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Steve Blake out indefinitely with chicken pox; sore Matt Barnes a game-time decision

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The games only get more important from here, but the Lakers might be without two of their reserves Tuesday against San Antonio.

Steve Blake has chicken pox and is out indefinitely. Matt Barnes has a sore right knee and will be a game-time decision. Barnes had surgery on the same knee three months ago to repair torn cartilage. It flared up Monday, forcing him to miss practice.

Barnes is averaging 6.7 points and 4.3 rebounds a game. Blake hasn't shot well this season (35.9%) but had three three-pointers Sunday against Oklahoma City.

Blake's wife, Kristen, had some updates on her Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.

"And before anyone asks NO my kids didn't give it to him," she wrote. "They were vaccinated and are healthy. No clue where or how Steve got chicken pox.

"I'll have him healthy and back in no time. Good luck tonight to the rest of the guys."

The Blakes have three young sons.

The Lakers (55-25) have lost five consecutive games and are half a game behind Dallas for second place in the Western Conference. They lead fourth-place Oklahoma City by only half a game. The Lakers would win tie-breakers with both teams.

- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Steve Blake drives to the hoop against Atlanta's Marvin Williams in February. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

 
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Ugh.
I guess that means Brown and Luke will get more minutes.
The Spurs and Kings are gunna get Bluked.

Ooookaaaaay, that's not good news! Time to turn it up Lakers!

I'm pretty sure Sasha and Jordan has consulted a voodoo doctor in the last week or so.


Get better soon B's!

I predict the Lakers to lose.

Which is worse? loosing blake to pox .. or loosing 6th to spurs..

don't worry lakers will outpox everyone in the playoffs

This is where it hurts them to have unusable players like Caracter, Theo, and Joe Smith on the bench. They have a tight rotation but once someone is unavailable, it makes them real thin real quick. A Sasha Pavlovic or another one of those veterans that was available would have been useful at a time like this. The other Sasha would work too.


@NMLL ... LOL. We’ll just write it off as a senior moment. Glad to know that I’m not the only sexagenarian posting on this blog. And that means over 60 for the younger crowd and has nothing to do with the sexual attitudes, prowess, experience, or orientation of the people of that age.
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@THE OUTLAW ... Liked the nobleman named Horry line. The one good thing about Sonny is that he can take it as well as dishing it out. Of course, being a Kings (oops, I meant Royals) fan is a big help in learning how to take crap and eat crow. Sonny is known as an expert in both. LOL.
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@BAY TO LA ... “My question was about what had changed. What influences your decision that the 17-1 streak is indicative of what the team can do but not the 0-5 streak? What fundamental differences did you see?” The big difference in the Lakers play between the 17-1 streak and 0-5 streak has been turnovers, poor offensive execution, and the bounce of the ball. We averaged under 10 turnovers per game during the 17-1 streak versus almost 20 turnovers per game during the 0-5 losing streak. We also did a poor job of running the Triangle Offense and playing inside-out basketball, resulting in too many long jumpers that ignited opposing teams transition offense. Finally, we ran into a couple of teams, like the Thunder, who basically shot lights out. While there was some lack of motivation and energy in the losses, the main reason for the 0-5 streak was more how we played than the effort we put out. Anyway, that was my take on the differences.
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@MM ... Damn. Chicken Pox could put Blake out of the playoffs entirely. Wish it were Shannon instead. That could really hurt the Lakers and put a lot more pressure on Fisher.
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TOM

wow, crazy....

Nice bench Mitch put together . Remember when the two time champs has Benga, Powerr, Sasha and Farmer to go to. What did they get for those four? 60 year old Joe smith. Mitch should be fired for destroying this team. Champs to 4th seeds.

At least we still have multi year contract for Walton, d-leaguer Brown and mental case Artest.

******REPOST--REVISED******

Lakers Execution From Here On Out:

1. Artest has to avoid shooting rushed 3s, pass the ball and be ready for the open 3s;

2. Fisher has to stop trying to be the penetrator and when the lanes open, then drive, but allow the defense to converge on him and make the pass to the bigs (or if too difficult a pass, pass to an open perimeter shooter). He's not quick enough to snake past the trees in the paint;

3. Pau needs to do what he does best. Establish the post and, when they converge, drop the ball off to Drew or the cutter. If they don't converge fast enough, go to his post moves. But DON'T DRIBBLE TOO MUCH! They keep bumping and poking the ball away when he dribbles too much;

4. Drew needs to continue to UNLEASH THE BEAST. REBOUND, BLOCK, REBOUND, ALTER SHOTS, REBOUND, ETC., ETC., ETC. On Offense, he needs to use that beast of a body and establish low post position. He can't settle for letting smaller centers determine his post position. If it isn't there, pass the ball out and re-establish a deeper position. If the double team converges quickly, drop it off to Pau or LO or the cutter. If the double is slow, make your post moves. Don't necessarily take the first move to shoot. Get the defenders to commit (remember it's been the secondary defender that's been blocking your shot). Since you know the secondary defender is coming, get them to commit and pass the ball;

5. Kobe needs to establish his game early, but NOT over dribble. He needs to execute within the triangle up to the last 5-7 seconds in the clock. Then it's Kobe time. Draw the double or triple team and quickly pass to the corner 3s or into the post players. If the double doesn't come quick enough, put the dagger in them.

6. LO needs to be the Sixth Man of the Year he's been. If the Lakers need a rebound, go get the rebound. If the Lakers need an assist, make the crisp pass. If they need a score, score the ball. Unlike the others, over dribbling isn't his problem. His turnovers come from offensive fouls and long passes attempting to push the pace. BE SMART! Don't over-penetrate when the paint's full of defenders and don't Hail Mary the ball;

7. No Killer Bees. Since Blake is Out Indefinitely, Shannon Brown needs to step up as the backup PG. However, depending upon the matchbox, I'd like to see LO jump into the Magic Johnson role as PG. In either event, the bench can't continue its sloppy passing, especially when bringing the ball up. Press the pace when it flows, but slow it down and execute the triangle when the transition D is back. Crisp passing is a MUST! And DON'T TELEGRAPH YOUR PASSES! Finally, crisp passing on the triangle leads to open looks. DROP YOUR OPEN SHOTS!

8. Overall Offense. Whether it be Man-to-Man or Zone, executing the Triangle will bust it. Tex Winter ran the Triangle as a college coach too. It is designed to beat the Zone with crisp passing and constant motion around the posts. Pass and Cut, Pass and Cut. It's not about passing around the perimeter. With constant motion the zone defenders have to also constantly move which causes seams in the defense to open up leading to passing lanes to the cutters.

When the opposition throws a zone at you, don't get flustered and pass around the perimeter. RUN THE TRIANGLE, EXECUTE CRISPS CUTS AND PASSES AND THE ZONE WILL BE BUSTED!

Finally, there has been a theme here. Don't Over Dribble!

On D, COMMUNICATE! Don't go under screens, fight over them. Be the Aggressor. The Zebras Tend to Call Fouls in Favor of the Aggressor.

AND AGAIN, MOST OF ALL, DON'T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE WHISTLES! PLAY YOUR GAME!

TEAMS DON'T BEAT THE LAKERS, THE LAKERS BEAT THEMSELVES!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS STILL "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."


@TRIANGULATOR ... Excellent list of executables the Lakers need to follow. Best of all, it’s a list of things that the Lakers have done well during their recent 17-1 streak. It’s not like the Bulls or Magic having to do something they have never done before as currently comprised: win in the playoffs.
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TOM


@KOBEMVP888 ... Thanks for the link. Good move by Mitch to sign Trey Johnson. He has played well in the D-League and looks like he has his head screwed on straight. Led the nation in scoring at Jackson State in 2007 and is the likely D-League MVP and leading scorer at 25 ppg. The question is whether or not he will get an opportunity to play. It would be great if could replace Blake or Brown.
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TOM

Typically, Playoff rosters are 8 man rotations. If Shannon doesn't step up knowing he'll be playing extra minutes, then LO should step into backup PG. Artest may need to play some PF with Matt hopefully at SF, but Joe Smith should be able to rest Pau a bit at PF. It'll take some creative rotations, but this may actually spark a flame in this team.

TEAMS DON'T BEAT THE LAKERS, THE LAKERS BEAT THEMSELVES!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS STILL "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

TEAMS DON'T BEAT THE LAKERS, THE LAKERS BEAT THEMSELVES!

Please explain that to me. Sorry dat I dumb like da candy eat in Lamar and dat I cannot seeth myself (seeth myself) into understanding dis concept of how they beat demselves.. really how do u do dat?

lets see.. ummm.. by get ur pants stolen 3 times in da last minute ..

hold on dose hands r not mine.. how could miss dat u somebody else's hands.. kobe's hands are actually smaller .. he borrowed Rick Foxes dat night..

"@BAY TO LA ... “My question was about what had changed. What influences your decision that the 17-1 streak is indicative of what the team can do but not the 0-5 streak? What fundamental differences did you see?” The big difference in the Lakers play between the 17-1 streak and 0-5 streak has been turnovers, poor offensive execution, and the bounce of the ball. We averaged under 10 turnovers per game during the 17-1 streak versus almost 20 turnovers per game during the 0-5 losing streak. We also did a poor job of running the Triangle Offense and playing inside-out basketball, resulting in too many long jumpers that ignited opposing teams transition offense. Finally, we ran into a couple of teams, like the Thunder, who basically shot lights out. While there was some lack of motivation and energy in the losses, the main reason for the 0-5 streak was more how we played than the effort we put out. Anyway, that was my take on the differences.
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TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | April 12, 2011 at 01:19 PM "

That's a good analysis and it's what I like to see. I don't like when losing streaks are swept under the rug by general terms such as complacency. There are reasons for the Lakers not winning these games and they are conditions they will have to manually fix without the benefit of a light switch.

I think the 17-1 was a result of a lot of things going their way and the 0-5 was a result of the opposite. I think they have been engaged and playing with the same motivation throughout but sometimes the results don't always fit what is actually going on. During their 17-1 stretch, they had times they played outside of the triangle, turned the ball over, played bad defense, but made up for it by shooting well from outside, making clutch shots in the end, and forcing opponents into misses. Those are all great but those are all things that can come and go.

They're somewhere in between the 17-1 and the 0-5 to me. They can still win it all of course but there are a lot of tough teams out there. Unless they draw New Orleans in the 1st round, I expect every round to be a battle.

Maybe Trey can be an upgrade over Shannon Brown (smiley face thing). A D-League MVP candidate. Not sure where that ranks in the NBA, but better than not being one.


I feel like these last two games don't matter at all. Hard to get excited about them.


More minutes for Luke with Blake/Barnes out, so he can tune for up for the playoffs, where, PJ tends to turn to him a little more.


This is when you wish you have 5 guards. Miss Sasha. Never understood that move.

MM, Here's the questions you need to be asking:

Have the rest of the Lakers players and coaches already had chickenpox?

What about vaccinations?

Did Blake have the vaccine as a child?

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS STILL "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."


@TRIANGULATOR... Looking for silver linings in any cloud, I think you may have hit upon a big one. Without Blake and with Brown playing so poorly, maybe Lamar will finally get his chance to play a little point guard in a Big % lineup: Drew, Pau, Ron, Kobe, and Lamar. Now that would really cause the rest of the league to be “shaking like virgins on prom night.” Great point, Mike.
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Question: What can Fish or Blake do that Lamar cannot do? Answer: Not one damn thing. LO, the Lakers future starting point guard. This will probably make hobbitmage trip over his sticks in an eager rush to respond. Hopefully, he will continue to play nice. LOL. JK, hobbit. No need to drag out those same tired quotes. Time to think outside of the box. Time for Phil to unleash the Big 5.
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TOM


I guess what I'm saying is that isolating either streak is probably unfair and unrealistic. To look at that 17-1 streak and say that the team will win whenever it puts his mind to it is just as flawed to me as saying that this 0-5 streak means they've lost it and will never win another game.

Posted by: Bay to LA | April 12, 2011 at 12:48 PM
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So what yours best estimation after 80 watching the Lakers for 80 games this season, how far do you think they’ll advance?

Captain Jack

The PSP thought you were trapped in Davey Jones Locker ... what happened? How did you escape?

Thanks
PSP Intern

Trey Johnson called up.
Odd, considering Phils way with rookies.
He may be able to help, but what are the odds Phil will play this guy even if Blake is done for the year?
Maybe will have no choice.

I hear the Spurs will rest their stars tonight, so it "should" be a win for the Lakers, but it won't be a "respectable" win.

Heaven forbid if the Lakers lose to the Spurs' second team tonight.

Did I mention that the regular season is just too long? Oh, I guess I did.

@MM ... Damn. Chicken Pox could put Blake out of the playoffs entirely. Wish it were Shannon instead. That could really hurt the Lakers and put a lot more pressure on Fisher.

Posted by: LakerTom | April 12, 2011 at 01:19 PM
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I'm sure that didn't come across like you meant it. Anyway Blake should only be contagious for up to 4-5 days. So he should be good to go by gm2 at worst.

Get a load of this!

Twitter info from Blake's wife @kristenblake2, who says their 3 sons are vaccinated + healthy. "No clue where or how Steve got chicken pox."

She says the kids didn't pass it along, but how do we know that? Immunization does not prevent one from being a carrier.


@LROB... LOL. Sometimes you are just “too” good. That is meant as a compliment by the way. Sorry to say, I did mean that I wish it had been Shannon who would miss games rather than Steve. And yes, I was never accused of being too much of a gentleman when I played. Glad to hear that Steve might be back after just one game, provided he doesn’t contract shingles after the chicken pox. :-)
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TOM

So the Lakers after 80 games can end up being a 2, 3, or 4 seed.

How many games have we lost this year due to...

1. injuries
2. complacency
3. lack of effort
4. players outside interests
5. Phil Jackson
6. Kobe
7. Fisher
8. Gasol
9 The bench
10. Execution

How many?
1 game, 2 games, 3, 4, 5, 6, ...10? Does it even matter?

This season concerns me more than past years because the bench has not established itself. Kobe looks mortal, and Fisher looks very old.
Phil Jackson has coached less this year than in any previous year that I can remember or does that mean he has coached more?

Oh well, different year, same result? Just hope that Phil & Co. know what their doing this time around.


@MVP - thanks for the info on Trey Johnson. I know JustaLakerFan and others wanted were high on him. Hopefully he'll take advantage of the opportunity.


@Triangulator - Good list of execution do's & don'ts. The one thing I would disagree with is going fighting over screens. I think screen defense should be contingent upon the opponents personnel. Go under against non shooters and over against shooters. For example, go under against Rondo, Kidd, Andre Miller, etc. I thought the Lakers made a big mistake in going over on those screens for Andre Miller the last time they played the Blazers.

Sounds more like General Hospital, than the Lakers. Either Shannon shows up or he goes back to Illinois to practice shooting. Let's hope he shows.

"... While there was some lack of motivation and energy in the losses, the main reason for the 0-5 streak was more how we played than the effort we put out"

Sorry but that is pure nonsensical bull.

Here's what a "real" expert said: "Turnovers are the signs. They're not the reason. The reason is lack of urgency"

Who might this expert be? none other than Phil Jackson himself.

Why not just accept the 100% cold, hard reality that the Lakers, perhaps with the exception of Kobe, are a bunch of lazy, complacent and unmotivated players who do not care about winning as much as we all thought they do.

Two words people: Championship Fatigue!

Somehow the team has picked up some very BAD, BAD HABBITs and they will be the reasons if somehow the playoff run ends in a SOUR note.

AND... you all heard it here first: the blame will be where it should be, where the buck stops.

Shouldn't be a surprise if the team picks up on its coach who treats it as a lame-duck season and does not care enough to put on the pressure and discipline to ride the team to plays HARD and instead accepts the mentality of laissez-faire touchy-feely spiritual Zen crap!!!

PS: So much for "greatest" coach who in the end totally losts control of the team and has his players all tune him out. Can't use the excuse that this team does NOT know how to play the right way or that it is INCAPABLE of playing the right way... Yep it's time to ride into the sunset and retire alright!

"So what yours best estimation after 80 watching the Lakers for 80 games this season, how far do you think they’ll advance?


Posted by: LRob | April 12, 2011 at 01:42 PM "

I think this is probably one of the hardest seasons to predict in recent memory. Other than New Orleans, I think all of the lower seeds in the west have a fairly realistic chance to upset their opponent so it's hard to predict who the Lakers might face each round as they advance. It's also hard to tell if they're going to be the 2, 3, or 4 seed right now.

Best case scenario for them would be to get New Orleans, beat them quickly, and rest up for the next opponent. If that happens, I think their chances increase dramatically. As it stands, neither a 1st round loss nor a championship would really surprise me with this team.

Psycorp

So based on your observations, what's your prediction for the Lakers in the playoffs? For your information, Kobe Bryant, who I believe is one of the greatest players in NBA history, is as big a reason for this recent meaningless 5 game skid as anyone. Why is it that you give him a pass? So what's the urgency? Where's the gratitude? Did Phil Jackson have nothing to do with our 17-1 stretch? Our 5 championships? Why do you despise him so much? Is it because he's a pot smoking, LSD using hippie from the 60's? Please explain the seething hatred that is directed at him in all of your posts.

Hello people, been away because of the intense Paramedicine program, been taking up any free time I have. So, popping in, and I'll be a regular when things start to settle down.

There are two people I need to address directly before I go any further.

@S. Perkins- Yea, I'm talking to you directly. Normally, I don't give trolls or ignorance the time of day, but something popped into my head that I felt you needed to hear.

What does the S stand for? Silly
Senseless
Sheepheaded

Nope. It stands for Sebaceous. That's right, your new name is sebaceous perkins. If the LAT blog had a face, you'd be the black head, the acne vulgaris. You're an overactive sebaceous troll perkins.

I mean who obsesses about Fish this much? For good or for bad? Obsessing about Derek, is that really how you spend your free time? Not contacting human girls, or finding a new hobby, no, Sebaceous perkins hangs around his house obsessing about Fish and how he's jealous and envious of his life and the person he is, which is clearly laid out.

Being a 5 time champion not good enough for ya, a beautiful wife and family, still jealous. How about representing all of his peers at the bargaining table, respect is something you earn and not deserve. Even if you are jealous and envious of Fish, you'll never have his life.

Peace out, Sebaceous Perkins

OMG! No guards now!?!!? MK must be frantic aqbout letting JF and SV go! How about some D-leaguer Mitch!? Is BShaw still in shape?


YIKES!

May go back to TiVo plan #1 which is to wait until the whole game is over and not just until halftime. Hypertension here I come!? Alice! Alice! Here I come!

@Bay to LA

The Lakers did flip the proverbial "switch" to go 17-1 and turned it off after the near fatal mishap of Gasol and Drew in the Denver game. It's glaringly obvious how much more involved they were on offense and defense, their energy was through the roof, their execution was near perfection. When you play like that certain things like loose balls and borderline calls will fall your way. It's not luck but a consequence of the effort and precision. Unfortunately after turning it off and trying to turn it on again against the OKC Thunder, they found that some of the lines were faulty...lets hope they keep the switch on for the rest of the season until the end of the NBA Finals, when they hoist their 17th championship trophy!

OR:

Maybe this is just a sinister Laker plot to make us look so improbable to play all the way to a ring that it will be legendary!?

Bad season finish. check
Kobe washed up and ballhogging. check
No backup guards worth a s _ _ t. check
No backup bigs. check
DFish washed up. check
PJ in Montana mentally already. check
Haven't played backups enough to play in postseason. check
etc. etc.

@islandpriest- Yea, I'm talking to you directly as well. Talking smack about me behind my back, did you really think you'd get off like that? Disrespecting me. I had a grievance with you, thought it was settled. Here I find, you're talking crap behind my back.

island priest, you waved that red banner in front of the wrong bull, so, you either get down our you lay down? What's it going to be? I'm your huckleberry anytime you want to go.

I'm in school and this is how you handle conflict resolution? You're a forty year old man and you're acting like some ticky tack high school gossip girl. Act your age. There are two things that are abundantly clear about your attacks on me:

1) Your insults and attacks are a poor reflection on you, not me. This is evidence of a man who feels threatened. Why I am such a threat to you? Because I didn't like something you wrote? Once again, try acting like a grown up and deal with it.

2) You can dish it out but you can't take it. Clear sign of a bully, and someone that is obviously insecure. I'm not shaken by you or anything you say. It's childish to get into a shouting match with a man who's fourty in number only, you're acting like your 15 years old. Try showing some maturity and use sense when you talk. I'm not some door mat, you can't walk all over me, I wouldn't let you even try.

Since my back was turned and your being slanderous, that's on you. Not interested in you or your bs, so, try me, you'll just end up looking more foolish than you do right now.

Peace out, island priest.

Can we at least get more than 3 posts on the Recent Comments section, so those of us trying to have some sort of dialgue can find where our other party has posted his response!? Or some sort of search filter for just the blog postings to find someone we want to read? Sort of like the moderator only filter on the chats.


And like someone said on some post somewhere in the past hour or so.......... PJ will probably need to get chicken pox to have Trey play.

It is sad how a grown man get the chicken pox out of anything at such a critical time in his career. These are the palyoff and he's not going to be able to play because of some sickness he should of had when he was a child

All you guys have the right idea, game plans. All well & good. Do any of
these coaches/mgrs in any sport teach the fundamentals anymore?
How about making more free throws, hitting the open shot like opposing
players, stay out of foul trouble, play smart et al...........ect ect.........

So, You pay a guy a couple of million buck and you don't make sure his vaccinations are up to date. dumb

Probably got it the same way Magic got...


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