Lakers/Suns: Game 5 Preview & Chat

Darius Soriano —  May 27, 2010

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For a while now, the mantra of FB&G is that the Lakers will go as far as their defense takes them.  When the Lakers are dialed in on defense, they’ll always have a chance to win and more often than not will pull out the victories they need.  Against the Suns, the defense has been lacking of late and we’ve all witnessed the results. 

So, as we go into game 5, the onus is on the Lakers D to get the necessary stops in order to prevail.  We’ve already discussed some of the defensive principles that the Lakers need to get back to, so I won’t expand on those now.  But I will say that much (if not all) of tonight’s result will depend on effort, desire, and how those charateristics mix with smart play and execution.

Much like we called for before game 4, the Lakers need to play smart and poised.  The need to play with desire, but they can’t let that desire overwhelm them into making rash decisions that don’t serve the greater purpose.  The Lakers need to trust in eachother to make the right play as a member of the team, and then follow through to prove that the trust given is warranted.

Really, this has little to do with X’s and O’s.  Sure, the Lakers will need to attack the Suns’ zone in different ways.  By making quicker decisions with the ball and forcing the Suns weakest defenders to match up in isolation on our better offensive players, the Lakers can better infiltrate the Suns defense.  By being more selective with the shots that are taken from the outside and making the Suns’ zone move in ways that it’s not accustomed to, the Lakers can score the points they’ll need to get the win. 

But, none of those adjustments on offense will mean much if the Lakers are still giving up 115+ points and letting the Suns offense get the shots that they want.  If the Suns are able to execute their P&R exactly how they’ve diagrammed it or beat their individual defenders off the dribble or grab nearly as many offensive rebounds as the Lakers grab defensive ones, this game will look much like the last two when final clock shows 0.0 seconds.  If the Lakers don’t close out on shooters or contest shots or mark the Suns’ shooters in transition, frustration will reign supreme again. 

So, while I do look for better execution on offense (as that will help the Lakers transition to the defensive side of the ball), I’m really looking for that extra effort and the will that’s needed to win.  And, really, I think we’ll all see it.  As I’ve mentioned before, the Lakers find themselves in a familiar position.  As was the case against OKC, Houston, and Denver in recent playoff series, the Lakers are facing a game 5 at home with the series knotted at two games a piece.  In all those games the Lakers won by playing the caliber of basketball that they’ve shown capable in their recent runs to the Finals.  They won by stepping up to the challenge that was in front of them.

All that said, relying on experience will not be enough.  The Lakers just can’t show up and expect that because they’ve done this exact thing before that it will just happen again for them tonight.  The Lakers will have to put in the required work if they expect to achieve what they’re setting out to do.  As Phil Jackson has said, if the Lakers can’t step up to this moment, why even advance to the Finals?  The test is in front of this team and it’s time to pass it with flying colors.  I’ve said this in the past, but if put in a position where a team has its backs against the wall and need to get a win to salvage its season, there’s no other group of guys I’d rather have than this team; the team led by Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, and Pau Gasol.  This is a group I trust in times like this.  Six o’clock tonight can’t come soon enough.  It’s time to get that win.


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285 responses to Lakers/Suns: Game 5 Preview & Chat

  1. This is for Warren! 🙂

    GO LAKERS!

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  2. The lakers know what they have to do, they know and have what it takes to do it.

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  3. The lakers know what they have to do and they have what it takes to do it.

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  4. Agreed, Darius. Every time in the last 2 years that this team has had its back seemingly against the wall, it has come out fighting and taken care of business. Let’s hope that tonight is more of the same.

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  5. How do I delete RSS so my comments will show up? If this one shows up I guess it isn’t necessary

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  6. Defense — it’s something we often talk about, but really don’t give its proper due. We talk about defense, but then evaluate another player – say Ron Artest – based on his shot selection. Ron isn’t here because of his shooting, or even for his defense against quick PGs. He is here to defend big SFs and SGs. Since Phoenix doesn’t have any of those guys, we maybe should be mixing up our rotation a bit to give Ron a rest. After all, if we make it to the Finals he will be needed to guard Paul Pierce or Vince Carter.

    Our shooting is fine – we just can’t seem to stop them Suns.

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  7. 8 straight game 5 victories at staples.

    time to keep it rolling, lake show! can’t wait for this game to begin– time to remind phx why we were the #1 seed when this whole thing began….

    ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK!!!!

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  8. Craig,
    RonRon has been the only player on the Lakers to close out hard on Suns shooters but in a controlled manner where he doesn’t give up the drive or commit a foul. If we had 5 guys that were playing defense like Artest the series would be over right now. That might be the dumbest thing I have ever written on this site. Artest is one of the best defenders to play in the NBA… thats like me saying if we had 5 guys that played offense like Kobe the series would be over. The problem is and isn’t our shooting. 50% is great… but when you were shooting 58% against man to man you should be able to shoot 65% against a zone. This is the NBA.. its not college. There is a reason the Suns are the first team in the history of the NBA to institute a zone for more than 2 minutes in a playoff series.

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  9. Defending the three point line will be key tonight. If the Suns, especially their reserves, are on fire from three, it will be an extremely tough game for the Lakers. Not sure if it’s entirely the right thing, but I would give up easy twos to prevent threes and And1 plays. Give Amar’e the jumpshot, give Nash the jumpshot, but prevent the wide open threes and Amar’e’s bull runs to the basket.

    This series, more than any I’ve seen of late, has been built on momentum. Long jumpers will not build momentum for a whole team, not in the way threes, dunks, or And1’s will.

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  10. There’s absolutely no reason for the Lakers to be having trouble with a Zone- especially the weak zone that the Suns employ. Some struggle against Boston’s SSZ makes a little sense…but all the Lakers have to do to combat Phoenix’s zone is stop swinging the ball around the perimeter and take it to the hoop. When the D collapses, as it invariably will, then one can either kick the ball out for the open shot or hit open cutters. Successfully execute that enough times and Phoenix will put the Zone away.

    The problem is when we have guys like Farmar and Brown out there who for whatever reason will not kick the ball inside. It’s like a bunch of guys not wanting to be responsible for the potential turnover, so they just swing the ball arond. Numerous times I saw Brown in particular neglect to pass to a well posted Bynum.

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  11. Lakers by 8

    Expect much better rebounding.

    Expect much better defense.

    Epect much more even fouls called.

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  12. I don’t say (or think) this often, but that’s a great preview. Exactly what needed to be said. Let’s go get us a win, Lakers.

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  13. lakers by 8

    better rebounding
    better defense
    even foul calls

    game over

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  14. Sorry, don’t mean to hijack the game thread, but in response to don from the last thread – I’ll be at Illinois. And thanks to Jane for the congrats.

    Great preview, nothing else left to say. Let’s get it done tonight. We’ll see if Sasha shows a pulse. My expectations are…zero. I hope I’ve never been more wrong.

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  15. O nice I just graduated from uiuc

    In other news things are not going well

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  16. Wow. 2 fouls for #24 in the first 3 min of the game? Wow.

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  17. Comon now refs, we’re not in Phoenix anymore.

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  18. If refs are consistent with letting physical play go that’s good for us. But remains to be seen

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  19. whats that about home court officiating?

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  20. Play like a man Pou!

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  21. Anybody who thinks Artest is a good shooter is not watching him this playoff. He is a mess. Nice no time out for 7 minutes Phil

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  22. it’s 8 v 5 right now against the lakers.

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  23. My last comment about officiating:

    is it just me or shouldn’t the suns have been called for defensive 3 seconds by now?

    As far as how the game’s going, not such a great start, it would be nice if Artest would hit the open threes now.

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  24. If the players are as frustrated as I am by the officiating then we have a big problem. However, this is where professionalism comes in, and where good differs from great.

    Good teams blame the refs when they lose. Great teams adjust and play through it (and go home and **** the prom queen;) ).

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  25. The Lakers look to be rushing everything a bit more than they need to be. They’re also so intent on not forcing jumpers that they’re trying to get all the way to the rim but the results aren’t that promising early. Overall though, I’m happy with the pace – just not with our defensive rebounding.

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  26. This once again looks like the worst coached team in the playoffs. 3 games and they still have no clue how to attack a zone.

    Why is that?

    Happy with this? They are on their way to a 18 point quarter. Happy with that. Really?

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  27. Something tells me that Mimsy WAS the prom queen! :-)~~

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  28. If I had any confidence in the lakers before the game it’s gone now. Is it safe to say phoenix has stifling defense.

    But the officiating was absolutely terrible to star the game. Both teams were being aggressive but only phoenix got the calls. I think it’s time to put in Sasha they may as well put him in the game early and see if be gets hot and hopefully opens the floor up. The lakers are working way to hard to score. If they aren’t going to zone, the. Kobe needs to go to the post

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  29. WOW. Everyone needs to calm down. It’s 22-21 Lakers. Yeah, I’m happy with how things are going so far.

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  30. Are the Lakers adapting the Boston Defensive Scheme? My goodness, that defense was written Boston everywhere.

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  31. Darius, the boo birds come out in full force during the game thread.

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  32. I was about to post (earlier, after a Bynum foul) that to guard Amare, we really need the type of interior defender that takes charges instead of blocking shots. Amare drives to the rim so fast, so explosive, he just bulls into people like Lebron and gets the foul call. To defend a player like that, you need a Battier/Chuck Hayes type. And on cue, Luke Walton steps in there and takes the hit. That’s what we need inside.

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  33. Just win each qrt. How hard is that? Let’s go Lakers!

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  34. With the way this game started for us, and with kobe picking up 2 quick fouls and not really getting into the flow yet, I’ll gladly take a 3 pt. lead at the end of 1. Now let’s hope we keep up the defensive intensity and stretch this lead out!

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  35. I don’t think the Lakers could have played much worse offensively than they did through most of that 1st quarter and we’re still up by 3. I’ll take it. At least the energy is there.

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  36. OK Darius you are the logical smart one and I am going nuts for no reason.

    You were so correct. I got to relax!!!!

    Sorry. I will send you a fee for being Dr. Darius.

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  37. THAT is how you get into the teeth of the zone.

    Fisher King stepping up in a big way.

    Glad Kobe didn’t pick up his 3rd.

    Walton drawing the charge on Amare…that needs to happen more often, because that dude just runs straight at people.

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  38. Took a while, but now the Lakers have their head in the game.

    Against the zone, they have to use pass fakes up top from time to time. The Suns know how they want to move their defenders around, so fake the pass, see how the defender reacts. If he jumps a little, attack the seam, otherwise quickly swing it.

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  39. Hey, that was great defense!

    And that was not a charge on Farmar. Bleh.

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  40. sasha with great d

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  41. Amundson gets away with so much shoving and grabbing. I can’t decide who I dislike more: him or Robin Fropez.

    All eyes on Sasha! Shut Dragon down!

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  42. Why is TNT experimenting with so many crappy camera angles?

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  43. What?! An illegal screen call on Phx? Stop the presses!

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  44. I think the refs are doing pretty much good on the other side of the floor, the shitload of hard screens Amundson, Stoudemire, and Lopez are giving are now paying off.

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  45. Lakers shouldve been getting and+1s no?

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  46. A hand in the back on a layup or dunk is a FOUL! Why is Lopez allowed to get away with that?

    Seriously, how does a 6’11 forward have a career average of 1 block? When was the last time that Lamar had a block shot or a block shot attempt?

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  47. lakers 0-4 with this officiating crew via espn.

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  48. Not settling, and we’re getting to the line tonight.

    It sounds like a soft, girly type of D, but taking charges is such an effective part of a good defensive system. A few possessions ago, Lamar got into the teeth of the defense and got turned away because of the fear of running a Sun over.

    Normally I’d say all this switching would hurt us, but I like the energy I’m seeing on the defensive end. Bynum, especially – he’s not just showing, he’s f’n exploding out on those screens and then recovering fairly well.

    This is a serious question – why don’t our bigs dunk more? Lamar had that wide-open under the hoop. No one in his way. Why not go up with power and get the and-1? It just doesn’t make sense to me. If I was 6’10”, I’d dunk on my hoop, the opponents hoop, I’d run out during the halftime show and steal the mascot’s dunks. Sometimes it really does come down to mentality.

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  49. The lakers have picked up their defensive intensity which is great to see. If the lakers knock down some more wide open 3’s they’ll control the game. I was losing confidence because they were not playing smart, I’m slowing gaining it back.

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  50. Lakers getting to the line tonight. I like the agressive play to get more FT’s

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  51. I have detected a pattern: We never execute well when we have a bizarre camera angle.

    Obviously TNT is biased against us :p

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  52. Now if Sasha could hit a three…

    … well, Kobe hitting one will do too.

    … two, are welcome as well.

    … three, well I guess he’s still WHITE HOT.

    Kinda funny how White Hot contrasts with Black Mamba. Even his nicknames are bipolar…

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  53. Great! The Lakers have really buckled down on defense.

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  54. The game changed when Vujacic came in *blarf*. He D’d the shit out of Goran Dragic and really took the Suns out of their offensive flow.

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  55. Kobe has just been PHENOMENAL this series. Just incredible.

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  56. Kobe-nova!! Since Game 1.

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  57. Hats off to our frontline, especially Bynum. They are doing a wonderous job covering Steve Nash 1v1 on the perimeter. Loving the defense since 8 mins into the 1st.

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  58. Mamba, baby! I think Kobe’s into the flow now!

    Zephid, I actually agree with you on that one. Sasha was his usual pest on D!

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  59. ken,

    i’m as surprised as you that this worst coached team in the playoffs is up like this. I’m super shocked.

    =)

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  60. Omg the fat kid from Superbad and Get Him to the Greek is sitting next to the Lakers bench. Is that good or bad? He might start telling bad jokes at halftime and ruin the hot streak we’re on. Quick – get Kobe away from him!

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  61. bynum active on d I like

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  62. I’d almost forgotten what it was like to see us get 3 stops in a row. So, is this Vujajic’s one good game for the month? 🙂

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  63. I’m starting to wonder if this is the best playoff series I’ve ever seen Kobe play (at least on the offensive side of the ball). He’s simply amaaaaazing!

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  64. we all care about the lakers offense which is playing well but their defensive intensity is through the roof. I’m gaining my confidence back.

    *side note I can’t comment on laptop i’m typing on my phone. I remember zehpid saying something about rss a while ago when somebody had the same problem. I have a mac, can anybody help

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  65. I think I need to have what Kobe’s having.

    Without the practice part.

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  66. FISHEEEERRRRR!

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  67. I hope they change the rule where the shooter initiates the arm contact on a stationary defender’s arm. I hate when Kobe does it, hate when Durant does it, it’s just ugly basketball.

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  68. Ray I have been tweeting Phil some advice.

    That’s Phil Mankowich he lives next door.

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  69. argh, if we don’t get some stops after these TOs, it will ruin an otherwise awesome quarter.

    Timely rebound by Kobe and TO. Kobe seriously has his fingerprints all over the games this series.

    First TO is turnover, second TO is timeout… I think I need to use better initials…

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  70. C’mon TNT, show the replay on that Fisher “block.” Sigh.

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  71. What IS a charge?

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  72. Great TO, phil. We were starting to get in a little lull there.

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  73. TNT is terrible at showing calls that might be questionable. I wonder if that’s the league mandate, or TNT, but that SHOULD have been a charge. I rewound it on the dvr.

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  74. This is looking all to familiar, last 2 games whenever the lakers got hot…then the officials make a couple consecutive bad calls. The lakers are helping themselves by taking bad shots either. Good timeout by Phil.

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  75. On one hand I don’t like those last 2 turnovers b/c… yeah, TO’s. On the other hand that was us trying to pound it inside to a big guy, so I’m not as annoyed at those last 2 turnovers.

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  76. Wow, Bynum comes out, the lead evaporates. Now Pau, if you would just get in the same page as ours. 😉

    Anyways, the Suns are too good an offensive team to be just 40 scorin’ in the 1st half.
    And that block on Fisher was not a block, for goodness’ sake. It was the same as Jordan’s run-in with Dragic but different result.

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  77. All in all, great job of limiting Nash’s opportunities to make plays for others. That is really crucial since he couldn’t get Amare going nor drive and dish for open threes a lot.

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  78. Sheesh.. whistles go quiet when Kobe drives.

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  79. sloppy end to the half. man…

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  80. Our physicality would make Utah proud. At least that’s what I’m gathering judging from our foul count and gamecast.

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  81. We’re holding them to 11 3pt attempts and a 18% success rate.

    That’s pretty good, and quite a turnaround from what we were giving them last game.

    Wow. another silly foul for two free throws with 0.7 seconds left.

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  82. I cannot believe they just called a rebounding foul with .7 in the half to bring it to single digits. UN B LEEV UH BLE

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  83. These refs are just unreal. Seriously

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  84. Lakers would be up at least 20 if the refs were calling a fair game.

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  85. Lakers should be up 15. Way too sloppy to close the quarter.

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  86. I really don’t get Shannon. Him and Farmar have been aweful all season. Every possession they have ends up in a bad kobe-imitation or a brick 3.

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  87. A good defensive half of basketball.

    Its too bad Ron Artest is such a offensive liabilty. Also why does Phil take the best closer in the NBA out with 2 minutes left in the half.

    That is really stupid and just cost us 5 points.

    Why?

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  88. ffs, less brown less artest, more Machine!

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  89. the machine was surprisingly effective on the floor tonight in the 1st half. pace is favorable, PFs seem improved, i’d say so far so good. if they could limit the turnovers and control the defensive boards, 2nd half should be OK also.

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  90. Won both quarters, didn’t let Phoenix get rolling, solid job. That being sad, I think the Lakers missed one opportunity for a stretch to really blow the game open.

    My talking points to the team for the second half would be: keep Nash from becoming a distributor, be decisive on offense (Shannon’s last hesitant possession comes to mind), attack the basket more often, limit stupid fouls to put the team into the penalty early.

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  91. I just can’t believe how bad this officiatingis. They call a rebound foul with.7 sec where both players we fighting for position allow the suns to come over the top and/or put two hands in the back of players going for rebounds. This officiating is starting to become very questionable.

    On a close charge/block with farmar and dragic they overturn the call and rule it a charge. On an obvious charge on Amare one official calls in a
    charge the other calls it a block donut stands as a block.

    It’s whenever the lakers start to pull away expect some suspect officiating

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  92. Why does Phil rest Kobe at the end of a half. The best closer on bench and Brown in?

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  93. Why does Phil rest Kobe at the end of a half. The best closer on bench and Brown in?

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  94. Holy ****. I just saw the bench statistics in the half-time show. I had to double-check them TWICE before I realized they weren’t accidentally switched around. Our bench really is outperforming theirs.

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  95. Kobe needs to rest too.

    He might as well get some rest when there is a sizable lead that would not have gone to single digits save for that foul by Ron.

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  96. You guys whine more than the Spurs and their fans and I didn’t think that was possible. Stop making excuses and compete.

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  97. Harold he has 30 minutes to rest at half. You mean to say that extra 2 minutes makes a difference.

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  98. Every obvious bad call is not replayed on tv. It is getting obvious the NBA is giving TNT extra games. F this staples crowd for not getting on the officials NO HOME COURT!!!

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  99. Mace the only coach crying for not getting EVRY call is yours.

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  100. Can we quit complaining about the refs? They’ve missed some calls. Okay. But it’s not awful nor biased against the Lakers. Remember too that Gentry’s the coach that’s gotten T’d up for complaining about the refs. I’m sure the other side has some beef with the refs too. In the end, none of us nor the players can control the refs whistle. The Lakers need to continue to play tough D and be more decisive on their drives against the zone. If they play smart in the 2nd half, they’ll be just fine.

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  101. Anonymous, I’d think every little bit helps, especially if it’s not vital enough for him to be in the game.

    Two minutes of play not only means added fatigue, it can be a cause of injury, it can get him another foul (he has two), and if he’s already playing hurt, it will be taxing him further.

    So yes, I think two minutes help. Also, since the two minutes will give some other player some burn, that may be helpful too.

    I see the point of leaving him in there to expand the lead, but this is the playoffs, and no team, especially PHX, will give up just because it’s behind 11 points instead of 9.

    As for fouls, we attempted more FTs for a change, so I’m not ecstatic, but I’m not really unhappy either.

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  102. Mace,

    Without the Suns 20 free throw cusion in each of games 3 and 4 the series would already be over. Pardon some of us if we are not completely convinced by the job the officials are doing.

    As far as the Lakers go, I would like to see more out of Gasol in the second half. He has to fight a little harder to get the ball. I do like seeing Odom cutting to the rim. And Sasha needs some more burn. He showed great engergy out there.

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  103. So, was Phil grooming Sasha for some more minutes in the 2nd half and rest of the series or was he as exasperated with Farmar/Brown as the rest of us and just throwing sh-t at the wall to see what would stick? Really liked his defensive energy in the 2nd quarter

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  104. Poor Bynum. He gets absolutely no respect.

    .. Sorry Darius. It’s just true in this case.

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  105. The world loves Steve Nash way too much.

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  106. I agree, let’s stop whining about the refs. Seriously, all you “big men” sound like little cry-baby girls whenever you talk about the refs.

    If the players don’t blame the refs, it’s kind of stupid of the fans to do it, no?

    Pau-POW!! FISHER! RON!

    Go Lakers! 🙂

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  107. Smart play by Artest leads to the layup

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  108. i could be wrong but i think Artest acutally just contributed to the offense

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  109. Well, I certainly don’t agree with the ref complaints, but the players would do more bitching themselves if they wouldn’t get fined.

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  110. 94, Sasha was most effective swarming Dragic. Look for him to come in when Dragic comes in. Phil sets up his players to succeed. Sending in Vujacic against Nash or Richardson is setting him up to fail.

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  111. Mimsy- the players don’t blame the refs because they get nailed with absurd fines for it. The refs deserve as much criticism as anyone else on the court when they don’t perform up to expectations. And unlike the players, none of us need to be bullied by Stern’s heavy-handed tactics. The free-throw disparity in this series is egregious and it’s not ALL due to the Lakers playing tentatively. Some of it is definitely due to poor officiating.

    Anyway, the Lakers just went on a nice little tear there.

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  112. Kobe with 6 assists and 7 rebounds already, not to mention 2 blocks.

    Is this due to PHX’s pace inflating stats for us too, or is he just playing at a different level during this series?

    Hate to say this, but Kobe looks like he’s been saving himself up for this stage.

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  113. RE the refs: Look, I’m rarely happy with the refs, but they’re one of a thousand variables in the game and don’t have nearly the impact that the players do on the outcome of the game. Tonight, the refereeing has been bad on both sides; it’s just been an uneven night from the refs overall. So, why complain about it when they’re bad for everyone. Grant Hill just got screwed on that charge call. Fisher just got jobbed on the call when he fought through that screen. If you’re objective, you see that the refs aren’t having their best night and it’s not for either side. It’s just poor for everyone.

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  114. Stat of the night…second chance points…

    Lakers: 16 Suns: 0

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  115. Lamar just nudged ahead of Kobe in the intra-Laker rebound race.

    Kobe still ahead of the assisting and scoring race, while Ron is ahead in the stealing department and Bynum leads blockers with 4 (Kobe following with 3).

    Now if Kobe could get another assist, he will tie Nash for most in the game.

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  116. Dangerous time here. Gotta close the quarter strong and remove all doubt.

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  117. Kobe is having the best playoff series I think I’ve seen him have in terms of the all around stats he’s putting up. It’s ridiculous.

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  118. Welcome to the NBA, where Lakers at home win by double digits, and Suns at home win by single digits – with the help of a double-digit ft advantage.

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  119. Now the big question: leave in the starters (or most of them) to protect the lead over the first few minutes? Or use the usual rotation plus maybe Vujacic today and risk a renaissance of the PHX bench?

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  120. My take?

    Fact 1: refs have been uniformly putrid throughout the playoffs.

    Fact 2: refs corralled absolutely zero offensive rebounds for the Suns in Game 4, and took absolutely zero 3 pointers. The Tuesday loss is 100% on Lakers not named Kobe.

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  121. Yep, this is what I’m talking about. Lead down to 9. Same as the end of the half.
    ..

    and now going to be 7. Terrible finish to the quarter. In no way surprising.

    … 6.

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  122. That’s why I thought this series would be exciting. PHX can mount a run regardless of how far down they are.

    … Shannon’s role in this series seems to be fouling Barbosa with less than a minute left in the quarter. I seriously saw this happen before.

    wow, a pau two? i was fairly certain that we were going to launch a 3 here.

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  123. And about to be 7. So much for a 4th quarter of no drama.

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  124. another sloppy end to a qrt….

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  125. 8 on 5 to finish the quarter, no wonder phoenix made a run.

    bad finish, but seriously! dudley clearout on kobe turns into and 1, whistles didn’t work for any of the contact under the lakers hoop.

    I’d said I wouldnt say anymore about the officiating but it is really inconsistent. each team is getting stretches of preferential treatment this game.

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  126. Every 50/50 call is going the other way Darius. Come on man.

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  127. It’s true, when the Lakers start putting the game away, the refs intervene. You really think the Lakers aren’t getting hacked to death under the basket the last 5 minutes?

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  128. So, you see how one call affects the flow of the game, Darius?

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  129. once again inability to end quarters

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  130. how many times is Phil can lose leads by putting Brown and Walton in at the end of quarters.

    How many times?

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  131. Alright – getting nervous now. Channing Frye is heating up and we’ve pretty much sucked it the last 2 4th quarters.

    Darius! Give me some hope!! 🙂

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  132. this crap is getting annoying. do we really have something against being up 20? seriously.

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  133. It is a little frustrating to see Lakers taking it to the hole and getting clobber and not getting any calls while the suns get ticky tacky calls on the other end. Granted the lakers can go harder at the basket, but it’s frustrating.

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  134. Refs have changed the momentum of the game about 7 times. I said earlier, if the lakers start rolling, expect some suspect officiating. The refs are absolutely swallowing their whistle when the lakers have the ball. I don’t think anyone can watch this game and say the officials haven’t thrown a few bones. This miss two calls then the suns run out and get an and 1. Then they get a four point play and its all down hill from there.

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  135. We did win the quarter right…? It doesnt really sound like it from these comments.

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  136. 124, uh no. we lost the qtr.

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  137. 124,

    27 Suns, 25 Lakers…. not.

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  138. Playing through calls that you think go against you isn’t easy. But it’s what’s needed. Is Phil about to get fined?….

    Anyway. Look, like I said the refereeing hasn’t been good. What else do you want me to say?

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  139. #124, we didn’t win the quarter, that’s why the comments don’t sound like it.

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  140. I need some metoprolol right about now…

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  141. Haha, Sasha. So, apparently, Dragic took Sasha’s spot on the Slovenian team?

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  142. Ha, ha. I’m glad Vujacic is on our team.

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  143. How many techs does kobe have for these playoffs?

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  144. Let’s see how many technicals the refs can call on the Lakers to get the Suns back in the game. Seriously how is it a double tech, when Sasha in no way retaliated?

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  145. wow. another bunny missed by Bynum. What is up with that? Let’s go guys, tighten up!

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  146. The Lakers are really frustrated. They’re not getting the calls they think they should ( and so do I for the most part), but they really need to continue attacking the basket since the Suns are doing a great job grabbing the rebound, pushing the ball and getting to the line.

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  147. Bynam can not compete out there. Phil please keep Pau and Ron out there before its too late.

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  148. So, how is it that the Suns are in the game when on the floor it totally looks like we are owning it?
    We are not shooting as great as we seem like (40%), we are just playing defense… and oh, the Suns shot like 24 free throws.

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  149. Suns continue to get bailed out every time they take it to the hole.

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  150. THE FIX IS IN!!!!

    Anyone watching this game who doesn’t think the refs are purposely calling the game to keep it close and/or give the Suns the advantage is not really watching this game.

    So sick of this bs.

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  151. How about we get a Dudley-Vujacic match-up? That would be fun.

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  152. Really only have themselves to blame the way they finished the third. This game should be in the fridge by now.

    SASHA! Welcome to the playoffs!

    Pau .. please step up.

    Kobe is good.

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  153. Darius u have to admit the way they are officiating is more than jus bad. When the officiating is bad I Always pay close attention to the typ of fouls te refs are calling. The suns are getting calls the lakers aren’t plain and simple. They are officiating te game differently. Kobe gets hit on the hand right after he released that three te same exact way dudley was hit but Dudley go the foul. It’s just said to see 3 straight game in which the officating was one sided

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  154. The Lakers are being much more patient this game against the zone.

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  155. farmar stop thinking for so long PASS THE BALL

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  156. Kobe’s shot is so hard that it wants to pop out so many times. man that 3 would have been nice.

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  157. SASHAAAA!

    I don’t even like him, but I’m rooting for him now. 🙂

    @Burgundy
    Did you take your medication this evening? Seriously. The refs are intentionally making the Suns win? What kind of NBA planet do you live on?

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  158. ede ede ede ede ede los lakers r reely plajeen goooood ju know why ryyyyeee? cuz dvaey have ede ede ede ede ede ede koooooooobiiiiiiiiiiii! va pues!

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  159. Really…That was a foul!??

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  160. No, it wasn’t.

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  161. Wow, Nash. I think that was the longest continuation basket I have ever seen.

    At this point, I truly do not care if the Lakers win by 1, as long as they win. Get. the. win.

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  162. Crazy game.

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  163. Lol and Nash traveled twice on one possession. No call.

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  164. 8-0 in three throws this quarter..

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  165. I’ve never seen a player allowed to travel as much as Steve Nash.

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  166. I’m apoplectic. The Lakers are at home, right?

    HOW ARE THE SUNS GETTING EVERY FREAKING CALL!!!!???

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  167. I can’t believe they gave Nash that and1….whatever. Lakers need to stay calm and focus and not jack up 3’s for the rest of the time remaining. And lock down on D. Get some stops. this is nerve racking.

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  168. Goodness…not a good turn of events in the 4th.

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  169. Laker games = #1 cause of heart attacks in So. Cal.

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  170. Taking years off my life.

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  171. The Lakers offense seems to be tightening up. These last two minutes will be VERY interesting.

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  172. I have no problem with that continuation call. Kobe should have helped or Fish should have fouled gard, those were the mistakes on that play.

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  173. I think Pau is the league leader in splitting FTs. Hope he makes both.

    ..

    GOT EM

    ..

    Time to stop switching. THis is what Nash did to Duncan.

    EDIT: STOP SWITCHING

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  174. Good job, Pau!

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  175. Gasol is having one of those games where throws the ball up too hard and misses tons of shots around the rim. I love him as a player…but I really wish the guy would just go up hard and dunk the ball more often.

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  176. Just give the ball to Kobe and let him draw attention.

    Nash is on fire. One of the best mid-range jump shooters in the game.

    LOL RON WHY?

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  177. NO RON NO

    NO RON

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  178. Ron Ron!

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  179. Artest….ugh

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  180. WHY RON WHY

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  181. OMG. Ron Ron what are you doing!!!

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  182. Fking ARtest? If we lose this game, it’s on Artest.

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  183. The Lakers should be allowed to void Ron’s contract penalty free after that.

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  184. Haha! Phil, is this part of developing “Ron” so he would be as clutch as Kobe? 🙂 Benefit of the doubt.

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  185. try and defend artest now. the dumbest shot i have ever seen. no wonder he has never won anything.

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  186. I love this game!

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  187. Too much like 2006 game 6

    Every bounce going the wrong way

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  188. WTF…rebounds!

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  189. Unbelievable. I hate long rebounds.

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  190. Good god…

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  191. Seriously

    What
    the
    *#*@
    just
    happened?

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  192. How can they let the Suns get 3 attempts at a 3?! This is the 1 team that WILL hit one.

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  193. let’s go guys. Execute and win.

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  194. Lamar Odom WATCHED instead of boxing out after the first shot. These guys deserve to be punished.

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  195. I think Kobe wants another game winner.

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  196. RON YOU REDEEM YO SELF YO OYOY OAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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  197. Man I hope Kobe puts the game winner right in Nash’s grill.

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  198. TNT trying to jinx Kobe

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  199. They need to make sure this is the last shot of the game.

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  200. Come on Kobe. We need you to be clutch.

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