If the 2010 NBA Finals were the Land of Missed Opportunities, the Lakers would reign supreme. After a harrowing 4th quarter performance by Derek Fisher to win Game 3, they led by 8 points in the third quarter in Game 4, then allowed Boston’s bench to outplay them to tie the series 2-2.

After trailing by double digits (actually, trailing most of the time in tonight’s Game 5), Kobe Bryant put in a 19-point 3rd quarter, and the Lakers got within five with just under two minutes left in the fourth quarter and what did they do? They failed to box out for rebounds, faltered on defense and allowed uncontested lay-ups, not to mention missed crunch time free throws. They’ve missed two chances to put themselves in a favorable position before the trip back to L.A.

Down 3-2, the Lakers have only themselves to blame.

It was like déjà vu. Bryant tried to do everything (38 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists) and the Celtics tried everything to stop him.

Pau Gasol, too much for the Celtics to handle early in the series, has been spooked back into ineffectiveness (12 points on 5-12 and, despite collecting 12 rebounds, had three of his own shots blocked, one by 6’4” Tony Allen). Lamar Odom, again, doing his best impression of Lamar Odom (8 points on 4-6, 8 rebounds) — has been waiting for the opportunity to make a difference, rather than seizing it. Andrew Bynum, for all the determination and mental toughness he has shown by playing through his injury, is still limited physically (6 points, 1 rebound).

All that talk before this series about how much they had changed; all that swagger they brought into Game 1 when they pounded the Celtics; all the wonder and hope of Artest pushing Paul Pierce into offensive oblivion — it was all amiss tonight. The Celtics shot 56% from the field and the Lakers shot 40% (at one point in the first quarter, the Lakers shot 29%!). The Celtics only got to the charity stripe 13 times, half of the opportunities the Lakers received. The Celtics were 9-13, the Lakers were 17-26. Nine missed free throws, a six-point loss.

The team that won the rebounding war has won every game in this series. This evening, the Lakers were only out-rebounded by one, 35-34, but it appeared to be a much greater differential. The energy and hustle was all Celtics tonight, as were the sense of urgency and pride.

Kobe Bryant said at the podium that he’d already forgotten about the loss, which is probably a good idea considering there wasn’t much good to glean from such a poorly-played game by the Lakers, even despite his 19-point effort in the third quarter.

Phil Jackson cited the team’s attitude in the locker room as “upbeat.” Maybe the Lakers are just happy to be heading home, despite being down 3-2. Maybe they’ve been reminded of how difficult this series would be to win and are confident about Game 6. Maybe they’ve gotten a renewed sense of motivation.

How much more motivation do the Lakers need to win Game 6 and force a Game 7? Forget the memory of losing by 39 points in 2008. Forget the images of Kevin Garnett pounding his chest, Nate Robinson taunting after every single basket, Paul Pierce acting his way into more free throws, Doc Rivers sitting at the podium and complaining about the officiating and forget the classless fan in the stands who threw something at Lamar Odom as Kobe shot free throws. Forget all these memories that have come and gone.

Down 3-2, with their hated rivals one win away from a championship, the Lakers are on the defensive. To get what they want, they have to prevent the Celtics from getting what they want first. Otherwise, the disappointment and heartache caused by the celebration on the parquet floor in 2008 won’t compare to the horror of a green party at Staples Center. If that’s not an image what could motivate this Lakers team (and every supporter of the Purple and Gold), I don’t know what would.

So rally up, Lakers Nation! This is no time to get discouraged. Lakers in 7 begins Tuesday.

Pre-Game Thoughts: Andrew Bynum is as tough mentally, and hopefully, physically. Let’s hope the rest of his teammates are on the same wavelength (cough, Lamar Odom, cough).

Half-Time Thoughts: This Lakers team looks anything but a team who wants to win a championship. In fact, they look exactly like the team who lost it in 2008. Kobe can’t get a shot up, Pau isn’t rebounding, defending or scoring and they just don’t look ready to play tonight. 39-45 Celtics lead.

Most Thoughtless Player(s) of the Game: Pau Gasol, for reverting back to his 2008 form, just as the Celtics hoped for, and Ron Artest for failing to do what he’s been asked to do –play defense.

Most Thought-filled Player(s) of the Game: Kobe Bryant, for scoring 19 points in the 3rd quarter to keep his team in the game. No one else seemed to want the responsibility. Why shouldn’t he try to shoulder the load…AGAIN?

  • lakerman34

    Clear the first 3 rows at Staples! Die hards allowed ONLY!

    • blacklion

      Yes no stars besides jack only die hard fans!

    • WatWudChickSay? (WWCS)

      Face it, Pau and Lamar are SOFT.
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      Period.
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      Perhaps playing at home will help, but I worry they’ve been so intimidated by Garnett and Perkins that they will never snap out of it.
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      Lamar should be embarrassed. And traded.
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  • http://www.youtube.com/michaelperez8882 Michael Perez

    as a HUGE laker fan, F*CK the LAKERS!
    They didn’t show GRIT, PASSION nor HUSTLE or DESIRE.
    good game Celtics, they deserved to win this one.
    WAKE UP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!

    Yours Truly,

    pissed off Laker Fan

    • alcuevas

      I’m so with you.

    • http://www.kaley-cuoco.info Jack / Kaley-Cuoco.info

      I am officially PISSED OFF at the Lakers. I’m a big fan but how can the team not play with desire and passion at this point in the series. Aside from Kobe, I get the feeling that the rest of the team is afraid, and disinterested. WAKE UP LAKERS! I did not reschedule work on Sunday night to watch a team not work their butts off on defense. What is up with giving Boston endless lay ups! Additionally, Kobe is hurt (ankle), and Bynum is hurt (knee). Just by those two injuries, they should have known that they had to win the series fast (with urgency)! Where is the urgency? Did they already forget the loss in 2008? I did not reschedule work days, and exam studying nights all year to see the Lakers not give it their all. Come on Lakers!

  • http://ggggggggggggg scrub

    ONE ON FIVE BASKETBALL KOBE PLAYING THE CELTICS THE REST OF THESE GUYS ARE PUNKED BY THE PHYSCIAL PLAY OF BOSTON THEY NEED TO GET RID OF ARTEST, ODOM, FARMAR, AND SLAP GASOL FOR PLAYING LIKE A GIRL

  • Wilt

    THIS IS PISSED OFF LAKER FAN NUMBER 5 MILLION TO PHIL JACKSON FLIP OFF ODOM PAU ARTEST AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYBODY ELSE BESIDES KOBE AND FISH!!!!!!!!!! TELL ODOM AND PAU TO PLAY LIKE THEY DID IN THE REGULAR SEASON AND TELL RON THAT HE NEEDS TO PLAY LIKE HE DID LAST YEAR IF ANY OTHERS BESIDES KOBE AND FISH WANT TO WIN THIS THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP THE FAITH LAKER FANS DONT STOP BELIEVIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Wilt

      POSITIVE WAY TO LOOK AT THIS: LAST GAMES ON HOME COURT, PHIL JACKSONS RECORD AFTER WINNING GAME 1 (IF U R A STAT GUY) AND HOPEFULLY EVERYBODY BESIDES KOBE AND FISH GET THE MESSAGE TO PLAY THE GAME FOR ONCE.

      NEGATIVE WAY: MOMENTUM AND THE FACT THAT BOSTON IS A VERY GOOD ROAD TEAM

      • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

        Not to reign on your parade but, if you want to talk stats too, when The Celtics were up 3-2, in The Finals, they are 11-0.
        Stat vs. Stat. Who wins??

        • Wilt

          ANYTHING IS POSSIBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

          *sigh* I sure hope so.

          • Wilt

            WE ALL DO MY BROTHER IM PRAYIN
            TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER FOR
            ANOTHER MIRACLE.
            KEEP THE FAITH ALIVE LAKERSNATION
            IT AINT OVER TILL ONE TEAM HAS 4 WINS

  • KOSS

    LAKERS in 7 MAN… its all good.

    Imma Laker since 1988, I know whut i’m saying.

    KEEP THE FAITH….

    • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

      LOL, you are a long time fan. Good, but, this is a different team from your Showtime Era. I’m 15 and I only know “Kobe Era” but this series has been disappointing as a Laker fan and as an avid sports fan.
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      We ALL wanted a game 7. Lakers need to go get it.

      • NBAmazingkb24

        we got this! will cheer for the Lakers till the end!
        If we win at game 7 all the dissapointment will go away!
        repeat!
        don’t loose hope Laker fans!
        SUpport till the end!!

  • Xtro

    Lakers in 7.

    • Mamba Faced 3Peat

      Not much of a choice now.

  • comeflywithme

    if L.A doesn’t show up in game 6 then it’ll be over.. But as a true laker fan, we can win it in 7.. Boston showed us that they can win 2 straight now it’s L.As turn to show up and win 2 straight at home..

    It’s win 2 straight now or goodbye banner no. 16..

    I still believe!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

    Where to begin? Well, technically speaking, The Lakers did well to get to the line in the first half and rebound. What they didn’t do was PLAY DEFENSE. As good as Paul Pierce is, he can still be STOPPED. Coming in to the second half, all positive thoughts rushed through my head knowing that Kobe saw no one willing to help so he’d be the one to deliver. He did. But to counteract such a dominate performance was, almost pest-like, Paul Pierce. For some reason we played isolation and no weak-side help on PP34. I wish I could help Kobe, because no one else wanted to. I would hate to be a Laker because of guilt I’d feel for letting a performance like that go spoiled. I haven’t lost hope, though. I’m still confident that this TEAM will play TEAM ball and emerge victorious come game 6’s finals buzzer.
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    Good luck to you guys and hope you sleep well ( I know I won’t). Be like Kobe; forget this game and remember, they only scored 92 POINTS. Just need to have ONE more good offensive night.
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    Peace TLN. “One For The Thumb”

    • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

      Oh yeah, get the ball to Pau from the elbow and let him play finesse ball. He doesn’t do well when he bangs. Besides, Pau has had only ONE bad game. Let’s not overreact and start blaming him. Blame EVERYONE besides Kobe for the onslaught and Phil for not taking him out during that onslaught.

      • si pepe

        thanks man for those reminders and thoughts..lets sleep tight! we will win game 6 and banner number 16 soon will be raised. God bless our Lakers!:)

        • Wilt

          THIS GUY JUST SAID IT BEST I BELIEVE GOD WILL BLESS THIS CITY THIS TEAM AND THESE FANS KEEP THE FAITH BRING THE PAIN AND REMEMBER BOSTON SUCKS

          • http://yahoo jaydubb415

            ”Peat Peeve num.800.457’fans using ”GOD with sports and Winning’

  • lakerboyy

    we need 2 stop turnin ova da ball, get stops n execute both defensively n offensively n get production from everybody on da lakers not just kobe

  • Robert

    Can someone tell me what happened?
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    A friend of mine had a theory: the Lakers lost game 4 on purpose, because they didn’t want the Celtics to feel bad being swept on their home court.
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    So, alright already – what’s the purpose of losing game 5?
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    Yes, there were a few questionable ‘non-calls’, but I’m not even there anymore. Unlike 2008, the refs are calling more fouls on Boston as deserved.
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    So … what’s going on? (quoting from Marvin Gaye).
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    I don’t even know what to say. The Lakers don’t want to win it all, do they. Look at the picture of Kobe, above. He looks ‘hurt’ – I’ve never seen that look before. Has anyone else? The ‘angry mamba’ isn’t there – still, he’s playing hard … but what else do his teammates need to get going?
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    It’s clearly the Boston defense. Although there were several ‘cheap shots’, the defense was actually better. Sure, a lot of fouls weren’t called, but a lot were, and the rest was just good defense.
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    What to expect for Game 6? I think the SBA (Stern Basketball Assoc.) would still like 7 games, so count on the Lakers winning Game 6 – but even so – the only ones who can give away this Championship are the Lakers themselves. THEY HAVE ALREADY ALMOST DONE THAT.
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    Sorry, still upset (carry over from Game 4).
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    OK, finished venting (for now), but two more things:
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    1) If the Lakers lose this series, it will be extremely embarrassing, costly to the Lakers organization, and the Lakers roster will be totally different next year (including Phil’s departure). LA pride will drop significantly.
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    2) If the Lakers lose AT STAPLES (where else could this happen at this point anyway) – it will be worse than embarrassing – it will be HORRIFYING. It will be like the 60s Lakers vs. Celtics. These Lakers would UNDO all that Magic has fought for (redemption by the 80s Showtime Lakers over the Celtics). It will set the franchise back. It would take years and multiple Championships to recover (face it – this is the Celtics last shot).
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    Just two words of advice (for those who know the Karate Kid): FOCUS, LAKERS-SAN.
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    Lakers in 7

    • Wilt

      ALWAYS STRONG

    • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

      BREATH IN! BREATH OUT! BREATH IN!!! BREATH OUT!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

        i feel stupid. BREATHE IN! BREATH OUT! lol

    • Robert

      Thanks, guys! That helps.
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      I’m not watching any TV for 2 days, no sports websites – just going to read TLN and keep the faith.

  • Toni

    Everything would be wonderful in Lakerland IF Pau and especially, Ron Artest, had hit their damn free throws during “clutch” time!!

    They have to win Game 6 as their backs are now against the wall! – Pau, you’re my favorite player on the team, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE show up and save your “finesse” basketball for the regular season!!!!! … Play hard and don’t let them own you!!!

    • lakershow2010

      pau = pussy

  • Marc Spector

    Did anybody honestly think it wouldn’t go 7 games!? We still got this. The sky isn’t falling. Last time I checked, we still have home court, we still have Kobe. Lakers in 7. Believe baby!

    • Marc Spector

      But someone please wake up LO! Where’s he been at?

      • Wilt

        YA LETS RING UP THAT BUS BOY FROM THE POP A SHOT VIDEO

  • Toni

    As for Kobe, I really wish I could help you because even though I am not a basketball player, I seem to have more heart and desire than the ones who are lucky and privileged to be on your elite team! … That said, I give kudos out to you as I know that you tried your hardest to win the game by yourself!

  • Wilt

    THE DAY OF DARKNESS WILL ARRIVE COME GAME 7 ONE SHALL STAND ONE SHALL FALL. IF WE FIGHT LIKE WE HAVE WE SHALL FALL IF WE PLAY LIKE WE CAN THEN WE SHALL BASK IN THE GLORY WE HAVE BASKED IN LIKE NEVER BEFORE ANT THE WHOLE NATION WILL REALIZE THAT EVEN WHEN THINGS LOOK DOWN WE CAN STILL LOOK UP AND THAT WE SHALL NEVER QUIT AND IF WE DIE WE SHALL DIE BY GIVING THEM THE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PaulieKnucklez1

    Phil needs to say the things that Doc Rivers says to his team in the huddles. All that crap he was talking about Boston knowing how to lose a 4th quarter, he was starting to sound like Paul Pierce yapping off at the mouth. I’m a die hard Lakers fan, but let’s face it. Boston’s players seem to just want it more, and ARE hungry enough to go out there and take it. Seems like majority of the Lakers are looking for the refs to save them, or they don’t want to mess up their manicures.

    • marcspector818

      Rivers IS good with all that rah rah sh*t. That’s just not PJ’s style tho.

      • PaulieKnucklez1

        Ever wonder why they usually never have Phil Jackson on ‘Wired’ during a break in the game??? Cus he always talking some bull sh#%t!! Point blank, Ron Artest is making the decision ton to resign Trevor Ariza look like a big mistake. Old and washed up for young and up-and-coming,… Pisses me off!!!

    • Robert

      yeah, why was Phil quoting statistics in that last huddle? That’s not what the Lakers needed. What happened before has nothing to do with what is happening now. So what if the Celtics were a bad 4th quarter team during the regular year. This is the playoffs.
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      Phil, get out your Zen manual. Or watch Karate Kid (the original, with Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio) – actually, Karate Kid III. That was the best one. The bullies had Daniel-San all but beaten, but one LAST word of encouragement from Mr. Miyagi — FOCUS, and he beat the bullies.
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      FOCUS, LAKERS-SAN

      • Wilt

        REMEMBER ALWAYS STRONG

      • Robert

        Yeah yeah … ok … KEEPING THE FAITH. Wilt — I met your namesake (Wilt the Stilt) years ago. He was the most powerful Laker in history (the greatest pro basketball athlete, although many don’t know this).
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        He passed on years ago (as you know). Maybe the Lakers need to win one for Wilt – or even for John Wooden, who recently passed, and coached our ‘other’ great center, Kareem.

        • Wilt

          EXACTLY FINALLY SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS LAST YEAR WAS FOR CHICK THIS YEAR FOR WILT NEXT YEAR FOR GEORGE MIKAN AND WE WILL FINISH OFF PJS LEGACY WITH A 4PEAT FOR JOHN WOODEN

        • Robert

          HOORAY! OK, Wilt (Big Dipper) … if you can hear us in the great basketball court in the sky … we’re gonna win this one for ya!!
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          GO LAKERS!!

          • Wilt

            KEEP THE FAITH GIVE BYNUM YOUR SPIRIT WILT LET US WHO DID NOT SEE U PLAY SEE THE STILT REBORN AND LET US TURN THE BANDWAGONERS INTO HARDCORE BELIEVERS LIKE JACK NICHOLSON IT AINT OVER YET JUST BELIEVE AND PLZ STAPLES CENTER BREAK THE 99 DECIMAL MARK FOR ONCE

  • LC09

    it’s pretty pathetic that we lost da game because we cudnt make FREE THROWS.. ahh man if we dont win game 6 n 7 u can thank missin free throws as reason for us not winnin da ship pretty sad.. all we ask is that in da final minute we are down up to 3 points so kobe cud “bail us out” but naw mofos didnt make free throws and fukd it all up… lets go game 6 baby!!!!!

  • FukctheRefs

    Fucking Artest so useless, I want Ariza back. That shitty defender has fucked up almost every single defensive possession. Not fouling Rondo when he was the closest person, letting PP beats him at first step, and letting Rondo run loose and caught that pass from PP and lay it in, Ron Artest is the BIGGEST Celtics player today. He won C’s a win.

    • Marc Spector

      Dude. He locked up pierce for 4 games. That’s a tough assignment for anybody. So what if pierce had a big game. That’s what happens when you have someone guarding you for that amount of time. He made adjustments. 4 sub par games and one break out game. I’d take that over anything. I dont think trevor would have been capable of that. He’s more of a passing lane defender than a one on one guy. Pierce woulda ate him up on the post. At least ron makes him take lower percentage jumpshots.

  • FukctheRefs

    Plus that muthafuk missed 3 out of 4 free throw in clutch time. Even Shaq can do better than that, what a trash. Threw the game away.

  • Body Bags

    Ron Artest needs to post up Pierce because him shooting threes is exactly what Boston wants him to do and Pau Please get in the paint and make them blow the whistle. Lamar Odom WAKE THE FUCK UP!Khloe must have some good pussy Kuz homie you are not focused Staples Center should sound like a soccer Game Tuesday Be loud as You can

    • Marc Spector

      Exactly! Why is PJ not calling triangle post plays for him?! I used to see Pippen post up all the time when Michael wasn’t in the game. I can’t stand to see him jack up 5 more 3’s in the next game. He needs to bull his way to the hoop. Put your head down and get to the cup ron!

  • kobe279

    Does anybody think that their will be changes to our roster during the off-season and if so what will be?

    • Wilt

      ODOM FOR BOSH IF THE RAPTORS R THAT STUPID.

      • Pac Div

        Sasha and Farmar for CP3

  • bitterfan

    Kobe should shut up and play defense. He can’t continue on bitchin’ all the time to play defense while letting his man pass by him and let the big boys do the dirty works which opens up a lot of possibilities for the other team.

    Tuesday is the last game of the season and you don’t need to reserve your energy for the offensive end KOBE! Stop freelancing and man up on defense.

    • LC09

      rofl ur funny blame kobe for not playin D..mofo jus stop… “the lakers” didnt play D at all n ur ass wants to blame da one man that kept them in da game lmao thats too funny kid.. they all sucked out there pathetic effort no hustle no anything..we lost by 6, we missed 9 free throws ummmmmmmm wtf u think buddy u see why we lost?? aite good now stfu n dont blame one person for the loss..u lose as a tema n u win as a team, but i guess u didnt learn that HUH.. we winnin this sh!t in 7 games

      • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

        What LC said.. =D
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        Anna, where are you??

    • Odom the worst player

      Bitterfan your post is as stupid as the way the lakers played tonight. Don’t you dare try and put this lose on Kobe, instead put it where it always belong. Odumb is the stupidest laker to ever lace up his shoes. look at this guy, he has no heart, no desire what so ever. Remember this guy was to be the next scottie p. Instead we got a guy who won’t try on defense, who has never made a shot going right, and who has NEVER EVER made a shot in the clutch, and most of all who loves to crash into people. He’s harold miner in the making. I can’t stand this guy. I know for all the odumb lovers out there this hurts your feeling for this idiot, but people say we should have sign Ariza instead of Artest. I say we should have sign Ariza instead of ODUMB. Kobe is still the king in basketball. Sometimes he may not have a good game, but it’s not because he’s not trying. Kobe gives his heart and soul out there, it’s just too bad most of his teammates don’t do the same.

  • mecka24

    Where are all you Artest lovers now…hell if it works, why fix it…Ariza fit 100 times better into the triangle then Ron..Ariza actually hits 3 pointers and free-throws..O and what about Odom is as good as Walton..I have the Most respect for BYNUM trying to deal with his injury and still is outplaying ODUMB..Pau just had an off night..And Kobe does what Kobe usually does.Keeps us into the game..I still believe Lakers take it..It will be a close game 6..and LAKERS will blow them out game 7…BOOK IT!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

      I’m right here, mecka24. Not only do I love Ron Artest but I love all the players on The Lakers. Although the production of ODOM (not “odumb”) and Ron is disappointing, those guys have yet to show up and should they show up, you will be secretly be thanking them while I’ll be raving right HERE on this website.
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      You’re right about that last part; they will take it in 7. i’m not sure about a blow out, though.

      • mecka24

        I think im just frustrated with them..i mean Odom doesnt look like hes giving it 100%..Bynums hurt and still giving 100%..That kid has heart…And Ron just sucks right now..Wrong time to be in a shooting slump..I pray to god they turn it around…

        • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

          Who isn’t frustrated? They haven’t stepped up. They should still be encouraged to do what we all wan them to do. The fact that Odom is giving less effort than Bynum is disappointing but also shows who wants it more. Who wants to help more. Ron isn’t that great of an offensive player. He made some 3’s here and there but not like game 6 against the Suns, so we’ll just see what happens.

      • Dan

        @ Josh Herrington

        Shut up…you’re not 15, are you?

        • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

          Yes, sir I am.
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          What makes you think I’m not. Because my grammar is more advanced than most of the people’s on here? Well, then I could see why but I am indeed 15.

  • Robert

    Still defending Ron-Ron, but you’re right, in a way.
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    For Offense: Ron-Ron hasn’t learned the Triangle well yet. It takes 2 years, roughly. Ariza got it the 2nd year.
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    Also, this is Ron-Ron’s first Finals, and against the Celtics which is obviously one of the best teams in the league – they beat the Magic, and the Cavs who were the best teams in the league this year (record wise).
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    Agreed that his offense isn’t clicking here, but his offense isn’t best suited for the Triangle. It did appear to work in Houston last year. It will work better next year.
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    For Defense: Ron-Ron has strangled PP for 4 games. The Celtics ran Pic and Roll (the Lakers kryptonite) on the Lakers and Ron-Ron this game, and it left PP with open looks while Kobe was running roaming defense (he always does that anyway). I doubt Ariza could have held PP up like that for 4 games. The Cell-Dicks playbook called for PP to be the main shooter this game. Phil will adjust for the next game.
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    Bottom line: give Ron-Ron a chance. We have 2 more games to go, and he still has a chance to have a heroic game.
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    Oh … and give LO some Starburst, Snickers, Gummy bears … something.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

      haha He said he likes those Sour Skittles with Gummy Worms.

      • Wilt

        who doesnt i mean really its freakin good

        • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

          lol EXACTLY but thats like Gatorade for him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

    Look, for all of you blaming Ron, fine, but listen to this:
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    We lost control of this game due to focus. We gained back momentum due to The Celtics lack of focus and our gain of it. We lost that momentum because we lost focus.
    We lost the game.
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    At this stage in The Finals, this stage of The Season, and this stage of each guys’ careers, it doesn’t come down to X’s and O’s, no, it comes down to the FOCUS, effort, determination, and WILL it takes to become a champion.
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    I don’t believe that this Boston Celtics team can beat The Lakers of these past Playoffs. But they can beat The Lakers of 2 games ago. Which is what I am afraid of. Anna said The Lakers reverted back to 2008 Finals form but they need to revert back to May, 2010 form, if they want to repeat.
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    I have confidence that they can do that. As awesome it would be fore ONE Laker to read this because, I mean, thats a Laker reading this, it would be awesome because they could, hopefully, use this to their advantage and maybe even get amped up for their potential final two games of the season.
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    I don’t know, wishful think I guess.
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    Please, anybody, READ THIS POST!!

  • Robert

    Bad calls and bad reff’ing aside, these games have been somewhat close. The exception was that game in which the Lakers were ahead by 17 points, and squandered that lead.
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    But there have been no blowouts. So, the ‘little things’ matter more between reasonably evenly matched teams. That means eliminating turnovers, making more free throws, winning the 50/50, etc. etc. The Lakers were not managing the little things very well the last 2 games. And that is enough to earn a loss or two for them.
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    So, in a game of ‘small leads’, the Lakers have to play perfect against the Celtics, that’s all. Then they can win. But – a blowout would be nice. I only see that possibly happening in Game 7, since the Celtics should be tiring (in another city) after 1 day in between games.
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    The Lakers are a better team, and the games should not be close. They should be dominating. This is the last stretch – they can still do it.

  • JOSH IN DA 310

    not worried bcuz this was all a plan from the beggining by DaVid “BITCH ASS” Stern to make this a game 7 series. Lakers win game 6 to go to game 7. after that its up in the air

    • gameplan

      yes I do believe that! that was the original plan from 08 finals but the lakers loose their grip in game 6. and that is what I’m afraid of happening again, poor jackson un-coached again by doc.

  • alive86

    all of you crybabies need to STFU.

    Lakers going back to LA, they won’t let the Celtics celebrate a championship on their own floor.

  • FukctheRefs

    so IF Lakers turn out to win the next 2 games, then who is down to throw rocks, trash, shits at Boston’s buses like the way they did it to Lakers in 08????

  • foreverrstoked

    i’ll be there with some boulders!

  • seankobe

    since gasol arrive we are the best team in the west no doubt in 3 yrs. But hard to admit that we are just second best to boston. Yes we won last year but garnet is not with them and they failed to beat orlando. hard to admit but I am ready to face whatever happen this year if we lost we lost, but I’m still hoping that they can still do it as we have the last 2 game at home.But I don’t trust gasoft, odumb, babynum and phil jackson for these.

    If lakers lost I’ll be fine co’z kobe is the only player i trust in this team,and he makesme proud, and it is true that no one ever can beat a team by itself especially this days when 3 or more superstar are playing in one team.lakers only have kobe vs. PP,garnet,ray allen rondo, and wallace.

  • regroup

    lakers must get rid of bynum soft bone, odumb, get bosh and trade pau for noah. we don’t need a soft bigmen at least noah has the heart. and get rid of phil too I still believe he has something to do with the lost.

    • mecka24

      Your crazy kid…PAU had 1 bad game and u want to trade him for NOAH..lol..PHIL is the best coach ever!! and BYNUM is giving it 100% That kid is all heart…but ODOM is just lazy and wouldnt care less if LAKERS win or lose, Thats what it seems like to me.

      • gameplan

        If I were pau and I have a bad I will just play all defense and let kobe do the damage, but pau is soft and wanted to score. he’s job is to annoy perkins put body or give an elbow make him pissed to get some tech. but his afraid inside.

  • Patrick Bateman

    We lost the game because we couldnt contain Paul Pierce through 3 quarters. When the game was close, Rondo made some big plays and we failed to get stops.
    And ofcourse, the Artest free throws.

    Paul Pierce was due for a big game, now that its outta the way, he wont repeat that in LA. KG will struggle and the bench.

    Pau needs to play like the best big man in the NBA not like some middle school girl.

    Kobe has been consistent, but Where the fuck is ODOM?
    Lets not forget Kobe NEVER helps on defense when Rondo is penetrating the lanes. He always blames someone else.

    If Lakers win Game 6, Game 7 should be Epic. Win or Lose, The winner Clearly deserves the championship.

  • gameplan

    there is no other game plan, kobe should try to score 30 or more in the first half no need to wait for gasol, odom to step up there is no one else. play no 1 screen for kobe, gasol, bynum or odom and artest go for the offensive rebound if kobe misses, rebound the ball give back to kobe again screen for kobe gasol, bynum artest or odom for offensive rebound, funny but I think it will work. final score kobe 100 celtics 80.

  • wbgk

    Ok ok, no biggie.
    So we lost game 5 IN BOSTON.
    We still have homecourt.
    Ofcourse it would have been nice to go back to LA leading 3 to 2 instead of trailing.
    But hey, this is how the finals should be. Close and down to the last game.
    Now it’s time for every Laker to bring their A-game.
    Let’s blow out the Celtics in game 6 and 7!
    PLAY FIGHT WIN!

    • gameplan

      just hope game 2 not to happen again!

  • kb24mvp2010

    don’t stop believing the lakers, they will not letting the team down!!

    • kb24mvp2010

      Lakers will not be letting the team down!!

      Kobe and Co will win game 6 and 7 nail that on your house door

  • leo

    gm6: kobe must score alot from the get-go to get a fast start for our team. Gasol and Bynum must rebound and block shots. Artest must play great D on PP. Fish gotta make a few more shots. Odom must give us atleast 12/12. Bench (farmar, brown, sasha) must score atleast 20. If all this happens, we win.

    gm7: lord knows

  • Be Strong

    Be strong lakers fans… The game ain’t over yet!! Don’t stop believing..

  • toto

    FAITH ! ! ! PEOPLE

    we will win PROMISE!

  • mr.laker19

    Im so angry right now… I dont even know where to begin. I came into this series knowing that the Lakers were the best team in the league no doubt… I was wrong. Lakers have the most raw talent, and the best player… but not the best team. If guys cant make shots other than Kobe, we will lose game 6, if we play any where near how we played games 4 and 5, we will lose. I have little hope, but as a true fan that has stuck it out for years, I refuse to watch game 6. I am seriously hurt, not because they loss, but because of the lack of effort. There is no excuse for that. Pau with a clear basket got blocked CLEAN from behind by Tony Allen… we deserve to lose. Kobe dropped 19 in the third and after almost every basket the Celtics got a open or good shot. We are not playing like a championship team and today as I go into work, I walk in shame as I will take abuse all day from co workers. For the first time in my life, I am ashamed to be a Lakers fan…. Game 6 will have one less fan watching on Tuesday. They will have my heart, but not my eyes, the way they played, they dont deserve all of that. We have to take it one game at a time from here. AND REDUCE ARTEST MINUTES PLEASE!!!!!!!! Good luck and god speed to the Lakers and Lakers fans, I have no idea what will happen on Tuesday…

    • Toni

      mr.laker19: I can so totally relate to how you feel. – There is nothing more irritating than to love this team and then when they lose, bear the burden of having to hear crap at your place of employment! … It would be better if i lived in the L.A. area, but unfortunately, I don’t, so hence I can almost guarantee hearing about how the Celtics are going to win the 2010 Championships! (It also does not help my cause living in a city where there is a NBA team located and EVERYONE expects you to be a fan of theirs!)

      • Mr.Laker

        Yea I hear you, I live in St. Louis so i dont have that particular problem because we dont have a team. But I have been hearing it from the Celtics or bandwagon fans all day. Smh, definitely sucks because I have no faith we can win after last night. Im just taking the abuse

  • http://Thelakersnation TrueLakerfan

    Amazing there’s double the amount of comments here than there are on an article on a win. People would rather post comments hating the team more than posting comments congratulating the team on the win. It’s a
    real shame too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

      There are just more things to point out in this game. I’m not hating on them for losing I’m just disappointed in their lack of team effort and expect them to kick it up a notch, come Tuesday.

  • trippleocho

    I this team lets Boston (OF ALL TEAMS) win the championship at Staples, I’ll be devastated. But I don’t see Kobe allowing that to happen.

  • D Up LA!!!

    First things first, I’m also pissed by their Defense. Why in the hell are they letting Nate the Donkey fly up for a lay up? Second, Drew! We appreciate your determination and all, but please before you jump, box em out first. D-Fish, keep your hands high while Ray is pullin up on you! Ron A. make “The Captain” work on offense so that he’ll be tired on Defense! Pau! Are you gay or something? You’re looking like the 2008 version of ya! Turn it up big fella, box em up stretch your long arms for the rebound. THE KEY TO DEFENSE IS THAT YOU DON’T REALLY HAVE TO BLOCK ALL OF THEIR SHOTS, YOU JUST HAVE TO MAKE THEM THINK THAT YOU’RE GOING TO BLOCK THEIR SHOTS! Be physical but don’t be too physical. If Pierce is on that High Pick n Roll, then do what you did on Nash. Clog up that passing lane, clog up the screen. And Odom is one of the better guys in clogging up the high pick n roll. Help each other on D. Communicate out there LA, don’t blame each other out there, its your fault you dont talk to each other. Did you already forget what happened on the bus in 2008? the 39 point lead in Game 6? you’re defending your crown and not vice versa. If you want to change the momentum of the series and silence the critics, it’ll be all up to you Lakers! Lakers all day, LA all the way! ’til GAME 7.

  • Rio Rondo College

    HAHA!!! I told ya’ll the Lakers were soft!!! They dont have the dwebos to be a physical team. The Celtics will win it tomorrow and Paul Pierce deserves a standing O for being a hometown hero!!!

    • eboK

      What did i tell you before? best of 3 and Lakers have 2 home games.. win one here and talk shit. for now STFU and enjoy your win.

      Lakers blow out your Celtd!cks tomorrow.

    • Toni

      Rio: The only “O” that Paul Pierce is going to receive from the City of Los Angeles, is the smack that he HAD to return to Los Angeles to play compiled with a lot of booing!!!

      The Lakers have won numerous back-to-backs at home so don’t expect to have any parade in Boston after the Lakers finish off their green leprechaun arses in Game 7!!!!

    • xtro

      rio rondo,

      lakers in 7. stfu. :)

      • gameplan

        what paul pierce ye’ll the last time in staple is WE AIN’T GONNA WIN IN LA AGAIN!

  • D Up LA!!!

    AND ONE MORE THING!!! KOBE WHERE’S YOUR NASTY FACE THAT WE ALL SAW IN ORLANDO LAST JUNE?! YOU ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST RIGHT NOW. Don’t force shots, you’re a great playmaker Kobe you can have 28pts 10ast 8reb 2stl on any given night Kobe. Let your game come to you, Wake your team up! DONT PRESSURE THEM, MOTIVATE THEM YOU AND D-FISH ARE WINNERS, THEN LEAD YOUR TEAM ON CAPTURING YOU’RE 5th. LET’S GO LA!!!

    LOS ANGELES! BE LOUDER THAN OKLAHOMA, UTAH, PHOENIX, AND BOSTON COMBINED! SHOW YOUR TEAM WHAT YOU HAVE! THIS IS BOSTON WE’RE PLAYING NOT THE CLIPPERS! LETS GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Toni

      Second that!!!!!

      • gameplan

        how can you have 10 assist if your team mates sucks,! pau can’t do anything inside, artest can’t shooot, fisher is back to old self and lamar is so dumb. kobe must score and take the game from the start, and when he got the celtics attention maybe he can make his team involved in the second half. what pau, bynum, and odumb has to do is to secure a rebound. and of course protect the ring.

  • http://yahoo jaydubb415

    BLAH

  • LAKERS in 7!!!!!!!

    i was puzzled at the complete lack of ball movement, and hence the number of forced shots by kobe (but he was hot) last night.
    fellow lakers fan, i need an honest answer: if the lakers play with effort and intensity, do you think they are a better team than boston and can win gm 6?
    i think if we can force a gm 7, we can win it all.

    • Wilt

      its goin to 7 comish. stern will make sure of that imagine the ratings the 2 best franchises in basketball 1 game to decide the champion. he wont pass up on that.

  • eboK

    Lakers will blow them out tomorrow and finish them on Thursdsay.

    Go Lakers

  • LAKERS in 7!!!!!!!

    by the way, “Rio Rondo College”? Really? What a stupidass name.

    • Rio Rondo College

      Dont hate!! HAHA!!!

  • LAKERS in 7!!!!!!!

    F..K THE CELTICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LET’S GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • justdogm1

    if garnett wasn`t HURT last year, celtics would be on the brink of a 3 peat………..how that taste kobe fan?

    • WOW

      are you a laker fan?

      • eboK

        He’s one of the d1cks family

      • Toni

        Laker Fan?!?! – Are you serious?!?!?! … He’s just a bandwagon Princess James fan that loves to constantly infiltrate our “hallowed” blog! … Ignore everything that this idiot writes as it just shows how really assanine his comments are!

  • http://yahoo jaydubb415

    It ”pains”me 2 say but its time 2 ”get rid of phi jackson”even when we come back2 win this.I’m sorry but he’s 1 of the ”main reasons”whythis team is ”so soft”he doesn’t get on this hard enough when they do have ”defesive lapses”like giving layups,not blocking out,not rebounding,and not getting punked,and ”phil’s”synical and snide remarks 2 this team isn’t working anymore.As far as ”odom”his ass is gone after the season is over along with walton or sasha,and why doesn’t phi pay ”benga”a ittle more yea he doesn’t have that much offensive skils but he’s not going 2 ”get punked”either he’s very physical and he can rebound were not getting ”sh!t”from odom or artest why not give benga a few minutes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thepandasayshello Josh Herrington

      We’re going to stick to our guns, jaybuddy415. What has got us here will have to work and if it doesn’t then we are certainly not the championship team we could be. As for Phil, no, he doesn’t leave because this guys knows these players inside and out better than they’re own mothers. The guy knows their tendencies and, like Kobe said, if you don’t know Phil’s methods, you’re gonna think he’s an idiot. Phil doesn’t dictate how hard you work on the floor, he tells you what to do and if you can’t do it, somebody else will at least try to. That style is reminiscent to the great late Red Auerbach. So before you go blaming Phil, think about how he kept Kobe in that 3rd quarter to keep us within striking range. Unfortunately we didn’t play Laker ball which is championship ball.

  • KaPau

    Memo to Gasol, if you are going to call somebody that has lost a step, be sure to have your cojones in place to play physical, is just pathetic the display of effort you have put in the last 3 games.

  • TIMES UP

    Their are a list of players who Mitch Kupchak need to get rid of

    Jordan Farmar
    Luke Walton
    Shannon Brown
    Lamar Odom
    DJ Mbenga
    Josh Powell

    We should have never brought in Ron Artest for Trevor Ariza , why change the roster when thats the same roster that won the championship their was nothing wrong with that team.

  • 151rummer

    There was an article on ESPN.com following the games 5 loss, its entiltled….. “CONQUERING KOBE”…..doesnt that really sum it up? I mean as long as the Celtics contain everyone else it really is a 5 on 1 match….Kobe versus the Celtics. I hope we make the necessary roster changes in the offseason. This includes Odom, we understand that his inconsistency is what you get, but he needs to have some sort of decent game in the Finals. I read the article about him and the movie “Inglorious Bastards” and how the team was pumped and ready to go to reddem for the 2008 finals! Well its down to 2 games fellas….the series isnt over…but if they keep getting outhustled, OUTMUSCLED, and outworked, we will all be seeing Green tuesday or thursday! Its simple, these games have been close, so theres no reason the Lakers cant still win on there own home court! We will c what happens!

  • http://yahoo jaydubb415

    I’l end with this i know the ”laker brass”consider ”bynum”the franchise player in the ”future”i get that but this is ”do or die”right now so you have 2 throw this ”hurt shit ”out the window and play his,if anything he ooks bad because he’s virtually just standing around ”feed him the fucking ball”and keep feeding him and pau,this kobe shit ”me against the word”is nice 2 look at on ”sportcenter”but its not going 2”win any games”feed your meet (which is your centers)and then let ”kobe and fish and them go off”+this it this is ”odom’s career in L.A,and if i’m a ”sports radio host”in L.A thats i’m al im saying until tuesday if he ”hoe’s up”then he and ”chloe’s on the first thing smoking out of L.A”

  • Touch ME

    LAKERSLAND NOSTRADAMUS WHAT WAS I TELLIN YOU. WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO SAY FOR YOURSELF. YOU STABBED US ALL IN THE BACK. SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT LISTENING TO ME. ITS OVER. LAKERS FANS ARE OFFICIALLY OWNED BY THE CITY OF BOSTON. I HAVENT SEEN YOU SINCE GAME 4, I WINDER WHY. DID I CALL THIS GAME OR DID I CALL THIS GAME

    • gugy

      I just tell you this. Adversity is part of the game.
      If you consider yourself a true Lakers fan (something by the way only you think so) The C’s still need to win one more game. Until that happens you better just be quiet. Boston fan LMAO!!!!!!!!

      • Toni

        If you have not guessed it by now, Touch ME IS NOT a Lakers fan. – He/She just uses another real fans’ name (without the underscore) to manipulate our blog. Like Rio Rondo, just ignore their stupid posts!!!!

  • the raven

    I am a huge Laker fan and i go to school in Boston. I also attended game four, and let me tell you something, there is nothing worse than Boston fans. If we lose again, they will have all time bragging rights against us. being a witness of what its like to be at a celtics game, they really cheer for their team. so this post is to all those people attending game 6 and hopefully 7. Please, be as loud as you can, these are the last two games of the season, make sure the players hear it. Give some of the stupid celtic fans some sh*t. Get rowdy, show that we arent just a bunch of bandwagon fans and that we really do love our lakers, cause i know i do. I really dont think i can deal with the celtics taking another championship away from us. especially when we are the better team. make all the money that you are spending to go to the laker game worth it. we got jack on the floor, but we need more energy from the fans.

    • rich

      But you are bandwagon fans, and there is no way laker fans can compete with Boston fans.. Need proof, just watch the next game. Staples center full of nothing but primadona hollywood stars who are there just to be seen. I bet most could not name all celtic starters, but you can bet celtic fans know exactly who all the laker players are. That’s the difference.

      • rich

        After further thought, I will withdraw my blanket statement. Not all Laker fans are bandwagon.. But, as someone above stated, the first few rows of staple center should be cleaned out to allow the real fans up front. would much rather see the real fans fired up, instead of the current lineup of posers and girlfriends, who use the playoffs as a place to be seen.

  • Jim

    Wow, what an absolutely pathetic performance in the biggest game of the year. I don’t feel good at all about this. If I didn’t hate the Celtics so much (because of the kind of people they are, not the kind of players they are) I would be able to take this alot better.

    Celtic fans can’t seem to understand why every team in the NBA delights in beating down them down, it’s because they’re a bunch of trash talking jerks who think that they’re superior to everyone else. They try to intimidate the opposition by talking smack, instead of just letting their game do the talking. That’s not what the Lakers are about at … See Moreall, they don’t disrespect their opponent and they know how to lose with some humility. The Celtics don’t know the meaning of that word, and that’s why they are the team that everybody loves to hate.

    Usually when great players get a little older and their skills start to diminish, I feel a little sorry for them because of what they’ve done for the game. But I’ll enjoy every minute of KG, PP, RW and RA going down the tubes because they deserve to be disrespected after all the disrespect that they’ve displayed to every team they face. Their demeanor and behavior is a disgrace to this league and Celtics fans should be ashamed of them as well. IMO, THE CELTICS REPRESENT EVERYTHING THAT IS SOULLESS, AND WRONG.

  • The Great Come Back

    PLEASE MAKE A WAY SO THAT THE TEAM COULD READ THIS.. GAME 7 is the only way. Phil haven’t coached in one, Kobe haven’t played in one, Staples Center haven’t seen one, GAME 7 IN THE FINALS. COMEBACK FROM A 2-3 DEFICIT. LAKERS. PROVE THE SKEPTIC CELTICS THAT LA IS THE PLACE WHERE THE 16th Banner HAPPENS.

  • Daboss

    DaBoss says it’s over. Kobe should demand to be traded this year again after he carried the team today and the rest of the series. You know were in trouble when Phil inserts Luke into the game to slow down Paul. Wow that Bosh trade back in febuary looks pretty good now…

  • xtro

    focus on game 6 first, people before castigating the blame. let’s win game 6!!

  • willmo

    Lakers lose by 6 and missed 6 free throws at the line in the 4th qtr, 3 by Artest, 1 by Pau and 2 by Kobe, can’t win when you’re missing that many freebies…Got to show some heart if you want to win this. The Celts won’t get away with half the crap that they did and as soon as I saw Joey Crawford and Mike Callahan out there I knew it was over….

  • Brian Shaw owns all

    keep the faith guys…dont give up.

  • j.dizzle

    LOL at 90% of the Lakers players not playing with 100% effort in finals games. I find it hilarious that this team still hasnt learned to put a team away when they have chances to. If LA plays like that tomorrow then we’ll be seeing the b*tches in green celebrating. Ron, Lamar & even Pau have been MIA the last 2 games. Good god Pau shrinks into a little girl when he feels any pressure on the road. Artest is basically an offensive liability so if he isnt gonna stop Pierce I dont want him on the court. he kills the flow & cant make FT’s to save his life. I cant wait for the game to start so we get to see what kind of intensity LA will bring, should be fun.

  • KaPau

    Somebody send Odom a big box of Snickers maybe that will wake him up

  • sh0wt1me

    if the celtics win on lakers soil, i am going to shoot myself. it will be the most horrific, embarrassing, and downright humiliating sight. i can’t stand paula flab pierce and nate yapping like b1tches, kg pumping his chest like tarzan, and doc rivers outcoaching phil jackson. i say lakers in 7 but if the same team in game 5 shows up, not only will we make history, the lakers will be history.

  • laker16

    lakers in 7!! this is where home court counts

  • UnHuman

    Does this team not realize that the very balance of the universe is in jepordy? To lose to Boston once more threatens the very existance of life on this planet as no other force seen in history or pre-history. The Lakers the team of the west, the team of light, must grasp this evil from the east in the palm of there hands and close there fist without mercy.

  • AC/DC+Lakers= Life

    WIN BACK TO BACK, TO GO BACK TO BACK!

    • KaPau

      Love it, this should be this weeks theme, “WIN BACK TO BACK TO GO BACK TO BACK”

  • laker16

    if boston was able to win two straight AT HOME….y cant the lakers do the same?….Staples Center needs to be INSANE come tuesday night and run boston out of LA!

  • Westcoast B!tch

    Lakers don’t win the chip, expect Pau, LO, and Ron traded for a big name like the Lakers traded Shaq to Miami. Those 3 guys need to wake the F up, they need to play this next game like that Boston game where Kobe sat out. Even though the Lakers lost, the team was aggressive, played with poise, talked trash back at the Celtics. Wake up u 3 Pu$$ies and give Kobe some help! Go Lakers! F$%^ the Haters!

    • LAKERS in 7!!!!!!!

      i agree!
      let’s get it done, fellas!

  • LAKERS in 7!!!!!!!

    i guarantee you guys that the lakers will win tomr AND gm7! i am not worried at all!
    even vegas agrees with me: LA is -6 tomorrow.

  • Rio Rondo College

    I’m so excited. Phil is going to leave, Kobe will demand a trade. Not to mention that the Celts will be champions once again. GO GREEN!!!!

    • xtro

      rio rondo,

      lakers win on tuesday. lakers repeat on thursday. celtics go home crying. ray allen will bolt to the miami heat. doc rivers leaves coaching job. celts will become a lottery team.

    • Toni

      Everytime I think of the color green, I think of someone’s crap after they eat leafy vegetables! – So hence your green, goes with crap!

  • ek

    F vegas….u will always lose in vegas…I guarantee a big freakn LOSS …these lakers are straight up pussies…Pau=Pussy , LAMER Odumb, and ship his fragile ass out Bynum…getting paid millions and cant even hit some free throws…Everybody here has wishful thinking we will win. I Know for a fact We will lose and this team is dust….

    • j.dizzle

      LOL cool story bro

    • xtro

      and you call yourself a fan????

    • Robert

      Nothing to do with Vegas. More games = more $$$ for the NBA. $20 Million/game (as it turns out). Even Buss gets $$$ whether they lose or not, as long as they play.
      .
      And, more NBA = more publicity. It would actually benefit the NBA if the Lakers win it all, because the WORLD loves the Lakers. The World doesn’t care much for the Celtics. The WORLD loves Kobe. This is the most popular franchise in the world, and winning means more $$$ to the NBA, all around.

  • Marwan Deletes My Comments

    Laker fans, relax. This series is not over and as it was predicted here pre-series, it will be Lakers in 7.
    .
    There’s no way Kobe lets LA loose three in a row to Boston. We will have a Game 7 and I think in the end, LA’s home court + KB24’s desire will win out.
    .
    Having said that, I will say that this Laker team needs a BIG shake-up, reguardless of the back-to-back that’s coming to LA. If Mitch fails to do the following, this current Laker run will be done and over:
    .
    1. GET RID OF LAMAR ODOM. Took him three years to learn the triangle, no heart, no desire, weak-ass mentally, can’t handle the pressure and has a healthy hidden dislike for the Mamba. Enough is enough, how much longer need Laker fans wait for this guy to “realize his full potential?” The answer: It will never happen. LO must GO!
    .
    2. CASH-IN ON AB THIS SUMMER. All this talk about length and big bodies doesn’t do much good when it sits on the bench due to injury most of the time. His gritty performance during these Finals has raised his stock a little and Mitch needs to capitalize on this, this summer. Unfortunately for Andrew, I think he will have knee problems until he retires.
    .
    3. Let Shannon and Farmar walk and bring in a guy like Felton.
    Lakers in 7.

  • http://lakersnation cgris

    PLEASE GUYS DONT STOP BELIVEING WE STILL HAVE 2 GAMES AT HOME!!!ITS ALL GOOD WE WERE ALL ASKING FOR TOO MUCH THE NBA WASENT GOING TO LET THIS SERIES END IN SIX!!! SO WE ARE GOING TO GAME 7 AND TRUST ME THE LAKERS ARENT GOING TO LET BOSTON WIN ON THERE HOMECOURT EVEN IF GAME 7 IS GOING DOWN TO THE LAST 2min in the 4th quarter.

  • Marwan Deletes My Comments

    BTW, heard that New Orleans is looking to get something for Emeka Okafor.
    .
    Could LA possibly package say…AB + LO for Okafor + Darren Collison?
    .
    Darren will not see much playing time behind CP3 and Okafor is a big body that can play D and rebound. So LA would solve the guard situation with Collison and get a serviceable big as well to replace AB.
    .
    I like this thought better than AB for Bosh but I’ll take any of the two this summer.

  • Robert

    Another point I want to make about the popularity of the Lakers, compared with the Celtics.
    .
    Did anyone notice the pregame ritual (show) of the Celtics? At the end of all that fuss, the central scoreboard screen shows Kevin Garnett in an almost cartoonish mug, grimacing and yelling something (don’t recall exactly what he says), maybe about winning? fighting? killing? maiming? not sure. A few seconds later, PP is shown opening his big obnoxious mouth and yelling something as well.
    .
    Who on earth could possibly like that?
    .
    Couple of ugly Celtic mugs squealing like wild boars – about winning basketball? maybe about getting away with being thugs in a professional sports league that is supposed to be about fair play?
    .
    Is that supposed to be the face of the NBA to the world??
    .
    No way.
    .
    Everybody in the World likes Kobe – likes the Lakers. Heck, they even like LeBron better than the Celtics.
    .
    Bottom line: the World hates the Celtics (only a few in the east coast actually like the Celtics).
    .
    And as another point – what is the color of that slimy creature in Ghostbusters? You remember him, right? …. Green. What are the colors of ROYALTY? … Purple and Gold.
    .
    The World loves the Lakers — Lakers in 7.

    • Toni

      Nice post!

    • rich

      Everyone in the world likes the Lakers? LOL…
      Celtics are thugs? LOL….

      Get back to reality and man up.. No, not everyone loves the Lakers… The world does not end at the Ca. borders.
      This is a big rivalry, and Celtics and Lakers are arch enemies… But, this is actually a good thing, and a compliment to both teams. It is a sign of respect when you dislike your rival as much as we hate each other. Nobody brags about beating up someones sister, but, to take down a champion fighter, that is another story.
      As for all you fans preaching Lakers in seven… Well, yes I guess it’s all you can say, right??? LOL.. How bout Celtics in SIX !!!!

      Lakers play like puzzies, and are soft… Too much California

  • bogoyme

    GOD bless the LAKERS…. Keep the faith and this ain’t over til its over… Keep aside all these blame game stuffs. See y’all tomorrow and hang our 16th banner on Thu/Fri… :)

  • justdogm1

    maybe the world around pomona loves the kobes… lebron is #1…kobe tries to be not RAT-LIKE.

    • FartBag

      Labron=prom queen at best.

    • Toni

      And exactly where is your Princess???? – Oh, that’s right…. Fishing while our man Kobe is inf the NBA Finals for the 3rd consecutive year!!!

    • http://TLN SHOWTIME4EVA

      ha ha this dude is so fuckin gay for lebron!! why dont you spend your time on his site?thats all we hear from you..i dont know why?dudes a choke up! he sucks! but if thats all you think about go there! get outta here with that bull shit! go lakers!!! oh yeah i told your little cock suckin ass, when your on here you gotta say GO LAKERS!! DONT FORGET!

  • Mamba Face – 3Peat

    Funny how LO’s pic is distorted in the background; almost like he’s not there. Coincidence?

  • jaydubb415

    ” If i was Phil Jakson i would burn 1 with them b4 the game and then have them put on their i-pod touches and put on that YounG JeezY ” The Recession PounD That” listen if that don’t pump them up ”’We DonE ”

  • jerry

    if we lose this series. we need to trade pau for chris bosh. and get ariza back!!! I still have faith tho. Lets Go Lakers!!!

    • http://lakersnation cgris

      wow are u really a lakers fan half of u guys are acting like its all over!!! SH!t every one is asking for trades too !wait till the lakers show up at home. i really dont think they are giving up like u guys,f uck never underestimate the heart of a champion!!!

    • dumb

      are u stupid?

  • SEAN PUFFY COMBOS

    I CANT STAND RONDOS UPSIDE-DOWN HEADBAND.

    • Toni

      Isn’t it damn irritating?!?!? … Perhaps it’s a statement with read-between-the-lines connotations…. Remember the logo is Jerry West and he also happened to be a Laker… Get the picture?!

  • http://lakersnation cgris

    this situation is showing the real and the fake laker fans!!! lets go lakers!!!!

    • false

      LOOK I LOVE THE LAKERS WITH ALL MY HEART.I DONT CARE WHAT NO ONE SAYS THEIR NEEDS TO BE CHANGES TO OUR ROSTER IF NOTHING WAS WITH OUR ROSER WE WOULDNT BE DOWN 2-3. JUST LOOK AT THE WAY SOME OF THEM PLAY ITS LIKE THE ONLY THING THEY CARE ABOUT IS A PAY CHECK SPECIALLY LAMAR ODOM WHEN HE FIRST CAME TO THE LAKERS HE WAS FUCKING UP. Its been time for him to leave hes lazy hes always in La La land he nevers play defense

  • D Up LA!!!

    Hey! For those who are watching Game 6 in Staples Center. Do your team a favor. From the upper decks down to the Jack Nicholson-seat. SCREAM YOUR Purple and Gold HEARTS OUT FOR THEM WILL YA? This game 6 is for the history books, its for the net generation to know. This one is where Hollywood is rocking out the Staples Center, is where the ocean of yellows are watching their team, is where everyone who hates boston are watching. Guys, if you want them to play with intensity and determination, then let them here what you want! “DONT UNDER ESTIMATE THE HEART OF A CHAMPION” thats what Rudy T. said in 1995. And Phil we should say, “DONT UNDER ESTIMATE THE TRUE HEART OF A LAKER WARRIOR!” Let’s GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!

    BOSTON SUCKS!

  • In Kobe We Trust

    LA in 7. Haters shut up. God Bless our Lakers!!!!

  • Terrible!!

    Its time for us to get rid of everyone on our bench they are always being outscored by other teams benches here is listof people who needs to go. If you dont agree please explain why not.

    Lamar Odom( averaging 7.6 in the finals )
    Jordan Farmar(averaging 3.4 in the fianls)
    Shannon Brown(averaging 3.4 in the finals)
    Luke Walton( averaging 0.7 in the finals)
    Sasha Vujacic(averaging 2.0 in the finals)

    All this says about our bench is that they are complete failures and this not just one series where they are playing bad its been going on since October 27, 2009 its time for a change.

  • FukctheRefs

    So for all the Lakers fans who are going to be in Staple center tomorrow, Please throw any shits you got on your hand to the CelDicks when they get to the free throw line. If you don’t have the guts to do so, at least pretend you don’t know who is throwing stuff. We need NOISE every Second and all the curse words. All the “CelDicks Suck lakers dick” chants are NEEDED tomorrow. Come on, those Celdicks fans could get together and chanted “kobe sucks” why cant we Lakers fan shout something like “Fuck yourself inside out” when they are shooting free throws. COME ON LAKERS FANS, SHOW SOME HATE.

  • Djzzero2009

    Fuk you lakers fans that are nonbelievers. How can you call yourself a fan if you don’t believe? Let’s go lakers. Win in 7. I believe. 90% of so-called lakers fans don’t believe. Fake-asses.

  • sh0wt1me

    to win game 6, lakers will need another scorer besides kobe and pau. pau will come up big at home. he plays better at home. the question is, who will be the 3rd scorer. for this series, odom is done and i am not expecting anything from him. so it’s gotta be from another source. dfish or a miracle off the bench. too bad we don’t have sasha 2008. his outside shooting would have been great right now. hy heart is lakers in 7 but my mind thinks otherwise.