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The Lakers end seven-game trip on worst note with 104-99 loss to Cleveland Cavaliers

59492077With their heads slumped, the Lakers walked off the court of Quicken Loans Arena with no reasons to stop staring at the ground.

The Lakers with their 104-99 loss Wednesday to the Cleveland Cavaliers concluded a seven-game trip at 4-3, marked their third consecutive defeat and erased any positive feelings coming out of their 4-0 start, including a signature victory over the Boston Celtics. The Lakers enter the All-Star break with plenty of things to correct, but with no practice time to do it. And those believing a few days off could help the team rest are forgetting that there are plenty of the festivities surrounding All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.

It's debatable that the Lakers' loss to Cleveland would have more significant long-term implications than their much-needed victory against Boston, but that's not how the Lakers should think right now. Having Quickens Loans Arena drop confetti after the league's worst team beat the two-time reigning champions should be humiliating enough. Knowing that this loss came after a similarly poor effort only two days ago in a double-digit loss to Charlotte should dent the pride even more. But for far too long, the Lakers have maintained too much of a big-picture perspective, knowing the end result really points to the team's health and ability to ratchet up the intensity once the playoffs start. But the Lakers so far are showing patterns that they're overlooking the small steps needed to evolve into a championship contender.

It was a little more than a month ago when the Lakers defeated the Cavaliers by 55 points, which marked the beginning of Cleveland's 26-game losing streak and gave the Lakers a refreshed attitude as they took pride in sharpening their habits regardless of the opponent they faced. That proved to be far from the case Wednesday as the Lakers committed 19 turnovers, allowing 17 fast-break points, conceded 50 points in the paint, allowed  reserve guard Ramon Sessions to set a season high in points (32) and Anthony Parker to tie a career high in assists (nine).

No Laker was immune from blame. Kobe Bryant's 17 points on eight-of-24 shooting, seven turnovers, four personal fouls and one technical provided signs that his flu is still bothering him, he's allowing frustration to affect his shot selection and his composure, and his inability to focus is leading to mistakes he normally doesn't bring. Andrew Bynum's six points on two-of-12 shooting entailed a missed opportunity for taking advantage of open looks two days after complaining about a lack of touches. Lamar Odom's six points on two-of-six shooting revealed a passivity on offense and defense that's been fairly minimnal in his most consistent season. And Ron Artest continued his disappearing act, with his one shot -- a miss -- showing he's not involving himself at all and his immediate postgame tweet highlighting his mix tape revealed poor prioritizing.

The lone highlights -- Pau Gasol's 30 points on eight-of-15 shooting, Derek Fisher's 19 points on eight-of-12 shooting and Shannon Brown's 15 points on seven-of-14 shooting -- kept the Lakers in a game that otherwise appeared lopsided. But they also contributed to the loss, including when the Lakers came back. After Fisher's three-pointer tied the score at 82-82 with 6:16 remaining in the game, the Cavaliers responded with a 9-0 run on sequences that defined the Lakers' poor play. Parker cut across the lane and received a pass from Sessions, but Gasol didn't mark out. Fisher forced a drive baseline and committed an offensive foul and then got knocked over on a down screen that set up Parker's wide-open three-pointer. A forced Fisher layup then led Sessions performing an up-and-under layup past Gasol. And a contested three-pointer from Brown and put-back from Odom led to Sessions driving through traffic once again. Bryant's contested three-pointer at the top of the key with the Lakers trailing 99-95 with 26 seconds remaining made the result all but official.

But this game wasn't lost in the fourth quarter. It was lost with a lack of effort and poor execution throughout the entire game. Whether it was Bryant picking up his second foul and then drawing a technical with only 5:37 left in the first quarter that sparked an 11-2 Cleveland run, Parker's uncontested jumper capping an 8-0 run to end the first half, Christian Eyenga blowing past Bryant and Gasol for a poster-type slam or the Cavaliers' 9-0 run in the fourth, the Lakers rarely appeared engaged in the game.

Perhaps a week-long frustration that spans All-Star weekend will build up within the team, prompting them to work harder. Perhaps their most embarrassing loss will provide the jump-start to the consistency the Lakers sorely lacked. Or perhaps things will remain the same. It's nearly impossible to predict how the Lakers will respond because they haven't shown a definitive pattern all season, a current problem that seems to have no end.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who made only eight of 24 shots from the field, elevates for a layup against Cavaliers guard Anthony Parker in the first half Wednesday night. Credit: Jason Miller / US Presswire

 
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Melo Sweepstakes Watch

38 points
12 rebounds

of course he took 30 shots to get it though, and we thought Kobe was a black hole.

Melo Sweepstakes Watch 38 points 12 rebounds of course he took 30 shots to get it though, and we thought Kobe was a black hole. Posted by: Troll Man | February 17, 2011 at 06:29 AM
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LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mamba

I'm onna roll but I gotta get some sleep.

Keep up the positives.

Exactly what was Artest's attitude after the game?
Posted by: Inquiring minds wanna know
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From Bresnahan article:

"Then there's the curious case of Artest.

A few minutes after the loss to Charlotte, he irritated the upper reaches of the Lakers by jokingly spraying a TV reporter with Odom's new line of cologne.

He won't endear himself to the franchise with his post-game activities Wednesday, either, using his Twitter feed shortly after the loss to request feedback on a new musical mix he had been compiling."

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Hey Ron,

Your rapidly losing your cuteness...
Time to get with the program and cut out the nonsense.

Mamba I'm onna roll but I gotta get some sleep.
Keep up the positives. Posted by: Troll Man | February 17, 2011 at 06:37 AM
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Yes sir! Thanks and Carry on!!! Oh and pleasent dreams! LOL!

A little scolding from Buss/Mitch to Phil is needed.
A little scolding from Phil to his players is needed.

No trades at this point. If you guys are starting to think our chances for a ring are dropping, what do think a trade at this point would do? completely kill any chance.
I said it before and I'll say it again, Phil needs to sit some players, cut some minutes. I'm not saying for the rest of the season, but maybe a game or two. Send a strong message.

Time to stir it up a little.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqUlSZrEQoo

Hey Ron, Your rapidly losing your cuteness...Time to get with the program and cut out the nonsense. Posted by: Art | February 17, 2011 at 06:40 AM
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Yes, I think I will agree with you there Art!

Time to stir it up a little. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqUlSZrEQoo Posted by: Magia32 | February 17, 2011 at 06:52 AM
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ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!! And let's add a little of this also:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRDTBNVWKOw _ Lady Marmelade- LaBelle LOL!!!!!

Laker fan-

Dont say I didnt warn you about Dribble Dribble. LoL!! But dont worry ... He only has 3 years remaining on his contract!

Did I ever mention how you are in salary cap hell?

IMWK - he was tweating about his new album. After the Hornets game he was joking around and spraying Lamar's cologne on people. He doesn't give a crap.

has others noticed how seemingly little hand strength kobe has , because of his finger problems. and he gets no love from the refs when a player just grabs his arm to get the ball. this is perfect for the lakers to climb the mountain. i mean what can you say? if this doesn't wake them up nothing will

IMWK - he was tweating about his new album. After the Hornets game he was joking around and spraying Lamar's cologne on people. He doesn't give a crap.
Posted by: Lakerholic | February 17, 2011 at 07:02 AM

The fact he gave away his ring shoulda been your first clue!!

And its gonna get worse before it gets better!

Thank you boys for carefully sculpting a huge pile of dung on the expression "Purple pride". Thanx to the man I call "Basketball Jesus" for killing our team with 7 turnovers. But why would the team care when management certainly doesn't care about the fans? It all starts at the top. That is also why I think it's a good time for PJ to step down after this season. I have the highest respect for what he's accomplished and I've always supported him, but he clearly can't ignite this bunch of numbskulls.

I have a huge problem with our strategy. Sure, I love seeing the championship collection growing but at what cost? The Lakers are ruining almost entire seasons and then part of the playoffs just to show some spark "when it really counts". What the hell kind of Shaq philosophy is that? I, as a basketball fan, would like to enjoy the regular season aswell. Instead I sit and curse the TV for 3/4 of it. This ain't basketball, this is effin sleepwalking! Shame on you, you overpaid bums!

Speaking of overpaid, I'd love to see Bynums B-hind shipped out next season in exchange for D Howard's. And "Kwame Hands" can take Ron Ron with him. Yeah, it's a bit harsh I know. But I'm really pissed after this nice roadtrip turned fiasco. So why the "Kwame Hands"? Well, I think Bynum has displayed an annoying softness that just won't go away. How many and-1's has he missed instead of slamming the damn rock? How often has he fumbled a loose ball or rebound? Yeah that's right - plenty! Like Kwame, he's a good defensive presence and yeah, he's a much better offensive player but nowhere near his salary level. He shows you flashes of brilliance but so did Elden Campbell... I'm sick of waiting for moron Jim Buss' little pet to blossom. Yeah that's right, I still hold a grudge against Jimbo since Kobe-gate...

On a positive note, look at how Boston reeked last season only to dominate in the playoffs. Right now, that's my only hope for the Lakers.

Thank you boys for carefully sculpting a huge pile of dung on the expression "Purple pride". Thanx to the man I call "Basketball Jesus" for killing our team with 7 turnovers. But why would the team care when management certainly doesn't care about the fans? It all starts at the top. That is also why I think it's a good time for PJ to step down after this season. I have the highest respect for what he's accomplished and I've always supported him, but he clearly can't ignite this bunch of numbskulls.

I have a huge problem with our strategy. Sure, I love seeing the championship collection growing but at what cost? The Lakers are ruining almost entire seasons and then part of the playoffs just to show some spark "when it really counts". What the hell kind of Shaq philosophy is that? I, as a basketball fan, would like to enjoy the regular season aswell. Instead I sit and curse the TV for 3/4 of it. This ain't basketball, this is effin sleepwalking! Shame on you, you overpaid bums!

Speaking of overpaid, I'd love to see Bynums B-hind shipped out next season in exchange for D Howard's. And "Kwame Hands" can take Ron Ron with him. Yeah, it's a bit harsh I know. But I'm really pissed after this nice roadtrip turned fiasco. So why the "Kwame Hands"? Well, I think Bynum has displayed an annoying softness that just won't go away. How many and-1's has he missed instead of slamming the damn rock? How often has he fumbled a loose ball or rebound? Yeah that's right - plenty! Like Kwame, he's a good defensive presence and yeah, he's a much better offensive player but nowhere near his salary level. He shows you flashes of brilliance but so did Elden Campbell... I'm sick of waiting for moron Jim Buss' little pet to blossom. Yeah that's right, I still hold a grudge against Jimbo since Kobe-gate...

On a positive note, look at how Boston reeked last season only to dominate in the playoffs. Right now, that's my only hope for the Lakers.

mamba24 - I will keep the faith... I am loyal to a fault - still folow the Rams... ;-) I still think they should fire PJ and trade a couple of guys. PJ has lost control. The team needs a shake-up. Drew is a huge disappointment. Ron is playing like crap and a distraction. I love Melo's game and would welcome him as a Laker. Sloan would whip everyone into shape or ship them out. Sloan's teams don't give up. They play hard until the final buzzer. I would rather watch 10 losses with everyone trying their hearts out, then have to witness games like the last two. It is disrespectful - to the fans, to the game, to Buss, to all of the great players who have worn the Laker uniform, and to anyone who enjoys the game of basketball.

PS: I appreciate your positive energy. I don't know how you do it. You are awesome! It certainly helps on days like this. I hope I can say, come playoff time, that mamba24 was right.

Good Morning DJ LRob! LOL! I don’t think it’s quite that bad my brother. A long Road trip and beating playoff teams adds to lethargy against the scrubs that the Lakers lost too. With the record the Lakers have, I’m fine with it. Don’t forget many people forget Bynum is still getting back in shape and getting his underpinnings solid which is why he is sometimes pushed around. Kobe spent the first half of the season learning how to shoot again with his arthritic hand. So for me I’m a glass half full kind of guy. I expect the team to rest up and after the ASG break come blowing out the gate. Now if after the break they are still doing this ISH I may have to reasses, but right now I’m good with where The Lakers are right now.

Posted by: mamba24 | February 17, 2011 at 06:08 AM
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Hey Mamba,

I haven’t lost faith in the Lakers either. I still believe they’ll be the last team standing in June. I thought they would go 5-2 on this trip, so they only lost one more game than expected. HOWEVER, after last night’s game certainly the whole league was laughing at the Lakers. But you know the old saying…he who laughs last…

Pardon for the double post...

Laker fan- Dont say I didnt warn you about Dribble Dribble. LoL!! But dont worry ... He only has 3 years remaining on his contract! Did I ever mention how you are in salary cap hell? Posted by: 131-92 | February 17, 2011 at 07:01 AM
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Stop that! Stop that right now!!! The Swagger, The Swagger!!!! Go on 131 with your bad self. Your teams in 1st place in the East. Your team hs 4 players on the All-Star squad. SWEET JESUS!!! You should be on top of the world my man. Me, I enjoy the Roller Coaster ride the Lakers provide me each year…usually ending in either a title or a trip to The Finals. But yes I salute the Celtics they are doing what a championship contending team is suppose to do. I also salute the Lakers. They are also doing what a championship team is suppose to do. Preserving their players for the games that really count and not blazing like a supernova and exploding just as spectaculary. So 131 I wish your team the best. I want them to get to the Finals. I believe and hope that the Lakers get their also. Until then I say Go Bald head Lunatic GO!!!!!! Yeah Rondo!!! And….Paula get your @zz out that wheel chair and play.!!!!!

IMWK - he was tweating about his new album. After the Hornets game he was joking around and spraying Lamar's cologne on people. He doesn't give a crap.

Posted by: Lakerholic | February 17, 2011 at 07:02 AM
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@ Lakerholic - Ron definitely cares. I just think this is he way of dealing with the situation.


@Art/Lakerholic - I didn't like Ron's casualness (word?) after the game either, but when the Lakers signed on with Ron...they signed on for the full Ron...but I'm not worried about Ron's desire to win. He'll be there.

Hey Mamba, I haven’t lost faith in the Lakers either. I still believe they’ll be the last team standing in June. I thought they would go 5-2 on this trip, so they only lost one more game than expected. HOWEVER, after last night’s game certainly the whole league was laughing at the Lakers. But you know the old saying…he who laughs last… Posted by: LRob | February 17, 2011 at 07:23 AM
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OH THANK YOU LORD!!! Thank you DJ LRob! I almost had a heart atttack after reading Lakerholics post. If I had read the same thing from LRob too….THE HORROR!!! And yes,
Yes, he who laughs last laughs best. Especially after He kicks the ISH out of the others who have been laughimg!!! LOL! Yes, Yes, This is a wonderful philosopy LRob!!! LMAO!!!

Pardon for the double post...Posted by: Andy L | February 17, 2011 at 07:25 AM
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You are Pardoned Andy L. Now say 3 Hail Mary's and 4 Our Fathers and go and sin no more...Carry On!

Mamba-

I like your style but Im starting to think that your boys are not gonna hold up their end of the bargain!! Please say it aint so! I dont wanna beat up on the Spurs or the Mavs.

Mamba- I like your style but Im starting to think that your boys are not gonna hold up their end of the bargain!! Please say it aint so! I dont wanna beat up on the Spurs or the Mavs. Posted by: 131-92 | February 17, 2011 at 07:40 AM
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No, No, No! The Lakers aint never welshed on a deal in their lives!! If Kobe says they will be their...Bet the ranch!!!! Lol! And Yes, I don't want you to beat up on the Spurs or the Mavs either. Especially the Mavs., they traumatize so easily!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!

@ms - nice Patrice Rushen - yes rolling with the punches is a good philosophy


@Magia32 - If the Lake show played with Patti's energy last night we'd all be a little happier right now.


@Mamba - You're not suggesting the players pay a little visit to the strip to get there mojo back are you...lol.

@Mamba - You're not suggesting the players pay a little visit to the strip to get there mojo back are you...lol. Posted by: LRob | February 17, 2011 at 07:45 AM
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LOL!! All I'm saying is "Make it Rain!!" LMAO!!!!!!!!

LOL@ the Celtics troll making fun of Artest. Maybe he needs to relive some of those Game 7 highlights when RonRon destroyed his team...

@Magia32 - If the Lake show played with Patti's energy last night we'd all be a little happier right now.

Posted by: LRob | February 17, 2011 at 07:45 AM
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I feel ya. Unfortunately they played with this flow.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLnq_tZf3eQ

PS: I appreciate your positive energy. I don't know how you do it. You are awesome! It certainly helps on days like this. I hope I can say, come playoff time, that mamba24 was right. Posted by: Lakerholic | February 17, 2011 at 07:19 AM
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Thanks LakerHolic!! Nobody ever would doubt your Lakerholic credentials!! After all you are...LAKERHOLIC!!!! LOL! Also Mamba24 also hopes you can say he was right come playoff time my brother!!! LOL! Carry On!

I get it they're bored, but man, they can't be that bored. can they?
Basketball is fun.

LOL@ the Celtics troll making fun of Artest. Maybe he needs to relive some of those Game 7 highlights when RonRon destroyed his team...

Posted by: Scott | February 17, 2011 at 07:51 AM

LOL@Laker fan loling @ the Celtic troll making fun of Artest!

Maybe you and Dribble Dribble need to relive those highlights ... for the next 3+ years!! LMFAO ... Ill just enjoy the meltdown!!

Yes BASKETBALL is fun but this is…..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGDBR2L5kzI

@ Andy L...

nice post.I can't disagree with ya there....

What this team lacks right now is a lot of character. Well when we had Jordan Farmar he was thrashed a lot, but this team lacks guys that are good off the dribble. Ron Ron needs to step his shooting game, and talk to his psychiatrist. Andrew Bynum was pretty off yesterday. The Lakers have too much on their plate and while I am not jumping ship, I think the all-star break should help us get back on track, historically Kobe played at his best during March to close out the season. The bottom line is the season is a marathon not a sprint. The Lakers wanted to lose last night, until they realized how bad the loss would look on the ESPNs of this world they turned it on they came back late but couldn't get the win. We got torched from the 3. We need Matt Barnes. The Lakers are playing Wizard-caliber basketball with Andrew Bynum. We don't execute offensively and our defense suffers. The silver lining from this loss is the Lakers for the first time against a horrible opponent got desperate and executed but it was too late. If they played like that for 2 more quarters they could have blown them out. But this was a horrible loss I mean if something doesn't change soon... we have problems, we better turn it on and fast. I don't want the Lakers to play without HCA.

The fact he gave away his ring shoulda been your first clue!! And its gonna get worse before it gets better! Posted by: 131-92 | February 17, 2011 at 07:09 AM
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LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@ P-Forward...
Good post. I hate to break it to you though,HCA looks like a pie dream now.Almost everytime we lose the spurs,mavs,celtics,miami, win. Distance is kept being put between the lakeshow and these teams.Unless those teams have some serious issues the second haldf of the season and the lakeshow wins at a .800 clip aint happening.Both situations have to occur to secure hca,unless lesser teams knock out all those temas early....

The Lakers wanted to lose last night, until they realized how bad the loss would look on the ESPNs of this world they turned it on they came back late but couldn't get the win. We got torched from the 3. We need Matt Barnes. The Lakers are playing Wizard-caliber basketball with Andrew Bynum. We don't execute offensively and our defense suffers. The silver lining from this loss is the Lakers for the first time against a horrible opponent got desperate and executed but it was too late. If they played like that for 2 more quarters they could have blown them out. But this was a horrible loss I mean if something doesn't change soon... we have problems, we better turn it on and fast. I don't want the Lakers to play without HCA.

Posted by: PointForward | February 17, 2011 at 08:00 AM

The Lakers wanted to lose last nite? LOL!! Next your gonna tell me it was only a practice game.

Matt Barnes who has played for 10 teams (like Blake) in the last 5 years is all of a sudden a savior! Laker fan ... youre better than that!!

FAN PROBATION

I haven’t had to put the Lakers of PROBATION in a long time. Meaning if I’m home to watch the game with absolutely nothing else to do, I’ll watch them. I’m not going to change my life around to watch the games like I consistently do. The Lakers are taking a back seat until the playoffs.

The disappointment of them losing the championship has already happened. It’s like a 75 year old relative who has had cancer for the last year and is eventually going to die vs the 55 year old that died suddenly. That’s this season in a nutshell.

If they win the championship (which I believe they still can), then great it’s a bonus.

If they don’t win the championship (which I don’t think they will), the pain and suffering through one of the most frustrating seasons ever has already prepared me for it.

Heads need to roll people! Something needs to be done before the deadline. I hate chicken littles, but I hate unrealistic optimist morons too. This isn’t Shaq in his prime and Kobe 1.0 with Horrey, Fox, and other solid vets. This is Gasol and Kobe 4.0 with a horrible point guard situation and some other inconsistent roll players people. Not to mention the quality of opponents is vastly greater.

I was COMPLETELY AGAINTS trading for Melo! Not so sure about that now, we need scoring. The D and effort will show up in the playoffs, the scoring I’m not so sure!

Matt Barnes who has played for 10 teams (like Blake) in the last 5 years is all of a sudden a savior! Laker fan ... youre better than that!! Posted by: 131-92 | February 17, 2011 at 08:11 AM
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Yes, Yes, It is true I am glad you have seen the light 131. It is said that Matt Barnes is also able to walk on water and heal the sick and lame. Why just Tuesday I was down with the Flu and thought I was gonna die but, one look, ONE LOOK at just a picture of Matt Barnes shooting and I was instantly healed. HEALED I SAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"WORLD" CHAMP BEATEN BY THE "WORST" TEAM. How low will the Lakers need to go for Mitch & Company to realize that these bunch of players are not the CHAMP that we used to know but the CHUMP that even the worst team looks like elite when playing against them. They should change their uniforms to FAKERS instead of our beloved name LAKERS.

Yes, Yes, It is true I am glad you have seen the light 131. It is said that Matt Barnes is also able to walk on water and heal the sick and lame. Why just Tuesday I was down with the Flu and thought I was gonna die but, one look, ONE LOOK at just a picture of Matt Barnes shooting and I was instantly healed. HEALED I SAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Mamba24 | February 17, 2011 at 08:15 AM

LOL ... Thanks!! Im down with the Flu myself. Im gonna Google Matt Barnes shooting right now!!

Not worried. The Lakers will flip the switch after the All Star break. Won't be surprised at all if they go 25-0.

LOL ... Thanks!! Im down with the Flu myself. Im gonna Google Matt Barnes shooting right now!! Posted by: 131-92 | February 17, 2011 at 08:22 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
p.S. 131 Most of the Mamba Clan is down with the Flu so we feel your pain!

Not worried. The Lakers will flip the switch after the All Star break. Won't be surprised at all if they go 25-0.
Posted by: gaijin | February 17, 2011 at 08:24 AM
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Yes, Yes, HELL YES!!!! LAKER NATION, LET'S RIDE AMIGOS!!!!!!!

The Lakers are in denial about their symptoms. Too many people ignore the signs of a heart attack, and then it happens. They have the Big One!. These symptoms that the Lakers are experiencing are real ones that need to be looked at and not ignored. I don't care if they've had a clean bill of health for the past three years. Don't wait until it's too late.

The Lakers are in denial about their symptoms. Too many people ignore the signs of a heart attack, and then it happens. They have the Big One!. These symptoms that the Lakers are experiencing are real ones that need to be looked at and not ignored. I don't care if they've had a clean bill of health for the past three years. Don't wait until it's too late. Posted by: Laker J | February 17, 2011 at 08:31 AM
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Very sound advice and if some adverse malady should be found then....I will instantly find a picture of Matt Barnes shooting - 131 might have one handy - and intone: THE POWER OF MATT BARNES HEALS YOU!!!!!!!!

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
p.S. 131 Most of the Mamba Clan is down with the Flu so we feel your pain!

Posted by: Mamba24 | February 17, 2011 at 08:26 AM

Ok .. you got me!! Thats a dirty trick you played on me. I just watched "highlights" of Barnes shooting! If it wasnt for all the ink .. Id thought I was watching Ray Ray!!

Laker fan-

I need you in the Finals!! Please dont tell me that Im relying on Matt Barnes to get my wish.

LakerJ,

Very nice analogy.

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LRob,

I don't question Rons desire as much as I do his ability.
This is not your father's Buick...

I did not watch the game last night and yet I'm so furious just reading the newspaper today. I got a mild stroke two years ago so I change the way I watch the Lakers games now. I will just watch the first quarter and I will know already whether they will play or not. If they are leading there's a good chance they will win the game. You can tell the way they're playing after the tip-off whether they want to win the game or not. Except for the Boston game wherein Celtics was leading by 15 pts. in the second quarter and Lakers came back and won that game. All the games that the Lakers were trailing in the first quarter 90% of the time they lost those games. Why? because these bunch of players don't have the drive and passion to come back. Unlike the times of Magic, Kareem, James and co. theres always hope that they will come back. With this team all you have to do is watch the score at the bottom of ESPN or FOX SPORTS channel, if the Lakers is trailing by a double digit in the third quarter forget it, they will never come back except for a game or two. This present line-up is just a SHAME to be called the Lakers. They got no PRIDE at all, not even a drop of it. How can you lose to the worst team in the league? It's just DISGUSTING watching this team of 2010-2011!!

Laker fan- I need you in the Finals!! Please dont tell me that Im relying on Matt Barnes to get my wish. Posted by: 131-92 | February 17, 2011 at 08:36 AM
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LOL! Have no fear 131-92! Hopefully both the Lakers and Celtics will meet!

Mamba-

Barnes does have a silky smooth jumper!

Speaking of silky smooth ... I think I read you met Jamaal a while back? Do you still see or talk to him?

Barnes does have a silky smooth jumper! Speaking of silky smooth ... I think I read you met Jamaal a while back? Do you still see or talk to him? Posted by: 131-92 | February 17, 2011 at 08:45 AM
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Naw, 131 sad to say it was a once in a lifetime thing sir.

LRob, I don't question Rons desire as much as I do his ability. This is not your father's Buick... Posted by: Art | February 17, 2011 at 08:36 AM
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LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Naw, 131 sad to say it was a once in a lifetime thing sir.

Posted by: mamba24 | February 17, 2011 at 08:48 AM

Just asking cuz Im in a business with him and I see him once in a while. Very nice humble man. He even puts up with me being a Celtic fan!!

"The Silk" was a smooth as they come - hanging out in the corner, someone kicks it out, he shoots... nothing but net... ;-) I wish we had a shooter like him or Byron on the team now. Glen Rice could shoot - they brought him in and it helped. We need a shooter!

On the positive note, there's no rumor anywhere from ESPN, Fox Sports, Yahoo, Hoopsworld, to InsideHoops involving the Lakers. That means, Mitch is cooking something. Remember when suddenly we got Paul from Memphis, not even one of those sports moguls reported any rumors about it. Sasha was gone without any sportswriter reporting about it until it happened. What about Bucher reporting Melo to Lakers, nothing happened. The more silence in Lakers camp, the more there is to believe they're (Lakers management)up for something. Silence please.....

Just asking cuz Im in a business with him and I see him once in a while. Very nice humble man. He even puts up with me being a Celtic fan!! Posted by: 131-92 | February 17, 2011 at 08:54 AM
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Puts up with you being a Celtics fan? Then he must be...A Saint!!!!!!!!!! LOl!

People keep blaming lack of effort and disinterest for the current losing streak and apparent underperformance. I believe this team as constituted has no chance of winning a championship. They are have never been consistent and depended on Kobe to bail them out.Kobe was has always been a streaky shooter. He is a little worse than before either through aging or the arthritic finger. This year his last quarter heroics have been sparse. There is no consistent outside shooter on this team. They are hot and cold because they feed off the hot confident shooter usually Kobe. Bynum will never be a force in this league. He is slow of foot and quickness. Pau is a good scorer near the basket but is no shot blocker. Bynum for Carmelo is a steal. The lakers also need a quick penetrating guard and a shot blocker. Bynum, Artest and Odom for Carmelo ,Ty Lawson and the Birdman

I love all these posts about how the Lakers have been to the NBA Finals 3 straight years, they know what they're doing!!! Although I am grateful and enjoyed these last 3 years, its exactly this kind of thinking that has been killing them this year. First of all, PJ needs to go retire, NOW! His complacency is SO irritating. And although I appreciate his ability to motivate players, but he needs to sit people down when they don't produce (and for God's sake, quit playing Walton), and give rookies the chance to play. Ebanks can be a solid contributor, and Caracter can provide some decent back-up minutes and energy, but not from the bench. For crying out loud, even if the rooks make mistakes, it's not like the veterans are mistake free! But most of all, this team has shown no heart or desire. When LO says "we'll figure this out, we're OK", that just raises alarm bells. Hello, this is not pre-season! Nor is it the first month of the season. We're over halfway through the season...if you haven't figured out you need to play solid, team D, pound it into the paint all game long, and try to get a solid, consistent 3pt shooter, Lakers are going to have a LONG summer!

Only three teams in the last 45 years have pulled off a threepeat: The 91-93 Bulls, the 96-98 Bulls (differently constructed than CHI's first threepeat squad) and the Shaq-Kobe Lakers. Outside of the Yankees, no other major pro team in the United States has done it.

They play more games, get the opponent's best shot every night, and battle complacency.

It's hard.

If this is the price to pay for back-to-back titles, including one against the C's, so be it.

But LA is still in the hunt. Whether this team will have the legs and desire come April is still TBD. But I still like their chances.

As I always said this Laker team is good,they probably will win another Nba title but they are not as great as the Chicago Bulls of the 90s.Reading about the team got new players is not an excuse didnt the Bulls had a complete change of personnel but the with the remaining core of MJ and Scottie Pippen and the addition of Rodman,Luc Longy and Steve ker they still were able to accomplish greatness.Why do I always compare the Bulls of the 90s with our present Laker team is the fact they were coahed by the same Phil Jackson.And the Zen Master expects much more from this group.MJ greatest,Pippen 2nd great,Steve Ker marvellous,Rodman of a different rebounding class,Horace Grant and even Bill Cartwright contributers in the triangle offence,John Paxson a legend,Shaquille Oneal a giant in the middle of the offense.Whats the result for Phil,Cleamons,Hamblem and co 9 rings and still counting.

I am a lifelong Laker fan. I hate the way that there are playing, but we have to face it that the Lakers time is over with. There have had a great three year run, in which there have won two titles and lost one. These guys are tired, Ron Artest reached his life long goal of being a champion, so he is not interested anymore, and not focus on basketball, but on his so-call music career. We expect so much from the Lakers, but we as fans have to understand that there can't win every year and there have had a good run.
This team has gone as far as it can go. The roster needs to be upgraded, but trading "Drew" right now is a bad idea. I am disappointed as other fans are, but this is the way that it goes in the NBA.

 
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