Doesn't matter if Portland's players get suspended. We aren't playing them in our next game, and they aren't a threat to take the top seed.
We're just going to get crushed if we lose Odom and Ariza. Kobe will be out there with Gasol and the rest of our goon squad.
Goon squad? Look at my previous post http://lakernation.c...mp;#entry222548
and see how much flak i got for saying the bench was laggin'. This game was crucial... every game's crucial and while i still thought the officiating was poorly manned, this Laker team that started this season are well above par to the blazers and should have won. What will this do? My biggest fear is a domino effect..
A) The Lakers will have their top seed status jabbed at even though we're at a comfy 8 game gap. That'll cause the Lakers to lose momentum mentally and physically.
Kobe's not playing like an MVP and I'll get hate for that comment but it is what it is. Kobe should take over in a game when he has to.. this was not one of those situations. With so many games to play the remainder of the season it should be imperative that you get your guys to play well and the bench needs to step up, but the bench? read on...
C) Our bench has now been defined as the spoiled brats of the west because they can't do a thing at all against competing teams without having a starter hold their hand. What happened with the confident Jordan Farmar and the Machine we saw in the Finals? They've lost guidance, control, poise and courage. Where's the team captain when you need him?
D) Pau Gasol is still soft... I know Rudy's your boy but your ball club and heart should be with the concern of the Lakers.. Look, I feel for Rudy but truth be told if Kobe, Lamar or Pau were injured and the blazers were down, they would have certainly exploited our weakness in having one of our big 3 outta the game.
E) Bynum is to this team what Garnett is to the Celtics. Defense was played better when Bynum was on the floor and now that he's not and this team was regarded as "deep" those adjustments should have been more than eay to adjust to.
F) Lamar's "I want them to respect me as a man and as a player..." speech is void if you don't play like a man.
G) Ariza has gotten soft. No matter how many 3's you chuck and still miss it'll never compare to the hustle and slash Ariza.
H) Farmar's starting to be a junior Marbury
I) Sasha's no machine
J) Brown's hops don't win ball games.
K) If Mbenga's gonna try to throw down for a chance to play, bring it all out and do it on the road.
L) Morrison's sad puppy self esteem act is pathetic. You're a grown man and a grown man with a large pay check at that... MAN UP!
M) Walton will never be the player his father was.
This Laker team will be lucky to get by with the first seed and will still have to gut it out much differently from how they did last season. Offense is natural to this team. Defense is not and if we lose Ariza and LO for the next game or two we're screwed. I am not going to make excuses for the same Laker team that has the best record on the road and were dominating games on the road both at the beginning of the season and when Andrew went down. Lately these Lakers have been playing like they've been signed to a contract and if Brown's one of those Lakers that have something to prove he's gotta show me more than a highlight dunk at the end of a lost game.
If the Lakers are playing this way to preserve what strength they have left from a grueling season for the playoffs then that's an indicator of a cocky arrogant team. They won't win that way and I'm afraid that not only will Bynum coming back not be the answer but that they've lost the capabilities and knowledge of how to play like the dominant team that started this season.
Every contending and threating team to the Lakers has gotten a little stronger. Cavs with Joe Smith, Spurs with Gooden, Boston with Moore and Marbury. The Lakers have not yet proven that the same East coast road trip they swept can be made from the 3 west coast tourney we still have yet to complete and frankly, this Laker team is not the team I'm comfortable with going into the Playoffs.
I'm a Laker for life but MY GOD!!!! Hitting the wall's an excuse!