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#21 -Wade-

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Posted May 20, 2012 - 03:24 PM

As long as the Lakers actually TRY for 48 minutes and not choke in final minutes, I don't care if they lose. I don't think they can finish this series... but I'm rooting!

Edited by -Wade-, May 20, 2012 - 03:24 PM.

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Posted May 20, 2012 - 05:01 PM

I love the "win this and game 6 and then anything can happen in game 7" line. Apparently they haven't watched this series, or the last 10 years of Lakers basketball in close out games. This will be a bloodbath, and if vegas makes the line even remotely close I would advise anyone to take the Thunder in a blowout.

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Posted May 20, 2012 - 07:11 PM

The wife and I will be in vegas to watch the greatest comeback in laker history :rock:

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Posted May 20, 2012 - 09:06 PM

I'm tired of watching closeout games where the Lakers quit. They quit in Dallas, Boston, Phoenix, Detroit....go out with some pride for once. Just throw everything at the Thunder. Be physical and push them around, rattle Durant.

Too bad that won't happen and the Lakers will probably fold by halftime. That would be disgraceful.

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Posted May 20, 2012 - 09:47 PM

Losing closeout games is kinda easy

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Posted May 20, 2012 - 11:18 PM

Obviously doesn't look very good for us. That being said, we are in the exact same position as the Nuggets last series. Hopefully we can win one more game than they did

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Posted May 20, 2012 - 11:35 PM

Just Play Like you got some Pride


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Posted May 21, 2012 - 02:38 AM

Play with pride and give everything they got to the Thunder!

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 08:49 AM

I'll be watching intently.

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 08:53 AM

I predict they lose by 25 plus, based off past performance. Though they have done a good job against OKC and if they minimize a few mistakes or make 1 or 2 more smart basketball plays per game, they could easily be up 3 to 1 at this point, fact is, they aren't, and they didn't, and the better team is winning. With that being said, I do expect them to get blown out with Kobe going about 8 for 30 or refusing to shoot at all (similar to years ago against PHX).

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 12:33 PM

jesus, we are so lucky. what would we do if close out games were not easy ?

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 12:37 PM

Let's go man :rock:

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 12:40 PM

Eventhough I see our chances rather slim (giving some credit to Thunder) , I think you guys (general, LN) are underestimating what we accomplished in big portion of this series so far. Forget Game 1 (which was lost mostly because of fatigue), and total of last 4 minutes of Game 2 and 4. Just look at the production on the court. We played great overall. I mean this is the Thunder team that everybody thought would streamroll the playoffs. For Dallas they were bad matchup. Luck was also in their side, but they won in the end. But sweeping last year's champion doesn't really mean they are lock to win this series. They are by no means dominating this matchup. It's currently 51-49, us leading. Ok, we have our backs against the wall. So what? Don't compare the previous years results with this team. They are fighting. They are hustling. The series is just looking at Gasol's hands right now. If he produces 5 more points somehow (averaging only 11.5 ppg in this series), we can finish our games better. He just has to be aggressive. It's sad that somebody needs to kick his ass for him to get fired and play well but what can we do? That's the situation with this team. (actually even with 2010 team....)

I don't know if anybody realized how we played in Game 4. But just read my take: Mike Brown's rotations were superb. Putting both Gasol and Bynum out there together against their 2nd unit, when Kobe is resting, was a pretty good idea, we didn't blow the lead and since that 5 were actually playing together in Kobe's absence, they knew the game plan and executed well enough IMO. Then how did it turn out that we lost the game? Well. Bynum was finished by 4th. He just couldn't push Perkins off, not just in offense but also in defense. People are blaming Kobe for the shot selection, I agree to some extent but Pau really needed to more aggressive. The Thunder team was giving his best in last 3 games. Don't think they were blowing the leads or whatnot. All of them have been aggressive, especially when game was on the line. We just didn't respond, which brings me to my main point. Like I said before if Pau shows a bit more, both Bynum and Kobe will do a lot more. Everybody was talking about the last TO but before that in 2nd quarter I think he also blew the 4-1 fastbreak by trying throw a lob to Bynum. The dude just isn't in the game. Those mistakes are mental. He thinks mistakes can be covered in future but IMO right now with our backs against the wall and Kobe calling him out, he must have realized, like in Denver series and Game 7 of 2010 Finals, what the hell is going on. That's why I have still some hope. We can definitely win more games.

Another thing is, we haven't seen Barnes in this series so far, maybe in whole 11 playoff games this year. I expect him to step up in one of those games if we win today. It might very well be Ron Artest like performance in Game 7 of 2010 Finals.

Don't forget. Thunder is a shooting team. They don't have someone to post up. If we defend well at the beginning of the games, and force them to chuck, there's a really good chance of even blowing them out. We just aren't trying enough. If our Big 3 shows the effort, so will Ron, Blake, Barnes, Hill etc. It begins with big dogs. That confidence can only be built through team play and perseverance.



LET'S GET THIS WIN ! ONE GAME AT A TIME !

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 12:42 PM

I love the "win this and game 6 and then anything can happen in game 7" line. Apparently they haven't watched this series, or the last 10 years of Lakers basketball in close out games. This will be a bloodbath, and if vegas makes the line even remotely close I would advise anyone to take the Thunder in a blowout.

I hold on to the "just win this".... Then will see about game six. Usually a team that is trailing 3-1 and wins game five it can open up the series as it puts doubt in the other team and confidence in themselves....

That said yes the blowout is more likely ....But that is why they play the games.
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Posted May 21, 2012 - 12:44 PM

Theres a game today lol
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Posted May 21, 2012 - 01:34 PM

If they're going to lose...lose with dignity please.

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 01:46 PM

already sipping on coffee, about 4 hours till the game. Lakers better not disappoint me.

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 01:51 PM

I'm tired of watching closeout games where the Lakers quit. They quit in Dallas, Boston, Phoenix, Detroit....go out with some pride for once. Just throw everything at the Thunder. Be physical and push them around, rattle Durant.

Too bad that won't happen and the Lakers will probably fold by halftime. That would be disgraceful.



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Posted May 21, 2012 - 02:25 PM

I expect a huge blowout loss for us. Like 30 points or something. With kobe blaming gasol just shows they are giving up. Everyone is gonna be angry at each other and have no team work. Kobe will put up 40 shots and make 10 and bynum will probably never get the ball. Gasol of course will take 10 shots form 15+ feet and make like 2. This team is so predictable its ridiculous.

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Posted May 21, 2012 - 02:31 PM

:hi:
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