Lakers/Nuggets Game 2 Chat

Kurt —  May 21, 2009

Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers
I expect this game to be similar, yet very different, from game one.

Similar in the sense that I expect it to be close. Maybe this series will have its blowout game — all series seem to — but for the most part the games will be close and the difference will be execution under fire.

How I expect it to be different is in how the Lakers attempt to dictate the game — this time they will go inside and attack mismatches with Denver’s front line. If Nene is on Gasol, then Bynum needs to tear up Martin. Clearly the Lakers wanted to do that last game but were taken aback by the fronting strategy and energy that Denver put into stopping the post entry passes.

As there always are in the triangle, there were counters to what Denver did but the Lakers didn’t seem to execute them. First, I expect the Lakers will try to get Bynum and Gasol (and even Kobe) running and trying to get early position deep (and hopefully they will get the ball this time, the Lakers did not reward running bigs last game). Also, look for the Lakers bigs to move from week to strong and get the ball as they do, look maybe even for the bigs setting screens for each other.

What the Lakers need to do is attack — they started doing that at the end of the last game and that is when they got calls. Before that, Denver got the calls because they attacked the rim. (Hopefully the officiating is a little more consistent for everyone tonight.) But off the dribble or pass to the post, the Lakers need to get to the rim.

When that happens the Nuggets will collapse, and that is when Fisher/Farmar/Sasha/Ariza/Walton need to make them pay with threes.

The Lakers can score off the Kobe/Gasol pick and roll, that is a deadly combination, but the Nuggets are a good pick-and-roll defensive team, so hopefully there is not a steady diet of this.

Defensively, the Lakers need to do better early in the clock and in transition. The Lakers need to do better finding Billups and Melo in transition and not letting them make the play.

Denver wants to get fast break points but when that is not there they almost always set a drag screen (a big behind the play stops up for an early-in-the-clock pick and roll) and after the deliberate pace of the Houston series the Lakers did not adjust well to this. Billups is not going to have another off game shooting like that, especially if the Lakers bigs do not do a better job on that drag screen. The Lakers bigs need to show out, take away his jumper and easy path to the basket, then recover,

I don’t expect Melo to be as hot, but he won’t be cold either. He is playing well right now and the Lakers need to just make him work for his points. Whether it is Ariza, Walton or Kobe, somebody needs to step up and step out on him a little. And that may be hard because I expect Denver will start having him attack from the top of the key, where the Lakers rotations are not as paint-by-numbers.

The Lakers need to continue their domination of the boards. And the bench needs another good night

Bottom line, I think Bynum is going to be a good barometer for the Lakers this game. And I hope Ding is right.


523 responses to Lakers/Nuggets Game 2 Chat

  1. Ariza has really improved as the season has progressed. His confidence level is sky high. He knocks down a few 3s then he smart enough to pump fake and attack the basket when the defense adjusts.

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  2. That’s 4 for K-Mart!

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  3. The Dude Abides May 21, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Kobe got away with a push off there. We rarely get away with those.

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  4. There we go, taking it inside is getting it done. Ariza certainly loves playing at Staples!

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  5. Wow, Kobe got away with one. That was obvious, though Jones probably flopped too much.

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  6. Has ariza missed a shot.

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  7. ariza has to take that himself

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  8. when will fish learn..

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  9. i like how kobe is responding to the frustration right now.. continuing to pound it inside to gasol.. thats maturity..

    and of course the baseline dunk was good as well..

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  10. Fisher scares me near the basket.

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  11. Apart from Fish, our starters are shooting lights out.

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  12. I’m wondering what is worse…Fisher Lapup in Transition or PUJIT

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  13. I’m so pissed at Fisher now, what is he thinking ? arggghghgh

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  14. Gasol and Odom are really crashing the boards, both offensively and defensively.

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  15. Is that a 5th on Nene?

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  16. Fisher in a funk that rivals Sasha’s.

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  17. Love how we are attacking the basket. When Gasol comes with the mind set that he is going to get every rebound, he is a really good rebounder particularly on the offensive end. One of the best offensive rebounders in the game.

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  18. Does Fisher ever make a driving layup?? I mean really….

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  19. Fish is attacking the basket????

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  20. I love that we’re attacking the basket, but NOT Fisher please !!!!!

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  21. The Dude Abides May 21, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I just wish D-Fish would magically realize his limitations. He absolutely cannot finish over Denver’s bigs on his drives, yet he keeps doing it. At least they occasionally create offensive rebounding situations for our bigs.

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  22. Fish had no intention of making that shot he just wanted a foul. Nene did a good job of not fouling.

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  23. Even fish needs to give opponents different looks if he is going to make threes.

    Still, it would help if he made one or two of those layups.

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  24. One thing about Fish driving to the basket and missing though, is it has opened up offensive rebounds for Pau.

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  25. We’re really not taking advantage of being in the bonus.

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  26. Maybe it’s time to Hack a Melo…seems like he’s missing more free throws than anything else.

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  27. A little more effort in rebounding from Drew and Lamar would be appreciated.

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  28. Hopefully Drew will come back in for Lamar and show the intensity he had in the 1st half.

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  29. We are having trouble matching up with their small line up. Maybe Phil needs to go small as well.

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  30. Great pass Luke!

    Billups is feeling it though. If Billups and Anthony get hot together, look out.

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  31. Hopefully the Lakers can close out the last 2 mins with a strong run.

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  32. A couple tick tack fould called on the Lakers these last few minutes.

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  33. Umm . . . ticky tack.

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  34. That was not a foul there.

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  35. Not really consolidating any lead…we make some good plays on one end, then give it back on the other…

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  36. Good D there by Denver forcing Bryant to pass the ball then closing out well to prevent the open shot.

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  37. I think I would prefer Bynum at the end of the 4th, instead of Lamar. I guess that’s not a surprise, coming from me.

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  38. Where is Bynum PHIL!!!!!??? the Lakers controlled the game when he was in there
    !!

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  39. What has me worried is that I can’t really say that the Lakers are playing all that bad, apart from the usual not getting Pau enough shots stuff (but I take that as a given these days).

    But I guess Denver is good.

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  40. j. d. hastings May 21, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    After rewinding, neither Pau’s foul on Anthony, nor kobe’s were actual fouls. Not with the hands or body. 4 points for Melo, 5 point lead becomes 1.

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  41. Am I watching the same game? Bynum was in there and not giving us much when we gave up the lead in the second.

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  42. Wow, are guards not named Bryant are shooting just awfull tonight.

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  43. Hard to put Gasol and Bynum out there when Kleiza is playing the 4. Is Gasol or Bynum going to cover him out at the 3 pt line?

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  44. Did Kobe catch a technical foul tonight?

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  45. j. d. hastings May 21, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Mr. Hyde was the bad one that you don’t want to be I think.

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  46. Kobe for the entire 4th again?

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  47. Yes, Dr Jekyll is the good guy, Mr Hyde is the bad one.

    I seriously need to remove Pau Misses Free Throw from my game-night drinking game. Also, the refs tonight are… not very good.

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  48. Bad Call!!!

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  49. Wow. That wasn’t a foul either.

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  50. How hard is it to understand….you don’t foul billups

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  51. 3 bad calls and 6 pts for the Nuggets in the last 4 minutes of the game.

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  52. Did anybody see a Kobe Technical tonight?

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  53. j. d. hastings May 21, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I anybody even pretending to have responsibility for guarding Kleiza?

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  54. Have to put a body on Melo and need to get Kobe back in there.

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  55. Why is Phil not putting Bynum in?

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  56. cant believe phil took kobe out

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  57. Lakers offense is sloppy again. And they are not attacking the boards as they once were.

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  58. Bynum is not in because Kleiza is playing at the 4. But I guess no one else is guarding him either.

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  59. kobe didn’t get no technical..

    if they’re going small we shd b going bigger.. just ask the 06 suns.

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  60. Luke Walton sucks, get that sorry foo out of LA

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  61. Lakers play with no heart, I’m so mad

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  62. I’ll say it again–our perimeter players will have to knock down some open shots. Denver is packing it in the paint.

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  63. I am now thinking of giving up on the drinking game and just drink.

    We need a lot of three-pointers and free throws right now.

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  64. This is starting to look like a struggle…

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  65. WAY too early to panic.

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  66. 4th 3pter of the game for us…

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  67. Have to keep attacking the basket and get to the FT line. Also need to force the ball out of Melo’s hand.

    And please go inside.

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  68. The Dude Abides May 21, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I fear that Kobe will have to go nova for us to win this game.

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  69. Definitly too early to panic, but I have some concerns about our defense. Not enough stops.

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  70. A lot of ticky tack fouls being called against the Lakers. That was a turnover by Billups.

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  71. Dude – afraid, perhaps…confident? probably as well

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  72. Fair enough, still too early to panic. That said, I still want our defense to step up.

    Also, I love Shannon Brown.

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  73. There we go, good things happen when you attack the basket and fight for offensive rebounds.

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  74. Kobe’s getting into that take over mode again…

    While I would prefer he would just lay off a bit, I don’t think he can do that now. His teammates are not really responding.

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  75. Brown with the 3!

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  76. and as i press enter, shannon brown drills a three

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  77. Outstanding work of Pau int offensive rebound.Good dirty work

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  78. what is karl doing taking melo out?

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  79. Why is LUke Walton in the game, all he needs to do is guard the three on Kleiza and he still moves off him

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  80. The Dude Abides May 21, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I love Shannon too, but he’s channeling his inner Derek Fisher too often in this game by driving to the hole when it’s one-on-three.

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  81. these lakers look soft!

    Gasol and Bynum are big Puss*es!!!!

    they wont win with these dorks

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  82. Put in Ariza now!!!!!!!!

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  83. Question,

    was shannon brown “the man” for MSU during his college days?

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  84. The Dude Abides May 21, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Ugh…my post #263 is still awaiting moderation. This seems to happen at random, out of nowhere.

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  85. Lakers have awakened a bit.

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  86. George Karl’s rotations are not making sense. Why take Kleiza out when the smaller line up was killing the Lakers.

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  87. audaces fortuna iuvat

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  88. Get Luke Out! Put Ariza in!

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  89. j. d. hastings May 21, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    hmm. I’d feel a bit more comfortable with Ariza in there than Walton.

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  90. Luke is one of the worst Lakers ever!

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  91. Mico – Brown was not “the man”, but he was definitely a leader and top player on a good MSU squad. He is more a playmaker overall than a true scorer

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  92. I have to agree put Ariza back in.

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  93. j. d. hastings May 21, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    What??! Melo has his elbow in Luke’s throat and Luke gets the foul???

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  94. is trev injured?

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  95. Ariza was grimacing on the bench. Is he hurting from that fall?

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  96. I am SO glad I took Pau Misses Free Throw out of the drinking game…

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  97. can someone post the updated score?

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  98. Bad Call !!!

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  99. ESPN, please show us all where the foul was there.

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  100. The fouls were making up for a bad call on the other end there. Nene created all that contact.

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  101. I’m getting a headache watching all of these stupid foul calls, this is sickening, just let them play!!!

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  102. Kobe was fouled there. Should be shooting 2 fts.

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  103. I spoke too soon, Kobe was hacked with no call!

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  104. Have we just missed 4 of our last 5 FTs?

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  105. I have cussed out the refs more in this game than I normally do in a month… I wouldn’t be nearly as frustrated if it was consistent.

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  106. Affter a bunch of ticky tack fouls they are now letting all kinds of cantact go uncalled.

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  107. Koooooooobeeeeeee¡

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  108. Billups flopped and got the call.

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  109. Yeah Gasol bumped him but not enough to knock him down. Billups is too strong to get knocked down that easily.

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  110. The Dude Abides May 21, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Clutch flop there by Chauncey. Dribble right into a big, fall down on purpose, get the call.

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  111. It seems the Lakers have committed 20 fouls this quarter….

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  112. Refs deciding the game again.
    But as Kurt said, i wouldn’t have happened had these two teams play the way they should be playing.

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  113. Here is where I am confused. This game was ours. We were winning it, in spades. What happened???

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  114. And thats why I take Kobe over anybody breathing right now..for one game, right now.

    thats my definition of the best player

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  115. The Dude Abides May 21, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Let’s see if this repeat post gets through the spam filter, where it’s been sitting in limbo for half an hour:
    Bynum played very well in the first half, and was on the bench at the end of the 2nd quarter when DEN made their run. However, he came out at the start of the 3rd with absolutely no energy, and Phil made the right move in taking him out of the game. Phil has to be thinking, can I rely on this guy? Drew was not in foul trouble at the start of the 2nd half, so why did he have no energy?

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  116. If the lakers lose this game they can blame it on ft’s!!!

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  117. j. d. hastings May 21, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    this is ridiculous. I don’t usually complain about the refs, but this has been atrocious. Billups dribbles near Gasol and leaps sideways into him and it’s a foul. Kobe gets hit in the arm by Martin directly in the eyeline of a ref and it’s no call. Pau gets thrown into the crowd by Martin- nothing. The refs have already ghiven Denver 6 points that I’ve seen with a chance for 2 more.

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  118. that ball could have gone anywhere

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  119. I hate broken plays like that. They certainly favor the offense.

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  120. Lucky break for the nuggets there. That pass should have been a turnover.

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  121. Last shot by Fish instead of passing inside to Pau should put him in the bench the rest of the game.It was atrocius¡

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  122. That play right there Is why we need Bynum In the game

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  123. Lakers need a good shot

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  124. Kobe LIVES for this type of situation at the end of a big game…here we go.

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  125. Simply amazing…

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  126. Another no call. The refs have blown a lot of calls at the end of the game here.

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  127. WHAT HAPPENED THERE???

    darn

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  128. do the refs know the jump ball rule???

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  129. Violation by J.R and a possible foul on Trevor.Disgusting

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  130. Lakers cheated out of game all. because King James and the cavs lost@!!!!!

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  131. Lakers shot themselves in the foot and then the the refs shot them in the other.

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  132. How is it possible for THREE refs to miss Ariza getting shoved to the floor????? Unbelievable.

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  133. How do the refs miss that jump ball violation? Absolute lack of competence and dignity on the refs part

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  134. I don’t feel very good about the outcome of this game.

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  135. Ok now a quick score and foul

    hopefully the trend continues and they miss freethrows

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  136. The Dude Abides May 21, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Forget about the obvious violation by JR Smith on that jump ball. Ariza had possession, Melo tripped him, then pushed him down to the floor when he was falling over. Big missed call.

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  137. Mico,
    JR stepped up into the circle … before 2 players tipped the ball.
    Bad call by the refs.

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  138. Yeah the calls have definitely benefited the Nuggs tonight. But have to hand it to Denver for making the FTs. Can’t say the same thing for the lakers though.

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  139. Not just blown calls… they couldn’t be more obvious if they were trying to give this away. Not because of what they call, but rather because of the no-calls. This irritates me, because we shouldn’t need the refs’ help to win.

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  140. Why is Fish still in the game?I really don t get it…

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  141. Who gets the shot here? I don’t want to see a Kobe catch, hold it for a few seconds, them shoot one from thirty… Get it to Fish?

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  142. I wonder who’ll fire this one up…

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  143. Crap..

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  144. fish 1 for 9, says it all

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  145. Wow. A great look and Fish doesn’t even draw iron. Ouch. Nuggets win with a huge assist from the refs.

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  146. Well, that ruins my night.

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  147. j. d. hastings May 21, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    So will Truehoop and those who go insane every time the lakers get a favorable call be up in arms over this game tomorrow? THis isn’t generic whining about free throw total, either. They’ve given the Nuggets at least 8 made free throws on specific blown calls while several calls that should have gone to the lakers were just ignored. Just an asinine job by supposedly some of the best refs in the league

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  148. Fisher was 1-8 before that shot; you’d think they would give the ball to Kobe.

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  149. What surprises me is that Odom, and not Kobe, was on the top.

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  150. Two toss-up games in LA and a split. Gotta’ feel good if you’re a Nuggets fan.

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  151. Denver Nation May 21, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks fish. I CANNOT believe Fisher was in and not Shannon Brown who made a big 3 in the fourth quarter.

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  152. As I said earlier, I wanted Bynum in, in place of Lamar. I don’t want Lamar handling the ball in crunch time. It was Lamar who used so much of the clock up just deciding what to do with a minute to go.

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  153. Make FTs and you win the game. Choke.

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  154. we basically gave away a game – gasol missing critical free throws in the fourth – and fisher firing up bad 3 pointer down the stretch + turnovers and giving denver offensive rebounds and second chance points –

    i am very nervous for the outcome of this series – i hope they can win in denver
    also – way too passive after jumping out to a lead – and getting careless hope they wake up next time

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  155. That last draw up by Phil has me scratching my head. Was it even designed for Kobe? If so, terrible design. If not, what are you thinking?

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  156. What a lousy Friday tomorrow is going to be…

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  157. Ooops, they did it again…

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  158. It is not Fish’s fault the Lakers lost this game…or the refs. It was still within their reach and capability.

    They HAVE to shake this off and look to be agressive, start to finsih, on Sat in Denver. The Nugs will be feeling very confident & it is up to the Lakers to turn the tide & regain home court. They CAN get it done.

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  159. We’re tied guys, 1-1.

    Seems like my prediction is still alive.
    I was picking Denver in 7.
    Game 1 on Lakers, Game 2 on Denver, Game 3 on Lakers, Game 4 on Denver, Game 5 on Denver, Game 6 on Lakers, and Game 7 on Denver.

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  160. The refs were awful tonight…and I never complain about the refs.

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  161. Great game. Lakers need to keep the D up though, the last 2 minutes before the half was a bit inexcusable.

    Looking at the stats, you’d think the Lakers would have come out with the win. They gave Denver a bit of the momentum and that’s why the calls went their way at the end.

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  162. Yeah the referees were crap…but the Lakers also let an 11 point lead get cut to 1 at the end of the first half by being lazy and complacent, surprise surprise. Also, they’re not winning any champions until Pau Gasol starts playing like he belongs in the NBA rather than the WNBA

    No use crying over that. Most likely, they’ll split games in Denver and come back to LA 2-2.

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  163. The Dude Abides,
    Ariza was not pushed. I rewatched that play several times. Melo’s leg was in place and stationary. Trevor tried to push through it and fell. Of course the Lakers should have gotten the ball out-of-bounds because of Smith.

    However, the Lakers really didn’t deserve this one. From coaching substitutions to free throws to not running the offense.

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  164. fisher god dam r u serious how are u gonna shoot an air ball there…

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  165. Birdman-

    You’ve picked the visitors to win five of seven games. Please defend your choices.

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  166. i am so disappointed with how complacent the lakers get in tight games -i am not sure if they will win in denver + the nuggetts bascially should have won game 1 as well – they’ve go to be really really confident now

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  167. The Dude Abides May 21, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Bad calls, sure. But I think we’re overlooking the fact that right now, there are fewer players on the Lakers who we can count on to play well than at any point during the season. D-Fish? Abysmal. Lamar? Average. Pau? Average. Sasha? Terrible. Shannon? Reverting to the mean. Luke? Too scared to shoot, so the Nuggs are only guarding four Lakers. Drew? Shaky mentally. What happened to Drew at halftime? He had a solid first half, then gave us absolutely nothing in the 3rd.

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  168. j. d. hastings May 21, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    358- What exactly did the Lakers do to make it reasonable for the refs to ignore JR Smith running across the entire jump circle before anyone else moved?

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  169. Cy-

    Procedural calls, such as a jump ball or lane violation, shouldn’t “go” one way or another. The rules are clear and their enforcement rote. There shouldn’t really be any judgement involved on the part of the officials.

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  170. The Dude Abides May 21, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Wow. I’ve had three posts in the past hour that are still awaiting moderation. What is the secret in getting a post through? Am I posting too much?

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  171. I have said it time again and again in this forum how many times the Laker defense has failed them in close games, and it showed again tonight, they just couldnt get that big stop

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  172. j. d. hastings May 21, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    359- Yeah Pau Gasol is a wnba player with 17 points on 5-8 shooting, 17 boards, and 2 blocked shots. He was totally the problem.

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  173. does anyone else feel Denver was the better team in both games and Lakers are lucky to even be tied right now?

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  174. Mason,

    Denver is a fantastic road team that we’ve seen in the playoffs. And we’ve seen that in Games 1 and 2.

    However, Lakers are the best road team in the league.

    And I know how pressure can make a passionate team out of anyone.
    Therefore, with Denver winning Game 2, Lakers will come out and play strong in Game 3, and Denver as well will be better in Game 4, and the story continues.

    Anyways, it’s really hard to believe what my prediction is, but then again, it’s MY prediction. 😉

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  175. Where was Bynum?

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  176. Yeah like I said the calls favored the Nuggs but It was the lakers missed FTs and the Nuggs made FTs in the 4th that made the difference.

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  177. Missed FTs and bad execution down the stretch cost the victory. No, the bad calls didn’t help, but Melo was a beast on offensive board. We didn’t play smart defense. Looks like it will go seven games. If we won this game, it could have been over in 5. DARN IT!

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  178. Birdman…All due respect for your guys & their win…but…there is no way, if the series was tied, that Denver will win a game 7 on the lakers home floor. Not when Konbe Bryant is wearing purple & gold. No chance.

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  179. Well now we have to really dig down deep. We must win game 3.

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  180. im seriously concerned that denver is just a better team then us and I really am not sure we can win in denver

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  181. I really hope the League comes out and says that the violation on Smith was a missed call, just like they did on the missed foul call against Dallas. Say whatever you want about the other calls but Denver and Lakers fans alike have to agree that that is a completely inexcusable blown call at a crucial point in the game.

    Where this game was lost, in my opinion, was the offensive glass. We should be outboarding them handily.

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  182. It’s not just this call, but a bunch of other very weak ones that sent Melo and Billups to the line time and again. I agree that the Lakers should have stepped on their throat in the first half, and the Nuggets made a lot of great plays at the end, but it’s hard to get over some of the calls.

    Those of you who are saying, oh Denver is so great at home, there’s no way the Lakers can beat them there. You have no idea what you’re talking about

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  183. Sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce your way. It did last game, not this game. Game tied at 101, what happens – a freaky multiple deflection play that ends up in an easy one for the Nuggets (pure luck, could have gone either way). Kobe tries to do too much on the dribble (tough split with someone lke Nene), Ariza slips after winning the tap, turnover. That’s basically ballgame, those two plays. What are you gonna do.

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  184. After watching these two games go down the stretch, I feel like the discussion on mental toughness is almost moot. It’s just luck. A missed call, a foul here, loose balls, when both teams play with effort and execution, which is the case most of the time. It’s going to come down to luck.

    Silly decision by PJ going with Fisher, just like George Karl trusting the old vet to come up with the big play. We already know Denver is very athletic and defends picks so well. Why not just get Bryant the ball on the iso at the top? Fish also made a great deal of mistakes this game.

    It’s more about executing throughout the game. If you’re the home team, it’s on you to do that. If you don’t, we basically flip a coin to see who wins. We did some good things. Gasol played with good activity level, played tough. We pounded in the post early and attacked the rim. But we didn’t sustain it in the second half.

    I am worried. The Nuggets can play some rough defense, and with the tight officiating we should’ve pulled this one out. We won’t get that many calls again. Gotta feel good right now if you’re a Nugs fan. They have a legit chance of beating us.

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  185. Tough, tough loss. The Lakers needed this one.

    The Lakers lost this game (and potentially the series) in the final two minutes of the first half. You simply cannot *dominate* a half for 22 minutes and then give it all up in just 2. It *destroys* your momentum and any psychological advantages you had gained. When the Nuggets came out in the second half with as much confidence as they showed in the 1st quarter of game one I knew the Lakers had a very good chance of losing this game. (I actually told my son I thought the Lakers were going to lose).

    Denver rightfully feels that not only should/could they be up 2-0 but that they’re better than the Lakers. Giving a great team like Denver that kind of confidence is dangerous.

    The other big problem the Lakers have is Gasol. He was very active on the offensive boards (with a number of putbacks) but for the second straight game he struggled to generate good shots with the ball. You can ‘write off’ one bad performance but two in a row indicates to me a matchup and/or tactical problem.

    I hate to say what I’m about to say, not only because I don’t want to believe it, but also because I don’t want to sound like a chicken-little, but the Lakers are in serious trouble. (I never thought that against Houston, even when down 1-0) When you’re played to a standstill in two straight *home* games it doesn’t bode well for going on the road.

    Most importantly the Lakers won’t win unless Gasol starts getting good shots, and scoring. What makes the Lakers (or any team) an elite team is having two (or more) great players contributing night in and night out. Right now it’s only Kobe. That’s not enough.

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  186. Game 3 is not a must win. We just need to take one of these next ones, then it’s a 3-game series with two in LA. Altho, with the way these games have been called, it really isn’t much of a home court advantage

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  187. Bynum’s name does not appear once in the second half play by play here: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/gamecenter/playbyplay/NBA_20090521_DEN@LAL

    Very, very strange.

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  188. 1) We need Bynum playing more than 18 minutes.
    2) We need swing the ball from strong side to weak side much faster and run cross screens to get the ball into the post.
    3) Play Jordan and Brown more, Sasha and Fisher less.

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  189. luubi,

    I do think Denver is the better team, they have proven it. Lakers could be better, but there is not enough Bynum and the Laker defense is still inconsistent and no where near championship caliber.

    At least the Lakers played a decent game though. Its not like they didnt show up as was the case with the Rockets. You can say the Lakers blew a lead…well guess what guys, the Lakers have done that all year, that isnt anything new or sumthin to be unexpected. Hats off to Denver.

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  190. Mason – I agree. The officials missed that one call.

    Nevertheless, like Phil, I do believe in momentum and execution. When you lose it, the ball tends to bounce the other way–like that Melo put back and KMart’s put back. The Lakers were the one’s getting those in the 1st half.

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  191. Jane,

    I actually think that the Lakers will win Game 7, but of course, I’m a Denver fan, so I’ll take any chances available had the series gone to 7 games.

    Of course, you’ve got Kobe, and I hate it. 🙂

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  192. Fisher, to me, almost single handedly ruined our momentum in the 3rd, by foolishly taking it to the basket against 2 defenders on multiple possessions instead of pulling it out and starting the offense.

    No matter how much I like him, he has been an absolute disaster in this playoffs

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  193. Some of you Pau haters should really be ashamed of yourseleves, he wasn’t the reason we lost. I think our superb record with Gasol over the last year and a half speaks for what a difference he’s made to this team.
    What’s that ol’ saying???
    Don’t hate tha playa, hate tha game…
    This game ain’t on Pau, he held his ground well – let’s put this game behind us and move on to a strategy that can be effective in Denver.

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  194. Birdman-
    Not to put to sharp a point on it, but there’s a reason it’s called “Home Court _Advantage_”, excellent road records notwithstanding. Your series, if not your end result, seems a bit contrived. Mark my words: One of these teams will win at least twice on the road, but you will not see five road wins.

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  195. We have to win one in Denver or this series will be over for the Lakers, we are very lucky to be tied 1-1 at this point.

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  196. officiating sucked because they didn’t let the players play.. but FTs were even all around.. the difference came down to made/missed FTs.. possibly the lack of 3pters till late from the lakers..

    its gr8 seeing guys take it to the hoop.. but why pass up the open 3 on a kick out only to drive it in again? n even if u wanna take it to the hoop why we need to be getting more FTs.. denver’s front line finished the game foul-ridden but we didn’t manage to foul any of them out..

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  197. Wow- a lot of ref whining here in a game where the Lakers just didn’t execute and outplayed at the end.

    I mean Kobe’s TO at the top of the key. Fish’s atrocious shot selection on that long 3 ball. Missed free throws. Don’t blame the refs.

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  198. surely phil has got to think of benching fish, I know it seems drastic but he has been that bad and ive been impressed with jordan and shannon lately

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  199. Birdman, You are a great sport. =)

    What’s funny is that more than the loss, I dread all the banging on Kobe and talk of “softness” that will take place in the next few days that is totally unwarranted. I feel like Bron got minimal heat for the Cavs loss because his individual line was so good, but if Kobe had the same line tonight…selfish city.

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