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Lakers ready to face a tough Nuggets team in Denver

The Lakers have lost four of their last five games to the Nuggets, including a 118-112 loss in Denver last November.

The Nuggets produced a 33-19 fourth quarter in that game, which overwhelmed the Lakers at Pepsi Center.

The Lakers hope to change things when they face the Nuggets on Friday night in Denver.

But the Lakers have lost four games in a row in Denver.

"They just play us extremely well here," Kobe Bryant said at the Lakers' afternoon shoot-around Friday. "Obviously we've had some match-ups in the playoffs. It seems to always be an exciting game. They've gotten the best of us the last four times here."

The Lakers had problems on defense against the Dallas Mavericks during L.A.'s loss Wednesday night.

At practice Thursday and before the shoot-around Friday, the Lakers watched film of their defensive problems, with the hopes of making improvements.

"We've done a pretty good job defensively in terms of holding teams at the right percentage," Bryant said. "There are slips there momentum-wise that kind of shift the game a little bit. The last game was a big step back. But over the last 10 games, we're cool with the way we've been playing defensively."

-- Broderick Turner in Denver

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Son do you mean hard workers such as you, blogging on company time?

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So do we get the split tonight or not?

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | January 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Who cares?
It's only a practice game in the practice season.

Posted by: Magia32 | January 21, 2011 at 12:06 PM


i will defer to …

Hi everyone. Wanted to see what everyone thought about Kobe's defensive effort this year. I wrote a post a few days ago about how I wished all the Lakers would give the kind of effort that I think Kobe's been giving in the few games I've been able to catch.

Lrob noted that he thought his defensive effort has been lacking which reminded me of an ongoing argument I've had with my friends about Kobe's defense. Most (all of us Laker fans by the way) say his defense is overrated and that his man always seems to get easy baskets. My contention is the following:

1) Kobe gets voted to all NBA Defensive teams yearly - which is voted on by opposing coaches
2) I think the reason why his man sometimes scores easily is that he seems to try to help too much
3) I think that sometimes he's playing defense according to a team concept that expects help at certain locations and the failure of that help may explain why it sometimes looks like his defense is lacking
4) When Kobe is given the assignment of locking down an opposing player, especially in the playoffs, I think he does a really good job (Westbrook, Rondo, last year playoffs) and disrupts the other teams gameplan


@27 - Now that you got another chance....don't do nothing to get banned the "Second Time Around".

Posted by: LRob | January 21, 2011 at 12:23 PM

"Second Time Around".????????????????????????

I thought we are going for the 3-Peat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Report to personnel and pick up your final check.

Posted by: Potential Employer | January 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM

3 Peat.?!

Is it possible to be banned 3 times?

Is it the charm?

Perhaps Kobe’s, Lamar’s and a few other Lakers’ performances would improve if they abandoned those hologram Power Bracelets worn during games (sometimes they wear one on each wrist) and relied mainly on fundamentals of physical conditioning, basketball skills, strategy and speed along with logic and provable facts. Some might feel the bracelets are harmless, but scam products like this give a false sense of security for those searching for a quick fix.

I can see an embarrasing lost by the Lakers again tonight against (always very good when they face the Lakers I don't know why) Denver. So don't waste your time and energy because Lakers will lose by 15 points tonight 100 - 85 final score. I won't.

This is not a good matchup for a team and a coach who doesn't take the regular season seriously enough. The athleticism of Denver really bothers the Lakers and the players in particular play really well against the Lakers especially in Denver and those two players are JR Smith and Ty Lawson. Lawson is an average point guard at best but when he plays the Lakers, he turns into Tony Parker. He will continually drive by Laker guards knowing that the Laker bigs will not challenge his forays to the basket.

If the Lakers stick to their normal routine of not communicating on defense and playing with a lack of intensity and cohesion, this will be another defeat that will have Laker Nation disappointed and worried about our chances this year.

1o5- 98 LAkerS! tonight we beat em..



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