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Lakers' 101-95 victory over New Orleans Hornets shows team effort

59228732Smiles appeared everywhere.

They were there after the Lakers secured a 101-95 victory Saturday over the New Orleans Hornets, marking off one win at the start of a seven-game trip. They were there when Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol complemented each other with 32 and 34 points, respectively, perfecting the triangular balance between Bryant driving and firing from the outside (10 of 21), partly off double teams on Gasol, and Gasol dropping mid-range jumpers and baskets close to the lane (13 of 17), in part when the Hornets' defense focused on Bryant.

They were there when Lamar Odom made a crucial put-back to give the Lakers a 97-92 lead with 2:40 remaining, a gesture that was absent in the final play of the Lakers' one-point loss on Thursday to San Antonio. And they were there after Ron Artest's three blocks and three steals and Derek Fisher's two steals and numerous charges helped spark energy on the other end.

Surely, there were  signs that showed the Lakers have plenty of areas to sharpen as they continue their trip, with the next stop Monday at Memphis, which previously beat the Lakers by a double-digit margin. The Lakers didn't exactly "stretch the lead" when Coach Phil Jackson instructed the team to widen its 56-50 halftime advantage, as reported by KCAL's John Ireland. They entered the fourth quarter trailing 82-81 and the Lakers couldn't secure a victory until Bryant's two free throws gave them a 101-95 lead with 14 seconds remaining. The Lakers didn't always play model defense. The Hornets went a sizzling nine of 21 from downtown in part because the Lakers left perimeter shooters open and in part because of an inability to defend the pick and roll. New Orleans point guard Chris Paul scored 21 points on eight-of-11 shooting, including three of four from three-point range, while the Hornets got balanced scoring from David West (16), Marcus Thornton (14), David Andersen (11) and Aaron Gray (10). And the Lakers didn't exactly show their strong suit from the outside, going six of 18 from three-point range, including a two-of-10 combined clip from Ron Artest, Derek Fisher and Steve Blake.

The exact significance of the Lakers' victory over New Orleans might prove fleeting and insignificant. Their most impressive road performance is a 103-88 win Dec. 29 over the Hornets followed with a mail-it-in victory over Philadelphia and then a double-digit loss to Memphis. The victory by the Lakers (35-16) does very little to improve their standing in the Western Conference, as they remain a half-game behind the Dallas Mavericks (35-15) and 8 1/2 games behind the San Antonio Spurs (42-8). But the Lakers offered plenty of signs of what could be a good start to the road trip.

There was ball movement. Whether it was Gasol making an interior pass to Andrew Bynum for a two-handed slam, Fisher setting up Gasol in open space in the lane with a bounce pass, Artest posting up Odom for a bounce pass to Gasol or Bryant making a jump pass to Bynum and Gasol, the Lakers all remained aware of the team's spacing and rhythm on the court.  There was exemplary ballhandling. The Lakers finished with only four turnovers, the exact recipe they needed to avoid New Orleans scoring in transition, tempting the Lakers to further rush the offense and exacerbating any frustration level.  There was defense. Yes, they had breakdowns and lapses as described above. But there was focus on the hustle plays I already mentioned involving Artest and Fisher. Focus on the Lakers holding New Orleans to 16 first-quarter points to help make them feel in control of the game even when the outcome was never set in stone. And focus on the Lakers holding the Hornets to one field in the final 3:05 of the game.

Those are the reasons why the Lakers left New Orleans on Saturday night with smiles on their faces, the product of a team effort that needs to be replicated the rest of the trip.

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant applauds the efforts of his teammates against New Orleans during the second half Saturday night. Credit: Chuck Cook / Associated Press

 
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RE: A Trade, try Memphis again and offer Andrew Bynum ($13.4M, 11.3ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.8 bpg & 1,1 apg) and any two of S Brown ($2.2M, 9.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 0.2bpg & 1.2apt), J Smith ($1.3M), D Ebanks ($0.47M) or D Caracter ($0.47M) for Marc Gasol ($3.5M, 11.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.7bpg & 2.7apg), Hasheem Thabeet ($4.8M, 1.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 0.4bpg & 0.1apg) and either OJ Mayo ($$4.5M, 12.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 0.4bpg & 1.9apg) or Tony Allen (6.1ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.6 stlpg, 1.1apg). Gasol is a free agent after the season, so if he goes Melo by saying the Lakers are perferredthe only team he’d do an extension this might make it happen. According to reports, Memphis wants to trade Mayo and they are unhappy with Thabeet, so including both addresses Memphis’ concerns and is the price the Lakers must pay to make the deal. S Brown if taken likely would get more playing time w/Memphis as would Ebanks and Caracter.

Ok, so next weekend, Feb 12th, me & Magic Wife are hitting 6 fantastic years together, but as my sister couldn't take care of Magic Alex on that weekend, we decided to celebrate tonight, Feb 6th. So we had the entire day to ourselfs (but I miss the kid....).


We went for wife's favorite sushi place and then we went to the very bar we first met to watch the Lakers game. Right out of the bat, wife said something very interesting: "This game is kinda soft...". I asked why and she said "there's not too many hard contact plays, both teams are not playing physical bball."


Sometimes is interesting to hear a non-bball person's side of the game. I can totally see what she meant. NOH is not a physical team, they don't have any significant big guy besides MBenga, and I think that's why the Lakers had a great night tonight. We can match up with big guys, but that's not exactly the type of bball we like to play. Even having 3 7-feet tall players, we do better when the game flows towards a more IQ-bball type of game.


We must be ready to play more physical bball when needed. But as for tonight, it was great to watch a Laker victory with Ms. Magic on our night out!


Cheers.

Dude... Regarding Fish, as I stated before every now and then this toothless DOG can bite the HELL out of you. Nice "D" on Paul.

MagicPhil,

Congratulations in advance you on your 6th anniversary. (Just look how far the Lakers have come since you got married :-) Great observation by Mrs. Magic. While the Hornets announcers were whining about the Lakers not having many fouls, I was crying too about the lack of fouls. If a team is lighting you up like NO was doing in the 3rd quarter then you have to bump them and push them a little to let them know you're there. So in this instance I wanted the Lakers to get some fouls. In the 4th quarter the Lakers finally turned up the defense and limited them to 13pts.

MM, right you are in calling this a genuine team win, with contributions from everyone who played, including a breakout defensive effort from both Fish and RonRon. But the exclamation point was put on it by the Black Mamba and the Black Swan. Man did they ever put on a show. Kobe and Pau have a special connection. It just floors me that some people just can't (or won't) see it. Anyone who still says we need to trade Pau just has no clue not only about what skills he has but also what he means to Kobe's game too. They're on a mission together, and each makes the other better.

Matador D rears its ugly head at ill-advised moments throughout this season. Fortunately, they won tonight.

PJ should hire a Bull Fight Specialist as an Assistant Coach. They could then explain the difference between "Cape Waiving" Matador D and "Bull Sticking" Picador D. One makes great air conditioning, the other is lethal...

Ole!

I thought the win would come a little easier since NO was without Okafor and Trevor. But I sensed the Lakers knew the Hornets couldn’t stop them so they exerted just the necessary energy on defense to get the W. Fish and Ron’s defense was outstanding. LO seemed a little lethargic. Drew was solid. Great game by Kobe and Pau. Kobe’s shooting did fade a little down the stretch, going 2-8 in the 4th. He played 43 minutes. Hopefully Phil we cut back 5-6 of those minutes and give them to Shannon, Luke or Ebanks.

Did not see the game tonight but I heard everyone played a good game against Hornets. So we are again on top of the roller coaster ride, we enjoyed the ride and boost the inner brag of "I told you so" and feel miserable of other quarters sayings also " I told you so" when they lose a winnable game. Stay relax and tell it like it is whether that feeling goes with the roller coaster ride of the season.

From Hoopshype rumor mill, it seems Lakers are really sounding off on Kirk Hinrich which is a logical choice for PG, a good shooter and much faster than our current PG. On our side, I would not let Fisher go nor Blake nor Shannon as the exchange for a PG. I think these three can still help in some clutch situations in the second unit but they just don't have the young legs except Shannon to keep up with the younger PG in every game. Shannon is just too indecisive purely, lateral facilitator or shall we describe it as a simplistic PG. I have not seen much games from Ebanks and Caracter, Ratliff and Smith. If Wizards want to take them in exchange of Kirk H. we don't really care because they're just bench warmers. Will Wizards take Luke W.? I doubt. I think Fisher and Walton will be with the team until 2013. The year after that in 2014 Kobe, Artest and Gasol contracts will be expiring as well. Like it or not, Lakers have to prepare for the changing of the guards at that point in time. It is a three year projection. Who will lead the Lakers in 2015 hence.

Figures I missed the game- I'm catching up on the comments though (really! I wouldn't care either, really)

just one question LJP- where does that trade help the Lakers? I have absolutely no doubt memphis would do it, they are really desperate to unload Mayo. But what's in it for us?

Yeesh, usually around here people put forward trades the other teams GM would laugh out of the building...

THE LOVE WOULD DEFINITELY HOLD THE MAYO

THE LOVE APPARENTLY HAS NO SHAME ABOUT HORRIBLE PUNS THOUGH

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

This is a the start of a 14 of 17 on the road

with games against boston, NY, Orlando, Portland , OKC, San Antonio, Miami, and Dallas

should be some fun blogging coming up.

Personal Note
Just had to chuckle about a certain blogger who got bent out of shape and threw a hissie fit because Mike Bresnahan didn't fawn all over him. Even better was MM's "towing the company line" response to his complaints.

Ahh, it's the little things that make us smile : )=

LTLF, Corner J & Bronx – I agreed about Fish playing very good D last night.

LRob,

Maybe you are right with what you said about the mileage undertaken by these Lakers, so winning a three peat cures all. At this point, I take your spin to the heart of wishful fan buoyed by optimism. But my logical head says otherwise, spins cannot overtake actual performance. So far the losses to small and big teams do not measure anything logical if they don't change course during the trade deadline. The past is part of Laker history, which are two championships, no connection whatsoever on W-L story of this season. It is either you swim with the sharks and stay alive or you just charted your downfall. We have to judge them based on actual performance today, anything short of that is mere wishful thinking or cheerleading, fans are ready for the cheers but players are not responding.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | February 05, 2011 at 03:01 PM

Edwin – I agree with you. On the court thus far the Lakers have not played like champions. I’ve been saying that just like you have. Yes, I’ve had my pom poms out in full effect, but I’ve also criticized the team for some of their stinkers. Where we differ is I believe the team can show that championship mettle, whereas you think we can stick a fork in them.

Earlier in the season you were advocating firing Phil because the team’s poor performance. Of course I disagreed. You want results now. I understand that. I think a little more patience is in order. It’s extremely hard to 3peat, which is why its only been done 3 times in the last 40yrs. I realize the odds are against the Lakers. But even if they have only a 30% chance of winning the title, that’s better than any other team with the possible exception of Boston maybe having an equal chance.

If you have a student that got an A in algebra, an A in trigonometry, but they’ve been slacking off an only getting a B thus far in calculus…you’re not going to write them off before their midterm and final are you?

A thing about Ron Artest...

He is go perplexing. I'm unable to categorize him as similar to any other player I've ever seen. He's just his own entity.

A thing, though... I completely do not understand his approach to defense... BUT IT WORKS!!! Beyond that, it is inspired.

He clearly is the best defensive player in the game when he is focused.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

By the way, it was a good game.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Magic Phil congratulations on your Magic 6 with a sumptous sushi dinner. Be careful of the 7 year itch next year, this is a prelude of going back to burgers. The formula of a long lasting marriage is like the Lakers team work of give and take. You're like batteries with different poles on each side, use it wisely to create contacts. When both of you are focused only on the negative poles, then the contact becomes sour and itchy self-centered. Both of you would just be concentrated on your own batteries and forgot theories of conduits and conduction. As a result, there is no light in your flashlight of relationship. Your batteries are alive but has no power to bring out light (like those flashlights made in China lol!) Did I make sense Magic Phil?

Jon K, Artest plays like we do at the cement court, on the hood.

Just great D!

Troll Man,

I laughed aloud. I DID NOT lol. No. I literally laughed aloud.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

G. Money,

"as I stated before every now and then this toothless DOG can bite the HELL out of you. Nice "D" on Paul."

I've gained new respect for you.

Well done.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

LRob,

I never advocated firing PJ, you got the wrong person. I said fire all asst. coaches to inject new ideas and instill discipline. You consider it abrupt while I consider it sending a strong message from the owner return on investment on the team. You see, if the Lakers are just like the Clippers without any objective of three-peat then, we don't need to get excited on those losses against our worthy opponents. The only reason why we are concerned is because we keep on saying three peat, #17 Championship, yet the behavior of the players are not geared towards that objective. I adhere to the carrot and stick theory rather than using the fork concept. Since I was born from the Orient, we also use spoon and fork to swallow more food together with soup within a time frame. I say time frame because in Oriental countries, you're competing with so many mouths w/ little food on hand and if you're a slow folk, you can't survive for another day.

I am convinced we need to send Ron Artest to an "Office Space" level hypnotist and teach him to focus on his gift... which is the best defensive player in the game.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Lakers did not win tonight because of their unbelievable DEFENSE. Yes Fish and Artest made a couple of nice steals , blocks etc. New Orleans shot close to 50% and scored 95 point which is a little above their average. They mainly won because of lack of turnovers (4) and the incredible shooting of Paul Gasol who was 13 of 17. The offensive numbers by Fish and Artest were pathetic. Fish line: 31 mins. 1 for 5, 2 assists and 3 points. Artest: 2 for 7 , 1 ast. 5 points. If anyone thinks Artest is still the best Defensive player in the league, this is total nonsense. defense is about consistency on a night to night basis and Artest no longer has the foot speed or focus to get it done. PERIOD !!!!
Lakers barely beat a decent team with 2 of their starters out tonight...so I wouldn't get too excited !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why wouldn't a straight up deal with Bynum for Carmelo work? We have Odom and Caracter and Theo hopefully will be coming back to play try to clog the middle and Odom's been playing like the All Star he is, adding Carmelo now to take a huge scoring load off Kobe's shoulder

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CONGRATS MAGIC PHIL & WIFE ON YOUR 6TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY – BANDWAGON *________________________________________________________________________*
Ok, so next weekend, Feb 12th, me & Magic Wife are hitting 6 fantastic years together, but as my sister couldn't take care of Magic Alex on that weekend, we decided to celebrate tonight, Feb 6th. So we had the entire day to ourselfs (but I miss the kid....). We went for wife's favorite sushi place and then we went to the very bar we first met to watch the Lakers game. Right out of the bat, wife said something very interesting: "This game is kinda soft...". I asked why and she said "there's not too many hard contact plays, both teams are not playing physical bball." We must be ready to play more physical bball when needed. But as for tonight, it was great to watch a Laker victory with Ms. Magic on our night out! Cheers. Posted by: Magic Phil | February 05, 2011 at 10:14 PM
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(01) EDWIN GUECO – OWNER - Magic Phil congratulations on your Magic 6 with a sumptous sushi dinner. Be careful of the 7 year itch next year, this is a prelude of going back to burgers. The formula of a long lasting marriage is like the Lakers team work of give and take. You're like batteries with different poles on each side, use it wisely to create contacts. When both of you are focused only on the negative poles, then the contact becomes sour and itchy self-centered. Both of you would just be concentrated on your own batteries and forgot theories of conduits and conduction. As a result, there is no light in your flashlight of relationship. Your batteries are alive but has no power to bring out light (like those flashlights made in China lol!) Did I make sense Magic Phil?
(02) LROB – DRIVER - MagicPhil, Congratulations in advance you on your 6th anniversary. (Just look how far the Lakers have come since you got married :-) Great observation by Mrs. Magic.
(03) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN – CONGRATS MAGIC PHIL
(04) LAKERLASS – RIDING SHOTGUN2 – Congrats Magic Phil
(05) MAMBA24 – Magic Phil you know I have to say it, Congrats and…OUT FREAKIN STANDING to you and the Mrs…Carry On Folks!!
(06) FAN OF THE MAMBA – Congrats Magic Phil

Jon K, I'm not sure I agree that Artest is "the best" defensive player in the game today, but he is definitely the most disruptive. He has a unique talent. Two actually. Not just super quick hands, but also a super analytical calculation of when and where an offensive player's placement of the ball makes him instantly vulnerable to a steal. Once he spots that moment, he is cat-quick at flicking the ball away, even after the player has just blown by him. It's amazing to watch when he's focused.

And that's the key...his focus. So far this season he has just floated along, giving many the impression that he's washed up and should be traded. BS. Watch him from the point forward. It looks like he is starting to amp up for the final drive to the post season. That's a good thing for us...and bad news for those teams (and players) that walked all over us (and Artest) earlier this year.

RonRon The Disruptor is baaaaccckk.

One more thing about Artest...the way he bodies up. Despite having relatively slow foot speed, he has the knack of positioning and holding his body so "up" into an offensive player's "discomfort zone" that eventually wears that player down and disrupts his normal shooting rhythm. The elite players that he guards would normally start pushing off any other defender. But Ron's unusual upper body and core strength make that near impossible. Not only that, but they know that Ron's certifiable and will go face to face with them in a New Yawk Minute. That entanglement with Pierce under the bucket last playoff was a great example of that, and for me was the defining moment in that series. It told Boston that they're not going to punk us again. It's precisely why Phil and Mitch went after Ron. The final piece of the Finals Puzzle.

@Laker Tom- Tom, didn't get a chance to respond to your post. I think its great your grandson and those kids have a coach like you. Preach the fundamentals, effort and determination, that makes up for any faults a player has. Unfortunately I quit Hockey when I was 12, I didn't really get a chance to play, so every houseleague coach could pretend it was the Stanley Cup. Joke.

Whenever I hear some glorified 'all about me' athlete stories, greed, etc, I stop and think of coaches like yourself, who prepare kids for life lessons, those hustle plays and will don't stop on the court, I'm sure you tell the kids that a lot. Anyway, I just stop and remember the redeeming quality of good coaches.

Later, Tom.

@LRob....you wrote

Great game by Kobe and Pau. Kobe’s shooting did fade a little down the stretch, going 2-8 in the 4th. He played 43 minutes. Hopefully Phil we cut back 5-6 of those minutes and give them to Shannon, Luke or Ebanks.

Posted by: LRob | February 05, 2011 at 11:11 PM

I was really surprised that Kobe played that many minutes, too. Kobe started the 2nd and 4th quarters which is a departure from what has been the normal rotation for most of the season. Shannon and Blake have got to play better and fulfill their roles so that the starters aren't playing yeoman minutes.

To another of your points, I thought last night's game serves as a perfect example of what the Lakers face most nights in this historic attempt to threepeat. Even though the NOH were missing two starters in Ariza and Okafor, they fed off the energy of an all-time record crowd. Players like Andersen and Gray filled in and had big nights. Despite playing a fine offensive game and for the most part good defense, the Lakers could not shake the Hornets. I think the home crowd was a huge asset for NO last night.

One other thing I noticed was that Coach Williams of the Hornets kept David West on the bench for quite a while after he picked up his 4th foul. When NO pulled close and eventually took the lead, I would have thought that he would have re-inserted West for the crunch time push. A curious decision, considering that West was en fuego early on. Maybe Monte was trying to ride the hot hands of the players who were filling in.

What's up guys- I'm sure a lot of you watched the local KCAL broadcast. Since I get the NBA Package, I got the Hornets broadcast.

Gil McGregor had probably, the best definition of Kobe's (evolved) new rhythm within the offense.

"He's a facilitator, who doesn't need help. He can find his shot, or take over a game if he feels he needs to. And, if he needs help, he has so many weapons and options, he can burn you in several ways, now, due to his offensively gifted big men. In a 7 game series, this team will wear down your will to a nub, if they want to."

Playing Shutdown Corner in HS, congrats to Prime, you're officially a Hall of Famer. One of the greatest weapons ever on a Football Field.

LRob, I a green with Edwin that the Lakers need to step it up now because they absolutely need the home court advantage this year to beat the elite Western conf. teams. In the final, where it will be 2-3-2, I don't see them able to turn it on at that point against teams that are starving for the championship.

This season's first half will come back to haunt them, unless they go on a 15+ games winning streak playing like they did last light. But Gasol said after the game that they can't play that way every night....


Pau

was doin' new and improved things last night. Especially in the 1st quarter, he's on the move, hittin' fade away Js, reverse layups, and runnin' the floor.

Can't say enough about the Spaniard. Don't ask an artist to enforce. If he can establish more movement in his game in the refs minds, when he goes to the post, they'll give him more of the calls he should have been getting all year.
It also gives Andrew more space to operate.

Pau on the move... like it.

Edwin,

Fire PJ or fire the assistants, not much difference, both were radical changes. Anyway I always enjoy your posts so please continue to give a counter balance when you feel I'm being overly optimistic. I feel the blog is better when it gets all viewpoints.

Dang text correction! "I agree"!!!

The Lakers need home court advantage or they will be in trouble in the playoffs and the finals.

I really love Steve's Hillbilly beard, he's rockin' it. I'm wondering what'll look like come playoff time. Don't lose it Steve Blae, it's a good look for you brother. Love it.

phred,

The Lakers get back Marc Gasol out of this deal. Marc is a 7' center w/same stats as Andrew but w/o the injury history. And Kareem could mentor Thabeet. Brown would have to agree because of his Larry Bird rights, but he'd have more playing time which could improve his prospects for his upcoming player option year.

Magic Phil - congrats on your anniversary...


We have to judge them based on actual performance today, anything short of that is mere wishful thinking or cheerleading, fans are ready for the cheers but players are not responding.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | February 05, 2011 at 03:01 PM

I said fire all asst. coaches to inject new ideas and instill discipline.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | February 06, 2011 at 12:09 AM

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Actually, I think that kind of thinking completely ignores four (4) years of bonding and the fact that this is a two time defending champion, whether or not times have changed. Frankly, that kind of thinking is more UNREALISTIC than thinking the team can flip a switch. That is thinking in a vacuum with blinders on. It's the antithesis of how a Lakers fans should think. You cannot judge these Lakers on how they play today without looking at the big picture. The big picture not only includes their playoff experience, but includes Phil Jackson's entire body of work which spans 20 coaching seasons. Firing his assistant coaches is ludicrous.

The way I see this playing out is that the Lakers will win somewhere between 52-55 games and hopefully sneak into the #4 seed, just like Boston did last season. I'd rather see them do that than burn themselves out and get injured trying to have a better practice season record. Round 1 HCA would be nice and then the test will come in Round 2 vs. San Antonio, circa 2003. IF the Lakers are healthy; IF Andrew Bynum is as close to 100% as he can get (he's not there yet); IF Kobe ratchets it up (he will plus he'll play more minutes), THEN we will reach the WCF against the winner of the Mavs-Thunder Round 2 match up. My guess is that the Lakers brass are thinking along these lines, confident that we can beat the Spurs. Unless the tank is simply on empty and we lose to the Spurs, the true test will be in the NBA Finals.

The way I look at this road series reminds me of the one last year when we went out and made a Huge Statement.
If this Laker Team wants to sweep the 7 game road trip to shut everyone up they will.
But that is all it will be for.
My guess is that they are going to sweep the 7 games and everyone with a doubt attack will jump back on the bandwagon. The Long Time Laker Fans know what I'm talking about.
I'm putting everyone's doubt to sleep and so are The Lakers:
7-0 road trip then back to slack attack until P.O. Box visit.When the check is really in the mail.
Yawn!!!!


888 posted:
Frankly, that kind of thinking is more UNREALISTIC than thinking the team can flip a switch. That is thinking in a vacuum with blinders on. It's the antithesis of how a Lakers fans should think.
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Hey 888 since your dropping names , this statement should be a setback for you if the Lakers come home 7-0 and lose the very 1st home game when they return.
To be continued...........
I'm just flipping a switch...............

Personal Note
Just had to chuckle about a certain blogger who got bent out of shape and threw a hissie fit because Mike Bresnahan didn't fawn all over him. Even better was MM's "towing the company line" response to his complaints.

Ahh, it's the little things that make us smile : )=
Posted by: Troll Man | February 05, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Dude...We know who SHE is.

Atlanta is our very 1st opponent home when we return.
Switch off for now.


Yawn
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(='.'=)
(")_(")

IF Kobe ratchets it up (he will plus he'll play more minutes), THEN we will reach the WCF against the winner of the Mavs-Thunder Round 2 match up. My guess is that the Lakers brass are thinking along these lines, confident that we can beat the Spurs. Unless the tank is simply on empty and we lose to the Spurs, the true test will be in the NBA Finals.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | February 06, 2011 at 09:28 AM

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The PSP believe the true test will start from the WCF ( i.e if things play out as you drew it up). Dallas have a big man now that plays well off an excellent point guard as well as some wing men that play decent defense. If Bynum can dominate Chandler on both ends of the floor then we should take care of them; then again Bynum's health is something we all hope and pray for around here.

As for OKC, the PSP has more concern than the Mavs. Russell Westbrook will have fish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner no pun intended unless we put bean(s) on him. He has also developed a decent jumpshot since the last time we saw them in the playoffs so you can't just sag off him anymore.

Hopefully Ron can slow Durant down again like last year; dude is a true superstar and one player the PSP would love to see in the P&G. Again, the battle will be won on the inside if Pau and LO don't let themselves get punked by Mr. Ibaka and company again. We shall see.

Thanks
PSP Solutions Architect

CornerJ,

You gave a better analysis than mine.

The most distruptive player in the NBA is a fine description.

Long live "The Distruptor!"

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

phred,

More on the help the Lakers get from the trade deal I suggested. The salaries matchup so there is no negative hit to the Laker payroll. If the Lakers focused only on Brown for Mayo, the Lakers have a trade exception ($1M left from the Sasha V exception) big enough to take on Mayo which would also generate a $2.31 million trade exception for the Grizzlies and a new exception for the Lakers for Brown’s $2.15M salary. However, I think the primary focus should be on getting back Marc Gasol who is a healthier Center than Bynum. In addition, the Lakers have an opportunity for a young PG in either Allen or Mayo. Allen has a $3.0M contract this year.

The Lakers are officially a second rate team: no rings this year. Currently there are 5 teams in the NBA with a better record than LA.

King Kobe,

>>>The Lakers are officially a second rate team: no rings this year. Currently
>>>there are 5 teams in the NBA with a better record than LA.


Uhhhh. Maybe this is your first year watching and nobody has told you...

but there's this thing called the "playoffs".


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