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Lakers-Heat tickets: Prices are enough to make one cry

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The good news is that you can still get tickets to Thursday night's Lakers-Heat game without going bankrupt. The bad news is that if you want a seat where you don't need binoculars to see expressions on players' faces, you'll need a really big checking account or a credit card with five figures as the limit.

The Lakers-Heat game is the most coveted ticket for Miami this season. The average seat is going for $342, according to Ben Kessler of SeatGeek.com. That's a 161% increase over the season average. It's currently more than double the asking price of the average seat for next month's Celtics-Heat game, at $184.

Seating in the nose-bleed 400 section is going for $119 a ticket. A courtside seat is going for an average of $8,555. At least a round-trip plane ticket to Miami would be less.

-- Dan Loumena

Image: Seating chart for Miami's American Airlines Arena. Credit: SeatGeek.com

 
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Let me explain the significance of this game simply...

This game is as important as a playoff game. Maybe moreso.

Why? Because the Heat is an extremely athletic, EXTRAORDINARILY mentally weak team.

If LeBron (and possibly others) were crying after a four game losing streak, if we win this game by double-digits, it will be the equivalent of stomping on the collective throat of the Heat.

They're done.

They're simply done.

We can officially leave our discussions aside about the Heat for the season and move on to discussing real competitors like the Celtics and the Thunder.

This is the game that breaks the back of the Heat for this season and possibly the future.

We win in confident fashion tonight and I can guarantee everyone here that it ensures that this will be the last time we see the Miami Heat this season. They are officially DONE.

Get it over tonight.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Also, keep in mind that the Zen Master has initiated Mind Games with Le Crybaby. He called him out with his No Boys Allowed comment.

That has got to have gotten into Le Narcissist's dome.

We win in convincing fashion and the pain from his narcissistic wound will cause him to unravel.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

If we pull out a win, Melo and Big Shot could make our night tonight. Either way, the Dallas game is going to be great. Go Melo, go Melo, go, go, go Melo... ;-)

I think the Bynum fans should cut the trade fans some slack. We are all Laker fans and we all want to win. We just disagreed about the best way to get it done. Nobody can deny that Melo is an esceptional player. If Drew keeps it up, it will be the end of the conversation.

I say if we can get Howard Dwight and keep Bynum and PAU..... THAT'S ALL IT MATTERS TO ME....

We will have a line up that goes:

Center: Bynum (7 footer)
Power forward: Dwight Howard (6 11)
Small forward: Pau Gasol (7 footer)
Shooting Guard: Odom or Matt Barnes
Point Guard: Kobe

POSSIBLE FUTURE ACQUISITION:

Point Guard: Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker

Small Forward / Shooting Guard: KEVIN DURANT


Bench :

Matt / Odom (should not be traded) / Artest (Back up for Dwight Howard)
Shannon Brown
Dereck Fisher (Should retire already and work for Lakers Coaching Staff)
Deven E
Derrick C


**** get players like Carlos Boozer or Karl Malone Type that can shoot and post up...

Then, I am sitting pretty for the rest of 3 to 6 years.


I say if we can get Howard Dwight and keep Bynum and PAU..... THAT'S ALL IT MATTERS TO ME....

We will have a line up that goes:

Center: Bynum (7 footer)
Power forward: Dwight Howard (6 11)
Small forward: Pau Gasol (7 footer)
Shooting Guard: Odom or Matt Barnes
Point Guard: Kobe

POSSIBLE FUTURE ACQUISITION:

Point Guard: Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker

Small Forward / Shooting Guard: KEVIN DURANT


Bench :

Matt / Odom (should not be traded) / Artest (Back up for Dwight Howard)
Shannon Brown
Dereck Fisher (Should retire already and work for Lakers Coaching Staff)
Deven E
Derrick C


**** get players like Carlos Boozer or Karl Malone Type that can shoot and post up...

Then, I am sitting pretty for the rest of 3 to 6 years.

Motivation, 2 words...Christmas Day.

Go Lakers!

Jon K,

You've been forecasted LeBron's unraveling every since he left Cleveland. I know you really really dislike him (that's probably not strong enough), but I doubt if another loss is going to push him over the edge. He's a great player and he's not going anywhere. Similar proclamations were made about Wilt, Shaq, Kobe, etc.

LEWSTRS

The PSP has asked you this a gazillion times already but I will try again: Do you believe that the PSP post under multiple handles?

Thanks
PSP Intern

The rest of the NBA has the BIG Three... Then, the Lakers will have the Big 5 or the Big 6

Bynum
Howard
Pau Gasol
Kevin Durant (shooting Guard)
Kobe Bryant

Possible Acquisition of POint Guards who wants to come and play for the Lakers:

Chris Paul
Derron Williams
Tony Parker
Steve Nash

Then, I am sitting pretty.... YES!

NBA Slogan: Where everything is possible / Amazing things happens...

G.Money

I have never asked MM to ban anyone, I have been in some real battles (lol) on this blog but have never assumed to be "entitled" as you erroneously wrote.

Those type of people come in here and start saying what is correct to say and what is not. They have no consideration for differing opinions and when they are called out they run crying to MM for banishment.

guess you didn't read my comments the other day backing you up when you repeatedly asked Mamba for a response over that particular issue. Mamba and I got into it pretty good but we have a mutual respect for each other and a truce was made as we talked things out.
Just wish others would have the same attitude. I don't back down, I've been on this blog many years, and am battle tested so if you're going to try to stir things up, be prepared. For now I'll just consider your comment lacking all the information, which is typical of new bloggers on this site.

LakerTom,

You've mentioned Dwight's closing ability several times but how often do you see Bynum on the floor in late game situations? How often do you see the Lakers go to Bynum when they really need a basket? I just haven't seen that dominant scoring ability from Bynum. He scores on mostly putbacks and dunks just like Dwight Howard is known for, except he doesn't do it nearly as often.

Watch Dwight the next time you get a chance. He is not the same guy on offense that he was a few years ago. He scores in ways that I don't see Bynum scoring for the Lakers. Part of it is because he does have a different role but if Bynum could take 12-13 shots a game and score at a 60% rate and also make his free throws, there is absolutely no excuse for the Lakers not exploiting that.

As for Dwight's touches decreasing on the Lakers, if the Lakers had Dwight and he wasn't getting 12 shots a game, I'd say there is a SERIOUS problem somewhere.

Posted by: mary B Chandler | March 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Might as well throw in LBJ and anyone other TOP players that are available. So what happened to parity which makes the league competitive.

Posted by: Practice Season Police | March 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Can't respond right now as he is busy at the "renegade" blog running the pom pom show and seeking shelter from "yo all" and "you guys" hahaha!!

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Hobbitmage you said,

(MAMBA 24 I got your back on this one!)


"So. If Howard is averaging 18/12 this year ... what do you see Bynum's
upside/average to be relative to Howard?"


BYNUM WILL HAVE 25/12 if he is playing for the Orlando Magic. If he is playing for the Wolves easily 30/15. With the Lakers when Gasol/Kobe/Odom are gone 25/12.


You follow what I'm getting at, because you are a Bynum basher, you don't see it the way it should be. 18/12 for Howard as the LONE SUPERSTAR IN HIS OWN TEAM. Shaq average a lot more than that. Bynum will easily beat 18/12 in his 3rd season with the Magic, Howrad has been there how long???


I nominate HOBBITMAGE TO BE THE OFFICIAL president of BYNUM BASHER fans club.

***to whom it may concern, if the show fits then...***

did anyone notice???????????? how smooth this blog is moving along, no MM and no threats of banishment, firing squad and execution.

I finally get it, some bloggers who feel entitled come here and taunt others with "nananana", "you guys", "you all" and when they see a response to their taunt then they go running back to MM asking for "firing squad".


Only thing i can think about today is WINNING, thanks charlie!


@BAY TO LA... Thanks for your response. We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. There is no question that right now Dwight Howard is the premier defensive center in the NBA but I also think most basketball experts and analysts would agree that Andrew Bynum is a more polished offensive player with better footwork, low post moves, and shooting touch. No hack-a-Dwight with Drew.
...
As for Drew not finishing games, that is simply Phil’s preference for the more experienced and mobile Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom to close out games although I expect that to change as head into the playoffs. As for Drew not getting enough touches, that is simply the reality of a younger player playing on a back-to-back championship team led by veterans Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. There simply are not enough shots for Drew to get the touches to average 20 ppg. That is partly why he has elected to focus on defense and rebounding, areas that he can control himself.
.....
What most fans have not seen is how much more active Drew is on the offensive end as well as the defensive end. The bottom line will be that as he continues to play at an elevated level, the Lakers will start feeding him the ball more and his scoring will increase. While Drew will likely still focus on defense and rebounding because that’s what he can control and what the team needs from him, his role in the Lakers offense will also increase as we head into the playoffs. No question Dwight is #1 right now but let’s revisit the situation after the Lakers 3-peat. I suspect you and many other Howard hopers may suddenly have a change of heart. The real superman may be Andrew Bynum.
......................................
TOM

Anybody who thinks Dwight will get touches with the Lakers offense the last three years with his limited offensive skills is a joke. Howard will be like Chris Mihm at best on the offensive end, PUT BACKS!


If Howard was with the Lakers the last three years, his little offense he has now would have never even developed with KOBE/GASOL/ODOM!!!

You send Bynum to Orlando three years ago and Kobe and Odom never injured him, BYNUM WOULD BE INJURY FREE and has BECOME EASILY THE BEST CENTER IN THE NBA RIGHT NOW.


WIth all of Bynum's major injuries, playing along side Kobe and Gasol, and a Coach who all wants from him is defense, BYNUM HAS PROGRESSED unbelievably far more than DWIGHT has progressed as a FIRST OPTION IN HIS ORLANDO MAGIC TEAM.

If Howard was with the Lakers and Odom stuck his foot on him landing for a rebound and a year later KOBE run down on his kness, Howard will have major surgeries too and may not have any offense up to this point. Howard will also have loss some of his aggressiveness, jumping ability and athleticism.



Hobbitmage you said, (MAMBA 24 I got your back on this one!) Staples 24 | March 10, 2011 at 11:44 AM
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WTH? AW SWEET JESUS!!! mamba24 is now in debt to Staples23...HELP ME LORD!!!! LOL! Staples24 that was very nice of you. So nice in fact that my eyes are getting a little misty. *sniff* *sniff* Thank you, Thank you my brother!! I can't go on...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTcHT4zpAGs _ Thats what friends are for

With Odom and Gasol, Howard's getting injured by his teammates, his minutes would be cut as well and his rebounding would go down significantly.

The only reason I would trade Bynum for Howard is because HOWARD HAS NOT BEEN INJURED BY KOBE OR ODOM YET.


But if everything is FAIR and SQUARE, no injuries yet and just talent and size. BYNUM ALL THE WAY is the LOGICAL CHOICE. No doubt!


This post season if BYNUM truly recovers 100% from his knee injuries and becomes a huge factor in the playoffs because of his defense and rebounding, (and his known offensive skills yet to be untapped), I would still keep Bynum over Howard.


But LAKERS KNOW EXACTLY where Bynum stands with his health. So I know the LAKERS will do what is right, trade Bynum for Howard or not. EIther way JIM BUSS, got it right in keeping drafting Bynum and keeping him. 3 peat and names like (Melo, Howard for a Bynum staright up trade is already a WIN_WIN FOR JIM BUSS, the value of BYNUM IS SO HIGH..............Bynum is already a winner in everyone's eye.

PREACH STAPLES24, PREACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

we can have it all Bynum & Dwight Howard PLUS KEVIN DURANT...

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS! WE ARE PRONE TO HAVE THE BEST PLAYERS TO COME AND PLAY FOR US! IT'S IN OUR LEGACY.

DONE DEAL. CASE CLOSE.

LakerTom,

That's why I don't think the hack-a-Dwight and inability to close games really says much about the debate between Bynum and Dwight, since Bynum is not even put in the position to close games in favor of other players who would still be there if the oft-mentioned Bynum for Shaq "trade" went down.

If Dwight faced more single coverage and had better offensive players around him, I just can't believe his numbers wouldn't get better. They could throw lobs to him all day and if they even thought of doublecovering him, they'd be getting 3 second violations left and right and leaving Kobe room to penetrate.

If Bynum is a superior offensive player to Dwight Howard, it would make no sense to me that guys like Shannon Brown and Ron Artest get more shots than he does. I think Bynum is around average among NBA centers when it comes to scoring ability. Without a large size advantage present, I don't see him creating his own scoring opportunities very effectively.

"we can have it all Bynum & Dwight Howard PLUS KEVIN DURANT...

WE ARE THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS! WE ARE PRONE TO HAVE THE BEST PLAYERS TO COME AND PLAY FOR US! IT'S IN OUR LEGACY.

DONE DEAL. CASE CLOSE.

Posted by: mary B Chandler | March 10, 2011 at 12:25 PM "

LOL I guess you're expecting Derek to get rid of the salary cap entirely in the next CBA?

G. Money,

>>>Dude...You are a VERY SMART man, both streaks end TONIGHT.

Dood. Not only are neither streak ending tonight...

but the tear streaks will keep right on flowin' as well.

>>>Dwight’s footwork and offensive game is a joke compared to Drew’s

That's where you're a bit behind, LT. Howard took a cue from Kobe and worked with Hakeem last summer. His footwork is DRAMATICALLY better this season than last, and his post game is greatly improved because of it.

When the Lakers faced him in the finals, all Howard had was the dunk and that jump hook. Now he has the dream shake and he's using it well.

Bynum's training from Kareem makes him pretty formidable as well, but he doesn't have Howard's sheer physical strength or durability.

>>>I do find it very interesting that many would keep Bynum over Howard after
>>>ONLY 7-8 games of playing to his potential.

Note that I qualified mine with "If Bynum stays healthy until the summer of 2012 and if the Lakers win or compete for championships both this year and next".

If either of those fail (another Bynum injury or a WCF knockout, for example), then Bynum for Howard is almost a shoo-in from the Lakers' side.

Note that it would require that Howard specifically demand to be traded to the Lakers (ala Carmelo and the Knicks). And also note that Bynum probably wouldn't be the only piece going out. There'd have to be some draft picks or another quality player (maybe Ebanks or Caracter will show enough potential by then that they'd be considered a quality chip).

Howard is an MVP level player. Bynum is not yet an All-Star.

But back to the conditionals - if Bynum stays healthy and is good enough to help the Lakers win multiple rings and he makes less than Howard, then Bynum's the better choice.

>>>Wade/Fish – Advantage Heat
>>>Kobe/Chalmers – Advantage Lakers

confused much?

Try:

Chalmers/Fish - even
Kobe/Wade - even

>>>If LeBron (and possibly others) were crying after a four game losing streak,
>>>if we win this game by double-digits, it will be the equivalent of stomping on
>>>the collective throat of the Heat.

I kinda agree with Jon K here.

Remember how LeBronze gave up in the playoffs last season? If they go into the playoffs knowing that every top team in the league can kick the snot out of them, LeBron will fold like origami.

>>>If Howard was with the Lakers and Odom stuck his foot on him landing for a
>>>rebound and a year later KOBE run down on his kness, Howard will have
>>>major surgeries too

And that is where I disagree.

How many times have you seen someone land on Kobe's leg and bend it in an unnatural angle and then Kobe writhes in pain for a minute, limps around for another minute, and then plays out the game and is fine by the next game. How about Derek Fisher's arm getting Gumby-bent by (was it Kwame?) the other night? Fish went on and played and he's fine now.

EVERY SINGLE NIGHT in almost every game, NBA players get their joints twisted in unnatural ways. Some of them just have bodies that are able to absorb that and go on playing. Others get severely damaged by it and are out several weeks with surgery.

That part of it isn't luck, it's genetic. Greg Oden and Luke Walton (and possibly Andrew Bynum) don't have as resilient bodies as Kobe Bryant and Andre Miller and Dwight Howard.

If Bynum manages to finish up this season and playoffs healthy and goes through all of next season without an injury, then I'll condone the "it was all just bad luck" argument. But if Bynum has one more injury that takes him out for months, I'd be leaning toward the "injury prone" argument.

Note that even injury prone players can be very good for a team for a short time. Bill Walton led the Trailblazers to a title in `77, and was an asset to them in the 77-78 season as well, and even an asset to the Celtics late in his career. he just wasn't as consistent as someone who stayed healthy, like a Kareem. And that's where the Bynum vs Howard argument hinges... Is Bynum like Walton? or could he stay healthy for the rest of his career and be more like Kareem and Howard?

LTLF

Bynum was already healthy after Odom's accident and was playing well again. Until Kobe hurt him this time. Two major surgeries after he is still making comebacks and better. To me that is a solid player who had bad lucks. But has he loss some of his athletcism because of those two surgeries probably so. I remember how he used to Jump and dunk everything gets up there. H edoes not do that anymore with excitement like he used to. Bynum now plays more on the ground than up there but still finds a way to be very effective.

Anyone need two tickets to the Laker/Clipper game??

Staples24,

you wrote: (MAMBA 24 I got your back on this one!)


"So. If Howard is averaging 18/12 this year ... what do you see Bynum's
upside/average to be relative to Howard?"


BYNUM WILL HAVE 25/12 if he is playing for the Orlando Magic. If he is playing for the Wolves easily 30/15. With the Lakers when Gasol/Kobe/Odom are gone 25/12.


You follow what I'm getting at, because you are a Bynum basher, you don't see it the way it should be. 18/12 for Howard as the LONE SUPERSTAR IN HIS OWN TEAM. Shaq average a lot more than that. Bynum will easily beat 18/12 in his 3rd season with the Magic, Howrad has been there how long???

my response:

ok. So you're saying that Bynum's tremendous upside == dwight howard
numbers if he's in Dwight Howard's situation. Umm ... how does that
equate to "Bynum's upside is much greater than Howard's" ?

TOO BLOODY PREMATURE TO THINK BYNUM IS FUTURE FACE OF LAKERS FRANCHISE, LETS NOT PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE.

and I am a patient man!

I remember how he used to Jump and dunk everything gets up there. H edoes not do that anymore with excitement like he used to. Bynum now plays more on the ground than up there but still finds a way to be very effective.

Posted by: Staples 24 | March 10, 2011 at 01:44 PM

Bynum is not back to 100% yet and is getting there, he is a slow healer!!

 
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