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Lakers must quickly shift focus to Utah

The Lakers ended their first-round series Friday against Oklahoma City in exhausting fashion, but they somehow must find a way quickly to turn it around Sunday when they host the Utah Jazz in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

"It's pretty hard because you got to rest your body," Lakers forward Ron Artest said. "It's a fine line. You definitely have to recover from the game the other night. But we have an early game tomorrow so you want to recover and then also get some work in."

After going through a competitive six-game series with the Thunder, the Lakers are treated to what appears to be an easier opponent. The Lakers are 3-1 against the Jazz this season and defeated Utah both in the Western Conference semifinals (2008) and first round (2009). Yet, they somehow have to find a way to keep the same intensity, though the Lakers often present that quality only when required.

"We need to stay focused at all times and not take extra confidence from our success in the past," Gasol said. "I think we're ready. I think the series against Oklahoma really put us in a place mentally where we're in good shape."

Additionally, the Jazz enter the series with significant injuries. Utah has been without center Mehmet Okur, who ruptured a season-ending left Achilles' tendon in Game 1 against Denver. The Jazz played without Andrew Kirilenko, who missed the entire Denver series because of a strained left calf and is currently listed as doubtful for Game 1 against the Lakers.

But the Lakers are far from fully healthy. Lakers center Andrew Bynum is listed as questionable for Game 1 against Utah because of a small tear in the anterior horn of cartilage in his right knee, an injury the team said he unknowingly played through since the original tear was last June. But it worsened when he suffered a hyper-extended knee sometime in the first half Friday in Game 6 against the Thunder.

"There's some issues," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson. "He's hoping to play if he's asymptomatic tomorrow."

As it has been all season, Bynum isn't the only player the Lakers are monitoring. Lakers forward Lamar Odom wore a brace on his right knee in Game 6 against the Thunder. Artest has a bruised left shoulder, an injury that keeps Artest puzzled, or at least, secretive about the origin. Nonetheless, Artest said he practiced Saturday without his sleeve, something he wore in Game 6. And then, of course, there is Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who has been continually nursing finger, knee and ankle injuries for most of the season, but says, "I'm good."

Even if there are uncertanties beyond injures, the team remained non-committal on whether Bryant or Artest would defend Utah guard Deron Williams.

There's one thing that makes the quick turnaround an easier task. That is, of course, the Lakers' strong familiarity with the Jazz.

"We don't have to go through a whole new menu," Bryant said. "In Oklahoma, we had to start from scratch a little. With Utah, you don't have to do that."

But in a series Gasol thinks won't present any "secrets," Jackson and Artest vividly outlined what ultimately will determine whether the Lakers advance past Utah, which has led the league this postseason in scoring (110.5 points per game) and field-goal percentage (50.7%).

"There's a general rule of thumb that the more a team knows the other team's offense, the more chance you'll have of executing if you execute right," Jackson said. "We know their offense. They know our offense. They know our personnel. We know their personnel. Still, it's going to be the team that executes that will be the winner in this game."

"We got to hustle and not take anybody for granted," Artest said. "That's the main thing, not anybody for granted and respect everybody."

-- Mark Medina

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Hey JR!


Doesn't it crack you up coming onto a new thread and seeing a post from a troll responding to you???

It's like he's just sitting there, hunched over his computer, pressing F5 over and over again until a new thread shows up. Then - drooling in excitement - he quickly types some drivel on his keyboard down in his mama's basement and - with anticipation - clicks "post" - hoping, gleefully, manically chuckling to himself while again pressing F5 over and over again to see if he got the first comment up??!!!!


It's hysterical - it's sad - it's all of that and so much more. Poor little troll....

thank god for Derek Fisher.

-signed,
a Laker Fan

Wow, that LeBron James IS really an MVP, playing with a broken arm and all! What is even MORE amazing is it looked like it didn't bother him at all! What a player!

Too bad. Guess the Celtics are too old and feeble to give us a rematch this time around.

I am thinking that the League should just declare James the Player of the 2010-19 Decade already, why wait! I mean playing with a broken arm and you can't really tell it. What a player!

I must say I enjoyed the sight of Celtics getting smacked down driving to the basket multiple times today, including a near-clothesline by Shaq on Rondo. (Shaq was going for the ball so it wasn't a flagrant.) Cavs were never trying to go for an injury, it was all in the spirit of tough, physical play--it's just nice to see Celtics taking it for once instead of just dishing it out...

Both the Celts and the Cavs look very beatable...

JLF, yu'll be in my prayers too. We are a family and we care for each other.

Utah without key players, is like Houston without Yao. An injured animal is more dangerous, so be careful team.

Justa,

Someboday replied?

JR

I think we can beat the Jazz at home w/o Bynum, but I think he will play. Sounds like DWill is banged up too. My bigger concern would be playing a healthy San Antonio team. Go Suns!

I could go on for hours but you guys are beginning to bore me with your rose colored glasses.

Posted by: DFish | May 01, 2010 at 07:29 PM

pls do go on dfish the blahblahblahgger.... i would love to read it... as long as it aint blahblahblahblah x infinity

rose colored glasses reading your posts =)

Laker Family,

It's all about defense for us against any team we play. We must exploit our advantage inside again.

Those on here clamoring to trade Bynum should just give a rest. He isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Don't waste your time and blog paper talking about trading him because we're making this run with or w/o him. I expect him to play tomorrow and to continue to contribute to our success. These playoffs will determine his true value as with each successive round.

Regardless of what Kobe goes through, I will always ride with him because he has the biggest heart in the league. We ride and die with the Black Mamba!!!
Nuff said.

Just curious:

If Ray Allen were willing to sign for the MLE, which may happen considering his age and declining performance as of late, would you be in favor of signing him?

I know he's not best buds with Kobe, but can you imagine how good we'd be with a sharpshooter like him paired with Kobe in the backcourt? I think it's an idea worth considering.

Cleveland looks like they're primed for a title run. It'll be a hell of a Finals if we end up playing them.

Those who doubted that Shaq would have an impact were mistaken. Shaq gives them a physical presence inside that they sorely lacked, along with a low post option. He also makes it difficult for opposing centers to help out when LBJ drives to the hoop b/c you have to put a body on Shaq at all times around the rim or else it's a dunk.

My biggest concern in a Finals matchup would be Shaq v. Bynum. It would be pretty humiliating if Shaq ended up outplaying Drew. We need a healthy Drew to win the championship this year.

Just watch Celts x Cavs...well, not much to say. The refs DIDN'T screw the game, ok? But...what's up with those calls in the 2nd half to screw momentum away from the Celts?
We all know why. And that's why we don't wanna face the Cavs in the finals. If the game gets close, we know what's gonna happen...
Utah is gonna be a piece of cake, nah? Well, maybe not...but it suppose to be.
BTW, why are we playing on sunday? We suppose to rest, right? I mean, if we had lost yesterday, game 7 would have been tomorrow, right? So we won and we have to play tomorrow anyway?
Great move, Stern...

Mike Teniente,

You wrote;

"With a gimpy or with no Bynum...all bets are off in the West. The Lakers won't get to the finals."

I say;

Pardon me sir, I may not be well versed with all the details of Basketball/ Coaching, but I find your conclusion a bit funny.

I will remember this throughout this playoffs. Why? Because I'm thinking OTHERWISE. As good as Andrew has been for the Lakers, I strongly believe that we can beat Utah and Spurs/ Suns with or without Bynum. LAKERS WILL REACH THE FINALS WITH OR WITHOUT BYNUM. Lakers have done it before and can do it again. No matter how good Spurs or Jazz or Suns has been playing lately, we match up well with them(even without Bynum). You saying they're playing good basketball? How about those Lakers? I bet Spurs can't keep up with the Thunder, had they met in the first round.

I so want to disprove you on this.

Remember Mike Teneinte, I WILL MARK YOUR WORDS. And I hope you will acknowledge you are wrong when the Lakers becomes Western Champs and eventually World Champs again.

Gimpy Bynum/ No Bynum, the Lakers won't reach the FINALS??? NOW THAT IS FUNNY.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!


DFish,

Please stop this. Fisher has proven he can hit those big shots in the Playoffs. Westbrook annihilates everybody, not just DFish. We could only contain him, which we did already.

Pls. move on.

I can't stand watching Lebronze. DRAMA QUEEN, hurt his elbow and all? BS!!

Michael C. Teniente,

"With a gimpy or with no Bynum...all bets are off in the West. The Lakers won't get to the finals."

Dude, you were on this blog for years. You and I have exchanged hundreds of posts.

Why do you hate the Lakers or, perhaps more clearly, why have you so consistenly lacked faith in YOUR TEAM?

I don't get it, man.

You are a man of keen intelligence, but I have never in my life encountered a man of such keen intelligence who is so consistently wrong about things the he is proported to be passionate about.

[By the way, I'm totally cool with re-signing Kwame during the offseason.]

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

DFish is a fool.

What did Mark Medina say?

"Please don't engage the trolls."

'Nuff said.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I watched some of the Cleveland/Cavs games in Akron tonight. {A rough part of Akron.]

One thing that I will give Northeast Ohioans is that they are oddly objective about fouls. Really. Far more so that Los Angelenans. It's interesting. They DO seem to want the game to be called fairly.

At least in the first half, I heard about five times various individuals mutter out, "That's was a foul?" or "That wasn't a foul," when calls were made in the Cavs favor.

That much said, I've come to the conclusion that in this series I have to be neutral towards the Cavs. I can't root for the Celtics... that's just utterly unholy.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Bynum, Bynum, Bynum...what does Bynum really do for the Lakers? With Bynum in the starting line-up the Lakers can afford to bring Odom off the bench. Without Bynum the Lakers bench it too weak to make it to the finals.

Without Bynum I'm saying if San Antonio gets past Phoenix the Spurs can beat the Lakers in WCF.

Either way Bynum or no Bynum the Lakers aren't deep enough to deal with the East, especially the Cavs.

The Cavs are too deep.

M. Williams
A. Parker
Shaq
James
Jameison

Bench
West
Varejao
Hickson
Ilgauskas

That's 9 deep! And 3 of the reserves are bigs. Those 4 players have been starters for the Cavs. In fact West was the starter last season.

The Lakers bench is going to cut it.

mike t.

The Lakers bench isn't* going to cut it this season, especially if Bynum doesn't make it to the finals.

mike t.

amazed that no one discussed the fact that the thunder got to the free throw line twice as much as lakers- would like to hear coach respond to that question-

DFish, please STFU.

that tear will hurt every time he lands on that knee. It's gonna need surgery, but if he wants to play this season, he can play with pain and be very careful, by warming up for the rest of the season on that antigravity? tredmill for 10 minutes only before any kind of activity whatsoever, and I'd recommend for the rest of his career as well, as he really is prone to...blah blah.

Dfish should be banned now.

MM,

Just a thought, Dfish should really be banned now.

This guy doesn't care about basketball. He is here just to spew nothing but hate towards Derek Fisher and other bloggers that defend Derek. The guy is relentlessly attacking bloggers who 'care' to explain to him the value of Derek Fisher on court(as we have ALL seen).

Come on! We have seen Derek Fisher's contribution against OKC, yet 'DFish' continuously think otherwise and bad mouths Derek Fisher and other bloggers here.

Lakers-Jazz on Sunday.
1 Day of rest.
Even the announcers on the Celts-Cavs game, notably, Barkley, said this didn't make any sense and the Lakers and Jazz were being shown a real disservice. Barkley questioned why wasn't the Sunday game Suns-Spurs since they finished their respective series earlier.
Could it be the Lakers are the biggest draw in the league and so they got stuck with the prime time Sunday slot?
No, Stern wouldn't base a decision like that just on money, right?

DFish, please STFU.

Posted by: ex-LakersFan, new CavaliersFan | May 02, 2010 at 01:15 AM
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Huh?
A Cavs fan supporting the sentiments of the Laker blog?
Even other teams fans are sick of the monotony of DFish.

I'm not stressing over the loss(?) of Bynum. Odom plays much better as a starter, and he brings the flexibility and speed that will be necessary to combat Utah's smaller front line.

Lamar also is considered a big man. We have to remember that he is only 1 inch shorter than Bynum. So we should retain our size advantage in the middle.

I happen to like Gasol at the center position anyway, with Lamar at the 4. Pau does better closer to the rim, and Lamar can slash and position for rebounds.

So what is the key? Well, Pau dominates when the conditions are right for him. With Utah missing their starting 7 foot center, Pau should dominate on the inside, and Lamar should be able to rebound at will, as well as give Boozer issues.

Another consideration is AK. AK has always given Kobe issues due to Andrew's length. However, we're not certain if he will be playing this series. If he does, AK may not be in game shape to handle Kobe.

D Williams will dominate as usual, but that won't be enough.

If Pau plays accurately on the OFFENSIVE side, and if Lamar shows up mentally, I don't see this Utah team beating the Lakers in a 7 game series.

Lakers in 6.

On another note, the cards continue to fall in the right place.

In the west, we only need to get passed Utah. With Dallas, Portland, and Denver out, I don't see any other team that can beat the Lakers in a 7 game series.

Lets hope the Suns beat the Spurs, and the series goes 7 games. Why? Because our Lakers are familiar with the Suns game, and can defeat them easier than the more versatile Spurs. But even if the Spurs get passed the Suns, a 7 game series should tire them out so that the Lakers can handle them. Remember, Phil Jackson built the Lakers specifically to combat the Spurs, who were the main threat in the West when Phil came aboard. The Lakers are familiar with both the Spurs and Suns. The Spurs will be a tough challenge, but I see the Lakers prevailing assuming that Bynum is relatively healthy.

For the east, we need to hope Boston takes out the Cavs, because Boston is very much beatable right now. They're old, slow, and unfocused. At the very least, lets hope Boston, who will play physical (read dirty) at some point, will wear down the Cavs sufficiently and take them to 7 games.

I don't see the Bucks or Atlanta getting passed Orlando, and I see Orlando beating the Cavs in a 7 game series. The key is to get the Cavs out of the playoffs one way or the other. The Lakers can handle Orlando; we have last year as a precedence. But against the Cavs, I just don't know.

If the Cavs are taken out, and if we get passed Utah, I don't see how this Laker team doesn't repeat as NBA champions. But then again, the Lakers have disappointed me before with their bi-polar approach to the Game.

This will be interesting...

Sorry to see Bynum will not be at 100% for the rest of the playoffs. We have seen what he can do on the playoffs in a couple of very good performances against OKC. He gives the Lakers an imposing presence down low.


Hopefully he will be able to play and play effectively. This must be a great disappointment for Drew.

Good morning,

Lakers in 5, Lakers in 6.... Predictions are as much a part of sports around the world as the sports themselves. Fun, maybe, at best. But idle chatter, at worst.

Last time I checked, victories are earned one game at a time. The Jazz checked into their LA hotel without any intention of allowing predictions to determine the outcome of this series.

I caution everyone to revisit PJ's post-game comments on Friday. He flat-out said this Lakers team still has work to do when it comes to taking the floor with a singular brain. Six games into the post-season, the defending champs have 4 wins on the record book, with the rest still to be written.

As devastating as injuries can be, I generally believe the Lakers' biggest enemy is overconfidence, a sense of entitlement. The Thunder certainly disabused that notion, at least temporarily. But historically, an early afternoon game on Sunday inures the Lakers with a listless quality. A listless Staples Center crowd, still more interested in another mimosa than in tacos at the final buzzer, never helps.

While the team is practicing its free throws and jump shots before the game, I'm going to be practicing my RALLY CAPS. Just in case. Go Lakers!


1st. I'm sorry to hear that Bynum has a tear in his meniscus.

LakerTom,

I have a question for you. Are you surprised that Bynum has another
injury in his knee?

Best Wishes to Bynum & the LakerFan who needs surgery.

Good morning CRUE!!

Rick - I stand at your side - at the ready - laptop in hand - cap lock ON.

GO LAKERS!!

Nothing but another title will suffice - Kobe Bryant

Game day baby!!! Good Morning everyone!

From Mr. RevRun himself: Refuse to lose... W I N! = (W)hat (I) (N)eed!

Let's get it done men!

Good morning Lakernation,

How is everybody in this beautiful Sunday? Rally caps this early? Yes, Sunday noon games are always good for the Lakers but with the Lakers, they are like a box of chocolates, you'll never know what you'll gonna get, but in the end it's still good.

I watched some of the Celt-Cavs game last night and I realized I hate them both. No more rooting for the Celts, hope that they both lose. Reggie Miller is so annoying, with his "all hail the king" whenever princess make a shot. I almost want to stuff his mouth with duct tape.....geezzz....so annoying.....

GO LAKERS!!!!.....LET'S GET IT DONE PLEASE!!!!

I meant "Sunday noon games are always good for the Lakers".....I have my DVR to prove this *****LOL

The 'gimme a break award' and 'quote of the day'must go to Labron.

He said he wouldn't take a cortisone shot to help the pain in his elbow because:
"I don't like needles."

I suppose all those tats were just painted on with a soft feather duster.

I watched some of the Celt-Cavs game last night and I realized I hate them both. No more rooting for the Celts, hope that they both lose.
Posted by: Jeanette | May 02, 2010 at 08:17 AM
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Very funny.
I was turned on the game in the 3rd quarter and the Celts were ahead and I thought, good, ha ha LBJ and Shaq.
Then I checked in again near the end and saw the Cavs were going to win and thought, ha ha you old Celtic geezers.
This match up is like A Tale of Two Cities.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...


LOL @ Art

I mentioned before, this princess words do not support her actions. Maybe she is talking about the other princess. Remember, she talk about herself in the third person.

After making a shot, she looks on the jumbotron, the crowd, the television cameras, as if telling everyone, "all hail the king" and Reggie Miller will oblige.....*LOL

Jeanette, you are on a roll this morning, a funny roll.

LOL @ Art

I mentioned before, this princess words do not support her actions. Maybe she is talking about the other princess. Remember, she talk about herself in the third person.

After making a shot, she looks on the jumbotron, the crowd, the television cameras, as if telling everyone, "all hail the king" and Reggie Miller will oblige.....*LOL

Posted by: Jeanette | May 02, 2010 at 08:28 AM
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You missed mentioning when he misses a shot, he grabs his elbow and grimaces.
It was non stop mention of the elbow the entire game. It all started as a little funny bone. then the mri did not find anything. then, they found something, a minor bruise? Now it requires cortisone to erase the pain??? Listening to the play by play reminds me of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the black knight. "Wow, how did Lebron make that shot with a one arm? I bet he can be as good blindfolded and one leg chopped off!"
I can bet you, aside from Kobe, more than half of the active NBA players out there play with worse pain than LBJ's. The Lakers are filled with players with minor injuries. Artest, Mbenga, Bynum.

Mike T wrote:

>>>I find it laughable that the guy is paid 12 million a year to coach a roster full
>>> of all-stars

Once again, Mike T proves controversial... and completely wrong.

There are two current all-stars on the Lakers - Kobe and Pau.

Artest was an all-star years ago, but not currently. Neither Bynum nor Odom has ever been good enough to sniff the All-Star game. Or perhaps you were talking about Jordan who played in the rookie-sophmore game... or DFish who was in the skills challenge once.

Denver has two all-stars (Carmelo and Chauncey), but George Karl has gotten them zero rings.

Phoenix has two all-stars (Nash and Stoudemire), and had more, but they have no rings from either D'Antoni or Alvin Gentry.

Atlanta has two all-stars (Al Horford and Joe Johnson, not to mention near all-star Josh Smith) but Mike Woodson hasn't led them to a title.

Dallas has two all-stars (Jason Kidd & Dirk Nowitzki) plus a cast of several ex all-stars (Shawn Marion, Caron Butler, ), but Rick Carlisle got stomped in the first round (and got eliminated once as a 1 seed)

Do you think Doc Rivers is a bad coach? He had 3 All-Stars when he won his 1 championship.

Do you think Gregg Popovich is a bad coach? He won titles with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker (not to mention Sean Elliot and David Robinson).

Did you think Pat Riley was a bad coach for winning championships with Kareem, Magic, Worthy, et al? Do you think KC Jones was a bad coach for winning championships with Bird, McHale, Parish, et al? Those teams had WAY more talent than current teams. Does that make Riley and KC Jones bad coaches in your eyes?

Tell us Mike T, who is a good upstanding coach, in your opinion? Mike Dunleavy, who couldn't take a fairly loaded Clippers team to the playoffs? Maybe Mike D'Antoni whose teams score a bazillion points but never make it as far as the finals.

Who is it Mike? Who is a coach you respect who takes a team of no-names to the finals and wins?

EJK,

>>>If Ray Allen were willing to sign for the MLE, which may happen considering
>>> his age and declining performance as of late, would you be in favor of
>>> signing him?

If the Lakers were all set at all 5 positions, maybe. But the Lakers definitely have deficits at PG and depth in the front court. When Bynum, Gasol, and Odom are all healthy, no problem. But when Bynum gets his inevitable injury, it would be nice to have someone better than Powell or MBenga to step in.

Trade Andrew Bynum for Marc Gasol. A.B. has Greg Olden (old man) injury syndrome.What a bust.

Warning: This is kinda creepy (but just for fun).

A video of a certain poster who has fetish for some "precious calves". Monologuing his obsessive hatred towards a certain coach.

http://tinyurl.com/282pl7v

ouchhhhh,
Fisher only guarded Westbrook on switches a few times maybe 2.
Posted by: poo | May 01, 2010 at 01:52 AM
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ouchhhhhhhhh! What happened to There Goes Westbrook! There goes Russell! Westbrook! Russell! Westbrook! Or however you put it...
Posted by: MarcB | May 01, 2010 at 02:51 AM

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ohhhhh. it is not bashing the team. i did not do that.

PJ put the TEAM again in a precarious situation, like in game 3. each time they lost a 6 points lead and Kobe got back in the game VERY COLD. FROZEN almost. and out of synch.

and both of you said a big poo-poo. or is pooh - pooh.

thanks for those ESPN 360 site replay. u TOO can RE-PLAY it again. i took notes by stopping the game. i know it is difficult to do that during the game. also it's not fun. i want to enjoy it. but hey, because U 2 pointed it out, i don't want to be called disingenuous or later a liar. wondering where i did hear that before.

this was PJ's politics to REDEEM Fisher after being humiliated by Kobe playing stifling defense on RW in Game 5.

4th Qt. 7:40. PJ puts in Fisher as soon as RW enters himself the game. Lakers up 86-79=+7

6:21 - Here goes Russell - 3 from the top of the key. 86-82. TO Lakers. Kobe STILL on the bench

Kobe enters after TO but Fisher WILL BE STILL ON RW

6:05 - ron -3 - 89-82
5:33 - green burns kobe - 89-84
5:07 - ron 2 - 91-84

4:56 - Here goes Westbrook - burns Fisher - layup / misses
4:42 OF - Pau - BS Call

4:29 Here goes Russell to KD - his 3 - 91-87

4:15 - ron turn over

4:10 Here Goes Westbrook from the top of the key. total ISO against Fisher. pass to KD. Fisher on KD. drives, kick out to green who misses. ball out of bounds. ????? call - goes to OKC. @ 3:59

3:49 inbound to Here Goes Russell on the left PUJ in Fisher's face. 91-89

3:20 Kobe fade - missed

3:o7 - Here Goes Westbrook with a jumper in Fish face / missed BUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT

we interrupt this program to remind you what Derek "the dizzy, un-redeemed" Fisher asked from PJ after Game 4:

"if i don't BOX OUT my man Russell Westbrook, please sit my BUTTTT to the bench IMMEDIATELY"
"if i don't BOX OUT my man Russell Westbrook, please sit my BUTTTT to the bench IMMEDIATELY"
"if i don't BOX OUT my man Russell Westbrook, please sit my BUTTTT to the bench IMMEDIATELY"
"if i don't BOX OUT my man Russell Westbrook, please sit my BUTTTT to the bench IMMEDIATELY"
"if i don't BOX OUT my man Russell Westbrook, please sit my BUTTTT to the bench IMMEDIATELY"
"if i don't BOX OUT my man Russell Westbrook, please sit my BUTTTT to the bench IMMEDIATELY"
"if i don't BOX OUT my man Russell Westbrook, please sit my BUTTTT to the bench IMMEDIATELY"

and Magic happened:

@ 3:05

Here goes "it's Russell, it's Westbrook, Here goes "it's Russell, it's Westbrook, Here goes "it's Russell, it's Westbrook, Here goes "it's Russell, it's Westbrook, Here goes "it's Russell, it's Westbrook, Here goes "it's Russell, it's Westbrook, Here goes "it's Russell, it's Westbrook, Here goes "it's Russell, it's Westbrook, Here goes "it's Russell, it's Westbrook,

took the rebound in the FACE of "i'm dizzy, help me!!!! and after a few dribbles to the left, banked a shot in LO & GASOL's face. and guess what? AND 1. 91-91, with the FT by RW is 92-91

2:51 GASOL stripped by Green

2:41 TO with LO on RW

2:41 Kobe has enough of this charade and BACK on RW. (from this moment on, RW will miss all his next 3-4 shots.)

2:29 KD lay up on the left. 91-94

we interrupt again the program to mention that in these last 4 minutes, from the moment Kobe entered the game, he actually TOUCHED the ball one time: that misses fade-away. so you have the best scorer, playmaker, killer at your disposition and you turn that on MUTE?

i know that in the large scheme of things does not count anymore but: from 7:40 to 2:07 the triumvirate of PJ-Faux Pas-Fish dominated the game. a seven point lead ended with a 3 point lead for the OKC. 10 points down the drain. and Kobe TOUCHED the ball once.

where r KOBE's TOUCHES?

now, with the team in trouble and with the triumvirate inefficient and reduced totally to impotence offensively:

2:07 Fisher immediately passes to whom else? KObe of course. long jumper from the left. 93-94

1:50 RW - with Kobe on - air ball - LO -huge rebound in middle of 3 players.
1:31 Kobe missed jumper - Pau OREB
1:27 Ron that terrible 3 shot by himself
1:00 RW another bad shot w/Kobe in his face - 3 pt - REB - LO
47:3 Fisher with the screen/block on Durant - dubious play - mostly stupid - it could have easily called on him.
38:9 Kobe inbound to artest - moves to the oposite corner. ron pass to fisher-entry to Pau who penetrates and has a left hand mini-hook totally off target. a ballerina move.
17:6 RW another timid shot - reb by bryant and the rest is history

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conclusion
maybe during the game Fisher guarded RW on switches. but from 7:40 till 2:32 FISHER was dizzy defending RW. the lead was +7 to -3=10 points. and their offensive game Fisher - gasol produced NOTHING. ZILCH

not even LTLF with his stats can deny PJ's totally CATASTROPHIC approach to the game. same pattern, almost the same result like Game 3.

maybe all of you can watch the same pattern in the following game/series and trace your conclusion

is this about the Championship or about REDEEMING gutless and obsolete players?

because we know, there is always a scapegoat and possible a Vol. 2 to the book.

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enjoy the Utah series. maybe it it will be more Jazzy. blue grass/country is not our style.

I think everyone (except DFish) realizes that this blog would be easier and more enjoyable to read if DFish was banned.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

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LongTimeLakersFan,

Your retort to Michael T. was right on target.

What do we play for? RINGS!!

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

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on his flight back from OKC Fisher had a nightmare, remembering his Warriors period on the bench as a sub to B Davis and later his watching Deron Williams in Utah, blooming in front of his eyes.

every minute he was waking up screaming:

Deron? the team was calming him down

Williams? the team comforting him again. just some flight turbulence.

This injury to Bynum has me really, REALLY concerned.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

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Michael C. Teniente is a tool and a parrot.

LOL @mti312,

And now the princess said she is humbled by the 2nd MVP....WT
H???? Humble and the princess' name should not be mentioned in the same sentence.

I maybe thinking ahead, IMHO Lakers will make it to the Finals. Gerry Sloan and Greg Poppovich are great coaches but they have not really cracked the code to defeat PJ in a 7 game series. Much as a lot of bloggers are bashing PJ, I truly believe that the 7 game series is all about coaching. Like what I have learned back home, players win games but coaches lose them. With the demise of Nuggets and Mavs this and last year Crabs, it is all about the coach. A lot of people may not agree with me but that is my opinion.

Lakergurl,

Well done; however, I think this clip describes the situation with our prodigal blogger a little more metaphorically closely:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3QWNAtoaPk&feature=related

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Jeanette,

Last year LeBron got all of his teammates cameras after he won the MVP.

I'm assuming this year he's going to get all of his teammates gift certificates to Swenson's or something.

http://www.swensonsdriveins.com/

I've had it. They use really low quality hamburger meat and then mix into the hamburger butter and brown sugar before the patty is fried. Served with American cheese and thousand island dressing. That's it.

You can feel your blood congealing as you eat it.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

LOL @ Jon K

I agree with you about the Crabs home court. There is something I cannot explain. It gives me goose bumps in an eerie way. I don't know if its the synthesized "DEFENSE" chant or the robotic public address. And I noticed that the crowd is as nervous as the players themselves when everything is not going their way. They don't have SWAGGER!

I'm not sure if there is an actual bandwagon on this or not, but add me to the list of those who would love MM to finally - FINALLY - ban DFish from here. At best he's an irritant to all of us. At worst he's a punk azzzz idiot who's sole purpose in life is to torment - well... TRY to torment - us Laker fans. He's a fool with nothing better to do with his life. He's taken his blogging into the murky depths of personal attacks without reason, and lunatic ravings without provocation. Isn't it about time he was banned? Haven't we all suffered the slings and arrows of his outrageous misfortune enough? I know I have.

LTLF,

I was envisioning Ray playing starting PG for us. I think he has sufficient ballhandling skills and more importantly, 3 point shooting to solve our problems at PG.

Jeannette,

"There is something I cannot explain. It gives me goose bumps in an eerie way. I don't know if its the synthesized "DEFENSE" chant or the robotic public address. And I noticed that the crowd is as nervous as the players themselves when everything is not going their way. They don't have SWAGGER!"

You and me, both! I've attended two games there and I was literally disturbed. It was constant sensory overload mixed with the feeling that something weird was going on.

Next game, at tip-off and the beginning of the second half, notice that the air is hazy. It's because they just set off a bunch of loud, explosive, smokey fireworks. They do that constantly.

At the game, there's ZERO and I mean ZERO empty space. It's so loud and so many weird things are on going on at any given moment that's it actually kind of hard to get into the game. It's a jarring experience.

And don't get me started about the video screen: An irregular collage of disjointed images, most of which have nothing to do with basketball (clowns, cartoon images, explosions, weird video clips...). Yeah. Really.

And then there's "The Diff" on the jumbotron.

"The Diff" is a stat that lets you know who's winning the game and by how many points. Yeah.

So, if the Cavs are leading the Celtics 92-88, "The Diff" reads +4, so you won't have to do the hard work of calculation yourself. How convenient, right?

It's a different world out here.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

DFish,

"Jonny boy don't worry this blog is so ridiculously biased that it is boring me anyway."

IT'S A LAKERS BLOG, YOU MORON! IT'S NOT AN "OBSESSIVE HATRED OF A SINGLE PLAYER BLOG!"

GO AWAY!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Hmmmm, who was that guy that got banned recently? I guess it's a plus that I cannot remember his name. In fact, that's how it may be when trolls get banned. You simply put them out of your thoughts.

That being said, I DO remember WHY the guy got banned. After his banning, I went back to his previous postings and it appeared to me that the guy made a nasty comment about the Times writers and how they seemed to ..... be biased or shortsighted or, unprofessional, or something along those lines.

Now DFish. "Our" resident bad boy troll. His postings have taken on a very viscious level of personal attack. He is always engaging Jon K in a way that delittles us all by simply being witness to it. DFish and other posters, he NEVER takes the time to present a valuable argument or a counter point. There are plenty here that engage and get heated. Hobbit and LT are opposing viewpoints, but they make points and make sense. DFish never does that. He's a sniper. He blabs his Fisher stinks mantra and then gets nasty on people.

MM, I made a similar point to you weeks ago. This guy needs to go as he diminishes the blog and makes it simply a comedic merry go round. His main point stated in a thousand ways is that it's time for Fisher to be sidelined. If we had a poll, I think the overwhelming majority of us would agree that Fisher needs to be transitioned out. Why are you allowing a diatribe like this to take place here? A place that we go every day and value? Can you not see that a guy like this diminishes this place?

Today is game day and I am hoping to see Mamba24's post about that very shortly. I vote that we incorporate a "Let's do the right thing and get rid of DFish the poster" bandwagon. Not that HE deserves that kind of our attention, but certainly he diminishes the quality of our blog and THAT deserves our attention.

MM, you can ban me for speaking so frankly if you like. But have you seen me post here much lately? I would guess there are MANY people that won't let this kind of dribble into their mind and their spirit. By my participation here, I absorb what is being written. It becomes part of you if you are "into the blog". Get rid of the cancer. What more do you need to know? Does he need to go to yet another nasty level before you inevitably do the right thing?

PLEASE don't answer me by saying something about his rights. The guy that got banned did little more than DFish does daily. He knows he is about to be run off, you can see it in his posts. He says he is getting bored with us rose colored glasses fans. His meaning is, "I know my time is about done here. I will be run off shortly." What are you waiting for?

Count me as the odd man out on DFish. I'm a big First Amendment guy. One act of censorship always leads to another. Short of sedition, let everyone be heard, even DFish.

JovBatz44,

As much as I wish I could agree with a DFish ban, the guy does talk basketball. He isn't like Eric Wright and just coming in to bash the blog and individual posters specifically. If we banned all Laker haters then Sonny Belfast would be gone, Mike T. would be gone and many others. I've even seen a couple of posts that didn't involve Fisher, and I personally could agree with his points, but just a couple.

You know what you're going to get with DFish: mostly fish bashing. If you choose to engage him you're going to get minor personal attacks and a blogger equivalent of "oh yeah" when you back him into a corner. When you know what to expect, it can be fun. If you don't want what he's going to give, don't engage him/her.

I really don't know why he sticks around a Laker fan blog anyway. He doesn't like Laker fans, he feels the Lakers only win by luck or by conspiracy (see Gasol deal).

The Lakers won only because OKC played poorly or where inexperienced, They'll get by Utah only because Okour/Williams is hurt and we don't know anything about basketball because we're not on the Burn Fish at the Stake Bandwagon. There, you've got his whole list of comments so now you don't have to read his postings.

Sit back and enjoy the rest of the season while DFish sits at home and is miserable.

JR

I am a big proponent of giving a guy enough rope to hang himself. In DFish's case, he has been given enough rope to hang himself and his whole tribe. Here we go about the first amendment thing. Maybe phred can jump in here and help on this topic. There is a big difference between a guys right to swing his fist in the air when his fist comes into my airspace.

Some of the reasoning for banning as I understand it is repetive posting and personal attacks. There's plenty of evidence for banning him for just that.

Rick,

The First Amendment has no relevance here. Last I checked, the LAT was a private institution (though that's hard to tell at times when reading the editorials on here).

DFish, I suggest you read the Terms Of Service guidelines and follow them.

Ban DFish Only if he violates the TOS.

Am I the only one that enjoys DFish's posts?

Sure, the guy gets repetitive and rarely talks about anything else (hench his handle) - but you sort of miss the point... the point is, the guy is spot on like Zakee.

Zakee was repetitive to nausea, BUT he was totally right.

For all I know, these guys are one in the same.

EJK,

For me, the First Amendment is always relevant. While the Times has no obligation to print everything submitted, the 4th Estate has a pivotal role in preserving the freedoms we have in this country.

The Times has published its Terms of Service. I'm unable to identify what DFish has violated.

If anyone finds DFish's posts annoying, repetitive, or whatever, just skip over them. They're easy enough to identify before reading too far down.

The America we live in has become obsessed with limiting the behavior and freedom to speak out of those we disapprove and disagree. First, they come for our neighbors. Next they come for us.

Jolly Rancher,

"If we banned all Laker haters then Sonny Belfast would be gone, Mike T. would be gone and many others."

Sonnybelfast and Michael Teniente are at least intelligent, talented writers and occasionally vary the subject matter of their posts.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Unless someone is using vulgar language, slurs, or is purposely bating, then there's no reason to start banning people.

It's okay to be critical of our Laker team and still be a fan. I thought we've been over this a 1000 times already.

metaphorically closely:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3QWNAtoaPk&feature=related

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | May 02, 2010 at 09:55 AM


Mine had a more trollish effect. lol

The America we live in has become obsessed with limiting the behavior and freedom to speak out of those we disapprove and disagree. First, they come for our neighbors. Next they come for us.

Posted by: Rick Friedman | May 02, 2010 at 11:09 AM


Excellent post.

Jon K,

No argument there, and Sonny is alright for a Sacramento fan, but you get my drift.

Besides, it feels pretty good knowing that there is someone more miserable than me on my worst day. Try this, next time you have to deal with anything dealing with a wannabe gangster, think of DFish. You'll feel better immediately. Kind of like knowing that your not the guy at Johnson and Johnson personally testing and sanitizing each rectal thermometer. (check the literature in a box sometime).

Then again, if it the will of the blog gods that he be banned, I wouldn't miss the wart at all. I have had my interactions with him and I find him to be lacking.

JR

>>>>not even LTLF with his stats can deny PJ's totally CATASTROPHIC
>>>> approach to the game. same pattern, almost the same result like Game 3.

Look, there's only a few stats that matter.

6-2 - Lakers beat the Thunder

10 - the number of rings Phil coached teams have won.

nuff said.


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