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#1 Jackson

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Posted March 04, 2013 - 05:20 PM

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant saw Serge Ibaka's below-the-belt hit Sunday on Blake Griffin and thought that some retaliation was in order.

"I probably would have smacked [Ibaka] in the mouth," Bryant said after the Los Angeles Lakers practiced Monday. "I would have dealt with the pain after."


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The Lakers head on the road to play Ibaka and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. The NBA has not stated whether Ibaka, who received a flagrant foul 1 for his punch of Griffin, will be suspended.

Ibaka was not ejected and stayed in the game Sunday as the Thunder held on to beat Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers, 108-104.

"It doesn't matter," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said when asked if he would plan for Ibaka to play. "They're deep. It won't change what we do, more or less. Obviously it would help us because he's a good player. But we won't change anything up."

How will Dwight Howard plan to face Ibaka?

"I mean, you got to wear a cup," Howard joked.


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Whether Howard will need to shield himself from Ibaka or not, the Lakers will have to protect themselves from the Thunder's 17 fast-break points per game, the fifth-best mark in the league.

"Dictate the tempo of the game," Howard said. "I think if we slow the ball down and we play the way we want to play, we should win the game. They want to get out and run. That's not to our favor. We're not a run-and-gun team, so I think the best way to play those guys is to slow the ball down and make them play in a half-court offense."

The Thunder have won four of five games, averaging 114 points in the victories. The Lakers have won 13 of their last 18, but have averaged just 104 points in those wins.

The second of those 13 wins for the Lakers came at home against Oklahoma City on Jan. 27, when Los Angeles managed to control the pace and win, 105-96.

"I think we were kind of getting a groove a little bit before that game, and that game obviously was a big game for us to try to prove to ourselves that we can play with them and try to get out of this funk," Bryant said.

Playing Oklahoma City on the road is a different story. The Thunder are 26-4 at home this season and beat the Lakers, 114-108, at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Dec. 7. The Lakers have lost their last five games in Oklahoma City, including three in last season's playoffs.

"They probably have the best crowd in the league," Bryant said.

Oklahoma City also might have the best two-player combination in the league, with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook forming the highest-scoring duo in the NBA at 52.0 combined points per game.

"We got to try to take away the easy ones as much as possible," Bryant said. "That's when scorers really have big nights, when they have dunks at the rim and they get layups and easy buckets. That's when they really have those 30-35 point nights."

Durant is averaging 37.7 points in three games against the Lakers this season while Westbrook is averaging 25.7.

With a win, the Lakers can push their record to a game above .500 for just the second time all season. The last time it happened was back on Nov. 20, when Los Angeles defeated Brooklyn to improve to 6-5.

"Every win is a win for us right now, and every loss is a big loss," Steve Nash said. "So, we got to just keep playing at a high clip."


Edited by Jackson, March 04, 2013 - 05:28 PM.


#2 Jackson

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Posted March 04, 2013 - 05:28 PM

We REALLY DO have the old Kobe back

 

-Wants to smack people in the face as he did before. 2005-2008

-Facializing people. 1997-2008

-Doing whatever he wants on the basketball court at WILL 2000-2008

 

We just need that fro'.



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Posted March 04, 2013 - 05:44 PM

Haha and Blake Griffin did nothing

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Posted March 04, 2013 - 05:59 PM

The mamba is out of the cage.

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Posted March 04, 2013 - 06:02 PM

If Kobe brings back the fro, it's over!



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Posted March 04, 2013 - 06:08 PM

Kobe is trying to heat up Oklahoma for tomorrow.



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Posted March 04, 2013 - 06:38 PM

 

Kobe shouldn't talk lol.


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Posted March 04, 2013 - 07:21 PM

Why has there still been no decision by the NBA on Ibaka getting suspended for tomorrow's game? It's pretty obvious...


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Posted March 04, 2013 - 07:32 PM

lol I hope that ibaka will be suspended on this game but I feel like stern wants to see a playoffs matchup between LA and OKC with complete lineup.


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Posted March 05, 2013 - 12:53 AM

hope we beat okc tonight..


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Posted March 05, 2013 - 01:39 AM



Kobe shouldn't talk lol.

WTF are you stupid? Kobe inadvertently hit Iggy. Ibaka intentionally hit Griffin. Jesus some of you people.
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Posted March 05, 2013 - 04:23 AM

Why has there still been no decision by the NBA on Ibaka getting suspended for tomorrow's game? It's pretty obvious...


If Ibaka was a Laker he'd be suspended for this game and then the NBA would go find a play he made in his rookie year and give him a flagrant 2 for it suspending him again.

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Posted March 05, 2013 - 08:06 AM

We REALLY DO have the old Kobe back
 
-Wants to smack people in the face as he did before. 2005-2008
-Facializing people. 1997-2008
-Doing whatever he wants on the basketball court at WILL 2000-2008
 
We just need that fro'.



Kobe been doing whatever he wants since day 1. All same moves same shots from same spots on floor. Nothing new just kobe doing work.
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Posted March 05, 2013 - 04:05 PM

Ibaka will NOT be suspended.

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OKC PF Serge Ibaka was fined 25K but not suspended for striking Blake Griffin in the groin. He'll start tonight vs LAL.

25k for intentionally punching blake griffin in the groin...

Still a flagrant 1, not upgraded...

NBA really showing they aren't unbiased when it comes to reputation. I mean 25k? Really?

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Posted March 05, 2013 - 05:50 PM

Lol Metta would've got suspended. Upgraded. Fined. 200 memes saying "Metta strikes again"

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Posted March 05, 2013 - 10:21 PM

WTF are you stupid? Kobe inadvertently hit Iggy. Ibaka intentionally hit Griffin. Jesus some of you people.

lol. I knew I would get a knee jerk reaction from somebody. I just posted the vid because the article reminded me of it. Ibaka's was obviously way worse. Calm down, guy.


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Posted March 05, 2013 - 10:25 PM

Looked like Ibaka took some exception to Kobe's comments out there tonight getting all up in his face at one point.


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Posted March 06, 2013 - 12:57 AM

I really wish we had an enforcer on the Lakers. Someone like the '03-'04 Ron Artest or Charles Oakley.

 

Someone who will hit the transvestite-looking Russell Westbrook so hard that he goes flying into the stands.



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Posted March 06, 2013 - 07:32 AM

Unnatural bball moves is what kobe suspended for in past. Stern wanted la to lose so no suspension for ilbalka. There's nothing more unnatural than karate chop to balls!
Kobe should have smacked thabo in mouth for bumping and holding his arm all gm.
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Posted March 06, 2013 - 08:42 AM

Lol Metta would've got suspended. Upgraded. Fined. 200 memes saying "Metta strikes again"


And he has earned that
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