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Lakers' Matt Barnes, Steve Blake, Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol discuss 110-82 victory over Dallas Mavericks

Lakers forward Matt Barnes

Lakers guard Steve Blake on ejection

 

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant

Lakers forward Lamar Odom

Lakers forward Pau Gasol

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One more game at a time today!


Truly there should be no suspensions, but this is not back-in-the-day and Darth Stearn's (W)NBA preference may rule the day anyway.

Mamba24,

We missed you man. Come back now!

We are Rolling yet no Roll Calls, so sad.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Posted by: JovBATZ24 | April 01, 2011 at 06:55 AM

LEWESTER: where is your buddy? Can you start a BANDWAGON for Mamba24? Is he in self exile? He ss this blogs ladies man!!

I agree with Matt Barnes. He's walking back to his bench and Joey Crawford bearhugs him. Then coach Stolls grabs him. Bball 101 is you grab your own players.

If the league wants to give Matt a one game suspension for helping escalate things no problem, but not for pushing guys hands off him.

What fun. I hope Cuban didn't miss it as he was texting the whole frickin' game.

I think the Mav's assistant coach should be fined as well; PJ is right: you don't grab an opposing team's player (unless he's about to take a chair to one of your guys), you grab your own. I don't think Matty'll do that in the post season, but if he does for good reason (and in a way, that was), that's part of why he's there. You saw the starters stay calm, and that was important.

More interesting to me is that on the inbounds for what was to become LO's 1st or 2nd 3pter at the start of the fourth quarter, it looked like Drew pushed LO to the spot and play he wanted to set up. Like Drew was shoving him to the spot he set the screen that freed up LO for the jumper. Did anyone else see that? I think that was GREAT!

LO is the Man, sixth or otherwise.

Kobe has a problematic shooting night, yet making highlight defensive plays - the man can do anything... that's what people forget: rebounds, assists, steals, blocks. He can take control of the game in so many ways. That's why he's a champion. It's NEVER just about the scoring people!

I hope Stern doesn't make a Van Gundy sort of rule to stop Artest from the now-famous bicep kissing. On Ron it looks good.

Now: no letdown tonight! A loss tonight is the same as a loss last night (in the standings). We are WAY beyond statement games... we're about the W's all the way to the Ring!

This may be LakerTom's only chance to see his "big" lineup, as we may not have any guards left, and LO may have to play point! I kid! I kid!

And remember folks, 'trolls' won't stick around if nobody confronts them, as that is why they are here....only to try to get a rise out of the faithful. It is no fun to badger if nobody plays back.

The rest of us can agree or disagree on discussions of various game related subjects, but we don't need to feed the trolls! I know that's why many tenured Lakers fans have felt the need to go away from blogging for a while - me too, but I've been through worse than anything here can dish out.............

Since today's April fools day and Jason Terry was a fool for his pregame comments about Kobe not being able to keep up with him and Beaubois...I'll roll with a classic "fool" song today...

Aretha - Chain of Fools
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StScwYJiImQ&feature=related

Any fool songs for the Mavs?

@JovBatz - thanks for getting things started with a surprise visit from Timmy!

Since today's April fools day and Jason Terry was a fool for his pregame comments about Kobe not being able to keep up with him and Beaubois...I'll roll with a classic "fool" song today...

Aretha - Chain of Fools
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StScwYJiImQ&feature=related

Any fool songs for the Mavs?

@JovBatz - thanks for getting things started with a surprise visit from Timmy!

@63 Footer,

I missed that, but I'll go back and check it out. I agree that Kobe's back to back defensive plays is what big...especially in bringing energy in the building.

I don't think you have to worry about a let down. I think they're very focused.

WOW!!!! Can you guys even believe what you saw last night??? THAT WAS SOME KINDA GAME!!! I said yesterday that I wasn’t feeling too geeked up about the game, but DANG – I sure am geeked now!! This team is UNBELIEVABLY good. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, they get all tough and nasty on your behind. Muahahahahha!!! All we need is for continued health, and # 17 is ours. Any lingering doubts should now be firmly put to rest. This team is on a mission, and the rest of the league now knows it.

Tom Daniels really nailed it.
Let's hope the guys learned a valuable lesson.
Being tough is fine, to a point. But losing it to the point of suspensions could cost the team a championship if done at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Hopefully the powers that be don't overreact with suspensions.

IT's ON

OHHHH, LO, that famous unrealized potential... realized.

The story wasn't Kobe, Pau or Fish, it was the B's, and Ron...

...and a whole lot about AB. The man cannot be contained by anyone on planet earth.

It isn't fair people, but it's fun to watch.



ANDREW BYNUM – YESTERDAY’S HIGHEST EFF RATING !!!
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Andrew Bynum’s 31 was the highest EFF rating earned for any player in yesterday NBA games. EFF = points + boards + assists + steals + blocks – missed field goals – missed free throws – turnovers. Here are the EFF ratings for last night’s game:
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Player MIN EFF
Andrew Bynum 37 +31
Lamar Odom 26 +26
Pau Gasol 30 +21
Ron Artest 26 +19
Kobe Bryant 30 +18
Derek Fisher 24 +6
Matt Barnes 14 +5
Joe Smith 4 +3
Shannon Brown 21 +3
Steve Blake 22 +1
Luke Walton 5 0
Theo Ratliff 2 -2
Devin Ebanks DNP --
Derrick Caracter DNP --
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TOM

NBA.COM reporting that Barnes got suspended for 5 games, and Blake and Brown for 3 games each.

NBA.COM reporting that Barnes got suspended for 5 games, and Blake and Brown for 3 games each.

OK, that was April Fool's joke..

OK, that was April Fool's joke..

Hmm..my posts keep double posting..Sorry

Hmm..my posts keep double posting..Sorry

@LakerTom;

Got to hand it to your boy - he's really paying back for still being in Forum blue and gold.

"It isn't fair people, but it's fun to watch."-VMan

My sentiments exactly. Bynum is truly a Beast out there. Nobody can hang when he plays like this.

Go Lakers!

@LakerPeace
I actually checked nba.com and yes you got me. There's no way that would be appropriate though. I think they may get Barnes for a game, two at most. I did love the intensity in our team and I also noticed Bynum showing more of an aggresive attitude in the last few weeks. Keep it going.

MYBRF.

That was a very entertaining game last night! I would guess 2 or 3 games off for Barnes(1 for escalation, 1 for failing to leave in a timely manner, 1 for the coach) but who knows any more with Napoleon running things. I loved Kobe's comment at the ens of the game. "In the 80's they would have just taken the ball out of bounds" referring to after the freckus...classic!
The Killer B's got kicked out...I'm very proud!
LO, that was a thing of beauty!

KobeMVP888 - I can't wait for your game review since you werre there - hurry please.

And all I could think about during the fight is how Rick F. LOVED this game last night. The passion that he talked about so much finally reared up. AB's emphatic dunk, Killer B's showing up (all for one and one for all) and the starters putting a stamp on things, keeping it cool.

Rick F. - wish you could tell us about it from your perspective and what Chicky said.

Cheers all - PLG

Random thoughts....

A lot of announcers misspeak saying the Lakers have the most length. They have length that are skilled. Take Dallas for example they have Chandler and Haywood. But neither of them have the skill set of Drew and Pau. Miami and Boston...lot of bigs, but lacking the skills.

Dirk takes a lot of heat for not being a killer like Kobe or DWade, but watching yesterday's game you have to feel for him sometimes. He was the only Mav in double figures. Can you imagine him having someone like Drew to handle the paint while he shoots his sweep jumpers? I'm not absolving him of his melt down in 06 or 07...I just saying.

Triple overtimes, 80's banging, always winning. Lot's to love. Laker's baby!

Triple overtimes, 80's banging, always winning. Lot's to love. Laker's baby!

Triple overtimes, 80's banging, always winning. Lot's to love. Laker's baby!

Sasha and Maria are getting married sooner and will coincide with the royal wedding in April. Sasha has been a mainstay in the Nets uniform, more alive and involved with the team.

Great win last night, I love our warrior mentality and it's nice to see our team be the aggressor leading up to the playoffs.

Keep on keeping on, Lakers, we got this!

Good morning Laker nation.
To quote the great Muhammad Ali; The Champs is here, the Champs is here.Any one want some come get it cause The Champs are here and not going any where for a while.
Its amazing how earlier in the yr San Antonio, and Boston,Dallas was the cream of the crop in the Nba; and our Lakers didn't even look like the had won a Championship last season.They looked old and finished.We Laker Fans would get highly upset,and some even panic after Lakers lost at times.Now look at where their at right now just 2 1/2 games from having the best record in the league.Hey people the race is not for the swife,but only he who endure til the end.

Go Lakers!

Good morning Laker nation.
To quote the great Muhammad Ali; The Champs is here, the Champs is here.Any one want some come get it cause The Champs are here and not going any where for a while.
Its amazing how earlier in the yr San Antonio, and Boston,Dallas was the cream of the crop in the Nba; and our Lakers didn't even look like the had won a Championship last season.They looked old and finished.We Laker Fans would get highly upset,and some even panic after Lakers lost at times.Now look at where their at right now just 2 1/2 games from having the best record in the league.Hey people the race is not for the swife,but only he who endure til the end.

Go Lakers!

If you believe on what I just posted that Maria Sharapova is getting married, then you are victim of April Fool's Day.

The truth of the matter it was reported that she is in no hurry for wedding bells. There's still a chance for Shannon Brown to switch from Monica to Maria. lol!

Sorry, but after all the calls for his return, I have to start a "Mamba24 Please Do The Right Thing And Stay Off The Blog" bandwagon.

For those who know, you'll join. For those who don't: think about it. I don't take this lightly.

Mamba24 - be a good guy and stay away.

Repost

Mavs got TKO'ed on the basketball so they lost their cool by initiating a rumble. Too bad the small millionaires among the Lakers will shed a couple of thousand to Stern treasury chest. Kobe was right, this is nothing in the 80's today there is too much attention on the fight including that half naked lady who attack the Mavs. Was she looking for the billionaire? Again, it is just half body covered, we're used to streakers running around in the sixties which adds more flavor to the show.

Lake Show was superb, it's like the Showtime group aiming for 0 losses in the playoffs. There's really something to be scared about the Lakers. Should we be over confident and be euphoric with success. Not yet, it does count because the season is winding up. The best thing is to be tactically alert by avoiding injuries, spreading the playing time and a little rest on the veterans like Kobe, Fisher, Gasol who have been playing longer minutes during the year. We don't need to pour more points but just enough to get victory while reserving some other tactics and strategies in the playoffs.

What happened with mamba24?

Jamie Sweet, nobody knew what happened to Mamba24? It is the usual ways of going to fishing as the Spring break arrives. Mamba24 has done great things for the blog but I don't know what are his issues this time. If there's anything more to what 63 footer was saying, perhaps let's hear it from the horse's mouth.

I think all Laker fans and posters in the past especially to those who suffered during the Dark years should come back to corral and be good and obedient cows, nothing special is asked from you but just show some passion for purple and gold. However, if you choose to go on solitary confinement then you will be missing the fun of being as a Laker fan.


Kobe's been questioned...

his whole career about team play. He doesn't wave white towels on the bench in November. He doesn't hi five layups.

But because Kobe praise is reserved for only meaningful moments, when it comes to winnin' time, even a multi millionaire NBA veteran Laker must get a charge out of 24 comin' up off the bench in praise of their great play.

That's gotta be addictive. That's leadership Kobe style.

God Thoughts:

1. At no point in last night's game did I think Dallas had a chance to win. The Mavs are what the Lakers were in 2008: a skilled team that is not tough enough to win a championship. Unfortunately for Dallas, they don't have help on the horizon and can't really improve their roster in the way the Lakers upgraded by bringing back a healthy Bynum and a man like Artest. The Mavs are no threat at all to the Lakers.

2. When did PeeWee Herman become an NBA ref?

3. Who is Rick Fox's stylist? Last night was very bad look for an otherwise very good looking dude.

4. Last night gave fans the opportunity to watch three of the (allegedly) biggest threats to the Lakers, in the Mavs, the Spurs, and the Celtics. After last night, I think each of those teams can be crossed off the "threat" list. It's down to OKC in the west, and Miami & Chicago in the east.

5. Shannon Brown appears to have taken over the Farmar/Vujajic role of Laker most likely to exercise bad judgment.

6. Jason Terry's "play" against Blake was his capitulation to Lamar at 6th man, and to the Lakers as the better team. The Lakers are in his (and his teammates') head, and if I were Dallas I might conspire to drop into the 4th spot to avoid meeting the Lakers in the 2nd round. Dallas' only path to a conference championship is to drop to 4th, beat San Antonio, and hope that OKC can knock out the Lakers. Otherwise, they go home in the 2nd round again.

7. Mike Fratello has got to be the worst analyst in the NBA. The Mavs came out, played hard, took an early lead, and trailed by only a few points at halftime (in a relatively high-scoring first half). Yet, by game's end he was talking about how Dallas "did not show up." In fact, it was so much worse than that for the Mavs. They ABSOLUTELY showed up. They played hard and they played well, and they got destroyed. Not showing up is what the Lakers did against Cleveland. Getting blown out by a completely focused, much tougher, two-time defending championship team after you stayed close for a half is NOT not showing up. It's getting whooped IN SPITE of showing up, which is far, far more ominous.

- WHAT A GAME!

- When Kobe got clothes-lined by Raja in the playoffs against Phoenix, his teammates stood around with a deer in the headlights expression with their tails between their legs. NOBODY got his back, and that moment revealed how soft that team truly was. Last night, Barnes had Blake's back (tongue twister?), and Brown had Pau's back. I LOVED IT. The suspensions will be a bummer, but these type of moments bring a team closer together, and may reap dividends down the line. Our perimeter players are now the toughest in the league (Artest, Fish, Kobe, Blake, Brown). Couple that with the emerging BEAST at center, and a team once considered soft has become the toughest team in the league. This team is tough and intimidating in every way. No Laker is going to get clothes-lined without repercussions with these guys. NOBODY! This team sure have come a LONG way. GOOOO LAKERS!

It's hard for me to put too much into the game last in regards to the Lakers toughness because the Mavs are so soft. But there's no doubt that the Lakers battles against the Celtics have hardened this team. Having the Beast down low punishing people is always nice too.

Go Lakers!

- Aside from the likely suspensions, the only real bummer is Luke will be getting minutes.

OOOWWEEEEEEEE! Now that was a game!!! I miss when games like these were more the norm than the exception. There's nothing better than two teams battling, clawing, and fighting for a single game!

Lamar gets the game ball. What a performance by the Candyman!

The amount of players ejected was ridiculous. The old bleached velociraptor let the little power he holds get the best of him and just went nuts. The only player that deserved to be tossed was Terry for the stupid shove of Blaker.

Am I wrong, or is the the toughest Laker's squad ever?!:

Kobe: one of the toughest mentally and physically of all time
Ron Ron: one of the stongest and physically toughest ever to play the game
Barnes: no one wants to piss this guy off, or step to him
Bynum: known to throw his weight around every so often
Fish: the little bulldog who will plow through screens
Lamar: mentally tough and always under control

After lst night, Dallas really doesn't want to see us in the playoffs.

This is for the Mavs, who just had to start somethin last night:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPTsmswQVwg

KobeMVP888 - I can't wait for your game review since you werre there - hurry please.

Posted by: PsychedLakerGirl | April 01, 2011 at 09:07 AM
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I posted a kinda sorta review when I got back last night which i will re-print here, but it's probably nothing that you didn't see on television. It was ELECTRIC in staples center last night!

Observations from Staples Center:

1) Andrew Bynum made Tyson Chandler look like a cheap imitation of the 2007 Erick Dampier. If AB continues to play like this, well uh, er, ... oh my!!!

2) In the Sixth Man of the Year Award contest, I have to give the slight edge to Jason Terry. I kid! LO said enough is enough and it's time for ME to win a freakin' individual award for a change. Congrats, LO. You sealed that deal tonight.

3) Nobody messes with us ESPECIALLY in our house! We have gone from being a "soft" team to the Meanest SOBs in the NBA. First Bynum gets suspended for refusing to tkae crap from Michael beasley, then Fish picks on Chris Kaman and now tonight's melee. I love it!!

4) Ron Artest provided the funniest moment of the season when he locked up Peja and in one motion put the ball back in the basket. The refs suck. Peja is utterly incapable of playing any defense whatsoever and Ron-Ron pulls that crap EVERY single game. Can you be believe those idiots in the stripes haven't caught on to him yet? I laughed my butt off!!

5) Funnest game of the season. Hands down.

NEXT!!

Also this observation:

Phil Jackson made a significant adjustment to the Lakers second unit by playing LO at a guard position on offense (where he plays with the starters) and Brown in Kobe's normal spot on the wing. It flowed much better and will continue to improve as Shannon grows more accustomed to this new position on offense. I also, think that the defensive intensity that the second unit brought last night was the key to wearing down this Dallas team which had played the night before. They simply wore out in the second half, but our physical play had a lot to do with that.

Had to watch the last 6 minutes again to check it out. The Mavs missed their last 14 shots in a row to end the game. What a way to go out!

Rocky,

"Having the Beast down low punishing people is always nice too."

Absolutely agree. Do we noticed nobody is arguing against LakerTom on his views about Drew? Because what we are seeing are superlatives and magnificent show of force that may compare him to the great Laker centers. In the past or even at the recent 1st half of this season, we don't see that kind of activity in the post. He was usually passive, inconsistent and foul prone. Many fans are worried about that situation so they try to find a quick fix. What happened in the 2nd half? The boy became a man, maturity seeps in to his attitude of what he can do best? He controls the post as though he owns it and abuse all small Lilliputians around him. Must we dispute that reality and why will we argue on success?

Those ejections will hurt the Lakers tonight. All the backup guards will be suspended for tonights game against Utah. In fact most of the backups or if you will the second team is gone for tonight.

Cubes spent all that money...no title yet, I respect him for making the Mavs one of the best franchises, but I can't help but poke a little fun at him.

Zep - Fool in the Rain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2015S3A-lg

@MAMBA24... Larry, get your rear in gear, my friend. We miss you. Don’t worry about the bandwagons or anything else. Just get your butt back here to share this great run with us.
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@FRMKT... Thanks for posting Faith’s quote: “... they're shaking like virgins on prom night." What a perfect description of how the rest of the NBA is feeling as the Lakers continue on what may well be one of the greatest season-ending closing runs in NBA history.
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@LAKERPEACE ... “Andrew "Beast" Bynum played 37 minutes, more than any other Lakers, and 18 pts/13 rebounds.” And the highest EFF of any player in the NBA yesterday. Here is link:
http://www.nba.com/statistics/efficiency.html
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@RSP... Is that you, puddle? You’re right. Zero fouls is usually Pau Gasol’s modus operandi. I always look at Pau’s fouls in the box score. It tells you in a glance what kind of defense he played.
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@KOBEMVP888... Excellent comments on Drew vs. Chandler and on Lamar locking up the Sixth Man of the Year award. And nobody’s calling the Lakers soft anymore. Faith said it best.
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@JOE_CORAD.... Great point about the other team heading for the locker room is a fight broke out with Ron, Matt, Lamar, & Kobe are on the floor. Don’t forget about Drew and Derrick.
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@MICHAEL H... Aloha. Lamar at point? LOL. I knew there was a silver lining to the brawl. And where was Ron Artest when you need him to escalate things to chaos?
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@TOM DANIELS... Like I said yesterday, I hate to disagree with the great Tom Daniels but there is no team in the West who can even take the Lakers to a 7th game in a series. We are going to win out the regular season and finish with a 24-1 post all-star game record and 16-game win streak.
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@PLG... Good morning, Shannon. That was a great dunk by Drew. Tyson who? Don’t look now but the Beast who dominates with his defense and rebounding is also doing it on offense.
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@63 FOOTER... “This may be LakerTom's only chance to see his "big" lineup, as we may not have any guards left, and LO may have to play point! I kid! I kid!” Ironically, if all of our guards end up getting suspended, Phil may have no other choice. Don’t want to lose a game due to suspensions.
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@OTIS... Great to see you back posting. Was worried you had been drinking too much. LOL. Drew is now dominating at BOTH ends. Sweet times for Lakers fans in this season for the ages.
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TOM

Now I wonder why Terry did not get a flagrant 2 on his 2 fouls on Blake?
First he hard fouls Blake with a body slam not playing the ball then pushes Blake, again not playing the ball, while Blake is off balance. They crucify Drew but waiting to see how they rule on Terry.

Just saying.

LakerTom - just kiddin' with ya. But I did like LO controlling the flow last night with the B's, though UPS STILL has no bball IQ a lot of the time. Love the guy... hate it when he dribbles.

A FUN game. Now... time to put the foot on the throat of Utah and squash them like a bug.

Yeah, what WAS with Rick Fox's hair? It almost took some of the sheen off a great game.

Frickin' refs!

LRob - almost forgot: "Fool In The Rain" ... made me laugh!

I think this was our best game of the year in terms of overall performance.

I wasn't disappointed by a single player's play.

We are on target.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

As Pau said -- why wasn't Brian ejected? And will Brian be assessed a flagrant foul in hindsight by the League?

As Pau said -- why wasn't Brian ejected? And will Brian be assessed a flagrant foul in hindsight by the League?

Rocky

"Lakers battles against the Celtics have hardened this team."

You got it. The Lakers / Celtics set the physical bar for playoffs since the early days. They're the blueprint.

You can hit three's and run in the regular season, but it's elbows in your kidney come playoff time.

You can't out finesse Kobe and Pau, you can't out tough, Ron, Matt, Kobe, Fish and Andrew.

You can't out the Lakers. This could turn into a victory lap....
not that I'm optimistic or anything.

Frmkt or Faith,

An April fool would like to know what happens after the prom night? Are we sure they are still a virgin before the prom night?

Speaking of the Chowds:

From RealGM.com

On the same night Jermaine O'Neal returned the court, the Boston Celtics lost Nenad Krstic for the foreseeable future with an injury to his right knee.

"Nenad, I don't know," coach Doc Rivers said after Thursday's game, a 107-97 win over the Spurs. "He's out obviously this weekend. MRI. That's as far as I'm going to go."

Krstic left with 2:18 left in the first half of Thursday's game after landing awkwardly on his right leg. His knee became bent out of shape and he immediately felt the pain. With the help of Celtics trainer Ed Lacerte, Krstic limped off the floor

Krstic will return home to Boston where he will undergo an MRI on Friday.

Edwin,

Seriously. I've never been one to argue with LakerTom about Drew. I always thought Drew would be a good NBA player. It is just his knees that are the issue. So when Carmelo was available, I would have jumped at that opportunity. Boy, I have been dead wrong and I'm eating crow every single day that he's healthy. This is the best tasting crow I've ever eaten.

Go Lakers!

Give PLG the Friedman right now for this statement:

"Rick F. - wish you could tell us about it from your perspective and what Chicky said."

What timing!

Killer Bee's T shirts went on sale at midnight.

Fun article about the B'zzz

http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2011/4/1/2084394/the-killer-bs-launch-the-best-marketing-campaign-ever#storyjump

Last night's game just kicked up the anticipation for the playoffs. That game last night sends a message to the league from the Lakers, It's winning time! We's kicking butt and taking names!

Yeah baby!

GO LO!
GO Killer Bees!
GO Lakers!

Larry (aka Mamba 24) as Laker Tom said, "get your rear in gear"! Get back on the blog now!!!

Rocky,

You were not really dead wrong at the time when we were looking for quick fix. Perhaps, it could have jeopardized on the way to three peat but there is something good in getting Carmelo in. Melo is contributing 20-30 points per game tho' less defense. If you have Melo, Kobe and Dwight plus the other regulars, don't you think it is also a dynasty in the offing? Of course, that is a little remote to happen but a great team like the Lakers should prepare for the future. There should be an evolution of superstars and continuity of greatness in Laker kingdom.

I could not follow it at all when they were saying the Mavs didn't show up. They were within striking distance for much of the game. It's really an insult to the Lakers to say they won because their opponent never showed up.

The commentators were praising the refs for how they handled the fights but I really thought the refs were much to blame for it. It really all started when JJ Barea drove to the basket and got fouled by Blake. The whistle had already blown and Barnes came in and put him on the floor to make sure he didn't have a free shot at a continuation. Maybe the rule about continuations needs to be changed but there really shouldn't be a free play time in the game where play is allowed to continue without officiating. I had wondered why players didn't take advantage of this rule more often and attack the shooter once the whistle has been blown to prevent 3 point plays. In the end, the refs response was to give a technical to Barea.

When Blake was driving in on a very similar play, Terry fouled him and after the whistle, gave him an extra shove for good measure. It looked to me like a clear retaliation for the play earlier in the game that the refs ignored. It made it a lot more entertaining, but the refs really dropped the ball in this game.

The Bees showed their toughness and solidarity.
If you flip this coin over, might other teams now try to bate them looking for suspensions?


Edwin,

I know when I'm wrong about something. The way Drew is playing right now, he'll dominate the NBA for the next 7-8 years, even against Dwight Howard. There is nobody, not even Dwight, who can stop the Beast in the post when he's healthy and playing like he is right now. That dunk he did last night on Tyson Chandler was super exciting because it was a symbol of the emergence of the Beast. It was a monster dunk. It was the kind of dunk that would have broken an opponents wrist if he tried to block it.

Having Carmelo and Dwight would be nice, but it would be much nicer if our Beast would step up like he's doing right now so that we can keep this championship team together for the next 5-6 years.

If he stays healthy, the Beast will extend the careers of all the Lakers, most importantly Kobe. And it will be championships galore. Imagine that, swimming in championships. lol

Go Lakers!

Bay to LA

We're on the same page. The refs were way too involved in this one from ticky tacks to inconsistent calls to their involvement in the brew-ha-ha.

I absolutely agree with that assessment Art that the other team would bait them for hard fouls. Got to be cool on the way to three peat, think of the ultimate prize and your role with the team than individual suffering. Of course, it hurts one ego not to retaliate like what Kobe did after Dirk gave him a hard push. It takes a maturity of a great player to roll in with the punches on the eye of the ultimate prize which is winning all the way. Absence due to suspensions hurt the team. Perhaps, it is a natural instinct to retaliate during practice season but during playoffs think of the repercussions of such retaliatory actions. Do you send a message of toughness or destroy the team's momentum on success? Again, eye on the ball and the individual carrying it is just another hindrance that will derail u from your objective.

"...float like a butterfly and sting like a (killer) bee."

-Muhammad Ali-

The Mavs are this year's Thuggets.
Any minute to the implosion.

Cheers all - PLG

I'm not one of those guys who continually harps on the officiating. In fact, I like the new rules and I think players have to compete despite the officiating but yesterday was horrible!

The Jason Terry foul followed by the flagrant happened directly in front of the official who was extremely s-l-o-w to stop the action before it escalated. The whistle was slow and so was his presence before Blake got up from the floor and rushed Jason.

All of those ejections - except for the main culprit, JT - could have been avoided if the official closest to the call would have acted properly and promptly. There has to be consequences for their actions just as players are held responsible for theirs.

Obviously another great win - because all of these victories matter - and it couldn't have happened at a better time. Dallas is far from confident and in their minds, they know they will miss another shot at The Finals.

Yesterday, the Lakers fired the shot heard around the NBA. "Faithdalakerfan" said it best during the "live chat:" "...they're shaking like virgins on prom night." Epic!

"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."
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Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!

Reggie Miller- "Andrew Bynum, a man among boys tonight."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcxmdXOOBe0&feature=player_detailpage#t=21s

Terry and Barnes will most likely get suspended 1 game each. Blake and Brown should play tonight.

"Bay to LA

We're on the same page. The refs were way too involved in this one from ticky tacks to inconsistent calls to their involvement in the brew-ha-ha.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | April 01, 2011 at 10:34 AM "

Indeed. Crawford especially always gets too involved and he's always going with the crowd and the home team. If this game was in Dallas, he probably would have made things miserable for the Lakers.

Mr. Kupchak should win the Executive Of the Year just for NOT trading Bynum for Melo under the greatest pressure..

Re-signing of Fisher and Phil Jackson was also huge that nobody had noticed...

Pat Who??? Remember everyone gave the EOY to Pat Who even before the season started??

That's what I love about Matt Barnes - He will fight for his teammates to the end, he is an enforcer and he will NEVER back down.

We're gonna need that kind of toughness in the playoffs, 'cause it's gonna be a war.

LRob, I have to disagree about Cuban. He's an idiot with money. This is a man, and I use the term loosely, that produced two Michael Moron type movies, one that claimed 911 was planned and executed by the U.S. Government and the other portraying our U.S. Marines as rapist and pilligers in Iraq. There's a theme there that I don't take kindly to. Thankfully, they were just wastes of his money that didn't see the theaters. Hopefully he never gets his mitts on the Dodgers...

As for suspensions, I hope Stu Jackson takes into account that Matt was already walking towards his bench and onto the locker room when Stotts bear hugged him from behind. If he gets more than one game it'll be because they didn't take that into account. I took another look at it again this morning and it seems pretty clearcut. Opposing coaches shouldn't be doing that. Stotts may have had good intentions, but it's not his business unless there was an imminent threat of harm to other players, coaches or fans...

KILLER BEES RULE!!!!!!

AND IN HONOR OF THE LAKERS' SECOND HALF:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxp39VLm3uA&feature=youtube_gdata_player

KOBE BEAN BRYANT IS "THE LOGO OF PROFESSIONALISM!"

LAMAR ODOM IS "THE SWISS ARMY KNIFE!"

"AND THE BEAST GOES ON..."

Mamba24 wanted me to tell everyone on his behalf that he's taking a break from the blog and will return for the playoffs.

Mamba24 wanted me to tell everyone on his behalf that he's taking a break from the blog and will return for the playoffs.

Thanks MM... "Mamba24" puts a lot of effort into the blog beginning with his morning "roll calls" and commentary on various posts/comments. A well deserved break indeed!

This is for you, Mamba24. Take It Easy, Sir!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPospvRqP_s

First and Foremost, I have to say that pint-sized Terry wouldn't dare approach Bynum or Odom like he did to Blake. (Unless he wants to be Beasley #2). Secondly, I'm proud of Barnes for stepping in for Steve, it shows team unity and another level of intensity in their game. This was clearly a shoving match, no fists were thrown. Matt was already walking back to his bench when the Mavs coach bear hugged him...that was a stupid move right there. Accomplishes what exactly? Nothing. I would be very surprised if suspensions were issued.
The Shannon Brown ejection was beyond ridiculous! I would've done the same damn thing if I was watching my team taking hits from aggravated neanderthals.
This Mavs team was clearly frustrated because they could see their chances at a ring going down the drain with the Lakers playing with a new fire and intensity. (Not that they had a REAL chance at winning anyway).

Good game. Everyone played well except Kobe who, as usual, started jacking up shots. Now, Kobe is said to be coming to games well ahead to practice his shooting but that doesn't seem to help.

Kobe sucks!

Good game. Everyone played well except Kobe who, as usual, started jacking up shots. Now, Kobe is said to be coming to games well ahead to practice his shooting but that doesn't seem to help.

Kobe sucks!

Posted by: Terry | April 01, 2011 at 12:00 PM

TERRY-- You troll. Matt Barnes will catch you again -- Keep trolling!!!!!

statistics acb

Lakers
Ron Artest 18
Pau Gasol 17
Andrew Bynum 31
Kobe Bryant 17
Derek Fisher 1
Theo Ratliff -2
Joe Smith 3
Lamar Odom 24
Matt Barnes 4
Steve Blake -2
Luke Walton -1
Shannon Brown 2
Team 114

DALLAS MAVERICKS
Shawn Marion 5
Dirk Nowitzki 25
Tyson Chandler 10
Jason Kidd 6
Rodrigue Beaubois -1
DeShawn Stevenson -2
Peja Stojakovic 6
Jason Terry -2
Brian Cardinal -1
Brendan Haywood 1
Jose Juan Barea 7
Ian Mahinmi 0
Team 54


Good game. The Lakers sent a message to the league: The moment of truth. We are the champions and look for the third consecutive ring. We respect every opponent and do not fear anyone. You can not lose to Utah because the message exchange.

Odom is the best sixth man. Achieves the statistics when the moments are hot.

Sorry, but after all the calls for his return, I have to start a "Mamba24 Please Do The Right Thing And Stay Off The Blog" bandwagon.

For those who know, you'll join. For those who don't: think about it. I don't take this lightly.

Mamba24 - be a good guy and stay away.

Posted by: 63 Footer | April 01, 2011 at 09:22 AM

Is Mamba24 the "STALKER"...coincedence I think not...lol


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