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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Game 4 against New Orleans Hornets

61094470--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the continual uncertainty surrounding Andrew Bynum's health.

--The Times' Broderick Turner talks to Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons about the keys to Game 4.

--The Times' Mark Heisler explains why an NBA lockout seems likely.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues that even with Bynum providing plenty of value to the Lakers, his uncertain health proves he's not reliable as a long-term investment.

--The Times-Picayune's Peter Finney looks at how the Hornets could duplicate their Game 1 performance. 

--The TImes-Picayune's Nakia Hogan details how Phil Jackson's keeps the Lakers on an even keel. 

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper wonders if Game 4 will be the last game in New Orleans.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins has a must-read feature on Bynum.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk to Jenkins about his feature on Bynum and Pau Gasol's recent struggles.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi notes how handy Bynum's brace has come for him in preventing injuries.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains how Ron Artest has filled in the gaps.

--The Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith details how the Hornets feel the pressure now that they're trailing in the series. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks to several Lakers about Game 4. 

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz believes there's only so much the Lakers can do to keep Bynum healthy.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das believes the Lakers are in a state of normalcy. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski previews Game 4. 

Tweet of the Day: "I need these kids to fall asleep so I can hide their Easter eggs and lay out the baskets from the Easter bunny!! Go to sleep Nicholas!! Haha ... My 4 yr old just called me into his room to impatiently ask me when I'm going to go to sleep already so the Easter bunny can come. Haha. ... He also informed me that the Easter bunny lives w/Santa & uses his sleigh & reindeer to deliver eggs like Santa does w/presents. #makessense" -- KristenBlake2 (Kristen Blake, wife of Lakers guard Steve Blake)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The hornets will be L.A.'s nice, easter basket present for the day! we're going back to L.A. 3 - 1. the Lakers need to pay attention to details, remember how they closed out game 3. TAKE NO PRISONERS! the playoffs are turning great for L.A. dallas will need to go at least 6 games, same with san antonio, meanwhile, denver can't seem to buy a win." -- Lakeshowinphx

Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom draws a blocking foul against Hornets center Jason Smith on a baseline drive during Game 3 on Friday night at New Orleans Arena. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / April 22, 2011

 
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Sonny

you need to brush up:

http://sbn.to/fufCcn

This is one of Laker Tom's favorite writers. :-)

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues that even with Bynum providing plenty of value to the Lakers, his uncertain health proves he's not reliable as a long-term investment.

he's not reliable as a long-term investment.
he's not reliable as a long-term investment.
he's not reliable as a long-term investment.

:-(

Kevin Ding should be fired. He disrespects the REAL Lakers fans. What a tool.

Now that was a sweet egg.

Hey everyone!

I wasn't able to check in yesterday and I am honored and humbled by MM's recognition of my post and awarding me the Friedman, and I am equally appreciative of all your kind congratulatories. Edwin, thank YOU in particular and good point about pfunk36. Whatever. I just hope Coach eleven rings proves him wrong once AGAIN and that Luke slips on another championship ring. He might not be worth his salary, but he has been a part of these wonderful championship teams we have enjoyed!

Happy Easter to all my gentile friends! :) (that would be MOST of my friends, btw) We are ALL interconnected my brothers and sisters, each and every one of us.

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

Roll call ... checking in!!!

The Lakers have once in again .. for the fourth consecutive time in the last 3 playoffs .. regained HCA after "being down 1-1" as Mychal Thompson puts it. Whether they win today or not is not as important as protecting their home court form this point forward. Frankly, a competitive series could be more beneficial to the Lakers than rest as they work the kinks out and improve their game at both ends of the court so that they play their best basketball at the right time (May and June).

HAVING SAID THAT, this appears to be a Hornets team that is wearing down from our length and talent in the front court and the presence of Kobe Bryant and our seasoned role players. Look for some more excellent perimeter defense tonight and for CP3 having a tough time executing his screen roles. The Lakers could very well demoralize these Hornets with another road win tonight, but don't be shocked if this series winds up resembling the Houston series in 2009 when all is said and done either. I think it will be the former.

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

Philly avoid the sweep ... Lou Williams with his best Kobe impersonation; kid has got game, no doubt. Let's see what the Mellow man got then.

Thanks
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What a choke by LeBrick and his buddy!. :-)

No eggs in their basket. Just chalk powder.

Man that Priest movie looks like it is going to be awesome. He was their greatest warrior like I am the greatest warrior on this blog. That Heat/76er game was off the hook. I enjoyed it. All NBA teams choke at one time or the other. Dallas against the heat in th 2006 finals. Lakers against boston in 2008 finals etc etc.

Kobe and the lakers choked agaisnt steve nash in the first round of the 2005 playoffs. Remember? LA up 3 games to 1 and the suns ended up beating us 4-3. Let us not try to rewrite history like kobe never choked several times. In fact take a look at this formula:

kobe - shaq or gasol = 1st round playoff exits

Kobe has had his share of failures. Look at the 2008 finals boston beat us by approximately 40 points in the close out game. The beating was so vicious and cruel that kobe and fisher ended up crying. The Priest cried too because I was so embarassed. My wife doesn't like kobe and she was in her glory as The Cs reign blow after blow on kobe's head. So give LBJ and Nowitski a break fellas. Philly played with heart and passion and extended the series.

Look at the 2008 finals boston beat us by approximately 40 points in the close out game. The beating was so vicious and cruel that kobe and fisher ended up crying.

Posted by: island priest | April 24, 2011 at 01:23 PM

so why was the beating vicious? because Gasol could not HOLD the post and played like a rag?

So maybe you should add a variable to the "kobe - shaq or gasol = 1st round playoff exits"

until you find the variable (i know that is beyond your accountant capabilities), you should learn some more together with Sonny and take also Bay to LA with you. a round-table?

http://sbn.to/fufCcn

Actually Kobe couldn't guard Pierce who was named finals mvp by the way and kobe couldn't score against Pierce or Posey who shut him down. Similar to when Prince shut down Kobe in the 2004 finals. Yet yall want compare kobe to jordan who no man or team has ever shut down?

kobe was so happy when he saw Pierce get carted off in a wheel chair only to see him come back and abuse him. Posey and pierce two clocked kobe to great success. So lets's be fair with other persons failures. Kobe is my boy but he got his things several times.

Kobe has had his share of failures. Look at the 2008 finals

Posted by: island priest | April 24, 2011 at 01:23 PM

I'm wondering who was watching from HIS HIGH CHAIR the bench giving up a 20 points advantage in Game 4? And NO Time Out.

I know, we can't mention HIS NAME because he was Michael Jordan's COACH and HE is SACRED.

So there is the answer: The SACRED ONE and HIS FAVORITE player TO WATCH. 2 great POLITICIANS making excuses for each other with the backup from EL PRESIDENTE.

Now, that's TRIANGLE. The Lakers liabilities.

Have some Bailey's. By the time Kobe finishes his career you will be an alcoholic. But in America you have options. Beside AA there is also NA. And you can PREACH.

Kobe is just the luckiest person on the planet. he has always played with an all star team. Being in LA helps that. But without an all star team it would be 1st round exits everytime. If he had the team LBJ had in cleveland he would have ended up with a record of 46 and 36 and got rolled out in the first round. I need kobe to give me the lottery numbers. Look at the talent he has to work with now and yet NO rolled us out in game 1. Jerry Buss said this was the most talented laker team he has had and yet LA struggles?

Good Afternoon Laker Nation,

Happy Easter. Checking in for game day. I don't expect a tougher game than game 3, but the Lakers should prevail and close this out in 5. Not that the Lakers are playing that great (yet), but NO just doesn't have the talent to make this series more challenging.


@Lakeshowinphx – Congrats on the Friedman.

@Lew –Thanks for the magnificent roll call.

@LTLF – Thanks for the stat on DFish.

@LT - When Bynum gets his 15/10/3 today be sure to check in with a :-)

@Lew/Jefe – perfect selections for today. So I’ll follow suit with one of my favs, because it’s all about Love.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkXpm2Rm-Tw

Bye bye Carmello. Don't worry your fomer team will soon be joining you buddy.


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