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Do you think Portland is our only challenge in the West?

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#21 Samson1987



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Posted April 11, 2009 - 06:24 AM

Portland can't beat us in a 7 game series. Nor can Utah.

The thing that concerns me about these two teams is the fatigue they will cause us further down the road. They are both crappy road teams who rely heavily on their home court setting. We are not sweeping these guys that is for damn sure.

And I am more confident in us beating them on the road then them beating us at home. Both of them.

Laker fans should not be disgruntled about last nights loss. We clearly out matched them as far as pure basketball goes, we just got burned on the freethrows unfortunately.
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Posted April 11, 2009 - 07:33 AM

Of course there is reason to fear Portland.

They have been dominating us in the Rose Garden for years.

If we lose a game in LA (which we have a tendency to do at the most inopportune times), then we have to go to the Rose Garden and win.

This isn't rocket science.

But, we have always had trouble there; nonetheless, throughout this decade, we have also had a lot of play-off success in the Rose Garden.

In 2000, we went 2-1 in the Rose Garden, taking games 3 and 4, and losing game 6 in the WCF.

In 2001, we went 1-0 in the Rose Garden, taking game 3 of the first round series.

In 2002, we went 1-0 in the Rose Garden, taking game 3 of the first round series.

So, during the Phil-Kobe era, we have a 4-1 play-off record in the Rose Garden. Not shabby.

Throw in our 1-1 record form the first round in 1997, we are 5-2.

It's one thing to lose to this team on the second night of a back2back when we are playing without our head coach and are working our starting center back into shape.
But, it's a whole different thing for a young team, with essentially no play-off experience, to take games 3, 4, and 6 against the best team in the league.

It will be tough. But, tough gets the juices flowing.

I full expect us to win game 3 in Portland, especially if we have let one of the first 2 games in LA slip.
If we head into Portland up 2-0, then look for us to win game 4.

As tough as Portland is, we can beat them in five games. But, I'd expect 6, or 7 to be more likely.

Once we take one on the road against them (whether it be game 3, or 4), then it removes the curse and game 6 won't seem so scary, even on the road.

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Posted April 11, 2009 - 07:52 AM

I like Kobe said he wants them. I think that kind of sends a message to the rest of the team and this may be the one loss that pumps us up for the playoffs. The two scariest teams for me are Utah and Portland and we'd have to play them 1st and 2nd round...Hopefully we don't get warn down.

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Posted April 11, 2009 - 08:24 AM

We need 1 road win in Portland. I think we will make adjustments and win at least 1 game there. We are more experienced, we know how to win on the road. Kobe and the crew will take care of bussiness.

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Posted April 11, 2009 - 08:57 AM

Of course not! Don't forget about the Cavaliers and the Celtics.....I am sure Portland wont even make it to the semi-finals! :rolleyes:

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Posted April 11, 2009 - 09:51 AM

depends whether or not the lakers decide to feed freaking gasol in the 4th quarter and not luke walton.

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Posted April 11, 2009 - 10:09 AM

will they challenge us? maybe..

first 2 games in L.A. we take

up to us to win in Portland and I think we are more than capable of doing so.
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Posted April 11, 2009 - 10:13 AM

every team we play is a challenge

i am so sick of this ridiculous blind arrogance people are having. we are not invincible and there is 17 pieces of evidence to prove it. we have flaws and like every team in the NBA and like every single team we can lose any given night any given series

AMEN! to that...everyone is thinking about the finals, when the lakers need to play 3 other teams to get there, and those teams are VERY GOOD teams. teams that give the lakers problems. lets hope the lakers don't have the same mentally as their fans and play each team before thinking about the finals. if they don't, that would be a recipe for an early exit.

Edited by lili, April 11, 2009 - 10:14 AM.

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Posted April 11, 2009 - 12:49 PM

yes, they are the only challenge..but who knows!?
i think utah might be as well.

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Posted April 11, 2009 - 01:13 PM

Sure any team we play will be a challenge, but I don't think there's any team on our level. We're a notch above all the rest, and I'm confident in this team. Call it arrogance if you want. If we do end up losing, it'll be because our team didn't step up, not because the other team is better. No excuses now that we're basically at full strength.

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Posted April 11, 2009 - 01:41 PM

we are NOT a different team in the playoffs if the Lakers don't play like a "playoff" team in the regular season.

Please name the team that plays like a "playoff team" during the regular season.

Did you know that Golden State used to regularly bring it to the Showtime Lakers? How come the Lakers didn't play like a playoff/Championship squad in those matchups?


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Posted April 11, 2009 - 02:46 PM

Last night in crunch time the problem was the offense was too one dimensional.
High screen w/ Kobe, Portland keyed on it easy.
We settled for jumpers and faltered.
I know there are more weapons then just giving it to Kobe and praying he can do something spectacular.
Even if it is "Kobe-Time".

Anyways in a series I don't think Portland would take us more then 6.

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Posted April 11, 2009 - 02:54 PM

What killed us in the finals second was down by 3 plenty of time like 40 or 50 seconds left in the 4th Kobe goes for a 3. Why would you do that? We should of went for a quick two be down by one and let our D get the ball back, but if that 3 went in I wouldn't be complaining so it goes both ways I guess.
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Posted April 11, 2009 - 03:29 PM

Yea. Kobe blew it..

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Posted April 11, 2009 - 03:55 PM

We need Phil :phil:

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Posted April 11, 2009 - 04:42 PM

do we really need phil? nah, we can do it without phil too

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Posted April 12, 2009 - 02:28 AM

No we actually need Phil!

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Posted April 12, 2009 - 03:43 AM

Just need to make smarter decisions. And please... LUKE on B.ROY?? Come on now..

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Posted April 12, 2009 - 04:44 AM

They aren't our ONLY challenge, but they do present a bit of a problem. They have a young core and wil be competing for years to come.

We've destroyed them twice at home, been destroyed once in POR, and lost a close one there the other night.

Would be a good series, but I expect us to take care of business at home, lose game 3, win four, and close it in five.

Edited by Black Mamba, April 12, 2009 - 04:44 AM.

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Posted April 12, 2009 - 05:30 AM

Yes, absolutely. Seven games.

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