Discussion in 'Community' started by KnightWriter, Nov 16, 2006.
So Howard's body slams into Conley and the refs swallow the whistle. Gotcha.
That last possession was the only part of the game I was able to catch, since I spent the evening watching the Dodgers. If it makes you feel better to play the referee blame game, go ahead, because I'm sure that calls weren't made for either team throughout the whole game (as is the case with any NBA game).
It was actually a well officiated game, back and forth with a lot of intensity. You missed a great game.
And I get that the refs will usually let them play in situations like that. But that was a hard foul. You can't tell me that had the score been reversed, and had it been Kobe that was nailed by Randolph like that, that they wouldn't have blown the whistle.
That is what I get frustrated with.
tunick if it makes you feel better to watch a meaningless april baseball game when your team is scrapping for a playoff spot in the final two weeks of the season against one of the better teams in the league, gtfo.
^^ co-signed ^^
@DT421: Well, Kobe didn't get that call when Dahantay Jones fouled with about 2 seconds left in the game in Atlanta a few weeks ago, so if the situation was reversed last night, who knows. And since it's looking like a Memphis/that other L.A. pro basketball team 1st round series, I hope the Grizzlies don't repeat what happened to them last year.
@A Chorus of Disapproval: I normally watch a Laker game over a Dodger game at this point of the baseball season, but I didn't want to miss Zack Grenike's Dodger debut. Boo hoo... and I don't miss many Laker games during the course of the season anyway.
I very much respect & like that Griffin feels this way... I just hope that their front office follows suit.
My options were to watch the Phillies Home Opener go down like the Titanic with Kansas City in the role of the glacier... or watch the (hypothetically still in a playoff race) 76ers flog Atanta like a rented mule. I chose to follow the Philly team who scored 40 in their first quarter. Although, to be fair, the Phillies loss could almost have been a basketball score.
The Phillies ruined my birthday in 2008... **** 'em.
wow, watching lakers/clippers and they just showed the stat that dwight howard has missed more free throws this year than steve nash has missed in his entire 17 year career.
also the knicks look legit right now.
I love this team.
I'm on board with Van Gundy... that stat is the most amazing/fascinating stat I've heard throughout this NBA season. Wow. And today's game is a perfect primer for how a Lakers playoff game* will look like this year: in it for many minutes, but the wear & tear will greatly effect the team down the stretch, since D'Antoni's rotation is very short. That other L.A. pro team is mere minutes away from a season sweep of the Lakers, which would be the first such occurrence in their 25+ history in this city. Damn it.
*Assuming they get there.
Such a deflating afternoon.
The 76ers were knocked out of the playoff race by the Heat... while Wade and Bosh sat out.
I cannot wait to see what this team looks like when Bynum actually plays at center. Our starting 5 did not play a single game this season. Not one.
Bernard King finally made it to the Hall of Fame. So happy!
WTF was that forth quarter tonight? Seriously? Just pathetic. I can't tell if the Cavaliers are trying to collect ping pong balls or get Scott fired. Hopefully not the later, because I honestly don't know who they could find add a better option.
Finally back as division champions.
30/23... the first number represents Kobe's point total for the whole game, the 2nd number represents his scoring output in the 4th quarter, a crazed effort that ended in what the Lakers needed: victory. Pau showed signs of his former self, while Meeks/Jamison/Howard carried the rest of the load (MWP played only 15 minutes). A half game now separates the Lakers from the Jazz for that 8th spot, the Lakers having 4 games* left in the season, Utah having 3. For a season that's had so much drama, it's perfect for the season to end like this.
*Their next game is tonight in Portland.
Why the long face? Portland is in a downspin. They've lost 8 in a row, they have nothing to play for, and the Lakers can take control of their playoff destiny with a win. In reality, this should be a win for the Lakers.
They could play the role of spoilers for the Lakers.
Because of these numbers: 18 losses for the Lakers out of their last 22 regular season games in Portland, 5-10 this season in the 2nd game of a back-to-back set, and the fact that they haven't swept a set of back-to-back games yet, with tonight being the last chance for them to do. Portland may start of bunch of rookies tonight, but with Kobe's heavy work load of late, and the inconsistency of the team (and their age issues), a loss tonight wouldn't be surprising. And the crowd at the Rose Garden co-shares* the title of being the best anti-Laker crowd in the NBA... they should be on their A+ game tonight.
*with the folks in Sacramento.
I was incredibly happy to have been proven wrong last night! Kobe (48 minutes played, scored 47, while coming coming close to a triple double- 8 boards, 5 assists), Pau (23 & 9) and Dwight (20 & 10) dominated for the Lakers, who had to overcome sloppy play (and that's being nice) to start the game in order to win in Portland, a rarity, ending their regular season slate of road games by finally sweeping a set of back-to-backs. There was a surprising large contingent of Laker fans at the Rose Garden, loud enough to get several Kobe/Laker chants going in the 4th quarter. A full game up on Utah with 3 to go. Not to be forgotten, Damian Lilliard had one hell of a great game (38 & 9)... the future is very bright for Portland with him at the point.
I apologize for making this my 3rd post in a row in this thread, but...
Honestly, even with Kobe in the lineup, the Lakers would have a hell of time in the first round (especially against Oklahoma City), but now? Forget it. Sure, Pau has been playing inspired of late (had a rather niiiiiice triple double last night*: 26/11/10), and Dwight still has quite the presence in the paint, but that's about it. The team can get by for these last 2 regular season games, but (obviously) the playoffs are whole different animal. Is D'Antoni fully to blame here? I'm not so sure yet. Despite the humiliation of the '03-'04 season being technically worse** (getting upset in The Finals), this 2012-2013 campaign is going to go down as much more of a disaster.
*Not to be forgotten about last night: Klay Thompson (25 points, many of them scored in the 2nd half) & Stephen Curry (47 points, 22 of them scored in the 1st quarter... wow!).
**Not the greatest way to begin my last week of high school either (game 5 of the '04 Finals happening the week of my graduation).
Firing Mike Brown and having the team adjust to a whole new system with D'antoni probably didn't help.
Hiring D'Antoni probably didn't help. Remember what he did to Amare.