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#1 LakersGAFan

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 02:34 PM

We our the only team in the NBA with a positive point differential that's under .500.
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PF: 102.3
PA: 101.1
Verify that for yourself at http://espn.go.com/nba/standings

If we can do what we did against the Jazz last night where we play the 2 man game with KB and D12 and Nash playing off the ball, with Ron free roaming but playing defense as a priority we will not only improve our offensive production but we will slow game tempos and limit transition baskets. I believe that alone will put us in a position where we can limit opposing teams to under 25 points per quarter. And that basic strategy will lead us to a win percentage of around .600 for the remaining games. That would put us in a 7th, maybe 6th seed position.
If we can continue to build chemistry and cohesion and Coach Pringles sticks to a back to basics strategy our seed position is irrelevant because we are definitely a team with upset potential. Lots of room for improvement before being a serious contender. But I believe they want it.

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 02:45 PM

That is both sad and encouraging :no:

Let's take it one game at a time (no more season do overs lol) and see what we can do

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 02:47 PM

Everybody wants to be the champ and thats not enough.. yeah they played good yesterday(something we never saw this year), but i learned that 1 ,2 ,heck 7 games streak is not a sign the team is playing good .. Until we get above the .500 ,and compete for the 7th or 6th(not sure what their record is) then i might have hope .. but for now, i am not impressed..

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 02:47 PM

Law of averages say we will have a above .500 record lol

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 03:20 PM

So yesterday they looked good. Very unlikely mw trash shoots 50% from behind the arc, pau is 7/8, the lakers make 11 straight fgs, and Kobe takes 10 shots again. I don't think that Trashtini is a good coach and last time I checked Duhon was still on the roster. I hope I'm wrong, but i think tomorrow wont be good.

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 05:22 PM

So yesterday they looked good. Very unlikely mw trash shoots 50% from behind the arc, pau is 7/8, the lakers make 11 straight fgs, and Kobe takes 10 shots again. I don't think that Trashtini is a good coach and last time I checked Duhon was still on the roster. I hope I'm wrong, but i think tomorrow wont be good.

Your attempt at jokes were failures

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 06:56 PM

So yesterday they looked good. Very unlikely mw trash shoots 50% from behind the arc, pau is 7/8, the lakers make 11 straight fgs, and Kobe takes 10 shots again. I don't think that Trashtini is a good coach and last time I checked Duhon was still on the roster. I hope I'm wrong, but i think tomorrow wont be good.


Well one, Metta didn't shoot 50% from beyond the arc, he was at 45% and has shot over 50% percent from three a few times this season. Lakers possibly won't score 11 straight FG's because that's insane to do for any team. And Kobe probably won't take just ten shots again, although its the second time he's done it this season, but I think we'll all be content with anything under 20.

It was a nice attempt at humor though. Keep trying.

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 06:58 PM

Yeah. Wasn't making jokes. Sorry. I was pointing out to win it took a lot of aberrations. I was using hyperbole To underscore my point. If I were attempting humor I would do a better job.

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 07:31 PM

Yeah. Wasn't making jokes. Sorry. I was pointing out to win it took a lot of aberrations. I was using hyperbole To underscore my point. If I were attempting humor I would do a better job.


I don't think that Trashtini is a good coach



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Posted January 26, 2013 - 07:41 PM

Fantastic. Thank you for your help!

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 07:46 PM

^ How about you make a quality post and actually contribute rather than give a half assed reply that sounded really dumb.

Anyway, I still believe the Lakers can still make a run into the playoffs if they keep up the type of effort and strategy they used in yesterday's game. They just need a more cohesive effort on PnR defense. Everybody needs to be on the same page.

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 07:47 PM

shouldnt it be trashtoni or something

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Posted January 26, 2013 - 10:21 PM

I think a multitude of issues plague this team. Effort isn't consistent. Transition defense is abyssal. I think the coach is ill suited to this roster, and I think the only way to make a run with an old team is to emphasis team defense. It is frustrating that Kobe is having an amazing year and the team doesn't find any consistency.

We are halfway through the season and the coach can't settle on a rotation. I think the coach is more concerned with his system versus finding a way to maximize the roster he has. I find it sad that a player, like Pau, is shooting 20 foot jump shots. I think that to win, it will take a bunch of synergetic events that have happened rarely this season. I've been to too many games this year when the wheels have come off. Yes, the last game was great, I just don't think it will continue.

Edited by RonRonshandles, January 26, 2013 - 10:23 PM.


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Posted January 26, 2013 - 10:27 PM

Kobe should be the pg role and nash should take the shooting guard role. if you know what i mean

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Posted January 27, 2013 - 08:24 AM

I think a multitude of issues plague this team. Effort isn't consistent. Transition defense is abyssal. I think the coach is ill suited to this roster, and I think the only way to make a run with an old team is to emphasis team defense. It is frustrating that Kobe is having an amazing year and the team doesn't find any consistency.

We are halfway through the season and the coach can't settle on a rotation. I think the coach is more concerned with his system versus finding a way to maximize the roster he has. I find it sad that a player, like Pau, is shooting 20 foot jump shots. I think that to win, it will take a bunch of synergetic events that have happened rarely this season. I've been to too many games this year when the wheels have come off. Yes, the last game was great, I just don't think it will continue.

While you are correct in all of the above when referring to our season, the outcome was the exact opposite of everything you said in the game vs the Jazz.. If they continue to play the 2 man game between KB and Dwight with Nash off the ball, as they did against the Jazz were gonna be a threat to everyone in the league from here out.
If we didn't fail in trying what we've already done, then we couldn't try to change things going forward. Thats what makes progress possible.

Kobe should be the pg role and nash should take the shooting guard role. if you know what i mean

Yea, 14 assists proved that. I believe that a deviation from the norm is what makes teams a competitor. So I agree. Coach Dantoniomos tried something and it worked. Lets pray he sticks to it.

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Posted January 27, 2013 - 10:09 AM

I hope that the Utah game was the new norm, I have just gotten excited too many times only to see one good game and 7 bad ones. Here is hoping the good times continue.

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Posted January 27, 2013 - 03:50 PM

So yesterday they looked good. Very unlikely mw trash shoots 50% from behind the arc, pau is 7/8, the lakers make 11 straight fgs, and Kobe takes 10 shots again. I don't think that Trashtini is a good coach and last time I checked Duhon was still on the roster. I hope I'm wrong, but i think tomorrow wont be good.


Good call


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Posted January 27, 2013 - 04:10 PM

Im glad I was wrong.

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Posted January 27, 2013 - 04:31 PM

The game was great. Through all the improvements the team has made that I pointed out, only the end result matters:
Qt. 1 2 3 4 Total
OKC 23 30 22 21 96
LAL 27 25 23 30 105
We held OKC under 25 points for 3 of 4 quarters. As I said in my OP if we can continue this game plan and limit transition baskets we should be able to accomplish this consistently. And that equals more wins.

A good thing to focus on the the 2nd quarter when we didnt hold them under 25 points:
When D12 went to the bench with foul trouble we deviated from the game plan. We tried to run with OKC for about 3-4 minutes and it resulted in a 14-4 OKC run.
HOWEVER
KB the God and Pau the trusted side kick started running the high pick n roll and it worked. The entire team fed off their efforts. It re-focused us and we fought back. We settled back into out game plan.
We could have choked, panicked and let the game slip away. But as a team they held their composure and kept it close. And in the 2nd hald that momentum continued.
The team learned a lot in that 2nd quarter. I was proud.

Edited by LakersGAFan, January 27, 2013 - 04:37 PM.

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Posted January 27, 2013 - 04:40 PM

If they play hard as they did the last two games, we will easily make the playoffs. I told you guys in another thread that other teams have to hit their bumps in the road also. But believe me, we have a long way to go and alot of wounds need to heal. Let's hope it's not too late




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