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Hey all, gonna be watching game and working on stuff tonight, enjoy my silence

Can anyone give me a website to watch the game?

Absolutely no inside presence without Andrew Bynum tonight. Shooting 39% from the field doesn't help neither.

Kobe and Fisher=Laker win, as usual!

good win in a bad game

Lakers beat Blazers even though game was played 5 on 8!

Refs Suck Again!

Ugly Win, but a Win Nonetheless...

And Another Example of Why "KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS 'THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!'"

Kobe overshot again. Very poor effort, and a very fortunate win. The inability to score against the zone ensures that we will see a lot more of it in April.

Those two last shots by kobe were nasty. Plain nasty man.

Suggestion for a new NBA logo, to replace "The Logo"....how about one of a big man, holding the bal with both hands, elbows out, a small player laying on the court cowering in pain, and a ref with a whistle in his mouth pointing at the big man...and with today's technology...you touch it, and a whistle blows....like those Greeting cards.....

fisheeye the website was adhe.net but that was taken down by the fbi. I had to get nba league pass. I always purchase nfl sunday ticket but this is the first time i got the nba package.

>>> The inability to score against the zone ensures that we will see a lot more
>>>of it in April.

Yeah, because it was so successful last year when Oklahoma City and Phoenix used it a bunch and beat the Lakers. Oh. Wait. They both LOST to the Lakers playing mostly zone defense.

Bring it on

Well you can't argue with god. Kobe needs to chill though cause he is close to a suspension.

As usual, Kobe played horribly and made up in the last 2 minutes to become the hero. Trade him already.

It was an absolute pleasure to see Kobe and Fish take over the game in the last few minutes.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Pau had a pretty bad game. I'm sure part of it was that he had to expend a lot more energy on defense with Bynum out. But there were two or three times that Kobe drew Pau's defender and passed to him in the lane where Pau fumbled the pass. He also missed some bunny shots. And he had some really good plays as well. Pau had a very Lamar-like game.

Kobe and Fish were soooooo clutch down the stretch. Steals, buckets when they were needed, hustling on defense. Winners.

Can we all get a break from constant criticisms against Kobe and Fisher? They have five rings in total and tonight they just won another game while injured. Period, Amen.... Goodnight.

Kobe will "will" the Lakers out of the playoffs. His mind thinks ahead of his body now. He's old and feeble.

Yeah right @Terry. And who will bring us the championship, You?

LTLF & Edwin G...

Some folks just come here to rag on their least favorite player. With some it's Fish, or Luke or Kobe. No player is exempt. Just think, the Lakers are the 2 time defending champs and they still get all that abuse from these so-called fans. Some folks are just miserable and are never going to see anything positive about anything.

Yahoo recap....

http://tinyurl.com/6ybcqc8

With the victory tonight, the Lakers officially clinch the Pacific Division title and qualify for the playoffs. I know, the Lakers play for rings, but it is a first step on the bigger journey.

LTLF, if you don't think the Lakers will have difficulty with a zone defense by a Thunder team that just added the best low post defender in the league then you are living in a dream. A MUCH smaller and less physical Thunder team gave the Lakers all they could handle last year, but I guess by your logic the fact that we won last year is all that counts.

Bronxlakerfan, don't be such a homer. It is perfectly reasonable to critcize a player (Kobe) or a team that plays like garbage. The last two wins were ugly by any measure (other than yours, it seems) .

Kobe was 9-20, not bad at all for a guy who PJ should be sitting for a couple games rest. Actually willed the team to victory in the latter part of the 4th Q.

Interesting note for anyone missing Farmar and Sasha, is Jordan is shooting 38% and Sasha 39%. Don't think we miss that.

bronx,

All good, my man. The first step toward winning a 'ship is getting into the playoffs. Never hurts to have that step nailed down.

Watched the espn gamecast.

I really dig this team. I feel like when it's a close game that we'll finish off the other team by the end. My feelings continue to be warranted.

I love seeing us win despite the calls not going our way. You can never have too much mental toughness.

Go Lake Show!

Wow, Kobe's old and feeble at 32. Guess we better tell D-Wade at 29, he's only got 3 years left to play good.

Lamar filled in well in his start for Andrew. 16 & 11 in 41+ minutes. He was a team leading +10 in the +/- category. Man got mugged several times without a call. A word about the officiating. Danny Crawford seems to put a premium on letting the game flow. As a result, his crew calls very few fouls. This impacted the game last night as the Lakers were manhandled but Portland was only called for 11 fouls as opposed to 17 for the Lakers. It was also a quick game: 2 hours and 7 mins. I thought Kobe was about to explode several times, but the Mamba was able to contain his emotions and did the right thing by taking it out on the Blazers. One other thing...that tech on Artest was beyond ridiculous! I could see a double tech, because Gerald Wallace was equally at fault in that altercation.

Okay, sometimes Kobe takes on too much, but does lead the team in Assists and usually is a willing passer to a teammate that will MAKE the shot. How many other players (and you and me) would be playing with mangled fingers, bad ankle and strained neck and NOT even complain about it? I can think of none. I would like to see PJ force him to rest at some point to be as healthy as possible for the Playoffs.

Bronx,

Lakers and Yankees, does it get any better my friend?

The Lakers do not need any more "statement" game for the remainder of the regular season. They already made enough statments to the rest of the NBA. Just win will be good enough. It does not matter how they win...ugly..pretty.. I take 12 wins out of 13 games anytime.

Tonight, Gasol and Odom played 45 and 42 minutes, respectively I hoped PJ had play Smith and Caracter more minutes to give them confindence. Like to see more Smith and Caracter the next game.


@MM… Thanks for the props, Mark. I had to leave for my grandson’s basketball game today so I didn’t get a chance to respond to your article, which mirrored many of the same points I was making. Not that agreeing with me is any litmus test because I do like to be out there on edge at times, but I have been consistently impressed with your insight and understanding of the dynamics of the game. And I love that you’re not afraid to express an opinion rather than just parroting the media usual.
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You’re also talking to the coach of the 2010-11 CYO 5th grade B Boys basketball champions. My grandson’s team won their championship showdown today over their fellow Mill Valley team 26-23, coming from behind in the fourth quarter to win their fourth straight playoff game. At the closing ceremony for the Mill Valley CYO league, I and the 3 other Mill Valley 5th grade B Boy’s coaches whose teams comprised the league-first all Mill Valley Final Four shared Coach of the Year honors. Nothing sweeter than taking home a Mt. Carmel Lakers championship and then watching Kobe show why he is the greatest player in the game today. Too bad I have to go back to work tomorrow. lol.
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TOM


G_d.....

I am here on this board because I'm a Laker fan. These last 2 wins were BEAUTIFUL to me. I'm not looking for perfection, I just want my team to win. If that makes me a homer, then fine. The most BEAUTIFUL game I've ever seen was last year's game 7. 82-79? 6-24 from Kobe? I'll take it every time! Might've been ugly to you, but I damn sure loved it!!

BTW, your handle is a bit off-putting.

D(erek) J(eter)....

No, it doesn't, my friend!

I take 12 wins out of 13 games anytime.

Posted by: LakerPeace | March 20, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Amen, LakerPeace! That's because you appreciate the effort the team puts forth and are not looking for some basketball Utopia where the Lakers go 82-0 and win every game by 30 points!

BLOG CRUE
I'm hanging out in beautiful rainy Los Angeles, my hometown. Great Lakers victory. Hopefully I'll catch a game on Tuesday at Staples. I think it's good for Andrew to get some time off and watch from a distance. He'll be back shortly and hopefully with the same intensity for the playoffs.

MYBRF.

Hi Folks, with Bynum gone we were missing the energy he brings to the Laker's system. It's more than just his rebounding and presence, it's physical energy and chi, or life force. The whole is larger than the sum of its parts.

That's why Kobe wins games: he has tremendous life force and energy, even when he's missing he's aiming to accomplish his one goal with laser focus. Winning. Fish has it too. Championship presence that influences the system.

Lakers were a bit spoiled, having Bynum doing his thing like did...And Gasol was on an off night, but I don't blame him. He had to play center and 42 mins is not nice either. So, without Bynum, I think we did a pretty good job.

Kobe took some extra shots, but not as many. Overall, he was 9-20? Looks good to me, and his shots at the end...WOW. There was the Black Mamba right there...

Cheers.

@Laker Tom...

Congrats to the Mt. Carmel Lakers and their award winning coach!!!

God:

"Kobe overshot again. Very poor effort, and a very fortunate win. The inability to score against the zone ensures that we will see a lot more of it in April."

- Taking 20 shots and making 9 of those is overshot?? A 45% shooting night is something everyone will take happily. Durant was 6-21 in a Thunder loss to Raptors at HOME!! That is very good shooting in your books??

"LTLF, if you don't think the Lakers will have difficulty with a zone defense by a Thunder team that just added the best low post defender in the league then you are living in a dream. A MUCH smaller and less physical Thunder team gave the Lakers all they could handle last year"

- The Thunder team last year did not give the Lakers fits due to their Zone or lock down D, they gave the Lakers trouble due to their speedy players and transition offense. They were a swift-team. Now this Perkins dude you're talking about - he is going to slow down their transition offense. How about that?? Its not going to be a handicap for Thunder?? Dude, think and know the facts before giving statements!!

>>>LTLF, if you don't think the Lakers will have difficulty with a zone defense by
>>>a Thunder team that just added the best low post defender in the league then
>>>you are living in a dream. A MUCH smaller and less physical Thunder team
>>>gave the Lakers all they could handle last year, but I guess by your logic the
>>>fact that we won last year is all that counts.

Kendrick Perkins is an empty scowl. If he can actually manage to stay healthy for the playoffs, he'll either be clogging the lane getting in Russell Westbrook's way or he'll be standing outside where he couldn't hit a shot to save his life. This is the same thing as adding Shaq to LeBronze last season. If you have someone who excels at getting to the rim, you don't want to put some fat tub-o-lard in the lane to cramp his style.

When a team throws a zone at you for a game in the NBA, it's kinda shocking. They might catch you off guard and win a game. In a SERIES, you can adjust to a zone (or anything else). It might help a team win one game, but a good coach (like Phil) will beat it for the series.


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