share

OKC @ LAC

IndianaBasketball
IndianaBasketball's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/09/2009
Posts: 12827
Points: 24570
Offline
OKC @ LAC

IF the Lakers lose this game, they get closer to dropping down to the 4th seed and the Clippers moving up to the 3rd.

Not saying the Lakers should lose intentionally, but does anybody think this would make better sense for the Lakers anyway? The Lakers would have a tough first round matchup versus the Grizzlies, but I think they'd rather a 2nd round matchup versus San Antonio more than one with the Thunder.


aamir543
aamir543's picture
Registered User
Joined: 04/11/2009
Posts: 5063
Points: 5542
Offline
I see what you're saying, and

I see what you're saying, and even after the two losses to the Spurs the past were pretty bad, I know you think that Bynum could kill the Spurs up front, but I still think the Lakers would get murdered by Parker and the three point shooters, I don't like their rotations on defense, and the Spurs want Kobe to shoot 30 times, and even though the Thunder could run them out of the building, and the Nuggets the same, the Grizz are a legit threat, because as scrappy as the Nuggets are they can't deal with Bynum, but should be a good game today and a great playoffs.

3-6 Mafia
Registered User
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 2576
Points: -2207
Offline
oh my goodness, harden is

oh my goodness, harden is beast

3-6 Mafia
Registered User
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 2576
Points: -2207
Offline
this just good good, F world

this just got good, F world peace, bring out artest

teams are looking to make that "statement" going into the playoffs.

3-6 Mafia
Registered User
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 2576
Points: -2207
Offline
FALCON PUNCH. lol

FALCON PUNCH. lol

JoeWolf1
JoeWolf1's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/28/2009
Posts: 8333
Points: 16987
Offline
Meta's going to be suspended

Meta's going to be suspended for a LOOOONG time

OhCanada-
OhCanada-'s picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/08/2010
Posts: 6232
Points: 6459
Offline
Wow. Harden just took a

Wow. Harden just took a lethal elbow an average man would have trouble walking after that blow. Ron just cant control himself. Somewhere Lamar Odom is watching alone in a bar thinking "dat boi crazy".

I May Be Krypt
I May Be Krypt's picture
Registered User
Joined: 08/20/2010
Posts: 1713
Points: 8598
Offline
The beard may have cushioned

The beard may have cushioned the impact just enough to prevent Harden from going into a coma.

Seriously though, Artest was actually playing better as of late. It will be interesting to see how many games he will be out for. I wanna say 5 games minimum but that might be little.

IndianaBasketball
IndianaBasketball's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/09/2009
Posts: 12827
Points: 24570
Offline
Terrible decision by MWP with

Terrible decision by MWP with the playoffs right around the corner. Sad. Way to let the team down.

Tyrober
Tyrober's picture
Registered User
Joined: 06/16/2009
Posts: 2908
Points: 7901
Offline
I wouldn't be surprised if

I wouldn't be surprised if Artest is done for the season. That was completely uncalled for. He already has a violent history and suspending him for this season + post season wouldn't be unreasonable imo. He could have seriously injured Harden. Another inch of two in any direction and it could have been much much worse. People had died from a shot to the temple like that and they didn't receive it from a 6'8 250 pound guy either.

llperez
llperez's picture
Registered User
Joined: 04/13/2009
Posts: 12024
Points: 12118
Offline
yep artest is gonna be out

yep artest is gonna be out for probably about 5 games im guessing. He was having a crazy moment and i dont think was looking to do anything dirty, just was pumped and swung an elbow when he felt someone without thinking.

IndianaBasketball
IndianaBasketball's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/09/2009
Posts: 12827
Points: 24570
Offline
I hope Devin Ebanks is

I hope Devin Ebanks is ready...

Tyrober
Tyrober's picture
Registered User
Joined: 06/16/2009
Posts: 2908
Points: 7901
Offline
pathetic
llperez
llperez's picture
Registered User
Joined: 04/13/2009
Posts: 12024
Points: 12118
Offline
ebanks isnt ready. Artest

ebanks isnt ready. Artest going out will be huge. The lakers might get past series without him, but they arent coming out the west without ron.

aamir543
aamir543's picture
Registered User
Joined: 04/11/2009
Posts: 5063
Points: 5542
Offline
You can't do that to your

You can't do that to your team in thids situation. 4-5 games, no more because it wasn't premeditated or specifically aimed beforehand, it was just an idiot harming another player, but missing him for three games in round one against a team like Memphis will be huge. Rudy Gay is going to have a field day if Ebanks is guarding him.

IndianaBasketball
IndianaBasketball's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/09/2009
Posts: 12827
Points: 24570
Offline
The more I watch the video,

The more I watch the video, the more I just lmao at MWP. Smh.

Reminds me of something Debo from Friday would've done.

3-6 Mafia
Registered User
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 2576
Points: -2207
Offline
i like how the kobester is

i like how the kobester is looking to create for others, if he would've been playing hero ball they probably wouldn't have made that comeback

WOWWWWWWWW what a shot by bryant. one footed 3 pointer, while drifting forward.

3-6 Mafia
Registered User
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 2576
Points: -2207
Offline
oh. my. goodness.

oh. my. goodness.

Nihochu
Nihochu's picture
Registered User
Joined: 02/13/2012
Posts: 171
Points: 544
Offline
.

its OT and i dont think westbrook has passed the ball (in OT) yet

llperez
llperez's picture
Registered User
Joined: 04/13/2009
Posts: 12024
Points: 12118
Offline
Westbrook told durant to take

Westbrook told durant to take a seat. Russ looked frustrated with Durants last possession in regulation where he had ebanks iso and just dribbled down the clock and jacked a three

IndianaBasketball
IndianaBasketball's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/09/2009
Posts: 12827
Points: 24570
Offline
Two bad turnovers for

Two bad turnovers for Westbrook.

IndianaBasketball
IndianaBasketball's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/09/2009
Posts: 12827
Points: 24570
Offline
Ebanks got grown man mins

Ebanks got grown man mins tonight.

Let's give Jordan Hill a standing ovation.

llperez
llperez's picture
Registered User
Joined: 04/13/2009
Posts: 12024
Points: 12118
Offline
Hill has looked good in the

Hill has looked good in the few minutes he's received earlier this season and has been huge tonight. I wonder if he surpasses mcroberts and Murphy going into the playoffs as the first big off the bench.

As for the game, nice win. Kobe was big and made big shots and made the right pass routinely as well. Thunder I'm sure feel this game was an aberration with the way kd and Russ shot it

JunkYardDog
JunkYardDog's picture
Registered User
Joined: 12/03/2008
Posts: 1249
Points: 3491
Offline
KOBE IS HUGE....

KOBE IS HUGE....

OldSkoolBasketball
OldSkoolBasketball's picture
Registered User
Joined: 06/18/2009
Posts: 1863
Points: 2540
Offline
so I guess Lebron locks up

so I guess Lebron locks up the MVP with this performance by Durant?

Prime_Time
Registered User
Joined: 06/23/2010
Posts: 16
Points: 12
Offline
3-22

I think Westbrook is 3-22 right now...some misses were pretty bad too

- What's up with Brown leaving Bynum on the bench in the 4th quarter/ OT? I get that Jordan Hill was playing great, grabbing some clutch boards, but i don't see how you sit a player like Bynum that long....just dosen't send a good message. Also, the ABC cameras kept zooming in on Bynum while he was riding the pine....looked pretty pissed even though his team was winning. lol just sayin. I think this feud is for real.

People think Bynum is a goon, but based off my own observations/ listening to him talk in interviews, he seems pretty smart. He's an increddible talent, and i can understand his frusturation with Brown (not a former player) trying to teach him an apparent lesson. Brown needs to lay off the guy. Bynum has already won rings, and demonstrated incredible toughness playing through injury/risking his career in the playoffs. You would think coach Brown would respect him a little more. This is not to say Bynum isnt a dirty player, because he is. I think he's proven that also.

benny15
Registered User
Joined: 06/24/2010
Posts: 689
Points: 778
Offline
i dont think so, people will

i dont think so, people will remember lebron's unclutch momments this season over durant's. at the end of the day, i believe Kevin will still come away with it.

IndianaBasketball
IndianaBasketball's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/09/2009
Posts: 12827
Points: 24570
Offline
IF Kevin Durant wins MVP over

IF Kevin Durant wins MVP over LeBron James, they voting members should all be fired.

@Prime_Time

Mike Brown can't win. People used to criticize him for not having the balls to make the necesary moves. He made a good decision to stick with Jordan Hill tonight and the Lakers got the win.

patty-mills
patty-mills's picture
Registered User
Joined: 04/20/2012
Posts: 100
Points: -278
Offline
@JunkYardDog

Thats what she said.

Good to see Jordan getting some burn.

Him and Anthony Randolphs potentiol are the two players i dont understand why they never play.

Prime_Time
Registered User
Joined: 06/23/2010
Posts: 16
Points: 12
Offline
Bynum

@IndianaBasketball i agree with your comment about Brown not having the balls to make a controversial move, judging by how he has handled Bynum this season, i would say its safe to say he grew a pair.

You can't argue with the results, because they got they W, but i think i would be remiss if i dind't reiterate what i observed from Bynum on the bench. He had his head wrapped up in a towel, covering most of his face during the shots of him I saw. He couldn't have been closely watching the game, looking for tendancies in his opponents like he should be while on the bench...Furthermore during the timeouts Mike Brown called, Bynum distanced himself from the huddle (standing in the back and staring into space) defiently not listening to Brown. This was all when Kobe was draining those 3s and the Lakers caught fire..!

aamir543
aamir543's picture
Registered User
Joined: 04/11/2009
Posts: 5063
Points: 5542
Offline
Well, one thing I'll give to

Well, one thing I'll give to Durant is that he kept trying, but those shots just weren't falling, same for Westbrook untill he got those easy ones, I love Durant but he's still young, he has the killer's mentality, same with Westbrook, they want it, they want it bad, but Kobe is the man, just so cool and calm, Lebron needs to learn from today that we'd rather him go 11-34 than not take the shots. The Spurs and Lakers are the teams to beat, but I would still take OKC in a 7 game series, too much firepower, but a great win by LA, kudos to Mike Brown to sticking with his scrubs, sending a message to Bynum that you have to earn your minutes.

Prime_Time
Registered User
Joined: 06/23/2010
Posts: 16
Points: 12
Offline
Artest

I don't think you can say "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Artest's elbow was inentional.

However what i think the league office should ultimatly pay attention to is Artests' reaction after the vicious elbow. Instead of checking to see if Harden was alright (which you would think he would if it was a legit accident) He instead got into his best fighting stance, eerily reminisant of the the malice at the palace, the second several thunder players came at him. You best believe Artest would have been swinging for the fences if any of the Thunder made a legit move at him.

Sasha4MVP
Sasha4MVP's picture
Registered User
Joined: 06/13/2008
Posts: 194
Points: 537
Offline
While I'm proud of the Lakers

While I'm proud of the Lakers for coming back and winning the game, it took a 14-56 performance from Westy and Durant and Harden out for the whole second half for the Lakers to get the W. OKC is still heads above the Lakers at this point. Harden was straight balling until Metta elbowed him. No doubt the game wouldn't have gone to OT if Harden was still playing.

IndianaBasketball
IndianaBasketball's picture
Registered User
Joined: 05/09/2009
Posts: 12827
Points: 24570
Offline
The Lakers didn't shoot that

The Lakers didn't shoot that well either though. Kobe went 9-26. Bynum 5-15. Gasol 7-18. And Ron was 4-10 before being ejected.

Both teams shot under 40%. OKC's inability to get buckets in the half-court was evident. They don't get easy baskets. And the Lakers killed them on the glass. 25 offensive rebounds.

I think this was the ugly type of defensive game that you have to win in the playoffs.

Sasha4MVP
Sasha4MVP's picture
Registered User
Joined: 06/13/2008
Posts: 194
Points: 537
Offline
But Durant had so many good

But Durant had so many good looks down the stretch. He had at least four or five wide open jumpers that just didn't go in. Bynum and Gasol were getting bullied by Ibaka and Perkins.

uknation
uknation's picture
Registered User
Joined: 07/18/2011
Posts: 446
Points: 39
Offline
In what way has Durant been

In what way has Durant been better than Lebron? LBJ is the MVP

3-6 Mafia
Registered User
Joined: 11/29/2011
Posts: 2576
Points: -2207
Offline
"In what way has Durant been

"In what way has Durant been better than Lebron?"

in the clutch kd has completely taken over this year.

marcusfizer21
marcusfizer21's picture
Registered User
Joined: 06/09/2009
Posts: 2570
Points: 4775
Offline
wow... didn't watch

wow didn't watch the game but looking at the statline, KD 11-34? Russ 3-22???? That's horrible...

aamir543
aamir543's picture
Registered User
Joined: 04/11/2009
Posts: 5063
Points: 5542
Offline
^The craziest part was that

^The craziest part was that most of Durant's missed shots were good looks. LA got off the hook this time, Kobe can't go AWOL until clutch next time otherwise Durant and Co. will put them away next.

mgreener_34
mgreener_34's picture
Registered User
Joined: 01/06/2010
Posts: 567
Points: 1106
Offline
Honestly Thunder fans should

Honestly Thunder fans should rejoice. Their team just took the Lakers to double OT with Harden out most of the game, Kevin Durant going 11-34, and Westbrook 3-22 while ON THE ROAD. Maybe it's because I'm an optimistic kind of guy, but that's something to hang your hat on if you're OKC.

aamir543
aamir543's picture
Registered User
Joined: 04/11/2009
Posts: 5063
Points: 5542
Offline
^I agree with you, but the

^I agree with you, but the problem here is that they gave up a double digit lead with about 6 minutes to go, that's where the concern sets in.

Ghost01
Ghost01's picture
Registered User
Joined: 11/30/2010
Posts: 2809
Points: 1761
Offline
Back to the OP, no I disagree

Back to the OP, no I disagree on where the Lakers stand against these other teams.

Without Metta, without Barnes, and with Bynum having his weekly crying session on the bench, they still beat OKC. The Lakers have been awful vs. San Antonio, and Memphis is probably a better overall team, and can match the Lakers size upfront, and put a legit stopper on Kobe. If they get the 3 seed, they avoid Memphis round 1, and get OKC round 2. That is better than getting memphis and then going to San Antonio, In my opinion.

PulseGlazer
Registered User
Joined: 06/12/2011
Posts: 1281
Points: 1906
Offline
I just don't see the Lakers

I just don't see the Lakers as real contenders. I don't think they can beat San Antonio or the Thunder, who played their word today and still took the game to double OT. They match up well with Memphis, I suppose, but it's really hard to see this team managing to take out Memphis, SA and the Thunder in successive rounds.

RSS: Syndicate content