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Lakers looking for revenge against Memphis

The Lakers haven't forgotten the last time they played the Memphis Grizzlies, at Staples Center last month.

It was a complete beat-down Memphis put on L.A., winning by 19 points.

The Lakers will play Memphis on Monday night at FedExForum and they are looking forward to some get-backs.

"Obviously we remember that loss, we remember that game," Pau Gasol said after the Lakers' shoot-around Monday. "We watched tape yesterday from it, so it's in our minds. We need to understand that we have to come out tonight and play a very tough game, a very intense game so that we can get away with a win."

Memphis actually has defeated the Lakers the last two consecutive games.

The San Antonio Spurs are the only other team that has beaten the Lakers more than once this season.

The Grizzlies have talent in Rudy Gay, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, Pau's younger brother who starts at center.

"We have to understand who they are and what are their strengths and play to our strengths," Pau Gasol said. "If we're careless with the ball, they are going to get run-outs, they are going to get easy layups, they are going to get going and they are going to get confident."

The Lakers began this seven-game, 13-day trip with a victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday.

It was a grind-it-out affair that the Lakers hope pushes them in the right direction on this long trip.

"Obviously it was an important win for us," Gasol said. "But we need to build on it. We need to be consistent and put two or three good wins together and build on it again."

 

-- Broderick Turner in Memphis

 
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Mr Medina,

12 45 in Cali and we have had 4 threads today already? The PSP feel that is excessive :-( . You are drunk on new thread syndrome/power!!


@MAMBA24… Nothing like Game Day Roll Call to get the juices and adrenalin flowing.
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@MM… Thanks for the RCOD. And thanks to LRob, Mamba, bronx, and Justa, for their congrats.
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@MCLYNE… “I would love to see Pau string six to seven great games together to prove to everyone just how dominant he can be when he focuses.” This would be a perfect time for Pau to do just that. The problem is that, as a finesse player, Pau’s performance will depend upon whether or not he has a good matchup. With Drew back in the starting lineup, Pau will share time tonight playing against his brother Mark as well as against Zack Randolph – a pair of tough matchups for Pau. Then the real test comes Thursday night in his rematch against KG. Pau needs to prove that he can outplay KG when both are healthy because KG was a 1-legged shell of himsel last year.
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@SEAN… I’ve never seen a player with quicker hands or who gets his hands on more balls than Ron Artest. He is the epitome of the truth that this team is built for the playoffs and not regular season.
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@ART… I’ve long believed that there is something to team character that separates champions like the Lakers from their bitter rival the Celtics that is in some ways akin to good versus evil. They are the NBA’s version of the Niners and Raiders, one team known for class and good sportsmanship, the other for cheap shots and dirty play. I can understand people being Celtics fans if they grew up in New England and root for the home team. What I cannot understand is why any fan of the game would espouse soiled history or decades long irrelevancy if they were not born in New England.
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LRob… Thanks for the link to the KG story and Willie’s On the Road Again. I never wanted to trade for KG, mainly because I hate his antics and bullying but also because we would have had to give up Drew. However, you cannot deny that they guy has great game and will be a Hall of Famer. I’m just glad he never got the chance and honor of wearing purple and gold.
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TOM

Rdlee

Yeah I don't remember what the salarys looked like back then but you're right.. Bynum was still on his rookie contract so makes sense lakers wouldve had to cough up either bynum/odom or bynum/kwame. Thx for the correction... But I still do think kg and kobe + some other role players back then wouldve been a championship contending force to be reckoned with.

@mclyne – I agree Metallic did a very good job. It’s no Seger, but still very good. Did you hear that Jack and Meg made it official that they would no longer perform or record as a duo? I thought of you when I heard it.


@fever- I always loved KG intensity. When he was with Sota I wanted him to be more assertive offensively (hmmm….I think we’ve heard that one before). Him and Kobe would’ve been a great combo, but I think the Wolves wanted Drew and LO, like RDlee said, which I’m glad the Lakers didn’t do.


@Art – the worst part about KG’s antics is it seems like they’ve become more frequent since he joined Boston and started winning more, which makes him a front runner also.

Practice Season Police - Just to clarify, the latest post came from Brad Turner. He's at morning shootaround and wanted to file some notes so you guys could get the latest fixings. When those things end are rather unpredictable, which is why the previous post somewhat overlapped.

http://www.ocregister.com/sports/gasol-287246-bryant-lakers.html

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That's really what we need from him. When they double, then make plays. But if they're not doubling, just go to work."

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"He's such a nice person; he wants he other guys to be involved and all this other stuff," Bryant said. "But that's not necessarily what's best for our team."

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In fact, the Lakers have gotten away from their star-studded formula. In their first 13 months together, Bryant and Gasol each had 30 or more points in the same game five times. In the next 23 months, it didn't happen a single time ... until New Orleans on Saturday night, when Gasol had 34, Bryant had 32 and the Lakers won.

That improved the Lakers to 5-1 all-time when Bryant and Gasol have 30-30 games. This season, the Lakers are 5-1 when Bryant and Gasol have 25-25 games. It is most definitely a template for greater Lakers success.

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When Bryant and O'Neal had 30-30 games in their era, the Lakers were 27-6. It's far easier for the role players to execute properly when they know they just need to play off what the superstars do.

"I'm trying," Gasol said. "It was a positive (talking to Bryant). I've been shooting the ball really well the past three games. I'll continue to be aggressive, be assertive and just utilize my talents to make sure I'm capable of doing what I'm doing out there and not just watching."

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Yet credit Gasol for grabbing right back on to that hook, saying: "It comes with the aggressiveness. If you're more aggressive and you cut hard and you ask for the ball and you get great position, then your teammates are going to throw it to you. They're going to see that energy. So I think that's something I need to keep up."


This all sounds sooooo familiar.

Revenge? They cannot even spell revenge let alone act on it. They have problems and they need to do something about it and one possibility is to trade Bynum, Artest (or Odom), and Luke Walton to Memphis for Mark and Zach - maybe even to Orlando for Howard and Arenas for the same Lakers - and only then can they talk about revenging the losts is they want to, but not until then...

This is not revenge. This is punishment.

LT...

I hope you take this in the spirit that it is intended. Ever since I've participated in this blog, your presence is one of those that I have respected the most.

That's why I'm very surprised to read the following from you...."Pau needs to prove that he can outplay KG when both are healthy because KG was a 1-legged shell of himsel last year."

You sound almost like a Celtic fan (the horror) making excuses for KG. There was nothing wrong with his leg as the Green Slime came out of the East, beating Cleveland and Orlando in the process.

We all know how much you love Andrew and I share with you the hope that he will emerge as a great force for the Lakers. But, lately, your perspective on Pau seems a bit skewed. Acknowledging Pau doesn't take away from Andrew. The Lakers, unless a change is made, need both of them to be successful.

I'm not trying to call you out in any way. But I do think, that recently, you have been just a little one sided in your take on Pau. And that's all I've got to say about that.

I am a Lakerfan, but I cannot say good things about them when they're playing mediocre basketball for a 2-time champion going for a 3-peat. They need some kind of overhaul - it's in the news from Mitch, himself, just need to do his homework and do something about it if he wants to 3-peat, but not unless he does what he wants to do. Lakers are soft like prima-donas are - prime example is the loss to SAS - 6 seconds to go and no Bynum to clog up the middle with the other Laker Bigs? Come on - McDeyes? He practicall camped in the low post and no one challenged him - that's how he got the tip in. No tenacity and no "oh, hell no" attitude on the Lakers part. No pride in playing at home - just like your typical prima donas...

Fisher vs conley...hope fisher will not eaten by conley in defense and offense...

Fisher vs conley...hope fisher will not eaten by conley in defense and offense...

Memphis provides a lot of matchup problems for The Show, Zach has been busting the Lakers since he was in Portland. LO and Pau can't seem to do anything with him. Marc Gasol seems to hold his won against big brother and Marc also has the bulk to deal with Andrew. Conley is too quick for the Laker guards and Rudy Gay is a borderline All-Star. RonRon will have his hands full.

The Lakers have to run their offense, limit turnovers and avoid taking the out-of-context shots that lead to runouts for Memphis. Pounding the ball inside to try get the Memphis bigs in foul trouble will help. When LO is matched against Zach, LO should try to bring him out on the perimeter on offense and use his superior speed.

Kobe needs to be efficient and hit his average. A few assists too, please Mr. Bean! JK!!

Lakers by 7....GO LAKERS!!!

let's make it two in a row on the road tonight against the grizzlies. L.A., you owe them one for that debacle last month at the staples center! you got PUNKED AT HOME BY 19!

@justa- As a classy lady, with taste, I completely understand you not diggin Stevie's beard. Being from the dirty south of Florida, I think it fits his personality to a tee.

I am looking forward to the game. I hope that we can build on the defense that we showed (especially Ron and Fish) against NO. With that kind of D and a little better shooting, I believe we can beat anybody in a seven game series. If Pau continues playing a little more selfishly, Lamar continues his consistency, Ron and Fish continue to play great D, Drew gets completely healthy, the bench holds leads or pushes them, and Kobe is Kobe, then the only worries will be on the faces of the players on other teams. A bunch of wins on this trip (and beating down Memphis) will go a long way to restoring the natural order of things - Championship Swagger!!!

Go Lakers!!!

I am a Lakerholic.

This all sounds sooooo familiar.

Posted by: hobbitmage | February 07, 2011 at 01:42 PM
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hobbit - Yep, like one of those old vinyl records that keep repeating. Pau should always have 15 fga. Last game he had an open 10-12 ft baseline shot and passed it back to Shannon who had to launch a 20ft to be the shot clock.

This is not revenge. This is punishment.

Posted by: never | February 07, 2011 at 01:58 PM

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I argue it's more than that... We need to beginn stockpiling some wins against everybody right now. We're 6th in the league and 3rd in the conference behind Dallas!

If we want statements, then sweeping Thurs & Fri matchups would be really nice, otherwise, it's time to put a hurtin' on the rest of the NBA!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4DlfEQ7cyk

Revenge!?!?

Maybe just put out the effort to play a whole game with focus and Basketball 101 basics. BOX OUT!!! Throw the ball around the perimeter! Kobe - attack! No weak shots! Throw it down big man (with thanks to Luke's dad)! Run to open spots on the floor/lane, so Kobe has someone to release a pass to without the concern of a turnover! Go to get the pass! etc.........

I never mind when the Lakers lose a game to someone who plays/shoots better and wins, IF they play the best D&O they can or at least put out the best effort they have available. Shots sometimes go in and sometimes do not, but hustle is a constant!

Come on - these comments from guys like pau and the lake show are scripted. It's lame already. If they don't know they have to play hard and compete every game then they aren't very smart...and we all know pau is well edumacated and from a privileged family.

Dammit - i'm so pissed at this laker team this season. it was supposed to be a memorable one for pj - it's not like this team was just thrown together like the heat. these guys should already know how to play with each other and steam rolling through the season.

tired of their sorry excuses - they can't even get up for the marquee games now.

Come on - these comments from guys like pau and the lake show are scripted. It's lame already. If they don't know they have to play hard and compete every game then they aren't very smart...and we all know pau is well edumacated and from a privileged family.

Posted by: Josh | February 07, 2011 at 03:08 PM


What does privilege have to do w/Basketball???? Confused

Non Sequitur.

Laker Tom,

Here are Pau/KG head to head stats in the 5 regular season games they played against each other since Pau joined the Lakers. As you can see they’ve virtually played to a standstill.....


KG 15.8 pts/9reb/2.8asst/1.6blks/60%fg
Pau 17.8pts/8.8reb/2.4asst/1.6blks/53%fg

@LRob
I did hear that and I am very sad about it. I'm hoping that they will change their minds in the future because it would be a DAMN shame if they never came back together again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fM2qhG8mA4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1i6hWeoWWU&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qs-QkRaocqA&feature=related

@justa
We'll need to have that exchange sometime- I'm just not sure when yet.

Memphis provides a lot of matchup problems for The Show, Zach has been busting the Lakers since he was in Portland. LO and Pau can't seem to do anything with him. Marc Gasol seems to hold his won against big brother and Marc also has the bulk to deal with Andrew. Conley is too quick for the Laker guards and Rudy Gay is a borderline All-Star. RonRon will have his hands full.


The Lakers have to run their offense, limit turnovers and avoid taking the out-of-context shots that lead to runouts for Memphis. Pounding the ball inside to try get the Memphis bigs in foul trouble will help. When LO is matched against Zach, LO should try to bring him out on the perimeter on offense and use his superior speed.


Kobe needs to be efficient and hit his average. A few assists too, please Mr. Bean! JK!!
Lakers by 7....GO LAKERS!!!
Posted by: bronxlakerfan | February 07, 2011 at 02:19 PM
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Bronx,

Pau and LO aren’t the only ones that struggle against Z-Bo. He will score and offensive rebound on anyone in the L. The key is going back at Zach (like you mentioned), because his defense is suspect. I like your prediction, but I think it’ll stretch out to double digits.

mclyne - no problem. Don't forget about 63 though - he said he's in for the test drive as well. But - no way in hell he sees that vid HAHA!


Is it game time yet?


@BRONX… You are probably right that I have been pretty tough on Pau up until the last few games but he is such an integral and important contributor on this team that when he doesn’t play up to his ability, we revert to a more individual that team oriented game with Kobe isolating on the pinch post. And we end up discombobulated and end up losing chemistry, synergy, and games. I’m looking forward to seeing how Pau plays tonight as he always has problems with Marc and Zack.

Pau and his passing and midrange shooting talents are the perfect fit for the Triangle Offense and as such he is the perfect second option to play with Kobe Bryant, although we went through a few weeks of play where Pau seemed uninspired and played very soft and weak, which led Mitch to speak out about the team and the possibility of considering a trade. I am hoping that Pau has turned it around.
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Please also remember that the ONLY reason or player that I would consider trading Pau for would be Melo because I think he would extend the team’s and Kobe’s championship window. Otherwise, there is not another power forward in the league that I would rather have on my team. I do admit that were Pau playing well, I probably would not have been infatuated with trading for Melo.

As for Drew, I do not really color my comments about Pau in order to make Drew look better. I’ve always said that I think they are great complementary players, perfect mates in the sense that Drew is a skilled low post power player while Pau is a multi-talented finesse player who can play tough. Drew is only 23 years old with very little basketball background compared to the more veteran Pau.

Having said that, I think there will come a time when Drew will become a dominant offensive player much like Shaq was at his prime. I do think that one of the problems that Pau has is that he is not an alpha dog like Kobe or Drew. He is more team than individually oriented, much like Lamar. Kobe said it best when he said Pau needs to learn that there are times when we need a black swan. I’m hoping that Pau the black swan shows on Thursday he can handle KG no matter how many healthy legs he has. Historically, however, the matchups have usually determined how well Pau plays.
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TOM

Pau and LO aren’t the only ones that struggle against Z-Bo. He will score and offensive rebound on anyone in the L. The key is going back at Zach (like you mentioned), because his defense is suspect. I like your prediction, but I think it’ll stretch out to double digits.


Posted by: LRob | February 07, 2011 at 03:17 PM

Well said, LRob, couldn't agree more. And if LO gets Z-BO out on the perimeter on an Island, it opens up things even more.

He's also one of the worst big man passers, as far as double-teams are concerned. His current team and previous teams, could have had 6-10 more points per game, if he had the smarts to handle double teams, he doesn't and he can't.

You sound almost like a Celtic fan (the horror) making excuses for KG. There was nothing wrong with his leg as the Green Slime came out of the East, beating Cleveland and Orlando in the process.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | February 07, 2011 at 01:59 PM

Remind me again how you know for sure that there wasnt anything wrong with his leg. Every "doctor" Ive heard says it takes a year to recover from his type surgery.

But come to think of it, I dont think Kobe's knee or fingers are giving him any trouble. I think its just a big excuse. Just like Pau isnt really tired from the extra minutes. In fact, I think Bynum was faking during the Finals. He wasnt really hurt!!

@LRob....

No doubt, Zach is a beast. He reminds me so much of HOF player Willis Reed, who won two chips with the Knicks. I like your prediction better than mine in regards to the final score. Hope you're right.

131 or whatever...

BUCK FOSTON!!!!!!!

never,

"This is not revenge. This is punishment."

Well-stated.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@LakerTom....

Thanks for the feedback. Always respect your opinion and the civil way you express it.

@Art-the worst part about KG’s antics is it seems like they’ve become more frequent since he joined Boston and started winning more, which makes him a front runner also.
Posted by: LRob |
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LRob,

Yes, I would say KG is definitely worse since he became a Celt. I followed him pretty closely and saw him play quite a bit when he first came into the league and I lived in Minny. He was the face of the T-Wolves, the Big Ticket!
I didn't like him then for one reason because he was not a good "fans player". He was a snob but to his credit he always played with a lot of energy.
I think when he joined the Celts he adopted their style, had he joined the Lakers he may have adopted theirs.

I think Bynum was faking during the Finals. He wasnt really hurt!!

Posted by: 131-92 | February 07, 2011 at 03:22 PM

Well, that's speculation at best.

I think we all know that #34 didn't visit Lourdes, when he went into the Locker room and miraculously was healed.

What a miracle!! Now if only he could wipe out famine, bring democracy to Iran and write a treaty for the worlds Nuclear Disarmament.


Oh wait, he's from Inglewood, and has crap shooting out his eyes and ears.

131 or whatever...

BUCK FOSTON!!!!!!!

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | February 07, 2011 at 03:29 PM

Wish I could!!

@ART… I’ve long believed that there is something to team character that separates champions like the Lakers from their bitter rival the Celtics that is in some ways akin to good versus evil. They are the NBA’s version of the Niners and Raiders, one team known for class and good sportsmanship, the other for cheap shots and dirty play. I can understand people being Celtics fans if they grew up in New England and root for the home team. What I cannot understand is why any fan of the game would espouse soiled history or decades long irrelevancy if they were not born in New England.
Posted by: LakerTom |
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LT,

Yes, I agree with what you wrote. I guess it can be hard to figure why people support the teams they do, there are lots of different reasons. As we have seen from the Blog Profiles those who support the Lakers came to be fans in all kinds of different ways that we, as Laker fans, understand.

I suppose it's the same for those who became Celtic fans. Also, I think there is a type of sports fan that actually likes what the Celts represent, as hard as that may be for us to understand.
People are just different.
And that's why we have conflict, due to a lack of understanding and acceptance of others and their beliefs. We see it in the real world every day, and on the blog from time to time.

Oh wait, he's from Inglewood, and has crap shooting out his eyes and ears.

Posted by: sean | February 07, 2011 at 03:35 PM

I didnt know that this was true of everyone from Inglewood!!

It's fitting that the topic came up about Pau's aggressiveness and his big 34 point night(career high or so it seems).Not trying to knock Pau ,but this should be the norm not the exception.Instead of hearing Kobe(5000 assist 3rd laker Bryant) should pass more,ba ,bla,bla... Anyhow like I was saying it's fitting because they play Memphis tonight. I'm suprised no one mentioned this,but since the trade Pau hasn't lit up the Grizz. i mentioned this b4. Dunno if it's because of lil bro or he sees the trade as a gift and not a course. so maybe everytime he plays the grizz it's more of a thank you game than a statement game. well here's to hoping 20/30 is more a norm since Kobe/Phil called him out(lol)and not an exception. So hopefully a streak in the right direction begins now,and like the great Pau and Fish once said(in memphis to booth)"now we can focus on winning again"...........

It's fitting that the topic came up about Pau's aggressiveness and his big 34 point night(career high or so it seems).Not trying to knock Pau ,but this should be the norm not the exception.Instead of hearing Kobe(5000 assist 3rd laker Bryant) should pass more,ba ,bla,bla... Anyhow like I was saying it's fitting because they play Memphis tonight. I'm suprised no one mentioned this,but since the trade Pau hasn't lit up the Grizz. i mentioned this b4. Dunno if it's because of lil bro or he sees the trade as a gift and not a course. so maybe everytime he plays the grizz it's more of a thank you game than a statement game. well here's to hoping 20/30 is more a norm since Kobe/Phil called him out(lol)and not an exception. So hopefully a streak in the right direction begins now,and like the great Pau and Fish once said(in memphis to booth)"now we can focus on winning again"...........

Bynum faking it during the Finals? hardly, It was in fact painful at times to see him limping in the Finals. But he simply grinded it out

I didnt know that this was true of everyone from Inglewood!!

Posted by: 131-92 | February 07, 2011 at 03:44 PM

Obviously you're not the brightest penny in the fountain.

He or He's is singular.

The Plural Pronoun of He is They

I guess when they were handing out Gold Stars for Grammar, you were wearing the dunce cap.

peace.

@MM,

I'm sure 131 didn't really mean Bynum was faking. He was trading barbs since some here suggested KG wasn't really injured. Which of course he clearly was.

I'm sure 131 didn't really mean Bynum was faking. He was trading barbs since some here suggested KG wasn't really injured. Which of course he clearly was.

Posted by: LRob | February 07, 2011 at 04:01 PM

Thank You!!

Obviously you're not the brightest penny in the fountain.

He or He's is singular.

The Plural Pronoun of He is They

I guess when they were handing out Gold Stars for Grammar, you were wearing the dunce cap.

peace.

Posted by: sean | February 07, 2011 at 03:58 PM

I too busy watching the Celtics beat the Lakers in the Finals!!

Peace

Haha my fault. I didn't see the sarcasm font

>>>I too busy watching the Celtics beat the Lakers in the Finals!!

Been watching oldies? Or haven't watched the finals over the last two years?
:-)

Do not forget we still have Fisher. Go to the front office please maybe you can guard someone up there.

@Anthony..
ROTFLMAO...............


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