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Kobe taking some Heat after Lakers loss to Miami

In its "Six Questions" feature, ESPN has asked a selection of people their take on certain aspects of Thursday's Lakers loss to Miami. One of the questions, with selected answers, is below, and as you can see, some pin the loss on Kobe Bryant's shoulders. You can read all the answers here.

Fabforum_400 Q: What's your take on Kobe's performance?

Henry Abbott, TrueHoop: Idea: The vast majority of the NBA's poor shot selection is the work of superstar wings. That includes players like Wade, James and Bryant. Who else gets to miss seven in a row and keep shooting?

J.A. Adande, ESPN.com: He's lucky he has had so many winning performances in the past; otherwise, he'd be defined by his poor shot selection and turnovers in the fourth quarter of this showcase game.

Kevin Arnovitz, Heat Index: It certainly wasn't unprecedented. With the Heat containing the Lakers up front, Kobe took it upon himself to robo-shoot the Lakers to a win. Sometimes he succeeds, and sometimes he doesn't, as was the case Thursday night. Both his shot selection and playmaking were sloppy, and that petulance that often fuels him led him into a series of bad decisions.

Chris Broussard, ESPN the Magazine: Kobe took a couple of quick 3s, which were ill-advised, but I'm not going to kill him. He couldn't beat Wade off the dribble, for the most part, and settled almost exclusively for jumpers. But he hit some big 3s, too. Not a great performance, obviously, but not alarmingly bad in any way.

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: Kobe Bryant puts up a shot against Miami. Credit: Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images.

 
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I'm not a guy typically known for blaming the refs, but one thing is very, very clear:

Take the EXACT same play, the EXACT same contact, and the EXACT same shot -- Wade will get the call, and Kobe will not. It's just that simple.

Go Lake Show!

in all honesty kobe at times does take bad shots, the lakers lose focus pound it inside should have been the only key to victory. the heat are overated and they know it one win does not mean much at all. lakers go for 8 more in a row.

"I'm not a guy typically known for blaming the refs, but one thing is very, very clear:

Take the EXACT same play, the EXACT same contact, and the EXACT same shot -- Wade will get the call, and Kobe will not. It's just that simple.

Go Lake Show!

Posted by: The Outlaw | March 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM "

There were a lot of times Wade drove in and was looking for a foul and they didn't give it to him.


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

The Outlaw's Responses to LT's Takes:

1. "Bottom line, it’s just 1 of 82 regular season games."

True that, LT. It's one I wanted them to win, though, especially with Dallas winning last night. While it's nearly impossible for us to catch SA, we can certainly pass Dallas in the standings.

2. "If you control the boards and paint, you will usually control the game."

Yep. That's the most important stat in the box score (other than the final score, ha!). Drew was NOT fighting for rebounding position in the first half, which was strange. He should have DOMINATED the Heat's (lack of) big men.

3. "The Lakers did a poor job running the Triangle and pounding the ball inside..."

The Heat did a good job of clogging the paint last night, forcing the Lakers to take jumpers. The Lake Show did a poor job of making said jumpers.

4. "Overall, I thought the Lakers played outstanding defense until late in the fourth quarter..."

Agreed. The pace was playoff-slow and methodical. Sometimes TOO slow. The Heat are a good half-court defensive team, and I thought we needed to get out into transition more last night.

5. "It was good to see Phil leave Drew in to finish the game."

I think this will happen more as the playoffs approach, and as Bynum proves that he can defend without fouling.

6. "The Killer B’s were the Killer Z’s last night with Blake, Brown, and Barnes going 0-6 from the field."

The bench was pitiful last night. Rather than take the ball strong to the rack, Shannon Brown was settling for long-range fallaway jumpers. When they go, it's great. When they don't, it's time to head for the rack.

7. "You could see Stern’s handwriting and anti-Kobe bias all over the way this game was officiated."

LeBron and Wade get a LOT of calls, although the refs were swallowing their whistles on a lot of contact last night. That photo above, though? No contact there, huh?

Go Lake Show!

Wade looks like he is going straight up in this picture. Is there a video that shows a closeup of that play? All of the ones I have seen are in realtime from the other side of the court.

blah, blah, blah.
drama, drama, drama.

the Heat played their best game.
the Lakers made some costly errors.
the refs did a terrible job.
the game was still the Lakers to lose.
you can't win them all.

the "experts" can't even win any.

Kobe is the guy everyone wants to bring down, but he's kept this team relevant for many years and i'm not going to hate him now. he's still doing a great job, and there's no other player in the league who i trust with the team more. the proof is in the team's constant success.

the only thing that worries me are injuries. i pray that the Lakers remain healthy. if they do, they have as good a chance as any, and likely a better chance than any of winning the championship. as a fan, i can't ask for more. i hated to see the loss, but i'm well over it.

i'm looking for the last laugh, though i'd love to have every laugh in between as well. reality says that's not really possible, so on to Dallas next.

soon will be the time when agonizing over every loss will be more appropriate, the playoffs and finals. right now, ANY individual game, while important, is really not worth too much anguish or joy after it's over.

all of the losers who are on or back other teams(yes, losers. as of now, the Lakers are still champions), can use this game to soothe their wounds. most will still be losers with little or nothing to change that reality once the season's over.

did anyone really think that the Lakers wouldn't lose ever again? whatever, as far as i can tell, the Lakers are still winning quite a bit more than losing. that's the main goal of the regular season.

It get very old watching 1 on 5 basketball {kobe} the other players on the lakers just stand around like the fans

"Wade looks like he is going straight up in this picture. Is there a video that shows a closeup of that play? All of the ones I have seen are in realtime from the other side of the court.

Posted by: Bay to LA | March 11, 2011 at 12:47 PM "

???
Wade looks like he's on Kobe's back to me....

Man i swear, Kobe is damned if do, and damned if he don't. If he takes too many shots and misses them, people say his shot selection was bad and he's a selfish ball hog. But when he distributes the ball to his teammates and takes less shots and teammates fail to deliver, then people say kobe is being a brat and is just trying to prove a point to everyone. And then, when kobe scores 81 points to help his team come back from a 15 point deficit against TORONTO, he's a selfish ball hog again. You all just need to put "KOBE HATER" in the dictionary and add your pictures to frame next to the word. KOBE is the best and has earned the right to do what he does. I never once heard anyone say that LEBRON was a ball hog when he was in cleveland, and we all know damn well that he took 80% of those Fu***** shots. Man forget what you heard, KOBE has been doing this for 15 years, he knows what he's doing, this was just one of those games that he couldn't continue to drain them down in the last couple of minutes. But just being real, you want you best SUPERSTAR to take over the game as a leader and help you win big games on the road (Just like kobe did in game 3 in the finals last year), and the lakers almost done that last night. It was a close game, and i would in this particular case, blame this loss on the REFEREES in favor of a D-Wade,LEBRON JAMES team again. (Especially when it comes to them playing against the LAKERS).

oh, and Fisher kept the Lakers in the game last night. he played great defense and it was actually Blake who was sucking. i like Steve, but he's had an awful time trying to get it together this year. he missed a number of rotations that led to easy 3s for Miami. all Fish did on defense was wreak havoc, get his hands on balls, and take charges. look, it was THE BENCH that failed last night, not the starters. it happens. they'll have to make up for it later.

Great thoughts, mud. I hope that the bench's "later" comes tomorrow against Dallas. Watching Mark Cuban writhe in agony, scream at the refs, and hang his head in his hands is a gift that keeps on giving. He's built (and billed) this team as an antidote to the Lakers. I want them to prove him wrong.

Go Lake Show!

Kevin Arnovitz, Heat Index: It certainly wasn't unprecedented. With the Heat containing the Lakers up front, Kobe took it upon himself to robo-shoot the Lakers to a win.
What? The biggs were only 12/17. Contained? Who pays these guys to comment?

@mud - excellent comments.


Im proud of the guys man. It was a good game, the bench is going to go through some struggles until they get use to barnes being back in the rotation. Gadda love barnes when he is on your team tho lol... he was all in the jersey on lebron. We faded down the stretch but with 2 mins left we were in the game. More times than not we are going to win those kind of games.

Seeing Lakers fans complain about refs.. is just too funny! Like Joe Stalin complaining about having too much power....

@Henry Abbott said "who else gets to miss 7 shots in a row and keep shooting?"

Uh, how bout the 9th all-time leading scorer in NBA/ABA history. Abbott is clearly biased against Kobe so his opinion has little value when it comes to Kobe.


@J A Adande said "He’s lucky he’s has so many winning performances in the past."

Uh, no he’s had so many great performances in the past because of his hard work and dedication to being the best.


@Broussard - no problem with your comments.

The only thing I didn't like was before the game. I don't like the Lakers saying how the Heat players can fix the situation. You should never tell your opponent that they just have to work as a team, or define their roles, or whatever.

"oh, and Fisher kept the Lakers in the game last night. he played great defense and it was actually Blake who was sucking. i like Steve, but he's had an awful time trying to get it together this year. he missed a number of rotations that led to easy 3s for Miami. all Fish did on defense was wreak havoc, get his hands on balls, and take charges. look, it was THE BENCH that failed last night, not the starters. it happens. they'll have to make up for it later.

Posted by: mud | March 11, 2011 at 12:54 PM "

Fisher was to blame for the wide open 3's by Chalmers in the 1st quarter. Blake did more of the same when he entered. It seemed like their team defense philosophy was to help on LeBron and Wade and make the secondary guys beat them.

"???
Wade looks like he's on Kobe's back to me....

Posted by: mud | March 11, 2011 at 12:50 PM "

My mistake, this picture isn't of the 3 point shot in question.

The bench was the problem last night above anything else. Steve Blake is not turning out to be the heir apparent to Fisher, or I hope not! He played awful last night . One play he had his back turned from Bibby who received the ball from Lebron (I think). Bibby was on the 3-point line. A foul was called at the point of the pass so the play stopped. But on the replay Blake was going toward Lebron, I guess to join the double-team that already was, and left Bibby wide open. I saw a couple more plays where he left Bibby behind the 3 point line to go and double/triple. Idoitic! One thing I have noticed about the Killer Bs this season, they do not play well on the road. They went 0-6 last night. Check the stats on road games, you will see Blake, Brown, and Barnes play terribly on the road. The game against the Spurs were one of few road games that Brown played well.

Why is no one talking about Gasol's nonexistent D? He should be ashamed the way he manned the paint on D last night. I'm getting tired of hearing more screams than roars from this man. Gasol might be the Laker who spends the most time on the floor, and by that I mean, on the ground.

You know what the 2 games against the Heat just exposed? That Wade is one of the few players who can contain Kobe. I hope Heat will not make it out of the East or else the "three-peat" will be doomed, if the Lakers will even make it out the West.

Jet, we don't COMPLAIN about refs. we ENDURE them.

the NBA refs are terrible all the way around, it's not just my team or yours.
i don't even mind "star player" treatment, i just want it to be even, and obvious violations like traveling, goal tending, and holding RIGHT IN FRONT of the official should be called.

we win in spite of the refs.
you lose in spite of the refs.

...or not...[laughter]

i'm not saying that the Lakers have never benefitted from a bad call, EVERY team has benefitted from bad calls. i'm saying that, especially in the regular season, the league does like to keep the teams looking competitive....

if you think we're too dominant now, you should see what happens in a cleanly reffed game, with the Lakers motivated to play the "right way". you'd REALLY be unhappy then. Kobe would average 10-15 freethrows a game instead of 6. Lamar might actually get a call in his favor, too.

Because of the Lakers' earlier play, the game came down to the last few minutes. If Kobe’s shot is not falling, he has to possess the fortitude to look for the Bigs and pound it inside and conversely, the Bigs have to make an effort to be in position to get those passes.

Now, if Kobe is going to throw the ball toward the rim, then the rest of the team has to pound the boards to swipe an offensive rebound. After the game, if you think your teammate wasn't playing within the context of the offense, then confront him in the locker room. Standing around watching Kobe throw desperation shots because you know you're not going to get a pass is LAME!

If you’re going to be weak on defense, then you have to make up for it offensively and vice versa. Ideally, you want to play a nice balanced game on both ends of the floor. They’ll need to that on Saturday against Dallas.


"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


Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!

Why is no one talking about Gasol's nonexistent D?

Posted by: Magia32 | March 11, 2011 at 01:39 PM

Black swan, white swan or …

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.

Kobe as a Leader:

Generals are strategists like coach Phil Jackson, and then you have field leaders who with a team go out in the battle field to execute on the strategy. Kobe is that leader who is tasked with leading his team to a successful mission. What if the leader decides to deviate from the strategy? In a war situation the stakes are very high and results can be fatal. Similarly, Kobe as a leader has the responsibility to execute the game plan while ensuring his team is in sync and under his leadership at all times. Does Kobe deviate from his general's strategy? I certainly would not want to take a risk with Kobe in the battle filed, it would be like a Russian Roulette!!

Posted by: Norcal | March 11, 2011 at 01:07 PM

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Gasol might be the Laker who spends the most time on the floor, and by that I mean, on the ground."

Posted by: Magia32 | March 11, 2011 at 01:39 PM


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LMAO!! Good stuff.

well Magia32,

i guess no one's complaining about Pau's bad defensive game because he did some other things in the game to make up for it, but yes, he should have broken Bosh's face, or at least contained him better. :^)

You know, fans will always claim about officiating but the fact of the matter is that teams have to play despite of the officiating. The Lakers missed an opportunity to score another win because of their play, not the officials. It really is as simple as that.

Were there bad calls? Of course, for both teams but in the end, 9.99 out of 10 times, teams lose games, not the officials. NEXT!

"claim" should've been "complain." YIKES!

*********wow*********** noticed gang of 27 noise makers are not bloggin nor taunting and the blog is running smooth....

well Magia32,

i guess no one's complaining about Pau's bad defensive game because he did some other things in the game to make up for it, but yes, he should have broken Bosh's face, or at least contained him better. :^)

Posted by: mud | March 11, 2011 at 01:46 PM


actually Wade had 4 consecutive layups in Gasol'd face. he reacted only on the last one when Wade tricked him with an up and under. (at 92-88)

but, but Miller had 3 rebounds between HIM and Bynum. i mean offensive ones.

what can you do when the show is:

"The Ballerina and the Beast"

Norcal, i'd certainly "go to war" with Kobe myself. his teams win way more than they lose, even when they're made up of Smush Parker and Kwame Brown. success speaks for itself.

you win some, you lose some and it's easy to criticize the losses, but until he loses more than he wins, Kobe's a winner. i'm happy to have him on the team. he's the biggest winner in the league. if you are going to give credit to the rest of the team and the coaching staff, that's fine, and correct! if you think you know what to do on the basketball court more than Kobe, you're deluded, however. just repeating what you've heard from others isn't the same as actually being in the trenches.

does Kobe need guidance from Phil? YESSIRREE!
does that speak ill of Kobe? NO NO NO.

did Kobe lose the Miami game? not on your life. that was a team loss. it was unfortunate, but hardly fatal or a reason to panic.

go ahead and pile on Kobe, though. of all the Lakers, he's the one who can handle the stress and pressure the best(well, Derek's pretty tough too), so if weak-kneed fans need someone to point a finger at, it won't undermine his confidence and wreck the team the way petulance and hate can do.

Tranparent Swan,

waaaahhh!
feel better?
we can focus on Pau's failures in a so far successful season, instead of fixing our own shortcomings in life. isn't that great?!

Here we go again with MUD slinging and using the word hate as a par for the course.

we all know what mud spells backwards, don't we?

don't feel bad, Norcal. it's just my mud opinion.

I thought Lamar actually did a worse job of defending Bosh than Pau did. Other than that one play where Pau just stood there while Bosh went right around him, Pau didn't do a terrible job.

Pau isn't an enforcer around the basket and probably never will be but when the perimeter defense doesn't stop the players like Wade and James from getting into the middle, Bynum and Gasol are left guarding two guys each and that doesn't usually end well.

"Kobe taking some heat after loss to Miami"

Surprise, surprise! This is the way it should be. Kobe didn't get the job done down the stretch so he's an easy target. It's HIS team. When Kobe was hot in the 1st quarter, he saw that Miami was packing in its defense and forcing the Lakers to shoot over the top. He kept the Lakers on the lead or close to it.

The Lakers problems is that they weren't aggressive enough on the boards. They allowed the Heat, who entered the game at 28th in a 30 team league in offensive rebounding, to collect 18 offensive rebounds. That was the game right there. NO REBOUNDS...NO RINGS!! Andrew, Pau and Lamar didn't get the job done and fulfill their roles on the defensive boards. Pau in particular has got to get more than 5 rebounds i 39 plus minutes.

The Heat played desperately and wound up victorious in a close game. We move on. The Lakers have a game to win tomorrow night.

ENLIGHTENMENT, Oh Nirvana!! Oh Bodhisatava!! pearl of wisdom from Zen Master for his arrogant and stubborn disciple:

"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."

Oh Incorrigible one if only thou could understand the wisdom of Zen master:

"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."

Ummm , Phil come again? I just don't get it, I said it was the bench, no it was Pau, wait it was Drew but no it was Lamar but shanwow was missing, wait blake is not cutting the mustard and forget about Luke he is looking pretty on the bench..but what do you mean by:

"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 just don't get it, here I have been busting my chops, doing heavy lifting, doing the work of 5 and i still don't get..I want to be traded!!

"if you think we're too dominant now, you should see what happens in a cleanly reffed game, with the Lakers motivated to play the "right way". you'd REALLY be unhappy then. Kobe would average 10-15 freethrows a game instead of 6. Lamar might actually get a call in his favor, too.

Posted by: mud | March 11, 2011 at 01:41 PM "

So are you saying in every game so far, the officials have been calling the game in favor of the other team? Or which games did you approve of the reffing?

Just take a look at the picture above. Kobe is covered well but he is still hell bent on shooting. Kobe needs to pound the ball inside like the experts state. I mean you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know the lakers are at its best when it goies inside and then out. I have been saying this for months and i have been villified but its just simple logic. Basketball is pretty simple.

"(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.........

"Why is no one talking about Gasol's nonexistent D? He should be ashamed the way he manned the paint on D last night. I'm getting tired of hearing more screams than roars from this man. Gasol might be the Laker who spends the most time on the floor, and by that I mean, on the ground.

Posted by: Magia32 | March 11, 2011 at 01:39 PM
"

I wrote two huge posts about it in the past 20+ hours!

The Lakers lost because the Heat match-up well with them. This is the team from the Eastern Conference that poses the biggest threat.

As for Kobe, he may or may not have been fouled on that play, but it was an ill-conceived , desperation shot, not the kind that usually gets a foul call. But, the larger problem is that in two games this year, Wade has totally bottled him up. And that leaves LeBron free potentially on offense to wreak havoc.

Add that to the fact that the Bryant/Gasol pick-and-roll defense was awful which allowed Wade to take over the game in the 4th. The Lakers lost because Kobe was just flat-out outplayed by Wade (there's no shame in that, Kobe's days as the best guard in the league weren't going to last forever) , and the Miami interior neutralized the Laker bigs.

The good news for Laker fans-- Miami is unlikely to get past the celtics.

Not a few times when the Lakers lost closely contested games only because of Bryant's unwise/silly moves; taking low percentage long shot, rather than driving to the basket or making good assist, committing costly turnovers, and most of all, poor leadership on the court. When will he ever learn?

Did anyone watch the game ? Pau out played by a weak Bos. And the Laker up by 4 and turned the ball over five time in a row with Kobe on the bench. Shoot the ball Kobe...and yes "run" missing a lay-up and Odom !

Kobe kept them in the game ! Come on Lakers fans. You are a fan or not ! And he was fouled twice. When Dwayne reached in front of him to steal the ball and on the "shot".

Lakers played well....heat cant beat them in Seven game match..Bos not that good and Phil would be in Pau @$$ about moving on "D" !

The lakers should have won this game, it seems that of late they lose steam and forget what got them the lead. For all that size they sure don't utilize it and go to it down the stretch.. Kobe needs to take a page from Lebron and become a facilitator in the 4th rather than hoist up 35 foot 3 pointers which have no chance of going in... can Lamar Odom and the bench show up for 1 quarter in the game and give the starters some cushion or that would be too much to ask.. perhaps

The tandom of Gasol with Bynum just doesn't work well to which I rather have a Gasol/Odom tandom or a Bynum/Odom tandom in the works.. Also get another long distance bomber to help the abysmal shooting woes.. why didn't the front office go and get a Kyle korver from Utah in free agency when they could have..

I hate to see the big's of the Lakers be 2 feet from the cylinder and go for layups rather than just go up strong and dunk it for a much better percentage shot and hey if they get fouled just step up to the line and put the other teams bigs in foul trouble..

Bynum is too finesse, so is Gasol, what they need is a Kendrick Perkins, a bruiser and punisher in the middle who plays physical and not gets but intimidates instead of being pushed around...

With the Lakers depending on Kobe and Pau to score throughout the game there is no way they can win all the time. But Buss, Mitch and jackson sy they are happy with the team they have now. Lakers management passed on alot of PG's and shooters that could have helped. No, Laker management say things are fine. Well when you have a PG like Fisher things are not OK. With a bench like they have now and no one scoring you need to find shooter and bring them on. I guess things are fine !!

I hope the lakers go on another winning streak to get the bad taste of thursday lost which was more about the lakers mistakes then the heats playing pau needs to stay aggresive and drew also the lakers should have won but looking ahead they need to win to get past dallas bulls and celtics in standings to have homecourt should they meet in finals and show that idiot chris brousard espn writer that the lakers are still the best team in basketball

seriously, these are the fakest lakers fans I have ever seen. the error is about to end we all know this, watch how these fans disappear off the page, they will create new pages. just run now this is your chance.


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