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#1 LD2k

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Posted January 24, 2009 - 02:45 PM

"We've probably played five more home games than a lot of those teams, so it's all relative to what the schedule is," Jackson said. "The schedule will catch up eventually to us."

It is definitely going to get tougher.

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Posted January 24, 2009 - 02:53 PM

I always hate when people look at it like that.

Of course when you glance over the schedule and notice that 13 of your next 20 road games are on the road, the first thought that'll jump at you is "damn, this will be hard."

But if you just focus on each individual game it won't seem like such a grind.
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Posted January 24, 2009 - 02:53 PM

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Posted January 24, 2009 - 04:18 PM

I always hate when people look at it like that.

Of course when you glance over the schedule and notice that 13 of your next 20 road games are on the road, the first thought that'll jump at you is "damn, this will be hard."

But if you just focus on each individual game it won't seem like such a grind.



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Posted January 24, 2009 - 05:27 PM

Just for reference, here's what we have coming up.

Anyone checked out Feb and Mar? We're playing the vast majority of our games on the road...VAST majority...

Feb
Mon 02 @ New York
Wed 04 @ Toronto
Thu 05 @ Boston
Sun 08 @ Cleveland

Tue 10 vs Oklahoma City
Wed 11 @ Utah
Tue 17 vs Atlanta
Wed 18 @ Golden State
Fri 20 vs New Orleans
Sun 22 @ Minnesota
Tue 24 @ Oklahoma City

Thu 26 vs Phoenix
Fri 27 @ Denver

9 out of 13 on the road...ouch. The 4 game roadie to start Feb is actually part of a 6 game roadie that starts the end of Jan.
3 back-to-backs.
5 potential losses.

March Opponent
Sun 01 @ Phoenix
Tue 03 vs Memphis
Fri 06 vs Minnesota
Mon 09 @ Portland
Wed 11 @ Houston
Thu 12 @ San Antonio

Sun 15 vs Dallas
Tue 17 vs Philadelphia
Thu 19 vs Golden State
Sat 21 @ Chicago
Tue 24 @ Oklahoma City
Thu 26 @ Detroit
Fri 27 @ New Jersey
Sun 29 @ Atlanta
Tue 31 @ Charlotte


10 of 15 on the road...double ouch. The last game is the first of a back-to-back on 4/1...that last road trip ends up being a 7-game-roadie...ouch.
ONLY 2 back-to-backs.
4-5 potential losses...(if we can get healthy, 4...if not, 5 or 6)


We'll be lucky to still be in the top 3-4 by the start of April...where we end with ONLY 3 out of 8 on the road.


We're gonna have to ratchet it up a notch...this ain't no picnic coming up. It's gonna be make or break time.


Edited by GCMD, January 25, 2009 - 05:14 PM.


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Posted January 24, 2009 - 05:35 PM

phil being phil, this is a challenge to his team

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Posted January 24, 2009 - 10:06 PM

If the Lakers keep playing to the level of their competition - no sweat.

Seriously though, of course its going to get tougher. That's a good thing.

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Posted January 24, 2009 - 10:13 PM

i think we'll come out of this stretch fine.

we'll have a healthy team and the guys are motivated to have home court in the finals, so they know what they gotta do.

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Posted January 24, 2009 - 11:13 PM

i think it's gonna work out great. they played a bunch of games at home to get confidence with their defense. now, they even overcame injuries. the road schedule is exactly what they need to toughen them up for the playoffs. Imagine if they do hold on to home court advantage, how prepared they will be for the games having been pushed to the limit on the road in february and march. :dance1:

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Posted January 24, 2009 - 11:38 PM

I would like to put the tough stretch of road games in my mind when we approach that, remember the one when Pau joined us and how we ended it?




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Posted January 25, 2009 - 01:05 AM

I'd prefer the schedule to be like this for a great team, and a team coached by PJ.

At first have it easier, to find out how the team can work together and all that, then have the tougher schedule when the team is clicking on all cylinders and hunting the top seed

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Posted January 25, 2009 - 01:53 AM

if we want to be who we want to be then this test of mental toughness is exactly what we need

this stretch will place the foundation for our postseason

if we fight through the tough stretch and fight hard we will have developed the mental edge necessary

teams that go through the season smelling like roses never win the title it is the teams who fight the battles and develop a resolve and chemistry and a willingness to fight through any circumstance

look to last year in the playoffs

we absolutely coasted through the playoffs no tests nothing it was almost as if we went straight to the finals we lost what 3 games

the celtics had 2 straight 7 game series and a 6 game eastern final

when it came finals time who looked the better prepared to handle adversity who looked better prepared for the mental obstacles a finals series brings

1 answer the green team

we cannot coast through the season we need to be tested and we need to fight lots of battles it is the only way we will get to where we need to be mentally

i'm not saying lets play 21 games in the first 3 rounds of the playoffs but its time this team was tested history has proven that its the teams that are tested not smelling like roses that win championships
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Posted January 25, 2009 - 05:13 PM

Well, if we come out of this stretch still at the top of the league, Kobe will be MVP again...easily.




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