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Lakers: 15-2 And Awesome On Offense -- But Only Half A Contender


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#1 BeeZee

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Posted December 05, 2008 - 11:45 AM

"We feel that this time," Derek Fisher said, "with the experience of last season and hopefully a healthy team for the entire season or as much as possible, we can close that gap.

"It's a big commitment to go through a 100-plus game season one year, make it to the Finals -- one team wins, one team loses -- and then carry that hunger back to do it again and be the best two teams in basketball the following year," Fisher said. "... But it's early. It's still football season, so nobody is really watching that closely."

The Lakers and Celtics are watching each other, and everyone else will take a look on Christmas Day, when they meet for the first time since Boston closed out L.A. in six games in June.

Clearly, the Celtics are still the same single-minded, supremely motivated, defensively suffocating team that raised Boston's 17th championship banner to the rafters at the Lakers' expense. Are the Lakers still the physically soft, mentally fragile, finesse-oriented team that had no answer for the Celtics' bullying? Or have they learned their lesson?

Bryant, the ultimate grudge-holder of modern-day basketball, is carrying the sting of that Finals loss with every step he takes through his 13th NBA season. I have no doubts about him. Collectively, though, the Lakers must constantly remind themselves -- every game, every possession -- that finesse and nuance do not win titles. Toughness and defense do.

"Some games we have it," center Andrew Bynum said. "Some games we don't."


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Posted December 05, 2008 - 12:34 PM

"Some games we have it," center Andrew Bynum said. "Some games we don't."


and its annoying...that has to stop.
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Posted December 05, 2008 - 12:54 PM

and its annoying...that has to stop.

They know what is needed to beat the Celtics. They "need to have it" if they want that title.

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Posted December 05, 2008 - 12:56 PM

They know what is needed to beat the Celtics. They "need to have it" if they want that title.


Funny thing is I think they're going to be facing the Cavs in the Finals, not the Celtics.


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Posted December 05, 2008 - 01:00 PM

Funny thing is I think they're going to be facing the Cavs in the Finals, not the Celtics.



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Posted December 05, 2008 - 01:05 PM

I'd be satisfied with a "usually we have it, rarely we don't".

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Posted December 05, 2008 - 01:41 PM

Whats so annoying about their inconsistencies is that it shows they don't all have that hunger. Because every single one of them admits that they lost the finals because of their defense, and the only way they were going to win a title is if they played defense night in and night out. They know that, they admit that. Yet they don't carry it out.
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Posted December 06, 2008 - 09:16 PM

They are Trying t oplay defense and they play spurts of spectacular D, but they let up sometimes b/c this is a young team and that is human nature
ALSO Im learning, as is Phil, that our bench plays better at home, so rotations on the road will have to differ, but the people who cant see how much improved the D is from last year arent basketball savvy enuff, to talk to me
Again - this team, as currently constructed won't make it out of the second round of the playoffs, let alone the West or win the Finals.---fido on 2011 Lakers




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