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Lakers News and Rumors Recap: Pau is Whining as Lakers Lose Reviewed by Momizat on . After playing their first game of seven on the road, and coming off a three game winning streak, the Lakers lost to the Suns 92-86. Kobe and the rest of the tea After playing their first game of seven on the road, and coming off a three game winning streak, the Lakers lost to the Suns 92-86. Kobe and the rest of the tea Rating:
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Lakers News and Rumors Recap: Pau is Whining as Lakers Lose

sadpauAfter playing their first game of seven on the road, and coming off a three game winning streak, the Lakers lost to the Suns 92-86. Kobe and the rest of the team have been jelling and making moves for the most part in the past two weeks, except for last night.

The most frustrating part about the game against the Suns was how great the Lakers ball movement was up until the fourth quarter. It appeared like the Lakers were playing as they had done recently. Unfortunately, in the fourth, the game unraveled. It started with a series of ball turnovers, much like the Lakers have done this season. With under seven minutes to go, Dwight hit the deck clutching his shoulder, and didn’t play another minute. At the end of the fourth, the Suns caught fire as the Lakers offense dwindled. Ultimately, LA blew a 13-point fourth quarter lead and lost.

Bad news for the Lakers; Dwight could be out for some time with a re-aggravated shoulder injury. Howard suffered the injury when he got the ball stripped by Shannon Brown. The big man sat out the rest of the game after being re-injured and will be re-evaluated on Thursday. When discussing his shoulder, Howard said:

“It’s real sore. Everything on (the right) side (of my body) is hurting pretty bad right now.”

Ouch. Howard remains adamant about avoiding surgery, but that option may only be avoidable forlong.

Pau Gasol wasn’t happy with his benching in the fourth quarter of the Lakers 111-106 win over the New Orleans Hornets. D’Antoni decided to go with Earl Clark in the starting rotation instead of Pau, which ticked off the Lakers vet. This was the fourth time that Gasol had been benched in the fourth quarter. Yesterday, the Lakers head coach fired back at Pau. D’Antoni explained his frustration, stating that Pau needs to learn to stop complaining and be a team player.

Do you think Pau is being bratty or should D’Antoni give him a chance?

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  • KB

    You know what I think? I think you should go study and stop writing this kind of crap. You don’t simply bench a player for no reason when he is playing very well in a game.
    We should trade the coach!

  • D’antoni is bitch

    D’antoni should not be the coach..hayst…. Fingers crossed…hope kobe and lakers find a eay ti make the playoff…

  • Dr. Rasheed

    Frustration:
    Fire the incompetent coach! When your coach is lost and creates disturbance in flow…everything goes haywire. $100 million dollar market, and your coach is benching one of the best players in NBA.
    Logic:
    injuries and lack of time playing together maybe the big factor. Lakers cannot win without Kobe. Kobe cannot win without his team. Adjustments will take time…

    • the equalizer

      @dr rasheed…i’ll go with logic ..dantoni is far from an incompetent coach…he’s one of the better coaches in the nba…there have been key injuries during the season, new system, new players , no training camp and preseason under dantoni…it takes minutes on the floor to develop chemistry..it doesn’t happen overnight…coach has had to do this on the fly, hence the different rotations to see what works…now the team is starting to gel (well howard injured again)…dantoni made the right move by starting clark and putting pau on the bench…pau gets to play the 5 and it strengthens the bench…and pau’s numbers have improved…clark is more athletic, versatile, and can defend the 1,2,3 and 4….it makes the team better and that’s what matters…pau will be playing the majority of the games in the 4th and at the end of games unless there are matchup problems…the phil jackson apologists will continue to bash dantoni whether the team wins or loses…no win situation…goo lakes..

      • Dr. Rasheed

        hmmm…interesting. Lets see wait and hope for the best. D12 injury is slowing down process.
        Coach has no respect from my side. Initially, I thought maybe he could do it…but I have lost faith in him. Everyone’s eye are on him right now. What is he going to? How he is going to excel in his task. Obviously his record is below his standards. Lakers fan expected higher standards for multimillion dollar market. There is no personal grudge on the coach. It is just we need and seek progress. Unfortunately, he disappointed so far. He should be able to find ways to go in positive direction despite injuries. Lack of spirit. It starts with the Coach. If players don’t respect the Coach, game is already over before it starts.

        • the equalizer

          lake fans are spoiled…they are not used to seeing this team go through adversity, but that’s what sports is all about…the frontrunner fans have already wilted like a flower, but not the coaches and players and that’s all that matters…Coach D is doing what a coach is supposed to do…getting this team to gel and playing on all cylinders…after all that has transpired this season, the team has finally started to gel and play as a team…blake’s return has been key for the second unit…

          the team has not lost respect for coach D or quit on him…i don’t know where you are getting that info…(media bs)… kobe and co still support the coach…

          barring key injuries, the lakes will be running on all cylinders come playoff time and they will be dangerous… it doesn’t matter how you start, but how you finish…goo lakes…

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