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

Welcome back, Lakers Nation! A great start to a promising Lakers season.

The Lakers took care of the young Blazers pretty easily tonight with a 96-76 win at Home. The two things that impressed me the most tonight were…

1) The Lakers depth — This team is deep… very deep. With Lamar, Ariza, and Farmar off the bench, this team doesn’t lose a beat. In fact, they might even be better than some of the starters on this team.

2) The defense. The Lakers were everywhere tonight, challenging shots, deflecting passes and blocking shots. The Blazers were held under 35% shooting tonight.

The Lakers really made the Blazers look young and inexperienced tonight. Every Laker did their part to lead us to this nice victory to begin the season. The much anticipated Bynum vs. Oden matchup became a dud, but there will be many more to look forward to.

Now, the bests of the night…

Top 3 Laker Performers -

1) Trevor Ariza did it all tonight off the bench. He hit threes, slam dunks, blocks, and great defense. Great game, Trevor!

2) Kobe played great as well. Had a slow start, but dominated the second half. 23 points, 11 boards, 5 assists. He does need to work on those 5 turnovers.

3) Pau dominated the first half and finished with 15 points and 7 boards in only 33 minutes. The Blazers had no answers to him early.

Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): As bad as Bynum looked early, he stepped up in the second half. Luke however has fallen all the way to garbage time forcing up bad shots. Luke is my STD.

Play of the Game: Ariza’s posterizing.

What to Look for Next Game: Look for the Lakers to blow out the Clippers. Why, because we are that good.

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Go Lakers!

  • http://jamieinsider.celebuzz.com Jamie Spears Insider

    Meh. I don’t know if Luke will get any significant playing time this season. The bench is just too deep.

  • domz

    Hmmm..I hope there would be a team which will be willing to get Luke. Oh man, I am Wishfully thinking.

  • the ape

    i agree with luke being the std. he looked terrible out there – awkward. with trevor playing that well (and i have a feeling he will be pretty consistent), luke becomes totally expendable.

  • Michael_23

    Man, I was upset at TNT airing the Boston game over the Laker game. Missed the first 3 minutes. Opening night is something to always look forward to. Glad the Lakers pounded the Blazers tonight. But I feel bad for their big fella. Hope Greg Oden is just only a week or two away from playing again.

    Tonight is a good example on why we wont see Bynum score 20 points a night. There are too many scorers on this deep team. He’ll fill it up on some nights. He’ll make up for it against Chris Kaman tomorrow, heheheh.

  • domz

    Good Job and Kudos to our great team. I am looking forward for them to having the same effort and energy the whole season and the post-season. GO LAKERS!!!

  • http://TheVerveNerve.com Billy Kupchak

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    LET’S GO LAKERS, LET’S GO! :cool:

  • Michael_23

    But Luke is better than Kwame right? = ) Give the dude some love.

  • daboss1849

    Change the STD to LTD. Luke of the day. With this team other than Mimh getting it occasionally, Luke will win it 90% of the time… Great win Lakers, tonight we start the next dynasty…

  • Dave

    Please use this phrase whenever referring to Luke: “Yeah, but he’s still recovering from that recent previous injury / surgery / disturbance in the Force. Just wait until he’s healthy, blah blah blah, yadda yadda.”

  • gmikan99

    (F)Luke Walton=DNP-CD

  • Smush Walton

    Luke will be our STY (Smush of the Year). What a shame we are stuck with this zero for five more years! Talk about a waste of money!

    He should consider working full time in his restaurant.

  • AndrewT

    Naw, I think Luke will turn it around once he gets his timing back. I’m more concerned about Bynum, since he’s one of our “big three”. You could see the way he sulked on the bench after being frustrated early.

    I think Bynum and Luke will turn it around. But Bynum should work on acquiring some more finesse (a go to shot) instead of relying on alley-oops and powering up all the time. More head & pump fakes, jab steps, and possibly that unstoppable Duncan bank shot.

  • http://thelakersnation.com/blog jonny

    we’ve a much better shot of going 82-0 this year :D

  • Drake Hunter

    If I were Luke, I would go buy a seat cushion because he’s going to be riding the pine all year long. I guess we still have Coby Karl on the team this year after all only this version costs us millions that we could easily use to sign Bynum or Ariza next year. He doesn’t know it but when he enters a game, people are saying Fluke instead of Luke! This guy is a bum and dude, you stole millions of dollars from us, the least you can do is get a haircut and at least try to look clean cut sitting on the bench.

  • Drake Hunter

    One thing I really love about this website is when we hate someone on the team and think they really suck azz, almost everyone on this website agrees and the bashing continues forever until that player is gone. That’s the only thing I miss about Kwame Brown. I enjoyed making fun of him so much when he was with the Lakers. Let the tradition continue with Mop Head while he’s still with us. If we can somehow convince anyone in the league that Luke can be a playmaker and is a team player, we can rid ourselves of his whack azz contract. What I propose is trading him to Sacramento for Kenny Thomas and his bad contract and if need be we can throw in Mihm also so the numbers work. That way we can eat Kenny’s contract this year and then use him as trade bait next summer as an expiring contract. That way we’ll only be on the hook for 2 year at worst rather than 4 years with Luke’s contract.

  • Drake Hunter

    One more thing to note before I go to bed, I didn’t reference the game. The Lakers proved that they are just too good and deep with so many weapons. Their defense was outstanding and their offense was as smooth as my behind after I take a shower. I also wanted to say that Lamar’s pass to Sasha when he wasn’t even in the game was classic Odomesque. I think this guy is stoned 16 hours out of the day. It was better than Odom walking on to the court while in bounding the ball at the same time.

  • e

    great game..kobe gave me hope again..this lakers team made everything happen tonight..now its time to keep it all up

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    Oh c’mon you can’t blame anything on player who just entered 2 minutes :-)

  • Andrew Rafner

    the Mike Damone of TLN: Steve Avery!

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    Today’s game shows me how flat fooded Bynum is and how slow he really is to react around the basket. I think this match up really messed with his confidence. Good thing to see him work on defense (3 blks) when his offense isn’t there (8 points). As far as his lack of speed, he should get w/ Rocky and start chasing chickens to increase his speed.

  • T.A.

    Was it just me or did the lakers look like they were in midseason form last night??

    WOW!! This team looked as good as I have ever seen a team look on opening night

  • demon432

    damn them lakers looked great last night. how about some love for mah boy vladdy?? this fool looks like he’s in great shape and was intercepting passes like it was no one’s business..

  • mp or mplakers

    SOOOOOOOOO NICE TO SEE A REAL GAME FINALLY. I THINK I HAD ENOUGH OF FOOTBALL FOR A LITTLE WHILE….LET’S GOOOOO LAKKKKERRRRSSSSSSSS

  • berks24

    play of the game……..

    odumb’s no look pass to sasha to th bench…hahaha funny!just made my day!

    nba record holder.
    pass on the referee
    inbound inside the court
    now pass to sasha

    who do you think can beet that record?

  • rhyan

    nobody!
    and he can be on HOS
    Hall Of Shame!

  • Russ Ahi

    I like how we played last night…

    our bench is DEEEEPP..i mean, our bench is better than some NBA teams’ starting line-up…(very true)…

    anyways, i like our defensive intensity, i just hope we don’t forget about our defense once playoff time comes…

    other than that, we’re doin great

    There’s no reason we can’t start the season with a 10-0 start (possibly 20-0)…

    im not sure if we can go 72-10, but there’s no reason we cant win 60 games if everyone stays healthy…i mean, we’re stacked…people keep saying houston, new orleans, utah, or boston…but c’mon…out of all those teams, we’re the only team that ACTUALLY got better…

    just because new orleans got posey, doesn’t make them an automatic championship team..that guy is overrated. The Lakers TRULY got better and they’re the only ones with a chip on their shoulder. They want revenge for losing in the playoffs.

    The celtics might say “we’re still hungry for a championship”, but how hungry will they be if they’re trailing to the Atlanta Hawks or Cavaliers in the playoffs next year?? They’ve done what they were asked to do…I really don’t see them having that intensity for the entire season again.

    LAKERS ARE GOING ALL THE WAY

    WE WONT BE SATISFIED WITH JUST A WESTERN CONF. CHAMPIONSHIP

    LAKERS = NBA CHAMPS 08-09

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    The way I see it, our starters are great. Our bench is good enough to start for any other team. Drop either Bynum or Pau on the bench and they would be good enough to start for Los Angeles. We are DEEP. We are on schedule to go 82-0 =p

  • http://TheVerveNerve.com Billy Kupchak

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    LET’S GO VLADI DADI, LET’S GO! :cool:

  • http://www.myspace.com/androsaysitsok androsays

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    haha seriously, i didn’t think he could beat his little inbounds mistake, but he did with an assist to a bench player haha

    but it’s all good, no hard feelings when we destroy a possible playoff contender by 20

  • Ignard

    The STD of last nights game wasn’t Luke it was Drew and you guys know it. 4-10 from the field with ONLY 3 rebounds. Oden only played 13 minutes and still out rebounded Drew. Luke only played two and a half minutes and took only one shot. Don’t get me wrong Drew is the man and did some good things but he had the worst game on the team last night.

  • aggressive expansion

    i’ve been a laker fan since i was in the womb… and i know a championshp team when i see you, and this is a championship team. the depth of this team looks freakin’ scary. kenny said it best last night, this team has every position covered, twice!

  • DCLAKER

    HOW’BOUTDEMLAKERS.com,not best game they’ve played but if not their best…well,Clippers,I guest you’ll be the next victim.

    Turnovers,especially the ones where they’re trying to alley -oop to Bynum and Ariza in TRAFFIC,stop it,please and you’ll win consistently by 20 a game.

    Defensively…they’re tough enough.

  • Daryl Imhoff

    Finally, the season has begun! It’s only one game but the Lakers’ defense looked greatly improved! It’s a long season before the play offs. Lets pray the Lakers stay healthy.

  • http://TheVerveNerve.com Billy Kupchak

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    hmm.. how come no one is blaming The Machine for being an idiot & standing up off the bench?

  • DCLAKER

    Drake Hunter gets my vote for “Best Comments”,especially about Luke,LMAO….FLUUUUUUUUUUKE,instead of Luke,CLASSIC,my brotha.

    I glad everyone’s excited…it really is OUR TIME LAKERNATION.

  • mr.laker19

    As much as I think Luke should be traded, if Luke is your 11th guy off the bench, you are a REALLY good team. After watching tonights game, my optimism is growing by the second. Even though I was empressed by all the guys that played last night and I can say that with a pretty straight face, the guy that impressed me the most by far is Vlad Rad. He literally did everything we need him to do and more. Did I see him run the floor for a break away dunk? Did I see him pick somebody’s pocket clean and then start the fast break? I couldn’t have, but If I did, these Lakers could have a record breaking season. But thats just my optimism

  • Brian

    the lakers looked great in the season opener. we completely outplayed them. it was like a varsity team vs a jv team. kobe did his thing (what’s a suprise here?) and gave us a reminder of who the best player in the planet is. for selfish reasons, i hope pau play as well as he did tonight (i have him in my fantasy team) and that he will continue to be 2nd option on the offense. even though bynum didn’t have the greatest game, his presence on the floor was huge as it created easy baskets for other players. having 2 7footers is just too much even if one of them are not having a good game. i don’t mind that luke is no longer a vital part of our rotation. his lack of speed and quickness slow us down too much on the offensive end. in other words, he doesn’t fit in our system. for his own good, i hope we trade him for a player who could actually help us day in and day out. i honestly don’t know which position we should week for because we honestly have no weakness in every position thanks to our bench players. the lakers are STACKED. if we play with the same intensity as we did yesterday, i can’t see us winning less than 60 games in the season.

    lets go for single digit in the loss column!!!!

  • http://swishtheball.net corey thomas

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    a team that needs intangibles

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  • ab4sure

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    Please, if you think about all factors consider Walton had a very good year two years ago. Last year he was playing injured though he didn’t make a big deal of it. He is still a serviceable bench player. And you still are a bad judge of talent. So yes it is fashionable to bash Luke on this site and he will probably not get alot of time off the bench due to how deep it is. But Remember how bad you judged Bynum’s talent before you make more judgements about Lukes injured last year.

  • Paul

    I want Kobe to get an average of 10 assists per game, it’ll give him a better chance at MVP :).

  • John

    my std would have to be drew. 8 pts 3 reb 3 blks 5 fouls.. and looked very intimidated against old man oden. im a big fan of him but giving him credit for picking it up in the 2nd half (garbage time) doesnt make sense. he played 28 mins and luke played 3.. std’s should have actually played more than 10 mins and not during garbage time.. anyways back to my point. drew looked slow and sluggish. and even gassed. there were a couple times when he jogged down the court when everyone else was up waiting for him to start the offense. so my std would be bynum.