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What Goes Around Comes Around: How the Pau Gasol trade worked out for both teams

The fundamentals of a trade state that you get something in return for what you give. For years the media and fans alike have endlessly criticized Chris Wallace – the General Manager of the Memphis Grizzlies - for essentially giving away Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers. Up until two and a half weeks ago, no one understood Wallace’s method behind his madness. The Grizzlies then shocked the world by upset ...

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Lakers Face Elimination in Game 4

Mavericks Projected Starting Line-up: PG: Jason Kidd SG: DeShawn Stevenson SF: Shawn Marion PF: Dirk Nowitski C: Tyson Chandler Key Reserves: G Jason Terry, G J.J. Barea, C Brendan Haywood, F Peja Stojakovic This is it. Do or die. Either the Lakers win, or get swept out of the playoffs. Keys to Lakers Victory: Defensive Consistency: The Lakers are certainly capable of playing good defense, but they tend to ...

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When Pau Couldn’t, Bynum Showed He Could

Going in to the series with New Orleans, the Lakers obvious advantage was their size and length of their front court. A simple eye ball test will tell you that the Lakers dwarf the diminutive starting front line of Emeka Okafor and Carl Landry who are listed very generously at 6’10 and 6’9 respectively. With the disparity in size, it is no wonder that the Lakers were heavy favorites and picked by most to en ...

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Lakers Looking to Advance in Playoffs; Eliminate Hornets

Hornets Projected Starting Line-up: PG: Chris Paul SG: Marco Belinelli SF: Trevor Ariza PF: Carl Landry C: Omeka Okafor Key Reserves: G Willie Green, C Aaron Gray, G Jarrett Jack, F/C Jason Smith Injuries: David West It’s closing time in New Orleans and the expected time of return for the Hornets is next season. Don’t expect the pesky Hornets to go down easy. The Lakers will need to be in championship form. ...

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Lakers Poised to Take Commanding Lead in Series

Hornets Projected Starting Line-up: PG: Chris Paul SG: Marco Belinelli SF: Trevor Ariza PF: Carl Landry C: Omeka Okafor Key Reserves: G Willie Green, C Aaron Gray, G Jarrett Jack Injuries: David West The Lakers should’ve swept this series - it’s clear that they are just too big and talented for the Hornets to handle. Perhaps the loss of game one prompted the Lakers to get into full-flung playoff mode. If th ...

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Lakers Hope to Rebound in Pivotal Game 2

Hornets Projected Starting Line-up: PG: Chris Paul SG: Marco Belinelli SF: Trevor Ariza PF: Carl Landry C: Omeka Okafor Key Reserves: G Willie Green, F/C Jason Smith, G Jarrett Jack Injuries: Aaron Gray (day-to-day), David West Today we're going to skip the pleasantries and get straight into it. This is the playoffs! There's no time to sit back and wait for the other team to play poorly. Winners seize victo ...

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Gasol Delivers a Blunder, Will it be His Last?

Okay, so after having Pau Gasol in Los Angeles for a little over three years now we should be able to recognize a few of his quirks. Prefers to not get muscled-out around the rim. Check. Will settle for an outside shot if it means not having to get mauled by a defender. Check. Frequently bleeds. Check. Maybe it’s time to add, doesn’t like the Sunday, 12:30 pm start time. I suppose this is the part where I’d ...

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Gasol the Biggest Benefactor in Bynum’s Sustained Health

Over the course of the past few weeks, the Lakers have won convincingly over potential conference hurdles, Oklahoma City, Portland, San Antonio and Dallas. They’ve played big against some of the better teams in the East, Orlando and Atlanta (twice). Taken care of business against teams they should beat handedly, Minnesota, Charlotte and the Clippers. They’ve done it with defense, certainly, but the Lakers h ...

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Kryptonite in Los Angeles: Lakers Host Bobcats

Bobcats Projected Starting Line-up: PG: D.J. Augustin SG: Gerald Henderson SF: Stephen Jackson PF: Boris Diaw C: Kwame Brown Key Reserves: Shaun Livingston, Matt Carroll Injuries: Tyrus Thomas The Bobcats have won 8 of the past 10 games against the Lakers. Somehow this non-playoff team from the Eastern conference own the two time defending champions. The Lakers hope to break the spell that the Bobcats have ...

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Pre-Game Report: Lakers @ Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers Projected Starting Line-up: PG: Andre Miller SG: Wesley Matthews SF: Nicholas Batum PF: LaMarcus Aldridge C: Dante Cunningham Key Reserves: Rudy Fernandez Injuries: Greg Oden, Elliiott Williams, Brandon Roy, Marcus Camby In the first game after the All-Star break the Lakers came out with guns blazing, which resulted in an easy win over the Hawks. Let’s see if they can maintain that sense of ur ...

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