TLN’s Postgame Report – Round 3, Game 4: Lakers @ Suns — Simply Outshined (106-115, Loss)

The Orlando Magic heard it. The Phoenix Suns heard it too — all the talk of a Lakers/Celtics showdown before the Conference Finals even began. The round before the “real round” was a mere formality, a required prerequisite before a team could advance. In the first two games of these series, a Lakers/Celtics Finals appeared inevitable with the way the recent defending champions thumped their then (considered) inferior opponents, but now four games in the Conference Finals and it’s obvious that everyone counted their Finals appearances before they were hatched.

Kobe Bryant sat on the bench during a timeout in the fourth quarter, staring blankly straight ahead, then at the ground, wondering how the small lead he created had suddenly turned into another 9-point deficit. Was it because the Suns’ bench finally lived up to their reputation? Was it difficulty with attacking the Suns’ zone and getting their offense going?

“We lost a sense of urgency defensively. Our focus turned to how to attack the zone instead of focus on the other side of the court,” Kobe Bryant said. “We didn’t lose the game because [we didn't score enough]. We lost because our defense sucked.”

It really did. The Lakers were ranked among the league leaders in defending the three-point shot during the regular season, but tonight mostly every shot that the Suns attempted from downtown was wide open, with nary a purple uniform within two feet of the shooter.

Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum, the Lakers’ 2nd greatest advantage other than Kobe Bryant, rarely contested nor attempted to alter the Suns’ shots. Their defense was uncertain more than it was deliberate. It was reaction more than it was anticipation and despite some (always) questionable calls and non-calls, the free throw disparity, again, favored Phoenix 32-13.

Channing Frye, who has been a non-factor in this series, showed that shooting slumps are just that — slumps. He may have started 1-20 from the field before this game, but tonight his 4-8 from three was exactly the spark the Suns needed to regain their much-heralded edge in this series — their reserves. The Suns’ bench scored 54 points, collected 23 rebounds, handed out 13 assists and wore energy and pride on their jerseys like badges of honor, and they sure deserved to show them off.

The only Laker who had the type of game that the Suns’ bench had was Kobe Bryant. Without a single field goal in the first quarter, Bryant came into the second period and hit shot after shot after shot… after shot. He had 15 points in the second quarter alone, en route to a monster 38 point evening. Until the very last few minutes, even seconds, of the game, Bryant refused to stopped trying, helping to cut the lead to a manageable deficit time again, only to be defeated repeatedly by an energized and more confident Suns team.

It would be easy to pin this loss on a number of factors: lack of bench production, lack of rebounds, lack of defense, and a lack of common sensibility to know the difference between what works and what doesn’t.

In the end, it came down to a lack of the most important factors of victory: energy and execution.

The stoic expression on Bryant’s face from the post-game podium was resolute.

“Everybody wants to talk about the offensive side of the ball and that as nothing to do with [winning championships],” Bryant said. “Gotta defend.” Hopefully on Thursday, the Lakers will do just that.

Pre-Game Thoughts: If Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest can get going tonight, the Lakers will come home 3-1

Half-time Thoughts: The Lakers look clumsy, unfocused and frazzled, as if they’ve never played this team before. The Suns are shooting well, especially since the Lakers’ defense (or lack thereof) is allowing it.

Most Thoughtless Player(s) of the Game: Every Laker not named Kobe Bryant — 38 points on 15-22 shooting, 6-9 from downtown, plus 10 assists and 7 rebounds. For a second game in a row, Bryant has had spectacular performance shadowed by his team’s failure to help. What a _damn_ shame.

Most Thought-filled Player(s) of the Game: Kobe Bryant — He scored, he made plays, he played defense. He did everything he could to win except instill some fight in his teammates. There are just some things that shouldn’t be his responsibility.

Anna Gonda has been the post-game editor for LakerNation.com since the 2009-2010 season. Between post-game reports, she's a full-time advertising coordinator for an academic publisher and a part-time photographer. Favorite Lakers: Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher. Favorite Laker Moment: Game 7, 2010 Finals against the Boston Celtics.
  • Sasha4Lvp

    if our frontline is this soft against boston, were screwed! come on pau! grow a pair and go after amare!

  • lakershow2010

    play defense next game..its a simple thought

  • 09champs!

    How bout giving Sasha an opportunity?
    maybe lit a little bit of fire on Shannon´s and Jordy´s butt.

    The bench needs something different, and between Sasha, Powell, Mbenga, Luke and Ammo, I´ll take the machine every day.

    Plus, not an excuse, but those damn refs really helped the suns cause the previous 2 games!

  • tradesasha

    i’m just so frustrated…i simply dunno what to say…arghhhhh!!

  • Laker4 Life

    The reason they lost is because Lakers defense was mediocre. They gave up wide open threes, lay ups, and a lot of second chance points. If the Lakers don’t start playing god damn defense they will be gone fishing earlier than expected. Kobe should teach his teammates a lesson on how to defend and score. He was the only Laker who showed up.

  • LakersFirst

    The Lakers need to get back to playing defense!!! In the Oklahoma and Utah series, those two teams had a hard time scoring 100 points. In this series, Phoenix has scored over 100 points (I believe over 110 points) in EVERY game. For some reason, the defense has been forgotten.

  • Wilt

    The Lakers can do this I know they are capable of it. The question is do they want to do it.

  • http://Www.YouTube.com/michaelperez8882 Michael Perez

    Even I’m staring to worry I know the lakersxwill win the next 2. Keep the faith. Oh and by the way fisher is playing GREAT against Nash. Where’s the love?

  • frustratedkobe

    what else kobe can do? how did we lost? is it the defense or the lack of aggressiveness? is it the refs who decide the game or the lakers itself? game 3 20 agains 40 ft of suns now 13 agains 32???? are the lakers afraid to get hurt inside? artest n bynum had o attempt in the line pau n odom combine to only 9 while amare had 12..if these are the kind of bigs that gonna show up agains boston I think I am loosing my hope….but I think the refs are not gonna be blame on this co’z if they where aggressive enough they could have half of the FT attempt of the suns even the refs get bias..TWIN tower, VERSATILE odumb, and defensive stoper ron?????where are you guys?I know we could still win this series but with only 2 reasons, I hope the suns is not a curse to LA, or the upset year is in effect…But playing soft agains boston has no chance…..

  • j.dizzle

    Would be nice if Lamar’s game would travel with him…How does he go from looking like a stud in the first 2 games & now looking like a ghost in the next 2. Dude has always been inconsistent..Pau has to man up too, wayyyyy too many PHX players getting easy buckets..LA will probably still win the series but they have to play MUCH better defense, Im getting tired off watching LA keep these bench players WIDE open looks from three. 64 points from a bench! Good god, thats just unacceptable. Sometimes I feel like Kobe & Fish are the only hungry Lakers on the team…BTW Phil, pleaseeeee stop playing Farmar & Brown together, these 2 guys have the combined IQ of a rock..I would rather see Sasha out there, atleast give him a few minutes to see what he can bring.

    • 09champs!

      Yes sir, The Machine might surprise us.
      I agree that Farmar and Shannon have the combined IQ of a rock.

    • pisinyomoufbeeitch

      LO had 15 pts n 10 rebounds! its the defense we are lacking. we are HACKING the suns and then when it comes to the 3′s we barely defend. it has a little to do with the officiating to i mean 32 freethrow attempts to the lakers 13 is crazy

  • jonb

    Can we please see some DEFENSE and SASHA VUJACIC in game 5. Come on lakers, this team isn’t better, they’re just getting too many wide open looks and dictating the pace and style of the game. ENOUGH

    • trippleocho

      Yeah our transition defense and pick and roll defense sucked these last 2 games. Their zone defense is causing mismatches and wide open shots when we get back on D. I’m just surprised that we haven’t adjusted to what their doing yet.

    • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

      Wow, I’ve never seen so many calls for Sasha before! People were yelling and screaming to trade him not so long ago. I wish Luke would get more burn too.

      • daboss1848

        same old “grass is greener” routine from Lakers fans. . . if he misses shots, they will be screaming for PJs head for playing him.

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

          I don’t care boss. We need Sasha and if he fails to do what we need him to do I will only blame him not anyone else. RIght after the game i saw a mixture of “series is over”, “no repeat”, “PHX in 6″ and most of them were “Laker fans”. I have an immense amount of confidence in the Lakers but something has to be done if they want to win. Defense. Zone wasn’t a problem because we got 106 points. We could do better, yes, but they ran the fast break like they were in practice because no one was there to put a hand up. It looked like they forgot it’s 5v5 not 5v3 or 2. Well, that’s what I think has to be done. Yes Anna, they were “outshined”. Completely.

  • si pepe

    i agree! sasha needs some time and all the other reserves. as always relax lakertown! suns is no denver! why feel the pressure..been here, done that…lakers in 6!

  • L.A

    I’m seriously tired of Shannon Brown and Jordan Farmar. I have never seen players make more bad decisions during games than these two. Did you’ll see Brown and Farmars shot selection, I wanted to strangle myself when I saw them play.

    And I really think that PJ is being unfair when it comes to Sasha, he doen’t even get the chance to be the Machine again. Every time he makes a mistake PJ takes him out without giving him a chance to redeem himself, and that way ruins his confidence. But Brown gets several chances but still can’t manage to develop and understand how to play defense. At least Sasha tries to play some D.

    LET’S GO LAKERS!!

  • L.A

    BTW we really need to trade Farmar he is never gonna become to point guard we need. He has been in the league for 4years but gets worse and more stupid for every year. He can’t do anything right. Look at Dragic he almost had a double-double in 17 minutes. We need somebody like that, somebody that understands basic basketball and the fundementals of the game,

    • jerryn

      Your comments are idiotic. The Lakers DO NOT play a point guard system. Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Steve Nash et al would be a waste on the Lakers. Kobe and Lamar are the point guards. Phil and the triangle offense never uses a point guard. Even in MJs days, their point guards were spot up shooters that went to the wings. Don’t blame Farmar, he is there best 3 point shooter. Check the stats. He just doesn’t get enough playing time to prove it.
      If he misses a few shots, Phil will pull him. He is the only player other then Kobe that can penetrate the lane, but Phil won’t let him.
      Doesn’t matter, he will be gone after this season anyways. The Lakers will never re-sign him. Much better for Farmar to leave. He cannot utilize his true talents on the Lakers.

      • KindSir

        lol @ fish being able to penetrate the lane

  • Robert

    Disappointing loss, but Kobe said it: Need better D. In fact, Defense wins games in the playoffs. Even Phil admitted that their offense was fine. They need to play with more intensity on D.
    .
    They’ll be fine. Only silver lining is that perhaps their resolve to win this series will carry them into the Finals, and it will have the same effect as when they had to overcome OKC, and then swept the Jazz. The Suns are piece of cake compared with the ‘current’ Celtics.

  • Xtro

    Time to crank up the machine and reload some ammo. They need shooters to bust thar zone defense.

  • justdogm1

    so the kobe has never had A playoff triple double?really all those playoff games and not one…………magic has how many?anyone know?

  • trippleocho

    I think Kobe did everything he could to try to win this game, but everyone else sucked. I even saw flashes of 07-08 Gasol out there. Amare was bullying him every chance he got, even Sideshow Bob had his way with Pau.

    Our defense sucked a$$ and we’re not attacking the zone at all. 13 FTA? WTF is that? And Ron Artest needs to hit those open shots, that’s what Trevor did for us last year and Artest needs to do the same. But, I’m not worried though coz we gonna win this series, it’s just that we’re making this harder than its supposed to be.

    How the hell is this series tied when Kobe is averaging
    33.8ppg 9.8apg 6.5 rpg 55.7%FG 46.2 3P%?

    EVERYONE ELSE NEED TO STEP THE FCUK UP. The Suns have nooooo business winning 2 games against this Laker team.

  • lakerman1

    When you have one guy trying really really hard and the rest deferring to him what can you do. Guess we’ll just have to wait to Thurs yo get that good feeling back hopefully. The Suns are a good team but the Lakers are truly the better team they just have to go out and play their game and quit passing the ball around the perimeter only to end of in KB’s hand to bail them out. For some reason they cannot get the inside out game going and the Zone defense is just a weak excuse. Drive to the basket make their defense commit then kick it out to an open shooter or put the onus on the refs when they get hacked. I just did not see any positive effort by the rest of the guys. At times they just looked confused and as i stated left it up to Kobe to bail them out who i must say looked absolutely excellent.

  • 242LakerFan

    I am so pissed off right now, I could chew rusty nails!
    I am pissed at the Lakers for a general lack of effort to defend anyone. I know the refs are all over you on that end of the floor, but that doesn’t mean you have to start playing rec-league D.
    I am pissed at the refs for calling every ticky-tack, exhibition game foul on one end and then on the other, allowing Louis Amundsen to take up residence inside Pau’s athletic support on a shot and suddenly forgetting what the little thing on the end of the string around their neck is for. And how can a team play that much zone for two straight games and never seem to get a defensive 3 second call? Three refs counting to three every time a Laker sniffs the paint, yet Phoenix camps out in there on every play and it’s. “Gee, this is a pretty whistle. I better not mess it up with my spit!”
    I am mad at Phil for taking Kobe out of the game the second his barrage of…well, Kobeosity, gets us a lead at the end of Q3. Let’s not ride the horse that got us there, PJ, that swayback Farmar will do.
    I am mad at the bench for getting totally owned.
    I am mad because I now have to endure 2 more days of people who don’t even WATCH basketball until April talking smack at me, hating on the Lakers for no logical reason. I respect trash-talk from fans of the other teams. My C friends are still my friends, but when random idiots who think an illegal defense is something they saw on Judge Judy start ragging on me, I get a little annoyed, and it’s worse when they are given games like this for ammunition!
    I’m not throwing in the towel, don’t even think of thinking you think I’m doing that, but this is embarrassing and it pisses me off!

    • Rio Rondo College

      Shut your face!

      • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

        Woah, woah woah. Easy there Rio Rondo. Its one thing to come on here and hate on the Lakers but its another to come on this site and hate on the fans. Thats just down right nasty!
        Find something else to do.

      • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

        SHUT YOUR FACE? That’s your comeback? You might as well have said, NEENER NEENER NEENER.

        • lakerman1

          Now thats funny

      • TOUCHING_MYSELF

        You STFU!

    • KaPau

      I agree with you on the 3 second count, the Suns are just camping there, but if Bynum or Gasol get in the paint is an automatic 3 second call, second the free throws difference between suns and lakers is just plain out ridiculous. The good thing is now a game of 3 with 2 home games Lakers will show up I have confidence in this team.

      • frustratedkobe

        the refs situation is always there agains the lakers,pau n lamar got only 9 ft attempt, bynum 0, and kobe should attact more and make it to the line 15 times as possible..2 wasted effort by kobe because of his inconsistent team mates…they have to put some muscle and draw some fouls…..lamar, pau and bynum even artest i’m calling you out!

        • KaPau

          Agree

  • Rio Rondo College

    HAHA!!!! Laker fans NOT feeling you!!! I’m waiting the Laker fans to blame the refs. Maybe all NBA teams should play zone against the Lakers from now on, because ya’ll look lost out there. Hopefully the Suns can knock you guys out ,so that Kobe can demand a trade.

    • 242LakerFan

      Come back when you can win a home game.

      • Rio Rondo College

        Hmm… What takes more dwebos? Winning at home or on the road?

        • lakerman1

          Being an idiot.

          • si pepe

            hahaha! nice one lakerman1. Rio Rondo is not a college graduate..Illiterate man.

    • Toni

      There you are Rio. – About your previous post on how “REAL” teams close out series… Oh, that’s right, they close out series by having to go back to Orlando tonight for a Game 5.

      Before you talk smack about the Lakers, look at your Celtics team and see if they have no flaws!!

    • TOUCHING_MYSELF

      “ya’ll look lost out there.”

      Kinda like how you look when asked to write a term paper for your class at RIO HONDO right? Just relax, I’ve seen your class assignments before. It’s exactly like what my niece’s teacher assigns to her (write a paragraph about your favorite book). It’s just a paragraph Rio Hondo, you can do it.

      Cheer all you want right now. All I know is that we have a leader that we can count on to knock down the killer shots to win the game. We saw yours, that little b!tch wearing 34 and he dribbled it off of his thigh highs and heels on Monday night.

      Cock Rivers calls for a team effort and wonder woman tries to be superman and ended up looking like Raggedy Ann! You guys will lose game 5 in Orlando and then you’ll disappear and won’t show your remedial name until you guys sneak into the Finals.

      So, please son. Stop all your tantrums and go back into your room until your homework is done. Us grown ups out here have grown up talk to conduct. Maybe when you work yourself off of Academic Probation, will allow you to sit in our conversations. But please keep your mouth shut though, as you’ve got NOTING to offer! NOTHING!

      If you still need 2 more years to be ready for college then you’re not ready to contribute! Oh, remember… you really can’t do a book report about your favorite coloring book.

      Let me suggest a beginner one for you… ‘See Spot Run’. It’ll be perfect for you, not too many 2 syllable words. Sorry, you’ll have to go down to your local library to get it since Rio Hondo only has coloring and alphabet books.

      GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Toni

      The Zone Defense works in high school basketball not the NBA. – I thought that the NBA had standards for playing ball that didn’t include “sissy” defense strategies!

    • Showtime4eva

      We look lost look at you fuckers staggering around out there gettin knocked the fuck out haha

  • Sonny

    Come on Bynum…You need to move a little bit quicker. We know that you have bad knees, but you’re 21 years old and you’re moving like an 81 years old man….Play some freaking D and kill the damn Suns in game 5.’

    GO LAKERS.

  • Johnson Jackson

    The Lakers won’t win another game. The Suns will play so well they actually reverse the outcomes of the first two games, thus making it a Suns sweep. Kobe will quit basketball and become a mail man.

    • 242LakerFan

      Don’t worry, the men in the white coats are your friends. They only want to help you. They’re going to take you to a nice place with soft cushy walls where people will take care of you.
      No, no, it’s okay, everyone is wearing jackets with buckles on the sleeves. It’s really fashionable right now.

  • j.dizzle

    LA is playing like they wanna outscore PHX, they completely went away from everything that was working for them in game 1 & 2. That type of sh*t doesnt fly when you play the best offense in the league on their homecourt. Look for LA to hold PHX under 100 next game if they are truly serious about winning a ring. Kobe’s last 2 games have been RIDICULOUS, this guy shuts up the haters game after game. Too bad he has more balls then 90% of the team combined, other then Fish.

  • j.dizzle

    Btw some ppl need to relax a little bit, the last thing you want is an overconfident Laker team going into the finals..A little adversity is a good thing to get a team more focused. This is reminding me of the OKC series, LA in 6. Their bench will NOT play that well again, especially on the road..PHX shot 20 more FT’s & their bench scored 34 more points then LA’s. I feel good about game 5, just get it done!

    • tradesasha

      so, what happen if lakers lose game 5 and the series? just saying!!

  • Johnson Jackson

    Mind you – a GREAT, record setting mail man. His fellow mail men will pale by comparison.

    • lakerman1

      Only if they do not pull their own weight.

  • Johnson Jackson

    I don’t think overconfidence is going to be a problem anymore. They’re thinking, “wow, we could lose this thing.”

    • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

      And Kobe mentioned that last night in his postgame interview too. Someone asked him about the Lakers’ sense of urgency and he said something like, “we do, we have it. We have to know that this team can beat us.”

  • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

    We can blame the bench, Phil, refs, ALL WE WANT, but if we’re gonna point fingers at anyone for their lack of effort on defense, it’s our golden boy Pau. The man is as talented as they come, probably one of the most talented PLAYERS we’ve ever seen. But you just don’t cower to Amar’e freakin’ Stoudemire, not even if you’re not known to be a great defender. You don’t let him OWN YOU like that. If you know the refs aren’t on your side, then at least make your foul worth something. I know Pau is not a defensive specialist, but we all know he can rebound with the best of them. Last night, single digit rebounds? really? THAT WON’T DO.

    • lakerman1

      And it especially gave credence to the remark Amare made earlier about owning Pau while he was in Memphis. Pau must absolutely destroy Amare come Thurs and I am sure Kobe will see to it.

  • http://thetruthrenaissance.wordpress.com/ BE_A_LakerFan

    I agree with my friend 242Laker fan.. one of the worse things about the loss is hearing all the people talk trash who don’t even watch basketball except for in May/June. Also hearing the media make stupid comments. What people fail to realize is there is a reason the playoff’s are 7 games. There really is no need to panic, but real Laker fans get upset at the overall effort our team puts puts forth sometimes. We mak things harder than they need to be. We’ve been in this situation sooo many times since ’08 so there is no need to worry.
    .
    Most of us before the series started would have said Lakers in 5 or 6. Which means that we would have lost a game or two. It’s funny how when the losses take place everyone starts to freak out as if Lakers in 6 means sweep lol.
    .
    Anyway… I’m not worried. Upset? Yes..b/c that was a frustrating loss. But we will be victorious in the end! Go Lakers!

    • KaPau

      Great post.

    • Toni

      Now you’re a true Laker fan! – I still have faith in our team prevailing!

  • lakeb

    PAU IS BETTER THAN AMARE AND NEEDS TO SHOW IT. EVEN OBAM SAID PAUS THE BEST BIG MAN IN THE GAME

    • frustratedkobe

      yes he maybe! anyone who plays along side kobe will be a monster, bosh can be…I’m tired of gasoft and babynum and lamar they always break our hearts out sometimes when games like this they our unpredictable, inconsistent and no heart…bosh n noah we need hustlen mustle not another scorer.

  • Marwan Deletes My Comments

    THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING!!!
    Laker fans…relax and take a deep breath. I’m here to soothe you.
    .
    Remember back in 08 when LA cruised into the Finals and got punked by Boston? And do you remember in 09 when LA had some struggles in the 1st round against Houston and had some serious battles against Denver?
    2008 no ring, 2009 Championship.
    .
    The Phoenix Suns are doing LA a favor by putting up a fight and not letting this Laker team think that (1) repeating is going to be easy and that (2) they can just waltz into the Finals.
    .
    You want LA to face adversity, you want this team to feel pressure, you want this team to be tested, you want this team to take a public beating!
    .
    Just like gold, it must be put through extreme temperatures in order to be purified, the Lakers MUST BE TESTED and they MUST FEEL THE PRESSURE and ADVERSITY in order for them to be ready for the ultimate battle against Boston. And believe me, it will be a battle. If LA doesn’t go through the purification process of round 1, 2 and 3, just like in 08 they will NOT be ready for round 4.
    .
    This is good for this Laker team fans. The Lakers must be battle tested. Wounds build character and they are being forced to question themselves and their resolve.
    Unltimately, this will pay off in the Finals.

    • 242LakerFan

      I like the analogy, and I did think about that, it’s just that sometimes, in the forging of good metal, a bit too much pressure builds up and a little venting is called for.
      That’s all.

    • KaPau

      +1

    • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

      It’s funny cuz I actually predicted Lakers in 6, which is what I’m still hoping for. But it doesn’t make the losses any more bearable. I was hoping to be proven wrong.

    • TOUCHING_MYSELF

      OMG! I actually agree with Marwan Deletes My Comments! Like you, I think that the suns are doing the Lakers a huge favor by playing zone. They’re making our guys run around like they’re playing with their heads cut off, but this is actually something that our boys will grow from.

      Cockston is gonna run zone on us all series long and consider this our Cliff Notes version of being ready for that for when we meet in the next round. We’ll have 2 more games to see this and plow through before the Celd!cks. That’s right, 2 more games, cause there ain’t gonna be a game 7… the suns will go down in 6!

      Marwan Deletes My Comments… props to you. You’ve finally shown some good logic. Marwan, you needn’t delete his comment this time. This time, it’s GOLD!

      GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!

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

      MWDMC. That’s what I’ll call you for short. lol. Lakers in 6 is what I predicted and even though it could still happen, these last two losses hurt….ALOT. This team will rise to the occasion like Denver or like Thunder or even the Rockets. Trust this team and your heart will be enlightened. If you want to be a fan of the Lakers, be prepared to be let down. But be ready to be screaming like crazy because when they win, they WIN!!!

  • lakerville213

    dear anna,

    is it just me or i can bet my life savings that every time theres an open shooter from outside the arch…and lamar “closes” that shot is in?

    • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

      Hello dear lakerville213 =)

      Well, LO closed in on Channing Frye in the first 3 games and the guy couldn’t get a shot off because a running Lamar made him hesitate. I don’t know what the deal was yesterday.

  • kb24sdbest

    The lakers lost because they could not defend the 3, the suns bench outplayed the entire lakers team including the starters (lakers should be embarrased), they were outhustled to every rebound and lose balls. In the playoffs, it’s about PAYING ATTENTION TO DETAILS AND ADJUSTING DURING GAMES (not on off days). It’s like a chestmatch during the game, the lakers didn’t adjust their defense on the second half, and they had turnovers, outhustled on rebounds, and could not make some free throws. THEY COULD HAVE WON THE GAME, IF THEY DID THE LITTLE THINGS, like making ALL FT’s, hustling, dont turn the ball over, and rebound. The lakers again took the short cut route instead of the safest route.

  • kb24sdbest

    I think the LAKERS bench mob needs to have a big game tomorrow. They must outscore the Suns bench. This is a good practice for them, because if they want to repeat, the Lakers are going to need production from the bench. The starters cannot win it all, the bench needs to contribute.
    Shannon Brown is wrong when he said that we don;t realize that the bech are sacrificing so much of their game and that the lakers bench are unlike any other bench in the NBA. You know what, if the bench feel so confident that they are so talented, why can’t they produce consistently. If the bench feel like they are a starter in any other NBA teams, then they should dominate every bench in the NBA.
    I’m so sick of seeing Farmar jacking up fade-away jump shots when he drives to the basket. No other point-guard in the league does that besides IVERSON and sometimes steve nash (they are superstar status). He should be taking it all the way to the basket for a lay-up, kick-out, drop off, shoot a floater, or stop and take the 10 or 15 foot jump shot. Farmar is a shoot first and pass pg. He’s below average on defense, below average on 3′s, they need to let him go after this season.

  • kb24sdbest

    Phil should play Mbenga, Powell, Luke, and maybe sasha and extend the bench rotation. Mbenga will give us energy and shot blocking. If I was Phil I would play 10 man rotation of Brown, Walton, Odom, Mbenga and depending on who’s playing well Farmar, Sasha, and Powell.

  • LAKESHOW1

    DNFTT!!! Do not feed he trolls! You only will make things worse, everyone on this site knows that the Lakers haters in here are idiots, so do not even waste your time dealing with them.

  • LAKESHOW1

    DNFTT!!! Do not feed the trolls! You only will make things worse, everyone on this site knows that the Lakers haters in here are idiots, so do not even waste your time dealing with them.

  • lakeb

    I SAW LIKE 9 DEFENSIVE 3 SECOND VIOLATIONS LAST NIGHT THAT WERE NOT CALLED. REFS NEED TO CALL THAT MORE ESPECIALLY WITH THE SUNS ZONE DEFENSE. ITS UNFAIR TO LAKERS. MAKE THE CALL REFS

    • lakerbunny

      let’s play without refs! look at the constant discrepancies game to game! http://bit.ly/a6iLTr

  • si pepe

    lakers in 6.

  • lakerbunny

    EVEN KOBE WAS MAKING “SASHA-ESC” FRUTRATION FOULS THATS WHEN I KNEW WE WERE SCREWED! HOW DOES A TEAM NOT KNOW HOW TO BEAT A ZONE DEFENSE? AFTER THE LAST GAME BYNUM SAID HE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO?!? I THOUGHT PHIL JACKSON AND KAREEM ABDUL JABAR WERE COACHING THIS KID??? MAYBE A PAYCUT IS DESERVED! http://bit.ly/a6iLTr

    • 242LakerFan

      Okay, I am really tired of hearing about this zone. We are averaging 107.5 points against the stupid zone. It’s not the problem. The problem is WE GAVE UP 116.5!!!! It’s DEFENSE!!! We are not having a problem figuring out the zone, we just can’t seem to figure out how to stop the Suns from scoring.
      Did nobody listen to Kobe after the game? “That has nothing to do with it. You gotta defend.”

      • daboss1848

        We avg 126 against man (so we are down 18 points) and we are averaging 30 3pt attempts (a low % shot) vs. 16.5 in 1st 2 games. . . zone is definitely having an effect in shot selection and outcome.
        .
        PHX avg 109.5 in 1st 2 games and 116.5 in last 2 games (quite normal increase for home team with strong bench). An increase in only 7 points (“only” when compared to how much we are down).
        .
        Its just not “manly” to admit that youre an NBA player being beat by a childlike defense, called “girly” by the coach employing it.

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