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Podcast: Lakers injuries pile up, the future for Mike D'Antoni and Phil Jackson, Trips to Mars

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Blogs we like, Interview, Jerry Buss, Lakers Analysis, Mailbag, Mitch Kupchak, Podcast, Q & A | 3 comments

How bad have things become for L.A.? They”re now down 0-2 to the Spurs after , and compared to the aftermath, that”s the good news.

Lakers injuries are piling up like cars on the 110 during rush hour. Thursday, they announced an in-game hamstring pull suffered by Steve Blake will leave him indefinitely sidelined. Additionally, Steve Nash, after re-aggravating his recent hamstring problem is doubtful for Friday”s Game 3. Ditto Jodie Meeks, whose Game 1 ankle sprain prevented him from participating Wednesday. As we joked in a previous podcast, this is been the basketball version of ”Final Destination.”  Scarily — or perhaps mercifully — we”re running out of characters to maim.

But even with bodies dropping left and right, the show must go on. Among the talking points:

  • With the guard tandem now down to Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock and perhaps a converted-on-the-fly Robert Sacre, is there any possible way for the Lakers to remain competitive?
  • As bad as things have gotten, can the season at least be appreciated for the team-wide grit displayed down the stretch?
  • Armed with new information, we revisit a subject bandied about beforeWould it have been better to simply miss the playoffs altogether?
  • With Mike Brown back for a second tour as the Cavs” head coach, the Lakers now owe him less money, making it (for many fans, at least) more financially feasible to can Mike D”Antoni and rehire Phil Jackson. But on a few levels, is The Zen Master a realistic option?
  • If that”s not doable, what about a different coach, but PJ joining Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak in the front office?
  • Applications are being taken for one-way tickets to Mars in 2022. Who is the prime demographic applying for  the expedition?

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No good luck for the Lakers? Think again.

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Lakers Analysis |

Heading into Wednesday, the final day of the NBA regular season, there is still a lot left to determine, insofar as L.A.’s playoff hopes are concerned.

With Golden State’s win Monday over San Antonio the 6-seed is no longer an option. But the Lakers still do have three slots available (though one isn’t exactly ideal) thanks to Houston’s inexcusable loss in Phoenix. Here’s how it breaks down:

  1. If the Lakers win Wednesday, they’re the 7-seed and play San Antonio.
  2. If the Lakers lose but Utah loses to Memphis, L.A. is the 8-seed and plays Oklahoma City.
  3. If the Lakers lose and the Jazz win… L.A. misses the playoffs and it’s pitchforks and torches for the citizenry! Castle storming time!

The Lakers got more good news Monday, beyond the Suns doing them a solid. When the Grizzlies beat Dallas, it ensured they’d have something to play for Wednesday hosting the Jazz — the possibility of securing home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. (Remember, as a division winner, the Clippers can’t fall any lower than a 4-seed, but if the 5 ends up with a better record that team has HCA.)

Tipoff between the Jazz and Grizzlies is at 5 pm Pacific, so the Lakers will have a good idea of what’s going on by the time they take the floor against Houston. Should Memphis pull through, the Lakers could take the court knowing they’re in the top eight. That would have to be a nice weight off their shoulders. At that point, it becomes about climbing up a seed, something they’ll definitely want to do.

While I still think playing without James Harden will hurt OKC in the playoffs — he was the guy serving as the bridge between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant late in games, allowing both to aggressively seek out points — San Antonio is struggling with their own injury issues and hasn’t been playing all that well over the last week or two because of it.

Not that I’d actually pick the Lakers to win, assuming San Antonio has Tony Parker at their disposal. If Manu Ginobili is back in time for the first round — a growing possibility — L.A.’s odds grow even longer. The Spurs may not get up and down the floor as explosively as OKC, but they play plenty fast when they want (check the pace factors) and are more than capable of punishing the Lakers in transition, and are disciplined enough to exploit every defensive mistake in half court sets.

I.e., they’re really good, better than the Lakers. That said, from a matchup standpoint L.A. would be better off with San Antonio.

And now to the good luck part. While I realize “snakebitten” doesn’t adequately describe the team’s problems this year – Kobe’s Achilles injury being the worst example but far from the only — they have been the beneficiaries of one massive bit of good fortune.

Over the last three full seasons, the eighth seed in the Western Conference has averaged 48 wins. The Lakers could get in with 44, might only need 45, and if they win not only would the latter give them a playoff berth, it would actually elevate them into the 7th spot.

I suspect most fans won’t consider everything all square, but at least the pendulum swung L.A.’s way on one major issue for the 2012-13 season.

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Lakers Analysis, Opinion, Pau Gasol |

JAWS, 1975

I have two boys, the oldest having just turned three, and we’re currently trying to sleep train the baby. Quality rest is for adults at my place is, to say the least, hard to come by.

So full confession: Sitting on my couch last night, I watched the Lakers tussle with Phoenix in what was for the most part a “good enough” game. L.A. wasn’t sharp, but kept Suns at arms length. For a team that hadn’t won a road game since the calendar flipped to 2013, “good enough” was good enough. Particularly at the start of a critical seven-game trip. Style points are for teams already in the top eight.

At ankle injury
construction jobs
partial knee replacement
outpatient drug treatment
construction careers
wireless tv speakers
hd projector
drug addiction
some point, though — I believe it was near the six minute mark of the fourth — the power of a comfy sofa, a semi-darkened room, and a relatively dull game won out. I dozed off. When I woke up, I felt a little like Rick in “The Walking Dead”, when he wakes up in the hospital discovering the world had become an undead playground.

“What the ****?”

“Oh,” said a friend of my wife’s staying with us for a couple days, “the last three minutes weren’t very good.”

No, they weren’t.

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