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Lakers grind out an 84-80 victory over Portland Trail Blazers by staying resilient

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Tugging at his jersey, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant yelled out to no one in particular.

He high-fived courtside fans. He pumped his fist in delight. And he stared out to the 18,997 at Staples Center with the signature glare that defines his intensity and competitiveness.

But Bryant appeared angry, even more so than usual, after drilling what he called "my shot" -- a baseline jumper over Portland's Brandon Roy that gave the Lakers a five-point lead with 32.9 seconds remaining. Afterward, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson remained coy concerning Bryant's emotions, saying, "It was just normal. You mean pulling his jersey over his head and running up and down the court was animated?" It became apparent, however, Bryant needed to let out all the frustration about the elements surrounding the Lakers' 84-80 victory Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers.

In addition to nursing a sprained left ankle that took away nearly all his practice time and shooting rhythm, he also dealt with soreness in his neck and shoulder after accidentally butting heads with Minnesota's Martell Webster. Also, the Lakers learned they'd be without Andrew Bynum because of a two-game suspension for throwing Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley to the ground with his forearm, a ruling the Lakers unanimously deemed too harsh, saying the incident warranted only a one-game suspension, if any at all. The Lakers went through defensive lapses without Bynum's presence, allowing Portland to out-rebound them 45-35 and record 21 second-chance points. The Lakers went through a six-minute, 36-second stretch -- from the 2:23 mark in the second quarter to the 7:47 mark in the third -- in which they continuously struggled against Portland's zone defense and didn't hit a field goal. And there was the never-ending quest in adjusting to non-whistles, as indicated by Bryant first going to the free-throw line with 5:23 remaining in the third period.

"Yup," Bryant simply said in acknowledging that all those factors led him to burst out in frustration after his clutch shot.

Interestingly enough, the same play that epitomized the Lakers' clutch effort against Portland in officially securing the Pacific Division and a playoff appearance contrasted with the reason why the Lakers won, or "survived" as Jackson put it: They simply ground out a victory with poise when so many things didn't go right.

"To do what we're trying to do and what we have done, there has to be a purpose and a reason that's bigger than you," said Derek Fisher, who scored four points and made two clutch steals in the fourth quarter after being limited for the first three with four fouls. "It comes with the respect you have with the other people you have on your team in the locker room that keeps pushing you. You play through injuries and play through bad games and play through whatever situations you face because you don't want to be the weak link in the chain. You really want to come through for the group. It takes time to build that."

The Lakers made progress in that effort, overcoming the initial struggles by making key defensive stands and baskets to secure the victory.

Pau Gasol's putback off Bryant's missed shot after receiving a pass backdoor from Ron Artest, which cut the Lakers' deficit to 53-48 with 7:47 left in the third quarter, may have given the Lakers a psychological boost, considering it ended the stretch where the Lakers didn't hit a field goal, a period Jackson blamed on "poor shots and poor organization." The Lakers may have also been inspired by Matt Barnes' 39-foot heave that cut the Blazers lead to 66-62 at the end of the third quarter. But the real defining plays came late in the game, plays Jackson said "created better awareness."

Those plays belonged to many.

Bryant made the clutch shots: In an isolation play, he cut through the lane and made a left-handed reverse layup while falling down to cut the lead to 74-72 with 4:19 remaining. He softly finished a fast-break two-handed dunk to tie it up 76-76 with 2:22 left. And he made two consecutive jumpers that showed his elevation improved after starting off the game shooting four of eight in the first half, zero of four in the third quarter and five of eight in the final period.

"It's important at some point in the game to rebound defensively like we did in the fourth quarter," Bryant said. "We got easy points off our defense."

Fisher provided another of the performances that makes him a clutch player in the postseason: His steal gave him an open left-handed layup for a 78-76 lead with 1:45 left. Another steal set up Bryant's wide open dunk. And Fisher's pull-up jumper on the right block, which gave the Lakers a 84-80 edge with 10 seconds remaining, added another chapter to his 15-year reputation for making late-game baskets, a habit that doesn't surprise Jackson because "he gets better as the game wears on, and the big play is part of his character."

"When it comes down the stretch, I'm not uncomfortable making the play," FIsher said. "It's not always going to be to make a shot, but defensively being in the right spot at the right time. You get a steal and that allows you to go down and make a shot. I don't over think about it being the end and saying, 'Give it to me.' But I do relish the opportunity to help us win, whether it's the first quarter or fourth quarter."

Those kind of plays became necessary because of the Lakers' initial inability to handle Bynum's absence. Lamar Odom handled the absence appropriately, sliding into the starting power forward position by logging 16 points and 11 rebounds, an effort Jackson said "was really good." But Gasol didn't do as well. His six-of-15 mark from the field demonstrated his never-ending reliance on shooting mid-range jumpers and rarely attacking the basket. His 13 rebounds were an improvement over the five boards he logged the previous four games, but the effort overshadowed his getting continually exposed on help defense and preventing the Blazers from cashing in on offensive rebounds and second-chance opportunities. 

Odom's assessment on how the Lakers' became too reliant on Bynum averaging 13 rebounds and 2.58 blocks since the All-Star break spoke both to himself and Gasol.

"Andrew takes up so much space and he's so big that sometimes with him on the court we cannot do the little things like box out and make the right rotations," Odom said. "He bails us out with his size. Tonight that was point, but we made up for it in the end with the right defensive plays."

That of course led to more offensive plays. Gasol, who played 45 minutes in Bynum's absence, came through when Bryant threw a jump pass to him in the lane for an open layup that cut the Blazers' lead to 76-74. But Odom appeared more engaged with feeding off Artest's assist to cut the gap to 72-68, hitting on a six-foot jump shot a possession later and getting a key steal that prevented Portland from tying.

"The way Andrew has been playing and as aggressive as he's been on the glass, he's chasing them," said Gasol, who also blamed the effort on long rebounds. "If he chases them and you chase them too, he's probably going to get them before you do. So as long as he keeps that activity up, you say, 'OK, go get it.' So when he's not out there, we obviously have to pick it up, chase them, put bodies on people and go get them ourselves."

But with exception of Artest drawing a technical foul on Gerald Wallace -- a play that Jackson said was "two guys getting after it and trying to out-muscle one another" -- the Lakers maintained their composure even when things weren't pretty. That's why Jackson said he told his team afterward that "they saved a game they could've easily lost."

That resiliency may not show up in the box score, but it can surely show up in postseason appearances when the stakes are even higher. Add that quality to Bynum's renewed toughness and "earning his stripes," as Bryant put it, and the Lakers appear to remain tough to beat.

"This could be a potential playoff opponent," Bryant said. "We both know that. It was elevated because of that."

-- Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant #24 reacts after a fourth quarter basket against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center. Lakers won 84-80. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / US Presswire

 
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Not only does Pau need to do a better job on the boards when Drew is out, but the whole team needs to chip in more also. Portland did a great job of team rebounding. Their guards/small forwards combined for 20 rebounds to the Lakers 11.

Sometimes the ball just doesn't bounce the right way. It seemed to happen a lot in this game. Normally, zone defenses lead to offensive rebounds more often than not.

Not so in this game...

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

THE 27 COMMANDMENTS

18. Thou shall have no other teams before the Lakers
19. Thou shall remember the Friedman Award and keep it holy.

Acb statistics

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Ron Artest 10
Lamar Odom 26
Pau Gasol 19
Kobe Bryant 16
Derek Fisher 5
Joe Smith -1
Matt Barnes 7
Steve Blake 2
Shannon Brown 4
Derrick Caracter -3
Team 85

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Gerald Wallace 11
Nicolas Batum 26
LaMarcus Aldridge 14
Andre Miller 4
Wesley Matthews -3
Marcus Camby 14
Brandon Roy 1
Rudy Fernandez 10
Patrick Mills 0
Team 77

So, after the wifey and I watch the Big Love finale on TIVO, of course (after the Laker game was over), I decide to look at the final box scoe on NBA.com. And what do I see? I see Pau has 1 turnover and Kobe has 3. Now I still have it on TIVO, and will rewatch it later today, but.......... I remember at least 3 distinct times Pau muffed and lost passes into him in the lane! That makes at least 3 turnovers! Muffs are the reason many times the perimiter Lakers do not pass it into him, but when he gets an illegal assist from official scorers that makes him not responsible for those turnovers, the stats lie. Maybe Kobe had 3 turnovers, but I know Pau should have! What's up with that!?

I see. all the lakers are problems with the guilt of gasol.
Bynum receiving a two-game suspension for flagrant foul on historical Minnesota's Michael Beasley. Perfect. The center is not soft and is sending a message to the rest of the league. We enlarge the legend of Andrew and complain about how weak gasol.

My point of view .. Bynum fouled personl idiot. The bad boys (Bill Laimbeer, Isaiah Thomas, Joe Dumars .....) players were hard and extremely smart. The absence of Bynum and Gasol Odom forces to stay on the track 41 and 44 minutes.

Please stop criticizing all the players. I appreciate the effort made by Odom, bryant, fisher .. It takes all input from players and fans of the Lakers to get the ring.
Gasol makes many mistakes, like the rest of the players in the NBA

Good morning crue!!

Nice win last night! I like the total TEAM effort in AB's absence. And the bench seems to have stepped up accordingly.

All these things will be needed in the post-season when somebody might be out for any given reason. Over the next couple games, I'll be watching the bench even more. They have all our new pieces and I want to see how seamlessly they are transitioning but also their chemistry.

We all know how the starters are going to handle the post-season, but our wild card is the crew of new guys who are all hungry for their first title.

Cheers all - PLG

Kobe, 3 1/2 quarters of gross please sit down garbage of a game, then hits some nice tough shots to close out the game. Fisher, finishing layups (finally) and a nice shot (nothin but net) late in the 4th.

And and, I'm gonna say it again............I can not, not, NOT believe Lakers won 2 championships with Gasol playing center.

pau should leave the team, right?, and again we will play as good as before, when he was not a lakers, pau = two rings

Israel,

The criticisms on Pau are constructive in the sense, they want him to improve furthermore being the Center or PF of the Lakers. He is great offensively w/ the highest IQ among the bigs in NBA but what is lacking is power. It is like driving a Ford Focus on the highway w/ great speed and the least cost per gallon at the gas lines. As soon as you go up to mountains along the Grapevine (5,000 ft above sea level), the miracle car is now stressed out, coughing and the driver is getting frustrate with the small engine as its competition in its class passes by. That is the analogy I could think of. Fans criticized the Catalan wizzard not in disgust. they wanted Pau to be more aggressive in fighting back not with his fists but with smartness w/ quick hands and strong footing. Another analogy I could think of, like the grandson of LakerTom, he is now a Champ in the grade school level, not enough when he gets to HS level got to improve more. If by stroke of a wan, his influential grandfather got him recruited by any NCAA team like St. Mary's College in Moraga, he has to bring another ability in an uncharted area because competition getting bigger and stronger. His famous grandfather could no longer help him, he has to help himself. The same with Pau, he is the best international player with two rings in NBA, but it is not enough. He has been fully scouted (analyzed) by NBA teams, he needs to fight the devils around him by building more force and muscles.

The most important play in the game tonight was not Kobe’s baseline fade-away over Brandon Roy but his scorching missile of a jump pass to Pau for a layup earlier. That play epitomized Kobe not giving up on Pau because of a couple of earlier muffs. Many star players would’ve looked elsewhere but Kobe not only trusted Pau to make the play, he challenged him by firing a pass that required Pau to make a great play to catch. I’ve seen Kobe do this with Pau numerous times, going back to him not with easier plays to make but with harder plays, demanding that Pau elevate his game. I give Kobe great credit as a leader for doing this and to Pau as a player for stepping up and accepting Kobe’s challenge. These are the kinds of plays we can expect due to Kobe setting greatness as the standard.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | March 20, 2011 at 11:20 PM

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this.

Please don't anyone email or call me. I'm cancelling or changing all my accounts and numbers because of a stalker.

@Nuggets - good point about stats being misleading. Another example is Kobe stripping Miller and Fish scooping it up the ball. Fish gets credit for the steal even though Kobe is the one who knocked it free.

@israel - I agree that Pau receiving his unfair share of criticism.

Good Morning Laker Nation,

Exciting win last night. Where is everybody?

As Laker fans we’re very fortunate. 16 chips going on 17 and all of the great players including #24. We are fortunate indeed. Thus my selection for today is Duke & Ella (since Triangular got me listening to Ella last night)

I’m Just A Lucky So And So
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8Ev3lXaqZ0


@Triangular – loved everybody on your list of female vocalists. One of the things I was surprised by when I started listening to that era (since I’m not quite that old) was how good Doris Day was. My favorite from that era/genre is Dinah Washington.

>>>I see Pau has 1 turnover and Kobe has 3. Now I still have it on TIVO, and will
>>>rewatch it later today, but.......... I remember at least 3 distinct times Pau
>>>muffed and lost passes into him in the lane! That makes at least 3 turnovers!

I totally agree with you. There were two or three perfectly good passes Kobe made to Pau where Pau pulled a Kwame brown and just fumbled the ball out of bounds or away to Portland. Sucks that Kobe got blamed for Pau's hands of stone.

Israel,

>>>My point of view .. Bynum fouled personl idiot. The bad boys (Bill Laimbeer,
>>>Isaiah Thomas, Joe Dumars .....) players were hard and extremely smart.

NOT. EVEN. CLOSE.

You speak like someone who either didn't SEE the bad boys play or who doesn't comprehend the differences between how the league was officiated then versus now. That chuck by Bynum would have just been an ordinary foul in the Bad Boys era. Kevin McHale CLOTHESLINED Kurt Rambis - grabbed him by the neck and threw him to the ground and it was just called an ordinary foul.

If McHale were a player today and did that play, I'd estimate at least a 3 game suspension. Maybe more, depending on if the player got hurt or not.

Laimbeer and Thomas and Mahorn would not last through a series if they tried to play the way they used to play in the current NBA. Dumars was a better defender, so he'd have been fine. But the mark of the bad boys was cheap shots, and cheap shots don't fly in the NBA of 2011.


@EDWIN… Pretty funny, my friend. You’re on a roll. ROFLMAO. Before my grandson and his team played, we watched some 7th graders play. They were so much bigger than our 5th graders that it was hard to believe that next year, these kids will all be going to the same middle school. But that’s the story of life. The bar just keeps getting raised and the kids just have to keep up. What won the league championship for our team was as much the play of the B-players as the A-players. While other teams’ B-players played like deer in the headlights in the playoffs, our B-players made plays. Just like the real Lakers, the Mt. Carmel Lakers have a great starting lineup AND bench. Other than Drew getting suspended, it was a wonderful, bountiful All-Lakers weekend.
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Israel… Loved your Acb stats. A couple of years ago, I started adding up the box score lines to come up with a comparison. My formula was as follows: Points scored + rebounds + assists + blocks + steals – shots missed – free throws missed – turnovers – blocked shot attempts.
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Thinking I had invented a great new way to measure performance, I posted my results only to find out from another blogger that NBA.com’s EFF (Efficiency) rating was exactly the same except no negative for blocked shot attempts. I think your Acb stats are very similar.
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Here is a link to NBA.com’s page on EFF ratings: http://www.nba.com/statistics/efficiency.html
Every day, they show the EFF ratings for that night’s games. Here were stats from Lakers game:
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Player MIN EFF
Lamar Odom 42 +29
Pau Gasol 45 +21
Kobe Bryant 33 +17
Ron Artest 36 +12
Matt Barnes 17 +9
Derek Fisher 24 +9
Shannon Brown 22 +5
Steve Blake 18 +2
Joe Smith 1 -1
Derrick Caracter 3 -1
Luke Walton DNP --
Andrew Bynum DNP --
Devin Ebanks DNP --
Theo Ratliff DNP –
…..
Player MIN EFF
Nicolas Batum 39 +26
LaMarcus Aldridge 36 +17
Marcus Camby 26 +15
Gerald Wallace 33 +14
Rudy Fernandez 28 +10
Andre Miller 27 +5
Brandon Roy 25 +2
Patrick Mills 6 +1
Wesley Matthews 19 -2
Greg Oden DNP --
Luke Babbitt DNP --
Armon Johnson DNP --
Chris Johnson DNP --
Jarron Collins DNP --
Elliot Williams DNP --
…..
So if you want to see who really had the best game, this is the place to go.
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Here are the Top 50 EFF leaders after last night’s games. Note that Pau is #4, Kobe #20, Lamar #31, Drew #46
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2010-11 EFFICIENCY LEADERS : Efficiency Per Game
PLAYER NAME, TEAM NAME GP MPG PTS EFF RPG APG STPG BLKPG EFF48M EFF
1 Kevin Love , MIN 71 35.9 20.3 28.7 15.4 2.5 0.6 0.38 38.37 28.69
2 Dwight Howard , ORL 67 37.3 22.9 28.2 14.2 1.3 1.3 2.4 36.25 28.21
3 LeBron James , MIA 68 38.5 26.4 27.9 7.4 6.9 1.5 0.65 34.8 27.87
4 Pau Gasol , LAL 70 37.2 18.7 25.4 10.2 3.5 0.6 1.66 32.86 25.43
5 Amar'e Stoudemire , NYK 68 36.9 26.1 25.4 8.4 2.6 0.9 1.94 33.06 25.41
6 Kevin Durant , OKC 65 39.2 27.9 25.3 7.0 2.8 1.1 0.92 31.04 25.34
7 * Blake Griffin , LAC 71 37.7 22.3 25.0 12.0 3.6 0.6 0.56 31.83 25.0
8 Zach Randolph , MEM 65 36.6 20.1 24.4 12.6 1.9 0.8 0.37 31.91 24.38
9 Dwyane Wade , MIA 66 37.2 25.4 24.2 6.5 4.4 1.4 1.04 31.24 24.2
10 Dirk Nowitzki , DAL 61 34.2 23.3 23.9 6.9 2.5 0.5 0.69 33.55 23.92
11 Chris Paul , NOH 69 36.1 16.2 23.6 4.0 9.8 2.5 0.06 31.5 23.64
12 Al Horford , ATL 65 35.2 15.7 23.5 9.6 3.6 0.8 1.02 32.02 23.49
13 LaMarcus Aldridge , POR 70 39.8 22.2 23.2 8.7 2.1 1.1 1.2 28.05 23.23
14 Deron Williams , NJN-UTA 61 38.0 20.4 23.0 3.9 10.1 1.2 0.23 29.03 23.02
15 Derrick Rose , CHI 67 37.7 24.9 22.7 4.3 7.8 1.1 0.66 28.96 22.73
16 Al Jefferson , UTA 70 36.0 19.0 22.5 9.6 1.7 0.6 1.99 30.04 22.53
17 Russell Westbrook , OKC 69 35.1 22.1 22.4 4.6 8.4 1.8 0.38 30.74 22.44
18 Steve Nash , PHX 64 33.5 15.7 21.9 3.6 11.3 0.6 0.03 31.32 21.86
19 Carmelo Anthony , NYK-DEN 65 35.6 25.0 21.7 7.3 2.8 0.8 0.54 29.3 21.74
20 Kobe Bryant , LAL 70 33.7 24.7 21.1 5.1 4.7 1.2 0.14 30.02 21.07
21 Joakim Noah , CHI 37 34.4 12.4 20.9 11.3 2.4 1.0 1.4 29.19 20.89
22 Kevin Garnett , BOS 59 31.5 14.9 20.8 9.0 2.5 1.4 0.85 31.78 20.85
23 Paul Millsap , UTA 64 34.0 17.2 20.7 7.9 2.4 1.3 0.92 29.28 20.73
24 Josh Smith , ATL 68 34.8 16.4 20.6 8.7 3.4 1.3 1.68 28.45 20.59
25 David West , NOH 69 35.0 18.7 20.4 7.6 2.4 1.0 0.88 28.03 20.42
26 Carlos Boozer , CHI 45 32.2 18.3 20.2 9.6 2.2 0.7 0.36 30.21 20.24
27 Chris Bosh , MIA 66 36.3 18.4 20.2 8.3 1.8 0.8 0.67 26.69 20.15
28 Monta Ellis , GSW 70 40.6 24.4 20.1 3.5 5.5 2.2 0.29 23.86 20.14
29 David Lee , GSW 61 35.7 15.9 20.0 9.6 3.1 1.0 0.34 26.9 20.0
30 Nene Hilario , DEN 64 30.8 15.0 20.0 7.4 2.0 1.0 0.95 31.2 19.97
31 Lamar Odom , LAL 70 32.2 14.3 19.7 8.7 3.0 0.6 0.74 29.44 19.74
32 Rudy Gay , MEM 54 39.9 19.8 19.7 6.2 2.8 1.7 1.07 23.76 19.72
33 Luis Scola , HOU 66 32.6 18.3 19.5 8.1 2.4 0.7 0.65 28.73 19.53
34 Tim Duncan , SAS 68 28.7 13.4 19.5 9.1 2.7 0.7 1.94 32.56 19.47
35 Eric Gordon , LAC 45 37.4 23.5 19.4 3.0 4.4 1.2 0.33 25.02 19.44
36 Andrew Bogut , MIL 56 35.3 12.6 19.4 11.3 2.0 0.6 2.66 26.4 19.38
37 Paul Pierce , BOS 68 34.7 18.5 19.3 5.1 3.3 1.0 0.63 26.82 19.31
38 Andre Iguodala , PHI 57 36.9 14.3 19.3 6.0 6.5 1.6 0.56 25.14 19.3
39 Stephen Curry , GSW 62 33.7 18.4 19.2 3.7 5.8 1.6 0.29 27.41 19.23
40 Rajon Rondo , BOS 57 37.0 10.2 19.2 4.2 11.5 2.3 0.18 24.78 19.16
41 Elton Brand , PHI 69 34.4 14.9 19.1 8.5 1.4 1.2 1.17 26.68 19.13
42 Raymond Felton , DEN-NYK 65 37.2 15.9 18.5 3.7 8.6 1.7 0.17 23.84 18.46
43 Tony Parker , SAS 67 32.3 17.5 18.4 3.0 6.5 1.2 0.03 27.25 18.36
44 Manu Ginobili , SAS 69 30.7 17.8 18.3 3.8 5.1 1.6 0.36 28.58 18.29
45 Brook Lopez , NJN 68 35.3 20.1 18.3 6.1 1.5 0.6 1.56 24.84 18.26
46 Andrew Bynum , LAL 44 27.0 11.5 18.0 9.0 1.3 0.3 1.93 32.02 18.04
47 Kevin Martin , HOU 69 31.8 23.0 18.0 3.2 2.4 1.1 0.2 27.33 18.04
48 * John Wall , WAS 56 37.6 15.9 17.8 4.6 8.7 1.7 0.41 22.63 17.77
49 Gerald Wallace , POR-CHA 60 37.9 15.0 17.8 8.1 2.4 1.4 0.97 22.54 17.75
50 Danny Granger , IND 68 35.5 20.5 17.6 5.5 2.6 1.1 0.79 23.8 17.57
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TOM

Justanothermambafan,

you wrote: Please don't anyone email or call me. I'm cancelling or changing all my accounts and numbers because of a stalker.

my response: it wasn't me. I was in nebraska. :)

Seriously, though. Sorry about this problem. Good Luck.

Magia32,

you wrote: And and, I'm gonna say it again............I can not, not, NOT believe Lakers won 2 championships with Gasol playing center.

Posted by: Magia32 | March 21, 2011 at 06:32 AM

my response: I said, at the beginning of the season, that Pau was not
playing the same as last year or the year before. We did win with him at
C. He played harder/stronger.

It seems to me we have some members running a double standards here. When Kobe shoots a cuple of games below 40% it's perfectly normal, but when Pau can not catch a couple passes, he is being compare to Kwame Brown. Are you people out of your freaking mind? You maybe need to talk to Kobe, about who he rather have on his team if this is not so clear to you.


@ISRAEL… Following up on the stats, here is a page where you can see EFF rankings and filter the stats for teams, conferences, months, etc. Here are the Top 50 EFFs for players post-all-star game. Note that Drew moved up to #10, Pau to #14, :
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http://www.nba.com/statistics/player/Efficiency.jsp?league=00&season=22010&conf=west&position=0&splitType=9&splitScope=GAME&qualified=N&yearsExp=-1&splitDD=All Teams
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PLAYER NAME, TEAM NAME GP MPG PTS EFF RPG APG STPG BLKPG EFF48M EFF
1 Dwight Howard , ORL 12 41.2 23.2 31.4 16.0 1.8 1.4 3.67 36.49 31.42
2 Al Jefferson , UTA 13 39.2 26.1 31.0 12.0 2.5 0.5 2.38 37.9 31.0
3 LeBron James , MIA 14 38.9 27.6 29.3 7.3 5.4 1.1 0.86 36.18 29.29
4 Kevin Love , MIN 15 32.7 17.5 27.6 15.3 3.1 0.9 0.53 40.49 27.6
5 Dirk Nowitzki , DAL 14 34.1 25.2 26.5 7.9 2.4 0.3 0.43 37.37 26.5
6 Brook Lopez , NJN 11 39.9 23.5 24.6 7.7 2.0 0.3 2.0 29.51 24.64
6 Chris Paul , NOH 11 37.9 16.3 24.6 4.6 10.8 2.5 0.09 31.29 24.64
8 Zach Randolph , MEM 13 34.9 20.2 24.6 10.1 2.5 1.5 0.38 33.73 24.62
9 Andrew Bynum , LAL 12 31.2 11.8 24.2 13.0 1.5 0.7 2.58 37.43 24.25
10 Amar'e Stoudemire , NYK 15 37.2 26.0 23.9 7.7 2.2 0.7 1.0 30.8 23.93
11 Dwyane Wade , MIA 14 37.4 25.6 23.9 5.3 4.5 1.9 1.21 30.49 23.86
12 Kevin Durant , OKC 15 37.9 24.6 23.8 7.1 2.9 1.3 0.73 30.17 23.8
13 Kris Humphries , NJN 11 36.9 15.1 23.7 14.5 .9 0.8 1.91 30.79 23.73
14 Pau Gasol , LAL 13 36.5 18.4 23.1 9.0 3.2 0.4 1.23 30.4 23.08
14 * Greg Monroe , DET 13 33.1 14.9 23.1 9.9 2.2 1.7 0.77 33.45 23.08
16 * Blake Griffin , LAC 15 36.9 20.3 22.5 9.7 3.9 0.5 0.73 29.21 22.47
17 Paul Millsap , UTA 8 33.1 17.8 22.2 8.6 2.6 1.1 1.62 32.26 22.25
18 LaMarcus Aldridge , POR 14 41.2 21.8 22.1 7.9 2.2 0.9 1.0 25.73 22.07
18 Marcin Gortat , PHX-ORL 14 33.4 14.7 22.1 10.1 1.6 0.6 1.36 31.67 22.07
20 Antawn Jamison , CLE 3 35.0 23.3 21.7 6.7 1.7 1.0 0.67 29.72 21.67
21 Al Horford , ATL 14 35.7 14.5 21.4 8.8 3.7 0.9 0.86 28.73 21.36
22 Andre Iguodala , PHI 13 36.2 14.4 21.1 6.5 7.8 1.5 0.54 28.0 21.08
23 Kevin Garnett , BOS 14 31.9 14.9 20.9 9.0 2.7 0.9 1.07 31.24 20.86
24 Chris Bosh , MIA 14 37.9 18.0 20.6 9.2 1.7 1.1 0.57 26.14 20.57
24 Kyle Lowry , HOU 14 35.2 17.4 20.6 4.6 7.1 1.1 0.29 28.06 20.57
26 David Lee , GSW 15 34.3 15.7 20.5 9.9 2.5 1.1 0.27 28.64 20.47
27 Carmelo Anthony , NYK-DEN 15 36.1 24.5 20.3 6.1 2.9 0.8 0.27 26.98 20.27
28 Nene Hilario , DEN 13 31.2 15.2 20.1 8.5 1.6 1.3 1.23 30.86 20.08
29 David West , NOH 12 33.8 17.3 19.6 7.5 2.8 1.1 0.92 27.74 19.58
30 Derrick Rose , CHI 14 36.6 24.9 19.6 3.7 6.1 1.4 0.64 25.66 19.57
31 Deron Williams , NJN-UTA 8 39.0 14.8 19.5 4.4 13.1 1.5 0.25 23.96 19.5
32 Manu Ginobili , SAS 13 29.3 17.5 19.3 3.9 5.8 1.5 0.38 31.52 19.31
33 Russell Westbrook , OKC 15 32.9 21.5 19.2 3.2 7.7 1.7 0.2 28.09 19.2
34 Paul Pierce , BOS 14 33.6 17.2 19.1 5.6 3.7 1.0 0.71 27.34 19.07
35 Kevin Martin , HOU 14 33.4 23.1 19.0 3.8 2.4 1.5 0.29 27.44 19.0
36 Ty Lawson , DEN 13 32.8 13.6 18.7 3.5 7.6 2.2 0.08 27.46 18.69
36 Marcus Thornton , SAC-NOH 13 35.8 21.2 18.7 3.7 3.3 1.8 0.23 24.97 18.69
38 Stephen Curry , GSW 15 34.2 18.5 18.5 4.7 5.1 1.0 0.33 26.06 18.53
39 Tim Duncan , SAS 12 28.6 13.4 18.5 8.3 1.6 0.8 1.75 31.1 18.5
40 Josh Smith , ATL 13 33.6 15.5 18.5 8.2 3.2 1.0 1.54 26.46 18.46
41 * John Wall , WAS 14 40.0 18.7 18.4 5.9 8.0 1.6 0.36 22.08 18.43
42 Kobe Bryant , LAL 13 32.8 22.8 18.1 4.2 4.3 1.2 0.15 26.49 18.08
43 Chauncey Billups , NYK-DEN 9 31.9 18.6 18.0 3.6 5.4 1.4 0.0 27.12 18.0
44 Shawn Marion , DAL 13 28.1 14.2 17.8 7.6 1.6 1.0 0.46 30.55 17.77
45 Danilo Gallinari , DEN-NYK 4 29.8 18.0 17.8 5.2 1.0 0.8 1.25 28.67 17.75
46 Monta Ellis , GSW 15 38.3 21.0 17.7 3.7 5.6 2.2 0.4 22.19 17.73
47 Beno Udrih , SAC 12 35.9 15.0 17.7 2.7 7.0 0.9 0.17 23.61 17.67
48 Jose Calderon , TOR 13 32.5 10.3 17.6 3.4 9.4 1.3 0.08 25.94 17.62
49 Gerald Wallace , POR-CHA 13 33.2 13.1 17.5 7.5 2.3 1.9 0.85 25.44 17.54
50 Reggie Evans , TOR 6 27.8 5.8 17.5 12.7 1.8 1.0 0.17 30.09 17.5
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TOM

Justa - That's crazy. I hope you get everything worked out.

First, great win. This was a championship type win. This lets Portland know that they really don't want to face us in the playoffs. Period.

Second, re: Kobe vs. Pau turnovers (a la NuggetsCountry); Kobe could give a rats a$$ about turnovers. They don't even enter his consciousness. Since he has Pacific Coast Highway as a right hand, his turnovers a WAY up anyway. Nothing can be done about that anyway. So, he got two more? Meh.

Third, re: Kobe pulling the beast out of Pau (a la Tom). That has been a known fact since season one. Nothing has changed. Even an arch enemy in Perkins has noticed this. What the rest of the league hates is that it has been Pau's nature to respond to Kobe's machinations right around playoff time. Too bad for them.

That's all I got.

--FEARless

FISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LAMAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No Bynum... No problem...

(OK, it was a problem... but still a W)

Wow, another game we should have lost and yet somehow pulled it out. I have been watching Kobe for many years now and have seen a few game like this - where he plays like crap for three quarters and I am begging him to sit or stop shooting. He never listens. 99.99% of the players in the history of the league would lose their confidence. Kobe is a different breed. He has winning in his DNA. He doesn't even know of the existence of the word "quit". I feel lucky to have witnessed it because (here it comes)...

I am a Lakerholic.

LRon, spot on. With Drew out rebounding is a team thing. Portland gang-rebounded, and the Lakers left Pau and Lamar to battle multiple Blazers.

What's up with Theo Ratliff? Is he ever going to play?

Fish did a lot more than the timely steals and baskets. As PJ said, he put him in at the end to get the Lakers more "organized" on offense. With Fish sitting for so long the Lakers were very badly organized against the zone. They looked much better early and late with Fish in there.


In a tough game the two veteran guards stepped up and stole that game.

Justanothermambafan,

I missed you yesterday at the game.

What the heck happened?

You have a stalker?!?!?!?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I think there needs to be a balance between accepting a player (Pao) for who he is, versus recommending change/improvement. Players strengths are often tied to their weaknesses. For example, Kobe's drive to be the best also results in him being a ball hog at times. Pao can be "soft" at times, but his finesse play is tied to him having excellent footwork and a soft shooting touch. Asking Pao to become a tough player, in the same vein Kendrick Perkins is, would takes him out of his element. Instead, I think it would be more productive to focus on how his teammates, like Drew, can compensate for Pao's lack of toughness since BB is a team, not individual, sport.

@Lakerholic...

I've seen Kobe go 1-10 from the field in the first half of a game and still not hesitate to take the long halfcourt shot at the end of the half. And then he came back with a strong second half. You are absolutely right; He's a different breed, and we are lucky to witness his career firsthand.

@boynamedsue,

While we shouldn't try to make Pau tough as you say, it is OK to make Pau tougher. Not tough, but tougher. That is what everyone sees Kobe do. Show Pau how to pick his spots and beat his competition in his own way. Pau is now, by far, the best overall power forward in the league because of it.

But, you are right as well by noting that the raw toughness he lacks, Drew can provide the team, and has. By the time the playoffs roll around, Drew and Pau would have perfected their still burgeoning on-court chemistry.

Sux to be everyone else...

--FEARless

Nice gutsy win last night. I figured we might loose that one with AB out...whew! Some really good basketball by Fish & Kobe there at the end. Nice job by the bench during the game...good job lake Show. Keep the pressure on!

"Second, re: Kobe vs. Pau turnovers (a la NuggetsCountry); Kobe could give a rats a$$ about turnovers. They don't even enter his consciousness. Since he has Pacific Coast Highway as a right hand, his turnovers a WAY up anyway. Nothing can be done about that anyway. So, he got two more? Meh.

Posted by: FEARless | March 21, 2011 at 09:03 AM
"

My point was that when anyone looks at just the stats they are definitely misleading. Like a lot of pundits on TV we have to listen to (BSPN types, etc.) who only look briefly at stats and then claim the Lakers lost the game because, for example, Kobe shot more than 20 times or Kobe had 3 turnovers, but Pau only had 1 turnover recorded, so the pundit BS goes like this: 'Why didn't Kobe/they get the ball into Pau, since Kobe was turning the ball over and Pau did not.' See what I mean - complete BS reasoning, as if Kobe was the main turnover culprit, when anybody who watched the game saw Pau muff many passes inside from Kobe and others - which were turned over and not recorded as Pau turnovers by the official scorer. And as LongTimeLakerFan correctly states in his other example, these stats based opinions are flawed. You cannot expect to have perimeter players constantly feed a big inside when they know half the time it will result in a turnover. I was a big, and always knew that if I couldn't hang on to the pass, I was going to see less of them in the future. Heck, if I'm Kobe, I can at least get a shot on the rim and have a decent chance of it going in or getting my big to rebound it for a second chance shot, instead of that coming turnover by my big's muffed entry pass receipt. Granted, Kobe may not look at a box score for his turnovers, but you can certainly see has glare and expected frustration when yet another big's turnover happens either by muff or by blown ref call (Thuggets/Celtics games). That does not make me (that perimeter player) a poor team player - FACT!

@NuggetsCountry, you hit the nail right on the head. Kobe doesn't care how many times the ball is turned over. He cares about when the rock is turned over. He cares about not getting the calls he thinks he deserves. He cares about his team mates being in the moment.

When he can't get those things, we'll see him try to wrestle the game from the jaws of circumstance. The closer it is to the playoffs, the better he is at that.

The rest don't matter. The pundits can saw what they want. Kobe, and by that I mean the Lakers, are gettin' his.

--FEARless

*say what they want.

And and, I'm gonna say it again............I can not, not, NOT believe Lakers won 2 championships with Gasol playing center. @Magia32 Lakers and Gasol won two rings because they were better than Orlando and Boston. All players in the squad did their job.

Gecko Edwin thanks for your explanation. I think the lakers fans are not aware of how lucky they are to have such a good team. It can be a fan of a player without being unfair to others. The problem this year is that Gasol and Odom have played too many minutes. Andrew Bynum, Luke Walton and Theo Ratliff injured. Phill never have relied on young players, so that Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks did not have their share of minutes. I trust that all staff the best in the postseason.

LRob@ I am aware that Gasol is not right, but it's not a bad player. He was wrong to not try to dunk. When this Bynum has to make room for their shots, but when Andrew must not have more presence in the area.

You speak like someone who either didn't SEE the bad boys play or who doesn't comprehend the differences between how the league was officiated then versus now. That chuck by Bynum would have just been an ordinary foul in the Bad Boys era. Kevin McHale CLOTHESLINED Kurt Rambis - grabbed him by the neck and threw him to the ground and it was just called an ordinary foul@LongTimeLakerFan. I agree with you that it is an ordinary foul. my point was not that. I wanted to explain that the players were tough, yet smart. I just wanted to say that Bynum could save that foul.

LakerTom@t Thank you very much.
Acb stats are EFF ratings in Spanish league. I see this link every week: http://www.nba.com/statistics/efficiency.html


>>>When Kobe shoots a cuple of games below 40% it's perfectly normal, but
>>>when Pau can not catch a couple passes, he is being compare to Kwame Brown.

Being the one who compared Pau to Kwame, let me just point out that I'm critical of Kobe when he has a bad game as well (or Fish or Luke or whoever).

But there's a difference between saying "Pau played like Kwame IN THIS GAME" and saying "Kobe is terrible, he's a ball hog, can't shoot and should retire already."

Kwame had a habit of dropping good passes that would have been layups or dunks if he caught them. Pau did it several times last night. Usually, he has very good hands and catches those passes and scores. In fact, late in the game, Kobe zipped him a bullet pass, he caught it and scored.

But with all the people whining that "Pau should get more touches", I'm merely pointing out that he'd get more touches if he'd actually CATCH the ball when it's passed to him.

>>>What's up with Theo Ratliff? Is he ever going to play?


My understanding was that he's out for the season... MM? Confirm? Deny?

LAL, I'm realizing now, recently has the attitude similar to DFish. They don't seem to want the ball that much, but they come through during clutch.

I hope they pull together and sweep every team they face on the way to their 2nd 3 peat.

ya Kobe's reaction was a little ridiculous especially considering he never once reacted like that to any of these 6 shots last year: http://kobesbest.blogspot.com/


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