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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

Mon, 26 May 2008 16:02:25 +0000

game three thoughts up in a new thread.

By: nomuskles

Mon, 26 May 2008 15:58:20 +0000

Yeah, I was watching the game with my girlfriend. Definitely makes taking losses easier. Plus, I took solace in the fact that we still have a 2-1 lead. Other than that, the game was obviously frustrating. My eyes say that Manu was entirely the difference tonight. His better shooting and improved explosiveness really got the Spurs going on offense, which I think fed their defense. Also, the lead allowed Bruce Bowen to stay in the game longer, which hinders Kobe's effectiveness. The Lakers missed shots were often due to very tough defense in the lane and taking a lot of contested threes. It's not like we missed 15 open jumpers that would've made up the difference. Yes, Pau was missing his jumper, but everyone else seemed to be taking a lot of contested shots that had a low percentage of going in. My refrain for the entire second and third quarter was that Lamar and Pau were the ones hurting us the most by not providing much inside presence in the paint on offense. Pau's "weenie shots" and Lamar's missed layups were often the result of very good defense and those two need to figure out how to score more off of player movement, rather than one-on-one post moves.

By: kwame a.

Mon, 26 May 2008 15:34:02 +0000

Simply put, the Lakers shot themselves in the foot. That being said, it was a must win game for S.A. and they did just that. The Lakers unstated objective prior to these two road games was to grab one, and they still can do that. I expect Pau,LO and Fish to play better, and our defense to adjust to Manu hanging out on the perimeter moreso than he usually does. I still see a 5 game series, and in a strange way, the Lakers should view Game 4 as a Game 7, because in all reality, a win in Game 4 closes out the series.

By: Lakers Blog

Mon, 26 May 2008 08:25:39 +0000

I feel as if Phil Jackson used this game to learn something about how the Spurs play at home. Here is what may have gone through his head, "The Spurs are in a must win game. They are returning home with the crowd on their side. They are going to make adjustments and will be able to feed off the crowd. With the complete change in scenery and the obvious intensity that the Spurs will bring to tonights game, perhaps we should allow them to win, and use it as a learning experience to prepare for game 4. Game 4 is far more attainable than game 3, for obvious reasons of desperation on the Spurs behalf, and the Lakers will be more accustomed to the AT&T Center by game 4. Let's make this a 5 game series and go 2-1-2 to make our way into the NBA Finals."

By: lakerfan101

Mon, 26 May 2008 07:50:59 +0000

I am not to worried about this loss, we will make our shots in the next games and that Ginobili guy can't make the same % of 3PT shots 5 of 7, which was half of his total points in this game, again (can he?). GO Lakers...

By: harold

Mon, 26 May 2008 07:29:35 +0000

no worries. so far, Lamar has shown that he can bounce back the very next game, and Kobe has shown that he can and will do what it takes to have the Lakers perform better the next time around. they needed an absolutely sizzling Ginobili in the beginning, who must have caught us off-guard. What I'm worried is whether Kobe can get to the line or not. If we can put the Spurs in the penalty, and have some of them accumulate 4 fouls by the end of the 3rd, we should be in great shape.

By: SpurredOn

Mon, 26 May 2008 07:25:51 +0000

From a Spurs lens: SA played well but not great on the offensive end. Still had too many unforced turnovers, couple of missed wide open 3s from Barry (who is deadly) but they are finding their rhythm. They can play better on that end. I know the easy thing to say is the big three were lights out but truth is only Manu was. TD and Tony were more assertive, similar to the first half of game 1. That does set the tempo but TD can get 28+ per game in this match-up. Manu was lights out and I can't expect him to shoot that well next game. I can only hope he makes it to 20 which means getting TD up near 30 and having Tony be more involved. His floater was still off early but he seemed to find it late. He also needs to take more jumpers. They're available and if he hits them at 50% clip, the rim is his. These two squads are even. It's a great match-up. Game two was an anomaly. A 2-2 series, should Tuesday night finish that way, would be no surprise. It's not about what the Lakers didn't do tonight or Phil not making adjustments. SA is very good. If their legs hadn't given out in the fourth quarter of game one, that game would've finished like tonight's did. They are the one team, due to their experience but mostly their defense, that can give the Laker offense some issues.

By: Kurt

Mon, 26 May 2008 06:47:42 +0000

104. Warren, nomuskles is alive and well. The same cannot be said of his laptop right now. The liveblogs will return soon.

By: Karl

Mon, 26 May 2008 06:39:45 +0000

At least now you people can stop blaming Farmar.

By: Warren Wee Lim

Mon, 26 May 2008 06:01:48 +0000

Bullets from this Ugly loss: - Its your fault marrl and other Stephen... I sensed it from the get-go. - Whoever said the SPurs were pushovers and were going to fold game 3? - Did Manu's ankle magically heal from Texan cooking? - Dude's humor is unmatchable. - No live blog nomuskles? I could sense the frustration, anger and sarcasm all over your live blog all the way from the Philippines. Ditch the GF bro, take her back after we win the WCF at least.