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Five things to take away from Lakers' 95-92 loss to the Indiana Pacers

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1. The Lakers lacked the right energy from beginning of the game

Forget about Kobe Bryant's two failed three-point attempts on the final play of what became a Lakers' 95-92 loss Sunday to the Indiana Pacers. Forget about Coach Phil Jackson telling Ron Artest afterward he should've called timeout after grabbing an offensive rebound following Bryant's first miss. Forget about Pau Gasol overreacting to Indiana's screen-and-roll play that led to Roy Hibbert slamming it home and giving the Pacers a 95-92 lead with 16.4 seconds remaining.

The Lakers (13-4) wouldn't have been in the position to overcome a 15-point deficit had they entered the game against Indiana (8-7) with the proper energy going in. Jackson has repeatedly warned his team about Sunday games because of his belief that they perform poorly during those contests, but instead the Lakers played what Jackson described as a "lethargic game," resulting in the team's second consecutive loss for the second time this season. It also marked the first time Indiana has won at Staples Center and its first road win against the Lakers since Feb. 14, 1999, a win Pacers forward Danny Granger insisted was a "big statement."

"It's still early," Bryant said. "We don't want to fret too much about these losses, but you want to understand what you need to do to focus in and know where the championship starts from."

2.Jackson remains non-committal on how he's going to limit the minutes of Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom

This issue isn't exactly new, since both knew they'd have to carry a heavier load than usual as Andrew Bynum rehabbed from his surgically repaired right knee. But Jackson seemed at a loss for patience before the game when he talked about Bynum's revelation Saturday that he plans to return to the court within three weeks. Whether you find fault with how Bynum handled his off-season surgery or not, Jackson's going to have to find a way to shorten Gasol's and Odom's minutes. That moment will have to come for another day considering Gasol logged 45 minutes and 30 seconds, while Odom played 40 minutes and 13 seconds.

Jackson shared afterward that it's going to be tough to find them a lighter load for the Lakers' back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday against Memphis and Houston. He even went so far to say rest won't come until after the Lakers' game Friday against Sacramento since they don't have a game until next Tuesday against Washington. But by Jackson's own self-admission, he's going to have to change his strategy in hoping Gasol and Odom can continue handling the load.

"As long as we have that run I thought we were playing well and winning games, I thought we'd sustain that momentum and we're okay," Jackson said when I asked before the game how long he forsees Gasol and Odom being able to handle the heavy minutes. "We'll see how it goes as we go forward on the road trip and this week and back to back on the road games. I'm going to have to be a better monitor of those minutes for those guys."

The Lakers' loss to Indiana illustrated Odom's still able to handle it, finishing with 15 points on six of 10 shooting and 11 rebounds. Gasol showed by his 13-point performance on five of 15 shooting that he's gassed.

Obviously I'm averagin quite a few minutes and I'm out there for a while," Gasol said, who's averaging a team-leading 38.7 minutes per game and has logged at least 40 minutes in the past three games. "I try to do my best out there and try to keep my energy as high as possible out there and do my job. Tonight it was more of an off shooting night. I had good looks for the most part. It didnt fall as they usually fall so I'm still pretty active iwith blocking shots."

Gasol's clearly trying to remain professional. The challenges show that the Lakers, as recently reported by The Times' Mike Bresnahan, aren't in the financial position to acquire a backup center, will be without Theo Ratliff because of arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and only have rookie Derrick Caracter as a backup. Options such as playing Caracter more minutes or going to a guard-oriented lineup may hurt the Lakers in the short term, but it's much more important to sustain Gasol's energy level.

"Pau's minutes will be a matter of fatigue," Jackson said. "It's not going to be a matter of injury."

Lakers13_300. 3. The Lakers defensive identity must change

After fielding a few questions about the Lakers' offensive struggles, Bryant let out his signature glare.

"Why does everybody want to talk about offense?" Bryant asked. "I'm not talking about offense. We won back-to-back championships with defense. Stop it. It's ignorant. We're talking about defense. Defense wins championships, period."

This is a case of Bryant and the media both being right, but in different contexts. You can't exactly ignore the Lakers' 38.6 shooting percentage, Bryant's 41 points on 14-of-33 shooting as well as poor performances from Gasol (five of 15), Derek Fisher (two of eight) and Shannon Brown (two of nine). You also can't exactly ignore the fact that the Lakers have scored less than 100 points in their last two losses, which pales to their league-leading 110 points per game. But Bryant's point about the defense raises a point about the Lakers' approach all season.

With how well their offense has run this season, the Lakers operate as if they can simply outscore the opposition. But this game against Indiana shows how that's not going to become a long-term winning formula. Losing the rebounding edge 48-45, yielding 19 second-chance points and allowing endless drives to the basket will not spell much playoff success. The Lakers have a better makeup than last season's roster because of the bench upgrades and the team-work mentality, but they managed to hone in on rotations more consistently than the Lakers have this season.

"It sucked," Bryant summed up regarding the Lakers' defense.

4. Bryant's late-game heroics couldn't rescue a poorly run offense

Bryant may not want to talk about the team's offensive struggles, but his on-court actions said it all. With the Lakers trailing, 68-55, with 4:37 remaining in the third quarter, Bryant scored 15 consecutive points to close the gap to 77-69 entering the fourth quarter, including a drive to the basket off a spin move and capped with a layup to draw a foul as he fell down. He continued his theatrics in the fourth quarter once he entered the game with 8:40 left, hitting two straight baskets before setting up Ron Artest's three-pointer to cut the lead to 89-86 with 2:43 remaining. His running jumper and fadeaway moments later kept the Lakers to within 93-90 with 1:07 left.

"When you get in a situaton when you're 15 down, you have to go to get back in the game," Jackson said of Bryant. "Theres no way to wait around for our offense to start working. I thought our guys didn't move the ball and didn't move themselves right."

That proved apparent with the Lakers settling for too many jumpers. When that happens, it's necessary for the Lakers to become more selective with their shots so they can build a rhythm. The plan to work the ball inside didn't have positive results either, considering how well Hibbert guarded Gasol. And eventually the plan to ride Bryant's hot hand fell short.

"We didn't move the ball very well tonight," Gasol said. "There was not much of a flow out there. Guys weren't in any kind of rhythm."

5. Artest trying to figure out his role

As the Lakers walked off the court, Jackson pulled Artest aside.

"He told me I should've called a timeout when I got the offensive rebound," Artest said of the final play. "But it was hard to think about that. Kobe was asking for the ball and he would hit the three. I told Kobe I was going to give it to him. I asked him could everybody on the court call the timeout even if I had the ball. He said yes, so he forget to address it with everybody, but thats OK."

Aside from that one anecdote, however, Artest spoke diplomatically on what's amounted to a decreased role so far this season. His 26 minutes and 32 seconds of play against Indiana is just below his average of 27.2 minutes per game, a sharp decrease from the 33.8 minutes he logged last season. That revelation is partly a good thing, pointing to the fact that Matt Barnes is a solid backup. But it's created another challenge for Artest, who had gone through struggles last season in understanding the triangle.

This season, it involves more than just Barnes relieving him of playing time. He's experienced continual back spasms, something he played coy about before the game. Though Jackson said Artest did a "good job" on Granger, his 18-point performance on seven-of-16 shooting wasn't exactly the lockdown performance Artest needs to give. And though he scored a key three-pointer late in the game, his offense remains limited as indicated by his number of shots against Indiana (four) and shot selection in previous games. Though Jackson said he didn't want to "harbor" on Artest's play against the Pacers, he admitted before the game he addressed Artest's ill-advised fourth-quarter jumper after penetrating through the lane against Utah. But he lauded him for taking the open three-pointer on the last possession against the Jazz, though the shot didn't go in the basket.

"I feel comfortable, but it just doesnt look good," Artest said. "It's not about not worrying about the individual part of it. It's about doing what you do. Even last year, I was playing bad and, of course, I want the ball. But that's not how we're made up so what do I do? I go out and I play hard and we win and that's it. What do I do when I have to step it up? You saw that when the games matter last year, people saw what I have to do."

--Mark Medina

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E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photos: (Top) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant draws a foul from Indiana center Roy Hibbert after beating guard Brandon Rush on a drive in the fourth quarter Sunday. (Bottom) Indiana guard Brandon Rush scores inside against Lakers center Pau Gasol late in the fourth quarter Sunday. Credits: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times
 
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bad game from Pau. I think Pau need a backup PF/C. 45 min. last game is crazy. In Spain we are concerned about Pau´s health. When Pau is tired he become injured soon (we have experience about that with the Spanish National Team and F.C. Barcelona)

Why Phil make play Pau a lot of minutes every night???? Lakes have the same problem than last year. No depht inside:

Celtics: KG, 2 O´neal, Perckins, Davis.....
Lakers: Only Pau and Lamar. We cant count Ratliff and Bynum b/c injuries. This year bynum is necessary. Pau has 3 years overworkes (3 finals 2 championships with a lot o minutes of playing time) This year without bynum, not championship.

Gassy lost/cost the TEAM the second game in a row

http://nbaplaybook.com/2010/11/29/hibbert-gets-free-in-the-paint-extends-pacers-lead/

like a chicken with his head cut OFF/OUT (no brain) he got stuck on the 3 point line?????????????

and here we go to::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Memphis. ohhhhhhhhhhhh that brotherly LOVE.

does he give us another TOUCHES talk? looks like lately he passes the ball like a hot potatoe!!!!!!!!!!!!

the MVP does not want responsibility.

but he speaks like an MVP. lots of CLASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark Medina

looks like you can't sleep after all this Paced excitment. is it:

Killer B's or

Killer D???????????????

PJ wanted TO???????? reallyyyyyyyyyy? (or just wanted again to make Ron his favorite scapegoat - LO lost the honors to his fellow Queensbridge neighbor) why he did not call TO after Hibbert BURNED Gassy??????????????? was he too furious watching that historical defensive sequence???????????

i thought he wants the TEAM to figure it out.

what PLAY did he want to IMPLEMENT???????????

the one with 4 players aligned on the FT line and LUKEEEEEEEEE inbounding the ball?
he has to insert his favorite son one way or another. so Luke can redeem himself.

that play did not work in the past few years. all defensive coaches know it.

and even if Kobe gets free, what difference will it make if LUKE's pass will be bounced and behind him. see Memphis 2010.

Here we go again another hick-up night,I thought that this team is comparable to the 1996 mighty Chicago Bulls,being a Lakers fan my answer will be no never.Yes we might win the Nba Championship next year but it wont make our team as legendary as those mighty BULLS teams that were coached by Phil Jackson in the 1990s.Evan though Kobe scored 41 points that does'nt add to anything in a loss.Whats about defence,the Bulls were very good in handling all the various offensive and defensive sceheme that they encounter,there were nothing left unturn.They were above the rest,they set all the records,they set the bar very high,they broke down teams and dominate them in their home court as well as away.The bulls never went to a 7th game in an Nba final series.Last year Nba final series a former Bulls and laker great had to called out the Lakers as to who will have to pick up the pieces and win that Finals.So we cannot compare.The Bulls set the bar too high.

Ninja, enough with the Bulls. We get it Lakers are not the bulls.

Not Pau, no rings. The key is Pau. If Phil not take care Pau (the most important player in this team) Lakers cant win again. Kobe could score 41 p. but this become irrelevant if Pau has a bad game.

Mark Medina

LO played only 23 more seconds than KOBE. for anyone who watched the game, kobe spent more energy making plays, avoiding double and triple teams, crating for the TEAM and being AMBUSHED to the ground a few times.

actually i can't remember a game when Kobe was so abused and the refrees did not make calls

does Kobe's "playing time and energy" comes with the territory or is it by default OK to be in a game like this 40 minutes? nobody ever mentions HIS playing time and how much he leaves on the court.

and after 15 years, and with a knee that "maybe" is not 100%, i never heard him complain that he plays too much.

we've seen pics of him ICING his feet.

doesn't LA have enough ICE for Gassy to ice his knees?
or is he too finesse and his catalan upbringing in a "perfect" climate makes him allergic to ice vs. Kobe who was born in Philly?????????

Gassy never played with snow balls?????????????? he looks sometimes like a snow man melting on defense. where is … the carrot? …

If u ultra use a player, like phil did with pau, that player will pay it later.. Pau needs more rest

Good Morning Laker Fam,


The Lakers were very sluggish last night. They needed an infusion of energy, maybe a little C-Funk as in Cameo would’ve helped them “Shake Their Pants” a little better…


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=153d9tc3Oao&feature=related

hobbit - To resort to calling LakerTom or anyone else names is way out of line.

Posted by: LRob | November 28, 2010 at 05:50 PM

did u EVER said that to KobeMVP888 or LakerTom??????????????????

maybe u have different ways of dealing with conflict.

is discriminating one of the ways????????

or u are just dedicating little "inoffensive" tunes?????? to avoid conflict.

or just spinning?????????????

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Good Morning LRob! Good selection to start the day with. Carry on sir!!!!

Now Noob Tuber really! The comments to LRob are kinda harsh don't you think? Come on my brother, we're all in this ISH together!!! At least I thought we were.

The comments to LRob are kinda harsh don't you think? Come on my brother, we're all in this ISH together!!! At least I thought we were.

Posted by: mamba24 | November 29, 2010 at 05:58 AM

did u asked that LakerTom or 888????????????

or u just know how to mention that u r an IT guy and you know how to attack peoples accounts????????????????

carry on w/bandwagons. and make sure Fisher is the spare wheel! we can't roll without one.

just based on that IT comment you should have been banned from this blog and MM should have reported you to the right authorities.

GOT IT?????????

The return of Paula, Fish being Fish, and UPS being closed for the holiday season. That's why the Lakers are losing.

or u just know how to mention that u r an IT guy and you know how to attack peoples accounts????????????????
carry on w/bandwagons. and make sure Fisher is the spare wheel! we can't roll without one. just based on that IT comment you should have been banned from this blog and MM should have reported you to the right authorities.
GOT IT????????? Posted by: noob tuber | November 29, 2010 at 06:17 AM
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You know I really wish you could find that "digging into accounts" posts for me. I would really like to see it. And ummm yeah I am an IT guy as anybody who read my Profile would plainly know. So If there are Authorities for reporting a person for saying they work in IT then report on my brother report on!

is discriminating one of the ways????????
or u are just dedicating little "inoffensive" tunes?????? to avoid conflict.
or just spinning?????????????

Posted by: noob tuber | November 29, 2010 at 05:46 AM

noob tuber - no, no and no.

And by the way Noob Tuber if you should somehow in the very infintismal likelyhood come up with a Mamba24 stating such a thing as Digging into acounts be aware that there is a lot of name jacking that was and still is going on. In fact my name was jacked last night in Game Chat so it's not the name on the post but the IP address behind the Posts that tells who the individual is. Just so we are clear on that.

Mamba in the Morning - good to see you holding down the morning shift as usual. Drop a selection on us and have a great day!

You know I really wish you could find that "digging into accounts" posts for me. I would really like to see it. And ummm yeah I am an IT guy as anybody who read my Profile would plainly know. So If there are Authorities for reporting a person for saying they work in IT then report on my brother report on!

Posted by: mamba24 | November 29, 2010 at 06:24 AM

so don't fake it NOW. i do have the POST saved. u did not only mentioned that u r an IT, u said that u will get in lakerfan and my account and so on and so …

i found it disturbing that u even thought about IT.

i wanted to contact MM and i did contacted Tony, who called me back. i did not follow up because i knew that u mean a lot for this blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

get it????????

u were depressed for a few days and disappeared, feeling GUILTY.

the sad part was that u came back u appologized to

1. MM
2. the bloggers

and LAST, exactly to the people u ATTACKED. when actually u should have appologized to THEM first. and ONLY.

poor decisions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

but hey, do u want to try ME??????? i can still do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i can TUBE U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mamba in the Morning - good to see you holding down the morning shift as usual. Drop a selection on us and have a great day! Posted by: LRob | November 29, 2010 at 06:28 AM
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Yes sir! Since Phred was asking last night on the Blog where is the Love? Phred this goes out to you: http://tinyurl.com/35zhy3u - Love makes world go round - Deon Jackson

but hey, do u want to try ME??????? i can still do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i can TUBE U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: ouchhhhhhhhhhhhhhh | November 29, 2010 at 06:33 AM
* Go for it my brother!! And as I said I hope the IP addresses are on there, you might be suprised at what YOU might find sir!

Hey Ouchhh are Noob Tuber or whatever. Go for it!! I would be just as interested as you to see what IP addresses come up on those Posts! Who knows what we might find so right on my brother go for it!!!

And by the way Noob Tuber if you should somehow in the very infintismal likelyhood come up with a Mamba24 stating such a thing as Digging into acounts be aware that there is a lot of name jacking that was and still is going on. In fact my name was jacked last night in Game Chat so it's not the name on the post but the IP address behind the Posts that tells who the individual is. Just so we are clear on that.

Posted by: mamba24 | November 29, 2010 at 06:28 AM

hahahaha. i was not born today. at that time it was only u and there r many posts that escalated to what u said!!!!!!!!!!!! so let's leave out the "impostors" game.

was also the "impostor" the one who appologized????????????

please, humor me.

but hey, do u want to try ME??????? i can still do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i can TUBE U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: ouchhhhhhhhhhhhhhh | November 29, 2010 at 06:33 AM
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But please, please don't TUBE me! Whatever Tubing me is. Kind of sounds like a threat all by itself don't it? Be careful with your words my brother!

Ouchh this is the last reply you get from me. If you got something you want to do. Then do it my brother!

noob tuber - no, no and no.

Posted by: LRob | November 29, 2010 at 06:26 AM

as hobbit suggested to 888, maybe you should go to the archives and see who started offending "others" on this blogg in defense of their inconsistent opinions, spinning and disappearing from the blog for a month. like december 2009

but hey, i'm preparing a profile, not mine, to introduce the"wisdom" to the new members.

Fatigue? Referees? Luck? Good defense? Bad offense?

Well, at least it wasn't the mysterious Utah shot clock SNAFU from a few nights ago.

No worries, friends. June is a long way from here. Many stories will be told. Many battles will be fought. Many opponents will be crushed.

The Pacers are well suited to play a tough game against us. The match-ups they create nullify or counter the advantages we take for granted against the rest of the league. Live and learn, and revenge will be ours.

Peace!

[dbdh]

The Pacers are well suited to play a tough game against us. The match-ups they create nullify or counter the advantages we take for granted against the rest of the league. Live and learn, and revenge will be ours. Peace!Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | November 29, 2010 at 06:54 AM
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Yes, DBDH I'm sorry but I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!

Good morning crew!

Can we just call this losing streak the Thanksgiving turkey hangover? I think a new week will bring new energy.

They are gearing up for a roadie and yes, it looks like they all had a little too many carbs. So did everyone.

MM: Who are these obnoxious posters?

Cheers - PLG

But please, please don't TUBE me! Whatever Tubing me is. Kind of sounds like a threat all by itself don't it? Be careful with your words my brother!
Posted by: mamba24 | November 29, 2010 at 06:42 AM

start by looking in the mirror.

buy the way, if you look up "Call of Duty" the bloggers make fun of Kobe that he is only a tuber, like throwing granades. virtual ones. so no threat. and i explaind u why YOU GOT A PASS. so let's just leave it at THAT.

and just stick to your OUTFREAKING guns!!!!!!!!!!!!! u r a moody peace maker and very subjective.

try to be more democratic, without taking sides to be in some bloggers grace. U HAVE A ROLE. so fullfill IT.

Can we just call this losing streak the Thanksgiving turkey hangover? I think a new week will bring new energy. They are gearing up for a roadie and yes, it looks like they all had a little too many carbs. So did everyone.Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | November 29, 2010 at 06:57 AM
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By God, I think you may be on to something PsychedLakerGirl! LOL!

Did anyone see lebron bump his coach in their loss to the mavs?

U HAVE A ROLE. so fullfill IT. Posted by: ouchhhhhhhhhhhhhhh | November 29, 2010 at 06:58 AM
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But Oucchhh, I don't know what that role is? Can you help a brother out? As for passes, I don't ask for, nor do I want or need anybodys PASS sir! So I would suggest that you do what you think you got to do! That's all I got to say my brother.

Did anyone see lebron bump his coach in their loss to the mavs? Posted by: Magia32 | November 29, 2010 at 07:03 AM
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Yeah i think MM or somebody posted a link to it on a prior thread. That was some funny ISH!! I think the Pat Riley coaching countdown has begun. I'd say 5 more games.

Last night's game was so ugly to watch, some reason I didn't mind the "L". Onto the next game.

@Mamba - Excellent selection. Another Detroiter....yes sir! FYI...I think you're going to have to start giving Da Bears some love!

@PLG - I think you're right. The road challenge will bring out a more focused effort.

I think you're going to have to start giving Da Bears some love! Posted by: LRob | November 29, 2010 at 07:20 AM
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You know you may well be right LRob. The only problem with that is, as soon as I do they will go into their usual December Tail spin. But I got to admit I like their Defense. Peppers and Urlacher are monsters!!!! Maybe they can a loan aa little of that defense to the Lakers! LOL! Justa playing folks.

OK my next selection is to...Yes, Yes, Yes!!! Fabulous Justanothermambafan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt9Z8aOtKNs - A Toast to you – Louis Curry

I believe this is the second game this season in which KB shot at least 30 times, and both were losses. (Please correct me if I've left any out.)

My question: Does he shoot that much because the Lakers aren't playing well, or do the Lakers not play well because he shoots that much?

Hope everyone enjoyed their NBA Shaqsgiving weekend and much as I did!

Psyched,

>>> Can we just call this losing streak the Thanksgiving turkey hangover? I think a new week will bring new energy.

Yes, we can and we should.

Posters who want to panic should go to the Miami Heat Index sites, where panic is manic and manic panickers belong.

How could they lose? Was Kobe the only one interested in playing?

Hope everyone enjoyed their NBA Shaqsgiving weekend and much as I did!

Posted by: 131-92 | November 29, 2010 at 07:53 AM


I don't get it. Shaqsgiving? What do you mean?

Hope everyone enjoyed their NBA Shaqsgiving weekend and much as I did! Posted by: 131-92 | November 29, 2010 at 07:53 AM
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WOW!! Soneone's feeling cocky this morning. And why not? 12-4 and tied for the best record in the East with Orlando is very commendable 131. Meanwhile what's that I see? 9-8 for Miami and Princess Jimmy elbowing coaches. I'm telling you 131 the path is laid out for a Lakers/Celtics final. Your defense is looking very good sir. Who know's old Shaq might even win a game or 2 for you when it counts. I'm glad you enjoyed the Holidays. Mine was fine as well, as this is the Lakers practice season and playing without their starting center they are 13-4. So I guess we both had something to be thankful about. Continued success for your team until the Finals 131. Now go out and strut around and show off that celtic pride! You earned it!

Posters who want to panic should go to the Miami Heat Index sites, where panic is manic and manic panickers belong. Posted by: Rick Friedman | November 29, 2010 at 07:58 AM
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LMAO!!!! PREACH RICK, PREACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some of these new posters make me weep for the future of the English language.

[dbdh]

Mamba-

Glad to hear you are doing well. Let me remind you that we are also playing without our starting center. He is not as glamours as your starting center but just as important to our team. He doesnt get as many invites to the Playboy Mansion but he gets his surgery done on time!

Magia32-

Try google. Im in a Shaqsgiving mood but I dont have the time to explain everything you dont get.

I don't get it. Shaqsgiving? What do you mean? Posted by: Magia32 | November 29, 2010 at 08:04 AM
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LOL!!!
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@DBDH, THE CHILDREN, WE MUST SAVE THE CHILDREN!!! LOL!!!

"How could they lose? Was Kobe the only one interested in playing?"

Posted by: Lakers Tickets Girl

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I'm the biggest Kobe fan around, but even he took a couple of plays off. Did anyone see the sequence early on when he reached out for a loose ball instead of running to it? He was beat, and the Pacers scored. Kobe looked furious at himself, because he knew he didn't give that play the attention and effort it demanded. At least he realized this and tried to make up for it. He's human, and we seem to forget that from time to time.

DBDH!

Too much turkey....simple as that...

Good link LRob!

Mamba-Glad to hear you are doing well. Let me remind you that we are also playing without our starting center. He is not as glamours as your starting center but just as important to our team. He doesnt get as many invites to the Playboy Mansion but he gets his surgery done on time!Posted by: 131-92 | November 29, 2010 at 08:21 AM
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LMAO!!! Now see you had to go and nearly ruin that happy Holiday glow carry-over. 131 justa so long as both centers are healthy and in good condition for the Finals is all that cocerns me. Playboy mansions indeed!!! LOL!

Too much turkey....simple as that...Posted by: Magic Phil | November 29, 2010 at 08:24 AM
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Right on for the Turkey!

He's human, and we seem to forget that from time to time.Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | November 29, 2010 at 08:23 AM
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WTH? AW HELL NAW!!! Kobe Bean Bryant Human? No, No, No!! He is a God sir! A Basketball God!!! LOL! Yep DBDH we do tend to forget those little details - Like being Human - from time to time. But we can't blame Del Harris for pointing them out to us! Great Post!

Some of these new posters make me weep for the future of the English language.

Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | November 29, 2010 at 08:14 AM

whowwwwww, the English Police is out and about.

it's funny how some people choose the screen name. context maybe more important than form?

we have the famous HUGO BOSS who constantly reminds us that Colorado loves the Lakers. especially the Kobe anti-fans love that.

and after that is U, reminding us about Del Harris, an obtuse and the least visionary guy who kept Kobe on the bench for 2 years.

it is interesting to watch Kobe's 62 points against Dallas, when Avery was ejected and Kobe shot 62/3 qts in Del Harris's face. and take a look at his tie. looks like Jeannie Buss was not there to choose it. not that she will do a better job, looking at the deux-piece she wear during the ring ceremony. pretty in white.

but, if u r really concern about the FUTURE OF THE ENGLISH language, maybe you should consult the 2009 edition of the "The F Word" edited by none other than Jesse Sheidlower, one of the editors of the OXFORD English Dictionary.

proper enough?????????????

Sux.

Next!

--FEARless

PS: To try and draw anything more from this loss is asinine. We are playing without a backup center. Of course the losses will come against the better teams. Anyone out there seriously think that it should be any different? Heck, we could be the Heat...

@DBDH: I'm the biggest Kobe fan around, but even he took a couple of plays off. Did anyone see the sequence early on when he reached out for a loose ball instead of running to it? He was beat, and the Pacers scored. Kobe looked furious at himself, because he knew he didn't give that play the attention and effort it demanded. At least he realized this and tried to make up for it. He's human, and we seem to forget that from time to time.

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Truer words have never been spoken, my friend!

--FEARless

ouchhhh - how you doing today? Any way I could politely ask you to give it a rest? You're verging into CrazyLand, my friend. Don't make us all worry about you and have to send the men with the little white coats out to bring you to that nice padded room you've heard so much about.

Larry - whoever Mamba24.4real was last night, I think we all pretty much knew it wasn't you when it didn't respond to any of us. Not to mention the crazy stuff it was saying...

FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning Blog-O-Maniacs, looks like this team likes to win a few than lose two so far this year. Prediction: We win the next game.


@mamba24 - Your battling on the stairs rapier-like today, interweb swashbuckler that you are, fending off thrusts, parrying slashes and counter-attacking where an opening presents itself. I tip my cap to you, sir.


@JAMF - RE: the Archives. They are dangerous to delve into. First off you have to bring enough torches, 50 feet of rope and a water skin to last you long enough to find what you're looking for. Secondly, perception is everything in re-reading and re-hashing what was said about a topic x-number of years ago. Lastly, it's too dusty.


Musical Bloggers...thank you for most excellent jams...not gonna smash the glass on my PANIC button today, I'm just gonna ramble


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJJCQ4dtAlw


I did just get back from the Bay Area after all (most chilly up yonder, I must say).

Larry - whoever Mamba24.4real was last night, I think we all pretty much knew it wasn't you when it didn't respond to any of us. Not to mention the crazy stuff it was saying...Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 29, 2010 at 08:52 AM
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Woman you know me too well! LOL!

justanothermambafan...this for your most excellent comment!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ0VMDmGdx0


Observation/Query: When Shannon Brown struggles the bench has faltered, coincidence?

Mornin' McFly!

And yes - I and Laker Nation ALL know you too well!

You know folks that Jamie Sweet is one intelligent gentleman!! LOL! His musical taste is not too bad either!! But chilly? Jamie it was 15 degrees in Chicago last night and it will not get above 37 for the rest of the week!! LOL!

LOL Jamie - you seem to be right there with Larry swashbuckling away! Are you now or have you ever been a musketeer? or a Mouseketeer? Justa curious.... :)

And yes - I and Laker Nation ALL know you too well! Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 29, 2010 at 08:59 AM
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I suspect there is some hidden meaning in there somewhere Fabulous!! But just the sight of your name at the end of a post makes my day so I can't complain! LOL!

Larry - naw - no hidden meaning. I was justa sayin' that we all knew that imposter wasn't you, that's all. Also - if you want to change your handle to "mamba" instead of "mamba24" I think we could all "handle" it. Although you should post as "mamba - the artist formerly known as mamba24" for awhile...

Although you should post as "mamba - the artist formerly known as mamba24" for awhile... Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 29, 2010 at 09:05 AM
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Wow! No, No, No! Much too long. I'll stick with mamba24 if I have to do that. And I was justa playing with you justa. MY IFD font was not on. Sorrrry!

Anyone out there seriously think that it should be any different? Heck, we could be the Heat...Posted by: FEARless | November 29, 2010 at 08:48 AM
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THE HORROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

People, we are wading into the realm of the real teams in this league. Things are going to be tough. This is the NBA, as in "No Boys Allowed", where real men play. Time to man-up and and do what we do!

--FEARless

PS: I wouldn't want to be any of those first 10 or 12 teams we play after Bynum gets back. His first couple weeks after an injury he always looks like the next coming of Wilt-a-Shaq. It might be ugly, for them.

People, we are wading into the realm of the real teams in this league. Things are going to be tough. This is the NBA, as in "No Boys Allowed", where real men play. Time to man-up and and do what we do! PS: I wouldn't want to be any of those first 10 or 12 teams we play after Bynum gets back. His first couple weeks after an injury he always looks like the next coming of Wilt-a-Shaq. It might be ugly, for them.
Posted by: FEARless | November 29, 2010 at 09:30 AM
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OK I think I'm going to have to call it!! Time of OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!! 9:30 am.


No team survives the injury bug, especially the big man injury bug.

We can win games, but without Andrew and Theo, the schedule will beat you.

As bad as our good shooters shot the ball, we were still in the losses.
That's probably the turkey.

We need to sign another big man to a limited contract. It's that simple.
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What do we play for? RINGS!!!
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Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.
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GO LAKERS!!!

We need to sign another big man to a limited contract. It's that simple. Posted by: Jon K. | November 29, 2010 at 09:56 AM
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Sounds good to me...LETS DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, it's hard getting caught up on the posts, lotsa stuff to read.

So, the Lakers lose.
To Indiana.
At home.

To Indiana?
At home?
Good grief.

please keep luke on the bench.and have fish join him.
these ballplayers make good money,playing 45minute shouldnt
be an excuse.get off your duff coach and start coaching
instead of sitting there meditating.

dont blame artise,let brown and blake play more.any novice
can see fish is not playing as a point guard.hell he is
to slow and cant guard anybody.if you really want to take
pressure off pau you need five players on the court all the
time.because with fisher out there he is not contributing
to the team.if you are going to keep playing fish then when
you loose blame yourself,and quit pointing your finger

@ ouchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,

"and after that is U, reminding us about Del Harris, an obtuse and the least visionary guy who kept Kobe on the bench for 2 years.

it is interesting to watch Kobe's 62 points against Dallas, when Avery was ejected and Kobe shot 62/3 qts in Del Harris's face. and take a look at his tie. looks like Jeannie Buss was not there to choose it. not that she will do a better job, looking at the deux-piece she wear during the ring ceremony. pretty in white.

but, if u r really concern about the FUTURE OF THE ENGLISH language, maybe you should consult the 2009 edition of the "The F Word" edited by none other than Jesse Sheidlower, one of the editors of the OXFORD English Dictionary.

proper enough?????????????"

Posted by: ouchhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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First of all, my chosen monicker is supposed to be ironic. Most posters here "get it". Maybe you should consult the 2010 Oxford English Dictionary regarding the word "irony". It is a few pages after "idiot", so you can start there, sir.

Secondly, I was not creating a personal attack, only pointing out a general observation. Your sophomoric attempt at humor at my expense only shows that my concern was totally warranted, now at a much larger scale.

Lastly, your sage advise on Delbert's tie selection is welcomed. Try one on, and pull it as tight as you can so the last remaining functional gray matter you may still have can finally be purged from its cranial prison.

Peace out!

[dbdh]

DBDH,

Do you teach classes in appropriate responses?
Perhaps you should.
That was quite good.

I too, sometimes wonder about what is happening to correct English.
Not just on the blog, but in general.
I think the country may be dumbing down.

I understand the concern here. I know when you're a coal miner or agricultural worker, 45 minutes of no back up to relieve you for 15 minutes can get grueling.

Even with all the millions of dollars they make, time outs, stop in play and relative youth a full 45 minutes of work 3 times a week and add a couple of hours of practice and subsequent spa bath and massages is just too much to ask of Pau, coal miners, farm workers, construction workers, etc.

Please, lets get some help for these guys.

Maybe it's not the Lakers, it just that the Pacers are getting better!! So sick of hearing about the Lakers!!


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