TLN’s Finals Preview: Lakers vs. Celtics [Game 4]

    Putting Kobe on Rondo? Brilliant (Why didn’t Phil do this earlier?).

    Kobe defending Eddie House the same way he defended Rondo? Not so much.

    As much as we laud Kobe as a great defender, he does not do screens well. To be fair to Kobe, if the screen involved Garnett then in most instances it was an illegal one… but still.

    LD2k posted an article from RedsArmy (a Celtics blog), which claimed that Pierce>Kobe, and I wanted to get my two cents in.

    The main claim of the article was that Pierce has similar career numbers to Kobe but shoots a better percentage, and that this was being exemplified in the Finals (this was before Game 2).

    It’s certainly an interesting debate. I personally don’t think there’s much merit to the discussion though… Not to take anything away from Pierce (he’s a fantastic talent) but as far as statistical similarities go, Shareef Abdur-Rahim (I know, who?) is a career 18/8 guy but nobody compares him to Gasol even though Gasol is also a 18/8 guy.

    “Their Finals numbers look a lot like their career numbers: Pierce is averaging a couple of points less while taking fewer shots and shooting a higher percentage.”

    That’s a misleading statement, because while it (was) true for the Finals, it’s not true for their career numbers.

    For his career Pierce is averaging 23/6.5/4 on 44.2% shooting, while Kobe is averaging 25/5/4.5 on 45.3% shooting. In the playoffs (as of Game 3), he is averaging 18/4.5/4 on 45% shooting while Kobe is averaging 30/4/5 on 46.3% shooting.

    And in case you didn’t get the discrepancy, Pierce is shooting a lower percentage.

    On a side note: Lakers fans, please do not troll that blog, as it is not worth your time. :-)

    Marquee Matchups -

    Point Guard – Derek Fisher vs. Ray Allen: This is actually a good matchup for the Lakers, because Fisher either fights through screens, or he knows how and when to cheat them effectively. I don’t know if we can call it a total success as Allen was the only “Big Three” to go off, but this is a lot better than Kobe watching Allen drain a 3-pointer from the other side of the court

    Advantage: Celtics, though not by much.

    Shooting Guard – Kobe Bryant vs. Rajon Rondo: Maybe next year Rondo will have a reliable jumper and we won’t be able to double off him (next year we’ll have Bynum and then that’ll be all she wrote). However, until then, Rondo being “guarded” by Kobe is good for us, as not only does it allow Kobe to play free safety, but it creates a cross match on the defensive end which helps us in our transition offense.

    Oh, and Rondo is injured too, although that really means nothing if you’re a Celtics player.

    Advantage: Lakers.

    Small Forward – Vladimir Radmanovic vs. Paul Pierce: Vladdy is boneheaded on defense and airheaded on offense, but yet we struggle with him out of the line-up. It will be imperative that Vladdy limits Paul Pierce from going off early in the game, as any kind of momentum for Pierce could get his “adrenaline” pumping and help him to cope with his “injury” better.

    Advantage: Celtics.

    Power Forward – Lamar Odom vs. Kendrick Perkins: What does Odom have to do to be effective in Game 4? Beyond developing a jump shot , he should get involved in screen and rolls, pick and rolls, anything that involves him either screening or having a screen placed for him. I can’t believe I haven’t seen more of this in games this season, as Odom slipping a screen should, at least theoretically, leave either Garnett or Perkins stranded on the perimeter, and that’s a good thing! If he were to be screened for, imagine how many less offensive fouls he’d pick up!

    Beyond that, he’ll need to play D and “grab all the f-king rebounds” (We miss you, Bynum!).

    Advantage: Lakers.

    Center – Pau Gasol vs. Kevin Garnett: Garnett is only shooting 35% percent? He’s taking 20 shots a game? Why are we hearing about how great he is then?

    Because he rebounds.

    Not because he plays great defense, which he does, because Gasol is doing a number on him too (again, 35%). No, Garnett is being heralded for “imposing his will on the game” because he grabs 13 rebounds a night while Gasol is only managing… Well Gasol is averaging 10, but you’d never know it the way we complain about him.

    On a side note, Gasol played really, really well in Game 2, I believe that’s the most aggressive we’ve seen him in a Lakers jersey. I don’t know if he was poor in Game 3 because Perkins was guarding him and he couldn’t bang at all with him or not, but it was not a pretty sight. Thankfully, he looked pissed about it, while Garnett seemed almost complacent about his shooting performance.

    Advantage: Lakers (I’m going with my gut on this one).

    Bench -

    Besides Sasha, Farmar had a nice game off the bench, getting a quite 5/4/5 in 20 minutes of action. Luke didn’t turn the ball over and Turiaf played pretty well against Garnett, only picking up 3 fouls in 18 minutes. Ariza still looked a bit rusty but he shot 2-3 from the floor in just under 9 minutes of play.

    For Game 4, look for Sasha to be less deadly but for Farmar to step it up against a hobbled Rondo. For either Game 4 or Game 5 I’m hoping for a “Leon Powe” game from Ronny, but I’ll settle for Ariza. Haha!

    Advantage: Lakers.

    Statistical Predictions -

    Alright, I’m going to keep track of statistical predictions for the Post-Season!

    Here’s how it works, copy and paste the below and enter your picks instead, Closest prediction wins. Posts will only be accepted before the game starts, in this case 6:00 PM PST.

    20+ Points: Kobe & Gasol.

    10+ Rebounds: Lamar, Gasol.

    2+ Blocks: Turiaf (it’s a foul on the road, but a block at home).

    3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha.

    Closest To A Triple-Double*: Gasol.

    Point Margin: Lakers by 7.

    Out On A Limb: Tim Donaghy shows up at the game, winks at all the cameras, and then gets into a fist fight with David Stern.

    * a 20/10/6 will be considered closer than a 20/7/7 because player A is only short 4 assists while player B is short 3 rebounds and 3 assists, or 6 stat points in total, as opposed to 4 for plater A.

    Game Information -

    Radio: KLAC & KWKW.

    Television: ABC.

    Burning Questions -

    Has Kobe dunked the basketball this series? He may have gotten one in Game 1, but I don’t really remember. He had a moment in the first quarter when he was getting ready to on the fast break, but Allen (wisely) fouled him in the act of shooting.

    What is up with Kobe and Gasol’s FT%? They combined to make only 14 of 26. Some of Kobe’s free-throws were short too, and he’s usually pretty good at that. Then again, so is Gasol.

    A lot of Celtic fans are harping on Kobe’s 1 assist. Did they not see all the hockey assists?

    Any solid advice for Lamar on getting out of his finals funk? (As Flight of the Concords sing “other rappers diss me / say my rhymes are sissy / what, what, what, what / be more constructive with your criticism.)

    • http://youtube.com/MvpGoesToKobe LakersNewDynasty08

      20+ Points: Kobe & Gasol.

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar, Kobe.

      2+ Blocks: Lamar

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha, Kobe.

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 9

      Out On A Limb: Powe lights up for 81 points.

    • kb24bestever

      we gonna put away game 4 fast we gonna beat them like by 20 or more.

    • gugy

      WE NEED TO WIN
      WE MUST WIN
      WE OUGHT TO WIN

      Game 4.
      If not, go home.
      I trust the Lakers, hopefully tomorrow will be the comeback of that team that destroyed their opponents during the playoffs.

      Go Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lalball81

      I thought this was interesting.

      Forgive me, as it is completely off topic, but the 1 assist brought this to mind.

      Michael Jordan is universally heralded for making his teammates “better”, something Kobe’s detractors say that he can’t do. For example, Celtics fans point to Kobe’s 1 assist as a sign that he’s obviously not moving or passing the ball. However, this could not be further from the truth.

      Anybody who has played basketball, or watched it, can tell you that moving the ball leads to assists. Not always for you, but it leads to assists for teammates none the less. If Kobe was as selfish as some haters say he is, and if he really wasn’t passing to teammates, then Boston would have doubled him every time down the floor. However, they realized they couldn’t do that because #24 would willingly share the ball with the open man, and their defense would be scrambling and get burned. So, 1 assist doesn’t make him selfish in the least.

      Secondly, a radio show recently claimed that Jordan would never shoot as badly as Kobe did in game 1, and only get to the line 6 times. That’s to say, Jordan has never had a bad shooting performance in the Finals like Kobe in game 1. Well, the stats tell a different story.

      In a couple of games against Seattle in the 95-96 Finals Jordan shot 5-19 from the field, had a plethora a turnovers and only a couple of assists. In the same Finals series, he shot 6-19 and got to the line only 5 times.

      Take it for what you will, again it is a little off topic, but I thought it correlated to Bryant’s one assist in a way.

      Anyway, good pregame. I’ll be watching from Portland tomorrow, GO LAKERS!

    • Matthew

      Any solid advice for Lamar on getting out of his finals funk?

      Lamar needs to be way more agreessive. And i hate to say it but he kinda needs to force the issue like kobe did in game 3, but he has to do it under control. and also he needs to do this for the whole game and not for like a 6 or 7 minute period. And he needs to stay out of foul trouble to keep his confidence up

    • sammie

      game 4 is a MUST WIN GAME!!! let’s destroy those celtics like we did to san antonio!

    • DingleBerry

      dude what r u smokin?. gasol better than garnett? Have u watched any of the games? Lamar and gasol have dissapered, luckily kb got it done with the machine…

    • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

      LA with this game we will make this a 2 out of 3 series,
      we will win this one
      no doubt about it
      but our starters (except kobe) have to play better…
      LETS GO LAL!!!!!!

    • ab4sure

      [Comment ID #39342 Will Be Quoted Here]

      I think we can let this go now. This has been true in the past but not really this year.

    • vintij

      “1. Before the 2000-01 season, Pierce was stabbed 11 times at a Boston nightclub, suffered a collapsed lung and nearly bled to death while staggering to the hospital. Less than two weeks later, he played in Boston’s first exhibition game. If the same thing had happened to Vince Carter, he would still be on the injured list seven years later.

      2. During the 2002-03 season, Pierce got slammed face-first to the floor by Amare Stoudemire, breaking his two front teeth. Thirty minutes later, he was back playing with a mouthpiece. The following day, he underwent emergency dental surgery for seven hours. The day after that, he played against Portland with a mouthpiece and ended up hitting the game-winner.

      In my opinion, he’s not only one of the toughest Celtics ever, he’s one of the toughest Boston athletes ever.”

      I completely agree with this article, pierce may be the hated one, but he is not a faker…..he is a great talent, possibly the second best celtic to ever play the game. I have much respect for him, despite that I still bleed laker purple and gold. Why is it so hard to give respect where it is due, yet so easy to talk trash? Especially for laker fans. Well, bandwagon fans if you ask me. A true fan knows the game and watches other players besides kobe bryant. Yes we get it, kobe is the greatest ball player of this generation (has a ways to go to even think about passing jordan) but does everyone have to do backflips on his nut sack? Can some respect go out to the other players on the laker squad? Or dare i say, other players on the other teams? Wake up laker fans, kobe is a laker, the lakers are not kobe.

    • Jay

      i expect a blowout but ill take any kind of victory

    • Ko8e_f@n

      kobe dunked one on an alley-oop from fisher in game 1. :P

      and i TOTALLY AGREE! with garnett’s picks! …all of them are illegal! he’s been doing that since the piston series, it’s as if he grabs the defender for a split second, then “conveniently” runs at the same direction. >.<’ someone should raise this with the officials!

    • jonny

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      have YOU not watched the games? Garnett has disappeared on the offensive end ever since the second half of game 1. the difference between Gasol and KG after game 3 was that Gasol was pissed and KG seemed content to continue shooting jumpers, and that’s why i think Gasol is going to outplay KG in tonights game.

      ultimately it’s a gut call, because even as i typed that out my argument seemed a little weak, but i stand by it

    • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

      DID YOU GUYS SAW WHAT KOBE RESPONDED TO CURT SCHILLING`S COMMENTS:

      IF YOU DIDNT, IT WAS REALLY FUNNY BECAUSE THEY ASKED KOBE WHAT DID HE THINK ABOuT THOSE COMMENTS THAT SCHILLING POSTED ON HIS BLOG AND KOBE JUST SAID:

      GO YANKEES.. HAHAHA THATS PURE INTELLIGENCE.. LETS GO LAKERS!!!

    • Muslim Mamba

      20+ Points: Kobe & fisher

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar, Gasol.

      2+ Blocks: Turiaf, Gasol, Odom

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha and Jordan farmar

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 8.

      Out On A Limb: Turiaf and P.J. Brown get into a little pushing and is later broken up by kobe and the refs(the heat is turning up)

    • Muslim Mamba

      Kobe will go crazy and drive it into the basket a lot and grab another 30+ points

      Odom and Gasol will have one of their best playoff games because they will learn from their mistakes

      Sasha and farmar are going to the backup that will come in to hurt the celtics

      Fisher will shoot a little better from the field

      the defense of the team will be superb

      lakers need to stop ray allen at the 3′s and they also need to keep paul pierce in a bubble and not let him out they gotta contain him and gasol has to do work on garnett other then that watch out for eddie house and his 3′s cuz those piss me off

    • LETSGOLAKERSLETSGO!

      Is it me or do Lakers fans seem weaker than Boston fans? I remember watching the first two games on a fixed volume (level 12) and it was hella loud. You couldn’t even hear the whistle at times. For Game 3, I used the same level but didnt really feel like Staples is loud enough. Plus, when are the Lakers gona give out free yellow t-shirts out to the fans so that it feels more intimidating here?!?

      L.A. have too many passive/rich (especially the “movie stars”) who just sit back and relax. Lakers need a more energetic and vocal crowd to pump them up each game!

      SIMMONS ALSO MENTIONS THIS IN THIS ARTICLE ON ESPN:

      Q: How do you tell the difference between a Grizzlies-Lakers game in January and a Celtics-Lakers game in June at the Staples Center?

      http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/080611

    • http://- Kobefan11

      Tim Donaghy will be one of the refs at Game 4

    • http://- Kobefan11

      20+ Points: Kobe

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar

      2+ Blocks: Ronny

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 6

    • bc18

      I usually dont do this because i dont really care about it haha, but quiet is spelled Q-U-I-E-T, not quite lol…anyways go lakers! better win!

    • K0be08-09

      20+ Points: Kobe & Gasol.

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar, Gasol.

      2+ Blocks: Turiaf

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha, Fisher

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Gasol.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 12.

      Out On A Limb: Bird and Magic get in a fist fight over a call on Celtics, and then Magic wins

    • KOBEISKING

      20+ Points: Kobe & Gasol.

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar, Gasol.

      2+ Blocks: Turiaf (it’s a foul on the road, but a block at home).

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha, fisher

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Gasol.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 9

      Out On A Limb: Tim Donaghy refs again

    • http://www.deluxpro.com BuyLakersTickets

      WE CAN NOT GET INTO FOUL TROUBLE EARLY. IT EFFECTS OUR GAME. THE REFS HAVE TO LET THEM PLAY TODAY. CALL IT FAIR AND DOWN THE LINE ON BOTH SIDES. NO FREAKIN’ TICKY TAC FOULS.

    • T.A.

      SIMPLE SOLUTION FOR LAMAR:

      he just needs to hit the bong before the game and play his smooth high game!!!

    • lalaland

      pau will play better in game 4 and i say he has 25 and 12 game because kobe will get him the ball early and often. as for lamar being more aggresive he has been taking a lot of shots this series but foul trouble is messing him up. also rebounding wise who ever is on perkins is a ough match because perkins has 30+ pounds on both pau and lamar and both perkins and garnet are pushing off when rebounding. it seems like everytime they get an offensive rebound and they show the replay they are holding or pushing off and pj brown does the same thing. anyways the rebounding diff is not much the last 2 games and lakers will win tonight bya comfortable margin because the celtics are gonna start wearing down because of their age and all the games they have been playing.

    • http://www.gzke.com lyrics

      also rebounding wise who ever is on perkins is a ough match because perkins has 30+ pounds on both pau and lamar and both perkins and garnet are pushing off when rebounding.

    • T-Dub

      Lamar….just shoot the 15-18 ft jumper and see what happens. You just might make them. Pau…toughen up. Vlad and Luke…call in sick! Maybe we should start Ronny at the PF and slide LO to the SF. Let Mihm back up Pau at the center position…how tough can PJ Brown be to guard. At least Mihm will try to block a shot. What do you say Phil? Win tonight or go fishing!

    • kb24bestever

      20+ Points: Kobe & Lamar.

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar, Gasol, kobe.

      3+ Blocks: Turiaf (it’s a foul on the road, but a block at home).

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha, kobe.

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Lamar.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 9.

      Out On A Limb: Doc rivers its going to get ejected.

    • Keep Odom

      When comparing players it is not easy. Gasol does things that other players cant do. He made it difficult for Boozer and did an excellent job on Duncan and Garnett’s numbers would be ridiculous if not for Pau.

      As far as Kobe and Pierce. The forget that Kobe has played defense on Rondo, Pierce and Gay Allen. Can pierce do that on the defensive end? Hell no!

    • lakerschamps08

      yup is much like that win or go fishing even though its not an elimination game it kinda is.. pau,odom,and fisher better show up….
      go lakers

    • Short Diezel

      WHY ARE THE LAKER FANS AT STAPLES SO QUIET? THIS IS DIRECTED MOSTLY TOWARDS THE LOWER LEVEL SEATS..

      I WATCH THE GAMES AT FOX SPORTS GRILL AND IT IS LOUDER.. I ALSO WATCHED IT AT STAPLES THE 1ST 2 GAMES AND IT WAS INSANE.. IT FELT LIKE A HOME GAME..

      BUT I WATCH GAME 3.. AND IT SOUNDS LIKE A NORMAL GAME..

      I DON’T UNDERSTAND.. WE ARE IN THE FINALS.. IN THE FINALS!!! THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WE HAVE YEARNED FOR THIS MOMENT AGAIN AND WE ARE NOW HERE..

      STAPLES IS OUR HOUSE.. OUR BELOVED LAKERS NEED TO FEEL YOUR PASSION AND SUPPORT..

      FILL THE ARENA EARLY!!

      DO NOT SIT DOWN!!!

      DO NOT STOP YELLING!!

      IF THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU IS SITTING DOWN OR ON THE CELL PHONE.. SLAP HIM ACROSS THE FACE AND REMIND HIM WE ARE IN THE FINALS!!

    • Geloman

      Read in Hoopshype.com that Celts are favored and that the Lakers barely beat the Celts in Game 3 with PG and Pierce struggling mightily. Thy don’t see Pierce and KG struggling again the way they did and frankly, I don’t either. You can argue that Odom and Gasol struggled as well, but they’ve been off all series long, especially Odom.

      That need to change tonight and on for the Lakers to win. Kobe and Sasha can’t beat the Celts themselves. Everyone, including the bench needs to step big time tonight. Vlad, Luke in addition to Odom, Gasol and Fish.

      Hopefuly, the Machine keeps chuuggin away because we need his offense of the bench.

      Play tough Lakers. 3 more to go baby!

    • DCLAKER

      WEWILLWIN.com,I don’t believe it….I KNOW IT!!!

      LO and PAU will HAVE TO redeem their selves or KOBE IS GOING TO GO OFF and I don’t mean just in points(I say another video SHOULD be made IF THEY DON’T STEP UP).

    • Geloman

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      I second the motion. We need Odom from the Utah series, when he took it to Boozer and the heart of the Jazz. We need the Pau who stuffed it in KG’s noggin in Game 2, but we need more of that. Aggressiveness, that’s what it’s gonna take, defense and offense.

      A few outside shots and FTs would help too :)

    • goodfella

      I believe game 4 is the series, if the lakers lose, the series is over, plain and simple. we gotta attack, hit our free throws and play D for 48 minutes of play.

    • DCLAKER

      Oh yeah,I CAN’T STAND CURT SCHILLING,STRAIGHT SUCKA!!!

      He needs to be worry about that other “FIXED” Boston team,they was down 0-3 and won 4 straight vs NYY,FIXED AND STEROIDS!

    • BringDFishBack

      20+ Points: Kobe & Fish.

      10+ Rebounds: Kobe.

      2+ Blocks: Turiaf.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Fish, Farmar.

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 4.

      Out On A Limb: Odom scores more than 6 points. Haha

    • LakersAllDay

      20+ Points: Kobe, Gasol

      10+ Rebounds: Gasol, Odom

      2+ Blocks: Turiaf

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe

      Point Margin: Lakers by 5

      Out On A Limb:

      One of my pet peeves about home games is the sixth man and im talking about the crowd. In My Opinion, they need to be Louder and keep being loud throughout the game. They usually dont get into it until the 4th or when the lakers are down and they make a shot to get closer to taking the lead. I mean its the FINALS! The players feed off from their energy and that is what the lakers need.

      Keys To Winning (IMO)
      1. Defense!
      2. Bench Scoring
      3. Gasol and Odom playing better
      4. Ball Movement

      5. Keep Luke Off the Court and use Ariza more lol
      6. Vlad needs to stop trying too hard because they = turnovers or
      bonehead plays

      GO LAKERS!

    • http://myspace.com/plummerrocks Machinehead18

      20+ Points: Kobe & Gasol.

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar, Gasol.

      2+ Blocks: Turiaf, Gasol.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha.

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 3.

      Out On A Limb: Kevin Garnett misses 2 more dunks.

    • Farmars_inner_Jordan

      The fact of the matter is, offense gets the glory, but defense wins the game. We won Game 3 on hard-nosed, no-breathing-room-for-you-buddy type of defense. Consequently, the green team only shot 30%+. And when it comes down to it, our offense will beat their defense, as long as we attack attack attack. Kobe will never have a problem with this. However, Mr. LO has been quite unproductive these past 3 games, which worries me. Pau has claimed that he will have a monster game today, hopefully like the one we saw in Game 2’s 1st quarter performance.

      Our key to winning today is to have production off the bench on both ends. Farmar, Sasha, Ronny, and the others (PJ has been rotating the starters and bench in ways we haven’t seen all season, which I like) need to step up when the Bostonians seem to let up with their bench. The attacking should never stop on the offensive end. On defense we should be attacking constantly, stepping into the passing lanes, and keeping our hands up. Therefore, we should sit out Smush Walton who appears scared every time he touches the ball. Put Trevor in. Maybe I’m a little biased because I’m a bruin, but heck, I can see Luke’s lackadaisical play in brail.

      Last game, we won with heart, and a little help from our friend the Machine. Today, we need to not only beat them, we need to send a statement.

    • Michael_23

      I miss Andrew Bynum’s post up game and offensive put backs. He was just growing up to becoming a young dominant center before he got injured …

      Yes our finesse is good, but We need more muscle in the paint.

    • thevoiceofreason

      Pierce is great but he is not close to Bryant. This is probably how Jordan fans feel when we compare him to Jordan.

    • gugy

      I really believe the Lakers can win all home games. If that indeed happen, we will win one in Boston and be the champions. But if the Lakers lose one at home, it is pretty much bye, bye.

      I expect Gasol and Odom to play with heart tonight. Go lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lakersftw

      20+ Points: Kobe & Gasol.

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar, Gasol.

      2+ Blocks: Turiaf

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha, fisher

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: odom

      Point Margin: Lakers by 8.

    • ValleyBoy1

      [Comment ID #39370 Will Be Quoted Here]The loud and hyped up/rowdy Lakers fans cant really afford those games really, instead we get toby mcguire and david cook…..sad but true.

    • LakersFirst

      [Comment ID #39437 Will Be Quoted Here]

      Couldn’t agree more. The Lakers are lacking physical players. Of all the series’ the Lakers have played during this playoff run, this is the series where they miss Bynum the most.

    • MILO

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      yup! gasol too soft!

    • maccassedy

      Jemele Hill: (6:21 PM ET ) Of course, there is truth to it. Kobe was cussing his teammates out in every huddle. So what? That’s what happens when you want to win, you get frustrated and your team isn’t giving you anything. If the Lakers lose this series, if I were Kobe, I’d run Lamar over in my Astin Martin.

    • DCLAKER

      I’ m SENDING THIS WARNING TO ALL SMELL-TICS FANS AND YOUR STANK ORGANIZATION,DON’T LET THIS BE IN THE FAVOR OF THE LAKERS 3-2,WE’LL BE CELEBRATING IN “LOSS-TON”,get it!

    • http://lakers.topbuzz.com Lakers2410

      [Comment ID #39352 Will Be Quoted Here]

      Really? Well, I never actually really thought that he was faking, you don’t cry to fake, I mean, I had a bond bruise in my right shin bone and sat out for like 5 minutes and then went right back onto the floor and went on to score like 6-10 points or something. It didn’t mean much whether I’d returned or not as it was just at school at recess, but I still wanted to come back and play just to win. After what you said, I think Pierce should never be called a faker, EVER (especially after what I read about him getting stabbed!)!

    • long legga lai

      I hope another Boston fan gets beat up today at Staples. That really made my day :)

      This is LA. You wanna come here and act stupid? There are consequences and repercussions.

      Lakers by 15+ today. Wooohooooo!!!!!

    • DCLAKER

      ARE WE READYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

    • http://google casta chavez

      come on lakers when the finals today like in tusday you guys are cool players have fun and try hart to win the celtics. like you guys have 87 score in tusday have more score today

    • Smush Walton

      Unbelievable!

    • Smush Walton

      No 3′s from the Machine tonight.

      We should have Kobe going earlier.

      Better luck next year Lakers.

    • Smush Walton

      Has there been a worse playoff loss in Laker history?

      Devistating!

    • Big Phil

      WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTT THE FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK is wrong with you damn Lakers!!!! I’m am so F in PISSED. UNBELIEVABLE!!

      This game CLEARLY showed who is the better team and I’m sorry but it’s Boston. The Lakers do NOT deserve the championship after this sorry-a$$ loss. THEY DO NOT DESERVE THE CHAMPIONSHIP. How absolutely pathetic is the showing of the Lakers in the 2nd half. EVERYONE DESERVES THE BLAME INCLUDING KOBE AND PHIL!!! F*CK! Lakers got complacent, out-hustled, out-muscled in the 2nd half…I’m so f in pissed. Everyone including Kobe settled for jumpers. I kept yelling: STOP SHOOTIN THE F’IN JUMPERS! AND VLAD..VLAD SHOULD BE KICKED OFF THE TEAM…WALTON SHOULD NOT BE IN THE NBA. LAKERS GOT SOFT in the 2nd half. F IN TERRIBLE. KOBE has no one to blame but himself with his crappy shot selection.

    • Smush Walton

      We weren’t mentally tough. A total meltdown.

    • west213

      F UCK U LAKERS!~!!!!!!!!!!!! F UCK FARMAR FOR STEALING FISHERS MINUTES AND F UCKIN ARE LEAD!!!!!F UCK PHIL FOR NOT PLAYING TREVORIN FORTH. F UCK ODOM FOR DISAPPEARING AGAIN. F UCK WEAK ASSSS GASOL. F UCK SASHA FOR NOT DEFENDING THE LAST PLAY BY ALLEN. TAKE ONLY KOBE AND FISH FROM LAKERS. THE REST JUST JACK OFFF ON EM.

      F UCK LAKERS HARDCORE

    • Big Phil

      HOW CAN YOU F IN LOSE an 18-point lead going into the 3rd quarter?! PHIL COACHED ABSOLUTELY MISERABLY IN THE 3rd QUARTER. WHY DID U KEEP THE MORON SPACE CADET FOR SO LONG IN THERE! WHERE WERE THE TIMEOUTS to re-establish the OFFENSE and DEFENSE. All we did was shoot jumpers…no rotation, no moving, no passing…just one-on-one outside shots. Lakers dominated the first half because they were more aggressive, moved the ball around, and attacked the basket. WHY DO U KEEP LEAVING GUYS WIDE OPEN ON THE 3 POINT LINE?!!! SHIIIT FUUUUUUCK DAMN U GUYS for BECOMING PUUUUSSIES in the 2nd half.

      TIME TO CLEAN OUT THE GARBAGE…WALTON, VLAD, MIHM, FARMAR need to GO…GET ARTEST OR BARON DAVIS….

    • west213

      TIME TO CLEAN OUT THE GARBAGE…WALTON, VLAD, MIHM, FARMAR need to GO…GET ARTEST OR BARON DAVIS……. those guys are just a f uckin HEADACHE…

      CMON MITCH U F UCKIN B ITCH TRADE EM

    • Shakobe22

      it ain’t over til it’s over
      tonite it all but ended
      which is annoying because i know and we all know the lakers are capable of murdering the celtics
      we showed that in game two, three and the better part of tonight
      we just can’t pull our heads out of our assess long enough to win the bloody game

    • Russ Ahi

      seriously, the lakers deserve to lose this game…

      and im the biggest kobe fan ever, but c’mon man

      apparently, this is what he dreams about, this is what he lives for…and he doesn’t have a field goal until the 3rd quarter??? like, the lakers don’t deserve to be in the finals if they blow a 24 pt. lead…this series is over…im so disappointed

    • Big Phil

      FUUUUUCKIN ASSSSSSSS PAU WAS SO SOFT AGAIN. BAD LAMAR SHOWED UP IN THE 2ND HALF…BLOWING LAYUPS AND FREE THROWS AGAIN. FARMAR IS NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT THE PG OF THE FUTURE…HIS DEFENSE IS ABSOLUTELY SHITTTTY. WE HAVE GOTTEN NOTHING OUT OF VLAD THE WHOLE SEASON AND THE SERIES…HE JUST LET F IN RAY ALLEN GO BY HIM FOR LAYUP…PHIL ARE U F IN BLIND…U SHOULD’VE STARTED ARIZA AND PLAYED HIM THE WHOLE GAME. WHAT A TOTAL PHYSICAL AND MENTAL MELTDOWN IN THE 2ND HALF…PHIL SHOULD’VE YELLED SCREAMED AT THEM IN THE 3RD WHEN BOSTON WAS CLOSING THE GAP…EVEN PHIL GOT COMPLACENT AND SMUG… DAMN U LAKERS!!!! YOU F IN BLEW A KEY KEY KEY OPPORTUNITY. THE KEY GAME TO EVEN THE SERIES AND GIVE URSELVES A CHANCE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP…NOW IT’S ALL F IN GONE…KOBE DON’T GO BLAMING THE REST OF THE TEAM NOW…THE MVP SHOULD ALSO BLAME HIMSELF FOR A PISS POOR SHOWING.

    • http://youtube.com/MvpGoesToKobe LakersNewDynasty08

      let me be the first to say F U C K Pau Gasol

    • gugy

      It’s over. The LAker team do not have the heart and the strength to make 3 in a row. We will be luck if Boston doesn’t close this Sunday.

      Unfortunately the Lakers biggest problem, YOUNG, made them lose tonight. After a FANTASTIC first half, the team just gave up.

      We need Bynum big time.

      Trade Vlad, Mihn, Luke and Odom.
      Let’s bring Artes and one more veteran to help us. Gasol, you need to hit the weight room and gain at least 10 lbs of muscle.

      I am so depressed, Sorry. F U C K, this was a joke tonight. First they played their best basketball and then right after they played their worst. F U C K that!

    • Smush Walton

      Every one started great but then they all went to sleep.

      6 of 26 for our bench tonight and we kept leaving them WIDE OPEN.

      It should be CLEAR now that changes need to be made next year. We MUST add some consistent, intelligent, mentally tough VETERANS to help Kobe.

      The guys we got now are frontrunners. When things are going good they’re high 5ing, but in crunch time they wilt away from the pressure. I knew we were sunk with the ball going into Lamar at the end. how many times did he fumble the ball away in the post? A total mental meltdown.

    • Big Phil

      WHY DOES F IN SASHA ALWAYS JUST STAND THERE WHEN FOLKS DRIVE FOR LAYUPS AND HE JUST LETS THEM RUN BY…SASHA…WE KNOW U CAN SHOOT…OVER THE SUMMER…WORK HARD ON YOUR DEFENSE AND DRIVE IN ABILITIES…

      I HATE FARMAR, VLAD, WALTON, MIHM…SHIP THE GARBAGE ALONG WITH EXPENDABLE ODOM FOR BARON DAVIS AND ARTEST. WE NEED TOUGH GUYS..GUYS WHO DON’T GIVE UP…GUYS WHO ARE PHYSICAL, HAVE STRONG MINDS, STRONG HEARTS.

    • Big Phil

      SKINNNNY PUUUUSSY PAU NEEDS TO GO TO A BOOT CAMP. LOOK AT KAREEM…SKINNY…BUT HE WAS TOUGH…HE LEARNED KUNG FU FROM BRUCE LEE…PAU U NEED TO HIT THE WEIGHTS…GAIN 20 LBS OF MUSCLE…GO AFTER REBOUNDS AND NOT WAIT FOR THEM TO COME TO U…LEARN TO BLOCK OUT DAMN IT…UR AN F IN POWER FORWARD AND CENTER…

      IT’S TIME FOR LAMAR TO GO…HE IS ABSOLUTELY NOT VERSATILE…THE GUY IS TOO ONE-DIMENSIONAL AND PREDICTABLE…

    • omglakers

      nba is rigged! they want lakers to come back from a 3-1 to make history! :D

    • Kobe2k9

      LakersNewDynasty08
      Jun 12th, 2008 at 9:16 pm
      let me be the first to say F U C K Pau Gasol
      definitely not the first now i know why reggie evans called gasol a girl, man if i was 7 ft i would be dunking on everybody, what’s so hard with manning up and and shoving the ball down someone’s face WHEN YOU ARE 7 FT TALL man the league should leave pau an exception for steriods because he is sooooo weak

    • Smush Walton

      Vlad & Luke have GO next year.

      Farmar is NOT the point guard of the future. Backup, yes, but #1 guy? No way!

      Lamar – needs to be moved to the bench. In crunch time? Forget it. If we can get someone without moving Lamar then fine, but if he is to stay on the team, then he needs to be moved to Luke’s spot.

    • KOBEISKING

      To the other non pissed off lakers fans, im sorry but we will not win the series. Seriously you think we’re gonna win 2 in BOSTON!!?!?!? HELL NO, WE CANT EVEN WIN 1 IN BOSTON LET ALONE TWO. SO SORRY FOR BEING A B!TCH BUT THIS IS TRUE. IM SORRY. OH AND ANOTHER THING, WHAT MAKES YOU GUYS THINK JUST CAUSE ANDREW COMES BACK WE’LL BE BEASTING!? OH YEAH THIS PISS POOR PREFORMANCE, PLUS A HURT PLAYER = BEASTING? YEAH F”UCKING RIGHT. FACE IT WE’RE SCREWED. Im gonna continue cheering for us, but ive lost faith, im really sorry guys. You give your f’ucking heart and soul to a team and they choke. It really hurts =(

    • Big Phil

      I AM STILL SEETHING…THE WAY THE LAKERS LOST…ABSOLUTELY DISAPPOINTING! THEY JUST BLEW IT…THEY JUST HANDED BOSTON THE CHAMPIONSHIP. AGAIN WE NEED STRONG MINDED, STRONG HEARTED VETERANS WHO DON’T WILT UNDER PRESSURE…WHO ARE CALM AND STILL PLAY SMART…NOT LIKE THESE DUMBA$$ LAKERS WHO WILTED AND JUST SETTLED FOR JUMPERS AND NO DEFENSE. THE WAY THEY GAVE UP JUST PISSES ME OFF SO MUCH…F U

    • Big Phil

      THIS IS THE BIGGEST COLLAPSE IN NBA HISTORY…GOOD JOB U WEAK MINDED PUUUSIES

    • kPoAbUe

      DCLAKER
      Jun 12th, 2008 at 10:14 am Click this link to quote this comment in your reply

      WEWILLWIN.com,I don’t believe it….I KNOW IT!!!

      LO and PAU will HAVE TO redeem their selves or KOBE IS GOING TO GO OFF and I don’t mean just in points(I say another video SHOULD be made IF THEY DON’T STEP UP).

      thnk you i think we are the only 2 guys that believe lakers will win the series. Think about it Perkins out pierce hurt rando hurt we will win in games 5 6 and 7

    • west213

      lol maybe bann THE LAKERS ANTION.com for about 30 days until us the fans coooool down. or other fans from other teasm will see this maddness and say u f uckin laker fans, u gave up!

      man put my heart to the game, watched very single game this season, maybe missed max 4 games……and now all gone.

      PLZZ LD2K and others abnn this website for about 30 days until we cooool down.
      ty

    • Michael_23

      Sometimes I feel like taking anti-depressants. I feel like any minute I can collapse and end up in the hospital …

      You can be the happiest person in the world at halftime but at the end of the game you can have the biggest heartattack.