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Lakers vs. Houston: Lakers have first four-game losing streak since acquiring Gasol

Nothing comes easy for the Lakers these days, not even a game against the injury-racked Houston Rockets.

The Lakers missed their last seven shots and lost, 109-99, experiencing their first four-game losing streak since trading for Pau Gasol in February 2008.

Lamar Odom had a season-high 25 points Wednesday but the Lakers couldn't hold off the Rockets at Toyota Center and also ran into new questions about Gasol's fatigue level.

Gasol headed to the locker room near the end of the third quarter because of what a team official called "hamstring issues." He returned a few minutes into the fourth quarter but had only eight points on two-for-eight shooting.

After two less-than-accurate games, Kobe Bryant had 27 points on 10-for-24 shooting. He also had four assists and four steals.

Rockets guard Kevin Martin missed all seven of his first-quarter shots and was benched for most of the second quarter but was more effective in the second half and finished with 22 points. Shane Battier surprised the Lakers with 11 points in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back three-pointers from the right side.

The Rockets (6-12) were already hit hard by injuries this season and were again without center Yao Ming (bruised left ankle) and point guard Aaron Brooks (sprained left ankle).

The Lakers fell to 13-6.

--Mike Bresnahan, reporting from Houston

 
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Lose 4 in a row? WHAT MANNER OF MADNESS IS THIS? NO, NO, A THOUSAND TIMES NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And still have the power which is why the Lakers totally destroy Houston tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

repost:

Wilt was one of the greatest big men of all time and he had 5 seasons under 73 games and 3 seasons under 40 games. T Duncan had 4 seasons under 70 games, P Ewing had 6 seasons under 70 games, James Edwards had 14 seasons under 70 games, averaging about 45 games, Bob Lanier had 9 seasons under 70 games, Maurice Lucas had 10 seasons under 70 games and only one season in the NBA with 80 games, Mutombo had 8 seasons under 70 games, Shaq has had 13 seasons under 70 games, Olajuwan had 7 seasons under 70 games and most under 60 games, Willis Reed had 3 out of 7 seasons under 70 games and 2 under 20 games.

big guys get hurt.

@Mud, yes I have to say it...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!

I have to go with Larry on this one, no way, no how, do the Lakers freaking lose 4 games in a row.

of course this assumes that I didn't just jinx them, oh no . . . .

X

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6bM6uLikgA

Lakers time baby-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqYkiZ4a1oQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzgRFRKFsJ0

let's get that W, enjoy the game everyone-

Mark G bringin' the X! I saw them so many times at one point hangin' with friends in bands around town.

No, this is going to be either a great game for the Lakers beginning to end, or a third quarter beat down. No way 4!

>>> Posted by: mud | December 01, 2010 at 05:07 PM
>>> big guys get hurt.

Bynum may do well to heed advice from Kareem the big man who didn't make your list.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzgRFRKFsJ0
let's get that W, enjoy the game everyone- Posted by: ms | December 01, 2010 at 05:20 PM
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Good cut MS!! This guy sings it pretty good too!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGA7jIuoSiU _Teddy Pendergast

63 Footer,

They were Monsters live. Def one of the best bands to ever come out of LA, and there were a lot of good bands back then.

Easy to call 4 in a row.
This is choke time.

I think the Lakers are ready to ask Pat Riley to come and coach them.
Fish is really playing p to his age.

Easy to call 4 in a row. Another choke job.

Mamba24, didn't you read the requirements for posting? Your not supposed to comment if your under 13 years old.

HOUSTON DOMINATED THE LAKERS BABY WOOOOT! EVEN BEING SHORTHANDED AS THEY ARE!

HAHAHA ThE World Champions, drop the ball 4 in a row. Who is laughing now?
How about you send Pau to the Majorca islands for a break on a fishing trip?

@ Go Houston

I forgot to pay your mom tonight for the full service session. Tell her to drop by.

Bryant made just 1 of 6 FG attempts in the closing 4 minutes, when Houston turned a narrow 1 point lead into a comfortable 10 point win. What happened to "the greatest clutch player" of this generation? The Rockets had only won 5 games all season prior to tonight's game...

Who Next?

Yes Kobe stunk
Yes Phil refuses to go with a winning combination
Yes Fisher is growing older exponentially

lakers are tied for 6th in the conference and have had the easiest schedule in the NBA

here come all of the trolls beating up on L.A.! ha ha you all make me laugh! no doubt the Lakers are in a funk, but it doesn't mean they're going to right the ship! enjoy your win houston, when was the last time you won anything?????????

you mamby pamby nothing is wrong with the Lakers people make me laugh

you should start your own blog and sing cumbaya to your hearts content

Re: mud's comment that "big guys get hurt". I think your numbers are a bit off on Hakeem Olajuwon. For his first 13 years-until he was 34-he played 70+ games 11 times. Of the two times he didn't, he played 68 in one and 56 in the other (in 1990-91 when he had his eye socket shattered, hardly an injury that you could put down to "big guys get hurt"). Yes, Olajuwon broke down for the last five years of his career when he never played more than 61 games (though he did play in all 50 games of the lockout-shortened season of 1999). A lot of NBA players aged 34+ probably also miss a lot of games as well.

I think when younger big guys get hurt-see Andrew Bynum-you should be concerned b/c it is not a given that all big guys do get hurt.

As a laker fan i must say im a little bit scared. Four in a row is jux on another level and the crazy thing is they haven't even played the tough part of their schedule. These are games they should win. Why in the world isnt ron artest playing more minutes and wuz up wit pau....I think Sasha should play more because if he dont do anything, he gone play defense something the rest of the team seems to be havin trouble doing.Lakers need to get it 2gether like rite now.

Phil has lost confidence in Ron Ron it seems. Sasha seems to be the only Laker who plays defense with a passion. Kobe must lead the way. He can't leave it to Fisher who at present doesn't seem to be credible based on his performance. Kobe must light a fire under the guys and stop shooting 3s down the stretch when we only need a good quality 2. The lakers need a hero right now.

I think my son luke walton and is luckiest guy on the planet making five million a year for sitting.

Mbenga's not hurt. Too bad we got an old man to replace him.

WHERE IS JON K

Trade Bynum, trash RA. Keep KB. Get rid of B's, and hire a new center.

That is what you need to DO JERRY BUSS

His quickness has lost a step this yr, his elevation on his jumpshot is not as high this yr, his defense has lost alot of steps this yr, his clutchness has been lost too

I called this loss when the Lakers were up by 10.
Easy to call 4 in a row, why? no defense, as if this is any news.
The Laker defense turns mid-level guards into superstars.
I realize that come May and June Fish will probably hit a clutch shot to make all of this poor playing a long memory, but he definitely should not be playing at the end of games, at least not now.
I know everybody is ragging on Kobe for shooting too much, but not many are talking about Fisher minimal production. Let Shannon take over, he's probably not a good defender, but he'll compensate his inadequacies better than Fisher will.

For a 3 times Final appearance and back to back championship team we seem to be lacking leadership. It is obvious. Kobe must lead the charge. Fisher is the better communicator but his lack of performance will make his words non credible. Kobe you need to stop going against the grain and make common sense decision. For example you didn't think a meeting was necessary after 3 Ls now it is 4 is now the time? Tonight we were down by 3 with about 45 ticks and instead of getting a good quality 2 Kobe launched all manner of bricks down the stretch for the second consecutive night. Phil needs to rein in the Mamba now.

I love this....mainly because it is early...yes I too scream at the tv hoping that the lakers play SOME defense. He ll...I could have probably beat them single handedly tonight.

Again, another poor game down the stretch..it frustrates me , mainly because I dont see the grit and heart....point is it is EARLY folks.

Dont trade anyone, dont go crazy, it is funny if we had won these 4 games, people would be annointing us the next quadruple peat team.......
Anyway, take it in stride....AS long as we are back in business come JUNE...this will ALL be a long memory.

Remember last year how we lost about 7 out of 10 games towards the END of the season..and people were writing us off......

Yes 4 in a row to lose is bad...especially the way we lose games this year (we basically HAND it over to the other team, dont play defense.....etc etc)
however, we will be standing with Larry Obrien in the end..mark my words.


Take it easy people.

Colorado (including Hugo Boss) does love the lakers (despite all these nugglet fans pretenders.)

:)

need to change fisher in starting five..start playing sasha and star blake in starting five...losing 4 in a row is not a joke need to pay attention ..

well im right the lakers are loosing all there games in crunch time, i think it's a combination of many things. 1.) lack of mental focus 2.) kobe not being clutch what so ever this year really bad words cant even explain. 3.) gasol is tierd 4.) artest is not doing a good job over all ( loosing trust from phil) i hate this. can it be fixed, yea for sure i think its mostly mental focus lack of focus to detail in crunch time thats causing last min melt downs i mean every single game came maybe 2 were just bad over all games but still we had chances to win those too.

Time for Phil to wake up and bench Ron-Ron in favor of Matt Barnes. Artests' shooting really sucks - and puleeez don't put him in to shoot the final 3, again and again. (Although I do commend him for his attitude, despite Phil's disparaging comments). Play Shannon Brown instead to finish. Also start Blake and bench DFish.

Lakers Central

Oh well ... better 2 lose games in November than June

Still @ this rate ... I'm gonna have 2 start paying a therapist again for my laker blues ...

Time for Phil to wake up and play Barnes instead of Ron-ron. Have Artest come off the bench? And puleeez don't make Ron shoot the final 3 at the buzzer (gonna pull out what hair I have left). Play Shannon Brown to finish the game, he's growing into a reliable piece for the Lakers.

Start Blake and bench DFish. Time to bench Fish, he can't move and can't finish (never could drive and finish to begin with).

Lakers Central

The Sky is Falling!
The Sky is Falling!

Hey Chicken Littles, this is the best thng that could happen to this team.

Flat-Footed D & Stonehenge Offense, but still winning games early in the season, leads to the complacency we're experiencing.

You've heard the football saying "On Any Given Sunday", well with the NBA it's "On Any Given Night, Any Team Can Win in the NBA!"

Now, add to that that every team from 2 to 30 wants a piece of the NBA Back-to-Back Champs ( Not to Mention the 2nd Winningist NBA Championship Franchise in History), and even undersized, injury depleted teams are going to bring it against the Lakers.

The media may have the Lakers flying under the radar, but all of these teams have placed a target on the backs of the Lakers. They are salivating for the tipoff each and every time they play the Lakers.

Flat-footed D & No Continuity on Offense Gives Each of these Sub-500 Teams a Window of Opportunity that Translates into 4 Straight Losses!

Good! Embarrassment Early for this Team will payoff dividends.

Tired or Not, They are Playing Down to the Opposition. Eating A little Humble Pie is good for the egos that believe they can turn it on and off as needed.

If I Were PJ, I Would Have "Los Losers" sweatshirts made up for the entire team and make it mandatory attire at each practice for every losing streak of 2 or more games...

Go Lakers! Right the Ship!

TIME FOR PJ TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY. " DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER HOPING FOR DIFFERENT RESULTS". COME ON! CHANGE THINGS UP! PAU IS OUT OF GAS!! START LO AT CENTER (MORE PHYSICAL, STRONGER, PROVEN AT THAT POSITION ALL SUMMER LONG. PLAY PAU AT FORWARD HIS NATURAL POSITION. BARNES AT SMALL FORWARD. GIVE SASHA A SHOT AT DOING HIS THING. HES MUCH BETTER DEFENDER THAN FISH BIGGER AND STRONGER AND WHO KNOWS WITH SOME MINUTES MAY GET HIS SHOT BACK. KOBE AT POINT- BLAKE, RON,FISH OFF THE BENCH. ANYTHING IS BETTER THAN 4 STRAIGHT. AND GUESS WHAT THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT AB INJURY/SURGERY WILL BE BE A SUCCESS.
THE ROTATION YOU GOT GOING NOW IS NOT WORKING. STOP THE BLEEDING BY CHANGING IT UP!

start to reduce ticket price if lakers not winning....lol bench dfish he is not nash or jason kid,this two more quick and very gud IQ in basketball..fish is hurting pau and odom they are guarding two player at they same time..coach dont blame ur big man blame ur favorite point guard...start playing sasha he can guard and shoot..

Kobe with a fantastic -20 plus/minus....yikes....

The Lakers game is so predicted and anticipated by opposing teams. Phil is applying the same personnel, the same rotation, the same substitution pattern. They know how dictate the tempo for the 1st unit, it's slow break and for offense they attack the paint through pick and roll, off the dribble penetration by the point guards. They know the lakers big men will not a put a challenge, they know our point guard is slow to react on pick and roll and off the dribble penetration. When the 3B's come in they know these guys will speed up the game. Shannon is being challenge when he shoots, he is a marked guy and it's good we have Barnes that can cut to the middle for a pass, hustles for rebound and put back, they know Kobe will take charge in the last minutes of the game, they know Fish will come in and finish the game and they will attack his defense. It's time for the coaching staff to use some personnel and add them to the mix w/o hampering the 3Bs game, they could put Luke instead of Odom with Pau to help Blake creating plays. Sasha should take some minutes from Fish even for 6-8 minutes to play defense and who knows he can get back his shooting prowess, try to mix him with the 1st unit and let Blake finish the game instead of Fish and allow him to run the offense in the end game and let Kobe post himself or let Artest and Odom give Kobe some screens in order for him to have better look at the rim and Blake can play pick and roll with Pau....it seems the lakers have 1 option in offense during the last minutes and the players are just watching Kobe to play his thing, they need to help, not all times he can bail them out....Go Lakers!!!!!3 peat and beyond...

A Rod I like your starting line up suggestion. It makes sense.


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