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Poll questions surrounding the Lakers-Hornets series

61126174You've sounded off on the Lakers' poor play in their first-round playoff series against New Orleans, now tied at two games apiece.

Some have expressed optimism the Lakers will turn things around and eventually three-peat. Others believe this marks the team's pride before the fall. Still others are simply agitated because the Lakers are unnecessarily playing with their emotions.

And then there are those who don't want to think about it, partly because of the uncertainty surrounding Kobe Bryant's left ankle injury.

I know the eclectic bunch we have here at the Lakers blog, but sometimes I think fan sentiment gets categorized as simply either reactionary or in denial. When I've sifted through poll results on various Lakers topics I've discovered, however, that underneath the passion and trash there's a healthy, nuanced split on the state of the organization.

That's why this is an appropriate time to open up that forum  so I can precisely compartmentalize what concerns you and what's strictly overblown. I'll then follow up with an analysis piece prior to Game 5 on Tuesday summing up the current state of the common Lakers fan.

So, vote in the polls after the jump and let your voice be heard. I'll probably also feature some of the comments from this post in my story to further illustrate and explain your thoughts on the Lakers' series thus far. 

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks for a steal against Hornets forward Trevor Ariza in Game 4 on Sunday night at New Orleans Arena. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times 

 
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It has some obvious advantages and disadvantages. We have seen that Chris Paul can easily score on just about any Laker but it would be Kobe on him most of the time, not Pau or Andrew. On the other side, the tall lineup would force Chris Paul to guard either Kobe or Artest.


Posted by: Bay to LA | April 25, 2011 at 03:37 PM

my response: No ... NOLA are running pick-n-rolls specifically to get the
matchups of Paul on our bigs. By increasing the number of bigs, you simply
give them more opportunities.

fwiw, our bigs seem too slow to force CP3 to do anything that he does't want
to. The way it's looking, they're too slow to force him to go get $$ at an ATM.

Hobbit,

Zone. It's worth a try at least?

It looks like CP3 has picked it up from Nash ... the switch on the PnR and shooting that rainbow shot over the big guarding him ... maybe Fish can learn how to do that; oh wait ....

Btw why do people take the stuff that's said on the blog personal? Come on guys, its just a virtual blog; for all we know, the PSP could be Puff Daddy or some 13 year old kid on his brother's computer. Same goes for almost everyone that blogs on here, its NOT that serious.

Thanks
PSP Intern

If you don't know why you lose, you can't win.

Something tells me the Lakers know why they're losing

The only way I see the big lineup working is playing a 2-3 Zone. They have to utilize their wingspans and communicate better. However, if it hasn't been practiced, it's not worth experimenting at this time.

Best move may be to put Kobe back on CP3 like Game 3. Gasol's offensive game is back. Need to rely on other scorers.

In either event, Odom needs to step up his offensive game and stop hoisting 3s early in the clock.

"IT'S THE PLAYOFFS, NOT THE LAYOFFS!"

"my response: No ... NOLA are running pick-n-rolls specifically to get the
matchups of Paul on our bigs. By increasing the number of bigs, you simply
give them more opportunities.

fwiw, our bigs seem too slow to force CP3 to do anything that he does't want
to. The way it's looking, they're too slow to force him to go get $$ at an ATM.

Posted by: hobbitmage | April 25, 2011 at 04:05 PM "

That is true but one of the big problems when Bynum or Gasol is pulled out to guard Chris Paul is that they know Fisher is stuck guarding a big man underneath on the switch and they're vulnerable. They have to keep Paul outside and stop him from penetrating and it leads to the open jumpshots he has been getting. With the large lineup they can play it more aggressively. It also means Chris Paul has to play tough defense on the other side and doesn't get a free pass with Fisher. It's not the best method for a whole game but it might be useful for short periods.

Play a box and one (on Paul). Pass offs to next box player when pick comes.

whether big or small, whoever is on CP3 should sit on his right hand because he ususally comes back right before shooting. After all the dribbling he's going to come back right to drive or shoot. Last night he crossed Kobe left to right for a layup and did the same to Drew on a jumper. I know...I know, its much easier said than done.

If we don't threepeat, then this is the end for this team. We should definately scrap, rebuild, and most importantly try and go after Dwight Howard. We need youth, and we need a reliable center than doesn't hurt his knee every other game. As hard as it is to admit, Bryant is nearing the end. The injuries keep piling up, and his usual refusal to heal is costing him more and more. At this point, I'd give up everyone but Kobe for Dwight Howard.

PSP,

"Btw why do people take the stuff that's said on the blog personal? Come on guys, its just a virtual blog; for all we know, the PSP could be Puff Daddy or some 13 year old kid on his brother's computer. Same goes for almost everyone that blogs on here, its NOT that serious."

~~Yes this is just a blog for entertainment purposes but there is also a limit of one can say to another blogger. I have told to everyone before WE are poster or blogger are not public figures. Don't include anybody as if you're dealing with our players, coaches and other public figures. There is also limit to insults, degradation and deplorable attitude, even a three year old knows this....so if you say something intolerable to anyone or anybody be prepared for the consequences. There is nothing secret when someone request for subpoena of your real address.

Being the PSP, please warn Bulimic of such consequences. We are not in a joking mood.

Replace fisher for brown in starting five..I don't care if fisher hurt his ego but the truth his hurting the lakers fans more bec he can't guard any point guard in the league..with out Kobe,fisher is nothing..when he transfer to warriors and Utah did reach NBA final??fans is really disappointed if we will win or loss for fisher...for the sake of lakers fans fish step down or lakers will take our early NBA holiday...don't worry lakers fans,Kobe is not yet giving the 3peat we have still the chance...

@Edwin....so if you say something intolerable to anyone or anybody be prepared for the consequences. There is nothing secret when someone request for subpoena of your real address.

Being the PSP, please warn Bulimic of such consequences. We are not in a joking mood.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | April 25, 2011 at 04:35 PM
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Subpoena...really?...lol Boys,boys...meanwhile back to the Lakers. I see so much similarity to the first round last year. OKC was less expreienced and not as good as this year. We did a decent job on Durant, Westbrook was too quick and did some damage. Every boby was writing the Lakers obit! But to paraphrase Mark Twain the reports of the Lakers death had been greatly exaggerated. Lakers made the adjustments, had a good game 5 and won in 6. They went on to sweep the next round on their way to another championship. Deja Vu all over again. Watch the Lakers handle business in 6 with NO. Dispatch either Dallas or Portland in the next round before having a dogfight with OKC in Western Finals. 2 down, 14 to go fo #17. Go Lakers!!!!!!!

I think the Lakers are too tired to chase that third ring. Dr. Buss should give these guys a visit. The team is breaking down and have somehow lost motivation.

Like the poll said, the key to defend the P n R is simple: EFFORT!

Sure they might not have a choice to switch at the moment but immediately they should try to switch back -no matter what!

CP3 had field days against Fish with the P n R simply because Fish is too old and too slow and too stupid to try to switch back. Simple as that!

Notice that Blake did a better job at hustling back after the switches. He's still not perfect but at least Paul did not abuse him as much as Fish.

I think Phil needs to be more flexible with his rotations. When Kobe was hot, scoring 14 in the 3rd quarter, Phil sits him to start the 4th and we get into a deep hole again. Maybe leave Kobe in the first 4 minutes, rest him 3-4 and then bring him back to close the game. How can 71-year-old Dick Bavetta run up and down the court the whole game yet our SUPERSTAR needs rest all the time? There will be plenty of time to rest when the game is over. Rest too much now and the season will be over.

How to fix the Lakers:
1. Replace PJ with a coach who is known for good game strategy.
2. Retire Fisher and replace him with a first rate point guard.
3. Trade Gasol with Dwight Howard.
4. Trade Odom with a more consistent power forward.
5. Stop hiring old benchwarmers.
If all the above is done, we can look forward with a better and more predictable Lakers team.

C Paul ran all over Kobe and made him look silly. Ariza did even better and was too fast for Kobe. Kobe has no defense and plays no defense. Forget about Fisher. He is too old, too slow, cannot shoot straight and certainly cannot play defense. PG's run circles around Fisher. Odom at times shows up for games when he is not busy with his Reality show. If Kobe shows up for game with messed up ankle and starts making excuses and crying then it is his and Jackson's call.

Switch artest on ariza, Kobe on bellinelli, Bynum on Landry , gasol on okafor, and fish on cp3. Sag off Paul and make him a shooter and less a distributor. Ariza and Landry are who are hurting the lakers not cp3.


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