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Kobe Bryant still on track to play tonight

Photo: Kobe Bryant crouches on the floor after injuring his ankle during the fourth quarter of Game 4 against the Hornets. Credit: Derick E. Hingle / US Presswire
The Lakers are tied with New Orleans, somewhat shockingly, going into Game 5 of the first-round playoff series Tuesday at Staples Center.

Kobe Bryant will be playing, though, despite a sprained left ankle.

"He's very hopeful," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said Tuesday afternoon. "He came out on the court and did some things with the ball."

Jackson did not specify how well Bryant was able to cut or run. He did not go through a full shoot-around, Jackson said.

Bryant hasn't talked to reporters since the aftermath of Game 4 on Sunday. He left the arena on crutches that night.

He was injured when his ankle rolled under him while he defended Willie Green toward the end of Game 4.

Ron Artest had no doubt about Bryant's ability to play in Game 5.

"He's going to be fine. Kobe's Kobe," Artest said. "I've seen him play with a broken hand in the playoffs last year. He couldn't shoot [with a] broken finger.

"He came back in the game [Sunday] and attacked and made a good pass to Pau [Gasol]."

Bryant still hasn't undergone an MRI exam or X-rays, despite the team's wishes. He will be checked by trainers before the game, Jackson said. It probably will be a brief exam.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Kobe Bryant crouches on the floor after injuring his ankle during the fourth quarter of Game 4 against the Hornets. Credit: Derick E. Hingle / US Presswire

 
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Congrats Ron Ron on winning the award for outstanding community service.


@Troll Man - It does look like the Memphis-Lakers trade was a win/win. Memphis used the $ from Pau/Kwame contract to sign Zach...and of course, Marc has been a very good addition. It's only fitting for Memphis to take out SA in the playoffs since Pop was one of the people that was most vocal in disapproving of the trade.

"Marc has been a very good addition. It's only fitting for Memphis to take out SA in the playoffs since Pop was one of the people that was most vocal in disapproving of the trade.


Posted by: LRob | April 26, 2011 at 01:06 PM

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Agreed! And it is Mark and ZBo doing it to them!

Excellent point.

I think Marc should go say something to Pop when Memphis knocks them out in the first round.

sorry to repost, but moderation makes it hard to get a conversations going. By the time you are posted, there are 50 other posts after yours, so nobody except people like me who have no life (retired, in my case) can weed through it all - especially since most of us are exhausted from the trolls. Anyway, sorry to be GM for a minute to those who object, but there has been so much conjecture that I thought I'd put my 2 cents worth in:

"So, I thought I would put my two cents worth in on the Bynum/Howard issue(s).

First of all, when two GMs make a trade they do it with their team's interests in mind. So, right now, ignoring opt out situations et al, who in their right mind would trade superstar Howard for an injured Bynum straight up? The Orlando GM is not stupid. The next CBA will probably be even more restrictive than it is now, so the salaries don't match for one thing, nevermind the relative body health.

Now there is always a possibility AB will be uninjured the next 8 years or so (I hope and root for this - as I know personally what these injuries he endures does to a mediocre player nevermind a potential star like AB), but history tells us not to bet the ranch on it. GMs are mostly pessimists, so they are reluctant to waste their owner's money on gambles. Jerry Buss is one of the few actual gamblers who owns a team. Most owners are in it for the fun of saying they have a pro team (boyhood egos and rush most of us males have), but they got rich by not doing stupid moves in their investments/careers. So, if I am a GM, I see certain stats and health history comparisons that are not identical, as a starting point for evaluation of a trade.

OK, so we have three strikes against a Bynum for Howard trade as I have stated above. Health/salary mismatch/upside vs current abilities. Without some significant throwin, the Lakers cannot get what JIM Buss thinks AB is worth! And quit with the Luke trade/throwin garbage! NOBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WANTS LUKE (who I have always liked, but is way overpaid for his worth on any other team, with his present skill set)!

Now, the Lakers do have one and realistically only one major trade asset, which is Pau. On certain other teams Pau could utilize his 'finesse' game once again like he did in Memphis. That makes him very valuable to those teams who may be interested in that style (any D'Antoni team for example). Although Pau is lumbering slow in a transition game, he still has enough skills for a mid-range game to interest some GM somewhere.

AND QUIT WITH THE KOBE TRADE GARBAGE ALSO! Kobe will retire a Laker, period.

So, if Orlando had it in their mind to trade Howard to the Lakers, Pau would be the only asset they could really consider. Of course that would mean they would have to run a small game, as Pau really has never proven himself to be anything other than a 4 standing in the 5 spot on any team he played for.

Bottom line, we must root for AB to get healthy, because nobody is going to gift us a perrenial All-Star 5/center like Howard. We have no attractive add-ins to give someone to make the salaries match either. Pau for Howard or someone like that would be the only Orlando trade they may even answer the phone to consider. AB is here for the duration (or some trade like AB for someone like Gortat), so we need to root for his health as we do Kobe's.

Posted by: NuggetsCountry | April 26, 2011 at 09:37 AM
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Here's what Pop said initially about the trade....

"What they did in Memphis is beyond comprehension," he told SI.com "There should be a trade committee that can scratch all trades that make no sense. I just wish I had been on a trade committee that oversees NBA trades. I'd like to elect myself to that committee. I would have voted no to the L.A. trade."


http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/rumors/post/Popovich-quot-Gasol-trade-beyond-comprehension?urn=nba-66109

And let's not forget landrys "supposed" to be david west backup! So yes pau gettin punked by this guy is embarrassing!
Posted by: yellofever | April 26, 2011 at 12:34 PM
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On the hand, big brother Pau has his hands full guarding a 6'-8" scrub named Landry, who is having a career playoff high of 17.0 pts average over the last 4 games. That's more than DOUBLE Landry's previous playoff average!!!

Posted by: The Snake | April 26, 2011 at 11:12 AM
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@fever/snake – no doubt Pau is having a subpar series and was downright pathetic in game 1 and 2, but in game 3… I broke down the entire game and Landry only scored 4 of his 23pts on Pau. Also, in game 4 I think he scored the bulk of his points on others.

Does anyone know a site that shows scoring % by defender?

Regarding scoring % by defender…..

Many trashed DFish after CP3’s explosion last game…yet BK wrote an article showing CP3’s was only 1/7 vs. Fish. Here's an excerpt....

"The best defender the Lakers had on CP3 on Sunday night, at least measured by Paul's scoring output, was Derek Fisher. Paul was 1-for-7 against Fisher for five points, plus eight assists. Against everyone else (that includes Bynum, who filled the role, played by Gasol in Game 1, of "big who too often found himself on the wrong end of a P and R switch"), CP3 was 6-of-7 for 22 points, along with seven assists."


http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/18436/more-fun-with-game-4-numbers-post-play-and-defending-cp3

I've got to laugh at all the posters upset about Mark Medina throwing up so many posts. Did you guys ever stop and think, maybe Medina doesn't give a crap about your insignificant post. Some of you want to conversate with other posters, cool, but I'm gonna keep it real, I don't give a crap about your conversations either. Go conversate on Facebook or something. What I want is Laker knowledge and more Laker knowledge. Medina does an excellent job getting the Laker information that I want.

So some of you need to get over yourselves and stop worrying about whether someone read your post or not because it doesn't matter.

I don't know why Sonny was banned. I thought he made good contributions even though he's a Laker hater.

Go Lakers!

I say put Ron on Landry. They are very similar size and base.

Pau's problem comes when he gets a large based player to cover him or vica versa. That low weight base is hard to override with present day NBA refereeing the way it is. I blame the coaching staff for getting Pau in guarding situations he lacks the body to counter. BUT, it is on Pau to get in the weight room starting 10 years ago to get a base himself! Too late for this season anyway...........

LRob

I had forgotton Pop's reaction to the trade.

How ironic.

@LRob: To your point: If someone did an analysis on who scores when Kobe is (or is supposed to be) guarding them, they would be shocked to see he is probably one of our most scored upon Lakers! And there are a lot of personal bests when Kobe guards someone, becasue they want to show him up! I may be wrong, but I doubt it! lol I watch this intensely each game, but don't keep actual stats on it................ Just sayin'......

^^^^Landry only scored 4 of his 23pts on Pau (game 3) Also, in game 4 I think he scored the bulk of his points on others. ^^^^

So exactly who is defending Landry when he's scoring all these points?

LRob,

If we excuse Fisher all year and in the playoffs with "He's a great team defender", I'll have to throw that Fisher 1/7 stat out the window. And say it was more of team defense that held CP3 to 1/7 shooting when Fisher happened to be playing him.

Pop go Poof!

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Release the hounds! Hornettes for dinner tonight!

Go Lakers!


DBDH!

MM,

Is it possible to have a running Blog and an ability to click over to any new Posts you put up? Might keep most happy. Just wondering?

Hey guys. I gave repeated warnings to Sonny about not overstepping the bounds in having personal attacks .Last night was over the top.

A little off point here

but after watching how the game has evolved over the years like carrying the ball over (started with Earl the Pearl), traveling, and the stupid circle under the basket.

the latest hybrid allowed is the "running back drive". This is where the offensive player is allowed to take a step then tuck the ball into his armpit like a football running back then take 2 more steps towards the basket.

This is basketball, goodness gracious sakes alive.

MM

how about a one week ban to let the blogger know he's crossed the line then if he/she continues without modifying his behavior, a 1 month ban, then a lifetime banishment.

Kinda like 3 strikes and your OUTTA HERE

@NuggetsCountry. Ur right they should put Ron on Landry but that would cause mismatches but when Pau comes out they should put Ron on Landry because guys who are undersized as far as height but are wide in base and strong give Pau problems. But when the of Paul, Green, Ariza, Laundry, Okafor is out there and the lineup of Blake/Fisher, Brown/Kobe, Artest, Odom and Pau then they should put Odom on Ariza and Ron on Landry becuz Landry bullies Odom to the basket sometimes and forces odom to foul him to stop him. But Ron is stronger and is like a rock and he wont be able to move Artest. put Pau on Okafor.

"MM,

Is it possible to have a running Blog and an ability to click over to any new Posts you put up? Might keep most happy. Just wondering?

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | April 26, 2011 at 01:46 PM
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It is very possible (I do web sites for non-profits now) and a good idea!

@LRob - I get your point on Landry scoring on people other than Pau. But I think most of the time it is Landry who is guarding Pau?

Landry was a bench player at Sacramento. Sacramento!! - he can't even get a starting role at the perennial cellar dweller team and yet he is averaging 17.0 points against the back-to-back champions during the playoffs??? Someone needs to put the fear of God in that punk and make him understand his role in the natural order of the universe.

ALSO Lakers need to STOP switching pick n rolls when Bynum/Gasol switches on to CP3 becuz it's not working because CP3 seems to always score in those situations! Also if Bynum switches to him there will be no rim protection.

MM

how about a one week ban to let the blogger know he's crossed the line then if he/she continues without modifying his behavior, a 1 month ban, then a lifetime banishment.

Kinda like 3 strikes and your OUTTA HERE

Posted by: Troll Man | April 26, 2011 at 01:52 PM

or how about a round trip visit to Singapore ?

Landry always punks the Lakers, even when he was on Houston. Something about playing us that brings out the best in him. I posted his 24/25 FTs in this series as historic a couple of dozen posts ago to show one aspect that needs to improve - the Lakers FT defense. (Tongue firmly in cheek.)

"OK Lakers, repeat after me, inside-out, inside-out." -NuggetsCountry
YEEEEESSSS!
time to play SMARTER, not HARDER! Stop jacking up 25 foot rainbows and giving the ball back to the Hornets.

Congrats to Ron Ron and keep up the great play on the court!

@LRob
I was specifically watching Fishs' D on CP3 last game to see how others would react. I thought he was excellent and gave Paul a very difficult time.

Pau's been sick. Give the guy a break. He needed antibiotics to fight a serious infection that can really sap anyone's energy.

Pau was starting to get better on Sunday, and will have a much better game tonight and in Game 6.

Poor Sonnyblogfart...Queen fan with a heart of cow bell, and anger issues like Doug Christie.

RIP

BTW, I just watched the replay of Kobe's injury on PTI and winced. I had that same action on my right foot once. Almost identical motion and weight.........I ended up with a torn tendon (right foot for me - can't remember which tendon - 30 years ago) and they eventually found I had broken a bone in the foot at the same time. Was off it for weeks, but I'm not Kobe. It hurts in an odd way. Burns like crazy, but it feels like an interior burn unlike sprains of which I had hundreds. Sort of like Plantar fasciitis, if you have had that.........

"Excellent point.

I think Marc should go say something to Pop when Memphis knocks them out in the first round.

Posted by: Tim-4-Show | April 26, 2011 at 01:14 PM
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Yeah, something like "how's that crow tasting now!?"

LRob: To your point: If someone did an analysis on who scores when Kobe is (or is supposed to be) guarding them, they would be shocked to see he is probably one of our most scored upon Lakers! And there are a lot of personal bests when Kobe guards someone, becasue they want to show him up! I may be wrong, but I doubt it! lol I watch this intensely each game, but don't keep actual stats on it................ Just sayin'......

Posted by: NuggetsCountry | April 26, 2011 at 01:33 PM
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You're right, most of Trev's explosion Sunday was at Kobe's expense.

"@LRob: To your point: If someone did an analysis on who scores when Kobe is (or is supposed to be) guarding them, they would be shocked to see he is probably one of our most scored upon Lakers! And there are a lot of personal bests when Kobe guards someone, becasue they want to show him up! I may be wrong, but I doubt it! lol I watch this intensely each game, but don't keep actual stats on it................ Just sayin'......

Posted by: NuggetsCountry | April 26, 2011 at 01:33 PM "

Like Kobe says, his job is to score. I think he usually tries to get by with exerting himself as little as possible on that side. That means zoning up as much as possible and "daring guys to shoot" which is the nice way of saying leaving guys wide open, so he has more energy to score on the other side. It's not a surprise that his guys do well, that's the reason they try to put him on the other team's weakest offensive option.

I'm not sure why that hasn't translated into a decrease in his defensive accolades. Ron Artest is the one out there for his defense and checks the other team's best player every day but gets fewer defensive player of the year votes than Kobe and doesn't have a spot on the all-defensive teams like Kobe either.

If the Lakers lose the series to the Hornets they have nobody to blame but themselves. After being in the finals for three consecutive years, they became cocky, lazy, unmotivated, not hungry anymore and disresfectful of their opponent. I guess they need to lose this series in order for them to be back on earth. I hope they will learn their lesson or not.


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