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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 109-100 Game 1 loss to New Orleans Hornets

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to split the defense of Hornets power forward Carl Landry and forward Trevor Ariza during the game Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / April 17, 2011

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan puts the blame mostly on Pau Gasol in the Lakers' 109-100 Game 1 loss Sunday to the New Orleans Hornets.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding pegs the Lakers' loss for these three reasons: New Orlean's guard Chris Paul, the bench outscoring the Lakers' reserves and the Lakers' poor focus.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen presents this interesting nugget about why the Lakers' Game 1 loss shouldn't be so easily dismissed. "None of the team's 11 NBA titles since moving to Los Angeles have come after the team lost its playoff opener. More than that, on the 12 occasions when they've lost the playoff opener, they've been eliminated in the first round nine times. Only once, in 1969, did they advance as far as the Finals."

--The Times-Picayune's John Reid credits the Hornets for not making too many mistakes against the Lakers.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford mentions how the Lakers can't just roll into the playoffs believing victories will be handed to them.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan highlights Ron Artest's good game.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes Andrew Bynum's explanation on why the Lakers played "bad basketball."

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen highlights Gasol taking responsibility for his poor performance. 

--The Daily News' Teaford and Jill Painter detail Kobe Bryant's fall at a courtside chair before halftime.

--Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner details the problems from the Lakers' reserves.

--The Times' Lisa Dillman credits Chris Paul's contributions.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande credits Paul for bringing playoff intensity.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins explains why the Lakers had no answer for Chris Paul.

--The Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith credits the Hornets' bench.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke believes the Lakers played just as poorly against the Hornets as they did in the last stretch of the regular season.

--The Times' T.J. Simers argues things become more exciting when the Lakers struggle because they then have to raise their game.

--The Times' Mark Heisler notices the Lakers are pointing fingers at each other.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore faults the Lakers for not showing up.

--The Times-Picayune's Peter Finney believes the Hornets will win more than just one game in the series.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper credits how Monty Williams has coached the Hornets. 

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton wonders why the Lakers didn't bring playoff intensity. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argued the Lakers' loss to New Orleans was an extension of an inconsistent regular season.

--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden describes Gasol's game as soft.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker is surprised about the Lakers' loss to New Orleans.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz believes the Lakers chances in three-peating are fragile. 

Blogs

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin argues Laker fans shouldn't worry. Yet. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to New Orleans.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the game. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore credits New Orlean's offense and faults the Lakers' offense. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Philip Barnett looks at how the Lakers couldn't defend Paul. 

Tweets of the Day: Lakers forward Lamar Odom (@RealLamarOdom) indicated by his consecutive tweets that he's moved on from the Game 1 defeat: "Tough loss for us 2day. We gotta get back on Wednesday with a W! Thx 4 the support Laker Nation! #nbaplayoffs" An hour later: "New episode of #KhloeAndLamar airs tonight on E! at 10/9central make sure 2 Tune in Live fam. Tune in now east coast!"

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "In all honesty, the Hornets came out to take this game and went all in and it shows. To the last man, they played hard. My Lakers, half and half. SOme played like it was the playoffs, some not so. And I don't want to single players out but Gasol really earned the Gasoft label yesterday. I don't want to label him that but he was yesterday." -- alekesam

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to split the defense of Hornets power forward Carl Landry and forward Trevor Ariza during the game Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / April 17, 2011

 
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I still have the power.....


Well that sucked.

Flush it and move on - NEXT.

Good news - the "Pau-killer" has a bum ankle now....

A justa sighting! Can Mamba24 be far behind?

Not a whole lot needs to be said other than pathetic performance by Pau. On to the next one. Waiting until Wednesday will seem like forever....ugggh!


@alekesam - congrats on the Friedman.

Going into this series I was hoping for/expecting a sweep. But this is the NBA, that's Chris Paul and a bunch of NBA players who have pride, and the Lakers are a bunch of arrogant primadonnas who know they can beat anyone they play. So I'm surprised that they lost becasue they have the better players, but I'm not surprised because they seem to think that an NBA team with Chris Paul is going to roll over and let them win. Nothing's changed Lakers, you have to take it!

Not that it should have mattered, but losing Steve Blake is hurting us. It's exciting to see a guy like Trey Johnson come off the streets and play for the Lakers, but this is playoff time. We need Steve Blake back. Blake is the one who's learned the intracasies of the Triangle all year, and Blake is definitely a better defender and shooter from what I've seen of Trey Johnson. When Trey Johnson comes in, Chris Paul and Jarrett Jacks faces light up and they start taking it to him immediately. Trey can hold his own, but in the long run, he will be exposed.

It's danger time again. Usually, this is when we see the best out of the Lakers. I'm expecting to see that again, but we play the games for a reason.

Go Lakers!
Play the game! 48 minutes!

i think that something has been up with the lakers for some time.i guess in a way, i did expect to a see a switch turned on and see a laker team with everyone playing real hard all the time. guess the hornets didn't get the memo. i think maybe pau should check out the energy that his brother (Marc plays NASTY!)gave HIS team.

Hornets want this way more than Lakers. The Lakers looked pathetic. Saying you want it is one thing (while tweeting about your own tv reality show), but playing like you want it is another. Right now, Lakers are talking, the Hornets are walking.

Would it be nice if fans for one time will have no reactions at all? aren't we tired of giving analysis, reactions and players are not into it? There are two reactions that are possible: being too concerned of what happened and the other one would be no reaction at all leave it to them to figure out.

I knew DJ would rough up Pau. :)

Chin-Judo

chris paul said "it's the playoffs, it's a whole other energy". if we really view this as the second season,then we also have to accept that outside of determining who plays who, none of that other stuff matters! we saw this this weekend in a number of games. pau needs to play nasty,with a bit of an attitude.he heard those things people were saying,and he needs to respond

I hate No D Fish. He is much to blame as Paul being soft, but nobody from the LA Times want to point that out. He should not get a pass.

I see a seven game series coming the way this team has been playing lately. Our bench scoring really worries me in our quest to 3-peat. I hope this game one loss wakes them up, because they were sleep walking all game. Glad we have till Wednesday to rest/heal up. GO LAKERS!

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 18, 2011 at 09:29 AM

The answer is simple, scroll or refrain from posting yourself if you have nothing to contribute. But asking fans not to post their opinions is oxymoron, after all isn't this a blog?

Who needs to step it up most: Vote here and spread around the poll:
http://www.pollportal.com/use-poll.php?id=880

LRob, pathetic performance by Pau indeed what happens to the other tall Centers and Power Forwards of the team. Supposing we're on a war zone and our gunner is out of commission, does it mean we have no more replacement for that particular gunner. what happens to Bynum-Odom tandem? what happens to much acclaimed defensive gem Theo as replacement of DJ? what happens in the acquisition of a tall decent shooter Joe Smith who replaced Sasha? It seems that Pau is the most convenient fall guy here. Since time immemorial we know that he is soft, what's new? what about the hard-boiled players sitting on the bench? Can they not provide good minutes to counter Grey/landry/okafor? Pau may be the weakest link yesterday but the whole team sucked. They didn't play like the defending Champions but they are, so I say let them figure out what they are lacking.

LO, more reality TV and add here fashion setter and image maker. Yesterday, He and Kobe were featured in the Image section of Sunday LAT together w/ Amare and Melo. Nice looking gentlemen who all lost their 1st game yesterday. Where is the pride? please tell us .....

there were some plays that were really painful to watch when dfish was trying to figure out where paul was.this really demonstrated how much of a risk dfish is when having to defend a real quick guard. on the OTHER side of this, the lakers defense is based on a strong second tier of defenders.so much for the deep bench nonsense.i'm just wondering here,just wondering if the emperor has no clothes, and we were all drinking the kool-aid. i think weds game will show either a VERY different energy and determination...or something else.maybe they're just not hungery any more.

{Begin grumpy morning rant}

Whoever that chunky white guy in black is who sat idly by as Kobe slid into a metal chair and almost broke his neck yesterday deserves to be repeatedly beaten with bags of unripened oranges long after he has fallen into unconsciousness.

I mean, you've got a HUMAN BEING sliding towards you precariously. And moderately healthy person's first reaction should be to protect that person. Even if it were an opposing player (except perhaps Kevin Garnett and/or LeBron James) my first instinct would be to shield that person from sliding into a metal chair, but this wasn't an opposing player. It was OUR KOBE BEAN BRYANT, but this sack of scum just sits there. He doesn't do a darned thing AT ALL and Kobe almost breaks his neck as a result.

I don't know who that guy is, but I do know one thing: He is a bad person. A person of low character who is selfish, self-absorbed and NO ONE I would ever care to know in any level of intimacy unless I was wielding a 15 pound bag of unripened oranges.

It doesn't matter that he can afford courtside seats. He's an utter scumbag.

{End rant}

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Posted by: oxymoron | April 18, 2011 at 09:46 AM

Nice comment from another guerrilla handle oxymoron.

The message there is to let them figure it out what is lacking. If you are new in the blog, we have been talking, debating, deliberating, cross analyzing since day 1 when they played in London and Spain. Do you think this team complacency is new. You are oxymoron indeed to make a comment such as thatQ!@!!

The Hornets played a great game. CP3 played a great game. They were getting in the lane and making some tough shots. Their bigs were very effective by being very active. There was very little drop off going to the bench. They came out took this game.


Some of the Lakers played well. But as a team, they played poor defense. Whatever the strategy was for dealing with CP3's penetration and pick and rolls, the Lakers did a horrible job of it. Fish actually did an OK job of harrassing him, but if he turned a corner there was no useful help.


Pau Gasol played like Travis Knight. LO was not his usual self. Barnes, who looked like a natural fit early in the season, lately looks like he has never played before. Kobe played great most of the night, but as a closer he was ineffective. Bynum played hard, but had to sit too much because of fouls.


Realistically that was probably the Hornets' best game. They played great. They shot incredibly well. This series is probably not at risk. But to make a run through the West, the Lakers are going to pick up the defensive intensity a lot, and Gasol will have to come to play.


By the way, props to Shannon offensively in this game. I've been rough on him, but he was much needed spark.

Edwin,

Aren't you tired of giving analysis?

oxymoron

Would it be nice if fans for one time will have no reactions at all? aren't we tired of giving analysis, reactions and players are not into it? There are two reactions that are possible: being too concerned of what happened and the other one would be no reaction at all leave it to them to figure out.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 18, 2011 at 09:29 AM

pathetic performance by Pau indeed what happens to the other tall Centers and Power Forwards of the team. Supposing we're on a war zone and our gunner is out of commission, does it mean we have no more replacement for that particular gunner. what happens to Bynum-Odom tandem? what happens to much acclaimed defensive gem Theo as replacement of DJ? what happens in the acquisition of a tall decent shooter Joe Smith who replaced Sasha? It seems that Pau is the most convenient fall guy here. Since time immemorial we know that he is soft, what's new? what about the hard-boiled players sitting on the bench? Can they not provide good minutes to counter Grey/landry/okafor? Pau may be the weakest link yesterday but the whole team sucked. They didn't play like the defending Champions but they are, so I say let them figure out what they are lacking.

LO, more reality TV and add here fashion setter and image maker. Yesterday, He and Kobe were featured in the Image section of Sunday LAT together w/ Amare and Melo. Nice looking gentlemen who all lost their 1st game yesterday. Where is the pride? please tell us .....

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 18, 2011 at 09:54 AM

Hey Edwin Gueco, good comment. I think I have the answer: Pau is the best lakers player. Pure and simple. If Pau has a "bad day", lakers lose. Lakers can win this championship if Pau want to win, and I think Pau prefer to play Eurobasket 2011 than win another ring.

Posted by: oxymoron | April 18, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Yes, I'm tired for people like you trolls in the blog. Your first objective is to put down on some poster by targeting incessantly; Second, you are not being objective by answering the post but more on the personality and the name of the handle; Third, you hide in different handles and exploit the weakness of this blog putting up different handles on a single IP address.

Tell me, what good opinion have you said about the Lakers in the past?

Pau is done for Los Lakers. Next year he should play for another franchise or maybe for F.C. Barcelona. Kobe is old, and the rest Lakers Team is pure garbage. This current roster is only a "two man team", and Pau is tired of this Lakers philosophy, and may be, is NBA´s tired, too. Pau has 11 NBA years. He is 31 years old. Is time to Barcelona´s return, Pau.

I will take the good...Kobe looked playoff battle ready. Ron-Ron had a good game and seemed to be in the middle of every loose ball, he had the stare. Fisher actually played decent defense, Paul was just on fire.

But Pau was all wet. However Pau is usually one of the steadiest Laker playoff performers, rarely has a bad game. He had a stinker. But I do think as well as Kobe was playing the offense gets very different in the playoffs for the Lakers. Per posession Kobe probably has the ball a couple of seconds more in the playoffs. But Pau has seen that before and it has worked.

I think 5 or 6 at the most still will happen. And the Lakers did get taken by Houston to 7 and still ended up champs. Rather have the rare bad game by Pau now than later.

I don't know why I even bother watching these stupid 12:30 Sunday ABC games. It is obviously not the time for the Lakers to be playing basketball or the Laker crowd to be attending games.

Next time can't someone at the Staples center "accidently" turn off the power or flood the floor or something so the Lakers and the crowd can enjoy their morning brunch and be ready for a nice Sunday evening game? At least Game 4 is at night in New Orleans!

Ricky,

I'm sorry I did not say Pau is a good player yesterday. He is the weakest link and a 7'0' footer. What a waste?

Wow - that was some set of opening games in these playoffs! Can't say I'm altogether too surprised at the outcome in Game 1 for our beloved Lakers. The hungrier and more motivated team won yesterday...time for PJ and the boys to make the requisite adjustments and move on. With all due respect to CP3 and rookie head coach Monty Williams, there is NO WAY this Hornets team takes 3 of the next 6 from L.A.
The Lakers are ultimately too big and too experienced to allow that to happen. I'm thankful for the wakeup call, as distasteful as it was to many of us.
Pau has got to STAND HIS GROUND, it's as simple as that. Drew has also got to avoid early foul trouble - Pau (and Lamar) cannot become our last line of defense when Paul invariably penetrates the preliminary perimeter D.
I'm psyched for Wednesday! Carry on!

I'm takin names...

A lot of scared Laker fans on here, not cool. I hope you're not on here in June to enjoy our Chamionship!!

dan

@ JonK. - the man in question was Tim Leiweke, the chief executive of sports conglomerate AEG. I'd like to suggest that you forward your rant directly to him!

so right oxy.. that comment for not commenting was just moronic..

couple things i saw:
- never seen a pg (dphish) running behind the pg u r gaurding
- pau was not gaurding cp3.. not by design.. cp3 broke dphish and pau was next man up
- y do gaurds including kobe jack up 3's when u have pau? trust ur triangle
- brown should play more minutes.. don't u think its time to change gaurds
- tell odom not to take 3's period .. actually no 3's for n e 1 .. stuff everything in post

Things to come.. maybe i am wrong but u all tell me:
- Dphish needs help
- Gaurd CP3 by committee.. not Pau.. ok?
- Put Artest/dphish for 1st quarter, brown next, Kobe in 3rd, dphish/Artest back in 4rth
- less minutes for bynum in first half.. lil more in 3rd.. lot in 4rth.. that way he fouls whoever comes in lane in 4rth
- trip cp3, elbow him, deck him.. whatever is needed
- take care of the ball.. starts with kobe.. 5 TO cost the game.. 5 TO potential 10 pts.. dats the diff

Wed night lakers take it but not by a lot.

Baby steps.

-Look around, there is no team out there dominating.

-ATL/ORLANDO is the only series that looks one sided, and even that one is far from decided.

-With a few minow adjustments, Phil and the Lakers will have us back in this series in no time.

-WE CAN BEAT ANYONE OUT THERE!!

Go Lakers!!

dan

ugh.

good game, Hornets.
time for some of that bug spray that shoots 20feet....

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM

For my personal safety I chose not to divulge my identity, and I hope you agree with me especially with the recent incident. I enjoy reading posts, don't always comment, maybe not as opinionated as you. But what struck me about your two posts that you contradict yourself. Since it is a public forum any posts is subject to a public scrutiny. I have not exploited the weakness, all i pointed out was your hypocrisy and you have taken an offense to it. Like you stated. "aren't we tired of giving analysis, reactions and players are not into it?" and then you post a long analysis. Just making sure that you talk the talk and walk the walk.

Edwin,

Yeah, o.k. Pau is done for L.A. I think he´s tired and maybe has issues with someone player (Kobe??? or Phil????) Is time to a change. This current Lakers team is ending and Pau is 31 year old. Maybe is time to Barcelona´s return, or play for another team. The Lakers with Bynum should built his future. Pau is not the future. He want to play in Barcelona his last years as professional player. Is necessary for him come back to his country, his native city. Pau is tired, and whitout "desire" for another ring. I think he is more interested in play for the Spain National Team (his true core team) this summer (Eurobasket 2011)

Oxymoron,

"I have not exploited the weakness, all i pointed out was your hypocrisy and you have taken an offense to it."

-- I am not a hypocrite as you have labeled me i.e. if you have been in this blog for quite sometime. We have provided all kinds of good points and bad points in the past not only for this particular game but for several games from Nov to April. At some point what I'm saying perhaps the best reaction is no reactions at all. That is also a strategy isn't it? If you are only whining without contributing something new for the team then silence is the best answer. Don't worry if you don't like my post, I'm about to take off and you can have your whole day with you.

Posted by: Jon K. | April 18, 2011 at 09:57 AM

Thank you. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. That idiot just stood there. At first, I thought he used his knee to protect himself from Kobe's spine. They should have kicked that idiot out.

At the same time, I think Kobe noticed that idiot as well and overdramatized the situation to make that idiot feel it from the crowd a little bit.

And only Ron Artest would be so absentminded to ignore an injured Kobe on the sideline to throw up a half court shot and make it like that. What a crazy sequence of events that was.

GO Lakers!
Play the game! 48 minutes!

Jon K is right. Tim Liewike or whatever his name is shouldn't be allowed to sit courtside again. This is the idiot who wants to take the Chargers to LA. Now I truly hate that guy.

Go Lakers!
Play the game! 48 minutes!

A TRUE Laker fan won't be jumping ship after 1 lousy game. If we lose this series, then we can talk about moves for next season. Meanwhile I'm on board the Laker Victory train!

Although Gray's injury increases our chances of winning, I would rather see the Lakers beat the Hornets at their best. The Lakers' best beats any team's best, but they have yet to show it.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 18, 2011 at 10:27 AM

And I am not a troll as you labeled me. Just making sure as posters we have responsibility to be true to ourselves. meaning talk the talk and walk the walk. What we post and say is there for the record, regardless of how old or new one is to the blog, no immunity. Don't worry, if I have anything to contribute then I will but unlike you I do not spew off words for the sake of sounding good with composition. I understand you try very hard at making every single post of your RCOTD, and hope you win more :).

Ricky, wait a minute Pau cannot just abandoned his job just like that he is signed up to 2014. He is being paid 17.8m to play with the Lakers the best he can be. Next year close to 18m, in 2013 19m and final year 19m. If you are getting that much money will you not put your body on line and give back what the fans are saying? He's comparatively as thin and lanky by Center/PF standards like KG, KAJ, Camby, what fans are saying he got to have that fire in the belly. He is an All Star, an Olympian but yesterday he played worse than a rookie.

we can want this ring, but it's clear that you have 16 teams all saying, "why not us". there are some really good teams, and some seem to be peaking at the exact right time (bulls,memphis).i do not see the lakers in that number.we have two and a half days to speculate before we see evidence of our hopes.folks, we need to keep our eye on the ball, and refrain from engaging in "right fights" over who is "right". we have more important things to do, such as keeping our sanity until weds.

I'm not a big bandwagon guy, but I need a "Tim Lieweke is a scumbag" bandwagon.

Go Lakers!
Play the game! 48 minutes!

Oxymoron,

"I understand you try very hard at making every single post of your RCOTD, and hope you win more :)."

--Well and good if you are not a troll. I'm sorry if I misunderstood your intentions in using another handle.

I don't think I have never aspired anything in this blog. I try my best to be a nice citizen and never used our seniority in the blog in taking advantage of others. However, I mentioned my posts in the past because you are questioning my motivation on that particular post. With regards to RCOTD, I never believe in recognitions, please read my past posts to MM. I want everybody as RCOTD-qualified because everyone deserves an applause for just posting. This is not a beauty contest but a blog where people can say what they want about the Lakers. It is just unfortunate that you approach me in a discourteous manner without giving the benefit of explaining the intention of my post. Don't worry, as I said I'm out by this time.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 18, 2011 at 10:51 AM

No worries, have a wonderful work day!!

jefe101,

Tim Leiweke is a bad person who is obviously so narcissistically obsessed that he can't even make the small effort to put out his hands to help protect a fellow human being from potential injury.

Simply a bad person.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

>>>A TRUE Laker fan won't be jumping ship after 1 lousy game

CaptainJackSparrow is not a lakers fan but i am on this ship since it is a ship and i like sailing.. and n e decent ship will have Gin

wow talkin in third person ... la la like LeBroom .. getting the hang of it

Big deal if n e team's fan jumps ship every other day.. players change teams .. y can't we? I say as long as the other ship is better or makes u happier jump to that ship.. last year i liked Celtics this year not so much.. i like Miami now because wades got lebroom the doom now.. they will loose but at least it will be a circus watching them..

couple things i know i will never like n e team from chicago .. not the bears, bulls, sox, not the univ of illinois team .. nothing from dat part of the world.. Phil Jackson is from that part of the world so i will not like lakers as long u got dat bulls blood runnin in ur veins.

i don't like spurs.. never

dont like the tragic.. never will

dont like cavaliers

oh i dont like many nfl teams also.. sorry LA has none so need not worry

I am da Perfect Troll

jefe101,

I mean, who does that? Just sits there when someone is about to slide into a metal chair, particularly when it's someone from your team?

99% of people--which includes A LOT of bad, selfish people--would have done SOMETHING. Not Tim Leiweke.

A poor quality human being caught on camera.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I don't think this is something to really worry about. The Lakers will win out and take the series in 5 just because New Orleans is not as good of a team as LA.

Ricky's back after smoking the medicinal maryjane. Did Pau's Mom write your prescription?

MM confirmed why both Pau and LO stunk up the place.

Who was the second to last player to sneak into the locker room late for game day? Answer: "Reality Show" LO. It seems that playoff time is reality tv promo time for LO. As evidenced by the above referenced tweet.

6th Man of the Year or Reality TV Star? It's up to you to decide. No one else can do it for you. Not Kobe. Not Drew.

Who was the last player to sneak into the locker room for game day? Answer: Ricky's love of his life, Pau "Late Night" Gasol. Time to layoff the late night paella and feed a different hunger, CHAMPIONSHIP HUNGER!

I've been a supporter of both your games, but you were both AWOL yesterday.

And no, Aaron "Wilma Deering (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)" Grey was NOT the Pau Stopper or the LO Stopper.

Pau "Late Night" Gasol was clanking open set shots and flat footed on D. Hit the open set shots and they have to guard you closer; which results in driving lanes for cutters and post up spin moves for you.

"Reality Show" LO was too busy putting hs hands in the air to the refs saying "Hey! Don't you know who I am? I'm Reality Show LO!"

To which the refs responded, "Get Real! It's the Playoffs! Get that weak ISH outta here! If you don't bring it, we ain't gonna tweet it!"

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE LOCKER ROOM! IT'S PLAYOFF TIME, NOT LAYOFF TIME!

BLOG CRUE
I had the opportunity to spend a day with my family outdoors, so I took it and didn't look back. I kept track of the Lake Show scores and in the end, am very happy I spent the day with my crue. Maybe this was a wake up call to our team. I have faith in their talent and experience, but like some other bloggers are saying...other teams out there are confident as well. I'm surprised that the next game is on Wednesday but see it as an opportunity for some of our tired and hurt players to get some of their lacking energy back. I also want the "sting" to stay fresh in their minds.

MYBRF.

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

Welcome back Justa!!!

We got outplayed. Plain and simple.

They wanted it more.

Pau didn't show up, but neither did our defensive intensity.

We still got this. One loss won't derail us.

Boston barely won their first game. Very lucky.

Denver played OKC very well. If it weren't for Duranchula and Westbrook exploding for career numbers, the Nuggs would have taken it.

>>If it weren't for Duranchula and Westbrook

Dats like saying if it was not for Shaq or .. if it was not for Jordan ..

Duranchula hahaha.. funny .. u hit da nail on dat one..

but Dracula is smooth man.. and westbrook is quick.. remember Denver is 5000 feet .. that octane powered group might take 2 at home.. dumb mistakes cost em though

btw get used to the idea of those 2 exploding every other game

@Cpt Johnny Depp

Usually, Duranchula and Westbrook don't go for playoff career highs on the same night: 41 and 31.

Those two do play well every night, but they won't post playoff career highs on the same night, for each successive game.


http://bleacherreport.com/tb/b921L

snippet:
And yet when someone wanted to know if the Lakers would have benefitted from better distribution of their shots – or, say, fewer from Kobe – Bryant made this point unmistakably clear:

“If the effort isn’t there,” he said, “I’m not going to sit around and wait, especially in the playoffs.”

What he meant: I’m not waiting on Pau.

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Nor should he. More than anyone, this loss falls on the shoulders of Pau Gasol(notes). With the Hornets having lost forward David West(notes), their second-best player, to a season-ending knee injury, the Lakers walked into this series with a huge size advantage. Emeka Okafor(notes) didn’t stay on the floor long enough to make an impact because of foul trouble, further limiting New Orleans’ interior presence to 6-foot-9 forward Carl Landry(notes), Gray and Jason Smith(notes), a jump-shooting 7-footer. The Lakers’ three-man rotation at the two big positions – Gasol, Lamar Odom(notes) and Andrew Bynum(notes) – spans nearly 21 feet and $40 million.

And through a combination of Paul’s penetrating drives and L.A.’s defensive indifference, the Hornets outscored the Lakers 52-34 in the paint. Gasol took just nine shots to Bryant’s 26, making only two. He didn’t fight for position under the basket. He didn’t demand the ball. He didn’t grab a single offensive rebound. He floated.

Does anyone feel that our bench is worse this year than last?

Blake has not been much better than Farmar.

Ratliff and Smith have been much worse that DJ and Powell.

Brown taking Sasha's minutes has been better for very short amounts of time.

L.O. minus this first game, is pretty much the only dependable guy off the bench.

After watching at least two quarters of each game this weekend, I feel that we have the weakest bench by far.

mc,

Agreed on the bench.

“If the effort isn’t there,” he said, “I’m not going to sit around and wait, especially in the playoffs.”

What he meant: I’m not waiting on Pau.

RESPONSE:

BUT AS A LEADER OF THIS TEAM wrong answer. Where is the leadership?

“If the effort isn’t there,” he said, “I’m not going to sit around and wait, especially in the playoffs.”

What he meant: I’m not waiting on Pau.

RESPONSE:

BUT AS A LEADER OF THIS TEAM wrong answer. Where is the leadership?

>>BUT AS A LEADER OF THIS TEAM wrong answer. Where is the leadership?

They call him Mamba for a reason.. albeit i call him garden snake .. snake nevertheless.. and Snakes are not known for their leaderships..

Lions r known for their leadership.. Elephants .. whales.. dolphins.. well definitely Lions..

Leader won't call out teammates in my opinion or should not.. not put it up billboards.. must be Pau who could not gaurd CP3.. or could not make enough plays.. but if u think about it.. Pau is best on offense.. give him the ball in low post instead of spinning and cutting and dribbling.. and turning over... 5 TO = -10 pts. If u feed Pau in the post .. 50% of time its points.. makes me sick but i have seen pau stick like 60-70% FG..

for instance the behind the back dribble by mamba.. CP3 picked it off..

maybe i saw diff game or i did not see game correctly.. but i did not see fish kobe feed Pau...
i also saw gaurds lettin cp3 come in.. and made pau defend him.. don't think its pau's job to be gaurding cp3..

Posted by: CaptainJackSparrow | April 18, 2011 at 12:48 PM

such a pity with the team loaded with talents and nothing to show for, it really boils down to true leadership, which is missing. At this juncture we need a leader to corral and harness the collective talent towards ONE goal, i.e. WIN.
I sense disjointedness and too much finger pointing which is destructive and injuries may have a lot to do with it.

Oh, I expect hobbit to come back with a frontal assault on the defense of his beloved idol Kobe. He is going to slap the stats sheets on you.


Don't blame Pau. Get the team to pass the ball--use 20 of the 24 seconds to move the ball to get an open shot. I have watched Laker basketball for 50 years--when they move the ball they get decent shots and everybody is involved.

I'm a Hornets fan, but I'm also realistic. Hornets played a great game yesterday. They took care of the ball and shot well. Chris Paul played to his potential and showed why he is a true floor general. If anything this victory gave me reason to watch the next 3 games with some hope. But in all honesty a heck of a lot more stuff has to happen for LA to be worried at all. I think the issue at hand is the Lakers thinking they can show up and win. That is probably an okay way to approach stuff against the Hornets in the long run, but what about the Bulls or Thunder or Spurs? Sooner or later that not focused approach they occasionally slip will bite them in the butt.

The Lakers will win in 6. I'm a Celtics fan and I hate the Lakers, but I'm realistic. I feel that the Thunder will beat the Lakers this year in the playoffs due to the acquisition of Perkins.


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