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A Lakers Blog. Thoughts, reflections, and the odd rant on the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA (even the Clippers).



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By: Kurt

Wed, 28 May 2008 18:27:54 +0000

new post up



By: Brian Tung

Wed, 28 May 2008 18:05:47 +0000

ryan (127): That contact was pretty hard. I'm not so sure it's only a 1-in-10 foul. But by not going up with the shot immediately, he missed the chance to make it a 10-in-10 foul. (And I'm not talking about selling the foul--the foul did not need to be sold any harder.) Gatinho (136): To Henry's credit, he did mention the missed shot clock reset. What I don't agree with is the idea that external considerations such as the credibility of the NBA should enter into making a foul call or not.



By: J.D. Hastings

Wed, 28 May 2008 18:00:42 +0000

Truehoop's post on it is the most inflammatory thing I've seen written on the game, but Henry's a Blazer's fan so I think the emphasis may sound anti-laker even when it's not. I think his point is the same thing that upsets me: What should have been a classic game between a budding rivalry is more memorable for the refs than the players.



By: Gatinho

Wed, 28 May 2008 17:26:23 +0000

I lost a little bit of respect for Henry at True Hoop for not giving a bigger picture analysis of the overall officiating and missed calls, esp. with the incendiary headline. The ending kind of soured my joy until I heard all the Spurs at their press conferences, and I thought it would be LO missing free throws in crunch time that would haunt us... I'd like to reiterate how much more fun it is to root for this team as an "underdog" and "new kid on the block" trying to beat the Champions and favorites. It may sound ridiculous, but when your team is supposed to win it is more of a relief when they do than a feeling of elation, and last night I was elated...



By: Darius

Wed, 28 May 2008 16:58:29 +0000

I'm going to repeat what my boy Chris said when I called him after the game: "I'll take it." We can talk about the refs all night...there were questionable calls for and against each team and Barry's last play was just the cherry on the sundae of unevenness from the refs the entire night. I'll defer to Kurt's wise words whenever a game ends on a disputed play....'The team that lost should have played better throughout the game in order to win.' Outside of Barry and Duncan, the Spurs did not play a very good game. They did not control their defensive glass, they had turnovers in some key situations, and were not making enough shots to win the game. As for the media or non-Lakers' fan reaction, I could care less. People will find a reason to express their bias in whatever outlet is available to them. Most fans of both teams (two classy teams at that...) will realize that the game last night was not decided by a non-call, just like as Lakers fans we know that our very first game of the season against Houston was not decided by Luke's *own goal* where we gave away a basket that ended up being the winning margin. Most games are won and lost on the merits of the players, and I think last night falls in line with most games. Hold your heads high Lakers fans, our team earned a win last night. The Lakers played a tough team on their home court and came out on top in a pivotal playoff matchup that will greatly impact the western conference championship. The Spurs fought hard but came up short. And no ref/non-call/media backlash is going to taint that for me. We are one win from the Finals. THE FINALS!!!! I'm loving it.



By: J.D. Hastings

Wed, 28 May 2008 16:38:46 +0000

I think this article nails it: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs2008/columns/story?columnist=stein_marc&page=SpursLakersGame4-080527



By: Wagner

Wed, 28 May 2008 15:01:52 +0000

Just wondering though, if the Lakers turn out at the end to represent the West and then the Pistons turn up at the East... will the conspiracy theories stop already? If that's true, I'd really rather have Detroit come out of the East... I am so sick and tired of having my colleagues heckle the living daylight out of me because of their claims that the Lakers are getting handed the keys to the Finals. These same guys once called the Spurs the "San Antonio Sterns" after last year's WCF battle with Phoenix, and now apparently it's the Lakers' turn already to get handed the glory. I don't get people anymore.. I'd actually feel better if they just beat me up on street for being a Laker fan instead of laying all these crass "The Lakers DON'T DESERVE being where they are now" comments



By: the other Stephen

Wed, 28 May 2008 14:38:36 +0000

i remember at least one other time this season in which we trumped a team with a no-call. in the spirit of fairness, when's the last time we got screwed over by a no-call, or unfair call at the end of a tight game?



By: exhelodrvr

Wed, 28 May 2008 14:36:56 +0000

Conspiracy nuts need to use their heads. If there was a conspiracy, it would be to make the series go 6 or 7 games, not 5.



By: nomuskles

Wed, 28 May 2008 14:09:24 +0000

Great observations Warren. however, I wonder if ariza can really stick with the Truth. Pierce is much bulkier, which might make him likely to push ariza around inside. If Vlade is dialed in, I suspect he and Luke have the best chance of making Pierce's day difficult (although I doubt either of them could stop Pierce).