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Kobe Bryant's one-act show gave the Lakers the best chance to win in an otherwise disappointing 92-86 Game 5 loss to Boston

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The odds seemed out of the Lakers' favor as they faced a six-point deficit with 1:30 remaining, but Kobe Bryant appeared determined his skillset alone could overcome the challenge. After receiving a dump pass from Lakers forward Pau Gasol at the nearside perimeter, Bryant pump faked and drew contact on Boston guard Ray Allen. The play gave Bryant three free throws and a chance to give the Lakers' one last push to win a game they had no business stealing.

He nailed the first two in easy fashion, but like everything else the Boston defense had thrown at Bryant in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, he'd see that even free throws would seem contested. A fan threw an unidentified object on the court; Lakers forward Lamar Odom later said it appeared a glass bottle of vodka nearly hit him but off-season boxing classes gave him the reflexes to avoid the hit.

"That's too bad because somebody could get hurt," Odom said afterwards. "But I've seen it before. There's no place for that."

Bryant released the free throw just as the apparent bottle hit the court, causing him to scream in frustration at officials. There were many more theatrical shots Bryant made and many more sequences that displayed Bryant's frustration. But his free throws showed how Bryant's valiant effort happened because he had to work for all his shots, while his teammates provided nothing on offense and the team broke down on defense. The result? The Lakers' 92-86 Game 5 loss to the NBA Finals Sunday to the Boston Celtics at T.D. Garden made Bryant's 38-point performance a pointless affair.

"We didn't get any stops," said Bryant, who finished with at least 30 points for the 14th playoff game this season. "They got layup after layup after layup. You can't survive against a team that shoots 56%. We're normally a great defensive team."

The Lakers, however, in Game 5 weren't, meaning they must win out the series beginning with Game 6 on Tuesday. The team maintained a level-headed attitude afterwards, insisting part of their confidence points to their home-court advantage. But that's a scenario hard to predict given how this series has shifted back-and-forth. Likewise, the statistics provide contradictory proclamations on who will win the series. Lakers Coach Phil Jackson is 47-1 after winning Game 1, but the Lakers are 2-4 all-time when losing Game 5 after a series is tied at 2-2. The Lakers are 7-4 in NBA Finals history when they hold home-court advantage, but they have a 22-4 mark after winning Game 5 of the Finals. 

Breaking down the odds for now proves to be a pointless exercise because the Lakers don't have a chance to win the series if they replicate their Game 5 performance. That starts with limiting Boston, who shot 56.3% from the field, outrebounded the Lakers, 35-24, scored 46 points in the paint, converted on 14 fast-break points and featured four players in double figures, including Paul Pierce (27 points on 12 of 21 shooting), Kevin Garnett (18 points and 10 boards on a six of 11 clip), Rajon Rondo (18 points on nine of 12 shooting along with eight assists and five rebounds) and Ray Allen (12 points on five of 10 shooting).

"I don't think it was lack of effort as much as being prepared," Jackson said, "for what they could do."

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Whatever the reasons, the Lakers' performance looked far from pretty. And the following sequences after Bryant's missed free throws didn't exemplify the Lakers' poor offense and defense as much as it did during their third-quarter effort. Nonetheless, it showed how an improved offense and a few breakdowns couldn't overcome a poor performance. After Bryant nearly stole the ball from Garnett, he passed it to Allen, who missed an open three-pointer. Kendrick Perkins grabbed the offensive rebound and received a new 24-second shot clock after officials ruled that the shot hit the rim. Rasheed Wallace missed a three-pointer off the timeout, and Derek Fisher drew himself into a jump ball with Garnett with 46.6 seconds remaining. Fisher then tipped the ball to Artest, who drove the lane and drew a foul on Pierce. But with the Lakers' trailing 87-82, Artest missed both foul shots.

"I felt comfortable taking those," said Artest, who scored seven points on only two of nine shooting. "I'll knock those down next time."

He surely didn't make up for it on the following play after the Celtics' 20-second timeout. Garnett inbounded the ball to Pierce on the near-side perimeter, with Fisher nearly stealing the pass. Pierce then passed the ball to Rondo who cut through the lane ahead of Artest. Odom didn't react quickly enough to help, allowing Rondo to convert on a reverse layup, giving the Celtics an 89-82 lead with 35.2 seconds remaining. After Odom made a putback on Bryant's missed three-pointer, the Lakers didn't foul Allen until Boston shed 10 seconds off the clock.

"We just didnt get enough stops as a team," said Odom, who acknowledged he had flu-like symptoms on a night he scored eight points on four of six shooting but became a defensive liability. "This is a team that we're playing against that even though they go through lulls offensively, everybody is involved in the game because they move the basketball so well. It just allowed them to get a couple more steps than we were able to get."

Some may read those comments and conclude the Lakers' uneven offense contributed to their loss. The tenor from part of the press corps suggested Bryant's 38-point effort, including 29 third-quarter points, hurt the team more than it helped it. But that assessment couldn't be further from the truth. He may have gone two of six from the fourth quarter, but he also went five of five from the free-throw line, two of his missed shots resulted in putbacks and one of his failed attempts came in the final seconds with the outcome already determined.

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Bryant's third-quarter performance brought the Lakers back in a game that should've actually been a blowout.

"When Kobe gets hot like that, then he's hot like that," Odom said. "You can't deny it. We just needed to get stops as a team. We weren't able to do that."

Keep in mind that Bryant played facilitator mode in the first half, and the effort did very little to spark the offense, with the team shooting 33.3% from the field. Aside from Andrew Bynum's six early points and Fisher hitting a few shots to give him nine early points, nothing clicked for the Lakers. Artest shot two of seven from the field, Gasol only went one of four and Bryant's four of 12 clip partly happened because Jackson said his sore ankle prevented him from getting some lift.

But after retaping his ankle, Bryant looked like the player some reporters and fans wanted to see in this series. He pulled up for an elbow jumper over Perkins. He shot a contested three-pointer at the top of the key over Allen. Fisher threw a lob to Bryant, who converted on a layup one-handed. He bailed out an ineffective Artest, who drove the baseline and almost committed a turnover in traffic, but found Bryant open at the top of the key. It looked like Bryant's heroics could bail the Lakers out with scoring the team's first 19 third-quarter points.

Except there was one problem. The Lakers allowed the Celtics to score on 12 of their first 13 possessions.

"They got hot and got too many points in the paint," said Gasol, who had his worst playoff effort in Game 5 with 12 points on five of 12 shooting and 12 rebounds and constantly allowed the missed calls to distract his focus. "We allowed a couple penetrations there that shouldn't happen. They got going. We battled back as much as possible. Kobe was hitting some very tough shots and kept us in the ballgame. But we have to cut down on the points in the paint."

Some of those breakdowns included these plays. Garnett drove the lane, spun around and pulled up for an offbalance jumper over Gasol. Later, Pierce drove, spun past Jordan Farmar and stopped at the right block for a pull-up J. Soon after, Garnett jab stepped and drove past Odom for the pull up J. After Bryant drove the lane on one play in the fourth quarter, Allen stripped the ball and no one got back on D to stop Rondo from converting on the fast-break layup. Moments later, Pierce missed a three pointer after performing a pump fake over Artest, but Rondo tipped the ball in over Odom.

Those type of efforts were also on display in the first half. Pierce caught Odom off balance and drained a 15-footer in the first quarter. Odom got rejected in the lane by Wallace in the second quarter, and Glen Davis fired an outlet pass to Tony Allen for an easy bucket. Moments later, Rondo weaved past Bynum and Odom in the lane for a reverse layup. Garnett converted on an offensive putback over Gasol, who failed to box out his man.

And offensively things didn't look much better in the second half. Gasol tried driving the lane, but was blocked by Perkins. On the other end, Rondo ran the break, threw a bounce pass cross court to Pierce , who timed the ball to Allen up top. With Bryant helping in the lane, Bynum rushed out to contest Pierce's open far-corner three pointer but the shot dropped into the basket.

Interestingly, on a night Bryant proved his worth, the Lakers finished with their lowest scoring effort this postseason. On a night Bryant worked for every point he scored, the Lakers defense made it too easy for Boston, who finished with their highest shooting perfomance this postseason. So don't blame it on Bryant, who did everything he could to give the Lakers a victory. Blame it on the rest of the team's offensive and defensive effort for not giving Bryant much of a choice. 

"They got all the hustle points in terms of loose balls and offensive rebounds down the stretch, Bryant said of Boston. "We didn't convert."

--Mark Medina, in Boston

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had to make a lot of diffficult shots to collect his game-high 38 points against Boston during Game 5 on Sunday. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times.

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to collect a loose ball in front of Boston forward Paul Pierce and L.A. center Andrew Bynum in Game 5 on Sunday. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.

 

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who beat Boston power forward Kevin Garnett to a rebound, has the ball stolen by Celtics forward Paul Pierce after a missed free throw by Ron Artest in the final minute of Game 5 on Sunday. Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times.

 
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Something told me not to bother spending more than a minute or so of my time watching this game... looks like my instinct was correct!

I think Ron Artest needs to find confidence somehow. Maybe playing at home the confidence will come back. Lakers are deadly at home for this reason. They believe at home. That's what they need to win. Just go out and forget about everything and have fun. If they play a loose style basketball they are deadly. The key to who wins is who is loose in game 6.

Island Priest

you claim you were a Laker from 1982 on and were on the team when Nic Van Excel, Eddie Jones and Cedric Ceballos were the main guys.

The earliest those 3 were on the team was 1994/95
So let me get this straight, you were a Laker for 13 straight years during this time frame.
Since there is no player who played continuously for the Lakers during this time period there are only 2 possible answers
you were a waterboy or something similar employed by the team and had a player yell at you which messed with your head

OR YOU ARE KURT RAMBIS WHO WAS THERE IN 82 LEFT AND CAME BACK IN 93 AND RELEASED IN 95

LADYS AND GENTLEMEN I GIVE YOU KURT RAMBIS

you just lost all credibility Kurt, glad you're in BFE now.

Okay.

I've tried to be Zen all morning.

I have spent the hours more prior my working check in today in the best possible pleasant way (My own way of healing, yup) to avoid to get rage-y about this painful, painful, painful and unexcusable loss, but now, 11 AM and 6 hours after that, no matter Karim's *help* to make me feel better (well, and my help for him)... I can't cope.

I can't.

I'm radioactive Green and if whatever of that colour today will cross my way I think I'm ready to get back to my third Dojo status and start to kicck some serious, serious @zz.

Yep, It's THAT bad.

Before any9one can start to believe I've lost confidence in our win, sorry to disappoint you, but NO WAY.

I see my Parade coming after two memorable games at Staples and that's it: my belief in the Lakers ain't gone anywhere.

This gotta be stated RIGHT and STRAIGHT.

But what we have thrown away today, and the way we did, is making me fuming out like a train back in 1890.

I'm carbon-fossil-ed and struck in the past... asking myself... WHY THE HEWL the team I was asking for in my yesterday's post NEVER showed up???

I have read all interviews.

I get it's part of the role play to try to avoid controversies now (because the last thing that can help us is the implosion of the team one over the other... so I get everyone's words there, though I DON'T BELIEVE any of the claims for what they count, acually, beside reports of injuries), but we had to do THREE things yesterday to secure a win, and we did NONE:

1) Feeling and playing as a TEAM.

2)Get back kids missing so far.

3) Keep focusing on D, because only from D it arises good stuff.

I won't even start to point out how FAR frigging away n thge hyperspace we were from each single of those points.

I am SO disappointed and angry...

I bleed along Kobe, and along Derek and Drew who overcame all a debilited state of body and shape to still in the game.

Kobe once more simply humiliated all those around him questioning him: what was preventing him from shooting (an ankle) was erased by his overhuman drive and skill once more and THAT generally would have been enough but just like I was preaching yesterday... NOt against Celtics (not in Finals at least) because Celtics play as a TEAM, and t takes a better team to shut them off.

We are a better team, but it won't ever show if they have will to be a team and putting their balls in thegame, and we have NOT.

I don't wanna bash my players yet.

I don't and I won't because now we don't need that and I will do my best to keep it together as a fan, mostly like I ask for them to keep it together as players.

But regardless of fever excuses, and God knows what kind of bug he might have catch in his brain tonight, I have to say at least once (and then I won't ever again, until these Finals are ended), that I was overly APPALLED by Lamar and Pau tonight.

Dunno really how to describe what I've seen. It's like the anti-version of them both.

I can't believe what I have been witnessed.

My brain and heart refuse to analyze it all.
Yes... I'm in denial.

I ma and keeping it so because if/when I'd have to analyze that I would be like corrosive vitriol and as I said, is not the worthy moment to destroy our players. I wouldn't do any good anyway and it would just rip my liver and sul apart, more.

Yep, Ron was discontinous tonight but at least he tried. And at least defensively he was still someway reliable.

Today Celtics did beat us as a team and this is unexcusable.

We face so many troubles getting back to LA it's hard to list them all: Drew's knee, Kobe's ankle (fingers, back, knee... but Kobe showed us again he simply puts his will to win ahead of all those, and still being UNBELIEVABLY our saviour. I hate Piearce, but even he had to state the obvious tonight and admit nobody is like Kobe in this game. Props to him for reckoning what even in this Blog way too often gets forgotten too quickly), Lamar's state of mind, Pau's ghost-ness, and the impacting (on T factor) trip back , not to mention the sense of urgent turning table point our player are facing.

But I don't care: we already overcame this in the past and history must NOT repeat.

Celtics are no way a better team than us, and they are not even and no way as good as us.

But ehi, I'm talkin about TEAM here and maybe the only thing that stands out from this series so far is that so far Celtics have been played the team card and we haven't, beside Game 1.

It's ALL upon us.

ALL: and no, I won't buy any referee conspiracy, any wrong call alibi... I won't.
That might have happened but that would NVER justify anyway the way we haven't played as Lakers tonight, and not only tonight.

Get it together my Lakers.

I might be angry, disappointed and let down now, but I still wear you up on my heart sleeve and I STILL BELIEVE 16 ring is ours to take NOW.

I know you have it in yourself.

And I still choose to show you love instead of any other feeling, today too, to make your pride and skill and hustle blossom out from exactly that love that you still inspire me.

I do believe in Win after Love.

Prove me right.

Please.

Later Fam.

Chris Sheridan writes, "Doc Rivers was conceding that the Celtics probably need to capture Game 6 in Los Angeles on Tuesday night to win banner No. 18."


Guess what, folks, the Los Angeles Lakers will surely win game 6 -- it's a lock!!! -- which would lead to Doc Rivers' nightmare scenario -- game 7 in L.A., the momentum back with the Lakers.


Let's win game 6!


ONE GAME!


We still have home-court advantage!!!

That was Chris Sheridan of ESPN.

MM

i can't believe U* have the audacity to post any quotes from Faux Pas. especially Gassy, the SOFT one talking:

"We allowed a couple penetrations there that shouldn't happen."
" But we have to cut down on the points in the paint."

who is WE, GASSY?????????????

I have a feeling Lamar will be the star of game 6 -- unlike Fisher who's mentally very strong, Odom plays better at home.


And Artest, too. He's gonna come up huge in game 6.


A gut feeling.


If Odom does not ball out on Tuesday, he better put his L.A. house up for sale, as there's **ZERO** chance he'll be playing in a Lakers' uniform next season.


A gut feeling.

Ludwig

u have as much GUT as LO

Ludwig

or as GASOL= gut-LESS

Loco-ouchhhho:


You're a loser douchebag who has nothing to say but equate me and my "guts" with Lamar and Gasol.


You're also a pathetic fool.

in Soccer is called auto-goal

what do u call in BB when a player tips the ball in their OWN basket? how stupid that can be. the TIP is so SOFT that it does not go toward the center-court, it goes the other direction:

please let me introduce PAU GA-Soft-Goal

it's Ga-Goal

if U can't score in the opposition basket, put up some stats scoring in YOURS.

first time after Gasol arrived the team scored LESS than 95 points in 4 games.

no TOUCHES? NO TEAM?

or maybe just NO PAU. just scared. always scared on the ROAD. always scared in IMPORTANT games. but he is skilled. and finesse

and ZAIRA will tell you that Gasol has CLASS. u can't argue with that. EORO-CLASS. he is the ARISTOCRAT of the TEAM. but he does not have blue blood in his veins. no ice in his veins. just AIR. his AIRNESS, Pau Gasol.

i read all the previous posts on the other thread. GUTLESS

If Gasol is THE AIRNESS, then Ochhhhhhho-loco,
you're THE AIRHEAD.


Congratulations, loser.

ohhhhhhhhhhh

the Loco really revealed you spanish allegiances to the TEAM. r U getting enough TOUCHES? do we have to RUN the offense THROUGH u?

Rondo out-tipped GASSY and LO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

just effort. that was TURRIBLE.

LO tries to be cute in his interviews. he is becoming really annoying. i always considered him a chocker. only K Bros were trying to make him an MVP. he is just a big loser. and he was a CLIPPER. anything touched by the CLIPPERS is stained.

10:38 PM? You better get your timestamps right, MM.

I logged of at 11:25 PM and this post wasn't up.

In the western conference semis and conference finals the Lakers scored over 100 in all their games.

In the eastern conference semis and conference finals Cleveland did not score over 100 and the Magic only scored over 100 once.

In the finals the Lakers have not scored over 100 in any game.

The Celtics beat three one man teams to get into the finals. Now they are playing a two man team. Kobe and Gasol are great, but they cannot beat a true team.

The Celtics smell another banner. They actually play better away from home.

When Artest was fouled by pierce is it not a clear path foul? The Lakers should have been given two free throws and possession? It was only a five point lead at that time, clearly the same could have been a momentum change for the lakers coupled with the apparent 24 second shot clock that was NOT called against Boston. I am not complaining about the refs but the last three games the calls in the end game were obliviously against the Lakers.

ouchhhhhhhhh, you're pathetic

you're glad because lakers have lost and gasol had a bad game

you're the true troll here. i can't explain why you aren't banned in this blog

When Artest was fouled by pierce is it not a clear path foul?

not when is under the basket. there is no more PATH left.

clear path is given when a foul occurs and it will impeded the team to score and it was intentional to stop that play. usually when it is at center court and is obvious that if the foul does not occur, the player will have a CLEAR PATH to make a lay-up.

artest was well in front of Pierce (indeed he was slow and did not dunk) and PP just fouled him. artest wanted to be cute by making a layup on the other side of the rim.

it kinda look like or felt like, but obviously no one commented. because it was not.

well I am not complaining about the calls I just want it to be called even specially on the last quarter because both teams are grinding it out in the final minutes and a missed or non-call will make a BIG difference.

No matter what happened on this series I am proud to be a Laker fan for I rooted a team with CLASS!!! I salute the Lakers for not baiting Wallace or Perkins to commit that 7th technical foul. The Lakers are playing this series with class and respect to their opponents. No chest thumping (KG), No sticking out of tounge and drooling saliva (dAVIS) , No Taunting the opposing team (Robinsons & Pierce), No continuous pushing and shoving of opponents even after the foul have already been called ( Rondo) and NOT crediting the opponents for what they have done in the game.

Ronald

as much as i agree about class, we r not playing for the NBA Ethics Cup. tired to find resignation in meaningless lessons. they play to WIN, not for morals, ethics, behavior or GOOD loses.

WHAT NOW!!
We lost the game, I ask you please, don’t blame this loss on the referees
We had a chance to win but passed. The Celtics simply whipped our @zz
Forget the past is over and thru, You can still win a title, but it’s up to you
At the Staples you may play 2 more, Win ,you the Champ, lose you done for
Don’t call on Kobe he did his best, You other so-called Lakers failed the test
You got 15 Rings and are full of it, The Celtics got 17 and aint taking SPIT!!
Be careful what you ask for, someone said, You asked, you got, you amost dead
But like Lazarus, you can arise agin, Kick some @zz and a title win
I may sound mad, Yes it’s true, But you’re my damn Lakers and I’m riding all the way with you
I started in the beginning, will stay to the end, And I still have FAITH U can win
I’m with you even if this title you flunk, But please LA Lakers don’t go out like PUNKS
No one wins forever that much as true, But ask yourself who the Hell are you
You’re Magic and Kareem, Mikan & West, You personify class, you are the Best
Now Rise up my Lakers, get off the floor, You been knocked down & came back before
What you need you already got, It’s just a matter of if you use it or not
Go into Staples, look in the air, what do you see hanging there
15 banners made of cloth & thread, There due to the blood,sweat & tears that were shed
If you win this title, you make history, Lose and for some History on this team you’ll be
I’m a LakerHolic and I’m with U till the end, They knocked you down, get Up, U still can win
Now shake off this BS loss and show those Celtic MF’s who’s the Freakin Boss
You don’t have to travel you’ll play before friends, Win 2 more games & to hell the Celtics send
That’s all I got, it’s up to you, You the Freakin world champion Lakers, WHAT U GONNA DUE
IT’S TIME FOR WAR: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGzAlo2C2mw&feature=related
ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL CALLLL
SHANNON BROWN, JORDAN FARMAR, TONY GAFNEY, DIDIER LLUNGA MBENGA, THOMAS KELATI
ADAM MORRISON, JOSH POWELL SASHA VUJACIC, LUKE WALTON. LAMAR ODOM, RON ARTEST
PAU GASOL, ANDREW BYNUM, DEREK FISHER, KOBEEEEEEEEEEEE BRYANT!
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NOW!!!! WHO THE HELL ARE U
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WHO ARE WE? ALL TOGETHER !!
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won 15 Rings
10 of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’ve had 3 Lakers Dynasties and now are starting on 4
That’s 2 better than any NBA team ever had before
The best Winning Percentage in History, can’t ask for more
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it, we’ve had four
We got the Finals MVP, By the name of Name Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored more
But Rings not number of points is what he plays for.
We got The Logo Jerry West & First Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all great centers like Shaq, Wilt & of course Kareem
Super guards Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just leased
A 10 time Title Winning Coach who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Legend, Broadcasted our Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams fear us.
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
You’re The Freaking Champion Lakers, Celtics Who the Hell are You

Get it together my Lakers. I might be angry, disappointed and let down now, but I still wear you up on my heart sleeve and I STILL BELIEVE 16 ring is ours to take NOW. I know you have it in yourself. And I still choose to show you love instead of any other feeling, today too, to make your pride and skill and hustle blossom out from exactly that love that you still inspire me. I do believe in Win after Love. Prove me right. Please. Later Fam. Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | June 14, 2010 at 02:42 AM
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I know I don't have to say it but I will....OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

@LUDWIG, GREAT POSTS SIR!!!

the Lakers crowd needs some VUVUZELAs

the trumpet that r blown in South Africa during the soccer games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is no game 7, only game 6. Nothing but game 6, everything is game 6. I am ready. @ WESJOENIXON...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

There is no game 7, only game 6. Nothing but game 6, everything is game 6. I am ready. @ WESJOENIXON...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

wowwwwww

the denial cheerleading of mamba24 is ON early in the morning. waiting for JUSTA to support it.

where is Jon K's prayer? no more. no more lucky bar stool.

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I HAVE FAITH, WIN 2 AT HOME IS WHAT WE’LL DO – BANDWAGON
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(01) 2PHATT – OWNER – I have Faith in the next two at home
(02) FAITH – DRIVER - I am FAITH & I have FAITH
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN -
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(05) ZAIRA - GODDESS OF INSPIRATION - Get it together my Lakers. I might be angry, disappointed and let down now, but I still wear you up on my heart sleeve and I STILL BELIEVE 16 ring is ours to take NOW. I know you have it in yourself. And I still choose to show you love instead of any other feeling, today too, to make your pride and skill and hustle blossom out from exactly that love that you still inspire me. I do believe in Win after Love. Prove me right. Please.
(06) LUDWIG - SECURITY
(07) MAMBA24 - Call me a fool but I still believe...WE GOT THIS
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Posted by: mamba24 | June 13, 2010 at 07:37 PM

Each game the Lakers score fewer and fewer points and Kobe is pushed out further and further from the basket where he has to make incredible shots (or have a ref bail him out with a non-contact foul call) The Celtic defense is a like a boa constrictor slowly sucking the life out of the opponent; Gasol's game one performance is a distant memory. Take away the two 3point foul calls where both Fisher and Kobe were not fouled but were awarded 3 free throws each and Artest's two 3's that he hit early and the Lakers don't even make it to 80 points.

The C's grind it out and force teams to quit, maybe Staples will reverse this trend but like the Cavs before them the Lakers will soon have an off season to think about how they lost to a bunch of "old guys"

Cogent points by the Sausage King

wowwwwww the denial cheerleading of mamba24 is ON early in the morning. waiting for JUSTA to support it. Posted by: ouchhhhhhhh | June 14, 2010 at 05:10 AM

OUCHHH, my brother I know why I'm here but why the FRAK are you?
Justa suppots who she wants, do I want her support? Hell Yeah!! Why? Because unlike you... she's a true Laker Fan. I also happen to Love her!
Mamba24

No matter what happened on this series I am proud to be a Laker fan for I rooted a team with CLASS!!! I salute the Lakers for not baiting Wallace or Perkins to commit that 7th technical foul. The Lakers are playing this series with class and respect to their opponents. No chest thumping (KG), No sticking out of tounge and drooling saliva (dAVIS) , No Taunting the opposing team (Robinsons & Pierce), No continuous pushing and shoving of opponents even after the foul have already been called ( Rondo) and NOT crediting the opponents for what they have done in the game. Posted by: Ronald | June 14, 2010 at 04:35 AM
SIMPLY...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!

Don't panic. Two wins at home is very doable.

However, it seems the bigger and more rugged the game, the more Pau disappears.

Still we got a great shot at winning two at home. I repeat, don't panic Lakers faithful.

Oh, and somebody please tell T.J. Simers that Our Ball Hog as he refers to him was the only one playing with heart and given that the rest of the Lakers offense had gone ghost on us, Kobe's shooting kept us in the game at all. Not sure the rest of the Lakers would have shot a better percentage in the 3rd quarter.

mamba24

your relentless and non-sense bandwagons changed this blog from a critical discussion blog to a blog that is in denial and all what people want is to follow one stupid idea after the other. after a win all r cheering. after a loss we all call the celtics scrubs and class less.

this is becoming a cheerleading blog. i'm sure u enjoy it. is it boosting your self-esteem? because we know NOW where u r coming from. r u feeling important?

does not help the Lakers win does IT?

oh mambaPolyanna24. cheer baby, cheer. U found your real calling. and mission.

which direction is Jonestown??????????????????

What happened to the sweep talk after game 1?

(C)elebrating
(E)very
(L)akers
(T)urnover
(I)n
(C)hampionship
(S)eries

Kobe showed that if wanted, he could score over 100pts by himself.

Where's everyone else?

If Lakers lose game 6, heads roll... welcome Chris Bosh

I think we all know who needs to step up at this point. Homecourt won't win it for them. PJ's past record won't win it. The only ones that can are the ones responsible for this

Tim-4-Show

yes, but the team has to pass him the ball. remember game 4? after all those 3 pointers they stopped passing to him.
Farmy wanted to be HERO.
UPS the same.
fish, Gasol and ron did not give him TOUCHES.
and PJ wants TEAM ball. him and Brian freaking Shaw!!!!!!!!!!!!

DOES KOBE HAVE A new SHOOTING QUOTE/GAME?

We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams fear us.
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
You’re The Freaking Champion Lakers, Celtics Who the Hell are You
Posted by: mamba24 | June 14, 2010 at 05:02 AM

I guess Celtics are nobody who have kept Lakers in check.
- Who is KG-perennial looser in Minnesota
- Who is Allen-perennial looser in Seattle - Milwaukee
- Who is Pierce - some thug from Inglewood (BTW I love the resturants there).. I got a soft spot for HWY 91
- Who is Rondo ??
- Who Big Baby - Fat drooling slob
- Who is Nate? Knick castaway... traded for for scrap metal
- Who is Rasheed? ..
- Coach? ping pong player from hawks knics and SA

Really they have no business being in Finals. They should be swept and don't really match against the 47-0 record.. 10 Rings of Phillup.. U got Kobe .. he is ur LAKER.. u should be dismantling these nobodies at will. LOL i love ur predications..
LAKERS SWEEP
LAKERS in 5
LAKERS in 6
.. I guess it will have to be LAKERS in 7 now

My Bold predication .. LAKERS in 7 .. ERRRRRR!

REDS Love Child pointed a very interesting stat ...
102, 94, 84, 89, 86

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(01) 2PHATT – OWNER – I have Faith in the next two at home Stop worrying Wes, WE GOT THIS
(02) FAITH – DRIVER - I am FAITH & I have FAITH
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN -
(04) NEVER - RIDING SHOTGUN2 - Come on Lakers. I believe in you.
(05) WESJOENIXON - SGT-AT-ARMS - There is no game 7, only game 6. Nothing but game 6, everything is game 6. I am ready.
(06) ZAIRA - GODDESS OF INSPIRATION - Get it together my Lakers. I might be angry, disappointed and let down now, but I still wear you up on my heart sleeve and I STILL BELIEVE 16 ring is ours to take NOW. I know you have it in yourself. And I still choose to show you love instead of any other feeling, today too, to make your pride and skill and hustle blossom out from exactly that love that you still inspire me. I do believe in Win after Love. Prove me right. Please.
(07) LUDWIG - SECURITY - Kevin Tully writes, "IF Fisher didn't go crazy in game 3 in the 4th quarter you guys would have lost in 5 games."Guess what, royal nitwit, if Ray Allen doesn't set a world record in game 2, then it would be 3-2 Lakers going back to L.A., with the last two at Staples Center, series over.
Two can play that bullshit game, moron.
(08) MAMBA24 - Call me a fool but I still believe...WE GOT THIS
(09) LEARNMEDIA - MEDIA DIRECTOR - Don't panic. Two wins at home is very doable. However, it seems the bigger and more rugged the game, the more Pau disappears. Still we got a great shot at winning two at home. I repeat, don't panic Lakers faithful. Oh, and somebody please tell T.J. Simers that Our Ball Hog as he refers to him was the only one playing with heart and given that the rest of the Lakers offense had gone ghost on us, Kobe's shooting kept us in the game at all. Not sure the rest of the Lakers would have shot a better percentage in the 3rd quarter.
(10) mti312 - Gasol have cost the Lakers late in close games. Celtics were going to choke but was saved by a couple of good breaks. Anyway, this will not happen in LA. c=choke
(11) MAGIC PHIL -
(12) DEWEY - Here are the keys to Game 6 & 7: Artest, Gasoft, Bynum and our bench will play better (I've given up on Odumb). KG, Pierce and their bench will play worse (i.e. no more Game 4's). Both teams will be tried from traveling across country, but that will impact the older Celtics more -- plus, the home crowd and elimination situation will rev up the Lakers. Bottom Line: I am actually pretty confident that we can win both games and break the Celtics hearts. Yeah, baby. WE GOT THIS!!\
(13) LAKERLADY - They'll play better at home...but can't look ahead to a Game 7 if they don't hustle, get to the loose balls, crash the boards and play better D. LAKERLAND....TWO GAMES AT STAPLES FOR THE TITLE...BELIEVE!!!
(14) APOLLO C. VERMONT -
(15) RDLEE - This is like 1988. We win games 6 & 7 at home.
(16) DANG - We could have won if Gasol, Odom, Fisher, Vujacic, Walton, and everyone and their mother's would have chiped in just a little bit. Just a little.
COME ON ALL YOU FANS ON TUESDAY AT STAPLES. BRING IT AND MAKE IT UNCOMFORTABLE FOR THOSE JERKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(17) FRED G. SANFORD -
(18) BRONXLAKERFAN - I believe that the Lakers will win it, still. They won game 3 in Boston, guaranteeing a return to Staples, and fought hard in both games in Boston. The Celtics came through with big wins. Now they have to win another game in Cali. If they can, they will deserve to be crowned champs. But the Lakers are no slouches and it won't be easy. We shall see.
(19) SPIKE TOPIAN - I'm shocked at the comments hammering Kobe. Are you nuts? Kobe single handedly kept the Lakers in the game. Pure and simple. Ride the hot hand... that's what the Celts have done to win game 2 (Allen's 3's), game 4 (Big Baby), and game 5 (Pierce). Kobe was on fire and he was man enough to carry the Lakers on his back... and it almost worked! Also, I'm sick of hearing people daydream what it would be like if Ariza were here instead of Ron-Ron. Are you kidding me? Here are the simple facts: Ariza this year shot 39% from the field, and 32% from the three. He is not half the defender that Artest is. Last year, Ariza played over his head and will never play like that again. On the other hand, Ron has been in a slump and when he plays to his potential in games 6 and 7, the Lakers will have won another championship.
(20) LET'S GO L'S - Regardless of what happens in 2010 and beyond, the lakers will be back...As for Boston, free-agency and max contracts will doom their team for years to come. Boy, what a vicious cycle when it comes to CONSISTENT winning YEAR after YEAR...BTW, laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY (even down 3-2)
(21) LONGTIMELAKERFAN - The Celtics knew that if they lost this game there's no way they could take two in LA, so they played with desperation and they won. Other than Kobe, Boston wanted it more than the Lakers. Now the Lakers come home and win games 6 and 7 to take the championsh
(21) JON K -

@OUCHHHHH, ROFLMFAO!!!

@OUCHHH, If I needed to feel important I sure wouldn't depend on a lunatic like you to self actualize myself. Do you know what that means? ouch, ouch!

No matter what happened on this series I am proud to be a Laker fan for I rooted a team with CLASS!!!
Posted by: mamba24 | June 14, 2010 at 05:19 AM

Right! Lakers have a lot of class.. yeah RIGHT!

U r the team that broke CHOIR BOY NASH's NOSE.. u r the team that deliberately Bloodies DRAGIC.. u r the team that deliberately went after Stoudamire's repaired eye.. u r the team that deliberatly bloodied SCOLA last year and Battier..

CLEARLY u have class.. or do u only bully the weaker skirt wearing western uniforms? Ur thuggery ain't working against the thugs.. U got no class..

Just hear the sound bite from ur 10 Ring Coach .. from last game.. in a timeout.. instead of drawing up a play ... expecting CELTICS to fold like regular season.. expecting MJ to show up deliver 6 rings.. expecting 3 rings handed by SHAQ...

expecting KOBE to deliver.. but u know what dis aint the MJ and obviously not a giant like SHAQ..

KOBE gets jacked.. Pierce rips the rebound .. actually that was not a rebound he ripped out .. he ripped out ur heart!

KOBE gets jacked.. Pierce rips the rebound .. actually that was not a rebound he ripped out .. he ripped out ur heart! Posted by: Captain Jack | June 14, 2010 at 06:05 AM
ROFLMFAO!! hahahahah! Is that the Freakin best you can do. This is a Lakersblog, you got to have a stronger take than that weak @zz ISH! Whats wrong jackie, the idiots on the Celtics Blog to illiterate to understand coherent thought. or could it be that even Celtic Fans don't want to hear the Weak @zz BS you bring. ROFMLMAO! CAPTAIN MY @ZZ!!

Dang, PJ is being out-coached.

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I HAVE FAITH, WIN 2 AT HOME IS WHAT WE’LL DO – BANDWAGON
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(00) PHIL JACKSON - 10RINGS - It's basically defending HOME COURT. That is the way it's suppose to be , isnt it?
(01) 2PHATT – OWNER – I have Faith in the next two at home Stop worrying Wes, WE GOT THIS
(02) FAITH – DRIVER - I am FAITH & I have FAITH
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN -
(04) NEVER - RIDING SHOTGUN2 - Come on Lakers. I believe in you.
(05) WESJOENIXON - SGT-AT-ARMS - There is no game 7, only game 6. Nothing but game 6, everything is game 6. I am ready.
(06) ZAIRA - GODDESS OF INSPIRATION - Get it together my Lakers. I might be angry, disappointed and let down now, but I still wear you up on my heart sleeve and I STILL BELIEVE 16 ring is ours to take NOW. I know you have it in yourself. And I still choose to show you love instead of any other feeling, today too, to make your pride and skill and hustle blossom out from exactly that love that you still inspire me. I do believe in Win after Love. Prove me right. Please.



(20) LET'S GO L'S - Regardless of what happens in 2010 and beyond, the lakers will be back...As for Boston, free-agency and max contracts will doom their team for years to come. Boy, what a vicious cycle when it comes to CONSISTENT winning YEAR after YEAR...BTW, laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY (even down 3-2)
(21) LONGTIMELAKERFAN - The Celtics knew that if they lost this game there's no way they could take two in LA, so they played with desperation and they won. Other than Kobe, Boston wanted it more than the Lakers. Now the Lakers come home and win games 6 and 7 to take the championsh
(21) JON K –
(22) LOU - times should take out t.j.simers.he's an idiot who doesn't understand the game of basketball.he doesnt see the real picture doesnt know how to acknowledge greatness or simply a kobe hater you dont have what it takes to be kobe.go kobe go lakers.thank you so much for the great season

HAHAHAHA.......THE PIT BULLS ARE OUT IN NUMBERS.......grrrrrrrr...AND THE BOTTOM FEEDERS (CELTICS FANS) ARE MAKING THEIR ROUNDS AS USUAL...

Lakers did what they needed to do and that was win back the home court ad..

Now before anyone jumps on a bandwagon (lakers or celts), don't forget title is still on the line, lakers are still the champs, please be patient until the final outcome.


Interesting ......

Can y'all just chill?

Ouchhhhhh, that specifically includes you.

Look, *we* have a right to be upset. A number of us have wrongfully
vilified Kobe & wrongfully praised Pau & drunk a whole lot of Lakers kool-aid.

$$ on the table time.

We played to get home court advantage *SPECIFICALLY* for this event.

Phil has been out-coached by Doc Rivers for a second finals. Phil has chosen
to *NOT* develop his bench and Doc Rivers has. The Lakers have chosen to
*DEVELOP* players who have questionable character vs. getting players
who have character. [ I have no idea why. *sigh* ]

The score is 3-2 which is exactly what it would be if both teams had held
home court advantage. Our seasons consists of exactly 1 game. No more.
No less.

I will be honest. There are a number of bloggers that I specifically want to
call out right now, but I'm not saying anything.

At home, in front of family and friends, Pau, Lamar & Artest have a chance to
make amends. Let's give them the chance.

At home, in front of his boss & gf, Phil has a chance to make amends. Let's
give him a chance.

At home, in front of his wife & kids, Kobe has a chance to add to his legacy.
Let's give him a chance.

We should all feel fortunate. We have the best lab in the world. We all get
a chance to *SEE* if:

Phil is worth 12 million per year?
Should Artest have been signed?
Should LO have been re-signed?
Is Bynum worth it?
Are the Lakers fans *REALLY* the 6th man?

I'll be honest. I've got some HARD questions for a few of you bloggers. And
everyone of you know what's on my mind. As angry as we all are, can you
imagine what Kobe feels like????

The only Lakers who should feel safe are the ones who didn't play. Bynum
*might* get a pass because he's playing injured. *MIGHT*

Why don't we start counting the positives as we await judgement day?

Here's a positive: Instead of throwing his teammates under the bus, Kobe
*SPECIFICALLY* cut Pau some slack & was very team oriented. That says
quite a lot about his maturity as a leader.

Someone else should post a positive.

btw, if I could, I'd reach through the screen and smack any & every poster
who compared Kobe to Magic or MJ. Why? Because neither of them had to
deal with the head cases that Kobe has had to.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199806140UTA.html

So if its a lakers blob i should be bowing down to ur might spilling Kobe and rest of the loosers.. u don't like hearing da truth..

Truth is that Pierce represents da real LA .. ur imported italian gelatin (Kobe) sips wine in OC .. newport coast.. phillup da potster got same attitude as some street cleaner in NY SUBWAY..

And u want to know class .. watch showtime .. Magic, Worthy, Kareem, Scott, and Jabbar.. classiest coach ever .. PAT RILEY. ... did i forget Cooper!

Ur lakers r as superficial as the FLAGS ur put on ur HUMMERS TAHOES and EXPEDITIONS..

questions is who will be laughing if this series does not even go to SEVEN games!

The only Lakers who should feel safe are the ones who didn't play. Bynum
*might* get a pass because he's playing injured. *MIGHT* Why don't we start counting the positives as we await judgement day? Here's a positive: Instead of throwing his teammates under the bus, Kobe *SPECIFICALLY* cut Pau some slack & was very team oriented. That says quite a lot about his maturity as a leader. Someone else should post a positive. btw, if I could, I'd reach through the screen and smack any & every poster who compared Kobe to Magic or MJ. Why? Because neither of them had to deal with the head cases that Kobe has had to. http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199806140UTA.html
Posted by: hobbitmage | June 14, 2010 at 06:22 AM
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Yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!

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(00) PHIL JACKSON - 10RINGS - It's basically defending HOME COURT. That is the way it's suppose to be , isnt it?
(01) 2PHATT – OWNER – I have Faith in the next two at home Stop worrying Wes, WE GOT THIS
(02) FAITH – DRIVER - I am FAITH & I have FAITH
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN -
(04) NEVER - RIDING SHOTGUN2 - Come on Lakers. I believe in you.
(05) WESJOENIXON - SGT-AT-ARMS - There is no game 7, only game 6. Nothing but game 6, everything is game 6. I am ready.
(06) ZAIRA - GODDESS OF INSPIRATION - Get it together my Lakers. I might be angry, disappointed and let down now, but I still wear you up on my heart sleeve and I STILL BELIEVE 16 ring is ours to take NOW. I know you have it in yourself. And I still choose to show you love instead of any other feeling, today too, to make your pride and skill and hustle blossom out from exactly that love that you still inspire me. I do believe in Win after Love. Prove me right. Please.



(20) LET'S GO L'S - Regardless of what happens in 2010 and beyond, the lakers will be back...As for Boston, free-agency and max contracts will doom their team for years to come. Boy, what a vicious cycle when it comes to CONSISTENT winning YEAR after YEAR...BTW, laker pride through ALL and ANY ADVERSITY (even down 3-2)
(21) LONGTIMELAKERFAN - The Celtics knew that if they lost this game there's no way they could take two in LA, so they played with desperation and they won. Other than Kobe, Boston wanted it more than the Lakers. Now the Lakers come home and win games 6 and 7 to take the championsh
(21) JON K –
(22) LOU - times should take out t.j.simers.he's an idiot who doesn't understand the game of basketball.he doesnt see the real picture doesnt know how to acknowledge greatness or simply a kobe hater you dont have what it takes to be kobe.go kobe go lakers.thank you so much for the great season
(23) ZEN - Lakers did what they needed to do and that was win back the home court ad..Now before anyone jumps on a bandwagon (lakers or celts), don't forget title is still on the line, lakers are still the champs, please be patient until the final outcome.

mamba24

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U see, some do better jobs besides cheerleading

hobbit

no comments on the Memphis Chocker, the best Center in the game, the best MVP

why did we re-signed HIM?

This is for Ricky & all of the other spaniards:

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/small-253235-boston-faced.html

snippet:
And at that moment, Kobe Bryant can rightly turn to his shaggy-headed Lakers co-star and say: “You owe me something, Spaniard. Now show me something.”

That’s because Pau Gasol, for all his sweet skills and how pivotal he has been to the Lakers’ greatness these past three years, has been passive, indecisive and – yes – soft when the pressure is on, the footing is unfamiliar and the faces are even more so.

Gasol faltered yet again Sunday night on the road and in the clutch, pushing the Lakers to a 3-2 NBA Finals deficit.

It was the same old spiel from Gasol afterward, reminding himself to “be the aggressor” the next game. He said his plan for Game 6 is to be “very, very aggressive, very confident, and understand the situation we’re at now.”

snippet:
Let’s review Gasol’s big-game history so far this postseason, which overall has certainly been better than either of the previous two.

- Game 6 vs. Oklahoma City: The Lakers need to win on the road to avoid facing elimination in Game 7. Gasol has nine points on 4-of-11 shooting in 39 minutes. To his credit, he does reach nine points by coming up with the winning tip-in of a Bryant miss, but Bryant has to carry the Lakers with 32 points; no other Laker scores more than 11.

- Game 6 vs. Phoenix: Again, the Lakers need to win on the road to avoid facing elimination in Game 7. Again, Gasol has nine points. This time he shoots 2 for 9 in 41 minutes. Bryant, however, scores 37 points and Ron Artest steps up as the second fiddle with his high as a Laker, 25 points.

The Lakers had a similar situation last postseason in the second round vs. Houston. They lost Game 6 in Houston with Gasol held to 14 points – without a single free-throw attempt – in 43 minutes. (Forced to Game 7, the Lakers won easily at home with Gasol scoring 21 points albeit with five turnovers.)

snippet:
It’s not easy to be great with the pressure on and the fans against you. It doesn’t mean Gasol is not a true All-Star. It’s not that he can’t play on the road, either: He averaged exactly 18.3 points home and away this season, shooting 54 percent home and 53 percent away.

It just takes a little extra grit and spit to come through against such extreme adversity.

And even though he’s a champion now, these are days when you have to remember that Gasol never won a playoff game before joining Bryant.

Not a playoff series, but a single playoff game. Gasol went 0-12.

snippet:
All through the week, Gasol was muscled farther and farther away from the hoop by the Boston defense and never did consistently establish his presence inside. He absolutely did not outplay Kevin Garnett in the matchup that Phil Jackson said entering the series was the one to watch, and Gasol wasted his opportunities to use his agility and creativity to drive when Boston went to older (Rasheed Wallace) and slower (Kendrick Perkins) defenders on him.

“They do a good job pushing you out of the post,” Gasol said after Game 5.


[ note: Heaven help us! Was Mike T right???? ]

This is for Ricky & all of the other spaniards:

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/small-253235-boston-faced.html

snippet:
And at that moment, Kobe Bryant can rightly turn to his shaggy-headed Lakers co-star and say: “You owe me something, Spaniard. Now show me something.”

That’s because Pau Gasol, for all his sweet skills and how pivotal he has been to the Lakers’ greatness these past three years, has been passive, indecisive and – yes – soft when the pressure is on, the footing is unfamiliar and the faces are even more so.

Gasol faltered yet again Sunday night on the road and in the clutch, pushing the Lakers to a 3-2 NBA Finals deficit.

It was the same old spiel from Gasol afterward, reminding himself to “be the aggressor” the next game. He said his plan for Game 6 is to be “very, very aggressive, very confident, and understand the situation we’re at now.”

snippet:
Let’s review Gasol’s big-game history so far this postseason, which overall has certainly been better than either of the previous two.

- Game 6 vs. Oklahoma City: The Lakers need to win on the road to avoid facing elimination in Game 7. Gasol has nine points on 4-of-11 shooting in 39 minutes. To his credit, he does reach nine points by coming up with the winning tip-in of a Bryant miss, but Bryant has to carry the Lakers with 32 points; no other Laker scores more than 11.

- Game 6 vs. Phoenix: Again, the Lakers need to win on the road to avoid facing elimination in Game 7. Again, Gasol has nine points. This time he shoots 2 for 9 in 41 minutes. Bryant, however, scores 37 points and Ron Artest steps up as the second fiddle with his high as a Laker, 25 points.

The Lakers had a similar situation last postseason in the second round vs. Houston. They lost Game 6 in Houston with Gasol held to 14 points – without a single free-throw attempt – in 43 minutes. (Forced to Game 7, the Lakers won easily at home with Gasol scoring 21 points albeit with five turnovers.)

snippet:
It’s not easy to be great with the pressure on and the fans against you. It doesn’t mean Gasol is not a true All-Star. It’s not that he can’t play on the road, either: He averaged exactly 18.3 points home and away this season, shooting 54 percent home and 53 percent away.

It just takes a little extra grit and spit to come through against such extreme adversity.

And even though he’s a champion now, these are days when you have to remember that Gasol never won a playoff game before joining Bryant.

Not a playoff series, but a single playoff game. Gasol went 0-12.

snippet:
All through the week, Gasol was muscled farther and farther away from the hoop by the Boston defense and never did consistently establish his presence inside. He absolutely did not outplay Kevin Garnett in the matchup that Phil Jackson said entering the series was the one to watch, and Gasol wasted his opportunities to use his agility and creativity to drive when Boston went to older (Rasheed Wallace) and slower (Kendrick Perkins) defenders on him.

“They do a good job pushing you out of the post,” Gasol said after Game 5.


[ note: Heaven help us! Was Mike T right???? ]

Good morning Laker family,

As much as I want to scream this morning, I'm doing my best to stay positive and believe that our team can pull this off. I find it very hard to believe that every other player on our team, not names Kobe, will play as awfully as they did again. No excuses, we just played an awful game and that's that. The only reason it wasn't a blowout was because of Kobe's heroics.

Let's focus on winning game 6 and not stress about #7 for now. The one-day turnaround should benefit the Lakers.

WE BLEED PURPLE & GOLD THROUGH THICK & THIN!!!!

JoJo you are just giving adjectives Gasol is soft and Odom is a coward ad Bynum is hurt and Fisher is unreliable. For a championship coach is thats all you got? That is no insight. It is obvious I understand the game better than you and would own you if I had to coach against you. For the record I was a Laker from 1982 on. Plus I was a Laker when Nic Van Excel, Eddie Jones and Cedric Ceballos were the main guys. Kobe is one of the best to ever lace them up but not infallible. I think he does little to build up his team's confidence and as a result his team is depedent on him to save the day.
Posted by: island priest | June 14, 2010 at 01:23 AM


I got respect for Island Priest unlike all u wanna be mamba's ..

btw if kobe scores 19 in 1 quarter rest of ur softies .. get cold sitting and watching the mighty MJ wanna be.. and when they finally get the ball they r cold .. uninterested.. its when kobe was out Lakers started gettin in the game.. his prob .. he so badly wants to be MJ or beat MJ that he screws ur team .. involving Pau .. would have worked real well.. get fouls down in the paint.. no long rebounds.. easy put backs.. more off rebounds.. but nooooooooooo

Kobe gotta be da hero.. Well... u know what happened.. got jacked .. ripped heart ..

blame it on Artest .. Gasoft Bynums legs.. refs.. vodka bottles ..

@OUCHHHH, ROFLMAO!!! OH OUCHH, OUCHHH, NOW YOU HAVE YOUR OWN ROLL CALL. I'm so proud of you. HAHAHHAHHA! Only 1 thing wrong with it. Every designation should have your name after it. After all you are thr be all end all when it comes to Basketball knowledge right! Why after this season I expect Jerry Buss to turn to the only person that possibly save the Lakers. Who could that be? Why OUCHHHH of course. OH SWEET JESUS, OUCH YOU NEED TO STOP THIS ISH!
MAMBA24

Two interesting thought:
1. When Bynum got hurt in game 4, the complexion of the game changed, we lose the paint, Celtics took over
2. When Doc River made that dramatic press conference...Stern gave in....

ouchhhhhh,

you wrote: no comments on the Memphis Chocker, the best Center in the game, the best MVP

why did we re-signed HIM?

my response: Actually, I posted a link and snippets from Kevin Ding's article
on Pau. I think that everyone on this blog knows what I think about Pau,
Bynum & Lamar. For what it's worth, I thought I had made my opinion
known back in February when Pau threw Kobe under the bus. In a finesse
sorta way. :)

I think that Kobe had a point. *Everybody* is entitled to one bad game.

2010 is not 2008!

LAKERS have Home Court Advantage
- Now Have Bynum
- GASoFT is not soft anymore
- Got tougher den metal Artest
- NO Rad.. to blame or Ariza

Celtics
- No Sam, PJ, POWE, Psoey, & House
- Worn down KG
- older Allen Pierce

Y wont these Celtics go away?

hobbit

i was referring to this paragraph:

Phil is worth 12 million per year?
Should Artest have been signed?
Should LO have been re-signed?
Is Bynum worth it?
Are the Lakers fans *REALLY* the 6th man?

i know exactly where u stand regarding Gassy. except that ur insisting that he is a good PF. isn't CHOCKING part of the GOOD? or how much BAD is in GOOD?

:-)

Looks like da wagon is surrounded by dem indians

wooo wooo wooo wooo

mamba

i will leave the consulting job to LakerTom and Jon K. nothing can be more INSIGHT FULL than that. it's the epitome of BB knowledge. and JUSTA the cheerleader. and of course, U the announcer.

see, i'm a much better casting director.

Good morning,

First of all, let’s get one thing straight. The Boston Celtics are NOT gonna raise that big o’ trophy in OUR house. Got it? No way!

That doesn’t mean I buy Phil Jackson’s post-game ‘We’ve got ‘em right where we want ‘em’ comments.

I feel obligated to salute our worthy adversaries. They schooled the Lakers in Game 5 in every category. Doc Rivers has imbued the Celtics with a belief system the Lakers must find a way to top in Games 6 & 7. Every Celtic player took responsibility on himself Sunday night to make good things happen for his team. Every single one of them.

Other than Kobe, I didn’t see anyone in a purple and gold uniform stand tall and say, “This is MY time to help my team and I will not fail.” Not once. Mark Heisler saw the game even more harshly: “I think the Lakers big men stopped playing because the Celtics took their hearts.” Plaschke’s description of the team this morning was “the retreating Lakers.”

But I’m not going to accept that it has to be that way.

Which brings it to us, this awesome blog family of Lakerholics. When Roll Call is sounded, we rally and report. When the next clarion is sounded, we sign up for bandwagons with enthusiasm. It’s not enough. Our blog bandwagons should no longer start with any of us at number one on the list.
It’s time for the Lakers to put their hearts on the line. The retreat must end.

For the rest of the Finals, the Lakers’ players must be the first to enlist on their own bandwagon. This is on THEIR shoulders.

The WIN 2 AT HOME BANDWAGON sign-up sheet belongs in the Lakers locker room. It hasn’t to date, and we’ve seen the results in Games 2, 4, and 5. If the Championship is to belong to the Lakers as it should, it is time for them to sign up for their own bandwagon and sign in.

1) Kobe Bryant ____________________________________
2) Derek Fisher ____________________________________
3) Pau Gasol ______________________________________
4) Ron Artest ______________________________________
5) Andrew Bynum __________________________________
6) Lamar Odom ____________________________________
7) Jordan Farmar ___________________________________
8) Luke Walton _____________________________________
9) Sasha Vujacic ____________________________________
10) Shannon Brown _________________________________
11) Josh Powell _____________________________________
12) DJ Mbenga _____________________________________
13) Adam Morrison _________________________________

Our names can follow, but it starts with the Lakers.

The players must verify that THEY have a belief system to rival the one the Celtics have established. It’s the only way Los Angeles gets a parade this year. We can add our names to theirs but it begins with the team. We can only do so much. We are here to support THEM. If THEY don’t believe, all is lost. If THEY don’t take responsibility, who will?

The Lakers can NOT allow the Celtics to raise the championship trophy in OUR house.

We did it in '88, we can do it again. Ask Isiah Thomas how easy it is to win games 6 & 7 in LA.
I think we need a John Belushi "when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor" pep talk about now!

Mamba-

Good morning. Gonna be an interesting week. One way or another. Cant believe after all that ... we still gotta win one more in LA.

PJ was outcoached by Rivers, who found the combination Rasheed Wallace+Garnett to stop Gasol, and Phil didnt do a shit about it. Also has to be said that lakers bench is sad, celtics have better team.

Kobe: "Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell, no." "Well, it ain't over now."
"Who's with me?"

Sorry guys. I'm not buyin' it.

The Lakers were SUPPOSED to show up last night with their A game.

They showed up instead with their C game.

And this is after a few days to ponder the loss in game 4, and in knowing that they'll face elimination if they lose game 5.

Oh, the Lakers did have 'em right where they wanted, but they blew it.

Do you hear me? BLEW IT.

And why? Are the Celtics a superior talent? Are the Celtics truly better physically?

No.

Oh, don't get me wrong. The Celtics are obviously tougher than the Lakers, but not in the way you'd expect in prior years.

No, the Lakers are mentally INFERIOR.

How else do you explain laying an egg when you have a full week to practice in the away arena and when you have two full days to make adjustments and correct all the reasons you lost the prior game?

I expected the Lakers to show up, but last night, I saw the Clippers.

I was willing to put cold hard cash on the line against the trolls. Apparently that was more than almost every player on the Lakers was willing to put on the line.

There's a problem when the fans care more than the players in a crucial game 5 of the NBA finals.

I'm sorry, I'm just not buying it.

Oh yeah, I'll admit, the Lakers are better than this. But are they? What good is physical talent and experience if you're mentally weak?

Show me something, or STFU.

And now for morning Heads will Roll Call:
Lamar Odom
Ron Artest
Shannon Over-Rated Brown
Pau Soft Gasol
Jordan Farmar
Derek massively over-rated Fisher

Show up, or get your a**es off the team.

Don't believe me?

Watch you get booed if you lay another egg this season.

Do what you're capable of, and we cheer you down Figueroa.

Seems pretty simple, doesn't it? Well, only if you have the mental fortitude to take this seriously.

Kevin Garnett: "Pau Gasol lost a STEP. And he is the same old Chocker from Memphis"

I'm not so much ANGRY at the loss but the TOTAL LACK OF EFFORT that was displayed that caused it.

I'm not gonna sit here and regurgitate all this CRAP about which Lakers did or DID NOT step up, play well or WHATEVER because at this point it's already been thought of and said.

But if just ONE OTHER Laker would have stepped up with just half the HEART and HUNGER as Kobe did we'd be headed back home up 3-2.

As it is we NOW face ELIMINATION by the Green Geezers. Trolls are out gunz blazin'.

I'm still with Mamba, Justa, ECJ, LakerTom, Zaira, hobbitmage, Jon K, lewstrs and EVERY SINGLE LAKERNATION SOLDIER who still have FAITH and who STILL BELIEVE that OUR LAKERS will DIG DEEP, STEP UP, BATTLE BACK...

AND WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ouchhhh,

You are on Lakers Blog not on BSPN. We are not interested of their roll call, this blog has its own culture of bloggers. Don't compare us to them or against the leprechauns. If you don't like Gassy, fine. It is really pleasant to read posters or bloggers to debate an issue by laying out the foundation w/ back up facts. When one gets off tangent because of criticisms, we lose focus, we lose unity when in fact we are on in the same boat with different ideas to paddle the boat.


Just win game 6. It'll be 2 days of scrolling past trolls but if we win 6, you have to like our chances at home in game 7.

They've been as advertised. We haven't. Every Laker can and will play better at home. We know it, the Celtics know it. It will go from confident swagger to serious concern when we take game 6.

Tim-4-Show

great post. it's Kobe and the bunch of brain midgets.

and the coaching staff is TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE for this. when will anyone ask for their heads??????????

the JOURNEY? give me a break.

La will Own In CALI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kobe: "Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell, no." "Well, it ain't over now.""Who's with me?"Posted by: rdlee | June 14, 2010 at 07:19 AM
*I AM SIR!!!!
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*
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I HAVE FAITH, WIN 2 AT HOME IS WHAT WE’LL DO – BANDWAGON
*
(00) PHIL JACKSON - 10RINGS - It's basically defending HOME COURT. That is the way it's suppose to be , isnt it?
(01) 2PHATT – OWNER – I have Faith in the next two at home Stop worrying Wes, WE GOT THIS
(02) FAITH – DRIVER - I am FAITH & I have FAITH
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN -
(04) NEVER - RIDING SHOTGUN2 - Come on Lakers. I believe in you.
(05) WESJOENIXON - SGT-AT-ARMS - There is no game 7, only game 6. Nothing but game 6, everything is game 6. I am ready.


(23) ZEN - Lakers did what they needed to do and that was win back the home court ad..Now before anyone jumps on a bandwagon (lakers or celts), don't forget title is still on the line, lakers are still the champs, please be patient until the final outcome
(24) EASTCOASTJESSIE - Let's focus on winning game 6 and not stress about #7 for now. The one-day turnaround should benefit the Lakers.WE BLEED PURPLE & GOLD THROUGH THICK & THIN!!!!

Watch you get booed if you lay another egg this season.
Do what you're capable of, and we cheer you down Figueroa.
...
Posted by: Tim-4-Show | June 14, 2010 at 07:28 AM


I don't think Celtics are better than Lakers either. And I am not sure how a less talented team is beating them. Maybe they play as a team.. and I guess thats why it is a team sport.


About booing ur team.. thats not nice.. they have played close to 100 games now.. given everything they got for that amount for 3 years in a row..

I am not this Laker Team fan but u guys should not worry that much.. u have two games.. regroup and hope it works.. there 27 other cities who wish they were in ur spot.. i think u got a lot to keep ur heads up high...

Dat said.. its good to see the arrogant pompous Kobe and Phillup brought down to earth.. Under Dogs like Celtics make this a Great Sport.

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I HAVE FAITH, WIN 2 AT HOME IS WHAT WE’LL DO – BANDWAGON
*
(00) PHIL JACKSON - 10RINGS - It's basically defending HOME COURT. That is the way it's suppose to be , isnt it?
(01) 2PHATT – OWNER – I have Faith in the next two at home Stop worrying Wes, WE GOT THIS
(02) FAITH – DRIVER - I am FAITH & I have FAITH
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN -


"
"
(25) JUST A FAN - Whats the big F'nnn Deal They only lost by 6 points at home with the refs. inpocket!!! With no real help from the other starters or the bench!!! I need Kobe to get his team more involed even if he has to cuu somebody azz out!!!

*
I HAVE FAITH, WIN 2 AT HOME IS WHAT WE’LL DO – BANDWAGON
*
(00) PHIL JACKSON - 10RINGS - It's basically defending HOME COURT. That is the way it's suppose to be , isnt it?
(01) 2PHATT – OWNER – I have Faith in the next two at home Stop worrying Wes, WE GOT THIS
(02) FAITH – DRIVER - I am FAITH & I have FAITH
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN -


"
"
(25) JUST A FAN - Whats the big F'nnn Deal They only lost by 6 points at home with the refs. inpocket!!! With no real help from the other starters or the bench!!! I need Kobe to get his team more involed even if he has to cuu somebody azz out!!!
(26) HALOSANT - I'm not gonna sit here and regurgitate all this CRAP about which Lakers did or DID NOT step up, play well or WHATEVER because at this point it's already been thought of and said. But if just ONE OTHER Laker would have stepped up with just half the HEART and HUNGER as Kobe did we'd be headed back home up 3-2. As it is we NOW face ELIMINATION by the Green Geezers. Trolls are out gunz blazin'. I'm still with Mamba, Justa, ECJ, LakerTom, Zaira, hobbitmage, Jon K, lewstrs and EVERY SINGLE LAKERNATION SOLDIER who still have FAITH and who STILL BELIEVE that OUR LAKERS will DIG DEEP, STEP UP, BATTLE BACK...AND WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@HALOSANT, SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT!! Don't worry...WE STILL GOT THIS!!!

Ouchhh

Continuation to my post:

Frankly, by now you have noticed I also don't belong to the lakerholic gang. There are things I don't agree but nonetheless we have to respect everyone's opinion without being disagreeable. Like for example, last night I don't think Farmar helped at all in stopping Nate, in stopping Allen, in stopping Rondo and whoever is in front of him. he continues to commit t/o's and I'm just thankful there are last 2 games remaining. Luke can't score a point after being with the Lakers since 2004, LO & Artest are so inconsistent and yet I'm praying and banking on them as the bulwark of this team next to Kobe. Gasol is the 2nd guy out there, like you I'm crushed when he gets intimidated, harassed, and kept on falling down. We all go down with Gasol and yet he doesn't realize that he carries the whole Laker nation in his shoulder. He flops and thinks that he is a weakling, therefore he is treated as such. Gasol doesn't get it, it's a cultural basketball acquired knowledge of being floppy. I still believe Gasol can get up and fight back. We are all in that boat, when he falls down, it should not the end of the world. He has to get up fight back, be an equalizer and inflict damage on Celtics by being brave enough to carry the fight despite his shortcomings.

So if Shannon could have scored his 6 points, we look at overtime. He can go to the rim, no one else does and he can defend. Phil used him for 17 seconds.
Why??

so EDWIN

where is that post of yours that said that the C's bench is a bunch of scrubs and the Lakers have LO (chuckle), UPS (vomit) and Farmar (i'm lost on this one)?

did u watch the Cavs game when Rondo, Allen and Baby creamed them? it was not the starters.
did u watch Nate against the Orlando?

i'm sure U watched how Baby and Nate creamed the Lakers starters in Game 4

or U believe that a NEW BANDWAGON will win Game 6?

Maybe that's the difference between Laker fans and fans of other teams.

We don't cheer egg laying. We can only cheer good fought effort.

Just think of it... what if the Lakers played as hard as OKC did in the first round.

That team deserved the standing ovation from their fans at the end of the season.

The Lakers, if they pull this again (and hopefully not), will get see tomatoes.

Good morning. Gonna be an interesting week. One way or another. Cant believe after all that ... we still gotta win one more in LA. Posted by: 131-92 | June 14, 2010 at 07:17 AM
*
It appears you are better at predictions than I. But I'm still not ready to admit the celtics are a better team than the Lakers and I'm not yet ready to start pricing those Larry Bird jersey's just yet. Your team played it's heart out and mine didn't. I aint gone blame the Refs. So you may only need to hold your breath for one more game while I'll be holding mine for 2. but The Lakers are still standing and until someone knocks them out they are still the World Champs. So, interesting week indeed! Take care 131 see you at Game 6.

Mamba24

Hey Mamba u r not picking Lakers in Six anymore?

LAKERS in SIX!

what happened? was happenin..

OH .. excellent coaching from Phillup .. instead of drawing a play or something.. wait phillup got Kobe .. move aside give the ball to kobe.. but wait.. kobe got ripped..

okay that said.. instead of drawin a play or something dis is wat de genious nyc subway cleaner look alike had to say..

"This team has lost more games in the fourth quarter than anybody in the NBA. They know how to lose in the fourth quarter. They're just showing us that now."

Sounds just like something a bitter new yorker would say cleaning an MTA station...

Laker fan-

I hate to pile on but I did tell you guys back in September that your bench sucked!!!

You laughed at me and called me an idiot troll.

Apologies accepted!!!

I am still taking the Celtics in six, if that makes anyone feel better.

All BostonFans are Jealous with Envy because the Lakers are Like the best Team Ever! They Just look an put on a Show better than Or pretty much in other team out there The Boston Baked Beans, To hell with the Irish and the dang-on Tea Party Kobe Bryant is the best player on earth!! He has the one of the best teams on earth. Honestly tho look at both rosters and ask your SELF >>>>>>> WHY DID BOSTON ONLY WHEN BY 6 POINTS AT HOME, ROTFLMMFAO

THIS IS A TEAM WITH NO REAL GO TO GUY THEY ARE INCONSISTANT WITH WITCH WHO IS THE TRUE TEAMLEADER OR MISTER RELIABLE! SCREW BOSTON

I hope that Laker fans start to look at Phil Jackson for what he really is and that is a front running carpet-bagger.

Enjoy this Celtic fans. It won't last long...

Ouchhhh,

Win or lose, I will cheer this team even if it is Scrubs Part II. We don't bow to leprechauns and give up the fight. There are such things as good players and bad players based on talents. If you are a Laker fan then prove it by helping them get over the hump. Just consider it is difficult to win on the road, yet they won one game.

If you think you are no longer a Laker fan and call it quits, be a man and say so. We will always understand because being a Laker fan is a privilege not open to all.

 
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