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Lakers have many defensive assignments to consider against Boston

In a ritual of early-season preparation, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and his assistants devote time to  watching the last game from the previous season, hoping it helps to indicate which areas they need to focus on the most.

So at the beginning of the 2008-09 season, they relived the Lakers' embarrassing 131-92 Game 6 NBA Finals loss to the Boston Celtics, an outcome many Laker fans might consider too painful to purposely watch a second time. But for Jackson, it wasn't as bad as he had feared.

"By that time it was OK," he said. "You get through it." And in the end, he found, "there's nothing to be learned from that game."

Yes, it seems little could be taken away from the most lopsided loss in Finals history since Chicago's 42-point victory over Utah in 1998, except that the Celtics outperformed the Lakers in every single way. But, taking the series as a whole, it was evident one area of concern was defense.

The Celtics featured Paul Pierce (21.8 points), Ray Allen (20.3 points) and Kevin Garnett (18.2 points) averaging double figures. Boston outrebounded the Lakers in four of the series' six games, including by double-digit margins in Games 1 and 6. And Boston's physical play offensively and defensively further cemented the Lakers' soft label.

That's partly why the Lakers spent most of Tuesday's practice preparing their defense by simulating the Celtics' team-oriented offense.

"This is a team that will try to create mismatches and unbalance your team a little bit and pick away at what they consider the weak areas of territories," Jackson said. "You have to make adjustments during the course of the game, but that doesn't prepare you for how the next game will go or whether they'll change up or go directly. We just have to prepare to ... make adjustments."

This isn't about the Lakers overcoming their alleged softness, a reputation and stigma the Lakers unfairly have carried since that Finals loss. Lakers forward Pau Gasol seems to be a focus of this allegation, with El Spaniard having allowed Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett to muscle him inside throughout the series. Since then, Gasol has devoted more time to weight training and has shown plenty of instances where he's not shying from physical play. A few sequences in the Lakers' 87-86 loss Feb. 18 to Boston showed Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace physically trying to intimidate Gasol. Though no one will ever mistake Gasol for a meathead, he didn't back down from Wallace's physical nature. Nearly a month later, Gasol made a hard foul on Phoenix forward Louis Amundson.

Nonetheless, Gasol remains befuddled on why the "toughness" talking point took on a life of its own.

"I don't know," Gasol said. "It is what it is. People got to talk about things and they choose to talk about what they want to. We got to go out there and not really prove ourselves, but we got to go out there and play and fight for our goal and our dream, and that is winning another championship."

Jackson plans for the Lakers' defensive strategy to center on the flexibility to make switches on matchups. "We are really looking at all aspects," he said. Those aspects include how the team guards Boston point guard Rajon Rondo, who gave the Lakers fits in their Game 6 loss two years ago with 21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals. This season, Rondo made his first All-Star appearance, earned first-team defensive honors, led the league with 2.3 steals, and his postseason clip of 16.7 points, 10.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals created enough of an impact for him to be considered part of the "Big Four" with Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.

It's an assignment Jackson says will include multiple options, including Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown.

The difficulty of defending against the Celtics' backcourt goes beyond Rondo. Despite finishing with a two-of-10 effort Jan. 31 against the Lakers, Allen scored a team-high 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the Lakers' 87-86 loss Feb. 18 to the Celtics. And after a look through the game footage, Fisher's contention afterward that Allen's performance stemmed from Allen's talent as a shooter and team defensive breakdowns appeared pretty accurate. Although Fisher must bear some of the blame for those breakdowns, the film shows that it can't be placed solely on him and Brown. Though they often trailed Allen's efficient cutting from screens, rarely did the rest of the team help by adjusting its defensive strategy.

Fisher, who's defended this postseason against the likes of OKC's Russell Westbrook, Utah's Deron Williams and Phoenix's Steve Nash, believes previous experience can only help, although he stresses it doesn't guarantee success.

Lastly, the most definitive matchup entails Ron Artest guarding Pierce. "Ron's been very engaged in these playoffs," Jackson said, citing Artest's role defending the team's top scorer in the Thunder's Kevin Durant, a dual effort in helping the Lakers' backcourt limit Williams, and also defending a secondary option in Phoenix guard Jason Richardson.

If the season history serves as any indication, Artest's defense could provide a huge boost. He held Pierce to an average of 13 points on 40% shooting, far below his East Conference final average of 24.3 points per game on a 51.2% clip. Two sequences in both games illustrated Artest's defensive presence. In the Lakers' 90-89 victory Jan. 31 over Boston, Artest fought through Allen's screen at the top of the key and locked down on Pierce. As he tried going in for a pull-up jumper, Pierce tugged at Artest's jersey and was called for an offensive foul with 27 seconds left, setting up Bryant's eventual game winner. In the Lakers' 87-86 loss Feb. 18 to Boston, Artest forced Pierce to miss a layup with 5.8 seconds remaining, though a delay in the officials accepting the Lakers' timeout ruined Odom's fast-break layup attempt and eventually resulted in Fisher airballing a potential game-winning three-pointer.

Artest downplayed the assignment, though he compared it with a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight. "It depends what type of fighter you want," Artest said. "Who do I take in that fight? I don't know."

-- Mark Medina

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Hey guys, congrats from Barcelona. Yesterday and today Kareem visit our city for introducing the "Lakers vs Barça" game for this summer. Will be a interesting game (NBA champion vs FIBA champion)

I hope Bynum can play. We need him b/c Pau cant play against 4 bigs, obviously not in the same time, but in the game, the celtics bigs can share his work guarding Pau (not easy for Pau) Drew is Key for this finals. No Drew, no ring. Lakers cant win with only 1 big ready to play. Impossible. True, we have Odom, but Odom is not really 1 Big that can guard Garnett or Perkins with succes.

You can see Kareem in youtube (Buenafuente with Kareem o something like that) Is very funny.

One of the Lakers weaknesses back in 2008 was Gasol defending KG. Pau wasn't boxing-out KG, and he was a step slow shifting against a screen to clog the lane, thus an easy layups for the Celts. I thought LO was more effective against KG, since he's a lot quicker than Pau.

This year, we have Artest and Bynum on the starting lineup, an upgrade and much better defenders than Radmanovic and LO.

Two things I like to see on Lakers defense:

1) Find their man, and box-out.
2) Hard fouls on anyone that gets into the lane.

Two things I don't like to see:

1) Bob Delaney
2) Dick Bavetta

Every-time these two refs are in the game, it always end-up in a controversial or bad officiated game.

Can Bynun play this finals time enoug to be a factor??????????? 10 min. game is not a factor.

remember to chant "WHEELCHAIR, WHEELCHAIR" everytime paula pierce gets the ball or is at the free throw line.
go lakers....time to unleash vengeance!!

2008 finals Pau Gasol was boxig with everybody, vs. Perkins, vs. Garnett, vs. Big Baby, and that was the big problem. Gasol was burned, gassed, exhausted. We still in the same situation, Pau playing 40-43 min. game after game after game, and, again, maybe Bynum cant be a factor b/c injuries. We have 4 legitimates bigs vs 1 big (really PF) and Odom what cant guard Perkins, Wallace or Davis.

I think that Lakers has a BIG Problem in the middle. Pau should boxing vs. Garnett, Wallace, Davis and Perkins if Bynum cant play time enoug in this finals to be a key factor.

GOOD MORNING CRUE!!!


Where is everyone?


T minus 32 hours and counting.....


So I have read everthing on the web about the finals. From the L.A. Times to BSPN to SI.com to CBS Sports line...

And I keep reading the same old thing. Expect a repeat of 08 because of Boston's "Defensive Intensity". Expect more of the same from Boston in 08 by making Kobe settle for jump shots and everyone helping Ray Allen with Kobe on D. That Garnett is going to be big, and that Paula is going to be big in this series.

I challenge the so called "experts" with one very very simple statement...

How much value do you put into the "Holy F Kobe is Pissed and he's comming in all guns a blazing" factor?

Because thats what the Boston is going to be dealing with. A Focused, I will punch your granny in the face then step over her body to get to the O'brien and pissed off Black Mamba.

Everyone thinks this is the same Laker team from 08, and from the looks of things so do the Celtics.

I want to see Pau and LO run Circles around Kevin "Pappy" Garnett.

I want to see KG try and get in someone's face with Ron on the floor. You can't out crazy THE Original Crazy.

I want to see Paula whine about bouncing of Ron Ron as he tries to back him down, and then turn around and make the "I'm Constipated" Face as he tries to sell a foul.

This is NOT 2008 and this is NOT the same Lakers team.

Lakers in 5!

After watching "Desperate Derek" {Fisher} break Nash`s nose twice last week...the Celtics have petitioned the league to allow Rondo to wear Tom Brady`s helmet.

Red - they should petition to let KG wear Brady's cup while they're at it.

2008 finals Pau Gasol was boxig with everybody, vs. Perkins, vs. Garnett, vs. Big Baby, and that was the big problem. Gasol was burned, gassed, exhausted. We still in the same situation, Pau playing 40-43 min. game after game after game, and, again, maybe Bynum cant be a factor b/c injuries. We have 4 legitimates bigs vs 1 big (really PF) and Odom what cant guard Perkins, Wallace or Davis.

I think that Lakers has a BIG Problem in the middle. Pau should boxing vs. Garnett, Wallace, Davis and Perkins if Bynum cant play time enoug in this finals to be a key factor.

Posted by: Ricky | June 02, 2010 at 09:10 AM
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You show me a line up on the floor that includes ALL 4 of the people you just mentioned and will show you a deed to a bridge I just bought in New York City, complete with bums, trolls and the urine smell.

el guapo!!

I hope they take Ron off his meds for this series.

I would LOVE to see KG try to out-crazy us then!!

A MESSAGE TO PAU GASOL...

Pau, please understand that all you need to do is be confident in doing what you are capable of doing. Hold your ground, and let the thug play of the Celtics get them in foul trouble. STAY FOCUSED. Do not daydream or allow the Celtics to get in your head. DO NOT get timid out there. Be strong mentally. You don't have to be a tough guy to be effective against tough guys. Concentrate on making the shots you are capable of making, and don't worry about trying to appear like a tough guy just for the sake of that. Play your game with confidence and conviction, and you'll do just fine.

PJ:"there's nothing to be learned from that game."
Phil scares me, more than Bynum's knee. He is more a factor than our players.

el guapo!!

I hope they take Ron off his meds for this series.

I would LOVE to see KG try to out-crazy us then!!

Posted by: justanothermambafan | June 02, 2010 at 09:35 AM
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You know I've been hoping for that for a while no Justa!
And something tells me that KG will be on his best behavior with Ron Ron the floor.

Don't worry, Mr. Nano.

PJ has this team carefully engineered and skillfully crafted for just this moment.

Our Destiny - our Sweet 16 - cannot be denied.

We got this.

Hello my Laker family!!! Can't wait for tomorrow's game.

I know I am completely off-topic here but I need some help from my west coast friends.

I'm flying into LAX on Friday night to pick up a truck I bought. I plan on picking up the truck and begin driving all the way back to Boston and plan to leave right away. Mapquest is telling me it's about 45 hours and I'm bringing another driver with me. It is feasible to say we can get back here by Monday morning? We don't plan on stoping except for food & bathroom breaks and we can take turns sleeping in the truck enroute. We usually do 8-hour driving shifts.

I've done 20-24 hour trips straight through but never this long. Any advice would be appreciated.

Obviously the 4 Celtics bigs cant be on the floor at the same time. I speak about sharing the playing time. In 2008, Pau was boxing vs. Garnett, Perkins and Davis, but never in the same time, bro.. I can be sometimes a dumbass, but bro,,,, I hope that in this blog everybody know the game.

LOL el guap - you may just be right. Ron is playing an extremely focused defensive game, and his offense is on the up-tick at just the right time. Seeing him all up in Paula's face is going to be a thing of beauty. It's going to be delicious! I can't wait for her histrionics to commence LOL!!!

All I care about is the 4 W's that belong to us.

How we get them is up to the team.

However I will say one thing - we got this people.

I feel it. I know it. It is our destiny.

To Troy,

I agree.

Kobe is TOO OLD and INJURED to slow down, let alone, even stop the ALMIGHTY RONDO! And he's a rapist.

KG is TOO MUCH for Pau Ga-soft to handle. He's as SOFT as a Marshmallow stuffed inside a roll of Charmin Xtra-Plush wrapped in a goose-down comforter from J.C. Penneys.

Bynum and his knee will fold like a tournament poker player holding an off-suit duece and seven, under the pressure of Doc "Here Comes The" River(s) holding his "Pocket Rockets" (Perkins & Big Baby)

Ray "He Got Game" Allen will run circles around "Slow N' Old Man" Fish and rain down threes if you please.

KLamar KardashOdom will be LOCKED DOWN by the GREAT Rasheeeeed "William" Wallace. He's gonna go all "Braveheart" on 'em.

And do you honestly think that WACKO JACKO Artest is ANY MATCH against Paul "I'M THE GREATEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD" Pierce?? Come On!!!

Oh yeah, and the Bench is WEAKER than an anorexic Hollywood Starlet.

Does this about sum it up Boston Fans?

Well, go ahead and keep telling yourselves that all this is true because NOTHING is BETTER than to COMPLETELY DEVESTATE, DEMOLISH & DESTROY ALL of someone's DELUSIONS. ESPECIALLY those of the Fans of the Gangrene Leper-cons.

REVENGE is best served by a COLD-BLOODED BLACK MAMBA & CO... and REVENGE WILL BE SWEEEEEEEETTT!!!!!!!!!!!!

LAKERS TRENDING UPWARD . . .

With all due respect, a simple analysis of the hollow taunts from 131-92 reveal the following facts.

Lakers avg. 102 points per game in regular season.
--Rd 1 v. OKC (#11 in League D) . . . . . . . . 96 pts. per game
--Rd 2 v. UTAH (#12 in League D) . . . . . . 109 pts. per game
--Rd 3 v. PHX (#26 in League D) . . . . . . . 116 pts. per game

Celtics avg. 97 points per game in regular season.
--Rd 1 v. MIA (#2 in League D) . . . . . . . . 95 pts. per game
--Rd 2 v. CLE (#5 in League D) . . . . . . . . 101 pts. per game
--Rd 3 v. ORL (#4 in League D) . . . . . . . . 93 pts. per game

Those are the stats regarding points scored. BUT, this is ALWAYS a misleading statistic when judging offense/defense that leads to won/loss. It is POINT DIFFERENTIAL that is always the much truer stat, because this is a true indicator factoring in number of possessions per game. Faster pace means more shots, slower pace less shots. Thus, a slow-paced team can appear to have better defense when not necessarily true.

Lakers reg. season Pt Diff was +4.7
--Rd 1 v. OKC . . . . . . . +0.0
--Rd 2 v. UTAH . . . . . +4.2
--Rd 3 v. PHX . . . . . . +4.3

Celtics reg. season Pt Diff was +3.7
--Rd 1 v. MIA . . . . . . +8.2
--Rd 2 v. CLE . . . . . . +5.7
--Rd 3 v. ORL . . . . . . +3.2

From this point forward, anyone can use these stats for all sorts of arguments. But, it is the simple trend of getting better and better that matters to me. How often do we hear the mantra, "We just want to be playing our BEST at the end."

Doc Rivers has been praised for his "great plan" on pacing Celtics during regular season, to just be in position to be playing their best ball late.

Phil Jackson has been well documented in pacing his teams through the regular season, to be in position to be playing their best ball late.

TRENDS . . . they matter.
The NBA ~ where the GAMES matter.

Mike

Wow ECJ good luck with that. Is it a brand new truck? If so what a way to break it in!!! I would offer a ride from LAX to wherever you are pick up the truck but SOMEONE (I'm lucking at you Justa :P) thinks I might be and Axe Murderer!

Hey Paula,

SAYING you are the Greatest Player Ever and BEING the Greatest Player Ever are two different things.

Go ask KOBE.

I've done 20-24 hour trips straight through but never this long. Any advice would be appreciated.

Posted by: EastCoastJessie | June 02, 2010 at 09:41 AM

Buy a truck in Boston

131-92 and Kobe scoring 17 pretty much sums it up. Good Luck with the sweet revenge.

Let the Pounding Begin!

Justa,
"people who don't learn from past mistakes, are condemned to repeat them".
In the end is simple, he is or he isn't up to the task.
I know our team can beat the c's, but, will our coach be able to do those adjustments in time? that is his Achilles's heel. And that's my only not answered question right now. I don't know if he is just slow or lazy. But that's why i don't like him. But i can change my mind. If the c's put a good fight and Phil outmaneuvers them... that would be sweet.

What goes around comes around -- in sports, as in life, that is one of the saddest truths. Unless, of course, you happen to have been on the minus side of the equation the first go-round.

KG was once strong, no longer so. Rasheed, the same. They are about to show the entire world just how unforgiving sports can be on an ageing body. It will not be pretty...

KG has nowhere to hide--not even on his own team. No one can protect him out on that island against Pau. And Pau will take it to him--do not be lulled into believing he won't. Vengeance is ours, sayeth the Laker gods. Repeat it and it shall be. Repeat it and we shall repeat. Sweet.

Wow ECJ good luck with that. Is it a brand new truck? If so what a way to break it in!!! I would offer a ride from LAX to wherever you are pick up the truck but SOMEONE (I'm lucking at you Justa :P) thinks I might be and Axe Murderer!

Posted by: The Infamous El Guapo | June 02, 2010 at 09:52 AM

Thanks Guapo! I appreciate that. The truck's in Lancaster (1 hour?) from LAX but the current owner would meet us at the airport. Definitely not a new truck. It's a work truck for the hubby's business with specific requirements so they're hard to find. We just had a driver total one of our trucks last week so we need a replacement by Monday the latest.

@Common Sense...if it were available in Boston I wouldn't be stupid enough to consider one in CA.

ECJ,

>>> Any advice would be appreciated.

I don't believe that MapQuest estimate of 45 hours is at all realistic. It's at best a three day trip, no matter how you slice and dice it.

Maybe the first 24-36 hours you can do eight hour driving shifts, but that duration will diminish the longer you go. Be smart and play it safe. Plan on one overnight at a motel where you both can get quality 6-8 hours rest.

We want you around. Much Laker love, and as I said, Be Safe!

Vengeance is ours, sayeth the Laker gods. Repeat it and it shall be. Repeat it and we shall repeat.
Vengeance is ours, sayeth the Laker gods. Repeat it and it shall be. Repeat it and we shall repeat.
Vengeance is ours, sayeth the Laker gods. Repeat it and it shall be. Repeat it and we shall repeat.

Beating up pretty canadian boy is one thing but trying to beat or touch rondo is another.
-Derek Fisher wont dare to touch him.. rondo is one ugly ^^*!%@ #()(A
-and then rondo is too quick for big lip fisha
-on top of it u got Paul the Inglewood Thug
-oh .. i forgot the t-REX look alike snaring garnett

Phillups thuggery works on Los Sonitas not on Celtics. I am sure Artest will try to provoke Pierce but Tragic already tried to take his head off and failed. Dude will come back on wheel chair or a casket and head fake u for a foul .. lol

Let the beating begin!

EAST COAST JESSIE . . .

I have driven from LA to Boston twice. Both times in a car with my wife. I honestly cannot fathom you being able to navigate from LAX to Lancaster to Boston (delivery of truck to LAX would be a definite time saver for you . . . like an hour at least) in 48 to 60 hours. Safer and more reasonable target would be Tuesday.

From LA to Albuquerque NM, it is about 15 hours with no delays. We've pushed through that one twice.

Good luck to you! And please remember . . . better to arrive a little late than fail to arrive at all. DRIVE SAFELY!

Mike

Thank you for the info Rick. I appreciate it. We're flexible with the timing so we would definitely stay over somewhere at some point during the trip.

Yes, 'There is nothing to be learned from that game...'

That sounds ominous. Weren't the Lakers thrashed in that series?

I should probably go back and read the rest of the article.

Maybe, just maybe, Phil explains how two more years of wear and tear on Kobe and Fish will make you more competitive this time around.

Oh yes, the Testes factor. Come out roll!
'Put all the money in, and lets roll em' again!'

I don't know though.

When all the chips are on the table, it's the Boston Celtics. An organization that has won more rings than any other, by far. That's what they do.

The really irony? Almost half of those championships have come at the expense of the basketball troupe from Hollywood. That would be you.

They must love the spotlight, albeit, at your expense.
Boston's got to be licking their chops.

Just don't get swept, again, OK?

No sweep! No Sweep! Go Lakers!

Sonnybelfast


I got my game face on already. Let's do this!

Go Lakers!!

I don't doubt about the final result. We'll win in 6. But i doubt how difficult it would be.

Thanks LakerMike. I knew I'd get great info from my fellow Laker fam. I appreciate it.

For what it's worth...

I don't think you'll get swept, this time.

But you better find a way to stop Nate. He alone may win the series for the Celts.

No sweep! No sweep! Go Lakerz!

Sonnybelfast

Mr.Nano, you got your GameFace Ready?

For what it's worth...I don't think you'll get swept, this time. But you better find a way to stop Nate. He alone may win the series for the Celts.No sweep! No sweep! Go Lakerz!
Sonnybelfast Posted by: sonnybelfast | June 02, 2010 at 10:23 AM
Whew, I was worried their for a moment Sonny! Lakers in 6!
Mamba24

East Coast Jessie

You will becoming back on I-40 through Arizona.

Plan your gas stop for Arizona after you pass the border and not before in Needles, California.

The fuel is .75 less per gallon. The first major exit (Lake Havasu) there is a Pilot Gas Station that usually is the cheapest on the I-40 Arizona route.

All the fast food joints are at this exit and will serve you quicker than Kingman, which gets busy because of the Las Vegas traffic.

Unless.....you want to eat at the In-n-Out in Kingman, the last one on I-40.

Good luck on your travels. The weather in Flagstaff (my home) will be 77 in the day and 45 at night.

We are confident that we will win the next time too.

When all the chips are on the table, it's the Boston Celtics. An organization that has won more rings than any other, by far. That's what they do.


Posted by: sonnybelfast | June 02, 2010 at 10:16 AM
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By Far?!?!?! More like a SLIGHT advantage in Banners 17 to our 15 (16 by the end of next week)

A TRUER statement would be: The LAKERS have been to the FINALS more than ANY other team(including the Green Weenies)... BY FAR. (31 times! Ten MORE times than Boston)

So it's one day until the finals and I can't wait. I really hope that we get closure on what happened to us in 2008. I have confidence, do you? We'll make it happen.

Fatty thank you! Wish I could make it a two week trip and stop and meet every one of my Lakers family members on the way.

Putting my game face on Now Rocky. Ditto Let's do this!
Posted by: Rocky | June 02, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Unless.....you want to eat at the In-n-Out in Kingman, the last one on I-40
Posted by: Fatty | June 02, 2010 at 10:28 AM
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Dang it Fatty!!! Now I want a Ddouble Double Animal Style w/ a lemonade!!!!!

We feel its more important to make it than to win it.

el guap - I don't personally think you're an axe murderer.

I said you MIGHT be an axe murderer.

:)


Jeanette - I have confidence.

I feel a very quiet, strong, confidence deep in my soul.

I love that feeling cuz I'm always right when it's there.

And yes - it's there.

We got this.

el guap - I don't personally think you're an axe murderer.
I said you MIGHT be an axe murderer.
:)
Posted by: justanothermambafan | June 02, 2010 at 10:37 AM

LOL Justa

So it's one day until the finals and I can't wait. I really hope that we get closure on what happened to us in 2008. I have confidence, do you? We'll make it happen.Posted by: Jeanette | June 02, 2010 at 10:31 AM
YES WE CAN jeanette, YES WE CAN SISTER!
MAMBA24

HalosAnt,

So your goal is to get to the finals, not win them? Oh, now I understand!

I think the score currently sits at Boston 9, Lakers 2., No?

They are salivating.

Just don't get swept, OK?

Go Lakerz!

Sonnybelfast

You're good to go now EastCoastJessie. Don't forgt to Lock & Load
Mamba24uj

CAN'T wait for Thursday...it's so on!!! Lakers have to prove to the Celtics, that we are NOT soft, WE ARE CHAMPIONS!! be ready for the Wrath!!! BUT YES...defense defense defense...rebound, grab that damn ball, shoot or pass, box out your man...hustle hustle hustle!!! GO LAKERS!!! ITS TIME FOR THE PURPLE REIGN!!!

GM Cru !!!

Welcome Back Justa !!! I came up with "my Sista from Anotha Mista" even tho it sounds kinda sleazy and gives the impression we're the by product of bad parenting (lmao) I loved ya when you were "my brotha" from anotha motha( snoop voice), so instead of 3 sisters.. I have 4 now :)

Larry, fist bumps Bro, I need you to please find me a seat on any and all Anti Boston, Hate Boston, Die Boston bandwagons..

before you Trolls began your feeding frenzy, let me just go on record as saying, I've been to Boston, I used to hang out in Onset,MA (Cape Cod) so when I say that I really dont like.. err.. I really HATE Boston.. its not some fake ESPN driven mumbo jumo.. In general, you people are rude, annoying, loud, inarticulate,drunken and strange ? ( still havent figured out why on earth would anyone want Baked Beans at Breakfast, but it was served in a restaurant there with all Breakfast combos as a side dish ? ) and I've had this pent up rage since last weekend.. I feel like a caged animal.. I want nothing more than to beat the living crap out of the Smeldicks but Im forced to watch our team do it for me !!! I make no bones about it.. I'll never ever get a RCOTD because theres nothing politically correct about my thought process.. nothing would make me happier than for Boston to go home 0-2, win game 3 and get the locals happy again.. then the Lakers smash em games 4 and 5 send the locals into depression mode and leave that warm beer smelling city waving the middle finger!!! Smart people tell me Hate is a wasted emotion... for some reason, I've always LOVED Hating you idiots.. I even shy away from wearing most shades of green because of you !!! Ok.. I feel better now lol time for some pancakes :) 2010 repeat Champs !!!!!! Lets Go Drew !!!!! Show the Haters you can MAN UP !!!

HalosAnt,So your goal is to get to the finals, not win them? Oh, now I understand! I think the score currently sits at Boston 9, Lakers 2., No? They are salivating. Just don't get swept, OK? Go Lakerz! Sonnybelfast Posted by: sonnybelfast | June 02, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Oh we will be The SWEEPEE Sonny! Lol!

@ Jeanette -

What better way to get closure than with the GREATEST "CLOSER" in the Game today??

To echo the BEST LAKER FANS ON THE PLANET:

WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sonny - you used to be a classy troll. What happened to you man? How can you not cheer for the West to trounce the green weeners from the east? Seriously - what's wrong with you? Has your hatred of the Lakers blinded your mind so much that you would now give your undivided loyalty to the fricken Smeltics?? Wow.

You're officially back on my troll list. Let the starvation commence.

Really,
Nate is the one player on that squad who could make all the difference between winning and losing.

Sonnybelfast

Luckily Peirce, Garnett, and Allen are all very used to getting knocked out of the playoffs. I doubt if losing in the Finals will be that difficult for them.

Really, Nate is the one player on that squad who could make all the difference between winning and losing. Sonnybelfast
Posted by: sonnybelfast | June 02, 2010 at 10:48 AM
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You got that right! You saw what he did to Orlando in one quarter.

Sonny, you're right. Kinda glad that he stepped up against Orlando. He's no secret anymore.

Celtics fans are coming up with ways to get under LO's skin during the series. A local radio announced this morning that whenever LO gets to the free throw line, everyone should chant "ugly sister", in honor of him picking the ugly Kardashian sister to marry. How unique is that? These people really embarrass me.

complex (my) brotha!

You have me in stitches - I love you man!

I'll be your bro - your sis - whatever - as long as we can slay us some weeners. I'm with you. I HATE them so bad it hurts. I want revenge. I want it BAD. I would love to slap that smirk off Rayray's face. I would love to suckerpunch KG in the face - or lower. I would love to wheel out the stretcher for Paula and then tip her over into the dumpster. I would love to introduce Rondo to Mr. Floor up close and personal. I HATE ME SOME SMELTICS. ARRGGHHHh - my blood's boiling just thinking about it. IT"S PAYBACK TIME and you know what they say about payback.


Hope to see you on the chat tomorrow, my brotha!

I am so damned pumped. Mamba, please put me on the available bandwagons. Artest vs Pierce and Bynum vs Kendrick should be important matchups, but can Fisher chase Ray through the screens? Will Phil think that is an advantageous matchup? I keep hearing how 1-8, Boston is better, but c'mon...1-2 Pau and Kobe vs any Celtic..No competition. I used to root for Pierce at Kansas, homegrown boy, and even for a while in Boston, when they weren't relevant, but now I just hate him. Injury faker and Laker traitor...Gotta get KPerk his T in game 2 so we can go back to Boston and easily steal game 3 on the way to finishing them off in 6.

Good Morning Everyone!


East Coast Jessie - I just drove back with my dad from Lubbock about a week and a half ago, and took the I-40 to do so. Fatty's pretty much got everything to say about that part of the trip, although my dad and I drove in 2-hour shifts. That kept things fresh for both him and I. We also stayed overnight in Albuquerque, so I don't know if that bit of info is any good to you.

I will echo the advice given earlier - the Lakers Blog Fam would much rather you get there a little late than not get there at all. I just googled your trip, and it looks like you can get there in 2 days straight.

I'm not sure how the weather is going to be through Colorado (Say hi to Hugo Boss) or the midwest, so be safe on your trip. Let us know if you need anything else. :-)


Celtics Plans are not secret and they are plain and simple:
1. Defend everyone 1 on 1
2. Defend all shots .. no uncontested shots
3. No Layups

Offense is secondary and relies on defense.
1. Drop ball down low and let Garnet Perkin pound
2. run screens for Allen
3. let wheelchair Pierce head fake you all night into fouls

Simple. Stop it if you can!

Mamba I haven't been confirming my seat on the bandwagons lately, but since game day is tomorrow, I'd like to hitch a ride on all 'hate Boston/Die Boston Die' bandwagons.

Game 1, 1st quarter, NBA finals...

KG posts up Bynum, turn around 17 foot fader, swish. KG proceeds to talk smack like a Boston Cream Pie. Jabber Jabber Jabber, all the way down the court. KG to Bynum, "You can't handle the truth, errr, I'm not the truth, Paula is, but you get it, right?"

Bynum runs the floor, apparently ignoring anything KG has to say, posts up KG, and dunks on his melon. KG puts is head down, and the floor fans can see a small tear begin to form. Bynum to KG, "Whats my mother f'in name?"

KG proceeds to fall into a dark hole, never the same...

deja-vu

watch out KG, here comes Bynum Dunknasty!

Lakers in 5

16 Titles in 31 appearances. We feel a 51% is an excellant winning percentage.

16 Titles in 31 appearances. We feel a 51% is an excellant winning percentage.

Posted by: The Washington Generals | June 02, 2010 at 11:01 AM

We agree!

Thanks Caliphilosopher. I did get great advise from everyone. I will be working up my plan to be resting in a hotel at approximately the same time the Lakers game starts on Sunday..I guarantee you that. Thanks again!

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BOSTON, PAYBACK IS A DAY AWAY – BANDWAGON
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(01) COMPLEX_BROTHA - I need you to please find me a seat on any and all Anti Boston, Hate Boston, Die Boston bandwagons..
(02) KOBESBAD-DRIVER - I am so damned pumped. Put me on the available bandwagons
(03) HALOS-ANT – RIDING SHOTGUN - What better way to get closure than with the GREATEST "CLOSER" in the Game today?? To echo the BEST LAKER FANS ON THE PLANET:WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(04)
(05) MAMBA24 – SECURITY – Boston, did not we tell you this day would come.? Well it is here
(06) MR.NANAO – SECURITY2 - don't doubt about the final result. We'll win in 6. But i doubt how difficult it would be.
(07) ROCKY 0- SEARGENT-AT-ARMS - I got my game face on already. Let's do this!


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BOSTON, PAYBACK IS A DAY AWAY – BANDWAGON
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(01) COMPLEX_BROTHA - OWNER - I need you to please find me a seat on any and all Anti Boston, Hate Boston, Die Boston bandwagons..
(02) KOBESBAD-DRIVER - I am so damned pumped. Put me on the available bandwagons
(03) HALOS-ANT – RIDING SHOTGUN - What better way to get closure than with the GREATEST "CLOSER" in the Game today?? To echo the BEST LAKER FANS ON THE PLANET:WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(04)
(05) MAMBA24 – SECURITY – Boston, did not we tell you this day would come.? Well it is here
(06) MR.NANAO – SECURITY2 - don't doubt about the final result. We'll win in 6. But i doubt how difficult it would be.
(07) ROCKY 0- SEARGENT-AT-ARMS - I got my game face on already. Let's do this!


Larry, they say it's a dish best served cold, I guess this will have to do. Put me on the REVENGE bandwagon. The Wheelchair is going down. BTW, you never told me, what is the best way to BBQ Leprechaun?

U think u gonna dunk on Garnett? Dreaming? Smoking? Hallucinating? Must be high on something.

First Garnet won't gaurd that wuss bynum it will be ugly Perkins .. not to say Garnett is not ugly either.. anyway .. u r not dunking over Garnett.. bad knees and all but dude got heart.. dude will rip you apart before u try to dunk on him.

BTW 17 titles out of 21 is not bad either.. 81% .. I feel your 51% is execellent winning percentage also.

Wishful thinking that KG falls into a hole. He may be worn down but he will give his last drop..

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PAYBACK IS A DAY AWAY - LETS GO MEDIEVAL ON BOSTON – BANDWAGON
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When Dark threatens to extinguish Light, Lakers and Celtics collide. When Good and Evil can't coexist for another second, Lakers / Celtics collide. When Love is threatened by Hate, Lakers / Celtics collide The path is clear. It's time to get ugly, turn up the tough. Pain? what pain? Injuries? Cut me. No Fear, the Suns shall illuminate our path, aid in our preparation for the battle ahead. The Good, the Light, the Love, will Prevail... Rise Up! GO Lakers! @ VMAN
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In my mind's eye, both the Lakers and Celtics are rushing towards each other in the fashion that they have in years past. Matching each other, blow-for-blow, against all-comers until the time to meet together arrives. They are looking squarely in the others direction while they simultaneously brush aside any with the misguided notion that they are also contenders. It is the same as how Bruce Lee will casually vanquish all of the Big Boss' henchmen on his way to the real dance. It is all about Boston. It has always been about Boston. Boston is the only franchise that has earned our respect...and our derision. @ FEARLESS
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(01) COMPLEX_BROTHA - OWNER - I need you to please find me a seat on any and all Anti Boston, Hate Boston, Die Boston bandwagons..
(02) KOBESBAD-DRIVER - I am so damned pumped. Put me on the available bandwagons
(03) HALOS-ANT – RIDING SHOTGUN - What better way to get closure than with the GREATEST "CLOSER" in the Game today?? To echo the BEST LAKER FANS ON THE PLANET:WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(04) # 4 - I'd like to hitch a ride on all 'hate Boston/Die Boston Die' bandwagons
(05) MAMBA24 – SECURITY – Boston, did not we tell you this day would come.? Well it is here
(06) MR.NANAO – SECURITY2 - don't doubt about the final result. We'll win in 6. But i doubt how difficult it would be.
(07) ROCKY 0- SEARGENT-AT-ARMS - I got my game face on already. Let's do this!
(08) BYNUM DUNKNASTY - watch out KG, here comes Bynum Dunknasty! Lakers in 5
(09) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN - IT"S PAYBACK TIME and you know what they say about payback.

Bynum Dunknasty,

That was probably my favorite play of the whole regular season. The fact that KG couldn't make eye contact afterward was a bonus.

Celtics Plans are not secret and they are plain and simple:
1. Defend everyone 1 on 1
2. Defend all shots .. no uncontested shots
3. No Layups

Offense is secondary and relies on defense.
1. Drop ball down low and let Garnet Perkin pound
2. run screens for Allen
3. let wheelchair Pierce head fake you all night into fouls

Simple. Stop it if you can!

Posted by: Captain Jack | June 02, 2010 at 10:59 AM
WE CAN!!

Larry, they say it's a dish best served cold, I guess this will have to do. Put me on the REVENGE bandwagon. The Wheelchair is going down. BTW, you never told me, what is the best way to BBQ Leprechaun? Posted by: Mark G | June 02, 2010 at 11:16 AM
No, No, No! We BarBQ Trolls, but Leprechauns we just take their Lucky Charms!
Mamba24


sonnybelfast,

Those 9 wins under my belt are a bit tarnished. There were no competition in the league, no parity. In this day and age Lakers and Bulls are the only team who have won 3 back to back titles and that is a modern day marvel. Just imagine having to play 80 some odd games and then the playoffs.

We had 8-10 teams total in the league back when we won 9 titles. So Boston fan I would be boastful of those 9 wins.

Please wipe the snot off your nose.

Bill Russell

We feel having game 7 at home will be a huge advantage.

TO LAKERS FANS:

My heart says Celtics but all logic point to Lakers win in a clean sweep.

I salute the Lakers organization for a the best franchise in all the sports, it is a class act from Dr. Buss to the ball boys. When I see this Lakers team I see panache, grace, style and the aura of invincibility. To top it all it has mamba King and Zen Master, it makes my stomach churn, wait i have to go to the sand box for relief.


Magic Phil:

Celtics plan is simple just defend Kobe and this time it is not going to work, sigh!!

My stomach is in knots and I have to run to the sand box for relief again.. darn it!!

HalosAnt,

"Kobe is TOO OLD and INJURED to slow down, let alone, even stop the ALMIGHTY RONDO! And he's a rapist."

Are you sure you're not a LeBroniac?

I've heard this disgusting drivel for years now.

Well, Kobe and Laker Nation drink your hatred like fine wine inspiring a poet.

We are going to see THE BEST of Kobe in this Finals. Get ready for highlights that define history. We will chuckle upon your discomfort.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Mamba24,

Please put me on all bandwagons.

Vengeance begins just a few days away.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Justanothermambafan,

In his 10:46 post, complex brotha pretty much summed up my sentiment toward Boston in particular, much of the east coast generally.

Of course, I will root for whoever represents the west, even your pathetic bunch, or at least root for them to the extent that I don't want them to get swept. Honestly, though, as I said earlier, I see your team without Cobee as Memphis, and think you are way over your head with the Celtics. Winning championships (and beating you to do it the majority of the times) is what they are about. The Lakers win rings alright, except when they play the Celtics.

I became a Laker fan when they first came to L.A. in 1960. I was a fan for years, until the mid 90's. There will never be another Chick, Elgin, or Jerry. But I tell, and for reasons which have been chronicled ad nauseum right here on this board, I would not support the Lakers beyond not wanting them to embarrass the rest of us in the west, yet again.

So, to that I say. No sweep! No sweep! Go Lakerz!

As for being a 'troll', let there be no mistake about it. I am. In this context, I am proudly the enemy of Laker fans.

I know the game, and I know my team...and my team is no longer the troupe from Hollywood.

You too, may one day become a Sacramento Kings of Basketball fan.

We would welcome you.

Unfortunately, I've got to make a Burma run on Friday morning (your Thursday night) and will miss the first game. Damn.

Sonnybelfast

The Celtics in 5.

LA has no one that can stop Rondo. The Celtics have bigger, stronger bench. Gasol is no Shaq, Kareem. Artest will do a good job on Pierce, but the Celtics have too many offensive wapons. And Defense and team chemistry win Championships. Lakers got killed with their leads when they had to go to the bench.

No 'ONE' that can stop Rondo. That's true, but we'll likely go with a pretty good 2 to guard him.

LMMFAO@ LETS GO MEDIEVAL ON BOSTON !!!! I had a train of thought I wanted to tell you and Justa.. but I read that and it threw me.. OK.. I gotta go on record.. I normally wont engage Trolls only because I like going back n forth with the Cru however... I will start reading sonnybelfast and even though he hates us, I respect him because I know he's being honest at least ( he must've had the same experiences out there and knew i was being honest in trying to explain ) I respect Honesty..

I wont be able to get to a Finals game but I do pray to the Purple n Gold Gods.. that REAL Laker fans get tix to Staples and take it back Old Skool with the energy. Its hard for me to explain to friends out of state, why the crowds at our sporting events, seem so blah.. I try to tell them.. its just how it is ?? no reason.. for the most part if you've lived out here long enough, you've seen it all ?? Well I WANT RABID ANGRY FANS AT STAPLES!!!! I pray for that !!! Lets do away with the "We're so Beautiful and Cool" demeanor, and for the next 2 weeks.. reach into the dark archives of our very own NWA !!! Lets Go GHETTO on these S#@t talking Mongloids and send them on their merry way to have fun stuffing chowdah down their gullets all summer why they make up excuses as to why they were able to knock off the so called "best" teams in the league, but got their ass handed to them by the pretty boy softy Lakers.... Ughhhhhhhhhhhh I cant wait until tomm !!! I'm ready to get it poppin NOW !!! I might even go get a Jheri Curl !!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr wait.... scratch that.. No Jheri Curls !!! lmao Boston is our FUGLY sister.. we just prefer keeping her sedated with cartoons playing all day and she drools and remains quiet and happy..

One correction:

I said earlier that I shared Complex brotha's sentiments about Boston, with one exception however.

I love baked beans with warm beer and runny eggs.

I think it's because I like to fart so much, and when in Boston...

Sonnybelfast

Ok.. gonna go play some pick up games... its a great day!!! just being able to say DIE BOSTON makes me feel so much better.. no.. im playing.. if I were able to have Rajon Mongos head in one hand and KG's head in the other, then SLAMMED them together as hard as I could just to hear the noise it would make.. THAT would make me feel so much better....

The Celtics in 5.

LA has no one that can stop Rondo. The Celtics have bigger, stronger bench. Gasol is no Shaq, Kareem. Artest will do a good job on Pierce, but the Celtics have too many offensive wapons. And Defense and team chemistry win Championships. Lakers got killed with their leads when they had to go to the bench.
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Kobe can stop Rondo as much as we need to..Who is going to stop Kobe though? Shaq never beat the Celtics, oh wait, that was becasue you couldn't make the show while he was a Laker..The nice thing is we still made special arrangements for PPierce to come to the show..Row 5 seat 113..Too Funny there too..who are these offensive weapons that we are sposed to be so concerned with? Allen? Love that last second miss he threw up in Reg Season. Pierce? We've got Artest, who we all know dominates him. KG? C'mon..if he averages 15 and 9 I will be surprised...Spot? errrr...Sheed? actually he is probably my biggest concern, but he probably wont get out of his own way...rarely does...as for the rest of the team..yeah, they are bigger (from side to side). Atkins anybody? Mix in a salad Big Baby and Whiney KPerk...Lakers in 6.

I've posted this stat a few times all over these pages, and just to be sure ALL the Laker fans have a chance to see it here you go...

In the 2010 playoffs, Lakers defense has given up 101ppg. The Celtics have only allowed 91ppg.
Boston's defense is just plain better.
Yes, Kobe's motivated. Yes, Kobe's great. Yes, both he and Artest are top-notch defenders, but they're the only two on the team. How do you think Bynum's gonna do with the rotations? You think Odom's gonna slide to the help at the exact moment he's supposed to? Every time? How about Fisher - how comfortable are you with his D? Celtic's play TEAM DEFENSE! Crisp rotations, perfectly timed help, clean switches... The Lakers, throughout these playoffs, have given up huge chunks to defensive breakdowns, and worse than that, they have been virtually stopped for long stretches when their opponents played decent D. None of you want to admit it, but your Lakers have a problem. 101ppg to 91ppg. I really like our chances.

HalosAnt,

"Kobe is TOO OLD and INJURED to slow down, let alone, even stop the ALMIGHTY RONDO! And he's a rapist."

Are you sure you're not a LeBroniac?

Posted by: Jon K. | June 02, 2010 at 11:39 AM
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Jon,

You did read the rest of my post, right???

And calling ME a LeBroniac... them's fightin' words... LOL!!

I can't STAND Lebron "BOO- HOO I'M NEVER GONNA WIN A RING" JAMES!!!!!!!!!!!

If you've ever read any of my posts, you would KNOW that I'M A DIE HARD LAKER FAN!!!!!

Tell Him Mamba24.

@ Jon K.

Regarding my original post, I forgot to also say that I was being "sarcastical". (I know, not a "real" word but it should be. Like Colbert's "truthiness".)

I've posted this stat a few times all over these pages, and just to be sure ALL the Laker fans have a chance to see it here you go...

In the 2010 playoffs, Lakers defense has given up 101ppg. The Celtics have only allowed 91ppg.
Boston's defense is just plain better.
Yes, Kobe's motivated. Yes, Kobe's great. Yes, both he and Artest are top-notch defenders, but they're the only two on the team. How do you think Bynum's gonna do with the rotations? You think Odom's gonna slide to the help at the exact moment he's supposed to? Every time? How about Fisher - how comfortable are you with his D? Celtic's play TEAM DEFENSE! Crisp rotations, perfectly timed help, clean switches... The Lakers, throughout these playoffs, have given up huge chunks to defensive breakdowns, and worse than that, they have been virtually stopped for long stretches when their opponents played decent D. None of you want to admit it, but your Lakers have a problem. 101ppg to 91ppg. I really like our chances.

Posted by: bcsully | June 02, 2010 at 12:38 PM
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Typical Boston Fan. PPG has nothing to do with defense..Pace and style affect PPG more than defensive prowess. More importantly is Opponents FG and 3pt FG pctg...BTW we are better in both categories in the playoffs than the Celtics..so stop with your trolling, cause your stats are inane and your logic is insane and your team is on the way out on the 405 fast lane (making myself laugh)..Lameness..bring your moronic friends for more ridiculous posts that only serve to further emphasize the average Celtic fan's lack of logic.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

 
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