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Lakers' 92-86 victory over Boston Celtics proves to be best win all season

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The lasting image of the Lakers' 92-86 victory Thursday over the Boston Celtics that signifies the team's jump back to dominance might be this: Kobe Bryant puckered his lips after draining a fadeaway jumper over Ray Allen that gave the Lakers an eight-point lead with 48 seconds remaining. The lasting image of the Lakers' aggressiveness might feature this: Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom accidentally knocking heads, an episode that happened after Odom tipped in Gasol's missed shot, required a bandage on his forehead and necessitated stitches afterward. And the lasting image of the Lakers' sense of relief might be this: the team exchanging handshakes and pats on the back after a well-fought victory.

The obvious ramifications behind this win: The Lakers improved to 3-0 on their seven-game trip, winning four of their last five games, increased their mark against teams with better records than them to 2-6 and, of course, softened concern over the Lakers' play and whether they need to make a trade, mostly notably Andrew Bynum, who posted an impressive 16 points and nine rebounds. But what makes the Lakers' victory against the Celtics more more meaningful goes beyond the fact they evened the season-series against their archrivals. The reason may not go in the history books, as will Allen's 20-point performance that catapulted him to the league's all-time leading three-point shooter in field-goals made, but it's something that will serve them well particularly when the postseason begins. The Lakers showed they're a much different team than when they suffered a double-digit loss Jan. 30 to Boston by managing to overcome the initial adversities that initially plagued them.

The Lakers trailed as many as 15 points for reasons that sound too familiar. The Lakers had no answer for Allen. They appeared as motionless as they often do against a sub.-500 opponent. And the Lakers' decision to involve Pau Gasol and Bynum early at the expense of Kobe Bryant seemed to do little to ease the team's poor outside shooting.

Then came the second half, when Magic Johnson tweeted "It's a good game, but if the Lakers are going to win Kobe has to take over!" That's exactly what happened. Bryant's 23 points on nine of 17 shooting featured him scoring five of the Lakers eight points to open the third quarter, scoring 12 third quarter points and plenty of vintage fourth-quarter plays. His turnaround jumper off the left block moments after entering the game, his sharp drive to the basket and his fadeaway that threw Allen off balance all demonstrate how Bryant's aggressiveness helped jump-start the offense.

But what bodes more impressive is how he helped lay that foundation for everyone else. Remember, how he scored only two points off two shots in the first quarter while Gasol and Bynum combined for 14 points? Well the Lakers' 27-20 first-quarter deficit didn't prove that strategy is worse than in what happened in the last matchup, where Bryant's 41-point effort happened while everyone else stood around. It proved instead that no amount of offense will be enough if the Lakers don't make stops.

That all changed in the second half, when the Lakers held the Celtics to 33 points on 28.9% shooting, a severe dropoff from the 51.3% mark Boston previously shot from the field. It also changed when an aggressive Bryant didn't mean everyone else stood around. Bryant sat on the bench for the fourth quarter until the 5:03 mark. Even through mistakes such as Bynum's fumbled rebound, rushed pass to Odom on the perimeter and missed close-range shot, the fourth quarter revealed a resurgent Shannon Brown (four of his 12 points) an aggressive Odom (threw Garnett to the ground) and a disciplined defense that held Boston scoreless for the first three minutes and led to a 47-36 rebounding advantage, marking the 10th time in 11 games the winner on the glass between these two teams determined the outcome.

Once Bryant entered the lineup, he took over while everyone else stayed involved thanks to the team's strategy in playing Bryant off the ball much like the way they did last week in an overtime victory against Houston. That included Bryant driving baseline, drawing a triple team and finding Gasol open after cutting through the lane, Bryant taking a well-placed pass from Ron Artest and everyone crashing the board when Bryant went in isolation.

Boston may very well not feel as concerned, with reasons including a decimated lineup including Shaquille O'Neal, key reserve Marquis Daniels and backup center Semih Erden.  The Celtics also featured a limited Nate Robinson, who left in the second quarter because of a bruised knee,

But that doesn't water down the significance of the Lakers one bit. That's because in a game that truly served as a measuring stick for the Lakers' progress, they collectively took ownership and overcame the initial challenges that awaited them. There's no telling how much that mind-set would help should they meet Boston, or any opponent for that matter, in the 2011 NBA Finals.

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to cut off a drive by Celtics forward Paul Pierce in the first half Thursday night. Credit: David Butler II / US Presswire

 
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I know this won't happen, but I like this as Starters:

PG-Kobe
SG-Shannon or Lamar
C- Drew
PF-Pau
SM-Ron

Time for Fisher to sit down and let us experiment with what Shannon could do as our SG. The time to find out who Shannon is and could be is NOW!

Once again Pau (the soft European player) was intimidated by Garnett (an example of aggressive player who roars and beating his chest after every dunk necessary to play basketball).
The powerful Perkins and Baby hippo with another great game against Andrew and Lamar.

I suppose all lakers fans hysterical crying after every loss
claiming that his players are hardest today will be seeing a concert by Justin Bieber.

Trade Pau, Lamar and Andrew for Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Pluto

Mitch do it now

“fire pj he is a useless coach sure the lakers got lucky
and beat a short handed boston.but any coach who let fish plays more than 5 minute has a head problem,and not to mention letting luke even pla at all.pau need to hit the
weight room because he is real soft.how in the world lo
missed three lay-up in a row.i wopuld take jerry sloan any
day over pj.just think if he had the players pj have had over the years he probally would have won twice as many than
pj.
Posted by: Bob T | February 10, 2011 at 08:35 PM”

Oh, totally, Bob T. I think you nailed it.

ELLEN HYNER-

Wow, that was pretty good. Actually, really good. From a poetry standpoint. From a basketball standpoint, too much Ray Allen.
: )

hiltontown, I prescribe you some vaseline, will aliviate the pain...


I have many things to say about this game, but for now let's just think about this:


Gasol: 8-13 FG
Garnett: 4-13 FG


Just think...

Phred shut up pj is just aging nicely, like the team. Who on earth would fire him?? his almost father in law Dr. Buss?
Sloan can come next year, tho, yes.
Mark Medina writes brilliantly about bball, no?
thanks Mark!!

or, rather Bob. sorry phred.

For all you naysayers about pulling the trigger on the Melo trade bc the Lakers beat the Celtics----I guarantee you Bynum will injure/tweak his knee before the season is over. Hes been injured every year for the past three years, and if you noticed, he tweaked and grabbed his knee in the 3rd quarter during the boston game. He doesnt have an athletic build and he will injury his knees again guaranteed. Trade for MELO!!!!

hiltontown, who won Boston? can you give us the score

Shannon Brown doesn't play as tough as defense as Derek Fisher.

Only when he can play defense should Derek sit down.

That's the excellence I was looking for.

Now to keep up the great work into the playoffs

Five favorite moments....

5. Blake getting grimey...diving on Perk and wrestling the ball away.
4. Pau NOT hitting the floor (or flopping like PP and Rondo) when Perk lowered his shoulder and barreled into him, got away with traveling and was rewarded with the and 1.
3. Drew strong challenge forcing Ray Allen to miss a 3.
2. The second half backdoor alley oops to counter Boston overplaying the triangle cuts.
1. Wafer hanging his head after the and 1 by Kobe in the 3rd.

VI Lakerfan & LTLF thanks for the correcting my oversight of the 2001 Lakers sweeping the Western conference like the 89 Lakers...


LRob come on man your better than that the 2001 Lakers swept through the west lost once to philly and won the whole thing, that's the all time record....

Posted by: VI Lakerfan | February 10, 2011 at 04:23 AM
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VI Lakerfan - Duh….thanks for the correction


>>>was 11-0 in the western conference in the playoffs (I don’t think that’s been
>>>duplicated since
How short your memory is...
The 2001 Champion Lakers swept through the Western Conference as well, and had only 1 loss in the finals.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | February 10, 2011 at 08:54 AM
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LTLF - You’re right. Guilty as charged. How could I forget 2001.

@mclyne - good selection on JB's Big Payback....I don't know karate, but I know Ka-razy!

@ms – Hmmm…for Boston you pulled out some of the top gun arena anthems from J5 and Glitter, plus a little New Jack flava with Redhead Kingpin and of course Chicago.

@Gdub – I loved the Dancehall mix. You changed your game on that one…haha.

I think the Lakers may have more trouble with the Spurs than with the Celts, in the playoffs. I say, bring in Lisa Leslie as power forward off the bench, with Odom.

Like I said weeks ago the key to LA success is for Kobe to be a facilitator. Once everyone is involved it will be easier for him to take over.

Boston is the excellence of execution. The Lakers are inconsistent in all aspects. We are in trouble folks and this is not a practice season. We are getting run out of the garden.

Posted by: island priest | February 10, 2011 at 06:13 PM
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island priest

Kobe facilitating has been the key for 4 years now, but sometimes his teammates don't respond. Then Kobe gets aggressive and takes the blame if THAT doesn't work. Tonight was a maestro performance by both the Black Mamba and the Black Swan. Don't kid yourself for a second. Pau surpassed KG two seasons ago as a better player at his position and that isn't suddenly going to change unless KG is on steroids and his levels are just perfect. That wouldn't surprise me either.

The other thing is that during the regular season there is a lot of experimenting done during the games that we are unaware of. Everything that Phil Jackson does is geared toward having his team ready for every situation in the playoffs. Tonight Kobe rested in the fourth quarter until the 5:04 mark even though it was a close game. Shannon Brown has played so poorly against the Celtics that this was a great opportunity for him to shake his willies against this team. So Phil used the game as a learnable moment for Shannon which undoubtedly boosted his confidence should we meet the Celtics in the Finals. Oh, and he got a win in the process.

So let's call tonight a win-win.

Gasol was still soft against the Celtics. Some things will never change. Perkins just enjoys playing against him. The only time Perkins gets agressive on the offensive end. I wonder how Gasol feels everytime he sees Perkins?


Thank goodness Lakers have Bynum! I'm serious.

What is up with the Lakers wearing yellow uniforms in road games this season... and I have seen them wearing yellows on Sundays recently too.

Tomorrow night's going to be a tough one. Big emotional step down from playing the Celtics, New York is ready and waiting for them. Could be a trap game. They should be able to beat New York, though, even on an off night.

If the Lakers manage to win both Friday and Sunday, then they will catch up a game on either Miami or Boston, since the Celtics and Heat play each other on Sunday.

Right now, the Lakers are 2 games behind both of those teams. If they could go on a nice winning streak, they could easily pass both teams to secure home court advantage for the finals.

But it won't be easy. Bynum and Gasol will need to come out this aggressive for EVERY game, not just the big ones. And Pau has to keep attacking in the ends of games - don't just get out of Kobe's way like he did the first time the Lakers played the Celtics. And they need to play more defense like they played in the second half of this game. Totally stifling.

I don't think they're all the way there yet, there are still some areas that could use some improvement. But the switch is about halfway flipped.

How awesome is it that the 100th win of the Lucky Barstool was against the Celtics on their home court?

Pretty fricken awesome.

I treated the bar to a shot of Jameson with the win and we toasted to the Lucky Barstool (now 100-18).

Awesome.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Good win for our Lakers,and this win can boost the confidence of the whole team.Playing like a team,sharing the ball as a team and improving the overal defense as a team,thats the beauty of Phil's philosophy and the tactical importance of the triangle offence.When the Lakers play like this and I hope they will continue to do so against the teams like Miami,the Kings and Spurs,then this will give them an added bonus in the play off.We know what this team is capable of under PJ,Cleamons,Hamblem,Shaw and Chuck.The best coaching staff in the Nba,11 Nba championship titles,thats not an easy feet to accomplish.

Let's cherish this tough win. I felt better for the split against the Celtics instead of them sweeping us. Once Celtics get all their players back, they will be a force to reckoning with in the East. I'm still concern about our PGs' production. Fish played decent D but his shots continue to bounce off the rim thus far this season. IMHO, Blake played the worst game as a Lakers tonight, he had no rhythm or shows any confidence that he can lead this team as a backup PG or produce a reliable scorer off the bench. Instead of talking about trading Bynum for Melo, perhaps Mitch could swing a deal to get a decent point guard to help Kobe for change. Blake's experiment is not working.

And I don't even want to talk about Luke's accomplishments tonight which is nada..

Hiltontown,

When will morons like you ever learn? Wait until the war is over before mouthing off. You know even less about basketball than the human psyche. Let's compare Gasol and Garnett in tonight's game and in game 7 of the 2010 Finals. Gasol represents confidence. Beating on your chest does not equate to aggressiveness. Far from it. It represents a very insecure inner self.

You ever notice that Paula Pierce is planning to flail/flop even before he shoots? The last three pictures of him I've seen is exactly like th eone above, where he's faking like he's getting fouled. Talentless greenie.


The Lakers look like a team rounding into form for the stretch run. Another Phil Jackson masterpiece.

I was reading an interesting article and the comments that SB made about 'players having to go through a lot and having a family.'Yes its a fact players have so much to concentrate on outside of basketball.But then again being on a great team as the Lakers the fans expect much more from the players,I mean the fans want to players play the game with determination,toughness,willingness to compete against any team in any game.They want to see players share the ball,play good defence,and play as a team.Because the fans know what to expect from a Phil Jackson coach team,a team that conceptualises the triangle offence and play hard defence.Yes the Lakers can not win it all,we are not perfect,there will be good times and bad ones too.But if during hard times the team can show a little more resilence and determination and share the ball then the Lakers may trump up some unexpected wins even it is by one point.We may even lose games by one or more point.My point is if the Lakers continually go on game losing stretches the players must expect the fans to react,because the fans know the capability of this Lakers team,we also know about the Lakers great legacy.

i just had a feeling the Lakers would go into boston and somehow, find a way to win! my Lakers bretheren, i'm so jealous of you, for you got to see a gutty performance by L.A. i was enroute to japan today and once here at the hotel, raced into my room and turned on my computer to LAtimes.com. of course i'd be lying that i wasn't a little nervous when the headlines came on, phew, was i relieved to see that our Lakers came from 15 down in the first half and then in the second half, held boston to 33 freaking points. why did i think bynum would have a good game? just maybe the bynum-for-melo trade got him to get his ass in gear and be the player jimmy buss drafted him to be! well, we definitely needed this, that's an understatement! knicks tonight, NO LETDOWN! LET'S GO FOR 4 IN A ROW! YES

Just wondering if any of you considered the following with this "victory."

1. Celtics only had 2 men to substitute with - player with virtually 7 players the whole game

2. Being short-handed on players causes A) Foul trouble (when is the last time Ray Allen had 5 fouls?) and B) Exhaustion down the stretch

3. 6 players were out with injuries, including 3 bigs (Both O'Neils and Erden)

4. Celtics lost in the paint due to having only 1 big.

5. Celtics only lost by 6 points (2 possessions), while being short-handed.

Take this "victory" in perspective. Not much of a confidence booster when you think about it. It's like kicking someone when their down.

BossinCeltics, all i have to say to you is.....wa wa wa! quit crying. in boston's win over L.A. last month, shaq was a non-factor, 12 minutes 0 pts. erden was a DNP. daniels 13 minutes 2 pts. so please don't blame your loss on that! when you lose, lose gracefully. you can't shoot 60% against L.A. everytime you play them. also, memo to the celtics. stop blowing 15 pt leads like you had in the 1st half. oh that right, you're good at blowing leads, just like you did last year in game 7 of the nba finals, remember that? do ya?

Pau- 20 Pts, 10 reb. Bynum- 16 Pts, 9 reb. EXACTLY. Lakers beat Boston...in Boston.

How much more evidence do you want that this team has been custom built to win in the playoffs, and specifically to beat Boston...and that it even could do so WITHOUT HCA? Trade Pau? Trade Bynum? Yeah, right.

And as for you, BossinCeltics, the last playoffs you whined that it was because Kendricks was out. This time you're whining it's because some of your scrubs were out. Need a binky? I thought you guys were supposed to be tough. We came from 15 points down to beat your guys...at your own place. Admit it. We deserved it.

Amazing to see so much negativity after a great win in Boston. Rumors of the Lakers' death have been greatly exaggerated.

LOL! Y'all make me laugh. I'm happy with this game contrary to your beliefs. To only lose by 6 in the condition we were in? I'll take that any day! :)

I am in total agreement with Island Priest,Kobe should be the facilitator of ball,sharing it with his team mates,dictating the game rather than ball hogging,when he post up and he comes under double teams,pass the ball out to his ever present team mates.In that way the game will certainly come to him,he will certainly get his moments to explode,by sharing the ball then everyone will certainly benefit,thats the beauty of our triangle offence.Also there is an added benefit of playing strong transistion defence,limiting the interior and peremeter players to few short.As a result of all these attributes,this will give us an added impetus to 3 peat.The boys know what must be done,so then its a matter of executing the offence and not getting swell headed and performing a one man show-scoring 50 points and still getting tump,thats not championship basketball.Laker are certainly different to the other Nba teams,our philosophy and our appraoch to the game is different.The Triangle lives on,there is so many varying moves and counter move,thats why Lakers are different.

JERRY SLOAN just retired.

I feel sad. He is one of my favorite coach.

God Bless you, Mr. Sloan.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Disengage the trolls.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

B4 we forget:

IT'S GAME DAY!!!

Let's go for seven & o!!!!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

PSP Sir,

Fantastic WIN against the Celtics, wasn't it? Especially on a MUST WIN game for us.

How do you think our Lakers will play against the Knicks today? As for me, I'm predicting a triple double from The Black Mamba and a 'W' for us Lakers.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

I'm glad you'll take that game bossin....so will we. Hopefully next game you're not missing the gatorade jug, or you might lose again...LOL

Good Morning CRUEsters
I loved the victory, loved the throwback jerseys. Coming home tomorrow. Consistency tonight my friends in the lights of the big city. FOCUS...FOCUS.

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

Larry,

Where art thou my brother? I'M SURE YOU ARE BETTER NOW! We won, didn't we? And the good thing is, IT COUNTS!!! LOL!

Checking-in for the Game Day Roll Call!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

What timing! Mamba24 is the MAN!

Good morning fellow Lakerholics. GREAT win last night and I enjoyed the victory on laker live chat with some great fans. Great to see Pau hold his own against the "Package Checkers". GREAT to see Andrew have a great game, PERIOD!

So, did all that trade talk (as painful and silly as it all was) serve it's purpose? Hmmmm...when was the last time we saw the Lakers bigs (other than Lamar) play tough and motivated? Maybe all that was simple manipulation. If so, we did OUR PART! LMAO!

On to New York. This may be the toughest game of the roadie tonight.

Good Morning JohnnyV! How are you this morning my brother? Yeah I think tonights game will be kind of tough, espescially since they think we were trying to steal Melo from them! LOL! But as long as we won the Boston game I'm good.

I took a swig of Dr. Fatty’s Lakerholic Tonic and just like that we got back the lead and a “Practice Game” bacame a “Real Game” LOL!!!
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LOL! Wasn't able to catch the game live coz of work. But I was able to watch the whole 4th quarter on replay...DAMN! THAT WAS GOOD!!!

On to New York, and go 4 & o!

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Larry, how you feelin today? flu's gone, i hope.

BTW, I'm feelin good about the game today. I can sense that Kobe will have a triple double or somewhat close, like 24/9/7, something to that effect. AND OF COURSE, A WIN. No let ups! Let's finish seven & o!

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Not many people know this, but Boston is actually the Capital of Excuselvania.

Hey Jovbatz44! I'm feeling drained!!! I don't know if it was the game last night or still this flu, but I'm having a hard time getting up for this Knicks game. But as long as you are feelin good about the Knicks game it's all good my brother. Yes, Yes 7-0 sounds very good to me!! LOL! Carry on.

Not many people know this, but Boston is actually the Capital of Excuselvania. Posted by: Mark G | February 11, 2011 at 06:39 AM
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LOL! Yes, Yes it is beginning to appear that way Mark G.

Not many people know this, but Boston is actually the Capital of Excuselvania.
Posted by: Mark G | February 11, 2011 at 06:39 AM

Hahahaha! This just made my day. Mark G!

OK folks, come on now. Somebody give me a reason to get excited about this Knicks game. And where the heck is DJ LRob with the inspirational music to start game day. See, see, one win against the Celtics and ya'll think you can just slack off on your duties and pile all the reponsibility of inspring the troops on JovBatz44 cause Mamba24 is drained folks, DRAINED!!! Never ever get the flu folks!!!

JohnnyV

I'm here all week, make sure you try the veal.

JohnnyV I'm here all week, make sure you try the veal. Posted by: Mark G | February 11, 2011 at 06:48 AM
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OK now we starting to roll! LOL!

BossinCeltics, all i have to say to you is.....wa wa wa! quit crying. in boston's win over L.A. last month, shaq was a non-factor, 12 minutes 0 pts. erden was a DNP. daniels 13 minutes 2 pts. so please don't blame your loss on that! when you lose, lose gracefully. you can't shoot 60% against L.A. everytime you play them. also, memo to the celtics. stop blowing 15 pt leads like you had in the 1st half. oh that right, you're good at blowing leads, just like you did last year in game 7 of the nba finals, remember that? do ya?

Posted by: Lakeshowinphx | February 11, 2011 at 02:11 AM

My fellow Laker Fan. I am very happy we won but not satisfied by how much we won by. Lakeshowinphx, you obviously don't understand basketball. Yeah these guys didn't score many points but they are all a factor on the defensive end of the court and that's where the Celts felt it the most.

Kobe did a good job facilitating. Unlike that ball hogg performance he gave us again the C's last time but as I am happy at his performance and Bynum, I am still not happy with Lamar, Fisher, and especially Pau's performance. I believe Pau's points are bloated. He still looks very soft out there and that worries me. If we were to meet Boston in the Finals, you can bet they will have 5 post players healthy and it won't just be Big Baby, Perkins, and KG.

With the C's playing only Nate, Big Baby, and Wafer (who doesn't see regular minutes when players are healthy) and we winning by 6, that's still a worry and most of all a "hollow victory"

WHY ISN'T JOE SMITH GETTING MINUTES? HIS LAST TWO TEAMS, PLAYED HIM AGAIN KG AND HE WAS QUITE GOOD ON THE FLOOR.

Don't understand why PJ always get veterans and sit them deep on the bench. Remember Mitch Richmond?

JovBatz44

You are an early riser my friend. The PSP dozed off again and need to find a solution to this 'sleeping' problem.

As for the game against NY tonight, the PSP agree with you; it should be high scoring with the black mamba getting a nice stat line, and a comfortable win for our P&G. On to the next one!!

Thanks
PSP Intern [Tse Tse fly?]

I know Justa likes this song, who doesn't. His Royal Funkiness, George Clinton:


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


GOOD MORNING LAKER FAMILY!!!

Who's the happiest girl in the world right now? You got it, ECJ straight out of Boston. The game was insane last night. I have no voice today but a smile from ear to ear. Felt so good to spoil Ray Ray's party last night.

The Lakers looked good last night...and Kobe, well he was Kobe! Just amazing!

I know Justa likes this song, who doesn't. His Royal Funkiness, George Clinton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szkmivRWegU Posted by: Mark G | February 11, 2011 at 06:58 AM
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Mark G. everybody likes that crazy ISH!!! LOL ! Now that's the way to start a Game day out!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

Why is it that every time the Lakers win.. every body's posts just seems to be saying they were right... tsk tsk tsk...

Wallace,

swing a trade for a PG? Maybe Mitch could trade Blake to NJ for Farmar.

Who's the happiest girl in the world right now? You got it, ECJ straight out of Boston. The game was insane last night. I have no voice today but a smile from ear to ear. Felt so good to spoil Ray Ray's party last night. Posted by: EastCoastJessie | February 11, 2011 at 07:01 AM
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LOL!!!! Yes, Yes!!! So details Princess, details! What was the excuse Boston used for losing? And yes Smilling from ear to ear is good even if one has lost their voice! LOL!

Why is it that every time the Lakers win.. every body's posts just seems to be saying they were right... tsk tsk tsk... Posted by: dice8up | February 11, 2011 at 07:13 AM
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LOL! Because they all had a healthy cup of Dr. Fatty's Lakerholic tonic for breakfast!!! Much better than coffee or Orange juice!!

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KOBE = Full-Man/Complete Amazing!!!!!!!

I don't know what the tweet of the day will be, but here's what it should be:

J.A. Adande:
Key to Lakers-Celtics this year: team with player who gets stitches in bald head wins.

Ok, how come when the Lakers lose they are like "we have to play better , they were the better team etc." and when the Celtics lose there is always an excuse? Kobe got it right. It is because we are the "good guys."

If we have to threaten Drew to play big, I guess that is the deal.

Pau Black Swan'ed KG's ass!!!

Kobe was vintage Kobe. He moved the ball, made the plays, kept everyone in it and at the end said "this game is mine baby!" You could see it on the faces of the Celtics. They were like "oh, s**t, we are only up by three, here comes Kobe, and we don't have a prayer." Great, great game!

Lamar was huge. It wasn't a great shooting night, but he was right in there against KG in the end.

Ron was all over Paul. This is why we need him. He was worth every penny and all the weird moments last night. I can't stand PP.

Tonight will be a tough one. NY is playing well. At the same, Kobe loves the Garden - the big stage. He has had some magnificent games there. I think we take this one as well.

Go Lakers!

I am a Lakerholic.

RAY ALLEN CONGRATS FOR BREAKING THE 3-POINT RECORD. SEE YOU IN
THE FINALS WHEN THE LAKERS BREAK THE …3-PEAT RECORD!!!!!!!

I'm curious about something, when you become a fan of the Celtics do they have some type of training program where you can learn and practice making excuses for losing games?

I mean no disrespect(well actually I do), some of you are GENIUSES at making excuses, I bet it's really helpful in your personal lives as well.

Yeah yeah I know there are plenty of Laker fans who make excuses for losses, etc as well but I have to say, no one can do it as well as Celtic fans.

with that in mind you better get practicing!! Hope your team can get to the finals this year so the Lakers can beat you guys for title 17 on YOUR FLOOR!! I'm sure the excuses you will come up with will be brilliant!!!

J.A. Adande: Key to Lakers-Celtics this year: team with player who gets stitches in bald head wins. Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | February 11, 2011 at 07:25 AM
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LMAO!!!!!!!!!!

Good Morning crew,

Nice win last night. I mentioned last game how much tougher it is for Boston to defend Kobe without Tony Allen. They loaded up on big men to compete with the Lakers, but lost one of their most valuable defenders.

LOL Mamba, it was great. Everyone had an excuse for losing but it didn't matter to me.

@Mark G - you started it funky so I'll roll with your flow.

Untie a dog and turn him at society
Ain’t your average huckleberry hound
Bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yah

@Mamba & Crew,

Tonight will definitely be a tough game for the Lakers. The Knicks will try to run them ragged...so they gotta make sure they have some "Bounce in their step", get back on D and get out to the 3pt shooters.

One thing about that Old Skool funk, George had those handclaps thumping...then he got Roger his first record deal...and Roger continued the funky tradition.

Zapp - More Bounce!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK6wOG_aDl8

Good morning LRob! Yes you did mention that about Tony Allen and it appears that they should have talked to you before making their deals. LOL!
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@EastCoastJessie, Of course I know you probably just showed them some of that Real Laker Girl SWAGGER and they probably were speecless!! Go on Princess with your bad self!!!! LOL!

In the interest of writing, and by writing I mean good writing, I have to comment on this article. Not because of its subject matter, but because of what seems to be an almost complete lack of regard for readability, grammar, sentence structure and phrasing. With all due respect to Mr. Medina, this is a very poorly written piece of journalism. I used to come and read this blog regularly and comment, but the drop off since the departure of the KBros has been so drastic that I can hardly bear to read it anymore.

Everyone is a critic, so clearly the comments I make here will be dismissed by the locals as hogwash, but the Times needs to get someone editing this blog so that it seems more like a professionally written piece of work. It really needs someone with more talent for the pen arranging its contents.

Mamba,

In Boston defense (I hate defending them) they tried to resign TA but he wanted to jet. Another reason why the Lakers have the best FO.

PP and Rondo lead the league in FPP....Flops Per Game! And Boston is supposed to be tough...go figure!

Zapp - More Bounce! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK6wOG_aDl8 Posted by: LRob | February 11, 2011 at 07:43 AM
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Atomic Dog and now More bounce to the ounce??? Yes, Yes, Yes!!! I think we are beginning to build a wave for tonights game. Now I have to find something to match these to cuts! LOL!

LRob

That is soooo funky!

Winning the next two games against the Knicks and the Magic will be as important as the Celtics game to show win against the Celtics was not aberation. The Lakers do not want to fall back into inconsistancy again. Rather, they must make this win as a momemtum to go forward.

RAY ALLEN CONGRATS FOR BREAKING THE 3-POINT RECORD. SEE YOU IN
THE FINALS WHEN THE LAKERS BREAK THE …3-PEAT RECORD!!!!!!!

Posted by: mamba24 | February 11, 2011 at 07:29 AM

Very funny! But lets not get carried away. We still have the peating record.

Bossin Celtics,

>>>Take this "victory" in perspective. Not much of a confidence booster when
>>>you think about it. It's like kicking someone when their down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2kxlZDOHeQ

For those saying we need to trade for a good PG, maybe we could get a guy named Sasha from the Nets...

Oh! You're the guys who were happy we traded him.

The best thing about beating the Celtics recently (well maybe not THE best thing, but one of the best things) is the lack of troll-droppings in the blog the next day.

KOBE's Game- A Beautiful Thing!

Brought Tears To My Eyes!
Actually Made a Full Grown Man Cry! Not Ashamed TO Admit!


KOBE 2nd half of Game-Must watch for,

Young players,

NBA Historians,

and for

All-Around Lovers of How to Play the Game!

The best thing about beating the Celtics recently (well maybe not THE best thing, but one of the best things) is the lack of troll-droppings in the blog the next day.

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | February 11, 2011 at 08:03 AM

Dont look up ... youre about to get hit!

Airlock,

>>>I mean no disrespect(well actually I do), some of you are GENIUSES at
>>> making excuses, I bet it's really helpful in your personal lives as well.

No man, you've got it all wrong. They don't come by that naturally.

Celtic fans make thousands of practice shots a day to keep up that skill level. It's only hard determined practice in whiny excuse making that can make you shine so much after a loss to the Lakers.

Let's cherish this tough win. I felt better for the split against the Celtics instead of them sweeping us. Once Celtics get all their players back, they will be a force to reckoning with in the East. I'm still concern about our PGs' production. Fish played decent D but his shots continue to bounce off the rim thus far this season. IMHO, Blake played the worst game as a Lakers tonight, he had no rhythm or shows any confidence that he can lead this team as a backup PG or produce a reliable scorer off the bench. Instead of talking about trading Bynum for Melo, perhaps Mitch could swing a deal to get a decent point guard to help Kobe for change. Blake's experiment is not working.

And I don't even want to talk about Luke's accomplishments tonight which is nada..

Posted by: Wallace | February 11, 2011 at 12:30 AM
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It was an enjoyable win, a feel good win for Lakers fans, but let's continue to cherish the fact that we are back-to-back defending champions and file this one away as just one win in a long 82 game season and move on. Truthfully, it didn't have the feel of a playoff game and the Chowds were ridiculously banged up. It reminded me of when they came into Staples Center last season and beat us without Kobe. It was another step in the right direction.

As for Steve Blake, I remain confident that he will be fully integrated by playoff time. I STILL like the fact that we have a player whose is not mistake prone and is an excellent 3 point shooter and a gritty defender backing up Fish at the lead guard position. I understand what you are saying, but he's a pro's pro and a winner and he will bear fruit in the playoffs. He's learning a very tough position in the triangle and it was going to take time no matter what. The only question was how long.

No Shaq O`Neal
No Jermaine O`Neal
No Delonte West
No Marquis Daniels
No Semih Erden
No Nate Robinson {injured after playing 3:39 last night}

Bryant played 37 minutes {33 is his season`s average}
Bynum played 33 minutes {25 is his season`s average}
Artest played 39 minutes {28 is his season`s average}
Gasol played 37 minutes {matching his season`s average}

Congratulations Lakers...on your grueling, hard-fought SIX POINT victory!!!!!

Hi's and Low's. This victory is nice. Now it's time to move on. No time to celebrate or relax. NY is next. This is the focus. We want to catch SA or have the 2nd best overall record to get home court against the East.

If the Lakers as a team develop this business like sense like they have in the past as opposed to just switching it on or off when they feel like as they've done quite a bit this season, we would not be having any of these trade talks. Go Lakers.

Congratulations Lakers...on your grueling, hard-fought SIX POINT victory!!!!! Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | February 11, 2011 at 08:12 AM
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Stop that Red! Stop that now!! Now this is so beneath you sir! If you want to say you consider the game a “Practice Game” fine! LOL! But for the Love of God!!! No, No, No more illness excusess. Just chalk it up to a “Practice game” and keep destroying those Eastern Opponents. And thanks for the Congrats!!!

RED`S LOVE CHILD,

That seems like playoff minutes and rotation to me. That's what it will look like in playoff time....LOL

No Shaq O`Neal
No Jermaine O`Neal
No Delonte West
No Marquis Daniels
No Semih Erden
No Nate Robinson {injured after playing 3:39 last night}

Good excuse! However, I counter with the obvious. You wanted those players and you therefore got what you deserve. Shaq is notorious for healing on Company time.

FWIW, we have two Bigs injured and Barnes is out (one of our very capable energy guys). So our starters are all playing big minutes. Glad they can! Glad yours can't.

Stop that Red! Stop that now!! Now this is so beneath you sir! If you want to say you consider the game a “Practice Game” fine! LOL! But for the Love of God!!! No, No, No more illness excusess. Just chalk it up to a “Practice game” and keep destroying those Eastern Opponents. And thanks for the Congrats!!!
Posted by: mamba24 | February 11, 2011 at 08:21 AM

Red didnt get the memo that when you lose its only a "practice game."

See how great the Celtics (38-14) have been playing and how poorly the Lakers (37-16) have been playing so far this season. Well, it doesnt look like much difference between the two. Does it??

Hiltontown,
Someone already posted these numbers, so are you with that.
Gasol: 8-13 FG
Garnett: 4-13 FG
It seems to you that pumping on your chest and screaming so loud are the forms of toughness.
I can tell that you don't see very often how the intelligent people behave. It's ok to shout out so loud sometimes to release the internal pressure, because the bottom line is we are all human. But to be calm and cool like PJ as coach and Pau as BB player most of the times is not that easy. That is one form of intelligence.

Josh - I appreciate your honest feedback and I'm sorry to hear about your disappointment in the blog. As any writer, I'm always striving to improve so if you're willing to elaborate more in detail what's displeasing you, I'd love to hear it. Feel free to comment in the threads or email me at mgmedin@gmail.com

The bootlegged Black Mamba t-shirt was the difference last night. Threw the We Got Rings one aside and changed to the newest Black Mamba in yellow for the 2nd half run. New Christmas cap looks like it is just for warmth.........

Even relinquished the fav rooting position to let TIVO take over living room TV and tried out bedroom rooting....worked last night, but who knows......

Anyway, seriously, I hope the Knicks get a Lakers performance that is not leg weary against this run-and-gun NY version of the Suns tonight! FOCUS!

The Celtics and the Spurs have peaked in the 1st half. They will be falling down in the 2nd half (after ASG.) I am expecting the Lakers and the Heat will be getting better, and expect the Lakers and the Heat in the Finals in June. The Lakers' real "big" three (AB,PG,and LO) will dominate the Heat's "fake" big three in the Finals.

See how great the Celtics (38-14) have been playing and how poorly the Lakers (37-16) have been playing so far this season. Well, it doesnt look like much difference between the two. Does it??

Posted by: 92-86 | February 11, 2011 at 08:40 AM

Its not as close as the Finals was 4-3! And look how you wet yourself after that!

Not many people know this, but Boston is actually the Capital of Excuselvania.

Posted by: Mark G | February 11, 2011 at 06:39 AM

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Now that is too damn funny
LMAO

Fans, a dub is a dub and neither team played that great but I'll take a win against the Excusenics any time, especially on the road. And as for peats records Mr. 131, lets realize we are going for another one and you are stuck on Zero if you subtract out all the "black and white TV" titles you are so proud of. The current Celtic team wasn't even born when you won like 80% of the banners. Ah yes...remember in ancient times when pudgy short slow white guys were shooting two hand set shots...those were the days. Lets hear again how you beat the Romans back in the BC years.

131-92,

Hmmm....You seem to be confused between the regular and the playoff games.
There are 82 games in regular season and 7 game series in playoff.

 
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