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Game Recap: Lakers Battle In Fourth, But Fall Short To Bulls


The Lakers returned home Sunday afternoon after a short three game road trip to face the Chicago Bulls. The game was the first of a six game home stand for the Lakers after playing 10 of their last 12 games away from Staples Center. Looking for their third win in a row, the Lakers started the same starting five as they did against Philadelphia.

The Lakers were again without Kobe, Pau Gasol, Nick Young, Xavier Henry, Jordan Farmar, and Jodie Meeks. All are expected to be out until at least after the All-Star Break.

First Quarter

Staples Center was full as usual as the Lakers and Bulls tipped off. The Lakers struggled early falling behind 10-0 while going 0 for 6 from the field. Sacre was finally able to get the lakers on the board at the 7:50 mark. The Lakers continued to struggle on both ends of the court as the Bulls controlled most of the first quarter. The bench came in and added some much needed offense as Chris Kaman had eight first quarter points and Kendall Marshall added four assists. but the defense was still lacking as the Bulls lead 34-23 at the end of the first.

Second Quarter

Marshall found Kaman with a beautiful pass for an easy layup to start the quarter for the Lakers. The Lakers offense started to come together as they crawled back within five points half way through the quarter. The Lakers were also able to lock down on the defensive side as they held the Bulls to 18 points in the second quarter.

Chris Kaman led the way for the Lakers as he ended the half with 14 points. However the Lakers struggled protecting the ball once again as they had 10 turnovers that the Bulls converted into six points. The Lakers ended the half on some beautiful passing that led to an easy layup for Jordan Hill and brought themselves within striking distance trailing only 52-46.

Third Quarter

The Lakers came out flat to start the quarter as the Bulls went on a quick 5-0 run to extend their lead to double digits. Nash appeared to injure himself at the 8:50 mark and later left for the locker room with what is being called a nerve irritation. The Lakers offense continued to struggle in the third as they scored only six points in the first six minutes.

The Bulls continued to dominate the quarter and built their lead to 17 points with 2:50 left to go. Marshall was able to hit a quick three and Shawne Williams added two free throws after a Johnson block to bring the lead back down to 12. The Bulls continued to control the game and lead at the end of the quarter 77-62.

Fourth Quarter

Both teams started the fourth quarter shooting poorly, but Hill was able to convert an and one to start the scoring for the Lakers. Marshall was able to get to the basket and convert after a beautiful fake pass that opened up the lane. The Lakers continued to fight and pulled within 10 after Blake hit a three off another Marshall assist. After the timeout, Kaman continued his strong play and only trailed by six points with less than two minutes remaining. While the Bulls pushed the lead back to eight, Wesley Johnson’s dunk cut the deficit down to four with 48 seconds remaining. Following a timeout, the Lakers had one final chance to get within a basket, but Blake’s pass to Kaman was stolen by Augustin. Augustin converted both free-throws to seal the game for the Bulls and snapped the Lakers’ two game winning streak.

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  • Lakers Fan

    Although they lost, I loved their defensive effort in the 4th. That being said, Kaman was beast today. If he still doesn’t get playing time when Pau comes back due to Sacre getting more minutes, I’ll be convinced that our coach delusional. In the end, they fought and that’s all you can ask for.

    • Daryl Peek

      I have to 100% agree with you on the Sacre blue. It’s the one thing I’ve bashed D’Antoni on all season even when I’ve defended him in all other areas. There’s no excuse to continue to be stubborn about this. One could easily say Kaman playing over Sacre could’ve gotten us two or three more wins this season.

      • X

        2 – 3 more wins for what? To land us beyond top 10 pick? Nice strategy Daryl!

        • Daryl Peek

          Scram with the tank talk. I don’t buy into that and never will!

          • X

            And you’ll be the first to cheer if the Lakers draft the top 5 pick. Hypocrite!

          • Daryl Peek

            I’ll cheer anything positive the Lakers do. How is that being a hypocrite? If the team stinks like they did in 93-94 or 04-05 and gets a high draft pick from it, it is what it is but I’LL NEVER ROOT FOR LAKER LOSSES LIKE A BANDWAGON FAN! Bandwagon think tank fans are the worst.

          • X

            That’s why I called you hypocrite. You condemn the fans who support the Lakers getting a better player via draft but when the Lakers get the top 5 pick player, you’ll be the one cheering for that player because he’ll be able to help the Lakers winning championship.

            You either a hypocrite or an idiot. Choose. Why? If you are a hypocrite, you’re just as I said earlier. But if you are an idiot, you don’t understand how much the Lakers needed the top 5 pick because the Laker won’t be able to get a young talented future star from the FA.

            Yes, I do understand tanking doesn’t = championship but that player is an important pieces to contend for championship. Faith alone doesn’t win you a championship.

            Choose! Are you a hypocrite or an idiot?

          • Daryl Peek

            Faith has nothing to do with it. A fans sole purpose is to support the team and root for wins in doing so. All that mess you’re talking about in premeditated losing to get a top 5 draft pick miss me with that because no real fan of a team does that. The cards have always fallen where they may in the heat of competition with this franchise and they’ve been just fine.

            I guess you have a crystal ball in knowing a top 5 pick will bring the Lakers a championship? Any given Sunday, NFL worst to first analytic’s don’t work in the NBA. In the 29 year history of the NBA draft lottery the Spurs are the only team who lucked out in getting a top 5 franchise changing player which they kept that actually established a dynasty for them via premeditated tanking.

            Is Kobe rooting for the Lakers to lose? Are any of the players rooting for losses? Does Magic root for the Lakers to lose? Does Phil, Jeanie, or anyone else involved or formerly involved with the team rooting for Lakers losses? You mean to tell me a fan that has season tickets or pays for the Time Warner cable network has spent their hard earned money to root for and watch the team lose games? This is the buffoonery you’re trying to pimp, and you have the nerve to call me hypocrite or an idiot?!?

            I don’t need to ask you to check A or B, it’s clear where you stand.

          • X

            “I guess you have a crystal ball in knowing a top 5 pick will bring the Lakers a championship”

            You don’t even bother to read my comment before ranting like crazy. I said it above, draft pick doesn’t guarantee championship but it will bring us closer to it. It’s an important piece whether you like it or not.

            Of course nobody is rooting for the Lakers to lose but are have a good enough team to win a championship right now? No! Of course I’m sad the fans have to endure the difficulties right now but we all can agree on one thing. It’s a losing season! And if we are losing this year, we should get the best out of it which is the top 5 pick, not a mediocre 6 – 15 pick. It’s all for one season, not tanking every season like Philly, Cavs, Magics, Bucks, etc.

            Do you even know the meaning of sacrifice?

            I’m saying this because it seems you don’t understand the situation right now. It’s hard enough get top agents from free agency and it’s even tougher to get a young future franchise player because of the CBA. The rule is not on our side and if the Lakers want to win, they need to do whatever it takes to get a top player even if it means to tank on season.

            “The cards have always fallen where they may in the heat of competition with this franchise and they’ve been just fine.”

            How do you know? Do you have a crystal ball?

            Look, when the Lakers acquire a top 5 players, the team will be exciting again and from there we can rebuild again.

            Plus, you seems to forget that Kobe now eat 1/3 of the salary cap meaning that the other top agents will have to take paycut. I’m not blaming Kobe for that, he deserved the money but that means we only have 1 space left for a top agent – perhaps Kevin Love and if the Lakers get a top 5, we will be able to get more stars on the team without sacrificing the cap space. And the role players also need to be paid especially for someone like Nick Young and Jordan Hill. Is it fair for them to get vet minimum where they can get more from other teams?

          • Daryl Peek

            It’s all chance no matter how you cut it. Kobe was the 13th pick in the 96 draft. A top 5 pick does not get us closer to contending. These kids may or may not be great on the NBA level so putting all of your hopes in that is foolish. No Lakers team should sacrifice or tank and they wont.

            I completely understand the situation and am well versed in both the old CBA and the new one. If by chance a great player comes out of this draft class cool. As a Laker fan since 1976 there’s nothing new that will every make men conceded the team needs to tank/sacrifice or whatever you want to call it when it comes to accenting losing on a predetermined level. A draft pick in a lottery format is chance and as a Fan of the Lakers I’ll take my chances on trying to win game regardless of playoff plight.

            This is what has always been done and I’m pretty sure will continue to be the tradition of the Lakers.

          • X

            It’s a matter of which one has the better chances to succeed. Let me ask you, how many times a No 13 pick become a HOF as compare to top 5 pick? Yes, they may or not become a good player but the chances is higher if you get a top 5 player as compare to 6th and higher.

            “…so putting all of your hopes in that is foolish…”

            Again, I said it many times and I hope you listen this time – a top draft player doesn’t guarantee championship but the player would be a important piece to win the championship. I didn’t say that player alone can win us a championship. Neither MJ, Kobe nor LeBron win the ring alone. The Lakers still need to trade or sign FAs to complete the pieces.

            “…I’ll take my chances on trying to win games regardless of playoff plight…”

            Sound like a blind faith to me. No strategy whatsoever. It’s like hoping for gold to drop from the sky.

            Well, I guess that’s the different between you and me. Whenever I do something, I want to win the ultimate prize, you satisfy with just a win.

          • Gregory Choa

            So, what EXACTLY is your “strategy”…spell it out, in no uncertain terms…go ahead, I dare you…

          • X

            Read the previous comment! How lazy can you be?

          • Gregory Choa

            X, I read your previous comment…you’re beating around the bush…and you’re also claiming that for those of us who just want to see the team perform well and win games and allow the chips to fall where they may as it pertains to the coming draft, that we have “no strategy whatsoever”…so, I ask again, and answer the question in no uncertain terms – what EXACTLY is the “strategy” you are prescribing?

          • Daryl Peek

            It’s not blind faith. Was it blind faith in 94? Was it blind faith in 95? Was it blind faith in 79? Tanking is a foolish game of chance the way I see it. The Lakers FO agrees and always has. This I respect.

            “Well, I guess that’s the different between you and me. Whenever I do something, I want to win the ultimate prize, you satisfy with just a win.”

            A winner tries to win all the time. You play to win the game. No team is gonna win all the time but that’s no excuse to not try. I’d hate to be coached by that kind of thinking.

          • C*HarrisTHEboss

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          • Kay Carter

            A top 5 pick does not get you closer to a championship, asap…..but it will help, especially if FO bring in pieces to fit that top 5 pick, but to lose on purpose just to get a pick, is not gonna help the team out eitha……what this team needs is to continue playing and working on areas we lack in
            MDA needs to figure out a perm starting line-up and FO needs to figure out what players we need to win a championship….these players need to not get so down on themselves when they lose, although I do believe if they realize we tanking for a top pick to help with next season and beyond, I believe they wont get so down and upset…..eitha way, it’s lose/lose

          • Gregory Choa

            OK Kay, how do you think “tanking” works…how exactly would you suggest that the team go about this business of tanking games?

          • Kay Carter

            do you want this team to make it to the finals this year?

          • Gregory Choa

            Answer the question…how exactly would you suggest that the team actually go about this business of tanking games?

          • Gregory Choa

            “You condemn the fans who support the Lakers getting a better player via draft…”
            X, what is being condemned are fans who advocate (deliberately) losing games in order to fortify the team’s draft position…which is what you and some others are blatantly calling for. Deliberately tanking games is absurd – there is no justification for it. The lottery is not an exact science – all these kids are mere prospects. We all understand that this is an unprecedented, incredibly deep draft coming up, but the Lakers are NOT going to bench perfectly healthy players, especially given how inury riddled the team has been, just to set ourselves up to lose games – it’s a patently ludicrous proposition…and I seriously question the wisdom of those that actually support such a course of action.

          • X

            If you are so smart, tell me which young franchise player (under 25) that the Lakers can get right now or next season? Does the Lakers have a tradeable assets to acquire that talent?

            Easy to condemn when you yourself have no answer. Take your meds!

          • Gregory Choa

            I don’t profess to have all the answers, or be “so smart” – I just know that tanking…which is to say, deliberately losing games in order to strengthen a draft position…is NOT the way. Furthermore, any “fan” who thinks that’s the way the Lakers should roll is not a true fan of the Lakers. It’s preposterous.

          • Kay Carter

            I don’t think a bandwagon fan will root for Lakers to lose, since most bandwagon fans jump aboard when we’re winning (see Heat fans) I think most fans like me want us to tank now bkuz tha season seems doom, especially with all tha injuries

            To win a war, sometimes you have to take risk, sacrifice and do wateva is necessary to win…you cant always do things the “right” way, like X said “strategy” This is tha Lakers, even if we tank this 1 time to win high in lottery, we still can make the right moves to move forward in FA after that…after all We are tha Lakers, it sucks eitha way

            I don’t know about X, but me personally, I just want us to do wat we need to do to bring this franchise ships again, I want this future to be bright….nd become the great team we once were, im tired of Heat, Clippers, OKC nd Warriors fans making fun of us….especially when they are tha true bandwagon fans nd X he is not a hypocrite or idiot, he just 1 of those fans who think we shouldn’t lose on purpose nd have a “losing” mentality…which is understandable

          • Gregory Choa

            Oh, I see, so you and X are proponents of losing on purpose while maintaining a winning mentality…that makes zero sense and is anything but “understandable”.

          • Kay Carter

            “X he is not a hypocrite or idiot, he just 1 of those fans who think we shouldn’t lose on purpose nd have a “losing” mentality…which is understandable”
            Learn to read kid before you reply to me, I was speaking on what Daryl said nd how he feels

          • Daryl Peek

            The only reason I call it bandwagon mentality is because of the worst to first any given Sunday NFL analytic’s ideology. The NBA even with this new CBA is still not built for that kind of parity. You don’t have dynasties in the NFL and that’s why worst to first works there.

            Tankers in the NBA rarely keep their draft picks. More often than not they become professional farm teams. Think about it? Kobe, Duncan & Wade are the only three draft lottery picks since 1990 to stay long enough with the team that drafted them to see a dynasty come to fruition.

            Several teams have gone with the tankers solution during that two and a half decades and only the Spurs lucked out. I just can’t see that for the Lakers.

          • Kay Carter

            the only difference is this tho…..those farm teams constantly continue to do it, year after year…..most fans aren’t asking to tank year after year, but only this one

            there’s many reasons why and not for the sake of a lottery pick, but issues such as kobe’s injury, we all seen how he received it……we can trade our draft pick nd a player like Gasol for a player like Love nd many more

            tbh we may be having this discussion but I think management is eitha thinkin bout tanking or doin it as we speak, bkuz of the Pau rumors

          • Daryl Peek

            That’s the trap tho. Once you embrace tanking you can easily get stuck there especially if your draft pick doesn’t pan out. You have allowed a loser mentality to take root and now have a new set of players assimilating to this theme. This is why you can’t go there.

            The Celtics fell into that trap in 97. Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker were stuck! They did it again in 07 but made out by trading those picks for Allen and KG. One championship and 7 years later they are back in the tankers cycle.

            I just see too much that can go wrong to risk taking on that mindset. We can still get a decent to great draft pick and have the state of mind that we kept the Lakers tradition as a stability factor. Not only that, you likely have not completely overhauled the team from the previous season and have a solid core that has character to build on as they practiced learning how to win games together the previous season.

            Team chemistry is built in the off-season during training camp and the preseason. Team character comes from battling together in the regular season. This is the journey Phil always talked about. Tanking cannot be an option as temporary solution to start the Journey.

          • Kay Carter

            “Team character comes from battling together in the regular season.”

            “We can still get a decent to great draft pick and have the state of mind that we kept the Lakers tradition as a stability factor. Not only that, you likely have not completely overhauled the team from the previous season and have a solid core that has character to build on as they practiced learning how to win games together the previous season.”
            since you put it that way, you have a good point there….hopefully this losing season brings the fire out of them next season

      • Lakers Fan

        Possibly more wins. That’s why I was so thrilled when we got him because he can give you points and he hustles, which is something we needed badly during stretches of the season. Sacre is an energy type player, but he doesn’t rebound or put up points. He is fit as an emergency 3rd screen Center, not second screen.

        • Daryl Peek

          Agreed

    • e3bonz

      I’ve always wondered why Kaman didn’t get more minutes. Most nights he won’t give you 20+ a game, but he is good for at least half that.

      • Lakers Fan

        We all wondered why he didn’t get minutes. Kaman can give you at least 10 ppg and 6 rpg if given the chance as a backup Center. All he needs is minutes.

        • e3bonz

          It was mentioned on this forum before, that his lack of playing time could be for his being out of position on many plays when he’s in the game.

          • Daryl Peek

            Very true. Kaman is not a PNR center and he struggled with it early on as his turnovers were very high. Gasol has this same problem. This is where not fitting the system comes into play and why Hill and Sacre got more PT.

            MDA made concessions with Pau but did not with Kaman? I’d bet he gives on Kaman now but that’s shortsighted on his part because he should have done so earlier instead of benching a former all-star.

          • e3bonz

            I think there’s room for all four, just a matter of finding the hustle/hot hand for the night and going with it.

          • Daryl Peek

            Nah, I can’t roll with a four man center rotation. Players like Gasol and Kaman need a consistent diet of minutes in order to get into a rhythm. Hill and Sacre being all energy and hustle don’t need constant PT. Their gonna give us what they do regardless of PT.

            Sacre should be the odd man out when all 4 are healthy. Hill can steal minutes at PF. Kaman should’ve been Gasol back up, first off the bench. I’ve said that from the beginning of the season.

          • e3bonz

            Ok, I’ll buy that.

      • Jim213

        2-2 now but something I’ve been saying for months with regards to Kaman’s no minutes. Just helps his value as FO should seriously start making some calls to trade a few more players aside of Pau. Kaman isn’t returning and would want more pay too seeing he took a bit less to come to LA.

        • e3bonz

          I thought earlier that his limited minutes could be a prelude to a trade, I thought I read somewhere he took less money to come to LA and that he wanted to play beside Pau. 2-2 but with Utah the only sure fired win.

  • The Lakers Tank Commander

    Lakers lost.Record 18-33.Current pick 8th.4 other teams have 33 losses.Tank!

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Bulls play tough defense they are pretty tough to beat.Lakers played hard.Caveman scored 27 points and he had 17 last game seems like he is upping his trade value.I would love to see the Lakers get a second round pick for Caveman or a late first rounder.That would be P.J. Hairston draft area,maybe even Payne.

    • Jim213

      Ball management cost them an opportunity in the last few minutes. (hint)

      • Daryl Peek

        True but again they were playing against a very good defensive team and all of the PG’s had high turnovers. Augstine just made a great play on that PNR steal.

        It was a certain Laker who stole the ball down the stretch that put the team in place to possibly win. (hint)

        • Jim213

          So you’re saying they lost b/c of their lack of ‘offensive efficiency’!? smh (pun)

          • Daryl Peek

            Yes. They actually played good defense today. *looking*

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers lost but fought hard man.

  • Daryl Peek

    Lets take a trip down Lakers draft lottery history:

    The Lakers have had two seasons just like this one where the team was in the draft lottery based off a sorry record the previous season. Neither was via tanking. It was due to the natural cause of sorriness. In 93-94 the team went 33-49 and selected 10th in the draft lottery, drafting Eddie Jones with the pick. In 04-05 the team went 34-48 and selected 10th again in the draft lottery, drafting Andrew Bynum. Both were very good draft picks that helped the team in their careers.

    In 94-95, Jones rookie season the team went 48-34 and made it to the second round of the playoffs. Dr. Buss and West made a trade and got the 13th overall draft pick for the 96 draft, one that was deeper than this one is touted and went on to get Kobe with it while drafting Fisher with their own pick at #24. The rest is Lake Show three peat history all with no tanking.

    In 05-06, Bynum’s rookie season the team went 45-37 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Andrew coming straight out of HS didn’t play many minutes his rookie season much like the kid we may draft this year given he will only be one year removed from high school. In the 06 draft the team picked Jordan Farmar with the 26th pick of the first round but took a step back in 06-07 (42-40) losing in the first round of the playoffs as young Bynum and Farmar weren’t ready for prime time yet.

    07-08 started off very good as the youngsters were looking ready but injury intervened as Bynum came up lame with injury and Kobe was disgruntled looking to be traded. Dr. Buss calmed Kobe as He, Jimmy and Mitch went and got Gasol. The rest is Lake Show part ll history all without tanking.

    A trade of Gasol for a draft pick sets the team up just as they were in 95-96 when Kobe and Fisher were selected, Kobe via draft day trade. Showtime and both Lake Show teams were built without tanking and the new Laker Dynasty will be also as I have full confidence in the FO selecting a great player regardless where the team lands as we’ve never had a draft lottery pick of our own below 10th.

    No tanking, GO LAKERS

    • Jim213

      Agree, but #rollwithit being what happens happens. I’d still try to trade some of these players for draft picks (which goes for 2 rounders) this will help them down the line with regards to acquiring Love if they don’t draft a PF unless Love can play the 5 but it’s about acquiring assets now.

      • Daryl Peek

        Which players would you trade?

        • Jim213

          C’mon been thru this many times but Kaman would be one along with a guard and someone else.

          • Kay Carter

            honestly, I think we should keep Kaman…..he proves tobe very reliable, unlike Sacre

    • Kay Carter

      are you referring to Embiid?

      • Daryl Peek

        No one in particular. I hear good things about Embiid but isn’t he seriously thinking about staying in school? I like the kid Gordon out of Arizona or Noah Vonleh out of Indy.

  • Daspin

    Kaman’s is out of position alright. He’s out of position on the bench.

  • Daspin

    The second team has been outplaying, out defending and out scoring the first team the all season. The first team creates a huge deficit, the second team catches up then D’Antoni ends the game with the first team. D’Antoni then complains the team can’t keep on creating a deep hole in the first quarter. Anybody else see a problem here?

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