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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for San Antonio Spurs

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' confident attitude and mentions that Kobe Bryant's technical foul from Sunday's game against Oklahoma City was rescinded.

--NBA.com's David Aldridge picks Lakers forward Lamar Odom as the NBA's sixth man of the year. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr lists 10 things the Lakers need to fix before the playoffs start.

--ESPN.com's John Hollinger dissects the Lakers' five-game losing streak. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky looks at what would make a Lakers-Thunder playoff series so compelling.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe explains why Kobe Bryant is on his second all-NBA team. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details the Lakers' quest to end their losing streak. 

--The San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald wonders whether the Spurs will play with their full lineup Tuesday against the Lakers considering they have the No. 1 seed locked up. McDonald also mentioned Spurs forward Tim Duncan could use a good performance against the Lakers.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford looks at the different playoff scenarios the Lakers might face.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell also breaks down the team's playoff picture.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz wonders what's the next plot twist involving the Lakers. 

--Fox Sports West has a new Facebook app where you can vote for the top five Lakers of all time. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano mentions how the Lakers have been through similar struggles.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark notices how Lakers opponents do well in crunch time. 

Tweet of the Day: "This Laker team takes me back to my '88 team when we had to win 3 7 game series to win the championship. Get ready for a tough playoff run." -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"OKC and Dallas both won tonight...GOOD! The Lakers don't need any wiggle room to hold on to the #2 seed. They need to beat SA and Sactown to hold on. Might as well simulate a wee bit of playoff pressure. SA will have motivation to beat the Lakers to try to hold on to the best overall record. If SA lose to the Lakers and finish tied with the Bulls then Chicago would win the tie-breaker between them. They split the season series and would have the same record within their conference, but the Bulls have a better record vs. playoff teams in the east than SA have vs. playoff teams in the west. (Of course, none of this matters because SA ain’t getting to the finals!)" -- LRob

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant comes up with a rebound in front of Spurs guard George Hill in a game in March at San Antonio. Credit: Larry W. Smith / EPA / March 6, 2011

 
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I don't have the energy anymmore to repost. See last post for more ponderings of mine, as if............... lol


I posted yesterday that there were still “sound reasons to expect the Lakers to dominate once the playoffs begin and return to being the great team that went 17-1 after the all-star break” because...
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(1) “...there is no team in the NBA that can beat the Lakers when they bring their A-game and there is no way you can convince me that this group of players won’t be ready to play once the playoffs start. These guys have shown up 2 years in a row to become champs. I’m betting they will show up again and if they do, all bets are off because nobody can beat them.”
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(2) “...the playoffs are entirely different animal than the regular season. Over a 7-game series, advantages like the Lakers have in size and length and experience are greatly magnified while team disadvantages like lack of size and length and inexperienced are mercilessly attacked.”
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(3) “...this team is built for the playoffs to the extent that sometimes it stumbles and struggles as team after team get up for a chance to upset the champs. Ron Artest’s defense and Derek Fisher’s clutch shooting become big pluses for the Lakers once the playoffs start.”
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It should be noted that each of the above points are sound reasons why the Boston Celtics will be our opponents in the NBA Finals. That’s why all this concern over losing home court advantage to the Bulls and Heat is not likely to matter in the end because chances are the Celtics will win the East.
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The Bulls may well end up being the latest version of a team that is the best in the regular season but falls short in the playoffs like the Cavaliers of the last two seasons. DRose is a great point guard but run-and-gun fast breaking teams like Chicago usually find it tough going in the half-court oriented playoffs when everything slows down and size becomes a dominant factor.
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Same with the Heat, who even lack a strong defender like undersized Jaokim Noah. We’ve already seen how LeBron chokes in the playoffs. Would you bet on him having a great playoffs now that he has a better surrounding cast? The Heat still have a fundamental roster imbalance with LeBron and Wade both needed the ball and Bosh being their only viable front court player.
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Bottom line, despite their records, the two teams with the greatest experience, size, and motivation are the Lakers and the Celtics. Time will tell but I fully expect that they will be the two teams that meet in the NBA Finals this year. Anybody who wants to bet on the Spurs, Heat, or Bulls will lose because those teams don’t have what it takes to beat the Lakers or the Celtics in the playoffs.
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TOM


LOS ANGELES LAKERS GAME DAY

April 12, 2011
Game #81
San Antonio Spurs vs Los Angeles Lakers
Venue: Staples Center
Record: 55-25
Standings: Clinched Pacific Division
Western Conference: #2
League Record: Tied #3
Current Streak: Lost 5

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lance from da' bronx - so please remember what we got here and to supportive of our sisters and brothers in this our nation.
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htj - Former Ciscos hired gun...
puddle - 550 Celtics dollars richer
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mclyne - bus roof surfer(you know, like in the movie "Teen Wolf")
longtimelakerfan - Luke...I am your Father...
iheartkb24 - Norcal Pinay Sweetheart
Edwin Gueco - We don't need to pour more points but just enough for victory, reserve that energy in the playoffs" --
Hugo Boss - Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!
VMan - 'V' for Victory!
frmkt - GO LAKERS & IN BUSS WE TRUST!
G in DC(aka GDUB) - Let's go Ls...all the way to 3-peat!!!!!
JohnnyV - justa smooch winner
Otis- Drunk and in jail...
Tom Daniels - Wise Man = Laker Wisdom
longtimelakerlover - Laker Girl for life
brian - Ebanks will be an All Star
Art - FL Lakers Fan - Florida Chapter
Rocky - San Diego Chapter
KB Blitz - Walking Encylopedia
bronxlakerfan - Purple and Gold with Pinstripes...
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mud - Analysis Technician
CornerJ - From the corner...automatic...
Fatty - THE DEFENSE BEGIN, ANOTHER TITLE TO WIN
LakerMike - Wait, just wait on it, & behold the beauty..
pfunk36 - Just get Kobe the ball!!!
dave m - 'm' stands for MONEY...Lakers 3Peat
London Laker - a lakerholic while living in london
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Lakers Por Vida - Livin' La Vida Loca
Jolly Rancher - Lamar's favorite baybee...
AndTheJellosJigglin - Chick's legacy lives on!
Laker J - LET THE (NEXT) JOURNEY BEGIN!
Don't Blame Del Harris! - I haven't been this excited for a new season since the summer of '96! Woot-woot!
Allnet - Like in "swish"...
The Outlaw - Wanted Dead or Alive
htj - "I'll take our best two vs.their best two, any day and twice on Sunday."
Kobe81pts - "absolutely don't ever want LBJ, the big spoiled brat to play for the Lakers....NEVER!!!!"
LakersWorld - Global Warming
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Larry of LA - Really psyched about the season...
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Kobefan in Cupertino - Oh yeah baby...... we're BAAAACCKKKKKKK
Jeanette - "I love Ron so MUCH..."
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OneLakerNation - Is there any other?
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srafrank - Crown Royal 3 shots
Lakerman420 - "I need to post"
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Art - FL Laker Fan - Covert opps deep behind enemy lines...
DC Mamba - Can't wait for the Ring Ceremony!
traveling laker - All roads lead to Staples...
qs - i think it's just right that i start the season right...let me in that bus. =)
LakerSunshine - ShineS as bright as Laker Bling...
Magia32 - Glad we didn't go for Bosh
Laker Kev - serving up baguettes and eclairs on the glorious Laker bus
Kobeayashimarue - Oh, by the way, is it to late to jump onto the buss...LOL?
alberto esmeralda - No. 1 in the regular season is overrated.
Angelica - Kobe is the greatest LAKER and one he will be the greatest of all time. Nobody can touch Kobe.
alekesam - And LO better get sixth man this year.
YRM - NBA effectively set up what happened with Kobe tonight in Utah...now that everyone knows it's open season on L.A.
soshibo - Tex Winter in the HOF...about time!
Annanotherthing - can't we all just show a little more love?
Lakerholic - Go Killer B's...Go Lakers...I am a Lakerholic...
JovBATZ24 - LAKERS ALL DAY!!!
E! - At least Kobe is the MVP financially! And Phil as MVCoach financially.
Laker Fan in Seattle - As long as Bynum is healthy and Lamar is putting up 15 points a game, 3 peat sounds ensuring.
rossdogg76 - LAKESHOW BABY! ALL UP IN YOU!
Doug from ME - The Lakers are the freakin' Borg! Resistance is futile!
Oregon Wade - Ah yes. Life is good...
NuggetsCountry - Kobe's 81 brought tears to my eyes to watch it live.
Stockton Showtime - Does the bus stop in Stockton???? I'm on it man....GO LAKERS ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Jack Bauer - Kobe and co. will be OK. Go Lakers!
DOC4DaLakeShow - Lets count your nugget titles...done...go away
desertlaker - 2nd seed in the west is a good draw. Go Lakers
dan the man - The fact that Kobe isn't the runaway favorite for M.V.P. is a disgrace to basketball.
Lakersfan91 - LETS GOOOOOOOOOO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
96ws6lsx - I don't understand why people call lebron James a king... Kings have rings.
NBA4ever - We already have seen we can win with a limited Bynum, but we can’t without Gasol.
Dave Weinstein - Come on Lakers - it's the homestretch - now go kick ass!!!!!
Lakeshowinphx - memo to L.O., stop hurting your teammates and block out when the game is on the LINE!
billy in slo - Like Kobe said, we are right where we want to be.
OCLEZY - I can exhale now wooo;sigh of relieve. The boys are alright now. Go Lakers!
Bako Laker Fan - I hope to see this blog in postseason form soon so I can get my needed Lakers fix while toiling away at work.
Steve - We play for rings not regular season rewards... the MVP award is a joke and a curse.
Ganapia - Like a friend says, I don’t know where is the limit but I know where is not!! GO LAKERS!!!!
Lake Show - The check is in the mail...
Jordan - LAKERS WILL BE READY COME PLAYOFF TIME.
michael H - Pau and Drew are usually more involved in the offense. We have to get back to that.


All together now...May we stay focused and have the inner strength to reach our goal of ultimate victory. Keep us free from injuries and injustice.
Keep us strong, determined and give us the will and stamina to overwhelm any and all obstacles.
We are the Los Angeles Lakers, and we spread the FEAR.
No one can beat us but ourselves, and we say to all, bring it on!

THE LAKER FAMILY WILL PREVAIL.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS 2009-2010 NBA CHAMPIONS!

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

'Just win baby!'

To quote my most hated owner ever. LOL


@LROB ... Congrats on a well deserved Friedman. As zopi posted in the last thread, it will be interesting seeing how San Antonio approaches this game. Pops may decide to rest Manu, Tim, and Tony and not give the Lakers a chance to post a big win against his starters. Why risk a repeat of the spanking the Lakers gave the Spurs the last time. Or he may opt to go for the jugular and look to make a statement considering how the Spurs were pounded last time the two teams played. My bet is that Pops will opt for the former and give his big three the day off. What do you think?
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@MAMBA24 ... If you’re reading, Larry, which I am sure you are, then get your ass back here. We need your gung-ho support right now to make sure we win these last two “practice” games. No excuses or doubts. Just do it. And every fan needs to watch these two games. Full karma tonite.
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TOM

LEWSTRS Roll Call ... Checking In!!!

Second seed, third seed, fourth seed .. HCA, no HCA .. 5 game losing streak, 6 game losing streak, 7 game losing streak .. 55 wins, 56 wins, 57 wins ... WHO CARES!!

Give me the PLAYOFFS already!

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

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Also, the late, great TrueFan1947 one year ago today. Both apropos and hilarious!

TrueFan1947 (4/12/2010 at 7:16 PM)

Give us the playoffs already! ENOUGH with all the conjecture and all the prattle and idle chatter surrounding this very long, very boring, very risky, very over-rated, very meaningless "regular" season! It's just an NBA marketing tool that brings in TONS of network money as well as ticket proceeds, concessions revenues, and all manner of other money to the teams. It's torture to endure this junk! I personally would favor a season that went 50 or so games at most. That ought to be enough time to set the hierarchy for the playoffs. Those last 32 games are a recipe for disaster! Useless, needless risk of serious injury characterizes all those later season games. Stern would never favor shortening the season, though. Neither would the owners. There's MONEY in them thar games, son! What a transparent manifestation of sheer greed!

Posted by: LakerTom | April 12, 2011 at 09:05 AM

Please do not encourage bloggers who have deviant tendencies. I have a daughter who posts under boy's handle, sad but true!!

Repost compost

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVfZ-CU-bx0&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpPCKn9ZX3w&feature=related

The Saint has been doing it since he came into the league.
Cheap shot artist.

This is just one year, part of one series.
Year after year, the same ol' crap.

And you wonder why L.A. championships mean nothing to anyone,
except you?

The entire team, its ownership, and fan base should be caned
when the the Lakers don't win the Championship.

I mean, what excuse could you possibly have not to?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ5DjJFCEXI

DMC man-handled Perkins.
Can't wait to see him get his hands on Andrew...
He gonna spank him again!

Go Kings/Royals!
Go SF Giants! (Have those Dodger hooligan cowards been arrested yet?)
Go SF Forty Niners!

Sonnybelfast
Posted by: Sonnybelfast | April 12, 2011 at 09:02 AM

LRob

Congrats on today's Friedman! I think you know how I feel about things. zzzzz

Congratulations LRob, you truly deserve the Friedman award because of your great optimism in the midst of poor show cards/games in the last 5 games. When Mavs won last night, we slid to #3 position which is totally wrong in ending the season. You worked your butt all season long to get season advantage, now you lose it on the 2nd round as well as in the Finals. You are absolutely correct that Lakers need to win these last two games no more ifs and buts or shall we say revision of what is real? Lakers may have lay the stake by winning 17-1 but then the latest performance relinquished that edge. Homers interpret reality in a different perspective. Unfortunately, Homers are not good philosophers because they have only one track mind. On the other hand, you (LRob)can be a homer, still have tolerance as wide as the continent of Antarctica to other opinions. As they say, "pictures are worth a thousand words , they are also thousand ways the images can be altered or interpreted" so there is always room for another interpretations from fellow artists. If we are not the painter, we have to respect the other art connoisseurs within the museum. Most important, LRob I appreciate your kind sportsmanship and contributions to the blog may it be basketball history or putting music in line with sports passion.

Hi five, Laker Tom

Way to pick up the Mamba 24 banner... gotta have the bus firin' on all cylinders.

Spirit and energy are 2 essential ingredients in the championship cocktail. And, as we know, Larry Mamba 24 is the straw that stirs that drink.

MAMBA 24, it's winnin' time, sir. Represent!

LT btw:

your camping trip sounded amazing, other than the stay on bear island and even that must be an incredible memory for you. kayaking with whales, "soaring with eagles", did you hang glide? you da man!

Unfortunately, Homers are not good philosophers because they have only one track mind.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 12, 2011 at 09:17 AM

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What is your definition of a "Homer"?


@NUGGETS COUNTRY ... Excellent point about the impact of a lousy game on a season ticket holder versus guys like us who go to one or two games a season. I just spent over $600 to take my grandson to see the Warriors destroy the Lakers the other night and that was a real bummer. Of course, I do have to add that my record in going to Lakers games at Oracle Arena before that was 9-0 so I really don’t have to complain. I would bet that the same is true of other “occasional” game attendees. The Lakers have been so good for so long that even we “occasional” game attendees have won a lot more games than we have lost. There are not many franchises whose fans can make that same claim.
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By the way, since Pops is going to sit Manu, Timmy, and Tony, you could probably watch the game live tonight. You can always change horses in midstream if needed but I think you will be at no risk by foregoing the DVR strategy for the night. The Spurs will give the Lakers this game.
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@KOBEMVP888 ... Great quote from Truefan1947. This year will pretty much be the poster year for the “practice” season practitioners. I look for the Spurs to fold and not play their stars tonight. Should be an easy win for our team and depending on what happens, tomorrow may not matter. Oh, I forgot. Tomorrow night is still the practice season. LOL. “Give us the playoffs already.” I agree.
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TOM

I posted this on April 8, 2011:

TO LAKERS FANS,
Brace yourself of a six (sic)games losing streak. First 3 against Denver, Utah and Golden State, and forthcoming losses to Portland, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio. .......Ninoy 04-08-11
Tonight will be their 6 games losing streak that will make my prediction perfect (ala Nostradamus)They have a chance to have a 7 games losing streak against Sacramento.
They will lose in the first round in 6 games whoever they face. It will end Phil Jackson's journey in a very sour note, making the Lakers one of the few defending champion who lost in the first round of the play-offs the following year.
The off-season will be a very busy days for the Lakers management. They will hire a veteran coach (not Shaw as predicted by many) named Jerry Sloan. They will abandon the "triangle offense" and will trade for an all star point guard buying out Fisher who will not settle for a bench player. They will be champion again for 2011-2012 season giving Sloan his first championship ring as a coach.

MM,

weren't you trying to make this a kinder/gentler, more respectful blog?

please explain why KobeMVP888's comments to Psycorp are acceptable.

KobeMVP888,

you wrote:

You're damn right that's meeee. His opinions are ALWAYS so anti-Lakers that fellow "long time" bloggers like you who give him a pass merely for his longevity should be ashamed of yourselves. As far as I'm concerned spoiled, unappreciative, bashing WHINERS like him aren't Lakers fans at all. They are the very reason why people around the world HATE Lakers fans! Frankly, when it comes to THOSE kind of fans, I'm WITH the people around the world who hate us.

Fans like Psycorp invite and deserve the wrath of REAL fans like meeee. So don't give me this "everyone is entitled to his or her opinion" crap. They do nothing but bash and criticize the team in a less than constructive manner, which tells me that he has either flushed the past 3 seasons down the toilet or is a POSER.

So tell me Troll Man, what is the probation period for fraternity pledges like meeee? A year? Two years? If you want to promote this blog as a fraternity and that mere longevity is the criteria for being a member in good standing (even if a blogger is a complete buzz kill like Psycorp), then go ahead and live with that ridiculous viewpoint. It's very premise is an insult.

Psycorp directed a comment at meeee, a season ticket holder who pays good money and who has gotten WAY more than his money's worth over the years, even this season (which hasn't even started yet). I'm not interested in your respect or anyone else who defends that poor excuse for a Lakers fan. As far as respect for Psycorp and alleged "Lakers fans" like him, you can shove it where the sun don't shine. They simply don't deserve any.

my response in reverse order:

Your wealth does not make you a better person than someone less
fortunate. Therefore, being a season ticket holder, would not make you
superior to Psycorp.

re: a fraternity on this blog. *You* have a choice. You came to this blog.
No one invited you. [ No, I am not saying you're not welcome to be here. ]
Therefore, you can try to get along or you can be a raging jerk. The choice
is yours. *You* may not feel that you're being a jerk. Ok. However, if
someone tells you that your behavior is offensive, you have the
aforementioned choice. You can try to get along or you can continue to
be offensive. Once you make the *choice* to not curtail your behavior ...

re: Wrath of fans like you. Do you *really* want to open this can? Again?
*REALLY* ? Haven't we had enough? Look. If you *really* want to
fight, there are a number of people here who are willing to oblige you.
However, we have the playoffs starting in a week. Wouldn't it be great
if we just focused on basketball and what the Lakers need to do to win a
championship this year?

re: spoiled and unappreciative. Hmm ...

http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/LAL/2003.html

One could argue that this season is looking very similar to the above
season. That would be a season that we didn't make it to the NBA finals.
Given the concern/statements of Phil Jackson & Kobe Bryant ... perhaps
his thoughts are not nearly as spoiled and unappreciative as you would
make out. Just something for you to consider.

In any case, I wish you a pleasant day. In the event that you're looking for
a fight ... I would be happy to oblige you. Come to Oakland and get your
fill.

@LRob
Congrats on the well deserved Friedman! I agree 100%. Our tema plays much better under a little pressure and will will the next two.

@Jon K.
I missed out on your bear story because I could not return to the blog soon after I posted my question. Can you please repost it? I did, however, learn a lot about black bears from The Snake. Very useful info.

my first selection of the day:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p99a6K81zqM

Posted by: hobbitmage | April 12, 2011 at 09:24 AM

And don't tell me that you have not flown off the handle calling names?

KobeMVP,

To me a homer is a fan of the home team.

A homer can be a kind fan who will tolerate other cheerleaders within his surroundings. A homer can also be violent like the guys at Dodger Stadium who mauled a Giants fan.

However, I find them empty in philosophy because they could not appreciate the other situations or visitors considerations.

Do you feel guilty when I said something to homer? I was describing LRob as a good homer.

Hobbit,

You're from Oakland, and not a Warriors fans???

Shame.

Go Kings!
Go Giants!
Go Niners!

Sonnybelfast

"Bottom line, despite their records, the two teams with the greatest experience, size, and motivation are the Lakers and the Celtics. Time will tell but I fully expect that they will be the two teams that meet in the NBA Finals this year. Anybody who wants to bet on the Spurs, Heat, or Bulls will lose because those teams don’t have what it takes to beat the Lakers or the Celtics in the playoffs" Laker Tom

I have been trying to explain, since the begining of the season, to my fellow Laker fans at work this exactsame thing. they keep falling for the sexy picks of the overhyped Heat and fast breaking Bulls. I do beleive that since Chicago has a great defensive scheme in place, that they could make it to the ECF, but that's about it. Boston has the experience, heart, and talent to beat any other team in a seven gamer BESIDES our mighty Lakers.

I actually would have been a little nervous in meeting Boston again in the finals BEFORE they traded away Perkins and also since Shaq, if he can make it back, will be little more than a broken down Suburban that can easily be avoided in the lane.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 12, 2011 at 09:32 AM

Are you a homey?

Here is what I like with another homer who admits the team vulnerabilities:

Sorry... I really, really hate to lose.

Turnovers, sloppy play, bad execution, stupid mistakes, and lack of drive and fire has been a specter on this teams shoulder all season. It seemed to have been vanquished after the all star break. Maybe we peaked too early. Maybe we should have bid our time more. Many of our players are getting old. They look tired and beat up. I pray we can turn it around because...

I am a Lakerholic.


Posted by: Lakerholic | April 12, 2011 at 07:07 AM

-- He tells the story like it is without belittling other posters that if you don't belong to certain viewpoints then you don't belong to the kingdom of the Lakers. Since when did we have that kind of conjectures acceptable, not even Magic J. would say that, nor Jerry W. would admit to that fact and yet they represented this team. They told what need to be said and heard by these youngsters who are drown by false realities, may it be reality TV or self promotions on top of their fat salaries.

Your wealth does not make you a better person than someone less
fortunate.

Posted by: hobbitmage | April 12, 2011 at 09:24 AM

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I STOPPED reading after this negligent statement. I am very, very, VERY far from "wealthy." My season tickets are not expensive and I sell a few "choice" regular season games to pay for the playoffs. HE does nothing but trash the Lakers in a far less than constructive manner which gives the rest of us a bad name. So if you want to persist in defending his nagtivity, that's your call.

Hobbit

MM is readying his next post; he is already behind on the required ppd so he cannot peruse our posts to see all the junk being spewed. The PSP applied (and got rejected ) for the power to ban and unban bloggers as the PSP saw fit ... oy vey

Thanks
PSP Intern

Norcal,

What do you mean by homey? Is that a derogatory word slang?

If you try to say a homer. Yes, I have been a Laker fan since 1969 which I have described in other posts without the benefit of watching Laker games. I am a homer yet I also respect reality. I read and listen to everyone's opinion and I really get hurt when someone is labeling names to fellow individuals that he doesn't know or even had any relations with. It is that kind of superiority complex in abusing others by saying that he is a good fan.

"Give us the playoffs already! ENOUGH with all the conjecture and all the prattle and idle chatter surrounding this very long, very boring, very risky, very over-rated, very meaningless "regular" season! It's just an NBA marketing tool that brings in TONS of network money as well as ticket proceeds, concessions revenues, and all manner of other money to the teams. It's torture to endure this junk! I personally would favor a season that went 50 or so games at most. That ought to be enough time to set the hierarchy for the playoffs. Those last 32 games are a recipe for disaster! Useless, needless risk of serious injury characterizes all those later season games. Stern would never favor shortening the season, though. Neither would the owners. There's MONEY in them thar games, son! What a transparent manifestation of sheer greed!

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | April 12, 2011 at 09:09 AM "

There's always the option of just tuning in to the season around January. I love the entire basketball season and would hate for it to be shorter.


@VMAN ... High five back. LOL. The soaring with Eagles was virtual rather than physical. But the trip WAS the greatest vacation we ever took. As Mrs. LakerTom says, it was more of an adventure than a vacation because we had to work hard all day to get where we were going due to the tides. We actually found ourselves kayaking among a pod of whales twice, saw dozens of bald eagles and black and Grizzly bears. We kayaked right up to calving glaciers to break of chunks of glacier ice.
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Ironically, it was the first time we had ever been to Alaska or kayaking. We had two double kayaks and the problem was keeping up with my son and daughter-in-law, who would constantly pull ahead, wait for us, and then pull away right when we caught up to them. O
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Only bummers were the giant Alaskan mosquitoes and the fact that the trip was ultra expensive since we had to fly to Juneau and then take a crop duster to the park, then a cruise ship out to the starting point. Longest I ever went in my adult life without a coke and a smoke. LOL. First thing I did when the cruise ship picked us up was to order a coke. Been almost everywhere in the world but never had an experience like those two weeks in Alaska. During the entire two weeks kayaking, we only saw one ranger and two other kayakers. Really felt like you were back in time in the wilderness. Priceless.
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Since then, we’ve kayaked in the Channel Islands and outside Vancouver but nothing compared to that Alaska trip. We dream sometimes of redoing it with the grandkids when they get older.
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TOM

I hate to say this, but the Lakers need this win more than the Spurs do. Man, I hate saying that!


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LRob for the win!


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Let's hope Magic's remark about the '88 team ring true in at least one regard... a title! Everything else in between is immaterial.


BEAST MODE switch must be turned on & locked in again, friends!


DBDH!

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 12, 2011 at 09:49 AM

Homey in my context simply meant that you are a local from LA.

Do you also get hurt when bloggers call the players with all kinds of names and YOU including. So why make a big fuss when stranger calling another stranger names, as Chicky baby would say no harm no foul.

Just few days ago you called Theo Ratliff and Joe Smith "trash", do you recall or want me to pull it out of archive. Also you have called Luke and Dfish by names. Please try not to flip flop stay on course with your convictions.


@MCLYNE ... “I have been trying to explain, since the beginning of the season, to my fellow Laker fans at work this exact same thing. they keep falling for the sexy picks of the overhyped Heat and fast breaking Bulls.” You just need to direct them to the Lakers Blog where they will be able to get a free postgraduate course in Basketball strategy and Lakers history. You can’t blame them; they’re just naive and uneducated. Give them a few months on the blog and you can talk to them intelligently.
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TOM

1. Is Miami Heat a serious threat?

2. Is Chicago for real?

3. Or will it be Boston in the finals?

Doesn't San Antonio still have incentive to win this game? They haven't guaranteed HCA for the finals yet.

The Spurs starters haven't been playing heavy minutes all season. I'm expecting them to play this game straight up.

Norcal,

You can call players the way u want it and that is part of your First Amendment rights. For particulars, try to browse on the subject matter of "public figures" under the main heading of defamation and libel. Bloggers are not public figures. Lakers players, management, Steans, politicians and so forth are public figures.

With regards to calling Ratliff and Smith as garbage players, I described the context of my statements. As veterans, they turned into garbage players because they only play during garbage time. Is there anything wrong about that?

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@LakerTom
great advice- I should have thought of that! :)

Bay to LA,

I tend to agree with you, the Spurs still have a chance to earn HCA all the way through as they are just 1 game ahead of the Bulls.
But as wacky as the games get as the season winds down, who knows. Pop may decide HCA through the WCF is good enough and not go all out.

I suppose the issue isn't whether or not the Spurs show up, it's whether or not the Lakers do.

Art,

"I suppose the issue isn't whether or not the Spurs show up, it's whether or not the Lakers do."

I totally agree with u. The first time we lost after a series of W's against the Nuggets, when we read the blogs, oh it is just a bump we really don't need the HCA. We lost again to the Jazz and Golden State, oh they are mere trials and Lakers can afford to lose. We lost to Blazers and NO, we can't win them all in the 82 games. Unfortunately, Mavs are marching in while Lakers are retreating. I think that is something to be reckoned with, this team needs to WAKE UP and stopped playing games within a game.

"By the way, since Pops is going to sit Manu, Timmy, and Tony, you could probably watch the game live tonight. You can always change horses in midstream if needed but I think you will be at no risk by foregoing the DVR strategy for the night. The Spurs will give the Lakers this game. LakerTom"

I'm actually considering a modified TiVo experiment, just because what you say above is very true, although I stand by my prior post that the Spurs reserves are almost as good as our first team, so jeopardy is present to my live cardiac testing........ Anyway TiVo option A is to wait until the half and see the box score. If it is close or hopefully we are way ahead, then switch back to watching the TiVo recording. What I do in these cases (in the past when I have been doing something or have missed half the game and then when I finally get in the designated Laker rooting chair) I semi-speed through the whole recording and finally catch up about the start of the live 4th quarter to see Kobe close the game. Since this is truly a must win for the Lakers, I am eager to see it live. I have NBA League Pass, so I always watch other contenders even during Laker games, but may be hard pressed to avoid the Lakers channel tonight, as the wife is away at a conference. She is actually the Lakers good luck charm - my rooting t-shirts/chair/position/hats/drink placement have very little affect when compared to her actively watching the game! LOL Bad news is she won't be tonight. We had that great 17-1 streak of her watching, until that Denver game and she was busy doing something else, so naturally I blame the losing streak on her lack of karmic rooting influence. lol

I have the March 6 Spurs beat down saved in permanent TiVo position, in case all else fails and this thing doesn't turn around. I also have last year's game 7 and Kobe-81 saved when I really need a Laker upbeat fix!

Laker Tom,

I'm a little surprised you are writing off the Bulls. They are one of the top defensive teams in the league and you know what they say about defense and championships.

They have really bought into Thibs way of doing things, they totally owned the Heat this year and the last two times they played the Celtics it wasn't all that pretty for the Celtics. They are the number one seed in the East and have a dynamite home record.

I know number one seeds have fallen apart in the past, but I will be surprised if they aren't the last team standing in the East.

As for destiny, if you believe in that sort of thing, if they both make it that far, a Lakers/Bulls final would be full circle for Phil and we have a match up of teams that both have a super star guard, just like '91.

No, I'm not a Bulls fan either, have disliked them ever since they beat the Lakers in '91.

"Bay to LA,

I tend to agree with you, the Spurs still have a chance to earn HCA all the way through as they are just 1 game ahead of the Bulls.
But as wacky as the games get as the season winds down, who knows. Pop may decide HCA through the WCF is good enough and not go all out.

I suppose the issue isn't whether or not the Spurs show up, it's whether or not the Lakers do.

Posted by: Art | April 12, 2011 at 10:15 AM "

Yeah they're playing at Phoenix tomorrow so I'm guessing Popovich won't want to kill his bench tonight by resting the starters completely. Back to back games with a 7 or 8 man rotation would be pretty brutal.

All year it seems like Popovich tries to get close to 30 minutes for his starters and 20 minutes for his bench players and I'd be surprised if he didn't use that same formula in the playoffs.

Both coaches like to try to play mind games though. I think both coaches will want the other to think they're holding back in this game.

LakerTom: Like the Lakers 17-1 streak (was that really just this season/year!?), I hope for your Laker/GSW live streak to be back on track for 17-1 ! Grandsons need to have happy Grandpas. My 7 adult kids have produced none, so I am jealous! lol

KobeMVP,

To me a homer is a fan of the home team.

A homer can be a kind fan who will tolerate other cheerleaders within his surroundings. A homer can also be violent like the guys at Dodger Stadium who mauled a Giants fan.

However, I find them empty in philosophy because they could not appreciate the other situations or visitors considerations.
Do you feel guilty when I said something to homer? I was describing LRob as a good homer.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 12, 2011 at 09:32 AM

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Guilty? No, Edwin, although I do believe that you were including me in that characterization. Right now I am VERY proud to be a Lakers fans regardless of what happens this season. We have been blessed and you know it. A homer is someone who thinks his or her team is great even when it stinks. You did not define it that way, but if you did, I would agree that a person who is that blind is "empty in philosophy." I don't think the Lakers feces never stinks. I'm annoyed by the 5 game skid as much as anyone, but it must be put into perspective. These Lakers are the back-to-back defending champions who have given us great joy as fans and a three-peat would be icing on the cake for me. Thank you Jerry Buss and your wonderful organization!

Personally, I don't like the expression "homer" at all and it bothered me when Jim Rome used it. Before him, I don't even remember hearing it. Sticking by one's team through thick and thin does not make a fan a "homer," it makes him or her a true fan. I remain a 49ers fan and a Chargers fan despite their failings. I'm also a Yankees fan since I was a kid, but I understand that their starting pitching is suspect and that their important position players (Jeter, Posada and A-Rod, in particular) are getting up there in age. I'm not blind.

With respect to our beloved Lakers, they have played the equivalent of 5 seasons since 2007-08 and, as such, I understand and respect where they are at right now and I'm confident that they know what to do to win in the playoffs. The 17-1 streak, which included wins against tough opponents on the road, told me all I needed to know about that. I heard an interview with Rick Fox a few months back during another one of this season's lulls where he said that after 3 title runs, they were physically, emotionally and otherwise spent and just couldn't ratchet it up another level for a fourth consecutive season in 2003. While I hope that is not the case here, that interview has been in the back of my mind because just like the 2003 team, core players on this team (Kobe, Fish, LO and Pau) have played more than 100 games for 3 consecutive seasons, and that doesn't even include the Olympics, Worlds, etc. Kobe and Fish went through that and consequently I believe they learned from it.

"If you try to say a homer. Yes, I have been a Laker fan since 1969 which I have described in other posts without the benefit of watching Laker games. I am a homer yet I also respect reality. I read and listen to everyone's opinion and I really get hurt when someone is labeling names to fellow individuals that he doesn't know or even had any relations with. It is that kind of superiority complex in abusing others by saying that he is a good fan.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 12, 2011 at 09:49 AM "

I use the word homer to define people who are unrealistic about their teams. Jerry Buss' quote where he said he thought they'd win the championship when they didn't even make the playoffs is the definition of being a homer.

There's always the option of just tuning in to the season around January. I love the entire basketball season and would hate for it to be shorter.

Posted by: Bay to LA | April 12, 2011 at 09:49 AM
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When I post something from the deceased TrueFan1947, please don't make it appear that it was my post (not that I wouldn't consider it to be a very high honor). Please include the date and time of his post if you decide to copy and paste it.

By the way, it was hilarious. I don't agree with him on a 50 game season either. I guess after being a Lakers fan for 50 years, his patience for stretches like the end of last season wore thin. His words, however, are priceless.

Man am I sick of this crap!

It is game day baby!!!

We got this!

Throw the switch!!!

The switch is DEFENSE!!!

It is winning time!!!

Win the next two, sweep New Orleans or Memphis, and then we will see where we are.

This team is built for the playoffs. Who can beat us in a seven game series? Nobody!

Go Lakers!

I am a Lakerholic.


@ART ... It’s not that I discount the Bulls or the Heat. It’s just that the playoffs favor the more experienced, bigger, half-court oriented teams. And while both the Bulls and the Heat have been excellent defensive teams in the regular season, both lack the tested experience of going deep into the playoffs like the Lakers and Celtics and neither have the size or inside presence to deal with the front courts of the Lakers and Celtics in a 7-game series. Bottom line, I expect this season to be a learning experience for the Heat and the Bulls who will be better able to challenge for a title next season.
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Motivationally, I also think that the Bulls and Heat really do not understand how hard it is to win the NBA championship. For the Lakers, the team wants to send Phil off with his 12th championship and will be dedicated to accomplishing this throughout the playoffs. Realistically, they will have been eagerly awaiting the playoffs for 82 games. The Celtics meanwhile know this may be their last shot at a championship with Doc and the Big Three. And they do not want to have the Lakers tie them. Look for the greenies to be focused and bent upon meeting the Lakers for the greatest NBA Finals ever.
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TOM

Bay to LA,

When Jerry Buss said that phrase, it also meant that being a Laker fan means a lot to him. As an owner, a Championship is related to revenues and good business and as a fan, he enjoys the game without causing any harm on another individual. He is describing himself as another kind of artist in interpreting the games in his own perspective. No harm, no foul, it's ok to be a homer. Every team needs a homer, more than so with the Lakers who have the tradition of excellence. As fans, we need to help our players realize the importance of their participation of that tradition, it is not mere getting paid in million or getting exposed to Hollywood but it took so many years from Mikan to Elgin to Kareem to Magic and now to this set of player transfer the reins, the power of representing the Lakers. They should take care of that trust and be proud to win all games and not play gamesmanship.

"Bay to LA,

When Jerry Buss said that phrase, it also meant that being a Laker fan means a lot to him. As an owner, a Championship is related to revenues and good business and as a fan, he enjoys the game without causing any harm on another individual. He is describing himself as another kind of artist in interpreting the games in his own perspective. No harm, no foul, it's ok to be a homer. Every team needs a homer, more than so with the Lakers who have the tradition of excellence. As fans, we need to help our players realize the importance of their participation of that tradition, it is not mere getting paid in million or getting exposed to Hollywood but it took so many years from Mikan to Elgin to Kareem to Magic and now to this set of player transfer the reins, the power of representing the Lakers. They should take care of that trust and be proud to win all games and not play gamesmanship.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 12, 2011 at 10:46 AM "

I agree 100%. I wasn't trying to demean him by saying that quote defined homerism. I do think the fact that he's the owner and really is part of the team makes it less "homerish" than if a casual fan made the same comment.

Laker Tom,

You may be right.
But I wouldn't discount Thibodeau. Though he won't be on the court playing, he has been in 2 of the last 3 Finals.

Homer = Tommy Heinsohn (Celtics); Sean Elliot (Spurs)

These two nnouncers think their team/players never have committed a foul EVER; they also think that Tim Duncan/Paul Pierce are never wrong and never should be criticized; they think that any time Kobe has the ball against their team that Kobe will ALWAYS get to the free throw line because the NBA refs are biased TOWARD Kobe!!! That defines clearly for me blind, DELUSIONAL 'homer' attitude. Same with Mike Rice of Portland.

Maybe MM can incorporate this question into his next post. What does everyone think has changed since the 17-1 streak? I think some people are looking back at that 17-1 streak as a consecutive string of blowouts but I really haven't seen a huge difference between a lot of those games and what we've seen in the last week other than the end results.

I remember the game against Minnesota where they looked miserable all game and pulled it out in the end. Or the game against Portland where they got pushed around and came back in the end. Or the back and forth games against the Clippers and Thunder. Or the crazy game against the Suns.

I think people are looking back at those games and forgetting the blown leads, the defensive lapses, the inconsistent focus, and the poor bench play that was evident in those as well. I really don't think the team suddenly changed in April or turned a switch off. When you play a lot of close games, you're bound to hit a stretch like this every once in a while in the same way you're bound to have a stretch where you win a lot of the games that you might not have played well enough to deserve.

I use the word homer to define people who are unrealistic about their teams. Jerry Buss' quote where he said he thought they'd win the championship when they didn't even make the playoffs is the definition of being a homer.

Posted by: Bay to LA | April 12, 2011 at 10:32 AM
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I agree with that definition. I still can't stand the expression or the use of the expression because it gets misinterpreted and overused. Maybe to an extent Jerry Buss was blinded by his "homerism" after the Shaq trade until Kobe woke Dr. Buss up in the Summer of '07. People forget that Dr. Buss did not overspend on his teams during the 2000-02 three-peat, and even when he brought in Gary Payton for the MLE and Karl Malone for the veteran's minimum, he shed salary.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 12, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Thank you Edwin for the clarification and now I understand better that under the guise of legality it is okay to call names.

Bay to LA

The 17-1 stretch wasn't a string of blowouts, but much more important than that it was a potpourri of Lakers basketball. There were blowouts, great 4th quarters on the road, and come from behind victories at home like the one against Portland on March 20th featuring none other than Kobe and Fish down the stretch. What good did all the Cavs blowouts do them the last two seasons or how about Orlando sweeping Charlotte in Round 1 and then blowing out the Hawks in Round 2 and then coming up against a former champion in the ECF only to wake up and find out it was too late to advance to the NBA Finals? That 17-1 Lakers winning streak demonstrated the championship mettle that we have grown accustomed to seeing and gave the players all the confidence they needed. They know what they can do.

So please, call me a homer. :)

"Homer = Tommy Heinsohn (Celtics); Sean Elliot (Spurs)

These two nnouncers think their team/players never have committed a foul EVER; they also think that Tim Duncan/Paul Pierce are never wrong and never should be criticized; they think that any time Kobe has the ball against their team that Kobe will ALWAYS get to the free throw line because the NBA refs are biased TOWARD Kobe!!! That defines clearly for me blind, DELUSIONAL 'homer' attitude. Same with Mike Rice of Portland.


Posted by: NuggetsCountry | April 12, 2011 at 11:01 AM "

Yeah, from the outside it can seem like Kobe, LeBron, Wade, Durant, and all of the other superstar players get every single call but if you spend any time rooting for them, you find that they don't.


Laker Tom...Thanks for the Bandwagon and always your expert insight. I'm with you!!.....Mamba24...You said you would be back for the finals so your ELDER is telling you to get your little hiney to report to duty.. You know you Always HAVE to respect your elders. LOL. We really need everybody's LAKER KARMA. Personally, I think the Laker's THRIVE on being the under dog and being told were old, slow and can't compete with the young pups. Just thinking we might see the Celtic'a and Laker's in the finals again. It's just not the youngins' time till the C's and the L's say it is!!! @LRob, Congrats on the much deserved Friedman.


@NMLL .... Aside from Lewsters and I having to do Game Day duty, I think we’ve lacked Mamba’s rooting and cheering which is a big part of the karma of the blog. I would bet if you took a poll and separated the results by age, you would find most older Lakers fans who have been through this grinder in previous seasons will be less likely to fear the Bulls and Heat and more likely like us to fear the Celtics (LOL, not saying you’re an old timer like me, just an experienced Lakers fan). If you’ve watched enough NBA playoff basketball then you realize how different it is from the practice season. The losing streak will end tonight as the Lakers warm up for the playoffs. :-)
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TOM

"Bay to LA

The 17-1 stretch wasn't a string of blowouts, but much more important than that it was a potpourri of Lakers basketball. There were blowouts, great 4th quarters on the road, and come from behind victories at home like the one against Portland on March 20th featuring none other than Kobe and Fish down the stretch. What good did all the Cavs blowouts do them the last two seasons or how about Orlando sweeping Charlotte in Round 1 and then blowing out the Hawks in Round 2 and then coming up against a former champion in the ECF only to wake up and find out it was too late to advance to the NBA Finals? That 17-1 Lakers winning streak demonstrated the championship mettle that we have grown accustomed to seeing and gave the players all the confidence they needed. They know what they can do.

So please, call me a homer. :)

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | April 12, 2011 at 11:17 AM "

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?


History is not on the Laker's side when it comes to losing streaks of four or more. None of these teams have won a championship. However, this can still be done if the Lakers wake up. 1969 Boston Celtics had a five game losing streak as well as the 1978 Washington Bullets that had a six, four & three game losing streaks respectively. So anything is possible. In order for that possibly to happen, I would do what Pat Riley did back in the eighties, when he only went with an eight man rotation. I think this might solve some of the problems, because the rest of the bench is garbage. Bench Shannon Brown and the rest of the useless bench. I would bench Blake, however there doesn't not appear to be any other reliable option right now. Shame on Mitch for trading their youth in Sasha Vujacic and Jordan Farmar. The starting unit with the exception of Bynum, are a year slower, older and the bench was replaced with older scrubs. That is why the Lakers can't maintain momentum. The time has come for Mitch to step up and find some youth. They need to stop standing pat and take some risks. Maybe Melo would have us better or worse, however we will never know. If Dwight Howard becomes available in 2012, go for it!!! Bynum has had enough time to develop and that is not quite enough. Even when he is not hurt, then he is inconsistent as far as the offense goes. With the playoffs looming, I think it behooves the Lakers to win the next two games, so it at least they have HCA in the first two rounds or otherwise they are most likely to be done. Since Shaq has been gone, Kobe and crew have yet to win a playoff series without HCA.

comment for mclyne what do mean the spurs don't have the ability to beat L.A. or the celts. You're nuts. If there is any team that can beat L.A. because of their experience are the spurs.

the Lakers can't worry tonight if the spurs are going to show up! plain and simple, THEY MUST WIN! yeah, it would be nice for popovich to play the Lakers straight up, but it's doubtful he will. i know for the integrity of the game, stern would like to see that happen. 3 teams (i think) have a chance to end up the #2 seed. L.A., dallas and okc. i know boston tanked it last night by resting it starters, therefore surrendered the #2 seed in east. i hope phil plays his starters until a victory is won tonight. THE PLAYERS CAN REST WHEN THE SEASON'S OVER! show us what your made of tonight, L.A.!


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