An ugly win to say the least. How do you take out a team’s star, hold them to 35% FG shooting, and ony win by 3? Ask the Lakers. It was a great first half and a very ugly second half for the Lakers. The difference in the game proved to be at the free throw line. The Lakers only missed 7 free throws compared to the 16 missed by the Rockets. Who would have thought that Yao would miss 6 free throws after the ESPN crew was bragging about his 34 consecutive coming into the game.

The turnovers continue to be a problem for the Lakers. 19 giveaways tonight to go with only 14 assists. The Lakers need to take care of the ball better. Overall, the Lakers played good defense. They particularly played Yao well holding him to 6-18 shooting. They need to get to those shooters though. The Lakers dodged several bullets in the final minute to come out with a W. I got to give the Rockets credit though. When Tmac went out, they did not give up. Instead, Bonzi led them back and they put up a great effort. Now, the bests of the night:

Top 3 Laker performers:

1) Surprise! Kobe Bryant is my number #1 again. 30 points, 8 rebs, 5 assists, 1 steal, and a monster block on Yao which made SportsCenter’s #1 play of the night.

2) Jordan Farmar sparked the Lakers second quarter with 2 big three point baskets. He also had 9 rebounds tonight. He was also one of the few Lakers that didn’t turn the ball over much.

3) Kwame Brown is a player that most of you hated after last night. Tonight, while his offense was pretty awful, his defense was simply put—AMAZING. He was bodying up Yao all night. He held arguably the best center in the league to 33% shooting. He only had 3 fouls tonight and really helped the Lakers because no double teams were needed. Way to go Kwame!

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

Luke Walton once again just wasn’t in the game tonight. He is really having trouble off the bench. 2 points on 4 shots, and 2 turnovers to go with his 3 assists. Should we be worried yet?

Key play of the game: Kobe’s block on Yao.

What to look for next game:
Look for yet another tough game. We all know how good the Pistons are. Tonight they came back from a 13 point deficit to Golden State and rallied in the 4th to win by 7. Game is Fri night on ESPN again @ 7:30 PM. (Let me know if you need tickets, have a pair of uppers and premiers left!)


    kobe is playing lights out this season. without him there worse than the sonics…. He will definetly be up there for mvp and dpoy awards this year.

  • SILO

    Play of the game:
    Kobe’s Block on Yao Ming

  • ab4sure

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    That comment disrespects the rest of the team and how could you Phantom as the “Supreme Kobe Lover” Disrespect the other lakers. Kobe values his teammates…It is about time that you Value them too.


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    I value the rest of the lakers, they are worth about as much as a 1 legged man in an a s s kicking contest…

  • SILO

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    Oh, I know why they call you the “Phantom”.

    Because the first thing people say when you appear is, “What the **** was that?”.

  • SILO


  • r3dempti0n

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    Let’s all say it together.

    Phantom is a retard.


  • r3dempti0n

    ^JK. lol

  • ab4sure

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    Like a Phantom…. your opinions have no weight.


    wow i feel like i have just been broked-backed!!! lol

  • SILO

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    Yup, but nobody has pulled out yet.
    They are still
    Quick, more penetration and

  • 5465

    the way kobe block shots in games is crazy!!!
    Phil should play kobe as a center this season

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    phantom, i am with you,
    without kobe this team is probably the worst record in nba

  • osm0nd

    lol nice unbiased opinion KOBE-wan kenobi.

  • LAnative4life

    sloppy but ill take it…

  • e

    i agree…sloppy…but you know what..kobe is indeed doing amazing this season..hope he keeps it up =)

  • drake hunter

    Kobe is blocking more shots because they don’t have any interior defense near the rim, a job Bynum is suppose to do. Get Kobe some help this season. “TRADE BYNUM”

  • myriam

    It’s better to say most of the players contribute to win d game. KObe plays exceptional, hope to see the best of him this season. Go Lakers!

  • domidomdomz

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    yeah Kobe is the beast!!!! T-Mac is no star!!!!

  • joninjapan

    phantom, one legged man in a butt kicking contest

    funny stuff

  • ab4sure

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    So you know that feeling??? I’ll be sure not to use any brokeback jokes on you….LOL


    [Comment ID #17141 Will Be Quoted Here]

    i sure do you want to go camping with me. i promise it will only be a 1 time shot…lol

  • Michael_23

    Hey funny thought, you guys think Smush Parker is one the reasons the Miami Heat has a pathetic record right now? Riley just dug his own grave.

  • MILO

    Of topic, im not or want to sound like a chauvinist but if that stupid b!tch from ESPN did not uderstand the term penetration when it comes to basketball and how Phil related it to brokeback mountain then she does not belong in the field of sports.I found the joke to be harmless…

  • mp


    did anyone see bynum yelling at phil when he got benched after an airball with time running down…then when mihm was facialized by a bonzi wells layup…bynum jumped out of the bench and yelled something like,” I FFFF—IIIINNNNGGG TOLD YOU, I TOLD YOU!!!!!!!”

    bad and good …shows fire but, he’s trying to show up a hall of fame coach and although he’s on the rise he’s still a 20 year old kid who hasn’t accomplished much yet…he needs to respect phil more.


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    as long as bynum shows something out there thats fine with me. he plays so non-chalant, it drives me crazy. “SHOW SOMETHING AND SHOW IT NOW” ‘bryant 07′

  • ab4sure

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    I think I will avoid you like the plague now. Why don’t you go join 2 girls and one cup????….I think they are looking for a threesome…..LMAO

  • E-ROC

    Kobe won’t win an mvp because the writers and whoever else votes, don’t like him. He doesn’t play ”team” b-ball and blah blah blah. If he didn’t win averaging 35.5.5, I doubt he wins it being a ”team” player. I hope Bryant does when the DPOY this year. He has been playing lights on that end. Just ask McGrady and whoever elsethat went up against him.

    By the way, Kobe still needs help. Getting rid of Evans, Cook, and Vujacic would be a start. Playing Critt would help too. The Lakers should trade for Gerald Green or Dorell Wright. They really need a defensve big who loves to play it like Okafor.

  • Tim-4-Show

    Here’s the thing about Kwame that I find perplexing… he plays good defense, but are his contributions overshadowed by his shortcomings?

    Here’s the thing, he played Duncan well, but the moment he stepped onto the court, our team went on a horrendous streak and went down by 18. Kwame’s lenovo stat reflected this.

    Last night, we were up by 17 when Kwame came in, and when Bynum returned, the game was pretty much tied up. Kwame’s Lenovo stat last night was only -5, and that’s an improvement from the Spurs game. Some of that was made up in the 4th also.

    Contrast that with Bynum’s Lenovo stat of +10. I realize some of this has to do with who else is on the floor, both on our team and the other team, but it’s not like this is happening all in garbage time, it’s in crucial minutes.

    Kwame, for example, blocked Yao’s shot and then stood there all happy with himself. Meanwhile, Yao grabbed the ball and took it hard to the hoop, 2pts. Kwame would defend well and then give up a rebound on many possessions. Kwame would defend well and then turnover the ball on the other end. There’s more to this than JUST playing defense, some of the other skills have to be executed as well.

    All in all I think Kwame has been playing better, but I wouldn’t be so quick to thank him for his services, since he’s been bringing a negative lenovo lately.

  • Steve Avery

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    Great analysis. I am still not convinced Kwame is the one to blame. What do you think the result would have been last night if Kwame did not play? I feel it would have been worse. Mihm would get more PT and hes been awful. The Lakers don’t have a problem on offense, its the defense that kills them. Therefore I am all for putting out defensive players. But you make a great point with good support behind it. I just think it’s completely unfair to put the last 2 games on Kwame when the Lakers turn the ball over 12 times in a quarter.

  • Tim-4-Show

    I don’t want to be misunderstood… we NEED Kwame. He has his bright spots. I’m just saying he really needs to work on his rebounding in particular. If he can just play solid D the whole time + grab boards (such as Ronny), then he’s everything we can expect from him. If he could ever find a way to be nuetral on offense (primarily by cutting down on TOs) then he’d be a star in my book. He has the ability, I just want to see him develop that ability.

    I’m not putting it ALL on Kwame, for crying out loud it takes more than just him. All I’m saying is, we’re praising him, which is good, but he has a lot of room for improvement as well. Let’s not give him a free pass.

    What’s with Walton? Man that D on Bonzi was just ridiculous.

    We’ve got a long ways to go as a team. We have some good components, but it just needs to come together better. This is about what I thought we’d see, a little slow out of the gates and hopefully we pick it up as the season rolls on.

    Farmar is making a lot of mistakes out there, but that’s actually a GOOD thing at this point in the season for the reasons I outlined above. Once this team really starts coming together, Farmar will have learned from all those mistakes and we’ll be that much tougher to beat. I just want to see Kwame improve as well, that’s all.

  • Steve Avery

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    Very true. Kwame can improve and hopefully will. As for Luke, he had a great block on Bonzi, but for most of the game he was getting beat off the dribble. Bonzi was getting into the paint with ease all night. I think you nailed it with Farmar.

  • Michael_23

    I think the coaching staff and Kwame has come to realization this year that Kwame cannot score on the low block. He has not post up game. He doesn’t have a lot to provide on offense. His points are coming from moving his feet and getting open for a dunk or layup.

    He makes up for this on the defensive end. Steals, blocks, annoying the opposing center is something Kwame is credited for. But when a guard throws a gentle pass to Kwame on the post up half the time he fumbles it. Doh!

  • Ignard

    I keep telling people that Luke Walton doesn’t show up for big games. If the Lakers are playing one of the top teams in the league, you can be sure Luke will have a bad game, just watch Friday.

  • mr47

    I honestly thought Lamar should’ve been smushed. He looked like he should have looked in his first game back. He couldn’t dribble the ball, he was whining about fouls that weren’t there, he turned the ball over, missed shots, and didn’t look like our 2nd best player. Give me a break Lamar, when will he stop shifting between good and mediocre? Jesus Christ.

  • LytesOut

    I have two tickets to the game vs the pistons tomorrow. Sec 304 Row 15. $25 per ticket. Anyone interested?

  • mr47

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  • Kwame-Watch

    About Kwame, one thing I noticed he does really well is using his body when rebounding and defending. He boxes out very well in offensive and defensive rebounds. This is something that Bynum should learn from him. Kwame doesn’t just jump for rebounds. He pushes other guys away from the ball. If he doesn’t get the rebound, his teammates should. Isn’t this ‘How To Rebound 101’?