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Caught in the Web: Reactions from the Lakers' loss to the Heat

Lakers10_510 Although it wasn't a particularly well-played game, the Lakers' 94-88 loss to the Heat was an intense contest that reminded one of playoff-caliber basketball. The play was rough at times -- both from a fundamental aspect and physical style on the court.

None of the superstars in the game shot particularly well -- Kobe Bryant was eight of 21 from the field, LeBron James was not much better at seven of 17 and Dwyane Wade went nine for 23. Each team shot well from three-point range, though, and Chris Bosh outplayed the Lakers' big men. The Heat negated the Lakers' size advantage by packing the lane with help defense and Miami's bench outplayed their counterparts from L.A.

Here's a sampling of what was written about the game:

Game stories

The Times' Mike Bresnahan on how the Lakers let one slip away.

The OC Register's Kevin Ding focuses on the Heat getting hot at the end of the game.

The Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman on Dwyane Wade helping seal the Lakers' fate.

Brian Kamenetzky of Land O' Lakers blog At the Buzzer game recap.

SilverScreenandRoll.com's C.A. Clark on how desperation trumped revenge.

Columns and notebooks

FoxSports.com's Bill Reiter on why the Heat can feel good again.

FoxSportsWest.com's Billy Witz writes about Kobe Bryant working on his shot after the game.

ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin on Bryant crying foul on Wade.

Fox Sports' Kevin Whitlock discusses Bryant and the Lakers failing to make Miami irrelevant.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith regarding Kobe shouldering the burden when the Lakers' big men disappear.

The Times' Bresnahan examines Andrew Bynum failing to repeat his big performances.

The Miami Herald's Linda Robertson on Bosh finally playing big.

 --Dan Loumena

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has his shot challenged by Miami guard Dwyane Wade in the second quarter Thursday night. Credit: Derick E. Hingle / US Presswire

 
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In the Lakers locker room before the game:
"OK, so we're facing a team on a losing streak, without any confidence and we want revenge for the x-mas game. Let's bring our vintage style of moron ball!" "YEAAAHHH!" *High fives all around*

What an utter stinker! Stupid decisions, a tired Kobe and another blown lay-up by Ron Ron. Also, this is why I always harp on Bynum. He clearly didn't bring it in the first half and look how we ended up. Sure, it's not all his fault but I mentioned how contagious behavior is in a recent post and I don't think it's a very god idea for a player to take a vacation during a game.

Of course, it only accentuates the annoyance that we gave the game away to a bunch of crying primadonnas and there will be no way to get them back this season 'cause that punk bunch will NEVER make it to the finals (this season...)

The King of BALLHOG- can't teach a new trick to an old dog with very low IQ (intellect).

"I’m not a big fan of the style that Miami plays," he said. "I like to see everybody involved in the game, so I think that’s very important in basketball. That’s what I’ve tried to preach as a basketball coach even though we have a guy that dominates the ball in Kobe [Bryant].

“That basketball is very much in standing with Xbox games or whatever those games are where you play one on one. Basketball is not a one-on-one game. It’s a team game.”

Please don't tell me his team mates were standing and not helping. The saga continues, just can't teach a new trick to an old dog.


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"I like to see everybody involved in the game," Jackson said. "I've tried to preach as a basketball coach, even though we have a guy that dominates the ball in Kobe, basketball is not a one on one game — it's a team game."

Kobe would have been the greatest Tennis player or a Golfer but chose the wrong team sport, sigh!

That's who he is (Kobe) and the way he has always been.
And that I respect. His work ethic.

I remember reading a piece about him after Game 4 in the Finals 2009 in Orlando. That instead of going to sleep after game 4 he went for a shoot around until 4 a.m. and the next game we all know how it ended!

For those that say that he only did that last night because he lost the game, they are way wrong.

In the end it is because of losses like last night that Kobe is so great.
Because he hates to lose more than anyone else out there.

Maybe it isn't the best approach (through anger/hate) but the end result is what really matters.

Good Morning Laker Nation,

No one likes to lose to the Heat, but give them credit. They were the hungrier team and deserved the win. We can point to several reasons for the loss but I think the biggest was their bbench outplayed the Laker bench. Miller was big, Bibby finally hit a couple of shots, while the Lakers got zero hoops from the “killer b’s. Plus Bosh outplayed Pau, and DWade outplayed Kobe in the last 2 minutes. On to Dallas.

@Joe Corad – thanks for handling the haters on the night shift.
@JovBatz44 – I agree. No excuses.
@Mamba – top of the morning sir.

G-Money

Great win for your Heat last night, they certainly needed it as a confidence builder. Figures the Lakers would be the antidote. lol


The same old story, Lakers making a struggling team became a suddenly "reborn" team. Remember when the Mavericks were on a 6 game losing streak? They beat the Lakers convincingly. Now the Heat is on 5 game losing streak, and what happen? Lakers lost to them. When any team is struggling.....WHO THEY GONNA CALL? the Lakers. This 8 game winning streak and a win over the Spurs got erased by this lost over the Heat. Why? it shows that any struggling team will beat this Lakers on any given night. It shows that the Heat inspite of losing 5 straight can still beat the Lakers. It means that the Lakers can't beat the Heat at all. If they can't beat the Heat while struggling to win, how can they beat them if they are back to their truest form. I hope Boston will beat the Heat in the conference final. There's no way the Lakers will beat the Heat on any given day or night. On to their 3 games losing streak again beginning tonight, against the Mavericks on Saturday and against the Magic on Monday. Ohh Lakers, when you think they're back to a championship form.....

On to the next one!

The Lakers loss to the Heat is small in the grand scheme of things, but what a let-down. LA had a great opportunity to knock Miami’s team morale into oblivion, but instead gave them a boost of confidence…I think Phil and Kobe were the only ones who understood this. SMH.

The rest of the players need a lesson in psychological warfare…
“The Lakers were gone and Bryant was still dripping sweat on the Heat logo. He was beating himself up on the floor late Thursday, stealing the stage and sending a bleep-you to James and Wade: Enjoy your night out after a big March victory, because I’m staying back to turn out the lights in your gymnasium.”

If that’s not psychological warfare, I don’t know what is! Get’em Kobe!

The Lake Show continues...Go Lakers!

ninoy,

We can beat Heat, if we have to, remember Orlando regular season 2009? Two losses during the regular season and Finals where we beat them? So, no time to panic yet...

HAHAHAHA LAKERS LOST!!!!! MIAMI OR BOSTON IS GOING TO DESTROY THEIR THOUGHT AS CHAMPIONS.....

Once again, I can not not NOT believe the Lakers won 2 rings with Gasol at center!!!

*______________________________________________________________________*
WE LOST, BREAKS ARE PART OF THE GAME, SO, NO EXCUSES, NEXT - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________________________*
(01) JOVBATZ44 – OWNER - We lost this game. Breaks are part of the game, so, no excuses. NEXT!!!
(02) PRACTICE SEASON POLICE - DRIVER - ON TO THE NEXT ONE
(03) NEWMEXICOLL – DRIVER2
(04) FAN OF THE MAMBA – RIDING SHOTGUN1
(05) JUSTANOTHERMAMBAFAN – RIDING SHOTGUN2
(06) LEWSTRS – RIDING SHOTGUN3
(07) LROB – SECURITY1 - Anyway, time to get back on track Saturday
(08) GINDC(GDUB) - SECURITY2 - Oh well, can't win 'em all I guess,:-) tho' I did REALLY want this one. No worries, just start a new win streak on Saturday.
(09) HUGO BOSS - Back to focusing on the west. One step at a time.
(10) MAMBA24 – JovBatz44 said it all…NEXT
(11) MUD - Never-yes, we were jobbed. i take some solace in that some poor play by the Lakers(can't be at your best every night) lost the game, that they had the chance to win in spite of the bad refs against a very potent team, losing streak or not. the Lakers are getting better, maybe by playoff time it'll all gel. it's close...
(12) MATEO ANGELENO - Miami won't be at the finals, but the lakes will. Shaq will probably be there too. Should have saved the victory celebration for June, where it belongs... not like lebron would know anything about that.
(13) BRONXLAKERFAN - Give Phil and his staff a few days to prepare for Miami in a playoff situation and I think they could devise a plan to handle the Heat.
(14) LAKESHOWINPHX - espn just interviewed kobe for 5 minutes after kobe put himself through a shooting workout after their loss to miami. that's why the mamba is still the best player in the game. always looking to improve his game! on to dallas saturday, let's punk the mavs!
(15) LAKERPEACE - The most meaningful stat: Kobe 2 rings vs LeBron 0 ring.
(16) VEINTICUATRO - “The Lakers were gone and Bryant was still dripping sweat on the Heat logo. He was beating himself up on the floor late Thursday, stealing the stage and sending a bleep-you to James and Wade: Enjoy your night out after a big March victory, because I’m staying back to turn out the lights in your gymnasium.” If that’s not psychological warfare, I don’t know what is! Get’em Kobe! The Lake Show continues...Go Lakers!

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Posted by: Practice Season Police | March 10, 2011 at 01:44 PM

OMG Phil! You really didn't need to give Miami any additional motivation for the Lakers' road game vs. the Heat. He's either genius, oblivious, adding more pressure on the Heat stars or is just getting the Lakers to play all out on Thurs. I'm going to be subjective here and go with the latter! Oy Vey!!

Posted by: frmkt | March 08, 2011 at 06:59 PM

Eh, I don't think Kobe lost that game, and you could argue that he kept the Lakers in the game with his 3s. I would have like to have seen more points in the paint but you can't put that all on Kobe.

Clearly at the end of the first half the Heat were killing us on the glass and in points in the paint. It's hard for us to beat a team that's more athletic than we are if they're ahead in these 2 categories. Drew came back in the 2nd half with 11 boards but Pau ended up with only 5. Mike Miller had 7! Miller can't out rebound our 4 if we expect to win these kinds of games. Pau, I hate to say it, didn't do a great job on Botch. Barnes couldn't keep LBJ in front of him for anything, but LBJ is a tough match up for someone coming back from a knee injury.

Having said all that, I actually thought overall we played well. That was the most intense regular season game this year IMO. The Heat had to win that game, even Bosh said so in the post-game interview, it was their "everything game." Lakers have been playing well for 8 games and they lost one, no biggie. I didn't see anything last night that made me think they won't pound Dallas on Sat.

Once again, I can not not NOT believe the Lakers won 2 rings with Gasol at center!!!Posted by: Magia32 | March 11, 2011 at 08:52 AM
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*______________________________________________________________________*
WE LOST, BREAKS ARE PART OF THE GAME, SO, NO EXCUSES, NEXT - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________________________*
(01) JOVBATZ44 – OWNER - We lost this game. Breaks are part of the game, so, no excuses. NEXT!!!
(02) PRACTICE SEASON POLICE - DRIVER - ON TO THE NEXT ONE
(03) NEWMEXICOLL – DRIVER2 - Who in the he** are all these new bloggers? You would have thought Cryami won the championship? Geessh, get real! Orlando beat us twice in reg . season and we finished them off in the finals. Our real game is Sat. in Dallas , with a team that matters. Love that Black Mamba, most dedicated player in the NBA and HE IS OURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


(17) LAL-FAN - We can beat Heat, if we have to, remember Orlando regular season 2009? Two losses during the regular season and Finals where we beat them? So, no time to panic yet...
(18) MARKG - I actually thought overall we played well. That was the most intense regular season game this year IMO. The Heat had to win that game, even Bosh said so in the post-game interview, it was their "everything game." Lakers have been playing well for 8 games and they lost one, no biggie. I didn't see anything last night that made me think they won't pound Dallas on Sat.


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WE LOST, BREAKS ARE PART OF THE GAME, SO, NO EXCUSES, NEXT - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________________________*
(01) JOVBATZ44 – OWNER - We lost this game. Breaks are part of the game, so, no excuses. NEXT!!!
(02) PRACTICE SEASON POLICE - DRIVER - ON TO THE NEXT ONE
(03) NEWMEXICOLL – DRIVER2 - Who in the he** are all these new bloggers? You would have thought Cryami won the championship? Geessh, get real! Orlando beat us twice in reg . season and we finished them off in the finals. Our real game is Sat. in Dallas , with a team that matters. Love that Black Mamba, most dedicated player in the NBA and HE IS OURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


(19) SEAN - I'm mad we're not dealing with this crap they way we should. I'm not a quitter. Now, let's go get Dallas!!!

Posted by: Practice Season Police | March 11, 2011 at 09:14 AM

hahaha since you responded then I take it frmkt did too


http://www.nba.com/2011/news/03/11/kobe-bryant-practice.ap/index.html?rss=true

I love this story about Kobe after the game. Very well written and put together. I was really upset with the way he played this game. I can't stay upset after reading this type of story. You have to respect the way he deals with it. The guy is committed.

Derek Fisher showed himself again. Starting off the game with a turn over. Do Mitch, Buss and Jackson watch the game films ?? Fisher is the worst PG in the NBA. He is too short, too old, cannot shoot, and his passing is bad, He plays no defense at all. Paul was out of it tonite. He looked dazed as Bosh trashed him under the boards. Bynum was his usual self with 1 rebond the first half. Barnes needs to practice lay ups. Does he know how to dunk ??

Posted by: BEDO

Good to see that at least one Laker fan actually watches the game and not the score.

The Lakers should be congratulated for being the most philanthropic team in the NBA.

This season alone, they revived the seasons of 3 desperate teams that were mired in suck and needed a hand up. The Lakers gracefully pulled Dallas, Cleveland, and Miami out of the gutter and showed them that they're still okay.

And in their grandest gesture of magnanimous charity, they threw the ailing Celtic organization their first title in 22 years back in 2008. Of course, they didn't go overboard and took the next two titles for themselves. The Lakers do have their own fans, and charity begins at home.

That's your Lakers. The Albert Schweitzer of the NBA.

This blog is the melting pot of NBA blogs.

The Lakers and Celtics are long-time rivals, so it actually makes sense that there would be several Celtic fans on the blog causing dissent.

But any time some overhyped team wins a game against the Lakers, their fans swarm over to the Laker blog to gloat. It's pretty amusing.

Oklahoma City Fans
Utah Fans
Phoenix Fans
Chicago Fans
Orlando Fans
Miami Fans

I'm surprised more San Antonio and Dallas fans don't wander over to make a big deal about home court advantage. Maybe they're too busy ropin' steer to blog. But I'll wager if Dallas somehow manages to beat the Lakers on Saturday, we'll be hearing their victorious bleats along with the Miami crowd (who I doubt will go away until their team loses in the second round of the playoffs).

Someone please tell me Gasol also stayed an hour after the game to work on his D.


*______________________________________________________________________*
WE LOST, BREAKS ARE PART OF THE GAME, SO, NO EXCUSES, NEXT - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________________________*
(01) JOVBATZ44 – OWNER - We lost this game. Breaks are part of the game, so, no excuses. NEXT!!!
(02) PRACTICE SEASON POLICE - DRIVER - ON TO THE NEXT ONE
(03) NEWMEXICOLL – DRIVER2 - Who in the he** are all these new bloggers? You would have thought Cryami won the championship? Geessh, get real! Orlando beat us twice in reg . season and we finished them off in the finals. Our real game is Sat. in Dallas , with a team that matters. Love that Black Mamba, most dedicated player in the NBA and HE IS OURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


19) SEAN - I'm mad we're not dealing with this crap they way we should. I'm not a quitter. Now, let's go get Dallas!!!
(20) LONGTIMELAKERFAN - Actually, I'm feeling pretty good this morning. Thanks for asking.
Yeah, and they don't really give out rings for beating Kobe during the regular season, so I guess LeBron must hang the box scores in his trophy room.
(21) TOM DANIELS - Great game. Back and forth. Close the whole way. Disappointing ending, but a fun game to watch for a regular season NBA game..

There are only a few teams that I HATE losing to: San Antonio, Boston, and Miami. Last night was disappointing, to say the least.

Thoughts:

- The Bynum that showed up in the 2nd half? I wanted to see him in the first half. In his defense, though, he didn't receive the ball in scoring position on several occasions in the 1st half. Lame.

- Chris Bosh looks like either 1) a giraffe or 2) a velociraptor. After seeing the scratches he left on Pau's shoulder, I'm thinking... giraffe.

- Make your lay-ups, folks. Make those easy ones, and this game is OVER.

- The Heat *really* needed this one, and it showed. Still, they barely won. Moreover, the Lakers barely lost.

- Dallas is the more important game right now. If I had to choose one to win and one to lose, that's how I'd vote.

- LeBron continues to disappear when it counts. At least Dwayne Wade isn't afraid to shoot the ball in crunch time.

Go Lake Show!

Good to see that at least one Laker fan actually watches the game and not the score.

Posted by: S Perkins | March 11, 2011 at 09:50 AM
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In case you didn't notice, Bibby 6 points, Chalmers 9 points, that's not what beat the Lakers last night.
In case you didn't notice, Bosh owned Gasol for 24 points, and Wade got 20 points, alot of those in the paint.

Fisher actually played well last night.
Did you....................watch the game?

It is always hard for me to imagine why the LA Times keeps an obvious Lakers and Kobe hater writing about the Lakers! Do they really think TJ Simers sells more LA papers by hating on Kobe and the Lakers ALWAYS! Seems the Times editor would snuff out obvious hater garbage like that, since he has the say on it............. Just sayin'

Be that as it may, I hate it when Kobe gets into forcing things, even when he sometimes has no options, due to his teammates standing around like they did last night. No places to throw an outlet pass most times for him - he just had an empty side of the floor and staring at 5 Heat players on his side or poised to 5-team him if he got near the paint! Unfortunately when he forces it against top flight athletes that are focused on stopping him like Wade and LBJ, he gets that chip on his shoulder and cannot do the 20 year old stuff he used to do to compensate anymore. Flashes of it occasionally, yes, but rarely anymore. His bad turnovers through the game contributed to the Heat's confidence and allowing them to hang around made those ball ref calls/non-calls more impactful than they otherwise would have.

Pau's matador D and/or missing presence inside the paint and all the bigs were the bigger problem last night. Once again the South Beach attitude or partying or whatever they do when in Miami has got to stop if they meet up with them later. This was a must game for the Lakers to stay near overtaking Dallas and certainly to send the message to the league that the championship version Lakers is still around. I suspect after last night, that nobody in the league has the slightest doubt they can beat this Lakers team, as all they have to do is double or triple team Kobe at crucial times and know the other Lakers will not get open for either a pass or a shot. Taking out Pau is simple - my 15 years dead grannie can do that - just bump him a little or blast him twice and he melts away. AB is slow and can be had by a quicker big with smarts. LO is the only one who can show (if he isn't busy filiming reality shows) over either a slower heavy banging big or a lightweight smaller big, but his focus is as always suspect.

DF does the best he can, but he and Ron-Ron's adventures into the paint without any lift are cringeworthy always for me. You too?

The bench has become non-existent, which is why I always wish PJ would at least try someone with a proven resume like Joe Smith once in a while to give the opponents something different to prepare for. Basically if I was currently coaching a Laker opponent, I would emphasize bigs rushing around Laker bigs for rebounds as the Laker bigs just stand in one spot hoping that the ball bounces off the rim to them. (Terrible way to rebound, but that is all they do!) And, when a critical possession comes up, just double/triple team Kobe and it will be worth a steal and another layup. And since Kobe never covers his man, make sure you have a combination of 2s in there that can make 3s and you got a win. Simple as that, and I am certain the millionaire coaches in this league all know exactly those things too.

Good grief!

What do the 2time defending Champs do after a tough loss...no biggie...just shake it off!


Mariah - Shake It Off (Mamba - you got me thinking of Mariah yesterday...lol)
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What's wrong with this team? why can't they beat these creeps? now i have to listen to the stupid heat fans brag all day long. and i absolutely hate lbj, dwayde and bosh..they are big turds. lakers had a great opportunity to just totally tear down their morale - but no, the freaking bench still sucks after the trades.

why the hell can't we get a decent bench?!?!? bynum and gasol didn't show up again too so it's not all their fault. WEAK!!!!!!!

Hello!? Moderator home?

SUX. Next! And put me on the bandwagon.

Well, now that the disappointment is a distant memory, tomorrow is another game that must be won. Not for statements or bragging rights. You see, The Lakers are playing for HCA in the Finals. 2nd or 3rd seed in the west will not make or break this team because no one in their conference will beat them in a series which is why "a regular game a series does not make."

The team's real concern are the records out east; their potential foe in The Finals. Perspective everyone. Assumptions about The Lakers becoming WCC again? You bet. It's now about having a better record than Boston, Chicago, Orlando or Miami -potential opponents in The NBA Finals. See you then “Lakers Haters!”

"Everything about the Lakers is geared toward winning playoff games. It's what they do." J.A. Adande


"Even when we didn’t make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship." Dr. Buss


"This is the NBA: No Boys Allowed," Jackson said. "Big boys don't cry. But, if you're going to do it, do it in the toilet where no one can see."


Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!


frmkt is an nba fan who enjoys posting comments on Medina's Blog; nothing more and nothing less. Oy Vey!!

How would you like to be the Mavs, a team Kobe embarrasses on consistent basis normally, with an angry Kobe coming into town?

Also, this is what I've talked about a LOT in the past. Kobe just doesn't have the handles anymore. He has probably permanently sacrificed his ability to handle the ball in order to help us get the last two chips. Admirable. Unfair. Sux. But, it is what it is.

Don't think for a moment that every other team in the league doesn't know this already. He gets whacked on that hand constantly in every game with the team hoping that what happened last night happens for them. Kobe with unforced turnovers late in the game.

It is what it is. You deal with it and move on. We already know he can fix his shot and be ready by the next game. But his hand? We just have to put up with it. Move on.

A lot of people play in the NBA that can't really handle the ball. Now, Kobe is one of them. No bid deal.

--FEARless

Just watched a replay of the game on NBA TV
Not a good game for the Lakers as most of their flaws were on display.


The Heat went after Gasol all night and he was caught flatfooted most of the game.

Barnes? I don't see what many of you see in him. he was -7. Last year I thought he was pretty good until I watched the Magic in the playoffs. He was a non-factor.

Wade's strip of Kobe late in the was crucial.

When will the Laker bigs ever learn to box out instead of relying on their limited vertical jumping talents.

shamwow was a no show, he was -14

Who is this imposter Steve Blake -7

Lamar plays no defense unless standing straight up when a man is driving is considered defense. he was -14

Gasol had 1 foul in the game

Bosh has been the difference in the 2 losses to the Heat this year.

Miami is a bad matchup for the Lakers because Kobe, Pau, and Bynum are offset by Wade, LBJ, and Bosh. All that's left are the role players who are limited creativity wise.

A lot of pick & rolls last night for the Heat. Something the Lakers rarely do.


Island Priest, though I respect your takes, Kobe is, and will never be a point guard. But the Lakers could use a point guard that can break down a defense at least once a game.

Aloha

Our starters won the +/-. It was the bench that let us down. The killer bees (notice how that term has vanished) went O for. You can't beat the great teams with that kind of production. And Steve Blake NEEDS to shoot. He has been a great shooter over his career but it is nearly impossible to find a rhythm if you NEVER shoot. Geez, give me Sasha, at least he wasn't afraid.

MH

there were comments about the current moderators while MM is on vacation.

All's been fine, but after last nights game, sure it's going to get rowdy and just because some unsavory types posted unacceptable comments should not empower certain bloggers, one, who by the way hasn't posted recently, to generalize that this blog is out of control.
Just because some of your friends aren't blogging here anymore, or a particulat blogger is being called out repeatedly for whining all the time....does not represent how smoothly this blog has been running.

To each their own, but the problem I have with most of these types is the attempt to impose their will on the majority and the moderators.

I wouldn't doubt a case of sabotage by those who insist things being run their way to use as evidence to control this blog

Fisher played a bad game last, nite there is no way you let Chalmers impact the game the way he did. Blake and Brown are proving themselves to not be prime time players and for the Lakers to win it all they need to be. If you scared then say it! Blake and Brown earn your keep, do what Buss is paying for. Quit playing like chumps!

Fair weather lakers fans:

What a difference a day makes, a loss to Heat and the air has been taken out of fair weather fans. I hear the crickets. Where are all the Bynum fans?

See you tomorrow after a win over Dallas and hope Bynum has a good game and works on being more consistent. Please don't call him the greatest lakers center at least not until he has surpassed Captain Kareem's accomplishments, phew that is asking tooooooooo much of Bynum and not fair.


Cryami Heat Fans - Don't beat your chest too hard over this. Here's why -

The Lakers are 8-1 over the last 9 games.

The Heat are 2-6 over their last 8.

Numbers don't lie.

Saga continues..

IF Kobe claims to be the leader of this team then he is responsible for the outcome especially when he goes off on 1 on 5, reminder of title game 7 against the celtics.

Phil's comments are very clear and can't be made any simpler:

"I like to see everybody involved in the game," Jackson said. "I've tried to preach as a basketball coach, even though we have a guy that dominates the ball in Kobe, basketball is not a one on one game — it's a team game."

duh!! I ask, what is it that Kobe does not understand? This has been Kobe's own undoing, his achilles heel and evident by 1 MVP honors.

Also we have seen fantastic results when Kobe becomes a cog and not a problem, lakers are unbeatable, victory for Lakers is a sure bet and guaranteed.

Saga continues..lets see which Kobe shows up for Dallas game?. Also Dallas does not have a star that plays Kobe's position so I expect a team player Kobe to show up.

There are a few things on this blog that one can count on.

Whenever Kobe has a bad game, NorCal & Staples24 will post to talk about
how bad Kobe is.

Whenever Bynum has a Good game, all of his supporters will show up
& preach that he's the best thing since sliced bread.

Whenver Bynum has a mediocre/bad game, all of his supporters will
be absent.

The one bright side in Bynum having a mediocre/bad game is that there's
a break in Bynum proselytizing.

Hey. There's a game tomorrow. woo-hoo


LAKERTOM’S QUICK TAKES !!!
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(1) Bottom line, it’s just 1 of 82 regular season games. The Heat were desperate and played as if a loss last night would have ended their season and received a couple fortunate breaks in the closing minutes to help them hold on and win the game. No way can they beat us in a 7-game series.
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(2) If you control the boards and paint, you will usually control the game. Last night, the Lakers lost the battle of the boards 46-37 and points in the paint 46-30. Drew somehow managed to finish the first half with just 1 rebound while Pau and Lamar could only manage 5 rebounds each.
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(3) The Lakers did a poor job running the Triangle and pounding the ball inside, logging only 18 assists on 30 made baskets. Kobe was in his scorer’s mode last night rather than his facilitator and defender modes, taking 21 shots to score 24 points and recording just 2 assists and 2 boards.
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(4) Overall, I thought the Lakers played outstanding defense until late in the fourth quarter when the Heat got smart and started to attack Pau Gasol down low, resulting in a stretch where they dominated the paint and scored 4 straight layups. Pau was definitely outplayed by Chris Bosh.
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(5) It was good to see Phil leave Drew in to finish the game. While I thought he had a subpar game, he was still an intimidating force on defense and was strong on the boards in the 2nd half. Hopefully, Phil will continue to play Drew to finish games and the team will feed him the ball.
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(6) The Killer B’s were the Killer Z’s last night with Blake, Brown, and Barnes going 0-6 from the field. Combined with a subpar game from Lamar, the Lakers bench posted a combined +/- score of -42 compared to the Heat’s +45. Basically, the Lakers bench, including Lamar, played poorly.
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(7) You could see Stern’s handwriting and anti-Kobe bias all over the way this game was officiated. While the Lakers got to the line more because of attacking the rim, the lack of a call when Wade fouled Kobe with a minute to go was almost as bad a call as the cheap whistle bailing out LeBron.
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TOM

Oy-Vey!!

Quotes for self healing:

"Everything about the Lakers is geared toward winning playoff games. It's what they do." J.A. Adande


"Even when we didn’t make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship." Dr. Buss


"This is the NBA: No Boys Allowed," Jackson said. "Big boys don't cry. But, if you're going to do it, do it in the toilet where no one can see."

Why is anyone hoping for angry Kobe to show up in Dallas? I'm confused.

NEVER doubted Kobe's skill, perhaps the best playing today. But I question Kobes approach to a team sport like his coach who is closest to Kobe and has all the rights to:

"I like to see everybody involved in the game," Jackson said. "I've tried to preach as a basketball coach, even though we have a guy that dominates the ball in Kobe, basketball is not a one on one game — it's a team game."

I do not hold allegiance to one player as I do to lakers team. Why? The answer is simple, players will come and players will go but the only constant is the lakers team. Yesterday it was Magic today Kobe and who knows Dwight Howard tomorrow.

As a spectator of BB, it is a thing of beauty to see BB game when it is played within its specs, then it becomes a poetry in motion for spectators and a joy for players involved. One on five is not in congruence with BB.

For coach Phil to mention it means it bothered him to see Kobe lose the game. Please don't blame on the bench or his team mates standing around.


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WE LOST, BREAKS ARE PART OF THE GAME, SO, NO EXCUSES, NEXT - BANDWAGON
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(01) JOVBATZ44 – OWNER - We lost this game. Breaks are part of the game, so, no excuses. NEXT!!!
(02) PRACTICE SEASON POLICE - DRIVER - ON TO THE NEXT ONE
(03) NEWMEXICOLL – DRIVER2 - Who in the he** are all these new bloggers? You would have thought Cryami won the championship? Geessh, get real! Orlando beat us twice in reg . season and we finished them off in the finals. Our real game is Sat. in Dallas , with a team that matters. Love that Black Mamba, most dedicated player in the NBA and HE IS OURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


19) SEAN - I'm mad we're not dealing with this crap they way we should. I'm not a quitter. Now, let's go get Dallas!!!
(20) LONGTIMELAKERFAN - Actually, I'm feeling pretty good this morning. Thanks for asking.
Yeah, and they don't really give out rings for beating Kobe during the regular season, so I guess LeBron must hang the box scores in his trophy room.
(21) TOM DANIELS - Great game. Back and forth. Close the whole way. Disappointing ending, but a fun game to watch for a regular season NBA game..
(22) FEARLES - SUX..NEXT
*23) LAKERTOM - ) Bottom line, it’s just 1 of 82 regular season games. The Heat were desperate and played as if a loss last night would have ended their season and received a couple fortunate breaks in the closing minutes to help them hold on and win the game. No way can they beat us in a 7-game series.
(24) FRMKT - Well, now that the disappointment is a distant memory, tomorrow is another game that must be won. Not for statements or bragging rights. You see, The Lakers are playing for HCA in the Finals. 2nd or 3rd seed in the west will not make or break this team because no one in their conference will beat them in a series which is why "a regular game a series does not make." The team's real concern are the records out east; their potential foe in The Finals. Perspective everyone. Assumptions about The Lakers becoming WCC again? You bet. It's now about having a better record than Boston, Chicago, Orlando or Miami -potential opponents in The NBA Finals. See you then “Lakers Haters!”
(25)

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WE LOST, BREAKS ARE PART OF THE GAME, SO, NO EXCUSES, NEXT - BANDWAGON
*______________________________________________________________________*
(01) JOVBATZ44 – OWNER - We lost this game. Breaks are part of the game, so, no excuses. NEXT!!!
(02) PRACTICE SEASON POLICE - DRIVER - ON TO THE NEXT ONE
(03) NEWMEXICOLL – DRIVER2 - Who in the he** are all these new bloggers? You would have thought Cryami won the championship? Geessh, get real! Orlando beat us twice in reg . season and we finished them off in the finals. Our real game is Sat. in Dallas , with a team that matters. Love that Black Mamba, most dedicated player in the NBA and HE IS OURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


(25) TOM DANIELS – ON TO DALLAS
(26) KOBEAYASHIMARUE - I thought Lamar played soft and our bench play sucked but we were still right there...on to the next game!

"(7) You could see Stern’s handwriting and anti-Kobe bias all over the way this game was officiated. While the Lakers got to the line more because of attacking the rim, the lack of a call when Wade fouled Kobe with a minute to go was almost as bad a call as the cheap whistle bailing out LeBron.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | March 11, 2011 at 12:25 PM

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I continue to keep these same thoughts to myself, as it is supposedly a sacrilege to verbalize these things outside my wn home, but big ups to LakerTom for having the hueovos to say what a lot of have been thinking! Too many obvious non-calls right in front of supposedly (I am going to throw somethng and break my TV again if I continue to hear NBA TV pound the message that: 'the NBA has the greatest officials in sports' mantra) great refs to be a coincidence.

Back in the day they were great, but those days are way gone! I/we could always get a break from them back then did not have to lobby for calls and even handedness.........

Lakers lose to Heat...just another loss. The way some people are blathering on about how the Heat have their "mojo" back is too much. This was a regular season game...in March! The Heat will be watching the Finals on television. Kudos to Kobe. He works hard and wants to win.


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