Postgame Report: Lakers vs. Nuggets – Lazy Sunday (95-90, Loss)

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Tinsel Town? More like Turnover Town. After a 9-game winning streak, which included a triple overtime victory against Phoenix and a come-from-behind win against Utah, the Lakers post-All-Star break record is now 17-2. It’s nothing to scoff at, but with their exceptional play of late, and coming in today against a short-handed Denver team, the Lakers could have won this game easily if they weren’t so busy turning the ball over.

Nine turnovers in the first half, followed by 11 more in the second. 20 assists to 20 turnovers, which means that Andrew Bynum pass to Kobe Bryant for a layup, was later virtually negated when he threw away the ball on a bad pass; that Lamar Odom reverse layup from Steve Blake was later followed by his turn to throw a bad pass himself. All examples of carelessness that the Lakers couldn’t afford against a Denver team who has recently found their defense. And give Denver credit for their defense. They scarcely left a white uniform alone, often chasing down Kobe Bryant and forcing him into tough shots and pressuring the Lakers into numerous shot clock violations. The Nuggets’ first-round opponent – take heed. The D is back in Denver. It makes you wonder if Carmelo Anthony was stunting their ability to defend.

It was, by no means, the best game either team played. With the Lakers shooting just 36% in the first quarter, and Denver doing just as badly with 35%, the offense on both sides was stagnant for long stretches. Ron Artest missed two layups in the first 30 seconds of the game, which might’ve been an indication of things to come for the Lakers.

Artest, another improved player after the season break, didn’t have his best game today, going just 1-5 for his five points, and allowing his man, Danilo Gallinari, to go off for 22 points on 7-13 (3-6 from 3 PT). Gallinari did score just four points in the second half, partially due to a flurry of missed free throws, but he was the only player who was scoring for Denver until Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson woke up from their 0-10 start. Their surge in the second half took this game away.
Kobe Bryant chipped in 28 points but needed 27 shots to get there. Lamar Odom hit a clutch three to cut the deficit to two points, but failed to box out and gave up a tip in to Kenyon Martin, who put the lead back up to four with 11 seconds left in the game.

The only Lakers who took more than three shot attempts and achieved a 50%+ percentage and did all kinds of good were L.A.’s big men, Pau Gasol (16 points on 7-10) and Andrew Bynum (8 points on 4-7). That they had the most efficient night offensively, it’s a shame the Lakers didn’t move the ball more to give them greater opportunities to score because they would have had a huge game. Kenyon Martin is no match for Gasol and Bynum throwing down two dunks over Nene to open the game should have been a bright neon sign to the rest of the team that read: GIVE US THE BALL. But it was a lot of dribbling, which caused their biggest issue of the afternoon, again, turnovers.

Gasol took a hard fall after he was fouled by Nene in the third quarter, which had him clutching his knee and limping to the bench. Thankfully, he was able to come back in to finish the game. Andrew Bynum also landed awkwardly in the second half, which kept him on the bench for the latter part of the final 12 minutes. Both players were able to walk back to the locker room, which is always a good sign. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious.

With the Spurs’ win earlier today and this loss for the Lakers, the gap between the first and second seed in the West is back to 2 ½ games. Next up is Utah on Tuesday, probably hoping to avenge their loss from Friday. The Lakers need to take notes on what NOT to do from this game and file it away. With six games left in the regular season, and the race for seeding so close in the league, every game matters.

Box Score
Pre-game Thoughts: Denver has been hot since ‘Melo and Chauncey’s left for Madison Square Garden, and right now, are riding a 5-game winning streak. Even without the services of Arron Afflalo, out with a hamstring injury, the Nuggets are still rolling. The Lakers need only to continue their exceptional play to counter the Nuggets’ (let’s admit it) surprising surge.
Half-time Thoughts: 40-47 – Both teams struggled from the field, shooting just 35% and 36% in the first 12 minutes; neither unable to put the ball in the hole. But a late 2nd quarter 10-3 run gave the home team a 7-point half-time lead. Kobe Bryant leads all scores with 19 points, with Denver’s Danilo Gallinari doing it for the Nuggets with 18 points. Andrew Bynum, by the way, has 12 of the Lakers’ 29 rebounds.
Most Thoughtless Play(s)/Player(s) of the Game: A lazy Lakers team – 9 turnovers in the first half and 11 in the second. You’re supposed to REDUCE mistakes in the second half, not increase them.
Most Thought-filled Play(s)/Player(s) of the Game: Andrew Bynum – 16 rebounds! Could’ve used him after Nene missed that second free throw. That rebound would’ve been secured, no doubt.

Anna Gonda has been the post-game editor for LakerNation.com since the 2009-2010 season. Between post-game reports, she's a full-time advertising coordinator for an academic publisher and a part-time photographer. Favorite Lakers: Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher. Favorite Laker Moment: Game 7, 2010 Finals against the Boston Celtics.
  • LakerMarc

    Kobe sitting on his ass in this photo …how appropos!

  • poop

    OMG TRADE EVERYBODY FIRE MITCH EVERYTHING’S RUINED

    • LakerMarc

      Who pooped in your cheerios?

  • T411Lakers

    Well..Um did we learn nothing from that spurs tip in a few months ago…..Where was bynum…Either way, that many turnovers..they deserved this loss.

    • Nick

      Bynum was on the bench rubbing his knee the whole 4th quarter. TEAM BALL baby. Tell Kobe that because he knows dick about it.

      • 242LakerFan

        Yeah, and if anyone knows dick, it’s Nick, it’s the Master Baiter.

        • LakerMarc

          Didnt he say he wanted to suck Kobe’s? Right? I know I saw that from him somewhere. Get lost Celdick Fan

          • Nick

            hey give me a break, I had to fucking wait for a long time for the LAKERS to lose so I can hate!

  • tony s

    dont hate it was a good game but cudnt close whatever nuggets suck anyways

  • Chi-Town Walt

    Played 2 soft,need some production from da bench,just think if Bynum goes down we have 2 look forward 2 theo ratliffe,joe smith I Pray Bynum can stay healthy if not we will be pushed around.

  • LakerssuckLOL

    @tony s: haha yeah man Nuggets suck, keep telling yourself that. That’s why they blew up the Lakers’ win streak on LA’s home court haha. Don’t waste your breath I’ve already heard all the excuses. “Nuggets have zebras in their pocket” “Early morning bug bit the Lakers again” “Fluke win”

    Bynum and Pau had good games but everyone else was deplorable, why? Because Bynum and Pau are the only Lakers players the Nuggets can’t limit to low shooting percentages. We’ll take that, because Denver’s defense forced Kobe into ballhog mode and he shot 10-27.

    Nuggets are 15-4 since the ASB and lost two of those games (on the road) by buzzer beaters. If you don’t think Denver poses a threat, you might want to revisit the 2004 Pistons to see how a truly well-rounded, defense-oriented team can dominate the playoffs.

    Lakers would have beat any other team today despite playing so badly. However the Nuggets > LA now and you crybaby bitches will see that come playoffs.

    Who has the longest winning streak in the West NOW? The DENVER NUGGETS BABY!!! AWWW HELL YEEEEEEEAH

    • http://thelakersnation.com Josh Herrington

      So, The Nuggets beat us by 5 and now they’re better? That means they’re playing the best basketball in the league (Lakers, WERE (according to you) the best).
      .
      Cleveland can beat us, but can they beat us in a four-game series? No. Same thing with the Nuggs. You can’t even hang with the Bulls, OKC, and Boston – maybe. Anyone can beat a Championship contender..ONCE.
      .
      I’m not excusing your guys’ win though. It was a good game you guys played.
      .
      We are 17-2 since the ASB. Sorry, but thats greater than 15-4. Whether or not the Nuggets won today, that still doesn’t give ANYONE the right to say they (Lakers) suck unless you don’t know basketball.
      .
      “Nuggets > LA now and you crybaby bitches will see that come playoffs.”
      Will we see that come playoffs? Like I said, you can’t hang with OKC, but if you do somehow, we’ll actually pay attention to you.
      .
      Detroit, really? If we had the same roster, yes that’d be a problem. Detroit was well-rounded, but they had Chauncey ( great point-guard) Rip-Hamilton (main scorer putting up 10-something pg), and Teyshaun (possibly best defender in the league). Denver is well rounded with role players. Detroit had two or three (I think) All-Stars. You, now, have none.
      .
      I have a question to answer your question about the win streak: Do game win streaks matter more or do Title win streaks?
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      Go, Lakers. Let’s get the next one.

      • http://thelakersnation.com Josh Herrington

        20-something*

        • LakerMarc

          What is it with you and ur neverending posts? Are you really that full of yourself or do you just think your voice is that important?

      • 242LakerFan

        Josh you seem to be assuming that this guy is a Nuggets fan and not just a Laker hater. I wouldn’t give him the benefit of the doubt and promote him all the way up to fandom.

        • http://thelakersnation.com Josh Herrington

          Well, also that was for anyone saying the Nuggets are better.

    • Kobe279

      how many times we kicked yalls ass in the playoffs?

  • John

    Why did the ballhog not feed the big guys? Have to always be the “man” even when he is having a horrible shooting night. As good as Jordan? Please!! Will never be as good as him.

    • Abraham

      Yeah that is the Kobe we have all grown to love. In the 4th quarter of every close game he completely abandons the team concept and jacks it up….

    • riley

      Jordan didnt pass either I dont know where ya’ll was during jordan era oh wait yes I do Not born also everytime pau got the ball he turnt it over

    • rondo

      Lakers funny they want the big boys to rebound defend but don’t want to feed them. The ball suppose to go inside out not in the corner to Ron Ron or outside to his buddy Fisher. Sometime Bynum will have his man seal and Kobe throws it over to Ron Ron. Sometimes I wonder does Kobe feel the way Shaq felt when Kobe first came into the league? Threaten by in up and coming young player.

  • 242LakerFan

    The Lakers have been playing almost .900 ball since the All-Star break and these last two hosers show up after the one really bad game they’ve played in the last nineteen.
    I guess we should just let them have their rare moment in the sun, since it happens so rarely these days.
    The Nuggets are obviously a much better team without Mello, and are sneaking up on a lot of people. That will happen. The Lakers got lazy today, for sure, but the fact is, this game IS the first since the All-Star break (including the other loss v Miami) where they just played badly and lost. It’s coming up on layoff time and I still like the way this team looks against anyone else in the league, including these Nuggets.
    That’s why they play seven in the Playoffs. Generally speaking, the better team, or the team that capitalizes best on their advantages, wins out in a seven game series.
    That’s why I’m not even upset over KMart’s little nut-shining tyrade after getting away with the foul on Lamar. These are the moments that Kenyon has had to celebrate in his career against the Lakers, since he has never beaten us when it counts. So leave him alone with his minor victories.
    Enjoy this one, haters. You deserve it, because from here on it’s feast or famine and your next meal is a looong way off. We true Laker fans don’t die after losses in April, but we sure do party in June!

    • 242LakerFan

      Wow, did I say “layoff time”? I must have been channeling Nick and John’s dad. I meant Playoff time.

      • John

        Is this Vic the Brick hiding under this alias. This should have been an easy win the Lakers. No answer for the big men, but I’m sure if you ask them, they would agree 100% with you!! Right Vic?

    • laughoutloud

      @242lakerfan

      i dont agree with you that they are a better team without melo. how can you say that, yeah they are on a good run but i would like to see how they do in a full nba season. give me melo over these nuggets any day. Im a lakers fan but melo is one of the best offensive players in the game!

      • 242LakerFan

        Perhaps I should clarify. They play better team ball without Mello.
        ou’re right about him being a great offensive player, but that’s the problem. He is an offensive player – period. The Nuggets defense is hugely improved without him on the floor. And New York has become Phoenix East. No D being played there at all.

  • BooCocky

    should have traded bynum for melo when we had the chance.

    • 242LakerFan

      Don’t interrupt when grown ups are talking, okay? Go back to your room and finish your “drink”, Bukkake.

    • LakerMarc

      Cup Cake?

    • rondo

      Nuggets traded Melo to Knicks seems like Nuggets got better of deal. Also Knick fans are getting ready to run the team out of New York. Trade Bynum for Melo I don’t think that would have been a wise move.

      • LakerMarc

        Finally someone has some sense

  • Kings of the West

    the hell? some of you fake fans are coming out now. 9 fucking win streak, and some are complaining about this loss? 9 GAME WIN STREAK! Lakers no matter what are taking the champion ship…don’t think they will catch up to the Spurs though…but I bet Memphis will upset them in the 1st round

    • riley

      That’s what they do whenever we win the post only get 5-10 comments but when we lose 40 damn comments like Abraham ans John bllaming it on Kobe last time I check It was LAMAR that didnt Block K Mart not kobe but hey you know how they do soon as kobe win They ACT Right

      • rondo

        Kobe sometimes make poor shot selections.

        • LakerMarc

          Sometimes?

  • Nick’s Lame

    twenty turnovers and they were still in it………..should of won ,could of won ,,,,,oh well,,,,,go lakers. hope our bigs ok,,,,,,

  • j.crack

    Theres a reason so many ppl hate Laker fans. When everything is going good you hear nothing but how they’re gonna cruise to the title. When they have one loss its nothing but “how the hell could they lose” & “kobe is a ballhog”, etc, Big deal, damn the team has had 2 losses since the all star break & both of them were there for the taking at the end. Oh well, 1st seed wasnt probably gonna happen anyways. Everyone should be happy that second seed is pretty much a lock now with Dallas losing again & LA will most likely still finish ahead of Boston & Miami. I dont see anybody in the West that could beat a focused Laker team 4 out of 7. These early ABC games at Staples seem to put the players to sleep though. The crowds are terrible. Just kick back & enjoy the ride.

    • http://thelakersnation.com Josh Herrington

      Thats truly how I’ve treated this season: a ride. I get amped when we go pass the mountains and monuments and not so much when there is just plains for miles all around. Rest assured, however, I’ve been looking out that window since we started this trip, and I’m not falling asleep now.

      • LakerMarc

        Dude, are you for real? Country Bumpkin.

    • rondo

      He is a ballhog winning covers it up.

  • riley

    Our crowds get on my damn nerve Ya’ll should cheer THE WHOLE FUCKING GAME!

    ppl like abraham and john is exactly why we get a bad rap kuz when we lose it’s all Kobe’s fault Like he was the one that didnt block out K Mart SMH @fakeassfans

    • rondo

      Riley get out of Kobe’s jock. Do you get upset for you women like you get upset about Kobe? Kobe fans are fake ass fans. One day Kobe will be history who will you root for then? Lakers or a Star.

      • Nick’s Lame

        why don’t you get out of jerry buss’s jock ronda

        • rondo

          Because you punks always defend Kobe even when he’s wrong. I am a Laker fan, not a Kobe Jock sniffer. Kobe is part of the Lakers not the Lakers. One day like everyone else he will be history!

          • LakerMarc

            You give credit when they deserve it. You also criticize when they deserve it as well. There is no fucking such thing as being always right…EVEN THE IMMORTAL KOBE BRYANT….and for the stupid fucking sheep who just run around in a daze with no brain in their skulls..well don’t judge because you are the ones with the problem…make judgements for yourselves..things aren’t always black and white..in fact, they almost never are….I hate this You either think they’re perfect GODS or you arent a fan faggot bullshit mentality…..I wanna see you pay thousands for season tickets and buy all the merchandise and be a fan even when they dont make it out of round 1 of the playoffs like I have….FUCK OFF POSEURS!!!

            :)

      • LakerMarc

        Rondo I’m with you Riley needs to be VANQUISHED FROM MY KINGDOM….begone HOOD RAT!!!!! LMFAO!!!

  • trippleoccho

    Anyone complaining is a stupid ass. That is all.

    • Nick’s Lame

      you tell’em reggie,,,,,,,,,,,,,,dick

    • rondo

      Take one to know one.

  • lakerman1

    According to some the Lakers should never lose a game, really silly is’nt it and this let trade Kobe or whoeveris just crap coming out of peoples mouths. These same nitwits will always ask for trades no matter who is on the team. Mr Buss has done all he can to show appreciation to the city of LA and as much as i hate to admit it there are really a lot of spoiled children in LA. One thing i will agree on is the crowd waited until the last minute to really start rooting for the team. If i was not watching the game i would have thought the Stadium was empty. This is what you get when you have stars like Lawrence Fishburne who are only there for show. Every game i have gone to a game including at the FAB Forum i am yelling until i get hoarse and am glad i am in the nosebleed seats because the language i use may not suit some which i could care less about since i paid my money to enjoy myself.

  • DCLakeshow

    I’m actually kind of glad that we lost. Being very familiar with this team, I know that, had we gone into the playoffs, losing only one game, since the AllStar break, the way this team would have responded to their first playoff win, would have been a SHOW, and a field day for the media. Yes…the Lakers looked completely lazy on Sunday, and you could tell by their body language that they felt they could do the same thing that they had done against Utah (play horrible first half/ yet keep it close and close out the game). LESSON LEARNED…hopefully!

    • DCLakeshow

      **Playoff Loss**

      • LakerMarc

        Yeah kinda!!!!! and KMart punked ur asses walking around on the court in ur back yard like the fucking hood rat he is!! It wasn’t even loud in there….??????

        • riley

          I bet yo little redneck ass wouldnt say that shit to his face tho bitch Keep on trying to diss people with that hood rat shit I bet you get your ass beat

          • LakerMarc

            Red Neck? NOT!!!!!! furthest thing from….Riley…hood rats belong in the hood and this is the internet ..there are no computers and thus no web in the hood….sorry da hood.

          • rondo

            The have white guys in their hood also. Why does hood rat mean black people only. Hood rat is a mindset not race fool.

        • LakerMarc

          Hood rats come in any color and that wasn’t implied but your mind went there….chip on the shoulder…

  • bynumpower

    Lakers billboard going up, funded by fans, http://epicstep.com/campaign/152/lakers-rule-your-city/

  • Nick

    U guys can talk shit 2 me and call me a hater or w.e u wanna call me, but facts are facts. Since the break L.A has been the best team in the NBA……BUT march stats don’t mean shit, and I’ve said it b4 and I’ll say it again, Andrew Bynum is a beast and he is the best Center in the NBA in my opinion. There aren’t many guys who are 7’2 and have game like that, but i just think the Laker bench is severy lacking. U depend on fringe guys like blake, brown, and barnes and they aren’t really that good any of them…. I dont consider Odom a bench player because they pretty much dvide the mintes up between him gasol and bynum evenly. When L.A faces teams with LOADED benches like Denver, Boston, and the spurs and thunder to a lesser extent, i see them having serious problems over the course of a 7 game series. I mean the Nuggets aren’t gonna win an NBA title but that bench is fuckin bonkers. and even the Celtics bench with Baby, Green, Delonte and whichever O’neal isn’t starting is much better than the lakers. I see the L.A season going down in flames. GREEN FLAMES

    • T411Lakers

      Wow. We loose one game, and anarchy.

      I don’t see your celtics doing better than us.. And what we lack in bench depth, which we have shown at times, is Championship experience. We know how to win. How to pace the season. I’m sure your team does as well. But we have kobe, we have a will to win, and to catch you puke green b*tches and we will see who’s going down in PURPLE FLAMES this year.

  • LakersThe2010Champs

    A big Lakers fan, but honestly, what is Kobe doing there? I think the Lakers are better without him, just as the Nuggests are better without Melo.

    • lakers

      did you really just say that….wowww dumbest thing ive heard all year. Just because the nuggets are better without melo, (and thats just because nuggets gave away half their team) doesnt mean that the lakers would be better without kobe, the lakers wouldnt have won any of those champions from 2000 to now…you need a wake up call, im not trying to go all crazy on you but thats just B.S!

      • LakerMarc

        i have to agree…no rings w/o the real king

    • rondo

      Watch that the Kobe fans going to kick your ass.

  • Fuk The Haters

    As long as we have Gasol and Bynum healthy for the playoffs i dont care how many games we loose or what seed we end up at. Get ready to be crushed for the 3rd time in a row Haters! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    Nugets fans are silly they do this every year before the playoffs and get crushed over and over again.
    What these people dont understand is when the game slows down and match ups are figured out in the playoffs u need go to guys to score for you (Melo/Kobe….).
    Nuggets dont stand a chance u morons!

  • Dre

    Yeah I mean we should just Trade kobe for Keith Bogans I mean I’m sure Keith can give more to lakers than Kobe has HIS WHOLE FUCKIN CAREER

    Wow some of ya’ll really dont know shit abour basketball

    Lose one game and it’s the end of the world watch The same on that’s shittin on Kobe gone love him if we win a title this year some dumbass Bitches on this site

    and they all led by LakerMarc and rondo(The Bitch)

  • rondo

    (Dre) you are not man enough to call me a bitch. Punk ass guys like you worship Kobe more then your own girlfriend (If you have a girlfriend). You are Kobe’s bitch. I like Kobe but I worship no man. One thing you will learn is Kobe one day will be history like West,Magic,Jabbar and many more before him. So get out of Kobe’s jock.

    • LakerMarc

      Alot of these Laker Fans follow this mentality. What are you going to do when he’s no longer?

  • rondo

    They will go to Miami or OKC and sniff Lebron and Durant’s jock.