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Caught in the Web: Previewing Game 1 of Lakers-Mavericks series

Photo: Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) works in the post against Lakers forward Lamar Odom during the second half of a regular-season game at Staples Center. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire / March 31, 2011 --The Times' Broderick Turner presents the challenges Dallas will present against the Lakers. Turner also previews the various matchups in the series.

--The Times' Mark Heisler looks at the fact the Lakers and Mavericks lack a playoff rivalry.

--ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan explains what the Mavericks have done to hold Kobe Bryant below his season average.

--The Dallas Morning News' Tim Cowlishaw believes the Mavericks aren't yet equipped to beat the Lakers.

--Sports Illustrated's Brian Hendrickson previews the Lakers-Mavericks series.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper looks at what Brian Shaw could bring as the Lakers' next head coach.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky details Sunday's practice.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen details how the Lakers plan to attack Dallas' zone defense.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller outlines the importance that the Lakers take Game 1.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin lists 23 reasons to watch the Lakers-Mavericks series.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton argues the Lakers should have nothing to worry about regarding the Mavericks.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights Derek Fisher's role in the Lakers-Mavericks series.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz believes Phil Jackson is sensitive to his needling words coming back to haunt him.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Actuarially Sound provides five keys to the Lakers-Mavericks series.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett analyzes the Mavericks' offense.

Tweet of the Day: "Bless those who protect & serve." -- JeanieBuss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: Andrew Bynum is the key to the Lakers success now and for years to come. I work in a psychological field as a case manager, and I find it so refreshing to see a young athlete take a serious interest in self-growth, and value psychology as a tool for improving his game. I am starting to become a believer in Young Bynum. I just hope that he realizes that he is by far the biggest man on the court, and that his potential is limitless. He can learn from Kobe in the sense that he has reached the championship pinnacle at a young age, and through a dedication to be the best at his position, he could ultimately stand with the other Laker "giants" as one of the greatest centers ever to play the game." -- TNTLakerFan

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) works in the post against Lakers forward Lamar Odom during the second half of a regular-season game at Staples Center. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire / March 31, 2011

 
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LOS ANGELES LAKERS vs DALLAS MAVERICKS
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ROUND 2 - GAME 1
Monday May 2, 2011
Venue: Staples Center
Series: LA 0 - DAL 0
Game Time: 7:00 PST
TV: FSW, TNT

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E! - At least Kobe is the MVP financially! And Phil as MVCoach financially.
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VI Lakerfan - Now 2 outta three texas teams have flamed out in the 1st round against 8th seeds.Will the rockets 1 day keep the streak alive???
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Mark G - there will always be enough people that hold the college game in high regard that successful college coaches will also be held in high esteem.
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THE 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!

LOS ANGELES LAKERS 2009-2010 NBA CHAMPIONS!

LAKERS DYNASTY - THE NEXT GENERATION!

#17 COMING UP!!!

2011 WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

SECOND ROUND BLOG MEMBERS PREDICTIONS

LOS ANGELES LAKERS vs DALLAS MAVERICKS

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*LAKERS IN 4*

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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...

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*LAKERS IN 5*

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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

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*LAKERS IN 6*

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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.

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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.


Come aboard...and join a wagon!!!

@LEW,

Last season we ended up with 57-25 in the regular season, then 4-2 in the first round.

This season we ended up with 57-25 in the regular season, then 4-2 in the first round.

I think this repetition is too much of a coincidence. I will ride the trend and say that we sweep 4-0 in the second round, just as it happened last year.

Awesome game day roll call Lewsters!
Congrats - whoever - on the Friedman...did you write that MM? I agree that Bynum has a real opportunity here to very noticeably make his mark in these playoffs, while further establishing his true value and meaning to this team.
As for Game 1, I want to see the Lakers establish their bigs, inside out, against the zone, early and often...with Kobe acting primarily as both creator and facilitator.
WE GOT THIS!

Snake: I like that logic. I like it a lot.

MM: You didn't add who WROTE the RCOTD. Who gets the glory? Was it me again?! (just kidding)

Game day, Lakers family. I'm fired up for this series. Like I said earlier, I've got two close cousins who are HUGE Mavs fans. One of them was almost selected as a Mavs cheerleader. I kept encouraging her to try out for the Lakers, but she wouldn't have it. The trash talking will commence soon.

May Dirk continue to choke. May Jason Terry realize that "flying" down the court after a made shot doesn't equal a win. May Shawn Marion continue to wilt when it counts. May Chandler remember who the REAL center is in this series. And may Kidd remember to lose his touch from downtown.

Go Lake Show!

Mornin’ CRUE!
justa checking in for roll call

GAME DAY BABY!! I fully expect our team to be primed and ready to go tonight.

NO EXCUSES. NO SYMPATHY. Just remind Dallas who we are – and that they don’t stand a chance.

GO LAKERS!!!

On another note, way to go Grizz! I guess they’re for real! However, I was disappointed by the C’s effort against Miami. And WTH was that with the 2nd T on PP? As much as I hate that girl, you just don’t kick out a star player for trash talking. I mean – come on. Get real. Stupid refs have such control over the outcome of playoff games this year. I don’t understand how they are not accountable for their actions. Isn’t everyone else??

And finally - Osama bin Gotten....

@LEWSTERS
First, I want to say I got the breaking news from your post last night. lol

Second, put me down for Lakers in 6.

Last, Please change my quote on the roll call from.... NBA4ever - We already have seen we can win with a limited Bynum, but we can’t without Gasol.

to......... BYNUM IS OUR FUTURE

I wrote that after 2009 Championship an orginal RCOTD

http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/bigtime_reader_emailcomment/
(but clearly that is not the case anymore.)

Thanks

Referees for our game: Steve Javie, Bob Delaney, Michael Smith. Steve Javie is no non sense and quick whistle but not too bad.

Derek Fisher: "I'm always going to say that we're the best team in basketball, not just because of what we accomplished in the past, but who we are right now. People obviously have strong opinions about the way we play or sometimes how it looks. ... But we know how to win. We've won two championships, we've been to the Finals three years in a row and we're confident in our ability to deal with these circumstances."
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Exactly. To say that past accomplishments have absolutely nothing to do with the present is absurd. President Derek Fisher puts it in perspective in the above quote.

@MM.. Happy belated!

@lewsters.. Lakers in 5! Or 6 if the refs screw us on the road!

Go Lakers!
Go USA!

Checking in for game day. Let do this! Bring on the Mavs. This series should be FUN…FUN…FUN
Confunkshun - FFun
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkMj3AU-oWA&feature=related


@Lew – Thanks for roll call, the multiple buses and bringing the game day energy. You da Man!

@Anonymous – congrats on the Friedman. I’m with you 100% on young Drew!

@MVP - thanks for highlighting the DFish quote. He's ready!

Hmmm... So El Presidente is already talkin a big game with a more favorable PG matchup... I have a feeling there will be plenty of big speeches this series.


repost:

Breaking news, Obama just announced Osama Bin Laden is dead.
In related news, Chuck Norris just returned from a vacation to Pakistan.

they say cause of death was a bullet to osama's left eye. my bet is a roundhouse kick in between the eyes that ultimately killed osama BEEN laden.

checking in for eventual role call. lakers in 5.

happy belated MM. poison of choice was absinthe, i'm assuming?

just kidding playa, keep the hand strong

#BICEPKISS

yellofever

Kobe guards Kidd. There is no "PG match up." Hell, on the Lakers there isn't even a "PG." He's a "lead" guard in the triangle, a role player with very specific responsibilities and our fifth option on offense. But you already know this.

Fish will be banging bodies with their shooting guards. Can't wait!

WXC final: Lakers vs Griz or Pau Gasol versus Marc Gasol

Saw the über-hyped game in the east and I gotta tell ya, Lakers could learn something from both of those dungeating teams. The pukes in green would just never quit and the posers in white blew them out and never let them back in. These a-holes mean business. The way things look now our boys in purp an yellow wouldn't stand a chance. But hey, that's why we have a couple of more rounds! ;-)

Lakers in 4!

Lakers in 5! count em...

Who won the Friedman?

I don't see a notation there.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Kudos Jeannie Buss!

Let's not make yesterday's long awaited event political. Neither Obama nor GW Bush intel'd, reconned, hunted down, planned or executed the OPs plan. Let's remember the reason for the event, those that fell on 911, those that fell protecting our freedoms and those that are out there risking their lives yesterday, today and in the future.

I'm breaking with my traditional jazz selections to honor them all:

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxyMzmkeMM0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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

@AEVERYONE INVOLVED IN OUR ARMED FORCES
Way to go guys and gals! I am truly proud to be an American- someone who can feel safe that there are brave Americans around the world willing to risk everything for the protection of their fellow citizens! This one goes out to you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc-EdW1amwg

@MM
Happy belated!

@LWESTRS
Way to keep the multiple busses rollin'!

@LRob
Nice way to start of the day with some serious funk. I will add a different kind of funk:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg2L28uZ5RQ&feature=relmfu

Lay the law down USA!
Lay the law down LAKERS!

This is my song choice today in honor of our special forces and the Law they laid down and the law the Lakers are going to lay down tonight. Don't fight the law cuz the empire will lay the law down!

The Clash:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16u0wwCfoJ4

This one goes out to the Lakers in their quest for another 3peat. With Ron Artest, Kobe, Matt Barnes, Drew in mind.

More importantly, this song should be running in Pau's mind throughout the playoffs. My favorite Darryl Worley song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV4tEP5QtUU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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

"Derek Fisher: "I'm always going to say that we're the best team in basketball, not just because of what we accomplished in the past, but who we are right now. People obviously have strong opinions about the way we play or sometimes how it looks. ... But we know how to win. We've won two championships, we've been to the Finals three years in a row and we're confident in our ability to deal with these circumstances."
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Exactly. To say that past accomplishments have absolutely nothing to do with the present is absurd. President Derek Fisher puts it in perspective in the above quote.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | May 02, 2011 at 10:24 AM "

He is saying they are the best team not just because of their past accomplishments but because of who they are right now. It has a tie in to the present that a lot of your stats did not feature.

I do place a lot of value in past accomplishments but they aren't always predictive of future success. Otherwise the same team would have won the championship every year since the NBA was formed.

BLOG CRUE
Game day! I have a feeling The Lake Show will begin this series on the right foot. They are fully aware that Dallas has talent, energy, health and MCuban wants this probably more than the Mavs.

MYBRF

Colorado loves our World Champion Lakers!

I’m feeling good about my picks of Boston and Memphis still today.

Miami outplayed Boston yesterday plain and simple. They played the best game they can play, defensively they were everywhere. DWade will not play at that level again with 65%+ shooting, Jones WILL NOT play at that level ever again. Idiot Pierce needs to calm down and make smart decisions and I’m not talking about his T’s. Where was KG? Rondo was pressing and forcing his domination over Bibby a bit too much and that will change and come within the flow of the game. Boston in 6!


If you love basketball then you should love watching Memphis right now. That is a truly beautiful brand of basketball that is fundamentally sound and complete all around. Not boring like the Spurs, but beautiful and exciting like when the Lakers are clicking. It’s not just the extra pass, but the extra pass to the cutting player. The inside outside game of Marc Gasol is beautifully run with a high IQ. The dominance of ZBO, it is physical as well as skilled just amazing. Then there is the swarming defense individually from T. Allen and Battier as well as just great rotation and team defense. Memphis in 5 or 6!


Don’t really care about the Chicago/ATL series because it doesn’t matter who comes out of that series they are not getting past Boston or Miami. I pick the Bulls in 4, 5, 6, or 7 games. LOL

Learn something, has this team followed a progression to learn from the San Antonio Spurs,because this team has not sobered up and is ready to play. Focus on the team and not on the media is the reason this team has not been sucessful. Get prepared.

888,

Point taken but b/t 20 year vet kidd or 15 year vet stevenson or 15 year terry or even little jose juan barrrrrrea I'd say its still a very favorable matchup for dfish (excuse if I exaggerated the years a little but I think you get my point)

But nevermind them.. the big matchup of the series I'm sure is:

Espana vs alemania
euro vs euro
10" Fadeaway vs 15" Fadeaway
Soft vs ultra soft

He is saying they are the best team not just because of their past accomplishments but because of who they are right now. It has a tie in to the present that a lot of your stats did not feature.

I do place a lot of value in past accomplishments but they aren't always predictive of future success. Otherwise the same team would have won the championship every year since the NBA was formed.

Posted by: Bay to LA | May 02, 2011 at 11:46 AM
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The data I posted supports the statement Fish made. They aren't really "statistics," so much as trends to support the fact that this is a team with championship mettle. Two of these "statistics" already bore themselves out in Round 1. After they were tied 1-1, the Lakers won Game 3 on the road and then the series (4 times in a row with THIS group of players). Then they closed out on the road on their first try for the 6th consecutive time. In that respect, there was a direct tie in to the present that my "stats" did feature.

yellofever

Blake did a great job on Barea the last time we played them. No concerns.

Lakers should win game 1. I think the scare of losing game one to New Orleans make the Lakers more prepared to win all game 1s at home now. People say that Tyson Chandler will slow big Bynum down; YEAH RIGHT! I thought the same thing but when they faced in the regular season in the 2nd game Bynum was backing Tyson Chandler down like Dirk Nowitzki was guarding him. He was just bullying Tyson in the paint. I'd rather have Bynum over Tyson easily because Bynum is the closest thing we have to Dwight Howard in this league (even though L.A may go after Dwight this offseason or next). Pau should be back to his 18-20ppg and 9-11rpg because Dirk is not exactly a good solid defender. I think it is nothing but a fluke when people show stats that Kobe struggles against Dallas because no one on Dallas can guard Kobe or really make him work on defense (since they lost Caron Butler). People who may guard Kobe are: Jason Terry(who Kobe can easily score on because Jason Terry admitted he is scared to guard Bryant and let's face it Terry is a bad defender), Ronny Beabouis(WAY TOO SMALL TO GUARD KOBE; EASY POST UP), Shawn Marion (he has the length to bother Kobe's jumpshot, but does not have the foot speed to keep Kobe in front of him), Jason Kidd (Most easy person for Kobe to score on becuz Kidd is old and slow and Kobe is an inch or 2 taller than Kidd). Kobe and Bynum should dominate in this series. Also Odom should consistantly have good games(especially if Dirk is guarding him.) I mentioned what Pau should do. Artest really doesn't have to worry about much except knock down open shots, because Dallas doesn't really have a scorer at small forward.

My guess of the outcome of the series is L.A in 6 games.
*They could win the first 3 games but we all know, when L.A has a big series lead they tend to let up and let a team have confidence and win 1 or 2. So I don't think L.A can sweep them because they'll lose focus. We've all seen it before from Lakers. Everyone(except Kobe) tends to lose focus if they have a huge lead on a team. Lakers play better when they're desperate.

Man, will today go any slower?...

ummmm waiting for the game to start....
is it 7 yet??

soem Dallas Beat Down tonight!!!

GO LAKERZ!

Sorry about leaving the RCOTD blank. It goes to TNTLakerfan

Super excited! I bought 2 discount tickets (from http://bit.ly/lakerstks) for me and my mother (but mainly for me hahaha) to Game 1 Lakers vs Mavs tonight! ~ will give her best mothers day present ever!!!!

A Creo dinner out at Tujague's in New Orleans, then off to a quiet bar on Boubon St. to watch the Lakers game. Ha, a quiet bar on Bourbon St?

Enjoy the game fellow bloggers and please watch responsibly.


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