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#1 West Coast

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Posted January 05, 2009 - 01:56 PM

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton will be sidelined for at least two weeks by a foot injury.

Walton, who started 11 consecutive games before missing Sunday's 100-86 win over Portland, has sesamoiditis in his right foot and will wear a protective boot for a week, the team said Monday.

The condition is an irritation of the sesamoid bones that extend to the big toe and generally heals without surgery.

Walton had averaged 5.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists since moving into the starting lineup. Trevor Ariza started in his place against the Trail Blazers and had four points, five rebounds and two assists while playing 33 minutes.


Edited by Showtime, January 05, 2009 - 01:56 PM.


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Posted January 05, 2009 - 02:00 PM

take as long as you can to rest Luke ;)

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Posted January 05, 2009 - 02:20 PM

Get Well Luke.
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Posted January 05, 2009 - 02:31 PM

Hope its nothing serious, and I know many people feel he is useless, but besides Kobe, he is the most effective using the triangle offense. And if we are trying to trade him, then an injury doesn't help, so hopefully he has a quick return and Ariza can go go back to his more natural role coming off th bench.

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Posted January 05, 2009 - 03:21 PM

Take the whole year off, concentrate on your BBQ or something...

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Posted January 05, 2009 - 03:26 PM

take as long as you can to rest Luke ;)


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Posted January 05, 2009 - 04:51 PM

Luke is wearing a huge boot on his foot.

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Posted January 05, 2009 - 04:54 PM

the beautiful thing about this team is that it can adapt to injuries like this and still win.
get well luke.

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Posted January 05, 2009 - 05:35 PM

I think he is undervalued (not that we can't win without him), but I have a feeling his foot injuries are chronic and eventually will force an early retirement. Look how we came out of the gate last night versus how we have looked in the first quarters of games recently. The flow just wasn't there with Trevor in the starting five. My guess is that Philip will go back to Buzz Kill against the Hornets. Luke finally got a chance to log in some minutes and look how quickly it took for him to re-injure the foot. Unfortunately, think Bill. I hope I'm wrong and get well Luke.

Edited by Ken #1 Beloved, January 05, 2009 - 05:37 PM.


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Posted January 05, 2009 - 05:43 PM

most of you know i feel like Luke is super important to this team, but like ken said we can adjust. I remember when we lost Luke and our record fell fast, he is a glue guy on and off the court and he helps Pau get the ball in effective spots
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Posted January 05, 2009 - 09:10 PM

Not too long ago Vlad was starting for us and Luke wasn't getting any minutes at all. We still had one of the best records in the league, right?

Two to four weeks (just an estimation)? We'll be more than fine.
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Posted January 05, 2009 - 09:14 PM

Not too long ago Vlad was starting for us and Luke wasn't getting any minutes at all. We still had one of the best records in the league, right?

Two to four weeks (just an estimation)? We'll be more than fine.

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Posted January 05, 2009 - 09:58 PM

it pisses me off how all u guys wanted to to get outta the lineup and now that he is you guys are all mad. you got what you wanted be carefull what you wish for people. he is very smart and knows the triangle well stop hatin on him.

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Posted January 05, 2009 - 10:01 PM

it pisses me off how all u guys wanted to to get outta the lineup and now that he is you guys are all mad. you got what you wanted be carefull what you wish for people. he is very smart and knows the triangle well stop hatin on him.

Who is "all u guys?"

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Posted January 05, 2009 - 10:05 PM

it pisses me off how all u guys wanted to to get outta the lineup and now that he is you guys are all mad. you got what you wanted be carefull what you wish for people. he is very smart and knows the triangle well stop hatin on him.

I KNOW how to play basketball, but I ain't great at it. Same for Luke
In 11 Starts:
Luke Averages 20 Minutes 22 Seconds of playing time
5.8 Points
3.09 Rebounds
1.18 Turnovers

In 20 Starts:
Vladimir Averages 22 minutes and 42 seconds of Playing time
7.85 Points
3.35 rebounds
1.6 Turnovers
(ALSO: LOOK AT RADS LAST 6 STARTS VS. LUKE'S 6 BEST STARTS, he was playing better when he was benched)

Vladamir can produce more points AND rebounds per game, it's what we need. STEALS? Vladimir beats Luke in that category too. Vlad: 0.7 every start, Luke: .45 Steals

Edited by Base, January 05, 2009 - 10:31 PM.


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Posted January 06, 2009 - 07:46 AM

I KNOW how to play basketball, but I ain't great at it. Same for Luke
In 11 Starts:
Luke Averages 20 Minutes 22 Seconds of playing time
5.8 Points
3.09 Rebounds
1.18 Turnovers

In 20 Starts:
Vladimir Averages 22 minutes and 42 seconds of Playing time
7.85 Points
3.35 rebounds
1.6 Turnovers
(ALSO: LOOK AT RADS LAST 6 STARTS VS. LUKE'S 6 BEST STARTS, he was playing better when he was benched)

Vladamir can produce more points AND rebounds per game, it's what we need. STEALS? Vladimir beats Luke in that category too. Vlad: 0.7 every start, Luke: .45 Steals

At this position on the Lakers, these stats you cite are meaningless. Luke makes the triangle flow much better thereby creating better shots. He gets a lot of "hockey" assists that way. He's always in the middle of the action on both ends of the court. While he's not a great defender, he's a decent rebounder and he understands team defense much better than Buzz Kill, who can't rebound a lick for someone who is 6'10". To me it is night and day who fits in better with the Lakers. All Buzz Kill does effectively is "spread the floor", hit occasional 3s and sometimes defends well. Sometimes. But mostly he's a Buzz Kill and one of my least favorite Lakers of all-time.

Edited by Ken #1 Beloved, January 06, 2009 - 07:47 AM.


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Posted January 06, 2009 - 10:44 AM

I KNOW how to play basketball, but I ain't great at it. Same for Luke
In 11 Starts:
Luke Averages 20 Minutes 22 Seconds of playing time
5.8 Points
3.09 Rebounds
1.18 Turnovers

In 20 Starts:
Vladimir Averages 22 minutes and 42 seconds of Playing time
7.85 Points
3.35 rebounds
1.6 Turnovers
(ALSO: LOOK AT RADS LAST 6 STARTS VS. LUKE'S 6 BEST STARTS, he was playing better when he was benched)

Vladamir can produce more points AND rebounds per game, it's what we need. STEALS? Vladimir beats Luke in that category too. Vlad: 0.7 every start, Luke: .45 Steals



Ahah, very funny... You say what you want...

I think you forgot that Luke makes 3 x more assists than Radman as Starter SF ;)

However, I prefere Ariza as Starter SF :shifty:

Edited by Master Zen, January 06, 2009 - 10:45 AM.



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Posted January 06, 2009 - 11:14 AM

I hope Vlad starts again. I want Ariza to continue being our spark off the bench. Not having Farmar or Ariza coming off the bench is a big hit.
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