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Happy Mother’s Day!

The Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in the desperate position of being in of 0-3 hole. The three-peat bid is on life support. The core of the Purple and Gold are in their 30’s and looking old and worn out. These are cold hard facts, but this writer still believes that as bad as it looks this series is not over. History tells us that you cannot come back from this deep a deficit. 98 teams have tried and failed, but if someone actually does it, the history books will have to be re-written.

The Lakers problems are on the defensive side and call me crazy, but the deficiencies are correctable. In a perfect world, the Lakers would hold a 2-1 series advantage seeking to take a commanding 3-1 advantage this afternoon. The difference between that dream and the reality that has played out has been the Lakers in-ability to closeout a games.

The Lakers received and wasted some inspired performances from Andrew Bynum. Kobe Bryant has been solid and Lamar Odom has stepped his game up. To avoid elimination, everyone wearing a  Purple & Gold jersey needs to step their game up and do more. They have to play better defensively. There isn’t one good reason that proven shooters such as Dirk Nowitski, Jason Terry and Peja Stojakovic are given space to take an uncontested shots.

It is imperative that the Lakers control the tempo of the game, communicate on defense, do a better job defending the screen and roll play, quickly rotate out to open shooters, take better control of the basketball, get back in transition and execute. They have to utilize excellent ball and player movement to find a high percentage shot going to the basket. The front line has to be aggressive offensively, dominate the painted area, win the points in the paint, and rebounding battle.

We’re all proud Lakers fans and no one wants to see the run end without the Lakers putting up a fight. It is now or never. This is the most important game of the year. They have to play a smart game with energy and a sense of urgency. Laker Nation is expecting the best performance of the year.

Every great accomplishment starts with the first step. It is my belief that the Lakers take the first step today and secure a much-needed win on Mother’s Day.

Starters
Lakers: D. Fisher, K. Bryant, R. Artest, P. Gasol, A. Bynum
Mavericks:
J. Kidd, D. Stevenson, S. Marion, D. Nowitski, B. Haywood

Tip-off: 12:30 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: ABC
  • Dallas: ABC

Radio

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Dallas: ESPN 103.3 (Bob Ortegal & Chuck Cooperstein)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Devin Ebanks (Stress Fracture, Left Tibia) Out
  • Theo Ratliff (Left Knee Surgery) Out

Mavericks:

  • SF Caron Butler (Ruptured Patellar Tendon, Right Knee) Out

SG Dominique Jones (Right Foot Stress Fracture) Out

  • LakerMarc

    LOTS OF CHANGES COMING… HOPEFULLY 2011/2012 BRINGS US A TEAM THAT DESERVES A CHAMPIONSHIP….this is the ultimate humbling experience…hopefully this wipes away the cockiness and all the negative things associated with the Lakers, they need it, LA needs it , and they DESERVE IT!!!!! I am also comforted by the fact that although Dallas is getting passed the Lakers, they truly suck and wont get passed the Western Conference and cd nt beat the Bulls or the Heat so they [dallas fans] may feel some comfort but your HALF ASS MAVS are getting a gift at the hands of my bad attitude, lazy, and undeserving Lakers.

    • Riley

      You must have stopped giving Pau the pussy because he aint been shit these playoffs

      • LakerMarc

        Twat

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  • kileer7

    A 90 million dollar roster, the greatest coach of all-time, a top 20 player of all-time/top5 perimeter player of all-time, two excellent low post players, and the 6th man of the year – each of whom are employees of the second most storied franchise in the history of the league – have placed themselves in a precarious situation: Win out, or, game over.

  • laffsatu

    WHY DO YOU PUNKS KEEP ATTACKING BERA,HE`S 5 2″…GO AFTER CHANDLER OR HAYWOOD…….LOSERS…OH YEAH , NEVER COMPARE KOBE TO JORDAN EVER….THIS CRAP NEVER HAPPENED TO JORDAN ON ANY LEVEL.WHAT AN EMBARRESSMENT.

    • Ron

      if memory serves me correctly BULLS GOT TO THE EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS WITHOUT MJ

      Last but not least Do you have a crush on Kobe? because if you hated him so much you wouldnt mention him yet yo faggot dick in the booty ass come on here everyday and type bullshit I tell you what how about you meet me in person so I can Bitch slap the faggot out of you.

      That’s why I hope they ban Gay marriage

      YOU BETTER REPLY
      YOU FAGGOT ASS BOY

      • LakerMarc

        Riley=Ron????? Hmmmmm?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EBSP2NHQGTSVYUHYANRNCEYDUM 123KID

    i have to give it up to the mavs. they wanted it more, they played 48 great mins each game, and they deserved to beat us. i think the lakers have a lot to think about and hopefully theres a lot of changes to come. it is real obvious that this game is all about the youth and you can definitely see that the veteran teams arent a threat anymore (i.e. the lakers, spurs, and even the celtics). so i think obviously we gotta know who our next head coach is going to be, i think we gotta dismantle our bench completely (i.e. get rid of brown, barnes, luke, and blake), pick up a defensive/fast guard, pick up some more defensive back up centers, build up our rookies (i.e. ebanks), and start looking for some shooters and youth.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EBSP2NHQGTSVYUHYANRNCEYDUM 123KID

    i have to give it up to the mavs. they wanted it more, they played 48 great mins each game, and they deserved to beat us. i think the lakers have a lot to think about and hopefully theres a lot of changes to come. it is real obvious that this game is all about the youth and you can definitely see that the veteran teams arent a threat anymore (i.e. the lakers, spurs, and even the celtics). so i think obviously we gotta know who our next head coach is going to be, i think we gotta dismantle our bench completely (i.e. get rid of brown, barnes, luke, and blake), pick up a defensive/fast guard, pick up some more defensive back up centers, build up our rookies (i.e. ebanks), and start looking for some shooters and youth.

  • http://twitter.com/statforthat Deron R. Pope

    Although I am sad to see the Lakers’ run end, I’m glad Kidd and Nowitzki are getting their shot to win a title. The Lakers were just embarrassing; they showed no heart. And to add injury to insult, Odom and especially Bynum acted like bad losers. A 36-point elimination loss by a defending champ is just unacceptable.

    http://theresastatforthat.blogspot.com/2011/05/game-4-lakers-showed-their-true-colors.html

  • Kobe Blo-Jobe