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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 96-94 Game 1 loss to Dallas Mavericks

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' poor execution in their 96-94 Game 1 loss to Dallas.

--The New York Times' Jonathan Abrams details the Lakers' unraveling. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding blames the Lakers' loss on Kobe Bryant peaking too soon, Bryant lacking any support and Dallas playing like a veteran team.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen details the Lakers' unraveling.

--The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko argues the Mavericks proved they're not soft.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers coughed up a 16-point third-quarter lead. 


--The Times' Bresnahan explains Luke Walton's lack of playing time.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr wonders if Bryant is truly clutch.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen highlights Phil Jackson's apology to the Maloof family.

--The Daily News' Teaford explains Kobe Bryant's practice routine. 


--The Times' Broderick Turner details Andrew Bynum's poor night.

--The Daily News' Jill Painter praises Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for constructing a good team. 

--The Times' Lisa Dillman credits the Mavericks' balance in Game 1.

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick praises Dirk Nowitzki's contributions. 


--The Times' Bill Plaschke believes the Mavericks played tougher and with more will in Game 1.

--The Times' T.J. Simers believes Mavericks owner Mark Cuban would be a good choice to own the Dodgers.

--The Times' Mark Heisler faults the Lakers for not executing their game plan.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignorebelieves the Lakers handed the Mavericks the game. 

--ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan praises the Mavericks' persistence. 

--The Orange County Register's Ding wonders whether the Lakers will come to work.'s Scott Howard-Cooper credits Dallas for keeping its composure. 

--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel doesn't believe the Mavericks can win a title. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden argues Bryant's contention that he's worried about the Lakers are warranted. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi believes Dallas' size will give the Lakers problems. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin noticed the Lakers had problems changing Dallas' game. 

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller wonders if Bryant's teammates will help him out in Game 2.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Pratton praises the Mavericks' fight.'s Sekou Smith highlights Pau Gasol's disappearing act late in the game.'s Marc Stein believes the Lakers are losing their luster. 

--The Dallas Morning News' Bob Sturnum believes the Mavericks have a good shot at beating the Lakers. 

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues the Lakers threw Game 1 away. 


--Pro Basketball's Kurt Helin faults the Lakers for not running a cohesive offense. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Dallas. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark has a great headline: "Phil Jackson is breaking eggs in hopes of an omelet."

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the Lakers' poor execution. 

--NBA Playbook's Sebastian Pruiti breaks down the Lakers' late-game turnover. 

Tweet of the Day:"The @Lakers threw the game away and did not execute well in the 4th. Gasol & Bynum are going to have to dominate more." -- Magic Johnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Memo to Team: YESTERDAY was time to flip the switch. " -- Jon K.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts after missing a last-second three-pointer against Dallas, which took Game 1, 96-94, Monday night at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / May 2, 2011

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Lakers will win and Phil will look like a genieass once again, but can't help but think that he makes it much more difficult than it needs to be.

Lakers truly need to work on their acting skills.
The rest of the league is so much better at falling down when getting touched

Kobe at the end could not shake Jason Kidd, reminded me of that white guy for Utah whom Kobe couldn't shake either.

Kobe has had more end games gaffes this year than his entire previous career.

The main problem with getting the ball inside is the fact that Drew and Pau post to high or get pushed out too high!

I'm not sure Drew gets it, but if the Lakers get booted earlier than the Finals, he'll be in Orlando soon.

I thought Carlisle's strategy of putting Kidd on Kobe AT THE CLOSING MINUTES was a stroke of genius. By then Kidd's legs would still be fresh (guarding only Derek most of the time). Kobe is usually excellent at adjusting his game, depending on who is guarding him, but it usually takes 2-3 plays. By switching to Kidd at the closing minutes, there was not enough time for Kobe to make adjustments.

Phil CANNOT get a pass for NOT knowing the rules of the game with whatever the hell he was doing on that late timeout. Putting Bynum on Kidd!! Huh??? HUH?????

You have a 16 point lead and you wait till its 3 to call a TO? Don't care if it's the starters or the bench that lost the lead; you are a coach ( and being paid 10 million to boot) for a reason, and its not to seat on your high chair and snooze.

Like the PSP said, the problem with pointing out the many flaws of Philip is that the Phil lovers will quickly scream 11 rings at you. Oy Vey

PSP Intern

Derek- why would ORL trade you their best player? Please try to give a reason other than Buss wants him, or it's the lakers, or something like that. WHY would ORL trade Howard for Bynum? Would you? I wouldn't!


Really simple. Howard has the Player Option after next season, just like Melo did. If Howard wants to come to LA or wherever, Orlando is pretty much at his mercy. If Orlando doesn't trade him, he walks for free after next season and Orlando gets NOTHING. We all knew that Melo wanted to go to New York and, well, where did he end up, that's right, New York! Lakers have Bynum's Team Option after next season as well, so it's kinda if Howard wants to come to LA, Bynum's salary is a good match and at least Orlando gets him, rather than NOTHING.

Dude...there is no SWITCH, you Lakerholics are pretty funny. All season long it's practice just wait till the POST/REAL season begin. They're playing the same dude, where is that switch? Kobe is being Kobe, wishing he was Mike. RON RON still acting...I mean being mentally challenged on the court. Hopefully they play better tomorrow,now can you stop hating on the HEAT.
They'll be there waiting on you, hopefully you want disappoint, the world will be WATCHING.

People who could have "COACHED" the Lakers to victory last night

Rick Adelman
Doc Rivers
Avery Johnson
Mike D'Antoni
Doug Collins
Jay Triano
Tom Thibodeau
Byron Scott
John Kuester
Frank Vogel
Scott Skiles
Larry Drew
Paul Silas
Erik Spoelstra
Stan Van Gundy
Flip Saunders
Vinny Del Negro
Alvin Gentry
Paul Westphal
Rick Carlisle
Lionel Hollins
Monty Williams
Gregg Popovich
George Karl
Kurt Rambis
Scott Brooks
Nate McMillan
Tyrone Corbin
Jerry Sloan
anyone with a pulse

Jon K - Congrats on the Friedman...

Troll Man - Mitch Kupchak...thanks, I'm flattered...

We will rebound for game 2...I'm disgusted with giving away game 1...I love Kobe, but jacking up 29 shots, and no assists is always a sign of a loss...granted guys missed wide open shots (Ron)...I don't understand why we stopped pounding the ball low...when we did, we were so effective...but Kobe jacking up shots with 18 secs left on the shot clock, is an easy defensive task for the Mavs...


I sort of agree with you, but watch how high our Bigs post and how far out they get pushed when they do start at a lower post. And, like Ron, just make 1 more shot, you know, be 2-8 and we win.

when its all said and done i think the mavs will be victorious





*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...
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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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
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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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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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 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



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


Why is the PSP not on the list of coaches? We got major beef man, ticket will be coming in your mailbox.

PSP OFficer

Like I said, "these are still our goofy Lakers, Lakers in 6."

Or, perhaps Lakers in 7, ha, ha!

you do have a pulse, right?


Really simple. Howard has the Player Option after next season, just like Melo did. If Howard wants to come to LA or wherever, Orlando is pretty much at his mercy. If Orlando doesn't trade him, he walks for free after next season and Orlando gets NOTHING. We all knew that Melo wanted to go to New York and, well, where did he end up, that's right, New York! Lakers have Bynum's Team Option after next season as well, so it's kinda if Howard wants to come to LA, Bynum's salary is a good match and at least Orlando gets him, rather than NOTHING.

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | May 03, 2011 at 01:08 PM "

I don't think it will be that simple. Dwight Howard will be coveted by many teams next year. I think a lot of teams would be willing to sacrifice a little of their future to have a good chance of winning next year.

Bynum has a team option for the following season. If Orlando doesn't want to pay him 16 million for one season, they lose him the same way they would lose Dwight. If they do pay him the 16 million, they're in the exact same position the next season where they have to trade their center to avoid losing him. If LA is just offering Bynum, I think another team that is able to offer a package of young players or draft picks would win the sweepstakes.

The other side of things is that the Lakers HAVE to get Dwight through a trade. They cannot sign him. Orlando may be at Dwight's mercy, but the Lakers would be at Orlando's mercy. The Magic could force the Lakers to outbid teams that aren't even in the running, just like Denver did with the Knicks. It's still way too early for all of this.

Through the travail of ages...
amidst the pomp and toils of war...
have I fought and strove and perished...
countless times upon the star.

As if through a glass and darkly...
the age-old strife I see...
where I fought in many guises, many names...
but always me.

George S. Patton

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Posted by: LEWSTRS | May 03, 2011 at 01:19 PM "

I had to LOL at this. Great artwork.

Not really a Phil hater, he just frustrates me by his seemingly non-coaching tactics.

Over the years I have often wondered how many games he's has actually cost us.
Have these losses taught his players how to win? His record speaks for itself.

But I can't help but think he makes it harder than it should be.

Could the Lakers have beaten the Celtics last year in 5 or 6 games?
Could the Lakers have swept the Magic the prior finals?
Could the Lakers in 08 not blow that 24 point lead to the Celtics?

Jim Rome blaming Phillip Jackson justifiably so.

I knew kobe would act foolish after Bynum was called the mvp of the first series. His actions for last nights game were so predictable. I think he passed to Bynum a total of one time. He is so afraid that people will forget from game to game how great he is. Wasn't this game similar to the Boston game that they lost when kobe scored 41 with ZERO assists? And with about 5 minutes left, wasn't that when he tried to look tough after he made a basket and the face he made, made him look like a little kid that had to go to the bathroom real bad. Then he makes another basket with 3min to go and he wags his finger back and forth. When they view the films, I hope they replay those actions over and over again. If he continues to put himself above the team, this series will be over very soon.

I think when Andrew wakes up and realizes that his future with the Lakers depends exclusively on his performance in this year's playoffs we will see his intensity again.

I was really shocked that he didn't have an impact on the game, he owned Chandler the previous 2 regular season games.


don't know what game you were watching but Bynum was rarely in position to recieve a pass from Kobe. He was either on the other side of the floor or 15 feet away from the basket.

What a terrible finish to a game that looked good up until the end of the 3rd quarter. At the end of the game last night I could not watch and I had a sick feeling that they would blow the lead. That being said I am optimistic that this will all work out in the end for a 6 or 7 game series victory by the Lakers. Dirk is still a guard in a power forwards body and the Lakers are a great road team that should be able to steal a game to regain home court. I really do not know what to say except Kobe scored but did little else, Pau was underwhelming (but not as terrible as he was against the Hornets), and everyone else pretty much sucked. I will not start to panic until after Game 4 because if the Lakers have the series tied at that point they should win, but if they go down 3-1 start making vacation plans.

ORL has said they want to keep Howard, and Howard has said he wants to stay. Melo never said that. Certainly they can do better than Bynum straight -up anyway. LA can offer NO draft GASOL for Howard I would do (if I was ORL) but you'd still have to get rid of an outsider, I'd say the lakers have a better chance of getting CP3 than Howard....I believe they would let him walk rather than go to the lakers, who, as someone pointed out, CANNOT under any circumstances, sign him as a FA!

I can't even read nearly all of these comments because I just can just feel my IQ slipping with every word. Since people are using new handles to post their thoughts, I'm just going to skip everyone and head straight to my own thoughts.

This was going to be a 6 game series.

The Lakers just spotted the Mavs a game head start.

Using fancy and sophisticated math, I calculated that a 6 game series where the Lakers win but where they spot the other team a game, equals the series going 7.

Yep, PJ screwed up, but so did the Lakers. They literally choked. Better get it out of their system now, because they won't be able to afford a 24pt meltdown at home in the finals without HCA vs. the Cheat.

That, and this is STILL a practice series.

Dude...there is no SWITCH, you Lakerholics are pretty funny. All season long it's practice just wait till the POST/REAL season begin. They're playing the same dude, where is that switch? Kobe is being Kobe, wishing he was Mike. RON RON still acting...I mean being mentally challenged on the court. Hopefully they play better tomorrow,now can you stop hating on the HEAT.
They'll be there waiting on you, hopefully you want disappoint, the world will be WATCHING.

Posted by: G.Money | May 03, 2011 at 01:11 PM

Dude.....It's not flipping a switch you are right.
It is switching gears,

1st gear for the practice season.

2nd gear for the practice playoff round.

3rd gear for the 2nd round (real season start)

4th gear for the west finals shifting into 5th gear

5th gear for the NBA finals

6th gear cruising down Figueroa

So the memo to the team should be: "Time To Shift Gears"

No worries, they forgot to shift into 2nd gear for the first game of the practice playoff round. Then the gear slipped in the third quarter yesterday and Phil forgot to shift it back in time. I personally think the flip switch theory is lame.

Whoa! Is it playoff time already? Dude!


PJ needs to scheme for our big men to get the ball after getting position down low...they can get their right places on the paint if they are setting picks for Kobe by the top of the key...

I put a lot of blame on PJ last night...not once after a time out did he come out with a good play, after one time out, the set play was so weak, and we turned the ball over...

When we were effective going inside-out, and then we started veering away from it...he should of immediately called a time out, yelled at the boys, and got them back in the scheme...but he reverted back to his, "I will let them work it out amongst themselves" thinking...This is fine during the practice season, but not during the playoffs...

"Jim Rome blaming Phillip Jackson justifiably so.

Posted by: Troll Man | May 03, 2011 at 01:33 PM "

I do agree Phil deserves blame but my problem with it is Jim Rome would have been praising Phil Jackson if they had won. If Bynum had tipped the inbound pass or Pau had knocked the pass out of bounds, Mr. Rome would have been pointing out the genius of those matchups.

I just can't help but notice that he is getting too much blame today for the same coaching decisions he has received too much credit for in the past because the outcomes were different.

they *can't* get their right places on the paint if they are setting picks for Kobe by the top of the key...

I'm still sticking with this, but if they lose game 2 they are goners:

2nd round playoff predictions...

Lakers vs Mavs

- Lakers muddle through another round looking unbeatable at times and washed up at other times.
Once again, the Lakers finish it off in 6.
Posted by: Art | May 01, 2011 at 09:00 AM

This game is much more disturbing than others because they were in control for most of the game and then did a choke job.
This Mav team did not wilt even though they had every right to considering they momentarily lost their composure, were down 16 at one point, and Kobe was dominating.
LEWSTRS had a good observation that the Lakers "not once after a time out did the Lakers come out with a good play, after one time out, the set play was so weak, and we turned the ball over...
This seems to be the never ending story with the Lakers coaching staff. Can't they at least steal some set plays from other teams?

" I personally think the flip switch theory is lame.

Posted by: NBA4ever | May 03, 2011 at 01:45 PM "

Agreed. It was lame but painfully accurate back in the Shaq days when he gave just as much effort as he felt like in the regular season and then turned it on in the playoffs. It's arguable whether he was pacing himself or just lazy and unprofessional.

In the last 4 years, this is the first year the Lakers weren't the #1 seed in the west. Only once were they not seeded ahead of the team they faced in the east (Boston in 2008). They have been holding serve, not flipping the switch and playing on another level.

Another concern

The bench usually performs better at home

A previous blogger mentioned that it might be better if Lamar started instead of Pau. Not a bad idea. Pau can't hold on to the ball, perhaps he would be better suited with the second team.

Problem is that phil rarely has experimented with this lineup in the past.
But Pau's propensity to lose the ball while in possesion is a liability.

Love have Andrew has learned to cradle that ball never letting an opponent the oppurtunity to try an poke the ball away.

Also Pau, when he goes to dribble mode is more likely to have the ball stolen because he dribbles it far from his body allowing the defender an easy target for a steal.

New article came out showing evidence that Lebron James is better
at game winning shots than Kobe:

i don't know if this is a concerning trend, but the lakers did not lose a single game one of a series last year in the playoffs.

THIS IS THE EXACT REASON WHY IF THE LAKERS LOSE EARLIER THAN THE FINALS WHY THEY SHOULD GET RID OF ANDREW BYNUM AND GET DWIGHT HOWARD!!! Andrew could have a great series and then just disappear in the next game. I know L.A made a conscious effort to get Kobe to shoot from the beginning of the game so he would not be rusty; being off for 4 days and it worked because Kobe got his points; but also it didn't work because Lakers lost the game. I don't think Lakers should have made Kobe shoot so much that early. The caliber player that Kobe is; he can get his points at any time he feels like it; so they should've went to Drew and Pau more so they can get more confidence in this series. If Lakers were smarter they'd give the ball to Andrew and get Tyson Chandler in foul trouble because he is their only shot blocker and Kobe and Drew and even Pau would be killin Dallas in the paint if they got Chandler in foul trouble. Lakers should pay Dirk straight up and stay on the shooters. (*This is totally different but... look at how easily Atlanta beat Orlando becuz they played Dwight one on one and stayed home on shooters.) Dallas is better than Orlando but their offense is mainly get the ball to Dirk and shoot lots of 3s. Dallas really has not dominating low post player. Dallas and L.A matchup good but most of the matchups give L.A a slight edge.

*bench: Dallas has edge in bench production but L.A's starting lineup is way better than Dallas's starting lineup.

I hate when Lakers lose game one because now they have to win game 2 because a team that is down 0-2 rarely wins the series.

Odom needs to play as he was a starter (maybe 17-20 points and 10 rebounds.) Odom can easily score on Dirk; Odom should make Dirk work and not settle for jumpers but drive on Dirk because when Odom drived to the hoop last nite he was VERY effective.

Lakers play inside out, bench gets the ball to Drew and Pau, Kobe gets 23-30 points, Lakers should be fine in this series. But it may go 7 games now since L.A lost game 1. I think Lakers can win 1 or 2 times in Dallas.

Lakers just dominated Dallas in their last regular season meeting and they need to play the same defense (in that game Dallas scored only 82 points) and go inside out.

*Lakers win game 2 and 3 is my estimation.

Well I am back and just here to repeat what was said by me two months ago. We still have know one who can come off the bench and shot that well. Our bench players are awful shooters Blake appear to be that deer in hunting season, Brown has not improved since he came to us dribbling king with nowhere to go. Barnes get's a pass because of his knee, but the rest of those guy's well need I say more. Our front office has to take this short coming. Our starter are bad shooter also. Did you notice the third quarter our guy's must have thought the game was over. I thought it was garbage time with 30 seconds left they stood around and shot jump shot's. Gasol has know inside game now what happen he and Byumn cannot play togather the paint is crowded and Gasolf is a weak man was that a guard that threw him down. Well this team has really lost me thought I would never say that they have no juice left. Time to move Pau for a more conventioner pf. Byumn is our inside man some real changes is coming for our team even if we win to many flawed players, and they moved the wrong players. Brown needs to go and play for a team that require a lot of dribbling or ball hogging with out a purpose.

"Lakers just dominated Dallas in their last regular season meeting and they need to play the same defense (in that game Dallas scored only 82 points) and go inside out.

*Lakers win game 2 and 3 is my estimation.

Posted by: jordan | May 03, 2011 at 02:45 PM "

The last regular season game was pretty even up until the end. The Lakers made big runs in the 3rd and 4th quarters of that one. I heard it mentioned that Dallas was on the back end of a back to back and the Lakers had several days off coming in so it could have been a result of the Mavs just tiring out and the Lakers being more fresh.

There was no domination of either side in the first two games. In the 1st game of the regular season, Dallas was making 3's from all over the court and in the second game, the Lakers won in a close game. I really expect a 7 game series full of games just like we saw last night. These two teams both have a lot of advantages over each other.

The problem with "getting the ball inside," remains a problem because of how well (or bad) the Lakers play against a zone defense. This is basic playbook 101 against the triangle offense. Teams will clog up the lane and push the post out. This forces the Lakers to go deep into the clock and take outside jumpers. Case in point was the first possession of the fourth quarter when the ball went inside but had to go back outside to Shannon Brown and he couldn't get a shot within the clock. He ended up taking a 30 foot-clanker.

There were some possessions when the ball was taken to the hoop. Two in particular by Fisher. Now if the Lakers were like most other teams you would see more drives to the hoop, but the triangle is based on moving the ball around the perimeter looking to get an open jumper, or to pass the ball inside to mainly Gasol and Bynum or Odom.

The triangle offense isn't structured for a traditional point guard penetrating the lane, as we saw Jason Kidd last night, and as we have seen from most other teams. In fact, Kobe is probably the only one who will drive to the basket, either pull up for a 15 foot-jumper or take it for a slam, as he did against Okafor. Or, pass it to an open man on the corner or outside for long jumpers. In the worst case scenario, force a bad pass to the other team, as he did last night.

It's hard to argue that Jackson, an 11-ring-guru, is not a good coach. And yet, he has never won a coach of the year award. Are voters thinking why shouldn't Jackson win championships, with the likes of Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, Shaq, Kobe?
Yikes, even the last two championships with Kobe and a bunch of role players, including a basically soft wingman. That's how great a basketball player Kobe is, even with all of his mental lapses, caused mainly by his ego and arrogance, which sometimes kills the other team, but last night it killed his.

How can Jackson win so many championships and yet have such a crummy and porous defensive scheme. We know about the celebrated triangle offense designed by Tex Winter, but what about the defensive scheme? Who's in charge of the defense? Who's the genius designing this masterpiece?

Whatever glory Jackson gets after he moves on to the rancho, it certainly won't be because of the way his teams played defense. It will be because he inherited Jordan, Shaq, and Kobe, the three biggest stars in the NBA in the last 20 years. Oh yeah, zen and Jeannie.

Kobe shoots 29 shots and says the bench needs to get the ball into Pau and Bynum. But he doesn't have to play within the offense. The inbalance has nothing to do with him. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Kobe is one of a kind. LOL. Anyone who doesn't find fault with kobe taking 29 shots is a couch potato and does't know anything about team sports. Look at the lakers record when kobe takes 25+ shots it is a losing %.

Whether it’s poor execution on the Lakers part or resilience and poise on the Mavericks part, Dallas came away with a win in a game the Lakers should have won.



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