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Lakers have extra incentive to close out series with New Orleans early

61094398While the Lakers enjoyed a light practice Saturday, Portland and Dallas duked it out in a frenetic finish.

While the Lakers appear in control with a 2-1 lead over New Orleans in their best-of-seven, first-round playoff series, the Blazers rallied from 23 points down in the second half to defeat the Mavericks, 84-82, on Saturday, evening the series at 2-2 and putting Dallas in the uncomfortable position of possibly exiting the playoffs before making it to the second round for the fifth consecutive season.

While the Lakers could enjoy as many as three days of rest between games, the winner of the Mavericks and Blazers series could have as little as one day to make the flight to Los Angeles to prepare for the Lakers in a Western Conference semifinal series.

The Lakers should view that framework as they enter Game 4 of their series on Sunday at New Orleans. A victory would give the Lakers a 3-1 lead and a chance to close out the series on Tuesday at Staples Center. Should that scenario play out, the Lakers would have at least two days of extra rest before a possible deciding sixth game Thursday between Dallas and Portland. Should that series go to a seventh game, however, Dallas and Portland would play on Saturday, giving the Lakers an extra four days of rest and preparation while their future semifinal opponents have to exhaust themselves just to arrive in the next round.

The benefits in doing this are obvious, but the Lakers only have to look at last season to see just how much it made a difference. After the Lakers swept Utah in the West semifinals, they enjoyed an entire week of practice before meeting Phoenix in the conference finals. During that stretch, both Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum sat out and enjoyed treatment, which significantly helped minimize the swelling in both of their right knees. It resulted in Bryant averaging 33.7 points a game in the series and Bynum being prepared to grind it out through pain, a huge reason why the Lakers secured an NBA championship against Boston.

It's not a stretch to say how the Lakers take advantage of this opportunity could prove to be a turning point in their quest to three-peat.

Prolonging a series against the Hornets wouldn't just prove taxing from an anxiety and energy standpoint. Making another trip to New Orleans doesn't sit well with players already monitoring injuries, a reason why Bynum abstained from most trips during his 24-game absence in favor of continuing rehab efforts at home on his surgically repaired right knee.  Even though Bynum says he'll be ready to play in Game 4, there's no question conserving his energy for more important series would prove significant. Even though Bryant's in nowhere near the amount of pain he suffered last year and his threshold to play through it remains high, there's no use in making him rely on his competitive instincts against New Orleans. And even though Matt Barnes is only a reserve, two days of treatment between Games 1 and 2 against New Orleans proved instrumental in his effort in helping the bench carry the Lakers during an off night for Bryant, Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher, whom combined for a seven-of-29 shooting clip.

Contrary to popular opinion, the Lakers don't win championships by flipping a switch. They pave their way to a title by seizing on favorable outcomes, such as an advantage in scheduling. More important variables such as execution and overall effort will ultimately determine whether the Lakers attain a three-peat. But with the main area of concern always involving health, there's no use in making that more difficult to maintain by prolonging an unnecessary series.

--Mark Medina

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant cuts off the drive of New Orleans point guard Chris Paul during Game 3 of their playoff series on Friday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / April 22, 2011

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

 
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So CP3 has an injured 'left' thumb according to ESPN. He will play though.

Talking about his knee. ... "I iced the hell out of it and I did medicine so I'll be right for [Sunday]," Bynum said."

Does anyone else find that statement a little bit ironic? He frooze his knee like hell? "...and I did medicine..." Okay, I won't touch that one.

Wow. How did San Antonio blow that final play?

Good big picture stuff MM. The Lakers will continue to do the minimum to win each series and take care of the big picture. Then they'll have a competitive as hell series against the Thunder and then against the Bulls. I don't guarantee we'll beat the Bulls. I do feel pretty good about it though.

And SA, wow, major oops. Ginobli couldn't flop his way out of that one.

SA looked like the inexperienced team out there at the end of the game.

Is it too soon to be talking about a Lakers/Thunder Western Conference Finals?

Yes.

LRob - thanks for recognizing...I was just playing with the idea...and that ended up to be a 1 hour project...lol

Great selection to subsidize my post...Here is my response...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBCctL88dRk&feature=related


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Andrew Bynum's knee brace not just holding up his knee but also hopes of keeping injury at bay
Comments (58) (9)(14)April 23, 2011 | 2:12 pm Lakers center Andrew Bynum was down and clutching his right knee.

He had just tangled with Hornets forward Carl Landry and was wincing in pain. The Lakers and their fans have witnessed this scene before and dread it because it cements the feeling that any sign of Bynum emerging as a dominant center will always be fleeting.

But after staying on the floor for a minute, Bynum got up on his own and remained in the game. The Lakers' 100-86 Game 3 victory Friday raised hopes that the defending champions were in playoff form. It also allowed fans a moment of relief about the state of Bynum's knee. And the credit goes to Bynum's knee brace.

He's been wearing the black 18-inch contraption since he returned to the lineup after missing the first 24 games of the season while rehabbing from offseason surgery. The device, with its metal, padding and Velcro, has proved instrumental in keeping him in the game. Bynum's renewed focus on defense, which led the Lakers to a 17-1 mark after the All-Star break and his 17-point, 11-rebound performance in the Lakers' 87-78 Game 2 victory over New Orleans, wouldn't have happened if not for the brace.

It seems to have eased the psychological burden, allowing Bynum to play at full intensity without worrying so much about the risk of further injury -- one more way for him to maintain a positive outlook. Also helping on the positive-outlook front: talks with sports psychologist George Mumford, and Bynum is reading the book "The New Psycho-Cybernetics," which stresses positive thinking and tells how to achieve goals faster with more efficiency.

The brace is helping to stave off further significant injury. And Bynum's had some injuries to deal with: He missed 46 games in the 2007-08 season because of a left-knee injury, 32 games in the 2008-09 season because of a right-knee injury, 13 games last season because of a strained left Achilles' tendon and was limited during the 2010 NBA playoffs because of a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee.

There are more examples, though, of the effectiveness of the brace. Bynum hyperextended his right knee in the Lakers' 102-93 victory April 12 against the San Antonio Spurs after losing his balance, an injury that turned out to be a bone bruise and caused him to sit out the Lakers' season finale. Had Bynum not worn the brace, it's conceivable there would've been more pain, swelling and soreness on the knee, resulting in a prolonged absence. The same could've happened only a week earlier. In the Lakers' 99-95 loss April 3 to the Denver Nuggets, Bynum collided knees with Lakers forward Lamar Odom in the fourth quarter, a play that prompted Jackson to remove him for the final 7:15 as a precaution. The play appeared eerily similar to the one two years ago when Kobe Bryant knocked into Bynum's knee, causing a torn medial collateral ligament.

But this time Bynum was wearing the brace.

"It's crazy," Bynum said a day after the Lakers' loss to the Nuggets. "I had the brace on. That's what saved it."

Bynum's come to realize it's saved his knee plenty of times, but just like Laker fans, he's also refusing to hold his breath. "I have to make it out of the first round," Bynum told reporters Thursday before the Lakers left for New Orleans. But in the meantime, he can come to rely on that 18 inches of metal, padding and Velcro to keep him on the court and away from the sidelines.

-- Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum powers down a dunk against Hornets center Emeka Okafor in the first half of Game 3, April 22, 2011, in New Orleans. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times


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LOL @ Pacers. Almost blowing a double-digit lead with 2 minutes left--AGAIN.

Oh, and they're also being booed by Bulls fans on their own home floor.

Posted by: Scott | April 23, 2011 at 02:21 PM

@MM.. Did it ever occur to u stern may be behind this? Don't u think its not in the leagues best interest to have a sweep but to extend the series??? Pls see tim donaghy.

Posted by: yellofever | April 23, 2011 at 02:21 PM

First of all , great game by the Lakers last night. they paid attention to detail and sustained good games from the NOH's starters. While the Hornets starters played well, the Lakers severely limited the reserves. That was the key to an easy victory, IMO.

Loved the way the ball was shared and the good decision making on the second unit. Does Lamar have an extremely LOOOONG first step, or what??!!

Kobe never ceases to amaze me. He's a MONSTER! What a joy to watch.

I love Andrew Bynum. But if I were the Laker GM and the opportunity arose to trade Andrew for Dwight Howard straight up, I would find Howard's speed, athleticism AND durability hard to resist. I know that Mitch is on record as saying that he wouldn't trade Andrew for anyone, but I don't believe it. JOMO....Just One Man's Opinion.

I don't like Pau shooting 3's. I love that he has the versatility and skill to shoot and make them. But the fact that he's shooting further and further from the basket shows a lack of willingness to do the dirty, tough things that establishing better position requires. I'm glad that he emerged from his schneid last night, but would like to see his head under the basket more. That's where championships are won.

Thought that the Lakers, in particular Kobe, survived a very biased game by the refs. Bennett (the Italion Scallion) Salvatore would not have called a foul for Kobe if one of the courtside patrons had hit the Mamba with a a chair, WWF style. I would attribute this to a backlash on Kobe due to his recent "FF" comments except for the fact that I've seen this too many times from the "Scallion" in the past.

Game 4 will determine if this is a relatively easy series or not. The Lakers need to come out with focus and take the Hornets' heart and then close it out back in LA on Tuesday.

GO LAKERS!!!
17 IN '11!!!

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | April 23, 2011 at 02:34 PM

@LT...

I would hope that you stop taking any suggestion ot trading Drew for Dwight Howard as a sign of disrespect for Socks. I think it is quite the opposite. Dwight Howard is the best center on the planet TODAY! He's only a little older than Drew. Dwight is an MVP candidate every year. For Drew to be mentioned in a straight up trade for a player like Howard is a testament to Drew's skill and potential.

I'd hate to see you stop posting your excellent thoughts because of this issue. Very seldomly on this site do I read folks bashing Bynum. It's almost always a matter of them questioning his health.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | April 23, 2011 at 02:43 PM

If all goes well, the Hornets should be "FISHING" by Wednesday. I heard that the Gulf of Mexico is vastly recovered from the horrific BP oil spill of last year. Should make for some good fishing and shrimping for CP3 and company!!

GO LAKERS!!!
17 IN '11!!!

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | April 23, 2011 at 02:50 PM

I haven't been a big supporter of AB since he's hurt most of the time, but I do love how he has been a beast since the All star break. Obviously need him to go deep into the playoffs this year.

BUT - i seriously hope that they can get dhoward for AB. I cringe every time I watch bynum run the court or see him in the paint. It's a horrible accident waiting to happen and laker fans have that nagging concern every game. Never want to see any player get hurt but at this point he's like yao or oden - you just know in the long run his body can't take it. I don't want to have to hold my breath every minute he is on the court.

Hoping he can stay healthy and have a long basketball career even if he's not with the lakers. Seems like a good kid.

Posted by: DaveW | April 23, 2011 at 02:52 PM

bronxlakerfan,

Agree with all those comments. Last might was more of what I expected. Even though I thought NO would win 1 game, I didn't expect it to be the first game.

I don't like the Pau 3's either. I can appreciate him trying to add another dimension to his game, but not experimenting with it during the playoffs.
He should master that over the summer. Maybe he's trying to make the defense force coverage on him out there to open things up a little, but they lose his rebounding when he's so far away.

Also agree with you on the D Howard thoughts. I don't believe Mitch either, I mean, what else is he going to say? I mean, Mitch can't admit who he would or wouldn't trade.

There may well be a backlash against Kobe when it comes to calling fouls. I wish he would stop complaining about any foul or no call and just play. I think the refs might respect that more.

Game 4 would be a big W for the good guys. I don't expect NO to just quit, but that would be a big psychological edge going back to LA up 3-1.

Posted by: Art | April 23, 2011 at 02:52 PM

Talk about a grown man turning into a pouty 3 year old when discussing trade rumors involving Bynum.

Posted by: Shivalingam Ramanathan | April 23, 2011 at 02:52 PM

BronxLF, Frmkt,

Let's give a chance for LakerTom to put up his thesis why it is not advisable to trade Drew. H e was saying let the playoffs preside first before talking about trades. In my case, I have a rosy scenario and I want them both because we are the Lakers. If Magic trades the rights of DH next season, I think Dwight has a no trade clause and he could refuse the trade. Let him come over on 2012 when he has the player's option. This team can afford both players, it is just a matter of clearing up some contracts. Before deciding on "or" try to think again the possibility in adding Dwight plus Drew. My coin word is DpD.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 23, 2011 at 02:57 PM

bynum is looking more and more confident with each passing day. be it his sports psycologist, or reading the new pyscho-cybernetics book. he just looks like he's in command when he's on the court. welcome back pau, i knew you would return to the fold. let's not dick around tomorrow, return to L.A. with a 3 - 1 lead!

Posted by: Lakeshowinphx | April 23, 2011 at 02:59 PM

"I still don't understand the critics who say Phil doesn't make adjustments. His teams always seem to be more effective as s series goes on. They close games and series out with remarkable efficiency. They get better the deeper they advance in the post season.


What does all this say? It says the Lakers adjust over course of a game, a series and a post-season as they learn how to dismantle other teams. And PJs teams seem to do it year in and year out.

Posted by: Tom Daniels | April 23, 2011 at 08:51 AM"

I don't expect him to get much credit for it in this series since they set the bar so low in the first couple games that they could only go up from there. Even though they won game 2, game 3 was the first good game they've had in the playoffs in that they had it in control for most of the 48 minutes.

The same things can be said about Boston so far even though they're 3-0.


Posted by: Bay to LA | April 23, 2011 at 03:04 PM

As promised, I’m back...and sooner than expected...
and it looks like just in the nick of time.

I even perused some of the comments made in my absence.
Ooooh...the vitriol!

But the truth be known, I may call it quits here anyway, or not.
This board has gradually turned into a pathetic little coffee club
of progressive effeminate anal-retentive chair-dwellers,
(now that’s a bandwagon with some tonnage)
and other assorted lawyers and neurotics.

And who the heck ran Larry (Mamba24) off?
Have you lost your minds?
And what are you down to...maybe a half dozen men who post here now?

Wow Mark,

Your assumption that I come on here “just” to instigate
belies your mind-reading abilities.
I have several reasons for gracing everyone’s presence here.

But them is some pretty feisty words ol’ boy.
I’m unclear about something.
Did you issue a warning, or was that a thinly veiled threat?
Sounded like a threat to me,
and I don’t like to be singled out in that manner.
Maybe you can provide clarification.

In the meantime, since it is apparent you may be lacking one,
here’s a clue for you:
I’m not questioning the authority which has been vested
in you by the Latimes, to each his own poison,
but UNLESS I’m threatening someone,
or using specific words which are forbidden on this site,
or committing obvious wrongful acts, or am otherwise breaking the law,
I would offer this advice to you:
Don’t “single me out” for warnings in public, Big Brother.
Just take whatever other action you feel compelled to take,
and we can both take it from there.

This is the Los Angeles Times Laker Board, where a wide range
of subject matter is allowed. It is a rainbow of contributors, topics,
and moods. How do I know it is allowed? Simple.
Any time I look in, I see it, we all do, right here, every single day of the year.

People talk politics, music, art, theatre, global affairs, religion,
domestic affairs, health care, health food, astrology, numerology,
the weather, baseball, football, tennis, golf, soccer, MMA, personality deficiencies, cheer-leaders and even sit-coms on television...go figure,
and almost everything, and I mean everything imaginable in between.
Go ahead. Pick a topic. It’s probably been argued and its contributor
flamed at least once, if not a dozen times. Did you fail to notice that?

Did you also fail to notice that people don’t always agree with each other,
and sometimes get downright condescending, such as your remark to me?
Did you also happen to notice that this feistiness exists not only between Faker fans and fans of other teams, but almost equally if not more often between Faker fans? In fact, this happens several times almost every day!
Did you catch any of that?

Have you not noticed that the number of insults which I direct at others,
pales in comparison to those which are directed at me? Did you see that?
And do I whine to Big Brother (you) about all those (sniff sniff) terrible things
which are said to and about me? Hmm?

Or is it just that you have singled me out, and that it’s acceptable for them
to do it, but not acceptable for me to do it?

You know Mark, it really sounds to me like you don’t approve of my stance
on certain issues, including my strongly held belief that Saint Cryant is an adulteress, cheap-shot taking ego-maniac who is not only bad for the Lakers and NBA, who shouldn’t be held up as a role model for any child, including yours, if you have any. Maybe your warning has been issued to me because I think the Fakers are cheaters, and many of their fans are image-bound dolts,
but I digress.

Tell me, is my negativity about the Saint more intense or profound
(or in any way close to the measure) of the blind love and adoration he
is smothered with here, almost daily? I’ve seen Kobe literally referred to
as “God”, right here on this board. God is here in Los Angeles,
and he plays for the Lakers! How about that?!?!?!
That doesn’t offend someone? (Hint: If offended, don't read)
On the other hand, many fans (including Laker fans) think Kobe
and his blind worshippers are twerps.
Of course that offends someone too...so what?

Ha! If good heckling is what bothers posters on this board,
they need to get a grip, if they’ve got anything left to grab,
which seems doubtful here.
What the heck are they doing on a sports blog anyway?
Not to mention the Latimes Laker blog for crying out loud!!!

(Once during a game, I heckled Rad so bad he turned clear-around
while free throws were being shot, sneered, veins distended in his neck,
and said something to me in his native tongue. Not sure what it was he said
exactly, but I doubt it was “God Bless America”. He was soon taken out of
the game where Phil commenced to chew his butt...while more or less giving
us a little grin - those damn cowbells)

L.A. fans love the attention, try to take all the credit, and love to dish it out,
but you can’t take it. So many (not all) of you are weak, and don’t want the heat.
(And believe me, you-do-not-want-the-HEAT)
You want your cake and to eat it too...but too bad...it doesn’t work that way.

Oh, and I hate to be the fly in the ointment who would spoil your playoffs (LMFAO). This is one of those years when we learn that even cheaters
don’t get to win every time.

At my convenience, I may or may not be back.

Go Kings!
Go SF Giants!
Go SF Forty Niners!
Go San Jose Sharks!


Posted by: Sonnybelfast | April 23, 2011 at 03:09 PM

Christmas games, statement games, losing streaks, scrub teams...

All this don't mean squat to this current team, and if not into it...will not play very well...

This we have witnessed numerous times, and have driven many fans MAD...

But when it counts, and you have their attention...This team is lethal when they put their minds to it...

Is it good or even healthy to have this attitude...WHO KNOWS...probably not...

But it works for this team...and they have been to 3 straight Finals, with 2 back-back rings...

So I just accept it...for you can't argue with the results...

Like a brand new bike a kid gets at Christmas...He is just happy to have something to ride...But then you will always have the kids, that want to take it apart, check all the moving parts, and try to figure out how it works...

Some might even feel changing some parts would make it better...(bigger sprocket - Howard, new handle bars - CP3)...

But me...I'm just happy I have a great bike that rides well...and I would make the best of that...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Posted by: LEWSTRS | April 23, 2011 at 03:10 PM

@Art...

Thanks for the feedback. I actually thought that Kobe did a good job of not overreacting to Salvatore. I agree with you that he's at his best when he accepts the officiating and just plays through it.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | April 23, 2011 at 03:13 PM

Wow Mr. Belslow, you must not have a lot to do! Now thats one long post, had to scrooooooooooooooooooooollll

Posted by: Practice Season Police | April 23, 2011 at 03:15 PM

WOW, Just heard a interesting stat concerning Bynum only played two years of organized basketball before being drafted by the Lakers...Kareem

Posted by: willb3 | April 23, 2011 at 03:17 PM

LEWSTRS,

I have to agree with you on Howard and CP3 or perhaps, D-Williams. What a lineup:


C-Howrad
SG-Bryant
PG-Paul
SF-Odom
PF-Artest

I think we'd have to trade Paul to get CP3 or DWilliams (money)

Weak Bench:

Fisher
Blake
Walton
Brown
Ebanks
Caracter
Barnes


Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | April 23, 2011 at 03:18 PM

LakerTom, I don't think anyone is trying to bash Bynum. The quote has always been "if he's healthy, there's no one else in the league we'd trade him for" or something to that effect. When he has a heartstopping injury scare every other game, it makes it harder and harder to envision putting all of the eggs in that basket and that "if he's healthy" part sounds more and more risky.

It's nothing personal against Andrew if people would like to have the best center in basketball instead of him. There are 28 other fanbases that would also love to trade their center for Dwight. It's great that the front office stands behind Bynum and says they wouldn't take anyone else for him but if Dwight Howard's name really came up in a deal, I'm 99.9% sure the Lakers do it.

Posted by: Bay to LA | April 23, 2011 at 03:19 PM

ban them all.

Posted by: mud | April 23, 2011 at 03:19 PM

@Edwin G...

I certainly appreciate Andrew and if he's the Lakers' starting center until the end of his career, I would say the team would be well served. He's a very good player. But, saying that I would consider trading him for Dwight Howard doesn't mean I don't value AB. I would consider it because Dwight has proven to be the more durable of the two and is a legitimate, MVP candidate style of a player in his own right.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | April 23, 2011 at 03:19 PM

Oops, I meant to get Paul or DWilliams, we'd have to trade Gasol.


Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | April 23, 2011 at 03:22 PM

More nonsense from Sonny.

Ok, well, as much as I don't like some of the things he writes, I agree with his right to write it.

All he does is try to trash the Lakers and their fans. He isn't the only one.

Besides, I can tell when its a Sonny post by the first few lines. I would say whether I even read his posts just depends on how much time I have. I often skip them, but admit I also read them sometimes.

Most of the time I just find them amusing. He's just trying to push some buttons and evidently it works.

Sonny isn't the only one here who writes stuff just to push other people buttons. What's good for the goose...

I do think he sometimes comes close to crossing the line, but it's a fine line, and the bottom line is, it doesn't much matter to me.

The biggest thing to me is, Sonny isn't the only one who comes close to crossing these imaginary lines and I just don't like singling people out for banning for doing something that others do and they don't ever get a warning.

Point is, if you ban Sonny, I don't really care.
But then start warning/banning the others also.

It's up to MM- The Decider!!

Posted by: Art | April 23, 2011 at 03:29 PM

I'm in the Laker Tom faction when it comes to Bynumite...

Yes he questionable when it comes to durability and health...But there is no denying his skills and potential...

I look at it in a different angle...Going back to the 'bike' analogy...

So we have this bike with AB as our 'sprocket'...and the kid next door has his bike with Howard as their sprocket...

I think we beat them in a race every time...but unfortunately, our sprocket has a knack of slipping of the chain...

But when our sprocket is well oiled, maintained and assembled correctly...Our bike is the best working, fastest out there...

Yes in theory, a bigger sprocket or new handle bars might make us faster...but you have to make sure those new pieces 'fit' in well with all the other pieces...Unfortunately we won't know until we try to install them to see if they fit, and will be calibrated...

So why take the chance...why gamble on 'a VISION of a faster bike', when in reality you already have the FASTEST...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

I'm riding THIS BIKE to the finish line...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | April 23, 2011 at 03:31 PM

Wow, Sonnyboy threatening to leave? Like we would actually care?

Laker Tom, that's another story. He's helped shaped this blog into one of the best on the Web. He's one reason why I come here. I absolutely love his insight and analysis. Does Laker Tom get fixed on a point that he strongly believes in? Sure, just about as much as I can get fixed on some good food....food yummm...Fatty like food...

I think I've quit five times, and each time I REALLY mean it! But I always come back and you can bank my Cayman Islands Bank account that Laker Tom has too much to offer, not to be around for the Lakers drive to number 17.

Posted by: Fatty | April 23, 2011 at 03:40 PM

@Sonny Fastball....

That was certainly a blogful. I don't know what Kobe did to you personally for you to set yourself up as the moral police and judge of his life and career, but it certainly is tiresome reading about it. Enjoy rooting for Cousins and Reke, while you wait and hope that the Lakers' championship window closes. According to a lot of sources, Cousins is an angry, petulant , unprofessional young man who may turn out to be more trouble than he's worth.

We Laker fans will just have to muddle along rooting for one of the greatest franchises of all time in any sport. We'll never know the sting of being homeless and unwanted and searching for a new home like the Kings. I feel your pain at being beaten down time and time again by Kobe and the Lakers. But don't worry, Kobe won't play forever...another 5 0r 6 years of his excellence is all you'll have to endure.

Have a nice day!

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | April 23, 2011 at 03:49 PM

bronxlakerfan - You stated that very nicely. It really showed the foolishness and immaturity of someone coming hear from a losing franchise and somehow try to say, we have it bad. How's that for twisted logic?

MM makes one simple statement that he's going to far and the guy completely blows it, loses his cool. It shows us more about his character flaws, doesn't it?

I promised the wife, who now wants MM's job, an evening out. So, I will say good night and wish everyone a Happy Easter! And for those who don't, enjoy your day off.

Let's go Lakers!

Posted by: Fatty | April 23, 2011 at 03:58 PM

@Fatty...

You and the missus enjoy all the good things of the holiday weekend!

I seldom respond to trolls, but you are right. This fellow really has issues.

Posted by: bronxlakerfan | April 23, 2011 at 04:09 PM

As the leader of the blog everyone has a right to speak his or her mind. As long as there is no racial, profane, threaths of violence or sexists comments. There are too many fanatics on this blog.

Posted by: island priest | April 23, 2011 at 04:19 PM

@LakerTom....Are you serious? Get your hiney back on here....You can't leave now when it's getting down to crunch time. First Mamba24 and now you!! Come on you have to much to offer. DRose averages 16 free throws a game(I thought that's what they said), imagine if any Laker on our team would get that many?

Posted by: NewMexicoLL | April 23, 2011 at 04:27 PM

Fatty are you fat? The Priest doesn't like fat people personally.I hope everyone saw that letter that was sent yesterday to have the priest banned from the lakers blog. The priest will have to thread carefully because medina is working feverishly to get it done. So if one medina's favorites call me a troll i will say no you are a troll. If one of his buddies say I am a low life I will say no you are a lowlife. Sonny I don't agree with everything you write but I defend your right to write it. Medina show some balance in your adjudication of fair comments and warnings. You appear to have the temperament of a lackey eager to please the fanatics.

Posted by: island priest | April 23, 2011 at 04:27 PM

Finally - the Show we have been waiting to see was ON!! Great game last night - all the way around for the most part. The scary thing for everyone else is that we still really aren't playing our best ball. Muahahahaa.....be afraid. Be very afraid.

Laker Tom - don't let this trade talk stuff chase you away. I also think it's somewhat disrespectful to a kid who's playing his AZZ off and making a huge difference in the games, but that's just me too. Everyone's entitled to their opinion - whether we agree or not. Personally, my scroll wheel needs replacing...

Sonny - you've always been the blog pet troll, for the most part. You used to be funny. Lately you've been irritating. Maybe you should go back to whatever you were doing before you started posting so much drivel. Just sayin...

MM??? Did he die??? Did he quit?? When did ip man take over leadership of the blog?? Oy vey..... Is this an alternate universe?? Did I collapse into a black hole??? Strange ish happening on here lately....

FOCUS people. FOCUS. We're 14 wins away from # 17. THIS is what matters.


Posted by: justanothermambafan | April 23, 2011 at 04:33 PM

Talking about trading Bynum for Howard is plain nonsense. Why some laker fans always want to stack the deck. We have a quality center but we want the best. then we want the best point guard in cp3 or williams. What next we want rose? Yet the same fans criticise LBJ.... Medina is just a puppet leader with his strings pulled by the likes of eddie, art etc. No one pulls The Priest strings as you all know. A true leader like me doesn't care what other people think.

Posted by: island priest | April 23, 2011 at 04:41 PM

***********************************
MY BIKE AND IT'S MOVING PARTS...
***********************************

KOBE - The GEARS...How fast we go, how we climb hills, how we dash for the finish line...It all starts with the gears...

FISH - The FRAME...What hold this whole team together...It has much mileage on it, and might not be the shiniest or the most streamlined...but in the bumps and grinds of the race course...you can't find a better frame than this...

BYNUMITE - The SPROCKET...We have one of the biggest in the race...when our sprocket is well oiled, and correctly assembled...We are a monster in that department...

GASOL - The BEARINGS...a device that facilitates rotation by reducing friction...might look worn, and fatigued...but when called on in the last leg of the race...will come through as in previous races...

ARTEST - The FENDER...a device which catch and redirect road spray thrown up by the tires, allowing the rider to remain relatively clean. With this defensive shield, the rider is protected...

ODOM - The CHAIN...A system of interlinking pins, plates and rollers that transmits power from the front sprocket(s) to the rear sprocket(s). Such an important part, and we have the best winning, 6th Man of the Year...the best compliment a 'chain' can get...

SHANNON - The SHOCKS...a device that limits the rate at which suspension rebounds after absorbing an impact...Ours has the best hops in the race...

BLAKE/BARNES - The HUB GEARS...a gearbox mounted inside the hub, 3-speed is common, 5, 7 are available...Need to ease off the work from the main parts...gives relief to the main parts...

PHIL JACKSON - The HANDLEBAR...a lever attached, usually using an intermediary stem, to the steerer tube of the fork. Allows steering and provides a point of attachment for controls and accessories...NO explanations neccesary...

LUKE - The LOCKRING...a ring, usually metal, of varying design, that serves to retain a component in place...a minor piece, but still part of the machine...

SMITH - The INNER TUBE...a bladder that contains air to inflate a tire...insurance for when we get a flat...

THEO - The KICK STAND...a folding attachment used to park a bicycle upright...we need something to hold us up while parked...

GARRY VITTI - The SAFETY LEVERS... extension levers, and interrupt brake levers...makes sure it all flows smoothly...

KUPCHACK - The SADDLE - What you sit on and steer and control the whole machine...


Posted by: LEWSTRS | April 23, 2011 at 04:46 PM

Still waiting for wifey to get ready.....

Island Priest, nice to meet you. Am I fat? Funny that you would ask that question. I get asked it all the time with my nick name.

But 'Fatty' came as a nickname when I was a kid. Its a play on my last name, Fatland, and the fact I was skinny. I'm currently 6'4" and weigh 240. Yeah, my doctor wants me to lose 15-20 lbs. And I come with cowboy good looks from working on my ranch. Of course, I could claim that I was Jack Nicholson on the blog and no one would be the wiser.

Are you a troll? I don't know, I'm sort of new here again.

Posted by: Fatty | April 23, 2011 at 04:53 PM

Wow lot of drama today.. Yellofever takes:

-- yes sonnys a troll.. Yes he's a laker hater.. Yes I admit sometimes I get a chuckle reading his posts.. Yes he ruffles feathers.. Yes MM caved in to peer pressure again.. But why should he be warned or banished? On what grounds?? He's never used profanity toward another blogger (at least don't think so).. Sorry but I put this on MM again.. I know its a tough job but the rules have just never been laid out clearly on what is or isn't allowed.

-- and in defense of lakertom... Do bloggers have a right to talk trade this time of year?? By all means of course Is lakertom fooling anyone when he says kobe is his favorite player? Perhaps... but I do see his point and think there is something inappropriate about discussing trading bynum *during the playoffs* when he's layin it all on the line in the middle of a title run.. Just sayin!


Posted by: yellofever | April 23, 2011 at 04:53 PM

The good thing about mamba24 and if laker tom decides to leave is that it was disputes with fellow kobe fanatics and not true laker fans like the priest. lew that's a cool summary and well thought out. Very original. Of course The Priest would have done a better job.

Posted by: island priest | April 23, 2011 at 04:54 PM

Fatty nice to meet you also. No I am not a troll but a laker since 1981. But I am critical of Kobe play sometimes having watched magic showtime lakers. I know kobe can't be magic but he can be a splendid passer and finisher.

Posted by: island priest | April 23, 2011 at 04:59 PM

Dallas with another classic collapse - delicious!

Posted by: justanothermambafan | April 23, 2011 at 05:00 PM

why do ya'll would trade bynum for howard ? i mean howard is a upgrade of tyson chandler at his best.dont get me wrong i would love to see howard in lakers colors,but not for bynum. the way the lakers do it they could get howard and keep the whole team. but i think bynum is going to the nets and deron williams coming to the lakers with howard instant problem resolve. kobe has 2 more season left on his contract ( KOBE,GASOL,HOWARD, WILLIAMS,ARTEST) if not howard ,(BYNUM) is still a great center in the west

Posted by: eastcoastlaker | April 23, 2011 at 05:05 PM

I've posted the standards PLENTY of times. They're pretty simple.

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Posted by: Mark Medina | April 23, 2011 at 05:05 PM

Yellow your comments about sonny is well thought out and profound. medina banned the guy derek fisher which i didn't agree with because he always used to rag on fisher. I laugh at s.perkins single focus on derek fisher. That is comedic genius because it takes a lot of effort to do that. Difference of opinions add flavor man. How boring this blog would be if we all sang the same song and tone? If medina only want positive kobe and laker comments state that. The priest will be the first to leave.

Posted by: island priest | April 23, 2011 at 05:11 PM

LOL @ Mavericks

Maybe the Lakers prefer them as an opponent but it may not happen.

Posted by: Scott | April 23, 2011 at 05:15 PM

@ Dan Loumena - CONGRATS on your crazy win...Roy as fantastic as he was...shouldn't of taken that 3 with time left on the clock, which gave Terry a shot at winning the game...But you guys pulled it off...Dallas will always be the ultimate CHOKERS...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | April 23, 2011 at 05:18 PM

You people whining about Gasol "shooting 3 pointers", he shot one and made it. He had 17 points and 10 rebounds which is more points than the Beast had and only one less rebound in two less minutes. If the Beast gets hurt this year it's because of fans pulling him down if you know what I mean.

Posted by: Gasoldoesn'tsuckyoudo | April 23, 2011 at 05:33 PM

The Spurs, currently tied 1-1 with Memphis and trailing by 12 in game 3, will absolutely NOT beat Oklahoma City in the second round. If San Antonio makes it that far....

Posted by: God | April 23, 2011 at 05:33 PM


At my convenience, I may or may not be back.

Go Kings!
Go SF Giants!
Go SF Forty Niners!
Go San Jose Sharks!

Posted by: Sonnybelfast
--------------------------------------------------
Hey sonny, Do you have a mirror above your bed or do you just tape copies of your posts on your headboard when you need stimulation. Being from NOCal I respect the fact you definitely know something about cheaters, cough Bonds cough. But please share with us less well-spoken of your intimate knowlegde of losers, carpet-baggers and has-beens. The fact that you come to a Laker blog to belittle the Lakers and their loyal fan base suggests you are a closet Laker fan or a typical dysfunctional NoCal wannabe. Either way keep posting because you make me laugh.

Posted by: desertlaker | April 23, 2011 at 05:51 PM

Fatty...

Wow a ranch....

Not bad for a 6,4 guy married to a lovely lady from the most beautiful women making country in the world.....

OMG......A ranch....

Posted by: Thirty2 | April 23, 2011 at 05:59 PM

@LEWSTRS,

Wow, that was a major fold by the Mavericks. Then again, who'd have thought the Blazers would shoot 25% for the first 36 minutes of the game?

I still like that Mavericks team for two reasons: deep, high-scoring bench and they always have at least three guys on the court at any one time that can score almost at will.

Mentally? Yep, Dallas might still be in choke mode when game's are on the line. Hard to believe with all that talent.

I said before the playoffs that I didn't see any of the top four Western Conference teams losing their series. Spurs with an ailing Manu Ginobili might be the only team in real trouble out West.

You Lakerholics play nice. It appears you're on the verge of derailing the train again, so toughen up like Andrew Bynum, Kobe and Co.

Take care.

Posted by: Dan Loumena | April 23, 2011 at 06:02 PM

Edwin,

No, Dwight does NOT have a no-trade clause in his contract. The only player in the NBA who had it in his contract until last season was Kobe. This season, Dirk also has added it to his.

So, if Orlando Magic agree to trade him to Indiana or Charlotte or Toronto, dude has to agree and go. But I think Otis Smith knows that getting Bynum is better than getting the other B's (Bogut or Bargnani) and he might go with it.

Eastcoastlaker:

You said Howard is an upgrade of Tyson Chandler!! WHAT?? You REALLY said that and MEANT it? Dwight Howard is a beast, has got the 3-peat of DPOYs, and you're saying he is just an upgrade over Tyson Chandler at his "best".

Check with the 29 GMs in the league(other than Otis Smith of course), whether would they like to trade their starting center for Howard, and I am sure you'll see 29-Yes replies.

Bynum is very good. He has done lot of good for our championships. He is an elite player. For all that said and done, the undeniable fact is he is injury-prone.
Howard is a monster. If a proposal for Howard-for-Bynum comes, Lakers will take it for that reason. Would they however trade Bynum for Chris Paul or Bynum for Bosh - NO they would not, and they should not.

But Bynum for Howard - its a yes.

Btw MM, in the "link" article, why you had to give a reference to TJ Simers, of all people, HIM?? The entire Lakerland is happy about our win yesterday and Kobe's wonderful game, and the sorry moron is whining that Kobe has to grow up, he has to be consistent, he is still a ball hog and all that. He must be one of the most pathetic souls on the planet - calling out the team's/league's best player who has delivered us to the promised land time and time again.

What does that TJ want?? Kobe to score 30 pts and give 20 assists, but take only 15 shots?? I think he gets wet dreams of James and BSPN media!!

Posted by: Ruud van Nistelrooy | April 23, 2011 at 06:12 PM

Spurs down 10 halfway into the 3rd qtr...and their Big 3 failing on the fundamentals...

Back to back turnovers by Ginobili and Parker...and Duncan missing free throws...

Again...it reflects as the best record in the practice season as a mirage...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | April 23, 2011 at 06:19 PM

LT,

The Lakers are on verge of an historic season like you’ve said on many occasions. You can’t go bailing now. I don’t care for the trade talk either, but hey to each his/her own. Drew is ours and I’m loving him right now….But I’ll let the song speak for me…something about a rose in a fisted glove, and eagles fly with a dove.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5IVuN1N6-Y


Posted by: LRob | April 23, 2011 at 06:20 PM

@BronxLF /Art – IIRC the shot clocking was down to 3 seconds so Pau had to launch the 3pointer. It’s not something he’s looking to incorporate in his game.

@LondonLaker – Sounds like you had the perfect first date.


@Lew – You took the bicycle analogy and ran with it…nice. So this one’s for you!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GugsCdLHm-Q


Posted by: LRob | April 23, 2011 at 06:29 PM

It would be really nice up in your balloon Sonny...

Hot air world tours....Around the world in 82 games...


Have fun watching Cousins morph into Vin Baker.

Posted by: Thirty2 | April 23, 2011 at 06:29 PM

>>>C-Howrad
>>>SG-Bryant
>>>PG-Paul
>>>SF-Odom
>>>PF-Artest

>>>I think we'd have to trade Paul to get CP3 or DWilliams (money)

>>>Weak Bench:

>>>Fisher
>>>Blake
...

Yeah, you're right. No way they could EVER win anything with that weak bench. They'll just have to go out and get these guys after they get Dwight and Chris Paul...

Bench:

LeBron James
Derrick Rose
Blake Griffin
Eric Gordon
Kevin Love
Deron Williams
Steph Curry

Should be no problem. Get `er done Mitch.

(and of course, as soon as he acquires that roster, I'm sure we'll be hearing someone whining about how Eric Gordon's contract is a huge waste of money since he's such a stiff, or how Deron Williams is old and totally through and sould just retire already)

Look. Even forgetting the point that acquiring both Dwight Howard and Chris Paul while keeping Kobe is impossible, if you've already got a good enough roster to threepeat, then what are you whining about?

Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | April 23, 2011 at 06:40 PM

@Sonny - Woah woah. My grievance that I had was the intent of your comments seemed to solely just find things to say to irritate other people. I think there's a clear difference between that and bringing up points for debate, etc, etc.

@island - I think I've been pretty fair with Kobe, as with any player, so I don't have any problem with criticism so long as it doesn't get into the personal realm.

Wow the Spurs look really bad without Ginobili. Still a close game though

Posted by: Mark Medina | April 23, 2011 at 06:45 PM

LRob - thanks for recognizing...I was just playing with the idea...and that ended up to be a 1 hour project...lol

Great selection to subsidize my post...Here is my response...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBCctL88dRk&feature=related


Posted by: LEWSTRS | April 23, 2011 at 07:21 PM

LOL @LongTimeLakerFan | April 23, 2011 at 06:40 PM

Posted by: LEWSTRS | April 23, 2011 at 07:23 PM

@KobeMVP888
Congrats on the Friedman. Well deserved.

@LEWSTERS
Loved the bike analogy. I especially enjoyed Theo as the Kickstand! LOL!

@sonnybelfast
Nooooo! Please don't go! What will we to do without all of your Laker bashing and Kings pom-pom twirling?!

@Ruud
Simers is a notorious Laker hater and will never be satisfied with this version of the Lakers- especially Kobe.

" Maybe you should go back to whatever you were doing before you started posting so much drivel."-justa

Sonny, I think you should listen to someone who actually posts with intelligence and take Justa's advice.

@desertlaker
"The fact that you come to a Laker blog to belittle the Lakers and their loyal fan base suggests you are a closet Laker fan or a typical dysfunctional NoCal wannabe."
I've been saying this as well since I've been here. Thanks for strengthening my position!

@LRob
nice Queen selection!
the Red Hot's ode to the bicycle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GerJ6vZqV-E&NR=1

@LEWSTRS
sweet Floyd song- first time I heard that one.

"This series is not over ladies and gentlemen." That's what Chick would say if here.

With that thought, here is the Lakers quiz for the night.

Please fill in the blank. (There are no wrong or stupid answers. So that means Trolls can answer as well)

The New Orleans Hornets will win tomorrow if _________________.

So who is the biggest threat to the Lakers 3peat?

Dallas?
Portland?
OKC?
San Antonio?
Bynum stepping on another pinky toe?

The New Orleans Hornets will win tomorrow if _________________.

The Lakers veer away from their offensive and especially their defensive schemes...Lakers just stay within their game plan and execute..."Book it Dano"
We go up 3-1...and close it out at Staples...

Ya think losing game 1 was to earn more revenue for the Buss Family...

"Book it Dano" lol

The New Orleans Hornets will win tomorrow if ......the Lakers stay out too late tonight partying with Broderick Turner on Bourbon Street.

Yikes - trying to find the next post was taxing....

Anybody else knocking on wood as they read MM's win out ponderings!?

I guess I am too superstitious to imagine more than one game at a time, after the past season.

Is anyone else finding this OKC/Denver announcer irritatiing? Way too much talking...

Lewsters - "Ya think losing game 1 was to earn more revenue for the Buss Family..."

My take is Buss wants to win, but he's the only Lakers fan that makes millions more when a series is extended. So I'm sure he gets over the loss sooner than us.

Up in Dr. Buss's luxury skybox after the game one Laker defeat.

"Oh double drats! We lost! Jimmy?"...."Yeah dad?"...."Come over here and help your daddy carry this suitcase full of money to the bank. And be sure and take this pouch full of money to Phil. Be sure and tell him thanks alot" just kidding!!!

Can someone ask Andrew Bynum to shut his trap? Why is he always talking about the next series? He did that in last years play-offs too. If i were that injury prone i would keep my mouth shut!! He is a smart dude, please shut up already!!

@MM - Go Figure - Carlisle out of time outs for the Mavs; Pop has a TO but chose not to call it. Give the Grizz (especially baby Gasol) credit they sniffed that play out perfectly and wouldn't let Ginobli get off a 3.

@Lew - excellent reply by the Floyd.

@mclyne - Love the Peppers bicycle song too.

@fatty - The Hornets will game 4 if Willie Green and Jack combine for 35pts. It's not going to happen, but I do expect a much closer game than game 3.

LMAO again @ Fatty...but you forgot to mention the Asian hotties up in their luxury box...

For the Lakers case, they should hope that every West series besides them goes to seven games. Then they can sit back and get rested while everyone else has little energy when they meet the defending champs

Who would have guessed the only team in the WC with a chance at a sweep is the 4th seed?

The last play was also a great example of how to defend the 3 point play without fouling. Hope the Lakers were taking notes.

Great, GREAT, GREAT nice to know the creepy guy is gone, LT, PLEASE stay GONE. FOREVER.

The odds of DREW making it through out the Playoff are slim, JUST NOT gonna happen. NO WAY, NO HOW. dude will trip over the half court line, count on it.

I posted earlier all western conference series would go to 7 with exception of the Lakers. I really thought OKC and Denver series also would go to 7 with each team wins at every home game. Well, that won't happen anymore. Also, I do NOT want any upset at least in the 1st round, including Dallas and Portland series. I hope SA advances to the 2nd round to give a good fight against OKC. It may well be Lakers and Thunders conference finals, and a good one.

In the East, Heat vs Celtics will be fun to watch. I think the winner of this series will come out of the East. I'd rather see Magic (rather than Hawks) vs. Bulls series.

Thoughts after today’s WC games/press conferences….

After the Melo trade Denver talked about how their top 10 players were like two starting five’s. They said offensively their ball movement was better without a “ball stopper”. They said they were better defensively. And George Karl said some negative things about Melo after the trade. Well playoff basketball is entirely different and after losing AGAIN to OKC George was lamenting the ineffectiveness of his wing players. In his press conference he said, “Some of our wing guys flow and consistency in their shot isn’t there like the regular season, partially because it’s the playoffs.” (I warned y’all about buying into the Denver hype).


Coach Pop said blame him for not calling the timeout at the end of the game. It was his fault and not the players. Also, I’m always amazed at how terrified reporters are to ask Pop questions after a tough loss. MM…tell your journalist brethren to toughen up!


Coach McMillan said, “I saw Brandon Roy of old. He wasn’t going to pass the ball. He was going to take the shot and live with the consequences make or miss.” (hmmm…but many Laker fans don’t like seeing that side of Kobe…go figure).


Coach Carlisle said he’d take the blame for not doing something defensively to slow BRoy in the 4th quarter. It’s painful watching Dirk in those press conferences after a tough loss.

Just because Dwight Howard hasn't been injured doesn't mean he couldn't have a major injury (God Forbid) at any time in his career.
Just like Bynum could have surgery in the off season and improve his training regime such that he avoids any major injuries the rest of his career.
With injuries and stamina no one knows the future.
The goal of trades and acquisitions is to "buy low/sell high".
Dwight Howard is at his peak price right now and thus would not be a smart acquisition for the Lakers.
Mitch K. has a knack for recognizing undervalued talent, finding and working good players into great players.
The league right now, has some amazing players that are undervalued and some new guys entering the draft with awesome talent.
The trick is to pickup one or two potential franchise players at the start of their careers rather than to try to buy a championship right out of the box, like say this years Knicks or Heat.
The Pau Gasol trade/acquisition was the template that the Lakers need to continue following. Not a "dream trade" for Dwight Howard.
Bynum/Gasol will continue to do just fine up front barring injuries.

I'm dedicating this one to Dirk No-Blitzkrieg

and the Dallas Sowbacks--

Tyson "Chicken" Chandler
Jason "No Longer A" Kidd
Jason Cherry Terry
J.J. "The Garden Gnome" Barrera
Predrag "PostDrag" Stoiochovich, et al

and to that pathetic little Sonny Belch-Fast (who seriously needs to seek psychiatric help before he becomes totally psychotic)--do you really think we read your drivel or are you trying to give us carpal tunnel massive scroll syndrome?

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

"IT’S THE PLAYOFFS, NOT THE LAYOFFS!"

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS STILL "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GROWS UP..."

I dunno. Sunday seems like a recipe for a loss (not the series, just the game). Why? First of all, it's Sunday, a day they struggle with right off the bat, even though this game is later in the day. Second, they'll eat big and could be lethargic. Third, it's Sunday (again), which means huge media coverage. So if the Lakers start to get behind, Mamba-mode goes online and tries to shoot the lights out.

I could be wrong. Heck, I hope I'm wrong. I want this done on Tuesday so my boys can get a rest before they play their next series. In the end, I think they'll pull it out for the W in a really, REALLY close and hard fought win, effectively taking the wind out of the NOH.

Even though Kevin Durant gets top billing, Westbrook is the real number 1 star on that team. He can score at will and also dish out the assists. West is sudden. KD is a better outside shooter but West can attack the rack.

sonnybelfast must cease to exist.

The Lakers will be best suited to pound the ball inside early and go for an early lead. One of the biggest advantages of an early lead is that the fans do not become engaged. The fans looked like a pile of rocks in the background last game - keep it that way. Pound it inside and get their bigs in foul trouble - chase Paul around and keep the reserves from producing. Get steady performances from Artest, Fisher and Kobe and get a great night from Pao, Odom or Bynum.

Give Sonny a break. He is a fan without a team. What better place to hang out than a championship blog?

GO Lakers!

Game Day.

Kudos to Fatty for invoking Chick's name, God of all things Laker.

GO my freakin' LAKERS ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

The Triangulator - Well said, very clever and amusing descriptions of the Dallas guys.

The time off is good but you are wrong Mike. They do flip a switch. Believe your eyes not predisposition. These guys turn it on and off. They are a team of Robert Horrys cruising through the regular season, resting in spots and not doing any more than necessary. The run after the all star game was like the trial race before the Triple Crown. Just testing things out. Once they proved all is working as expected they went back into cruise mode. They are in slightly awake mode now. They will likely cruise again before June. No hurry. June comes when it comes. Can't rush it. Cruise, accelerate, cruise. And when the real test comes flip the switch. We have done that since Phil came here in 99. Everyone should get it by now. Learn from Rob. Not every game is big, not every second requires 100%. Don't show all your cards in April. Take it easy. Shaq did. Kobe and Pau do now. We can too.

I find watching basketball match very interesting and seeing Lakers, don't understand what they want will they be able to win or just.., Andrew Bynum's is just holding up his knee with the help of knee braces but he has to keep further knee injuries away, take all the precautions and preventions.


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