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By: DrRayEye

Wed, 25 Apr 2007 14:39:58 +0000

This is not the time to think wholesale changes. It is still the time to think strategy. A significant part of the Laker failure so far involves substitution patterns that changed the momentum of the game. Last night, it was as if Phil threw in the towel in the second quarter when he substituted out the starting unit--and a 6 point deficit swelled to 21. T. J. Simer got it right, so it must be pretty obvious. Looking to next year, we must realize that both Kwame and Lamar are facing surgery after the season. Mihm has been gone the entire season. VladRad is a similar story. Phoenix, on the other hand, is currently healthy and deep. They execute a clear vision. In addition, their coaching staff seems to know how to focus on details during the game, refining substitutions and game strategy on the fly while ours seem,l well, lost in Zen. It will be interesting to see if there is a better thought through strategy for game three that, at least, gives us a chance to win.

By: chopperdave

Wed, 25 Apr 2007 07:25:47 +0000

Just to clarify my Smush-complaint above, I was relieved to see Phil get the message and cut his minutes to 4, but not sure all his minutes should be going to Shammond or Sasha. Neither were dreadful, but playing those guys plays into the Suns strengths and sacrifices some of our potential match-up advantages. As long as one of Farmar/Smush/Shammond/Sasha are on the floor, Nash practically has a free pass defensively. Exhausting him on that end will be key to stopping him on the other. Obviously tonight no one thing was gonna do the trick, but maybe for next time.

By: chopperdave

Wed, 25 Apr 2007 07:10:06 +0000

Luke and Farmar-superstar were the only two that looked like they hadn't thrown in the towel by the 3rd quarter. Even Kobe, while still chastising teammates for getting not getting back, looked dejected and hopeless by that point. I appreciated Luke's effort especially, attacking the basket and chasing down loose balls long after the outcome was decided. I feel like "Why is Smush even playing??" has to be the thing I've heard most frequently from Lakers fans of late. Normally I don't like to question coaches' decisions because they invariably know things we don't, especially with Phil, but there is absolutely no reason to play him the rest of this series. I'd say the majority of the time a breakdown ends in an easy dunk, you can trace it back to a f-up from Smush, whether it's not fighting through a screen or just getting blown by. At this point he offers nothing on either end that we can't get from Jordan, Sasha, or even Shammond and McKie. At least those guys look like they care after the blur whizzes by. I've heard it from numerous people on here, so I know I'm not alone: why don't they go big and exploit the hell outta Nash defensively?? Give Mo a shot guarding the point (he can't do worse than Smush), let Luke/Kobe/Lamar handle the ball, and drive it down their throats. We don't lose athleticism by subbing in Evans when Farmar. And no Ronny in the first half is a mystery. Let's hope L.A. is kinder.

By: Kas

Wed, 25 Apr 2007 06:54:36 +0000

the worst thing that can happen to the lakers is them winning this series. if they do, ill be cheering my heart out. however, it might be for the best that they go out in like 5 games (no sweeps) so that the higher ups know that major change HAVE to take place.

By: rico

Wed, 25 Apr 2007 06:15:39 +0000

That was the most depressing game in quite a while. We couldn't even get close enough to give a hard deterring foul. Truely pathetic effort.

By: nomuskles

Wed, 25 Apr 2007 06:09:13 +0000

Did anyone else see Amare jump OVER kwame? That was freakish. Maybe MK should ask kobe to take a paycut so he could afford to pay free agents some money. Anyway, Lakers are probably a couple years away from being able to sign a big name, which makes the free agent discussion a little premature for us (although the front office should of course be keeping up on the situation). Lakers need more time together as a team and better effort all around (even from Kobe). I don't think we can learn much from tonight's other than the fact that the Suns can play highly skilled basketball and the Lakers are capable of playing really awful basketball. Let's hope game three has a different look. Also, in response to the complaints that PJ played the wrong guys, I don't disagree, but the correct guys aren't on the roster. That's just how it is. This team doesn't have it anymore. Maybe in another year with a swap of some pieces and the growth of some younger players.

By: warren (philippines)

Wed, 25 Apr 2007 05:59:59 +0000

Having Kobe is a convenience we cannot waste. He is real gold and a player like that arrives only once every 10 years. He should be supported properly and be perennial contenders. Like say, Kobe and KG. Don't kid me with the fact that we are waiting for Bynum's emergence. By golly for all I care it may not come at all. Lamar Odom is nice to have but the results are all I care. I could even let him go if KG is the result. Bynum + Odom + Cook for KG + Craig Smith Defensively, the Lakers are a joke. Credit it to your guy Smush Parker. Get Radman, Luke Walton and send them off to Utah for AK.

By: warren (philippines)

Wed, 25 Apr 2007 05:48:03 +0000

Barbosa will be a very good player since the Suns are offense-minded. He will later on crawl to the starting five in lieu of Raja Bell. The question is: Will the Suns let go of Marion? He's gonna be worth much as they approach the tax luxury line. Or will they let go of Diaw instead? I don't care anyway...

By: pgblooded

Wed, 25 Apr 2007 05:45:58 +0000

A friend called just to heckle me because of the blow-out. This really sucks!!!!

By: Tony B.

Wed, 25 Apr 2007 05:40:28 +0000

My favorite part of the game was when the Suns fans cheered when Kobe went down. That showed a lot of class.