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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 86-85 loss to Utah Jazz

 

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains the Lakers poor effort in their 86-85 loss Tuesday to the Utah Jazz.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes the irony that the Lakers want home-court advantage, yet have lost their past two games at home.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen notices the Lakers-Jazz game appeared as ugly as the Connecticut-Butler national championship game.

--The Daily News' Jill Painter highlights Kobe Bryant's turnover on the final play of the game.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Brian T. Smith praises Gordon Hayward's performance.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan highlights Amare Stoudemire's comments on Pau Gasol saying that he's soft.

--The Daily News' Tom Hoffarth reports Joel Meyers will not have his contract renewed for next season as the Lakers' play-by-play announcer.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen notes Phil Jackson's strong contention he would never coach high school.

--Hoops World's Eric Pincus highlights Bryant's praise for Hayward.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner asks Meyers about reports that Spero Dedes will replace him at the end of the season, but he declined to say anything.

--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson ranks the Lakers as No. 1.

--This for me is a pointless website considering the schedule magnets on my refrigerator, pocket schedules, TV listing and newspaper listings. But it still could be helpful for some fans so I'll pass it along. Are the Lakers playing tonight? explains the time, date and channel of the Lakers' next game. 

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin breaks down the Lakers' loss to Utah.

--BBall Breakdown explains how to beat the Lakers.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano details the Lakers' poor execution against the Jazz.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues the Lakers should be embarrassed for their loss to Utah.

Tweet of the Day: "I got an offer to work with Roger Mayweather this summer I'm really looking forward it!" -- AndrewBynum (Lakers center Andrew Bynum)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I have no words to describe what I saw: Kobe dealing with a rookie? I thought he was better than that, nah? Kobe, learn to pick your figths. Against a rookie? And the rookie looked good over KOBE? I'm glad my kid was sleeping and didn't see that..." -- Magic Phil

--Mark Medina

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I hope yesterday's game was another "Cleveland Game"....They got their butt kicked by the lowly team, again. Now, it's time for go another run, something like 17-1.....or more like 21-1! #17!!!

Congrats on the "Friedman" "MP." It was a "stinker" and painful to watch, but that's what we Lakers fans do! :-)

Andrew: please don't "Tweet" about the summer just yet. The most painful thing a Lakers fan can watch is the "Gone Fishing" segment on TNT. There's a championship at stake. YIKES!

Kobe: please do not take personal offense if Ellis begins shooting the lights out tonight. If you do take it as a personal challenge and your shot just isn't falling, then drive to the basket or continue passing the ball. Whatever you do, just try to play within the offense.

Pau, Lamar & Andrew: I know that Kobe removes the wind from your sails because you feel that if you exert all that energy down low, fighting for position, there's a distinct possibility you won't see the ball. Fight through it. There are too many times that Kobe is left alone, 1 on 3+ and no one is trying to relieve him of the ball. I know that you guys feel like you’re out there just to rebound his misses but continue to "ball." There's definitely going to be a lockout next season so all of you will have time to heal and I expect big changes on the team. #17 is there for the taking so GO GET SOME!!


"We're worried about our execution. That's all we did then and that's all we'll do now." #24 K. Bryant


"Everything about the Lakers is geared toward winning playoff games. It's what they do." J.A. Adande


"Even when we didn’t make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship." Dr. Bus


"...they're shaking like virgins on prom night."
viewer comment by faithdalakerfan @ 10:03 pm

Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!


NBA4ever, Nice picks. And excellent point. It's all about the real season and time to get serious.

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Justa, Good to Have You Back!

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MagicPhil, Congrats on the Friedman. I thought similarly, but then attributed it to everyone, except Drew, but including Kobe, sleepwalking. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgsNa5jgu38&feature=youtube_gdata_player

But I do have an after game treat for Kobe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2J7dhEFQYos&feature=youtube_gdata_player

It was a gift to Ty Corbin and the Jizz to make them feel better. It did wonders for Hayward's confidence (with the exception of clutch free throws) for next year. But doesn't make them the Jazz without Sloan. They're still the Jizz!

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Just let the past two games go. They were Jive. Let the Real Season Begin!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHFn0vHF6-c&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."


@BAY TO LA ... I do like the team of Spero and Mychal but we will have to agree to disagree on Stu, whom I love as an announcer and think has one of the better basketball minds among color analysts. I never get tired of the great insights that Stu makes on how players play the game, the subtlety in passing the ball at the right time and to the right spot for the player to catch it, the need for the team to play inside out basketball, etc. Losing him would be like forgetting about Chick.
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@MAGIC PHIL ... Congrats on the Friedman. Last night may have been the worst game I’ve ever seen Kobe play. 6-18 with 7 turnovers? Losing the rebound battle despite Drew’s career high 23 boards? Shooting only 37% from the field and 20% from 3’s? An uncharacteristic 19 turnovers? You would have thought from the above the Lakers were crushed rather than losing by a point.
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TOM

I can't remember the primary defensive assignments in the last Warriors matchups. I know they switched around and there's really no good way to match up in the backcourt because all 3 Warriors are a lot quicker than all 3 Lakers. The Warriors speed and that arena is going to make it a tough game, especially if the Lakers don't put a huge emphasis on trying to capitalize on their size advantage.

This is the last time I'll ask this - Please... there is no mamba/justa "situation". I'm done. No going back. Now can we drop it? Please?

"@BAY TO LA ... I do like the team of Spero and Mychal but we will have to agree to disagree on Stu, whom I love as an announcer and think has one of the better basketball minds among color analysts. I never get tired of the great insights that Stu makes on how players play the game, the subtlety in passing the ball at the right time and to the right spot for the player to catch it, the need for the team to play inside out basketball, etc. Losing him would be like forgetting about Chick.
Posted by: LakerTom | April 06, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I know what you mean. Stu does have an insight a lot of announcers can't bring since he has personally been on the court and has that experience but he's just too corny for my tastes sometimes. Chick and Stu were legendary because of Chick, in my opinion. He could have made anyone around him great.

I don't think Stu is bad or anything, which is more than I can say for Joel, but he's just not one of my favorites and I would welcome Mychal in his spot. Maybe Joel is just bringing Stu down and he'll be a lot better with Spero. If that's the way it falls, I'll give him a chance.

So what the lakers will be in the play offs. Who Cares! My self I don't even like basket ball. Change a few rules, I might like basket ball.

Could the Lakers broadcast format go back to TV-Radio simulcast and have both Mychael Thompson and Stu commentating?? The issue resolved! Well...probably Mychael will be mostly talking LOL..

Congrats Magic Phil. I wonder if any of Kobe's teammates could tell him that he looks like Jordan Farmar last night with all all the bricks and t/o's. We all love him but sometimes he could be extreme.

@Magic Phil - Congratulations!

Lakerholic checking in.

Lucky me! I missed it. Had to read about it though. Yuck!

With no chance at catching the Spurs, have they decided to rest? What about momentum? What about pride? What about the fans? What about...

I miss Mamba24. He would always chear me up after a tough loss like this one. All of us make mistakes. We are all human. Be like Kobe and stand up and face the music. You will be amazed at how far a "I f$#%ed up and I am sorry" will get you.

Peace.

Go Lakers!

I am a Lakerholic.


Sunderland was the best play-by-play man the Lakers have tried besides Chick. Joel is horrible. the TNT/ESPN play-by-play guys are the worst. at least Joel mainly talks about the game at hand. the thing i hate about him is that he always sounds like the sky is falling since he's working so hard to not be a homer, and he always acts like he could do a better job if he just suited up. i always find myself telling him to shut up, or, "yes they CAN get a stop, but WILL they?!!". i also never want to hear "short corner three" or "midrange game" as substitutes for actual commentary and description.

the art of describing/explaining the action( the job of the pbp/colorman team) is lost. Chick told where the ball was, where the players were, and what they did. he was good enough to not be superfulous on tv, but detailed enough for radio. Spero can sorta do that, but Sunderland is actually an old school throwback who can do it. these days, announcers can only mention the players name and whether or not there was a score.(Bryant-yes! or Gasol to Brown, he dribbles, oh by the way, i saw that you were going on an extra vacation this month Pat...)

current pbp guys are just chatter, since everyone has hd tv and can see the action pretty well. if they're going to talk, i would like it to be relevant to the actual game at hand. instead, they'd rather talk about the stars in the Staples front row, or have an interview with someone plugging their movie while things are happening on the court.

Uhg- UU-Lee....

After the game I checked the calendar to see if it was the April's Fools Day!


I think after a streak of 17-1, and a loss against the Denver the players felt they better take a rest or else they would ran out of gas.

Specially after the tweaks by Andrew & Paul in the other game. They realized they should preserve health & stay rested for the playoffs.

But I also think this is cheating the people that watch the games.


Just a thought...

Here's the tiebreaker in oder for NBA Finals HCA (according to OC Regsiter):

1. Head to Head
2. Opposing Conference record
3. Random drawing

Should the Lakers meet in the Finals against the one of the 3 teams (Celtics, Heat, and Bulls) with the same win-loss records, Miami will win the tiebreaker (#1 record), and LA will own HCA against the Celtics (#2 record). But, Lakers' #1 and #2 records are identical with Bulls, so they will have "radom drawing" to earn the HCA. It will be very interesting if that ever happens ....

Laker faithful, let's not panic, again! Remember just a few days ago when the Heat got slapped by the Cavs of all teams. So we are saying the Heat is in REAL trouble? Don't think so. Stinker games happen. The entire Laker team, save Drew (although how he gets his shots blocked is beyond me), played terrible. Not a big deal. Next...

Shallow Thoughts by Troll Man

1. I have been lucky enough to listen to for many years the 2 best basketball announcers ever in Chick Hearn and Kevin Callabro. If the Lakers could get Callabro (flying chickens in a barnyard) LA fan would be in for a great game call every game.

2. Unfortunately, Kevin does a radio gig up here in Seatlle, along with some NBA games, and a local College BB. Hope he's interested and yes, start a bandwagon.

3. I have said this for many years about Kobe, that his biggest weakness is his dribbling. He does not have that hard quick dribble of a Wade which is a crucial element of a quick first step for a pull up J or a drive. With his finger issues the past couple of years you can really see how problematic it has become.

4. What a waste of 23 rebounds by Drew

5. Walton- a pathetic game even by his standards, the Millsap block made Walton look like a fool

6. Not a good sign that Kobe can't contain a slow white guy and I should know, I'm a slow white guy.

paTroll,

Those aren't shallow comments. They are an honest opinion and may have truth from my standpoint as well. Always fine to have reasonable critiques.

Golden State just beat Dallas and Portland. Against Portland, Ellis had 30, Curry had 28, and David Lee had 29 and 20 rebounds. As a team, they shot .500 from the floor, .438 from the three point line and hit 19 out of 22 free throws. They have only lost 14 games at home all year - we have lost 10. We will have to play very well to get a win. Kobe has been shooting badly lately. I hope he gets his touch back, or focuses on assists and rebounds. I hope Blake takes a shot. That would be nice. Why even guard someone who doesn't shoot? Drew needs a break-out game. Get him the ball and let him stuff it! What is Udoh going to do about it? He is 6'10 and 240 lbs. Lee, Wright, and Amundson are all 6'9. Pau will have to play Lee tough and Drew will have to help out on defense. Lee is listed as 250 lbs. After last night, I am almost afraid to watch. Golden State has a team. Utah is a bunch of guys thrown together because everyone got hurt or traded.

Why was Luke playing? Was something wrong with Barnes? Did he make someone mad or was he hurt? If neither then why was Luke Playing? Luke is what he is and I don't hate on the guy but really he should only play when there is no other option.

"After the game I checked the calendar to see if it was the April's Fools Day!


I think after a streak of 17-1, and a loss against the Denver the players felt they better take a rest or else they would ran out of gas.

Specially after the tweaks by Andrew & Paul in the other game. They realized they should preserve health & stay rested for the playoffs.

But I also think this is cheating the people that watch the games.


Posted by: TidalWave | April 06, 2011 at 01:16 PM "

The part I don't like about this idea or the boredom excuse is that it reflects poorly on them as professionals and also speaks poorly of the leadership abilities of Phil, Fisher, and Kobe if the players can't get motivated to come out and give 100%.

If Kobe, Gasol, Bynum, or whoever isn't feeling it on a given day, there is absolutely no harm in sitting out a game to rest up. Getting to the playoffs healthy is always the most important thing and everyone knows that. If you go 50% and play poorly, you didn't get rest, you didn't help your team, and you're still in the same lull at the end of the day. No one wins from that except the opposing teams.

The best way to get rest is to play well, play together, and put the game away as quickly as possible. Gutting these games out until the end does not make things easier for anyone and I don't think any players feel refreshed after not playing well for 48 minutes against a depleted Utah team, in front of the home crowd no less.

My take on the game is that the NBA is full of talented players, even on the teams that have poor records. Gordon Hayward had a magnificent game, Kobe had an absolutely awful game, especially by his standards, and the playing field was evened. People may disagree with me, but I think the Lakers tried their best to win last night and just fell short.

Magic Phil - Congrats on the Friedman by the way...well said...

i wondering the same thing NBA4EVER. why was walton was in the game? is barnes in the dog house without us knowing? last night, luke looked so overwhelmed when he was on the court. it's actually pathetic to see him out there. he has NO GAME whatsoever!


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