Game 5 Preview and Chat: The Oklahoma City Thunder

Darius Soriano —  May 21, 2012

I’m not sure there are many people that expect a Laker win tonight. They’re on the road, are coming off a meltdown loss that triggered some finger pointing comments, and it’s all under the backdrop of the Lakers performing poorly in these types of games (see game 4, Mavericks, 2011 playoffs). Add in several other variables – OKC’s talent and determination, this being their 3rd game in 4 nights – and the Lakers are facing long odds tonight.

That said, the game is happening and the Lakers have said they’ll be ready. Outside of closing games (an important factor, obviously) they’ve played extremely well since game 2 of this series and their blueprint for success is still in place. Will they conjure the effort and resolve needed to win is certainly the number one question but if they do, another game within reach is on the docket for tonight. On the whiteboard after game 4 the words “one game at a time” were written so here’s hoping they take that to heart.

A few keys for this evening:

*Pick and roll coverages remain critical. Down the stretch of game 4, the Lakers’ D came unraveled mostly due to the pressure Russell Westbrook placed in OKC’s P&R attack. He did more than probe, he propelled himself through the cracks and created good shots. We’ve been saying it since game 1 but bears repeating: the Lakers must step up high, contest the ball handler, and make the Thunder go to their secondary options. When the ball moves, the Lakers must rotate and do so with energy and precision. The Thunder want to move the ball around the perimeter to create good looks and this means the bigs must leave the paint to cover Thunder players moving around the wing. Doing this successfully is what makes the defense work.

*Ron needs help in isolation against Durant. Artest is a proud defender that still scraps hard and shows tremendous fight. And, in a lot of situations he’s doing a fine job of bothering Durant. However, one of those areas isn’t in 1-4 isolations where Durant has a live dribble. Durant’s ability to pull up from range is forcing Ron higher out on the floor and his improved handle is making it difficult for Ron to contain him off the dribble. Game 4’s dagger was the product of this exact situation as Ron sagged back playing the drive only to have KD put up a three pointer off the bounce. Ron must do a better job of keeping KD on one side of the floor but his help must be there when he uses his dribble to attack the paint. KD has shown he can be turnover prone when the second defender shows timely help but the issue is that the help isn’t always there. Ron’s been such a great defender during his time with the Lakers that it looks like the back line isn’t as aware when he’s working in isolation. Tonight, they’ll need to be as I expect Durant to attack early and often now that he’s back home.

*Pau Gasol must get a bit greedy, but not overly so. Pau’s been put through the ringer for his game 4 decision making and there’s merit to some of the criticism. For a player as cerebral as Pau, shoot-pass decisions are probably some of the more difficult ones he has to make on any given possession. And, seemingly, his unselfish nature skews more towards making the pass than taking the shot. There’s a reason Pau’s had so many lob assists to Andrew Bynum this season. However, the Lakers, as currently constructed, lack scoring punch. Pau is a versatile scorer and can aid the Lakers in their pursuit of more points. To score, he must turn down passing opportunities and look for his own chances. That said, as a key facilitator within the offense, he must also continue to seek out open teammates who can also boost the Lakers’ O. Pau has a difficult balance to strike tonight but it’s imperative he find it for the Lakers to win.

*Sessions needs more floor time and must do something with it. Games 3 and 4 showed that Sessions can be effective against the Thunder. He’s starting to find creases out of the P&R and he’s using his quickness off the ball to cut into the gaps when his teammates draw attention. He’s been a key player in the 1st half of the last two games but has faded down the stretch and been replaced by Blake in closing games. Well, in game 4 I thought the Lakers paid for keeping Blake on the floor as the Thunder guarded him a bit more closely and didn’t afford him the open shots he’d typically get. In turn, the Lakers had one less play maker on the floor (Sessions) in favor of a spot up shooter not given the room to do what he does best (Blake). I’d love to see Sessions get some extended run in this game and for him to take advantage of it by staying aggressive. I’ve mentioned the need for more points, Sessions can be someone that provides them.

*Hit the glass hard. The Thunder are strong rebounding team but they’re also a team that loves to help on paint touches. Ibaka and Perkins will both leave their men to slide into a contest position when the ball threatens the basket. The Lakers bigs must fight their way to the ball and get second shots. The Lakers haven’t been a very efficient offensive team this series but a way to counter that is to get extra possessions on the glass. Getting them tonight is imperative.

There are many more keys, obviously. Tempo, locking down role players, and avoiding fouls are all important. But none are more than what I mentioned at the top of this post: the Lakers must bring the requisite effort to win. They mustn’t get down on themselves in things don’t go their way. They mustn’t stop fighting if they get in an early hole. The Thunder will be ready to go from the opening whistle and the Lakers must understand that they’ll have to take a couple of shots on the chin and keep coming if they’re to win.

No one expects the Lakers but they must believe that they can. Here’s to both teams flying back to Los Angeles.


Darius Soriano

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290 responses to Game 5 Preview and Chat: The Oklahoma City Thunder

  1. Bench is being outscored 32 – 3 🙁

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  2. Anyone still think we’re better off with CP3 vetoed and not getting DH12 for Bynum?

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  3. Kobe should try to chip away instead of going for the home run plays. Attack the basket, force the refs to call something.

    If this ends the way it looks now, it feels terrible. But at least the Lakers showed fight tonight. Some unfortunate whistles with the Ts and ensuing free throws, but the Thunder are earning this series.

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  4. kobe in hero mode can win us the game if we can’t get stops.

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  5. kobe in hero mode cant win us the game if we can’t get stops.

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  6. Wtf was clown brown looking at? Oh really? Weare 15 points behind?????

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  7. Bynum isn’t even trying to get offensive rebounds! Get that clown out of there!

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  8. NOW they call the moving screen. Great call!

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  9. Bynum does not DESERVES the honor to be part of it!

    send him to the Jersey shore!

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  10. hah. an illegal screen by Perk finally called!

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  11. I guess Bynum’s in because Jordan Hill has 4 fouls. Got to save him in case it goes to OT!

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  12. 17 points, 2:41.

    Let’s just say, if we pull this off, it will be EPIC.

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  13. Hey Aaron. Your superstar Andrew has 4 rebounds. 4! Old man Perkins has 10. Sessions has 5.

    What a joke.

    You sure know talent!

    Amazing!

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  14. Great Game Bynum

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  15. Congrats Thunder. Now go out with class, no cheap shots, no bickering with teammates on the court. Time to regroup and retool for next season.

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  16. come on front office…bynum for dwill….please!!!!!

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  17. Mike in Qingdao May 21, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Step up #201

    Maybe they aren’t trying because they hate him. Bynum does for sure.

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  18. Last time the server was unavailable we thought we were getting Chris Paul.

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  19. Popovich and Tim Duncan won’t tolerate that moving screen by Perkins, he’ll be on the bench with the quickness in foul trouble.

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  20. Whatever happens, no one will be able to say Kobe took this game off.

    Look at the scene outside the stadium. I guess there really is nothing else to do in OKC.

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  21. Now they call Perkins for an illegal screen!

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  22. Funky Chicken May 21, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    And with that, we have a two-year playoff record of 9-13, and 1-8 in the second round.

    This is NBA no man’s land. Far from a title contender, but not in a position to get better quickly through the draft. Time for an active offseason of trades.

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  23. There is no way we don’t make major moves this summer. Right? If we come back with this same team next year, and this effort, we won’t even make the playoffs. We need new blood. Ga-sol…more like Ga-gone.

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  24. Can anyone honestly blame Kobe for not trusting his teammates?

    He sits down for two minutes and the other team goes on a 10-0 run.

    I’m done with Bynum and done with Gasol. One for his laziness and arrogance, the other for his lack of balls. Is there anything more frustrating than watching Bynum’s negative body language and Gasol’s passiveness on display? We need WARRIORS to complement our ALPHA WARRIOR. Not a bunch of inconsistent softies.

    But it’s okay, guys. We are only going to end our series with a 20-point loss. At least it’s not 30! Whew!

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  25. Keep in mind Bynum is only one year older than Durant. Yeah. Lots of talent but not enough maturity.

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  26. 219. Maybe if they hate Kobe they should grow some balls and have some pride as a man. Do you think people liked playing with Jordan? NO they hated him because he’s the exact same way Kobe is, but the difference is Jordan had guys who always had his back, not guys who shrink away from the moment. Get a grip man, put anyone with HEART out there and things wouldn’t have looked that pathetic

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  27. Ha Brooks trying to get Westbrook out of the game before Bynum tries to flatten him.

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  28. So many changes needed and so little flexibility. Adios, Pau, vaya con Dios.

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  29. Time for Bynum to go. Complete no show.

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  30. shots taken.

    kobe: 33
    rest of team: 40

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  31. I feel bad for Mitch. it’s like he is up against it because of the new “leadership”.

    Just hope that they don’t waste Kobe’s last few good years.

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  32. Throwing the towel. Geez…

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  33. Dont blame Kobe!! He and Metta are the only fighters!!!

    But what did we expect?

    Bynum didn’t join timeouts!

    Sessions had to slow his game down for the slow Big lazy men

    Stupid front office got rid of Odom–like really! that showed everyone they weren’t indispensible! horrible front office

    no Phil Jackson

    really LAKERS.

    GOOD RUN……..KOBE, METTA, AND HILL!! EVEN BLAKE EVEN THOUGH HE CAN’T SHOOT

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  34. t’was a great effort, however this series is hard to win without the whole team putting effort. as a laker fan, this is disappointing coz we are spoiled by championship contention every year. thats our standard.

    we match well againts OKC but some guys did not show up when it matters the most. another wasted season for Kobe, as he said last year. then again, its sad because we can no longer watch Lakers play again this season. time to go fishing for us.

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  35. Jim Buss, Mitch Cupcake, Mike Brown.

    The three stogies!

    Thanks for the embarrassment.

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  36. mike in qingdao—i don’t care if they hate kobe–that should have nothing to do with effort pride and self respect–and if you can’t respect the game, your teammate, and the purple and gold jersey you are wearing more than that—go find other colors to wear

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  37. Darn, Kobe is so classy!!!

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  38. Good luck Thunder! You guys have a nucleus that’ll be around for years to come.

    Bring LO back! Get rid of Bynum, Murphy, Blake and Barnes! Everyone else go work on your game and come back hungry next year.

    The Lakers need to take a good look at Eyenga, I think he’s a keeper!

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  39. LAL Bench: 5 points; 2 rebounds
    OKC Bench: 35 points; 19 Rebs

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  40. Ok season over. Now lets enjoy the rest of the playoffs and wait for next year. Time to take out the trash and get some better players around Kobe.

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  41. Activator

    Finally I couldn’t agree with you more?

    New award for Aaron 2012.

    MWP

    Most wrong person!

    See ya all next year.

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  42. Would’ve been nice for Bynum to show up. 4 rebounds. 4 whole rebounds

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  43. what do all of these players have in common?

    kobe
    pau
    sessions
    ibaka
    perkins
    durant
    harden
    collison

    give up?

    all of them had more rb’s than our seven-foot phenom….

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  44. At least the one guy on the team worth a damn went out like a champ. Thanks for giving it your all, Kobe. Too bad most of your teammates suck balls!!

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  45. Watching fisher hug all the guys really makes this feel like karma – fired all the staff and scouts, went a completely different direction away from the success we had these past 12 years with brown over shaw, traded Lamar (who would have been good with us), traded fisher instead of Blake …….. Ugh …. A couple of guys had mentioned how when magic lost in 91′ to the bulls they knew it was time – I think I have this feeling now but…. The thunder will not be able to maintain their team – harden will get a max deal and then they will not be able to keep ibaka – the new CBA will have mass effects throughout the league – this was just year 1 – the upcoming offseason will be redonkulous

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  46. I don’t even know what to say. If Pau goes, that will be very disheartening for me. Pau is the ultimate team player plays whatever role is asked of him. Without Bynum, Pau would have been the main guy in the low post, but with Bynum, Pau did what he was asked to do and go high post. Besides Kobe, it was Pau and MWP tonight fighting. Pau was showing on screens, fighting for rebounds, running to set multiple screens for kobe even though kobe yelled at him almost every time out in the fourth quarter.

    I understand the Lakers need help on the bench and perimeter, and Pau is the best chip for that. Which really is a shame. He is extremely versatile 7 footer. A team player.

    Bynum was fronted a lot today. All I kept thinking was… ok, go to the corner of the triangle and that opens that passing lane to get it into the post. alas, there was no one in the corner.

    I’ll be back tomorrow after reading the wrap-up. Tonight. I have a beer.

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  47. Kobe gets 42 points on 18-33 and we lose by 16 points – crazy

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  48. We also lost the rebound stat by 16. How do you do that with 2 seven footers?

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  49. Keep Gasol. Trade Bynum.

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  50. Mike in Qingdao May 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    The difference between Kobe and Jordan is that Jordan commanded respect. Kobe has never been able to coexist with a talented big man. First Shaq, and now Bynum.

    Jordan was competitive but he knew enough to still coax greatness out of pippen, rodman, Kerr, paxson. He never ripped them in public the way Kobe has ripped Bynum and Gasol.

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  51. i guess its time for us to speculate player changes though until further advised. and who you think will be champs this year? there’s 1 clear team who I think will go all the way.

    again, it was a great run for our Lakers team.
    i am hoping that next year we can compete again for the championship given our limited options.
    nice effort from Kobe, worth every $ he’s paid for. 1 solid backup (deadly shooter) and we’re set again to go.

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  52. For those of you who think we can fix this via the draft or free agency, please do not read the blog over the next few days and whatever you do, don’t go to the web site ShamSports and look at our contracts : ) Just hope for the best and don’t dig into the details. Trust me – you will feel better that way : )

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  53. Manny – I second that.

    Apart for a more consistent Pau who’ll finally get the chance to be more aggressive in the low post, we’d also have a revival of much needed ball movement on this team.

    These days, Bynum shows up about once every 5 – 6 games.

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  54. @255 You are so right Robert. This is going to get ugly and be ugly for some time…

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  55. MB should have taken Bynum out mid 3qtr and replaced him with Hill. Bynum wasted the whole 3qtr trying not to pick up his 5th foul. He didn’t foul. But didn’t get many rebounds, block shots, or points. He was defensive liability.

    MB is responsible for Bynum’s lack of 2nd half productivity. Hill would have done much more with those minutes.

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  56. I have to say watching the game tonight, the only guys who seemed to have Kobe’s back were Ron and, to a lesser degree, Gasol. Pau played badly but was making some attempt to get involved. Ron & Kobe left their hearts out on the floor. Bynum played like a bonafide scrub. As a Laker fan after watching all of his crap this season, I hope he is not around by tip-off next season. Whether he gets traded or even just released I have no interest in carrying such a self-absorbed, lazy and over-entitled child, and I think the Buss family, if it is still a family operation, should demand better. And MB should not let the door hit him on the a** on the way out.

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  57. I can take MB not utilizing the bench, I can take Kobe shooting too much, I can take MWP blowups, I can take Pau’s disappearing acts, I can take Sessions as our starting pg (after all, he played 4 months with the Lakers and this is his first time in the playoffs), I can take the Lakers lack of outside shooting.

    But, I cannot take Bynum’s lack of passion and involvement with the team!

    DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 9 rebounds in his final game. Andrew Bynum had 10 points and 4 rebounds, hopefully in his final game as a Laker. Someone got angry with me before when I lamented Bynum’s lethargic play earlier in the season.

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  58. Congrats to the OKC Thunder. Obviously, the Better Team won. For those that feel we should have been up 3-1 coming into this game, looking @ it from their perspective, I guarantee they feel that they should have already wrapped it up, 4-0.

    Won’t comment about our Lakers right now. Even though I had us going out in 5, still frustrated by the results. I’ll put my comments on hold, like Bynum’s all-around game, until the anger subsides.

    Lakers, 4 Life

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  59. Thanks Kobe for a great game and great effort all year !!!

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  60. Mike in Q:

    Jordan never played with a talented big man, trashed Kukoc and others all the time, and actually punched Steve Kerr and Will Perdue in their respective faces.

    Robert,

    I was hoping back in December that we (and others) were wrong. I will email tonight or tomorrow with some thoughts about the off-season. You know SVG got fired today…

    OKC/SA will be quite a battle.

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  61. Good series, Lakers fans.

    Like I said earlier, I have all the respect in the world for your organization, and hopefully, one day, OKC can have even 1/17 of the championships you guys do. You’ll be back next year, hopefully.

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  62. We just got beat by a better team, that’s all. We just couldn’t get any stops. Their big 3 and their bench was just too much. Oh well, the FO has a lot to think about this summer. See ya guys next season!

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  63. Funky Chicken May 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I had as many assists as Andrew Bynum tonight, although the big guy did outrebound me by 4.

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  64. Oh, well . . . the Lakers will retool. It may take a couple of years and even the eventual retirement of Kobe Bryant, but this franchise always finds it way back to the top.

    It’s funny: These coming years with an aging Kobe may give us a glimpse of what Magic Johnson’s golden years MIGHT have been had he not gotten ill and played into his mid-30s. All his pieces (Riley, Kareem, Cooper) slowly left and the others (Worthy, Scott) were losing a step.

    How the Lakers’ brass helps Kobe will be key.

    Stuck at 16 titles . . . for now.

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  65. @405Thunder-Thanks. Good luck! OKC looks ready to win it all.

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  66. OKC def. earned it. We will just have to dig deep and find our way out of this mess.

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  67. Does bynum even LIKE being a laker? Apparently he’s not fond of participating in post-game handshakes…

    But just a comment on all of the sessions hate — he’s nowhere near the horrible point guard everyone is pinning him as.. Did he have a super mediocre playoff run? Yes. Absolutely. But he’s a guy who thrives on confidence and energy, so among the BS playoff schedule, his shoulder injury, and MB’s pulling the reigns on his style of play, I think he just lost his step at the wrong time. He’s proven time and again during the regular season that he’s an asset, so I hope everyone can respect that he deserves credit for all of his potential.

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  68. Lakers have no first round picks this year. WASTED

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  69. Mike Q, I’m sorry you don’t know what you are talking about.

    Scottie Pippen is one of the 50 greatest players to ever play the game, the year after Jordan retired Pippen led a Bulls TEAM to 55 wins (only 2 less than the year Jordan was there the year before). On top of that the Bulls without Jordan LED by Pippen took the eventual Eastern Conference Champion Knicks to 7 games in the East Semi-finals. The guys Jordan had around him were talented and they had HEART. I don’t see one guy who could lead this team in Kobe’s absence.

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  70. see you guys next season with a different roster “maybe”…

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  71. rr: Wish it was a better result, but enjoyed going through it with you and the others here. Yes – I will collect some thoughts and e-mail you. And don’t forget – you are supposed to cheer me up : )

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  72. Is Mike Q serious? You should open google and type in “Jordan quotes”. They guy was a mean prick and berated his teammates on a regular basis with far harsher words than Kobe ever has. The most Jordan-like thing Kobe did was probably the Gray interview where he blasted Shaq after a long time of quietly taking shots from him.

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  73. Bring back Ebanks, Morris, Goudelock, Hill. They have a future as Lakers. Ron too.

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  74. It’s simple. Trade Bynum. He’s a female dog.

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  75. Bynums post game comments were perfect. He has to go…

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  76. Oh well, we all knew that the margin of error was very small for this team.

    Bynum not showing up isn’t by any means small, so there the series went (and almost the first round too).

    In a way, we overachieved by getting to the second round, by being close for 75% of the time, but the shortened season and taxing Kobe/Gasol during the regular season finally caught up with us.

    And really, the only reason I liked Kobe over Shaq was that Kobe brought it all the time. I’m seeing the same thing now with Bynum and can’t wait to get rid of him. Not showing up during the regular season is one thing, not showing up during the playoffs is quite another.

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  77. Andrew Bynum on future: “It doesn’t really matter to me. I’ll play anywhere.”

    How does Orlando sound, Drew? They got Disneyworld.

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  78. They just asked Andrew if he wanted to have Lakers pick up his option. He said “I don’t care I can play anywhere”.

    As I just said on Laker talk.
    Classless, lazy, self absorbed, poor sport, punk.

    I never want to see that lazy child in a Laker uniform again. He dosen’t deserve to be in the same sentence as Wilt, Kareem, Shaq or even Jim Krebs. Take a hike and take Brown with you!

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  79. lakers were one game better than last year. i do feel more progress was made than that this year.

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  80. Jordan played with the best rebounder and defender ever….he just happened be 6″8 and a drag queen.

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  81. Pau needs to hit the weight room this off season. So he’ll be ready to man the post. The Lakers need to re-sign Jordan Hill to spell relief for Pau and maybe play power forward. Look for another big, pg and some young shooters.

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  82. Well, Andrew…No Sleep Till Brooklyn.

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  83. Jordan played with the best rebounder and defender ever

    I meant centers, there, big guy–score-first centers, like Shaq.

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  84. Mojo,

    Lets start with the owner, hopefully Dr. jerry Buss will give this team to his daughter, Jeanie Buss and give Jimbo other properties o work on….

    Mitch, it’s time to work tomorrow. You heard what Magic Johnson said.

    (edited for trade speculation)

    Retain Hill, Sessions and Peace. All others should be offered for better and younger players.

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  85. Amazing to me that there are so many posts bashing the front office and ownership as if the Cris Paul deal never happened. People there was a good plan in place and Stern shot it down. Geez….

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  86. Which of the lakers went fishing on tnt? i turned the tv off after the game.

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  87. MWP was eaten by jaws. Bynum had his shirt off and Kobe was in there somewhere.

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  88. Tim,

    I hope whoever it was got advice from Barkley about good spots. If anyone knows about going fishing after losing in the playoffs, it is Sir Charles.

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  89. The Silver Screen and Roll had a good post I read today titled, “The Lakers are a Broken Model.” Essentially it focused on the idea of Kobe being good enough to carry teams for 4 quarters or to be a closer exclusive of the rest of the team. What it really made me start thinking about was whether or not the Big Three with Two Bigs model is broken. The Thunder are an elite perimeter team with all wing players comprising their Big Three. The Spurs are Duncan, Parker, Ginobili (two wings/one big). Miami is Wade, LeBron, Bosh (same). the Celtics are Garnett, Pierce, Rondo. Philly to the extent they have a big three, are Iggy/Williams/whoever….

    One of the reasons Kobe spends so much time with the ball in his hands at the end of games/shot clocks/ is that it’s far easier to keep the ball from bigs than wing guys. The Thunder, much like the Nuggets last series, induced long stretches of ineffective play from our bigs with either fronting or quicker, more physical players. It frustrated me all series that we couldn’t roast the Thunder for putting a fronting Collison on either Pau/Bynum. Credit to the Thunder for executing, and I do think there was some pathetic tactical/execution acquiescing by the Lakers that the coaches and team should be blamed for, but really it’s got me wondering about how much of an advantage it really is against elite teams. It sure seemed like the Thunder got the ball to their guys whenever they needed to, whereas the Lakers were at a loss for pounding it in the post.

    I was saddened to see the strain of the Kobe/Pau relationship. As the only 30-somethings in the top 20 minutes leaders in the league, I’d have hoped that their bond was bigger than passive-aggressive media barbs. This is to say nothing of the two championships they won together.

    Christmas Day turned out to be all we needed to see from the Lakers this year. They had enough talent and energy to push the elite teams, but they are not among the elite in this league. I was relieved to see them fight hard for the last four games and avoid a total system fail like last year, but that’s small consolation moving forward. I don’t envy Mitch Kupchak.

    MWP was without question the most consistent and effective player for the Lakers in this series, and he’s the 4th most talented. When that’s the case, you cannot win against high quality competition. Kobe was courageous tonight, but one drum I’ve been beating is the slippage he’s experienced on defense. He was terrible at that end in this series, and during the season it was noticeable as well. Whether it’s age or having to expend too much energy on O, this is going to be something the Lakers need to address moving forward.

    Ugh. I am sick.

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  90. Darius, thank you for writing superb articles and moderating the site. Thanks for getting R. R. Megellan and others to write articles for our pleasure and edification.

    Looking forward to an end of the season analysis.

    How about that Kobe 16 seasons in and he had got 5 dunks in route to scoring 42 points. Could we get him some help. MWP is back and would have helped tremendously, but he was derailed by the suspension. He and Kobe cannot be the only defenders on the team though. Ebanks needs to keep developing and get Michael Cooper to school him on how to play defense, as he has what it takes to be a version of the great Michael Cooper.

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