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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: robin cherney

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 16:25:10 +0000

i watch the game last night in my home with my mother and i must say the magic are playing the same cards. and the are playing the same type of a game were they can try to win but they just can not that is a sad day and here i been a magic fan cents 1990 threw 1995. and they still could never win a game and know they just never going to get those supper bowl basket ball rings becuase they still can not win a game with the old time or with the new team and they want a new basket ball building to play in and i think they do not desver it on tell they can prove they can win avery game. i am no long a magic fan i am sorry that how i feel no only did they fall as a team they let there fands down to. and they let down nick andrewson the onl magic player and the orlando mayer down to we the people and the magic spend ower money so we can surort a team they can warm up avery year and every day so get were they are and they keep loseing this a very sorry team i will not spend any of my money on the magic or the magic stuff they give to you.

By: Kurt

Fri, 23 May 2008 17:38:49 +0000

Game 2 preview/chat post us up. And sorry Dan, no Punch Out references this time.

By: busterjonez

Fri, 23 May 2008 17:07:32 +0000

For tonight, we need to force Manu right and make him take the mid range shot. Planting on his bum ankle will (1) be very difficult and (2) cause more damage to the injury. Making him push off at least two times every time he looks to be aggressive on offense should greatly limit his effectiveness. I would be also in favor of attacking Manu on D, and making him plant and push off the bum ankle. Drive to the side opposite to the bad ankle. Or maybe pull a Pop and have DJ Mbenga sweep the leg. This is the real problem with the Spurs style. In order to compete against them, we must adopt their mentality and kick them where they are down. Poor sportsmanship may be ethically questionable, but it certainly helps to win championships. I don't want to see Manu actually get hurt, but hey, it's a contact sport. (At least, that's what a Spurs fan would say). Spurs need TD, Parker, and Manu to get theirs in order to have enough firepower to deal with the Lakers' offensive onslaught. Without Manu, the task of scoring more than the Lake Show gets considerably more challenging.

By: This Little Pinky

Fri, 23 May 2008 16:19:37 +0000

Something to watch for tonight, the Spurs may adjust to the Kobe-Gasol pick and roll, and Duncan may sag into the paint to cut of any lobs, in which case, Gasol, smart player that he is, will pick and pop, instead of pick and roll. I hope his 15 foot shot is on.

By: The Fanalyst

Fri, 23 May 2008 14:33:07 +0000

31. Thank you nomuskles for taking notice of a novice Nostradamus. Of course I re-posted my predictions in jest and make no claim to actual clairvoyant powers. That said, I've always enjoyed your live blogs and hope to have another here soon in this series. What can we expect? My feelings say Game 3 will inspire you to write...

By: Mamula

Fri, 23 May 2008 13:39:58 +0000

Great discussion guys. I honestly do not believe that the Spurs will fold. They are too stubborn to do that. Whatsmore we have to understand their motivation source. Yes, they have 4 rings, but they have not won a back to back, they are not getting any younger, and they probably believe that they should and could have won it every year since Shaq left L.A. and I would say that they have a fair point. Spurs are a perfectly constructed team with ideal discipline and a superstar that is almost impossible to guard. These 3 things add up to a perfect winning formula. If you look at SA players most of them would not even have made the rosters of other playoff teams. But hey they are still in the playoffs right? I think doubting the Spurs only makes them more hungry and better. Tim Duncan knows that he is on a downer side of his decline. He knows he probably has 2-3 more cracks at championship and then he will just have to hang them up. Popovich knows that about Duncan too. SA does not have the comfort of UTAH or NO of knowing that this is a learning experience and their youngsters will be even better next year. SA simply does not have that luxury. What they do have, thouh, is the fact that they can bounce back from anything and beat anyone in any game. And that is the most valuable ( I would say priceless) thing to have for a playoff team. We can all be happy about the great comeback. We can all cheer about the heart we showed. We can all hope that Spurs will be mentally devastated. We can pray that LO and Fish will show up in the next games and will make us even better. We can feel good that we held SA to 12 pts in the 4th, about the fact that Kobe took only 3 shots in the 1st half and we still won, about how the fans got crazy in the end. But... At the end of the day, until LA wins a game in SA nothing is certain. Because just like the NO series, Spurs are scary with their ability to win any given game. Having said that, I think these Lakers are different from PHX stars, and NO young guns. Phil Jackson is too good to let Pop steal one from him. PJ knows that winning on the road ( I expect in game 4) will completely take away all the confidence from the Spurs. I think Phil had a huge sigh of relief last night. He treats the home games as Ws for sure. He simply can not afford to give Pop any kind of advantage to exploit. As much as I dislike (but utmostly respect at the same time) the Spurs, I think the Lakers have too good of a coaching staff to let the players fold just like it happened in NO in game 7. Spurs will try to extend the series for as long as possible. I just do not think Lakers should play cat and mouse game with them. I say Lakers in 5 after a beautiful Game 4 win in SA

By: Warren Wee Lim

Fri, 23 May 2008 13:28:03 +0000

The Spurs are a fiscally sound team that is conscious of the tax line, making money and keeping a class A team all in one process. Mistakes like Scola to Houston happens once in a while and while they are that good fiscally, they are human still. In some sort of way, the Spurs did another thing that compromised their ability to "refresh". Like Phoenix, they keep on stashing or selling their picks just to be "fiscally sound" as I described them. They did trade their 09 1st + Elson for Kurt Thom (who has to be negotiated with a new contract) next year. At some point, the Spurs need to cash in on Manu or TP (I can't foresee Duncan getting traded - ever!) and do some sort of rebuild/retool-on-the-fly. It would be another 2-3 years with the same old guys but it would have to go under an overhaul or a massive re-tool soon.

By: Pato

Fri, 23 May 2008 12:57:12 +0000

1) Every time I read something about Manu's injury, I think that Popovich should seat him to let him rest for the Olympics... 2) Spurs have a great organization but they made a big mistake with Scola. I still do not understad why they gave it for free to Houston. 3) I expect an improvement game for Odom and Fisher tonight (sorry, in the Buenos Aires the game is at 10PM). 4) I like this series. I watched yesterday Detroit-Boston and I think that the Spurs are the best opponent we could find in a way to the finals because of their tough defence.

By: Bill Bridges

Fri, 23 May 2008 08:43:22 +0000

It may be so that the Spurs is the rare team that can shrug off a devastating loss. But the psychological impact of the game is mainly in reinforcing the Laker's belief that they can persevere against SA - which should help them at the Alamo. Vladrad was the only starter to show up and kept the Lakers afloat in the 1st quarter. Without his 10 points, who knows if the Lakers' comeback would have been enough During the game thread I wrote that the Spurs are the best pnr defensive team in the league, yet the Lakers kept going to it. I think in the 3rd, the Spurs stole the ball on consecutive possessions by anticipating the bounce pass to a cutting Gasol off the pnr. "Run the triangle" I wrote then and I hope they do more. Before the game, I thought that Fish's +50% from 3 was likely to revert back to the mean. But didn't write it to avoid being called out as a jinxer. I hope he bounces back but Fish usually sustains his streak, good or bad, for a few games. Curiously, the Laker's ability to close out on the 3 point shooters was consistently good all game regardless whether they covered Duncan solo (1st 3 quarters) or doubled him (4th). In fact, the close out of the corner 3 was better in the 4th. Not sure why this should be so until I can review the game but however they did this - do it again.

By: Brian Tung

Fri, 23 May 2008 08:28:13 +0000

magic days (37): Any team will say it had no effect, that they're making no excuses. That's nothing. The real question is, what are they saying to themselves in the locker room? I think a less experienced team doesn't believe their own words when they say something like that, while I think the Spurs do. They know what they're capable of under the circumstances, because they've been here lots of times. SpurredOn (50): Pop, or at least the Spurs braintrust, is always looking for some super, because it's silly not to be looking all the time. But you're right that they won't bust the team until Duncan is done, or at least in rampdown mode the way the Admiral was for his last run. By bust the team, I mean only Duncan is sacred. I can't see that guy playing for anyone else. Hard to see Parker or Ginobili playing anywhere else, either, but it's at least conceivable.