Friday, November 28, 2014
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Anna Gonda

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Anna Gonda has been the post-game editor for LakerNation.com since the 2009-2010 season. Between post-game reports, she's a full-time advertising coordinator for an academic publisher and a part-time photographer. Favorite Lakers: Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher. Favorite Laker Moment: Game 7, 2010 Finals against the Boston Celtics.

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Surrounded by downtown Los Angeles or the Phoenix desert, dressed in their yellow, white or purple jerseys, it doesn’t matter much to the defending Champions. Having closed every series in the Playoffs away from the comforts of Staples Center, the Lakers have proven that when it comes to winning, time, location, or uniform is but a trivial circumstance.

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The momentum had clearly shifted. After leading by 18 points, and then failing to reach out for defensive rebounds (they had three chances!), the Lakers got what they deserved -- a bank-in three-pointer from Jason Richardson to tie the game at 101...

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The Orlando Magic heard it. The Phoenix Suns heard it too -- all the talk of a Lakers/Celtics showdown before the Conference Finals even began. The round before the "real round" was a mere formality, a required prerequisite before a team could advance...

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It was the Lakers’ game to lose when Shannon Brown swung an overhead pass to Jordan Farmar for a three-pointer in the second quarter to give the Lakers a 41-35 lead. It was their game to lose when Robin Lopez elbowed Derek Fisher on the head and sent the Lakers co-captain after the young fellow who obviously wasn’t familiar with the “Scola incident”...

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"If we're going down,” Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry told his team at halftime, “we gotta go down fighting."

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Phil Jackson said it best when he uttered his first words during Monday’s post-game podium address, “This was a surprise for us.”

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It has been a long three days without a Laker game; so long that we fans have subjected ourselves to cheering for (gulp) the Boston Celtics. In our defense, there were reasons for this momentary lapse in judgment...

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"People made Kobe mad. People owe him an apology,” Deron Williams said from his post-game podium visit. “I heard Chuck (Charles Barkley) say he was getting old, and he wouldn't be able to do the same things he could do… and he pretty much did them."...

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Cold-blooded. Clutch. Closer. These are the three C’s that make up Kobe Bryant, but in the grand scheme that is the NBA Playoffs, Bryant rarely goes after the kill alone. Always lurking behind the deadly Mamba is one bulldog named Derek Fisher...

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“I’m not even thinking of the pain,” Andrew Bynum said to Craig Sager during a half-time interview. “During the game, he never complains,” Phil Jackson said of his young center. “Andrew’s a trooper,” Lamar Odom praised. “I was so pleased,” Pau Gasol gushed of his fellow 7 footer’s performance...

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“I got three 7-footers standing back there,” Utah Jazz forward CJ Miles says. He also added, “So it’s like three trees standing in the middle of the lane.”...

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“They’re stallions,” Kobe Bryant said of the Lakers’ first round opponents. “They broke us in that [one] game, just from their speed... and they forced us to play hard on every possession.”...

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The starters sat on the bench in the fourth quarter. The reserves combined for 32 points and 8 assists. The Lakers shot 54%. Kobe Bryant only scored 13 points on 4-9 and the Lakers still won the game. What do the items on the list have in common? We can’t remember the last time they occurred!

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Bandwagon fans exist in every sport… EVERY sport. Whether you became a “die-hard” Celtics fan in 2008, or a “die-hard” Yankees fan last season, or yes, even a “die-hard” Lakers fan last year...

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With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.