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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: leroymcgee

Wed, 07 May 2008 03:55:19 +0000

I have to say that I think the booing of Fisher was blown way out of proportion. Yes, I am sure some Jazz fans booed because they felt that Fisher pulled a fast one on Jazz management to get back to the Lakers. But I think most fans, of which I was one, booed him simply because he switched sides--and not just to any old team, but to the most hated team in Utah--the cursed Lakers). However, unlike our booing of Kobe (or even Melo), when we booed Fish we did it with smiles on our faces, not scowls. We like the guy, and respect what he did for our team. We were just kind of scared of what would happen to our very young team without him. And the comparisons to the Mailman's defection to LA are way, way off in this case. DFish was loved, but he was only in Utah for one season--not nearly long enough to warrant applause when he shows up back in town wearing purple and gold. For what it is worth (probably not much more than extending this DFish discussion even further into irrelevancy) and contrary to reports by laughinghard (although maybe he has inside info that ABC doesn't have) Lisa Salters mentioned during Game 1 that Fisher does return to NYC periodically during the season to get treatment for his daughter at Sloan Kettering. And as reported by Tim Buckley at the Deseret News, Fisher's doctor in LA is merely monitoring the situation while the Fishers can't be in NYC.

By: Tyrone Johnson

Tue, 06 May 2008 20:43:07 +0000

great analysis starks! where'd u get those stats? go bron bron, and the lakers! punish 'em

By: chibi

Tue, 06 May 2008 20:37:35 +0000

As for game 2, I look for Utah to start off against the Lakers the same way they did against Houston in Game 6 and the Lakers in Game 1. They looked to get Boozer off early on the low block; both Mutombo and Gasol drew 2 early fouls. I think one way to counter that tactic and take advantage of Gasol's length is to front Boozer. Deron will look to distribute the ball and get his team involved in the 1st half; in the 2nd, he'll work the pick and roll with Boozer and see if his jumpshot is falling. So, I think Fisher can afford to go under screens while other Lakers play the passing lanes and anticipate steals in the 1st, and then play a little more conservatively in the 2nd. Against Houston, the Jazz defense was repeatedly burnt by McGrady's drives; unlike McGrady, Kobe didn't settle for too many jumpshots in the 2nd. Due to good play from the bench, he was able to rest and had enough gas left in his tank to take the ball to the hoop in 4th. That penetration should be the Lakers' bread-and-butter. So, I think if the Lakers are going to impose their will on this game, the bench must come through again; at the same time, interior defense must improve

By: Kurt

Tue, 06 May 2008 19:01:38 +0000

Very brief Kobe is MVP post up, with video footage!

By: J.D. Hastings

Tue, 06 May 2008 18:53:43 +0000

I agree with the notion that Walton and Turiaf are important keys to this series. Turiaf was key to our win in Salt Lake without Pau and his ability to bang inside, get what rebounds he can and generally take some of the pressure (read: foul trouble) off Pau/LO is an important facet. Hopefully luke has used these 2 edays to get healthy and can provide some more rebounding at the 3 spot. I don't have a problem with Vlade, but his role is pretty set. If he can crash the glass a little more, good, but I think its more reasonable to expect that from Walton. I also think Kobe can devote himself to that a little more too. It's a full team issue. I dunno about Mbenga. He gave us some good, active minutes against Denver, but outside of those minutes he's never struck me as a great rebounder, often taking himself out of position by going for the block... On the Fisher thing, I understand the initial reaction to Fisher (though I disagree with it) but was taken aback at criticizing Fisher for his reaction to being booed. Is there a code of conduct for players being in that position? Once you boo/taunt somebody I think you have to accept any reaction from them (short of anything over the top like violence/confrontation) to be fair game.

By: kwame a

Tue, 06 May 2008 18:15:34 +0000

drrayeye-Good point about Vlad, I also think he's had a good playoffs so far (although he hasn't been hitting his 3 with consistency). What do people think and Mbenga getting some run (10-12 mins) to bring more physicality back to the Jazz?

By: drrayeye

Tue, 06 May 2008 18:09:36 +0000

I'm ready to talk about game 2. I believe that on offense the Lakers will take what they are given, which may lead to more balanced scoring. Although VladRad has quietly made important contributions for several playoff games, I see a larger role for Walton in game two--if his health allows. I think that on defense, Walton will do better on the boards and on offense will facilitate in the paint scoring. On defense, the Lakers need to rethink matchup patterns. As predicted, Odom had foul troubles and fouled out. It was also not surprising to see Gasol get in early foul trouble matched agaist Boozer. The Lakers need Gasol's presence on offense so much that they can't allow him to get in foul trouble early. Ronny needs to play a role and be a presence against Utah--but more under control. More playing time for Walton may help Ronny both on offense (getting set up for shots) and defense--with Walton/Gasol to get the rebounds after Ronny blocks the shots. Ronny needs to work more on getting position and rebounds rather than spectacular but often futile blocks (and fouls). I predict that the critical action will again take place in the second quarter. If the Lakers take a lead into the fourth, they will be very difficult to stop.

By: tonystarks

Tue, 06 May 2008 17:50:51 +0000

Yeah, I seriously underrated the Hornets D. Gotta see if they can bring it in San Antonio though. Some appropriate hyperbole though by Dwyer in today's BBS: "Forget Tony Parker. He's been lapped." We might see the 3 best players in the Lig in the Conference Finals. Unbaweebabol.

By: Kurt

Tue, 06 May 2008 17:47:10 +0000

Re: The Hornets/Spurs series. I don't think the Big Three in San Antonio are average at all, but the guys they are surrounded with can no longer make you pay for mismatches, they can no longer force mistakes. Credit the Hornets though, Tyson Chandler has been amazing in the paint, killing the penetration of Parker.

By: kwame a

Tue, 06 May 2008 17:41:49 +0000

54-Yup. Byron's gameplan has been excellent. They have taken Duncan out of the mix by doubling and fronting him, and then have limited Ginobli and Parker by pressuring them up top and having Chandler clean anything that gets to the hoop. Spurs need to play Barry more, they need more scoring on the court.