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4 things the Lakers need in Game 4 against Dallas

Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson shares some thoughts with Kobe Bryant during a timeout in Game 3 in Dallas, May 6, 2011. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times 1. Play with composure. The Lakers' 98-92 Game 3 loss Friday to Dallas had some vivid images -- Phil Jackson thumbing at Pau Gasol, yelling at Gasol and Andrew Bynum and the players arguing back. Yes, Jackson deviated from his calm approach; the Lakers' season likely hinged on the outcome of Friday's game -- no NBA team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit. Still, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant expressed incredible optimism, telling reporters, "I might be sick in the head or crazy, but I still think we're going to win the series." Plenty of fans and members of the media, including yours truly, doubt that will happen. Winning four consecutive games against a quality playoff team is a daunting task, and the Lakers' have some deeply rooted issues not so easily or quickly overcome. Still, they have to take each game as it comes. And it's essential that they play with composure.

No doubt, the Lakers will be tested with a loud crowd at American Airlines Arena and obstacles to overcome including defending Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki. Still, the Lakers can't be overcome by anxiety -- not something you think would be a danger for a two-time defending championship team laden with veteran players. But this team has shown fragility. Pau Gasol's sudden disappearance, Andrew Bynum's revelation of the team's "trust issues" and Ron Artest's one-game suspension in Game 3 because of a clothesline in Game 2 on Dallas guard J.J. Barea all reflect examples of the Lakers' lost composure. Letting that happen again in Game 4 would  be, to understate it, counterproductive.

2. Trust one another on defense. Bynum's contention that the Lakers had "trust issues" must have referred to their lapses in Game 2, when players, including himself, rarely helped on rotations out of frustration, having received little help on previous plays. The same scenario played out in Game 3, when Nowitzki scored 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting and the Mavericks went 12-of-29 (41.4%) from three-point range. The loss in rotation usually happened on the second switch, reflecting the Lakers' inconsistent recognition and the team's failure to communicate properly on defense. Artest's appearance in Game 4 should help alleviate that problem because he's the team's best perimeter defender, and the Lakers won't be exposed as much with their "Triple Tower" lineup on transition defense. But it's more important that the Lakers communicate.

3. Show a willingness to make adjustments. The Lakers truly reflected their growth and maturity in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals when they simply refused to lose. Obviously their inspiration was that that one game determined the NBA title. And their inspiration now is to avoid elimination. Should the Lakers manage to pull off the improbable in overcoming a 0-3 deficit, it's likely they will simply have to find a way to grind out a victory. Kobe Bryant seemed eventually to realize he wouldn't be able to shoot himself out of his slump. So he grabbed 15 rebounds and played facilitator, while others around him, including Gasol, Artest, Derek Fisher and Sasha Vujacic, helped make the clutch plays.  The Lakers need to operate with that same attitude regarding roles. Both Jackson and his players must show a flexibility in changing their game plan should one player have the hot hand. It's not required that Bryant lead the team in scoring, Bynum lead the charge on the glass and Artest provide the main defensive presence. Everyone should scrap for hustle points while being willing to take on any role. 

4. Execute better late in the game. As ugly as the Lakers have looked, they could be leading the series 2-1 had they simply closed out Game 1 and Game 3 in better fashion. Instead, Game 1 featured Gasol making an ill-advised foul on Nowitzki and committing a turnover, Bryant missing two of his final three shots and committing a turnover and Dallas outscoring the Lakers, 25-16, in the final quarter. In Game 3, a similar scenario played out, with Gasol failing to anticipate Bryant's jump pass, Gasol leaving Nowitzki wide open from three-point range and Fisher overthrowing an inbounds pass out of Odom's reach. The Lakers usually don't make these mistakes late in games, but it's cost them, glaringly, so far in the series. 

-- Mark Medina

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

Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson shares some thoughts with Kobe Bryant during a timeout in Game 3 in Dallas, May 6, 2011. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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The Triangle?

It's the way the World Champs play.

There are many stories written about the eternal triangle.

A fitting piece for today's event.

The guy with the pistola reminds me of someone.

Is that you Lewsters?

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

Posted by: The Judge | May 08, 2011 at 07:00 AM

Game day one more time.

I decided that since they are expected to lose, I will watch the game live and hope for the best. No expectations means maybe my cardiac situation will maintain (hopefully). Just represent and hope. That's all I got until next.

New rooting shirt on. Wife's gonna wear one too. We'll watch and hope. Can't seem to get any karma going from the usual rooting positions and patterns, so we'll just hope they get to play another one after this one, etc. etc.

This may be the end of several eras, so I don't want to miss it, even if it is the swan song for PJ, KB/DF runs.

Focus Lakers. Leave it all on the court. Play like the championship team you were one more time! Bring one more game back to Staples!

That’s just too sad really.

Since the well-being (seriously) of so many of you
truly seems attached to the fortunes
of a basketball team and the game they play
(even to the extent that you raise your children
and grandchildren to have similar dependency),
it may be a good time to connect with lost family members,
the ones who never made it to the promised southland.

Reconnecting with family on such solemn occasions
can bring comfort, and that’s what I’m all about.

Hang down your head Laker Tom Dooley, hang down your....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkZrCB4-sUw&NR=1

Come on now, everyone sing along!

Posted by: The Judge | May 08, 2011 at 07:40 AM

Long time Laker fan (1965) here.Stick a fork in the Purple&Gold.

Point 3, just as i said yesterday. A good coach can adapt himself and the team to new circumstances. Last year was the only time i remember PJ doing that and not letting the team find out what to do. I hope he is humble enough to change and make the team change.
GO LAKERS!!!

Good Morning Laker Nation,

I still believe! Sooner or later some team will come back from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA. It sure doesn't look like this Laker team have the "attention to detail" necessary to pull it off...but I believe they'll win today and as long as they alive I'll believe.

Posted by: LRob | May 08, 2011 at 07:55 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybuG30nxxic&feature=related

GOOOOOOOD MORNING LAKERLAND!!
Happy Mothers Day to all the Mothers out there. We appreciate what you did/do for all of us!

Big game today hmmm? I am rooting for dignity and poise. We are champions and 1 series against a team on fire doesn't change a thing. I am a happy Lakers fan and I'm not underestimating what CAN happen in this game and this series.

My take on Pau; He has under-performed all year long and I have wondered out loud if it had to do with his girlfriend. Playing heavy minutes for an injured Bynum together with the front office failing to provide a quality back-up at the 5 hasn't helped a fatigued Gasol.

The only time I have seen Pau play so poorly in a series is the 2008 finals. He wasn't fatigued during THAT series, he was overmatched. Pau isn't a fighter, meaning that he is very skilled at what the opponent gives him. Problem is that during a tough series, the opponent isn't going to GIVE you ANYTHING! You have to take it.

I am enjoying this Lakers run of 4 years and I got what I wanted which is to beat the Celts and avenge 2008. Count me satisfied and content with my team. Four years in a row in the playoffs is alot of games and I'm okay if they lose. I have no idea what to expect today but my intuition is that we may find a formula (and some fire) that works and then, who knows?

I would love to spend the day blogging with my buddy Mamba24 if he chooses to make an appearance. Heads up boys, you have nothing to feel ashamed of! Let's Roll!

NuggetsCountry,

Good, you will watch the game. You will not be disappointed because Lakers will win today and next game. I will not assure u the 6th game if there will be one but I just have a feeling that they will win the next two games. That has been the patterned of the eternal switch. The victory for today is dedicated for the Mothers of all Laker fans/players. The next game is for Rick F.

I hope the multiple handle poster and other troll/visitors will be gracious and courteous enough in sticking with their own handle without the need stealing someone's point of view by being an impostor. As thirty-two from down under says "Good Day Mate, Be Good".

You forgot prayer...

...and even that won't be enough

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Series: LA 0 - DAL 2
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LAKER NATION WILL PREVAIL
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All together now...

May we stay focused and have the inner strength to reach our goal of ultimate victory.

Keep us free from injuries and injustice.

Keep us strong, determined and give us the will and stamina to overwhelm any and all obstacles.

We are the Los Angeles Lakers, and we spread the FEAR.

No one can beat us but ourselves, and we say to all, bring it on!

THE LAKER FAMILY WILL PREVAIL.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS 2009-2010 NBA CHAMPIONS!

WE STILL BELIEVE!!!

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2011 WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

SECOND ROUND BLOG MEMBERS PREDICTIONS

LOS ANGELES LAKERS vs DALLAS MAVERICKS

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*LAKERS IN 4* : [Crashed, 2 flats and out of commission]

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JovBatz24 - In my opinion, THE LAKERS WILL SWEEP THE MAVS.
Caliphilosopher - Lake Show in 2 - they beat Dallas so badly that anything and everything "Californian" or "West-Coast" gets banned from the state of Texas for 3 months.
segeboy - see our bigs drawing the attention and Kobe burning them in the first two games ...I'm calling a sweep...
Troll Man - LAKERS SWEEP
LakerTom - Game 7 would be played on the 15th. That would be a great game for us to watch when you come north. But… sorry, Lew. Lakers in 4...
Xeoh - Lakers in 4!
The Snake - I will ride the trend and say that we sweep 4-0 in the second round, just as it happened last year.

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*LAKERS IN 5* : [T-Boned, 4 flats and out of commission]

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LEWSTRS - Lakers in 5...we close this at home...
cofm99 - Add me to the 5 bus...
Lakemelody - I say Lakers 4-1.
KobeMVP888: Lakers in 5.
VtLaker - Hooter Girls...yeah yeah okay I'm on board
John - LAKERS IN 5. WRITE IT DOWN, TAKE A PICTURE, I DON'T GIVE A $#&*@.
mclyne - LAKERS IN 5! We have officially gained our swagger back and will dominate the soft Mavs for four out of the five it will take.
Wallace - Just got my bus pass. I'm on board. It will be another week before I return home from Thailand
Fatty - Who predicts the Lakers in 5 LEWSTERS.
Maxximo - For the last time...Lakers 4 vs Dallas 1
Purple & Gold Reign - My newly cleaned and polished-up Crystal Ball tells me the Los Angeles Lakers will crush the Dallas Mavericks in 5 thrilling, hard-fought games.
LakerSean - Been away for a while, it's good to be back with the Laker Mafia. we're a family, once you're in, you never leave. Lakers in 5.
NewMexicoLL - Put me on the Lakers in 5 Bandwagon...Think they learned a lesson with the Hornets! I Love Our Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!
Tim-4-Show - In the end, we're far superior inside, and they really don't have much of an answer for Kobe.
The Outlaw - I won't be surprised if this series is over in 5. I don't think the Lakers will be sleeping on any teams from here on out.
Diandra - Lew- Lakers in 5
yellowfever - Lakers in 5! Or 6 if the refs screw us on the road!
LALakerz213 - Lakers in 5! count em...
Troll Man - Lakers in 5 unless they lose another game

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*LAKERS IN 6* : [Head on collision...totalled]

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LRob - Sorry Cubes, your Mavs are on the tracks and the Laker Express is smoking thru.
OCLEZY - But the Lakers are the more physical team with Bynum up front,and Artest, i'll take Lakers in 6.
Edwin Gueco - Lew, I treat Dallas with respect than NO, so I pick Lakers in 6, I believe in destiny and I also believe in big business. lol
truongcali - Lakers in 6 baby !!!
Art - Once again, the Lakers finish it off in 6.
D(erek)J(eter) - These are still our goofy Lakers, Lakers in 6.
hobbitmage - Lewsters Lakers in 6.
Desi - Lakers over Mavs in 6 (due to lack of motivation; they own Dallas)
longtimelakerlover - I'm looking forward to a GREAT series between these two clubs. I say Lakers in six
Lakeshowinphx - Marion he's an "energy guy" and scares me more than dirk and jason terry. Lakers in 6!
Magic Phil - Put me in the Lakers in 6 bandwagon. Gracias.
jefe101 - Lakers in 6 - while allowing their opponent the customary split at Staples in either Game 1 or 2.
ChicNstu - Lakers in 6. We have the better 6th man but they have a deeper bench.
NBA4ever - put me down for Lakers in 6.
jordan - My guess of the outcome of the series is L.A in 6 games.
Hugo Boss - Lakers in Sixx...
desertlaker - I need a ride on the "Lakers in 6" bus! Lakers should have learned from the first round and come out fighting from the start of this series
Justa (formerly justalakerfan) - Lakers in 6
Troll Man - Lakers in 6 unless they lose another game

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*LAKERS IN 7*

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LakersRule(Amit) - I think Dallas matches up well with LA..and they have certain definite advantages over us...Lakers in 7.
Kobeayashimarue - Cuban built this team to match up with the Lakers...now we'll see. Glad we have HC, I'm thinking 7 games for sure.
Long Time Laker Fan - I have a feeling this is going to be a tough series for the Lakers. I think it'll take them 6 or 7 to get past the Mavericks.
Bay to LA - I would really be shocked if this wasn't at least 6 games and I still see it going 7.
Lakers in 5 unless they lose another game
Troll Man - Lakers in 7

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*LAKERS WILL WIN...PERIOD*

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HAPPY MOTHERS DAY ALL...

I love the smell of Roll Call in the morning...

Checking in for the win...

One game at a time...gotta keep believing...Kobe said you can either come aboard or not...

Well I'm riding with Kobe and the win...

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#17 Coming Up!!!

Wow. Down 3-0 and yet kobe's talking like he can rescue this dying team. What a shame,an arrogant ballhog just like Lebron. Kobe's no MJ,he can't carry this team.

Johnny V,

I too also miss Mamba24 and our faithful mother in the blog, Justanothermambafan. The blog is not complete without the gang but sometimes su*cks happens even between friends but why would other friends suffer too.

Why are the Lakers losing the 4th quarters? Because there is no resolute determination to finish the game with a bang. Talk to each other on your guard responsibilities, try disturb those perimeter shooters in any manner. However, our fundamental weakness as Magic said: "They're too slow and they have no athletes. This is an athletic league now. When you think about all the teams that are in the playoffs right now, they all can run fast and jump high." That's the major problem there. People here blame PJ, how can Phil cure slowness and lack of athleticism. He already employed the triangle which will blend with their slowness but there is no triangle in defense. You got to be a shadow, follow where matter goes, eventually matter will recapitulate and get fed up of being followed. Can the Lakers act like a shadow? Kobe can but he is suffering from multiple injuries, it's sheer will power and spirit of Champion that's working on Kobe. Have we all experienced that feeling that we want to run another mile but we just lost the mobility our legs wobble, eyes are glossy due to fatigue. Why? For all the practice season games Kobe/Pau and other oldies have been playing too many minutes. Even 747 or the Boeing 737 are retired after so many flight hours. Matter has some limits while spirit goes on with your age.

After all these silly analysis of mine, I hope Lakers will find a way to win. That goes with experience which is wisdom.

I love the smell of napalm after roll call in the morning...

#17 Coming Up!!! in 2018

na, na, na, na! na, na, na, na! eh, eh! good...oh, my bad!

So what happened to Larry (Mamba 24)?

Did you finally run him off?

It would make sense insomuch as he was the most grounded,
level headed, and by far the sharpest poster on this board.

I'm guessing that he is fairing much better without you,
than you are without him.

JUST WIN this GAME

winning 4 in a row can't be accomplished today.

it's one game and it's winnable.

Game time soon.

Need to go dust off my Longhorn champagne glasses...

although, I do hope the Lakers pull it out today...

this is too much fun!

Bye

@ The Judge,
That was the most grounded, level headed and sharpest post I have seen in awhile.

IN the great Fairy tales, the bumbling fool becomes king. You have arrived.

Lakers need to act like grown men, also they need to get rid of some players that are not effective on beach and on court enough is enough they have shamed the teams sprit from the past years Kobe does not deserve teammates like that & neither do we the fans this is a major disappointment for all Amgelinos.

In game 1, Memphis and Atlanta won with beautiful ball movement, Lakers can do it. They will try to double-team Bynum or Gasol, Lakers shouldn't staying around, they should run , cut, find open man and pass the ball. It's hard to shoot 3 on the road, but Lakers can have mid-range game, in the last 2 min , go inside, if we lost it's ok, we try the best we can. Go Lakers.

Don't forget what Doug Flutie did for Boston College back in 1984! Do you believe in magic?

LEWSTRS, Corner J here reporting for Roll Call...

With all due respect to MM, there is ONE and only one thing the Lakers need to do today...play like champions, win or lose...and I'll be both happy and grateful.

For all the mothers out there, for all the great Laker faithful fans, for all the championship banners hanging in Laker Valhalla, and for all the great comebacks and heart-pounding moments they have given us over the years (and for which the trolls come here to trash talk because they haven't experienced such greatness and hunger for it in envy)...

LAKER AMIGOS, LET'S RIDE!!!

Referee assignments for today:

Scott Foster
Ron Garretson
Jason Phillips
Derrick Collins (alternate)

Man, I never seem to get a seat on the Laker bus, haha. And I'm a Laker fan since the Chamberlain days!

Happy Mom's day to everyone. Will be watching the Lakers with my Mom; she's a fan too.

Today could be the very last game with Phil. Certainly the end of an era. Must-watch TV and hoping for just 1 win today, and we can go from there.

Good luck Lakers and everyone have a great day.

I think on the defense, let's Bynum and Odom guarding Nowitzki, Gasol guards Chandler, the reason Gasol can't guard Notwitzki because Gasol don't cover Nowitzki's eye-sight with his body, his hand, Nowitzki still can see the basket and makes the shot, if one Lakers got hot hand , we go with him, and don't think you can't shoot the ball more than 2,3 times because you are role player. Dallas is good team but not good enough t his beat Lakers four in a row.

Is it going to be Mission Impossible or Mission Accomplished? Is it going to be the greatest come back in the history of the NBA or the greatest meltdown? One game at a time. The mavs have proved they can collapse before, let's make them do it again!

Good Morning Ladies and Gents, Game day and a new beginning. I still believe the Lake show can still pull this off, maybe I’m delusional. But I do know that anything in life is possible, and it starts with consciousness. One game at a time, hell ...what's the hurry. Visualization creates Manifestation, one victory at a time. Maybe I’m a fool but I still believe in this team.

LAKE SHOW IN 7

@ANDY L … “I've been on Drew a lot but I applaud his passion and feel his frustration because we also knew that even though he had 14 points at halftime he'd barely reach 20 anyway as the team thinks it's a better idea to hoist up perimeter and forced shots.”

That is so sad but true. What do you call a team that continues to fail to take advantage of their superiority at the center position. Instead, we waste touches and shot attempts with the fools’ gold of pitiful Pau Gasol. We should have traded him for Melo when we had the opportunity. I say bench him for today’s game. It would be addition by subtraction. He has suddenly turned into Kwame Brown.
…………………
@Archived …. Anybody who thinks Pau Gasol can come back from this debacle and proudly wear the purple and gold ever again should be taken out and flogged. And anybody who would be willing to trade Drew and keep Pau is nothing but a stupid fool. Magic can talk all he wants about athleticism but length is still the magic potion in my mind. Trading Drew who has finally been healthy and playing great would be foolish and come back to haunt the Lakers for years. Trading Pau would finally rid the team of the festering cancer he has become. As for Pau for Dwight, sign me up. Really, Pau for anybody would work because it would be addition by subtraction just like with Kwame.

I also give both of your lineups a big props. I thought we saw some very promising signs from the Triple Towers even though Pau was a weak link. But Drew and Lamar posting up was beautiful and the way the game should be played. So give me the “all heart” team or the “Big Five” team but just don’t revert to the same ol’ same ol’. Not when your hanging by the edge. Crazy as it may sound, we can still win this game but it may require putting Pau on the bench and having Drew and Lamar and Kobe play 40 minutes. We need monster games from everybody on this team in order to win.
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@MICHAEL H… Aloha. I like the idea of JR Smith but do not like the Ellis/Biedrins trade. For one thing, Ellis cannot play the point. He is a pure 2 who does not play defense and lacks size. And Biedrins is a total head case at this point similar to Pau. His problem is he cannot make a free throw and thus does not want the ball. The Warriors are besides themselves with his total disappearance. Shades of Gasol for sure. If you give them Pau, then you need Curry in return. The Warriors know they cannot win with 2 small backcourt players who don’t defend. And while Curry is a defensive liability, he is a 2-point shooter of Korver quality and can drive and dish. The problem is the W’s don’t have enough good pieces for us to trade Pau to them. I prefer Archived’s Pau for Dwight deal.
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@ALEKSAM … Great post. Why, if we have a great center but need help at point guard, small forward, and power forward, do people still want to trade Drew. He has been our best player in both of these series so far, And he is healthy for the first time in his career. No, let’s trade him and keep Pau Gasol, who has singlehandedly put this team on the verge of elimination. Bench and trade Pau.
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@TROLL MAN … Actually, the silver lining to these playoffs will be that the Lakers finally learned that Pau Gasol has no heart and is done as far as a premier NBA player and that the big man the team needs to trade is Pau Gasol and not Andrew Bynum. Any fool who has watched the games sees this. If that is what it takes to kill the stupid trade Drew rumors and silence the Bynum Bashers, so be it.
…………………
TOM

Not to cause a conspiracy,but why did theheat/celtics get those extra days?? All series long it was the day b4 the other two series,except for the last time.What gives??? Where is the equalityt and the transperancy??

Just win today, we'll worry about the rest later.

LB!

Lots of people saying the teams tired,and there's no need to blow it up.I'll just ignore the fact that these guys are athlethe millonaires and some/most(pau) did get rest this last summer.(plenty more rest this summer it seems also). I don't think magic is saying trade everyone except Kobe,but anyone rhat thinks all these players so be back next year is definately a fan.Just not the rational one,but the crazed fan like the kings or something(lol). Just because a player is a laker doesn't mean he can do no wrong.Some people have the balls to call out kobe and list all why he's not good enough.Yet they still want mr intangables fisher to start(another year to boot),and praise sissy pau,tin-man bynum,disappearing acts odom,brick-layer artest,kwame's younger brother shannon,luke-the force is NOT with you,and the rest of the scrubs.You can't have it all fans.the team starts and ends with Kobe at least for a few more years.Someone has to go,that's why we are where we are.Remeber 03 and 04,Not much changed(fisher was even slow then lol).Then we got aging superstars and were abused.Something has to give,you either give rookies are chance,or you need fresh talent.Lots of these players this year have shown there not tough enough,not just pyhsically but mentally.

Bynum needed that surgery early,don't care who says what,it was the resbonsible thing to do.Remeber he made sure he did his shaq impression and got his pay me now payday.Yet instead of focusing on rebounding,defense he wants to score.Only during the 17-1 strecth did he really emerge

Gasol despite getting rest last summer has under performed alot this season.He got abreak because he was playing center.Yet he waits till the playoffs to emplode,weak all around player,he got his pay day too.(oh yea and you had balls to call out kobe about touches Paussy)

Fish be honerable like luke,hit the bench,player coach or something.You called kobe out too,and your shooting's been terrible more times than not.

artest, why did you raffle your ring?why did you do an album?why do you miss so much shots?why are you so distracted?and why,why,why??.......Btw your not as quick as you once were...

odom, yoa are another alot similar to your queensbridge brother,lots a skills but lost to many times,how's the REALITY of an early exit looking??

No need to call out the rest scrubs.
I'll say this though for the KOBE haters.He's playing with various injuries and still gives his all,and plays better than the rest.BTW di you guys get the memo that he is a SHOOTING GUARD and he does actually follow what the coach says.If he didn't the coach has a right to pull him.Or he can leave him on the bench while leads are given away.......

Funny how the mvp,a POINT GUARD, so far is averaging 27 shots per game,but gets no flak.He passes,so does Kobe,but his teamates play more like men and make their shots............

Posted by: VI Lakerfan | May 08, 2011 at 08:33 AM

repost... btw forgot to add roses fg% is even lower than the mambas'............

I predicted an unhappy ending for the Lakers since January. Gastrong is on strike for Kobe hogging the ball and not playing within the team offense. Plus he has had enough of kobe throwing him under the bus. This is a tragedy because Buss said this was his most talented team and to get beat or sweep in the 2nd round? But this is justice for not controlling the narcissist Kobe who destroyed team chemistry. For as great as Kobe is he is just an employee and mangement can't let an employee do what ever he wants. I hoped Kobe went to Bynum and told him he trust him and will gladly share 50% of his fg attempt with him.

Mamba24, Larry, AKA the God Father, C'mon man it's time. Get your @zz in gear, can use some of your energy and passion today.

Mavs want an early blow out...hope it's still a contest at the 5 minute mark, then it's novena time.

Phil is the most sucessful coach ever but he is a weak coach. Look at Doc a strong willed coach who gets his plaers to play as a team. If Doc was our coach he would have the testicular fortitude to go to Kobe and scream you are hogging the ball and that is not good for anybody except you and your stats. I disagree with Magic there is no need to make major changes except retiring fish, joe smith and theo whose combined age is about 200. Buss must now spend his $millions to get a strong coach in place like a Doc or Pop. And make sure Kobe know that this coach is totally in charge. If he screams to be traded, then make it happen. Just like shaq/kobe era left at least 3 rings on the table. This team is being shortchanged due to the narcissist Kobe. Additionally, Phil ran his starters in the ground by not playing his rookies. Phil is a fool. Let him go to Montana.

Win or Lose today- make sure you remember your Mom. Lakers on the ropes but Mom has always had the study hand. Sometime across my behind, but mostly reminding me how special we all are.
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Big Hug Mom I love you so much.Thanks :{)


Man, I never seem to get a seat on the Laker bus, haha. And I'm a Laker fan since the Chamberlain days!

Happy Mom's day to everyone. Will be watching the Lakers with my Mom; she's a fan too.

Today could be the very last game with Phil. Certainly the end of an era. Must-watch TV and hoping for just 1 win today, and we can go from there.

Good luck Lakers and everyone have a great day.

Posted by: Rob in L.A. | May 08, 2011 at 10:05 AM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Sorry you slipped through the cracks...My fault...but you are on there now...and you know we will be posting Roll Call on Game Day Tuesday...That's right there will be a game on Tuesday!!!

Here is you quote on the Roll Call

Rob in L.A. - I'm a Laker fan since the Chamberlain days! hoping for just 1 win today, and we can go from there. Good luck Lakers!

This Pau hate is killing me...Yes he is not our regular Pau Gasol...very puzzling, except for the broken heart explanation...

No matter what...we wouldn't had our run and success without Pau since he came in 2007...

I can't say the same about Andrew Bynum...

How about we pick someone up when he is down...instead of kicking while he is on the ground...

The truth is evident...we don't go anywhere without Pau being Pau...so give him support in his dark situation, instead of berating and insulting him and running him through the coals...

Let's be positive instead of vindictive...

Just my 2 cents...

@TROLL MAN … Actually, the silver lining to these playoffs will be that the Lakers finally learned that Pau Gasol has no heart and is done as far as a premier NBA player and that the big man the team needs to trade is Pau Gasol and not Andrew Bynum. Any fool who has watched the games sees this. If that is what it takes to kill the stupid trade Drew rumors and silence the Bynum Bashers, so be it.
…………………
TOM

Posted by: LakerTom | May 08, 2011 at 10:34 AM

The Lakers would not have been to the finals three years in a row,
and won two of them, were it not for Pau.
Things can't be much more obvious.
You know it. Everyone knows it.

Have you noticed, generally speaking,
that everyone else on the team can have bad outings,
yet you still manage to win?
But if Pau has bad outings, you lose?
What does that tell you?

Pau is an incredible basketball player,
and an outstanding representative for the NBA, and his homeland.
He was an incredible gift for the Lakers
which resulted in an incredible run.

When I watch the team play, I see a group of aging players
who are exerting themselves, but unable to perform as they once did.
As to Pau's performance,
insomuch as he has been the key to your team's success,
did someone wrong him to the extent that his play could have been affected?
Is anyone looking into that? Is there someone else who shares responsibility
that we're not hearing or talking about? I smell something rotten.

I would bet that many would agree with me that you should relax,
take some deep breaths, give Pau his due,
and restore some dignity and credibility to your normally
sound and inspiring comments, and yourself.

And Andrew? Andrew is one of the best big men in the league
when he is on the floor, but he is injury prone, as he readily admits himself.
Just being ready to go at the beginning of next season will be a feat,
no matter who he's playing for.

I would not wish it on any player, but I wouldn't be surprised
if Andrew must spend the summer healing
from and injury sustained in this, your final game of the year.
Honestly, many would be disappointed, but few would be shocked.
They are going to be playing to prove a point. It could get rough.

Of course, I'm hoping you win today, because this is just too much fun.
Never make your puncture wounds too deep...well, not until it is time.

: LEWSTRS

FEELING YOU MAN, FEELING YOU!

Go Lakers!

Great players show their greatness on great games... 0-3 deep hole, sounds impossible to fill it in, but just as Jeff Van Gundy said if there's a team that can pull it off from 0-3, that teams is this Lakers team. Hope dies last, although Gasol's sudden (unexpected) disappearance is more than obvious and its hurting the Lakers in every possible way (offense and defense). Just as is obvious that the Lakers need new (young) players, Dwight Howard its a must get for LA, cos Bynum and Gasol cannot coexist (its not Bryant the problem here, ppl always use to say Bryant cannot coexist with Dwight, i think they will complement each other perfectly) and the need of a talented PG is more than urgent. I'm disappointed from how Steve Blake (under) performed. Pick ups such as Theo and Joe Smith where total wrong choices, and Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak should have thought twice. Man, its about time to get rid of Luke Walton.
However, I still Believe in Kobe & Co. they're still Back - to- Back World Champions. hope dies last, Lets go Lakers, Leave your everything tonight on the court!!!

Good morning, Lakers fans!

4:2 i6 the AM (Tokyo time)-the sun is coming up all Purple and Gold.

Looks like the 5th I've been nursin' all night was appropriate (Early Times)

Lakers are going to win this one, right?! You betcha!

Don't tell me this team is the only one left in the running that can't win ONE GAME!

Come on, guys! Gotta. Get it. Together. (Watch it!)
Ma Bell...

ALL CAPS FROM HERE ON OUT!
GO LAKERS!!


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