L.A. Times: This was not how the Lakers wanted to start an eight-game, 13-day trip, and it was a game the Lakers didn’t want to lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But the Lakers failed to get it done in the clutch when the game hung in the balance and now have lost the two-game season series to Cleveland.

In the process, the Lakers (32-10) and Cavaliers (34-11) are basically tied for the best record in the NBA.

If the Lakers and Cavaliers finish the season tied with the best record and meet in the NBA Finals, Cleveland would have home-court advantage.

The Cavaliers won this game behind the play of LeBron James, who had 12 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth quarter. James also had nine assists and five rebounds.

Kobe Bryant had 31 points, but just four in the fourth quarter. Bryant was 12-for-31 shooting from the field.

Having seen enough, having seen James score consecutive baskets, including a three-pointer, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson called a timeout with 5:23 left and put Bryant, Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol back into the game.

The Cavaliers had opened a three-point lead that was stretched to 85-80 after James scored again. When James scored again, the Cavaliers had an 87-80 lead.

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  • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

    we have to much dead weight this team is soft an low on the ability to score at will besides kobe a crippled kobe at that theres obviously holes in our armor unload the dead weight get a marksmen that can create some distance cause if we can add to what kobe gives us and add some toughness to the defense life will get easier on the lakers.cavs manhandled us!we where soft an short on scoring ability.point guard position needs fire power, assists, and drives,to open up more scoring possibilities its like we only have four guys on the court to their five,we’re worn down! other teams are not worried about what we have..its easy for their five guys to cover our three or four its to predictable.so,like i said we have dead weight

    • Kid Kaos 310

      - Kurt Rambis’ defensive is missed
      - Ron Artest was non existent on both sides of the floor
      - Big Z owns Gasol
      - Shaq owns Bynum

      1) It’s losses like this that really make you realize Kurt Rambis’ value when it came to the Lakers defensive last season. Kurt with miss you!

      2) Ron Artest was singed specifically to lock down the top small forwards in this league: LeBron, Carmelo, Paul Pierce. Yet last night Ron disapeared on both sides of the floor letting LeBron put up 37pts on him while shooting 3 of 10. It’s times like this I get all nostalgic watching Trevor Ariza play.

      3) Big Z flat out owns Gasol. Shooting 5 or 14 is unacceptable for a 7 footer as skilled as Pau. His softness and self doubt have diminished his game and his ability to be great.

      4) That didn’t look like Kareem’s disciple out there last night. Even though Bynum was 3 of 5 from the field with 8 boards, his early foul trouble and inability to back down Shaq limited his game tremendously. He needs to get the early possession and learn to rotate effectively on defense when Gasol leaves his man to help double out of the paint.

  • http://lakersnation.com KOBE THA MVP 10′

    i am disgusted, well…. that’s life

  • kevin 0

    i hope we can see these moderfukers in the finals and rape them 4-0

  • drive-for-16th

    Kobe missed “19″ shots. Pau gasol is not to rely on for scoring. I fucking hate losing, but i guess the team doesn’t.

  • Gino

    the only thing i can say right now is how ironically similar cleaveland is to orlando at this point in this season comparing to last season. orlando beat us with and without jameer during the regular season. cleaveland also beat us with and without mo’ williams this season. i’m still banking on the lakers getting homecourt and winning the whole thing no matter who they face. so the current trend is that when teams are dominating the lakers during the season that does not mean they can replicate the same exact thing during a 7-game series. i seriously hope that trend continues this season. i hate cleaveland. go Lakers!!!

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      Gino
      unless bron or shaq gets injured, i see cavs more physical and stronger than us
      yes regular season means nothing
      still we got spanked pretty badly
      when we lost vs celts, we got swept
      gasoft and crynum get owned by a 40 years old center, and disappear
      if that is the case in the finals
      there is no way we can win
      since our defense is not as good as celtics, and we cant really stop bron, as we saw tonite
      artest cant do it by himself

      i strongly hope cavs dont go to finals, cause i dont see us winning, unless kobe become unstoppable again…

      • KB24forlife

        i dont see US going to the finals, if we keep playing like this

        • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

          IF! Thats a big IF there.

    • lkrz008

      unfortunately it didnt wen boston swept us in 08. orlando had jameer in BOTH meetings. They clearly missed him in the finals cuz he caused us fits but even with jameer playing well the games were close and im sure the lakers wouldve beat them in finals regardless if he were healthy and not just coming back. getting swept is not good nonetheless i dont like to justify things like that

  • drive-for-16th

    WE NEED TO BEAT BOSTON NOW FUK CLEVELAND. BOSTON IS WHERE IT IS AT I HOPE THESE FUKIN FAGS WAKE UP AND PLAY HARD AND KOBE DONT MISS 19 FUCKING SHOTS GAIN, HE DOESNT LEARN THAT WHEN HIS SHOT ISNT FALLING THAT STOP TAKING THEM AND START YELLING AT OTHERS TO GET THEIR GAME GOING. I HATE HOW THEY DONT DO THAT ESPECIALLY PHILL HE NEED TO SPAZ AT THESE FAGS WHEN THEY ARE NOT PLAYING OR TELL THEM TO LEAVE THE BENCH IF UR NOT GONAN SHOW UP TO PLAY HARD. FUKING DISGRACE

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      u fukking idiot
      did u watch the game?
      pau and crynum totally disappeared from the game
      pau shot 30%
      artest shot 30%
      they got owned by shaq badly… tonite it looked like they played like in finals w celtics…
      yeah kobe missed 19 shots but he was shooting better than everyone except LO
      who we clearly know, you cant rely on
      fish shot 2/4 but we all know fish can shoot only wide open…so?????????
      we just got owned badly, and the cavs even missed their second best player…
      we better hope cavs wont be in finals otherwise let’s be ready to lose…
      unless kobe get healthy again and plays out of his mind…

  • Sean All Ivy

    Sometimes I can’t tell if our game plan is really that bad or it gets muddled because of player hubris. I know that it is only one game in January but it sucks to watch this great team play so poorly. They are so much better than the Cavs and a lot of the other teams they have struggled against and yet they continue to underachieve. I agree with the abover post that the dead weight needs to be dropped. If we can get a deal for a legit point guard we should do it even if it means shipping out Shannon.

  • Robert

    Snaq kept scoring on the low post over Gasol. Just flip Snaq the ball, and he plops it in. This will not be good in the Finals, when we meet up with them again.
    .
    I’d normally say it’s ok, because we lost series to Magic last year, and kicked their rumps in the Finals, but the Cavs looked good (or, the Lakers didn’t look so good).
    .
    The Lakers haven’t been ‘dominant’. Yes, easily could be because Kobe is injured. But something is missing. Even if we traded out the ‘dead weight’, there’s something that needs to give them that spark against teams like this. They have the talent. Wazzzup?
    .
    I saw their coach ‘laughing’ in the sidelines. How embarrassing. Just let Snaq score. Snaq?!?!? Nobody was stopping him. The only good thing that happened during the broadcast, is that TNT’s signal kept messing up, esp. when they were interviewing Cavs coach.
    .
    Don’t know what to say. I know the Lake’s will bounce back, but they didn’t control it like they should have. Kobe should take just a few games off (to rest his injury), and let the team figure out what to do if he doesn’t play.
    .
    Snaq?!!?!? This is not good.

    • lakeb

      shaq kept scoring on bynum not gasol. plus shaq wasn’t even that big of a factor he scored only 13 points. gasol is the reason we have been to 2 finals. gasol is the reason kobe won league mvp in 2008. (by getting the lakers to first place in the west) Gasol is also a 2time allstar with 2 different teams. bynum is horrible and has not accomplished anything. if you blame anyone, blame bynum

      • Randy’s Donuts

        Isn’t Pau Gasoft the same dude who got punked by K.G. in the Finals? Isn’t Gasoft the same dude who was getting punked by Houston in the Semis, and needed Fisher to do his dirty work? Didn’t Gasoft get punked by Denver, and needed Ariza’s two huge steals to win those games? Fuk Gasoft! Bring Back Ariza! Fuk Mitch too! Bring back Jerry West cuz no way in hell would he have given millions to Bynum, Sasha, and Walton! Go Lakers! Kobe G.O.A.T!

        • lakeb

          i thank my lucky stars you aint the gm. where were we at before we got gasol? NOWHERE. GASOL IS THE REASON WE WENT TO THE FINALS THE LAST TWO YEARS, GASOL IS THE ONLY REASON KOBE GOT MVP IN 2008. GASOL HAS BEEN AN ALLSTAR TWICE WITH TWO DIFFERENT TEAMS. THINK BEFORE YOU SAY. YOU KNOW ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. HERES PAU ON YOUR LOVER KG. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrkvaUN30as

          • Jim

            You’re right Lakeb, we are nothing without Pau. He’s the one who’s responsible for getting us over the hump. I was a little disappointed tonight with him though, for 2 reasons, first, when he got those offensive boards under the bucket near the end, he should have collected himself and powered up to the basket with the intent to dunk. His non-aggresive putback attempts allowed the refs to make it a non-call situation. I agree that he was fouled, but had he gone to the hole stronger, the ref would have been forced to call it. Secondly, Pau’s been shooting 86% from the line, and he misses both free throws that would have tied it at 97? I understand it’s a high pressure situation, but I just expected for him to hit at least one being the seasoned vet that he is.

            All in all, it was a very disappointing loss, I wanted to see us get some revenge for the Christmas game, but hey, if we beat the Beantown Bums on the 31st, I’ll forget all about this game :-) Hopefully we’ll see a little more of this action. Here’s another one for ya donut man!

          • THE WARLOCK

            this youtube video is fantastic! …I never thought Pau had this attitude in him! …He should bring this attitude to his game more often, this would shed his latest soft reputation! …no doubt!

        • Green Flannel

          you say go lakers but you just literally critiziced four lakers. “gasoft” isn’t stronger than Kevin nor is he stronger than Dwight. You can’t teach height or natural toughness. gasol is a finnesse player and i like it that way..yea he may get blown by once in a while or an entire game but few 7 footers hit jumpers like this guy…and make em

  • thanhttrinh

    ur rite Gino and thats also my point, its pretty similar to compared with last yr, they sweep us in reg season didnt show anything, even we still hloding the best record now so lets move on

  • highflyer

    inside the nba just said tht the foul on rona rtest was supposed to be a noncall cuz varejao was doing just enough pushing on gasol, and that it shold’ve been a no call. fisher would’ve gotten the rebound, foul, and tying 3 pointer. i just hate how the cavs get all those calls but lakers, especially gasol can’t get a fukkin foul in the paint at the end of the game. he got hacked at so many times.

    • lkrz008

      i agree cavs have been favored a lot this season (member the shot clock against the hawks) but the lakers shouldnt have let it get to where they need free throws to even remain in the game. Too much talent; they had no effin mo and moon and we still lost. Im tired of seeing kobe only want to win and being the only though guy on this team. Bynum was irrelevant to the title last season and so far in big games (the playoffs are big games) hes been nonexistent again. SHip his ***out. Changes need to b made but mostly theyre MENTAL

  • fukcavsn bostsuck

    inside the nba just said tht the foul on rona rtest was supposed to be a noncall cuz varejao was doing just enough pushing on gasol, and that it shold’ve been a no call. fisher would’ve gotten the rebound, foul, and tying 3 pointer. i just hate how the cavs get all those calls but lakers, especially gasol can’t get a fukkin foul in the paint at the end of the game. he got hacked at so many times.

  • Robert

    OK, folks, here’s my positive spin: our fearless leader, Phil, is the master of ‘adjustment’. Please note that in the last few games with other opponents, Phil has successfully adjusted our team (Lake’s) and we have defeated those other teams the second time around. This is generally the philosophy during the playoffs. Adjust from game to game. Phil is doing pretty well during the regular season, which isn’t easy to accomplish.
    .
    Well, we happened to be playing the 2nd best team in the league, and the first go-around, we lost handily. This second time, we were ‘close’ and could have beaten them. Guess what … next go around (which is the Finals) Phil will have already figured them out!
    .
    The Lakers ARE the most talented team in the NBA. Since Phil is in charge, it is up to him to strategize so that the Lakers can handle their teams properly. Don’t worry about the Cavs. They are not much better, if at all, than last year. They may have filled a hole, but they are still lacking. Let’s see how the Lakers fare against these upcoming teams.

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      I agree with what you said but heres the thing… the Cavs wont make finals. Celtics will and win or lose, the Lakers will have a good finals rematch with the Celtics. Who gives a hoot about this game, I’m over it. Won’t get to see LeBron and the Cavs til next year where we see them separately. We’ll see LeBron when we play the Knicks and we’ll see the Cavs without LeBron.

      • kobe-wan kenobi

        ahah
        celtics?
        how?
        cavs are by far the best team now
        with the best player, until kobe can play healthy
        unfortunately we dont know if kobe will be healthy even when playoff come
        to beat cavs we need the best kobe
        otherwise we are gonna get punked
        our “bigs” or should i say “softs” just disappear against shaq and hickson…. lol

        i still would do the bosh trade…if only it was true

        • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

          Some fan you are…

      • Robert

        Marwan, ok, I’d probably rather see the Celdicks in the Finals, to avenge the loss 2 years ago (yeah, it still bothers me, and probably a lot of people here too). But the Celdicks are older and more tired now. KG has had a recurring injury. Do you think they’ll make it through the playoffs like this? What do you think?

        • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

          They got to the 2nd round last year without KG didnt they?
          I dont care how they get there, I just want them there, healthy or not, so Lakers can avenge that tough loss to them in the finals. Still annoys me too, to think it wouldve been a repeat by last year and on our way to a 3-peat now.

        • http://dell chad

          males off tomew work tue

  • dave

    I am now a LeBron hater. What an obnoxious arrogant jerk. His jiggle-dancing and slip-syncing a song — for a solid minute — reminded me of an immature bubble-gum smacking tween girl.

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      A minute too long…

    • Gino

      classless. when some punks mention kobe being classless, i have a very hard time seeing it considering how obnoxious the queen is. and the powder is just the surface of it. damn child in a man’s body.
      .
      my initial forecast is for the lakers to go 6-2 on this trip. these roadies aren’t easy and pulling of 75% would be a successful trip. i still think they can do it.

  • drive-for-16th

    GASOL FUCKIN CHOKED ON THOSE FREE THROWS, FUCK HIM, IF WE CANT RELY ON HIM TO MAKE THOSE THEN WAT GOOD IS HE. HIM AND BYNUM CANNOT PLAY TOGETHER AT ALL. WHERE IS ARTEST, HE SUCKS THIS YEAR NOT A FACTOR AT ALL, DEFENCE IS GREAT BUT WE NEED A SCORER TOO, PAU GASOL GOT US A CHAMPIONSHP LAST YEAR BECAUSE HE GOT HIS ASS HANDED TO HIM BY KG, SO HE WAS HUNGRY LAST YEAR AND NOW LIKE KOBE SAID, THEY ARE NOT THAT HUNGRY THIS YEAR, AND THAT MAY COST US A CHAMPIONSHIP, REMEMBER THIS IS NOT THE SAME TEAM AS OUR THREE PEAT.

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      Dude, relax. Take a chill pill, these type of losses come and go, they are a good team and we lost and theres nothing we can do about it.
      You people always find an excuse to why we lost, and always try to blame it on the one Laker player. You people sicken me.
      “Gasol is soft, trade Bynum” That doesnt sound like a Laker fan to me.
      He missed clutch FTs, so what. Who doesnt these days. Remember the Cavs missed like 4 FTs at Utah then they lost the game. Geez…

      • drive-for-16th

        THIS IS MORE THAN A LOSS, I CANT STAND PPL TALKING SHIT ABOUT THE LAKERS AFTER WE LOSE TO THE CAVS, I REMEMBER WHEN THEY RAPED US ON OUR OWN FLOOR, PPL WERE COMIN UP TO ME AND SAYING, “U GUYS SUCK, LAKERS ARE TOO SOFT,LEBRON IS THE REAL MVP, LAKERS HAD THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP AND NOW THEY ARE DONE.” ON TOP OF THAT ESPN, NBA TV, EVERY ANALYST, EVERY FUCKIN CHANELL I PUT ON HAS THE LAKERS LOSING TO THE CAVS, AND HOW LEBRON IS THE KING AND CRAP. WE JUST NEEDED THIS GAME BAD AND NOW LEBRON GETS COCKY, LAST TIME THEY WANTED KOBE TO GET SUSPENDED FOR NO REASON AFTER THEY BEAT US, AND NOW LEBRON THINKS HE FUKING OWNES US. THATS WHY IM PISSED, THATS WHY I BLAME GASOLS MISSED FREE THROWS AND EVERYONE ELSES INCONSISTENCY. THE FUCKING BENCH ESPECIALLY DUDE. IM A FAN BUT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN I SAY ITS JUST ONE LOSS WE STILL HAVE THE BEST RECORD BUT THEN THEIR ARE THESE LOSSES WHEN I SAY WE NEEDED THIS WIN CAUSE ITS MORE THAN A “W”

        • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

          Those people are called HATERS. Dont we say that after we beat the Celtics or any other elite team? Its just pride in their own team that they speak garbage about other teams, its natural. And yes, I can stand it too.

        • lkrz008

          WELL effin said (seriously) u get this team…

  • drive-for-16th

    SHAQ 37 STILL SCHOOLED GASOL, I THINK YALL SAW THAT UP AND UNDER ON GASOL, GASOL SUCKS A DEFENCE. HE IS TOO SOFT.

    • Green Flannel

      Gasol just needs to get humiliated again so he can prove to the world he isn’t soft..

      • http://lakersnation ghost of the past

        hey moron if he was’nt soft he would’nt have been humiliated in the fist place.. i guess that how the whole world must appear to you huh?

        • lakeb

          ONCE AGAIN. WE WOULD HAVE GONE TO 2 FINALS WITHOUT GASOL, AND KOBE WOULD NOT HAVE A LEAGUE MVP WITHOUT GASOL. SIT DOWN.

  • berkyberks

    where the fuck is artest? I heard his ready for lebron? damn lebron just hit a 3 and a long jumper on the crucial in his face…it should be kobe guarding him. now I miss ariza! but that block of lebron on gasol is a clear foul I think? the refs bailed him oncemore! fuck!

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      Hey, Ariza couldnt guard LeBron if his life depended on it. In fact, Ariza couldnt guard ANY marquee player/SF. It was all Kobe and that can drain Kobe’s legs.
      Artest, IMO, did a splendid job. Just because LeBron made a clutch 3 and scored 37 doesnt mean it was a bad job. Artest did all he could, in the end, it was the team that lost not Artest. You shouldnt be blaming anyone for the game people!

      • berkyberks

        what good job are you telling? 37 points and a couple of crucial jumper? Ariza brings more energy than artest. you had witnessed that don’t you? I don’t mean that his a good defender at all but his a good compliment to kobe! artest don’t learn mitch don’t learn he knows that artest can schooled by the likes lebron…remember what kobe did to him in houston a season ago!

        • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

          Doesnt Kobe do that to everyone he plays? My point is, Artest isnt there to keep people from scoring less, its to make them take stupid jumpers, like Artest made him do, and keep him away from the ring. You people thing that Artest played for the whole game, he was on the bench and LeBron pretty much went off during that time. LeBron didnt shoot as good as he did, so he had to drive in and then thats where the refs came in and made him shoot 13 FTs. The dude was also 1-9 from three with one of them being an airball and the other hitting nothing but the side of the backboard.
          Why bash on Artest? What did he do, its not like it was his fault that the Lakers lost. People come up with players to blame for the loss when it was a team effort that made them lose.

          • berkyberks

            I just don’t feel him when the lakers played. Unlike ariza who is everywhere on the floor. Co’z he want’s to win. he has the heart like kobe.

          • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

            You know if Artest is a washed up player with no energy adn doesnt play good defense, then why was Cleveland the one that pursued him the most, even going as far as sending LeBron to have dinner with him? I wonder?

  • drive-for-16th

    FUCK THE NBA. FUCK DAVID STERN AND FUCK LEBRON JAMES. WHERE THE FUCK WAS TEH CALL WHEN SHAQS FATT ASS ELBOWED BYNUM IN THE FACE. WTFFFFFFFFF

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      I know I saw that. I held my breath thinking he broke his jaw or something cause Bynum was MIA for 10 seconds on the Lakers possession.

  • drive-for-16th

    WAT FUCKING FOUL , WHEN VAREJAO GOT BAILED OUT BY THE REFS AND ARTEST GOT CALLED FOR THE FOUL, EVEN PHIL JACKSON SAID IT.

  • drive-for-16th

    I DIDNT WATCH THE WHOLE GAME, BUT EVERYONE IS SAYING LEBRON WAS SINGING AND SHIT WHEN WAS THIS?

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      Yes he was. Towards the end with like 10 seconds left when Varejao got fouled (bad call), they played Forever in the background by Drake, and Eminem’s verse was playing, and he sang his heart out, just moving his head back and forth and singing every single word of it. Check it out. I hate his attitude.

      http://www.twitvid.com/8A84E

  • drive-for-16th

    I BLAME GASOL. GASOL SHOULD SING “PUT THE BLAME ON ME’

  • berkyberks

    that was not the first time gasol misses both free throw remember the kings game that went to OT? poor gasol and bynum was beaten by two. an old gorilla(shaq) and an old alien (BIG Z).

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      Z didnt do much.

      It was Shaq and he is a tough cover since he is fat and takes up alot of space, it can be hard to shoot over him or get around him.

      • drive-for-16th

        Didnt yall all the elbows and hits shaq does and doesnt get called for it but hen lebron drives its an automatic freethrows. and when kobe got sandwiched by lebron and shaq, lebron copmlainedabout the call.

        • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

          Did you see the foul where one of Lamar’s fingers touched LeBron’s arm after the shot and he complained his heart out to the refs. That was the funniest thing I’ve seen. Even the broadcasters said that it was no foul.
          Funny LeBron. Hes not used to having a foul in a game.

      • berkyberks

        sorry maybe I just over reacted I didnot watch the game bco’z of my work and while at work I was really thinking that it was on the bag already, and i get bullshit when i open nba.com and watch the highlights and really can’t believe lefrog hitting on artest face. so if Z did not do much where is bynum and gasol? 7 pts. and 13 respectively..I mean this is their show it’s a clear miss match!

        • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

          There were at least 2 non-called fouls for Gasol towards the end when he went up for a layup, he got hit, then next possession same thing happened and again, no call. Oh well, tough loss, Ive moved on. Next up, New York. Kobe for 62 points now?

          • berkyberks

            forget that kobe scoring 62 it will not happen..he’s not on his range yet! I trust kobe but it will be better if he takes a rest before another bullshit on on jan 31 happens!!..and in fact it’s just new york it will be ashame if we lost!

    • drive-for-16th

      gasol hokes in crunch time dude i just remembered the sac game.

      • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

        You gotta remember, Pau saved us in that game. The missed FTs didnt lead to a buzzer beater or a loss, it wasnt a do or die situation. But he bailed the Lakers out with a more crucial basket.

        • berkyberks

          but that game should be over if he hit that FT. he don’t save that game it’s kobes 2 3′s bosh for bynum or odom he is more consistent!

          • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

            But who set Kobe up for those 3′s? Gasol did. In the first overtime, Lakers down 2, Kobe took a 3, missed it, Derek got the rebound and missed the shot and Gasol got the game tying tip in with 0.4 seconds left. Kobe hit the 2 3′s in the 2nd overtime.
            Odom traded? Hell no. There is only one Lamar Odom in the league. He can play all 5 positions, although doesnt do it consistently, still plays better than some other bench players.

  • berkyberks

    all I wish is the CAVS on the FINALS want it badly! vs lakers ofcourse!

  • sep08

    The cavs were the better team tonight and it showed. They were more physical and has more of a desire to win the game. The Lakers are by far the most talented team but aside from Kobe and Artest nobody else gives a shit about the game….
    Our big men are too soft, we have 2 7 footers and we almost gave up double the number of points in the paint to a Cavs team with an aging shaq, a skinny brazilian kid and a no-name J.Hickson.
    If the lakers just suck it up and play tough basketball I swear we would have another 3-peat.
    We can complaing all we want about the referring but it was clearly evident that we didnt want the game as badly as the cavs. I can only imagine how this game would have been if Mo Wiliiams played.

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      Exactly, the Cavs have more to prove than the Lakers do.
      But watch around playoff time, Lakers will win, I guarantee it. They win on the road in places they cant. Round one they won in Utah which is nearly impossible, WCF they won in Denver twice, eliminating them by a blowout. Finals they won in Orlando twice eliminating them in a blowout.

      I know its not the same team, but Im saying this team is capable of anything in the playoffs because thats when they say to themselves “holy crap, if we dont win, we are out of the playoffs”

      • Green Flannel

        Marwan..it’s pretty much the same team…i mean you lose a great defensive mind like kurt but then you gain someone that can be on the floor forcing great players to stay away from the rim taking dumb jumpers and ultimatley causing a repeat!

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      careful at what you wish
      cavs have clear match up advantage
      we lost even wout mo, which usually torches us

      now the shaq trade doesnt look so dumb i guess
      he owns both howard than our big
      plus they have 3 of the 10 best 3 point shooter in the league
      all bad match ups for our defense
      i hope 100% they dont get to the finals
      i dont see how our team can beat them

  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    People watch this. It will piss you off as much as it pissed me off. Just watch him make a fool of himself.
    http://www.twitvid.com/8A84E

    • dave

      LeBroan is an arrogant and immature idiot.

      Hey, its the fourth quarter, let’s throw the game plan out the window and have Lebron go one-on-five from the top of th..e……ke…. oh, hey, sorry. I just fell asleep typing the same old crap.

      • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

        Same old crap.
        Give the ball to LeBron, Isolate, LeBron drives and gets the whistle from a clean play. Its sickening. I wish they had kept the same rules from the 90′s where Jordan ruled. Thats what you call basketball. Not this inconsistently called game where one drives and gets called for a foul for being breathed on, and the other gets sandwiched and nothing. At least back then they would call the game FAIRLY and CONSISTENTLY and basketball was tougher back then too. Thats what distinguishes Jordan from today’s players. He was a tougher player.
        People claim LeBron is better than Jordan? Watch LeBron play in the games back then, 15,000 points would be a blessing for him. He’d go to the free throw line almost… NEVER!
        I hate what David Stern has done to the NBA and its funny how all this happened as soon as LeBron was drafted. 2003, the year the NBA lost its dignity.

        • drive-for-16th

          how was lebron drafted, oh ya the cavaliers were losing on purpose, pathetic fuks. i just cant wait for lebron to leave them and then we’ll see wat happens to their cocky ass fans too, and also we have to make sure shaqs fat ass doesn’t get another ring.

    • Robert

      WOW! What a jerk. He needs a big lesson. Anyone recall what Count Dooku (from Star Wars) said to Anakin Skywalker, who was bragging about his new powers? He said, “Good – twice the pride, double the fall” (sorry I’m quoting Star Wars, yes, a bit nerdy, but … ).
      .
      Another more popular, and similar saying: “The bigger they are, the harder they fall”. He better check himself before he wrecks himself. Ahhh … too late.
      .
      LeBa$t@rd lost in Finals, and didn’t even make it to Finals last year. He can’t do it. His playing is made for the ‘regular season’. Just like the Suns, who (recall years ago), were a great team during the season, weren’t they? Couldn’t make it past round 2. They’re not build for that. LeSellOut runs a one man show with puppets, and he can’t carry his puppets into the high profile FINALS. The Lakers have been there, and they know what to do.
      .
      So, LeFake should enjoy his powder, and his song, and all that crap for now. He can watch the Finals on his big screen at home, eating popcorn – watching the puppet commercials. OK?

  • berkyberks

    Bosh for baBYNUM, or Odumb? no defence!

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      Odom? No way. Never trade Odom. Lakers knew he was inconsistent but yet they still went after him and never gave up on him and neither did the Heat and surprisingly the Blazers did too.

  • berkyberks

    Lakers are BACK! back on their softness! I am sorry I just felt this way!

  • berkyberks

    and what did odom do in this game?10 points and 10 rebounds? not bad! for a bench player!.. I choosed josh smith over him.his Very inconsistent, overated,and can’t even dunk an alley oop! and no defense! trade him!

  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    Cleveland, other than Memphis, is one of the most stupidest franchises. They sell out a whole team, trade players, make room and lose on purpose for a chance at a rookie.
    They also traded their 1st round pick, which turned out to be the #1 overall pick to the Lakers for some scrub players and thanks to them, Lakers got “Big Game” James Worthy, and won the championship too. Thanks Cleveland. That was the first time the NBA champions also had the #1 overall pick.

  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    Cavaliers’ sweep is no guarantee of future success against Lakers. From LA Times. Its true though, remember what happened to the Magic?

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      seriously, you dont see the match ups problems that cavs give us ?

      orlando did not do that (actually they did w jameer, that fortunately did not play in the finals (he played but was not the jameer that dominated us)
      those match up problems will be there also in the finals
      and sincerely i do not see how we can solve them

      gasoft, crynum and LO, get dominated by shaq and hickson (i mean hickson?????? really)
      they have the best 3 points shooters in nba
      mo if heatlhy kills us all the time
      lbj is a problem for every team…

      i ll take any team in the finals but cavs
      healthy cavs have great chances to beat us

  • lkrz008

    I just cant believe we cant close out the game successfully knowing how they run their SICKENING offense at the end of games. JAmes top key, iso, drives and foul=line or made/missed jumper. Lakers should have sent a double on him or run up to him instead of “witnessing” lol and letting him survey the scene. Its called help defense, thats how u beat lbj but wut can we do now. Lakers have let us fans down a lot this season (i know we have high standards). I just hope kobes finger heals up soon, it sux to see him limited and b half the player we know he is.

  • Robert

    Again, trying to look on the brighter side. It was actually a close game, and we could have won. The Lake’s weren’t pounded like on Christmas, or like against Denver at the beginning of the year. I don’t think they will suffer a big loss again.
    .
    And continuing, we could have won. It was a close game against the 2nd best team (right now – although there may be teams with more talent). It wasn’t close against one of the bottom ten teams, this is a top team.
    .
    Now, it would have been nice to pound the Cavs, but we all saw it. Kobe didn’t enter the game again until late in the 4th — this is a ROAD trip. Phil was conserving his energy for tomorrow’s game, and also the remaining games. It was clear that Phil wasn’t going to push them hard to get the win. Phil uses the ‘regular’ season to test certain combinations of players, and certain things, in order to prepare for the playoffs. He was doing this for this game. That was much more important than a win.
    .
    Yes, I know ‘home court’ is important, but I think the Lake’s only have to worry about Boston’s home court. They can beat the Cavs, whether or not there’s a home court. They beat the Magic on their floor last year. As long as they keep home court in the West, and also stay ahead of Boston, they’ll be fine. The Cavs — forget it. On to the next game. They’re playing the Knicks at the Garden. Kobe always likes going off there, so look out!

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      Yeah I agree. They proved they can win on other home floors last season when they were swept by the Magic, but ended up pounding them on their own home court. I say we need West Home court, cause Denver could be a problem, other than that, we are fine.

      • kobe-wan kenobi

        yeah we pounded them? without jameer nelason, that was the biggest match up problem

        and sincerely we won 2 games that we could have easily lost

        you should be a little more objective
        we are a great team
        but cavs gives us the most match up problems this year

        • Green Flannel

          and portland..damn they are a proud team a lot of confidence in those guys!

  • LA JAY

    Laker Nation lets just be real about the situation. Derick Fisher is too old Shannon Brown shoulda started that game and OMG Paul PLEAS get some balls. If you woulda attempted to DUNK the ball you may have made the shot and gotten the fouls call. But since you went up so soft and subtle you got scared and missed 2 freethrows!!!!!!!!

  • LA JAY

    Laker Nation lets just be real about the situation. Derick Fisher is too old Shannon Brown shoulda started that game and OMG Paul PLEAS get some balls. If you woulda attempted to DUNK the ball you may have made the shot and gotten the fouls call. But since you went up so soft and subtle you got scared and missed 2 freethrows!!!!!!!!

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      If you are the fan you claim to be:
      1) You’d know that DFish one of the biggest pieces to the team
      2) You wouldn’t demean any of the players.
      3) Most importantly ANY Laker fan would know, his name is PAU! Not PAUL!

      • lakerman1

        Wow how some imidiately start dissing the team. Don’t you all realize this is the regular season. Even when the Lakers had Shaq and others during the threepeat they were getting trumped by other teams ans still won 3 in a row. Some of you people must have no life at all with some of the languange you use every single game the Lakers lose with comments like i hate to lose. Unless you are wagering money on every game what did you possibly lose. I am so glad that my wife comes before any overpaid Athelete because her welfare is more important then a BB game. This is how you do t people you take it with a grain of salt and wait for the team to lace it up for the next game. I am so glad i have my priorities straigt. I would hate to like some the Idiots on this blog and Marwan you are one of the most sensible people on this blog some of the others not as much,

        • LakersMike31

          This is an “interesting” comment. What you need to consider is that “priorities” are both subjective and relative. What’s vitally important to someone else may not be as important to you. I would agree that some people’s profanity-laced tirades are a bit much, but you don’t know these people, and so it’s unfair to pass judgment on them. For some, the Lakers are a way of life, and a way to step away from hardships they face in other facets of their life. Others just live and die w/ the Lakers no matter what! To them, it’s natual to become this upset over a Lakers loss. My point is, there’s no right or wrong way to be a fan. That’s one of the great things about sports. You get to choose your relationship with your favorite team. If you wanna be the fan who supports each and every player under contract no matter what , then you have that right. But if you also feel you want to hold players accountable for their actions (or inactions, in the case of the Lakers bigs), then so be it! And these discussion boards are in place so that we fans, all of us, may express our opinions. If you come here, you need to be able to handle both negative and positive comments about the team, alike, and quit taking personal jabs at people (calling them “idiots”, for example). It’s cool to offer thoughtful rebuttals to someone’s statements, but I think we should respect people’s relationship w/ their team.

          • islandergirl024

            Well Said! – Bravo!!!!

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    so kobe missed 19 shots…trying to get to 26k?KNICKS tonight,a lower level team we can beat up on….KOBE HURT HIS FINGER,we might lose.

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      “We”? You and the Cavs? Hah, you have enough troubles with the Bobcats and Bulls, dont make me laugh. Just because you swept us, you come on here and talk trash? One word for you, June. Try and understand it, oh and tell your king not to walk out on Garnett when he woops your butts in the ECF. Enjoy LeBron in a Cavalier uniform while you can, your so called “leader” will dump the team like a prom date and go with the more popular New York.

  • lex

    Gasol played to weak as usual so did Bynum we have two big 7 footers, protect !!!! the damn rim !!! when Labron comes to the hole stand ur ground like Shaq if you notice when people hit shaq they fall when Labron gets contact Odom, Pau, Bynum, they fall back that allows him to complete a 3 point play, get tuffer put him on his azz!!! kobe goes to the hole there’s three defenders draped all over him and still no call.point blank period the NBA wants Labron to be better than Kobe it;s disgusting.

  • lex

    when is Kobe going to be able to shine on his own every time you see or hear Kobe, we have to see or hear KING JAMES, and then it’s always Kobe vs the KING. Last time i checked kobe has 4rings & been in the NBA the longest in my eyes Kobe’s the damn king. how about the king got his azz bit by a mamba. it’s like every time u hear 2pac they bring up biggie no disrespect but biggie ani’t PAC why the best player can’t get his own commercial without labron being in it. and the rest of u lakers on the team step ur game up u got kobe out here looking bad just what the nba wants.

  • lakerfannumber1

    I’m a huge Laker fan and always will be but it’s clear that Kobe is over the hill and should be traded. He clearly can’t compete with LeBron or even Delonte West at this point. If we offer up Kobe plus some draft picks I think we could land a decent player. Deadline’s comin up soon, better get crackin on this, management.

    • lex

      if i lived in L.A i would find u and beat u azz for such dumb comments. u should be kicked off the site 4 saying something like that………………theres no one inthe history of the nba can go toe 2toe with labron he the best athlete the game has ever seen height size strength and skill clown

    • islandergirl024

      How can you call yourself a “huge Laker fan” and call for Kobe to be traded for “other draft picks”?!?!

      Just for the record 31 years of age is not “over the hill” in the NBA and Kobe is the best player on the planet!!

      People tend to forget that Kobe is in fact, human, and tends to get injured and sick like the rest of us. – What puts him above “normal” people is his tireless work ethic and his desire to deliver his team another NBA title.

      Get rid of Kobe and our Lakers can kiss their NBA titles goodbye!

  • daboss1848

    does the KB crowd get it yet?
    4th quarters come down to superstars and we all saw what happened as much as u want to blame KBs weak team (its still stronger than LBJs).
    fallaways vs. layups . . . % usually sways in favor of the layup.
    Now, 2 games dont mean the King is now the King.
    Coronation only occurs in the playoffs!!!
    See u in the Finals pseudo-King. (hopefully by then our whole team wont be afraid of PIG (tired of seeing the deer in the headlights look – yes, KB included)

    • lex

      what are u saying?????????????????

  • Popcorn

    The Lakers have some problems they need to improve those rotations on D, Pau needs to get more physical he needs stop screaming like they are stabbing him and get rebounds and those little looks under the basket done.

    Bynum needs to get tougher too and learn how to play with Gasol better than what you did last night.

    Kobe has to stop with the wild shooting in there if you shoot and miss 3 shots in a row consider finding your wide open man and of course it will help if that wide open man makes the baskets. I don’t know now what to think about that finger with Kobe; it seems as if he starts doing good and maybe he tries too hard to get things done an maybe he gets hit on that finger and it just goes bad for him or is a situation where he gets hot and cold while still trying to adjust to the splinter?…

    Something else is the bad D off the pick and roll is been the kind of play that give us the most trouble PJ needs to work on this hard; is a team effort.

    As much I hate the Celtics they get it. They play great against the Pick and roll; we need to learn that.

    Last night I got frustrated with our lack of anticipation, energy, and attention to details. I will not discredit LeBron and the Cavs for the win they did what they were supposed to do and we kept shooting our selves in the foot; missed assignments on defense, Gasol missed key free throws, the whole team missed too many free throws etc.

    I’m still optimistic about this team though, hopefully Mitch get something done before the trade deadline and get someone that give us more balance and get us younger at PG or SG. Someone that can score and help with Kobe’s problems.

    Shanon Brown played so so last night on the road against good teams that won’t get it done. Not saying get rid of SB but at least get a guy we know can knock shots down and can help reduce some of KB PT; because if we are going to repeat we are going to need fresher and healthier Kobe by playoffs time.

    IMO we are still OK and the key for the Lakers to repeat is to find the much need it piece that will help with reducing PT from KB. We have a great team but many times when Kobe can’t produce we start to struggle.

    Let’ go Lakers show some hearth and get things done.

  • alive86

    This is where the Lakers are missing Trevor Ariza. Without him, there is no real 3-point threat. He was also a mean slasher, but that is gone with Artest in the lineup.

    I’m ready to trade Farmar, Vujacic, and Morrison. Get on that Devin Harris trade Mitch (pretty sure he’s been making calls right after that loss last night)

  • gugy

    Here we go again….. BANDWAGON FANS…..

    Lakers lose end of the world
    Lakers win best in the world.

    Have some faith.
    Yes nobody is happy to see prince James win, but in the end this is the regular season. I really have doubts the Cavs can beat the Lakers in a series.
    Keep in mind that last season the same happened with Orlando.

    I will say this again. If Lakers is healthy when playoff comes, we have a big shot to win it all. The Lakers worst enemy is the Lakers themselves.

    I think the Finals will be either Magic or Celtics (if Garnett is healthy) I really don’t see the Cavs going there. Also keep in mind Atlanta is the wild card, those guys can make a lot of damage in the playoffs.

    • LakersMike31

      Hmm, I’d have to disagree. I do see the Cavs reaching the finals, all things considered. For example, the Magic are completely lost right now. They are not the same team as last year, obviously. I think that Hedo brought them a dimension that made them extremely difficult to match up with. He was kinda like Lamar, in the sense that he was a 6’10″ forward who could handle the rock for them and stretch the D with his 3′s. They no longer have that. If Boston is healthy at the end of the year, there may be a chance that we see them in the finals. But, it seems as though they’re continuing to physically deteriorate. I think the Cavs have adopted Boston’s style of play, though. The Cavs are playing, as Kobe himself described it, a smashmouth style of basketball. It’s ugly, it’s choppy, it’s boring, and it sucks for some basketball fans who enjoy the free-flowing nature of the game played in the West. But, it’s extremely effective. The Cavs get into you and they do not let you do what you want to do. They say “we may not be as talented as you across the board, but we will outwork you to man”. And you know what, as much as it sucks to hear it, that starts w/ Lebron. Laker fans despise him for his arrogance and his “goldenboy” status in the NBA, but he is one of the most physical players in the NBA. You will NOT outwork Lebron. He doesn’t take plays off. He won’t GIVE you anything. If you’re going to beat him, you have to BEAT him. And he learned that from playing against the Pistons all those years in the ECF. He figured out that the only way he could compete in the East was to be a beast on the court. Ron Artest used to play that way w/ the Pacers. He’s been in the West too long! Haha. Anyway, certain teams have an aura and a feeling about them during a season when they’re about to do something special. The Lakers had it last year, remember? The stellar start, going 6-0 on that road trip, including wins at Cleveland AND Boston, Kobe’s 61 at the Garden after Drew went down. They were laughing in the face of adversity last year. The Lakers, this year, have gotten blown out by a myriad of teams, and more importantly have had 2 chances to put Cleveland back in its place, and they have failed. Now, Cleveland has the FEWEST ROAD GAMES LEFT OF ANY TEAM IN THE NBA. Holy smokes!! That is scary! They dominate at the Q, and they don’t have to go on the road as much during the second half of the season. And their two biggest foes in the East aren’t what they expected them to be. If you don’t see the stars aligning for a Cavs run to the finals, you need to take a harder look. They’ll be there. Now, the question is: Will the Lakers?

      • gugy

        Yes,
        Lakers will be there. When playoff starts the team will play well.
        This happens almost every year. Last playoffs was the same thing. Everybody was saying that they did not have the guts and in the end we prevail.
        The key thing for me is if they will be healthy by then, specially Kobe. I wish he would take 3 to 4 games off rest and try to heal that finger.

        As for the Cavs, I think when playoff comes they will not make it. it’s a gut feeling. Either Boston or Atlanta will give them a run for their money. I also think Magic can get better. We’ll see.

        • LakersMike31

          No, this didn’t happen last year. The team started off 14-1. They stepped up in these big games, and had a stellar record against the league’s best. When they went into a big game last year, you just KNEW they were gonna show up and give you a show. This year, I’m almost afraid of the big games because it’s become extremely difficult to gauge which Laker team is gonna show up. Remember that Maverick’s game last week? EVERYBODY showed up. Kobe had all sorts of help. I mean we saw monster games out of Drew, Artest, AND Odom. Then they lay an egg like this. It’s far from a foregone conclusion that the Lakers will make it back. Something needs to change. Whether it’s personell, or their team culture. What they’ve got right now may work for the regular season, but we all know the playoffs are a different animal. If the playoffs started today, the Lakers would not be ready. You can’t just flip the switch when the playoffs arrive. Tough-minded basketball is a habit. You build it over time. The Celtics and Cavs have been playing with it for years. They have every reason in the world right now to play with a chip on their shoulder. I hope they find something on the rest of this trip, starting tonight. Because if they don’t…

  • berkyberks

    I just really hate when lefrog besting our king, bcoz kobe’s knights did not protect him and save his kingdom of greatness when they face each other. poor artest, poor odom,gasol n bynum they let lefrog reign and one’s held the king of NBA.

  • LakerNationCitizen

    It doesn’t matter who’s gonna be in the Finals from the East ( Celtics, Magic, Cavs, Knicks (LOL), etc). What matters is that Lakers lost this one and they NEED to learn from it.

    Fact of life – you win some, you lose some. In the process of losing, learn. Otherwise, it’s just another useless lose.

    P.S. I now hate that FOREVER song. And the whole time he was lip-syncing – he was just acting like he knew the lyrics! Don’t you worry son, you’ll get your spanking.

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