Postgame Report: Lakers vs. Thunder – A Bleak Streak (120-106, Loss)

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…and the hits just keep on coming, don’t they? If the coaching staff and team have some master plan behind this FOURTH 3+ game losing streak, I wish they’d share it with the rest of us because falling prey to five teams in a row after winning 17 of the previous 18 games is nothing but a mystery.

Maybe this was coming, with Golden State, Portland and Oklahoma City all winless against the Lakers until this point, they were all due for a victory. Those circumstances, however, speak more to the Lakers’ inability or unwillingness these past few games to play the right way, than it does those teams’ desperation not to be swept.

A win tonight would have helped put aside the previous four games, but the Lakers came out early on not appearing to want to expend any energy defending this young Thunder team. After the first quarter, OKC shot 64%. After the half, 62%. After three quarters, 58%. And they finished with 57% from the field to end the game. However Ron Artest defended Kevin Durant so effectively in their previous meetings, the young talent must have figured it out, going for 31 points on 11-15 shooting. And even though Durant’s running mate, Russell Westbrook went 8-20, he still managed to score 26 points, grab six rebounds and hand out seven assists.

After falling behind by 12 points in the first half, the Lakers made a run to before the break when the trash talking Kendrick Perkins kept Kobe Bryant in a headlock, resulting in double T’s. That instance fired up the team and by half-time, that double-digit lead was down to two.

Late in the third quarter, Steve Blake (9 points on 3-3) hit his second three pointer in the game to give the Lakers an 84-82 lead. Blake, then, opened the final quarter with another from downtown to push the lead up to five. The lead changed often throughout the fourth and it was anyone’s game. But then the stat that has plagued the Lakers in these last few losses resurfaced.

The Lakers went three quarters committing just one turnover. In the fourth quarter alone, they committed nine. 1 turnover in 36 minutes and 9 in the final 12?! In the last three minutes of the game, they committed 5 of those 9 turnovers. There were bad passes flying all over the court, Bryant stepped out of bounds and little Russell Westbrook knocked the ball out of Pau Gasol’s hands.

Bryant’s 31 points on 10-19, 4 rebounds and 4 assists was a great deal of help to the team tonight had he not turned the ball over three times in the final, crucial minutes of the game.

Pau Gasol’s 26 points on 10-15 – good stat line, right? Only if he hadn’t been outrebounded by 7-4 by Russell Westbrook. Again with the lack of efforts on the glass. Andrew Bynum (12 points on 4-9) took down 11 rebounds but Gasol and Odom combined for just seven? SEVEN REBOUNDS COMBINED. The Lakers, as a team, were outrebounded by the Thunder, and like it’s been said ad nauseum, a team with two seven footers and one 6’11” player, should never be outrebounded and here Gasol and Odom again tonight, lazy on the boards. The Lakers shot just 47% from the field. They missed 43 shots and grabbed just 10 offensive rebounds, less than a 25% effort to get some second chance points. But that, in a nutshell, was indicative of the home team’s perfomance tonight. They didn’t keep up with OKC’s energy, didn’t communicate on defense, and during the most crucial time of the game, decided to play the most careless.

Next up, San Antonio and with the way the Lakers are playing, it’s really difficult to determine what that game will look like. The playoffs, I must say, can’t come soon enough.

Box Score
Pre-game Thoughts: The Lakers have lost some ground in the standings with this 4-game losing streak, and with OKC playing like they have been since the All-Star break, the home team can’t afford to lose another contest, especially against a potential playoff opponent. With Kendrick Perkins talking trash about Pau Gasol being soft, the Spaniard and his little big brother Andrew Bynum need to show the former Celtic that he’s barkin’ up the wrong championship tree.
Half-time Thoughts: 66-64 – It was obvious from the start which team wanted this game more, and unfortunately for the Laker fans, it wasn’t the guys in white. The Lakers were getting run out of their homecourt quickly, but after getting tangled up with Kendrick Perkins, Kobe Bryant started a 7-0 run that cut the 12-point OKC lead to just five, and then on to get within two points before the half ended. Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant scored 50 of the Lakers’ points, but even then gave up 62% shooting to the Thunder. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have been unstoppable, scoring half of the Thunder’s points. Other than the late run to close the
Most Thoughtless Play(s)/Player(s) of the Game: The Laker reserves minus Steve Blake – Odom/Brown/Barnes/Walton combined for a whopping 11 points on 4-17.
Most Thought-filled Play(s)/Player(s) of the Game: Andrew Bynum played the most minutes and looked the most aggressive out there. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol scored a lot, but Gasol’s FOUR rebounds and Bryant’s FOUR turnovers?

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.
  • Karl Calaguas

    Nice Work Anna. But, I have to disagree with you about the most thoughtless player(s) of the game. I agree that the bench aside from Blake didn’t score well BUT they did play well. I understand they got outscored by the Thunder bench by they did held their own in the fourth quarter. Personally, the most thoughtless players were the players during the last 2:50 of the game. They had SEVEN of the nine turnovers in the fourth quarter. In my opinion, that deserves a mention not the bench. And if you look at the losing streak, it is actually BOTH the starters and the bench who are struggling not just the bench. I am not trying to be mean or anything or be nipticky I am just giving my opinion. Anyways, keep up the GREAT work!

    • 242LakerFan

      I agree, Karl. Those last few minutes were brutal, and with the game right at our fingertips, right when it counted, we played the worst stretch of ball of the whole game.
      I always have faith, but this is sorely disappointing.
      NWA

    • Anna

      I see both of your points – this loss was from thoughtless play all around. It’s just hard not to call the bench out when they were such a huge part of the Lakers’ success when the season began, and how much difference they make when they’re active participants in the game. As much as I don’t want to put any onus on them to score the majority of the points, they have contribute more than they do. And I feel bad putting Lamar Odom in this category because he’s been the most consistent Laker, but I want the guy who used to crave rebounds and played like he knew no one could guard him. But yes, you’re right about the most thoughtless players credit should also go to the players who couldn’t finish. This is just a frustrating time for all of us, isn’t it? I could’ve probably written this post-game and put the entire team under that Thoughtless category. Here’s hoping this is it for all these losses.

    • LakerHolic

      Very True the Lakers as a whole have struggled. In my breakdown of the whole situation. is that the rest of the league have improved from last year (okc chicago sas) and the teams that have improved are all major threats to the Lakers and when these teams play LAL they play like its a game 7 having something to prove the Lakers now starting the playoffs need a new re attitude adjustment the real season starts now. and like their opponents must evolve and become better than last year. all this is achievable our bench is deeper bigs are healthy our offense and defense are slightly better and at nights better than ever. Consistency is the key and playing consistent will help us to capturing Championship # 17.

  • Mike Calaguas

    In my head I’d like to think that this is some sort of mind game that PJ wants to play on the rest of the Western Conference. Try to get the other teams to think they have a chance by letting them win these last few, then jump on them in the playoffs. But in my heart, I have a gut feeling that this team is just not focused right now. They better pull off wins on Tues. and Weds., because if they don’t, they are potentially looking at 4-5th seed in the West, and NO HCA against any team in the East…which is gonna hurt them in the finals big time.

    • http://yahoo jaydubb415

      What are you talking about no HCA against teams in the east ” fuck the east ”they won’t make it to the east at this race + they want win more games then chicago n even though their not getting the respect they deserve outside of them miam has beat us twice so if we tie with them they have those wins over us so we would have to hope either boston orlando which i think want make it there.We need to concentrate on the west cuzz we can possibly lose in the 1st or 2nd round???? -

    • Al

      I feel the same exact way Mike. I mean we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Phil Jackson is a smart Mutha you know what. If we are playing the bracket game or not wanting to reveal too much of our offensive especially defensive strats before the playoffs then I say thats a smart way to go. At the end of the day every team especially in the west is still trying to disect the Lakers on how they can match up with them. PJ is a great actor as he is a coach and so is the top tier players on the Lakers squad. i.e. Kobe not giving a crap about the Boston/Lakers rivalry last season. I think were fine, a lot of people will be eating crow come playoff time.

  • i0ioooooi0i

    This loss is on Kobe. He cannot guard anyone anymore, nor can he get past his defender with his first step. He takes bad shots down the stretch, OR turns the ball over, not to mention he commits dumb fouls on or gets burned by whoever he is assigned to. He is getting annoying and frustrating to watch, especially towards the end of games.
    .
    As a Laker fan, I’ve actually contemplated what would happen if we trade Kobe for younger or more athletic talent the same way Denver was able make the right moves when dealing Carmelo. Time to start thinking of the future, and Kobe should not be in it.

    • i0ioooooi0i

      Kobe is done. The only thing that’ll save his legs is a prolonged lockout.

      • kevin

        How dare you say Kobe is done! wait till playoffs begin and i bet you gonna eat your own words alive.I would want lakers to maintain the No. 2 seed by taking the next 2 games especially against Spurs but all this lose dont worry me one bit coz i know what Lakeshow is capable .The zen master is calling it off this season and do u actually think he would do it for the last time without pulling out a big one?? Wait for the playoffs and u will see why Lakers and Kobe are current champions and 3peat is what they want so bad!! u watch out !!

      • rondo

        Kobe is not done but Kobe can’t do the things he use to do. He needs to play more to his strengths. And play more within the team concept.

      • NE_Laker

        You are a complete idiot. He will be fine when it matters just like he was last year. I’m anxious to see what you post when they win it again and Kobe wins his 3rd consecutive FINALS MVP. Fair weather fan. pathetic.

        • rondo

          NE Laker only idiot on this board is you. Anytime someone says sometime about Kobe you jock sniffing clowns come from out his jock to defend him. Kobe is not perfect he make lots of bonehead plays.

      • http://yahoo jaydubb415

        Wow im pissed off were losing just as much as the next guy but to trade kobe n orfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

        Wow comments like we should ” trade kobe or kobe is done ”’is ludicrous (finally got 2 use that word) but 4-real kobe has been pressing just because he takes losing more than anyone on our team even ” phil ”were old and were looking old but if anything should help us is other teams ,players,coaches,and commentators writing us off i’m not saying they would totally write us off now that would be ” Ludicrous ”( 2-Times)

    • rondo

      What Kobe did 6 years ago he can’t do anymore. The funny thing about it, Kobe and his Jock sniffers don’t want to realize it. We all lose something as we get older. Kobe need to become more of a weapon when it’s necessary. He should only drive in the paint to drop it off to the bigs and stop trying to score in the paint when it impossible.

      • i0ioooooi0i

        precisely

    • MAS

      when we were hot for those 18 games after the all-star break no one was talking about how aged kobe was or how he couldnt get past his man with his first step or that he couldnt guard anybody. instead people were saying things like “the switch is back on” and hes “defending like he wants to win” and he can “get his shot at any time.” this isnt college basketball where you look at one win/loss and determine how good a team is. going into this season everyone knew that we were only thinking about the post season.

      if a team has a terrible pre-season you dont just assume that they will have a bad regular season. for the lakers the regular season is the pre-season. we just gotta make it with all our players healthy. these first 82 games dont win us a championship. all we need is 16 more wins this season and we’ll be the talk of the town again.

      PJ is the best playoff coach ever. no one can adjust better than he can. with the talent he has, he can beat out any team in a best of 7. not saying its gonna be easy just saying lakers fans need to CHILLLLLLLLLLLL

  • andy

    i hope this is exactly whats running thru the lakers organizations mind:

    -chicago is not experienced enough to make the finals
    -miami will have HCA against them in the finals regardless of standings
    -they were never going to beat the spurs to the 1st seed
    -they dont respect the mavs enough

    my theory suggests that they want to do as little as possible to stay ahead of boston, because of two things: one they arent stupid to carelessly lose games to ruin their chances at a title, and they arent trying to chase after other teams records will little to no benefit.

    or maybe they are that confident.

    or maybe im all wrong. stay tuned until 4-17 to figure it out….

    • kevin

      Exactly man,thats what it is.what would worry me about lakers fate is when they are pushed to the wall in the series and they got no answer.But am dead sure that lakers are all ears and they are going to be ready to go when playoffs kick off just as they did after the allstar break.By the way i think the 17-1 stretch was a psychological drill they needed to stategize ahead of the post season and am not wrong about the Zen master ploy to take the whole of the NBA by surprise.Am so confident about the Lakers

    • rondo

      Andy you are on target.

    • i0ioooooi0i

      i believe Phil when he says “we want the no. 1 seed” (one week ago). I believe Kobe and other Lakers when they say, “we just want to win every game and get better”. They accomplished neither and they’ve only gotten worse. It’s time to look at the roster and say that maybe this squad just isn’t good enough.
      .
      Every team in the West is stacked – they have frontcourts that are offensively and defensively capable of offsetting Pau and Bynum (everyone except New Orleans). ALSO, they have designated players who’s sole purpose in the game is to defend Kobe/slow Kobe down. (again, perhaps everyone except New Orleans, and maybe Dallas).
      .
      They have youth and athleticism, we don’t. Everyone knows that the only real defense capable of stopping the Triangle is a zone. Last year, Phoenix didn’t have the athletes capable of disrupting the Triangle. This year, each team in the West we could possibly face (except Dallas and New Orleans) has the athletes, and not to mention good coaching, to disrupt whatever the Lakers throw out on the court (see X.mas day game vs Miami).
      .
      This roster needs a major shake-up for the future. Not winning the championship would speed up the process.

      • i0ioooooi0i

        y’all can hate on what i write, but none of you Laker “fans” keep it real. Boston may not win this year, but they’re setting themselves up for the next decade (in a conference that has D-Rose, State and Melo, and oh yeah, Lebron and Wade on the SAME FRICKIN’ TEAM!). I am a Laker die-hard, and am surprised to see you clowns not being more worried. It’s never been this bad right before a playoff push.

      • i0ioooooi0i

        Lakers better hope to see New Orleans first round.

  • T411Lakers

    …..We lost AGAIN……Ok I don’t know what to comment here.

  • sam

    and the losses just keep on coming DAMN!

  • Brown Hater

    It’s frustrating no doubt but if the Lakers beat San Antonio a team that can rest now with the # 1 seed locked up and don’t choke against the Kings ( that ‘s not a given anymore) They will still get the #2 seed which is what I expect all along. I’m sure their focus will be back wants the playoffs start because they are just not trying on the defensive end period. Beacuse if this is what we’re gonna see in the playoffs be ready for 1st rd exit

  • trippleoccho

    Pau had only 4 rebounds? *sigh* I think Amare got to him.

    • rondo

      Amare is a punk bitch!

  • Luke Sucks

    Too many mistakes. Even when the Lakers had the lead you could sense things were about to go astray.

    Errant passes, not making free throws, allowing second chances at the basket are just some of the more obvious problems. The Lakers always have problems with younger more athletic teams.

    Instead of playing the rookies more through the season to prep them for the playoffs, Phil has been playing garbage players like Luke. Luke is a joke, a 5 million dollar joke.

  • lakerman1

    This is the team we have folks either root for them or get off the friggin ship. Most of you are whining ass crybabies and man is it sickening. If you are indeed a Laker fan and not someone who is on board because they are Champions then you would know that the Lakers always seem to have issues around playoff time and yet somehow have won 5 titles in 10 years and have been in the finals 7 times in 10 years. As the old saying goes it ain’t over until its over and i am pulling for the current squad to start stepping up their game and not wish for a total overhaul of the entire laker Organization because that is not going to happen.

  • ThisIsHowUFixIt

    Kobe has to play within the team concept. Period. In a nutshell this is the issue. Keep pounding the bigs where we have the advantage. Turnaround fallaway 20 footers is not the advantage. Oh, it would also be nice if Blake and Shannon Brown could stay in front of the guy they are guarding once in a while. Lastly, for goddness sakes Gasol, take a foul every now and then. Guys see Gasol in the game and immediately go to the rim against the Lakers. Instead of giving up a layup, cant he knock someone on their ass? If he did that on occasion, he might lose the soft tag.

  • lakers84

    Been a lakers fan since 84 season. By far this is the worst post season run in the end i ever seen. Should we worried? Nope not now. If you look at the teams the lakers lost to. they exposed lakers defense and the other teams are watching. so it’s a concern down the stretch.

  • http://yahoo jaydubb415

    I had this crazy ass ” ritual ”of not watching the lakers game ” one reason ”because i used 2 get pissed off or 2 over excited,we won ” 2 titals ”with that program ( watched all of the season n playoffs we lossed 2 boston)Well that shit is over weve been losing regardless if i watched or not so that shit is done!!!!P.S i know i sound crazy cuzzz it was crazy.

  • Laker Warrior

    how many years have the lakers sand bagged ,then crank it up. Phil will have them ready . They realize that theres nothing to play for yet.
    Lakers will 3 peat.

    • Odom the player

      Dude how can you say there’s nothing to play for? they had the first , second, and third seed to play for. Now they have to win the next 2. If they had taken care of their business they could have rested people. They could have wrapped each and every one of these seeds up, but no we have too many clowns on this team. Dick Fisher, Stevie Flake, are the worst points in history. Kobe is our turnover king. just to name a few. I’m sorry its way time to panic.

  • http://yahoo jaydubb415

    What up ya”ll honestly right now with my Lakers strugling i would turn to the NFL and even though the draft is coming up the NFL lockout kind of taints it theirs the MLB but theres still 100 + games left.So i’m stuck focusing on ” My Lakers ”yea you can say their bored or their waiting on the playoffs but ” Fuck That ”thats just some cop out bullshit what veteran team in the playoffs that wants the playoffs to start but they still play hard until you get here i’m sick of this blasey feeling ” phil jackson teams ”get of being bored at the end of the season play fucking hard ”all season”

    • Nate Mcmillian

      Here we are my laker brothers in very troublesome yet very familiar territory. I think Kobe needs to apply at Arbys for how many turnovers he served up at the last few minutes of the game. Veteran team doing that many turnovers is not excusable in the slightest bit. This loss mainly goes to Bryant who for some reason is not clutch anymore. The Thunder shoot basically 56% is not playing any defense. Odomtheplayer hit the nail on the head in saying all Fisher does is drive in and gets rejected every time if I had a nickel every time he does that I would be a millionaire. Also Laker warrior I think you are too optimistic its time to panic now. Now were could possibly lose the 2nd and even 3rd seed good luck this teams future is looking very bleak.

  • http://www.laphotospot.com Headshots Los Angeles

    The lack of urgency is going to cost the Lakers home court in the Finals. If they make it to the finals. Time to turn on the switch. I have a feeling they will get it together in the play offs.

  • xtro

    champs already in the playoffs. meaningless game. all teams will be even once again when the playoffs begin.

  • KaPau

    This was the first time in a long time where I saw a laker team frustrated and concerned, they looked slow very late to their assignments on defense but most of all, they forgot to run the offense several plays were one and done and the player that got totally owned was Shannon Brown, this is not the first game that he doesn’t show up to play defense and take bad shots, he dribbles too damn much and makes 0 plays through the offense, he needs to commit to running the offense and playing solid defense, at least The Machine played decent defense, brown can’t to either he needs to step the hell up on D.
    Also my man Fisher needs to knock some shots, he’s been laying brick after brick after brick, I hope his drought doesn’t go on in the playoffs.

    • rondo

      Fisher also blow up alot of plays when the Lakers seem like they are going on a run. He either make stupid fouls or he turns the ball over. Watch the next time the Lakers play.

  • 123kid

    its all a strategy game. if you think of this as a war, you dont show all your weapons and bring out all your soldiers in 1 battle, cuz then your done the rest of the way. So as of right now, I still think that the last two games are important for seeding matchups, but its still more important to use the last two games to pay attention to every little detail, to get everyone healthy, and to look for new schemes at defense and offense, so that other teams come out surprised like its a blitz.

  • j.crack

    Just gotta win these next 2 games & the 5 game losing streak wouldnt of made that much of a difference standings wise. Miami will have homecourt though if LA & Miami both get to the finals which is not good since the refs send Miami to the line as much as possible. Theres a good chance LA will have to play OKC now if Dallas loses one of their next 2. OKC has 2 easy games left while Dallas plays in Houston tonight. I wouldnt be surprised if Dallas loses one & falls to the 4th seed on purpose. I dont think they wanna play LA & the Spurs are a better matchup for them if they both pass the 1st round. Bynum & Gasol should be getting 20-25 FGA attempts a game.

  • tony s

    CHILL YOU FAGGS DAMN!

    last season lakers sucked at the end as well
    who gives a shit stop b*thing these guys are our lakers
    NONE OF THIS IS GONNA MATTER WHEN WE WIN
    YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE if you dont believe in your team then dont watch sports the HCA is not enough motivation for LA they have the can and they will win on the road

    they won 2 championships in a row and let me tell you I’ve been reading this website since it was “getgarnett”
    and all of you so called fans have been bitching every season the lakers are “LAZY” phil jax said it himself they wanna win easily and its not gonna happen HOWEVER thats not gonna happen in the playoffs so CHILL THE FCK OUT 2nd or 3rd seed i dont give a F.
    the lakers are gonna win even if they lose the lastt 2 games I’m still gonna be rooting for them because Iam a real FAN

    • lakers for real

      dats wattam tkn abot…:)

  • Nick

    The regular season is Bullshit. Laker fans know it, as do the Celtic fans. That being said, OKC is the 1 team i’de be concerned with if I were the Lakers. They just don’t have an answer for Westbrook or Durant. And please people don’t be fooled into thinking Artest can play Durant. And please people U know that Fisher and Kobe both look like deer in headlights with Westbrook going 100 mph at them. Ths is the series I want to see. Now that Perk the Beast is in OKC I see these 2 teams being the 2 best out west even ahead of the Texas teams. Dallas and the Spurs have nothing that the Lakers cannot stop. OKC has 2 players the Lakers can’t stop. Thats a problem. P.S Perkins putting Kobe in a headlock nearly made me jizz my pants. And please Bynum u fag, u know u want none of perkins so don’t throw the ball at him when a ref is in between U. Pussy!

    • NoDefense

      Nick,your team has won one championship in twenty-five years.Larry is gone,,get over it.

      • Lake show 2012

        Hahahhahahahhahahhaaaaaaa!!! Best comment EVER!

    • rondo

      Bynum punked Perkins ugly ass.

    • 242LakerFan

      Perk Perk Perk. Sounds like an instant coffee ad around here. The only thing Perk contributed to this game was even more running of his ugly mouth! He looks as if his pregame meal is a bag of lemons. His punk ass got roughed up continuously by Pau “soft” Gasol. It was about the only positive we could take from this game. Perk the Beast? Perk Pau’s Bitch!
      I didn’t see him being very effective against Bynum either.
      BTW, you dare call someone a fag after admitting that aggressive physical contact between large sweaty men gets you sexually aroused? Hmmmm…

  • Perky

    Perkins spoke the truth. All of the Lakers are a bunch of FTG(Fake Tough Guys)

    • NoDefense

      yeah,perkins with his five boards and two pts,I’d sure listen to him.

      • rondo

        Only thing tough about Perkins is his ugly ass face. Tough to look at.

  • willmo

    Until the lakers lose 4 in a playoff series there is no reason to panic. Were you guys all freaked out when they were down 3-2 to the celts in the finals? We all knew they’d come back last June and Phil all season has been talking about the playoffs as the real time to turn it up. They turned it up after the break and kicked everyone’s ass and so why can’t they do it again.

  • LakerLand Nostradamus

    Just have faith my people.
    I see nothing less than another ring.

    • patrick

      what are you doing looking at your crystal ball they have lost 5 in a row and you dare say we are winning the whole thing. Take back those comment right now. I’d love to see how LA coming off 3 straight finals appearances having to to play okc spurs and motivated celtics. This site is for real laker fans and your crystal ball doesnt belong.

  • Robert Cast

    These Lakers don’t panic. Phil and Kobe wont allow this team to panic. The sense of urgency will be there in the playoffs. Its good thing we are playing our worst stretch NOW instead of playing this way when it counts.

    Like Kobe said, They need better execution and turn the ball over less.

    At the end of last season they lost 7 of the last 11 games and still won the championship.

    This Year will be a challenge with the possibility of no home court, but maybe its a blessing in disguise.

  • laughoutloud

    they need homecourt. but i would be worried cause bulls have a better record and heat would win the tiebreaker between them.

  • westwest1

    Chillax people. Did you guys see Harden shot more freethrows than anyone out there… LoL. those fouls arent fouls in the playoffs! PEOPLE DONT WORRY. this is how championships are won…. LoL. alot of anger and bitching from us, but at the end of the day. we win

  • thefishthatsavedLA

    “WE’LL BE BACK!”