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Lakers see three-game road trip as a challenge

Kobe disappointment On paper, this three-game trip the Lakers are about to embark upon looks easy.

After all, the three teams they face -- Milwaukee, Detroit and Minnesota -- are a combined 12-19. Only Milwaukee (5-5) has a .500 record. Detroit (4-6) (Central Division) and Minnesota (3-8) (Northwest Division) are in last place in their respective divisions.

But the Lakers, who have lost two consecutive games, see this as anything but easy.

"I think some of it is a challenge to play on the road," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "I think it will help us as a team to do that. Regardless of how we go about it, I think it just helps the team focus on themselves, get themselves together and understand the part  of playing defense together."

The Lakers' first game will be in Milwaukee against the Bucks on Tuesday night. Then it's on to Detroit to face the Pistons in a back-to-back game Wednesday night. The Lakers finish up the trip in Minneapolis against the Timberwolves.

The Lakers also are awaiting the results of an MRI on Lamar Odom's bruised bone in his right foot and an MRI on Theo Ratliff's sore left knee.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol find a win out of reach in the closing moments of the Lakers' 116-121 loss to the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on Nov. 14, 2010. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

 

 
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If all the nuts who post here were season ticket holders spending a fortune on tickets you would see why every game means something. You spend a thousand dollars of your hard earned money to watch a team not giving 100%.

S Perkins:

A) To whom are the "nuts" that you refer?

B) I'm sure that there are some (read: at least 1) season ticket holders who go to games to be seen.

In every good marathon there's always some sprighty sprinter charging to the head of the pack while the real front runners dwell somewhere in the middle of the field.


By the 25th mile, the front runners are right where they ought to be and that cocky sprinter is gassed out chugging aqua at ever Arrowhead station down the pike.


Phoenix, Miami, Denver, etc. are sprinters. Lakers are expert marathoners. Only 2 other teams in the league can be classified as marathoners too - Spurs & you know who. Come June, we will hit the 25th mile as we should watching the other lil sprinters gas themselves out.


No worries. No drama. Let Butler and the trolls have their day. In June 2011, they will all disappear. Again. For the third time.

Repost (and the final time I personally address this particular troll):


Butt-ler boy - of course I can take the jabs & barbs of you and your kin. However, you've been MIA for a very long time. You owe the blog an apology after last year - which you've conveniently forgotten. Then you show up with your inane ramblings for no other reason than what? Remind us of your existence? Really, we could have done without. If you want to be civil, that's fine. You still owe us an apology. And make sure to come by after your boys have lost too. That way we'd have more respect for you.

Hey all, had a long weekend ripping out tack strips and painting lol...


Laker J: Congrats on a great Friedman. You point out exactly what really killed the Lakers: rebounding. The Suns get once-a-lifetime hot from 3? I can live with that. I remember one sequence where Childress was surrounded by 4 Lakers and ended up getting tipping the rebound and controlling it (much like Lamar usually does). Two straight games where the Lakers kinda sat back, and looked for the switch, and never found it...

BTW: Yeah, I did my share of cooking this weekend. I just decided to dice the crow and bake it into the humble pie and eat it cold. Even made sure to pluck the crow clean before baking. I also saved some to feed to Baron Davis and Chris Kaman next time I run into them around L.A. 2 Clippers on the same team - what was I thinking? Live and learn... lol

Plus props to LEWSTRS for dropping Sideshow Bob and picking up Frye in time for this game - the man's a genius!

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The Suns decided to live and die by the three, and even Feast-or-famine-Frye was making .them - that is when it was apparent it would be a long night. J-Rich deserves some praise, he is the Suns player that is probably most often overlooked, and it can be argued he's their second-best player.

L.O. doesn't look as spry as normal, so it isn't unexpected to hear him say his foot is bothering him.

Kobe is trying to do too much at times it seems, Pau has got to be a little more assertive in setting post position and demanding the ball. It will be VERY WELCOME to see Bynum get back, and Pau then won't have to operate so deep in the paint, and L.O. can then again anchor the bench squad. Only a fool would argue against that - Bynum's return that is.

I'm happy to see them set off on a road trip, I think this will help bring them together, I don't see the defensive problems lingering - these past couple of games were a great wake up call for a team that seems like it has been trying to sleepwalk through teams, probably because of the realization there are 70+ games to go through the schedule.

Get ready Bucks, this isn't going to be a last-second Kobe buzzer-beater on Tuesday. I see a double-digit lead early, maintained throughout the game...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

justa - I like it when you call people on the carpet for their outspoken misdeeds (they think they can blurt anything they want and not be held accountable). Vengeance! Vengeance is mine sayeth the justa!

63 - well in that case - SUBMIT YOUR DANG PROFILE. Enough is enough. Don't make me wait. I get angry when I have to wait around for something. And you wouldn't like me when I'm angry....

justa - wait, wait, wait... hold on a gosh-darn minute! I thought we had an understanding: the Logo's statue goes up, we take pictures in front of it, profiles go in. Right?

(sigh) How soon they forget....

justa: "Don't make me wait. I get angry when I have to wait around for something. And you wouldn't like me when I'm angry...."

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Something tells me that you'd better listen to justa, 63... She means business this morning!


GO LAKERS!!!!!

63: "wait, wait, wait... hold on a gosh-darn minute! I thought we had an understanding: the Logo's statue goes up, we take pictures in front of it, profiles go in. Right?"
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Well, at least you're not waiting for the Devin Ebanks statue to go up...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Not sure what Justa's deal is 63. I clearly remember the agreement, I think she's trying to back out of it. Or maybe she thinks that her good fortune with FBB and her Friedman award posts make her deserving of a pass. Not so Justa. I'm sure that if you want to submit your profile before 63's he'll be fine with that, otherwise a deal is a deal. Crow-eating Cyber is proof of that. Sorry Cyber, I'm sure my turn will come.

No worries. No drama. Let Butler and the trolls have their day. In June 2011, they will all disappear. Again. For the third time.

Posted by: utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER | November 15, 2010 at 11:21 AM
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Excellente!

The regular season, and particularly the early season, is for learning, acclimating, and adjusting for a quality playoff run. As long as the Lakers don't completely fumble the Home Court, humbling losses such as losing two in a row with one of them on your home court will only help bolster the team efforts later on in the season and in the playoffs. I'm not terribly worried and I don't think anyone else here should be either.

@JAMF and 63 Footer - Both your profiles are due today :). Just a reminder that there will be a chat today at 5:30 p.m and we can last through MNF. I have two threads lined up for the rest of the afternoon, but there is a chance Mike Bresnahan or Brad Turner might have news on Lamar and/or Theo's MRI.

You are on about Butler owing you an apology...that seems to be what is important, and yet, without going into it because we all saw what we saw, and heard what we heard, I'm disappointed (though not entirely surprised) that Laker fans choose to ignore being told to Phuhck Off by their Saint.

Spare me the context, explanation, etc. All of us already know it. I guess he is entitled to say what he wishes, and you are enititled to pretend it didn't happen.
But in my opinion, it is he who owes you, and all NBA fans an apology.

What a punk.

Sonnybelfast

It is really unacceptable with so much favoured Laker team, that do not have much back to back game like any other NBA teams (look through all the schedules), and have 2 to 3 more home games due to Clippers.

TRade RA, and LOOK FOR A GOOD POINT GUARD!

KobeMVP888,

Why would you BAIT LakerTom after last night's statistical fluke of a game? He's a much more EXPERIENCED and WISER fan than you and I promise you that he won't press any panic buttons or come up with any excuses for last night's MEANINGLESS practice season loss. The only EXCUSE is piss poor perimeter defense led by Kobe's lazy effort, not an injured center. 22 threes? 1 short of tying an NBA record? LakerTom's a little smarter than that and shame on you for throwing out this ridiculous BAIT.

Go ahead an bait ME instead. The degree of importance that I place on Andrew Bynum's return is proportionately accurate compared to your disproportionate utter lack of appreciation for Bynum's role on the Lakers. The way you BASH him, you'd get rid of him for the Cavaliers' trade exception.

So this is your way of dealing with a loss, is it? Transferring your post-practice game grief to another fan. I am truly amazed of the number of fans in here who want anything to do with you.

my response:

Actually, last night was *NOT* a statistical fluke. It's been happening for the
last two years.

I think you're right that he won't come up with any excuses. He probably
just won't post. That's actually been his pattern in the past.

re: bashing Bynum.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/bash

3. Informal To criticize (another) harshly, accusatorially, and threateningly

So even though you're a mature individual who has managed to survive
some time upon this earth, your grasp of the English language is insufficient in
this situation.

So ... if you look up the word criticize you'll find that nothing in my statement
actually criticized Bynum. Furthermore, if we were to look at things
objectively, [ i.e. without emotion ] you'd find that the Lakers are having a
problem without the lack of a defensive presence at Center. Oddly enough,
the 2nd or 3rd string center, depending upon how you look at him, Theo
Ratliff hasn't played during the last 2 games which oddly enough we lost.


Allow me to clarify, because I know that you're going to misunderstand me.

The Lakers *need* to play defense. That is not equal to the Lakers *need*
Andrew Bynum. This is the second game in a row, the second loss in a row,
where the Lakers were winning in the 3rd & 4th quarter and yet lost the game.
The Lakers offense is working just fine as based upon the amount of points
they're scoring. The Lakers *need* to play defense. Trite cliches about
dumping the ball into the post and Kobe jacking up a multitude of shots are
factually untrue. It has never been about the offensive end. It has always
been of the defensive end. I said that before you arrived, so you missed it
then. I said it after you arrived, but in the past. You were too busy defending
LakerTom & Bynum to read clearly. I'm repeating it again. You'll still
miss it because you're checking your mail looking for your Bynum fan club
packet & your I "heart" LakerTom shirt.


I am actually curious. How much does LakerTom pay you to be his defender?

From what I recall of his profile, he's a grown man. Yet, here you are defending
him as if he's your baby brother. Does it pay well?

However, let's let this go, eh? LakerTom hasn't responded. The Lakers lost.
PJ is making his point about playing defense.

On to the next episode.

The Lakers NOW need to add a "serviceable" big man simply because Caracter and Ratliff are not practically "serviceable" at this point (and unlikely anytime soon) and our only two big men (Gasol and Odom) are on the course of wearing and tearing. Also, no one can predict Bynum won't have any injury again this season after he comes back because he has YET to prove he could ever be consistently healthy a whole season.

The Lakers NOW need to add a "serviceable" big man simply because Caracter and Ratliff are not practically "serviceable" at this point (and unlikely anytime soon) and our only two big men (Gasol and Odom) are on the course of wearing and tearing. Also, no one can predict Bynum won't have any injury again this season after he comes back because he has YET to prove he could ever be consistently healthy a whole season.

Posted by: LakerPeace | November 15, 2010 at 12:32 PM

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Exactly and rest assured, Mitch and Buss are on the case. The main thing is to get into the playoffs with momentum. I beleive the team is pacing themselves to compensate for Bynum's absence but if the situation isn't adequately addressed or resolved, the 'chip is in jeopardy. 'Nuff said.

Laker D is the only reason they lost. We shot a shade under 50%, that wins 95% of the games we'll play this year. Our interior D was alright, but our defenisve rebounding was poor. Josh Childress is a good fit for that team and he was matched up against our bench (he was a starter in the NBA and was always known for his hustle and athleticism) all game long. Bad adjustment by Peej.


I'm over this loss, we're going to lose quite a few games this year, we might not have the best record in the west, but we'll have the best team (and hopefully the healthiest) come playoff time.


My persoanl biggest gripe was the consistency of the officials. re-watching the game just now: 1st quarter, Lamar gets a little bump by Hedo T for the hoop and one. 4th quarter, Lamar gets whacked across both arms and bumped with the body for the hoop and one technical foul for Lamar. A more egregious play in the 4th, yet no whistle. If the league is going to continue to allow the refs to call an NBA game with little to no consistency from the 1st quarter to the 4th, to take away the players abiltiy to interact and gain clarity as to why the game is now being called differently is un-fair. It devalues the NBA product and actually has made the games less interesting to watch.


I like end-zone celebrations, I like zany antics, and I like my favorite NBA team to be passionate, emotional and involved. Humanity is theatrical and sport is a reflection of that humanity. If I wanted to watch cookie cutter TV where everything is safe and sterile I'd watch the Hallmark channel. Passion's not hurting the game, David Stern, this rule is and so are you. No fan cares what a pasty white dude with a perpetually silly grin thinks about the emotional state of the NBA. If they do, they're not real fans and they'll find something else to complain about like those silly dunks, why can't they just shoot pretty jumpers?


Taking the heart out of the NBA will take green out of your collective NBA market, I'll bet you a dollar, Mr. Stern (it's all I got).

Justa: Wasted energy my sister. Argue with a fool, get a fool's response. Putting the Funs out of the Playoffs en route to our vengeance against Boston is more valuable than any half-baked apology Butler can give.

as i suggested before, humility is a wonderful thing. it allows us to make corrections as we go.

my response:

Actually, last night was *NOT* a statistical fluke. It's been happening for the
last two years.

Posted by: hobbitmage | November 15, 2010 at 12:31 PM
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My response:

Good, then I hope it continues on some level because there's something else that's "been happening for the last two years" that curiously escapes every one of your posts yet you continuously BASH the players on the team that has given you that something else that's been happening for the last two years that curiously escapes every one of your posts.

Here's a clue (fill in the blank):

1-2-3 _ _ _ _! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Is there any chance that there is enough bronze in the world to immortalize Kobe Bryant's sac?

http://hoopstopia.com/?p=247


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