The Lakers opened up the week in Portland with a game that won’t be forgotten for quite some time. Maybe it will be known as a bed wetting, maybe a lack of restraint, maybe even an emotional turning point. All signs point to the latter though, as the Lakers showed poise down the stretch in the final two games of a tough trip en route to a close win today.
Here’s the week that was…
Monday, March 9, 2009
- Episode #29 of Voice of the Nation dropped Monday. D-Bricks and G-Small took the show to a new level with special guest, and Lakers radio play-by-play announcer, Spero Dedes.
- The Lakers kicked off the road trip Monday in Portland, failing to break a 6-game losing streak at the Garden; 94-111. Late in the third, Rudy Fernandez went down on a Trevor Ariza foul. Fernandez was taken off the court on a stretcher and brought to an area hospital where he stayed the night for observation before he was later released with minor injuries. Trevor Ariza was ejected with a Flagrant 2. Lamar Odom was issued a one-game suspension for leaving the immediate area of the bench.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
- Tex Winter expressed his concern with the Lakers’ play: “I feel like our record is a whole lot better than how we’ve played. I don’t think we’re playing nearly as good as our record indicates.”
- Forum Blue and Gold takes a look at the loss in Portland.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
- Mitch Kupchack voiced his disappointment with Lamar Odom’s suspension: “We’re disappointed with and we disagree with the league’s ruling.” Lamar chimed in as well: “I probably would do the same thing over again if I see one of my teammates put under pressure by two guys from the other team. I was no further than when I cheer. I guess I’m on the court when I cheer as well, so I’ve got to watch that. I might get suspended for that.”
- The Lakers bounced back with a big win over Houston, Wednesday. Kobe put up 37 in an exciting match-up with Ron Artest that involved some trash talk as well as a dislodged tooth. Trevor Ariza got his second start as a Laker–something that was Luke Walton’s idea.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
- The Lakers secured their 20th Pacific Division title on the second night of a back-to-back in San Antonio. The win guarantees the the Lakers their fourth straight playoff appearance.
Friday, March 13, 2009
- Ever wanted a Kobe Bryant bobble head doll? Now you can have one on your iPhone.
- Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich compares Kobe to MJ: “A lot of guys can play their whole career and they can’t pick their spots and know what’s going on out on the court,” he said. “He’s a special player. He’s like Michael in that sense. He understands everything that’s going on and what’s needed to go win, and he has the ability to do it in so many different ways, whether it’s defense, or a board, or an assist or a shot or a drive.”
- Pau Gasol and Jordan Farmar made their acting debuts, Friday on the show Numb3rs.
- Joe Grande joined D and G on Episode #30 of VOTN.
- Trevor Ariza will remain starting for the time being.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
- J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas of The Basketball Jones came strong with “Kobe & Artest: The ‘Lost’ Trash Talk.” “Kobe! Look at me! Paperclips! Kobe! Sundials! Daaa! Hoaa! Duvet Covers! Blaaah! …Nice shot.”
Sunday, March 15, 2009
- The Lakers closed out the week with a close one at home. The 107-100 victory over Dallas was a product of Pau Gasol’s 25pts on 12-13 from the field, Kobe’s 28, and Trevor Ariza’s career-high 26. The game also featured an 18-point lead-blowing on the Lakers behalf, but, as they say, a win’s a win.
Here’s a look at the coming week of Lakers Basketball…
Tuesday (3/17) – Philadelphia @ Lakers
Thursday (3/19) – Golden State @ Lakers
Saturday (3/21) – Lakers @ Chicago