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Knicks Beat Up On Lakers Early, Withstand Late Lakers Run in MSG Reviewed by Momizat on . The Lakers visited New York for the first time of the season on Thursday night, and it would be their only visit to Madison Square Garden during the regular sea The Lakers visited New York for the first time of the season on Thursday night, and it would be their only visit to Madison Square Garden during the regular sea Rating:
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Knicks Beat Up On Lakers Early, Withstand Late Lakers Run in MSG

The Lakers visited New York for the first time of the season on Thursday night, and it would be their only visit to Madison Square Garden during the regular season. They found themselves up against the surprisingly upstart New York Knicks, who were 16-5 entering the game. L.A., on the other hand, has been in a season-long slump and were looking to end a three-game losing streak.

After the team fell to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night, they had their hands full on Thursday. It was also Mike D’Antoni’s first game against the team he coached a season ago. New Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who took over for D’Antoni upon his resignation, has the Knicks playing exceptional basketball, and they’re sitting near the top of the Eastern Conference. In order for the Lakers to get the win and end the losing streak, they would have to do it without Steve Nash or Pau Gasol, both of whom were still out with injuries. Oh, and the Knicks were undefeated at home (8-0) headed into the game.

First Quarter

The game started with a bang as both teams were red hot from the field. New York struck first with a Carmelo Anthony three-pointer, and it didn’t stop the rest of the quarter. Anthony was unconscious early, making his first five field goal attempts, including three from three-point range. But, always a fan of the big stage, Kobe Bryant wasn’t about to let Melo steal the spotlight. Bryant also got things going early on the offensive end, scoring eight early points in the first five minutes of the quarter.

Both teams were shooting well early, and it had the Madison Square Garden crowd abuzz. New York, who has been one of the best shooting teams so far this season, lived up to their reputation in the first period.

From there things got ugly for the Lakers. Their defense was all sorts of dreadful, and the Knicks ran them out of the building in the second half of the quarter. Open jumpers and uncontested layups allowed New York to put up their highest scoring quarter of the season, and head into the second period with a 41-27 lead.

Second Quarter

Things didn’t get much better for the Lakers in the second quarter. A lack of offensive rotation led to poor defense on the other end and things simply looked pitiful for Los Angeles. Many of the problems we’ve seen so far this season that have plagued the Lakers (turnovers, fastbreak points, etc.) once again allowed the Knicks to get ahead of the Lakers early, and essentially never look back.

The first half there were not many bright spots for the Lakers, especially on the offensive end. Other than 16 points from Howard and 13 from Bryant, no other Laker made much of an impact on that end. And even Bryant’s 13 points came on 4-11 shooting. But the bigger problem was defense, as the Lakers gave up nearly 70 points in the first half. At the break the Knicks were blowing out Los Angeles 68-49.

Third Quarter

The Lakers never made things close in the third quarter, and other than a hard fall by Carmelo Anthony there wasn’t much of anything that can be considered noteworthy. Instead of writing two hundred more words on how depressing it is to watch the Lakers, I’ll just fill in some tweets and hope I don’t ruin my computer with my tears.

Anyways, at the end of the third quarter the game was still a blowout, with the Knicks leading the Lakers 93-80.

Fourth Quarter

Even though the Lakers never made a run in the third quarter, they did finally show some life in the fourth. About midway through the period they were able to get the game within a manageable distance, mainly due to the play of Howard and Kobe. Those two players were the backbones for the team offensively, and allowed Los Angeles to pull within 10 points with just over six minutes left in the fourth.

They also got some help from Metta World Peace, who was their third highest scorer on the night.

One of the reasons L.A. was able to get back into the game was the absence of Carmelo Anthony, who sat out the final quarter after injuring his ankle in the third quarter. It was evident that the Knicks missed him on the offensive end, which was one of the reasons the Lakers were able to crawl back into the game.

Kobe hit a fadeaway three-pointer from the corner to bring Los Angeles within seven, but that’s as close as it was going to get. The next two times down the floor New York got a dunk from Tyson Chandler and a three-pointer from JR Smith to seal the deal. L.A. was able to make it somewhat interesting at the end, but ultimately they fell short once again.

The theme to this Lakers season seems to be – fall behind big early, climb back late, lose in the end. It was a trend they followed again on Thursday night, and resulted in a 116-107 loss.

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  • Dr. Rasheed

    The theme to this Lakers season seems to be – fall behind big early, climb back late, lose in the end.

  • Crystal

    Terrible start for the Lakers this game (the score at the end of the first was 23-41) and the season as a whole thus far. I agree with Dr. Rasheed where Lakers will fall behind and then pick up the pace after haltime. They’ve got to be more aggressive and dominant and not give up 50+ points by haltime if they expect to win games. I believe in this team and I know things will get better. It was a good effort at the end which seems to be like deja vu every game.

    Jeez, the season there’s competition in LA, Lakers are doing poorly and Clippers aren’t. WOW. -____-
    But we’ll see how long that lasts. Regardless of how well Clippers are playing, Lakers > Clippers.

    The Lakers will be ok towards the end of the season. As fans (the real ones at least) booing the team when they’re struggling won’t help. There’s definitely reason(s) to be frustrated and disappointed but it’s like kicking them when they’re already down. Things will get better in Laker land. Just have faith and patience. Championship teams aren’t made–they’re built.

    • Lakerfreak

      27-41 after one. Important to quote correct stats. I agree with you we need to be patient. All the excuses brown got last year, dantoni should be given thus year (ie no training camp) thankfully this mike isn’t making excuses

      • Crystal

        @2a0de4733bf25554b52db1c91ae64a88:disqus Thanx for the correction :)

  • lakersblows

    The Knicks are winning because they were lucky enough this piece of garbage coach name D’Antoni was able to step down. The Lakers are in the same position right now as the Knicks were last year. This is a disaster for the Lakers, its fan, and most important that idiotic owner in Jim Buss. I mean who the F@ck thought that the Lakers would win a ring by RUNNING?! RUNNING?!!!! WHEN THEY HAVE 2 F@ACKIN 7 FOOTERS AND A TEAM THAT HAS AN AGE AVERAGE BY 30. In a way Lakers fan got what they deserved! KARMA FOR FIRING MIKE BROWN. It also hilarious to me how the Lakers think everything will turn “alright” after they get Steve Nash back. Its like they are so desperate the only solution they could think of is Steve Nash coming back to save them but what they fail to realize is that their offense continues to lead to their doom because everyone on the Lakers are not comfortable with the offense which leads to turnovers which leads to fast break pts by the opponents. The defense on the other hand, has been worst. 70PTS against the KNICKS IN THE 1ST HALF AGAINST THE KNICKS TONIGHT PEOPLE. 70 PTS! Lakers fan say goodbye to the Lakers championship hopes and more sadly, in their season!

    • Dr. Rasheed

      not so fast…

  • lakersuck

    The Knicks are winning because they were lucky enough this piece of garbage coach name D’Antoni was able to step down. The Lakers are in the same position right now as the Knicks were last year. This is a disaster for the Lakers, its fan, and most important that idiotic owner in Jim Buss. I mean who the F@ck thought that the Lakers would win a ring by RUNNING?! RUNNING?!!!! WHEN THEY HAVE 2 F@ACKIN 7 FOOTERS AND A TEAM THAT HAS AN AGE AVERAGE BY 30. In a way Lakers fan got what they deserved! KARMA FOR FIRING MIKE BROWN. It also hilarious to me how the Lakers think everything will turn “alright” after they get Steve Nash back. Its like they are so desperate the only solution they could think of is Steve Nash coming back to save them but what they fail to realize is that their offense continues to lead to their doom because everyone on the Lakers are not comfortable with the offense which leads to turnovers which leads to fast break pts by the opponents. The defense on the other hand, has been worst. 70PTS against the KNICKS IN THE 1ST HALF AGAINST THE KNICKS TONIGHT PEOPLE. 70 PTS! Lakers fan say goodbye to the Lakers championship hopes and more sadly, i their season!

    • Dr. Rasheed

      damn rite. But, you can’t blame all on this coach. Where is Pau, where is Nash…
      This is not whole complete team…
      Give the guy a chance…(I agree with you, this is an incompetent coach).

    • Lakerfreak

      No matter how incompetent dantoni may or may not be, he is better than mike brown. In 2 years we never saw any real offensive sets and strategies.
      2nd Nash will make a huge difference. Lakers are very aware of something we call addition by smush-traction. This refers to when the Lakers got rid of smush Parker and got Derek fisher. Fisher was never an elite PG and couldn’t start for most teams (including LAL when we had Lindsay Hunter) but getting rid of parker and getting a capable PG was huge for returning the lakers to championship glory. The Same rings true thus year. As big as having Steve Nash will be. Not having Chris Duhon as a starting PG will be even bigger.

  • lakers_824@hotmail.com

    Why is ebanks playing 34 mins and hill plays 3 mine?? WHY??? I dont get it
    Also kobe had this game on lock but he passed just like all u playing hatting said he should and what was the result wide OPEN let me say tht again wide OPEN looks from meeks, to mwp, to ebanks, now i understand why kobe take aall those shots.

    • Dr. Rasheed

      bad comparasion. wide open doesn’t necessary means that ball will fall for you…
      What kinda a comparison is this?
      you are comparing multiple player. If one individual is talking lot of shot and not making then it make sense.

      Kobe needs to still pass the ball to them. That’s how you build trust and team. By Kobe taking over what happened so far? Did Lakers win games?

      I am surprised with Hill as well.

      • lakers_824@hotmail.com

        what im trying to say is kobe knows his team and he gave them good chances to convert and they didnt ill bet u 100 bucks if kobe was on new york or miami and he passed those shots would fall 9/10 times. I mean ur in the nba for a reason make open shots. And dont even get me started with dwight he was outhuslted by tyson and also his post moves are really starting to annoy me.

      • Lakerfreak

        Kobe passing didn’t result in a win either. Sensed to stop looking to Kobe as the problem. He is giving his all out there. The problem is that we are expecting Kobe too play PG and SG to score and facilitate. One bug difference Nash will make is that will be Nash driving and kicking and that will be Kobe standing there taking a wide open three not Duhon. It MWP.
        Also hill played less minutes because went small and he isn’t small…. Ebanks played so much because Melo scored 8 points on him and scored 22 I whoever tried to guard him in the first Q. Ebanks stayed in biggest he was playing hard on defense and aggressive on offense. Devin was the bright spot of that game

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    Too much drama from ignorant fans who know nothing about winning basketball… The Lakers (Right Now) is not the team that The Lakers’ Brass intended it to be… For One: Steve Nash, this year’s proposed major upgrade, has manifested into the current downgrade from even last year’s PG’s: Sessions and/or Blake…

    Chris Duhon was NEVER intended to even sniff any amount of playing time coming to the Lakers… Unfortunately, he’s had to play lots of minutes and has proven to be a HUGE liability when it comes to winning basketball…

    Second: Dwight Howard, the second proposed major upgrade is a shell of his former self… Unfortunately, the overall upgrade over last year’s center, Andrew Bynum, has not been established, just YET!

    Third: Pau Gasol (Based on The Olympics) was projected to revive his game… Unfortunately, this has not been the case, and needs to be addressed: One Way or Another.

    Right Now: Role players are filling these holes and third stringers are filling their roles… These issues, once resolved, are directly related to the success The Lakers should experience down the road.

    • Lakerfreak

      Thank you sir! I’m completely in agreement with you and loved the rhyme at the end. “Role players are filling these holes an third stringers are filling their roles.”

  • Leo

    This Laker is not an inside-out team. Why to force it? Poor perimeter shooting, no slashers on the team etc. Plus the uptempo running leads to turnovers and transition defense liability. How many games shall we lose until coach DAntoni accepts this fact? Just ask the question: what could be the strenght of this team? Run and gun? Come on. We all know, that this team is not fast and not athletic. We also know that speed and athletism do not win championships though. By the way, ‘run and gun’ style never won a championship… and never will, especially not when 30 years+ and 7 foot players play it…
    I just dont get it why Ebanks played 30+ minutes yesterday. He should be dealt asap. No offense, mediocre defense and gets into troubles in his private life.
    DAnatoni must have something personal against Hill… from the Knicks times maybe… 3 minutes playing time yesterday in a blow-out game?

    • Lakerfreak

      The lakers went small. Hill isn’t small. Jaminson was playing terrible. We have no other PF’s. so we played meta and Ebanks at the same time. It’s quite simple if you watched. And Ebanks was giving his all out there. Even if on a talent level he didn’t have much to give. Interesting that you pick out Ebanks after saying we have no athletic players and nobody to slash to the basket. That’s all that guy is.
      Also, Ebanks can only be traded to a trade he agrees to

  • ProLAL

    all im going to say, this is not our year!! Roster overhaul!! Build the team for Kobe and DH12..

  • Lakerfreak

    Lets reserve judgement on the competence of dantoni until he has a quality PG. his offense has always required a good PG. that’s one reason trading Felton hurt NY so much following the Melo trade. Also a reason NY is playing so well with 3 quality PG’s on the roster. Chris Duhon makes Steve Blake look like Chris Paul. A huge liability out there. Not surprised the lakers made a run with a Kobe Meeks backcourt and a MWP Ebanks Howard front court. Who is missing, oh Chris Duhon was on the line where he belongs.

    • Lakerfreak

      Pine not line

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