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Lakers make it more difficult than necessary in 116-108 overtime victory over Sacramento Kings

60885658-1Once the shot went through the basket, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant let out his signature laser-beam glare and swung out his arms.

The 23-foot jumper extended the Lakers' lead to five points against Sacramento with 1:53 remaining in overtime Wednesday night. It also appeared to be a dagger that Bryant pierced into a standing-room-only crowd in Power Balance Pavilion that clanged their cowbells and yelled as loudly as if it were Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference finals. The image provided a perfect symbolic ending to the Lakers' 116-108 victory over the Kings in presumably their last game in Sacramento.

"It's fitting the game would end like this at Sacramento," Bryant told Lakers broadcaster John Ireland after scoring 36 points on 13-for-24 shooting, referring to the Lakers' contentious history with the Kings in the 2000, 2001 and 2002 playoffs. "I guess the ghosts of the past have still been haunting us."

It fit a nice story line, with Bryant forcing overtime by hitting a pull-up three-pointer after Pau Gasol dumped the ball to him and set a screen on Kings guard Marcus Thornton, tying the score, 99-99, with 4.8 seconds remaining. But the final play of regulation shouldn't have come down to Lamar Odom picking up Thornton at the free throw line, blocking his shot and Gasol grabbing a loose ball to prevent a loss.

Sure, the Lakers ended the season with what they wanted, securing the No. 2 seeding in the West and a first-round matchup with the New Orleans Hornets, whom the Lakers swept in four games in the regular season. But it came in a way that defined too appropriately the Lakers' inconsistent 2010-11 regular season.

The Lakers enjoyed an 88-70 lead at the end of the third quarter, opened the second quarter with a 9-0 run and featured enough comfort for even newly arrived Trey Johnson to impress the team with some hustle and aggressiveness. So much for the absence of Andrew Bynum (bone bruise in right knee), Matt Barnes (sore right knee) and Steve Blake (chickenpox).

The Lakers blew a 20-point fourth-quarter lead, however, featuring Bryant missing five consecutive shots. There's no use analyzing this much further because the playoffs present a different picture. But it's only fitting that a team that's fought complacency for so long continued to do so even when the No. 2 seeding remained far from certain.

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

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant flexes after hitting a three-point shot in overtime against the Kings on Wednesday night in Sacramento. Credit: Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press / April 13, 2011

 
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thank god we locked up the 2nd seed. thank god kobe hit a 3 to send it into o.t. thank god the regular season is over. thank god 'drew will be ok to start the playoffs. thank god for no more b2b games. thank god brown finally shot better than 50% for the game. thank god i'm going to bed, cuz i'm tired! ha ha

Of course this was the final insult for all the years of hatred seeping down from Sacramento...

For years they hated on us with a passion.

This last night, we gave them hope... just as had years ago... and then we took it away.

And after we leave, Los Angeles/Anaheim will take their team away, OUR Royals...

And I'm sure the day OUR Royals leave, all those levies will finally break, washing away the city that was Sacramento.

That's what you get, Sacramento. That's what you get.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Anyhow, after Kobe missed those five shots, my friend whom I was watching the game with said, "Who should take the last shot?"

I said, "Kobe."

He said, "But he's missed all those shots. Give it to someone else."

I said, "Yeah, but he's Kobe."

And Kobe won the game for us.

That's how it goes.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

yep, the starters are ready. Lamar's ready. that game wasn't really close. give the Kings credit for having some pride and not just rolling over. when the starters returned, they were out of game mind and focus, thinking that they were done for the night. it took a minute to restore order and it looked a little scary.

the games that really matter start now.

No Jon,

It isn't going to be the Los Angeles Royals. You're confused.
Although, if you get smart, it can be your Royals.

On the other hand, the Kings, er, Royals will always belong to me.
And soon, they will be the best team in Socal.
It's never too late to hop on board!

Well, after blowing a 20 point lead in the fourth quarter,
it took a last ditch three pointer from the adultering,
cheap-shotting homophobic to tie the game...

and fittingly, the U.S.A. Champ cheat-squad was
able to pull out the game in O.T.. against a very young,
25-game winning Kings squad.
Impressive. Congrats.

Now, the Lakers stand a chance
of actually making it out of the first round.

Go Kings! (They are, afterall, still in Sacramento...although,
not a whole lot of difference to me...
wherever they end up, still my team)
Go SF Giants!
Go SF Niners!

Sonnybelfast

regardless of HOW, the Lakers ended in an ideal position for the playoffs

playing the NO. and HCA with Dallas and Cuban. but no cigar!

on the other side of the bracket, Memphis match up well with the Spurs. and by the way, Manu has an hyper-extended elbow. Pop played his cards badly and lost the best record in the NBA.

"Since the dawn of time man has asked the question...

What makes Kobe Bryant, aka The Black "hole" Mamba, an unstoppable ballhog?

What makes his ballhoginess so unstoppable?

What makes his three-point ball hog shots so unstoppable?

What makes his overall ballhog unstoppableness unstoppable?

Is it possible to stop something that is so ballhogish unstoppable?"

If they move, this is actually going to be fun.
On my trips to the States, I can take in Disneyland
while watching the Kings, er, Royals
(gonna have to get used to that, although I like the ring to both)
whenever they play the real class of the league,
one of the best honest teams in the NBA,
such as Portland or San Antonio.

I know, I know.
Don't forget to bring my own water, food, earplugs,
and a gas mask, with extra heavy duty filters.
(How you can survive in that filth...shish)

Presumably, the arena is climate controlled and the air filtered.

Go Kings/Royals!

Sonnybelfast

Only got to watch the final ten minutes of the last quarter.
(It was a great quarter, by the way)

Conspicuous by his absence was DMC.

Not until after the game did I discover that he had been ejected.

Last year, it was ROY Reke.
This year, it was the Cuz.
Same ol, same ol'
Not even surprised by it.

Cuz, the rook, who is more than a match for either Gasol,
or Andrew, gets ejected.

The day before, the pointy headed adultering, cheap shotting,
homophobic Los Angeles God, stays in the game.
(It was necessary...gotta beat the Kings...can't have the Fakers
getting eliminated in the first round by Portland).

Same old story.

People don't hate you because they ain't you.
They hate you because you are you.
People don't like cheaters.
Laker fans are proud of their cheating accomplishments.
Do the math.

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Kobe is a lowlife. Bill article was on point and profound. But this is too funny and filled with irony. A few years ago kobe went to eagle and engaged in an ummm unusual sexual act on a poor waitress. I'm not talking because he was black and she was white but that it was a fetish type act. And now he is calling someone else a homosexual epithet? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Kobe you have no shame. No only did kobe through shaq under the bus he had to come on tv to cry like a little girl. "I I I committed adultery" bawled Kobe. Then he had to pay $millions to the victim who said it may have been adultery but it was forced. Then he had to pay $millions to his wife.

Hey gang,

Sometimes being a Laker fan is extremely frustrating. As we live vicariously through men dancing hip-hop, jazz, rock, soul-pop, hit a jump-shot on a TV screen to say nothing of catching the gig live; there are simple human beings running around playing a game on a wood court 94 feet long and 50 feet wide. Somehow this formula has created the NBA which we all enjoy today.

Proud of Kobe for owning up to his comments, not proud of his appealing the fine, but I understand the principle behind his decision. Glad we're playing New Orleans. Not even going to try and quantify how the team is playing right now.
I'm taking it one game at a time.

For all it's faults, cracks in the armor, and leaks in the tub this Laker team is poised to play for and attain the ultimate goal, the most passionate trophy in sports history. No road to a championship is as grueling as the road to the Larry O. Baseball is a close second, but the sheer physical exertion that is needed to play the game of basketball at the level that the NBA is played at trumps the sheer number of games that is involved in deciding a World series champ. Baseball is the iron man of sports, basket ball is a passion play or opera and the Lakers are Don Giavonni. My only hope is that they outwit one more threat to the party.

Much love and respect to the blog.

GO LAKERS!!!!!

It is now the Playoffs. This is the time where the Lakers like to show off their fangs.

Just checking

..guess that was some game, Kobe missing 5 in a row but still finished 13/24 who would have thought.Even the new guy was 2/3,and shannon was good hope this get's him going. We really need some playoff heroics again this year from fish and artest, there usual 4/25 combined won't get it done...Go lakeshow..

P.s just hope stern and the zebras don't have a vendetta aginst Kobe and co. this time remember 03'04'heck even 08' and cuban can tell you about 06'..lol..

PJ THREE-PEAT WATCH

1992-93 Bulls: 57-25 (HCA in Round 1 and 2; no HCA in ECF and NBA Finals)
1997-98 Bulls: 62-20 (HCA Round 1, 2 and ECF; no HCA in NBA Finals)
2001-02 Lakers: 58-24 (HCA Round 1 and NBA Finals; no HCA in Round 2 and WCF)
2010-11 Lakers: 57-25 (HCA Round 1 and 2*; ?- WCF; ?- NBA Finals)

Totals for 3 three-peats: 7 HCA, 5 no HCA. No HCA includes 2 Conference Finals & 2 NBA Finals)

*Assuming no upset in Round 1

Kings fan "slash" Kobe hater,

Hating Kobe more today than yesterday? But not as quite as tomorrow? LOL!!!

TAKE THAT!!!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

The 40 year old virgin (another Kobe hater) is at it again. And again, not responding to feedbacks that might expose him as a TROLL.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

REST UP LAKESHOW!


Now, the real season begins. LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Nice recovery by Shannon at a difficult time, 15 points, that we needed badly.

Kobe looks strong and healthy. But he needs to think about his shot selection as we head into the playoffs. His shooting percentage has been too low, and not because the Mamba can't stroke it, but because he takes so many difficult shots. It's thrilling when he is hitting them, but they are low percentage shots. The Lakers have size inside. They have plenty of offensive firepower. Kobe can stay aggressive, but not fall into the trap of those 1 on 2 fallaways from 15 feet.


Glad the playoffs are finally here - this last couple of weeks has been painful.


>>>Is it possible to stop something that is so ballhogish unstoppable?"

You're asking this question about the guy who got 3 assists in overtime and 6 overall in a win?

Why don't you ask the 2009 Orlando team or the 2010 Boston team if Kobe is unstoppable. I'm sure they'll boast about how good a job they did on him while LOSING RINGS.

Watch out Blake, TreyJ looked good and decisive in his debut. Impressive how he ran offense, moved ball and made shots. +7 in 6 minutes! I know its only one game but this kid looks good and i definitely like what he brings. Happy Lakers signed him for playoff run.

The Lakers are not focusing on basketball but a season of drama and many poor performances throughout the season. When and will this team play as a true champion is the question. Kobe has to become serious and stop the foolishness and play basketball. Does this team have enough talent to win? The answer is questionable to uncertain. Is Kobe Bryant's talents starting to decline? Are the Lakers just an average team playing on old memories of previous victorious years. Is Phil playing out the last year and not concerned?Where are those championship Lakers of the past? Please respond and provide some answers. Thank you.

Sonny...any pain or angst you feel about the impending move is well deserved. You continue to "troll" around here with your conspiracy theories and negativity... just go away..follow your team to the OC..just get out of here

From another one of your idiotic posts above:

Last year, it was ROY Reke. (the guy who carries the ball everytime he touches it? If they had called him for a couple of T's you would have whine that you lost becasue his 6 for 22 shooting wasn't available)
This year, it was the Cuz. (what a scumbag..Elden Campbell motivation)
Same ol, same ol'
Not even surprised by it. (not surprised by your incessant whining either - Gasol our only big man was the only player in foul trouble throughout-should I cry too?)

Cuz, the rook, who is more than a match for either Gasol,
or Andrew, gets ejected. (more than a match? A 43% shooter with a PER well below the league average? Cmon!)

The day before, the pointy headed adultering, cheap shotting,
homophobic Los Angeles God, stays in the game. (you just insulted a billion Christians and members of other faiths by referring to any mortal as a god-alot worse than anything Kobe said you Hypocrite)
(It was necessary...gotta beat the Kings...can't have the Fakers
getting eliminated in the first round by Portland).

Same old story.

People don't hate you because they ain't you. (they hate you because they're losers?)
They hate you because you are you. (they're just haters?)
People don't like cheaters. (Can you say conspiracy theory?)
Laker fans are proud of their cheating accomplishments. (see above)
Do the math. (16 championships + 0 for the kings equals alot of domination-that math?)

Go Kings! (Go to Orange County - hahahaha)

Sonnybelfast

regardless of HOW, the Lakers ended in an ideal position for the playoffs

playing the NO. and HCA with Dallas and Cuban. but no cigar!

on the other side of the bracket, Memphis match up well with the Spurs. and by the way, Manu has an hyper-extended elbow. Pop played his cards badly and lost the best record in the NBA.


Posted by: The Bulimic 1/2 Empty Glass | April 14, 2011 at 01:03 AM

Wow...that is the first thing you have ever written that actually makes sense...will wonders never cease!

Poor old Sonnyblogfart...West Hollywood is waiting for you're Queens.


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