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L.A. Times' Mark Medina on Lakers' 95-90 loss to Denver Nuggets

--Mark Medina

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Ha Ha. Who's this Medina guy on the video? The Times should just call it the after game excuse machine. He even brings up the early start as a reason for the loss. Too funny.

Hello Laker Nation. It was folly to think the Lakers could or even should have won out. Of course they are not goiung to purposely lose, but the energy required to win every game night in and night out game would have sapped their strength and caused fatigue, both mental and physical. I would hope PJ rests his starters and not be obsessed with catching the Spurs or Chitown. 2nd seed in the west is a good draw. Go Lakers

Hello Laker Nation. It was folly to think the Lakers could or even should have won out. Of course they are not goiung to purposely lose, but the energy required to win every game night in and night out game would have sapped their strength and caused fatigue, both mental and physical. I would hope PJ rests his starters and not be obsessed with catching the Spurs or Chitown. 2nd seed in the west is a good draw. Go Lakers

Okay, no more feeding the trolls. I forgot just how much it makes them thrive.

The Nuggets did a good job on Pau today. They pushed him outside -- where he can usually nail that 16' jumper with regularity -- and they clogged the middle, which prevented him from pump faking and driving. Nene is a good defender, and he's a big guy for Pau to handle.

When Bynum is guarding Nene (and vice versa), the match-up really favors the Lakers. Bynum is too big, too talented, and too strong for Nene. I thought the Lakers did a poor job of getting Bynum the ball on several occasions, times when he had really sealed his man off.

The Nuggets did what any smart, well-coached team will do when their opponent is having an off-shooting game: clog the paint, take away the drive and interior passing, and make them hit jumpers. Today wasn't the Lakers day.

Go Lake Show!

wow, this has become the espn forums. trolls rule today after just one loss. hard moderation isn't needed, but a constant firm hand that's not afraid to shut people down who only want to make trouble is. it's easy to tell the difference from a fan of another team crowing a bit, and someone who really just wants to make trouble. i see what this blog's hosts prefer...

carry on....

"It was by no means a mark of support for the Nazi regime, I just felt like pointing out that absurdly blatant ironic values that the American MSM contends today. For instance, why do the Marines.com sponsor certain NBA presentations? The ID PurpleHeart just annoyed me as it seemed like a mark of PsyOp Military-Industrial culture at the very root. Anyway, back to b-b-b-b-basketball!"

MM -

What I don't understand (besides the non-removal of the posting on the previous thread) is how a Nazi salutation is supposed to point out "absurdly blatant ironic values that the American MSM contends today". This is even more beguiling when there's no explication as to what said "blatant ironic values" actually entail.

Perhaps the moniker "Purple Heart" is in reference to something besides military duty; nevertheless, it seems to be rash to use a Nazi chant as a retort to someone being annoyed. While this blog is centrally concerned with the Lakers, the attempt to coherently conjoin a linguistic artifact from one of the most brutal political regimes in the history of the world with an attempt at irony/annoyance is mistaken (in the best of lights). This is something that shouldn't pass muster so easily, if at all.

today's game might be fixed! Lakers is just tooo talented to lose for this team.

"wow, this has become the espn forums. trolls rule today after just one loss. hard moderation isn't needed, but a constant firm hand that's not afraid to shut people down who only want to make trouble is. it's easy to tell the difference from a fan of another team crowing a bit, and someone who really just wants to make trouble. i see what this blog's hosts prefer...

carry on....

Posted by: mud | April 03, 2011 at 05:52 PM "

I'm all for deleting posts that have inappropriate content but I think it would set a bad precedent to delete posts just because they're anti-Lakers. Love them or hate them, this is a place to talk about the team.

With the Spurs loosing to the Rockets the other day, the Lakers are still only 2.5 games behind We had a game to lose. We're in the exact same spot as we were last week. We can still get the top spot in the West.

Even though we may not catch the Bulls, I think it will be a moot point. I don't think they can get past Miami in a 7 game series. And even if they did, they have NO EXPERIENCE in the Finals!!


(TROLL) Mark,
Medina has a good point about the early start. If you knew anything about the Lakers, you would know that they have a hard time in these early games.

dan

These Nugget kinda remind me of a very very poor mans's '04 Pistons.
Tho these guys will never sniff a Chip.

I always like a good wakeup call. This often lazy Lakers team needs that.

Don't like that we will have a tough time catching Chicago, but otherwise, it's all very good.

---" but a constant firm hand that's not afraid to shut people down who only want to make trouble is."---

Don't waste your time on these trolls, mud. They will be forced back into their holes soon enough.

The Jazz are coming back to town on Tuesday!!

GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not worried about this loss, not worried about getting atop the WCS, and not worried about the team. To me they just looked tired. Next game will show us the return of domination.

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

I love my team, yes I do.

Whats with all of this troll nonsense. Big grown ass men and women calling persons names instead of debating issues. I thought the stalker was 16 to 18 but the rest of yall aint much older or are just mentally impaired.

There looked to be a little pushing on that last play but you can't depend on that call in that situation. Odom responded like he simply got beat on the play and I think he did. He didn't hold his ground and since he stayed flat footed and never left his feet, he didn't sell the contact.

Artest was also pushing on the play and hit Martin on the putback and they let that contact go too and I think they made the right call in doing so. It's a late game rebound and it's going to be physical so unless there is something obvious going on, I say let them play.

The Lakers didn't execute offensively early on in the game or down the stretch. They didn't lose the game because of that one rebound.

there is nothing to debate.
other grown men make all the desicions and play the games.
all we can do is watch the result and be a fan or not a fan.
anyone trying to establish anything else is either foolish or a troublemaker.
posting only to make others feel bad repeatedly is one of the definitions of a troll. no name calling is needed.

Amazing how hard it is to see this team lose after the role they have been on. But it had to happen sometime. Caliphilospher....that was deep, and a little difficult for my brain to grasp.

Don't act so high and mighty Priest, I've heard you dish out your fair share of name calling.

It was a tough loss only because of what's at stake: HCA for the Finals. We just have to finish ahead of Chicago - as of now - and an opportunity to finish on top of the WC is just an added "feather in the cap."

You can't win them all but in a series, you don't have to. You just have to win the majority of them and 4 out of 7 is going to be very easy for this Lakers team and the rest of the NBA is aware of it which is why "...they're shaking like virgins on prom night." Faithdalakerfan


"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!!


lol

This group of Lakers are not any better on the road or at home... It is all about their executed their offense (not have Kobe try to win the game himself) and as we saw today.. Defensive effort (includes boxing out...)

The key is to stay healthy at this point...

Too funny reading Laker fans whine about trolls and early starts. Early starts? What a laugh. No wonder there are very few men around anymore. The Mommy culture has taken over. Did the Lakers wear their helmets to class today too? And boy that darn freedom of expresion on the internet gets real messy when Laker fans just want to hug and sing around the campfire. Oh my, please don't call us troll's haha hahaha.

I only hear excuses about how bad the Lakers played, but no one is giving the Nuggets any credit. The Nuggets played great defense and deserved the win.

You Lakers fans just cannot handle admitting your team was outplayed by a better team. Excuses, excuses....bottom line: The Nuggets are an underrated, talented team that will win deep into the playoffs. If I were the Lakers, I'd be keeping an eye over my shoulder.


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