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Lakers facing different circumstances than at the end of last season

60456183Taped on the marker board in the Lakers' locker room are the NBA standings. On the TV in the same room there's usually another NBA game that players gaze at in between interviews, treatments and pregame shooting routines. They serve as the perfect illustration for what's made this team so much different compared to last season's.

The Lakers (53-20) have gone 15-1 since the All-Star break, remain only four games behind the San Antonio Spurs and enter Thursday's game against the Dallas Mavericks with a one-game lead for the second spot. At this point last season, the Lakers battled month-long inconsistencies, worrying more about maintaining health than improving their play, considering they had longly secured the top spot in the Western Conference.

"There wasn't really any pressure as far as our conference," Lakers forward Pau Gasol acknowledged. "It was more about Cleveland and the other side. It was different. Kobe [Bryant] was also banged up and couldn't finish some of those games. It was out of the normal scenario. This year there is pressure on the standings and there's a team right behind us and a team we're trying to catch in front of us. We have to react."

Both Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher remain skeptical in feeding that storyline. Fisher said the Lakers follow the NBA standings simply because it's in their inclination to do so both as competitors wanting to sharpen their preparation and as fans hoping to satisfy their hoops fix. Fisher, after all, walked right past the television screen showing Memphis' upset Sunday over San Antonio with very little reaction. Meanwhile, Bryant argued the team's fixation should stay on remaining sharp instead of becoming consumed with other teams' results. Bryant, after all, maintained the same even-keeled demeanor after the the Lakers' 102-84 victory Sunday over New Orleans as he did when the Lakers lost three consecutive games, including one to Cleveland, before the All-Star break. But Lakers Coach Phil Jackson is mindful that the standings race helped spur an urgency that may not have been there if the Lakers could've afforded coasting.

"It's about having to get the season going," said Jackson, who increased practice times this season when he thought the Lakers dropped too far in the standings. "It's about the way we got it going or else we're just going to labor along in third, fourth place. The idea is to get to second place and find a way to hold onto it so we can have the best seeding we can have in the playoffs. We thought the Spurs had too big of a lead at that particular time. They may have too big a lead and it looks far-fetched. But still we have to play for it. That's what we play for and that's what you do with this game is keep pushing the envelope and see how far you can get."

60455352There's no doubt the Lakers are trying to embrace the pressure in keeping up with the Western Conference contenders, let alone the Eastern Conference. The Lakers have pulled even with Chicago for the NBA's second-best record, something that could give the Lakers home-court advantage in three consecutive NBA Finals appearances.

"There's a lot of motivation," guard Shannon Brown said. "We know their situation. We know they're trying to get home court. They've been playing well all year. If we can catch them and get home court, that'll be the best thing."

But they're by no means breaking down all the possible scenarios that have to work out in their favor. After all, the following scenarios can be rather confusing. The Spurs have eight games left, including seven against teams with winning records and one of them being the Lakers at Staples Center on April 12. The Spurs also enter Tuesday night's game against Portland with a three-game losing streak and won't have the services of both Tim Duncan (sprained ankle), Tony Parker (bruised knee) and Manu Ginobili (bruised thigh). The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains in great detail why the Lakers would likely hold the tiebreaker over Dallas, even if it took the regular-season series lead, pointing out the Lakers' securing the Pacific Division still gives them a strategic advantage. The Mavericks' nine remaining games only feature three playoff teams, including their game with the Lakers. Meanwhile, the Lakers' matchup Thursday with Dallas concludes the final contest of a seven-game homestand, Five of their remaining games feature playoff opponents and two include games against the Utah Jazz, a team on the playoff fringes that always gives the Lakers a fight.

The Lakers are playing at their best thanks to various tactical changes as well.

The Lakers post All-Star play has featured Andrew Bynum playing a large role in the team's limiting teams to under 100 points in 13 of 16 games, Ron Artest is improving compared to his season-average in both points and field-goal percentage, Bryant scoring at least 30 points in the past three games and the team appearing more interested.

"We're playing much better basketball right now at this stage than we were last year, obviously," Bryant said.

That's because last season presented a much different story. The Lakers were 5-6 in their last 11 games, 17-11 since the All-Star break and compiled only a 22-18 record against playoff teams. They went 7-6 without Bynum (strained left Achilles' tendon), while Bryant missed four of the last five games to rest assorted injuries, including his fractured right index finger, sore right knee and sprained left ankle. There was also Bryant's 21 of 70 clip in the last three games before sitting out the final two, Artest remaining an offensive liability and the bench remaining a liability, period.

"We're healthier this year," Artest said. "Kobe was really struggling last year, but he did what he had to do. This year he's going to have a great playoffs."

The Lakers' 15-1 mark since the All-Star break perfectly coincides with how the Lakers' finished in the last month in four of their past five title runs in the last decade, including the 1999-2000 team (20-4), 2000-2001 team (18-7), 2001-2002 team (18-7) and the 2008-2009 team (17-5). It also could establish a nearly identical path to the Lakers closing out the 2000-2001 season with an eight-game winning streak. Even if Artest argues this current stretch "gives us a good sense of how we're going to be" because "everybody is playing hard," the Lakers have made very little of their recent success.

"We feel good about the way we're playing, but there's not a sense of accomplishment for winning a lot of regular season games at this point," Fisher said. "We obviously love winning more than losing, but I don't think we're patting ourselves on the back necessarily for having a good stretch right now. However we finish this season, it's for naught if we don't go into the postseason we need to go into it and win a title."

That's because last season's 6-7 mark in the last 13 games of the 2009-10 season bore very little resemblance to how everything turned out in the postseason. This wasn't a case of the Lakers flipping on the switch. Oklahoma City woke them up in a competitive first-round series. Bryant's knee drain helped him become more dominant. Bynum's knee drain helped him at least remain on the court. And Gasol, Fisher and Artest all produced timely contributions.

NBA.com's John Schuhmann also explains in great detail that post-All Star break success can mean very little. He mentions that the team with the better post All-Star break record won just eight of the 15 playoff series in 2010. That's why the Lakers would prefer dwelling on the various nuances, such as improving the bench's consistency, lamenting blown leads and ensuring everyone else maintains their high output. Thankfully they have the standings race to help push the Lakers along, even if they don't want it to define their season.

"We're not worried about skipping steps," Bryant said. "We're worried about our execution. That's all we did then and that's all we'll do now."

-- Mark Medina

mgmedin@gmail.com

Top photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has his shot challenged by New Orleans center Emeka Okafor in the game Sunday night at Staples Center. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Bottom photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has his driving layup challenged by Hornets center Emeka Okafor in the first half Sunday evening at Staples Center. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

 
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Island Priest,

you wrote: It is not hard to know more than kobe because he only has a high school education. Hobbit you are depending on the bleacher report to support your argument? In game 7 against the Cs pau had 17 rebounds and every rebound was from the brick kobe shot. Pau was the true mvp and it was stolen by kb24. He is doing to pau what shaq did to him. It is wrong and if he tries it again pau will let him sink. Plus Phil did win because he got to coach mj the greatest ever and that lexus imitation kobe

my response:

Is that it? Is that all you've got? That's really the best you can do??

*sigh*

Ok. School's in session. Pay attention because I choose my words carefully
and I'll only say this once. [ smirk ]

re: Kobe and high school education. His math seems to be fine. He knows
how to count.

ex. 1 Regular season MVP
2 Scoring Tittles
3 quarters is all it takes for him to single-handedly outscore the Mavs
4 all-star MVP's
5 championship rings
8 all nba defense

ok those are single digits.

12 all nba
30 pts in a quarter
81 pts in a game

& next year he'll be hittin' that cash register for 30 mil per year.

If this is what only having a high school education takes, SIGN ME UP!

re: the true finals MVP of last year.

I TOLD YOU TO PAY ATTENTION!

That's one demerit for being silly & another demerit for not paying attention.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/645477-kobe-bryant-los-angeles-lakers-their-top-15-current-myths?utm_source=newsletter#page/

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One of the biggest lies told today about Kobe Bryant is that he didn’t deserve the 2010 Finals MVP award. Instead, the people who claim this assert that Pau Gasol was the real Finals MVP.

[ Crap! Does this make you a liar? ]

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However, in Game 3, Pau only managed 13 points compared to the 29 points Kobe scored (although Kobe did have a poor shooting night).

In Game 4, Gasol had 21 points but managed just six rebounds, compared to the 33 points Kobe scored while making 6-11 three-pointers.

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n Game 5, Gasol only scored 12 points on 5-12 shooting and only got to the free throw line for three attempts—a stat that indicates he simply was not being aggressive enough to help LA win. Overall in Boston, Gasol shot just .457 from the field, a poor mark for a seven-footer.

Comparatively, Kobe had 38 points in Game 5 while shooting 13-27. Had Gasol played dominantly in either of the Lakers’ losses in Boston, his team might have pulled out an extra win.

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A lot of people look at Kobe’s 6-24 performance in Game 7 as “proof” that he didn’t deserve the MVP award, implying the misconceived notion that the award should be based off of just one game, rather than the whole series.

What they fail to realize, however, is that Kobe’s 23 points led all scorers and his 15 rebounds were second only to Gasol. While Kobe had a poor shooting night, Gasol only shot 6-16 from the field and a dismal 7-13 from the charity stripe.

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In addition, Kobe guarded Rajon Rondo, arguably the best player on the Celtics, throughout most of the series and he did a decent job of containing him. As the leader of the offense, as Rondo goes, so do the Celtics most nights.

Throw in the fact that Kobe averaged 28.6 ppg in the series compared to Gasol’s 18.6 ppg, and it further becomes clear that of the two players, Kobe had the better all-around series.

re: Phil coaching MJ. Do you have ADD? We're talking about the Lakers.
MJ has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LAKERS!

MJ doesnt' wear purple & gold. Never has. Never will. Stay on the topic.


Now let me ask you an honest question:

Are you *REALLY* a Lakers fan or are you just a troll who comes in looking
for a beatdown?

While you can rant against Kobe until you pop a blood vessel ... here's the
thing. The Lakers have won 5 championships in the last 11 years because of
the HEROICS of Kobe Bean Bryant.

That's gotta hurt you inside. Were you hawkin' Vanessa before she hooked
up with the BEAN? Did you lose $$ on a game, because Kobe went off
and dropped 50?

Is this when you started to have nightmares?

http://slumz.boxden.com/f16/kobe-bryant-greatest-games-iii-kobe-33pts-vs-michael-jordan-36pts-1997-a-1513422/

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While the Bulls won handedly this game was very interesting because Kobe came off of the bench for 29 minutes of action and scored 33 points against MJ. Jordan had 36 points in 35 minutes.

Kobe shot 9-15 from inside the arc and 3 of 5 from 3 point range. Percentage wise Kobe shot better than Jordan did who went 11-20 from two and 1-2 from three.

Are you from Colorado and you can't believe that a white woman would be
interested in a black man?

Listen up. MJ said Kobe was a top 10 all time guard. NOBODY has said
anything remotely like this about Pau.

Let me ask you a couple more questions ...

re: that whole finals MVP thing.

Did Pau need his knee drained 2-3 times?
Did Pau play with a broken finger for half of the season?
Did Pau have to change his shot to compensate for arthritis in his finger?


You need to let it go. Go grab some Mahi Mahi. Go drink a mai tai or
somethin'. Just let it go.

Someday somebody is going to hit you with a Kobe record book and you'll be
walkin' funny for the rest of your miserable life. Just let it go man. Let it go.

Kobe has it right. Stay focused and execute and title is ours.


@HUMANOMALY… Congrats on the Friedman, Howard. Excellent observations on how running the Triangle Offense correctly almost makes decisions for ball handlers as cutters naturally come open. The problem with Brown in my opinion is a lack of vision. He just doesn’t see how the play is coming together, where things will be one or two or three heartbeats later. With Blake, I just think it’s a case of not yet having enough experience in the Triangle to see the flow of play and where it’s going.
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@BAY TO LA… “All regular-season games, I hold something back. We really have much more extensive things we do in the playoffs." –Phil Jackson. I’m never quite sure what your angle is. Are you saying that Phil is not telling the truth because you don’t see any difference between how we play in the playoffs versus the regular season? I’m trying to understand why you have a problem with that statement because to me it’s verity is pretty obvious and it would never come to mind to doubt it.
….
During the regular season, the Lakers basically make little adjustments for whom they’re playing because in most cases, they usually don’t have the time to practice special plays between games. The playoffs are an entirely different animal in that you play the same team as many as 7 times, so not only do you game plan in detail specifically for that opponent but you also adjust that game plan after each game, exploiting opponents’ weakness and fortifying your own. That’s when coaching counts.
….
I think the biggest statistic you are going to find to show that Phil obviously makes great adjustments in the playoffs is how he does when the real games begin, how is his playoffs coaching record. 11 rings and counting is impressive enough but how about going for a possible fourth three-peat? Everybody acknowledges how difficult it is to re-peat, not even to mention three-peating. Yet, Phil is in position to have accomplished that incredible feat four times. How about the stat that he is 48-0 when his team wins the first two games of a series? He is the coaching Kobe Bryant when it comes to closing.
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TOM

Celtics lose again...some things just never get old.


@HOBBITMAGE… ROFLMAO. That was so funny. I almost feel sorry for Island Priest but he’s totally lost his perspective and gone over the edge. And rather him than 888. LOL.. IP once was able to post reasonably about Kobe but recently it’s like he swallowed a DFish pill or something and has become a virtual Kobe stalker. Anyway, that was a masterful job of setting things right but, hobbit, you have WAAAAAAY too much time on your hands. :-)
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TOM

Today on ESPN Coast to Coast, Bruce Bowen was asked why should anyone believe the Spurs can beat the Lakers in the playoffs. Bruce Bowen replied, "Well, first of all, they already won that series 3-1 this year."

There must have been a phantom game nobody saw.

Today on ESPN Coast to Coast, Bruce Bowen was asked why should anyone believe the Spurs can beat the Lakers in the playoffs. Bruce Bowen replied, "Well, first of all, they already won that series 3-1 this year."

There must have been a phantom game nobody saw.

“You can’t change the past,
but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future”
Harvey Mackay

Of course,
I’d prefer that the Kings remain in Sacramento, or at least move to San Jose...
too many great fans from Stockton to Redding are getting an undeserved
“Royal” shaft on this one, but, you know me...
Kings? Royals? I’m a Royal Kings fan...that’s how it works.

(And they is starting to look good...anyone noticed?
Conceivably, they could be the best team in Socal within 2-years.
A fun, young team, and DMC is going to be an absolute monster! )

“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action arrives,
stop thinking and go in”
Andrew Jackson

http://media.sacbee.com/smedia/2011/03/28/16/20110328151850799.source.prod_affiliate.4.pdf

Meanwhile, back at the dairy, things are starting to heat up.
Enthusiastic “thattaboys” can be heard loudly eminating
from both Laker and Clipper ownership camps.
Can’t blame them.
Maybe some hardball. It could get ugly.
NBA fans everywhere lose on this one.
Sacramento Kings fans end up being the big losers.
The Magoofs already are.

Go Kings!
Go Niners!
Go SF Giants!

Sonnybelfast

Hobbit, that post was rad! Oh man, that was a serious Island Priest beatdown!

Looks like the Bulls is going to loose to Philly...

It's really hard to enjoy this blog with so much bickering like a bunch of 4th graders.

How old is everyone, seriously?

@Hobbit

About Kobe having a high school education and therefore dumb according to Island Priest...Kobe is trilingual. I don't know many uneducated people who can speak 3 freaking languages!

Celtics lost tonight. Bulls are down 13 with a minute left.
All is good in basketball world.

Hey,

Anyone watching the Bulls game?

This is big business right here; there's basically 90 seconds left and the Bulls are down by 10! Yeah!

If they lose, we have best record. Technicaly, we tie I think, but we have the better conference record, and the tie breaker with it. We'll be up by 2 in the tie breaker category, I think. It's the better Conference record.

This is HUGE news.

Oh yeah! And, it's in Chicago! And, Boston already lost...

Wes

I must interject into this cat and dog argument a demand that the blog's beloved animal be included in the mix.

Lets talk about the value of dead horses.

We agree on one thing !!!! Life is too short to keep arguing with you Fisher loving know nothings !!!!!

Posted by: S Perkins | March 28, 2011 at 06:48 PM

Simple solution to your problem Troll: GTFO the blog and save yourself some misery

Island Priest: give it up man, you look like a fool. Hobbit's been giving you a beatdown left and right since you started posting this ish on the blog. why dont you post in TrueHoop, at least that dude that looks like Sloth will give you comfort...

TrueFan1947 (1/30/2010 at 8:22 AM) Report Violation
After watching the NBA for 50 years, literally since the first Lakers season in Los Angeles in 1960, I know the meaning of the "long regular season schedule".... it's preparation and practice for the Playoffs. Since the Lakers have done this successfully in Los Angeles (10 times hoisting the O'Brien TROPHY) as well as in Minneapolis (5 times ), the franchise EXPECTS to "be there" at the end of the process. The franchise has only missed the post-season 5 times in their entire history, and has won it all 10 times since expansion and free agency (more times than any other franchise in the NBA). PJ will have them READY! Watch the learning and improvement curve over the remaining 34 games to witness the true potential of this Laker roster. NOW is when the Laker regular season will start to get interesting. With roughly 60% of the "practice season" done, the real work can now begin in earnest, with the full roster finally somewhat healthy and accessible to PJ for substitution patterns, trying different matchups, running guys in and out of games for reasons that only HE can fathom, tweaking, experimenting, and so forth. He's got that remaining 40% of the regular season to get the team playoff-ready. Vegas likes his chances, and so do I.

Bruce Bowen said LO won't be 6th Man of the year. According to Bowen, Lamar has played too many games as a starter and therefore does not qualify to become 6th man. If Bowen is talking about mere qualifications, then he is wrong. LO has played the requisite amount of games a reserve to be considered a 6th man of the year candidate.

Laker Kev,

"Celtics lose again...some things just never get old."

I laughed. Aloud. For more than a moment.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

srafrank (3/28/2011 at 7:23 PM)
Who Believes? Climb on Board The #1 seed Buss

I need a bus drawing:

#1 seed Bus

srafrank
3PeatKB24

mage- if you know how to count, how come you don't know how to use quotation marks or proper citation? I still can't tell you comments from the comments you are responding to.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

WE MISS JUSTA

GO LAKERS!

Thank you, hobbitmage for punching I.P. in the mouth.

Right now, if we were to make it to the finals, we'd have home court against anyteam we would face. And only the Spurs in the West would be at home against us. This si HUUUUUUGE news.

The odds of an actual 3peet appearing under the Christmas tree increase dramatically with home court, and tonight we got it!

I can't believe the Bulls lost at home....thank you God! You do love the Lakers the most!

Wes

POR - 79 S.A - 81: 5 mins left

S.Perkins - if we don't know squat about basketball...why hang out in OUR blog...As far as rooting for the Lakers...better than your bandwagon fanhood of the Cheats...No matter what you post, you will not change our feelings and attitude for the class act Derek Fisher...you might have better luck trying to convince us to like Mr King LeBrick...and that is going to be a cold day in hell...

yellowfever and 888 - you guys had me rolling and chocking I was laughing so hard...The walking in the sunset with PSP, and the holding hands was hilarious...a classic that will go down into the archives...

Jon K - I beg to differ but I have 3 cats...They give me nothing but love and affection and my wife and I consider them our kids, since the real ones are away from home and in school...They have never given me parasites, fleas, ticks, or any voodo spells...lol...Don't get me wrong, I love dogs too, but my cats are more independent, and with my busy schedule, it works our great...Anyone with any pets and don't spend time with them should have no business owning any animals...

As far as PJ holding back some cards to not tip his hand during the playoffs...He does it all the time, and since he has been the coach of the Lakers...I think alot of times he doesn't call timeouts or make adjustments during the regular season is purely, because of this...Why show your schemes or strategy, only to have that team have time to watch film and make a counter scheme...A prime example of this was the Miami game...We all said and asked, "why doesn't PJ put AB on Bosh..." I think it's because he didn't want to tip that one adjustment till the playoffs, if we were to meet the Cheats again...Just my theory, but not far fetched...

Well the Blazers let the SA game slip away...Same thing with the Thunder game yesterday...Now if you can't close games...you will be useless in the Playoffs...And I don't think Nate McMillan is holding back any moves so not to tip off his hand...lol

So here we come to the REAL season...this is why we do this all year...Let's put aside all petty issues...really come together and back our boys...Let's send them all the positive cosmic energy we can muster...like a senior member here says..."It's all about the LOVE"...which I would like to add:

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up Baybee!!! The Friedman Season

The Knicks finally win. Very entertaining game indeed. it was like watching college basketball... Lots of running, scrambling, and shooting.. and nothing much else.

Phred, do you have an email address for Justa?

Wes

S Perkins,

You are a curious parasite-addled monster to me, but I want to understand more.

Okay. You hate Derek Fisher. I get it.

Would you PLEASE go into detail as to:

1. Why you think he sucks as a player, and DO NOT include that he's a step slow. I want extensive details because you have not effectively laid out your argument in an intelligent fashion as of yet.

2. What do you think of Derek Fisher as a human being, outside of the game of basketball?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

hobbit is in great form today...great humor and fine posts...

Did you get your refill of Percocets...I'll trade you a couple of 750 mil Vicodins for a Percocet...I think the league will approve of the trade and feel no collusion...lol

Island Priest, there is no beating hobbit when it comes to Kobe Bryant...save yourself some grief and agree to disagree...that my friend will be the best outcome you can wish for...thinking otherwise is not wise or feasible...

Man, there is some heavy NBA drama being cast tonight. Will the Spurs really lose? If so, we'll be 3.5 out of 1st place, well within our grasp. But the Spurs are up by 2 with four and a half minutes to go....

Wes

Jon K, as we usually say around here. let them talk to the hand... i just scroll past S. Perkins post...no sensible argument can persuade them over to the light.

Go lakers!!!

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Here you go frank...knock yourself out...please add me to your bus, riding shotgun...(I just got my weapon concealment permit...;)

I didn't read the debate about cats, but I have a loving kitty. He is amazing. He comes and cuddles around my neck/head and literally licks the tip of my nose when he wants me to wake up. He meows and talks to you all the time, yet not in a weird way. He's a big fluffball and a huge suck. You should see him with cat treats, I am going to make a video and post on you tube.

Oh and my cat sits on my lap and watches entire basketball games with me. When the lakers lose he gives me extra cuddles, I think he's a smart guy.

Cats rule, but it all depends on the owner. I've had my cat since I was a kid and I think I was so rough and tumble with him that it made him just not be a grouch. I have seen some jerk cats over my life time and they scare me worse than dogs because they come and shit and piss on your stuff when you piss them off! no thansk!!

Bulls and Celtics lose. Spurs in a tight one in the 4th. I've got to give the Spurs credit. They are playing without their big 3 and are giving Portland all they can handle.

Bos & Chi lose their games tonight. Orl and SAS are behind in their respective contests. All is looking well for The Lakers to finish strong with a genuine opportunity to finish no less than 2nd place in the NBA.

Publicly, they say they're not watching the standings but Phil is publicly saying that he is. That's his job and the Lakers' is to "execute" per Kobe Bryant. I like what we're seeing: they're winning the games they're supposed to win and winning the games they have to win.

They have an opportunity to take advantage of the slumping Celtics, Spurs and tonight's Bulls' loss. You know what they say:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yeA_kHHLow


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


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


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


Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!

Laker Kev,

"Celtics lose again...some things just never get old."

I laughed. Aloud. For more than a moment.


I feel ya J.K. One of the details I'm going to put on my upcoming blog profile (loved yours btw) is that whereas I was born in L.A., my dad was from Fall River Mass. My memories of the family wars I grew up with make Celtic losses all the sweeter. I really hate that team!

Portland is up 87-81 with 2 minutes remaining in San Antonio... Blazers' defense is very very good. Magic was right, this Blazers are dangerous come playoffs.

And what has Danny Ainge done to the Celtics? He took away their tough as nails, young defender and now all the old guys are exposed. This might be one of the most dramatic trades in NBA history, and for all the worst resons. Unbeievable. And they had Miami right where they wanted them. What was he doing?

Portand, up 87-81 with 2.5 minutes left. They've scored 13 straight to end the game.

Wes

3 point play chance, Spurs. Uggg.

Airball.

1:35 to go, Blazers by 4.

Wes

WHOA hold the presses...Looks like POR turned it around and might win the Spurs game...

Lakers didn't even play, and we pick up games on Chi, Bos, and SA...

I love it when a plan comes together...

LEWSTRS,

"WHOA hold the presses...Looks like POR turned it around and might win the Spurs game...

Lakers didn't even play, and we pick up games on Chi, Bos, and SA...

I love it when a plan comes together..."

Sometimes it feels that way, doesn't it? I wonder how many "Stern Truthers" out there will start weaving nba conspiracy theories if the Lakers manage hca throughout the playoffs.

L O S E HAS 1 O YOU BUNCH OF LOSERS !!!!!

Posted by: S Perkins | March 28, 2011 at 07:40 PM

HUH???!!! Translation please. LOL!!

San Antonio, Boston and Chicago lost. I bet that hasn't happened on the same night all season.

We have home court in the finals as of right now (and a hypothetical post-season win over the Spurs)!

If we win all the remaining games we play, no one can take this precious home court away from us. We cna probably keep it with one or two losses, but I'm just saying--right now, it's ours and only a loss or two can take it from us. All the reason not to lose another game.

Wes

>>>>Symone Perkins:
Life is too short to keep arguing with you Fisher loving know nothings !!!!!
>>>>

Yet a Fisher hater knows everything?

S Perkins, you're the worst party clown we ever hired. Payment on the check will be stopped, and your agency notified of your performance here.


LA Lakers 2009-2010 Back-to-Back NBA Champions

Jon K. This one proves cats are evil

http://tinyurl.com/48t42do

We don;t need home court for the Spurs, but we certainly do for the Heat and Celtics, and probably the Bulls too.

This is the sweetest libation of all--the Lakers getting home court for any Eastern team.

So delicious and well fermented.

Wes

But it can be lost. With a loss, it's lost. No losses then.

Wes

Dang, some people really love their dead horses. They've been beating it for years. Literally from post to post to post.

Whooooooo!!! Spurs lost! Spurs Lost to Portland!...

Wow, this was less than 3 weeks ago......

>>>>
--Celtics #1 record in the EC, with easy schedule the rest of the way
--Celts have 4 game lead over LA in the loss column

Charlie Sheen on the Celtics : "WINNING!!!!"

Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | March 09, 2011 at 09:27 AM
>>>>

Never put your money on Charlie.


LA Lakers 2009-2010 Back-to-Back NBA Champions

Dang, some people really love their dead horses. They've been beating it for years. Literally from post to post to post.

Posted by: p ang | March 28, 2011 at 08:03 PM

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Excellent observation P Ang...

S.Perkins - I think I figured out your hatred for DFish...

Since Fish turned down the Cheats and Pat Riley, and signs with the Lakers for less...and you Cheats have been musical chairs trying to find tha PG...

You now blame Fish for everything wrong with your Cheats...I mean it's understandable...Hell I would be mad too if Bibby was my point guard...

LMAO...

National Basketball Association
W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF
x - San Antonio (1) 57 17 .770 - 33-4 24-13 10-5 35-11
y - Chicago (1) 53 20 .726 3 ½ 32-5 21-15 13-1 32-13
y - LA Lakers (2) 53 20 .726 3 ½ 28-8 25-12 11-3 32-11
y - Boston (2) 51 22 .699 5 ½ 29-8 22-14 11-3 33-11
x - Dallas (3) 52 21 .712 4 ½ 26-11 26-10 6-8 30-13
x - Miami (3) 51 22 .699 5 ½ 28-10 23-12 10-3 32-12
x - Oklahoma City (4) 48 24 .667 8 27-10 21-14 11-2 26-17
x - Orlando (4) 47 27 .635 10 26-11 21-16 9-4 31-13

Remember, (from what I know--am I wrong?) the tie breaker is conf record. If this is wrong, someone tell me QUICK.

Wes

It was a good night for the Laker cosmos.
Bulls, Celtics, Magic, Spurs all loose and Portland wins...all very good.
Slowly the purple & gold stars of the night are coming into alignment as the equinox approaches...as it should be.

Hey Little Boy Jonny K why should I spend the time to sit down and spell out why Fisher is as big a buffoon as you are. When if I say black you will say white. It seems to be a waste of both of our time. I would love to actually spell it out. But all of you Fisher lovers are blinded by your love so what is the point ???

Posted by: S Perkins | March 28, 2011 at 08:05 PM

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Does that mean you will stop with the Fish HATE...I'll believe it when I see it....

I'm telling you right now: The Lakers will be pumped for Thursday's contest against Dallas. The Lakers are smelling blood and they are going to kick it up a notch. It wouldn't have mattered who was next on Thursday because it's going to be a "beat down." I'm expecting the Lakers to blow out Dallas; not because it's them or to make a statement. It's all about the motivation to "execute" their game. Every game is meaningful and can prove to be a bounty when the season ends. HCA in The Finals is theirs for the taking but having an opportunity to finish with the best record in the league is a real possibility now and THEY KNOW IT!

GO LAKERS!!!!!

wes - justa showed up at the Forum and requested please no one call or email her...she is in the process of closing and creating new accounts...

She should be back in full stride soon enough...

Maybe it's division record for the tie breaker in the finals...I found this:

TIEBREAKER BASIS:
(-) Tie breaker not needed (better overall winning percentage)
(1) Division leader wins tie from team not leading a division
(2) Head-to-head won-lost percentage
(3) Division won-lost percentage
(4) Conference won-lost percentage
(5) W-L Percentage vs. Playoff teams, own conference
(6) W-L Percentage vs. Playoff teams, other conference
(7) Net Points, all games
x-Clinched Playoff Berth | o-Eliminated from Playoffs contention | e-Clinched Eastern Conference | w-Clinched Western Conference
nw-Clinched Northwest Division | p-Clinched Pacific Conference | sw-Clinched Southwest Division | a-Clinched Atlantic Division
c-Clinched Central Conference | se-Clinched Southeast Conference
*-Games remaining vs.Teams Over/Under .500


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Playoff Tie-Break Procedures

Teams 1 to 4 in each conference are the three division winners and the team with the next best regular-season record, with the seeding of these four teams determined by regular-season record. The playoffs seedings of Teams 5 to 8 are based upon regular-season record. Ties are broken pursuant to the rules set forth below.

Ties for playoff positions (including division winners) will be broken utilizing the criteria set forth in subparagraph a. below (in the case of ties involving two teams) and subparagraph b. below (in the case of ties involving more than two teams), and the guidelines set forth in subparagraph c. below.

a. Two Teams Tied b. More Than Two Teams Tied
(1) Better winning percentage in games against each other. (1) Better winning percentage in all games among the tied teams.
(2) Better winning percentage against teams in own division (only if tied teams are in same division). (2) Better winning percentage against teams in own division (only if all tied teams are in the same division).
(3) Better winning percentage against teams in own conference. (3) Better winning percentage against teams in own conference.
(4) Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in own conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position). (4) Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in own conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position).
(5) Better winning percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in opposite conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position). (5) Better net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents (“point differential”).
(6) Better net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents (“point differential”).

c. Guidelines For Applying Tie-Break Criteria. The following guidelines shall be used when applying the above criteria to break ties for playoff positions:

(1) (a) Since the three division winners are guaranteed a spot in the top four, ties to determine the division winners must be broken before any other ties.
(b) When a tie must be broken to determine a division winner, the results of the tie-break shall be used to determine only the division winner and its playoff position, not any other playoff position(s).

(2) If a tie involves more than two teams, the tie-break criteria in subparagraph b. shall be applied in the order set forth therein until the first to occur of the following:
(a) Each of the tied teams has a different winning percentage or point differential under the applicable tiebreak criterion (a “complete” breaking of the tie). In this circumstance, the team with the best winning percentage or point differential under the criterion will be awarded the best playoff position, the team with the next-best winning percentage or point differential will be awarded the next-best playoff position, and so on, and no further application of the tie-break criteria will be required.
~OR~
(b) One or more (but not all) of the tied teams has a different winning percentage or point differential under the applicable tie-break criterion (a “partial” breaking of the tie). In this circumstance: (x) any team(s) that performed better under the applicable criterion than any other team(s) will be awarded a higher playoff position than such other team(s); and (y) teams that had equivalent performance under the applicable criterion will remain tied, and such remaining tie(s) will be broken by applying, from the beginning, the criteria in subparagraph a.(1)-(6) above (for any remaining tie involving only two teams) or subparagraph b.(1)-(5) above (for any remaining tie involving more than two teams) and the guidelines set forth in this subparagraph c.

(3) If application of the criteria in subparagraph a. or b. does not result in the breaking of a tie, the playoff positions of the tied teams will be determined by a random drawing.

d. Home Court Advantage:For purposes of home court advantage, ties will be broken pursuant to the procedures used for breaking two-team ties for playoff position.



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Games Remaining
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Atlanta ( 8 games remaining ) :
HOME: 4
ROAD: 4
Boston ( 10 games remaining ) :
HOME: 4
ROAD: 6
Charlotte ( 10 games remaining ) :
HOME: 6
ROAD: 4
Chicago ( 10 games remaining ) :
HOME: 5
ROAD: 5
Cleveland ( 10 games remaining ) :
HOME: 4
ROAD: 6
Detroit ( 9 games remaining ) :
HOME: 4
ROAD: 5
Indiana ( 8 games remaining ) :
HOME: 6
ROAD: 2
Miami ( 9 games remaining ) :
HOME: 3
ROAD: 6
Milwaukee ( 10 games remaining ) :
HOME: 3
ROAD: 7
New Jersey ( 10 games remaining ) :
HOME: 5
ROAD: 5
New York ( 9 games remaining ) :
HOME: 5
ROAD: 4
Orlando ( 9 games remaining ) :
HOME: 4
ROAD: 5
Philadelphia ( 9 games remaining ) :
HOME: 6
ROAD: 3
Toronto ( 9 games remaining ) :
HOME: 5
ROAD: 4
Washington ( 10 games remaining ) :
HOME: 5
ROAD: 5
Dallas ( 9 games remaining ) :
HOME: 4
ROAD: 5
Denver ( 9 games remaining ) :
HOME: 4
ROAD: 5
Golden State ( 8 games remaining ) :
HOME: 4
ROAD: 4
Houston ( 9 games remaining ) :
HOME: 5
ROAD: 4
L.A. Clippers ( 8 games remaining ) :
HOME: 3
ROAD: 5
L.A. Lakers ( 9 games remaining ) :
HOME: 5
ROAD: 4
Memphis ( 8 games remaining ) :
HOME: 5
ROAD: 3
Minnesota ( 8 games remaining ) :
HOME: 4
ROAD: 4
New Orleans ( 8 games remaining ) :
HOME: 6
ROAD: 2
Oklahoma City ( 10 games remaining ) :
HOME: 4
ROAD: 6
Phoenix ( 10 games remaining ) :
HOME: 4
ROAD: 6
Portland ( 9 games remaining ) :
HOME: 5
ROAD: 4
Sacramento ( 10 games remaining ) :
HOME: 5
ROAD: 5
San Antonio ( 9 games remaining ) :
HOME: 5
ROAD: 4
Utah ( 8 games remaining ) :
HOME: 4
ROAD: 4


Wes

Now, the Lakers are tied with the Bulls as the 2nd best record and are "only" 3 1/2 games behind the Spurs.

The Celtics and the Spurs will play on Thursday. I think I will root for the Celtics to win. Unthinkable...but this will be the 4th time (3 times against Miami) I am rooting for the Celtics to win this season. Wow!

We don;t need home court for the Spurs, but we certainly do for the Heat and Celtics, and probably the Bulls too.

This is the sweetest libation of all--the Laker's getting home court for any Eastern team.

So delicious and well fermented.

Wes

Posted by: wesjoenixon | March 28, 2011 at 08:00 PM

I agree with this 100% Wes but would add the Thunder to the list of who I want HC over. Monster game for us now Thursday night...we must beat the Mav's and continue to do our part.

San Antonio does not have an easy schedule the rest of the way: Boston, @ Houston, @ Atlanta, @ Lakers. Also, home & away vs. Phoenix who will be motivated to beat them.

Posted by: dice8up | March 28, 2011 at 08:10 PM

Thanks, d8up. I try not to beat my own dead horse too much. Faith said it might turn into a zombie.

It looks like it's division % that gets the tiebreaker, and Chicago has that specific tiebreaker by 2 full games over us. Can anyone verify if this is correct and updated tiebreaker information?

This really sucks if it's true. I thought we had effen home court tonight.

Oh well, we just need to pick up one more game on the Bulls.

Wes

Dallas game is not an automatic win since Dallas has the best road record (26-10) in the NBA, and back to back game at Utah could be a dangerous let down game for the Lakers. The Lakers must "focus" to win these 2 games.

Lakers have some challenging games on the schedule as well but they're all "winnable" and I mean that objectively. They have to play the Mavs, Jazz, "Thuggets," Thunder, Blazers and Spurs.

This is going to be intense because winning or losing those games will really matter. The Lakers are in no position to coast. They have to take advantage of this upcoming 3 day break because the schedule picks up again beginning on Thurs and then they have to play the Jazz the following day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-EkDD7dKqk

"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!!

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THE LAKES ARE COMPLICARED
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GO ALKERS!

GO JUSTA!

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

LEWSTRS,

Those cats give you affection. They don't give you love.

A prostitute will give affection. It's not love.

Cats will not do a single meaningful sacrifice for their owners.

The are not true social animals and they are incapable of love.

Lewstrs, when that can is purring beside--because you offer IT comfort--it is dreaming blissfully of the moment you have a stroke and it can begin contently eating your face.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

S Perkins,

Dude, you're a coward.

Keep in mind that your act has gotten old.

You've gone from annoying to laughable to just plain retarded.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

@LRob...
Rondo is back for the Celtics tonight. There is some speculation in Green-land that he is still unhappy about the Perkins trade and is reacting petulantly about it. Doc's recent tirade about the Celtics being selfish and not playing for each other was supposedly directed at Rondo. Nothing like a little dissension in Beantown.
Posted by: bronxlakerfan | March 28, 2011 at 04:28 PM
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BronxLF,

Yep, its strange days in Beantown. Rondo numbers are down in March - 8pt/9asst/37%fg. But he was superb tonight with 22pts/8ass/1 TO….Unfortunately for them KG was MIA with just 6pts/6reb and they only got 4 FG’s combined from Krstic, Delonte and Green. But the biggest problem is no interior defense. Of course they miss Perk, but they also miss Shaq, JO, etc. Indiana only averaged 84 ppg in their 3 previous games and they dropped 107 on Boston tonight and shot 55%. Hibbert had 26 points. As bad as Boston looks right now, I will reserve judgment until they get Shaq and JO back.

I truly enjoyed listening to Tommy Heinsohn today. He didn't give out too many "Tommy" points :-)

OMG...LMAO @ Jon K....

Jon K,

"Lewstrs, when that cat is purring beside--because you offer IT comfort--it is dreaming blissfully of the moment you have a stroke and it can begin contently eating your face."

I will use this in my next debate with a cat-lover.


Unfortunately, I missed the last 2 games but, as always, glad to get some more Ws. Hope the guys can keep the streak rolling on Thursday against the Mavs.

~

I really enjoyed this weekends NCAA tournament games. They were all very entertaining. I'm especially happy for the VCU Rams, they were derided by some of the so-called 'pundits' as being undeserving of even being selected to the tournament...guess they showed them.:-)

~

@LRob:For today's musical contribution, Imma go with a group that I used to enjoy a lot back in da day...enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDs9zbiumDc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-Dk3hyRFYE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyOghZum-Io

~


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

Ginobili (left quad contusion) and Duncan (left ankle sprain) were expected scratches. Duncan is still recovering from spraining his ankle last week, and Ginobili left Sunday's loss at Memphis early after getting hurt.
Parker (left knee contusion) and McDyess (sore back) were the surprises. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich suggested Parker could be back for the Celtics, but wouldn't guess when Duncan or Ginobili might return.
Sitting McDyess, meanwhile, was just playing it safe with the playoffs imminent.
"Money time is approaching," Popovich said before the game.

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So McDyess and Parker sat out too...I had a feeling that Popo would feel the injury bug or the age factor before the practice season was over...

Glad it's happening now instead of the first half of the season...Well all those that was fearing the Spuds cause of their reg season record, can relax now and grasp the concept of the "Practice Season."

@Lew:Hey, maybe we'll catch the Spurs afterall for best overall record, we'll see.:-)



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

@wesjoenixon.....

I think that division record is the tie breaker for teams in the same division...

2) Better winning percentage against teams in own division (only if tied teams are in same division).

Since the Bulls and Lakers are not in the same division, I think conference record would apply as the tiebreaker...

3) Better winning percentage against teams in own conference. (3) Better winning percentage against teams in own conference.

At least, that's the way I interpret those tiebreaker rules. But I may be wrong.

Fish should have retired 3 years ago? That's absurd. Look at what he's accomplished and brought to the team in that time. He's a valuable teammate and I hope he's around next season too. I just might want the position strengthened a little.

@LRob...you're a better man than me. I couldn't stomach the Boston (Heinsohn) feed. Since Indiana's feed was available, I listened to that. JK! Collison was very impressive down the stretch for Indy. I agree with you that the O'Neals hold the key to Boston's season. Ainge has gambled a lot on their health.

Chicago lost so we pull even for second best record in the league. Beating Dallas Thursday will give them 22 losses to our 20. The Spurs have some tough games ahead - including us! We are playing our best ball of the season right when other teams are slumping. I like our chances of securing the second best record and HCA in the finals. As long as we have HCA in the finals, we can win on the road in the West - especially against the Spurs if they get that far. The way the Spurs are playing right now, anything can happen. It is quite possible we will end the season at #1.

Go Lakers

I am a Lakerholic.

wes,

Go back to the 2001 Finals with Philly.
We had identical records of 56-26.

It looks like home record was the tie breaker. They had better conf & div records than us!
http://www.shrpsports.com/nba/stand/2001finaldiv.htm

@BronxLF - I couldn't pass up listening to Tommy whine, although today he was almost resigned to the fact that Boston would lose. I did switch back and forth and caught some of Quinn Buckner comments as well. I like Clark Kellogg better on the Pacer games. You're right about Collison. He was huge in the 4th.

GDUB - Nothing but love for Police. Excellent selections especially Voices Inside My Head, which 702 borrowed for that funky groove Steelo.

After all, will it be LA vs Miami Finals this year? I think if Chicago is underdog they will probably beat Miami (in playoff series,) but if the Bulls become #1 seed team in the East, they as young team probably will feel too much pressure to come out of the East. I think #1 seed works against Chicago. The Celtics are now falling apart, but that's what happened last year too. So who knows? They may come back to the Finals again. Very intriguing who will come out of the East.

@hendrix....

I think head to head record takes precedence over all other tie-breakers. So in 2000-2001, it's possible that the Lakers won both meetings with the 76ers during the regular season and as such had the HCA in the Finals. I couldn't find the regular season results for that year to confirm my theory, but it makes sense.

@LRob...

Yes, Heinsohn does have a fine whine! Nothing like a Celtic loss to bring it out of him!

"@BAY TO LA… “All regular-season games, I hold something back. We really have much more extensive things we do in the playoffs." –Phil Jackson. I’m never quite sure what your angle is. Are you saying that Phil is not telling the truth because you don’t see any difference between how we play in the playoffs versus the regular season? I’m trying to understand why you have a problem with that statement because to me it’s verity is pretty obvious and it would never come to mind to doubt it.
….
TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | March 28, 2011 at 06:36 PM"

I think Phil is being cryptic with his comments just like he always is. I don't believe that he disregards regular season games or doesn't take them seriously. His teams have had some of the best regular season records of all-time. The assistant coaches are scouting the opposing teams year round and planning out what they want to do against them.

The playoffs are nothing new, you just have more games to draw from. Assuming they draw New Orleans in the first round, I think they'll take the first 3 games and probably add in some new things to the gameplan for the playoffs based on the Carl Landry addition. I don't think they're at a point where they want to pull out new tricks so the other team doesn't see what is coming. That might be in New Orleans' gameplan but it's not really what you do when you're the better team. You stick with what works.

Bronx,

No, the Lakers & Philly split their season series.

I've been watching Chicago's games with particular interest lately. One thing that I've noticed is that their team is offensively challenged with the exception of DRose. He does everything for that team. I think that he'll soon find out why Utah was willing to let Boozer go. Boozer is not a number 2 option on a championship level team. Ask Deron Williams about that one.

The Bulls struggle to score in crunch time. However, their formidable defense keeps them in every game. They play hard and are relentless on D. Noah is ferocious and has been in the weight room on a regular basis as well. He has yoked up and is now a serious physical presence in the middle.

When the Bulls gave the Celtics such a hard time in the playoffs a couple of years ago, they had Ben Gordon sharing the load. John Salmons as well. Those guys are gone. Luol Deng is the #2 guy on this team. His production will be a large factor in how far this Bulls team can go.

DRose had 10 turnovers in that loss tonight. He's carrying a heavy burden for his team. It may be catching up to him a bit.

I'm the Priest a Mud slingiing, hobbit bashing, sean beating and pie eating lakers champ. Speaking of sean since I gave him that smackdown he has ran away. Diandra, you enquired about mud and hobbit ages. Well it's a combined age of about 30 between the 2. If they are actually adults I will have to apologise to their caretakers cause you shouldn't bash mentally challenged persons. Hobbit you have been practicing for weeks and couldn't wait to lay your tirade on the Priest. But I'm a lakers fan from the days of magic , jamal wilkes, norm nixon, kareem, bob mcadoo etc. What the Priest doesn't like is selfish basketball as embodied by Kobe all too often. I believe phil is practising withcraft with the spurs losing the big 3 and mcdyse. Boston can't win a game. S. perkins is funny. It is comedic genius to focus exclusively on one person being Derek Fisher.

@hendrix...

Thanks for the info. And thanks for introducing me to that Fanbase site.

I think Phil is being cryptic with his comments just like he always is. I don't believe that he disregards regular season games or doesn't take them seriously. His teams have had some of the best regular season records of all-time. The assistant coaches are scouting the opposing teams year round and planning out what they want to do against them.

The playoffs are nothing new, you just have more games to draw from. Assuming they draw New Orleans in the first round, I think they'll take the first 3 games and probably add in some new things to the gameplan for the playoffs based on the Carl Landry addition. I don't think they're at a point where they want to pull out new tricks so the other team doesn't see what is coming. That might be in New Orleans' gameplan but it's not really what you do when you're the better team. You stick with what works.

Posted by: Bay to LA | March 28, 2011 at 10:04 PM
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You keep using phrases with respect to the regular season like "disregarded" or "means nothing." NOBODY suggests that at all. Lew pointed out earlier that the "practice season" concept has borne itself out and he would be 100% correct about that. srafrank reprinted a post from the legendary TrueFan1947 (at 7:32 PM) who speaks to this issue on January 30, 2010, one day before the Lakers player (and defeated) the Celtics in Boston. TrueFan was a die-hard Lakers fan for 50 years, literally from the time they moved to LA before he passed away last July. His words ring from years and years of experience and wisdom.

The fact is ... and you can ask anyone who has followed the NBA for any extended period of time .. that the playoffs are much more of a half court game with teams loading up on defense and limiting the transition game as much as possible. When Coach Eleven Rings talks about doing more extensive things in the playoffs, he is referring to more complex defensive schemes and, conversely, preparing his team to play against more complex defensive schemes that opposing head coaches will throw at the Lakers. No, the average fan (like me) does not SEE the difference, but HE does.

In any event, this is not up for dispute. There is no question that preparing for a 7 game series against one team with days off in between games and less travel is MUCH different than preparing for the travails of the grueling 82-game mess. Ask any NBA coach, player, analyst, etc., and they will tell you it's a completely different game and a completely different season regardless of what my eyes or your eyes think they are seeing.

Over the last month the Priest has owned mud or dumb or whatever the hell he wants to call himself, hobbit and sean. The playoffs are almost upon us and i can't wait to see if my team the lakers can reign kobe in and 3 peat. If they don't then the lakers will go down in flames from the sheer weight of the number of bricks kobe will lay. The key players in order of importance are pau, bynum, lo and then kobe. Remember without kobe, la loss to boston by about 2 points. In fact la is a better team without kobe cause according to phil, kobe tends to dominate the ball. Just like how denver is now a better team without melo ditto for lakers without kobe.

No prob Bronx, that site has a lot of good information.

Really we should both thank wes. It was his post that made me curious enough to investigate.

In fact la is a better team without kobe cause according to phil, kobe tends to dominate the ball.

Posted by: island priest | March 28, 2011 at 10:37 PM

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Bro, are you a seven day binger??? You need to turn off the computer and some sleep man...

 
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