Lakers/Rockets Game 6 Chat

Kurt —  May 14, 2009

First, yesterday the conversation in the comments turned to Phil Jackson and his coaching style — is part of the reason for the Lakers inconsistency based on Jackson’s laidback style during games? I’ve always thought that Lakers fans desire to see a coach pace the sidelines and yell a little is more based on the need for a cathartic release at players they are frustrated with than actual coaching issues.

But then in the comments Craig W. made a fantastic point:

I remember watching a very successful coach who also didn’t believe in making too many in-game changes and also did almost all his teaching between games — John Wooden…

It is a unique style, but one I would expect players with high IQs (Walton, Wilkes, Alcindor, Warren) would thrive in. The players must be smart and mentally tough to be able to function in all kinds of game situations without coaching interference. I think it is the best possible situation for a player, but they must be able to handle themselves. I wonder if this isn’t the reason most ‘modern’ players don’t enjoy systems run in this fashion – and why most coaches won’t try to institute them.

He added later that Wooden was very slow to call timeouts.

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As for the game, the Lakers did a fantastic job in game 5 of exploiting mismatches — basically use their size to control the paint. The early big-on-big action of Pau Gasol passing to Andrew Bynum really set the tone for the Lakers, and the Rockets really have no answer for it. As we have seen this year, the Lakers need to feel the flow on offense for them to bring the energy on the defensive end (the Lakers are 7-0 in the playoffs when scoring 100+ points, 0-3 when under that number). Early offense from the bigs or even Kobe will be important.

The other thing the Lakers need to do is take the ball out of Brooks’ hands and get it over to Ron Artest. While he is capable of a big game, he is shooting 23.5% since Yao went down, and is shooting 7% from three. More Artest is good for the Lakers (unless he is having a hot game again). Carl Landry is shooting 65.5%, so less of him would be ideal.

One thing the Lakers can expect is better execution from the Rockets — as much as we like to say the Lakers were better focused on defense the Rockets made it easy with horrible execution of their gameplan.

Usually, it is the losing team that needs to make adjustments, and Bill Bridges sent in what he would do if he were Rick Adelman (besides just be nicer to people):

1. High screen-roll each and every set play initiated by Brooks and trying to get dribble penetration. I mean every single play.

2. Yes. Aaron Brooks plays 48 minutes. Sorry, you can rest in the summer, AB.

3. Every shot is either a lay-up by AB, or dunk by a big off an AB pass, or an open 3.

4. The kick out by Brooks will result in ball-rotation to the weakside to a wide-open corner 3 by Battier. (As Kobe still wasn’t covering Battier in game 5). Ideally Battier will shoot every ball.

5. The Rockets will shoot at least 40 3’s, ideally over 50.

6. The perimeter players will chase down the inevitable long-misses off the 3’s. If they get the rebound. Repeat step 1.

7. On defense pack it in. Invite long jumpers from every perimeter player bar Kobe.

8. Double Kobe and Pau in the post. Let them kick out for open 3’s from everyone bar Kobe.

9. Do not double Bynum. Play him straight up with Hayes.

10. If 1 – 9 fails. Full-court trap ala Vivek Ranadive’s San Carlos girl’s team.

If you want to watch the game online, follow this link to the ESPN360 broadcast.


634 responses to Lakers/Rockets Game 6 Chat

  1. #199 lakergirl, that personal attacks against other forum members, not ugly people like Battier…. 🙂

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  2. Um, I don’t want them to lose.

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  3. I’d be happy if we’re down only 15 or so by the half. I am kinda hoping that Kobe will come back in, establish some team offense and cut it to 10.

    If we don’t let the lead balloon, I’m pretty confident that we’ll close this thing up.

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  4. It’s not the offense. The defense is the problem. If you allow a team to score so many layups and leave people unguarded under the basket what else can you expect. The lakers are probably shooting as well as the rockets on jumpshots but the rockets are not giving up any layups while the lakers are giving them up aplenty.

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  5. I am soooo frustrated right now 🙁

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  6. It certainly seems like it’s the poor shooting that’s making the difference. We’ve blocked more shots, got as many steals, and grabbed more offensive boards…just not actually scoring.

    Once again, you’d hope that the law of averages would come to our aid as some point, as the Rockets cool off, and we actually hit some shots.

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  7. NOOOOO…Fish is back in. What’s the bet we don’t get any closer as Brooks will go nuts again.

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  8. When I got home I turned the game on and saw a score of 21-3 Rockets, I figured that I was on the wrong channel and seeing a Sunday game replay.

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  9. How’ Lamar’s back?

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  10. #206, Mimsy, don’t need to discuss your personal problems here.. 😛

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  11. ron artest is our only hope tonight

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  12. Houston have a team full of really good role players. Like Barkley said role players always play much, much better at home.

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  13. Battier was late there bad call by the refs.

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  14. #211,
    With the Lakers dammit, with the Lakers! *LOL*!!

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  15. I agree with Van Gundy. That was not a charge but they have been giving those to the Rockets all series. Just ask Odom’s back.

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  16. Maybe we’ll get our old, energizing, momentum changing Ariza back.

    I really hope Sasha pulls an Allen and wakes up for the conference finals and finals…

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  17. That’s the Artest we want to see.

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  18. Some please give Artest the ball!

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  19. Wow I think we should just funnel the ball to Artest. Hes our best defensive player.

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  20. They give it to the rockets because of thier reputation as good defenders…we need trained robots as refs. At least they dont have feelings.

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  21. come on! get couple stops and score before half.

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  22. 204, normally i would agree with you about our comeback chances…but recently i have lost all confidence in them…not their ability…but their hunger/desire to even try a comeback…they are not excited about this game at all! i don’t think they care about their fans…..clearly they were not embarrassed by their effort in game 4 and neither will they be after this one

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  23. I love how Artest is playing right now.

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  24. Adelman looks like he’s back in Game 6 2002.

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  25. Lamar is making things happen for us..

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  26. If only Lamar could make free throws…

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  27. Odom needs a free throw teacher.

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  28. Battier gets that call all the time… Not sure how Kobe (or Lamar) could have done anything else. They were in control, going up, and then he slides in (admittedly quickly and with skill) and somehow sets.

    (I secretly wish that we had Battier on our team. He would improve the Lakers by a HUGE amount)

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  29. Why did we give it to Fisher on the break?

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  30. Lamar does, Fisher undoes.

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  31. Gosh Fisher

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  32. artest only reason we’re in the game

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  33. Fisher should have pulled that one back out. Set the offense up.

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  34. Oh Fisher. Ugh.

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  35. Someone needs to tell Fisher he’s the worst finisher in the NBA.

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  36. If only that Odom pass went to someone, anyone, other than Fisher.

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  37. Scola jumped sideways.

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  38. 3ThreeIII,
    Drool material…. Battier’s on-ball defense combined with Kobe, Lamar, and a stellar offense is just a sick thought.

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  39. these refs are terrible

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  40. That’s what we need from Kobe.

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  41. someone needs to tell phil to get fisher out of there. why didnt phil play farmar more? phil has gone crazy

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  42. Why is Farmar not playing. He comes in hits two threes, plays decent D, gets out into the open court then gets benched?

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  43. Well, out two best players of the first half–Odom & Farmer–are now sitting on the bench. Great move Phil.

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  44. OMG. Scola schools Gasol.

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  45. That was on Artest!!!

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  46. What the hell was that?

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  47. if win this series kobe may not even be able to play – how many total techs does he have now!!!! WTF that is crap!!!!!!!!!!!

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  48. That was a TERRIBLE technical.

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  49. What on earth did Kobe get the tech for?

    This referee crew is full of crap.

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  50. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Battier would be the ideal (realistic) SF for this team.

    That technical has to be rescinded. What a joke.

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  51. the NBA where stupid techincal calls happen….

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  52. I love basketball to death, but it’s a flawed sport, referees have way too much control over the game

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  53. what are these refs on, ridiculous

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  54. nba where over reaction happens

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  55. let’s see if the laker channel this crap calls into passionate playing or chip chop frustration bad shots and fouls

    everyone keeps saying it- hmmmm farmar plays awesome so he goes the bench
    i am hating fisher more and more each minute

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  56. What is the technical? I mean, asides from the referee technically being the one to call it…

    Farmar/Brown needs more burn. Let Fisher rest up for Denver, when we will need him against Billups.

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  57. there is no way the lakers are losing this game now…

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  58. At least Mark and Jeff know the call was garbage. The problem with Van Gundy though is that he always sounds like he’s whining, so even when he’s right, he’s still annoying…

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  59. We need Kobe against Denver. We really do.

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  60. I’m really disappointed. Those types of calls carry emotional swing that is tough to recover from, crowd and all.

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  61. I stand by what I said 100 comments ago. The mistakes we’re making are easily correctible. Kobe is going to do his thing in the 2nd half and our bigs are going to start hitting the glass and getting Hayes and Scola in deeper foul trouble. I’m not psychic, but I can see how this game is about to turn.

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  62. I think that T on Kobe will turn out to be a good thing…

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  63. Three fouls on Hayes.

    Pound. The. Ball. Inside.

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  64. WTF @ the touch foul on Farmar.

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  65. Farmar gets a foul for looking at Brooks.

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  66. Wow, these refs are horrible. For both sides. Stupid idiotic ticky-tack fouls, stupid technicals.

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  67. I HATE that call on Farmar!!!

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  68. Getting Kobe to the line is a key, which means that he needs to drive the ball a bit more, or we need to get the Rockets into the penalty sooner each quarter.

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  69. Just our luck.

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  70. This series is NOT good for my blood pressure. Seriously, can someone please put a solid body on Scola and start jumping for rebounds?

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  71. Damn, didn’t need that 3 on the half…..
    Was hoping to be down 11, not 16.

    #258 Darius, I’m with you, it’s whether the Lakers WANT to make the adjustments….

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  72. That 3 at the end of the half was killer…

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  73. *shakes head and shuts up about the referees*

    I would love for the Lakers to use the anger, focus at halftime, and make a statement.

    Make the referees beat you. Outplay the Rockets, dominate them, and force the referees to step up and bail them out.

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  74. That call on Farmar was just ridiculous. Are the refs trying to impress David Stern in the stands?

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  75. Points:

    1) Kobe needs to drive the ball more.

    2) Hayes has three fouls. Pound. The. Ball. Inside.

    3) Start hitting open shots.

    4) Repeat #2 until we win.

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  76. I am starting to dislike the NBA for reals. The officiating is all fixed.

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  77. OK. Down 16 at the half. What adjustments are we making for the remainder of the game? Or are we just hoping that jump shots begin to fall? Clearly another 36 point half isn’t getting the job done…and letting Houston score 52 in a half isn’t going to be a winning formula either.

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  78. The calls aren’t just going against the Lakers. The Rockets have had a couple of ticky-tack fouls called on them, as well as some questionable non-calls. This officiating crew is just horrible.

    That being said, Kobe has 14 points on 16 shots, our team is a combined 13-42, and three of those baskets are by Farmar. I like the offensive rebounding, Andrew has just missed a few gimmes. Once Gasol decides to show up on defense and actually give a crap, we’ll be fine.

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  79. The foul on Farmar for standing too close to brooks (he didn’t even touch him) and the lucky bounce and three by Brooks made what could have been an 11 pt deficit to 16. Just bad luck, a good shot and a terrible terrible call.

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  80. The NBA wants 2 game 7’s on Sunday – what a great storyline, both last year’s finalists fighting for their lives …

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  81. #271 Mimsy, you really need to do something about that frustration. Is the hubby/bf home? 😛

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  82. BCR – I like your plan! Let’s hope that it’s an accurate outline of where this game is headed.

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  83. 277, BCR you are dead one with your points i completely agree with you – if they refs are going to make those calls don’t shoot jump shots drive the ball get close shot and/or contact

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  84. pau, andrew, and lamar 2-10

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  85. I would love Farmar to start the second half and for the Lakers to look for Pau and ‘Drew on the block on the offensive side of the ball. There is absolutely no reason for the Lakers to be getting abused inside like they are.

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  86. Pau, Andrew, Lamar, Luke & Ariza (pretty much everyone who’s played inthe front-court this half) 2-14.

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  87. #282 – I can’t see how it would be possible to repeat that 3-man performance in the 2nd half. That’s an encouragement!

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  88. I said this before but it bears repeating, Artest is our best defensive player. The Lakers D is just so much better when he dribbles the ball.

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  89. The lack of effort by Gasol is getting ridiculous. I understand that he might not be in rhythm and whatnot but he’s not even pretending to play defense.

    Here’s hoping Kobe goes nova…

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  90. I’m in the group that could see this turn around — the Lakers need to create more turnovers, then do something with them and hit the shot. There were stretches where they played good defense and got decent looks, they just didn’t go down. That should change if you just keep taking them.

    And someone in the comments questioned why the Lakers would double the post. Scola has answered that question.

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  91. Pau needs to find something to get pissed off at during halftime. We need him to come through. Kobe needs to keep his frustration and use it to hit some shots and get some freethrows. Fisher needs to ride the pine. Bynum needs touches. Phil needs to hypnotize the team at halftime to believe they can win this.

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  92. We’re not losing because of the refs. We just don’t play with passion, a commitment to defense and an intelligence on a game-to-game basis. We’re losing because that’s who we are. It isn’t acceptable and it’s sad, but that’s the way it is. Sad but not surprising.

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  93. has anyone else notice that pau just does not play with much energy on d? it just seems like he doesn’t give full effort.

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  94. I foresee a strong 3rd quarter from the Lakers. I don’t feel as discouraged as game 4.

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  95. the one thing that phil can’t give them is WILL POWER, this has to come from within – kobe is truly the only player on this team who i know for sure has fire in his belly – we’ll see if anyone else can prove it to us…..however i do think unless the lakers come out firing on all cylinders at the start of the third…this game is pretty much done – unless artest can help us out that is 🙂

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  96. #281, ozlaker,
    :D! He’s my husband, and yes, he is home. He’s also busy watching the game with me… he’s the reason I’m a Laker fan, he converted me. 🙂

    Back to the game: I can still see this turn around. We have not shot well in any way, and our offense as a whole has been, um, lack-luster. That said, we need to put in effort. The Rockets will not roll over and surrender, they are not that kind of team, they never have been.

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  97. From Laker writer Mike Trudell on Twitter: Farmar was the only Laker to shoot over 50 percent (3-of-4). All but Battier and Artest were over 50 for Houston.

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  98. kurt, stop sucking up to the refs. does stern pay you a retainer to keep people from leaking his secrets.

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  99. Farmar is the key to the 3rd quarter. Here’s hoping Phil will bump up his minutes.

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  100. I hope Phil just walks into the locker room at half time, sadly shakes his head, and walks back out. Then at least I would know that he feels how I do about all of this.

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  101. guys…enough with the conspiracy theories. i know its bad, but still. complaining about the refs won’t help the lakers and it won’t help us either.

    back to the game at hand.

    lakers need to do the following things:

    1. kobe needs to drive in more and get to the free throw line

    2. feed pau the ball and have him face up against hayes.

    3. close out on battier and brooks’ 3s

    4. find a way to stop scola

    as bad as the first half was, the deficit is still manageable.

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  102. I hope Kobe put his fist through a locker to wake his team up.

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  103. Can the league review and take away the technical, or can they only down/upgrade a flagrant?

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  104. Ok here are the problems I saw in the first half….

    First off, the Lakers got no ball movement whatsoever and could not get Pau going in the low post at all. As a result, Kobe was just jacking up shots from the outside. Overall, too many outside shots by the lakers and not enough driving to the rim. If the Lakers continue to do this, they will not only lose this game, but lose it badly.

    On the defensive end, Scola really hurt us in the first quarter. Odom doesnt have the strength to guard Scola. If I were Housten, I would give it to Scola more down on the block whenever Odom is on him, cause Odom cant take his strength. I did think the Lakers played some decent defense at some stretches, but they did not guard the paint well enough. Lakers have to guard the paint better on defense.

    Dont look good for the Lakers. I predicited them to win tonight, but they came out with no passion or energy, just jacked up shots, and just didnt take this houston team seriously enough. Lakers can still win, but they are gonna need a huge third quarter both defensivly and offensively.

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  105. We just need to get back to a couple of things that worked in the last game: Kobe needs to drive the ball and we need to get Pau at the high post and attacking off the dribble against Hayes with Bynum hitting the offensive glass against Scola. On defense, we need to get more aggressive with our big/small combo on the P&R (we let Lowry and Brooks off the hook to often by not pressuring them to pass) and we need to rebound and execute post sprints and drag P&R’s for Kobe to attack the basket. We also need to corral loose balls like the one that led to Brooks’ end of half three. Believe me, we’re right there. We’ve essentially played them even since our bad start (-3 or 4 since that point). Even though we’re down 16, we’re right there, if that makes sense.

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  106. lil pau,

    Technicals can be rescinded.

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  107. What distresses me the most is the number of players we can’t seem to depend on in the playoffs:

    – Fisher seems to be done
    – Bynum shows up once every 7 games
    – Gasol seems to shrink when the going gets tough
    – Lamar has been better, but he can also disappear
    – Sasha is… ugh…
    – Luke… no shot, no talent

    How can we win a title when we don’t know who will show up to a game?

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  108. rockets are doubling gasol and kobe in the post and no one is cutting to basket for the pass.

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  109. Lane penetration is your friend.

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  110. The Rockets are bringing a double from the top of the key to prevent Gasol from spinning into the lane for his hook shot he does. He needs to face up so that he can see the double coming and get better passing angles if they double him.

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  111. Post up!

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  112. Back to single digits.

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  113. Can we give Artest the 6th man award when we win. He is doing more helping us than some of our teammates

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  114. Guys, Denver fan here. I appreciate all the comments here (both positive and negative).
    Although I’m one of the Denver fans who happens to be a slight Laker fan, only because Kobe plays in your team.

    Kobe is 6-of-15 (take away the last-second shot), and IMO, he should be about 9-of-15 with the way he played. he took about 5 crazy/wild/normal-for-him face-guarded shots but he missed three easy Js and I believe he will go supernova in the second half.

    I’m not the one to talk about Phil but I think ,as great a Hall-of-Famer coach as he is, his kryptonite is making in-game substitutions.
    Don’t get me wrong, but PJ doesn’t really believe in playing the “hot hand”.
    Like one guy said, Derek Fisher plays crazy and doesn’t substitute him, while Kobe misses a couple and suddenly, PJ takes him out.

    Farmar and Brown are playing their hearts out, while it really doesn’t seem Fisher is playing with the same zeal he did last year. I understand he is old, but he has to really play smart in order to compensate Brook’s mismatch on him. I do agree he is one of the worst fastbreak finishers in the game.

    Anyways, as someone had already said, Phil is going to make adjustments (he is good at in-between half adjustments), and I do think he must play Farmar/Brown/Kobe/Odom/Gasol in the start of the 2nd half.

    Cheers everyone!
    We are about to see a W in your series after tonight.

    Off-topic, with the way my team is playing, how will you handle us?

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  115. If I were Rick Adelman I would take Ron Artest out the game.

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  116. Great start to the quarter. Let’s see if our intensity keeps up for the rest of the game.

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  117. FIRE UP BABY!!!!!!!

    as i said before – come out firing + artest = LAKER WIN

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  118. I’m writing something short for the Daily Dime tomorrow and it will be a lot easier if the Lakers come back and win.

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  119. Did I hear a rooster?

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  120. Kobe with an assist and a rebound (first of the game!), has to be a good sign going forward.

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  121. You allowed the Lakers to get back into the game, and now you must pay the price.

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  122. Signs of Pau finally coming to life, adn the team as well. The most frustrating thing is that whenever they play at 80 % or more they dominate.

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  123. First coach to sit Fisher or Artest wins?

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  124. As always, it takes a double-digit deficit to get this team to play with energy and intelligence on the defensive end.

    More post touches for Gasol please.

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  125. Kurt, thats funny.

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  126. LOL!!!! Good point Kurt

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  127. To play devil’s advocate about the “hot hand”. There have been a few looks at that issue statistically and there is no proof that a hot hand exists for shooting basketball.

    Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other reasons for subbing someone out.

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  128. nice way to start the 3Q…yeah, pound it inside!

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  129. Got too put a body on Scola.

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  130. I feel a Category 5 Kobe-fest coming on. Hope he’s hot…

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  131. What the hell? I go away for 5 minutes and we’re back to 6….
    What’s going on???

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  132. Thank you Gasol for getting on the floor!!!

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  133. ozlaker,
    It means you need to go away again. Right now.

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  134. I like what Im seeing. Some fire.

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  135. FISHER!!! Please for the love of God hit a shot!!!!!

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  136. Mimsy, I will do next time we’re down 10….how’s that? IF we go down by 10 again, which it doesn’t sound like, unless Fisher keeps shooting the f’ing ball…ARRRGGHHH

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  137. Like Bynum’s aggressiveness on the boards.

    And four fouls on Hayes.

    POUND. THE. BALL. INSIDE.

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  138. Mm.. frozen fish..

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  139. please sit Fish. He can not hit a shot to save his life. Farmar needs to be in there!

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  140. One way or another, Fisher has to be phased out of the starting lineup next season.

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  141. Fisher can’t hit anything. I think the long season and minutes due to energy and having to chase a much quicker player around has caught up to him at his age.

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  142. Rob L. Good to see you!! How are you?

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  143. I would be happy if Bynum would just find a body to block out. You don’t need good hands, good knees or good coaching to do that. Use that body big man.

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  144. Lakers are on track (a little under) to score as many points in the 3rd as they did in the first half.

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  145. ozlaker, if you just jinxed us I will NEVER forgive you! 😛

    I like what we’re doing now. Andrew is aggressive, Kobe is driving, and all of us are playing with fire and energy. I like 🙂

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  146. Hey Kurt! I’m doing much better now than I was 7 minutes ago.

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  147. I swear I’m hearing roosters.

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  148. This looks like the first quarter in reverse. Basketball is a game of runs though.

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  149. I cannot forget the old adage that the better team can be beat in any game, but the better team almost always wins a 7 game series. The Lakers are the better team.

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  150. amazing how things can turnaround with some energy on defence

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  151. Who was Kobe trying to pass to in that sequence?

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  152. Good start to the third.

    Let’s get Farmar some burn, and push it hard.

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  153. There you go everybody. Early timeout by Phil.

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  154. This rockets run can be credited to Kobe. That careless pass

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  155. What I love about all of you on this site, you saw through the energy thing to what was really going on, the fundamentals of the missed shots and the defense (and how the energy played into that). You guys are smart.

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  156. Y IS FISHER STILL PLAYING???

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  157. Farmar will play out of the timeout…he has to.

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  158. The Dude Abides May 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Fish is killing us. The whole team has made a commendable effort this quarter, but Fish just doesn’t have it at either end.

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  159. Fisher MUST sit!!! He’s killing us on both ends. Does Fisher have something on Phil Jackson!!!

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  160. Just stay the course. We had it to 2, just need to keep doing what we have been doing since the start of the 3rd. Please no Fish after the TO.

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  161. You knew they were not going to fold, that they would push back. It’s a dogfight now. Let’s see the Lakers respond to the desperate energy of the Rockets.

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  162. what is fish doing leaving brooks?

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  163. Phil! If you are still alive out there, and can hear us, please show us a sign!

    Sit Fisher and let Farmar and Brown play!

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  164. kurt we all know the lakers are completely capable of winning – it’s all about the energy – thank god phil took a time out – this must stay in single digits for us to win – plus you may be right about your arterst vs. fisher comment

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  165. that Keown article just sucks! Garnett’s antics is a universe beyond KB’s and he demands that KB should be wrapped up like a 6-yr old in Sunday school? ton of crap…

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  166. Kobe needs to D up Shane, there no way he should have had that position for that board!

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  167. just started watching…did i miss anything good?

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  168. WHAT IS FISHER DOING

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  169. Mimsy, nearly time to disappear again for 5 minutes…..

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  170. Farmar had a six week stretch during the season where he was awful, but right now Fisher is playing even worse then that.

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  171. Farmar missed, but I liked that offensive set.

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  172. Farmar doesn’t need to be a hero…concentrate on defense and flow within the offense!

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  173. Based on the prevailing standards of these playoffs, that foul by Brooks should be a flagrant 2… 😛

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  174. oh say that’s not a technical or flagrant we see where the favoritism is but please everyone drive to the basket!!! do not take jump shots – we can get back if by nothing else getting to the line

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  175. Can I propose a nickname for Pau?

    Can we call him “The Llama”?

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  176. I think Fish might just be worn out. His minutes should have been limited this series. He is just not quick enough to guard Brooks and if he can’t hit a shot than he is just hurting the team.

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  177. Don’t you dare be negative again, ozlaker. Don’t you want to watch the game? 😉

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  178. Ok let me first say, that was in no way a tech or a flagrant, but thats not and EVERYTHING else is?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! The consistency with the way that the playoffs are being called is horrendous.

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  179. Scola has 3 PF…get him in trouble, guys!!

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  180. aaahh…SCOLA…SA should be kicking their own butts right now! how on earth can’t we just defnd the guy already. sheesh

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  181. Need to get some stops. They are playing much better on both ends but now the Rockets are starting to hit some tough shots.

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  182. Houston is hitting tough shots right now. We’re playing good defense.

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  183. Looks like we’re going to win.

    Phil benched Fish first.

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  184. On Houston’s offense, Scola has been top of the key. Watch him streak for the rebound, unguarded, on a Houston jumper.

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  185. however it pans out in the3Q, this game is winnable!

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  186. Farmar doing great.

    On a sidenote: How many fouls have Pau drawn despite his lackluster game, nine?

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  187. That dreadful start is coming back to haunt the Lakers. Houston is hitting some tough shots, and after all that they’ve extended the lead back to 9.

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  188. You got to give the Rockets credit, they hit some tough shots to end the third

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  189. ok. the game is very winnable. Just clamp down on d and turn them over. We got this!!!

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  190. If Fish plays many minutes in the 4th, it’s going to be a case of too little too late.

    If Fish plays a few minutes, it may come to the last possession.

    If he doesn’t play at all, we may have ourselves a 6 pt victory.

    Fun to throw stuff around that nobody will remember afterwards and can’t fault me for saying 😉

    Anyway, Scola can’t be shooting 10/17 forever with 3 personals… gotta attack him and give him two more real quick.

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  191. Of course, this being the Lakers and all, it is all very very probable that Fish plays and hits that magic bucket at the end to ‘redeem’ himself.

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  192. Mimsy, not watching. Listening as I can’t watch while at work.
    And I’m not being negative. I just said I’d go for a walk again if we go down by 10 again.

    Jordan Farmer 9 mins, 4/7, 3/4 3’s, 11 pts, 2 rebs, 0 ast, +4
    Derek Fisher 21 mins, 1/7, 0/5 3’s, 2 pts, 0 rebs, 1 ast, +0

    Who do you think should play the remainder out???

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  193. Lakers better bring it, i have my sunday jersey ready to wear for work in Houston tomorrow. Dont have time/enery to think of another outfit.

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  194. Attack Scola! He is their best option. Why does he still only have 3 fouls? Come on guys.

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  195. harold,
    Thats why he drives us CRAZY! 😀

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  196. Scola and Brooks really hit some big shots over the last 4 minutes of the 3rd. I hope the Lakers have gas left in the tank…they put a lot of effort out. We need the bench to contribute to start the 4th.

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  197. just realized that Kobe is leading our team in assists with… 3.

    that alone tells me our offense really hasn’t been pretty…

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  198. the only person i hate just as much as fisher is vujacic – he fouls more than he scores

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  199. The Dude Abides May 14, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Pau’s baseline lefty hook is money.

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