Monday, November 29, 2004

A come back

After a 5-5 start, it looks like we are ready to turn it around. We have 3-1 in the last 4 games and our one loss was hard fought to the end...

The Lakers are 0-6 in games when they give up 100 or more points and 7-0 when they hold the opposition under 100.

``Our nemesis is the 100-point mark,'' Bryant said. ``One of these days we're going to win a game when the other team scores over 100.

Lets hope thats one streak we won't have to deal with again but if it does happen, lets end it. Although they made a run at the end, we played great otherwise. Kobe seems to be adjusting to the game without Shaq. In some ways the trade has improved out team, but lets hope we can keep up the wins with Kobe leading the way. GO Lakers!

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Home=good, away is another story.

The Lakers still rule Los Angeles -- at least for now.

Kobe Bryant had 23 points, six rebounds and a season-high 11 assists, Chucky Atkins scored 12 of his 17 points in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter, and the Lakers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 103-89 Wednesday night.

With Shaquille O'Neal gone and Bryant surrounded by a whole new team, the crosstown rivalry appears a lot more even than in past years. But the Lakers remained on top in the first meeting this season.

``For me, it's old hat,'' Bryant said.

The Lakers are 18-3 against the Clippers at Staples Center since the arena opened five years ago, and have a 27-3 record in the last 30 games between the teams.

The Lakers took command by outscoring the Clippers 24-7 for a 95-78 lead with 5:43 left. Bryant highlighted the run with a soaring dunk after an alley-oop pass from Atkins with 6:50 to play, bringing the Staples Center fans to their feet.

Corey Maggette scored seven points in a row for the Clippers to make it interesting, but Bryant got the next four to make it 99-85.

Chris Mihm scored 15 points, Caron Butler added 14, Brian Cook had 12, and Lamar Odom 11 for the Lakers (5-4).

``We knew they wanted to come out and get us,'' said Cook, a second-year player who mostly sat on the bench as a rookie. ``We've got a big target on our back. We came out and showed them what's up.''

There are nine newcomers on the Lakers' roster this season. Cook is one of six returnees.

``With everybody we had last year, there was only one ball to go around,'' Cook said. ``Everybody had their egos. Everybody gets along this year. We know that we have to work every day to get better.''

Asked about Bryant, Cook said: ``I think he's more involved with the players, talking to them, even hanging out with them a little bit. You can tell he wants to be the leader of this team.''

Maggette finished with 24 points. Bobby Simmons had 23 points and eight rebounds, Elton Brand added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Chris Wilcox had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers (5-4).

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``We weren't as sharp tonight defensively,'' Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. ``We let Mihm catch the ball way too deep a lot of times. We had some miscues on our coverages on some of the pick-and-roll stuff and let their guys get to our rim, which we hadn't been doing. There's no excuses for it. We just didn't play well.''

Bryant didn't appear bothered by a sore left foot diagnosed last week as plantar fasciitis. He sat out practice Monday and Tuesday, but wound up playing 45 minutes, including all 24 in the second half.

``Sometimes it hurts and sometimes it doesn't. It's pretty sore right now,'' he acknowledged afterward.

Simmons scored 12 points in the first eight minutes of the third quarter, making six shots without a miss, to spark a 20-12 run that put the Clippers up 66-65.

The Lakers went ahead for good by scoring nine straight points to finish the third period and start the fourth for an 80-71 lead.

``We felt we could win this game and we let it get away,'' Maggette said. ``If you look at the stats, it looks pretty even all the way around except for the free throws. We attacked the rim, but we didn't get the calls.''

The Lakers shot 20-of-24 from the foul line to 9-of-11 for the Clippers.

Bryant had seven points and eight assists in the first half, which ended with the Lakers leading 53-46. He assisted on 3-pointers from the left corner in the final seconds of the first and second quarters -- the first by Luke Walton, the second by Butler.

The Lakers led 29-24 after the opening period despite allowing the Clippers to grab 11 offensive rebounds while getting just one themselves. Mihm had 12 points in the quarter, but got only three after that -- all late in the third period.

Although we are having a descent season so far, we need to start winning those important away games. We won't make it back to another NBA final without winning the crucial away games that have plagued every team one time or another. we are 3-1 at home while we are 2-3 on the road. If we don't tackle the problem early, it will get us for the whole season. Lets get up at the top Lakers!

Monday, November 08, 2004

Lakers even for the season openers, Kobe is here to stay.

BRISTOL, Connecticut (Ticker) - A lot has changed for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers since they walked off the court at the Palace at Auburn Hills in June after being thoroughly dominated by the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals.

Superstar Shaquille
was traded to Miami, supercoach Phil Jackson retired to his Montana
hideaway and Bryant signed the largest contract in franchise history - seven
years, $134 million - giving him the keys to one of the glitziest teams in sports.

And of course, Bryant avoided going to jail for 20 years.
Well Kobe Bryant is here to stay for now, but so far, we havn't looked like a more than mediocre team so far. Without the presence of Shaq, it will be hard for us to have as large of an offensive push. So far this season, we have seen some new comers in terms of powerhouse teams in the NBA. During the Spurs games, we really lacked a large presence in the center of the court and it really showed with the lose. Only time can tell how much better or worse we will do this season without Shaq. So keep the cheering up, because we got our load on the new guys!

Monday, November 01, 2004

Lakers Victorious in Preseason Finale


OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 28 (Ticker) -- Kobe Bryant scored 19 points and Lamar Odom collected 16 and nine rebounds as Los Angeles Lakers posted a 97-87 victory over the Washington Wizards in the preseason finale for both teams.

Despite shooting just 4-of-14 from the floor, Bryant was 11-of-12 from the line. Odom scored five points in the final 1:46 of the first half, including a follow dunk of his own missed free throw.

Washington took a 73-72 lead with 8:14 left on a free throw by Brendan Haywood before Jumaine Jones scored six points in a 1:34 span and Kareem Rush buried two 3-pointers to put the game out of reach.

Lakers guard Tierre Brown added six of his 12 points in the final period, including four free throws down the stretch.

Larry Hughes scored 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter, helping the Wizards to a 23-20 lead.

After winning their last four preseason games, the Lakers (6-2) will open the season with a nationally televised home game against Denver on Tuesday.

The Wizards went 3-5 in preseason and will travel to Memphis for their season opener. They will be without Gilbert Arenas, Anthony Peeler, Hughes and Haywood, all of whom will be serving suspensions