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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 108-95 victory over the Clippers

 

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how Kobe Bryant overcame an injury to his funny bone on his right elbow in the Lakers' 108-95 victory Friday over the Clippers.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding credits Bryant for playing through the pain.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen highlights Bryant's big third quarter. 

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford looks at the one-two punch Bryant and Pau Gasol provided.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan explains why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson is upset about New Orleans' trade that sent Marcus Thornton to Sacramento for Carl Landry.

--The Times' Lisa Dillman catches up with the newest additions to the Clipper family in Mo Williams and Jamario Moon.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen highlights Williams' joke that the trade that sent him to the Clippers saved his marriage. 

--The Daily News' Teaford highlights Lamar Odom's belief that a Lakers-Clippers matchup isn't that big of a deal.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights Devin Ebanks' contributions

Columns

--The Times' Mark Heisler looks at the Lakers' four-game trip in two weeks that features game at San Antonio, Atlanta, Miami and Dallas.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi lauds Bryant's toughness. 

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues Bryant's near scare with his right elbow injury showed both how he can play through pain and that the Lakers' success rests on his health. 

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over the Clippers

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the Lakers' victory in a running diary. 

--Clips Nation's Steve Perrin describes the Lakers-Clippers contest as Bryant's "funny bone game"

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore details how Bryant's gritty performance. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano looks at the matchup between Pau Gasol and Blake Griffin.

Tweet of the Day: "Lakers win, 108-95. I guess Kobe's funny bone should be the MVP. No. 24 had 24 points, 18 of them in the third quarter." -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times' Mike Bresnahan)

Reader Comment of the Day:"This year, getting outrebounded 45-39 at home, while giving up wide open 3's and not getting the benefit of the Free Throw scenario (Clips 25 FT, Lakers 16FT), would tell you it was another bad home loss. Not when Kobe Bryant and his Wolverine type pain threshold, amp up focus. 18 points in the third quarter, that took the Clippers heart and smothered it with determination. Throw in a super califragilisticexpealidocious efficient Pau and Drew. Only 6 turnovers. Timely defensive stops and the Lakers turned a dubious effort from one half into a determined victory, is the story of the 2nd half. And like everything else this season, this game wasn't the norm in the victory department. This is one where you had to dig deep or just give the ball to Kobe and let him work, either or is a good strategy." -- Sean

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

 
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@sean – congrats on the RCOTD. Excellente!

@Edwin – The city has a lot of problems that’s been well documented. It’s a tough job so let me just say that Mayor Bing has greyed a lot since taking office…much like Obama, Clinton, etc. I agree that a guard that can defend and create would be good after adding a 4th big that will actually play.

@Scott – Piston fans hah! I had to endure a lot of smack in 2004…now the only thing I hear is crickets :-)

Andrew Bynum played solid versus clips.

OKC Sunday with Perkins will be a good regular season barometer.

sup Magic Phil,

Here's a super funky JAM for your Saturday from Mr. Slap Bass himself...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IYYieR1cRk

Cherelle...will do...haha!
Posted by: LRob | February 26, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Good article on Steve Nash…quick summary…he says he’s open to a trade, but would never request one, and still favors beating guys rather than joining them….


“Well, I mean I think for me, of course I want to win a ring,” Nash says. “But at the same time I’m like, ‘I don’t want to win it with those guys. Those guys have been the enemy for X amount of years.’ So I’m not quite in that camp yet — ‘I don’t care, put me on the best team and I’m going to try to win a ring.’ I still feel like kids from my neighbourhood want to beat the kids from that neighbourhood, like we were growing up. I’m not ready to concede, ‘Well, they’re better than us, I’ll join them.’ I’m just not there yet. Maybe I’ll get there.”


http://sports.nationalpost.com/2011/02/25/suns-may-fall-but-nash-still-shines/

i'm feeling good about tomorrows game at okc.....don't burst my bubble Lakers, ya hear? ha ha

RCOTD = SEAN = OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!! KUDOS!!!

sean with the Friedman!


KOBE, KOBE, KOBE !!!
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Every great player one day reaches the point where his game begins to go downhill but what we saw last night convinces me that Kobe Bryant is still years away from that day. While last night’s victory over the Clippers was as always a team effort, Kobe single handedly took over this game in the third quarter when he personally outscored the entire Clippers team 18-17 as the Lakers turned a 2-point halftime lead into an 18-point 3rd quarter lead. That Kobe’s 3rd quarter performance came after he had to leave the game due to right elbow injury right before halftime only highlighted his greatness.
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I thought Pau had another outstanding game last night. When he is nailing those mid-range jumpers, it is almost impossible for the defense to stop him. And when he puts the ball on the floor like he did last night, he is truly the best offensive power forward in the game. I also loved how Pau played defense on Blake Griffin last night. While Griffin is an impressive young player, Pau had his number and the Lakers were able to keep his impact in check and turn him into a volume jump shooter.
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Drew also had a very good game last night. He completely outplayed Jordan, only allowing him to score 2 points when he was guarding him, while posting a well-rounded 16/11/4 with 2 blocks. I was especially pleased at how Drew was really going after rebounds rather than just gathering in those that came to him. Slowly but surely, he is starting to play better. I was also pleased to see Phil give Drew some extra minutes. It’s hard to get into a rhythm offensively unless you get the touches.
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I thought the Lakers defense last night was outstanding. Strategically, the Lakers’ goal is to force other teams to take mid-range jump shots. They do this by having Drew intimidate and seal the lane to prevent layups and by having our perimeter players aggressively challenge every 3-point shot. So when you see Blake Griffin or Amare Stoudemire or Lamarcus Aldridge or some other opposing player shoot mid-range jumper after jumper, don’t worry because that is usually a good sign that our defense is working. And while teams will occasionally get and stay hot enough to pull of a win during the regular season, the chances of them doing that over a 7-game series are usually slim and none.
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TOM

And just when will Mamba24 get a Friedman? Huh, HUH!! OH SWEET JESUS!! What Mamba24 would not do for just 1 little Friedman. Why, Dear lord WHY!!!!!!!! I'm sorry but, I'm taking my talents and going to...OH DEAR GOD!!!!! I have no TALENTS!!!!! OH! That's why I never got a Friedman...Never mind...Carry On!

Now this guy LakerTom, He not only has talents by the bushel load, he is...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!!


@SEAN… I knew when I read your post this morning that it was going to win. Looks like you better invest in a larger virtual mantle to hold all those Friedman’s. LOL
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@63 FOOTER… Now that we have Justanothermambafan’s profile, time for you to live up to your promise and give us your profile. We’re all waiting with baited and bated breath.
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@LROB… Thanks for the quotes from Steve Nash. While I often disparaged Steve for his second MVP, I’ve also had this pipe dream that near the end of his career, he signs with the Lakers for the MLE so we get a chance to see what a true point guard could do with this team. Forget his defensive weaknesses, the guy is one of the great passers in NBA history and when needed is a deadly outside shooter. Imagine him feeding Kobe, Pau, and Drew. It would be a thing of beauty to watch.
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TOM

"Mamba 24"

FCM is the "engine" and you are the "fuel" that keeps Medina's Blog "En Fuego" sir! Carry On!!!! You don't need no "stinkin' RCOTD!" Semper Fi

"Speaking" of RCOTDs... Congrats Sean :-)

@LakerTom- thanks, Tom. I'm very humble, I think I keep them in my virtual bathroom. LOL

Excellent comments, Sean, and very worthy of the coveted RCOTD.

Interesting game to watch live last night. Blake Griffin gets a LOT of calls, calls that Kobe just doesn't get anymore. The guy went to the line 10 times -- but it felt like a lot more.

Pau and Lamar did an excellent job keeping Blake out of the paint. Bynum came up with some huge defensive stops, and he looked active and mobile. Fisher's drive-and-spin layup was reminiscent of... well, of someone else, quite frankly. He hit some timely shots and stayed in the flow of the offense. Kobe? What else can be said? Every time he pulled up for a shot, I knew it was going in. He was in that zone.

The game in OKC should be fun. That crowd is raucous.

Oh, and I got to stand in the VIP buffet line with James Worthy. That might have been the highlight of my night. :)

Go Lake Show!


@LROB… I agree with you about Kobe leaving his man open for 3’s. We actually wouldn’t have needed Kobe’s heroics in the 3rd quarter if he had stayed close on Randy Foye in the first half. To me, this is something that works great when it’s Rondo or Westbrook but when it’s a streak shooter like Foye who is obviously on fire, Kobe need to stay home and not ramble and gamble. All it does is undermine our defensive objective of forcing teams to take non-paint 3’s. Not worth the steals IMO.
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TOM

LRob,
Well I hope Nash hurrys up and wants a change before he starts playing like fisher. I've always liked nash's game.

@The Outlaw- thanks, Outlaw. I had to shave my beard for school, I'll bring it back later beard brother. LOL. Big Game James in the VIP buffet line, very cool.

sean,

Congratulations on the Friedman.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

sean,

Congratulations on the Friedman.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

The Outlaw,

Blake Griffin also gets hacked like no player since Shaq was in his hey-day.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Well I hope Nash hurrys up and wants a change before he starts playing like fisher. I've always liked nash's game. Posted by: Magia32 | February 26, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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Well if you just push the slo/mo button and watch closely you would swear that Nash is Fisher!!! JUST PLAYING FOLKS!!!!

Mamba 24"FCM is the "engine" and you are the "fuel" that keeps Medina's Blog "En Fuego" sir! Carry On!!!! You don't need no "stinkin' RCOTD!" Semper FiPosted by: frmkt | February 26, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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Oh *sigh*, *sniff*, *sniff*, that is so nice of you Frmkt, sir, but...I WANT that RCOTD, Stinking or otherwise. USED, I'll even take a USED one!!!!. Mamba24's not proud!! LakerTom, Rick Friedman, Justa...Come on now. help out your old friend Mamba24. You people have bushels...BUSHELS I say. Yet have you ever thought of donating one to the unfortunates in Life like Mamba24?? Nooooooo!!! You Just hoard them all to yourself. Now what would this world be like if Mamba24 hoarded his "OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR'S & MA'AM'S " to himself??? On second thought, don't answer that ISH!!!!! Semper fidelis right back at you FRMKT!! Yes Mamba24 was also a Marine. A Marine with no RCOTD!!!! For shame! For shame!!!!


@LROB… I agree with you about Kobe leaving his man open for 3’s. We actually wouldn’t have needed Kobe’s heroics in the 3rd quarter if he had stayed close on Randy Foye in the first half. To me, this is something that works great when it’s Rondo or Westbrook but when it’s a streak shooter like Foye who is obviously on fire, Kobe need to stay home and not ramble and gamble. All it does is undermine our defensive objective of forcing teams to take non-paint 3’s. Not worth the steals IMO.
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TOM


Mamba,

Haha, people turned to look at me when they heard me laugh right now.

Haha, people turned to look at me when they heard me laugh right now.
Posted by: Magia32 | February 26, 2011 at 01:20 PM
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LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK folks that's the Mamba24 Show for today! No RCOTD for Mamba24, maybe, I say MAYBE, I can live with that! But no post from Justanothermambafan...Well I'm sorry but...there is just so much that any mortal man can bear.

@sean
congrats on the Friedman- anyone who can use "califragilisticexpealidocious" in a great post gains my respect! LOL!

I still can not beleive the platau in which Kobe is playing on. He is still on a level all by himself after 15 years of hard faught battles in this League!!!!! Talk about witnssing greatness.

It looks like the stand in Pau has left us and we get to watch the real Pau dominate off of the box.

We are back on track and getting tuned up for the three peat playoff run!

Since we are going with bassmasters, I will choose Les:

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

As for the Piston's situation, if I were the owner, I would tell the insurrectionists that they can sit their A$$es down on their respective couches for the rest of the season. Then, I would fill out the rest of my roster with waived players.

"I’ve also had this pipe dream that near the end of his career, he signs with the Lakers for the MLE so we get a chance to see what a true point guard could do with this team. ..."

Posted by: LakerTom | February 26, 2011 at 12:48 PM

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But LT, we already saw what the Triangle does to great PG's. Remember how miserable Gary Payton felt with the Triangle offense?

It would be a waste of talent to have Nash bring the ball across mid-court, pass it to the post player and then wait in the wings to provide the spacing that the Triangle demands.

With his skills, I think Nash could play well in any type of offense. He's a deadly shooter that we can always use, and we can run the offense through him at times and give Kobe a break. The Glove was never a great shooter and by that point, his offensive game was limited to just posting up smaller guards.

Their shooting accuracy is not that far apart. GP was a .466 career shooter, Nash is .490.

Steve's MVP's came while running D'Antoni's '7 seconds or less' offense; the Triangle is a half-court offensive system. The PG needs to slow down the pace to allow the Triangle to set up. Can you imagine Nash walking the ball slowly across half court?

Or consider what happened to another true PG that we had. While playing for UCLA, Jordan Farmar was considered as one of the elite collegiate PG's in the nation. And yet he never flourished in the Triangle; and he remarked on more than one occasion that the Triangle 'is not in my wheelhouse'.

Kobe is having another amazing year. It is an honor to witness it. To watch him go from a rookie coming off the bench to the GOAT has been quite amazing. I felt this way watching Magic, Bird (I have to admit it) and MJ, but Kobe is trancending... Everything is coming together for this year. He will not be denied.

If Pau keep plaing the way he has, than this seems a foregone conculusion. With all of the trades, nobocy was saying "Now we can beat the Lakers." I remember watching MJ and you walmost felt sory for the guys on the other teams. they were so goo, but he would not be denied. kobe has entered that level. The rest of the league better watch out. we are coming down the home stretch. Lets see what this baby can do!

I am a Lakerholic.

Sorry - spell checked it?

Nash in Dallas...

Anyone remember?

Anyone?

Snake,

I would have to disagree on the PG shooting % issue. I'd take Nashty's touch from beyond 20 feet over GP's any day. Most of GP's shot were "gimmes" from within 5 feet via penetration. Nash can pretty much fill it up from anywhere. GP couldn't survive without a dribble drive to the cup every other possession to boost his efficiency.

DBDH!

Nash in Dallas...

Anyone remember?

Anyone?

Posted by: Tim-4-Show | February 26, 2011 at 03:44 PM

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Mark Cuban does. "... you know Steve's a great guy and I love him to death, but why couldn't he play like an MVP for us?"

Snake,

Are you suggesting that we couldn't run the pick n roll with Nash in the half court and also have him be a deadly spot up shooter for us in the latter years of his career? And frankly, I think we would fast break more if we had a PG who can lead one.

EJK,

It really depends on what offensive system will be in place after PJ retires this season. If the replacement comes from one of the assistants, then the Triangle will probably continue to be the main offensive option.

And we actually had a PG, named Jordan Farmar, who could lead the fast breaks. But PJ would pull Jordan out whenever he pushed the pace and not let the Triangle to set properly.

IMHO, we don't need a defensively-challenged PG like Nash - I'd say Fish is *much* better than Nash on that end of the court. And that's not saying much. Yes, having a shooter like Nash would definitely help our offense - but we are already ranked top 2 in offensive efficiency. We are only 10 in defensive efficiency though - and that's where we need help.
If we can get a tall defender who can handle the ball, I suspect the impact would be felt much more.
Someone like Tayshaun Prince - whose career and 2011 3pt % is very similar to Fisher, but who is a vastly superior defender. He has never been tagged as a ball handler, but in our offense, all we need is for someone to bring the ball up while we initiate our offense.
Prince is a FA at the end of the season, and is from the Compton area - but I'm not sure if the Lakers will be willing to add to the payroll. I suspect it would take most, if not all, of the MLE to get him.

EJK says: "And frankly, I think we would fast break more if we had a PG who can lead one."

But why would you really want to fast break more with a squad like the Lakers? Look, you've almost always got dominating bigs in the line-up. When 'Drew is one of them one of the last things you would want to do is get into an up-and-down sprint-medley. With Pau you really only want to run occasionally, lest you wear him down late in the game. Yes, Lamar can run, and when he's "On" he makes a lot of good happen...and when he's "not on", well, if you're in the first 10 or 12 rows you'd better keep your eyes on the ball or else it might hit you where you'd rather not be hit.

When the Lakers get in a running contest you absolutely gut the strength of their defense - height and length. This team is built for the late-round play-off atmosphere where you dig in and stop the other team to win the close, tough games. Run-and-game is fun to watch, but these days the fans of those teams spend Late May and mid-June watching other teams battle for the title.

The NBA is a tough, tough place to win with a running team these days. You won't see many - if any - teams like that around past the first or second play-off rounds. That's why OKC picked up Kendrick Perkins - to give them more toughness in the paint and under the boards. When running teams face a really good defensive team the will lose the boards, commit more turnovers and often have find the flow of the transition game seriously interrupted in crunch time.

OH, and just one observation about our much-maligned starting PG, Derek Fisher; he's really good at making transition decisions. He pushes the ball when the right advantage is there, but knows when to pull back and set up and where the ball needs to be for court balance when you do that. Now maybe you would score more points if he didn't do that, but considering the overall effect of pushing the pace more often and you may notice a decline in the overall stamina of your key players down the stretch.

The other thing to consider is how appealing other players look when you only see their highlights and read about their good games. When you watch somebody over the course of an entire season you see enough of their flaws and weaknesses to make critical judgments. After you've done that what you need to consider is whether they've helped you get where you want to be when the Finals are over. That's why I'm a D-Fish fan and am willing to take a patient wait-and-see position on the 2011 version of Ron-Ron Artest. Remember, with the Lakers you are going to make the play-offs, so the real question to ask about each and every guy on the roster is "what can we anticipate this guy will deliver when the rings are on the line and what are the chances that he will actually deliver it?"



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