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

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73 points off the bench? The Lakers scored 106 points with the leading scorer only at 18? The Lakers forced 19 turnovers and held Chicago to under 35% FG’s? The Lakers had 21 turnovers again, and won? Believe it or not, that was the case tonight.

Another great effort by this young Lakers team. The Lakers outrebounded Ben Wallace and company 51 to 38, including 15 offensive rebounds. That’s 38 offensive rebounds over the last 2 games.

It was just a great game to watch if you were a Lakers fan. The only downer was Kwame’s early injury. The X-ray was negative so let’s hope we can get him back soon.

The Lakers rotated much better defensively than earlier on in the season. Despite the 28 point win, the Lakers need to find a way to stop the careless turnovers–21 is simply unacceptable. To help counter it, the Lakers took care of their free-throws, sinking 26 of 29. Now, the bests of the night:

Top 3 Laker performers:

1) Jordan Farmar led the Lakers to a 16-0 run in the third quarter to end a Bulls run that cut the lead to three. Farmar’s line tonight was 14 points on 5-7 shooting, 4 rebounds, 8 assists, and 3 steals. This kid is getting better every night. Only downer was his 3 turnovers.

2) Andrew Bynum once again makes my top 3. In 31 minutes tonight, he made sure no Laker fan missed Kwame. He put up 14 points and 10 rebounds. It seems the only shots he misses are when he gets blocked. Bynum does need to take care of the ball better. 4 turnovers is too much for a center.

3) While many other Lakers played great tonight, Luke Walton broke out of his slump. He put up 10 points on 4 shots. He also had 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and only 1 turnover. Great game Luke!

Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest):

Brian Cook was unimpressive in his second start. He made some good hustle plays, but he was by far the worst of the Lakers tonight. 0 points on 3 shots, 5 rebounds, 1 assists, and a turnover.

Key play of the game: Odom to Luke. Luke under the legs to Farmar. Farmar wrap around pass to Mihm. One handed Slaaaaaam Dunk by Mihm!!!

What to look for next game: Look for the Lakers to keep on rolling! Let’s make it 4 in a row! Game is Tues night @ 4:00 PM. (Game might be delayed)

  • gugy

    good game,
    congrats for the Lakers again.

    I hope Kwame comes back from his injury soon. Great job for the 2nd unit. Keep the good job guys and Pleaseeeeeeeeee! stay healthy.

  • ricky

    jordan farmar and andrew bynum are my 2 favorite players on the roster right now, yes even more so than kobe. kobe is kobe, he can bring it each and every night at will, but to see the lakers future point guard and center come off the bench and play as hard as they do, its very impressive and inspiring. each spectacular dunk or rebound by bynum or each pass or layup by farmar just takes my breath away because they are progressing at such a good rate and its just amazing! =]

  • drake hunter

    see kwame gets hurt and we go on a roll, kwame is the reason why we can’t get in any kind of consistent runs,With him out it gives Bynum, Mims, and Turiaf(when he gets back) more time on the floor. Woo hoo go lakers

  • http://cokespill.com/english/band/jonny.html joninjapan

    farmar atoned for the bone headed play at the end of the fist quarter allright haha

  • Soysauce43

    damn that play of the day was so sexy. it made the nbatv top 10 as #1

  • Ignard

    I don’t know if you guys notice this, but i’ve noticed that Drew gets mad when he doesn’t get the rebounds, check him out the next game. I like to see that from the kid.

  • keep24

    Kobe should have raised hell in the summer of 2005. For the last 8 years this has been Kobe’s team. If only he was a bit more mature he could have had a few more rings with the Lakers.

    And, no, I don’t mean more rings with Shaq. The best move the Lakers ever made was trading Shaq. Look at Miami – yeah, he really is worth $20 mil, isn’t he. Too bad we got nothing in return.

    Keep lighting that fire under their soft bellies, KB24!

    Phil Jackson should have raised hell long before KB.

  • Rpoc

    Calling out JoJoEnglish94Bulls4ever, calling out JoJoEnglish94Bulls4ever!!!

    This “Knicks-like” team’s bench just dropped 73 points on yo fraking sorry ass team!

    In fact, that Trulls team out there look very dare I say…. Knick-esque. Good times to be a Trulls fan.

  • LakerFan24

    Hey i dont know if its just me but who else feels happy that Kwame is injured, i mean honestly the guy sucks ass, i wanna see Andrew play more, and look at Farmar, wowwww, and this guy came from LA how bomb is that. Love the fact that Fish is back, they should have never let him go in the first place. And Kobe? Im glad were at game ten and Kobe hasnt had to bust out yet. Keep the energy for the playoffs, were gonna need it for the west. Who else feels another three championship seasons coming up? WE BELIEVE!!! WE BELIEVE!!!

  • Jack

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    ok. ok. I do beleive. I beleive everytime. Keep up LAL.

  • http://southernxposuremodels.com Ahmed

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    Kwame may not be the best offensive or greatest basketball IQ person on the team but thats not what Kwame is for. His rebounding and solid defense are invaluable. Without Kwame, Yao Ming kills us all day same with Tim Duncan and some of the other top low post players. I’m not a Kwame fan but I will admit his strength in the post helps the Lakers just as much as any other role player on the team. He may not be as noteable as Ben Wallace but he provides that same thing for us as Ben does. Stronf Defense and rebounds. I could care less about points ust wish those hands would get better.

  • Nabil

    I haven’t liked Kwame Brown since he got here. He plays like he’s high. He is like Bizarro K.G. Except K.G. doesn’t have any weaknesses, so unfortunately that leaves Kwame with no strengths. That said, I still don’t like it when guys are getting hurt out there. Even Suns…(okay the evil dude on my left shoulder gets excited to read injury reports on rival teams).

    The one good thing that will hopefully come out of this is the Lakers front office can finally see just how expendable Kwame is! We are in a situation in which winning NOW is more important then next year, more important then holding on to Kwame and his expiring contract. However, for teams looking for cap room in the offseason, it would be smart to trade for Kwame. Kwame for Artest?!?! Or, buy out his contract and use the cap room to sign Chris Webber?! What the hell should we do with Kwame Kancer? Getting rid of Smush has paid off big time. Now we need to get rid of Kwame and Cook and get players out there that we can actually get behind.

  • lakerfan81

    Kwame is the best low post defender the Lakers have. His defense on Yao was invaluable on both of those games. he also played great D against Duncan in the game we lost. The problem though is that Kwame is completely lost on the offensive end. When they throw him the ball when hes in the post while playing triangle it doesn’t kills the ball movement because he is a complete non-factor. I think he would be better if he was playing along side a PF that could score, Ronnie helps because he is such a good passer but doesn’t really have any low post moves.

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    CHECK THIS OUT:

    Yahoo sports: Los Angeles blew the game open by scoring 18 straight points to finish the third quarter and start the fourth for an 81-60 lead with 9:45 remaining. All 18 points were scored by reserves.

    The Bulls weren’t closer than 15 points after that, and suffered their most lopsided loss ever to the Lakers. The previous record margin was 27 points in 1968.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/recap;_ylt=ArtzQX9M7ng1HtRg5m8PVxi8vLYF?gid=2007111813
    :) :) :)

  • ab4sure

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    We got little in return because it was a firesale for Shaq. Why did we have to trade Shaq so fast?? because kobe would not have resigned with the lakers… remember he resigned the day after the Shaq trade. If the FO had more time a better deal could have been worked out. And I don’t think kobe is lighting a fighter under the other laker players, they are doing well in spite of kobe. Stop groveling to kobe, this only perpetuates in egotistical ways. If kobe had his way, Bynum would have been traded and the lakers would have regretted that for the next 15 yrs.

  • ab4sure

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    I hope it is just you.

  • LakerNation1

    yeah, i dont wish injuries on anyone, regardless of how bad a player they are. and im with a lot of people when they say kwame isnt the best at offense but he does some good with the D

  • MILO

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    Yea i caught on to that as well!

  • MILO

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    i think it was against Lamar when he got mad he needs to grow up!!!

  • JoJoEnglish94Bulls4ever

    Oh here I am and yes I still think the Lakers suck and so do the Bulls. If you think Jordan Farmar and Andrew Bynum are going to lead LA to a title your crazy! Big deal the Lakers are overachieving. I just thought the Bulls folded some whatever reason. They quit which is something this team has done all season.

    Yeah I see it ass ok Kobe says their teams sucks at the begining of the season. So the team comes out with nothing to loose and then they say hey this is great and have no pressure to win because everyone hinks they suck. Then they get a nice playoff seed(if they can keep this up) Which I don’t think they have played anyone yet. They get the playoff seeding and the people put pressure and expectations on them. Thats when you expect Jordan Farmar to play like this forever and then he can’t live up to it and then reality sets in and you know you suck forever.

    As for the Bulls the opposite has happened they had really high expectations that they can’t live up to and now their city wants them shipped out.

    So don’t read into the Lakers early success as like this new found hope and they going to take the league by storm. I don’t think alot of teams are scared of Chris Mihm. Sorry. Big deal you guys can shoot the 3 ball alot. You can’t live by that. Trust me the Bulls know that.

  • SILO

    Kwame being out for the next three games or so is going to effect the Lakers defense hard. Kwame usually would have guarded JO, Bogut, and KG for the next three games, considering he is our best low post defender and the only one with a body big enough to hold them down. Hopefully Ronny will return for this road trip, lord know we are gonna need the big men to step up and hold their ground.

    With, LO, Bynum, and Mihm as are only reliable big men now, this no long becomes a one on one defense scheme. Expect alot of help d now from the lakers unless they can hold their ground. It would be a blessing if Bynum could play great solid post d and not get into foul trouble but the last thing we want to do is over play him. Mihm will have to pick up some major defense slack and Bynum will pick the Offense.

  • http://myspace.com/lakersdynasty999 Steve Avery

    dont forget ronny…

  • SILO

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    I didnt forget him. I just wasnt sure if he was going to play during the road trip. If he does, i cant wait for KG to go against Bynum and Ronny.

  • DCLAKER

    CAN’T WAIT’TIL WE PLAY INDY(‘cuz of J.Oneal)and CELTICS(A RIVALRY RENEWED).Jermaine will probably,by accident,put Odom’s jersey on and then realize “Back to life,Back to reality”.

  • Rpoc

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    Pffthahahahaha. The trulls took more 3s in this game.

    Listen, those comments from Nash about how the trulls are the best team they faced thus far (irony) and Kobe that they are starting slow are out of PITY. Pity. You should be embarrassed to have such comments.

    Take some valium.

  • Michael_23

    If this was the 1993 Bulls then we can trade Kobe.

    … For Michael Jordan.