Lakers/Rockets Game 1 Chat

Kurt —  May 4, 2009

NBA: NOV 09 Rockets at Lakers
Time to stop talking and start playing.

But, if you can’t get enough talking, I have a few thoughts up over at Dime Magazine (as do the guys from Dream Shake) about why the Lakers will win this series. Consider it the last two posts condensed down to 250 words.

Also, Bill Bridges asked and answered his own question in the comments about why Bynum is back in the starting lineup.

Why is Bynum going to start when the Gasol is so effective against Yao?

If you put yourself into Phil’s mind for a moment. You might think this: I know I can always go to Gasol/Odom at any time – especially crunch time. Gasol defends Yao as well as anyone (poking the incoming post pass is a favorite tactic). But Bynum might create problems for Yao that might make the games easier to win.

As effective as Pau is, he doesn’t get Yao into foul trouble. Bynum’s length, athleticism plus the fact that Yao is not a flopper creates the possibility of Yao working on defense and possibly getting in foul trouble. Unlike Collins and Okur, Yao is not a flopper (credit to him) and is unlikely to draw charges against Bynum.

A Rockets team with Yao in foul trouble is cooked. If Bynum is effective early and has the desired effect, great. If not, PJ knows what Gasol and Odom bring.

The game starts at 7:30 (or later) on TNT. I believe we get Kevin Harlan and Doug Collins. Whoever it is, they won’t screw up the call as bad as Tom Durkin did with the Kentucky Derby.


434 responses to Lakers/Rockets Game 1 Chat

  1. Kobe feeling it.

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  2. Bynum needs to force him into the double there. Can’t let him spin baseline.

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  3. Gasol is looking terrible on the defense…

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  4. Brooks is torching Fish off the dribble, I might like to see some Shannon on him sometime soon…

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  5. awful defence from bynum and fisher this quarter

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  6. Kobe is killin it…but when are they gonna call a foul on Battier for the ridiculously pervasive hand to face?…I don’t have tivo but i’m pretty sure that last one connected.

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  7. I think when LO comes in here we go on a run.

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  8. Please get Fischer out of there!

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  9. our spacing on offense looks pretty poor – why is Pau not the one that’s free by the elbow instead of Bynum? Bynum should be scrapping for the board and Pau taking the jumper, not the other way around!

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  10. Pau needs to get his offense going. And looks like Kobe got hot now, I still think we are going to win this one.

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  11. Bynum is a broken toy for Yao in the deffensive end.And ind the other end he doesn t create any spaces for Pau bringing Scola near the ring.We need to work on that during the series.

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  12. @ adam t
    the nba is lenient when it comes to smacks to the face
    …ask brad miller
    …and gasol…and battier

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  13. PAU DO SOMETHING MAN

    6 points?! r u kiddding me

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  14. Pau is not allowed to touch the ball in the post against Scola. It is forbidden.

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  15. woah… farmar sighting…

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  16. How is it that the Laker defense is making Aaron Brooks look like Tony Parker circa 2005?!

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  17. That was a cheap foul from Lamar…

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  18. it was only time for Farmar to step in…Fish is getting torched by Brooks

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  19. Touche Anon, but I’m not asking for a flagrant foul, just a simple personal shooting foul..

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  20. @adam t
    my bad…i was trying to be facetious

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  21. 214.Completely agree.That s crazy¡

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  22. Big opportunity for Jordan here.

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  23. Ugh, we’re heating up a bit, but we’re still missing a ton of ft’s and threes. It’s just maddening to see because there’s not a ton you can do about it…

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  24. There goes Dat Man

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  25. Stop Kobe time.

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  26. Kobe s life is easier whe Pau is playing the 5.

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  27. Kobe is waking up.

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  28. Lamar! Get. The. Rebound!

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  29. Aaron Brooks shoots the half court shot well, that is a couple he has just missed now.

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  30. Farmar of all people with the three. Be interesting to see what the minute distribution is between him and Shannon this series.

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  31. First the Celtics-Magic and now this one.It s a night of terrible basketball

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  32. dont know whats up with odom, seems like he’s miles away, that basket by landry he just stood and looked at the ball as it hit the rim

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  33. Too bad that Kobe three didn’t fall on that two-for-one attempt at the end of the quarter, it was halfway down…

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  34. I think Farmar will get more run. We need the tempo he brings and the offense against this D…penetration has been lacking

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  35. i think shanWOW was more of a necessity against the jazz because of farmars history vs williams. farmar should get more minutes this series

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  36. I hope Kobe has some left in the tank; he’s carrying them right now.

    what’s going on with Pau?

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  37. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE PHIL RIPPING ON SAGER’S SUITS!

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  38. Down 3, with kobe starting to feel it again

    I still like our chances.

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  39. We need to make a push when Yao gets his rest rght now.

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  40. Phil jackson has a career as a comedian after he retires.

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  41. Phil! That made my night.

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  42. Phil needs a talk show…on Discovery Channel for sure

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  43. next time someone tries to take a charge someone needs to foul HARD and give less incentive to take it

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  44. This has been a very uncomfortable game. Kobe’s carrying us right now.

    We need to turn this up now. We’ve been pretty fairly outplayed all game now, taking this now would be a great blow.

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  45. Pau is off.

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  46. Gasol normally drains that 15 footer and he has missed three I can think of now.

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  47. Gasol simply doesn’t miss those shots … not sure what’s going on tonight. Thank goodness for Kobe.

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  48. PJ is money…calling out Sager.

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  49. boo…no foul
    …maybe vujacic

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  50. Nice job LO….he just needs to keep working and the baskets will come

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  51. Odom got mugged.

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  52. PJ finally hits w/ the interview opening joke

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  53. There you go Pau.

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  54. Great pass by Lamar for the alley-oop to Pau!

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  55. you just have to wonder why we cant do that more often

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  56. Boom! Now THAT’S the Lakers offense we all know and love …

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  57. Yay Sasha! And WOOOHOO for Lamar and Pau!

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  58. sasha really playing great d, lets hope we dont fall in love with kobe iso

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  59. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltpqPd3t5V0
    …i know its a celtic, but i LOL’d

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  60. man Sasha just scrapping out there.

    I really liked Lamar’s patience on that alley-oop – i initially thought he had an open jumper, but he probed and made a fantastic play for Pau.

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  61. One of the reasons I think our starting unit doesn’t do as well is because Pau and Bynum do not play too well together. Odom and Gasol are much more in sync.

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  62. Ever time we get close … Need to keep the intensity up.

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  63. I strongly believe that Pau//Lamar is a far better frontcourt than Pau/Drew orLamar/Drew

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  64. Oh how good it would be if we could se real-LO and real-Pau for the rest of the game.

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  65. The boy still has to learn to read the game.

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  66. LO and pau are amazing at the passing game…bynum not so much

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  67. DAMN that kids got hops!!

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  68. Get the lead and I think we’re good.

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  69. Exact same play as the one by Trevor Ariza on Fernandez, except it was by Lowry on Brown. Brown just didn’t go down in a heap.

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  70. Aww…

    I was waiting for Shannon’s breakaway dunk to ignite the crowd.

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  71. wooh amazing, no foul but wow

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  72. Andrew is still young. Give him time…

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  73. Get the lead again and we’ll be better.

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  74. I really don’t think Ron Artest can keep hitting these shots all series. But for one game…

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  75. Bad shot.

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  76. Every time we get close, Houston regroups. Come on – we are running out of time!

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  77. am i the only one who cringes and crosses fingers when i see LO step to the line?

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  78. Make free throws!

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  79. Lamar is in one of those nights at the free throw line. He was money from the line in the Utah series.

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  80. unacceptable lamar

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  81. No anon, you’re not. There’s two of us over here…

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  82. Oh come on, we can’t score!

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  83. Lakers feeling the pressure.

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  84. take vujacic out put ariza in…lowry cant guard kobe or ariza

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  85. So far the Rockets are answering the challenge in the 4th. I hope we can keep it up!

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  86. I don’t think Pau Gasol got the memo that he’s playing tonight.

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  87. We’ll be fine. Six minutes to go…down six, call it an omen

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  88. Go at Yao. Go at Yao. Go AT Yao!

    Interior passing, get some bodies moving to the basket, collect some fouls and get him out of there.

    He is a very good man defender, but less so moving to help. Take advantage of our strength.

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  89. If Houston doesn’t win this game … everything has gone their way.

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  90. We re so used to Pau shooting near 70% every single night……

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  91. arent sixes a bad omen?

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  92. Is it just me, or is it nearly impossible to tell what is a foul/not a foul anymore? Battier/Artest are allowed to drape themselves all over Kobe, while Sasha gets called for a touch foul on Artest and Brooks runs into people and gets calls. It was clear with the Celtics-Bulls series – there is no rhyme or rhythm to the fouls. I think it really detracts from the game, as much as I love the NBA.

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  93. Only if it’s three of them anon, only if it’s three of them… 😉

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  94. fish shouldnt be guarding brooks

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  95. @@#$%^&*()(*@#&U&!!!! He was NOT out of bounds!

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  96. I hope Yao is well.He s a nice clean opponent

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  97. hope yao’s OK…i dont want any excuses when the lakers win
    …but seriously it sucks when ppl get injured

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  98. Never out of bounds. No way

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  99. Wow this would suck if Yao’s seriously injured. I have so much respect for this guy. I think the play that encapsulated it was when Odom drove into the paint and basically drove his elbow into Yao’s ribs and Yao got called for the foul. That guy does so much and plays so hard, hate to see a guy like that go down.

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  100. Get Fisher out of there!

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  101. Ouch. Hard hit Yao took there.

    And Lamar was not out of bounds.

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  102. Man, this takes all the fun out of winning if Yao is hurt. I feel bad for the guy, he plays hard and brings it every night.

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  103. I’m looking at play-by-play because of the office firewall. What happened to Yao, please?

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  104. refs completely screwed odom on that breakaway…

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  105. Put Farmar in.

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  106. Oh crap. I would NEVER wish a severe injury on any player, but still… this makes the series a lot easier on us.

    I am very conflicted right now.

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  107. Mimsy, thanks for a witty return. Hope Yao comes back all right. Looks like a bone bruise perhaps

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  108. thedon,

    Kobe’s knee collided with Yao’s knee when Kobe drove and tried to break the double team. Yao went down and looks like he’s in pain.

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  109. Come on Yao. Please!!!

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  110. Just because Yao is out doesn’t mean we’re going to win.

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  111. Yet again, the focus is not on the players, or the flow of the game. The focus is on the referees.

    Ultimately, fans will decide they are not paying to watch referees. Stern and Co need to fix the problem.

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  112. Glad to see Yao return.

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  113. Lakers need to test that knee.

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  114. Kobe’s gone cold. Need more ball movement. Maybe some PNR.

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  115. We cannot just have Kobe Hero mode, high pick and roll, run some of the offense, get some points in transition.

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  116. kobe going cold, not good

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  117. How was Kobe? Good to see Yao get back. I mean, in a respectful-opponent-sorta-way.

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  118. Okay, this is dumb of Houston. Save him for game 2.

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  119. man 3pt% is atrocious tonight

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  120. 313. The Lakers are not losing this game because of the refs. They are doing it all themselves, with an assist from the Rockets. Too many missed open shots. Like that one by Fish.

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  121. Lakers have been out of sync all night.

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  122. Lakers can’t hit any open 3’s tonight.

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  123. The Lakers have missed so many open jumpers tonight.

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  124. we need a couple of stops and it’s all good

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  125. Kobe is shooting us out of this game.

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  126. I hate to amit it but we don t deserve to win

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  127. well that should do it, congrats to rockets they played great

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  128. Wow we’re about to give this one up. We took the Rockets far too lightly. I wasn’t calling this one in 5, but I didn’t think they would lead like this wire to wire.

    We can play so much better, but that was never the issue. The issue was which Lakers team would show up. We have ourselves an uphill series, barring some heroics.

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  129. 327

    He’s getting plenty of help from the rest of the team in that regard.

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  130. Rockets took advantage of the Lakers poor play.

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  131. I mean admit it

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  132. It is not good. And it is not on the Rockets for playing great. If any one of our players would actually make a wide open shot we would be in the lead by now.

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  133. game. over.

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  134. This game is over.

    For all those fans who didn’t give Houston a chance to win a game you are full of it.

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  135. Please please please put Lamar back in the lineup next game Phil

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  136. we did everything we could to lose so we will.

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  137. An awful, flat, inexcusable effort. What a letdown.

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  138. Kobe is far from shooting us out of the game. He may have 29 shots, and we are also 2-16 from 3 pt range. I’m willing to bet ten of those misses were wide open. Kobe is far from the reason we are losing in this game.

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  139. If we’ve been getting wide open shots, then that means that the plays are being executed well, right? So it’s just a matter of making them.

    Ah well… I guess we’re not taking the title with a 16-1 record anymore.

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  140. Clutch, Zephid – I hate to say I told you so, but…

    although i guess there’s still plenty of time for us to win in 5

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  141. Kobe waits until 1:36 to decide to drive. Excellent idea. Even when he was on fire, I had a feeling we’d die by his jumpshot. That said I can’t criticize Kobe because no one’s done anything else except LO.

    Kobe always comes back with a vengeance. Nasty loss, though.

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  142. I respectfully disagree Kurt. The referees can, and do swing games.

    Odom’s out of bounds was not only likely 2 points, but also a big momentum swing and crowd-pleaser.

    And, the tone the referees set, such as allowing Brooks to run into Lakers bigs to create fouls, or calling touch fouls on Odom and Bynum, or not calling the constant hand checking/body bumping on Artest or Battier.

    All that matters.

    In a game where the difference between winning and losing is measured in 2 or 3 possessions, that adds up. In the NBA virtually every game is that close.

    Why do we expect the players to be the best of the best, but allow the referees to be suspect, at best.

    Do you really contend that the Laker-Rocket game was called to the same standard and tone as the Celtics-Magic game?

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  143. well NOW Kobe gets to the line.

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  144. We lost because we missed a ton of open shots, which is not going to be a problem as the series goes on. Gasol is not going to miss the uncontested 15 footers, we’re going to hit the open threes, and so on and such forth.

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  145. wiseolgoat – Props. I’d rather take an opponent too seriously than too lightly anyday.

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  146. No surprise. Speedy point guard and mid-range shooting big expose our weaknesses once again.

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  147. Kobe is part of the problem tonight. Too much 1-on-1 and cast offs. Not enough running the offense.

    The team just decided not to run any triangle offense and their shots were off when just going 1-on-1 – normal when playing the Rockets.

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  148. That’s one of the few times I’d like to see Phil call a timeout. Quick shot would have saved us 10-15 seconds

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  149. Maybe not, at this point I’m just frustrated

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  150. 3 point shooting (or lack thereof) killed us tonight. We got shots we wanted, and just didn’t hit them. Credit to the Rockets for scoring consistently, but I don’t see us having 3 more games like this.

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  151. 344 – Complaining about the refs gets us no where. We had plenty of opportunities, very few players showed up today.

    Nasty punch in the mouth. When was the last time we lost a series opener as the favored team, dating back to the championship teams? (Last year’s Finals do not count).

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  152. The Lakers were out of sync, the spacing was bad, sloppy passes, and lots of missed open shots. Disappointing loss. But I have to hand it to the Rockets they played great tonight (Yao was awesome) and they answered every run the Lakers threw at them.

    Oh well, need to regroup, look at the tape and fix the spacing on the offense. And knocking down some shots would help.

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  153. kobe shouldve been driving all game…im cool w/ jumpshots when the majority of them are going in, but cmon…

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  154. 3 – I agree with you 100%. Obviously it’s a stretch to say that that the refs were completely responsible for us losing, but at key moments in the game they have made calls that stemmed our momentum.

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  155. Nobody showed up to play but Kobe and Bynum why did Phil pull Bynum?

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  156. @snoopy2006 in 352

    the 1 loss in our 16-0 was a game 1 homeloss

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  157. And we have some of the worst fans ever where is the energy? from the crowd

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  158. Would have preferred to see Andrew have more burn. His shots were going down against Yao.

    I think Phil will make the necessary adjustments as the series goes on. We were flat the whole night and our shots will start falling.

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  159. Why do people think it’s so easy for Kobe to drive against Houston’s defense?

    I’m not bothered about him taking a lot of jumpers (which he always does) but with all the isolations down the stretch. Where was the triangle? Where were the pick-and-rolls to exploit Yao?

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  160. F#%$!!!! This was not a good loss!

    Did anyone other than Kobe and Andrew show up to play or even to put in an effort?

    Yes, I am very unhappy with this loss. Not with the fact that it is a loss, but with the way we lost it.

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  161. It’s absolutely laughable to blame the refs, the fans, etc. Houston played great D, and we were flat, didn’t run the offense and, as Reed suggested, Fish defending Brooks was indeed our fatal flaw. Any other view is total denial.

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  162. mico

    which team did we lose to and which series?

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  163. And where was Pau’s game tonight why does he play so wimpy?

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  164. we ran some pick and rolls, but Kobe as the ballhandler needs to attack harder on them to get Yao moving more. As it is he probes and stops, thus letting Yao not have to cover as much ground before Battier or whoever recovers.

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  165. 344. The refs can only determine a game if you play poorly enough to leave it in their hands. First, Odom’s heal was over that line and may or may not have gone down on it but it was close. And that goes back to my first point — hit some threes, play smarter in the first half, and it doesn’t matter what the refs call later.

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  166. that sucked.

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  167. Lakers will win game 2, no doubt. They just played a bad game tonight and were very unprepared. Time to wake up Lakers

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  168. I think they’d play more consistently if Phil Jackson picked a lineup and stuck with it. It seems that Gasol does not know how to play the offense with Bynum which is understandable from the time missed. Good win though by Houston, I’m becoming a Yao believer.

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  169. I bet the Cavs dont lay an egg tuesday

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  170. I actually thought Kobe and Bynum hurt us the most. A lot of bad, contested shots, no ball movement, and lackadaisical defense. Never tried to establish Pau or run the offense. We knew the 3-pt shooting wasn’t going to continue, but there’s no excuse for Kobe playing the way he did tonight. I didn’t think Houston did anything amazing. Playing like that we would’ve lost to anybody.

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  171. the other Stephen May 4, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    big ol’ props to shane and yao for coming back and playing hard.

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  172. I totally agree with a lot of posters here. The refs were very bad tonight. I do not remember one Kobe possession where he was not pushed or shoved by Artest or Battier. You do that to anyone, even Aaron Brooks and that’s a foul. I have no clue why Kobe does not get respect from the refs even though he is a superstar.

    And in a 2 possession game like tonight, every missed call matters. Yes, the Lakers did not play very well, but they should have won even with that performance if not for the refs.

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  173. I will tell you now, if you want to make a point about losing go ahead, but frustrated ranting will just get deleted.

    366. I really hate it when people decide Gasol is “wimpy” because he can’t bang with 7-6 Yao, that is plain poor logic. He had an off night shooting, but don’t start coming in here with the soft thing. He was not great tonight, not up to what we expect of him, but he was not soft. Do better than to regurgitate what the media tells you.

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  174. It’s not so much the effort but Houston’s gameplan and some untimely possessions. It’s up to the Lakers to find a way to counter or this series could be a long one.

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  175. Jordan has the only positive +/- , that’s saying something

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  176. 362 – No one’s saying it’s easy, but Kobe’s shown to have a quickness advantage on Artest. When the game starting getting out of reach, he also started driving much more, with no major changes in the Rockets defense. It’s not easy, but very possible, and it’s something that we needed.

    Agreed, the main problem was awful execution the entire game from the entire team. We hung around through some steals, a couple players turning it on in stretches, but we never exerted influence on this game. The passing was never crisp, the triangle offense never really run for long stretches.

    Odom did a yeoman’s work on the boards. Not overall (only 5 boards) but he kept us in the game with a few offensive rebounds tonight.

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  177. Why is everyone blaming Kobe and Drew? they are the only ones who showed up

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  178. j. d. hastings May 4, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Weird Stat: Houston had 10 more team rebounds than the lakers. Not that they had 10 more rebounds than the lakers as individuals, but on “Team Rebounds” that aren’t credited to any player they had 10 more than LA. These are shots that bounce out of bounds, etc.

    That’s 10 extra plays literally due to the bounce of stray balls.

    Nice Paul Pierce by Yao Ming.

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  179. Lewis,

    Comparing Houston to Atlanta is like heaven and earth.

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  180. You’re right Kurt but damn he has to try to dominate scola etc

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  181. I’ll admit I was wrong, but much like poker, just because you won the pot doesn’t mean you made the right play. We lost because we missed 7-8 open threes. If we had made even two of them, we would have won. If you can say you predicted we would shoot 2-17 from three, then props to you, but we were still in this game despite our Top 3 scorers having sub-par games (Kobe, Gasol, Odom). If anything, this game reassures the observations I made earlier, where the Rockets simply cannot score against us in the 4th quarter (16 of their 30 points where from the free throw line).

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  182. Kurt, I am not blaming the refs for the loss – we shot the ball poorly, never got a rhythm offensively and played with little passion. I just don’t understand how contact can vary so much, why there is no consistency in the way they treat fouls. I’ve coached high school for over 10 years, all I expect is the game to be balanced and consistent. The box score is skewed by the fouls in the end, but 26-14? Battier/Artest with 4 fouls total, with all of the holding/hand-checking that goes on with Kobe? You can’t expect it to be perfect, but at least players should have a clear sense of what will be a foul and not a foul.

    Game 1 we deserved to lose, no question. I just hope that Jackson sends a message that Battier/Artest can’t continue to grab/ride Kobe all the time if the Rockets are going to get all of those little touch fouls.

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  183. The Lakers came out lethargic and dug themselves into a hole that they just couldn’t get out of. You missed a lot of easy shots. But the Rockets played tough and did what was needed to take advantage of what was given to us. I don’t expect the Lakers to play so poorly the rest of this series, but I will say again that the Rockets with push this series far. One win really doesn’t mean anything against a team as good as yours, but I’ll take the effort that the Rockets put out there tonight and live with the outcome of the series.

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  184. People saying Bynum showed up? He looked tired, lazy and slow to me. Not hitting the boards, not taking it to the hoop. I understand with the bad knee and probably not in shape, but seriously. The Lamar and Pau combination was working better afaict.

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  185. I wondered how Houston would survive the fourth. I predicted that Phil’s change in defense would take the ball out of Yao’s hands, and Ron’s 1-on-1 game would help us. But they actually got a great balanced effort, that started with Brooks. Brooks not only hit timely shots, but he found Yao for a couple open jumpers and made much better decisions with the ball than Artest.

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  186. Thats why In my opinion the Lakers have a tougher road to the finals then the Cavs BCR

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  187. Lewis – it’s also why, claims to the contrary, this “Eastern Conference resurgence” is a myth.

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  188. And sorry for the double post, but I agree with the poster mentioning the hand checking of Kobe. How is it that Battier and Artest are allowed to violate the NBA’s cardinal rule every time down the floor? In LA?

    But, I agree with Kurt, hit your shots and the refs can’t do anything.

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  189. As we all know it comes down to shots

    but if i need to hear about “the lakers losing another 20 point lead”, I think I might go senile.

    So, because we are a favorite to win the championship, it is assumed that we will blow out our first round opponent by twenty points plus every time we gain that lead?

    I love Chuck, but somebody please tell him that basketball is a game of runs.

    The Lakers will be fine. This may be the best game the Rockets play all series.

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  190. Then again, I do agree with his philosophy towards defense: it builds consistency. However, making shots vs. not making shots makes the game a little clearer

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  191. On a random note, I find it ironic that the Lakers fan base has the reputation of having the most trolls. If you look at the game threads tonight on both major Laker blogs, I see very little non-basketball criticizing of the opponents, unnecessary bashing, and disgusting homerism overall. Most of the criticism is fair and directed at our own players. If you look at most blogs for other teams during any series, you see far more homerism and bashing and nonsensical conversation than you do in the Lakers game threads.

    Can you imagine Kobe going down with an injury and having most opposing fans actually pleading for Kobe to be OK and re-enter the game? Kudos to the members of both blogs for representing real Lakers fans well.

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  192. I don’t expect Pau and Bynum to all of a sudden become Russel /Chamberlain on defense, but he must start to defend the lane better Pau offer no resistance when players drive to the basket that has to stop

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  193. wiseolgoat & Zephid,

    Too soon for me to admit defeat. You’ll have to wait until at least after game 3 for me to do that. We’ll see what happens. Zephid made a good points above, too.

    That said, I’m pretty pissed right now. What I just didn’t happen only because of too much rest. The playoffs must’ve started because I’m actually angry. I’m out until Wed night/Thursday. Peace.

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  194. Things we did well:

    -Make Yao turn the ball over: Gasol was able to poke a few balls away and Fisher got his hands on a couple as well
    -Kobe drive on Artest
    -Get in the passing lanes
    -Rotate onto three point shooters

    Things we did not do well:

    -Make open shots (2-17 from three)
    -Push the pace (only 92 points, with a large bunch of them coming in the last 2 minutes)
    -Double Yao quicker to force him to get rid of the ball
    -Hit the offensive glass, hard
    -Stop Brooks’ penetration

    We’ll bounce back well. The Rockets can take their moment of glory, but we will have the last laugh.

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  195. Kurt why you delete my comment? The Lakers were bad tonight and deserved to lose. Thats all I said. You should be deleting these people comments who blame the refs for the loss.

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  196. “I like turtles” May 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but I think Farmar needs to get more burn in this series. Aaron Brooks was eating everyone up, including Shannon Brown.

    I guess this game shuts up all those predicting a Lakers sweep (incluing John Ireland) Houston creates some matchup problems for the Lakers at almost every position. This is going to be a battle.

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  197. clutch – trust me, I’m pretty pissed right now too. I was hoping you’d be right but it doesn’t look like it’ll happen.

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