TLN’s Post-Game Report: Lakers vs. Suns

This is more like it.  A nice and balanced Laker attack tonight.

Before I get into the game, check out these stats: Lakers shot 49%, Suns 50%. Lakers had 43 boards, Suns 40. Lakers had 30 assists, Suns 28. Lakers and Suns each had 14 turnovers. Lakers 11 steals, Suns 10.  With all the stats being so similar, the difference in the game came at the line where the Lakers simply got to the line more.

It was a little scary even late in the fourth as the Lakers were down, but the team came through when it counted as the Lakers improved to 18-3. Despite Luke in the lineup, the Lakers got it done.

Now, the bests of the night…

Top 3 Laker Performers -

1)  Pau was a beast tonight. 28 points, 5 boards and 4 assists.

2)  Bynum dominated the inside as well with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

3)  Sasha came in and hit 3 big threes and a clutch steal. Great game, Sasha.

Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Farmar shot 1-6 and didn’t do much at all.

Play of the Game: Oop to Bynum in the fourth.

What to Look for Next Game: REVENGE. Lakers will not lose twice to the Kings in one week.

Ticket Info: Sacrament comes in town Friday night and tickets start at $30 each. E-Mail me at Steve@AveryTickets.com or call 818-387-8224 and mention TLN.

Go Lakers!

  • ATLakers

    Wow, I just realized the Lakers play Sacramento 3 times in the first 22 games …

  • TAFTBASKETBAll

    shouldnt the title be post game report?

  • David

    Although we won, it was a disappointing effort. No sense of urgency, no defense. Hopefully the pieces will come together soon, or we will be in for another disappointment in June.

  • LAKERNATION

    F*ck that man play of the game was LUKE WALTON. Dude when they were showing who is starting and I saw my main man LUKE’s head in the middle of the 5 I jumped out of my chair with excitement. God that was so awesome to see LUKE back in that starting line up like a couple years back when he was leading the league in 3pt field goal % and all you people that talk sh*t about him now didn’t back then. WOW every play he made was exciting to me, and made me happy as shit that PHIL “the genius of coaching” JACKSON’s first change of the year with the starting line up we saw LUKE in there. And to all you haters, what did LUKE do bad in this game??????? Yes he missed the 2 threes he took but come on now are you guys going to criticize him for that??????? I thought he didn’t make one bad decision in this game.

    And I better see some damn LOVE in all your guy’s comments about LUKE. He deserves.

  • LAKERNATION

    LUKE’s head in the middle of the 5 I jumped out of my chair with excitement. God that was so awesome to see LUKE back in that starting line up like a couple years back when he was leading the league in 3pt field goal % and all you people that talk sh*t about him now didn’t back then. WOW every play he made was exciting to me, and made me happy as h*ll that PHIL “the genius of coaching” JACKSON’s first change of the year with the starting line up we saw LUKE in there. And to all you haters, what did LUKE do bad in this game??????? Yes he missed the 2 threes he took but come on now are you guys going to criticize him for that??????? I thought he didn’t make one bad decision in this game.

    And I better see some damn LOVE in all your guy’s comments about LUKE. He deserves it.

    Sorry a few mistakes.

  • LAKERNATION

    F*ck that man play of the game was LUKE WALTON. Dude when they were showing who is starting and I saw my main man LUKE’s head in the middle of the 5 I jumped out of my chair with excitement. God that was so awesome to see LUKE back in that starting line up like a couple years back when he was leading the league in 3pt field goal % and all you people that talk sh*t about him now didn’t back then. WOW every play he made was exciting to me, and made me happy as h*ll that PHIL “the genius of coaching” JACKSON’s first change of the year with the starting line up we saw LUKE in there. And to all you haters, what did LUKE do bad in this game??????? Yes he missed the 2 threes he took but come on now are you guys going to criticize him for that??????? I thought he didn’t make one bad decision in this game.

    And I better see some damn LOVE in all your guy’s comments about LUKE. He deserves it.

    F*ck man what a joke now it’s right. Dude they should make it that you can delete you message.

  • Freshh

    3 messages in a row,
    must be a record.

  • kobeftw

    I miss Luke in the lineup. It was good seeing him back. He had a good hand full of plays.

  • as1084

    farmar needs to get his sh*it together!! he had such a great pre-season! what a disappointment…oh well

  • http://www.nicklachey.us Nick Lachey USA

    Lakers got a lot of work to do on the defensive end. If they did not win that game, I may have been forced to stop watching them for a few games. Here are three areas they should fix…

    1. Stop turning the ball over! (This will decrease the need for transition defense + decrease points in paint by opponent)

    2. Stop double teaming on every possession! (This leaves an open shooter every single time!)

    3. If they do double team, defensive rotations must be TOP NOTCH! They must communicate out there. If player #1 leaves to double, player #3 must rotate to cover player #1′s defensive assignment. Everyone got to cover for one another.

  • PeanutButterSpread

    I HATE THE DECEMBER LAKERS. WHERE IS THE NOVEMBER LAKERS?!

    I knew the Lakers were going to have a hard time defensively tonight against the Suns. Even undermanned, without Shaq in the lineup, this allowed the Suns to play to their nature of fast offense and a lot of pick n rolls … which meant that the Lakers crap-tastic pick and roll defense would be a problem, because that would also allow Nash to thrive with passing it out to the shooters like Barnes for the open threes… still doesn’t forgive the Lakers for their bad bad defense yet again.

    PASSION. FIRE. URGENCY. DEFENSE. REVENGE. KILLER MENTALITY

    I want to see all of that on Friday.

    I don’t doubt the team’s talent or “heart” but I want to stop seeing lazy defense and lazy offense. Stop relying on jumpshots or talent. Pass the ball more, work the triangle, pass to the Pau who has been the most consistent and awesomest Laker, rebound, box out, FUNDAMENTAL BASKETBALL please!

    For the love of all things good and holy, cream the Kings.

    Also, I say PAU for MVP

    He’s been consistent and the best Laker on the floor, every game, hands down.

    I would have said Ariza, but lately, his offense has been lacking, he’s not making the bunnies or layups/dunks like he did in November.

    Overall, December has been harsh to the Lakers and we haven’t even gotten to Christmas yet.

  • CG

    What happened to our defense? it just disappeared after that road trip to Indiana. We gotta step it up big time, if we wanna be the Celtics on Christmas day. Its looks like we’re playing even worse D than last year.

  • Gasol Fan

    Oh, Gasol was the man of the game…AGAIN!

  • e

    i really think what’s killing us is that we dont have nearly enough plays that go through kobe anymore…forget stats, those are something he doesnt care about however, if they went through him more often, we’d definitely be able to get large leads and hold them…unfortunately, it seems like the team is not based around kobe anymore rather its based around bynum and quite frankly, i dont even see bynum becoming a consistent all-star in the future

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

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    Yhea, I must agree, there is no doubt about it! …If Pau only brings 80% of the game he had tonight, The Lakers do not win this game… Gotta give props where they belong… Pau was the “MAIN MAN” for sure, today! …but still,
    noooo,nono,nono,no,nooooooooooooooooooooo ….Mucha riza aqui!

  • Nabil

    okay, there’s an elephant in the room and it seems nobody is talking about it…WHAT IS GOING ON WITH RADMAN? You don’t take a starter from the previous 20 games and give him a DNP without a reason. Was it a punishment for something? Or have the Lakers decided to trade him? Or was it one of Phil’s mind games? I for one am on edge, expecting to see trade news come down tomorrow.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

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    I think he’s playin mind games with Radman… My guess; is that Phil is not happy with the way Radman’s help defense manifested itself in Sacramento.

  • Popcorn

    Good thing they at least won the game, but they should’ve destroyed them.

  • Kobe8>24

    i expected the Lakers to play better defence. 110 points to a short-handed Suns team is not good enough. I knew that the defence they played at the start of the season was a gimmick.

  • lainok

    It’ll all be gravy lakers navy. Sasha finally found his shot for a game, thank god. Luke got his playing time, definately more deserved than VRod. It’s only December, the lakers have to figure out their new rhythm with each other, and how to execute every time they are on the floor. They have until April. Every one is acting like the lakers need the number one defense to shut down Boston. You don’t. Boston’s offense sucks, you just need to have a decent defense, and then blitz them on scoring. I don’t know who will win christmas, but we will spank them in June.

  • lainok

    In a seven game series, who would win? 2000-2001 Lakers, or the Current Lakers (when they are playing defense of course)?

  • jason420_7

    well we won but still played no defense..although we did do a better job at limiting layups for the most part..still no rotation to shooters though as i lost count of the wide wide wide open jumpshots that the suns got..this is the nba and players are gonna hit those all day..i thought we played good defense in the 4th quarter until the game was in hand then we got lazy and they scored a bunch after that..i actually love putting walton in the starting lineup..u cant start ariza because he doesnt shoot well enough and his energy is more needed off the bench..and vlad rad is just well..an idiot lol..walton will player harder d..and can run the offense..great passer..and he can shoot well enough to keep him in there..i think its a move that if phil sticks to it will be better for our team and help us take strides in improving our defense..now we just gotta learn to rotate lol.

  • ojt

    luke walton actualty played..I can’t believe it. He got so lucky but is still a waste of time.he will start to mess up as always..trade his a** or pay him off.

  • ojt

    hey lakernation calm down,your boy luke still sucks and would be alot better to get rid of him…you need to get agirl friend…

  • daboss1849

    What would happen this year if the lakers win it all and Pau is the finals MVP? The way kobe and pau are playing as of late that could possibly happen. Would we get another rant from kobe?

  • e-bucher

    “Lakers got is done”…???…i must of watched a different game…

  • domz

    do u guys noticed how pau’s dunk improved than it is last season?? way to go Pau..

    My only wish for christmas is the lakers to learn how to rotate well and contest jumpshots and to box out.

  • http://lakersnation.com lj

    good game luke and pau and kobe

  • http://lakersnation.com lavell

    i think luke had a good game and whoever said u need to get a gyrlfriend must need 1 so stop hating on luke good luck lakerz do yall thang

  • kobe4ever

    um to all those Luke haters you guys do know he was injured right? and the dip in his stats coincided with the first date of his ankle injury. but that when he was healthy his assist to turnover ratio as well as 3 point and field goal percentage were off the hook. he finally looks healthy again, thank GOD b/c he can ball. Of course he’s going to be a little rusty but lets wait it out, don’t give up on him yet guys. I didn’t like him either until i found out about the injuries and the dip in his stats w/his injuries and the rise without them. check it out on hoopshype.com they have a lot of good stuff on there.

  • http://TheVerveNerve.com Billy Kupchak

    “Despite Luke in the lineup, the Lakers got it done.”

    such negative talk about FLuke Walton! :cool:

    i have an insider’s feeling that PJ placed him in the line-up to raise his trade-value ;)

    don’t quote me on it, but i am sharing what i’ve heard over the dinner table…

  • 1ofMany

    These most recent efforts will not win a championship! Yes, a win is a win but to a depleted Suns team… c’mon! We got a little ahead of ourselves with the first couple of weeks against poor teams at the start of the season where teams haven’t started to gel yet. Rambis needs to go back to the drawing board and make some tweeks to that defense because it is horrible!

  • xtro

    still no visible sign of good D last night. i hope they do it on a consistent basis or we b in deep s.h..t against Cleveland and Boston.

  • ShortDiezel

    A win is a win, but last night was a horrible game against a short handed team…

    1. Kobe’s defense was atrocious. Grant Hill and Barnes lit him up. He needs to anchor down and stop going for steals. Just play hard core straight up defense.

    2. Although Ariza is 1 of my favorite players, he should be the STD along with Farmar cause he missed a lot of easy shots.

    3. Walton was average. I applaud Phil for making a change finally, but I want to see Walton start for a couple more games before I make my analysis.

    4. Lamar looks very timid. He had a bunch of open shots but kept passing it.

    5. There is no spark or sense of urgency right now in the Lakers. You can tell by their demeanor and body language. It seems when things start to go wrong everyone starts second guessing themselves which leads to turnovers. That is one thing I like about Sasha, he may miss 4 shots, but he will keep taking it to you.

    TIME FOR REVENGE ON THE KINGS

  • LakersLiveFromDC

    Pau is no longer Ga-soft..Kobe is tired from the Olympics and the Finals..DF is getting older but can still out muscle certain PGs and Ariza,well,he’s our only defensively threat besides Kobe/Pau…the rest of these guys,I don’t know,kinda suspect.Lazy,yeah,that’s the ticket.

  • jason420_7

    i think luke is the right option to start with the roster we have..he has a lot of rick fox in him..hes not a great 3 point shooter but hes not a horrible one either…he can play some hardnose d and doesnt make mental mistakes very often on that side of the ball…hes a supreme passer and runs the offense very very well without making the mental mistakes that vlad rad makes all too often..and he can score in the post if u need him too sometimes..im not saying hes as good as rick fox was but hes actually a very similar player..

  • FILOSOFREAK

    “This is more like it”????? Are you kidding me? We are playing horrible basketball right now.

  • Farmars_inner_Jordan

    I’m just glad we came out with a W. The injured cat always strike back!! Suns are dangerous in situations where they are short-handed, so give them credit for scoring over 100 points. Although we saw break downs on D, we came out with some intensity.

    Jordan’s still mah boy!! he just needs to find his inner jordan…

  • Franchise98bn

    All I have to say is keep feeding Bynum and Gasol in the Post. No one can match up with us when these 2 are on fire. We should use the Inside-Out game more.

    Defense still sucked though. Instead of improving it seems this team is just coasting acting like it won the Championship last season. News Flash Lakers -> You got demolished in 6 games by the Celtics.

  • LakersLive FromDC

    Time for G-Force.

  • IwantLukeoutofLA

    all i want for christmas is defense, please

  • Drake Hunter

    Luke in the lineup is good for one thing….Can someone say trade bait…lol! You can’t trade someone with a phat contract sitting on the bench all year and with the trade deadline coming up, it’s time to showcase what he’s got to see if anyone will take him. The Lakers don’t need Luke in the lineup to move the ball better. The only reason why he has so many assists is because he can’t shoot so every time he gets a pass he’s forced to look for a teammate. Luke is still FLUKE!!!! You ain’t gonna get any love from me for Mop Head!

  • LAKERNATION

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    Dude thank you man. That is exactly what I’m saying. Like before his injury he was a no doubt starter. I really don’t need to add anything because you said it all man. And how you said “rusty” well that is exactly the word to use for LUKE lately because we all know, and everyone on here wont admit it, but LUKE can BALL. Some of these people on here just became LAKER fans this year or half way through last year and they critisize LUKE because they don’t know his game that he showed us before his injury, and they judge him on his “rusty” play this season.

    ONE WORD FOR THAT IS IGNORANCE.

  • LAKERNATION

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    Dude how the hell would you know if I have a girlfriend???? Like have we met before????

    And with that said…….

  • LAKERNATION

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    …..Thank’s bro for getting my back on that one.

  • jason420_7

    obviously drake hunter doesnt understand basketball too much..luke walton is by no means an all star but thats not what we need at that position..read my other posts to understand his strenghts..very rick fox like..very smart fundamentally sound basketball player..i like him in the starting lineup, he shoots better then ariza and is more offensively sound with the ball then ariza..and well hes just smarter then radmanovich on both ends of the floor. Good move by phil and i hope it sticks.

  • http://10assistspergame.blogspot.com Rey-Rey

    Well, I do hope they play better defense soon. Right now, the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking like the second best team in the league. And I know the Lakers are capable of so much more.

    First things first, though… focus on Sacramento and show what they’re really capable of.

  • ab4sure

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    “Don’t be stuck to your opinions my friend” “the future is always uncertain”

    Kobe is not taking the leadership he should. It is not about running the offense through him as much as him taking a more vocal leadership and a leadership on defense. He is slacking on D this year. His opponent is getting the best of him too many times. I don’t know if he is tired or lazy but he is not stepping up by winning the battle against his own man.

    BTW… how did Bynum do last night?.. dont’ worry about the future.. He will be alright.

  • ab4sure

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    First thing that went through my mind is that they are trying to showcase him. LO and Walton for Shawn Marion. Free of salary to sign other lakers to extension and you get a motivated Shawn Marion in a contract year. LO is not a prime time player. He is great on an average team but he will always make a stupid mistake in crunch time. Plus he doesn’t take his game seriously.

  • Drake Hunter

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    Wow, this is kinda weird and I know we’ve had a lot of differences in the past, but you actually agreed with me on this one. I guess there is a first for everything!

  • Drake Hunter

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    You obviously don’t understand basketball either because you’re comparing Fluke Walton to Rick Fox. Let’s not insult Rick now! He was not only a great defender (something Fluke’s not), he was a threat from the outside and can make the three, something Fluke’s not. Rick was a vital part to the Lakers success in their 3 Championship runs. Fluke can ride the bench all year and throughout the playoffs and the Lakers will still win the championship even if Radman is starting. If Fox was healthy in the finals against Detroit we may have taken that one too! Rick Fox if you read this, I apologize for jason420_7. He was hangin out with LO and was stoned when he wrote this blog…..ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!! Fluke Walton like Rick Fox???????…….ROFLMAO AGAIN AND AGAIN!!!!!!! You do realize the Lakers are 18-3 without Fluke having to even breathe on the basketball all season. You must have been watching the Lakers D’League team all year. The Lakers play on Foxsports West and KCAL 9. Get it right get tight…I found you miss new booty!!!!!!!!!!

  • Drake Hunter

    Just an FYI for everyone on the panel in this blog. It has just been confirmed that the real name of jason420_7 is actually Jason Walton. He’s Luke’s cousin by marriage.

  • Robert

    Pau Gasol better be the one whom goes to the all-star game for the Lakers because hes the one putting in all the work, Kobe is done!

  • yash

    This was one of the worst games I have seen in my life. Talk about slacking. SLOPPY as F@!K. I think my midget sized high school team can play better than this.

  • stetch

    Yo DC,

    it’s happened again man. remember when we were doggin on vlad-suck that one night and he ended up shooting 5-6 3′s in that game? well, last night was sasha’s turn. i was hating on him hard and he ended with 15 points with 4-5 shooting and 3-4 3′s! if that’s what it takes for these 2 fools to start shooting well then i’ma be writing sh*t about them every night!

    yup, my man luke played well and it’s about time that fool got some minutes. i was checking out the minutes per game last night and luke’s only been gettin 4.8! 4.8! even sun yue, powell, and mbenga got more time. that’s just ridiculous!

    luke knows the offense, he sees the floor well, and he’s a great passer especially in the low post. i think that this new starting lineup is way better than the one with vlad-suck in it! he needs to get his shot in order, but that will come with more playing time. he did shoot well with 4-10, but let’s go luke knock down a 3 ball man…0-4 in that department.

  • jason420_7

    drake your a moron..i never said luke is better or as good as rick fox..but their games are very similar if u payed attention a lil more youd realize that.

  • sketch

    WTF! how the hell did STETCH get in there?!? LOL! can’t even spell my own handle right. LOL!

  • jason420_7

    drake did u watch any of a healthy luke walton last year?..cause if u did u would realize that when healthy hes a very adequate starter for any team in the league..watch the rest of the season and if he stays healthy luke will be a key member of our squad i guarantee it!!!…an all star no..an upper tier player..no..but a solid role player who will contribute in many different ways that the stat sheet wont always show..YES!!!

  • Drake Hunter

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    You can say whatever you want about Fluke Walton, he still sucks and the Lakers will still win it all this year whether he starts or even plays. Was it any easier for the Lakers to win yesterday against a Suns team with only 8 eight players and Luke Walton starting? The answer is NO! They still had to go down to the final minutes to seal the victory against an undermanned team. If Radmanovic started, it still would have been the same. The problem isn’t the small forward spot. It’s their defense as a whole. Radmanovic starting at the beginning of the year was not a problem when the Lakers were blowing teams out. Fluke Walton is no difference maker for the Lakers. I’m sorry if I offended you or your cousin but he’s offensively challenged and in trying to create plays turns the ball over more. Open your eyes and you will see when your eyes are open!

  • LAKERNATION

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    Dude I got your back all the way on this one man. Obviously this guy is ignorant and doesn’t know sh*t.

  • LAKERNATION

    Oh and I never saw this much LUKE WALTON love on here before. Where have all you guys been???????

  • Drake Hunter

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    What the H-E double hockey stick….LAKERNATION and jason420_7 are officially bed buddies. LAKERNATION likes to do it from behind and jason420_7 likes it doggystyle! LAKERNATION, when you get his back be sure to use a rubber!

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEEHEE!
    Couldn’t say it any better my self!

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

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    Drake, I’m with you again, Dude!
    …………………..LOL………………………

  • LAKERNATION

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    Then go suck his d*ck again.

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    [Comment ID #56641 Will Be Quoted Here]
    AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHEHEHEHEHEEHEHHHEEHEHE….ROFLOL!
    AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE,
    Dude, change your name, you bring shame and embarrassment to this site! …What a complete and F U C K I N AZZHOLE you must be!