I really thought it was all over when Kobe caught fire. Instead, it was all David West and Chris Paul. When Kobe caught fire, the Hornets had no answer. They double teamed Kobe, but that just left our shooters wide open. The Lakers took 34 threes tonight, but made 16 of them.

The problem was that the Lakers couldn’t keep Paul out of the paint. The Lakers also sent the Hornets to the line 37 times, where they converted 33 of them.

As soon as Kobe went to the bench in the fourth — the game changed. The Lakers lost their swagger and allowed the Hornets to run all over them giving up 51% shooting on the night.

Lamar’s injury also hurt as the Lakers had no one to match the speed of David West.

Now, the bests of the night…

Top 3 Laker Performers

1) Kobe’s 39 points on 14-22 shooting kept the Lakers in it for most of the game. He also had 7 assists, and should have had more if the Lakers could shoot tonight.

2) Lamar played great in his 12 minutes, scoring 12 points and 3 assists. Hope he comes back soon!

3) While Ariza couldn’t hit a shot in the end, his hustle kept us close all night.

Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Many Lakers belong here. Vlad Rad had 3 points on 1-7 shooting. But I still don’t miss Luke.

Play of the Game: Kobe’s back-to back-to back threes in the third. Or his block with 40 seconds left.

What to Look for Next Game: A high scoring game and another Laker win in Golden State.

Ticket Info: Fans in the bay area can give me a call and I’ll see if I can put together a good deal for some road support. E-Mail me at Steve@AveryTickets.com or call 213-221-7681 and mention TLN.

Go Lakers!


    oh well

  • gugy

    sucks we lost but West and CP were too hot.


    I think Luke or LO’s passing abilities is what got us out of rythm

  • Razor Ramon

    ^not having

  • Eidraq

    fisher was std…if not pau relative to his normal games

  • fUN

    I miss luke, the offense is stagnant without his passing

  • zako

    i hate joey crawfard

  • Trifecta37

    Lakers need Luke or Odom. They keep the offense arranged and together. Having both gone leaves us with either poor D in Radman or not enough spacing/ offensive movement in halfcourt sets with Ariza. But, for some reason, I think Kobe and Pau (not Bynum, who hasn’t done crap lately) will manage.


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    Dude man I was saying that the hole hame. I f*cking hate him so bad, I mean like seriously does any player in this league like him??????? Oh my bad tim dunken does……. On the back-to-back-to-back threes by KOBE he got hacked and there were clear as sh*t, and most of all they were about 3 feet away from joey crawfard. And how many times did he blow his whistly??????? Oh yeah that is right he didn’t. crafard always f*cks games up for teams. He always does it and he just smiles about it too. David Stern, PLEASE FIRE THIS DUMB F*CK. I would rather have refs betting on the game then have crawfard ref them. But with all that said our D in the 4th was a complete joke. We let david west of all people drop 40 on us. new orleans pretty much took that shit from us. What a joke this game was. And ODOM PLEASE I MEAN PLEASE don’t be injured. I mean injuries has killed this team the past 3 years in a row. Can we have one f*cking season with out any injuries???????

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

    Why does Steve keep hating Luke…?

  • Razor Ramon

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    Did you hear about that stocker that Luke has a restraining order on??

  • Freshh

    Psu plays mediocre tomorrow, we lose

  • Dracul

    Playing against the refs, injuries to our bench, AND a super hot David West – a perfect storm against the Lakers. Oh well, one of those games, I don’t mind losing this one.

    If Odom goes down, we’ll need a trade. Farmar out at least 2 months, Luke out at least 2 weeks, and if Odom is out more than a few games, its time to ship out Mihm for someone we actually need to put in the game.


  • imfasterthanur

    Terrible officiating. How fitting to complain when we lose, I know, but it was so salient. It’s one thing when a scrub doesn’t get a call, but when someone of Kobe’s status constantly gets interrupted in his follow-through, it frustrates the living crap out of me.

    On a different note, what else could have Kobe done tonight? With farmar, Odom, and Walton hurt — and Gasol and Bynum having subpar games — it felt like the good ol’ days where Kobe would play balls-out basketball with no supporting cast.

    Oh well, Basketball is basketball. Bring on the Warriors.

  • Smush Walton

    Our so-called 3 point specialists (Vlad and Sasha) both sucked tonight. Lots of guys just could not knock down shots from the outside – Ariza, Vlad Sasha in particular.

    Someone has to keep Fisher from posting up and driving to the hoop. Too many times he is falling down and flailing away without even being touched by a defender. The refs aren’t buying that act anymore.

    Bynum seems lethargic out there. No fire – no passion.

    Too bad probably our most consistent player all year, Pau, had an off game too.

    The league office needs to review the tape of the game and some penalties should be handed out to the refs. So many times Kobe was blatently hacked and the refs had their whistles up their butts. Looks like Chris Paul is headed to being league prima donna. The word has to go out to the refs that the way he jumps into defenders to “create contact” is illegal. This sort of crap possibly led to Lamar getting hurt.

  • Smush Walton

    The League should be looking to identify substandard refs and start weeding them out.

    One procedure I would like to see tried is for each team to submit a list of say three refs who under no circumstances do they want them to work any of their games. Then the league should review the lists from all of the teams and if the same lousy refs are on a large majority of the lists, then those lousy refs should be weeded out. I bet Joe Craford would be on a large number of team

  • pancho

    I watched Lamar hurt his knee,didn’t see anyone touch him. lakers scored 24 pts in the paint vs 48 pts in the paint for the hornets. We didn’t seem to have anyone to corral west tonite. The refs,oh well it is what it is.

  • ed

    Bynum and Gasol had sh*tty games because everyone decided to shoot 3’s and not pass them the ball down low.

  • lainok

    it’s amazing how calm everyone is about losing, when the leprechans drop 5 of 7 games

  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    The refs had bad calls for BOTH teams. It was not a smooth game besides Kobe’s shootout.

  • jason

    i agree with ed..where was the inside out game..especially late..we got to jump shot happy last night i thought especially when they stopped fallin..and i normally dont bitch about the refs but they got carried away with the whistles last night and i thought it took our defensive intensity away..and everyone who bitches about odom u saw when kobe went out in the 4th how much we missed him i hope..usually odoms the one who will facilitate the offense in that situation and without him in there we looked lost..why they didnt run through gasol i dont know but they didnt…all in all just 1 loss no biggie as long as it dont become a trend.

  • MeloMamba

    shoulda kept trevor on cp3, and Pau needs to move those feet against West, Powell played good D but of course they call foul….

  • lakers2000

    We definitely got screwed by the refs!!!! The Hornets got every ticky tack call. Bull sh*t!!! Oh well, we’re still number 1. Do you think the league is trying to make the conference close to make it interesting for the play off run? I mean, come on. I could not believe my eyes. I did not want to watch anymore after the half. I predict pain in the next meeting. Did you see CP talking crap like Paul Pierce? Only the refs can beat us tonight. We will see!!!!

  • Lukes_girlfriend

    We just loss the game don’t make excuses… Bet u fans miss my man now?

  • gugy

    Can we figure out a way to ship Vlad @ss out?

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  • ShortDiezel

    Don’t blame this game on the refs.. the Lakers lost it with their defense..

    Where the hell was Pau last night? he had NO “D” on David West eventhough he has a huge height advantage, and his offense was stagnant. Didn’t he say he was lifting weights? He looks the same to me…

    And Bynum? he looks lost, timid and frustrated out there.. we gave him this lucrative contract, and now what?

  • LakersFirst

    Pau Gasol was a big reason the Lakers didn’t have enough to win this game. Where was he all game? Only 10 points and he let his man (David West) go off for 40?? Yes he had 8 boards and 5 assists, but was never really an offensive threat and he was a ghost defensively. Gasol did not show up for this game at all (probably picked up some women the night before).

    It did not help that Odom left the game (he may have played better D on West), Gasol was invisible defensively.

  • jonas hair do

    we need to stop shootin threes Especially ARIZA!

    Drive to the damn lane and see what you get.

    This game was called too much for the Hornets but we didnt lose the game cuz of JOEY Crawford

    We lost it because Pau couldnt Rebound, Bynum couldnt get going, and Defense in the paint was terrible.

  • gugy

    I am starting to wonder if Bynum is everything we thought he would be. He has been very average lately. I want to play just like he did prior to his injury.
    Pau had a bad night, but he has been the most consistent Laker so far this season. So he deserves a break.
    Vlad, I have no comments.

    I also, don’t think we lost because of the referees. We did not play D on the last quarter, Period!

    We lost, time to move on and play better next ballgame. We still in an excellent position to hold home court advantage.

  • Big Phil

    Do we need Kobe to start saying “Trade his ass” about Bynum in order to get energy and motivation out of him. What’s with the theme in drop in production after getting paid big bucks?!

    Yes, these refs sucked in the lakers-hornets game…seems like they got the memo about save CP.

  • Smush Walton

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    Better look again Pancho – he was clearly deliberately bumped into by Chris Paul. He pulled this crap all game long.