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Lakers vs. Mavericks: Dallas dealing with its past

Photo: Tyson Chandler #6 of the Dallas Mavericks dunks the ball against Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Staples Center on May 2, 2011. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images The soft Mavericks of old?

Count veteran center Tyson Chandler, who's in his first season with the Mavs, as one of those guys who called them soft when he played against Dallas. He happily admitted it.

"Oh, yeah, I definitely did," he said Tuesday at practice in Playa Vista. "That was one of those things when I came here I wanted to turn around because I knew if that was my mind-set, it was probably some other people's mind-set too. It's a process. But I felt like we're up for the challenge. When things get tough, this team doesn't back down."

The old Mavericks, faced with a 16-point deficit on the road, might have crumbled Monday night. Instead they beat the Lakers by two points in Game 1 and were looking to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Game 2 is on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

"I think we’re mentally tougher than we have been," said Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki. "It showed after the meltdown Game 4 in Portland, the way we came back and basically won two big games, back-to-back. Everybody already said we’re dead.

“So I think we’re a bunch of veteran guys that have been through a lot in this league already and seen a lot in this league and know one bad quarter or one bad half or even a bad game, you can overcome it by coming ready to play the next night and just get it out of your heads."

It's all about adjustments at this stage, and Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle is expecting more pressure from the Lakers in Game 2 and possible matchup changes.

"All that stuff is secondary to us playing our game at a higher level than we did in Game 1," he said. "We can’t give up a 12-2 run to end the first half and go from up one to down nine, and survive. You leave too much to chance."

-- Lisa Dillman

Photo: Tyson Chandler #6 of the Dallas Mavericks dunks the ball against Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half of Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Staples Center on May 2, 2011. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images

 
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I'm very dissappointed in this squad. It's clear that we are a matchup nightmare for the Mavs. Yet, the intensity, focus, effort, were all missing. It's pretty embarrassing to be a Lakerfan after performances like this. I mean, how can I defend this kind of crap to the Laker haters?

C'mon Andrew Bynum, we cannot afford to have you play like that. Take Tyson Chandler and eat him up! Brendan Haywood too.

GIT Lakers!

Yeah, Howard wants to stay in Orlando! With their current salary commitments,
they have no chance of winning for the next several years. If Howard wants to come to LA, watch it happen!

Jon K – Congrats on the Friedman.


Since the Lakers lost one they really had no business losing yesterday…my selection for today is.....

Lauryn Hill aka L Boogie – Lost One
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlakbCyq9Hw


You might win some but you really lost one
You just lost one, it's so silly how come

Okay so Phil wasn’t at his best yesterday and he should take the heat for his defensive assignments on that last Dallas possession: Drew on JKidd and Pau on Dirk. Many have also lamented holding the starting lineup out to long in the 4th. Well the stats don't uphold that argument. Here are the 4th Quarter +/-

Blake/Barnes -2
Shannon -4
Kobe/Pau -5
Ron/DFish -7

"Okay so Phil wasn’t at his best yesterday and he should take the heat for his defensive assignments on that last Dallas possession: Drew on JKidd and Pau on Dirk. Many have also lamented holding the starting lineup out to long in the 4th. Well the stats don't uphold that argument. Here are the 4th Quarter +/-

Blake/Barnes -2
Shannon -4
Kobe/Pau -5
Ron/DFish -7

Posted by: LRob | May 03, 2011 at 03:36 PM
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Yeah, the Lakers starters came back in with a lead and had plenty of opportunities to hold that lead and failed to do so. Plenty of room for blame all around on this one.

L Rob,

Someone's taken over my handle again.

That last post wasn't me.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

Despite everything, we should have won the game, but a lack of focus in the fourth quarter led to turnovers that literally cost us the game when it could have gone the other way.

Beyond frustrating.

The team needs to get the Eye of the Tiger back.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

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.


Posted by: Zopi | May 03, 2011 at 03:17 PM

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Previously, Kurt was the defensive coordinator. He was the one who convinced PJ (who is old-school on-ball defender type) to shift into the 'funnel' trapping defense philosophy.

After Kurt left, none from the coaching staff assumed the defensive coordinator role. Instead, the scouting duties were divided among the coaching staff and that person scouting the team is also responsible for tweaking the defensive scheme. Defensive philosophy 'by committee'.

PJ's old Bulls team were intensely defense-oriented. Pippen and Jordan (the Dobermann gang) were perennial All-NBA Defensive First Team. Add Rodman who was perennial NBA rebounding champion and former DPOY and you have a powerful defensive presence.

So what happened to the defense-oriented PJ? He is now letting his coaching staff 'figure it out'...

stop turning the ball over.... and pass to the inside...

damn it...!!!!

oh yeah.. play some D

There goes insta post again.

Trolls...

Peace out.


DBDH!

LRob

your */- stats don't tell the true story

Exactly how do starters find a rythym by sitting on the bench for that long and then have to perform immediately because your second unit has once again blown a lead.

The headless coach needs to put players back in earlier to re-establish their previous form. Damn simple

No coach in the NBA does this and phil is the headless Coachman

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.http://bit.ly/jdNwFz

Is it just me or did Kidd have Kobe around the waist prior to Kobe slipping to the floor? That was an obvious call which wasn't made; touching is OK but you cannot impede one's efforts to move around the court. What I really want is for Charles Barkley to be barred from making any comments about the Lakers games. It is obvious that he is a Lakers and Kobe hater and if you are a Lakers fan, you really don't want to hear his negative comments period.

P. Gasol has an opportunity to prove that he is just as great as Giwintsky doing what he does and what comes natural to him if he would only make up his mind to do it; he should make it a mind over matter situation. He made a horrible foul but that did not determine the outcome of the game, it never should have been that close anyway; they played into the Mavericks hands by allowing them to stay that close. The Lakers have the only bench players, the 3 Bs, that do not look to shoot the ball; most of the time the shot clock expires on them, why is that? The 3 Bs should stand behind that 3 point line and shoot the ball until it feels second nature, taking a page from Durant's book. 1000 shots per player per day is not too much.

WHY IS GASOL SO GOOFY MAN! HE GIVES UP SHIT DAY IN AND DAY OUT. SURE HE COMES WITH SOME GOOD PLAYS,. LIKE HE SHOULD! BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HE GOES AHHHHGHGH AND LOSES THE BALL TO AN REDICULOUSLY EASY BASKET. GIVE ME A BREAK ESPECIALLY THE LAST POSESION WHERE HE GOT THE BALL JACKED AND IS LIKE WHAT DID I DO??? HAHAH JESUS GET YOUR SHIT RIGHT!! HOW IS THE TWO TIME DEFENDING CHAMPS GOING TO BLOW A 16 POINT LEAD SERIOUSLY IN BIG GAMES LIKE THIS?


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