Lakers/Rockets Game 2 Chat

Kurt —  May 6, 2009

Kobe Relax
The T-shirt idea posted over at the LA Times Lakers Blog (and shown above) really sums up my thoughts. There are a lot of people saying the Lakers lost home-court advantage, but that’s not how I see it — of the six games left, they are split evenly. What having the HCA gives you is breathing room if you have a bad game. The Lakers had theirs, but this is far, far from over.

As for what the Lakers need to do, it is get back to their offense, which I think Houston assistant coach Elston Turner described very well in a TrueHoop story (from Kevin) that I thought was the best on the first game:

“Spontaneous creativity — that’s what makes them so tough,” Turner said of the Lakers, as he marked up the board. “They’re so flexible offensively. That kind of flexibility is unique, and you need defensive flexibility to stay with them.”

One of the most insightful commenters here had a great rundown of things that need to change after game one, and so I’m just going to let him have the floor:

First of all a strategy that depends on Yao wearing down is not going to work. I don’t know what kind of ginseng he’s been taking but the Yao of yesterday does not drain that 20 footer at the end of the game and 40 minutes of court time.

Some of the Lakers problems were temporary. Lack of shooting touch, slow on rotations, etc… these will naturally be improved. But some problems are structural. These problems need a change in strategy.

1. Aaron Brooks. The problem he posed was different to the problems D-Will and even to some extent, Chris Paul poses. He broke Fisher down without needing a screenroll. The Lakers have gotten better at defending the screenroll with Pau or Lamar showing hard and recovering to his man. But Brooks just blew by Fisher, never giving the help defense the chance to affect him. Brooks is similar to Parker, a shoot-first point guard who can get into the lane and finish. The Lakers should consider putting Ariza on Brooks who can leave space to prevent penetration and still bother his shot. This would leave Kobe on Artest (Ariza did not slow Artest at all) and create a matchup problem with Fish on Battier but I’d rather have Battier taking up Yao’s low post possessions instead of taking the corner 3. I’m not convinced that Farmar can stay in front of Brooks as he’s not demonstrated this ability against any other point guard in the league whereas Fish is strong enough to hold his position against Battier.

2. On offense the Lakers simply have to do better executing 2 simple plays. High screenroll with Kobe and Pau and mid-post with Kobe. The Rockets are doing a good job defending the screenroll by having Battier cheat off Kobe toward the right side of the court. Ideally Kobe would have the ball on the strongside (left side of the court) and Pau would flash up to screen his man, resulting in either in a Kobe dribble drive down the right side of the court (the new strong side) or being double -teamed which can create the highly effective hockey pass to Odom on the high post and Pau diving to the hole. But the Rockets anticipate this screenroll and when Pau flashes up to set the pick, Battier is in front of Kobe and already shading to the weakside. Thus when Pau sets the screen, the pick is a backside pick and the only avenue left for Kobe is to double back toward the strongside (left side) where the defenders funnel him toward the baseline. This defense is exactly out of the Michael Lewis article. To combat Battier’s stance, the Lakers have to change the initiator of the triangle sequence. You know the sequence that Fisher runs where he dumps the ball off to the high post, cuts down and then doubles back to receive the hand-off (yes picture it, Fisher usually takes a 20 foot jump shot off of this sequence). Instead of Fish, this has to be Kobe. If Kobe initiates this sequence on the left side of the floor, he can receive the hand-off from Pau who also picks off a trailing Battier. The screenroll now is dangerous, with either Kobe one-on-one with a showing Yao or being doubled by a trailing Battier. The Rockets now are rotating furiously to cope and shooters are open everywhere on the floor. I’m disappointed that the coaches do not have a solution for this defense because this is what the Rockets have run each and every game since last year.
Also, Kobe must simply work harder to establish the mid-post position on the right side of the court. You know the plethora of moves he has from this position. We saw this once last night with Kobe getting a good shot in the lane.

On a macro note, some times it is not your night. The 50/50 plays went the Rocket’s way. Someone posted about the team rebounds being an indicator. There were many sequences where the Rockets made shots with the clock winding down. And still the Lakers had chances. I expect the Lakers to win the next game as Kobe should come out very aggressive continue his forays into the lane that he started late in the 4th quarter. But the win would be easier if Phil addresses the structural problems and not just count on more effort. I don’t know whether Phil’s adjustments will have any similarity to the ones being suggested by FBG readers but it will be interesting to see what they are going to be.

Nomuskles suggested in the comments the Lakers may need to give Brooks the Steve Nash treatment — don’t let him facilitate, make him score. He will, but it’s less dangerous. Maybe that’s an option.

But what I really want to see tonight is some made shots.


655 responses to Lakers/Rockets Game 2 Chat

  1. Chris J – Jackson hasn’t made any adjustments? LOL. Apparently you haven’t actually been watching the games. On the Lakersblog, some are complaining because he is making too many adjustments.

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  2. Artest doesn’t even have his eyes open on some of those shots.

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  3. I really don’t understand how the Lakers could play this bad. Almost everyone predicted Lakers in 5, and look where we are now.

    Having lost Game 1, it didn’t worry me much. The Lakers are a good road team and (now hopefully) will win one in Houston. The thing that worries me is HOW they’re losing and HOW they lost Game 1, and now, especially, HOW the Lakers can’t seem to pull it together.

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  4. I got a chuckle out of Eddie House saying the Celtics don’t use bush league tactics.

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  5. The lakers really need a Eddie House type player off the bench, a role player that will hit open 3’s. We thought Sasha was that player but apparently 07-08 Sasha was a figment of my imagination. The Rockets don’t respect any Laker shooters and have basically packed it in and dared the lakers role players to beat them.

    I hate to say this but with Bynum playing like Olawakandi, and Farmar, Fisher, and Sasha incapable of hitting open shots, last year Lakers were a better team then this years team…

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  6. Zephid, I have said many positive things about this team, Kobe is amazing, but does that really need to be said?? Gasol has been ok, but as for everyone else, they have plaid badly the whole night, most notibly the bench, which is my book, is now a big weakness for this team.

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  7. I just hope that Pau can hang in for the rest of the game, because Bynum is offering nothing out there.

    That was awful, but I have to think that we can’t play any worse. The game’s tied. Think of it as a two quarter game. But hell, this is really a two quarter season right here.

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  8. Yes Man, no real Laker fan would say the series is over before halftime of game two. That’s how you get called out for trolling. Simple.

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  9. 207–Fisher is hitting his shots. He’s 3-4.

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  10. @ yes man
    if ur not trolling, then i think ur panicking too soon. its a tied game at halftime. we saw how well they can play in the 1st. the rockets are definitely a tough opponent that have a legit chance at winning, but i think some of it is the lakers fault just for losing focus. phil using random lineups never used before doesnt help either. i have a feeling theyll come out strong in the 3rd.

    …even tho optimism can be slightly delusional, it cant hurt 😉

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  11. We’re panicking quite a bit and I’m sure with hindsight some of our comments will seem twisted by panic and the heat of the moment, so I may regret saying this – but a lot of this is on Phil. He can’t make guys make shots, but Adelman has outcoached him so far in this series (admittedly, their personnel allows them to exploit mismatches better than ours does).

    194 – I was actually thinking along similar lines. The Rockets and Pistons are very little alike basketball wise but the situation is the same. Underestimated, tough, scrappy defensive team.

    I hate getting blindsided like this. It’s a worse feeling than when we were the underdogs against the Suns.

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  12. Rafer Alston shouldn’t get suspended, but a fine of say……$25K would work.

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  13. The difference in this game is that the Rockets are getting the production from the exact players they need it from considering Yao and Brooks have been non-factors. Landry and Wafer hit shots to close the gap and then give the Rockets the lead. Meanwhile Odom, Sasha, and Ariza have been relatively quiet (with only Ariza flashing any punch waaaay back in the 1st quarter). Someone (or someones) are going to have to help out Kobe/Gasol or this game is going to be too close for comfort for the entire 2nd half.

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  14. I think Odom expended all his energy while walking to Staples…
    Bynum situation is mainly a confidence and mental factor. Not sure how he gets up for games, but not supporting the team in huddles and sulking is evident on his face.
    3rd QTR efficiency is extremely important and the series is on the line now…we better start hustling and throwing some weight around. We’re getting pushed around by “undrafted” and 2nd round journeymen.

    Sorry for venting like this…

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  15. i’m diggin that pocket hankerchief thing in harlan’s pocket. let’s see more transition and more pau gasol. and a few three’s landing wouldn’t hurt either.

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  16. I was going to hold off on posting at all during this game, but I’m just too stressed out by that second quarter! Landry and Artest are both hotter than either player has any right to be! Meanwhile, Ariza, Luke, Fish, and the rest of our shooters can’t get an open look to go down. I mean, things HAVE to even out, the law of averages is just on our side, but I am losing hair waiting for it to happen! Again, I found myself immensely frustrated by the Lakers losing ground when Yao was sitting.

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  17. Rockets shooting 63% eFG% for the game. Pace now back to 92 possessions for the game (one slower than last game). Simply, the Lakers need to defend and convert that into points in transition.

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  18. Thank you Kurt. 🙂

    Now, back to business. We do not have a problem with softness. “Soft” and “tough” are lame labels people use when they need a cop-out and feel too lazy to actually think and analyze. Our problem is one of a short attention span. We lose focus the moment things have gone our way for ten points or more. If we could just stop being so f-ing complacent once we get the lead we would own this game by now.

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  19. Alas, Artest is allowed to go left.

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  20. i dont think ive ever seen artest be so efficient…hopefully he cant keep it up

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  21. brilliant ball movement on that first possession.

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  22. @ 214 E-ROC, I say you’ve got to suspend him, even though it was open handed and not that hard, Skip was clearing not doing anything except trying to incite some further fighting. I mean, maybe he caught an elbow there, I can’t really tell, but that could have exploded into a much worse situation and the NBA can’t let it stand…

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  23. 214. Slap to the head? I want the Magic to win but you HAVE to suspend Alston. That is as good as a punch.

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  24. calls starting to go our way…

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  25. Good point, Nick the Great.

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  26. #225,
    They didn’t suspend Rondo, so why suspend Alston? Note that I have not seen the situation, I’m merely being difficult. 😉

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  27. gotta like how we’re starting this half. phew. i wasn’t the jinx!

    much more active defense.

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  28. a fisher 3, an ariza block albeit a pau miss…good!

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  29. Kurt, you’re rooting for the Magic and not for the opportunity to get revenge in the Finals?

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  30. Gasol needs to block that Artest layup.

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  31. exhelodrvr — maybe I should rephrase it: Phil’s not making any effective adjustments, in terms of getting through to this team. How many times will they play smart for a quarter, then go completely away from what had been successful.

    They worked the offense through Pau in the first quarter and good things happened (with thanks to Kobe’s hot shooting). Second quarter, they went away from Pau, went away from crashing the boards, and look where that got them.

    Where’s the desire? Where’s the smart game plan? It’s up to the coaches to instill that, and this team has seldom shown that in these playoffs.

    When’s the last time Houston played stupidly? If they get beat, it’s because the other team is doing more things right. When the Lakers lose/play poorly, it’s more often because they’ve quit doing things right.

    I’m pissed now so maybe I’m not totally rational. But this has got to turn around quickly of it’s summer vacation.

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  32. dear ariza. your shooting card has been revoked. please turn it in to the front desk.

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  33. I think Kobe has come to the conclusion he’s going to have to go supernova for four games to win this series…

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  34. kobe burning the rockets… hopefully that opens up things.

    don’t want to see kobe have to do this night in and out

    tonight, he can not afford a cold spell

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  35. Whoa there Jorge. Troll a bit more obviously, would you?

    in other news, Kobe still it The Man. The Mamba.

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  36. we cannot CANNOT rely on kobe to keep hitting these jumpers. others need to keep pushing. keep pushing. don’t just rely on kobe.

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  37. Can we hire battier as a defensive coach when he retires?

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  38. If Battier is guarding Odom, Odom needs pin his ass in the post and do work. But Kobe has everything covered. 😀

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  39. Jon, the Cavs are coming out of the East, not the Celtics. And I hate the Celtics. I wanted them to not make the playoffs. I wanted them to lose to the Bulls. I want them to lose to Orlando. I want humiliation. I want Bill Simmons to cry.

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  40. I just want to know why we are walking the ball up after a rebound….

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  41. Give the ball to Kobe, his shot is falling right now

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  42. like KB said, “relax”, guys

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  43. can kobe please drive the ball instead of shooting outside shots

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  44. i agree… this is one case in which kobe has to take over since no one else is stepping up. but i’m concerned cos i don’t know if he can keep it up for the whole of the third and fourth. bad things will happen again if phil sits him.

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  45. kobe will only stay this hot if he gets a substantial break in the 4th or end of 3rd

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  46. On a side note, I heard the NBA cares.

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  47. Apparently this Bryant character can score some… I hate having given up that lead, but I at least like what the Lakers are doing to respond. Pau’s jumper is falling some and it’s going to force the defense (read: Yao) to spread a little, giving Kobe more room to operate, and dude is just torching Battier at present…

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  48. i’m w/ you on #240, Kurt!

    @lakergirl: that make’s two of us! i say push push push!

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  49. The Rockets FT defense has been amazing tonight. Everyone on the Lakers are missing FTs.

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  50. @ 241 Kurt – the thought of a broken hearted Simmons is what keeps me going on bad days…

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  51. Now that’s how you attack the basket.

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  52. Love Lamar going straight at Yao.

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  53. Does Yao even have any points????

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  54. attack yao now!

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  55. That would have been SO PRETTY.

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  56. Lakers need to attack the basket more and get to the FT line

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  57. We can’t lose to a team with Brian Cook on it. We can’t.

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  58. yao’s out. let’ get the most out of this and not the 2Q all over again!

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  59. Odom showing some desire out there. I like it.

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  60. If the Celts have no chance of beating Cleveland, wouldn’t you rather allow squeaky-voiced Simmons and Bostonians false hope in return for a greater stomach punch of a loss (to use the admittedly funny Simmons’ phrase) against LeBrawn?

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  61. odom (to yao): sitdown boy!

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  62. Wow Ron Artest is playing at a Kobe like level!!!

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  63. Artest earned a little grin after that shot… Of course, Kobe is earning some smiles of his own.

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  64. i cant stress how much i love fisher

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  65. Now that’s how you go for an offensive rebound. Great job Ariza.

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  66. Trev is so good when active.

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  67. I was catching up on some of the earlier comments from the 2nd quarter as we were losing that first big lead. My favorite Chicken Little moment was probably when somebody posted that the Lakers were “literally falling apart.” If any of our guys lost a limb, I must have missed it.

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  68. Houston is still hitting some shots, but they are tough, contested ones. I can live with that.

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  69. That’s what I want to see from Ariza. Use your quickness to beat Scola.

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  70. It takes a lot of stregnth to tie up Artest he is big guy, but so is fisher (not as tall though but solid).

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  71. cant someone just throw a drink at artest, we need him to enter the tyson zone quickly

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  72. Make Scola finish with his left hand.

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  73. Im glad we came out good, but thats to be expected. Key question is, can we keep it up?

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  74. This is what I’ve wanted to see from Kobe on the P&R. Attack the hedger and try to turn the corner. That’s twice he’s drawn fouls on Hayes on the hedge.

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  75. Wow who would have thought that Odom couldn’t guard Scola

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  76. The key is our defense. We won’t beat houston unless we start getting consistent stops. Everything hinges on this.

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  77. Now that the Lakers are up by a few points, is it time for them to slack off again?

    (kidding)

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  78. wow, almost all rockets shots came from the right side (?) of the court and most were misses.

    attack and take a trip down to free throw lane

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  79. This third quarter is very much an improvement over the second. Love the focus and how we’re starting to go for the jugular. Hit the weak spot! Hit them where it hurts!

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  80. The Lakers are getting to the line tonight. When you can do that against the Rockets, who built a defense around not fouling, you are in good shape.

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  81. R,
    Do not jinx this!!!

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  82. What is Kobe doing? Rotate!

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  83. wow, artest is mighty efficient tonight. he’s been keeping it close.

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  84. Wow poor rotations there, no rotation actually. Can’t leave a hot Artest wide open.

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  85. what ever happened to that height advantage in the front court when Yao goes to the bench…hmmm…
    And nice defensive rotations leaving Ron Ron wide open for 3’s
    Phil better say the right things in this time out

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  86. Has Artest always been a lights out shooter?

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  87. Ok, so maybe Gasol should’ve rotated off the stiff known as Chuck Hayes and get to Artest?

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  88. That three was all on Kobe and Odom, I just replayed it and they both went into the paint and played freelance defense near Scola, leaving Ariza out high with Battier and Artest.

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  89. what happened to the real ron artest?? this cant be him

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  90. I must say Artest is wowing me out there. I’m praying something sets him off.

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  91. E-Roc,
    Kobe was out of position but was at least helping on the baseline. We were in scramble mode and really that’s Gasol’s rotation but he stuck to Hayes. Kobe was only out of position because he got sucked in on Brooks’ penetration. I wouldn’t put that one on #24.

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  92. The Lakers are a half-step slow right now on their rotations.

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  93. And Kobe dribbles into a corner

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  94. rockets playing with a lot of confidence.

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  95. Scola can not guard Gasol, why are we not gong to Gasol on the block.

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  96. Look at the +/- and it looks like so many Lakers games at the end of the season — every starter in double-digit +, every bench player in the -, while the Rockets are in reverse.

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  97. Here we go again.No Yao ,no touchs for Pau.It s driving me crazy¡

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  98. I love Collins throwing a Butch & Sundance quote in there. Right now the difference seems to me that the Rockets are hitting their open threes and the Lakers are not. As I said, at some point that will even out!

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  99. kurt, is there any point trying to predict when lamar is going to have a good series, it seems entirely random to me

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  100. The Rockets do a great job of bodying players without fouling.

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  101. There are a lot of fantasy players watching this game and thinking “where was this Artest all season?”

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  102. The Rockets looked like they traveled twice on that last possession.

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  103. We’ll take that call.

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  104. This is fun.

    It may be nerve-wracking, but this is a dogfight. It reminds me of the old Kings series, or battles against the Spurs. A real gritty battle against an equal, worthy team.

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  105. and that one

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  106. How long will Kobe be out resting?

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  107. Kurt, the funny thing about Artest is that I think he’s a player that’s built for the playoffs. It’s a lot harder to go astray mentally when you see the same guy on the other side of the court every other night. And when you look at his team success when they actually reach the post season and he’s done well.

    BTW, beautiful pass by Luke.

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  108. OMG, I could swear I just saw a beautiful execution of the offense.

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  109. L.O.! Show some aggression!

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  110. Sasha and Scola with the battle of the Hair!

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  111. LMAO did anyone see Jack on the sidelines trying to calm the refs down?

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  112. joey crawford…it was just a matter of time before techs were called

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  113. LOL, even the refs are pushing Scola away.

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  114. The Houston Rockets definitely have the Lakers attention!!!

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  115. I would pay at least $20 to hear a transcript of that chirping.

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  116. wow! what happened? so many technical fouls!

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  117. Especially after watching Luke’s Life as a Laker videos.

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  118. Ha. Odom. All smiles all the time. Dude has fun out there.

    Ok, I don’t get why Powell is in there. Maybe Mbenga can do better.

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  119. What’s obvious is that Phil has lost all confidence in Bynum.

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  120. All that chirping and missed the free throws.

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  121. That’s a flop

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  122. Oh wow.

    Wow wow wow.

    That was uncharacteristic. I’ve never seen that from Fish.

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  123. wow…that was some serious acting. i mean fish is strong, but scola’s twice his size

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  124. Oh, man. Fisher with the shot to Scola.

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  125. Fish can lay a hit

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  126. bring in shanwow.

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  127. FISH! Linebacker hit. That was a de-cleater.

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  128. Ah, Fisher no need for that.

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  129. This is getting really, really physical now. It’s detracting from our game now. Lamar missing the FTs, Fish gone. This is uncharacteristic.

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  130. That’s my man, Fisher. Hopefully, the team will wake the hell up. Will that be a suspension?

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  131. What’s wrong with Yao?

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  132. Fisher is going to be tossed

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  133. Are they ejecting him!?! That is completely uncalled for! Scola flopped that worse than a dying fish!

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  134. This could be a rallying point for both teams. Lets see who grabs the reigns.

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  135. wow. fish is out.

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  136. Flagrant foul 2? Just looking at the play-by-play. What happened, please?

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  137. This false toughness thing of the last couple of minutes is going to come back to haunt the Lakers!

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  138. i dont know if that was really stupid by fish or good for sending a message

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  139. No, this is bush league folks and Lakers are a team. This is not toughness. This is if you can’t beat them, pummel them.

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  140. wow. so fish will be out next game?

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  141. i hope he doesnt get suspended, we need his experice and clutchness

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  142. Did Doug Collins just make the same point as me?

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  143. Wow Sasha. Excited much? I did that once in a Y game in 5th grade and have never done that since.

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  144. That’s what I’m talking about. Fish just sent a message that all this soft talk about the Lakers is b******t. And more pt for Shannon.

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  145. Not sure if that was smart or not, but it had spine and toughness, and it made me pump my fist and grin.

    Much needed demonstration of stones. Now let’s show some brains and heart.

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  146. How about that for soft?

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  147. We need to play ball and not get caught up in being “tough”

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  148. I don’t know about this, I worried about Fish checking Brooks after game one like everybody else, but we can use his shooting in the fourth. Now does anybody know if there could be a suspension coming for Fish after a flagrant two like that? It’s a concern for me.

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  149. I’m wondering what made Fish decide he should do that. That play totally reminded me of Zidane in the World Cup.

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  150. Go FISH!! I love it. That’s what this team needs…someone to light a fire.

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  151. Fishy just dopped a 187 on a mothafuggin rocket.

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  152. does this mean kobe has to be a supernova again come game 3 in a fairly hostile houston arena?

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  153. Cmon Fish, you’re a vet. Could have got him some other time, that was way too blatant. Cheap shots don’t make you tough…

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  154. I think Fish could have been a little more crafty in leveling that foul.

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  155. if this doesnt pump the team up, i dont know WHAT WILL! Fish just stuck up for all of them…u go tiger

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  156. Ugh, now the bench.

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  157. If the lakers didn’t have a rep of being a soft team that backs down to toughness then Fisher wouldn’t have done that, he’s definitely sending a message that there is no way they are going out the way they did last year.

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  158. Zephid, its just stupid if you ask me. Up by double digits, the last thing to do is to do something to get ejected and give the other team free throws and possessions to get back in the game. Though, Fisher is tough, we all knew that.

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  159. Wow, serious? You guys honestly think Fish thought, “Let me show my toughness”? I percevied it as “Don’t f*** with my teammates!”

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  160. That was not the ideal time for us to give the Rockets free points with the technical and flagrant foul … I hope it doesn’t become a factor in the game’s outcome.

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  161. kmart did something similar to dirk and it fueled the nuggets. lets hope it does the same for the lakers.

    imo, fisher usually fights tough through screens, it just so happens that scola didnt fight the contact and fell. that, and fisher raised his elbow quite a bit. i wouldn’t say it was vicious, it just had a bit more umph to it.

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  162. Fish thought he was play hockey and gave Scola shoulder check. A bit unexpected from Fisher.

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  163. Do you guys even realize how much brotherhood between the guys is going to come as a result of that f*&#king awesome hit?

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  164. Now the articles tomorrow won’t be about being tough. It’ll be about being unintelligent. The media, gotta love it.

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  165. He better not be suspended- it was a good hit but Scola for sure flopped. Phil knows how to sell this.

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  166. wow…ron artest makes that same play and doug collins would spend two minutes denigrating him. But because it’s derek fisher, it’s somehow commendable. fine if you want to hit someone hard, but that was bush league. I agree with emh…could have been a lot more crafty.

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  167. Great Wall- I agree. All that fugazy crap is clown shoes. Lets just blow them out and talk about toughness later.

    Ominous start to the quarter.

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  168. Can’t crowd lowry at the 3 line.

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  169. Uh oh, the dreadful second unit…..

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  170. I think Fish might get suspended. He raised his elbow pretty high.

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  171. theshmoes,
    So what you’re saying is Scola flopped very blatantly which made it look like an ejection-worthy foul? *innocently*

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  172. Funny. Lakers got it bad. When they play tough, it’s called fake toughness or pummeling. when other teams do it, it’s tough. Can’t win them all.

    Bynum comes in and it’s a free drive through the lane. Bynum needs to d-up.

    Stop with the early fouling already.

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  173. Interesting that Phil is going with Farmar to start the fourth here and not Brown. How huge would it be for Jordan if he produced…

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  174. wow…amazing tip

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  175. How is this lineup in the game right now?

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  176. and now the refs are punishing the lakers for fish’s foul. love those nba refs.

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  177. And dammit Reed, I’m hating you cause you look right about Drew

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  178. For God s sake Phil¡It s 4th quarter of game 2.Bring Kobe and Pau back RIGHT NOW

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  179. Blatant travel by Luke- lucky that didn’t get called.

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  180. Yeehaw!!!! Go Luke and Sasha!!

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  181. Three fouls in the first two minutes. Great, hustle by Jordan though to hit the court…

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  182. Ron Artest, you are not Kobe Bryant.

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  183. Great defense.

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  184. This is why Fisher makes that foul, Joe. Look at our team play. Look at the effort.

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  185. Luke Walton: “X Factor”?

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  186. That’s what makes Lamar so good- coast to coast and the pretty dish from the 6’11 dude.

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  187. That’s some life from our bench.

    Farmar is doing what we thought he should do at the start of the year.

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  188. If Farmar ends up being the difference-maker in this 4th quarter, I’m not sure there’s much that could make me happier …

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  189. The Lakers are digging and getting strips. Its nice to see. All those plays were going to the Rockets on Monday and in the 2nd quarter tonight. We need more of that.

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  190. Though he should’ve thrown it down in Brooks’ face.

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  191. now they gotta prepare for the inevitable rocket run…

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  192. welcome back bench mob. we’ve been anticipating your arrival.

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  193. Luke is getting his body in front of Artest, Ron thinks he can just take him and Luke is being physical, and that keyed the last couple turnovers, slowing the drive and letting the help get there.

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  194. Honestly, it’s these last two plays by Luke on Artest that make me feel like he can be effective against Ron. Lukes got a big enough body to take the hit and Luke also lacks the quickness to over react to Ron’s herky jerky style (if that makes sense). And how about Farmar with some hustle!

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  195. LOL, Sasha was attempting a dunk and then realize it wasn’t going to happen and save himself from embarrassment with a nice lay in. Sasha dunking is a rarity.

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  196. farmar! for more! ..am typing in lower case as not to jinx him.

    this is a must-win game so i guess i would be more fired up if this were game 3 at houston

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  197. Tell me no damn it! Tell me no! Come on fish take a damned bow you deserve the credit for this 4th quarter blowout!

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  198. I can’t remember the last time the Lakers second unit forced the opposing team to call time out

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  199. harrydoballin May 6, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    farmar playin shannon brown defense of 3 weeks ago = me likey

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