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#1 GCMD

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 09:18 AM

9 games in the next 14 days (4 of 9 on the road)...

Followed by a 4-game road trip.


Then, the REIGNING NBA Champs on X-Mas.



Total of 13 games in 21 days leading up to X-Mas.


Not too many powerhouses...just gonna take consistency on the defensive end and a good effort from the bench every night to sustain excellence?


Can they? And THEN, get it done on X-Mas against the team that EMBARRASSED them in the Finals???


I can't call it. All I know is we are about to see what this team is made of and if they are contenders or pretenders...I personally think they'll drop 2 (at least - I'm hoping for NO LOSSES) before meeting BOS...

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 09:27 AM

well gotta take it one game at a night

Take care of biz in Indy tonight and go from there.

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 09:39 AM

Im looking forward to the road games. I for one think that we have played better on the road. Playing on the road is tough enough, but the Lakers have shown they can play very well away from home.

We had a back to back with the Mavs and Hornets. Mavs was a tough game, but the Lakers pulled it out. Then the Hornets we had basically blown out for three quarters and we let them back into the game, but we still held on. Then we played the Suns and just spanked them.The Pistons spanked us, plain and simple, but the way they beat us is that they shot lights out. There's nothing any team can do when there oppenent is making everything in sight, its just one of those games.

I think a lot of people here have said that we should have beaten the Bulls by more, or Sacramento was harder then it really should have been, but those games where the Lakers struggled with a lesser team but still won is a prime example of what CHAMPIONSHIP teams do. Even when they are not on their game, they find a way to win.

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 10:20 AM

If they can hold the home team below 90 per game...I will be contented. Away team? 85.




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Posted December 02, 2008 - 10:29 AM

like George Lopez would say "WE GOT THISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS"

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 12:08 PM

I hope the Laker's players take these road games more seriously than some of the fans. If not, we could easily be at 5 losses by the time we play BOS...

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 12:37 PM

I agree. This is a great test...

Here are some awesome numbers and whatnot:

  • 14-1: The NBA's best record
  • 108 ppg average
  • 94 ppg allowed average (though I'd lke to see this decrease to under 90)
  • All 14 wins by 7 points or more


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Posted December 02, 2008 - 12:43 PM

Let's see what we're looking at really quick:

Tue, Dec 02 - @ Indiana
Wed, Dec 03 - @ Philadelphia
Fri, Dec 05 - @ Washington
Sun, Dec 07 - vs. Milwaukee
Tue, Dec 09 - @ Sacramento
Wed, Dec 10 - vs. Phoenix
Fri, Dec 12 - vs. Sacramento
Sun, Dec 14 - vs. Minnesota
Tue, Dec 16 - vs. New York
Fri, Dec 19 - @ Miami
Sat, Dec 20 - @ Orlando
Mon, Dec 22 - @ Memphis
Tue, Dec 23 - @ New Orleans
Thu, Dec 25 - vs. Boston

We SHOULD win our next five, which will drag us into STAPLES with a lot of momentum versus the Suns, who are struggling. After that, we stay at home and beat our next three (again, we should). On the road, the Heat and Grizzlies should be a breeze, and I don't think we'll have trouble with the Magic, either.

I'm just afraid of two games, really: that one in Sacramento, since we somehow always find room to suck against them on the road, and that game versus the Hornets, in New Orleans, assuming they will get their act together by then.

I think we'll beat Boston, because I'm not sure if they have an answer for Bynum, and we all saw how Garnett struggled for a while with Gasol. No Posey or Brown, two guys who were factors in that Finals series...we should take it.

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 03:13 PM

Let's see what we're looking at really quick:

Tue, Dec 02 - @ Indiana
Wed, Dec 03 - @ Philadelphia
Fri, Dec 05 - @ Washington
Sun, Dec 07 - vs. Milwaukee
Tue, Dec 09 - @ Sacramento
Wed, Dec 10 - vs. Phoenix
Fri, Dec 12 - vs. Sacramento
Sun, Dec 14 - vs. Minnesota
Tue, Dec 16 - vs. New York
Fri, Dec 19 - @ Miami
Sat, Dec 20 - @ Orlando
Mon, Dec 22 - @ Memphis
Tue, Dec 23 - @ New Orleans
Thu, Dec 25 - vs. Boston

We SHOULD win our next five, which will drag us into STAPLES with a lot of momentum versus the Suns, who are struggling. After that, we stay at home and beat our next three (again, we should). On the road, the Heat and Grizzlies should be a breeze, and I don't think we'll have trouble with the Magic, either.

I'm just afraid of two games, really: that one in Sacramento, since we somehow always find room to suck against them on the road, and that game versus the Hornets, in New Orleans, assuming they will get their act together by then.

I think we'll beat Boston, because I'm not sure if they have an answer for Bynum, and we all saw how Garnett struggled for a while with Gasol. No Posey or Brown, two guys who were factors in that Finals series...we should take it.


My predictions:

Tue, Dec 02 - @ Indiana --- W
Wed, Dec 03 - @ Philadelphia --- W
Fri, Dec 05 - @ Washington --- W
Sun, Dec 07 - vs. Milwaukee --- W
Tue, Dec 09 - @ Sacramento --- W
Wed, Dec 10 - vs. Phoenix --- L
Fri, Dec 12 - vs. Sacramento --- W
Sun, Dec 14 - vs. Minnesota --- W
Tue, Dec 16 - vs. New York --- L
Fri, Dec 19 - @ Miami --- W
Sat, Dec 20 - @ Orlando --- L
Mon, Dec 22 - @ Memphis --- W
Tue, Dec 23 - @ New Orleans --- L
Thu, Dec 25 - vs. Boston --- L

Take it for what it's worth...which isn't much. And yes, I think we start the New Year with 5 losses. (hopefully, reverse jinx)

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 03:16 PM

I don't think we'll lose four of our last six in that bunch. That would be pretty disappointing, to say the least.

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 03:32 PM

well gotta take it one game at a night

Take care of biz in Indy tonight and go from there.


i agree, one game at a time. one game at a time...


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Posted December 02, 2008 - 03:50 PM

I don't think we'll lose four of our last six in that bunch. That would be pretty disappointing, to say the least.

It's possible...not probable.


I'm hoping that we don't get stung by one of those teams and fall off the wagon to the tune of 3-4 losses.

To me, this team is still fragile. We have so many weapons that people ignore the black under current that is pervasive in our close ball-games. We are not dominant yet...

This next stretch will either expose that or push them into that "dominant" echelon...

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 03:53 PM

GameC MD waddup man???

Its Kingkobe20Dub. LOL

From Lakersground to Lakernation we taking over these Laker forums!!!
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Posted December 02, 2008 - 03:59 PM

GameC MD waddup man???

Its Kingkobe20Dub. LOL

From Lakersground to Lakernation we taking over these Laker forums!!!



What's goin' on? I'm pretty much a permanent resident here now. Let's see...the migratory pattern of GCMD

NBAWire -> CL + LT -> LG -> TLN...hopefully, I'm done moving. I'm taking off my socks and kickin' my feet up on the sofa... B)

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 04:13 PM

It's possible...not probable.


I'm hoping that we don't get stung by one of those teams and fall off the wagon to the tune of 3-4 losses.

To me, this team is still fragile. We have so many weapons that people ignore the black under current that is pervasive in our close ball-games. We are not dominant yet...

This next stretch will either expose that or push them into that "dominant" echelon...

I think that, if it were to happen where we lose two games in a row, Kobe will take over until our guys show consistency off the bench (because it would be our bench that falls apart and causes those losses, since they are a big part of our victories this season).

We'll see. I think I might be a little more positive in our offense, just not our defense...but, as those Kobe and Shaq Lakers said, our best defense is our offense.

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 06:56 PM

And I hate that our defense was not consistent...but don't blame me. I was just calling it how I saw it.


Oh well.


No longer on track to beat the 72-10 record.
No longer best record.


And we get to watch BOS DESTROY the Pacers tomorrow night...

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 06:59 PM

And I hate that our defense was not consistent...but don't blame me. I was just calling it how I saw it.


Oh well.


No longer on track to beat the 72-10 record.
No longer best record.


And we get to watch BOS DESTROY the Pacers tomorrow night...


Yeah because Boston sure did do that earlier in the season to the Pacers...... oh wait.

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 07:02 PM

we are not perfect on the road now!

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 07:10 PM

Pacers are the best team in the league now.

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Posted December 02, 2008 - 07:12 PM

this is why its 1 game at a time and not about being the bulls record.

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