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Game Recap: Lakers Outhustled In Valley Of The Sun

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After a 102-83 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, the Los Angeles Lakers traveled to Phoenix to face the Suns. While most thought the Suns were tanking, they have been one of the biggest surprises this season with a 16-10 record. With Pau Gasol back in the lineup after dealing with an upper-respiratory infection, the Lakers looked to earn their 14th win of the season and get back to the .500 mark.

First Quarter

Both teams got off to a slow start, but the Lakers once again gave up early offensive rebounds and couldn’t defend without fouling. The Suns made all their free-throws to give themselves a 17-9 lead midway through the quarter. While the Lakers’ bench looked to provide energy, they didn’t fare much better as the offensive rebounds and fouls continued. At one point in the quarter, Miles Plumlee was out rebounding the entire Lakers team by himself, 8-5. After the first, the Lakers gave up six offensive rebounds and 17 free-throws, but somehow found themselves only down by four.

Second Quarter

The Lakers’ bench came out very flat to start the quarter as Gerald Green converted two threes to give the Suns a 12 point lead. After the timeout, the Lakers had another response to cut the lead back down to four midway through the quarter. While the Lakers tried to stay competitive, the Suns made numerous threes and established a 16 point lead with two minutes remaining. At the half, the Lakers trailed 64-51 despite 25 points combined from Pau Gasol and Nick Young.

Third Quarter

To start the second half, Gasol came out aggressive but couldn’t convert his shots as the Suns were able to get their shots around the rim. With no energy on both ends of the court, the Suns established a 20-point lead midway through the quarter. While the Lakers tried to make another run, they couldn’t cut into the lead as they trailed 90-68 after three.

Fourth Quarter

The Lakers came out with good energy to cut the deficit to 14. However, Gerald Green converted on his fifth three of the game to quickly push the lead back to 17 and the Lakers couldn’t recover as the deficit hovered around 20 points. With the game out of reach, both teams emptied their benches as the Lakers suffered their second straight loss and fell two games below the .500 mark.

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  • e3bonz

    Tough game, out rebounded, out hustled, out shot.

  • Jim213

    What a great MNF game, but I believe we’ve observed more than enough games to know what team this is… thus excuse the language with regards to certain players.

  • Apex

    Painful…..horrible rebounding!! bad defence rotations….I swear the ball just is not dropping for Lakers right now, maybe if would start going in we wouldn’t be getting blown away. I smell a trade coming….

    • LakeShow

      Pau for Z-Bo + 2014 1st round pick. How about that?

      • Apex

        I would like to see something more, like trade a few our players and get a few good players in, shake things up a bit. I still think the Asik and Lin deal would improve our team. Since the exposure of our 2nd unit players, there value has gone up which should open the doors to make some pretty good multiplayer deals IMO. After watching tonights game I’m not sure even when Blake and Farmer return were gonna have that same scrappy chemistry, the moral of this team is sinking

        • kobe24

          No thanks I wouldn’t want Lin and Asik. Look, Lin and Asik are good players but they are mediocre. We don’t need another PG (we got Farmar, Blake, and heck even Nash lool). And their contract takes up about $16 million out of the $28~30 mil budget the Lalers have which cuts out all the flexibility.

          Asik might be good but even if we get him the Lakers would only win 3~5 more games without him

      • Daryl Peek

        Why would the Griz do it?

        • LakeShow

          Because Pau can play together with his brother there and Pau has expiring contract while Z-Bo has 2 years left. Griz been trying to trade Z-Bo but no taker. If Lakers going to do this, they can ask for the first round pick. Duh!

          • Daryl Peek

            Why would the Lakers want to take on Z-bo’s contract and more importantly why would the Griz give up a draft pick? People really trip me out thinking all these team want to help the Lakers out?!?

  • LakeShow

    Kobe should rest the whole season to fully recover.
    Pau need to go, trade him with Z-Bo and get 2014 first round pick from Memphis.
    Lakers need to tank hard to get high lottery pick.
    Total rebuilding mode!

    • Apex

      Kobe is not gonna rest for the season it’s not in his nature. If we had a full roster he wouldn’t have gotten injured

  • Lakers Fan

    I have no words to explain this game tonight. No words at all. I’m done getting upset over loses, especially one’s like this. I’m just gonna take it one game at a time, win or lose.

    • Paytc

      If you have noticed that has been the advice I have been putting out to do.
      I also look at the schedule and can usually see possible win and losing streaks before they happen. If anyone noticed I said before the 1st of this possible 3 game losing streak to brace ourselves, there was a good chance it may happen. I think the schedule gets a little easier for a bit after the Miami Heat game. We may also get Farmar back which should also help.

      We can not get too high after a few wins or too low after several losses.

      The goal remains the same. Get a healthy roster,make the playoffs, and play our best ball when it counts most.

      Go Lakers !

      • Lakers Fan

        Playoffs? Not in this conference. Maybe if we was in the East, but not in the West. The West is beyond deep, and with the way this team is so inconsistent and lacks defense the playoffs are a foreign thought. We don’t have the personel to make the playoffs, and I’m just being serious. Like I said above, I’m done getting upset after games like this. It has come to be expected. I’ll just take it one game at a time. Win or lose, it doesn’t matter.

        • Paytc

          I can respect that, but I look at the big picture and see weeks when we may struggle so I am prepared beforehand. Sure the West is a hard nut to crack, but not impossible. We have not even reached the halfway mark so it’s not time to panic quite yet. We just need the return of some healthy players. You can not expect players to play well out of position especially on the road.

          This is the NBA. This is the toughest basketball league in the world. And then top it off with the Lakers being in the Western conference.

          That is the kind of odds Kobe loves to defy. We just need to hold it down and be within striking distance of the playoffs.

          To my Lakers…… I’m gonna stick with ya especially under the circumstances with key players out. I have confidence and enough loyalty to roll thru good and bad.

          Go Lakers !

          • Lakers Fan

            Well if we’re looking at the bigger picture, then we should know it is time to panic. We are digging a hole it will be hard to climb out of, especially with the inconsistency of the team. We have a lot of young talented guys on our bench, but we lack consistency and our defense is terrible. I’m all for the Lakers, win or lose. We could go 0-82 and I’ll still rep the Lakers to the fullest. I’ve just come to realize that this is more of an auditioning season to prove who should be with us going forward. So that’s why I won’t get too high on wins and too low on loses anymore, as you’ve consistently said. It looks like you realized that before any of us did.

          • Paytc

            No, I’m gonna stay optimistic unless we get mathematically put out of the playoff race. As I said looking ahead at the schedule you can see possible win and loss streaks.
            We are not too far below 500. We have a slim chance to upset Miami at home if our lone superstar steps up his performance to help pave the way. I think Farmar,Young,Henry,Johnson,Hill,Kaman,Meeks,Williams etc… will come to play. But even if we lose the Heat game the schedule gets easier for about 4 games. We should be able to climb over 500 soon.

            Go Lakers !

          • Paytc

            Bingo ! Just about what I expected to the “T”.
            The Lakers played them close. Now if we can win the next 4 or 5 games or more we will be in better shape. But please brace yourselves and be prepared. We will suffer some more 2,3 and possible 4 game losing streaks. I just hope we can top them with longer win streaks and a few upsets along the way.

            A healthy team,make the playoffs,and play our best ball when it counts most.

            Go Lakers !

  • coolboy

    Fatigue lakers lost, and Pau is not helping the team, get rid of him trade as soon as possible , no need of his weakling for his height don`t listen Kobe bs. every year there is no aggressiveness from Pau just milking from his $19,000,00 salary

    • e3bonz

      Pau wasn’t over his cold, and it showed. He was slow to react and tired quickly, that’s why his minutes were shorten.

      • Daryl Peek

        MDA should have sat him. Kaman and Hill gave us nothing either. This was BADDDD!

        • e3bonz

          He did, but it was the three ball with no response on our end that took the wind out of us. I know no one cares, but the stats tell all.

          • Daryl Peek

            Rebounds was the bigger problem

          • e3bonz

            Tough to get rebounds when the other team doesn’t miss. I agree tho, we flat got out hustled on the boards.

      • Jim213

        Chicken soup for poor Pau.

    • Jim213

      Fatigue?, yes must have been that 75 minute flight aside of having the previous day off. Although it may be the back to back games in 3 days thing. SMH

      • Jim213

  • PauGasoftButterfingers

    Pau Gasol for MVP!

    • Jim213

      To think some have him as a top 10 all time Laker. SMH Yet other players ex. AC, B Scott get overlooked especially Michael Cooper who should be a HOF!

  • Daryl Peek

    No more analysis or excuses, WE STINK. Yes we miss our PG’s but back to back efforts like this?!? I don’t think I can watch the coming Christmas day massacre…

    Miami is gone run through us like ho’s turning tricks

    • Gregory Choa

      …”…run through us like ho’s turning tricks”??? I think that’s a mixed metaphor. Look, I’m not going to make excuses for this Lakers team because, when it’s all said and done, this team minus it’s franchise player and all three of its points guards just isn’t very good. When a team that doesn’t play defense very well to begin with stops making its shots, they’re going to get their asses kicked more often than not.

      This was the second consecutive game in which the Lakers failed to convert on more than 3 field goals in the entire third quarter! That’s a recipe for disaster every time out.

      That all said, I’m still going to stop short of calling them stinkers because that implies that they don’t care and are quitters…which I don’t think this team is guilty of. Based on what I heard post game in the locker room, these young players are going to own this loss and learn from it. The team chemistry is still intact and I see them getting right back on the horse and fighting.

      If Farmar is really back for Christmas against the Heat, I’ll give this Lakers team a puncher’s chance to score the unlikely upset. Pau’s gotta get over this upper respiratory infection once and for all.

      • e3bonz

        Well said…

        • Daryl Peek

          They stunk these last two nights. Pau should not have played if he’s still sick. 13-15 is a real problem. The hole is getting too deep already, 10 games back. This team is not likely to go on a 28-12 run.. They’ve played with heart this season but two stinkers like this cannot be tolerated! It was too much against GS the other night. You’ve got to stop the bleeding in lack of effort. 62-39 out rebounded? Rebounds are all about effort. Plumlee 20 boards and 17 points and 2 blocked shots? This was beyond pathetic. MDA seemed to have lost the team in two games.

          I hope you’re right. I’m not pushing a panic button but this cannot continue, no matter who’s not on the court! Gotta at least have effort.

          • Paytc

            I predicted we might go on a three game losing streak. We are without our 3 opening season PG’s. We were playing 3 playoff bound teams two of them on the road. We have many new parts. This team is still a work in progress. Why don’t people look at the schedule for clues? You can see for the most part where difficult stretches of games will come. I was not surprised we beat Minn. at home.

            The schedule lightens up a bit after the Miami Heats game.
            We should play hard and try to beat Miami, but if we don’t lets be real. We are the underdogs ,and we are under manned. We will play better as healthy players return. Hopefully we can hold it together until that happens.

          • e3bonz

            I try to stay positive, even when I want to punch the screen.

          • Paytc

            This is almost a completely new team from last year. We have to expect them to have growing pains. Pau Gasol is the only starter from last season that’s able to play and he was under the weather. Kobe,Nash,MWP,and D12 are all either injured or playing for another team. We have to be reasonable with reasonable expectations.

            I love every passionate fan and can relate to the frustration.
            But there is a reason for the madness and hopefully help is on the way. Farmar should help bring a little stability because he is more of a natural PG than Henry or Meeks. And Kendall Marshall is like Kobe when he came back without the benefit of preseason or training camp to get in sink with the new players. Hang in there!

            Go Lakers !

          • Daryl Peek

            I get all of that but effort man. You can’t lay down like that. You rarely see me rant about the performance of the team like this. Lack of effort will set me off QUICK. I could care less who were playing, just as long as we fight the good fight.

            The Suns are a good young squad but not that good given all their new unproven parts.

          • Paytc

            I had the Suns,Warriors,and Heat all as favorites to beat the Lakers. I didn’t check, but Vegas oddsmakers probably did as well. I get the effort needs to be there ,but I understand the importance of timing and rhythm. We need the right players in the right positions consistently to have the best chemistry.

            It’s better to lay down and stay healthy and come back to fight another day when you run into a team that better on that day. I think with all the injuries most of the western conference playoff bound teams especially at home are gonna have the advantage over the Lakers at this point. But we will get the return of a few healthy bodies. We will play better. But you can count on us having some more 2 and 3 game losing streaks where we stink up the joint.
            I just hope we can match or top it with some nice win streaks as well.

            Go Lakers !

      • Paytc

        Perhaps it was Kobe’s fault? You know how several comment on how well the team plays without Kobe :-) The truth is just as Kobe was without a true PG and moved over to fill in… the team needs to be healthy to go on the road and beat playoff bound teams.

        When we win winnable games we can not say it was because Kobe wasn’t there. We win and lose as a team. We have not been more than a 500 ball club with out Kobe.But many critics predicted worse. The team held it’s own some what before Kobe’s return. Hopefully we can stay near or above 500 again until more help returns. I think a fully healthy Laker’s team can be well above 500. I think Kobe,Gasol,and Nash (if he can return healthy) would have to provide the championship leadership down the stretch.Because that is when it will get tougher.

        Kobe,Gasol,Nash,Farmar,Blake and others can’t all be sick or out injured and the team beat good playoff bound teams especially on the road. We can not point fingers as to why we are winning or losing and put it on our best players. We win and lose as a team. We will need Kobe should we make the playoffs to have chance to win even one playoff game, not to mention one series. We will also need at least one or two healthy PG’s in the playoffs.

        We have proved we can win a few tough games without Kobe and did manage to have a 10-9 record. So hopefully we can at least match that record or better before Kobe and others return.

        We are one team. We are at our best when we are fully stocked and loaded ,just as any other good team is. Hopefully the team is able to hold things together until more players get back from injury.

        We can not get too high after a few wins or too low after several losses. Get a healthy roster,make the playoffs,and play our best ball when it counts most.

        Go Lakers !

        • Gregory Choa

          Amen brother!

          • Paytc

            Thanks! Amen to your comments as well !
            It is so hard to believe how unreasonable fans can get with unreasonable expectations. Who told anyone this Lakers team( especially minus it’s superstar leadership) was some great team with lofty expectations. Who said they could play well consistently with so many moving parts against quality playoff bound teams?

            There is somewhat of a softening in the schedule for a few games after the Heat game. But no such thing as an easy game. You take it one game at a time and play hard in each one. Hope to get a few healthy player back soon.

            Go Farmar ! Go Lakers !

    • Sti1lmatic

      Well, we might be lucky. The Coach might sit out LeBron, Wade, Allen and Bosh to let us keep up with the score.

  • Dominic Nicolas

    I actually am starting to believe Charles Barkley, they should just sit kobe out for the rest of the season this team is just horrible especially defensively there is no reason for him to come back to a lackluster team

  • timer

    Hey Jimmy can we trade DÁntoni for Hornacek?

    • Jim213

      Bigger problem than just the coach.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Piss poor performance by the Lakers!SMH with anger.

  • lakersRdone

    Second straight game they give up 20 rebounds to a single player. Bogut and then Plumlee…??? What the lakers lack is hustle and some big bodies to bang inside the paint and get some DEFENSIVE rebounds.

    • Paytc

      They also lack the healthy fire power and energy from one of their 3 PG’s who started the season with the team. When we have a quality PG we can get out and change the tempo and somewhat wear opponents down. it’s harder to rebound when you are tired. I think it was just the opposite even though I did not see the game. My guess is their PG’s pushed the tempo and wore our team down until they were tired and felt beaten,then we gave up to stay healthy and fight another day. We were the under dogs not the favorites. Things will get better.

      Go Lakers !

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