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    So now with a relatively easy win over the Blazers, coupled with losses by Boston and Cleveland, the Lakers are back in the driver's seat with the best overall record in the NBA. For now.

    This is going to be a long season. I wonder if HCA will go down to the final game of the regular season? Wouldn't surprise me.

    Ariza should get some serious consideration for 6th man. As should Lamar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    So now with a relatively easy win over the Blazers, coupled with losses by Boston and Cleveland, the Lakers are back in the driver's seat with the best overall record in the NBA. For now.

    This is going to be a long season. I wonder if HCA will go down to the final game of the regular season? Wouldn't surprise me.

    Ariza should get some serious consideration for 6th man. As should Lamar.
    If you look at Ariza's numbers on a per 48 minute basis they're ridiculous. Kid has mad game. If he can polish his jumper and stretch the floor with some more consistent range the kid would start. I was telling my brother in law that he may become a bigger steal than Gasol was. And with Ariza I don't miss Turiaf as much.
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    Maybe it is the complete averageness of the Jazz, but I have had a really hard time getting interested in the NBA at all this year. I have yet to watch an NBA game start to finish this year. I am also not one of the NBA haters, generally I love the NBA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    If you look at Ariza's numbers on a per 48 minute basis they're ridiculous. Kid has mad game. If he can polish his jumper and stretch the floor with some more consistent range the kid would start. I was telling my brother in law that he may become a bigger steal than Gasol was. And with Ariza I don't miss Turiaf as much.
    Ariza started against the Blazers.

    I don't care about Turiaf at all with the development of Ariza. Ariza actually has a legit outside shot this season.

    I wish Turiaf well, but he chased the bucks. Now he is paying the price with a crappy team.

    If I had to pick a Laker or two who are on shaky ground for the next season, I would pick VladRad and Odom. I love Odom, but they always seem to be wondering what to do with the guy. If the Lakers win a ring, odom stays. If they lose, Odom goes. Walton is another guy that was buried deep on the bench until recently. He switched out with VladRad. Now Walton is injured and VladRad came back to fill his spot. One of the two of them will go and since VladRad costs more....adios.
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    Good news:

    The Spurs are 22-11 and now lead the Southwest and are 2nd in the West.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    Ariza started against the Blazers.

    I don't care about Turiaf at all with the development of Ariza. Ariza actually has a legit outside shot this season.

    I wish Turiaf well, but he chased the bucks. Now he is paying the price with a crappy team.

    If I had to pick a Laker or two who are on shaky ground for the next season, I would pick VladRad and Odom. I love Odom, but they always seem to be wondering what to do with the guy. If the Lakers win a ring, odom stays. If they lose, Odom goes. Walton is another guy that was buried deep on the bench until recently. He switched out with VladRad. Now Walton is injured and VladRad came back to fill his spot. One of the two of them will go and since VladRad costs more....adios.
    He started? Good for him. I had to follow the game through some updates at pit stops on the cell phone as I was traveling on the road.

    I agree that either Walton or VladRad are gone. And to be honest I don't know who I'd rather have. Walton is the best facilitator in the triangle, however, his shot has been off and his defense isn't as good as VladRad IMO. VladRad is shooting lights out from 3 point land this year having reclaimed that Sonic mojo and his size helps on the defensive end.

    I used to think that Odom is gone by the trade deadline. However, I think your rationale for what will determine his future is spot on. Though I must admit that I think the Lakers should try and keep him unless they could get something like a Marion for him.

    I was disappointed that Turiaf left for money, but I think he had to take advantage of the pay day as it will likely be the only one in his career. After this contract he'll be a mid level exception type player that teams go after to fill a hole in their front line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    While I appreciate the leg wrap for accuracy, I think the razor bumps on the neck were borderline racist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    While I appreciate the leg wrap for accuracy, I think the razor bumps on the neck were borderline racist.
    Plus who is #8?

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    Can anyone tell me why the Celtics seems to have gone into the toilet since their Christmas Day loss to the Lakers? They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. You also hear rumors of them bringing in Starbury as a backup (when has it ever been a good idea to bring that guy into your locker room?). Has the Celtic aura been tarnished? I think it has, but I can't quite put a finger on why they are slumping so badly right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    Can anyone tell me why the Celtics seems to have gone into the toilet since their Christmas Day loss to the Lakers? They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. You also hear rumors of them bringing in Starbury as a backup (when has it ever been a good idea to bring that guy into your locker room?). Has the Celtic aura been tarnished? I think it has, but I can't quite put a finger on why they are slumping so badly right now.
    The biggest issue on paper with the Celtics is that their bench isn't nearly as good as it was last year IMO.
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    Lakers playing the Pacers at home.

    41-36, Lakers leading the Pacers. In the first quarter!

    Some sweet defense going on tonight.
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    Pau Gasol looks like he would be very greasy.

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    Kobe game winner. He's been on fire the last 5 games or so. He's raised his FG % quite a bit in the past two weeks.
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    Bynum showing some nice footwork around the basket tonight. Did Jax give him a pep talk?

    One bad habit I keep seeing....Bynum sets up too far away from the basket. He needs to demand the ball down low, instead of the top of the key. Celtics will eat him up if he has to set up so far out.

    I keep forgetting this team is missing Walton. And Farmar. And Odom.

    Depth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    Bynum showing some nice footwork around the basket tonight. Did Jax give him a pep talk?

    One bad habit I keep seeing....Bynum sets up too far away from the basket. He needs to demand the ball down low, instead of the top of the key. Celtics will eat him up if he has to set up so far out.

    I keep forgetting this team is missing Walton. And Farmar. And Odom.

    Depth.
    I think that Bynum sets up so far away from the hoop because of Gasol, its hard to find a balance when you have two 7 footers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougjunkie View Post
    I think that Bynum sets up so far away from the hoop because of Gasol, its hard to find a balance when you have two 7 footers.
    COuld be. I have noticed that when jax is platooning these guys and gasol is on the bench, Bynum still likes to ask for it at the top of the key.

    Going through the west, he could get away with it against Yao, maybe. Yao is not terribly physical. But against Duncan....not so much.

    Fortunately, Bynum has proven to be a pretty competent passer. So what he lacks on the front end he makes up for by hitting the open cutter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    Maybe it is the complete averageness of the Jazz, but I have had a really hard time getting interested in the NBA at all this year. I have yet to watch an NBA game start to finish this year. I am also not one of the NBA haters, generally I love the NBA.
    I'm also having a hard time caring at all this year.

    I enjoy watching the Jazz, but aside from that I haven't watched an entire NBA game other than that Jazz.

    It carries little interest for me as it's the one major sport that holds little to no unpredictability, and where outcomes are more controlled and contingent regarding referee involvement than any other sport. I know many here will disagree with me on that point, but it's pointless to change my mind, cause I've felt strongly about that for years. There isn't a single person or fan that should've been genuinely surprised by the Donaghy scandal.

    Call me bitter, jaded, a conspiracy theorist or whatever you want, but I honestly believe that he was just the tip of the iceberg regarding dirty referees over the past 20-25 years.

    If any fan tells me that they were geniunely surprised then I do not believe them as I'd like to have a shred of me left that would like to believe that we haven't become THAT guillable.
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    Man this officiating crew in San Antonio tonight looks like they came out of the MWC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    Man this officiating crew in San Antonio tonight looks like they came out of the MWC.
    Nice 3-point flop by Manu against Ariza. boo!

    wait until the playoffs, suckas!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    Nice 3-point flop by Manu against Ariza. boo!

    wait until the playoffs, suckas!
    Loved the push off no call. And then Ariza hammered to the floor no call?

    God bless Josh Powell. Not having Sasha, Walton, and Farmar is hurting us.
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    Holy shit. What a horrible game by these officials. Horrible travel call on Ariza at the end. They've been making a point to call those offensive fouls on shooters throwing their legs out to draw the foul. Mason does exactly this and they call the foul on DFish. Man, I usually don't get worked up by regular season games but that game had me painting the walls blue in my living room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    Holy shit. What a horrible game by these officials. Horrible travel call on Ariza at the end. They've been making a point to call those offensive fouls on shooters throwing their legs out to draw the foul. Mason does exactly this and they call the foul on DFish. Man, I usually don't get worked up by regular season games but that game had me painting the walls blue in my living room.
    fisher should not have fouled after he was beat, but Ariza didn't travel. he took two steps on the replay. lame.

    oh, well. time to get ready for Orlando at home on Friday.

    The Spurs gave it their best shot at full strength. they blew a lead at the end of the game and needed a travel call to win it. No worries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    fisher should not have fouled after he was beat, but Ariza didn't travel. he took two steps on the replay. lame.

    oh, well. time to get ready for Orlando at home on Friday.

    The Spurs gave it their best shot at full strength. they blew a lead at the end of the game and needed a travel call to win it. No worries.
    I ain't worried either, because the Spurs will be at home in June watching the Lakers. But man, what a poorly officiated game. I can't wait for the Lakers to get healthy.

    Orlando should be a good game if Bynum gets up for it. He's been putting up numbers but his defense seems to be lacking. His feet have been awfully slow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    I ain't worried either, because the Spurs will be at home in June watching the Lakers. But man, what a poorly officiated game. I can't wait for the Lakers to get healthy.

    Orlando should be a good game if Bynum gets up for it. He's been putting up numbers but his defense seems to be lacking. His feet have been awfully slow.
    my wife is coming to LA on Fri and we are going to do a date night. I am considering walking 6 or so blocks from the office and treating her to a romantic Lakers/Magic game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    wait until the playoffs, suckas!
    When flopping becomes the sole strategy of all NBA teams?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TripletDaddy View Post
    fisher should not have fouled after he was beat, but Ariza didn't travel. he took two steps on the replay. lame.

    oh, well. time to get ready for Orlando at home on Friday.

    The Spurs gave it their best shot at full strength. they blew a lead at the end of the game and needed a travel call to win it. No worries.
    Just a quick reminder, Ariza missed the shot on that traveling call. It was not traveling but he still missed the shot and Duncan had the rebound with .8 left.

    I think the Spurs found a chink in the Lakers armor last night, they attacked Fisher most of the night. He is a defensive liability at this stage in his career.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougjunkie View Post
    Just a quick reminder, Ariza missed the shot on that traveling call. It was not traveling but he still missed the shot and Duncan had the rebound with .8 left.

    I think the Spurs found a chink in the Lakers armor last night, they attacked Fisher most of the night. He is a defensive liability at this stage in his career.
    The only thing the Spurs exposed last night was lack of depth at PG because of injuries. Fisher had to log lots of minutes without Farmar, Sasha, and even Walton to help handle the ball.

    As an on the ball defender Fisher has always been a liability on defense. He's always been burned by faster guards who use the screen well. He never goes over the top of screens. The only thing he is good at is help defense and giving up his body in the lane for a charge. He can muscle guards that want to post up, but he doesn't have the quickness to keep up with the likes of Parker or Nash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    The only thing the Spurs exposed last night was lack of depth at PG because of injuries. Fisher had to log lots of minutes without Farmar, Sasha, and even Walton to help handle the ball.

    As an on the ball defender Fisher has always been a liability on defense. He's always been burned by faster guards who use the screen well. He never goes over the top of screens. The only thing he is good at is help defense and giving up his body in the lane for a charge. He can muscle guards that want to post up, but he doesn't have the quickness to keep up with the likes of Parker or Nash.
    Love DFish, I'm glad he's back on the squad, but Parker has been abusing him for years. The Lakers have lacked a stopper @ PG for YEARS; I would kill for a guy like Rondo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SipiTau View Post
    Love DFish, I'm glad he's back on the squad, but Parker has been abusing him for years. The Lakers have lacked a stopper @ PG for YEARS; I would kill for a guy like Rondo.
    Yeah, but Fisher's 3 game is nice to have as well. If Rondo could stretch the floor with his shot I'd agree. You need a PG who can shoot from the corner in the triangle.
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