MAMBA24 - OWNER - I got the Broom handy!
(02)RDLEE - DRIVER - With the Kobe face, the broom is ready
(03) BRONXLAKERFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN - If you've got the broom, I've got the dustpan!!After reading Amare's boastful comments, I say SUCK THE FUNS!! Please put me on that sweep bandwagon!
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(05)TEAMN – SECURITY- Kobe Bryant is one bad mofo -- that turnaround j in the second half was unbelievable, I don't even think he had time to see the basket it was so quick!Incredible game by just about everybody. Little things by Fish, big things by Odom, contributions from Pau and the bench, good decisions by Phil, and dominance by #24 -- all in all a clear indicator that the Suns have no hope. So shut up Amare and get ready to go on vacation!
(06) CORNERJ – SANITATION SUPERVISOR & -Los Dysuns Hypersuck Operator. Whoa, what a total beatdown! The Lakers just up and opened a can of Costco-sized whoopazz on them. When we play like that there is NO team in the NBA that has a chance. Not even if Lebronze's mom had regained her virginity. Heck, even Red's Love Child is so amazed, he just has to watch in lurking admiration (dude, if I were you, I wouldn't even watch the next series...it'll be the first 7-game series ever stopped after 3 on a mercy rule).
(07) MARCB – DIRECTOR OF WIN # 3 WCF - 128 points? Seriously, 128 points? What's that smell? Really, I could smell it all the way down Figueroa.The Lakers brought out the heavy artillery! No, Wait!Ooooh That Smell! Can't You Smell That Smell? Ooooh that Smell! (Lynrd Skynrd)Napalm? Yeah, Napalm! That's the Smell..."I Love The Smell Of Napalm In The Morning!!!"Make No Mistake, This Is No Ordinary Battle... Next Step: Game 2--Break Out the Nukes! Take No Prisoners!!! GO LAKERS!!! ONE, TWO, THREE, DOMINATE!!!!

Mike T,

>>>Kobe stopper

I know you were joking about Nate. But I'm starting to think the expression "Kobe stopper" is kinda like an oxymoron - you know , like "jumbo shrimp" or "military intelligence"

>>>Kobe stopper I know you were joking about Nate. But I'm starting to think the expression "Kobe stopper" is kinda like an oxymoron - you know , like "jumbo shrimp" or "military intelligence" Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | May 18, 2010 at 08:33 AM
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Short, and devastatingly to the point! and..
OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!
Watch it Longtime you are rapidly becoming one of my favorite posters. Lol!

Mamba24,

Actually, I can imagine. I just wish Chick were still here. I remember back in the day that if I had to choose between Chick and whatever dude they had on TV, I'd prefer to listen to the game. I was one who simulcasted compulsively. Maybe I'll take NLFILA up on his offer.

What really sux is I have to work Wednesday night, so I'll completely miss that game.

ARGH!

*sigh*

--FEARless

LongTimeLakerFan,

Are you kidding me?

Can't you tell the Michael C. Teniente is a More-On is an imposter?

LOL!

Why would I call myself a More-On?

mike t.

Mamba...
Put me on the bandwagon- I've got my dustbuster!!

What really sux is I have to work Wednesday night, so I'll completely miss that game.
ARGH! *sigh* --FEARless Posted by: FEARless | May 18, 2010 at 08:38 AM
AW HELL NO!! OIL SPILLS OK, HURRICANES OK, But miss the Laker Game. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Life is not fair!! Lol! THere is no justice!!!
Mamba24

LAKER NATION KEIFO IN THE HOOOOOOUSSSSE
Where you been? you know we can't have no championship run without you. Now hurry up and get on board.
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(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - I got the Broom handy!

(03) BRONXLAKERFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN - If you've got the broom, I've got the dustpan!!After reading Amare's boastful comments, I say SUCK THE FUNS!! Please put me on that sweep bandwagon!
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(05)TEAMN – SECURITY- Kobe Bryant is one bad mofo -- that turnaround j in the second half was unbelievable, I don't even think he had time to see the basket it was so quick!Incredible game by just about everybody. Little things by Fish, big things by Odom, contributions from Pau and the bench, good decisions by Phil, and dominance by #24 -- all in all a clear indicator that the Suns have no hope. So shut up Amare and get ready to go on vacation!
(06) CORNERJ – SANITATION SUPERVISOR & -Los Dysuns Hypersuck Operator. Whoa, what a total beatdown! The Lakers just up and opened a can of Costco-sized whoopazz on them. When we play like that there is NO team in the NBA that has a chance. Not even if Lebronze's mom had regained her virginity. Heck, even Red's Love Child is so amazed, he just has to watch in lurking admiration (dude, if I were you, I wouldn't even watch the next series...it'll be the first 7-game series ever stopped after 3 on a mercy rule).
(07) MARCB – DIRECTOR OF WIN # 3 WCF - 128 points? Seriously, 128 points? What's that smell? Really, I could smell it all the way down Figueroa.The Lakers brought out the heavy artillery! No, Wait!Ooooh That Smell! Can't You Smell That Smell? Ooooh that Smell! (Lynrd Skynrd)Napalm? Yeah, Napalm! That's the Smell..."I Love The Smell Of Napalm In The Morning!!!"Make No Mistake, This Is No Ordinary Battle... Next Step: Game 2--Break Out the Nukes! Take No Prisoners!!! GO LAKERS!!! ONE, TWO, THREE, DOMINATE!!!!
(08) KEIFO - DIRECTOR WIN #3 WCF - Put me on the bandwagon- I've got my dustbuster!!
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A really good mentor once told me this:

It is not enough to beat the competition. They must be broken, crushed, and annihilated. Their very reason for being must be stripped from them, leaving nothing, not even dust, for even these will be blown away.

Crush the Suns!

The general assumption here is that LeBron's mom was intoxicated, made a pass at Delonte, Delonte accepted and then the flowers of Cleveland romance began to spring anew!
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Wow...just wow...There is a reason that town is called The Mistake By The Lake.

But ahem, what I truly am here for....

I was at work all night yesterday, didn't get to watch or be on the blog. But I did get to listen on the radio and all I have to say is...Physical and Sun do not go together.

I told you Amare wouldn't bang down low!
I told you Frye would put up threes all game!
I told you Side Show Bob would be...well Side Show Bob!
I told you J Rich and Nash were defensivly challenged!
I told you there was no "Kobe Stopper" on that team!

I do not always listen to basketball on the radio but when I do, I prefer to listen to the Lakers dismantle the Suns.

So just like one of my favorite WWF Wrestlers of all time..
"Macho Man" Randy Savage all I have to say is...

Dig It Brother!! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH YEEEEEEEEAAAAAH!!!!!

I'm with you all da way!!!

Been on location and now I'm back!!

Go lakeshow!!

Lights out!!!!

A really good mentor once told me this:

It is not enough to beat the competition. They must be broken, crushed, and annihilated. Their very reason for being must be stripped from them, leaving nothing, not even dust, for even these will be blown away.Crush the Suns!Posted by: LakersFaithful72 | May 18, 2010 at 09:16 AM
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OOOOOOOOH WEEEEEEEE!!! YES! MY GOODNESS YES!!
OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!

@KEIFO, You back and better than ever!!! We missed you!
mamba24

@INFAMOUS EL GUAPO, You sir are on FIREEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Hey Lebron! I hope you were taking notes and paying close attention… this is how a CHAMPION does it! Hmmm, I wonder why we don’t see any more Nike puppet commercials with you and Kobe in ‘em? Maybe it’s because, like you did with your team, Nike just GAVE UP on the idea that you would ever contend seriously with Kobe for a Ring… LOL!

As for the Suns, I know last night was just Game One, but didn’t it sure feel like Series Won? And was it just me or did it look like during the post game interviews with the Suns, they all looked like they were just told that their moms had just been run over by a bus??? CLASSIC!!!

I’d say break out the brooms, but there’s no need since I haven’t put it away since the last series.

Remember all that talk about “Hitting the Switch” for the playoffs? Well I figured out that it wasn’t a switch but more like a button (think Big Red Button in Presidents Office to launch Nuclear missiles) and we can all thank the Thunder for pushing it for us.

Let’s take out the Suns and hopefully we get the Celts to exact our REVENGE on, or the Magic to pound on AGAIN… it doesn’t really matter because neither stand a chance.

See you all in June at the Coliseum, I’ll be saving you a seat!!!

mamba, please put me on that 'foot on the throat bandwagon'.

put that foot on nash's throat....and cover his good eye!

sorry for your loss Jeannette.....

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(01)RDLEE - OWNER - With the Kobe face, the broom is ready
(02) MAMBA24 - DRIVER - I got the Broom handy!
(03) BRONXLAKERFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN - If you've got the broom, I've got the dustpan!!After reading Amare's boastful comments, I say SUCK THE FUNS!! Please put me on that sweep bandwagon!
(04) #4 – KEEPER OF DYNASTY 4 SECURITY - put me on that 'foot on the throat bandwagon'.put that foot on nash's throat....and cover his good eye
(05)TEAMN – SECURITY- Kobe Bryant is one bad mofo -- that turnaround j in the second half was unbelievable, I don't even think he had time to see the basket it was so quick!Incredible game by just about everybody. Little things by Fish, big things by Odom, contributions from Pau and the bench, good decisions by Phil, and dominance by #24 -- all in all a clear indicator that the Suns have no hope. So shut up Amare and get ready to go on vacation!
(06) CORNERJ – SANITATION SUPERVISOR & -Los Dysuns Hypersuck Operator. Whoa, what a total beatdown! The Lakers just up and opened a can of Costco-sized whoopazz on them. When we play like that there is NO team in the NBA that has a chance. Not even if Lebronze's mom had regained her virginity. Heck, even Red's Love Child is so amazed, he just has to watch in lurking admiration (dude, if I were you, I wouldn't even watch the next series...it'll be the first 7-game series ever stopped after 3 on a mercy rule).
(07) MARCB – DIRECTOR OF WIN # 3 WCF - 128 points? Seriously, 128 points? What's that smell? Really, I could smell it all the way down Figueroa.The Lakers brought out the heavy artillery! No, Wait!Ooooh That Smell! Can't You Smell That Smell? Ooooh that Smell! (Lynrd Skynrd)Napalm? Yeah, Napalm! That's the Smell..."I Love The Smell Of Napalm In The Morning!!!"Make No Mistake, This Is No Ordinary Battle... Next Step: Game 2--Break Out the Nukes! Take No Prisoners!!! GO LAKERS!!! ONE, TWO, THREE, DOMINATE!!!!
(08) KEIFO - DIRECTOR WIN #4 WCF - Put me on the bandwagon- I've got my dustbuster!!
(09) RICK FRIEDMAN – DIRECTOR WIN # 1 FINALS - Hell, yes, put your foot on their throats. And do it after rubbing your boots in something gross for good measure. I'm in for the band wagon.
(10) FATTY – DIRECTOR WIN #2 FINALS - That's all you will hear from me on that. In the mean time, I will be looking for my broom. Let's see, where did I put that thing. I just had it out last week.
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(02)EASTCOASTJESSIE - DRIVER - My condolences Jeanette. Glad to have you back!
(03) BRONXLAKERFAN - RIDING SHOTGUN - Jeanette, Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved aunt. May she rest in peace and may God comfort you and your family.
(04) # 4 Sorry for your Loss Jeanettre
(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – My condolences Jeanette
(06) EDWIN GUECO
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PJ = 46-0 when winning the 1st game of a playoff series, soon to go to 47-0. 128 points, are you friggin kidding me? Yeah the PHX Nashes are so tough on D. I can see why they are now "Los Suns" because they play D like Matadores...Ole! Hey where is that retard Butler? Come on little boy where's the smack? Cat got your tongue?

I can see why they are now "Los Suns" because they play D like Matadores...Ole! Hey where is that retard Butler? Come on little boy where's the smack? Cat got your tongue? Posted by: hawaii D | May 18, 2010 at 10:26 AM
LMAO!!! HAHAHAHA PREACH HAWAII D, PREACH!!!

Put me in for the sweep bandwagon. Oh, I must also offer my sincerest condolences to Jeanette. Hang in there, there are brighter days ahead. As a matter of fact, there is a parade down Figueroa Ave in the works just for you!

I wish there was a way to DVR Wednesday's game. I built my own DVR out of my PC to catch my over-the-air programs. For those of you who haven't switched to digital TV (because you have satellite or cable) the picture quality truly rivals that of even the best that satellite and cable can offer. And the selection of channels in the LA area is on par with basic cable. The DVR I built has three tuners and 1.5 Terabytes of hard drive space, and I built it for under $200. There is no monthly fee, so it fits my budget.

Well, actually, the antennae was a bit expensive, now that I think of it, but I was gonna have to shell out some $$ somewhere, I guess.

I even got my 52" HDTV at a bargain price as well. I bought an overheating DLP from Goodwill for $200 whose tuner is shot. Went online and found a replacement fan for $40. Since I don't use the tuner on the TV anyway because my computer attaches via the HDMI port, I made out like a bandit. Good thing, too, the tuner is $900!

It just doesn't have TNT or ESPN, so those games I don't get to see.

:(

--FEARless


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