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Game Recap: Lakers Escape In Cleveland Despite Injuries And Fouls

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The Lakers look to end a seven game losing streak tonight in Cleveland against the Cavaliers. The team will welcome back Jordan Farmar to the lineup and he is getting thrown right in the fire as he will be matched up with Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving.

The Lakers could not escape last night’s contest without a couple of casualties as both Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill will miss tonight’s game thanks to the injuries suffered against the Minnesota Timberwolves. With both of them gone, and Manny Harris no longer with the team, the Lakers are once again down to only eight healthy players.

The Lakers lost the first meeting between the two teams 120-118 last month.

First Quarter

Robert Sacre got off to a solid start with a couple of easy baskets in between a couple of three-pointers by Ryan Kelly and Wesley Johnson. The Lakers were able to jump out to a quick 10-4 lead. Johnson started the game on fire as he hit his first three shots from deep. Jordan Farmar would add a three to give the Lakers a 19-11 lead as they hit their first five three-pointers. Both teams traded a couple of ugly possessions before Wesley Johnson threw down a big tip-jam. Farmar and Johnson would hit back-to-back threes bringing the Lakers to seven makes from deep without a miss and a 13 point lead. Two more fast break baskets and the Lakers built their lead to 17. Kaman tips in a Nick Young miss and the Lakers are up 36-17 after one of their best quarters of the season.

Second Quarter

In the second quarter, the Lakers continued their hot shooting to extend their lead to 45-19 in the first two minutes. With the lead nearly at 30 points, the Cavaliers made a mini-run to cut the deficit to 22. Midway through the quarter, the Lakers held a 54-32 lead. After the timeout, the Cavaliers would make a run to cut the deficit to under 20. However, on a fastbreak opportunity, it appeared that Nick Young injured his knee, but was able to return to the game. While the Cavaliers would try to make run, the Lakers took a 70-49 lead heading into the half.

Third Quarter

To start the second half, the Lakers continued to play well as their lead hovered around 25 points. While the Cavaliers tried to make a push, Los Angeles always had a response and made 15 threes with more than three minutes remaining in the quarter. With Kaman and Sacre in foul trouble, the Lakers went small with Kelly at the five as the lead dwindled to 20 late in the third.

Fourth Quarter

In the final quarter, the Cavs went on a 15-2 run to cut the deficit to 13. While the lead would remain in double digits, Farmar injured his leg and Kaman fouled out. With no players available to play on the bench, the Lakers struggled and only held an eight point lead midway through the quarter. Although Sacre received his sixth foul, he would have to stay the game. While every foul by Sacre would result in a technical foul, Blake made a huge three to push the lead near double digits. Steve Nash would have to come to the bench just in case Sacre received another foul, but Blake drilled another three to seal the game.


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  • Jim213

    Been ahile since watched an entire game but good time to do so…

  • lafj

    I know we won, but we allowed 108 pts. Not trying to sound like a hater, but if we’re making shots (rarely) we can outscore opponents, if not, we usually lose.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      ?????!!!!!!?????

      • Daryl Peek

        Mind boggling isn’t it!

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          I have nothing more to say… ran out of words with these guys… we are talking to a brick wall.

          • lafj

            yep, i pretty hard brick wall

    • Chyeah

      Did you even watch the game???

      • lafj

        no lol sorry i just saw the box score

    • Yuik00

      this guy is nuts .. haven’t seen the game replay yet or the highlights maybe … well take a look at it now ..see how the Lakers beat the Cavaliers with just 5 players able to play in the last couple of minutes … ^^

  • Daryl Peek

    I need every Steve Blake hater to have several muthaphuckin’ seats for life! Dude just gave us a triple double playing with one arm and a busted eardrum in a game where we had no one left to turn to and he drained HUGE three point shots in crunch time?!?

    No disrespect to Kendall Marshall and his fans, but take seats with the Blake and Nash haters because you’ve just saw the difference between veteran professionals and a D-League player who’s been shining in the D’Antoni system!

    • Jim213

      Damn, I’m not sure about Farmar now given his continual injures. Aside of Nash, Farmar manages the game better than anyone else. If injuries still persist may need to resign him for another year (for now) as possibly the third stringer and try him out for another season IMO.

      Offensive efficiency?!? #troll (pun)

      • Daryl Peek

        Steve Blake is the heart and soul of this team like Fisher was in the past. Blake comes back, the team intensity amps up! You can’t put a statiscal value on that. Every team needs what he brings to the table.

        • Jim213

          ?!? Farmar 8-15 = 21,5 3 pointers in there which mostly occurred in the first half (there’s your offensive efficiency DP) when they were up by 20+ at the half (game management). 3 TO’s comoare to Blake’s 7 but expected given both are returning from weeks off.

          First half Lakers dominated thanks to farmar’s game management though ain’t taking away from Blake who did his thing defensively today, Will be arguing this until the end of season as during the off season. Although, there’s nothing to dispute Daryl SMH.

          • Daryl Peek

            SMFH

            Stats have nothing to do with all that Blake means to this team, and BTW Blake had a triple double 15 assists and won the game down the stretch with big shot after big shot.

            15 assist playing with one arm?!? 14 of those were in the first half so miss me with the analytical mess.

          • Jim213

            Not hating on Blake but defense is a different story too between the both as yes he had a good game (not taking anything away) while playing with a ruptured eardrum while Nash sits the game out. SMH

            Like I said tale between two halfs. Even you AGREE with this given your post on the other header (laker highlights) SMH

          • Daryl Peek

            Ebb and flows of a NBA basketball game man. That is the nature of this game. It’s always about runs. The team that can keep their composure usually wins. Better talent gets the job done most of the time. Were not a very talented team by no means this season, especially with all of the injuries so the consistency model is off the table.

          • Devon Murray

            he had those assist because he would not shoot and luckily Johnson was hitting shots because 7 assist came from Johnson knocking down shots… will see what happens when Nash and Blake go up against Carter-Williams and Wroten, hopefully they can keep up with these young guys…

          • Daryl Peek

            He had those assist because he’s that good at managing the offense. He had 6 assist in the game Nash played. Blake was consistent before his injury running the team and was top 10 in assist to turnover ratio prior to the injury. Blake is the reason the team competes better as a whole. We saw this last year and this year. 28-12 kicked off when he returned and you could see the confidence his teammates had in him with the game winning shot over Houston. Kobe calls Blake the white Mamba for that very reason and has done so several times and always sings his praise. Kobe started doing so in 2011 when Blake got up in CP3 int he playoffs when Paul was killing Fisher. Remember the big shot Blake hit in the Denver series in 2012? I know I pump Blake but the dude is under appreciated by Lakers fans.

        • Terrence

          Is everyone forgetting that Blake also has a propensity to get injured every other month? He’s been good when he’s been healthy, but this guy gets the strangest injuries. Stepping on a parking spike, fractured rib, and torn elbow ligament. Then there’s all the other typical basketball injuries that all players accumulate during the season.

        • Chrmngblly

          Peek, we can agree on Blake. Nash, not so much. I sure liked Nash 15 years ago when he was in his prime, though. Even Farmar had a good game against the Cavs. And Marshall, too. The Lakers will have a hard time dealing with the crush at the point if the kid starts playing defense.

    • Sam Adams

      Whoa what the fuck is wrong with you dude?!?!?!Nigga please.ROFL

      • Daryl Peek

        Child PLEASE! Miss me with the N-word ISH mayne. I don’t roll with that at all! Now as for what I said, the truth hurts I see. LMAO

    • C*HarrisTHEboss

      Yea buddy

    • Devon Murray

      Blake played his butt off, so did Nash his game back… and I will admit Kendall will learn from these guys, it already seems to be sinking in on the defense of his game…he still put up 12, 7, 5… yet still learning… to say that Kendall has shined because of “D’antoni system” is funny for you to say considering that Blake is having his best numbers of his career in said system and Nash played is entire career getting 2 mvp’s and all-star appearances in the same “system” that D league player is in… And in todays game it isn’t d’antoni’s system anymore mostly ALL the teams in the NBA is running the same exact “system”…they just play defense…

      • Daryl Peek

        Why is it funny I say that? Its very true the MDA system is taught on every level of b-ball now. It’s been that way for several years. The college game has always used versions of it to break zone defense. Since the implementation of the zone in the NBA the big man post up game has suffered and that’s why the D’Antoni system is so popular. Kids like Marshall have been groomed on it all of their lives and that is why D’Antoni has so much success integrating young raw players into his coaching style.

        KM has mad potential but its silly to think he’d start over Nash and them. That’s all Ive been saying. No diss to KM.

        • Devon Murray

          I agree, you may know by now I am a huge KM supporter, and I am not calling for him to start anymore especially if Nash, Farmar are balling out like that! He should sit and learn and when his number is called perform like he should… you wont hear me talking about who should start anymore.. you got me…

  • uhh

    How often will we make 18 3 pointers…..

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    INjuries and players fouling out?!?!… this is gutsy win… can’t believe how they even won this game… and yet people still complains.

    • Chyeah

      Lol yeah and people (even fans) keep saying we should have lost this game to get closer to a top draft pick lol

  • Daryl Peek

    Props to Sacre, I absolutely love his heart but he’s still not a good NBA player. He does not know how to defend without fouling and fails to get elevation for a seven footer going to the rack. I’m not saying I don’t want him on my team, just not as a player that gets significant minutes.

    This just shows how bad the deck is stacked against D’Antoni.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      AGree… Sacre is thrown into the fire for the lack of able bodies. A bench warmer thrust into starter minutes… can’t ask nothing more from him.. he is what he is at this point.

      • Daryl Peek

        If we are honest with ourselves that was the deal from the start of the season. A bunch of life time bench players expected to produce as starters. And they all went down to injury. Many will want to blame the FO but we had no choice given the ring chasing from the past via Grandfathered in contracts.

        • Jim213

          Blah blah ring chasing?!?

          That’s been over for some time (years). FO is responsible for the product that’s placed on the floor but can’t blame them for the injuries more so for the LACK of DEPTH at the starting position. STOP IT! SMH

          • Daryl Peek

            Who gives a damn when that was perceived to be over!! They went all out last season trying to build a super team also JIM. Stop trying to keep your BS inept mess alive and get with reality manye.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Come on Jim… what has gotten into you…?!? it seems you have crossed over tot he dark side… lol

          • Jim213

            No, just placing the blame (lack of real starters) on those at fault FO. Good win for the team especially the way they placed and fought though it’s a tale of two half’s. If they win games and short pride in the brand then great but it’s been less than that this season even with the injuries which isn’t expecting too much from the roster. Although, I have them going 5-5 during the next 10 games which includes this one.

          • Daryl Peek

            I apologize for the foul language man. As I’m sure you know I’m hella passionate about the Lakers and can get heated with it at times.

            As for the blame game. It really pisses me off because we’ve seen this before and any fans of this teams knows better. Dr. Buss and West had the same type of coaching and personnel failures in the 90′s. Dynasty building is a cycle and were just in the down side of the cycle coupled with a new FO in control in this instant information social media era where everyone and they grandma wants answers right away when patience’s was afforded to their predecessor and is needed right now.

            NO will ever live up to what Dr. Buss did from the jump. The problems of the front office are much deeper than just a tug of war between Jeanie and Jimmy via Phil who needs to just stay out of it. There are other Buss children that want to sell the team. This is a very shaky time for the franchise and Magic really pissed me off with his hypocrisy knowing all of this.

            Everyone just needs to SHADDUP and let the children find their way.

          • Jim213

            Cry a freakin river DP. One has to assume responsibility for what they post (no big deal). The demand is too high from the masses given the expectations. Best to show them the light than have them walk blindly.

          • Daryl Peek

            SMDH What good is the light doing anyone? And more important what good is bashing your own FO in a state like this when you never tripped on ten years of the same in the past?

            Hypocrisy at its finest!

          • Jim213

            Hypocrisy DP say’s SMH. It’s more forthrightness like #32 points out. IMO, it comes down to lack of experience at the top now (Jim). Needs help doesn’t have the experience to make the correct moves that’s all Magic is saying. Hating on #32 SMH.

          • Daryl Peek

            32 shut his azz up because deep inside he knew he was wrong. He still doesn’t want to admit it (the STUBBORN) Pun, especially given he quit under similar circumstances as Lakers HC (sorry roster) but without the injuries.

            Was it lack of experience on Buss and West in the 90′s? Wake up and get off your, off base bias man. No team is on top all of the time. Every era ends and rebuilding has to be tolerated. Rebuilding does not happen over night when an era ends. 2004-10 was not an era change. Regardless of Kobe still being on this team he is not in the capacity to lead this team the way he did in the past. This is why they tried to get him so much help in CP3 and Howard. It didn’t work, GET OVER IT! Now we need to build from the ground up. No blame just era change, that’s all.

          • Jim213

            SMH, who’s talking about the top. Piece by piece but it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t place a competitive product on the floor. Have some reliable good players to fill the bench with after the season but still require starters. Been thru this many times.

          • Daryl Peek

            10-9 was a not on top competitive product before all of the freak injuries. You can’t do anything about the past just and Dr. Buss and West couldn’t as the team suffered three consecutive season below .500 in the early mid 90′s. Again hypocrisy at its finest.

          • Jim213

            Disagree… can’t go by previous history given all the changes that have surfaced which includes (CBA). Marketing one’s brand correlates to $ revenue more so today than before. Dr. Buss build a strong brand that’s had a strong following relating to customer retention. Havent seen all the so called nationally televised Lakers games (27?) shown (more so less than 7?) equaling disinterest in the brand aside from the loyal fan base.

            Hurts business foremost (being at the bottom) as band-wagoners (many too) also spend. It’s more the recent bads moves and the stallness that’s hurt the brand but business is business. But can they turn it around? Given all the bad moves they don’t give the masses the assurance in doing so.

          • Daryl Peek

            None of that matters. As you said, the rules of the game have changed and the FO is learning on the fly how to adjust. Dr. Buss and West would have to go through this also if they were still around.

            And you can’t sight West in GS because all he is, is a consultant. The GM is the one making all the moves that has them in good standing. That coupled with many of the poor have gotten better since the new CBA.

            All of the IRE flaming right now is way too quick no matter how you cut it. Dr’ Buss has only been gone one year. This was not going to be an easy transition. Like it or not this is and was gonna take time. It took time between 2002 and 08-09. Did we forget the team misses the playoffs in 05 under Dr. Buss’s watch also?

            Dr Buss often ignored the white noise of the masses and Jimmy is doing his dad justice with his silence.

          • Jim213

            50/50 on that as the family owns the team (non corporate) thus it’s their own revenue (losses). Just like Jim has mentioned with the new hikes taking place with regards to revenue sharing it’s coming out of their own pockets.

            Magic even mentioned he’s willing to help the Lakers efforts in FA. Better Magic than Mitch IMO given these past few season (luring, convincing players.

          • Daryl Peek

            Magic is silent right now and will have to remain so like Phil has pretty much done in doing his best to mind his tongue thus remaining neutral. Magic stepped on toes in a major way and I would not expect the FO to solicit his help for anything right now.

            There’s not much that could’ve or can be done about this season. We knew it was likely a wash from the jump. We were projected to be the 12t seed in the west. I felt we had a shot at the playoffs in a 7th or 8th seed like last season but the injuries are just too much to overcome. There’s no blame to be assigned in all of that. This is crazy! I’ve never seen a team ravaged like this in injuries.

            On the team, it’s mainly Blake that has instills the confidence in the team. It’s all about his heart and leadership. Blake as MDA, Worthy and B. Scott continue to say brings those intangibles the team needs to fight. B. Scott said he love to have Blake on his team.

            If you noticed it was Blake managing the team tonight. He had 7 of his 14 first half assist in the first quarter. Farmar bring that PG scorers mentality in attacking the basket. The combination of the two opens up the floor for others. This is what we missed while they were out. Look at how Johnson responded? He was playing energetic like that in the beginning of the season especially defensively. Nash looks to be back in much better health so that will only add another veteran presence as a confidence booster for the others to feed off.

            Young is the one I worry about in this. He’s a ball stopper in the offense with his perimeter ISO jumpers. When he’s hot its beautiful but if he’s not he’ll shoot us out of games. I like how Marshall is adjusting in becoming a spot up shooter. Him knocking down those wide open set shots are huge.

            I still think they are gonna fight down the stretch. This will piss off the tankers fan base. Call me crazy but I see at least 35 wins.

          • Jim213

            I have them going 30-52 for the season. But things may get worse if Pau is traded b/c there goes the offense inside which goes for his consistent #s (not great but consistent).

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed but I give Pau a little more credit than that tho. His numbers are great for a center in today’s game, top 3 in the league overall.

          • Devon Murray

            Dr. Buss wanted Mike Dantoni, Jeannie, Jim and Mitch have all stated this over and over, because of Steve Nash and them moving away from the triangle, i’m not saying that is what they wanted yet it was what Dr.Buss wanted. Magic, er, Ervin has nothing to do with the Lakers anymore. Pau is good as gone before the trade deadline, Lakers have to do it to help get under the tax line and get closer to not going in to the repeater tax…Magic couldn’t help if he tried, players are going to come whether he talks to them or not… the Lakers have a $3 billion tv contract, IF they wanted to they could go out and sign 4 max guys including Kobe, but the Buss family aren’t billionaires, like Prokorov or Cuban so paying that repeater tax will hurt their pockets more than the aforementioned… Gasol is gone, MDA will be gone next year (definitely after next being that his contract is up) Going to the playoffs to get bounced in the first round is something I don’t want… I don’t want them to tank, just want them to compete play with heart and let the FO decide who they are going to bring back and who to let go… because NONE of the Lakers on the floor Now is under contract but Nash and Marshall, player option for Nick and team option on Sacre (I believe) and depending who the Lakers go after none of the players now are starting with KB24 next year.

          • Daryl Peek

            Way too presumptuous and reckless on the TW money man. The Lakers only net about 50 mil in profit annually even with the TW deal. The pockets are not as deep as most want to believe. Plus keep in mind this is still a business and they do want to make money.

            Even Prokorov the owner of the Nets and the man who has the deepest pockets of any sports owner in any sport is conscious of the looming luxury tax via this new CBA. The Nets filed for a disabled player exception for Lopez that allows them to have a 16th player on roster but they have yet to exercise it because it gives you no cap exemption on luxury taxes.

            Time will tell on Gasol. I believe it’s time to move on but who knows? Plenty of these players will be back next season. The FO is not going all out in free agency in 2014 or 15. Kupchak has already laid this out.

          • Devon Murray

            What are you talking about…

            Los Angeles residents will satisfy that curiosity on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Spanish-language Deportes, launched this year. Time Warner paid $3 billion over 20 years for the team’s rights, according to the Los Angeles Times, and will carry 70 Lakers games this season.

            David Rone, president of Time Warner Cable Sports, said the company’s goal was to build networks around the Lakers, the “crown jewel” of the Southern California sports television marketplace.

            “They have this unbelievable heritage of 16 championships and always stepping up and making sure that team on the court befits their brand and their essence as a championship organization,” Rone said.

            Time Warner Cable (TWC) Sports has ensured that anyone driving by, or walking into, its El Segundo, California, headquarters knows of its ties to the team, whose practice facility is on North Nash Street. A 16-foot satellite dish with the Lakers logo sits outside the TV office and the gold midcourt logo from Staples Center’s first 13 years is the office’s lobby
            …. and time wont tell on Gasol, bro he is good as gone, what world do you live in… the wealthiest owner runs MAN UNITED soccer team, secondly Prokorov is already in the repeater tax, due to KG, paul, lopez and Williams deal… so he wasn’t to conscious of it… and I never said that Mitch was going all out in FA, I said that guys on this team may not be back, i.e Blake (5mil) too much money, everyone else are on 1 year deals…

          • Daryl Peek

            Do a Forbes search on the Lakers profitability. Bottom line they don’t have money to burn and the Nets are luxury tax offenders but not three time consecutive offenders like we are. The new more punitive CBA taxes kick in for those franchises that are consecutive three time offenders of the luxury tax and this is why the Lakers must get under this season.

          • Devon Murray

            Yes agreed! that’s the reason I think Gasol may have to go..They don’t have money to burn, …wow just heard Nick is out fracture of the knee 2 weeks, smh…. but yes they got to do it this year..

          • Daryl Peek

            The FO has said they have other options to get under the luxury tax. Likely Nash but who knows what else they have up under their sleeves? I say it’s time to move on from Pau not due to finances specifically but all of the drama over that last three season’s or so coupled with the fact he does not fit the present youth movement it seems. Again, only time will tell.

          • Jim213

            Team option for K Marshall as Nash may get waived per ‘stretch provision’ this off-season. But IMO after taking a better look at the remaining games for the bottom dwellers I have the Bucks, Jazz, Magic, Cavs, and 76ers at the bottom of the standings.

            The teams I’ll be paying more attention to are the Kings and Celts given they’ll likely end up in the 6 to 8 ranks before the lottery takes place. Unless, some major trades take place by bottom dwellers the Lakers may end up at the 5th to 8th spot of the lottery.

          • Devon Murray

            I agree with you Jim, and with Parker, Embiid talking about staying, though I still think they are coming out, hopefully even if the Lakers are in that 5-8 spot Exum can fall to the Lakers.. 1.Emdiid 2. Parker 3. Wiggins 4. Gordon 5. Randle 6. Smart most likely top 6…so Lakers could get Exum..

          • Jim213

            I believe Exum will be drafted sooner, likely 3rd. The Magic wouldn’t pass him up to play with his native Australian buddy. However, come lottery draft time it doesn’t mean a team can’t move up a few spots. Some mocks have Exum being drafted by the Celts at #5 (which may be a problem 4-5 yrs from now if the team decides to pursue him).

            It be unfortunate for everyone and the league IMO if a player like this ends up in a bad team off the bat given that these teams at the bottom are constantly at the bottom (hasn’t changed and it won’t). These teams should be penalized or something for end up at the bottom year after year (FO issue IMO).

            Aside of that I hear his new agent Rob Pelinka (Kobe’s agent) may threaten teams with playing Exum overseas to deter them from drafting him. But if not in the lottery guess they’d have to wait until 4-5 years though it’s best to mold him from the start. But still two months left in the season.

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          I actually believed that we have a decent team on the floor pre-injuries…. Gasol-Hill-Johnson-Blake-Nash…with a strong bench of Farmar-Blake-Young-Henry-Kelly-Sacre and Kobe coming in December… that was the plan… we would have been competitive…. until the injuries happened….

          • Chrmngblly

            We still need to get rid of Gasol and someone else because of the cap. I would love to have Pau around for next year but I don’t see how. I wouldn’t trade him for less than a number one pick though. Does anyone suppose these guys could learn to rebound and play defense?

        • Chrmngblly

          We could easily have traded Howard’s contract at the deadline for assets and picks. We could have had Cousins, for example—but Jim Buss was 95% sure Howard was going to re-sign; he said so. I cussed JB out at the time for gambling our future like that—so it was not all just bad luck. Plenty of our problems today are bad ownership decisions from just last year.

          • Daryl Peek

            Not as easy as you would like to think. Most believe teams are just gonna line up to give the Lakers the best possible deal? We’d have the same problem with Howard we do with Gasol, getting the dollars to match without brining back bad contracts at a time we need cap flexibility going forward…

            Letting Howard walk was not a bad decision. Even when Dr. Buss and West were running things they did similar. The team has been purging for a while now. Remember all of the trade exceptions they’ve allowed to just expire recently? You’ve got to look at the big picture instead of point fingers in a knee jerk reaction. IJS

          • Chrmngblly

            Geez. Why do you feel the need to keep sucking up to JB? Magic is hardly the only one who has been saying the things he has been saying lately. Business people know that what matters is who “the MAN” is. He knows the Busses. You are the one who can’t see the big picture. Blunder after blunder, you stick up for the guy. Why? The number of consecutive screw ups is beyond dispute. Now I sound like you. I’m going to go kill myself. :-)

          • Daryl Peek

            I’m not sucking up to Jim at all! I’m calling Magic out for his flip flopping hypocrisy…

            “I love it. Jim, you look like your father; I’m proud of you. He’s definitely the guy now to win the NBA executive-of-the-year award.

            This is also so good for Coach Mike Brown. He knows defense so well and Dwight is going to erase those shots coming down the lane, and Mike will know just how to use him. The Lakers’ tradition of great centers continues. It’s just great. And Howard has already told the Lakers he will sign a five-year contract extension next summer.”

            After it failed;

            “This is what happens when you make the wrong decisions, two coaching wrong decisions, giving Steve Nash that deal, it’s backfired. …

            You’ve got to have someone helping Jim. He’s got to quit trying to prove a point to everybody that he can do it on his own, get his ego out of it, and just say, “Let me get someone beside me to help achieve the goals I want.”

            This type of emotional flip flopping is irresponsible for Magic the man that wields much power in LA and the Lakers community. He has to be bigger than the ESPN First Take BS. Much of what he says may in fact be truth but does that make it right to publicly bast Jimmy and the Lakers brand (his family) like that? How does that help anything?

            This is my point and given Magic was around in the 90′s and actually quit as HC because the roster West and Buss built was sorry makes him not only a flip flopper but a hypocrite in judging Jimmy and MDA like he is.

            The big picture was three consecutive losing seasons in the early mid 90′s leading up to Magic quitting as Lakers HC in 94 with a roster that was actually better than this one as they were much healthier.

          • Chrmngblly

            Who didn’t think getting Howard was a great coup? I did, too, at first. But after we all saw his heart and even more waffling and his gold-bricking at the all star game when Pop chewed him out, nobody respected him. And apparently not Magic, either, at the end. Only Jim Buss was hoping the allure of La-La land was going to get him to re-sign. And, even so, why would anyone pair MDA and D12? For that, you would bring back Phil and build a different kind of team. I am sure the bad idea buried in it all was not lost on Howard.
            Some people on here think Magic backtracked on his words recently, but he didn’t, he just agreed not to mention it anymore.

          • Daryl Peek

            You conveniently seem to forget Howard was undecided on what he was gonna do up til the season ending meeting. Howard actually wanted to stay after 28-12. His numbers went up when Blake and Gasol got healthy.

            That being said Howard did not lead the FO to believe he was leaving. Kobe blew up the meeting and helped Howard make his mid up. Nash and others that were in the meeting all said this. They all felt Howard was gonna stay. Too many talk like Howard’s decision was premeditated?

            Like him or not personally, this team would be WAY better if he stayed and Gasol would already be gone. The dynamic of the team would actually fit what MDA is trying to do with Howard defending the paint.

            Kick rocks is my feelings on Howard also but the truth is we’d be better with him.

          • Chrmngblly

            Better with him than with nobody? Geez, what a basketball mind! Because that is what we got for him. My point remains to be proved, but I doubt he will ever win a championship. I don’t think he has the heart of a champion. I just don’t think a good businessman risks the franchise over someone like that waffler, Howard. You ask for assurances and if the man is a man, his word is his bond. Otherwise you trade his ass.

            Jim Buss has the Lakers in total disarray. Do you still believe in MDA?

          • Chrmngblly

            Think about it. We did NOT let Howard walk. He walked even though Jim Buss offered him a max contract. I always thought Howard was a sheep in wolves clothing, anyway, so I am happy we are not stuck with that pussy. But we didn’t have to get stiffed; we could have gotten some talent plus a whole lot of draft picks for that guy.

          • Daryl Peek

            I don’t think trading him was the right move. We’ll agree to disagree on topic.

          • Chrmngblly

            We didn’t trade him. Pay attention.

          • Daryl Peek

            No you need to pay attention in try to diss. Where did you get me saying the Lakers traded Howard from that?!?

            I was responding to your assessment we let him walk in that context, I.E. we should have traded him for other assets. Mind your tongue in response!

          • Chrmngblly

            You have no idea how I mind my tongue with you, Daryl. Whatever. The cost of NOT trading him has turned out to be just as catastrophic for the Lakers as it was for the CAVs when they failed to trade LBJ. Talent is too hard to come by for a team to risk coming home with an empty sack–although, I guess it never bothered you….sorry, I couldn’t resist.

  • Lakers Fan

    Blake played one hell of a game, and he did it with basically one arm. All be it against the Cavs, I’ll take any win right now. It’s just mind boggling the way this game turned out. I’m hoping Nick Young will be ok. The injuries are past ridiculous. Anyway, good win boys!

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    I was wondering what is happening with the Cavaliers… Kyrie Irving was on the bench the whole of 4th quarter… something is brewing over there… he is absolutely wanting to get out of Cleveland. That roster is pretty solid on paper and yet Lakers are slightly better than them on the win columns. They should have traded Dion Waiters and Bynum for Gasol…the trade for Deng hasn’t turned out well for them… Gasol would have given them an all star big to pair with thier point guard in Irving, a more dynamic pairing than Deng and Irving. IMO

    • Daryl Peek

      Deng is out next season. He’s not trying to deal with all of that in-house ISH. Waiters and Irving HATE each other! This is why they should have jumped on the Gasol Bynum deal as the FO wanted Waiters. Dumb move on Gilbert’s part and you reap what you sow.

    • Terrence

      They re-hired Mike Brown. They clearly don’t know what the hell they’re doing.

      • Chrmngblly

        I was thinking the Lakers could use Jerry Sloan.

  • Ace

    These injuries are just getting more and more ridiculous each day. Swaggy P will probably be out a couple of weeks, Farmar will probably be out a couple of games. Aside from making clutch 3s, Blake’s elbow still isn’t where it should be, Nash is unpredictable right now when it comes to playing consecutive games…this just sucks so much, I really feel bad for these guys.

    • Terrence

      Hopefully Farmar won’t be out more than one game. So far they’ve just said it was a cramp.

  • NotSoAnonymous

    Sooo…uhm, with the injuries.. Can Mitch freaking sign Harris again?!?

    Blake always puts on the superman cape when there’s injuries, gotta appreciate that…you know cuz he’s an “old fart” according to some of y’all.

    And Farmar…I recently stated that Farmar can produce just as well if not better than Marshall if given the minutes….there you go Marshall fans. Marshall’s great but any decent PG can produce in the D’antoni system..it’s made for PG’s.

    • Daryl Peek

      Money talks. I bet they bring someone like Williams back (10 day contract) first or someone they don’t have to sign to a permanent contract for the remainder of the season. This is standard OPS for a team afflicted with luxury tax implications like the team is now.

      I like Harris but its all about money and not working against the efforts to get under the luxury tax this season, in order to have full MLE exceptions and spending power going forward…

      • NotSoAnonymous

        They can always send down Kelly right? That’d make room. I know Kelly played well today but he’s inconsistent and he’s one of the few guys they can send down (if I’m right). Plus, if the news ain’t good on Young, Farmar, and Meeks (i know they said 3 games but you never know)…they really need a guard. D’antoni would kill to have Williams back…he was one of his faves, until Mitch let him go. Can’t the Lakers just sign Harris to another 10 day contract or is there a limit? Harris would be thrilled with a 10 day contract if they just explain the situation thoroughly.

        • Daryl Peek

          No. Kelly has guaranteed money and assingnig a player to the D-League does not free up a roster spot. This is why we suffered through all the shorthandedness up til Williams was cut and Harris was added. They did the same up til X went down after Elias Harris was released when we were carring 14 players. 14 is the goal for the season but the mass injuries has forced 15. As you know we can’t carry over 15.

          • NotSoAnonymous

            dammit…This some bull. Isn’t there an exception if you have many injuries or one of your key players is out the entire season? Cuz I remember there being one…just never gave it much importance …Now it’s kinda important.
            Lakers just gotta make a trade…

          • Daryl Peek

            Trade is the only move left to make. There is an exception for injury to a player who is expected to be out for the remainder of the season but it gives you no luxury tax relief. The Nets filed for one with Brook Lopez but have yet to use it because of being so deep into the luxury tax, and Prokorov has the deepest pockets of any owner in all of sports.

            We can’t file for it because the doctors have yet to say anyone is done for the season. And they wouldn’t use it anyway because of the luxury tax.

  • Yuik00

    Lakers made a franchise history 3 points made in a single game… with just 8 players from the beginning down to 5 players at the end of the game … this is awesome right??? ….

  • LakersHeatBeef

    First of all to all the Kendall Marshall fans and backers no need to take a seat to anyone,the 22 year old kid scored 12 points on 4-6 from 3 pointers and he had 7 assists and a few key rebounds like the offensive rebound he got and passed it to Blake for a timely 3 pointer.

    endall made some great passes,also one thing i noticed is Kendall Marshall is getting after it like a pit bull on defense,he has been all up on his man sticking them the last couple games,maybe he is learning from our veterans on how to defend,but he shutdown his man last night,in the 4th quarter especially and throughout the game.

    To all his haters Kendall Marshall is only 22 years old and he passes the ball just as good if not much better than anyone in the NBA currently,so lay off the young man he is proving it every game.His defense is much improved just lately,he is actually pressuring his man and not getting lost on screens as much as he used to before and he is rebounding much better getting over 4 rebounds a game in his last 3 games.Looks much more poised and aggressive on both ends of the court.He is defending.Haters gonna hate,they salty ass mofuckas!

    • Daryl Peek

      No ones hating on Kendall man. There’s just a clear difference that any and every legit coach knows as there’s no way he’d start over Nash, Blake or Farmar. This is just reality. No need to get defensive over the truth. KM knows and knew this. The pecking order will never be changed just because a young player like KM who was out of the league came in and showed promise for the first time in his career.

      • Chrmngblly

        Not the first time. He has been consistent. I am fine to have him in this weird MDA rotation while he learns and we find out what his limits are.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Finally got a win,it’s been a long time.

  • Pablo Martin

    This win is bad for our future(26 june)

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