Fourth quarter takes stuffing out of Lakers

After a promising start, things quickly get out of hand, and Odom takes the blame. :-(

damnit.jpgL.A. Times: In the spirit of today’s holiday, Milwaukee Bucks employees handed out dozens of frozen turkeys to fans during a third-quarter promotion Wednesday night.

The giving wasn’t done yet.

The Lakers proceeded to hand the Bucks the fourth quarter as a coin flip of a game morphed into a 110-103 Milwaukee victory at the Bradley Center.

The Lakers hurled a series of panicked three-point attempts at the rim and also learned a lesson in temper control when Andrew Bynum was hit with a technical foul . . . after getting the foul call he wanted while attempting a shot.

The Bucks’ obvious response: Hey, thanks.

The Lakers have already shown they can win on the road — Phoenix, Houston and Tuesday’s fireworks display against Indiana come to mind — but they also proved they could lose on the road, in a grand thumbs-down way.

They were ahead, 83-82, with eight minutes to play, and then their shots stopped falling, their defense stopped caring and their attempt at momentum for Friday’s game in Boston was sent home for the holiday.

The fourth-quarter stats for the Lakers: six-for-19 shooting (31.6%), one for eight (12.5%) from three-point range, three assists and no smiles in the locker room afterward.

Lamar Odom was in a particularly grumpy mood, taking all the blame after missing eight of 11 shots and scoring eight points in 40 minutes.

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  • jack

    You know what I just learned, a W in Boston would shut up everything about this game. I hope people have learned their lessons, and move on. It’s too early to think negative about this team. But, I always say this: WIN GAMES YOU SHOULD WIN. Bucks, surely were one of them. So what?? a W in Boston would mean more cheers than anyother game, aint it? at least for now. p.s. good job, bynum. but, control ur cool, allright?

  • sK

    If LO does not attempt another 3 pointer in a game this season, I’ll be happy. Way to man-up and take blame for your performance however.

  • http://thelakersnation.com yaLaLap

    trade odom,he’s an inconsistent player,,,trade him to the bobcats for okafor and a future 1st round draft pick….fuck odom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ballin_2008

    This is actually very simple…The Lakers win and lose games on the defensive end, and on the boards…As Stu mentioned there were no second chance points scored in the whole game by either team…My Laker friends this is unacceptable. With 6 minutes left the Lakers panicked and got “three point” happy, but were missing everything. Now I don’t have a problem with Kobe throwing up three’s all day…I mean he is “Mr. Clutch/4th Quarter”…but the rest of the Lakers were out on the wing w/ four Buck jerseys in the paint for the rebound…Where are the Offensive boards??…Where are the Defensive Boards??? Do not hang out and expect everyone to hit their shot…box out and rebound. I’ve noticed this in every game, I challenge you to keep an eye out for it. Is this the NBA or a pee wee league…??? This is FUNDAMENTAL stuff. This is why San Antonio owns the West, as boring as they are. Rather than trade baskets, secure possesions!!!Lamar, when your not hot, your not hot…pass the ball or drive in!!!Rad, you can hit the three, but please look up “Defense” in the dictionary under “D”…your the reason Peja scorched us in the Hornets game!!!Phil the defensive rotation is horrible, some of the guys look lost. Put these guys to work…Please!!! In conclusion this game was as good as ours. Excecution is not the problem…Fundamentals are…Let’s start a new Movement…The “For The Love of God….Get Under The Basket and Grab That Board Like You Wanna Win This Game Nation.” How does that sound???…

  • Tim-4-Show

    Ballin,

    That was probably the best analysis I’ve seen in a very long time. I don’t have anything to add except we may want a personnel change for defensive purposes, I would humbly request Critter be put in instead of Sasha and do this at least half the time. Critter may not have the experience, but he has more overall skill and defensive prowess than Sasha. Besides, if we get him some experience now, it just might pay off come playoff time.

  • 24allup inya

    Odom should take the blame! i dont understand why he was shooting threes.Why the f-u-c-k didnt he and Kobe drive in we’ll never know.Phil took Farmar out in a critical time.HAPPY THANKSGIVING PEOPLE I HOPE THE LAKERS SAVE SOME ROOM TO EAT UP THE CELTICS 2MARROW

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    I agree with you to a point. Don’t just blame everyone except Kobe. Kobe is to blame just as much as the rest of the team. Like Phil said, Kobe did not play as much of a team game as he would have liked and Kobe let Redd get to him too much.

    I also disagree with your comment about letting Kobe hurl up as many three point attempts as much as he wants. Kobe should’ve penetrated and got to the free throw line. I don’t know why, with just under two minutes, Kobe and Lamar were hurling up three’s when it was unnecessary to do so.

  • 24allup inya

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    HE NEEDS TO STOP SHOOTING THREES THAT IS NOT WHAT HE IS GOOD AT LEAVE THAT TO VLADY!!!

  • JoJoEnglish94Bulls4ever

    Dude you guys your team isnt that good. The Bucks are not a bad team. No the Bobcats would never trade for Odom. He’s trash. What your first round pick? Thats a 15th spot by seasons end when you guys get knocked out of the first round.

  • domidomdomz

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    I think trading odom is not a good idea..He just made mistakes yesterday..but that’s only one game..I think he learned a lesson..

    In addition to that, LO is taking the blame as he said in the post-game interview..and maybe on Friday against the Celtics, he’ll be fired up and never do the same mistakes again..

    Go Lakers!

  • LakersFirst (Change) (Close)

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    Just keep having your wet dreams about the 94 bulls, because the 2007/08 Bulls look like crap. You shouldn’t be worried about us trading Odom, you should be worried about that piece of crap GM John Paxon not pulling the trigger on a trade for KG last year or Gasol. Ha ha ha, the Bulls, HA HA HA. Laughable man, just laugh-a-bull!!!