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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 89-75 loss to Orlando Magic

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Game stories

--The Times' Broderick Turner outlines the Lakers' sluggishness in their 89-75 loss Sunday to the Orlando Magic.

--The Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins highlights the significance of the Magic's victory over the Lakers.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details the Lakers' disappearing act.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker explains why the Magic dominated the Lakers.

Sidebars

--The Times' Turner criticizes the Lakers' poor free throw shooting.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz highlights Bynum's effort against Howard.

Notebooks

--The Times' Turner credits Lakers center Andrew Bynum for holding his own against Magic center Dwight Howard.

--The Orlando Sentinel's Robbins credits Brandon Bass' contributions.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford looks at how Bynum held up against Howard.

Columns

--The Orange County Register's Whicker argues Bynum performed well against Orlando.

--The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman argues the Lakers' loss to Orlando negated their win against Boston.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Orlando.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin lists 10 things to take away from the Lakers' loss to Orlando.

--The Orlando Sentinel's Zach McCann credits the Magic for continuously feeding Howard.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell outlines the game in a running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore chalks up the Lakers' loss to just a poor shooting night.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett also looks at the Lakers' poor perimeter shooting.

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant pulls up for a short-range jumper over Magic guard Jason Richardson and center Dwight Howard in the first half Sunday. Credit: Preston Mack / EPA

 
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What's the Lakers' record all-time versus Charlotte? We always seem to lose a couple of games to them, as well as Portland, every year... no matter how good or bad each team is at the time. Curious!

DBDH!

What's up with this Fascination of the FAT CHIC?

Dude...Charlotte has the Lakers number, always had, no matter who's coaching or playing. Chalk it up as a lose and on the Cleveland to BEATDOWN the DOWNTROTTEN.

Kwame vs bynum or kwame for pau should be good entertainment 2nite

Pls note kwaminus calves was deeply entrenched in larry browns dofhouse but since his resignation stubborn owner air jordan has ordered coach silas to start him and run the offense through him!!?? Since then he's been averaging almost 30 min a game... run the offense through kwame!!
HAHA

And I wonder why... stubborn wifecheating teammate punching in the face addicted gambler with debts to the mob (sorry getting carried away) Michael Jordan is still trying to prove his former #1 draft pick can live up to his unfulfilled potential. Maybe he can engineer a trade for his other former #1 draft pick adam morrison and start him alongside kwame!!

Our team only play's hard maybe 30 games a year." -- Anthony Scott

Dude ....Get real they only play HARD about 10 games, the others are on TALENT alone.

Congrats on RCOTD.

@ A. Scott - congrats on your RCOTD. However, I disagree. I think the Lakers play hard far more than 30 games. Yesterday was not an effort loss.


@Justa - glad you're coming around slowly but surely. Love you positivity :-)


@Mamba, Mark G and Lew - Get better fellas and check in.


@MVP - Don't go anywhere! Your contributions are valuable.


@DBDH - Lakers split with Charlotte in 08 and 10, but were swept in 09.


@Art - excellent post yesterday!

LT – Pau did a decent job on when Howard had the ball. But got schooled when Howard went to the boards. He’s definitely got play stronger/tougher to keep him off the glass. Drew played well offensively, but not good defensively.

FWIW here are Howards numbers vs. Brook Lopez in 3 games this season...

Howard 22pts/13reb/3blks – 63%fg
Lopez 18pts/6reb/1blk – 41%fg

Charlotte will be an interesting game for the Lakers, particularly for Artest. It was reported that the Lakers offered Artest for Wallace or Jackson, but the Bobcats were worried that Artest would not be happy playing there. Artest can take this game as his personal challenge to show the Lakers that the trade would not have been to their advantage, or he can succumb to the mental pressure of knowing that he was on the trading block.
Charlotte and MJ, have not been able to put together a contending team. They have a few nice pieces, but lack the overall team balance to make them a good team. MJ is still trying to prove that Kwame was not a total bust. He has started at center as of late, and has been somewhat effective.
I still believe that KB would have made a fine backup center for us this year. Certainly, being healthy would have been a plus already over Ratliff. Knowing the triangle and having played for Phil would also be a plus. Oh well, you know what they say about hindsight.
Let's hope our boys are ready and head to the All-Star break with a winning mini streak.
GO LAKERS!

@yellofever. LOL! But I thought Jordan bullied him during their old Wizard days.

@Anthony Scott
I totally agree, that's why I've started watching Clipper games this year. They may not be as talented as the Lakers, but every single player seems to be trying his hardest on almost every single play, let alone every single game.

Also, watching Griffin, Gordon(currently injured), and Baron is worth the time. Plus, Jordan flys in with spectatular blocks and Foye has been playing pretty well since Gordon went down.

We catch a break with DJ Augustin out with a hand injury. Shaun Livingston will be the most likely starter. He's improving his cofidence, still, when he's on the court, you can tell in the back of his mind he's thinking about that knee.

While Charlotte does play us tough. This time may be different, their bigs have mismatches with our bigs, if Tyrus Thomas were active, I'd give the Bobcats bigs a fighting chance. There's too much missing for them inside.

Look for the Bobcats to go small. Putting in Kwame or Najera, with sprinkles of Nazr Muhammad.

Wallace can't guard Gasol; Diaw can't guard Bynum; no big on that squad has a chance against Lamar.

At best, Stephen Jackson, is bi-polar as a player. He'll make a buzzer beating shot, than get tossed in the next game. You get what you pay for Michael.

Gerald Wallace is their only pure scoring option. He's not last years Gerald Wallace, that's for sure.

Somebody needs to tell Drew - no parties at the Mansion this week:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/02/playboy-mansion-outbreak-might-be-spread-by-warm-water-some-victims-say-.html

Cheers - PLG

With no disrespect to all those who may favor sjax for artest trade but that is seriously one of the dumbest trade proposals I have ever heard... As if kupchak woule ever entertain it! Give up more defense for offense. We're talkin about a perennial loser defensively challenged aging and temperamental ballhog who's never put his teams interests above his teams.. Maybe a gwallace for bynum is a bit less indigestable but that's another injury prone for another injury prone player.

And may all ur valentine wishes come true!!

Mclyne.. I agree 110% if there's such a thing... Can't wait till EG comes back.. Clipper games have been way more entertaining to watch this year. Its not even close!

Looks like Paula Pierce may have hurt his little footsie...

http://tinyurl.com/4bxrzvt

My favorite part of this article is this snippet...

“I’m just battling a couple of minor injuries to my hand and my foot,” he said. “So I think that really explains my tentativeness and my off shooting today.”

Paula is not one to make excuses, is he??? Earth to Paula...if you're on the court, no one cares about your little dings!

Hello

Police here; playing our bogey team Charlotte today should be interesting. Did the PSP hear someone say the Bobcats are running their offense through Kwame? I guess MJ got someone supplying him some good stuff.

Sean

You take the blog too serious my friend; I offered heartfelt sympathy for your loss and you brushed it aside because of some minor squabble we were having on here? No worries man.

Thanks
PSP Intern

Are we back on moderation or did my comment just disappear into thin air?

Response to RCOTD: You're right. They don't play all-out every single game. Why? Maybe they're quietly pacing for the playoffs... you know, that season where they WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. I'll take regular season losses in exchange for the grand prize, thank you very much.

PLG: That was seriously funny. You trying to get me busted at work? I laughed out loud, and then had to fumble to explain myself.

I expect the Lakers to bounce back today with a rousing victory. Starters get to rest in the 4th, and the bench gets to play.

Go Lake Show!

PLG: That was seriously funny. You trying to get me busted at work? I laughed out loud, and then had to fumble to explain myself.

Posted by: The Outlaw | February 14, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Don't get in trouble!!! LOL, I hate it when they almost find out your wasting company time. Good on ya, The Outlaw.

My take on the loss yesterday is that the team as a whole, and surprisingly even Kobe, relaxed now that the pressure of having a winning road trip was off after the NY win. The last 4 games they actually showed some intensity and competitive fire, with both Pau and Bynum in particular amping up their efforts in the Boston game. Yesterday? Same ole same ole. And that includes Kobe, who didn't shoot a single free throw (a clear sign of lack of aggressiveness).

This has got to be one of the most underachieving 3peat-capable teams ever. I'm a diehard Laker fan and always will be, but jeez, show some competitive fire!

A few technical comments>

1) Bynum actually looked good. Laker Tom can be rightfully proud. If Drew's knee holds up (ah, that ever-nagging "if"), I expect Drew to more than hold his own against Howard on the rematch.

2) Our perimeter shooting is atrocious. There are dozens of high school teams locally that shoot better from the perimeter than the Lakers do. People, THIS is our fatal flaw, not our defense, not Pau, not Fisher/Artest/Luke. Teams that can pack in our interior and force us to shoot from the outside have a great chance of beating us. I can already see the better coaches in the league adjusting their defenses to force us to rely on perimeter shooting. If Brown, Blake, and Barnes don't come through in the playoffs, our "inside-out" strategy becomes "out" in every sense of that word.

3) Our terrible free throw shooting is as much a slap at our coaches as it is at our players. Lax, lazy, unfocused describes our FT shooting, our players, AND our coaches. Anybody who's played on a championship team at any level knows exactly what I'm talking about. In my day, if we had shot so casually and carelessly, the next morning we'd be forced into the gym shooting free throws and not allowed to leave until the entire squad was hitting FT's to our coach's satisfaction, and we'd be running laps in between if anybody missed too many.

For the record, in spite of the above observations, I expect our Lakers to win both of the remaining games on this road trip. Pretty disgusting though, that they have all this talent but not the will to use it all the time.

When's the last time Kobe complained and made excuses with his fingers and knee? Keep thinking, yeah, NEVER!


@LROB... I will have to disagree with your comments that Drew did “not play well defensively” but Pau “did a decent job on Howard when he had the ball. In my opinion, Drew did a better job defensively on Dwight than Pau did. I also noted that there were several articles praising how Drew played against Dwight, including some positive quotes from Kobe. Guess we really were watching different games. :-)
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LOL Laker Tom!

You and LRob were in fact watching the same game. But one of you had his P&G colored glasses on, and one didn't.

I'll let y'all decide who's who!! HAHA!!!

Seriously though - I also thought Drew did a good job holding his own. The team was just flat.out.tired. and played like it for the most part. Oh well...like I said before - 1 of 82 right? Next stop: Thunder Cats!! (same diff)

GO LAKERS!

Next stop: Thunder Cats!! (same diff)

GO LAKERS!


Posted by: justanothermambafan | February 14, 2011 at 10:40 AM


We will beat Charlotte, snarf snarf. LOL

You know, we have so many very distinctive personalities on this blog that I was recently musing while on hold…I wonder what their postings would appear like if their personalities automatically converted into a representative font. Here’s what I came up with for some of our most distinguished and distinctive blog posters. (Try these out in MS Word to see what I mean.)

Edwin Gueco : Papyrus (Need I say more? Dude’s like our very own Moses.)

Laker Tom: Times New Roman (The voice…and the font…of reason.)

Jon K: Blue Highway (And when he’s hitching back to Ohio to recover his Lucky Barstool…Blue Highway Condensed.)

Rick Friedman: Courier (Natch. A classic.)

Mamba24: Carbon Block (Our bandwagonmaster brother…bold, solid, can’t be missed on Game Day Baybeeee.)

Justanothermambafan: Lucida handwriting (Lovely to look at, lovely to read.)

Zaira: Postino (Blog goddess, model, Kobe worshipper, Italian Lakerholic.)

Ricky: Estrangelo Edessa (Seriously estrangelo about Pau.)

LRob: FangSong (Dude’s got a song for every Laker occasion, needs a font to match.)

Phred: French Script (When it’s all about the love.)

Caliphilosopher: Neuropol (Our resident neural wizard and part-time BB philosopher.)

S Perkins: Wingdings (DFish is a wing, right?)

And last but not least…

Mark Medina: Earwig Factory (Dude, I have no idea how you put up with all of the wackiness that sometimes descends on you from our posters, but I can imagine you using this font to surreptitiously post retorts to some of us on your own blog anonymously. You’re a saint in my book…seriously.)

LT - maybe a slight disagreement. I think Drew brought it offensively, and DH couldn't keep him off the boards. Defensively I can't really give him props when DH was 8-10 vs him. Pau on the other hand never scored on Howard...so that was completely one sided and Dwight overpowered him on the boards.


But as far as one on one when Howard had the ball....he was able to score easier on Drew. If you have the game on DVR take a second look.

>>>Paula is not one to make excuses, is he??? Earth to Paula...if you're on the
>>>court, no one cares about your little dings!

Much as I hate Pierce, show him at least an iota of respect here.

He could have gone all wheelchair, but he played hurt, bricked some shots, but at least played hard and helped his team win the game.

If he was using this as an excuse why they lost, that would be one thing. But it was only his shooting that was off. Kobe has also had off shooting nights after hurting a hand or a knee.

Get well little Paula. I don't want to hear any excuses when the Lakers smack your team into a little green pulp during the finals.

@fever – I agree with you on the no can do….Artest for Capt Jack. Even though Jack is capable of being a good defender, he’s clearly puts most of his effort on the offensive end and LOVES shooting the rock.


@sean – yep we caught a break with DJ being out, but I believe Shaun had a career high or season high the other day so I’m sure he’ll be fired up like everyone else to play the Lakers. Orlando had record attendance yesterday and it'll probably be the same in Charlotte.


@LROB... Already erased the game. We will just have to agree to disagree. Per your own stats, Dwight was 5 of 6 against Pau. I also remember that there were a couple of pick-and-rolls where Drew showed and Pau failed to cover Dwight on the roll. At any rate, I thought that Drew clearly played better overall against Dwight than Pau did. In fact, I thought Pau played very soft. At least, that’s what I saw in the game I was watching. I found it hard to give Pau any props for his game.
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long if he ever needs it. But yeah, Sonny Belfast, Phil knows (and YOU know) he may not even need
to floor it this year at all. But just for the heck of it, I think he will. @CORNERJ
*_____________________________________________________________________*
In my mind's eye, the Lakers and Celtics are rushing towards each other in the fashion that they have
in years past. Matching each other, blow-for-blow, against all-comers until the time to meet arrives.
They are looking squarely in the others direction while they simultaneously brush aside any with the
misguided notion that they are contenders. It is the same as how Bruce Lee will casually vanquish all
OF the Big Boss' henchmen on his way to the real dance. It is about Boston. It has always been about
Boston. Boston is the only franchise that has earned our RESPECT...and our DERISION. @ FEARLESS
*_______________________________________________________________________*
LIKE FINE ART. . .--stand too close, and the brilliance cannot be fully appreciated --pass judgment
before the masterpiece is complete, & short-change the genius of the process Nobody ever marvels at the canvas underneath the final presentation, but instead the magnificance of the finished product.
This Run of the Lakers is like Fine Art. Wait, just wait on it, & behold the beauty @LAKERMIKE
*_____________________________________________________________________*
Kobe can win THROUGH his team mates. He can win WITH his team mates. He can win
DEFERRING to his team mates. He can win IN SPITE OF his team mates. He can win INSTEAD
of his team mates. He can even win BY HIMSELF (just ask Dallas & Toronto). Champions are
forged in the 4th QUARTER. Franchises are defined in the 4th QUARTER. Dynasties are cemented
in the 4th QUARTER. Sit back & watch PJ, Kobe & Fish orchestrate this symphony we call Lakers
basketball to another parade down Figueroa Blvd.@ FEARLESS
*____________________________________________________________________*
Lakers Today, Lakers Tomorrow, Lakers Forever!! What Do We Play For, More Rings!! @JON K
*____________________________________________________________________*
WHO THE HELL ARE WE!! ALL TOGETHER:
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won (16) Rings
(10) of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’re on Lakers Dynastiy Number (4) and counting by the way
We have more Dynasties than others have Titles in the NBA
Best Winning Percentage in History is part of Laker Lore
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it we’ve had (Four)
Weve appeared in Half of all the Finals there have ever Been
We’re the Freakin LA Lakers and all we do is Win baby WIN!
We got the (2) Time Finals MVP, Black Mamba Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored More
But Rings not number of points is what Mamba plays for.
With Pau Gasol lending The Mamba a helping hand
The Lakers will continue going to that Finals promised land
We got a man giving up his Championship Ring for Charity
Ron Artest, Great basketball Player & Human Being is He
We got The Logo Jerry West & 1st Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all the great centers like Shaq, Wilt & Kareem
Super Stars Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker Team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just Leased
(11) time Title Winning HOF Coach, who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Broadcasting Legend, Broadcasted Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best HOF Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams FEAR US
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freakin Champion LA Lakers, Who the Hell are You

"When's the last time Kobe complained and made excuses with his fingers and knee? Keep thinking, yeah, NEVER!

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | February 14, 2011 at 10:30 AM "

I don't know about this one. He seems to always make his injuries very public. While he may not actually be the one making excuses, the injury information is all put out there and the excuses are made for him.

Corner J,

Moses is younger, go all the way to the time of King Tut's.

LRob,

Nice analysis on 2nd viewing, I wish I have a life like yours with all the luxury of 2nd viewing to prove that Drew dominated DH is a false statement. Whoever dominated anybody, the bottom line is W at the end. I don't think it's the fault of the C's but everyone on the team are bricking. Their D is decent but the shooting needs a lot to be desired. They need to go on the nearest gym & 1,000 free throws, 1000 set shots and 500 jump shots just like our collegiate hoopsters. Shooting is like a golf swing, if your hand muscles don't coordinate with eyes, then timing will be off. Afterwards, the motor nerves in your brain transmit confusion to eye/muscle coordination disrupting every repertoire. In papyrus summary, you get nervous and frustrated! lol

In fact, I thought Pau played very soft. At least, that’s what I saw in the game I was watching. I found it hard to give Pau any props for his game.

Posted by: LakerTom | February 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM
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Agreed.

Corner J - Thanks for the reminder :-)

Lakers need to show us some love today with a Valentine's Day victory....


Norman Connors featuring Michael Henderson/Jean Carne – Valentine Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9RCSOe59q0

@mamba24, LROB, justanothermambafan, bronx, lance, 63, everybody else I can't call out

This one's going in the vault make sure of it. HA HA HA HA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nYn1ZdHQ2E

I would post something...But I have no font...but here it goes anyway...

...

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that was my white magic font...

>>>In fact, I thought Pau played very soft. At least, that’s what I saw in the game
>>>I was watching. I found it hard to give Pau any props for his game.
>>>
>>>Posted by: LakerTom | February 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM
>>>-------------------
>>>
>>>Agreed.

I'm on the same page on this one.

At least THREE TIMES during the game, I saw Pau watching someone dribble the ball, while he was supposed to be defending Dwight Howard, and Howard just waltzed to the rim for an easy alley oop. Including the end of the 3rd quarter step-out-of-bounds-alley-oop. In the immortal words of Chick Hearn, Pau should have bought a ticket to this game, because he spent most of his time watching.

And on the offensive end, every time Howard shoved him or bumped him or whatever, Pau had to go over and whine like a little girl to the refs while Orlando and the other Lakers were moving down to the other end of the floor.

Pau needs to quit whining and get his ass moving back on defense, and he needs to STAY WITH HIS MAN when he's guarding a star like Dwight Howard.

>>>Paula is not one to make excuses, is he??? Earth to Paula...if you're on the
>>>court, no one cares about your little dings!

Much as I hate Pierce, show him at least an iota of respect here.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | February 14, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Sorry, LTLF...when it comes to showing Paula Pierce respect, I no can do! I have no respect for the way he, KG, Perkins, Doc Rivers and the rest of the Celtic organization conduct their business ON the court. Nothing will ever change that!


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