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1. Will Pau Gasol play Friday night at Staples Center against Sacramento? Gasol and Lakers Coach Phil Jacksonleaned toward yes, but Gasol said there's not going to be a definitive answer until leading up to the game. He sat out of Thursday's practice to get treatment on his strained left hamstring, an injury he initially suffered in the Lakers' 98-96 loss Tuesday to the Memphis Grizzlies and then worsened the next day in the team's 109-99 loss to Houston.

Although he doesn't consider the injury as serious as his two strained hamstrings last season, Gasol saw the latest strain as a "warning" that it may worsen. Whether or not Gasol's hope that a day of rest, ice and treatment proves enough to make him healthy enough to play, Gasol will be the main story line. If he plays, will Jacksonscale back his minutes? If he doesn't play, how long will the Lakers have to absorb his absence? If he does play, will Gasol manage to run fast enough and effectively enough that it doesn't hurt his hamstring even more? If he doesn't play, who will fill the void?

The most immediate answers that come to mind involve Lamar Odom and Derrick Caracter. Odom performed an admirable job increasing his production against Houston and relieved Gasol to play 39 minutes after going four consecutive games logging at least 40 minutes. It's a tad unfair for Odom to push even more considering how consistent he's remained all season, but Odom's shown the willingness and ability to do it. Meanwhile, Jackson went so far as to say Caracter might even start and play the entire game should Gasol sit out. Jackson's long maintained that he's felt hesitant to play Caracter because he doesn't want to set him up to fail, thus hurting his confidence and alienating his teammates. But for better or worse, Jackson might not have another choice.

2. The beginning of the game will quickly reveal whether the Lakers are genuine in correcting their mistakes.The main theme revolving around Thursday's practice showed a seriousness and maturity that will bode well for a team currently riding a four-game losing streak. Though I've deeply respected how the Lakers maintain a level head during adverse moments, their ability to say the right things doesn't always equate to doing the right things. The Lakers will answer whether they're serious about fixing their poor habits, based on how strong they open the game. Some good signs will entail whether the Lakers take a conscious effort to move the ball, ensure strong communication on both sides of the ball and showing the effort on hustle plays. A sharp start will automatically lead to a win. A go-through-the-motions approach might result in a victory, but it's more likely some of the Lakers' issues will remain the same.

3. The Lakers defense has a good opportunity to sharpen up.

The Kings have lost 11 of their last 12 games, averaging only 83.8 points per game in the process. Kings center Samuel Dalembert remains questionable with right knee tendinitis, while rookie DeMarcus Cousins was kicked out of practice Monday for unspecified disciplinary actions. So this would be the perfect time to solidify defensive rotations, closing out on the perimeter and getting back on transition defense.

Of course, this isn't an automatic gimme. In their 112-100 victory Nov. 3 over the Kings, the Lakers allowed five players to score in double figures and Tyreke Evans drove to the rack with relative ease.

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts after hitting a shot during the Lakers' 112-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 3. Credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

 
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Fabulous I wish you would stop leaving your Power laying around like this! Anybody could have picked it up and took control of the threads. Luckily I am a responsible person who realizes that with great power comes great reponsibility so I shall return the powers to you. But you have to learn how to be more responsible young lady.

Count me as one of those that think pau needs to just SUCK IT UP and play. Its ironic just about a year ago this guy was complaining for more touches and now that he's getting his chance he's complaining about too many touches.. Give me a break.. He took the whole summer off and its been what 1 month.. No ones askin him to hulk up just put forth the energy and effort we need and give us that consistent second scoring option we need.. And pls try not to get dominated by guys like darko and hibbard for cryin out loud.. But then again some guys just have a low pain threshold and that you can't change.. I think kobe and phil know that and recognize some guys just need *special* treatment so let's all respect paus wishes and just give him some TENDER LOVING CARE!

But then again some guys just have a low pain threshold and that you can't change.. I think kobe and phil know that and recognize some guys just need *special* treatment so let's all respect paus wishes and just give him some TENDER LOVING CARE! Posted by: yellofever | December 03, 2010 at 08:10 AM
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LMAO!!! Stop that!!

I'll have to agree with you, yello

Although I don't think DC can play a whole game at the 5 without getting into foul trouble early, I'd love to see Pau sit out and Phil play with some "odd" lineups. I don't want another loss, but I am intrigued and I wonder:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exVK5KLhr3k

Good Morning Magi Phil! How are you on this beautiful Lakers Game Day sir?

yellow - and I agree with you as well (despite wanting to see Pau sit out for curiosity's sake).

Who is the kings starting PG? please don't tell me it's a scrub, scrubs usually go for career highs when they play against fisher.

I am intrigued and I wonder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exVK5KLhr3k Posted by: 63 Footer | December 03, 2010 at 08:23 AM
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I LIKE IT!!!!!

The spanish media (Marca, As, Sport, Mundo Deportivo, El Pais.......) said Pau is injured. I have a question: Why P. Jackson force Pau in this way?????? The Spanish media had the answer: Pau Gasol is LOS ANGELES LAKERS. No Pau, no Lakers, pure and simple like that. Pau Gasol run the Lakers. Maybe some of you guys think Phil is the key: NOOOO, Kobe maybe: NOOOOOOOO, Killer B´s:: BUFFFFFF PLEASSSEEEE, The Key is PAU.

Pau Gasol is the most important Laker player since Kareen Abdul Jabbar.

If Pau want to play, Lakers win. If Pau is not willing to play, lakers loss. Así que dejad de tocarle los huevossss......

Ricky,

Sabes que, no mames.

Ricky: Have you ever seen an actual Los Angeles Lakers game that wasn't a playoff game?


Didn't think so.

How are you, mamba24?

I'm still a bit grumpy w/ all this...

Only a WIN can fix me.

Cheers.

That can't be ricky.. Rickys dead! We buried that cockroach yesterday

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

Caliphilosopher,

Have you considered what it's like to be *uki* for Tora nage for 3 years?

One's definition of pain changes ... :)

sup phil

Hope all is well... Go brasil brasileiro!

ricky - not sure Pau's that important for this game, as Pau played the last four games (though some on this blog would argue that :) ) and the Lakers lost them all. I think everyone D-ing up is more important, and I'd rather have a hungry but clumsy rook than a tired or injured vet at this moment. Let Pau get rest. The nightmare to me is if Pau "forces" himself to play and not only is he super-sluggish as he's been the last few weeks, but he also re-injures the hammy (knock on wood) in a serious manner. That would suck-a-luck-a-ding-dong.

Although I don't think DC can play a whole game at the 5 without getting into foul trouble early, I'd love to see Pau sit out and Phil play with some "odd" lineups. I don't want another loss, but I am intrigued and I wonder:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exVK5KLhr3k
Posted by: 63 Footer | December 03, 2010 at 08:23 AM
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I wonder also like Natalie Merchant...another very talented singer/songwriter....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm0Y-8tDjw0

@JohnnyV – Nice selection. A little new wave flavor.


@Mamba – Always good to hear the original Ice Man…Jerry Butler….smooth.


@Rocky – I don’t know the deal, but I certainly hope San Diego don’t lose the Chargers. That would be terrible.

LRob with the Natalie (nice video - hadn't seen that).

But, if we're goin' with the Wonder, we have to go to the gospel, Book of Wonder, Chapter Fullfillingness, Verse You Haven't Done Nothin' - which is what the Lakers have to remember:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji2ma2mfyhU

That would suck-a-luck-a-ding-dong. Posted by: 63 Footer | December 03, 2010 at 08:52 AM
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No, No, Sweet Lord NO!!! Not the suck-a-luck-a-ding-dong. Damnit, after we got rid of the rama-lama-ding-dong I thought we were home free!!!!!

Only a WIN can fix me. Posted by: Magic Phil | December 03, 2010 at 08:48 AM
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Did you hear that Freakin LA Lakers? ONly a win can fix our Magic Phil! Now I want you to get your @sses out on that court tonight and WIN!!! Magic Phil is depending on you, Baby Outlaw is depending on you, Laker Nation is depending on you and more importantly...THE BUNNIES!!! SWEET JESUS!! If you can't win one for Magic Phil. If you can't win one for Baby Outlaw - Who by the way has only known championships his entire life. Then GOD@@##$!!! DO IT FOR THE BUNNIES!!!!

In every journey there are peaks and valleys.

Sometimes those valleys seem so disparaging that even the most hopeful feel like giving up.

The truth is that within those valleys lies massive opportunity to use our endowed gifts to discover new ways of doing, patch weaknesses so much that they become strengths, and to renew the resolve so that from this point forward further challenges become minor speed bumps instead of brick walls.

I say we ought to celebrate the seed of equal benefit that is about to sprout; the team that the Lakers are about to become... if not this moment, in the very near future as they forge through their mistakes and learn from them.

One thing that always holds true is that the ascension to the peak is a direct result of battling through the valleys.

But, if we're goin' with the Wonder, we have to go to the gospel, Book of Wonder, Chapter Fullfillingness, Verse You Haven't Done Nothin' - which is what the Lakers have to remember: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji2ma2mfyhU
Posted by: 63 Footer | December 03, 2010 at 08:58 AM

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Speaking of wonder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW_SKWjrE2U

Tim-4-Show - nicely stated. I always look at it that way, but I don't always see it happen that way. I'm hoping the Lakers use this to motivate to greatness. I have my fingers and toes crossed.

Since we're into peaks and valleys, etc.:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wtsj7NgEeRw

mamba24 - the Monotones. You crack me up! I love that song!

In every journey there are peaks and valleys. Sometimes those valleys seem so disparaging that even the most hopeful feel like giving up. The truth is that within those valleys lies massive opportunity to use our endowed gifts to discover new ways of doing, patch weaknesses so much that they become strengths, and to renew the resolve so that from this point forward further challenges become minor speed bumps instead of brick walls. I say we ought to celebrate the seed of equal benefit that is about to sprout; the team that the Lakers are about to become... if not this moment, in the very near future as they forge through their mistakes and learn from them. One thing that always holds true is that the ascension to the peak is a direct result of battling through the valleys. Posted by: Tim-4-Show | December 03, 2010 at 09:05 AM
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GOD##$@#@%!!! That was Freakin Beautiful...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


@63 Footer, glad you liked it sir!

Hobbit,

You reminded me of some bar room brawls back when i was in the service.

Momentum+ leverage+ follow through= Victory in 2 seconds flat.

Although its much harder to do with two guys on you..lol

phred i found a video of you on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7-TQdN40Dk

Things to watch on the Kings game tonight, don't lose the game in the 4th quarter. When Lakers lose a game, the bloggers lose their heads and ability to sing a song thru the you tube., the bloggers' karaoke.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYjcNR7W-Ow

Edwin - it is not our karaoke, but a complex cultural language that uses iconic musical visualities to communicate our thoughts, feelings and emotions to our fellow bloggers in a post-linguistic manner.

Similar to when Kobe gets pissed off at someone, drives around them and posterizes... a post-linguistical speech that basically says with a basketball: "In your face!"


PUT Sasha IN THE GAME, even is the coaching staff, and players don't like his personilty, Sasha is one of the best players on them. He can irritate the best shooter the opponants have on the court. PUT SASHA IN THE GAME!!!


Roll call ... checking in!!!

Really, what is there to say at this point? The result of this 4 game slide is that EVERY team in the NBA thinks they can beat us. So now the Queens come into town salivating. There is only one way to get this thought out of their heads and I don't have to spell it out.

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

Like I said the other day, better to hit THE WALL now than in May/June.

PUT SASHA IN THE GAME!!!
Posted by: R | December 03, 2010 at 09:19 AM
PUT SASHA IN THE GAME!!!

Hobbitmage -

I have not considered it at all, actually. But I just looked up some pictures of that...and you will NOT find me on a mat with you ready to rumble lol.

I guess I'm ok with my definition of pain for the moment. :-)

Yellofever,

I get what you're saying, but I'm still inclined to trust Pau about how his hamstring is feeling prior to game time.

Sometimes we get caught up in the armchair coaching game -- because that's what we do, right? -- but the truth is this: Pau has been a consummate professional his entire career, and he has been nothing but stellar since coming to the Lakers in what remains one of my favorite trades EVER.

This is a looooooooong season, and the Lakers need to pace themselves throughout. I don't care about breaking records (72 games). I care about taking care of home court. While I don't want them to dig themselves into a hole early, I also want every Lakers player to be peaking at the RIGHT time. And that's not now.

Here's what I'm looking for tonight, regardless of who plays: Energy, hustle, defensive rotations, weak-side help, ball movement, and pride.

Go Lake Show!

utz - I'm with you man! Also, takes some of the pressure off us come Xmas and beyond. I want the better teams coming in thinking we're wounded, then get their azzes handed to them on a platter.

This is the attitude I want the Lakers to assume after they "get their minds right" and the so-called elite teams arrive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDHdleEX6-s&feature=related

(For LRob - this was my other choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd0nL2Fz11I )

63 footer,

"post-linguistic manner".

That's too deep to give meaning to ROFLMAO. It is like the post game show of Money Smith pretending to know when he talks about basketball or the MM 5 things to watch before a game is lost. What happens if he went beyond 5? No puede senor, T-Mobile can only handle fave five.

Edwin - ain't BS wonderful?

I think the losing streak will come to a halt, then we'll have a series of up-and-down games, then the "elite" teams will arrive and we'll laser focus and suddenly get back to our "good" habits of playing.

I see some Ebanks in our future as well, but, alas, maybe not so much Sasha (though I could be wrong, as he has a way of popping up in the most unexpected places).

I love the smell of that Game Day Roll Call in the morning - thanks Larry!
I too wonder what the Lakers would look like sans-Pau in this game tonight - I honestly don't think it'd be such a bad idea if Gasol were to sit this one out, it'd give him 5 straight days of rest and would all Odom a start at center - which he is more than capable of.
At that point, I'd like to see Artest get the start at the 4 spot, Kobe move to the 3, and Shannon inserted at the 2.
Either that or Kobe stays at the 2 and let's see what Barnesy can do with a start at small forward.
Hmmm, I wonder...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hzrDeceEKc
"Today is gonna be the day that they're gonna throw it back to you..."
- this is for you Kobe - time to right the ship and lead this team as only you can.

(For LRob - this was my other choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd0nL2Fz11I ) Posted by: 63 Footer | December 03, 2010 at 09:29 AM
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ROTFLMAO!! Very inspriational! LOL!

jefe - I hope Kobe's listening!

jefe - I hope Kobe's listening! Posted by: 63 Footer | December 03, 2010 at 09:37 AM
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No, No, No! It all starts with the listening, then the next thing you know you're taking Notes like Princess Jimmy!!

WHERE IS OUR GODDESS ZAIRA? The Lakers need some inspiration! Goddess now would be a good time for one of those beautiful flowing inspriational posts. MAKE IT SO!!

LRob -
Thanks! Although I'm still going through the previous posts with your song selection...I'm curious - how did you build your musical collection? Was it just stuff that other people passed along? Or was there a distinct methodology? I ask because I would like to continue to expand my musical selection.
Posted by: Caliphilosopher | December 03, 2010 at 07:25 AM
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Cali,

Thanks for asking. It’s a long story, but I’ll give you the Cliff Notes version.


I built my musical collection/knowledge from 1) influence of family. 2) working in radio industry for 27years 3) having a curiosity to learn about the various genres.

I learned a lot about the 50’s from my mom singing those oldies and my dad telling me about the artist when I was a youngster. I have 12 brothers and sisters. My older brothers that were into all kinds of music….one was more the early funk, another jazz and jazz/rock fusion, and another rock…so I picked up a little from each one of them. (Over the years when they got rid of the albums I swooped them up…lol) My younger sibling kept me up on 90’s and 00’s…sisters more on the R&B/Pop and brothers on the rap/hip hop.


I also try to learn about different genres/eras one at a time….as time allows. For example, a few years back I listened to a lot of doo wop and early rock n roll. Plus, I always ask people what they’re listening to and their favorite artist so I can learn more. (Whenever I see someone listening to their ipod…I’ll usually quiz them). I’ve learned a “LOT” from you guys here. The biggest problem is…like 63 Footer said…so much music, but so little time.

63 footer,

It is better to lose four games in a row during the season than lose during the playoffs. In the latter, you're done and gone. What perspective can I offer about those four consecutive losses? Answer: Laker fans don't want to be identified with losers! Waste of money on their contracts. It is equivalent to fleecing the hard earned money of passionate fans delirious of their Laker players. If a typical worker works per hour, why not pay these highly paid individuals per game. If they have nothing to pay for their flashy cars, high fallutin lifestyle, then perhaps they will be more focused as if it's living on the streets or sleeping on a cushion bed.

Anyhow, for every adversity there is an opportunity. As long as they value work and perseverance then there is a teachable lessons on those losses. However, if in their body language and grin there is no sense of urgency then we continue to the road of more adversities. It will be love in despair from their passiones fanaticos.

For Senor Gasol, here is your inspiration:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhKJ9ig7I1c

@63
I wonder too about something else:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5m8lj5DCtI

It's time to drop the Queens like we did against the Warriors.

Pau should sit, not for his hammy, but for his lack of energy out there during the losing streak. Start DC and give Kobe the ball every time down so he can create for everyone else.

Is Ebanks available tonight?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDHdleEX6-s&feature=related

(For LRob - this was my other choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd0nL2Fz11I )

Posted by: 63 Footer | December 03, 2010 at 09:29 AM

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Iggy...I have a funny story w/ Iggy...can't tell it here...


Meanwhile, this is for the LAKERS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w8wEuqhf_8

Ricky, we know you love Pau, but it's time to put the crack pipe down and realize that Gasol is not even close to Kobe's talent, accomplishments, focus, determination, pride, and greatness.

Don't get me wrong, I think Pau is sthe best BIG MAN behind D. Howard in the game, but he is no Kobe Bean Bryant.

And one last time speaking of wonder:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz7FUsyrCkM - win or lose - Earth Wind & Fire

Edwin - I'm in sync with you on what you said, especially the "inducement" method of payment, though it'll never happen. I've often structured contracts for myself along those lines, knowing that I could "bring it," but wanted to make it more palatable to the people paying. I'm also not one to be happy taking money for a job not-well-done.

mclyne - back with the Wonders, or should we say the Oneders? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzllVlzzeuo

Phil - you're killin' me man! An Iggy tale? How can I hear it? Okay, bring the "information" in a plain brown wrapper, leave it behind the statue of T.S. Elliot eating a banana and don't let anyone follow you. I'll pick it up, For Eyes Only.

If we continue to the road of more adversities and lose to the lowly Kings of Sonnybelfast, OMG that's the lowest low we can go.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f-P0Q-pqsw&feature=related

@63 Footer – Going Motown for a song is like going to Kobe to score….greatness indeed! But then Iggy…you’re on fire…I can’t keep up.


@Mamba – you know I love that “Book of Love”….good stuff

@Edwin – going Carpenters on us….nice.


@Jefe – You know that’ll be stuck in my head all day now…
Today is gonna be the day ---- it better be for the Lakers.


@mclyne – with the Cult Jam classic…that might just bump Oasis out of my head.


@MagicPhil – checking in funky…yes sir! But if the Lakers have "Work to Do"...I hope they do it with this type of energy...

Jackie Wilson (very underrated) ...Baby Workout
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJVcgP9ve-c

Here's a cleaner video of Jackie Wilson's "Workout" Man I think I loss a couple of pounds just watching Jackie workout...wow!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l92oMUNhgng&feature=related

@Edwin
LOL! You're killin me with that one!

LRob - I could listen to Jackie all day long (and have, often). Man could move mountains with his voice and presence. Energy, energy, energy.

Gotta go with another "energy guy," singing about how I feel at the moment about the Lakers' play:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQszoQJT0Tc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdyecbJMLZ0&feature=related

63 footer,

"Phil - you're killin' me man! An Iggy tale? How can I hear it? Okay, bring the "information" in a plain brown wrapper, leave it behind the statue of T.S. Elliot eating a banana and don't let anyone follow you."

~~This one is for Phil's BANANA style of coaching more rest & recreation with drooping eyes while cleaning those blurred lenses.

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

Edwin - Ha! I love me some Belefonte tunes in the morning. Gets the blood movin'. Another great performer in our streak of great performers.

LRob,

Yea, that's the word on San Diego radio. Philip Anchults or whatever his name is, the owner of AEG, has bought 35% of the Chargers, making him the majority owner of the team. From what I hear, AEG is involved in building a new stadium in downtown LA. Magic is working with Anchults and AEG, and Magic stated on Jimmy Kimmel that his goal is to bring the NFL back to LA. It seems the writing is on the wall now for the move of the Chargers to LA. It's not a done deal, but we'll see what happens.

Go Lakers!

Really good article by Jason Whitlock at foxsports .com/nba about how obnoxtious LaBron was at last nite's game,{along with some other article's that were good}. Mamba's Bandwagon is a go, and the Laker's are gonna be ready to Kick Butt and Take Names!!!! Go Laker's BEAT THE QUEEN'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TY, Mclyne good, u enjoyed it. I think this is what 888 & hobbit needs, just do it with songs and remain friends forever. The message goes in another genre of the Lords of You Tube blogging - 63 footer and LRob.

All Laker fans will enjoy this video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8CfhCmW_ZA

@LRob - Jackie Wilson ROCKS

@63 - man...You'll hear the story at the renegade chat one day, I promisse...

@NewMex
Whitlock is my favorite sportswiter, behing MM of course. He always tells it like it is and isn't afraid to point out the personality flaws in any athelete, no matter how much he/she is loved by the rest of the media.

ChicNStu,

you wrote: Momentum+ leverage+ follow through= Victory in 2 seconds flat.

Although its much harder to do with two guys on you..lol

my response: Ain't that the truth! *chuckle*

What we expect tonight is a strong message on a team with a mission. There is precision and creativity from the bigs to the little men like this guy here:

http://www.wimp.com/harmonicacarnegie/

That's my parting post for the day. I'll be back after two weeks to watch Drew's 3rd coming. "Hark the heralds angel singing, glory to Drew Bynum".

well, the team is "bleeding" and the "sharks" that make up the nba smell blood. it's as simple as that & sac town is no different. the team appears "beatable" and fact is, they have been so don't think for a moment that the kings are going to be a "lay down."

there's a double whammy going vs. the team right now: they're the reigning nba champs and they are vulnerable. every team plays vs. us at a different level; it's a challenge to beat the champs and every team that comes up vs. them is up to the task.

pau needs to sit this game out and work out that "hammy" until next week's game against the wizards because they will be attacking the basket. as much as i hate the dance routine of walls, the kid is fast and relentless getting to the hole.

time to give PT to the entire team from Kobe all the way down to Ebanks and everyone else in between. every player needs to get on the floor from here on out, produce and contribute in some manner for the entire time they're in the game until AB returns to the lineup or a legit "5" is back on the team. PERIOD, END OF STORY.

Now buckle down L.A. Keep your heads in the game & execute the offense - don't fall in love with the perimeter J's. If they're not falling, stop trying to shoot your way out of it and just attack the rim. JUST DO IT and if you're unable to play defense for an entire game, at least muster up all the intelligence and stamina to shut down the opposition during the last 4 minutes of the contest where we have actually been the weakest on D and why we have lost those close games.

Good luck vs. Sac Town and no more injuries. leave pau alone. he's unable to physically push his body beyond the injury. best to let that "hammy" recover so we can have him around for the long haul; the rest will do his mind and body some good. Mitch and Buss: we believe in you guys and we know that you're not going to let a championship slip by your fingers. lets do the right thing with this bynum situation because a championship is at stake.

All the winning and figuring out nicknames has been fun. Now it’s time for business. The business of basketball and winning a championship, one game at a time!


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