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Game 7 Wrap: Have the Lakers Learned?


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#1 emplay

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Posted May 17, 2009 - 04:59 PM

Hey all,

Well they made us sweat it out – but from a selfish perspective – I’ve got another series of basketball to attend!

Here is my wrap & blog from the game:

Game 7 Wrap: Have the Lakers Learned?
http://www.hoopsworl...?STORY_ID=12672

and

Courtside Blog: Lakers Eliminate Rockets
http://www.hoopsworl...?STORY_ID=12671

Thanks!

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#2 LakerFanInOmaha!

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Posted May 17, 2009 - 05:10 PM

If they haven't learned by now, they never will.
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Posted May 17, 2009 - 05:15 PM

If they haven't learned by now, they never will.


This.

Game 5 had me believing they finally figured it out... right until game 6.
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Posted May 17, 2009 - 05:19 PM

They learned starting great will help throughout the game and physical defense pays off.

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#5 Mr. Laker

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Posted May 17, 2009 - 05:24 PM

I guess we'll have to wait and see...

#6 last stand 2.0

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Posted May 17, 2009 - 06:06 PM

its all wait and see. when the media thought LA learned with their 40 point killing of houston i knew the real test would be houston

and we failed that test

so now again game 1 is the test and game 3 is the biggest test

we fail those we may lose this series
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Posted May 17, 2009 - 06:14 PM

nah this game REALLY sent a message...the other games it was still like..we got this..we still have home court and [expletive]..

one positive....at least we didn't blow any leads in this series, that will be key against denver cuz they can score in bunches and jr smith can look like kobe offensively on any givin night

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Posted May 17, 2009 - 10:35 PM

Hard to say.

I thought they learned after losing to Boston.

And as I've mentioned before in other threads, you'll have to keep in mind, that if this Laker team does win a championship, they'll be the youngest LA Laker team to win one. And considering that the LA Lakers have won 9 championships, it gives you some perspective. What we saw in this Houston series illustrates why young teams typically don't usually win championships.

Our regular postseason rotation includes.

Sasha (24)
Shannon (23)
Ariza (23)
Bynum (21)
Farmar (22)

That's 5 players under the age of 25 as part of our postseason rotation. While I do criticize Phil for some of his rotation decisions, he's basically trying to do what no coach in Laker history has ever done.

Playing Fish despite his deficiencies against Brooks involves more than just what's on the surface. Phil knows that veterans are often needed at particular times in the postseason. He doesn't want Fish to lose his playing rhythm.

Edited by revgen, May 17, 2009 - 10:35 PM.


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Posted May 17, 2009 - 10:52 PM

This is was a good game for us
we can learn from this game
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