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Lakers trying to restore order without losing composure

As if to provide reassuring signs that all is right in Lakerland, a subtle reminder he's monitoring his $91 million payroll or perhaps a mix of both, Lakers owner Jerry Buss took a quick stroll into practice Tuesday at the team's facility in El Segundo.

"It's normal," Lakers forward Ron Artest said of Buss' visit, which was mainly to speak with his daughter Jeanie Buss, the Lakers' executive vice president. "It's not like he never comes. He's come in training camp and a couple times of the season and sometimes to eat lunch. He doesn't have to be here to show support."

As if to remind the Lakers their 96-94 Game 1 loss Monday to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals could've been nullified had they converted on a few single plays, Coach Phil Jackson instructed his reserves to be more patient passing the ball inside and highlighted Kobe Bryant's turnover on the second-to-last possession as evidence the result could've swung the other way.

"Everybody forgets about the game and [remembers], the Lakers held off Dallas in the second half," Jackson recalled saying. A single play or two like that can create it. But what we don't want to do is get mired back in that definition. We want to get back into what we do right as a basketball club.

And as if to provide perspective that not all championships are created equal, Lakers guard Derek Fisher laid out the results in the team's recent history.

"In 2008, we waltzed our way to the NBA Finals and didn't win it," he said. "The last couple of years, we've had more interesting dynamic times getting to the Finals and we figured out a way to win it in the Finals. We've done what's necessary to win and we've accepted the fact it won't be perfect, we're going to lose games and there will be times where we're not playing up to our abilities. But if it was as easy writing the script and having it go as written, there would be a lot more teams we're trying to do."

The above illustrations exemplify how the Lakers are continuing to remain even-keel about their latest adversity, even though there's a litany of issues to address heading into Game 2 with a 0-1 deficit. The Lakers have been in this position before, what with losing in Game 1 against the Houston Rockets in the 2009 Western Conference semifinals and also dropped Game 1 against the New Orleans Hornets in the first round. But it's a dicey proposition for the Lakers to continuously gamble, with Bryant conceded he remains concerned because of Dallas' improved play.

The anxieties go beyond figuring out how to avoid letting a 16-point third-quarter lead slip away or prevent the Lakers from missing four of five shots in the last three minutes and commit two turnovers in the final 20 seconds. There involves tangible things the Lakers may take a time figuring out, such as how to prevent Dirk Nowitzki from scoring 28 points on 11 of 22 shooting or how to stop the Maverick's reserves from scoring 40 points.

There's other areas the Lakers can control, such as fully utilizing their inside presence in two seven-footers with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. But the resurgence of Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood as well as the frontline's inconsistent aggressiveness and the backcourt's inconsistency in finding them open looks, it remains to be seen whether Bynum and Gasol can combine for more than 23 points in 18 field-goal attempts. Then there's the sudden disappearing act from Ron Artest, who went one-of-eight from the field after averaging 11.8 points on 50% shooting against New Orleans, a dropoff he attributed to his lack of establishing post positioning and aggressiveness.

Mix all these variables together and the Lakers suddenly have a long list of things to correct without a lot of time. Yet, the Lakers insist and have shown they thrive in these situations.

"One thing we do well is deal with adversity and deal with losing," Lakers forward Lamar Odom said. "We'll get better and better as the playoffs go on."

Even if they have done so in the past, it remains to be seen whether the Lakers can duplicate that. As the Lakers continue to operate with a situational attitude, their margin of error will continue to decrease as teams improve and fatigue and age continue to increase. Their experience, maturity and talent level can carry the Lakers out of their current adversity, but believing they can do so doesn't amount to a great formula to follow.

--Mark Medina

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

 
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Lakers is a great team for our practice and conditioning. We're gonna beat either celts or heat in the finals.

I'll believe Dallas winnning a playoff series over the Lakers when I see it actually happen. So far Dallas has done nothing to prove that its in their DNA to choke or lose when major games are on the line. The result always ends up with a camera shot of Mark Cuban standing on the sidelines with that sick look on his face simliar to Wile E. Coyote everytime the Road Runner gets away. Actually I'm more concerned about the Grizz than Dallas since they always give the Lakers fits.

Those are some funny posts Mark Cuban

here are come excerpts,
interesting that some Celtic fans are hoping for a Dwight Howard aquisition, if Danny Ainge can make that happen he's a genius.

But that's just it ...
yes, we haven’t played our game, but I’m far from convinced that we will … ever … in this series. Everyone just looks like they don’t care.

Awesome block by Lebron on KG at the end?
Or was he pushing off with his other hand?
Normally, I’d prefer to see a game where that was let go, but all to often those were being called on the Celtics and not on the Heat.
How many shooting fouls did the Cs have?

BBD was doing some good work in the paint in the 4th Q, then on two consecutive plays, he was fouled and no call.
Again, breathe on Wade or LeBron, and its a foul.
How many games do you see Ray Allen with 5 PF?
It’s not weak to blame the refs, but a valid point.

You can now dig your elbow and forearm before blocking a shot with NO foul call!!

What a joke that block by LBJ was on KG!! Of course he shoved his elbow and forearm into KG’s chest prior to blocking the shot. There is NO way he comes close to blocking that shot without the almost flagrant foul shimmy with the forearm.

This league is now a pure and utter joke!! Sad to watch. Maybe a lockout will be good and give them some time to review the incompetence of the referrees. I simply want the players to decide the games.

How about the clear charge drawn by Jermaine in the first quarter that was called a block. That should have let us all know how this game was going to be called. Pathetic.

I’m usually an optimistic person, but I feel like I want to panic.

panic is warranted at this point.

There IS a reason now

Safe to say we're all a little panicked

panic away

im right there with you

Superman to the rescue?

please let us get DH12

how are they affording him and who u trading

and I think GeeZee above is also referring to the original superman coming to the rescue being “Shaq” in the short term, in game 3 and not Dwight Howard down the road….which would be nice though, if the C’s can find a way to sign him.

It’s that simple. Maybe Shaq will be back to help in Game 3. But, who knows. Series is definitely not over. I know people are gonna say it, but honestly, it really isn’t.

We cant depend on Shaq

You never know when he will be back, and even if he does come back, how long he will be healthy for.

Got to admit, if it took the humor of a troll, Mark Cuban aka current Mav lineup, to win a series, then the Mavz might stand a chance. But the series is won on the court. Congrats on the W mav lover. Enjoy it, I know this is as good as it gets being a Mav fag err fan. "Wow, we beat the world champs". Enjoy, you might even win 1 more. But that is where your parade ends, loser. The World Champs will make the adjustments as they always do and win this series 4-2. Take that to the bank. But please keep the jokes coming, it is great comic relief. Lakes in6. Go Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My question to the Chowder Fans that frequent here...

Is Shaq ONeal still healing on company time?

Please excuse the Mavs fans...they are not used to this kind of success, even though it will be a brief one...then they can go about what they usually do this time of year...maybe clean out the gutters...or take off the storm windows...

I wouldn't know...this time of year, I'm always following my Lakers on their way to another Finals...excuse us...if we have been preoccupied...

some more comic relief from the Celtic blog

please somebody -
BEAT LA!!

We sure could use kendrick

But in BOTH games, whether or not you think it ‘decided the game’ is beside the point. The point is that it (the officiating) has reached the level of just plain absurd comedy. It is completely unreliable.
As an entertainment product, the NBA has become a joke.

I’m still looking in the rule book to find the section that specifically allows Lebron to run over Rondo. I am pretty sure it is near the section that allowed Wade to bull his way into Pierce in Game 1.
The NBA is such a freakin’ joke.

So the ‘problem’ wasn’t that the Heat were all that much better at putting the ball through the hoop. The ‘problem’ was that half the time THEY took a shot, they were also awarded a free throw.

Lots of people complain about Big Baby’s lack of assists. In 111 minutes in the playoffs, Jeff Green has 1 assist. You can’t make up stuff like this.

In 11 minutes, Krstic had zero rebounds, zero assists and zero points on 0-1 shooting. Quite a line there, Nenad.

Ray Allen on chest bruise:
“I took an elbow in the chest from LeBron and I sat on the bench and started to get shortness of breath

We are almost like Orlando with many new players

but C’s should use KG expiring contract next year $21,247,044 to get a good player(s).

can't believe i'm saying this
but if it came down to lakers/heat…i wouldn’t be rooting for the heat.

NEVER EVER root for the evil empire that is the Fakers….I feel for you man b/c I myself despise the Heat specially now, everytime Wade or Lebron Drives I want to Jermaine to stick his leg out so one of em gets down with an injury or something…Its just plain insane to wish for Kobe to win another ring and believe me, try watching the LA-Mavs series and it would make you better because you will realize how we all want LA to go down in the second round.


Looks like the Heat have learned how to play dirty ball like....

the Celtics use to play

Before I go to bed my favorites from the Celtic blog

I’m still looking in the rule book to find the section that specifically allows Lebron to run over Rondo. I am pretty sure it is near the section that allowed Wade to bull his way into Pierce in Game 1.
The NBA is such a freakin’ joke.

Lots of people complain about Big Baby’s lack of assists. In 111 minutes in the playoffs, Jeff Green has 1 assist. You can’t make up stuff like this.

please somebody -
BEAT LA!!

night

I am afraid the lakers don't quite have what it takes this year. They lack energy - this may be a disappointing season.

In last night’s game with the Mavericks versus Lakers, Dallas walked away on top with a 96 to 94 game ending.http://bit.ly/jdNwFz

Regarding the Heat and the Celtics, the Heat have shot I believe 29-32 more free throws (or somewhere in that range) than the Celtics. One way to examine this, would be to assume that the whistle is partial to MIA. But, in reality, the Celtics are older and slower, and have no shot blocker underneath to erase the mistakes that the forwards and guards are making. Unless BOS wins the next two, there could very well be a changing of the guard in the Eastern Conference for years to come. The Kendrick Perkins trade was a particularly bad one, and Danny Ainge's red, perspiring face wreaked of panic in the fourth quarter of yesterday's game. I know that the Celtics in particular would be too proud to do this, but how about a match-up zone similar to what PHO ran against the Lakers last year for stretches? I am just not convinced that MIA has the shooters to totally expose such a defense, and if you keep the game close against the Heat, you really do have a better chance of winning than they do statistically.

As always after a Lakers win tonight all this trolls will be gone again...hahahahhaha.

I just watched Game 7 of last years Finals.... now I feel good! Also, didn't realize that Derek Fisher was 0 for 8 from the 3-point line prior to game 7, he hit his first 3 during Game 7.

Now, let's show these Mavs some Championship Basketball! Let's go Lakeshow! Beat the sh*t out of this Mavericks team!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Boston Fans,

You should not panic just yet. You should panic when the Heat wins 4 games, NOT when they just held serve and up 2-0. You guys are better than that. You should take care of home court and try to do it again on Game 5 or 7. We should be meeting each other during the Finals to settle the 1-1 score.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

btw, thanks Troll Man for the link.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

No, Celtic fans should panic.

They aren't as good as the Cheat or the Bulls. I'd say that makes their chances coming out of the East pretty slim; especially considering they're down 0-2 to one of those teams.

the lakers lost coz kobe stayed in the bench too long in the 4th qrtr...why would you sit a player who has been so hot that night???...why phil???

Heat vs. Thunder finals.

Don't fool with Dallas. They have a lot of scoring power, and a better bench. We gave them game 1, but don't give them another.
Thay have 8 players that can shoot double digits, plus Dirk's 30.

This is going to be tougher than we think.

My worst nightmare will soon be a reality. The Miami Heat will win this years' NBA Championship, and all summer I will have to endure the smug grins of Lebron and Wade.

I feel horrible.

Never be too afraid of the Cheat. We got the Lakers on our side. Until we are unseated, I still believe.

No way I'm gonna concede to any team, not unless it becomes official.


Still, LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Troy

If that happens, the PSP will have a technology disconnect for 6 months; no tv, no dvd, no phone, no internet, no pc ... oh wait, in this day and age thats pretty much impossible. We all might as well have a microchip embedded in each and every human walking the face of the earth.

Thanks
PSP Officer

PSP Sir,

Any predictions for tonight's game? :)

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

With a sub-par game by Artest, Pau and Bynum, plus a little help from our friend, the ref who evidently thought Kidd's 2 hands on Kobe's hip were for a friendly dance (on a DWTS night no less) but not a fould, the Lakers lost game 1. Whats a little adversity? When you are champion, you overcome adversity, thats what you do, and the Lakers will prove they are still the champions tonight.

two points for a starting forward in the nba?
artest needs to spend much more time on the laker bench.
the mavs needn`t guard blake, he don`t think about scoring.

JovBatz24

Whats up? Sorry the PSP has been slacking off on night duty, been a tough past few weeks at work.

As for tonight, Lakers got this; Pau will step up and make Dirk work on both ends of the floor, we will see the beast Bynum that we saw against Dallas in the regular ahem sorry practice season, and Kobe will be Kobe.

The more important games will be the next two in Dallas. We HAVE to take at least one, preferably both of them. This Mavs are not the Hornets; they can actually play ball.

Thanks
pSp OfFiCeR

Btw is it just the PSP or does anyone else have a mixed feeling of awe and disgust everytime Dirk makes one of those "off one leg, fall back" unstoppable jimmy's?

Thanks
PSP Solutions Architect

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*

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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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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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L___(0)l______l__ ____l(0) J

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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PsychedLakerGirl

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LOS ANGELES LAKERS vs DALLAS MAVERICKS
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Monday May 2, 2011
Venue: Staples Center
Series: LA 0 - DAL 0
Game Time: 7:00 PST
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LakersWorld - Global Warming
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wildone - This could be the greatest Laker season ever...
Larry of LA - Really psyched about the season...
WintonDupree - Let's get this Three-peat 2.0 party started!!!!
Kobefan in Cupertino - Oh yeah baby...... we're BAAAACCKKKKKKK
Jeanette - "I love Ron so MUCH..."
OCisMambaCounty - 1, 2, 3, RING!!!
Purple & Gold Reign - Thy Kingdom Come...We get another One!
OneLakerNation - Is there any other?
Jackie Robinson - G-d bless the Lakers!
srafrank - The most interesting man...
Lakerman420 - "I need to post"
D(erek)J(eter) - Lakers will hold up my Yankees...
Art - FL Laker Fan - Covert opps deep behind enemy lines...
DC Mamba - Can't wait for the Ring Ceremony!
traveling laker - All roads lead to Staples...
qs - i think it's just right that i start the season right...let me in that bus. =)
LakerSunshine - ShineS as bright as Laker Bling...
Magia32 - Glad we didn't go for Bosh
Laker Kev - serving up baguettes and eclairs on the glorious Laker bus
Kobeayashimarue - Oh, by the way, is it to late to jump onto the buss...LOL?
alberto esmeralda - No. 1 in the regular season is overrated.
Angelica - Kobe is the greatest LAKER and one he will be the greatest of all time. Nobody can touch Kobe.
alekesam - And LO better get sixth man this year.
YRM - NBA effectively set up what happened with Kobe tonight in Utah...now that everyone knows it's open season on L.A.
soshibo - Tex Winter in the HOF...about time!
Annanotherthing - can't we all just show a little more love?
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E! - At least Kobe is the MVP financially! And Phil as MVCoach financially.
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Doug from ME - The Lakers are the freakin' Borg! Resistance is futile!
Oregon Wade - Ah yes. Life is good...
NuggetsCountry - Kobe's 81 brought tears to my eyes to watch it live.
Stockton Showtime - We're only gonna be in Texas for two games, just long enough to install some steer horns on the hood. I'm on the bus with a broom.
Jack Bauer - Kobe and co. will be OK. Go Lakers!
DOC4DaLakeShow - Lets count your nugget titles...done...go away
desertlaker - 2nd seed in the west is a good draw. Go Lakers
dan the man - The fact that Kobe isn't the runaway favorite for M.V.P. is a disgrace to basketball.
Lakersfan91 - LETS GOOOOOOOOOO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
96ws6lsx - I don't understand why people call lebron James a king... Kings have rings.
NBA4ever - BYNUM IS OUR FUTURE
Dave Weinstein - Come on Lakers - it's the homestretch - now go kick ass!!!!!
Lakeshowinphx - memo to L.O., stop hurting your teammates and block out when the game is on the LINE!
billy in slo - Like Kobe said, we are right where we want to be.
OCLEZY - I can exhale now wooo;sigh of relieve. The boys are alright now. Go Lakers!
Bako Laker Fan - I hope to see this blog in postseason form soon so I can get my needed Lakers fix while toiling away at work.
Steve - We play for rings not regular season rewards... the MVP award is a joke and a curse.
Ganapia - Like a friend says, I don’t know where is the limit but I know where is not!! GO LAKERS!!!!
Lake Show - The check is in the mail...
Jordan - LAKERS WILL BE READY COME PLAYOFF TIME.
michael H - Pau and Drew are usually more involved in the offense. We have to get back to that.
Joe_Corad - If you don't like Kobe, just come out and say it without mentioning Jordan.
Ludgwig - this is America after all, not Lybia --
willie charger - I hope Trey makes it in the NBA.
rickbrad - Simple. FEED THE BEAST the beast has risen LONG LIVE THE BEAST
Shivalingam Ramanatham - basketball is not a one on one game — it's a team game."
Lakerlady - Let's go get it, Lakers!!
millie - Good win tonight!!! You can't spell LouisianA wthout an LA..!!!!!!!!!
PNoy News - shaq will shut his mouth after kobe surpass him on scoring list.
Lonestar - Lakers look like the team to beat this post season.
lakers_coop - I would love to meet the Boston one last time in the finals and beat them for # 17.
Ruud van Nistelrooy - He must be one of the most pathetic souls on the planet - calling out the team's/league's best player who has delivered us to the promised land time and time again.
Benjamin - And SA, wow, major oops. Ginobli couldn't flop his way out of that one.
Mikey - The trick is to pickup one or two potential franchise players at the start of their careers rather than to try to buy a championship right out of the box, like say this years Knicks or Heat.
Cornell - Kobe is a warrior. He knows if he can play or not.
teamn - I always expect the best from the Lakers, so here's to the threepeat!
Diandra - Derek Fisher was playing like he was 30, Kobe like he was 25 and Pau Gasol was playing like it was last season. Has the "switch" finally been switched?
Jesterguru - Closeouts are our specialty. Eat it, Nawlins! #17, here we come.
InDaFridge - Now, go out there and WIN GAME ONE. And have fun while watchin' Mark Cuban COME UNDONE!
Lakergurl - This has to shut up all those Derek Fisher bashers. Straight from CP3 himself; one of the elite if not the best point guard now. Yeah Fish!!!
sbfern - Regular season games dont mean anything. That being said Lakers 3 pete!!!
VtLaker - Hooter Girls...yeah yeah okay I'm on board
HBMatt - LA Lakers 2009-2010 Back-to-Back NBA Champions
blusky - Do they have an answer for Bynum ? Lakers in six.
Triangle-Offense - In Buss, Kobe, Phil, we trust.
Long Live Chick - Hey Pop, You still think that Pau Gasol trade was that one-sided???
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???
Nocal in S Valley - What a shame, season is not even over and the ingrates are ready to put coach Phil out to pasture.
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.
The Snake - PJ's defensive philosophy is to give up the lower percentage 3 rather than the drive to the basket.
Laker Girl Brittney - Pau Gasol. His size and presence both dominate the court. Yet, he is able to move with so much agility and speed for a “big man.” He’s a great asset to the Lakers.
Bay to LA - HCA gives you a head start in every series and that momentum is huge.
Thirty2 - By By Spurs....The best record means didly squat
PNoy News - man, the team will suffer if kobe refuses to admit his real health condition.
slimtata - Phil heads into the sunset having blown everyone's mind one last time.
Triangle-Offense - In Buss, Kobe, Phil, we trust.
Robert E. Houston - Lakers show us all that this team is the real champion. Let's play ball the way I know this team can.
Troll Man - Just can't stand watching post game interviews with Lebron and Wade
jerseylakersfan - Kobe single handedly gave the lakers the best record in the west last season with SEVEN game winning shots!


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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!!!

This Mavs are not the Hornets; they can actually play ball.

Posted by: Practice Season Police | May 04, 2011 at 07:12 AM
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I'm good. Hope you are too.

Indeed, these Mavs are better than those Hornets. But I have a feeling(still) that our Lakers can dominate these Mavs, that we can actually outplay them anytime they(Lakers) want to, just like they did in Game 1- prior to that infamous 4th q.

After we win tonight's game, I could actually see us winning 2 games at Dallas, then close them out at home. Then again, I predicted a sweep. LOL!

I hope I'm right this time. :)

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Lewstrs,

I think its time to get rid of that SWEEP BUS. It's of no use already, it's junk! LOL! :)


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Come on, guys, yeah they blew it, but they lost by how much? 2 bloody points.

How much naval gazing would be going on here had Kobe sunk his last 3-shot?

We go down 0-2 headin' into Dallas, friends, and THAT's when I start ripping my hair out. (Yeah, in the same places I ripped it out last year when we were down 2-3 in the Finals...remember?)

But until then, you jus' gotta believe, people! This is the LOS ANGELES LAKERS!
Let me repeat: This is The Los Angeles LAKERS!

-Jerry Buss dropped in on his Investments!
-DaCoach is today the world's best b-ball sage!
-We're the Current Reigning Champs and pack tons of talent!
-Two years running, the NBA CHAMPS-now, can the Dullards from
Dallas ever hope to claim that?!
(Hell no!!)
-My man Lamar is The Six Man of the Year!
-This is the team that wears 20 RINGS between them! (and yeah, I'm countin' Luckless Luke!)
-Kobe wears more rings than the entire Miami Sheet; he's the Player of the 2000s and number 6 in all-time total points!

To be blunt, we gonna go out and smash Dallas up!
Until we're down 0-3, you jus' gotta believe!!

Boston sucks!
Lakers in 5.

Good day ladies and gents- Game day, it's great to be a laker fan. Just think about it, you can be a Spur's fan that sucks. I like to be the first to congrat the team on a great win.

LETS GO LAKERS!!!!!!!

LOCK N LOAD!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mPt3Zz_xLc

checking in, kissin biceps as usual...

PSP, i throw up in my mouth when i see that hideous wrong leg jump shot go in from dirk.

no lie though, if europe did a basketball movie like he got game w/ ray allen, dirk would be ray allen. dirk can straight up ball.

that hideous wrong leg jump shot go in from dirk.

BUT that's all he's got...

A must win game tonight...Lakers need to play their A GAME!!!

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...Checking in for Roll Call...

#17 Coming Up!!!

My selection today has a some 'phred' flavor...

No matter what...I love my Lakers...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n3OepDn5GU

Make no mistake about this game tonight. It is do or die for the Lakers. If they somehow manage to lose the first two games on their own court forcing them to win 4 of 5 with the majority of those games in Dallas, it will spell absolute doom.

No panic in Lakersville. Defense will be better 2nite, plus Drew will get more than 8/5 and Ron will knock down shots. Relax people. This Dallas team is tough, but the Lakers have the better team and will prevail.


@G. Money - your bravado is amusing, but last time I checked the championship wasn’t awarded after 6 wins.

@Troll Man – thanks for posting the comments from the Celtic’s blog. They can always take comfort knowing the Heat didn’t beat their starting 5.

@ChicNstu – Thanks for the Unity reminder. Let’s do this!

We've just done what's necessary to win, and we've accepted the fact that it won't be perfect, we're going to lose games, there are going to be times where we're not playing up to our abilities," L.A.'s co-captain continued. "But if it was just as easy as writing the script and having it go as it was written, there would be a lot more teams that have done what we're trying to do. There's a reason why we're trying to become one of three or four teams ever to make this walk four times in a row."

Keeping the big picture in mind is easier with Jackson on the bench.

Derek Fisher's remarks at practice yesterday...

http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/110503practicereport.html

Lewstrs,

I'm not sure how to take Fish's comments about becoming one of three or four teams to ever attempt to make the finals 4 times in a row. Obviously it is true, but knowing that Fish knows this makes me wonder what everyone thinks about the whole situation. Will it be a big success if the Lakers make it to the finals and lose? Does the fact that only 3 or 4 teams have ever done this mean they see it as less likely they can do it? Or, does it mean they view themselves are super special? Or, does it mean nothing?

I guess I'd rather have Fish talking about THIS post season only and not referencing the previous 3 years, because they are irrelevant to winning the title THIS year (other than having experience obviously)

Lakerholic checking in!

@LEWSTRS - thanks for the roll call!!!

Bynum was not The Beast in the last game. If Bynum is The Beast, we win it all. If not, it will be a long off season... Bynum is the biggest, “baddest”, most dominant player in the game. He has to play like it. Drew was -16 in the +/-. The closest other Laker was Shannon with -8. Plain and simple - we got killed with Drew on the floor. Ron was 1 for 8 but was still +1. When we yanked Drew and put in Lamar, things got better. He was +3 even having to play a lot of his minutes with the bench – who were all in the minus range.

Ron played great D as always. Marion shot 5 of 13. No offense however. If Ron was 2 of 8, we would have had overtime. If he was 3 of 8, we would have got the W.

Lamar has always been the X factor. Not anymore. Not in this series. The X factor is the bench. Dallas has a great bench. Their bench pounded our bench. Killer B's arise!!! Did you think you would just show up and Kobe would hand you a ring at the end of the season? Tonight is the biggest game of all of your careers – show us something! Their starters were all in the minus range except for Dirk. Dirk and their bench killed us.

Have we ever won a game when Kobe gets 0 assists? We probably have, but not too many. Without Kobe the facilitator, it will be a long off season. We seem to play better when he is looking for his guys. We have a losing record in games where he takes more than 25 shots. The other team collapses on him and creates a lot of easy basket opportunities - but only if he passes the ball to the open guy.

A lot has been said about blowing the lead in the second half. The fact is Dallas beat us three out of four quarters. They have been called “soft” more than we have. We were the soft ones on Monday. Chandler, Dirk and Marion completely outplayed Drew, Pau, and Ron. They shot 21 of 43 with 27 rebounds. Our starting front court shot 9 of 26 with 19 rebounds. If we didn’t have Lamar, we would have been blown out. If Drew comes in on a 5 rebound pace, I would yank him after 3 minutes. Lamar will get it done. If Ron comes in and starts throwing up bricks, I would yank him early as well. Matt wants it bad and plays great D. Matt doesn’t like Dallas.

I would like to see Lamar, Pau and Drew on the floor together against this team. They are big. We are bigger. Triple Towers!!!

Pau had a great game with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists. He needs to shoot more! I hope Kobe takes 8 less shots and Pau takes 8 more. That alone would have probably given us the W.

I was worried coming into this series. The way we struggled with NO didn’t inspire confidence in us being able to beat a real team. I have seen the Lakers put it into another gear time and time again. It needs to happen not now but right now. If we go into Dallas down 0-2, the fat lady will start clearing her throat. I will watch anyway because…

I am a Lakerholic.

LAKER'S. AS I SAID ONCE AND I'LL SAY AGAIN. YOU'RE STILL THE TEAM I LOVE AND ADMIRE WETHER YOU WIN OR LOSE. REMEMBER THOUGH, JUST BEFORE YOU PLAYED DALLAS. I SAID IT WAS IM PORTANT THAT YOU'LL DID NOT LET THE GAME COME DOWN TO A LAST CHANCE PLAY. WELL. YOU DIDN'T HEED MY WARNING AND THE CALL AGAINST GASOL AND THE NON CALL THAT BRYANT DIDN'T GET FROM KIDD "EXERCISING" HIS BACK ENDED UP IN A LOSS. THAT WASN'T THE SUMMARY OF THE GAME AFTER ALL. YOU'LL DID HAVE A SIXTEEN POINT LEAD. NOW BELIVE ME WHEN I SAY THIS. THE MAVERICKS UN LIKE NEW ORLEANS REALLY BELIEVE THEY CAN DEFEAT YOU'LL AND THEY ARE COMING IN READY TO STEAL GAME TWO. DON'T PUT YOURSELF IN THIS PERDICAMENT. YOU'RE NOT NOVICES, YOU'RE PROFESSIONALS WITH PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE. TO BE HONEST. YOU HAVE IN MY OPINION THE GREATEST MAN ,KOBE WHO HAS EVER PLAYED THE GAME. THIS MAN IS PLAYING WITH SO MANY INJURIES UNTIL HE PROBABLY JUST CALL THEM ALL FAMILY. YET DAY OR NIGHT THIS MAN GIVES BEYOND HIS ALL. NOW I ASK THE REST OF YOU. TO ASK YOURSELF A HEART QUESTION. AM I REALLY GIVING MY ALL. AM I INTIM IDATED BY THE COMPETITON. DALLAS SURE IS NOT. NOWITSKI IS BANGING LIKE NEVER BEFORE. DALLAS IS A DIFFERENT TEAM AND THE ONLY WAY TO STOP A WILD LION IS TO CAPTURE HIM. DALLAS NEEDS TO BE SHACKLED AND ALL OF THE LAKERS NOT JUST KOBE NEEDS TO HAVE THEIR HEAD IN THE GAME. YOU'LL ARE BEING PAID TO BE THE BEST, NOW GO OUT AND DO THE BEST. DON'T BE LEFT WITH PIPE DREAMS. THIS IS PHIL JACKSON'S LAST YEAR. I REALLY FEEL THIS STRONGLY IN MY SPIRIT.(I WISH IT WASN'T). DOESNT HE IF NO ONE ELSE DESERVE TO GO OUT A WINNER. COME ON. GIVE HIM A WELL REWARDED FATHER'S DAY GIFT. THAT'S WHAT TRUE SONS DO FOR THEIR FATHER. PSALMS 84:11 ISAIAH 45:3

Morning blog faithfuls!

TONIGHT IS MUST WIN!

This is what lakers wanted this is what they get

Losing is not an option.. Lose tonight and we'll all be sh*t up the creek without a paddle.

There better be no understimating ur opponent... no letting up... no waiting for the ball.. no whining to the refs.. no sending tapes to the league office.. And especially no passive minded pussy cat play.

(Now here's my cheap william wallace imitation)

I am yellofever.. I see a whole legion of lakerfans in defiance of (stern) tyranny...you have come to fight as champions and champions you are!!! Fight and u may lose.. Run and u may live a least a while (in the city of LA)..and dying in ur bed many many years from now would u be willing to trade all these days for one chance just once chance to come back as 3PEAT CHAMPS and tell our enemies that they can take our lives but they may never take our VICTORYYYYYYYYYY!

GO LAKERS!

game day............ that's about all the enthusiasm I can get when really I cringe through each game they play this season........

Using way too many nitro pills and sedation techniques for what used to be a fun team/Kobe to watch. DF is there mostly. Pau/AB/RA/LO need to consistently show up - not hero games, but if they all show up, we win hands down. Kobe is Kobe and will be there all in. He can score 30+, but without consistent help he HAS to score 30+. Last game in 3rd quarter I stated he had to score 40 that night for them to win, just because I could see the stagnation and lack of effort on the boards and movement. Turns out only 39 was needed, but you get my point.

Please bench Shannon in favor of trying Trey for 3+ minutes, PJ!

Must win tonight, as is games 3,4, and 6, according to my former posting of the exam of history and Laker no-show in midday games on Sundays (games 5 and 7).

Here we are again. The lakers can not be prepared to go in and win a series decisively. This team plays when it wants to and there is no excuse that this team should not be prepared.Do the Lakers players decide I just do not want to be here today and come back another day. Just ask Phil if Ido not want to play today. This is a professional championship team and franchise. The Lakers need to provide the fans with a winner and not a loser. Play ball.

yellowfever - Excellent 'Braveheart' flashback ...lol

Lakerholic - We will put it in 'overdrive' tonight...but still no need to push the 'nitro' button...

LRob - Glad no panic, but no check in or selection?

I agree with you again yellofever and nuggetscountry, Lakers should play to win and not be concerned of their personal stats. Focus on the objective and shy away from attention. Use oneself as a decoy for the good of the team. Lastly, be a man and stand up to be recognized, stopped being silly and girlie in handling the ball. And to Shannon, Kobe, Artest and LO, if your shots are bricking please, please don't use this game as an experiment to your prowess. Use your basketball IQ and go for the inside, get some fouls, manufacture shots, pass it to the big man who is 2 feet away from the basket.

This is the story of the season, Lakers are just too good, too great and start to be cocky and complacent with the games. Stop playing games and stick to basketball, focus on winning and move on.

MM, I think you really need help in managing your blog. You can't do it alone in moderating it, composing threads, go for interviews there has to be an intern who would micro manage some irresponsible posters. It cannot be solved by slowing down through moderating or going for insta posting in a timely fashion but more on the crude way of someone looking/perusing at posts and deciding whether it's newsworthy, blog-worthy or just waste of bandwidth and dragged the reputation of LA Times. It is understandable that everyone want to seek for attention whether positively or negatively using yours forum as their platform for mischievousness. There has to be a way in solving those kinks. Again my 2 cents.

888

Stop this nonsense! You cannot abandon us in the heat of battle. That's a cardinal sin! Now I get ur frustrated with phillip as well and I'm sure u'll acknowledge he's also human and made some tactical errors last game so some level of criticism is not unfounded.. Now get ur hiney back in here. We're in the middle of a 3PEAT run! For every bashing pessimist this blog needs a gushing optimist here and you complete us! :-p

It absolutely amazes me the amount of panic expressed by these writers when the Lakers lose a game and so as they win, order has been restored to the World. Look, the Lakers have made it to 3 NBA Finals in a row, won 2. It is very difficult to consistently perform on a Championship level when other teams are getting better. Granted I want them to win, but damn the world will not end if they don’t make it. Damn media has to always stir something up.

THE LAKERS ARE GOING TO PROVE AS THEY ALWAYS DO THAT TRUE CHAMPIONS SURVIVE THE GREATEST BLOWS.DALLAS PRETTY MUCH GAVE THEIR BEST GAME AND THATS SCARY CUZ THEY BARELY WON WHEN THE LAKERS HAD MISTAKES DOWN THE STRETCH AND DIDN'T PLAY THEIR "A" GAME. 3 PEAT!!!!!!

gasol!!!! its ur night to do what u want. i dare you to give us a 25 and 15 game. bynum will come strong as well with a double-double and our supporting cast with the killa b's lol will be on. we're almost better on the road than @ home and that's becuz we have our "new-age" lakers. lol. in the days of old, protecting ur home floor was like protecting ur wife from a burglar. GO LAKE SHOW!!!!!

I have said it before. I will say it again. Play Trey!
;-)

After the Lakers let game 1 slip through their fingers I was a little despondent but after taking a day I feel as though this is just a bump in the road. If the Lakers are going to win a championship one loss at home should not derail this team. This team has more road playoff wins over the last four playoffs than any other team and have proven that they are effective on the road. Hopefully Bynum can break free from his Game 1 performance which was not entirely his fault. Pau should be able to chip in 20 and at least 10 rebounds and hopefully the bench comes out with a better game. Other than that the Dirk led Mavericks still have the same problems as they always had, they are soft on the inside.

@ RICK - Stop yelling, I said stop yelling, you still can not hear me let me yell it at you, STOP YELLING. LOL.

LAKERS IS 5. I SAID IT BEFORE THE SERIES AND I'M STICKING TO IT! LET'S GO L.A.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*LAKERS IN 5. :)
SORRY.

It is difficult the quantify my hatred for the Miami Heat. It's boundless.

I hate the Celtics, but I do have some respect for their heritage. Not Spurs respect, but at least SOME respect.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!


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