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Lakers embracing magnitude of matchup with Mavericks

The squeaking from the Lakers' shoes remained audible throughout the tail end of a five-on-five scrimmage.

It sounded as loud as Derek Fisher's swished jumper that sparked an expletive from an opposing player on the reserves. It sounded as loud as the shrieking whistle when Shannon Brown fouled Luke Walton when he drove into the lane. And it sounded as loud as the cheer let out when Pau Gasol's winning shot ended a practice that Coach Phil Jackson described as "high velocity."

Jackson had planned for Wednesday's practice to be more intense with the Lakers in a three-day stretch since their last game, a 102-84 victory Sunday against the New Orleans Hornets. With a day off Monday and a lighter session Tuesday, Jackson had earlier expressed concern about how the Lakers would play with the same energy in their matchup Thursday with the Dallas Mavericks as they have in their 15-1 run since the All-Star break. That's because their next game could have significant implications when it comes to playoff seedings, with the Lakers (53-20) holding a one-game lead over Dallas (52-21) going into the Mavericks' game against the Clippers on Wednesday night and trailing the first-place San Antonio Spurs (57-17) by 3 1/2 games in the Western Conference standings.

"It's as important as the last game we played against Dallas," Jackson said, referencing the Lakers' 96-91 victory over the Mavericks on March 12, which ended a 4-1 trip. "It was a game we keyed on our schedule and have guys thinking about it. It creates an opportunity to get some space between us and Dallas but it's still not the end, obviously."

A win by Dallas on Thursday would give the Mavericks a 2-1 lead over the Lakers in the regular-season series, but that does not mean they would have home-court advantage if the teams finish with the same record. That's because the Lakers have clinched the Pacific Division title, and that's more important than head-to-head matchups. The Mavericks would have to pass San Antonio to clinch the Southwest Division. Because the Spurs held a 4 1/2-game lead over Dallas going into Wednesday, that seems unlikely to happen.

The Lakers surely maintained their long-term view on the season with Bryant sitting out to rest his surgically repaired right knee and sprained left ankle. But here's where the Lakers are narrowly focusing on Dallas. Fisher, who also often rests in the interest of staying healthy, took extra shots Wednesday and talked with assistant coaches Chuck Person and Jim Cleamons at length. No one uttered anything about the possibility of catching San Antonio. And Jackson implored his team to crank up the velocity during their scrimmage in hopes that that would prepare the Lakers to match Dallas' speed without making mistakes.

"Around this time, you're starting to see games that will become big games," Bryant said. "You're trying to build rhythm and consistency. All these games are good measuring sticks to see how we're going to go into the playoffs."

The Lakers' resurgent defense -- led by Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest's improved offense, Bryant's increased aggressiveness and improved health, Gasol and Odom's consistency and renewed energy -- has proved to be good enough so far. That, of course, won't guarantee that the Lakers can end Dallas' four-game winning streak; contain Dirk Nowitzki, whom Jackson called "one of most prolific guys in the game"; prevent Shawn Marion from having another season-high performance; or stop reserve Jason Terry from having a selling point for sixth man of the year. But as the Lakers demonstrated during Wednesday's practice and with their attitude toward Dallas, they're ready.

"Some runs are different because sometimes you win games because you're just hot and you're just shooting the hell out of the ball," Bryant said. "Other times you're doing it because of the defense. Sometimes it's a combination of both. In this instance, we're just minimizing mistakes. We're just executing well. This is not something where we're on fire or hot or anything like that. We're just doing our jobs the right way."

-- Mark Medina
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LakerTom,

you wrote: You can attribute much of Phil Jackson’s success to the fact that he was able to get Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to buy into sharing the ball so the Bulls and Lakers would be championship teams. Rather than demanding that Michael and Kobe play the game the way it should be played, Phil used his intelligence and guile to get the two superstars to come to the conclusion on their own that sharing the ball would help them win championships. That’s the real secret to Phil’s 11-and-counting rings.

my response:

excuse me?

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199806140UTA.html

How do you get "sharing the ball" from this box score? MJ shot the ball
35 times and had 1 assist. 35 FRICKIN' TIMES!!!!

Is this another one of those "stats mean nothing" ?


I have a different opinion. I think MJ decided to put a knife into Karl Malone
and PJ said .. "Go Ahead".

THIRTY FIVE FRICKIN' TIMES!!!!!

Phil: Look Mike. I really want to win the game. You've got to share the ball.

MJ: Look Phil. I really want to win the game too. Tell you what. I'll share the
ball w/ the refs & the hoop. Sound good?

Phil: *sigh* I'm just going to meditate on this.

Phil to Tex: He still doesn't get that he should pass the ball.

Tex to Phil: You're trying to teach a lion to eat grass. Stop. Lions kill. It's what
they do. Just get the "Shout" ready so we can clean up after the "red rain".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6BesY5Doec

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199806100CHI.html

MJ shares the ball with the hoop & the refs 27 times. W/ his teammates twice.

Byron Russell's nightmare just won't end:
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Fellow Lakerholics,

Allow me to repost. Concerning our play-off match-ups and home-court advantage: It is immaterial, insignificant, meaningless and any other synonym you can think of for "irrelevant" given our health and level of play right now. No team is going to beat us in a 7 game series. Period.

Lookin' forward to tomorrow night's game, should have a playoff atmosphere. Hope the guys come out ready from the start and don't let up until the final buzzer sounds. Keel them! :-)

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Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

And I hate to break it to you but this IS a new season. There are new components of the team, new opponents, new obstacles, and new challenges. They cannot rest on the laurels of previous success, they have to continue to achieve it with this year's team. All threepeat teams are not created equal.

I could assume that as long as a team is championship tested, they have nothing to worry about but I probably would have lost a lot of money betting on the Yankees, Phillies, and Saints in the last few months and I probably would have lost the house on the 2004 finals.

Posted by: Bay to LA | March 30, 2011 at 05:57 PM
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Respectfully, we disagree. Much like I remain convinced that you don't fully grasp the concept of the "practice season," I remain convinced about everything else I spelled out in my previous post to you. Of course every season is different and presents a different set of challenges, but being a team that has been to three consecutive NBA Finals gives this team a tremendous advantage over every other team because its head coach and core players have experienced almost every scenario imaginable. They clawed for the #1 seed in 2008, they dominated the regular season in 2009, they battled through a multitude of injuries and battled against a championship tested warrior in the NBA Finals in 2010 after laying an egg down the stretch in the regular season. In many ways, last season was historically underrated because it is a very difficult task to repeat to begin with.

You have a habit of making horribly inaccurate assumptions. You implied from our discussions that I believe the regular season means "nothing." Not true. I have said that for a champion tested, championship seasoned team like the Lakers, the regular season is treated as "preparation" for the playoffs. That's hardly "nothing." Now you make the implication that I have said that the Lakers are "resting on laurels of previous success." Also not true. These Lakers have a wealth of knowledge from their previous successes and are building on it.

I agree that not all three-peat team are not created equal, but this team as of right now is healthier (knock on wood), more experienced and, yes, deeper than last year's team. In 1989, the Lakers were hobbled and worn out, so that team fell short. Same with the 1991 Pistons. And yes, circumstances such as teams on the rise (1989 Pistons; 1991 Bulls) and three-peat teams that really weren't THAT great anyway (1996 Rockets) also intervene. The Lakers don't fall into the category of injured (knock on wood again) or mediocre like that Rockets team, but there are some teams on the rise (OKC, Dallas, Bulls, Miami) who will be interesting match-ups in the playoffs, so I am not making any assumptions. But I am confident, just like the analysts on NBA TV are right now (Reggie Miller: "experienced and skilled"). Dennis Scott says that the Lakers "have to be the prohibitive favorites to three-peat."

At Staples Center, the Lakers don't hang Division Championship banners, unlike their co-tenant NHL LA Kings. That is because the regular season accomplishments have little meaning to them. In fact, they don't hang Conference Championship banners either and they abhor the ceremony when they are crowned the Western Conference champion and I only remember Andrew Bynum putting his cap on in 2009.

So take your cautiously optimistic/pessimistic approach and look through those lenses as much as you want. Toss out the Lakers accomplishments, wipe the slate clean and treat this like just any other team trying to win a championship if you must. While you look at the Lakers under a microscope, I choose to pull out my Telestron NexStar 4 SE and look not only at the Big Picture, but at the more expansive Dynasty spanning the history of this great game which has blessed this great organization with a mindset that second place is simply unacceptable.

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Andrew is the key to the season ... the proverbial X-Factor. Stay healthy "big guy" because the Championship is on your shoulders. We have an offensive minded team with Kobe putting up a lot of shots and the remainder of the team in love with the long range bombs and 3 ball. Your presence in the paint will neutralize those misses with your offensive rebounds.

On the defensive end, Ron will do his best on the perimeter but if and when the opponent gets into the paint, the team will rely on you for that last line of defense - smart D... not the flagrant style stuff that you are NOT known for - and ripping down those defensive boards.

I really believe if Andrew can get to 100%, remain out of foul trouble and continue to embrace the role that this team requires, he will be the Finals MVP. He is that important to this team because again, the Lakers have a tendency to shoot themselves out of a game but solid D in the paint coupled with offensive and defensive rebounds will completely neutralize those "bad shooting" nights.

Yes, the team is 15-1 since the All Star break but they're doing what they're supposed to do against inferior teams. Beginning tomorrow, the schedule stiffens up again and this team cannot rest on its laurels.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7adyWRtWoFM

"We're worried about our execution. That's all we did then and that's all we'll do now." #24 K. Bryant


"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!!

It looks like Ratliff was playing in the video. I hope to see him playing some minutes (like when Bynum has foul trouble) before the playoffs start.

bay and 888 - great discussions between the both of you...Thank you both for keeping it professional and civil...

Jon K - my wife just inspected both my ears...no vermin or parasites...I do have a physical next week...I will make sure the doctor takes an inner ear swab and to make sure to check my blood work for any parasites or infections...Till I get scientific evidence to justify your warnings...I will keep the cats close and cuddle all I can...lol

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RSP - I have to give you credit for the excellent response to my 3 guesses on your true identity...Using the classic 'Casey Struck Out' was very clever and cute...So I guess I struck out and was wrong on my answers...This has really peaked my curiosity...and so who is up to bat next...and if you pitch a shut out...do we ever find out the truth???

I don't count out the Cheats, just hate them...I hate the Chowds also, but the difference is, I respect that organization...no need to explain why...But like I have repeated many times here...No matter who we meet in the Finals...and I firmly believe we make the Finals...(unless the health factor gets us)...I still don't see any team that can take us in a 7 game series...HCA or not...

Lakeshow Baybee!!!

I just wish it was the Playoffs already...

JAMF- welcome back girl!!!!!!

Yeah, I second that motion...welcome back JAMF!


Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

Go Dodgers!

How about the idea of Mark Cuban becoming the owner of the Dodgers? Hmm...

LakerTom

Another in a series of insightful posts at 6:19 PM in the prior thread. May I suggest that it's not as simple as getting MJ and Kobe to share the ball, or getting Andrew Bynum to buy into his role as primary defender, rebounder and enforcer on defense, but that it goes much deeper than that. I think Phil Jackson has an uncanny way of getting his players to "make it THEIR idea." Alpha Dogs like MJ and Kobe are such difficult puppies to train that maximizing their potential must come from within. Philip finds a way to get these players to channel their inner greatness in ways that other coaches have never figured out. Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are not a natural "team" players, but they are winners, driven by a more selfish force than say natural winners like Magic Johnson or Wayne Gretzky of the more unselfish ilk. How does a coach reconcile those two opposite forces .. players with a selfish mentality in a team sport who refuse to lose? Huh? And to think he did it for 3 consecutive seasons with Shaq and young Kobe!

To me, this is what separates Phil from Red Auerbach. Red Auerbach had the luxury of a transcendent, unselfish center who did things defensively that had not been seen before Bill Russell entered the league and Auerbach had this unselfish team player throughout his entire tenure with the Celtics. Russell was more athletic than any center who preceded him and did something that was brand new to the NBA - block shots, play above the rim and start fast breaks. All Russell wanted to do was win and involve his teammates. Compare Russell's mentality, before the days of huge contracts, to MJ's and Kobe's (never mind "feed the beast" Shaq). Also, remember that Russell entered the league 3 years before Wilt and already had his championship nucleus built around him. Yet I digress ...

The point is that Phil Jackson brings the best out of the egotistical, selfish, entitled modern day superstar in ways that none of us an fully understand. At some point, probably when he left after the 2003-04 season, he got deep down inside Kobe's id and the result is the reincarnation of Michael Jordan. Kobe always wanted this; Phil dished him the dime! The skills for both of these megastars was always there. The desire to win was always there. Trusting their teammates and channeling their talents in a way that resulted in championships was not always there.

And now we have young Andrew to look forward to as he evolves on both ends of the court. Hopefully Phil has been here long enough to nudge Bynum into being the next great Lakers center. May Drew get and stay healthy. Thank you Coach Eleven Rings. We still have something to look forward to.

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I'm still waiting for someone to explain to me how a man can shoot the
ball 35 times & have 1 assist and still be considered a "TEAM" player.

MJ had Scottie Pippen & Steve Kerr on his team. 1 assist????

Because his "team" won 6 titles. If that number were 0, we'd only hear "who was better, Dominique or MJ?"

I'm still waiting for someone to explain to me how a man can shoot the
ball 35 times & have 1 assist and still be considered a "TEAM" player.

Posted by: hobbitmage | March 30, 2011 at 09:49 PM
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Didn't he have a rebound and 4 steals, too? They won by a point, 87-86. He went 15-35 from the field and 12-15 from the line, while his teammates went 19-32 from the field and 3-4 form the line. The focus was so much on MJ, that he made his teammates better because they were able to have good looks while he was double and triple teamed. He refused to lose so much that he pushed someone away from him to score the game winner. And they let him. Winners do it in different ways. This was Michael jordan willing his team to win. They won and he was their Alpha Dog, so that's the answer to the question I suppose.

Dallas Beat the Clippers. And I Say:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjwVwASlVn4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON...."

this was written:

Didn't he have a rebound and 4 steals, too? They won by a point, 87-86. He went 15-35 from the field and 12-15 from the line, while his teammates went 19-32 from the field and 3-4 form the line. The focus was so much on MJ, that he made his teammates better because they were able to have good looks while he was double and triple teamed. He refused to lose so much that he pushed someone away from him to score the game winner. And they let him. Winners do it in different ways. This was Michael jordan willing his team to win. They won and he was their Alpha Dog, so that's the answer to the question I suppose.

my response: Then a man who goes 6-24, w/ "15" rebounds & TWO assists
has to also be considered as a man who willed his team to win and was an
Alpha Dog. Therefore, he played team basketball.

Cool.

The next time someone talks about Kobe not playing "TEAM" basketball
please repost this. :)

This was written:

Because his "team" won 6 titles. If that number were 0, we'd only hear "who was better, Dominique or MJ?"

my response: Ok. So, one Kobe wins 6 titles the Kobe is a ballhog crap will
be forever put to rest, right?

KobeMVP888, yes, we agree to disagree.

To me, the experience the Lakers have will be very important when playoff time comes but what the previous threepeat teams regular season record was, where they were at this time, and what they did in the playoffs is irrelevant to this season. How they fare against their opponents this year is all that matters this year. They can be better than the 2002 Lakers, the 1998 Bulls, or the 1993 Bulls, but if they're not better than the 2011 Spurs, it won't matter.

In the same breath, if they win this year, they still have every chance of winning next year even though the previous threepeat teams didn't pull it off. Phil Jackson weren't designed to win 3 championships at a time, I'm sure he would have much rather won every year but as we all know, even a single championship is a very tough task to accomplish.

my response: Then a man who goes 6-24, w/ "15" rebounds & TWO assists
has to also be considered as a man who willed his team to win and was an
Alpha Dog. Therefore, he played team basketball.

Cool.

The next time someone talks about Kobe not playing "TEAM" basketball
please repost this. :)
Posted by: hobbitmage | March 30, 2011 at 10:19 PM
====

There's no question about it. Kobe Bryant had 10 points in the 4th quarter and was 8-9 from the line in that quarter. He also had 4 rebounds in that quarter, more than Kevin Garnett had the whole game. After Derek Fisher tied the game at 64-64, this was the following sequence:

Kobe defensive rebound; Kobe 2 free throws; Kobe Defensive rebound; Kobe 17 foot jump shot. 68-64 and they never looked back. He had 1 assist later in that quarter to Ron Artest for the most important basket of the game. Kobe Bryant's team won by 4 points in large part because he closed the 4th quarter out as only he can do. He didn't need no stinking push off to win the game.

Yes, Kobe Bryant's Game 7 performance, as sub-par as it was for 3 quarters, was every bit as effective as MJ's Game 6 vs. a so-so Utah team. and then some.

Phil once asked MJ "Who's open?" .. simple question with an answer embedded, go figure, hmmm, message of Nirvana, Bhodisatva, Enlightenment, Samadhi, a divine message from Zen master to his arrogant pupil or commonly known as Alpha Dog..

Another simple but profounf message from 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."

WOW far out!!

kobefan,

35 shots in 1 game. To have any sort of credibility you need to address that.

I know. You won't. That's why you're a troll.

However, feel free to keep demonstrating your hypocrisy.

Bay to LA

I find it fascinating that you find Phil Jackson's experience in these situstions and his body of work "irrelevant" to this season. Kobe and Fish were there once before, too. As you would say: "Wow!"

@hobbit – Jumping into the deejay booth with a double shot of Gabriel….niiice!

@Gdub – Oh yeah that was a sweet collabo!

@MVP – I enjoyed your description of other would be 3peaters - 89 Lakers, 91 Pistons and 96 Rockets. Well done.

i don't think people really understand how inportant the bench players really are, even when they play zero minutes in the game. that little bit of practice tape is a good example of just how important they are to the first team being ready to play. even Luke and Joe Smith play an important role in winning games and the championship, even if it's out of the public eye.

+1 on mud's comments on the importance of bench players. In addition to your points, I think they are valuable for interpersonal/socio-emotional reasons. These players spend a lot of time together, and people are generally more motivated when they like, trust, and respect the people they work with. Although not a bench player, I think Fish is a prime example. I believe Fish's value is greater behind the scenes than on the court through his leadership and calming presence. To a lesser degree, I believe Sasha played an important role because he had bit of a mentor-mentee relationship with Kobe, and was fiercely loyal to him. On the other hand, a bench player who complains and talks behinds people's back (e.g., a secret informant) can be toxic to a team environment.

Interesting question -- Phil loves tall ball handling guards. Question if he was coaching Magic Johnson in his prime - who usually had the ball in his hands the majority of the time (something that is a no-no in the triangle) would Phil have (a) not run the triangle and let Magic do his thing - he was the most devastatingly effective PG in the history of the game - simple evidence the ENTIRE TEAM FG percent was greater than 50% during his reign showing how he made it so easy for the teammates - in the 85 season he averaged nearly 13 assists per game that is sickening if you think about it and ran the most fun to watch basketball the world will ever see
OR
Ask to TRade Magic....

Now people don't think about this - when the lakers had the Dream TEam - Gary Payton was a still a pretty good PG - true PG which Phil doesn't like - the first 20 games the lakers were 19-1 ....that is because Gary didn't run the triangle and didn't like it - the excuse was they were still learning so he was able to get away with it...Later Phil forced him to run the triangle - totally taking his effectiveness away - he sat and pouted for most of the season resulting in the lakers losing while Chauncey Billups ate them alive in the 2004 finals with Detroit...

Any thoughts?

If Payton would've made a few of those wide open looks, the Lakers would be chasing #18

The glove didn't fit. The mail never got delivered.

Game Day Baby!

Matchups:
Kobe vs Rod - Advantage Lakers
Jason vs Fish - Advantage Dallas
Chandler vs Drew - Adv. Lakers
Dirk vs Pau - Close
Marion vs Ron - Close

Bench - Adv. Dallas - very good bench
Closer - Adv Lakers
Momentum - Even
Venue - Lakers
Coach - Lakers
Owner - Lakers
Roll Call - ?

Close game, but Lakers get the W. It may all comes down to the roll call... ;-)

We have a had a nice stretch of fairly easy games and time off. In the next two weeks we have Dallas, Denver, Portland in Portland, SA in SA, and OKC. Not to mention Sacremento, Utah twice, and GS. That is 9 games in 14 days. I hope Kobe got some rest this week.

I am a Lakerholic.

Wow, looking at the Dallas roster, they are looking pretty good. Dirk is awesome. Kid and Terry are excellent. Shawn Marion has always played us tough over the years. Chandler is getting better and better (shooting 64.4%) and his backup, Haywood, is 7'tall and 265 lbs. Peja is a great shooter. JJ had 22 points last night off the bench and is the kind of small, quick guard who gives us problems. I hope we come loaded for bear because this team is very good on the road and is on a roll. I think we need to start strong and build an early lead. They have a good inside and outside game which could make it a long night. At last, a worthy opponent... ;-)

Go Lakers!

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Who Believes? Climb on Board
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srafrank
lewstrs
3PeatKB24
k.b. all day
Lakerevolution
Lakers4Life3242
Laker's Fan in Boston
Jefe101
diandra

TRINITY - "What's he doing"?
MORPHEUS - "He's starting to believe"..... "He's the one"!!!

I BELIEVE BABY!!!

TRINITY - "You've been down that road before Mamba"
MAMBA - "And I'm going down it again"

This bus is on cruise control at the moment. around 9th gear now, going all the way to 17th gear!!

Posted by: srafrank | March 30, 2011 at 07:08 PM

Thank God, game night already! No way the laker's are pulling a rabbit out of the hat and landing the #1 seed over SA...sorry but that buss is gunna crash & burn. We'll be fine at #2 in the West, with HC over the Eastern Conf teams hopefully.
If we can make the finals, which won't be easy, I think the Cheat would be our biggest challenge due to match ups. Let's start bt beating Dallas tonight first...monster game for the loss column!!! GO LAKERS


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