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Five things to take away from Lakers' 87-86 victory over Clippers

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1. Derek Fisher's preparation for his game-winning shot in the Lakers' 87-86 victory Wednesday over the Clippers paid off. As the Lakers huddled together on the sideline with 3.1 seconds remaining, Fisher planned out what he would do should he receive the ball. It wasn't likely that scenario would play out, considering the first option would go to Kobe Bryant on the perimeter or Pau Gasol inside. But with each of them heavily marked, Lakers forward Matt Barnes inbounded the ball to Fisher near the top of the key.

As soon as Fisher caught the ball, he noticed Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe marked him as if he would shoot from long-range. Instead, Fisher drove through the lane and lofted a left-handed layup that reminded him of his coast-to-coast drive that signified his clutch Game 3 performance of the 2010 NBA Finals. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan nearly swatted it, but just missed.

"Had his finger nails been longer," Fisher said of Jordan, "he probably would've got to it."

But the final sequence didn't just lead to luck. It signified the clutch plays that have defined Fisher's 14-year-career and it was a sequence Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said knew would work since Fisher also made a jumper to cut the Lakers' deficit to 78-77 with 6:24 remaining on the first play he entered the lineup.

Said Jackson: "I thought Fish was ready to make shots."

2. Fisher spoke to the team afterwards about its inconsistent play: The euphoria spilled out as soon as the game-winning layup dropped in the basket. Fisher clutched his fist. Lakers forward Pau Gasol breathed a heavy sigh. And Clippers forward Blake Griffin stood there holding the basketball with a blank stare. But the Lakers' giddiness proved short lived.

The Lakers (16-6) pointed to their experience as helping them overcome a poor performance against the Clippers (5-18). They expressed hope they could carry it through their six-game trip beginning Friday at Chicago. And they credited the various contributions I'll detail later on that secured the win. But it didn't stop from the Lakers welcoming Fisher speaking to the team at length about his dissatisfactions with the team's recent play, what with its four-game losing streak after Thanksgiving and its need to grind out close wins this week against sub. 500 teams in Washington and the Clippers.

Lakers guard Shannon Brown provided the Cliffs Notes version of what Fisher said: "We can't keep playing the way we're playing. Fisher and Jackson didn't say exact specifics, but both suggested the team hasn't managed properly to fill in for the absences of Andrew Bynum and Theo Ratliff, team chemistry has dropped off and there appears to be a disconnect between newcomers and corps lineup.

"Not just effort in terms of trying hard and realize we have a responsibility to each other to try and play the game a certain way," Fisher said when asked the gist of his message to the team. "We have to put each other in a position to be successful. You can't just go out and play five guys on the court if it's not a collective and united team."

3. The Lakers lacked a spark most of the game. No one epitomized that issue more than Gasol, who scored 10 points on only four of 13 shooting in 40 minutes. Jackson said "Pau had his head down running tonight," making it surprising he played late in the game, a move that nearly cost the Lakers dearly. Moments after Gasol entered the lineup with 2:32 remaining and the Lakers trailing 83-79, Griffin easily stuffed his shot. A minute later, he mishandled Bryant's bounce pass. And then Jordan then easily went backdoor over Gasol to give the Clippers an 86-85 lead with 15.5 seconds remaining.

"There wasn't really energy out there," Gasol said. "No one was really being productive.

That was clearly evident in the Clippers' outrebounding the Lakers, 52-39, the team shooting 38.1% in the first half and allowing the Clippers to lead by as many as 12 points. Numerous plays epitomized that poor energy: Bryant getting stripped dribbling while everyone stood around; Bryant driving the lane and his pass in mid-air bouncing off Griffin. and leading to a fast-break dunk; Jordan beating a non-hustling Gasol for a rebound that led to a lob from Al-Faroug Aminu; Ron Artest force-feeding an entry pass to Bryant that led to a turnover; and Griffin beating Lamar Odom one-on-one twice using a simple spin move to draw bank shots.

"You have to find that fire every single night and bring it," said Bryant, who scored 24 points on nine of 15 shooting, while often glaring at teammates for silly mistakes. "We have to demand that from one another every single night."

4. Ron Artest showcases defensive versatility on Griffin and Eric Gordon. Artest sat in his locker room chair, almost relishing the possibility that Griffin would outperform him. "His highlights are sick. I wish he dunks on me later," Artest said before the game. "I'm not going to lie. I hope he dunks on me and puts his shoulder on my face." Whether Artest just wanted to soften Griffin up, elicit a few laughs or both, the result proved the exact opposite. Most of Griffin's 16 points on six of 17 shooting came against Odom. But when Artest matched up with Griffin, the Clippers rook had a Welcome to the NBA moment. Instead of Griffin dunking over Artest, he ripped ball out of his hands as he hit the ground. Artest also provided two late-game steals, including one where he shut off an Eric Gordon entry pass to Griffin. The steals led to a Bryant floater and a Bryant jumper, giving the Lakers an 85-84 lead with 31.9 seconds remaining.

"He does a great job keeping a body on him," Bryant said of Artest's work on Griffin. He's very sticky defensively and he does a good job and maintains his position. Guys aren't going to overpower him. It's not going to happen."

Artest's work didn't stop there. On one play, Artest fought for a loose ball and nearly lifted Gordon before falling over him.

"You have to have quick feet to punch fast," Artest said. "Quick punches come from the feet from your corp and everything. So you just apply it to the game and apply it to athletic part of the game. So you can guard quicker guys and take abuse from bigger guys."

5. Brown's third-quarter shooting sparked momentum: Brown stood on the sideline maintaining his cool, drinking water and wiping the sweat off his face. He had just drilled a half-court shot at the end of the third quarter, leaving the 19,614 at Staples Center buzzing. It capped an 11-point third quarter, cut the Clippers' lead to 71-65 and, Jackson argued, "an energy boost." When Brown stood on the sideline, Bryant approached him with a simple message: "Keep it going."

That he did, creating a trickle effect on the bench. Brown opened the fourth quarter driving baseline and dumping a pass off to Barnes for an easy bucket. Barnes then followed suit with a defensive rebound and found Steve Blake open for a jumper. Moments later, swift ball movement led to Blake nailing another jumper and taking a 74-73 lead with 8:45 left. The energy trickled onto the starting lineup once they entered the game trailing 78-77 with 6:41 remaining.

"I tried to shoot it as naturally as I can," Brown said. "That's our job coming off the bench to give us energy and give us a spark and extend leads or give leads back."

Quote of the Night: " "His highlights are sick. I wish he dunks on me later. I'm not going to lie. I hope he dunks on me and puts his shoulder on my face." -- Lakers forward Ron Artest on Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin.

Stat of the Night: 8 - The number of lead changes in the Lakers-Clippers matchup

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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Photo: Lakers guard Derek Fisher, center, puts up the game-winning shot at the buzzer as Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, left, and center DeAndre Jordan try to defend in the Lakers' 87-86 victory Wednesday. Credit: Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press.

 
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Morning MAMBA24!

Hope you enjoyed the game last night. I only saw a couple of minutes of it before I went to bed. Hopefully I'll be able to watch the game on Friday, since I'll be all done with classes then.

I hope you have a great start to your day!

Good Morning Cali! Now see that's why Fisher had to perform his last second miracle, why? Because Cali couldn't stay all the way through. LOL! Sad to say I missed all of it, had to attend to some family matters. But you know sir I can't wait till Friday as The Baby Bulls seek revenge on The Lakers for the last game. I think this is going to be a great game. So Cali get plenty of rest from now till Friday because the Lakers are depending on you to be there the entire game!!!! LOL! Have a great day my brother!

ANOTHER STELLAR COACHING JOB BY PHIL JACKSON, ONCE AGAIN READ THIS CAPTION, As the Lakers huddled together on the sideline with 3.1 seconds remaining, Fisher planned out what he would do should he receive the ball. It wasn't likely that scenario would play out, considering the first option would go to Kobe Bryant on the perimeter or Pau Gasol inside. But with each of them heavily marked, Lakers forward Matt Barnes inbounded the ball to Fisher near the top of the key.


LOOK AT LAST 7 GAMES, PJ BRINGS NOTHING TO THE PARTY

Goood Morning Lakerland! Nice to see us get a win last night. That Griffen can PLAY!

It's going to be a LONG DAY for the Fish haters.

Good morning JohnnyV! Yes it is sir, yes it is!

FISH!!!

Came home from a holiday event, saw only the last 6:42 and it was totally worth it. Credit to the Clips - they need a little more tough and they will be putting together more W's.

However, last night it was about Fish and Ron. Defense helping the offense - at least for the little I watched. At least this should quiet the Fish naysayers... maybe until tomorrow. But for today as always - WAY TO GO FISH!

Cheers - PLG

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THE FISHER KING - HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW!!!! –DERRICK FISHER - BANDWAGON
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(01) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – There are only two ways to say it: If you don't love Fisher,
you don't love yourself. If you hate Fisher, you hate yourself.
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER1 - ANYONE GOT ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT FISH??????????????
(03) I HEARNED THAT – DRIVER2 - That's what Derrik do it might seem like an outrigger slows
you down, but it keeps you stable in the storms.. never take it light or discard it.... that's
what Derrik do
(04) JOE CORRAD – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - The Blog seems to be very quiet. I wonder if DFish missed
or got his lay up blocked would the blog still be so empty?
(05) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL –RIDING SHOTGUN2 – FISH!!!! Last night it was about Fish and Ron. Defense helping the offense - at least for the little I watched. At least this should quiet the Fish
naysayers... maybe until tomorrow. But for today as always - WAY TO GO FISH!
(06) JON K. – SECUTRITY - People who express educated concerns about Derek Fishers
are Lakers fans. People who blindly attack Derek Fisher and make ridiculous insults about
Derek Fisher are trolls, idiots and chicken littles. Nothing more.
(07) : SNAQUILE OMEAL - If you hate fisher, you hate yourself!
(08) MARK G(I HAVE NO IDEA) - I don't know, call me crazy, but Fish has his moments
(09) AL FRANKEN - Fisher being the starting PG is just the price of
admission to the Parade. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
(10)BUCK - OH MY GOOD LORD JESUS! FISH MADE A LAY UP!!!
(11) KOBEFAN IN CUPERTINO -OMG WHAT THE F DID FISH DO?????
(12) JOHNNYV - It's going to be a LONG DAY for the Fish haters.

Good Morning Laker Fam,

A nice come from behind win with a spark from Shannon and great defense by Ron on Blake.


I'm feeling a little hip hop vibe this morning. For all those that treat DFish like the black sheep of the Lakers....he ain't going anywhere...so you can root for him or not...The Choice Is Yours.


Black Sheep - The Choice is Yours.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9F5xcpjDMU

Way to go PsychedLakerGirl! PREACH SISTER PREACH!!!

Good Morning LROB! It seems everybody is aspiring to be a Preacher this morning! LOL!

Never mind all the complacency this early in the practice season. Come April, May and June, all that will matter is good HEALTH! Kobe will be well rested as his minutes are down 5 mpg this season. If Andrew Bynum isn't playing on one leg, do NOT underestimate the GREATNESS of this team in the playoffs. Last night was just a small taste of what they can do when it counts down the stretch of games. I know I am in the vast minority on the issue of HCA, but I will take a 1-4 seed in the Western Conference provided we go into the playoffs HEALTHY. I'm not interested in debating this with anyone because it is all speculation what will happen or what would have happened if we didn't have HCA vs. Boston last season, but I still believe that these Lakers are an underrated, underestimated historically great team that can win anywhere and who are destined for a three-peat. You can tell me I'm waving pom-poms and that I'm a "homer," but this team has the talent, championship experience, know-how and depth to make a phenomenal playoff run.

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

To all the haters:

I really hate to say I told you so, but...

*REPOST*

Fish has what most new players and some younger players don't:

class.


"I've had plenty of employees who were great people, and not terribly good performers in the workplace. I've also had multitudes of superb employees who were just a bunch of jerks.

When the poop hit the fan, the morally grounded folks "put up" and the others "shut up".


Peace!"

DBDH!

Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | December 08, 2010 at 03:34 PM

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The poop hit the fan, and Fish cans another game-winner. What's new? I woke up Mrs. DBDH by unleashing a primal scream of victory, but it was worth it.

[dbdh]

@ L Rob,

"This, or that? This, or that?"

What a shame that my kids think this Black Sheep song is from a KIA Soul commercial featuring small rodents driving around town, and not a ground-braking and influential musical work from a time of high quality hip-hop rap.

"Engine-Engine number nine, on the New York Transit line..."


DBDH!

Engine-Engine number nine, on the New York Transit line..."
Posted by: Don't Blame Del Harris! | December 09, 2010 at 06:29 AM
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SAY WHAT DBDH? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdTBZkOg02w - midnight star - engine number 9

RONMBO -

I read the caption, and it outlines what Derek Fisher was thinking about if the first two options were covered. That's the mark of a player who is prepared for different scenarios - much like a player on a baseball team thinking about what to do if a ball is hit to a specific location with a certain number of runners on base.

What exactly does that have to do with Phil's coaching?

Doh!

*ground-breaking*

Y'all know what I meant!

[dbdh]

You can tell me I'm waving pom-poms and that I'm a "homer," but this team has the talent, championship experience, know-how and depth to make a phenomenal playoff run.Posted by: KobeMVP888 | December 09, 2010 at 06:23 AM
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You are waving pom-poms and you are a homer, but...I'm right there with you my brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dont get carried away with fish last winning shot,because no
one guards him.if fish can guard someone and shoot the ball better maybe the lakers wouldnt have to grit out the last second to win a game.it not about anyone hating on fiss it
about his inability to guard anybody. if fish was benc i promise you the lakers wouldnt find themselves in this position.remember even a blind squirrel find a nut every
once in a while.lucky the lakers wasnt playing a better team
than the clippers.

i forgot i lied because i said i wouldnt respond again about
fish lack of play.i had to because some of the comments about
fish winning shot was getting carried away.fish better days are behind him.for a point guard 4 assist and average 5 point
a game and can guard anyone is not good in the NBA.as bad as
luke is he can average that if giving the playing time.give
blake,brown more playing time.

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THE FISHER KING - HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW!!!! –DERRICK FISHER - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________________________*
(01) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – There are only two ways to say it: If you don't love Fisher,
you don't love yourself. If you hate Fisher, you hate yourself.
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER1 - ANYONE GOT ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT FISH??????????????
(03) I HEARNED THAT – DRIVER2 - That's what Derrik do it might seem like an outrigger slows
you down, but it keeps you stable in the storms.. never take it light or discard it.... that's
what Derrik do
(04) JOE CORRAD – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - The Blog seems to be very quiet. I wonder if DFish missed
or got his lay up blocked would the blog still be so empty?
(05) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL –RIDING SHOTGUN2 – FISH!!!! Last night it was about Fish and Ron. Defense helping the offense - at least for the little I watched. At least this should quiet the Fish
naysayers... maybe until tomorrow. But for today as always - WAY TO GO FISH!
(06) JON K. – SECUTRITY - People who express educated concerns about Derek Fishers
are Lakers fans. People who blindly attack Derek Fisher and make ridiculous insults about
Derek Fisher are trolls, idiots and chicken littles. Nothing more.
(07) : SNAQUILE OMEAL - If you hate fisher, you hate yourself!
(08) MARK G(I HAVE NO IDEA) - I don't know, call me crazy, but Fish has his moments
(09) AL FRANKEN - Fisher being the starting PG is just the price of
admission to the Parade. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
(10)BUCK - OH MY GOOD LORD JESUS! FISH MADE A LAY UP!!!
(11) KOBEFAN IN CUPERTINO -OMG WHAT THE F DID FISH DO?????
(12) JOHNNYV - It's going to be a LONG DAY for the Fish haters.
(13) LROB-Congrats to DFish on his consecutive game streak. Like Allan Stewart Konigsberg said, "90% of life is showing up". Fish thanks for answering the bell. For all those that treat DFish like the black sheep of the Lakers....he ain't going anywhere...so you can root for him or not...The Choice Is Yours. Black Sheep - The Choice is Yours. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9F5xcpjDMU
(14) HE8ME1 - HOOK. LINE. SINKER. The FISHERKING strikes again.
(15) PURPLE HEART - To all the tools who were just bashing on Fish today. Did you watch the game tonite? Probably not. This is why Fish still starts for us. He will pull this type of act off whenever we truly need it. Love the Fish.
(16) BAY TO LA - The last 6 minutes of the game is where he was key. The rest of the game..ehh. He
needs to be there at the end, not the beginning.
(17) FISHER24 - Fisher would always have energy to play the game.
(18) LEWSTRS -So for the ones that say Fish can't guard the speedy PGs in the league...name me 2 that can...Are they on a championship caliber team... The Lakers are like a race car...Some times if is not tuned in precisely, it won't run as fast, smooth or respond as well...But if it's dialed in...it's a hard car to beat, and the other drivers would hope, that we make a mistake which they can capitalize on...Meaning to say...it's the Lakers who will beat the Lakers... So back off Fish...Give the team Mitch and PJ put together a chance...we are still one of the elite teams in the league, and if you have been a fan of this team for the last 3 years...you know they are a different animal in the playoffs...I have no problem with people criticizing players on our team...I have a problem when posters do NOTHING BUT, criticize a player, coach or the front office...EVERY TIME THEY POST...
(19) FMRKT - In short, Fish - by himself - has never cost the team - to my recollection - a playoff or championship series.
(20) SRAFRANK - Hey leave Fisher alone. He is the Master Link. Man has it come to that.
The man has the bling to back up his worth and we act like we have bling. Hey idiots Check
your fingers Empty thats what I thought.
(21) LUDWIG - Fisher King reigns over the land of purple and gold -- today, tomorrow and forever!
All you disgusting trolls eat the dirt and the grime under his glorious sneakers! God loves you,
Derek, and so do his angels!
(22) DONTBLAMEDELHARRIS - To all the haters: I really hate to say I told you so, but...Fish has
what most new players and some younger players don't: class. "I've had plenty of employees who
were great people, and not terribly good performers in the workplace. I've also had multitudes of
superb employees who were just a bunch of jerks. When the poop hit the fan, the morally grounded
folks "put up" and the others "shut up". The poop hit the fan, and Fish cans another game-winner.
What's new? I woke up Mrs. DBDH by unleashing a primal scream of victory, but it was worth it.
(23) CALIPHILOSOPHER - I read the caption, and it outlines what Derek Fisher was thinking about
if the first two options were covered. That's the mark of a player who is prepared for different
scenarios - much like a player on a baseball team thinking about what to do if a ball is hit to a
specific location with a certain number of runners on base.


@ Bob T,


0.1

PEACE!

[dbdh]

LRob -

Good morning to you! Good call on the classic hip-hop. As for one of my infrequent contributions, perhaps this will suffice for what Derek's career has done for Lakers Fans:

Chubb Rock - Treat 'em Right

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyS6DeuX5R4

ANOTHER STELLAR COACHING JOB BY PHIL JACKSON, ONCE AGAIN READ THIS CAPTION, As the Lakers huddled together on the sideline with 3.1 seconds remaining, Fisher planned out what he would do should he receive the ball. It wasn't likely that scenario would play out, considering the first option would go to Kobe Bryant on the perimeter or Pau Gasol inside. But with each of them heavily marked, Lakers forward Matt Barnes inbounded the ball to Fisher near the top of the key.


LOOK AT LAST 7 GAMES, PJ BRINGS NOTHING TO THE PARTY
Posted by: RONMBO | December 09, 2010 at 05:42 AM
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Another shoot vomit through the nostrils laugh!

This guy is given Mr. Laker some serious competition for the Mr. Comedian Award!

@DBDH - What Up...lol.


@MVP - Yep battle tested and ready!


@Mamba - Thanks for getting the wagon rolling. You da man!

DBDH -

I didn't get to respond to you yesterday, so here's what I wanted to say:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFBxNCiL7cw

Chubb Rock - Treat 'em Right http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyS6DeuX5R4 Posted by: Caliphilosopher | December 09, 2010 at 06:45 AM
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GET DOWN CALI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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@LROB, Thank you! Just trying to be like you my brother!!!

How do you spell CLUTCH? The same way you spell CLASS…D.E.R.E.K F.I.S.H.E.R!!

And now a song for the Lady whose smile drives away the darkness and brings forth the light, LakerLass
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG-A_qTAKEI - Mona Lisa – Nat King Cole

@ Cali,

FIREWALLS! ARGH!

"The Man" has me blocked from pretty much everything.

I do appreciate the holla back, though.

DBDH!

Anyone see Blake Griffin's face after the buzzer-beater last night? He looked just like Danny Manning. And Charles Smith. And Gary Grant. And Ken Norman. And Olden Polynice. And Pooh Richardson. And Elton Brand. And Corey Maggette. And Derrick Martin. And Ron Harper. And Mark Jackson. And Michael Cage. And Danny Ferry on Draft Night.

Bwahahahaha-hahahah-hahaha!

[dbdh]

Laker fan-

Very impressive "road" victory!

How do you spell CLUTCH? The same way you spell CLASS…D.E.R.E.K F.I.S.H.E.R!!

Posted by: MAMBA24

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OUT-FREAKIN'-STANDING, sir!

[dbdh]

@DBDH, Why sir I'm touched, thank you!!

MM:

Corp = core in a couple of places, I believe.

Very impressive "road" victory! Posted by: 131-92 | December 09, 2010 at 07:18 AM
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Why thanks 131! I'm sure that was said in jest, but we'll take it! Your teams not looking to shabby either! Why, why for the moment they even have a better record than the Lakers. I like that you have regained that Celtic cockiness 131. I want your team to totally destroy the East and I want them to come to the finals completely healthy so...when the Lakers totally destroy the Celtics there will be no excuses!! Though I have to give it to you sir, you man up to your loses and support your team through thick or thin. Very good! Soooo.....I guess hopefully God willing we will be seeing each other in the Finals 131! Now go out and give that Eastern Division hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Eastern conference I meant!

Old Arab saying: the dogs bark, but da Fish swims on...

And of course I have to send out a cut to...Yes, Yes, YES!! The Fabulous Justanothermambafan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g62FAjh400A - Heart to heart Kenny Loggins

Very impressive "road" victory!
Posted by: 131-92 | December 09, 2010 at 07:18 AM

Dude, I assume you visited so you can watch a team that knows how to come back from a double-digit deficit in the 4th quarter...again.

Welcome, 83-79 (our nickname for you).

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THE FISHER KING - HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW!!!! –DEREK FISHER - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________________________*
(01) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – There are only two ways to say it: If you don't love Fisher,
you don't love yourself. If you hate Fisher, you hate yourself.
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER1 - ANYONE GOT ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT FISH??????????????
(03) I HEARNED THAT – DRIVER2 - That's what Derrik do it might seem like an outrigger slows
you down, but it keeps you stable in the storms.. never take it light or discard it.... that's
what Derrik do
(04) JOE CORRAD – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - The Blog seems to be very quiet. I wonder if DFish missed
or got his lay up blocked would the blog still be so empty?
(05) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL –RIDING SHOTGUN2 – FISH!!!! Last night it was about Fish and Ron. Defense helping the offense - at least for the little I watched. At least this should quiet the Fish
naysayers... maybe until tomorrow. But for today as always - WAY TO GO FISH!


(24) MAMBA24 –How do you spell CLUTCH? The same way you spell CLASS…D.E.R.E.K F.I.S.H.E.R
(25) CORNER J - Old Arab saying: the dogs bark, but da Fish swims on...

Dude, I assume you visited so you can watch a team that knows how to come back from a double-digit deficit in the 4th quarter...again.Posted by: CornerJ | December 09, 2010 at 07:35 AM
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OK here we go, yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!

Mamba-

Im just getting a little worried that you guys are gonna stand us up and not show! I mean it took a 65 footer at the end of the 3rd. A Griffin tech for delay of game where he not only missed 2 free throw but gave one up. Then a running hook at the buzzer to beat the Clippers. Not to mention 4 straight missed dunks to start the half. I know ... it was on the road.

Has it ever ocurred to anybody to make the left handed Fisher go right?

This was written:

You can tell me I'm waving pom-poms and that I'm a "homer," but this team has the talent, championship experience, know-how and depth to make a phenomenal playoff run.

my response: Would you please define "phenomenal" ? I believe in 2000
the Lakers went 15-1. I don't think this team will come anywhere near that.

Yes, I do expect them to win the championship.

Dude, I assume you visited so you can watch a team that knows how to come back from a double-digit deficit in the 4th quarter...again.

Welcome, 83-79 (our nickname for you).


Posted by: CornerJ | December 09, 2010 at 07:35 AM

Are you refering to Game 4 in '08?

CornerJ,

I'm not sure what that means, but I like it

Im just getting a little worried that you guys are gonna stand us up and not show! I mean it took a 65 footer at the end of the 3rd. A Griffin tech for delay of game where he not only missed 2 free throw but gave one up. Then a running hook at the buzzer to beat the Clippers. Not to mention 4 straight missed dunks to start the half. I know ... it was on the road. Has it ever ocurred to anybody to make the left handed Fisher go right? Posted by: 131-92 | December 09, 2010 at 07:39 AM
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Yes, yes 131, cockiness is good, but let's not get crazy here sir. The Freakin LA Lakers will be there the same as they have been for half the time the Finals have been held. The Lakers will be there the same as they have been in every decade of the Finals existence. Now 131 really, can your team say the same? But still in all I have confidence that both the celtics and The Lakers will be there...of course the Lakers will then leave with the Title, but that is only as it should be.

Slick Rick Children's Story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjNTu8jdukA

I'm happy for the W, but all this clutch talk is getting out of hand.
MAMBA, cmon man, we're talking about a man who rarely makes layups on his own. Layups with an opponent running back to defend fisher,forget it.
And now he finishes the game with a layup over 2 defenders and it goes in, haha.
That's more like luck, myman.
You know where fisher really helped us? when he picked up his fourth foul, forcing phil to play Blake. Or how about this, let's see fisher do those layups in the 1st 2nd 3rd 4th quarter on Friday against Rose. I'm not even going to say DEFEND Rose, I know he can't (noone can), but atleast put some pressure on him by being a threat offensively.

This was written:

You can tell me I'm waving pom-poms and that I'm a "homer," but this team has the talent, championship experience, know-how and depth to make a phenomenal playoff run.

my response: Would you please define "phenomenal" ? I believe in 2000 the Lakers went 15-1. I don't think this team will come anywhere near that. Yes, I do expect them to win the championship. Posted by: hobbitmage | December 09, 2010 at 07:41 AM
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My response since I was waving one of those pom-poms is...No hobbitmage they won't come anywhere NEAR that. They will EXCEED that my brother 16-0!! Write it down and book it!!

Mamba-

You are correct. My team cant say the same. But it can say they have won the most Titles since they started counting!

aLL YOU fISH bandwagoners, this dude is still a dog. He wins a game every blue moon and it's all good. He'll lose more games then he'll win, check the facts.

Everybodies smelling their PISS this morning, it's the Clippers not the Heat or Spurs or Celtics or Magic's. Get REAL, Just saying....

"His highlights are sick. I wish he dunks on me later. I'm not going to lie. I hope he dunks on me and puts his shoulder on my face." -- Lakers forward Ron Artest
====================================

I think Ron meant to say "I hope he dunks on me and puts his nuts on my face."

MAMBA, cmon man, we're talking about a man who rarely makes layups on his own. Layups with an opponent running back to defend fisher,forget it. And now he finishes the game with a layup over 2 defenders and it goes in, haha. That's more like luck, myman.Posted by: Magia32 | December 09, 2010 at 07:47 AM
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Call it luck if you wish but why, Why does he always seem to do these things in clutch situations? Luck my friend is what happens when there is no pressure on you or you make a once in a lifetime shot. Skill and cold bloodedness is what you call it when you can perform it again and again in clutch situations as Fish always does. Can Fish stop DRose??? NO! Nor can any other guard in the league. DRose has the quickest first step in the NBA but can the Lakers as a team stop DRose and beat the Bulls? Certainly as we will see tomorrow!

You are correct. My team cant say the same. But it can say they have won the most Titles since they started counting!Posted by: 131-92 | December 09, 2010 at 07:48 AM
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LMAO!!! TOUCHE!!! BUT...they have only 7 more months to say that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Are you refering to Game 4 in '08?
Posted by: 131-92 | December 09, 2010 at 07:41 AM

I know it's painful...think, 83-79, think...13 pts...game 7...wheelchair on standby...

I know it's painful...think, 83-79, think...13 pts...game 7...wheelchair on standby...

Posted by: CornerJ | December 09, 2010 at 07:59 AM

OK ... I thought about it! Now what?

Isnt it Laker fan that always tells me not to live in the past?

FISH!

Not the prettiest game but definitely a nice boost of confidence for the team. I had to laugh when Barnes kissed his head while being interviewed by John Ireland after the game. Thank you Derrick for making Lakers games as fun to watch and as suspenseful as Hollywood movies.

On to Chicago!


1,2,3 Ring.

131-92 you are a standup guy I like that and salute you. Unfortunately Pierce is a sitdown kind of guy, which is why Corner J is willing to have a wheelchair handy.

I know it's painful...think, 83-79, think...13 pts...game 7...wheelchair on standby...

Posted by: CornerJ | December 09, 2010 at 07:59 AM

Btw Cj, I want to apologize because y

*______________________________________________________________________*
THE FISHER KING - HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW!!!! –DEREK FISHER - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________________________*
(01) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – There are only two ways to say it: If you don't love Fisher,
you don't love yourself. If you hate Fisher, you hate yourself.
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER1 - ANYONE GOT ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT FISH??????????????
(03) I HEARNED THAT – DRIVER2 - That's what Derrik do it might seem like an outrigger slows
you down, but it keeps you stable in the storms.. never take it light or discard it.... that's
what Derrik do
(04) JOE CORRAD – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - The Blog seems to be very quiet. I wonder if DFish missed
or got his lay up blocked would the blog still be so empty?
(05) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL –RIDING SHOTGUN2 – FISH!!!! Last night it was about Fish and Ron. Defense helping the offense - at least for the little I watched. At least this should quiet the Fish
naysayers... maybe until tomorrow. But for today as always - WAY TO GO FISH!


(26) OCISMAMBACOUNTRY - FISH! Not the prettiest game but definitely a nice boost of confidence for the team. I had to laugh when Barnes kissed his head while being interviewed by John Ireland after the game. Thank you Derrick for making Lakers games as fun to watch and as suspenseful as Hollywood movies.

Mamba24,

you wrote: My response since I was waving one of those pom-poms is...No hobbitmage they won't come anywhere NEAR that. They will EXCEED that my brother 16-0!! Write it down and book it!!

my response: after the first loss in the playoffs, you're buying the first round
of ice cream.

I did have one question on last night's game. Why didn't the Lakers foul DeAndre Jordan before he dunked at the end?


@Cali – Very nice on Chubb Rock.

@Hobbit - nope....not like 2001. That was an incredible run.

@Mark G – Gotta love Slick Rick…
This ain't funny so don't ya dare laugh,
just another case 'bout the wrong path,
Straight 'n narrow or yo' soul gets cast

@Mamba – Did you say Mona Lisa? I think this is what you meant.

Slick Rick – Mona Lisa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=greKNLhdlNw

131-92,

you wrote: Has it ever ocurred to anybody to make the left handed Fisher go right?

my response: Shouldn't you be asking that question of KG & co. ? Last time
I checked they lost the most recent NBA finals.

my response: after the first loss in the playoffs, you're buying the first round of ice cream. Posted by: hobbitmage | December 09, 2010 at 08:14 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!! You're on my brother, but...You aint getting my pom-pom!!!!!!!!!!!!

That was a great, not-so-great game last night. Why is Kobe the leading MVP candidate right now?

Kobe is making his team mates much better.

1. He was the loudest and most animated cheerleader on the sidelines while Brown was tossing daggers into the Clippers' hearts.

2. Even though Pau cost the Lakers 8 points at the end of the game (getting his shot blocked and the turnover, plus two blown defensive assignments), Kobe made sure to put Pau in a position to succeed by drawing the entire Clipper defense to himself with a drive all the way to the rack, then dishing back to the top of the key for a wide open Pau to drain the mid-range J.

3. Even though everything in his arsenal was clearly working, Kobe resisted the urge to completely take over the game, instead doing just enough so that the other dudes could get a chance to make plays and learn.

4. Kobe being a willing decoy, even trying to grab his man when Fish was waltzing all the way to the hoop. Waltzing! What were the Clips thinking?

5. Winning.

--FEARless

@Mamba – Did you say Mona Lisa? I think this is what you meant. Slick Rick – Mona Lisa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=greKNLhdlNw Posted by: LRob | December 09, 2010 at 08:15 AM
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LOL! Stop that! LakerLass is much too refined to listen to such nonsense!!! Although...I did hear she likes to listen to Tupac!! Just playing with ya Lass!

Kobe is pissed off, and the rest of the Lakers aren't responding, particularly Pau. So what's really going on in the locker room? Physical tiredness is hardly the problem... the season's still young and that's a crock - even if this isn't the playoffs, after bad play for a couple games, even the most tired player will get up for a game just to prove they're okay. Mental tiredness? That seems more like it.

What's not happening between the vets and the newbies? Seems Matty and the starting 5 are clicking okay. Shannon & Blaker usually go in together, with Pau. So is it between Pau and the newbies? Something mental this way comes it seems, but I haven't heard what. MM, have you heard anything?

FEARless - good for pointing out that Kobe is really playing a complete game, except for those FT's lately (what's with that?). But his frustration will build if the other players, man of them WIDE OPEN, keep missing the shots after he's been doubled/tripled and he passes off. When that happens, Kobe will be happy again.

Why is Kobe the leading MVP candidate right now? Kobe is making his team mates much better.Posted by: FEARless | December 09, 2010 at 08:23 AM
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OK Fearless you brought this on your own self...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Mamba24,

you wrote: but...You aint getting my pom-pom!!!!!!!!!!!!

my response: W/ respect, I don't want to get anywhere near your pom-pom!

You should talk to your SO about your pom-pom.

my response: Shouldn't you be asking that question of KG & co. ? Last time
I checked they lost the most recent NBA finals.

Posted by: hobbitmage | December 09, 2010 at 08:16 AM

I guess its because nobody game plans for Fisher!

BTW I like how you threw in "most recent"!

That last play clearly demonstrates why the Lakers have so many rings. The Clips were able to anticipate the top four options for the Lakers and defend them well:

a. Kobe for the three (triple-teamed him)
b. Pau at the pinch post (double-teamed him)
c. Fish for the three (crowded him)
d. Fish to the bucket (nothing)

Actually, the Clips should have mugged Fish at the rim and forced him to earn those two at the stripe with blurred vision. Their entire defense had already recovered. Fish isn't very quick, anymore. Maybe Fish is a Jedi. Because they stood around and looked at him make the play exactly the same way Boston did.

--FEARless

Oh yeah, you KNOW I'm on the Fisher King bandwagon. I have been his biggest champion on this blog for YEARS!

--FEARless


63

Exactly. And looking past Pau's words, it may a subtle resentment we're seeing.. that he'd be put in the position of having to be the only player doing 40 minutes..

Oh, by the way, this is the song..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtNB8R1g2rg

FEARless - "This is not the basketball player you are looking for."

I just don't get it. Let me get this straight.
Someone who hits a game winning shot once every blue moon, but stinks up the gym day in and day out= A clutch NBA player.
but
Someone who stinks up the gym day in and day out, but hits a game winning shot once every blue moon doesn't = A lucky/bad NBA player.

I'm bamboozled!

Then, there's alot of clutch players in the NBA.

@DBDH;

I actually like the rodent commercial, and for me and my kids, it is a great way to introduce to them the importance of the song. I have inquisitive kids and they'll ask why that song was chosen. For a teacher, I live my life for a question.

Depends what you make of it.

--FEARless

PS: LRob, keep 'em coming!

Please put down your pom poms people.

Since when do lakerfans get so excited after beating the clippers

It took a shannon halfcourt shot and a dfish *TEARDROP* ( r u kidding me) bankshot to barely beat the clippers (I repeat the clippers!) and at home (I would even argue)

This victory is bittersweet.. Lakers get a W but got outplayed and outrun all game up and down the court.... They played with the same lack of energy and effort they did when they lost 4 straight. Sorry I'm trying but not feelin the excitement

you wrote: but...You aint getting my pom-pom!!!!!!!!!!!! my response: W/ respect, I don't want to get anywhere near your pom-pom! You should talk to your SO about your pom-pom.
Posted by: hobbitmage | December 09, 2010 at 08:27 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!! SWEET JESUS!!!

Five things to take away from the Lakers victory against the Clippers.

1. Derick Fisher is older than Moses, but he is the clutch (team leader)player the Lakers need

2. Ron Artest, should be arrested for so many steals against the Clippers.

3. I'm impressed with the improvement of Shannon Brown's shooting.

4. Pau Gasol looks tired.

5. Matt Barnes would be one of the first players I would sign if I was building a championship team. He is a modern day Kurt Rambis, and Michael Cooper combined.

Add one for people to think about. I don't agree with the theory Jackson, can't find playing time for Sasha. I think the coaching staff just does not like this guy.

*______________________________________________________________________*
THE FISHER KING - HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW!!!! –DEREK FISHER - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________________________*
(01) THE OUTLAW – OWNER – There are only two ways to say it: If you don't love Fisher,
you don't love yourself. If you hate Fisher, you hate yourself.
(02) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – DRIVER1 - ANYONE GOT ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT FISH??????????????
(03) FAN OF THE MAMBA - DRIVER 2
(04) I HEARNED THAT – DRIVER2 - That's what Derrik do it might seem like an outrigger slows
you down, but it keeps you stable in the storms.. never take it light or discard it.... that's
what Derrik do
(05) JOE CORRAD – RIDING SHOTGUN1 - The Blog seems to be very quiet. I wonder if DFish missed
or got his lay up blocked would the blog still be so empty?
(06) PSYCHEDLAKERGIRL –RIDING SHOTGUN2 – FISH!!!! Last night it was about Fish and Ron. Defense helping the offense - at least for the little I watched. At least this should quiet the Fish
naysayers... maybe until tomorrow. But for today as always - WAY TO GO FISH!


(27) OCISMAMBACOUNTRY - FISH! Not the prettiest game but definitely a nice boost of confidence for the team. I had to laugh when Barnes kissed his head while being interviewed by John Ireland after the game. Thank you Derrick for making Lakers games as fun to watch and as suspenseful as Hollywood movies.
(28) FEARLESS - Maybe Fish is a Jedi. Because they stood around and looked at him make the play exactly the same way Boston did. Oh yeah, you KNOW I'm on the Fisher King bandwagon. I have been his biggest champion on this blog for YEARS!
(29) WILLB3 - Derick Fisher is older than Moses, but he is the clutch (team leader)player the Lakers need

@Magia32;

I guess you haven't watched Fish play the last week. His man has been kept under control, mostly, because Fish has been sticking to team defense fundamentals. That is all that can be expected, anyway, since these speedy PG can't be stopped by anyone anyway.

Name one good (there are no great) defensive PG's in this league who plays for a championship caliber team.

Just one.

Can't quite come up with one can you?

Then, name a clutch PG like Fish, and I mean playoff clutch (count their rings if you need a selection criteria).

Yeah, I thought so.

--FEARless

"He'll lose more games then he'll win, check the facts." - Justa Hater.

Well...let's see...these are the following win-loss totals for every complete year that has transpired for which Derek Fisher has played:

56-26
61-21
31-19
67-15
56-26
58-24
50-32
56-26
34-48
34-48
51-31
57-25
65-17
57-25

So, for his career, Derek has a win-loss record of:

733- 383

I'm pretty sure that 733 > 383.

So for next time, will you try to say something that is not only intelligent, but factually true? I'm assuming that you *actually* were trying to say something true, but if you are just spinning your wheels to hear them turn...then carry on!

63 Footer:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

I 'bout fell out of my chair backwards. That was funny!

--FEARless

FEARless, 63 Footer -

"You may pass [to the basket]"

@ FEARless,

Education is key! I bow down to educators who enlighten the youth in order to make them critical thinking, contributing members of society!

Secondly, to my dismay, my children were singing a remake of WHAM!'s "Last Christmas" and no idea who had originally created it.

I also had to educate my children on that fact that Nicki Minaj's "Roman's Revenge" dungeon dragon reference was actually from A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario", rumbled out by none other than Busta Rhymes.

Tragedy!

DBDH!

FEARless - I have to agree on Fish's team defensive skills. Against Wall, he did a pretty good job as well as last night. So many people here think that good D equals shutting someone completely down... and that's just not possible. A great offensive player is going to get theirs, it's how hard they have to work, how many misses in the process, and how much out of their game they're taken. Fish does an excellent job on team D, positions on the floor well (which equates to charges taken) and he plays the lanes as well as anyone on the team while still sticking with his man (Kobe... I'm talkin' to you Kobe!). Also, Fish knows when to Scola someone when necessary.

Which is one of the things I liked most about last night's game: good clean but hard fouls. Yeah!

733- 383

I'm pretty sure that 733 > 383. So for next time, will you try to say something that is not only intelligent, but factually true? I'm assuming that you *actually* were trying to say something true, but if you are just spinning your wheels to hear them turn...then carry on! Posted by: Caliphilosopher | December 09, 2010 at 08:51 AM
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Yes and once again...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And good logic too!! LOL!

Mornin' all.


GREAT UGLY win. I'll take it.


FISH is da man. It's not luck. It's dogged determination to never give up. You make your own luck, and that's what he did - again - last night.


888 - hope you don't think I was arguing with you last night. I agree with your assessment about this team's potential and the whole HCA thing. You're right - we don't have to have it, but I'd rather WE have it than the opposition. I want every advantage.


Music CRUE - the morning commute made me a little wistful. I need a vacay... James Taylor's Mexico....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P55RlFLWIOU&feature=related

To Justa Hater,

From Cali,


BOOMSHAKALAKA! HE'S ON FIRE!

In other words, you've been served!

[dbdh]

@DBDH, Tragedy? No...THE HORROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DBDH - you are a stellar parent; it is up to us to raise 'em right. To think they didn't know the Quest reference. What is with today's youth? Sigh.... Next thing you know they'll think all music comes from the supermarket/midi-port, pre-tuned, computer-enhanced and lip-synched. It's only a matter of time unless we can educate them!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOm3Rsy44_4

And finally I dedicate a cut to me, yes me:
http://tinyurl.com/2fw6y7k - A Place in the Sun _ Supremes and Tempations

justa - this one always makes me think vacation... even though it's the direct opposite. So I'm weird:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guW3NXEKdy8

5 things to take away from dfish buzzer beater:

1. Expect more speeches.. He wastes no time immediately delivering another inspiring speech to the team asking for more get this consistent play??!!

2. Dfish makes 2nd teardrop bank of his entire career.. In his entire 14 year career dfish makes his 2nd game winning teardrop bank of his career also matching the only 2 teardrop bank ever attempted in his entire career

3. Mind over matter... Dfish continues to defy all logic sound rational reasoning defying all laws of physics

4. This man is clutch indeed but has he earned and continue to deserve this many minutes??.. Its a double edged sword and one that will continue to haunt lakernation as long as phil is around... Shannon was again the real spark and his 2 big 3s energy hustle was the real catalyst

5. How many extra lives does dfish have?? His shelf life just got extended another 82 games.. His expiration date really expired like 2 years ago but these buzzer beaters just keep extending his career to what already feels like an infinity!

O Ye of Little Faith...


Haven't I been saying all season long both on the Blog & Live Game Chats that D Fish will deliver the shot we need right when we need it? Reminds me of Big Shot Rob's comments after destroying the Sonny Belfasts with that 3 pointer back in 02.

63 - not weird. It's got a nice kick-back kinda feel to it. Makes me dream of a little umbrella drink....

utz - LOL - classic comments by Big Shot Bobby for sure. "They must not read the newspapers." HAHAHAH!!!!

I don't know why people hate on Fish so much. Dude has 5 rings...count em 5! He's the starting point guard for all 5 Championships. Basketball is a team sport so he matters big time. Countless clutch shots and the heart of a lion. All the armchair critics of Fish are smarter and wiser than 13 ring PJ (that's right he has 2 as a player...3 toe rings) and GOAT Kobe Black Mamba Bryant who treats Fish like AmEx...don't leave home without him? Gimme a freakin break!

@63 Footer – you called Pau’s lethargy early in the season…before anyone else. I agree he can’t be tired from the minutes. And why would he be fatigued mentally? I hate to think this, but it seems like he’s suffering from some type of medical condition. Nice Old Old school on the Fearless Four

@FEARless – excellent observations on Kobe’s leadership.

@fever – I think many are excited because…
1. It was a dramatic finish…the kinds that energizes you
2. It was Fish
3. The team has been playing terrible and a W is a W
4. Even though it was only the Clips…they’ve beaten OKC, SA and N.O at home this season.

@Justa – Absolutely no vacations until the Lakers start rolling….but JT is always welcomed.

For any that don’t like Fish game, or Pau, or Luke, or Kobe….I have no problem with that as long as your love for the Lakers overrule your dislike of the individual. This is for you..

Tupac - I Ain’t Mad at Cha (clean version of course…lol)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT-B10qhRho

 
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