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Which game will most likely mark the Lakers' first loss?

The question, of course, may not go over well in this corner of the blogosphere, particularly with an 82-0 bandwagon brewing on comment threads. But take off the purple and gold glasses for a second and think realistically. I also worded the question not to suggest which game the Lakers will lose, but more which game could be the one that truly tests the Lakers and their undefeated mark.

I can't find any conceivable scenario in which Minnesota could beat the Lakers tonight. Even though Denver's gone through a well-documented uncertainty surrounding Carmelo Anthony and is without Chris Anderson and Kenyon Martin, the Nuggets have still managed a 4-3 record and remained competitive with a schedule featuring Dallas, Houston, Utah and New Orleans. The Lakers heading into Denver on Thursday will likely bring a contentious atmosphere. L.A. controlled Phoenix in its 114-106 victory earlier this season and the Suns aren't the same without Amare Stoudemire, but their 3-4 record featured matchups with Memphis (twice), Atlanta, San Antonio, Portland, Utah and the Lakers. A victory over Phoenix on Sunday would lift L.A. to a 10-0 start, a mark Coach Phil Jackson said would start getting him excited about the team.

Next week doesn't feature much adversity for the Lakers, though their matchups with Milwaukee (2-5) on Tuesday and Detroit (2-5) on Wednesday come on road back-to-backs. Then it's off to Minnesota on Friday for another nondescript victory. Golden State (5-2) may be more competitive this year, but the Lakers already shut the Warriors down Oct. 31 in a 107-83 victory. I believe the Lakers' true test comes Nov. 23 when they host the Bulls, who feature strong point-guard play from Derrick Rose, feistiness from Joakim Noah and enough clout to possibly land Anthony. But I'm also sure games against Utah and Memphis at the end of the month could be competitive too.

The bottom line is this: The Lakers' first 18 games feature only seven teams that made the playoffs last year. It's not a stretch to think that the Lakers could match their 16-1 start of the 2001-2002 season.

-- Mark Medina

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NO GAME! WE ARE RUNNING THE TABE SIR! 82 - 0!!!

All I know is that the first loss will probably come when we all least expect it. As for trying to suss it out...I just can't bring myself to go there.

TELL THEM JUSTA!!! WE GOT THIS!!!

First loss of the season? Our next game IN Portland or our first game vs. Charlotte, anywhere! It never fails. Just sayin'...

DBDH!

I refuse to answer on the grounds that I may get run over by my own 82-0 bandwagon.


I do feel compelled to weigh in on Lamar Odom suing the Internal Revenue Service over the dispute on tax deductions. (Full disclosure: I am neither an attorney nor an accountant.)

First, odd that this item ever saw the light of day. These disputes are as routine as a fine issued by David Stern. Usually, someone like Lamar has a skilled advocate who gets such a ruling overturned.

Of course these are professional expenses for an athlete like Lamar. It's just that these expenses don't seem routine to the average IRS auditor, hence the appeals process. But at least we now know why Lamar had that off game the other night. [RIM SHOT.]

the first game when they score less than the opponent

Blog Master Mark,
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What kind of question is that?
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It's like asking, "When do you think your dog is going to die?"
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Sure. We all know it's going to happen, but all we can hope is that it isn't for a really, really, REALLY long time.
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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!!!

a more useful question may be "how are they going to play the game AFTER they lose a game?"

Personally I think the Lakers can win out all their games in November and possibly December. OUR toughest opponents in November are the @Nuggets and @Jazz. And the first half of December is a EASY schedule. There are only two tough games in December vs. Miami and @San Antonio

Probably Nov. 30th @ Memphis. But I wouldn't sleep on the Nov. 16th game @ Milwaukee if Bogut plays.

I could care less as long as they never lose more than 3 in any given playoff series.

But otherwise, 7-0 with 75 to go!

LO - this one is dedicated to you from the Taxman!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oyu5sFzWLk8

Posted by: LRob | November 09, 2010 at 03:11 PM

Personally I think the Lakers can win out all their games in November and possibly December. OUR toughest opponents in November are the @Nuggets and @Jazz. And the first half of December is a EASY schedule. There are only two tough games in December vs. Miami and @San Antonio Posted by: RamneetKB24 | November 09, 2010 at 03:28 PM
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NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!!

I could care less as long as they never lose more than 3 in any given playoff series. But otherwise, 7-0 with 75 to go! Posted by: htj | November 09, 2010 at 03:29 PM
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THIS ALSO IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!

mamba24 knows what's up ha-ha-ha

@OUCHHHHH! You're a Genius man!! A Genius!!!!!!

The only game that's important to WIN is our LAST ONE!

mamba24 knows what's up ha-ha-ha Posted by: RamneetKB24 | November 09, 2010 at 03:34 PM
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Hey! This kid has potential!!! LOL!

what happens if they lose tonite? hey , i'm just saying here! does losing tonite make them less of the power that they are?

Allnet

Haha. A bad hairday for sasha could severely affect his performance on the court so I would argue to the IRS that his haircut is a necessary business expense and thus a legitimate deduction

I don't know, i don't suppose basketball games exist in a hypothetical statistical universe where it's like flipping a penny- 50-50 odds not matter how many times it's flipped, even if it comes out heads a hundred times in a row, because I think the Lakers have to be favored in every single game I see them playing between now and June. Common sense tells me that this won't happen, and it is tempting to pick the team with the best record as being more likely to beat them, but even the team with the best record still wouldn't be favored on any given night...

I would like to declare that I am very very over analytical today. I guess I'll just have to predict that the Lakers will probably lose to an inferior team at one point this season, and I think the cause will most likely be sunspots. Or Luke Walton.

Now that I think about it, this questi0n was probably more likely intended to provoke an interesting conversation than it was intended to get the most rational and likely answer. I feel like the guy who says 'and if I had three wishes, I would wish for a million wishes!'

And if I had three wishes, I would wish that life was fair, for world peace, and courtside season tickets.

Who's Sasha?

[dbdh]

The first game when luke plays more than 15 minutes

D(erek)J(eter) - "The only game that's important to WIN is our LAST ONE!"

Provided we make the playoffs (wink-wink) - I'm totally behind that. And congrats on another Golden Glove.

And if I had three wishes, I would wish that life was fair, for world peace, and courtside season tickets. Posted by: phred | November 09, 2010 at 03:39 PM
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If I had 3 wishes I would ask for world peace, courtside tickets and...one last post from BabyGirl! Truly!!!

The first game when luke plays more than 15 minutes Posted by: yellofever | November 09, 2010 at 03:41 PM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

phred - if you ever get those courtside tickets, I'd go with you. It would be a difficult decision to make, and it would probably come at great personal cost, but I'd suffer through it.

I see the Lakers win by 60 tonight

They started off hot like this last year too....there will be a rough patch in the future sure enough...

Regular season is a waste of time anyways, who here really cares about it?

The real season starts in April...

I see the Lakers win by 60 tonight Posted by: RamneetKB24 | November 09, 2010 at 03:47 PM
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Aw see then you go and ruin it! LOL! Phil would never run up the score on his former Protege. If he has to pull every starter he will keep the score a reasonable one for Kurt who is on his last legs in Minny. I say a 8 points but no more than 10 point Laker win.

63,

Cool enough sir!

@Justa...I refuse to answer On the grounds I may get run over by my own 82-0 bandwagon.

You've got the power...and dammit, you ARE funny!! You really do make me Laugh Out Loud!! Hope Pau and Kobe get some rest tonite.

On a selfish note, I'd like nothing but blowouts and 4-0 series sweeps in the playoffs.

Life is stressful enough. Can't I just have a little peace and enjoyment while I watch the Lakers open cans of whoppa$$ on the entire association?

I tell you what - I wouldn't mind seeing the Clippers upset the unbeaten Hornets tonight in New Orleans!

ramneet - please tell me you meant 6 and not 60. Please tell me it's just a typo. I don't want to think you're going to be needing crazy pills at such a young age.

(Still - it's nice to see you posting LOL)

The first game Bynum comes back at Utah (11/26/10)

The topic and the poll don't go together. Perhaps a cut-n-paste error, MM?

4g3n7 (i.e, Agent)

@Justa - Rimshot...I can diggy...diggy!

ha-ha, i may have exaggerated a little lo, but I see them winning by 15-20 (serious)

htj,
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Yes. I would much rather watch a relaxing 75 point win with a nice beer, than sit there biting off my fingernails as we win with a last second bucket. A close game is more exhilerating, but there is just something right about devastating the competition.
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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!!!

Jon K. - "Yes. I would much rather watch a relaxing 75 point win with a nice beer, than sit there biting off my fingernails as we win with a last second bucket. A close game is more exhilarating, but there is just something right about devastating the competition."

Can I get an "amen" to that! Life's too short for tension; I want unbridled humiliation and the killer instinct: once their down, put your heel on their throat and twist. The more points the merrier.

AND NO LOSING FOCUS!

"they're" down, not "their" down. Duh!

The first game Bynum comes back at Utah (11/26/10)

Posted by: LakerPeace | November 09, 2010 at 04:05 PM
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LOL....STOP IT!!! LOL

I see the Lakers win by 60 tonight

Posted by: RamneetKB24 | November 09, 2010 at 03:47 PM
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Dude, 60 points will make the entire team to retire in tears....

Jon K - lol come on man. I love dogs.

Ramneet - I know it's the T-Wolves, but 60? Something tells me Phil wouldn't do that to Kurt's team

Lakers will probably lose to the Warriors... when you least expect it...

"Which game will most likely mark the Lakers' first loss?"

Kill Joy

pffffftttt

Which game will most likely mark the Lakers' first loss?"
Kill Joy pffffftttt Posted by: LakerLass | November 09, 2010 at 04:31 PM
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That wasn't very nice! LOL!

That wasn't very nice! LOL!
Posted by: mamba24 | November 09, 2010 at 04:33 PM

Yeah, I know...
Guess I need some Dr. Fatty's Lakerholics tonic. No wait, maybe MM needs some.

Yeah, I know...Guess I need some Dr. Fatty's Lakerholics tonic. No wait, maybe MM needs some. Posted by: LakerLass | November 09, 2010 at 04:35 PM
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LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Lakers won't lose until 2011, maybe vs. one of those Eastern Conference team's on their seven game road trip.

Guys I was just joking about the 60 points lol! But I do see a big win lol, maybe 15-20

Guys I was just joking about the 60 points lol! But I do see a big win lol, maybe 15-20 Posted by: RamneetKB24 | November 09, 2010 at 04:39 PM
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Now you're talking!!! Very good!

I think the Denver game after tonight's game is the most dangerous. Playing Denver in that high altitude is very difficult for any team. Last year, if I remember correctly, the Lakers first big stinker was at Denver where they were blown out. I don't see them getting blown out again, but I could see them losing a tight one. After that, playing the Jazz in Utah is always a tough game as well.

The rest of the schedule is a bunch of "should wins" for the Lakers, and it seems that this iteration of the Lakers is actually winning those "should win" games handily.

I'm going to be a realist on this one and take the upcoming game in Utah. The addition of Jefferson and subtraction of Boozer has really brought this team up a notch. Now they have someone who can actually guard Pau straight up and also give him trouble at the other end. If we do lose, it's by one point.

Then we string together 25 straight after the dissapointment!

Unfortunately, Utah is getting their hats handed to them at the moment by the Heat - it's ugly...

Utah's early success and OKC early struggles are probably going to right themselves in the coming weeks.

WHAT!!! Not even thinking about losses...I'm thinking 82-0...

I'm enjoying my ride in justa's bus...and the vodka of course...lol

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation....

#17 Coming Up!!!

It's funny how right around 5 the posts dry up as everyone scrambles away from their cubicles.

denver lost at the buzzer the past game. indiana is blowing them out of the EAST tonight. i hope they r npot ready for REVENGE tursday against the L's

Tonight. Just watch.

@ htj - yes, the 9-5 Lakers Fans

LOL Lew - it's not a "bus".

What are we - savages??

It's a stylish, high-tech, state of the art, music thumping, vodka flowing, mega-party, Lakerholic-transporting, uber-entertainment vehicle.

Now doesn't that sound like something more worthy of an 82-0 banner than a "bus"?

Just for that, go sit up front away from the booze, jacuzzi and dance floor. You need to clear your head for a few minutes.


:)


Justa - can I get a little Rum on that bus? Mixing vodka with percocet gives me a nasty hangover.

htj - believe me - there's quite a selection.

Gonna share one more song for the day(IMHO, one of the best ever recorded):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pcNP9JE0bs&feature=related

utah just tied miami after being down like almost 20

3 heat players r [protesting a call. no Tech?????????????????

82 - 0 or BUST ! No one can or will defeat the L O S A N G E L E S L A K E R S !!

nets lost @ home- cleveland 93-91

Farmy 22:50 min 1-6 0-3 5assi 2TO 2 BIG POINTS

I'm still searching for a name for our new bench...Killer B's doesn't justify, for that's only part of the bench...

How about the "Wild Bunch"...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMbATaj7Il8

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation....

#17 Coming Up!!!

LBJ tripple double with 5-17 shooting - his first in HIS history w/Heat

i can't stand lbj - ever since that race card fiasco - but i'm sort of happy that they're beating utah. it's all about the lakers and home court advantage.

GO LAKERS!!

BShaw - speaking about consistency he wants to see that "once we get up on a team to be able to stay up them, and whether we're making substitutions or not, just continue to smash them".


Now THAT"S what I'm talking about!!!!!


thurs - celtics & the heat. i'm rootin' - gasp - for boston. i just dislike lbj that much.

Clippers 60 Hornets 63...hmm...nah...

frmkt - I thought we went over this already? You do NOT cheer for Boston to win. You cheer for the Meat to lose. It's a lot easier on your conscience that way.

great game night all-

Lakers, keep Minnesota from being:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxX1KiodjJY

Kurt Rambis:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uucSuUiKvcg

enjoy the game everyone-

MM is learning from BSPN pundits. When there is no news just create one and the 'holics will attack like those black ants who found an opening on my window sill. To us it is passion to reply but to MM is just business, baby!

LMAO...77 out of 549 voted we will go undefeated...

@justa - I have seen a luxury bus totally buffed out complete with bar, jacuzzi, and stripper pole...;-)

Edwin - sprinkle some baby powder down where the ants are. They hate it & will keep away.

i can't help myself "justa." my disappointment in lbj runs deep. "meat" stuck in overtime vs utah and n.o. is ahead of the clips. only 2 teams after tonight will remain unbeaten.

lew - stripper pole, huh? Hmmmm...... no comment.

frmkt - I'm cheering for the Meat to lose tonight (and "baby brother" to pull it out too). I hate princess just as much as you, but my seething hatred of anything green cannot be denied. They must ALL be defeated, humiliated and otherwise smacked down. I relish cheering for them all to lose. I can't stomach the thought of actually rooting for one to win - anything - ever. No matter what.


jazz WONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

ouch - the Heat got …

Bosch's demeanor says: i'm a scrub

Maimi Lost again... on a last second foul by Wade... couldn't capitalize on Deron Williams absence down the stretch... they are not going to make it to the finals...

@LEWSTERS… “I'm still searching for a name for our new bench...Killer B's doesn't justify, for that's only part of the bench...”
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The REAL Lakers bench are the Killer B’s. Who cares about the renegades. Once Drew gets back, Phil is going to play a 9-man rotation because that’s how many key contributing players we have and the maximum number you can give meaningful minutes to unless you play two 5-man squads like the Phoenix Suns or LakerTom’s Mt. Carmel Lakers do. I also really consider Lamar Odom to be 1 of 6 starters on the team, especially considering the level at which he is currently playing, which only leaves room for 3 bench guys to play with 6 starters in a 9-man rotation. Since our best 3 bench guys are Blake, Barnes, and Brown, the correct nickname for our bench is the Killer B’s. Period.
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When you think about it, classifying Lamar Odom as a starter is really the correct way to view the Lakers lineup. Lamar is more than a 6th man because he also is a starter at critical times like when he filled in for Pau and Drew for 17 games each last year. And considering LO to be a starter gives you a better view of the team’s depth and strength. It means that the Lakers always have 2 starters on the floor for 48 minutes. And just as one of our great advantages is our ability to man all 48 minutes per game at the 4 and 5 with Drew, Pau, and Lamar, now we can man 100% of the bench minutes every game with Blake, Barnes, and Brown. 6 starters and the Killer B’s. That’s why this team is so good.
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TOM

It's O.K. to root for Boston - it really is . . . . who else would you want
to mash in the finals???

Phred - sometimes the coin lands on it's edge. What then?

Uh oh - Bynum - name starts with a B - he's destined for the bench. Sorry Tom, it's pure kismet.

>>>The first game when luke plays more than 15 minutes

yellofever -

epic Luke slam fail.

Luke played 15 minutes last night and the Lakers were +6 with him on the floor and won the game.

You sir... are a lo-ser.


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