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Game Recap: Lakers Win Thriller On The Road Against The Blazers

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The Los Angeles Lakers welcomed back Xavier Henry to the lineup in tonight’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Trail Blazers are the NBA’s highest scoring team so far.

The Lakers had their work more than cut out for them, but the squad was ready for the challenge as they put up a tremendous fight. Pau put up impressive numbers with 22 points and nine rebounds.

First Quarter:

The Lakers brought their A-game to start off the game. Gasol was off to a great start in the first four minutes of the game scoring six of the Lakers 12 points early on. Gasol followed up with a steal after a bad pass from Damian Lillard and dished to Wesley Johnson who made a jumper putting the Lakers ahead the Blazers by eight points. The Lakers hot streak continued throughout the quarter, especially after Bazemore draining his second three-pointer of the first, later followed by a monster dunk from Jodie Meeks. The Lakers looked athletic and in control with 13 total fast break points as the finished the first quarter beating Portland 33-20.

Second Quarter:

The Lakers looked to maintain their lead going into the second, but Portland took a stronger stand this quarter. LaMarcus Aldridge had a total of 17 points in the first half and cut down the Lakers lead to as much as four points. Robin Lopez had a monster block against Jodie Meeks and also followed up with an equally monstrous dunk. Although these performances were not enough to fully take diminish the Lakers lead. Los Angeles was aggressive in the paint, scoring 32 of their 63 points in the half from there.

Meeks had a beautiful assist to Johnson late in the quarter followed by a huge dunk from Bazemore. By the end of the half, the Trail Blazers were still putting up a strong fight but had nine turnovers, five of which resulted in Laker steals.  The Lakers had an uncharacteristic aggressiveness this half, contributing to the Lakers 63-56 lead going into half time.

Third Quarter:

After an impressive first half, the Lakers continued to maintain their strong lead for most of the quarter. Damien Lillard started off the half making a three-point shot as Portland closed in on the Lakers lead, but Bazemore responded with yet another three allowing the Lakers to stay ahead. The aggressiveness would also continue as Pau blazed past Lopez for a demoralizing dunk.

Although with only a few minutes remaining, Dorell Wright made back-to-back threes shrinking the Trail Blazers lead to as little as three. Wright continued to be dominant contributing another two point shot. The Lakers ended up finishing the third with 12 additional points from the paint, but their lead greatly decreased going into the fourth with a score of 87-84.

Fourth Quarter:

The fourth quarter was probably the most exciting twelve minutes of the game. The two teams begun within three points of each other, which was the closest the game had been all night.

Amidst the excitement the Lakers were able to remain triumphant. A Ryan Kelly steal early on forced an Aldridge turnover which would be one of Portland’s 20 turnovers for the entire game. Farmar also dished an impressive pass from the paint to Meeks who capitalized by draining a three. As the Trail Blazers began to close in on the Lakers, Farmar also forced a turnover with a steal but quickly lost the ball resulting in a Nicolas Batum jumper, reducing the Lakers lead to just two points.

Portland stayed within two points with minute and a half left and looked as if they were going to take the lead until Lillard was called for traveling making it Lakers ball.

As the result of a Bazemore inbounds lob to Johnson, the Lakers were able to beat the Blazers in exciting fashion, 107-106.

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  • Daryl Peek

    Just wanna let the think tankers know, this team is not down with that program. Were now down to the 8th spot in draft positioning. I’m not gone lie, something drastic will have to happen for the Lakers to be top 5 in lottery seeding by years end.

    The Lakers don’t tank, sorry.

    Hopefully Stern left a mandate to make up for the CP3 block and we will still draw the number one pick against the odds.

    • Lakers Fan

      You can’t lie and say you don’t want a top 5 pick lol. And looking at our upcoming schedule that is still a possibility. But forreal tho they played hard tonight. In my mind, there is no doubt we would have made the playoffs with a full and healthy roster. I guess it just wasn’t our year. This current team is unpredictable tho because they can play defense when they want to.

      • kobe24

        Uhm, Lakers are still at 5th pick tied with Utah, Kings.

        I still think that once the season ends Lakers are going to be probably somewhere between 4th~6th

        • Jim213

          Don’t matter given the lottery will determine true seeding.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Frozen envelope lol i love it.

          • Jim213

            Been looking at the past lottery drafts and seems the teams that finished between 4-8th seed in standings have better odds of moving up.

            Not to say it’d happen but IMO non repeater teams (in lottery) should be given better odds come lottery time as opposed to the team’s who keep returning every year.

          • OP_Albania

            and how exactly is 2% lottery chance being equal to 15 % chance?!

          • Jim213

            A few % numbers if they finish between 4-6th

            Seed Top 3 Top 5
            1 64% 100%
            2 56% 100%
            3 47% 96%
            4 38% 83%
            5 29% 55%
            6 22% 22%
            7 15% 15%
            8 10% 10%
            9 6% 6%
            10 4% 4%
            11 3% 3%
            12 3% 3%
            13 2% 2%
            14 2% 2%

          • OP_Albania

            so practically you end up with a crappy season and some undersized point guard like ennis. There are four top prospects in this draft and we probably wont land any of them. I can bear the disappointment of a cursed season, it will be tough to swallow a second one.

          • Jim213

            Smh, Lakers history tells us that they rebuild through FA. However, they’ve been fortunate (J West) to find the best talent for the organization. I’d seriously doubt the Kobe whom we know would’ve been the player he is if he’d stayed with the Charlotte Hornets.

            There’s some good prospects (top 8 IMO) but not all will pan out given their destinations. If the Lakers can’t draft one of them then best to trade it away after they draft him to being in a players who’s developed within an organization ex. Love.

          • OP_Albania

            new CBA and Kobe contract are big reason why thats tough. you need at least 2-3 stars and 3-4 role players to compete at the top level. I just cant see that being addressed entirely in the FA.

          • Jim213

            As the inept have indicated it’ll be another few more years and by then Kobe would’ve likely retired. But best to find true starting role players this off season and focus on bringing in another star in 2015.

        • Daryl Peek

          Tied with Utah for the 7th spot but if the season ended today we’d be 8th due to a better conference record and more wins head to head, so were 8th right now.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            True i remember Orlando was the 14th team in the lottery and they landed the #1 pick and drafted Chris Webber and traded him for Penny Hardaway.Bulls got Derrick Rose and they were the best team in the lottery record wise.

            Cavs got #1 pick Kyrie Irving with the Clippers pick which was supposed be #8.New Orleans moved up to get Anthony Davis.Yes anything is possible,Adam Silver freeze the Lakers envelope lol frozen envelope conspiracy lol.

      • Daryl Peek

        Anything outside of the number one pick I’m not tripping on. I’m one who believes this draft class is way over hyped.

        • LakersHeatBeef

          Yes i never trip being a Lakers fan,we got 16 championships who gives a heck where we pick really lol???LOL I do but that’s just my own feelings towards the rebuilding process.

          Then again any true rebuilding won’t happen until Kobe announces his retirement then you will see a full rebuild until then this is the kind of team we will have.

          Maybe Love will come in 2015 then again maybe not.I like that Wiggins guy from Kansas,he plays defense with his feet he slides side to side and he has his chest up on his man and he has major length and speed extremely athletic he broke the Kansas record for top scorer ever for a freshman in Kansas history this season.I love Andrew Wiggins he will be a big timer.He will be a top 3 pick.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed on the potential of Wiggins but the Lakers have a ton of wing players. We need a center or PF more.

            Imagine Love on this team next season? That would be crazy with MDA coaching this roster. All we’d need is a defensive minded young more athletic center. I’d even be happy with Marcin Gortat or Omer Asik. They would compliment Love Well in the D’Antoni system.

            That my short term dream.

          • Kay Carter

            Asik, Embiid or Cauley-Stein Would go nice with Love….we also need perimeter defense at the point spot

        • OP_Albania

          Sure man, just keep playing bazemore and marshall and everything will turn up just fine…

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

        AGree on health… when healthy and in a complete roster, this team can execute defensively… major reason we lack defensive structure in many games is the lack of bodies. Guys who are not used to playing heavy minutes are thrust into starting….

    • OP_Albania

      what exactly is the point of this, 4-5 more w in the W/L column ?! We wont make the playoff or am i wrong ?! Kudos to the players for playing their heart, but i can’t really see how the management have played it right so far.

      • Daryl Peek

        There’s 22 games left and the expectation is to win as many of them as possible regardless of playoff plight. This were playing for nothing so were better off losing for lottery balls is for the birds. You compete all the time period.

        Bottom line this season was completely derailed by injuries but they fought best they could all season, undermanned. Now that we have healthy bodies they will fight again, and win their fair share of these last 22. Tanking is not an option for them. That loser franchise talk and fanfare.

        • OP_Albania

          I think my point is quite logical actually. Bottom line is you don’t have the talent to compete with top teams this season and probably next season judging but RFA 2014 class. Getting as much ping pong balls is the shortest, most practical way of addressing that issue, and given the way things were going, it wouldn’t come even as costly .
          Nothing is set in stone for sure, you work to maximize your chances.
          Ps. Love in 2015, Durant in 2016, thats the fanfare mate…

          • Dragon7s

            It’s been said before and is worth bringing up again and that is tanking on purpose leads to a loser’s club culture and is one that is hard to overcome, especially with young players.

            As Mitch said a few weeks ago, the Lakers don’t tank and not that he believes in Karma, but he felt that if you try to purposely tilt the draft in your favor by losing, then it is likely to come back and bite you. Better to do your best and let everything else take care of itself.
            The Laker FO has proven it can find value, whether with FA’s or the draft, even in the 2nd round.

          • OP_Albania

            what young players?! we don’t even know if anyone of the current roster will make the team next year, let alone infecting them with loosing culture. The lakers are pretty much Kobe and everyone else and that likely wont change. Question is simple, are you going to move Pau Gasol or not ?! Are you going to move Chris Kaman or not?! Are you going to move Jordan Hill or not?! Is it in your interest to do it in February or eventually in june?! I wont even touch the Karma part, as i can’t believe Mitch could eventually be that dumb..

  • Gregory Choa

    Thriller indeed! While there were a couple of bad mental lapses in this game that almost cost them, the Lakers overall effort was there throughout and the team showed some pretty amazing resilience and grit to pull out the unlikely win.

    And, I have to hand it to the mad scientist for sticking with small ball in this one because it worked pretty well, with Wes doing an excellent job on Aldridge. Say what you want about any height advantage LaMarcus may have had on Wes, the flip side of that equation, with LMA having to chase Johnson around all night, proved equally potent for the Lakers.

    And save for a couple of bunnies that Pau normally gets in his sleep, I thought Gasol played really well tonight, and has now strung together a couple of real quality games in a row…the FO is going to have an interesting decision to make this summer where it concerns Pau Gasol.

  • Lakers Fan

    Gotta say this team is unpredictable. They can play defense when they want to. Although there was a meltdown at the end, they still pulled it out. Glad they got the win, although I’m pulling for a top 5 pick.

    • Daryl Peek

      The tankers conflict. You want them to stink but can’t stand losing. Bottom line, no tanking. LOL

      • Lakers Fan

        I just want to build towards the future. And I gotta admit, there is a tanking conflict with me. I want them to win, but at the same time I want a top 5 pick. Oh well. I just take it game by game. That’s how this season has gone unfortunately.

        • Kay Carter

          even if they tank to get the worst record it’s not guaranteed they will land #1 in draft, since the lottery is random…..they should just go out nd play nd if we lose well we lose nd still get a good draft pick at tha end of the day

          no need to lose on purpose

  • Jim213

    The team was fortunate to win the game given the many mistakes in the last few minutes. But pau #spatulaman had 6 plays with less than 4 minutes (or so) and fails (like the past game) to close the game (but expected).

    • e3bonz

      Spatulaman? A little harsh perhaps? (lol)

    • Daryl Peek

      Pau played very well but seemed to run out of gas in the second half. I’ve never seen Pau run the floor like he did tonight, and he was a bit of an enforcer in the paint defensively at times. His leg are coming back.

      • e3bonz

        I think that would explain his shots not falling late in the game. He did get some rest though, as Sac was holding his own.

        • Daryl Peek

          True but he did play about 34 minutes and the effort in running took a lot out of him I’m sure. I was a bit concerned with his effort against Lopez on the boards. I guess we can’t have it all with Pau.

          • e3bonz

            Lopez seemed to out jump everybody, I noticed when Pau did get good rebounding position, the shot would go in. Although, Robin did fight harder than anyone else to get into position and few times just out muscled who ever was underneath.

      • Chrmngblly

        Right, Daryl, see? He’s not quite healthy yet.

        • Daryl Peek

          Looks like he’s pretty much there. I’d go more with the recovery from the growing at this point.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers won tonight.The Lakers were never tanking and the proof is they never dumped Pau Gasol for nothing and they got 2 young contributors for Steve Blake.Also they kept Jodie Meeks and they are actually using Bazemore and Brooks instead of benching them so they can full out tank.Yes i want a top 3 pick but i am certain that won’t happen.Screw it i am done with all the BS lets just win and see what happens with Kobe and Nash next season.

    Likely a let down with Nash he seems like he is closing out his career soon.But yeah i am gonna say it now the Lakers never tanked this season they just sucked due to injuries and lack of talent and many other factors,yes this is the first sign of life the Lakers had this year.Too little too late we are not making the playoffs period.Nothing to see here just another game that Portland lost lately.

    • OP_Albania

      There was never a proof that the lakers were tanking. Than the season went for shit with all those injuries and it became clear that it was all lost. Now weather Mitch should have blew it up in the mid season or not, its up for debate. But in case we and up with a higher draft pick and Pau Gasol walks away for free in june, not only he has undermined lakers future but also proved to be one dumb f…

  • Daryl Peek

    On another note, Bazemore and Brooks are making me think Young and X are in trouble. They are playing very consistent in this short sample size. It will be interesting to see how X progresses over the next week or so. I’m a big fan of his but he’s gotta be worried.

    • e3bonz

      I was thinking the same thing, and why Swaggy tried to come back early.

      • Daryl Peek

        Completely agree on Young. He’s a staple as a fan Fav already but I fear he’s not the player we need from a production stand point? Nick can be very hot or cold and that inconsistency is problematic for a 28 year old player in this league. Brooks looks like he can do what Young does and Baz seems to have a very versatile game that will allow him to do well at the 1, 2 or 3 in the D’Antoni system. Plus he will be a cheaper option.

        • Chrmngblly

          That’s what I think, too. What about Meeks at the 2? Marshon has to be making him nervous just because Brooks can defend. That’s why I am thinking of Kobe at the 3 coming back. I love this problem. I wish we would have grabbed Earl Clark off waivers to fill in the 4. Can Sacre actually play the 4 in a big lineup? We did have to sacrifice Blake to pick up these two guards, don’t you think?

          • Daryl Peek

            Meeks is a keeper. He defends and is on the rise offensively. The only weakness I see in his game is play making ability that turns into an occasional turnover about once or twice a game. He’s getting better at that tho. Money will be the factor on him staying. He’s at that point in his career where he needs to take advantage of this momentum and get that paper for the first time.

            I was hoping for a Clark reunion also. Sacre at the 4? You and many other Lakers fans need to let that twin tower thought process go. Those days are over, especially given the direction the FO has chosen with MDA.

            Blake was traded for these guys in an attempt to get younger assets. If they work out it’s all gravy.

          • Chrmngblly

            Then Sacre needs to go to Kareem’s big man’s camp this summer and maybe Hakeem’s, too. He can run the floor for a 7 footer.

            We have too many oak trees and not enough willows.

            One more reason we don’t need Randle.

          • Daryl Peek

            Sacre can go to those guys and might even see improvement but he will never attain the skills to become a PF in this league, and definitely not one that thrives in this age of stretch 4′s.

          • Chrmngblly

            If being big and strong is what you trade on in college, more than likely you will be in deep doo-doo in the NBA, where everybody is big and strong and way more athletic. Randle is a 6-9 version of Kaman, who I would rather keep and use the pick elsewhere or on anyone else. Re-sign Pau or develop Sacre, I watched Randle play.

            Is there some site where you can watch highlights of these draft-hopefuls by position? I need to look at Vonleh.

          • Daryl Peek

            Sacre is not that dude man. He’s not athletic and is way too limited offensively. He’s an end of the bench hustle player that can give you about 10-15 minutes a game at best in a stop gap fill in role from time to time, just like Ronny Turiaf.

            I cringe at Robert sometimes as he reminds me of a less athletic Kwame Brown. How does a seven footer lack the ability to finish point blank range dunks? If you touch him he will miss the dunk attempt. No hops at all.

          • Chrmngblly

            But we can still love Bob, though, can’t we? :-)

            Just why would we draft a 6-9 guy, Randle, with no more athleticism? No.

          • Daryl Peek

            I like Sacre and a great team guy on the bench. I think you go me confused? I don’t advocate Randall.

          • Chrmngblly

            Well, just don’t try it.

            Sacre is a bewilderment to me. Against all odds, he improves through time. I just wonder what benefit he would get out of spending some time with Kareem and Hakeem. He can play a little.

            Some potato-head was on here pushing Randall. When I objected, you rushed in and denied everything so strenuously, I just naturally assumed you had fallen off the wagon again. :-) I know you are a Vonleh man.

          • Chrmngblly

            We are stacked 5 or 6 deep at the 2. Everybody’s a 2 guard.

          • Daryl Peek

            Being stacked with good young talent at the position that has dominated the playoffs the last 20 years or so is not a bad thing at all. One or maybe two of them may not be resigned.PF and C (athletic ones who can defend) are the pressing need given the oak trees are on their way out of LA.

          • Kay Carter

            since the last 20 years look at the MVPS nd the teams….been more bigs than 2guards (i consider LbJ big based on position nd size) nd the teams all had Great to Good defense….something we lack……look at all the past champions more bigs have Won than SG’s, nd those SG’s all had Good big men by there side

          • Daryl Peek

            Nah mayne. 20 years covers the Jordan era also. Jordan, Kobe, Nash, LeBron, Iverson and Rose. 11 wing players VS 9 big’s and Nowitzki is not a big IMO. Malone was given the MVP just to keep MJ from getting it every year.

            BTW, I said dominated the playoffs. MVP is a regular season award.

          • Kay Carter

            nah i was talking MVPS of the finals not regular season dude….they been majority big men, regular season MVPS dont mean nun to me…..big men dominated the playoffs more than 2 Guards

  • Bull>Lion

    Hey idiots remember OKC Thunder and Spurs tanked to get to where they are today.SMFH at nit wits that think tanking is bad and shit.Forget pride when the Lakers franchise is in the serious danger of being irrelevant for the next decade.The Lakers can control their own destiny by tanking but they choose to act proud and win meaningless games against teams.

    Now the Lakers will be stuck in a rut like the Bucks used to be they will miss the playoffs every year like the Timberwolves and Bucks and they will never pick in the top 4 of any draft.Mediocre is the best the Lakers can ever be from now on with this flawed mentality they have in the Lakers Front Office.Lakers are in deep trouble of being out of business if they don’t smarten up really soon.

    You could only pay out injured old players so much money before you go broke.Lakers will be a lottery team from now on only they will always pick between #8-#13.Lakers will never ever land another superstar player with this messed up logic.

    Kobe is the last of the superstar lineage in LAL.Clippers have now took over officially and all the rival teams message boards are celebrating the Lakers winning this meaningless game.I wouldn’t be surprised if good teams start laying down so the stupid Lakers can beat them,so the pick drops to #11 or #12.Lakers are getting caught up in a game they can’t win.Fold the tent.FUCK PRIDE!

    • NickOld

      Come back when the Ciips wins a title, actually just come back when they hang a conference banner or get a TV deal that’s worth a crap

    • Chrmngblly

      Maybe, baby-Bull. But I remember how George Karl’s Denver teams used to be so dangerous after Carmelo finally left. No superstars, just a bunch of speedy low-recognition guys

      • Kay Carter

        obviously this guy need not to be a Lakers fan, since he have no faith lol

  • Bull>Lion

    Lakers are in deep depression this season they are terrible they suck.

  • roseducanna

    LAKERS scores in paint point 1st half very good, but 2nd half they didn’t.

  • hookedonnews

    What you saw in Portland last night was what MDA has wanted since the day he walked in the door. That is what small ball looks like. Not only were they more efficient on the offensive end, but they were energized on the defensive end as well. Will be interesting to see if they’re flat tonight. Back-to-backs are hard enough, but sometimes after a win like this it’s hard to re-load. Will also be interesting to see if Kaman & Hill play. Think it’s likely Hill will play; don’t know about Kaman. Brutal schedule this week.

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