TLN’s Playoff Preview: Lakers vs. Spurs [Game 3]

    Ah, Satire. What a beautiful thing to behold.

    Derek Fisher: Lock down defender? This is a good question to ask, and here’s another one…

    Whats the difference between a Lakers home game and a Lakers away game? We’ll find out shortly, but either way…

    It’s Business Time!

    Marquee Matchups -

    Point Guard – Derek Fisher vs. Tony Parker: Did you know that Fisher had more points in the paint then Parker in Game 2? Naw, I’m just kidding, but it sure seemed that way. I suspect Parker will play a lot better at home, and that’s the only reason it’s not advantage Lakers.

    Advantage: Even, but only if Parker continues to play poorly.

    Shooting Guard – Kobe Bryant vs. Bruce Bowen: Kobe is really setting himself apart this post-season as the MVP. The only disconcerting thing about his game is his 3PT FGA, a pitiful 27% in the post-season. Evidently, he’s just trying to “be like Mike,” (sarcasm alert) but it is starting to be an observable phenomena. Thankfully, he is doing everything else so superbly that it is so far an unmentioned anomaly. I mean, he’s averaging 32/6/7 on 50% FG shooting.

    The Lakers: Where Amazing is Normal.

    Advantage: Lakers.

    Small Forward – Vladimir Radmanovic vs. Manu Ginobili: Well… Vladdy didn’t quite have the blinder I was hoping for, bur he’s shown a very well-hidden side of his game in the last two games in his ability to get to the basket by cutting from the 3point line. If he can develop that move the Spurs will have to back off him a little and that will open up his outside game.

    And I don’t care what Ginobili says, his injuries are slowing him down, and if he doesn’t play better, the Spurs are done, no two-ways about it.

    Advantage: Spurs.

    Power Forward – Lamar Odom vs. Fabricio Oberto: No contest, Lamar simply will outplay the poor guy.

    Advantage: Lakers.

    Center – Pau Gasol vs. Tim Duncan: What’s that? Pau can’t guard Duncan? Thats okay, because Duncan can’t make free throws! Actually, Pau has kept Duncan under 50% for the entire series so far, and looks to finally be hitting that midrange set shot. I expect Duncan to play better, but not by much

    Advantage: Spurs, slightly.

    Bench -

    Good news? Ariza is back!

    Bad news? Actually, our bench is really doing well this series, although this road game will really test their mettle. Good luck, guys.

    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 5:30 PM PST.

    20+ Points: Kobe

    10+ Rebounds: Lamar.

    2+ Blocks: Lamar and Turiaf.

    3+ 3-Pointers: Farmar (I believe!).

    Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

    Point Margin: Lakers by 12.

    Out On A Limb: After the game, Pop announces that Ginobili will be shut-down for the rest of the season.

    * 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: TNT

    Burning Questions -

    Will fisher start to show the same signs of age that the spurs are?

    Whats up with Parker? He doesn’t even have the age excuse.

    Will the bench show up?

    • L0nq

      1st comment…close game …LA win Texas thriller in double OT

    • _Nejz_

      20+ Points: Kobe, Lamar

      10+ Rebounds: Gasol

      2+ Blocks: Gasol, Turiaf

      3+ 3-Pointers: Vujacic, Fisher

      Closest To A Triple-Double: Kobe

      Point Margin: Lakers by 5

    • http://seansumido.com kb24philippines

      Mabuhay LAKERS, Philippines lakers is number 1… Lakers 08 champs.. the spurs should surrender this round. hehe, i’am happy if we sweep the spurs in their home court.. but it will be happy if the lakers finish the game at staples center, so that the fans will going crazy, the confetti and the western conference champions,, the LAKERS…

      gudluck guys.. play defense,

    • http://myspace.com/plummerrocks Machinehead18

      20+ Points: Kobe and Gasol

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar.

      2+ Blocks: Lamar and Turiaf.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha.

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 2.

      Out On A Limb: I finally get my dream. A game-winning 3-pointer by Sasha Vujacic.

    • Kobe08-09

      20+ Points: Kobe, Lamar

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar.

      2+ Blocks: Lamar and Turiaf.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Fisher

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 12.

      Out On A Limb: History will repeat itself, and 0.4 will happen

    • _Nejz_

      [Comment ID #36940 Will Be Quoted Here]
      i would love to see Sasha hit a game winning 3 pointer! :)

    • http://thelakersation.com/blog PauKobeBynumDynasty

      20+ Points: Kobe

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar

      2+ Blocks: Lamar, Gasol

      3+ 3-Pointers: Vujacic

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 4 (Jonny 12 points is too much, we’re not talking about the Nuggets, we’re talking about the Spurs.)

      Out On A Limb: The chances of this happening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeXZY4eVLlo

    • KOBEISKING

      WTF!!! THIS GAME’S NOT ON KCAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://k1k0.com KiKosDad

      20+ Points: Kobe and Pau

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar

      2+ Blocks: Lamar and Pau

      3+ 3-Pointers: Vlady and Fisher

      Point Differential: Lakers by 8+

      Out On A Limb: After the game, Pop announces that they will activate Bonner for Game 4

    • Sopi

      Lakers by 7

    • Lakerfan101

      20+ Points: Kobe,Lamar

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar,Gasol
      2+ Blocks: Turiaf,Gasol
      3+ 3-Pointers:Sasha,Fisher
      Closest To A Triple-Double*:Kobe
      Point Margin:Lakers by 4
      Out On A Limb: Kobe hit the game winning 3 and was fouled, 4 point play!!

    • http://k1k0.com KiKosDad

      Game Alert:

      Lakers need to check Spurs kick-outs & touch-passes to the corner three and make a point to have a body in there to check and disrupt it. Particularly, Timmy will do this whenever they have him doubled within 2-3 seconds of posting up.

      Pau will have a big game.

      Go Lakers!

    • gugy

      I just want the Lakers to steal one in SA.
      If it is going to be this game or the next doesn’t matter. We will close this at game 5 in LA.
      I doubt the Lakers will sweep the series. SA is too proud. They will win one at least.
      Go Lakers

    • GotAce

      Lakers CAN WIN THIS GAME.

      End the series.

      Dethrone the CHamps!!

      WINN!! -Phantomified.

    • SiKWiDIt

      20+ Points: Kobe, Lamar

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar, Gasol

      2+ Blocks: Gasol and Turiaf.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha and FIsher

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe, Lamar

      Point Margin: Lakers by 3.

      Out On A Limb: Parker gets 2 quick techs just to get into bed with his wife faster.

    • BringDFishBack

      20+ Points: Kobe and Lamar.

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar.

      2+ Blocks: Turiaf, Gasol, and Ariza.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Farmar and Fish.

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Lamar.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 1.

      Out On A Limb: Ariza gets 4 steals.

    • Lakers77st

      20+ Points: Kobe,Lamar,Gasol

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar, Gasol

      2+ Blocks: Gasol, Lamar, Turiaf

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha, Farmar, Vlad

      Closest To A Triple-Double*:Kobe, Lamar

      Point Margin: Lakers by 5.

      Out On A Limb: Lakers are down one with 0.4 left on the clock, and Fisher comes through once again!

    • kPoAbUe

      lol… i would love to see kobe drop 81 in Texas today

    • lakrfan4life

      20+ Points: Kobe and Pau

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar and Pau

      2+ Blocks: Lamar and Ronny.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sahsa and Kobe.

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 11.

      Out On A Limb: Tim Duncan makes 2 consecutive free-throws…

    • http://- Kobefan11

      20+ Points: Kobe

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar

      2+ Blocks: Turiaf

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha,Farmer

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 7

      Out On A Limb: Ariza plays 48 minutes

    • DaBlackMamba

      20+ Points: Kobe, Gasol

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar

      2+ Blocks: Odom

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha, Fisher

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Odom.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 5

    • SPERMSsucks

      20+ Points: Gasol and Sasha

      10+ Rebounds: Bryant

      2+ Blocks: Odam

      3+ 3-Pointers:
      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Fisher Sasha

      Point Margin: Lakers wins by 6

      Out On A Limb: Parker gets injured
      for those without cable go to nba and check out the nba overtime by yellowbook and you can watch the game in 4 different camera view and you can also watch halftime at staples, the cheerleader?

    • DCLAKER

      105 Lakers – 93 Spurs,3-0,then we start sweeping.

    • joe

      Out on a limb= Kobe goes so crazy that he brings a gun and shoots duncan

    • domz

      20+ Points: Kobe, Pau.

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar.

      2+ Blocks: Lamar and Turiaf.

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha, Farmar.

      Closest To A Triple-Double*: Kobe.

      Point Margin: Lakers by 10.

      Out On A Limb: Parker and Eva will file their divorce papers.

    • domz

      This will surely be a tough game even we blew them out in the last game. Lets just maintain the composure and the DEFENSE. And we can win this game. As a strategy in road games, we gotta take a huge lead in the 1st Q (about 10-15) and hold on til the buzzer sounds. Our key tonight is our team D again. I want to see many steals and blocks from our guys.

      GOODLUCK LAKERS!!!
      BEAT SAN ANTONIO!!!

    • Mitch4Pres

      lets gooooooooo lakerssssss

    • MILO

      My keys for a Laker victory
      Kobe needs to have at least 6to8 assists to go along with his 25to30 points in order for the Lakers to come out of game 4 with a victory.Gasol needs to be very effective and draw doubles and dish out assists to a cutting LO or Vlady.It’s important for the Lakers to not fall in love with the 3 point shot like they usualy do on the road…Inside out game will get us the victory!!!GO LAKERS

    • west213

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      spurs r not the raptors to let kobe score 81 lol

    • LakersAllDay

      Darn hope im not too late. if i am its no biggie.

      20+ Points: Kobe, Lamar

      10+ Rebounds: Lamar

      2+ Blocks: Lamar

      3+ 3-Pointers: Sasha

      Closest To A Triple-Double: Kobe

      Point Margin: Lakers by 3

    • http://www.superstarbasketball.org Superstar Basketball

      Candace Parker > Tony Parker

    • Smush Walton

      What the hell is Lame-ar doing out there?

      No more than TWO dribbles! Any more than that and we are hosed. No more outside shots!

      Someone please guard Manu!

    • sammie

      It looks like Lakers will obviously lose this game 3, hopefully they will beat them in 5 or 6 games, just keep believing in this team and they can do it!

    • kPoAbUe

      Phil lemme teach you somethin u should really put ariza in the game to guard Manu okay…..

      I was so pissed he only played 2 frekin minutes

    • http://swishtheball.net sasha>stojakavic

      [Comment ID #36995 Will Be Quoted Here]ariza can really add depth to the lakers defensive length

    • Shril

      man.. Lamar and Pau need to be stronger and dunk rather than missing easy lay ins.. Gosh it was frustrating to watch them play.

    • gugy

      Damn,

      Gasol needs to be more assertive. We need to put him on serious weights training for next season. He must put at least 10 pounds of muscle on that skinny body.

      Let’s keep cool and try to steal a game on Tuesday.

      Go Lakers

    • west213

      no penetration at all, 39 half time points wtf, isent that season low?????