Thursday, November 27, 2014
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The (55-22) Los Angeles Lakers are back in Colorado; the first stop of a two-game road trip to face the (51-27) Denver Nuggets. Tonight’s game will be the last of the four game series; the Nuggets leads the series 2-1 and the Lakers needs to tie the series.

Both teams have struggled down the stretch, the Nuggets are five-five in their last 10 games. The Lakers are six-four in their last 10 games.

The Lakers aren’t in a position to take anyone lightly. Despite the fact that there are only five games remaining in the regular season they have to approach this game as a Playoff game, but why stop there why not make it a statement game.

The issues that have been slowing the Lakers down are their defense, injuries, not playing with a sense of urgency, not defending the screen and roll plays, not taking care of the basketball, rebounding, allowing too many layups, terrible perimeter shooting, not making free throws, and a non-existent bench.

I feel that several of these issues are correctable and the Lakers have five games to work on these issues. The question is, after these next five-games will the team remain in first place in the Western Conference or have to deal with a lower seed?

The Lakers need to get back to the basics of running their offense to perfection. The Lakers are a difficult team to beat when they use excellent ball movement and excellent player movement to find a high percentage shot and outwork their opponent. They are a long team and need to utilize their size advantage much more.

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Health has always been the priority!

ESPN: As the Lakers look down the barrel of five games over the final seven days of the regular season starting Thursday in Denver, Los Angeles co-captain Derek Fisher has a list of two things he would like to improve.

First, he’d like somebody to kiss the team’s collective boo-boos, from Andrew Bynum’s left Achilles tendon, to Kobe Bryant’s right index finger, to Lamar Odom’s left shoulder, to Shannon Brown’s right thumb

“Getting and staying healthy,” Fisher said. “No matter who you play, where you’re seeded or what the situation is, if you don’t have all your guys it makes things tougher. Being healthy and staying healthy will be the main key.”

Second, he would like the Lakers to play at a higher level for extended stretches in games instead of being so inconsistent.

“Re-establishing the ability to play longer, better [is important],” Fisher said. “We’ve really had very few times where we’ve played more than one half of good basketball and I say that in terms of total, 24 minutes, not like a whole half where we played great.”

Not since March 9 against Toronto, or a string of 13 games, has Los Angeles won more than two quarters in a ballgame.

“We’ve had a good or poor first quarter compared with a good or poor second quarter compared with a good or poor third quarter and on and on,” Fisher said. “Just totally inconsistent.”

Continue reading ‘Health a priority’

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Glad to see the Zen Master offer advice to Bynum, whom we need so much right now.

ESPN: “It’s going to take some time and we just don’t know when. Obviously we’d like to have him play a couple games at the end of the season, but this morning I told him, ‘If that’s not possible, we’ll take whatever we get in the playoffs at that time.'”

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Playing bad is coming at the wrong time right now.

O.C. Register: The Lakers either don’t care enough or aren’t good enough to stop other teams from making their stretch-run statements against them.

The San Antonio Spurs gave themselves a confidence boost Sunday at Staples Center with a 100-81 victory over the defending NBA champion Lakers, who might draw the Spurs in a first-round playoff series.

The Oklahoma City Thunder seized a similar opportunity nine days earlier, routing the Lakers to fuel the belief that they can beat the Lakers in a potential first-round playoff.

“Huge win for us to stay where we’re at,” said Tim Duncan, whose Spurs team came in percentage points ahead of Portland for seventh place in the West.

San Antonio was further motivated by its home loss to the Lakers on March 24, when Duncan looked non-threatening and shot 2 for 11 from the field despite the Lakers then missing Andrew Bynum, too.

On Sunday, Duncan offered a reminder he’s not done yet with 19 points and 11 rebounds through three quarters as the Spurs took a 67-59 lead into the final period.

Continue reading ‘Are the Lakers ready?’

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Awwww, man! Not this again!

L.A. Times: The Lakers continue to fly in a holding pattern around Andrew Bynum, their starting center out for the foreseeable future while still feeling pain because of a strained left Achilles’ tendon.

Things are “about the same” Bynum said in a brief interview Tuesday as he left the Lakers’ training facility in El Segundo.

The Lakers have five regular-season games left before playoffs begin.

“There’s discomfort after he does a certain amount of exercise,” Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said after Tuesday’s practice. “I’m just not holding my breath on a timetable. Obviously we’d like to have him play a couple games at the end of the [regular] season, but this morning I told him if that’s not possible, we’ll take whatever we can get in the playoffs at that time.”

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ESPN: A NBA memo obtained by ESPN.com provides specifics of the three-year extension Kobe Bryant signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last week.

The deal, which had been rumored to be worth close to $90 million, will actually pay Bryant $83.5 million. It is a back-loaded deal, with Bryant set to earn $25.2 million in 2011-12, $27.8 million in 2012-13 and $30.4 million in 2013-14, according to the memo.

Bryant’s salary in 2013-14 is significant because it will make him the first player since Michael Jordan in 1996-97 and 1997-98 to be paid more than $30 million in a season. The Bulls paid Jordan $30.1 and $33.1 million for his last two seasons in Chicago.

The contract also includes an unspecified trade bonus should Bryant be dealt to another team, but Bryant would have to approve any trade proposal before it became official. As a carry-over condition from Bryant’s previous contract, he remains the only player in the NBA with a no-trade clause.

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The clock is running out on the Lakers chance to win 60 games, and G-Small and D-Bricks are in the stretch run with Voice of the Nation #77!

NBA.com and NBA TV analyst Sekou Smith joins the show to talk Lakers basketball, in another EXCLUSIVE Voice of the Nation interview.

In this edition of Voice of the Nation we discuss…

  • The failed 2-3 road trip
  • Kobe Bryant’s extension; does it signify the end of the road?
  • Will Phil Jackson return?
  • The health of Andew Bynum and Luke Walton.
  • The Top Lakers Moment: Final Four Revealed
  • Ron Artest‘s new reality show.

Be sure to follow G-Small and D-Bricks on Twitter, and special guest Sekou Smith.

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2 Pac – Against All Odds
Outkast – Snappin & Trappin
Kid N’ Play – getting Funky

Kobe Bryant press conference audio provided by Lakers.com!

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Download Link: Voice of the Nation – Episode #77

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Thousands have voted and the Top 32 Moments in Lakers history has now become a Final Four.

Who will end up in the Championship and get to square off for a chance to become the TOP Lakers Moment in Franchise History?

You decide!

Let the games begin…

(1) Horry's Game Winning Three vs Kings - '02 WCF Game 4 vs. (2) Kobe Bryant scores 81 points against Toronto Raptors

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(1) Magic Johnson's Game Winning Baby Hook in 1985 Finals vs. (6) Lakers winning 3 straight titles during 2000-2002

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Brackets after the cut…

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How is this not a surprise to me?

ESPN: The NBA fined Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson $35,000 on Monday for publicly criticizing game officials following his team’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

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Good news, but we need him back!

Lakers.com: Andrew Bynum underwent an MRI exam on Monday and the results showed no tear to his Achilles tendon, as did the previous exam on Saturday, March 20.

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No timetable for a return has been set for the 22-year-old center, and Bynum will continue to receive treatment and therapy from the Lakers’ staff, supervised by Athletic Trainer Gary Vitti.

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Congratulations to Dr. Buss who is doing a great job at running the best franchise.

ESPN: Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss has been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, multiple sources within the organization confirmed.

“My dream really was to have the Lakers and Los Angeles identified as one and the same,” Buss recently told ESPNLosAngeles.com “When I was just a fan, I used to really object when I would go to see the Lakers playing New York and most of the crowd would be ex-New Yorkers cheering for the Knicks. Then the next time, it would be the same with some other team. When you think New York, you think Yankees. I wanted that to be the case here as well. That when you think L.A., you think Lakers. I believe I’ve accomplished that.”

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So when is it that the referees DON’T turn against us?

ESPN: “The way we ended up the half I think turned the referees against us and when you do that, that’s an unfortunate thing,” Jackson said. “Ron didn’t back off and didn’t read that official well enough to know, you got to back off, you got to lighten the load, he’s not going to take any more of that. Ginobili forced the issue and got the calls

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After this rough, rough season, this is the biggest compliment the Lakers can receive.

ESPN: The ones that say, ‘We don’t care who we play,’ they’re full of baloney,” Popovich said. “We’re all trying to hide from the Lakers in the first round and that’s the truth. Really, it’s like, ‘Who do you want to play in the first round?,'” Popovich continued before sarcastically answering his question. “Oh, the Lakers! We’ll play the Lakers!”

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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.