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Phil Jackson was as animated as he has ever been in Game 3. He knew the importance of winning the game and getting back in the series.

Gasol was stripped by Jason Terry, and got an easy lay-up. Jackson took a timeout and got in Gasol’s face, giving him a thump on the chest:

Here is what Jackson had to say after the game about the incident:

“He grabbed the ball in the half court and wasn’t aware that he was holding it in the position we always ask him not to put it in and Terry took it from behind and went down and got a layup. I was just making sure he understood he needed to take care of the basketball in those sequences.”

Pau Gasol was also asked after the game about Phil getting in his face more often then usual:

“Obviously he wants me to be more aggressive and be more assertive out there,” Gasol said. “You’ve just got to be able to do that better. I haven’t been able to really get going at all. You’ve just got to do it.”

The Lakers are now one game away from elimination, no team in NBA history has ever recovered from being down 0-3 in a series.

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By David Brickley – Los Angeles

There is no argument.

Pau Gasol has had the worse nine game stretch of his career, and it so happens to be in the midst of a three-peat playoff run.

His 13 points per game average is the lowest of his playoff career. He is shooting 42% from the field, which is also a playoff career low. Furthermore, his eight rebounds per contest is the lowest since he has been a Laker.

Quite simply, Gasol has never played smaller while wearing a purple and gold jersey.

After an MVP caliber start to the regular season, Gasol has seemingly forgot how to do everything.

His touch around the basket?

Gone.

Aggressiveness he learned after the 08 Finals?

Missing.

Will to win?

Don’t see it

Confidence in his game?

Lacking.

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Kobe Bryant drew in a double team then kicked out a pass to Derek Fisher who hit a wide open three pointer to give the Lakers a 58-51 lead in the third quarter. Bryant gave Fisher a look as they double-slapped hands after. It’s a look we’ve seen him give his co-captain often. It’s a look that says, simply, “I can always depend on you.”

A similar exchange occurred in Game 1 when Fisher passed to Bryant who scored one from behind the arc that gave the Lakers a 16-point lead in the same quarter. In both instances, however, the Lakers’ leads were short-lived, quickly followed by a Mavericks run that the defending champions could not, did not counteract. Both instances ended in disappointing, we-almost-had-it type of heartbreaking losses, because the Lakers really did “almost have it” in both games. Unfortunately, no Kobe Bryant game winners have come through, and no Derek Fisher clutch shots have occurred. For the Lakers to have won any of these three past games, they didn’t need miracles. They just needed the effort all around.

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David Brickley, and Jason Riley recap Game 3 vs the Mavericks in the Western conference semi-finals.

They will be playing post-game audio, giving you analysis, taking your calls, and giving you updates around the NBA. Mark Medina from the LA Times also breaks down the 0-3 hole the Lakers are in.

Rundown

  • Lakers Lose Game 3 – Fall to 0-3 to Mavs
  • Postgame Audio: Phil, Kobe, Dirk
  • Kobe still believes Lakers will win the series
  • POLL QUESTION: Do you still have hope that the Lakers can pull a Miracle?
  • CALLS from the Nation
  • INTERVIEW: Mark Medina – LA Times
  • What did Kobe and Phil say about Ron Artest not playing in Game 3
  • RUMOR MILL: Is Pau Gasol’s personal life affecting his play?
  • Is the Dynasty Over?
  • and Much MUCH More

Additonal Audio

  • ESPN TV
  • NBA.com

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David Brickley, and Jason Riley recap Game 3 vs the Mavericks in the Western conference semi-finals.

They will be playing post-game audio, giving you analysis, taking your calls, and giving you updates around the NBA.

Stay Tuned to Laker Nation for details! (We’re gathering some post-game player audio)

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The Los Angeles Lakers are staring down the gun barrel of a 0-2 series deficit. Many have mentioned their age, mental and physical fatigue, chemistry, and trust issues which are all alarming at this time of the year and causes for concern. These are valid points, but their defense and execution are the true culprits or really the lack thereof.

The fact of the matter is that in the biggest game of the year… the Lakers did not show up.

The Lakers have only themselves to blame for being in this predicament. It is a deep hole that they have to climb out of, but not impossible. They need to win four of the next five games. A feat that can’t be discussed; unless the series comes back to Los Angeles. The Purple and Gold have to use the one game at a time approach.

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It looks like the 6th man of the year will get the chance to start tonight at Small Forward

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Reports had Lamar Odom practicing with the starting unit at practice on Thursday. However, Kevin Ding from the Orange County Register reported that it looked like Shannon Brown would start at shooting guard, and Kobe would move to small forward.

Phil Jackson has said who will start will be a game time decision.

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Lakers head coach isn’t known for making guarantees but he has at least made one.

“We’ll be back Tuesday,” Jackson said. Referring to, the to be determined, Game 5 at Staples.

It may not be a huge statement; all Jackson is really saying is the Lakers will not get swept. But, reports from practice had Jackson pretty loose and he was even described as “jovial”.

Kobe Bryant also shared the same confidence:

“I just don’t believe we’re going to lose,” he said. “I’m not thinking about that. I’m thinking about the next game and going from there.”

As Bryant said after Game 2, maybe a change of scenery will be good for the Lakers.

“We’re not very good here at home the last two games, so going to Dallas might do us some damn good,” Bryant said after Game 2.

The Lakers play the Mavericks in Dallas at 6:30 PST for Game 3 tonight.


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NEW YORK, May 5, 2011 – Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended one game without pay for swinging his arm and striking the face of the Dallas Mavericks’ J.J. Barea, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. Artest’s contact has also been classified by the NBA as a Flagrant Foul Two.

The incident occurred with 24.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Mavericks’ 93-81 victory over the Lakers at Staples Center on May 4. Artest will serve his suspension tomorrow when the Lakers visit the Mavericks at American Airlines Center for Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

Courtesy NBA Official Release

For more on this incident and video check out Laker Nation’s earlier report!

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With 24 seconds to play and the Lakers down by 11. Ron Artest threw a elbow, and connected with J.J. Barea, Artest was immediately called for a foul and then ejected from the game.

Artest was involved in two other minor incidents in “garbage” time. He gave Shawn Marion a push out of bounds after a foul, and commited a somewhat hard foul on an Nowitzki lay-up.

The best case scenario for the Lakers and Artest would be a fine from the league, but looking at the NBA’s history of suspensions, it looks like a suspend-able offense.

In case you missed it check out the play below:

“It’s a good chance he’ll be suspended, but I hope not.” Jackson said after the game.

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Andrew Bynum vowed to be more aggressive in Game 2, and he was a man of his word. Bynum, was 8 for 11 from the field scoring 18 points, and grabbing 13 rebounds (7 of which were offensive boards).

After the Lakers dropped another game at home, Bynum’s frustration came out, as he said the following to reporters after the game:

“It’s obvious we have trust issues and unless we come out and discuss them, then nothing will change,” Bynum said.

“We’re a talented team, so we kind of get by sometimes,” Bynum said. “We have guys who can take over a game, four or five guys who can score 10 straight points ….  so it makes it less obvious. It seems obvious now because this team (Mavericks) are cutting us apart and we’re not doing anything about it.”

Kobe Bryant was then asked at the podium about Bynum’s comments:

“I think the trust that he’s referring to is being able to help each other on the defensive end of the floor,” Bryant said. “He gets frustrated when he supports a guard coming off the screen and roll and nobody supports him when a big’s rolling to the basket.”

The Lakers are in a must-win game on Friday. No team that has fell down 0-3 in a seven game series, has ever came back to win.

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The Lakers have made their quest for a three-peat a lot more difficult following their 93-81 loss in Game 2 of their Western Conference Semi-Final match up against the Dallas Mavericks. While the series is obviously not over, the historical numbers certainly do not play in the Lakers favor.

In NBA history, 238 teams have been down 0-2, and only fourteen teams have came back to win the series. Furthermore, only three teams who have dropped the first two at home have came back to win the series: The 1969 Lakers, the 1994 Houston Rockets and ironically enough the 2005 Dallas Mavericks.

The good news for the Lakers is while it seems improbable that they can come back from an 0-2 hole,  it is definitely not impossible. It should not be forgotten that there are still a few players on this Dallas Mavericks team who were a part of the 2006 squad that blew a 2-0 series lead in the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat.

One would think that if there was any team that had the ability to come back from such a deficit, it would be this Lakers team which is filled with playoff tested veterans. So while the numbers say it is unlikely that the Lakers will come back and prevail in this series, it is important to remember that it is not as if they will be looking to do something that has never been done before. A series is not over until one team wins four games, not two.

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Join David Brickley ,  Kevin Figgers , and Jason Riley for another postgame edition of the Voice of the Nation.

They recap the Game Two loss at Staples,  play post-game audio, and take calls from Laker Nation. Is it time to panic?

Rundown

  • Lakers Lose Game 2, Fall 0-2 to Mavs
  • Postgame Audio: Kobe, Phil Jackson, Dirk
  • Pau Gasol still can’t find his rhythm
  • POLL QUESTION: Who is to blame for the Lakers 0-2 series hole?
  • CALLS from the Nation
  • Ron Artest most likley Suspended?
  • Around the NBA
  • Dwight Howard not answering questions about future
  • and Much MUCH More

Additonal Audio

  • TNT
  • NBA.com

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They say that pride comes before the fall. Had the Lakers shown any pride in this game, that saying might apply. Unfortunately, they showed very little to none of it in this game. For a 2-time defending championship team in the second round of the playoffs, in the year they can achieve a threepeat, that pride shouldn’t have to be summoned. It should be engrained into every thread of that purple and gold jersey. Tonight, however, the players in blue were the proud ones and who, honestly, can blame them?

It’s been the Lakers’ story all season long. They refuse to play with any type of effort unless they are challenged; unless they are forced; unless they are threatened. Well, they’re down 0-2 in the series and the next two games are in Dallas. NOW is this a big enough challenge? NOW do they feel threatened?

After losing a 16-point lead in Game 1 and then failing to come through in the closing minutes of that same game, the hope – no, the EXPECTATION – was for the Lakers to come into the second game with a sense of purpose and yes, that pride thing. Instead they came in and played like the harried, inexperienced underdogs, jacking up three-pointers (2-20) despite the strength of their game being on the inside; playing the weakest of defenses like it was their first game EVER; missing 9-20 free throws; failing to run any offense; and above all, seemingly thinking that defending champions could somehow get a free pass to the finals without working very hard. The difference between the last two Laker Championship teams and this season’s – HUNGER. And not just any hunger – a collective hunger.

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With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.