Double Yew-Tea-Eff, mate!

What’s gone wrong with Farmar? He’s afraid to shoot, he’s afraid to pass, he even seems afraid to dribble, as he picked up his dribble under no pressure on more than one occasion on Friday.

To a certain extent, Sasha had a terrible game too, and a little production from either of these two would have probably given us enough to come back against Utah but, as the phrase Lion King made famous goes, “you gotta put your behind in the past.”

Shout out to Farmar: Watch this! Remember this, Be better, WE BELIEVE!

Marquee Matchups -

Point Guard – Derek Fisher and Jordan Farmar vs. Deron Williams: So far, Derek Fisher has done his part, but Farmar has been a no show. With Deron stepping up on his home court, we NEED Farmar to take some pressure off of Fisher and to put some on Williams.

Advantage: Jazz.

Shooting Guard – Kobe Bryant vs. Ronnie Brewer: The Jazz showed that if you stop Gasol, you can let Kobe get his 30 and still win. The Jazz are about to find out what a mistake it is to awaken the Black Mamba. I expect noting less than 50 from Kobe, with Brewer, Boozer, and AK-47 fouling out (again).

Advantage: Lakers.

Small Forward – Vladimir Radmanovic vs. Andrei Kirilenko: So Vladdy shot well in the first quarter, and had that nice assist to Gasol, but you have to start wondering, if Walton isn’t the better choice for the starting lineup. If Vladdy can come off the bench and shoot corner three’s great! If not, well at least Kobe has more options to spread the floor with, and Walton will make the game easier for Gasol especially.

Advantage: Jazz.

Power Forward – Lamar Odom vs. Carlos Boozer: Lamar, if only you had some kind of consistent mid-range game! It’s amazing how effective he is even when the opposition knows he’s only going to shoot layups.

Now that Boozer has finally woken up, we’ll see what happens defensively, I’m guessing Phil might put Gasol on Boozer and make him shoot those mid-range jump shots. If he makes them then at least Gasol is avoiding foul trouble, and if he misses then Gasol has inside position on him. Hopefully Lamar can shut down Okur, as he should be fast enough to stick with the drive as well as tall enough to contest his shot.

Advantage: Jazz.

Center – Paul Gasol vs. Mehmet Okur: It’s funny, but I thought Okur had a foot on the line for every single 3-pointer he made… maybe it’s just me though.

Gasol shoots 60% from the floor and we know he did a bad job. He looked out of sorts on Friday. Hopefully, the other Lakers will look for him early in Game 4. (not just dump the ball into him, but get the ball to him where he can score easily.)

Advantage: Lakers

Bench -

Kyle Korver is the X-factor for the Jazz, but Paul Milsap is really annoying too. He didn’t do any major damage on Friday, but he’s a threat to do so.

Apparently, stopping Luke isn’t a priority for Jerry Sloan, as he’s put Harpring on Kobe. Luke will make him pay.

At some point, we have to wonder what we are paying Ira for. I would suggest bringing him off the bench for Luke, and making Vladdy earn his minutes but its too late in the year for drastic changes.

Advantage: Lakers, but only if Sasha hits some shots (or gets someone kicked out of the game).

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 12:30PM PST.

20+ Points: Kobe and Gasol.

10+ Rebounds: Lamar.

2+ Blocks: Kobe, Gasol and Turiaf.

3+ 3-Pointers: Farmar.

Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

Point Margin: Lakers by 5.

Out On A Limb: Kobe, Gasol, and Lamar keep the turnovers to 5 total (as opposed to 12)

* 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 -

Why doesn’t Ira Newble play against AK-47?

Will Mbenga slow Boozer down?

Can Farmar go all “Tony Parker” on Deron Williams?

Let’s win this for Fisher!

  • lakerschamps08

    we better win.

  • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/?page_id=2373 Jonny

    oh we will win. . I’m actually expecting Kobe to be unstoppable, and then i expect him to personally make sure Gasol gets 15 high quality shots, in other words: the first time in playoff history that two teamates both hit 40.

    M-V-P hahaha

  • http://thelakersation.com/blog PauKobeBynumDynasty

    I’m expecting 40+ from Kobe, 20+ from Gasol and Odom, and 25+ bench points. Lakers should win

    Bottomline: Lakers win Game 4 125-109

  • GotAce


    This is a WIN
    I Guarantee it.

    3-1 Heading into L.A.
    WINN!
    -Phantomified

  • jazz_suck

    Lakers should win… remember how the team got pissed when the fans booed d-fish… we killed them! now some idiot THREATEN d-fish?? it should be a harsh murder! also the team lost playing pretty poorly… if we play a cleaner game we can win!

  • GeorgeM24

    We definitely need this win, 3-1 going back to LA opposed to 2-2

  • mars

    i think farmar plays better with long hair.

  • BEC

    Utah didnt even beat us in game 3, Lakers beat themselves with the turnovers and very poor execution. Kobe says it all the time, what wins games is EXECUTION. The team that executes better wins the game. Lakers didnt do that in game 3, they will in game 3.

  • BEC

    I mean theyll execute a lot better in game 4.

  • http://myspace.com/plummerrocks Machinehead18

    20+ Points: Kobe and Gasol.

    10+ Rebounds: Lamar.

    2+ Blocks: Gasol and Turiaf.

    3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha and Fish.

    Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

    Point Margin: Lakers by 1.

    Out On A Limb: Sasha hits the game-winning 3 pointer.

  • gugy

    We are going to win, but it will be very hard. I predict maybe 2 to 4 points advantage on our end at the end of the game. It will be a nail biter all the way until the end.

    I expect Paul to play really well and Kobe to be unstoppable.

    Go Lakers!

  • kb24b3stever

    20+ Points: Kobe and Gasol.

    10+ Rebounds: Lamar.

    2+ Blocks: Kobe, Gasol and Turiaf.

    3+ 3-Pointers: kobe,fisher

    Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

    Point Margin: Lakers by 8.

    Out On A Limb: Kobe does the same that he did to the nuggets in game 2,start aggressive then in the 3rd quarter start dishing out assist and just kill them in the fourth.

  • Kobe08-09

    20+ Points: Kobe and Gasol.

    10+ Rebounds: Lamar, Gasol.

    2+ Blocks: Odom, Gasol and Turiaf.

    3+ 3-Pointers: Fisher, Farmar

    Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

    Point Margin: Lakers by 3.

    Out On A Limb: Fisher hits a game winning with 3 secs left, and then he points up like he did when he was with jazz.

  • Lakers 24 7

    20+ Points: Kobe and Vujacic.

    10+ Rebounds: Lamar.

    2+ Blocks: Odom, Gasol and Turiaf.

    3+ 3-Pointers: Farmar and Vladdy

    Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

    Point Margin: Lakers by 13.

    Out On A Limb: Gasol hits a three at the end of the 1st half

  • phoebus

    farmar missed 2 easy lay-up. the other way utah made 2 three pointers.That is 10 points switch.. 10 points

  • GOLAKERS24

    your thing says paul instead of pau

  • Remy

    i guaran-dam-tee a game 4 victory by the lakers!!

  • megaloco10

    a must win game! hopefully the lads will bounce back..

    go lakers…

  • http://www.lakersnation.com KILL3R

    Farmar terrible fkn player out there wow cant believe this shit happened. Lets see what happens Sunday game. They need to pass more and not fkn hog the ball then loose it.. Really got pist how the laker’s where playing.

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    im sure that kobe is pissed because of what the stupid fan told fish, hes droppin 50 tommorrow…

  • west213

    farmar aint a playoff guy…..pu sssy

  • http://89.com MambaKB24

    personally, i think in this series you gotta bench vlad and add some bulk

    i say add ronny to the starting lineup, slide lamar to the 3

    that way you let ronny body up boozer, which i think is a great matchup

    and if you need some help

    on top of that, theres no need to worry about ronnie brewer, so kobe can take kerilinko and lamar can rome around, contest shots, help over on those annoying pick and rolls, and do what he does best, rebound

    but thats just me :)

  • ek

    Can someone please explain to me why ALL the Utah Jazz fan’s are white? If you would notice 99.9569 percent of the crowd are caucasion…

  • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/?page_id=2373 Jonny

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    only if you can explain why all the Rappers are black haha

  • GotAce

    Correction: “Good Rappers” Are Black.
    Haha.

  • MILO

    The moron who was covering his eye when Fish was shooting freethrows is a great example of how low some people will stoop to try and distract the opposition.Kobe tried desperately to get the Lakers the win friday.I am confident that everybody will set their jitters aside and step it up tonight.The Lakers will come back home to close out the series 4-1 that’s for sure…

  • MILO

    OH yea i forgot! Gasol was too soft in game three i dont know if it’s a product of his bad ankle or what but he needs to fight for position to get the rebounds…

  • SiKWiDIt

    20+ Points: Kobe and Fisher

    10+ Rebounds: Lamar

    2+ Blocks: Turiaf.

    3+ 3-Pointers: Farmar.

    Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

    Point Margin: Lakers by 4.

    Out On A Limb: Kobe embarrasses Kirelinko again by dunking over him again. BEA-UTIFUL

  • Big Phil

    omfg…play some f in D…this is pissing me off…Jordan and Vlad still playing Smush style…

  • Big Phil

    Lakers better get their act together…they are playing like pus sies right now…why doesn’t Lamar take charges…he always steps aside to let the guy drive through. Luke and Jordan Smush…do not shoot 3′s.

  • http://swishtheball.net kobe-drew-pau-l.o.-fish

    lakers lost

  • http://swishtheball.net kobe-drew-pau-l.o.-fish

    what the fuck, the refs a utah are so cheap

  • west213

    First of all F UCK JORDAN. F UCK HIM F UCK HIM F UCK HIM, told u he aint a playoff guy.

    ohhhh….and the block on fluke made me turf of my TV that i missed the OT thriller. F UCK lakers…..get ur acts together…….

  • http://swishtheball.net kobe-drew-pau-l.o.-fish

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    cheap referees get their act together, that was not a flagerant 2 on ronn

  • Big Phil

    Luke the Fluke is an F in dumb as … you can’t count on this guy…I mean if we have to rely on Vlad, Fluke, and Smush Farmar to keep the Lakers in games…we can kiss the playoffs goodbye. These 3 have got to go.

  • http://swishtheball.net kobe-drew-pau-l.o.-fish

    :zonked: :cry: :furious: :nervous: :x :( :-(

  • ek

    Jordan Fartmar sucks like hell….second straight time the dude choked playing the point guard position. I dont care what he does next game, next round…dude has gotta go. Like I said many people here believe he is the lakers future…BS…I gurantee you he will get traded this off season. There is no excuse for the poor play he hasnt been able to overcome…next strike he is out…and by the way Rapppers are mostly black because hip hop & rap was created or inspired by black people from the get go. Obviously, telling from the crowd, if you’re not white…you don’t belong in UTAH.

  • Big Phil

    Phil said it in the post game conference: “The bench let us down…” …you hear that Farmar and Fluke!? F in idiots!

  • Big Phil

    I absolutely agree…Fartmar is NOT NOT NOT the Lakers PG of the future. If you’re mentally weak, don’t play on the Lakers.

  • Russ Ahi

    All i gotta say is…

    i think it’s funny that Utah got the most free throw attempts they’ve had in the series in game 4 and the lakers got the least amount they’ve had in the series…

    Also, i think it’s funny that ronny got a flagrant 2 on that hit, but there have been even worse foul calls in this postseason that have not been called so harsh.

    i agree, lakers didn’t play well for the whole game… they could have easily won but they were careless at the end. BUT, i still think that when you’re in that hostile environment with those classless fans, the refs just start to call the game to favor the jazz. there were so many ticky tack fouls that were called on the lakers…but we never got any calls. it’s unfair when a game is so poorly officiated

    also, what the hell is up with farmar? he just doesn’t look himself. he better show us why we love him on wednesday…

    this series will not go 7 games. lakers will win wednesday and wrap it up on friday night…

  • ab4sure

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    Did you forget your medication again?

  • kPoUbAe

    take farmar out of the rotation for this series and put Ira Newble and DJ in. If the people who we signed for the rest of the season why aren’t we playing them. Or instead of Dj or Ira put Chris. wtf man we have no big guys. oh yea i like the way Lamar played tonight also fish at the end of the game. When Lamar shot that three in the fourth quarter i was screaming like sht beacuz i though the game is over.

  • DingleBerry

    looks like we have another smush on the team named jordan…

  • http://swishtheball.net kobe-drew-pau-l.o.-fish

    tis is a sad time for jordan, he might e raded and he as been playing in l.a. ever since high school. i really wanted jordn to be the first player to play all the way from high school to retirement for one city

  • west213

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    ab4sure who d f uck r u commenting on my comment, i swer if i see u somewere ill f uckin torture ur a ssssss

  • ab4sure

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    Are u being held in Guatanomo Bay??? Is your fearless leader Osama???

  • ab4sure

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    What did you say???

  • ab4sure

    [Comment ID #35563 Will Be Quoted Here]

    You blamed diva24 as the reason why the lakers lost on the shoutbox. Maybe this guarantee by you is the curse. You have a big apology to make to her, LOL…