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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 93-88 Game 4 loss to New Orleans Hornets

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-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan notices the Lakers are stunned after their 93-88 Game 4 loss Sunday to the New Orleans Hornets. He also notes that Kobe Bryant has to leave New Orleans on crutches and that he plans to get an MRI on the sprained left ankle. 

--The New York Times' Karen Crouse credits New Orleans for surviving the final moments of Game 4. 

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding blames the Lakers' effort in their loss to New Orleans.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford tells how the Lakers had no answer for Hornets guard Chris Paul.

Sidebars

-- The Times' Broderick Turner explains why the Lakers had trouble guarding Paul.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande highlights Paul's performance. 

-- The Orange County Register's Ding mentions how Bryant plans to play in Game 5 despite the injured left ankle. 

--The Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith highlights Paul's triple double effort. 

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Notebooks

-- The Times' Bresnahan and Turner report that the Lakers haven't offered contracts to four of their five employees on the training staff in case there is a lockout. They also report that Lakers backup center Derrick Caracter was arrested early Sunday morning in New Orleans after an alleged altercation near the team hotel.

--The Times-Picayune's Brendan McCarthy reports Caracter hit a pregnant waitress at a local IHop in New Orleans, and was charged for battery, public intoxication and resisting arrest. 

-- The Daily News' Teaford highlights Hornets Coach Monty Williams' contention that the Lakers' bigs have committed many uncalled three-second violations.

Columns

-- The Times' T.J. Simers believes the Lakers' performance against the Hornets shows they will have even more trouble against future opponents.

--The Times-Picayune's John DeShazier credits the Hornets for responding to the pressure. 

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper believe Paul's best is yet to come. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin wonders if the Lakers have an answer for stopping Paul. 

-- Fox Sports' Billy Witz says the Lakers need to figure out how to defend Paul soon. 

Blogs

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott praises Jarrett Jack's clutchness. 

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer scolds Caracter for his arrest.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin argues Paul is single-handedly beating the Lakers. 

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

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the game in a running diary. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore believes the Hornets might actually have a shot to win the series. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano faults the Lakers' rebounding effort. 

--Lakers Nation's Daniel Buerge laments the Lakers' defense on Paul. 

--At the Hive's Rohan marvels at Paul. 

--Hornets 24/7's Joe Gerrity argues Paul put together one of the greatest performances in NBA history. 

 Tweet of the Day: "Hornets are a dangerous team. The Lakers aren't playing smart and are making too many mistakes. CP3 is back as one of the top guards." -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I expected the 3peat to be difficult, but I'd thought the real challenges would start in the 2nd round. It should be fun around here the next 24 hours because their certainly was enough blame to go around. I didn't see anyone play above average tonight other than Ron and Blake. And Phil and the coaches were just a bad. Anyway props to CP3 for a great game and Trev for a very good one." -- LRob

-- Mark Medina

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Top photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant limps after injuring his left ankle while playing defense on New Orleans' Willie Green in the fourth quarter of Game 4 on April 24, 2011. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Bottom photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, in pain after injuring his left ankle, is helped by forward Ron Artest in the fourth quarter of Game 4 on Sunday night at New Orleans Arena. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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The wheels are falling off.

[deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep breath...]

Game 5 will be a barn burner, y'all.

TITLE HEAVEN IN 2011! Let's go, Lakers!

DBDH!

@LRob: Congrats on today's "Friedman." Definitely a team loss last night.

Dang... Is it my eyes or does every digit on Kobe's hand seem to be going in different directions?

No doubt DBH... A pivotal Game 5 is a must win for either team. Advantage: Lakers.

I am not going to freak out over this loss. I just won't do it. We've seen too many Laker clutch victories over the years to throw the towel in after a playoff road loss.

Now if this were a home loss in the Finals in a game 2 to a team like the Celtics, then I might hit the panic button, but as things stand today, I am no where near el panico buttono.

But if we were to lose to the Hornets, for the love of Haiti, I still wouldn't panic. This Laker team is yet to have a post-season meltdown like we saw the Showtime Lakers have with both the Ralph Sampson's Rockets and Kevin Johnson's Suns.

We haven't had any kind playoff loss like that, and losing to the pistons in the Finals does not count. Making it to a Finals has to count for something so I don't consider o4 that kind of disaster.

If you wan't to talk about disasters, consider my 6 am cycling class. Holy smokes...that is burden not meant for mortals.

But I love it. On count....2 up, 2 dawn. Gooooooooooo!

For inspiration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRpeEdMmmQ0

Wes

Was Caracter at an Ihop? I thought only roaches visited Ihop on the weekdays. This is true, btw, that Ihop makes enough money on Sat and Sunday to afford almost zero business during the week. My buddy did their phone service and noted a similar lack of patrons in every resturant during the week.

Hmmm.

But Caracter needs to be the one getting slapped for vising Ihop on a weekday. That pancake addiction must be a doozy.

Wes

wes - He was at the Ihop on Saturday night...

wes - He was at the Ihop on Saturday night...
Posted by: Mark Medina | April 25, 2011 at 11:23 AM


Whew. I thought he was crazy for a second there.

Wes

And why do the playoffs bring out all the cake antics from LA? This pancake effort, and before it the original Kwame cake episode...wasn't theat during the playoffs too? (just say yes so my theme is unfettered)...

Thank god none of theLakers like beefcake. Who know what wrongs could be commited with that one.

Wes

Still I wouldn't consider IHop to be fine dining by any stretch of the imagination. I guess his per diem is really bad

Last year about this time:

Lakers (the 1 seed) were tied 2-2 vs Oklahoma City (the 8 seed, with a point guard running rampant over them and almost single-handedly leading them to the two wins).

Orlando was sweep Charlotte
Cleveland (the best regular season team) beat Chicago 4-1
Boston was pounding the Heat 4-1
Phoenix was beating Portland in the first round
San Antonio was handing Dallas a first round exit.

After San Antonio got swept by the Suns in the second round, the popular pick was that Phoenix would beat the Lakers. Also, everyone was sure that Cleveland would knock off the staggering Celtics with no problem.

They were wrong. Lakers & Celtics both eventually got rolling and made it to the finals.

My point?

A couple of first round losses mean nothing.

Sweeping the first round means nothing.

How you play in the first round doesn't necessarily reflect how you will play in every other round.

If the Lakers sweep Portland in the next round, it doesn't guarantee them rings any more than going 6 or 7 with New Orleans guarantees them no rings.

It doesn't matter how many games you lose in the playoffs, as long as you win 16.


wes - He was at the Ihop on Saturday night...
Posted by: Mark Medina | April 25, 2011 at 11:23 AM


Whew. I thought he was crazy for a second there.

Wes

Posted by: wesjoenixon | April 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM
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Technically, he went out and got drunk on a Saturday night and ventured into the IHOP next to the team's hotel very early Sunday morning knowing full well that there was a game to be played later that evening. He's on the roster in case Bynum, Theo and Smith go down.

"...was arrested about 1:18 a.m. Sunday at the IHOP... said New Orleans Police spokeswoman Shereese Harper. Caracter... was in New Orleans for the playoffs series, was drunk and acting disorderly inside the restaurant, police said."

Thank god none of theLakers like beefcake. Who know what wrongs could be commited with that one.

Wes

Posted by: wesjoenixon | April 25, 2011 at 11:29 AM
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Easy now... GLAAD might be reading this Blog and report you to the Commish

MM

Ihop!? Maybe it was his bday and he was goin for the free pancake breakfast? Shouldve gone to dennys and their grand slam instead!

Adaande article is the best read so far. It was humorous. hahaha. CP3 is a baaaad little man. he matched the entire rebounding effort of gastrong/beast and had more assists than our entire starting lineup plus he outscored the black mamba? It was a performance of the ages with 1 superstar and a bunch of generic brand players.

generic brand means the no name or the white label brands. E.g. we all know Joy but the brand maybe Joyful.

Aaaahhh.. The dreaded REPOST.

If playoffs ended today:

Cris paul- practice playoffs 2011 MVP
Monty williams- practice playoffs coach of the year
Carl landry- practice playoffs most improved player of the year
Jarrett jack- practice playoffs 6th man of the year

ty chris paul and the hornets...ill root and support any team that beats the disgraceful lakers...phil jackson is an opportunist...

Lakers will be ok,they just need to give Chris Paul a bloody hard foul and need to secure defensive rebound all the time.Just play hard and dont give NO easy lay ups always give them a hard palyoffs foul like Matt Barnes do to Ariza last night and Trevor stop driving in...

MM hows Kobe ankle,any update please?????????

MM what Justa saying about RC is this another blog?

@Adrian... he looked pretty beat up to me last night but still pulled off that Triple-D...

No worries though... Lakers in 6

Someone please tell barnes to shave that ridiculous haircut. I can't stand to watch him. The Lakers is a classy organization and that bird haircut is thrashy. I noticed ron since joining the lakers is very conservative with his looks. Except when he had blonde hair with defense engraved in several languages. Ron tried to emulate rodman but he can't compare just like how kobe can't compare with mj.

Can we try this for a change? Save kobe offensively and DOUBLE CP3! DOUBLE CP3! Ur not seeing double I really said DOUBLE CP3! Do it as soon as he even crosses the halfcourt line.. Do not let him dribble all day get comfortable and get another TRIPLE DOUBLE.. Any player/coach that gives up a TRIP DUB by 3rd qtr in playoff game should get fined.. (Please see boston defense in 2008 finals).

We ended the regular season with exactly the same record as last season, 57-25. We are also now exactly where we were during the first round of the playoffs last season, 2-2.

Yawn...

You are not the only one who is angry because of the loss, but please don't drag us around if u lose your mind because of the lost and call us all kinds of names from a subtle racist to hypocrite just because you didn't get what you want.

That is below the belt and as responsible bloggers please take note on what trolls do and say irresponsible things here.

Cuttin it close boys. We gotta finish these new orleans boys like we eatin poboys for brunch and lupper. kobe gotta stay healthy man, lamar please come back for next game. lets go purp n gold!

Can we try this for a change? Save kobe offensively and DOUBLE CP3! DOUBLE CP3! Ur not seeing double I really said DOUBLE CP3! Do it as soon as he even crosses the halfcourt line.. Do not let him dribble all day get comfortable and get another TRIPLE DOUBLE.. Any player/coach that gives up a TRIP DUB by 3rd qtr in playoff game should get fined.. (Please see boston defense in 2008 finals).


Posted by: yellofever | April 25, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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Does this fall into the category of X's n O's? If it does, that's not Phil Jackson's specialty.

yellofever,

That's what I said, CP needs to be double doubled. Make the other players beat them.
Letting CP iso on any Laker is a disaster cuz they can't guard him 1 on 1.
NO seems to be able to double Kobe often enough.
They need to throw down some hard fouls on him too.

Better call out the PSP to issue a citation to the Lakers coaching staff.

Yellofever,

That was a good observation to say double CP3, in fact Gasol and Fisher double CP3 on the corner and lost the ball, however regained due to Fisher mischief. You can stop Pau by going for single coverage in the perimeter but a hidden double block coming from our 7 footer to help Fisher or Kobe or Blake once he passes them. Don't touch his body but try to block his vision.

I got trouble last night with all kind angry trolls who are also Laker fans and dragged my association with Jon K and LakerTom just because don't lose hope and this is just 2 out 3 series. Is there something new about losing games during playoff? Su*ks happen but please, please don't extend on fellow bloggers. If you have an ax to grind against me or my former nationality come out in the open and I'm willing toface anybody here in this blog at the Superior Court.

I was on a long hike with a friend of mine who is a director and we were talking about all the cities we'd been in.

He talked about New Orleans and how outside of the French Quarter a lot of the areas are really ghetto and when you ask for service, even at a fast food restaurant, servers will ask angrily, "WHAT DO YOU WANT?!?!"

So, I could see how conflict could happen, but, man, Caracter, if there's any truth to this, what the heck were you thinking?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Let me state this categorically...

WE ARE WINNING THIS SERIES!!!!

However, this team needs to flip the switch NOW even if they need to bring in an electrician to do it.

The time for patience is over.

Time to start playing angry.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Let me state this categorically...

WE ARE WINNING THIS SERIES!!!!

However, this team needs to flip the switch NOW even if they need to bring in an electrician to do it.

The time for patience is over.

Time to start playing angry.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I believe it was reported that the Hornets' coach made the team watch a "you tube" video of a baby water buffalo or some sort that spent 5 minutes trying to survive a lion and alligator attack and actually won. Message to the team was: don't give up.

I think if Jackson had played the following "you tube" video, this series would've been over already:

http://youtu.be/5KzeYrjfN9s

Either way, they're going back one "Mo Time!"

I guess Caracter thought IHOP stands for I Hork On Police.

My question is how many other Lakers were partying it up with Caracter? Any of the starters? some of the B's?

Strap on your seat beats this team is heading for a CRASH landing, first round exit. Please don't use Kobe injuries as an EXCUSE, it was coming during the practice season.

re: CP3 being guarded by Bynum & Gasol.

Does anyone remember when there was a thread about the TALL lineup?

How invincible we'd be if we played Kobe, LO, Bynum Gasol & Artest on the
floor, at the same time?

Does anyone think that is a good idea today?

@frmkt - thanks. yep the Heat are looking good also. I still like them to come out of the east.

@fever/Edwin/Art - I agree on doubling CP3. I'm sure we'll see him get a little more attention in game 5.

@LTLF - excellent post at 11:34am.


mclyne - I'll take your Beck and raise you this one....cause I was definitely feeing a little queasy watching last night game.

Beck - Nausea
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xr-54nzXCk

When I saw the pre-game show and they interviewed Kobe, I noticed right away that his voice was a full octave lower, much like it is when you've had too much to drink the night before. I looked over at the old lady and told her then that we weren't going to get a worthy performance from the champ. This morning, when I heard about Caracter's arrest I asked myself, what were they doing out partying before the trip home? Then it came to me. This team cares about itself more than it cares for its fans. Whatever drives them, comes from it's team leaders and how they conduct themselves, just like the last two Christmases, when they didn't show up even after fans spent thousands of dollars and hoped that our team would give us the best Christmas present ever. It was never about the fans. After last night, I won't look at them the same again.

Just a heads up - The Lakers don't start practice until 2 today and the availability is tentatively scheduled for 3:30. So the updates on Kobe, Caracter and anything else won't come until later today.

In the meantime, there's a new post up on the absurdity that is Khloe and Lamar

Lakers only play great when backed into the corner. Who will get punk'd next?

The Lakers don't seem to be having fun. If kobe had been facilitator Kobe all season long lakers record would have been 65 and 17. What riles me up is what reggie said about kobe. He said kobe is trying to show his teammates that even if he doesn't score that la could still win. Huh? Phil, gasol,, fisher and lo always wanted kobe to share the ball. He picked a fine time to go bi-polar on us,

Congrats LRob for the Friedman...

So it was alcohol? I noticed kobe didn't look the same last night. He was not fired up as usual. That's irresponsible to go partying and drinking the night before. I don't mind if kobe had 1 or 2 baileys cocktails but hard liquor, Phil is just a slacker that doesn't insist on discipline.

kobe needs to shoot more and Lakers will win.Yap I agree double team Chris paul and let others beat us and please give a hard foul to this little hornets wannabe when they drive in the paint.No more Mr nice guys ita a God damn playoffs guys...

@LRob
Congrats on the Friedman! Talk about the bad coaching, why don't they just decide to double CP3 already!!!!!?????

Nice rebutta, since we are going with the under the weather theme, I will choose "Sick Again":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iFwqXSQn20

If the Lakers wind up losing this series, it is safe to say this would be the biggest let down in Laker history. Since following the Lakers in the eighties, I can't remember any Lakers team seeded 3 or higher having this much difficulty in the first round of the playoffs, for that matter ever losing at home. This is suppose to be a warm-up round until the real competition takes place in second round. New Orleans is not even as good as last years Oklahoma team was. I predict the Lakers will run into real trouble when they face the Thunder and if Portland is able to upset Dallas, then they will have real problems in the second round. Memo to the team, stop settling horrendous jump shots and do what you do best by pounding the ball inside.

Welcome to TWILIGHT ZONE:

It is not 2011 but year 1818. There is no NBA post season and the is no such thing as the Lakers!!

"Does anyone remember when there was a thread about the TALL lineup?

How invincible we'd be if we played Kobe, LO, Bynum Gasol & Artest on the
floor, at the same time?

Does anyone think that is a good idea today?

Posted by: hobbitmage | April 25, 2011 at 12:56 PM "

It would be interesting to see how it would work. Unfortunately it's kind of late in the season now to try new things.

YOU all have entered the Twilight Zone. This is not 2011 but the year is 188o and NBA nor the Lakers exist.

Lakers Game 5 formula: Pound the ball inside + emphasis on defense & rebounds + physical play = Lakers WIN!

Go LAKERS!

I am amazed that 1) A Laker was out after 11 PM and 2) he was drinking!!!???!!

I can't believe the FO of these teams has no clout to demand curfews and certainly no drinking! WTF!

Things have changed a lot in 30 years.

Look it people, don't blame Derek, it's not his fault! The IHOP's in Noleans all have bars! They always have that fruity tooty fresh n'boozy combo plate on special...give the guys a break for Christ's sake will ya!

Shouldn't that one headline read "Pau is single-handedly beating the LaCkers?" C'mon proof-readers.

LaCkers size means nothing when the big? men stand flat footed and wait for the ball to beam itself to their hands. And I'm sure Nocaracter was the only LaCker who stayed out all night and got drunk. Dump his ass asap.

Shouldn't that one headline read "Pau is single-handedly beating the LaCkers?" C'mon proof-readers.

Posted by: Iceberg
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LOL, that's funny, but you do mean Paul not Pau, right.

Or maybe you do mean Pau :)

The Hornets would have swept this series with D West


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