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Lakers get in, earn seven seed with overtime win over Rockets

Apr 18, 2013, 2:48 AM EDT

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The Lakers had made the playoffs before they even tipped off against the Rockets on Wednesday, thanks to the Jazz losing in Memphis earlier in the evening.

The only question for L.A. was whether they’d finish as the seven or eight seed, with the seven being preferable since it would mean avoiding a first round matchup against Oklahoma City. But to get there, they had to secure a win over the Rockets, who had similar aspirations.

In the end, the Lakers pulled it out, after trailing by double digits in the third quarter and by seven with under 10 minutes to play in regulation. L.A. overcame a dreadful night of shooting (36.7 percent) by seeing five of its players finish in double figures to get the 99-95 victory which sets up a date with the Spurs in San Antonio on Sunday.

The Lakers should have had this one wrapped up in regulation, but a mad scramble on the final Rockets possession ended with the ball in the hands of Chandler Parsons, who drilled a three-pointer from a good five feet beyond the top of the arc to tie the game at the buzzer.

Houston went just 1-7 from the field in the extra session, and the Lakers’ team defense — despite a 30-point effort from James Harden — was responsible for this win more than anything else.

The Rockets open the playoffs as the eight seed against the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Sunday. That’s the matchup fans should want to see, considering that Houston ranks number one in the league in pace, while OKC is tied for the league lead in offensive efficiency with the Heat at a blistering 110.3 points per 100 possessions.

Rounding out the rest of the playoff matchups in the West, Golden State and Denver both won as expected, so the Nuggets finish as the three seed and will face the Warriors beginning in Denver on Saturday.

The Clippers ended the season on a seven-game winning streak with a win over the Kings, and will host the Grizzlies in a rematch of the epic first round series the two teams played in a season ago that ultimately went seven games. That four-five matchup gets started in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

  1. 00maltliquor - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    kobeLUVER24!!! aka paulhargis53, time to pay up buddy! Lakers got the best of the regular season over the Celtics.

    You may be nutty as all on here but it was all in fun and I have a hunch you’re a man of integrity, so I have no doubt you will uphold your end of the bargin with your temporary screen name change, my friend and adversary.

    • paulhargis53 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      Playoffs start on Saturday for Boston, I will have the new handle by then… I honor my bets.

      Make sure lakerluver/2nd lakerzealot honors his too. He has the 2nd part for his new screen name already….what a loser.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:17 PM

        Good man paul! Good man! You’re alright in my book.

        (Did you just use the “reply” button for the 1st time, EVER?! I’m honored!)

  2. 00maltliquor - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Damn you Chandler Parsons for that near heart attack you almost gave me!! GREAT game though! Very fitting end to the Lakers drama-filled season!

  3. money2long - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    make no mistake about who put the lakers in position to close out like this. kobe bryant was playing spectacular basketball for weeks, willing his team to close out this way. without his play, the lakers season would have been lost. his teammates didn’t disappoint, and i still wish kobe could be a part of the playoff run. should be a great 1st round.

    • capya - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:47 AM

      O, you mean kobe? I figured you meant the refs….

      • Clayton Bigsby - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:21 AM

        lol…keep drinking the haterade…Its called “Hack-A-Dwight”

        Do you even watch the games???SMH

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:51 AM

      Spurs look like they can be knocked off, I know Mamba is out but I have a feeling.
      win this for the Mamba!

    • spthegr8 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      For the people who are always on here BASHING Pau……. EAT YOUR WORDS!!! Pau is still a BEAST ( when used correctly ) He is 7 foot, he can pass, shoot & he has a high basketball IQ!! Players like that don’t grow on trees. Our BIGS have been BALLIN lately!! LETS GO LALESHOW!!!!

  4. paulhargis53 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    Yeah, that run that ends in the 1st round is going to be exhausting.

  5. zblott - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Keeping with the entirety of his career, the Lakers continued to post a great W-L record without Kobe in 2012-2013.

    With Kobe: 41-36
    Without KB: 4-1

    Opponents in those 5 games were over .500 combined, including a #2 and #3 playoff seed. Their only L was on the second night of a back-to-back on the road. All 4 W’s required the Lakers to come from behind in the second half, and the 3 over playoff teams (SanAn, Indy, Hou) were either tied or come from behind in the 4th quarter, and 2 of those had no Nash available. Not only were all the W’s clutch in terms of in-game performance, but all came down the stretch of the season in order to squeak the Lakers into the playoffs.

    This is not an anomaly as the Lakers have a tremendously high winning percentage without Kobe over the length of his career, are consistently clutch without him, and any sort of “they gather themselves emotionally to win for him” narrative is complete bunk since that means they should strategically sit him all the time and that other teams should also improve when their superstars are out — which hasn’t happened at all during the careers of MJ, LeBron, KG, Duncan, Shaq, Bird, Kidd, Dirk, Nash…pretty much anyone considered HOF-worthy. Kobe is the only star of that magnitude whose teams regularly improve when he sits.

    This is a Lakers board so everyone will give this comment a thumbs down, yet everything I just said is a provable fact, so I guess LA fans are all about to prove the popular adage that they disregard all the evidence in the world when it comes to accurately evaluating their players, particularly Kobe.

    Lakers fans = thumbs down to facts/evidence/reality.

    • bozosforall - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      Provable fact? So prove it. With posted in-depth statistical evidence on not only Kobe, but every “HOF-worthy” player who compares to him. Absent this showing of your work, all you got here is a one-year anomaly posted with a whole lot of Kobe haterade. As for the “thumbs down” comment, guess where you can shove your own thumbs.

    • ocgunslinger - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      I was in agreement with everything you said up to your closing conclusion. Another stat is the answer to the question “How many years do the Lakers miss the playoffs”? That is why many are followers / fans of the Lakers…. they are constantly competitive, not just the “Rings”.

      I will agree there are a few over the top Lakers followers but don’t judge every Lakers follower by a few idiots. I would love to see Kurt eliminate many of these posts where the subject is ignored and attacks on others is their primary subject of their post.

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      See arguments like these are just ridiculous to me. I’m a Laker fan so biased of course. But how dare you compare a 5 game sample size to a 77 game sample size? That just doesn’t make sense. And don’t get me wrong, i see what you’re ‘trying” to say, but this is just a classic case of skewing the numbers in favor of an argument. Just like when Kobe was averaging 12 or 13 assist a game and they went on a 3 or 4 game winning streak and everybody screams out “see the lakers would win if kobe passes more”. But then they would win another 4 or 5 game winning streak with him averaging 40, so which is it?

      So…..by your logic, should the bulls move forward without Derrick Rose? Last year they were still the two seed and he missed most of the season, along with Deng. This year they are a 5 seed without him, and playing very solid basketball. Do you propose they move on without him? Of course you dont….only with Kobe?

      And Lebron’s team’s winning percentage goes down without him? Check the numbers over the past 2 years, the Heat to just fine without Lebron. If you really look at the numbers they do worse when Bosh is gone, of all people. See last year’s regular season and playoffs.

      C’mon man just be real.

    • teambringitstrong - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      Typical wanna be genius. Anyone can skew numbers to meet their objectives. You take a snapshot of a miserable SEASON (anomaly) and try and skew it into facts by comparing it to others’ CAREERS.
      Normally, I would leave you with a ‘stop breathing’ but it seems you already have.

      • zblott - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

        You obviously don’t know that this type of W-L examination has already been done for his entire career, and that it holds true over the 100+ games he’s missed in 17 years. Again, Lakers fans avoid facts and evidence at all costs in order to hold firm to their highlight-filled myths.

      • zblott - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        Wanna see how this looks for his career? I’m guessing you don’t since it’s clear knowing actual facts about how Kobe affects his team’s ability to win games isn’t real high on your to-do list.

        http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2011/9/1/its-all-about-the-ws-kobe-bryant.html

      • unxpexted1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        SO zblott, do you propose that the Lakers would have still won championships without Kobe?
        Do you HONESTLY, believe they would be more of a championship contender on teams past?

        I dont know the numbers, but lets say you are right about this win percentage without him, does that equate to being more of a championship squad? I think not.

      • aboogy123456 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        zblott, be quiet you’re embarrassing yourself. The more you talk about this bogus argument the more clear it becomes that you don’t understand the game.

      • spthegr8 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        @zbullsh*t
        Your trying too make everyone believe that the lakers are a better team without Kobe and expect ppl too take you seriously???? GOOD LUCK with that Bruh!!!! SMFH!!!!

      • loungefly74 - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        unxpexted1 beat me to the punch. is that what you are suggesting, zblott? that the Lakers would have won 6 or more titles if Kobe was not playing? if so…wow.

        your evaluation is skewed…even with 100 games when Kobe was injured, it is not enough to account for the counter factual. your assessment is full of internal validity threats…regression, maturation, history, testing, instrumentation, etc…

    • bigbamboom1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      I don’t have a dog in this fight. I’m a Bulls fan all the way. But you are way off base. The only stat that matters with Kobe is “5 NBA Championships”! And the Lakers would not have won any of them without him. So go ponder that one.

      • zblott - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        You are correct. The Lakers franchise has won 5 rings in the last 17 years – somehow I missed Kobe’s name on the list of teams that won championships.

        I assume you think every Celtic from the 60’s are all-time superstars and that Robert Horry is a vastly superior F than Karl Malone.

      • conjecture101 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        Yea ok. Im sure Shaq & Phil Jackson wouldn’t have won any of those championships without Kobe. Keep dreaming pal. Shaq would have won at least 2 of those without Kobe. That being said Kobe is still a great player.

      • bigbamboom1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        @conjecture101:

        Yeah ok. Just like Shaq got swept in the in the NBA finals in Orlando. And Shaq got swept by the Bulls and Michael Jordan in the NBA East Championship 1 year later. Right? Is that the Shaq you’re talking about? Or the one in Cleveland? Or the one in Boston? Or the one in Miami who only won one mostly because of D’ Wade (by Shaq’s own admission)?

        I’m not trashing Shaq either. He was a great player. But he needed Kobe to get those rings in LA. And he wouldn’t have won bupkis there with Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones. He played with better talent in Orlando and lost. Remember Penny Hardaway, Nick Anderson, Dennis Scott and the rest of that loaded team? Nada; nothing!

        As for Phil. He never won bupkis without superstars. That was his gig. You got 2-3 superstars and can’t get over the hump? I’m your guy. A great coach. But nothing without Kobe in LA.

    • soopreme - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Agreed.
      Dwight and Pau look happy as hell that Kobe is out of the way.
      Its like thet got a get out of jail card (lol).
      Its going to be interesting going forward.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Have you ever heard of the logical fallacy of hasty generalization?

  6. unxpexted1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Very good to see the Lakers make the playoffs and into a reasonable first round matchup. But my gosh where has this Pau Gasol been the last two years. He’s playing like he just got traded from Memphis! He’s gone from Paul Gasoft to Paul Gasolid……..no? I tried.

    • thesecondlakerzealot - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      I agree, quite the breathe of fresh air

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Maybe with Kobe not on the floor yelling at him, making him feel small, he is free to play the game naturally.

  7. kb2408 - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    @zblah, as in blah, blah, blah…you can conjure up all types of meaningless numbers. If you really want to get a clear, unbiased opinion of a player just listen to what his contemporaries say about him. Most of Kobe’s peers say he’s the best of his generation. Players that came before him say he’s an all time great. It is only uniformed, biased, ignorant “fans” who have never come close to playing in the NBA who still try to down grade his accomplishments.

    • zblott - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      Yes, the words of contemporaries, 98% of whom have no clue how things as simple as shooting percentage and turnovers affect the outcome of a game, let alone analytics which have completely turned baseball upside down since they wisely bought in long before basketball. The very analytics which are now making a lot of old baseball opinions look kinda dumb.

      Speaking of contemporaries, Wilt had a huge “loser” reputation in the 60’s and the Lakers voted to not let him join their club years before he actually did. This is an opinion that held up in the league long after his first title, by the way. Babe Ruth wasn’t considered nearly in Ty Cobb’s class at the time (look at voting for the first baseball HOF balloting), yet that’s changed significantly as people learn to understand the numbers better. How’s Nolan Ryan’s reputation holding up over time? Tracy McGrady’s reputation among players at the time was very good – they feared him. So did his GM’s, coaches, and fans who wanted to win games.

    • zblott - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      W-L records with their context = “meaningless numbers”

      Here’s a typical Lakers/Kobe fan, everyone.

      • unxpexted1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        so what means more, win percentage or championships? Im sure there are players that have better win loss records than Kobe that havent equated to multiple championships.

        By the way, how did that bulls team do the year Jordan went to play baseball? Guess that Jordan guy was a scrub.

      • aboogy123456 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Yes, a typical laker / Kobe fan actually watches the lakers / kobe play on a regular basis. A typical laker / kobe hater like yourself only looks at box scores and makes judgement on a player that they never watch.

  8. omniusprime - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Last night it was Pau Gasol who stepped up big as he and Dwight Howard were the Dynamic Duo showing why Pau shouldn’t be traded. Even Blake stepped up though he shot too much when shooting poorly, at least he made his free throws.

    A great win despite having the most pathetic excuse of an NBA coach. What a bunch of Linept wimps the Rockets were, couldn’t even beat the Lakers without Kobe and Nash. Just loved the last two games where the Lakers proved California uber texas.

    I love that despite knowing the Jazz lost the Lakers rallied to earn the 7th seed and a chance to embarrass overhyped San Antonio. I like the Lakers to win that series and move on to the second round where they could face a chump team and move on to the conference finals. Heck by then Kobe will probably be back, making a Willis Reed entrance limping on the court to lead his team to the NBA Finals where Kobe can prove Queen James is just a fraud.

    Go Lakers!!! Thanks Kobe!!! Go Dwight and Pau!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Trash Nash!!!

  9. kb2408 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    @zblah, all I know for sure is, when I Google “greatest NBA players of all time”, Kobe Bryant’s name is mentioned in the top 15 on just about every list I can find, all compiled by so called experts. And as I mentioned earlier, what his peers and contemporaries say carry more weight with me than anything someone on PBT has to say.

    • zblott - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      Way to have an opinion based on anything other than others’ opinions. If his contemporaries were all so smart, they’d all become successful GM’s and coaches. You know, guys like MJ. Oh wait, he couldn’t spot talent when he was a Bull, and it’s only gotten worse since then.

      • aboogy123456 - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        and you can spot talent??!! LOL! You are the one saying that Kobe not playing is actually good for the team. If you were a GM in the league you would be fired shortly after you say these things. I don’t think there is one intelligent basketball person that would agree with you.

  10. zblott - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    From a message board a few years ago in which a similar discussion about Kobe’s effect on the Lakers’ W-L record was happening:
    “Wins and losses are irrelevant numbers? Looking at any objective measure that doesn’t kiss Kobe’s rear as an all-time great (that would be most of them) means I’m a hater? As I’ve said many times before, I have no problem with Kobe whatsoever, it’s his insufferable fans who have trouble grasping and understanding basic facts because their minds are already made up. I could show you all the stats in the world that prove he is not some super-clutch player (that would be virtually all of them), but at that point Kobe fans say it has nothing to do with stats and it’s the moment, and how difficult it was when he did it, and this and that. It’s literally like arguing with 12-year-olds whose main knowledge of the game comes from SportsCenter highlights. These numbers are super important, no it’s not about numbers, you can just tell, etc etc etc. It never ends and never makes sense with you guys, but you want to act like you have this grand understanding that doesn’t need any real support or evidence. More information becomes available, and you all run from it like vampires from sunlight. Your love for him is based on something you just get that can’t be explained – fine, just admit it’s Christian-like faith and no facts will ever sway you, but in that case don’t try to cherrypick a couple surface-level numbers and throw them in there like that’s all it takes to “prove” something. Trust me, numerical proof is not on your side, and if you think it is, the analytical way of examining the game that’s here for good isn’t for you. It makes you look like those scouts from Moneyball who really don’t understand what it takes to make wins and assume the ol’ eye test always works.”

  11. unxpexted1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I’m a numbers guy all day, I enjoy it. But when people just look at numbers it just gets on my nerves.

    If I gave someone the equation 2x + 2 = 4………..if you JUST looked at the numbers in the problem (2+2=4) then yea thats right…..but what it appears this zblott cat does is gloss over the fact of the variables and anything else. Thats the stuff that bothers me. My fault for taking ya’ll back to grade school lol.

    You know what, if Kobe did what he did and it NEVER equated to winning championships, i would honestly buy your point, really would. I’ll agree that Kobe is not an efficient scorer, but it doesn’t translate into losing either. Carmelo, as great and I mean GREAT of a scorer as he is it has yet to translate into winning. Dirk was the same way until he got one. My point is, Kobe’s shooting has not COST them championships.

    “Well Kobe has always been on great teams”…..well umm….them last two championships, i dont think anybody on that squad was a hall of famer (Pau MAYBE a fringe hall of famer). There was only one All Star on each one of those teams in Pau, and he was not looked at as a top 5 or even really top 10 player in the league at the time. Look at Boston and Miami their championship years. Each team had 3 all stars. And look at that bench….good gawd, Shannon Brown, Vujevich, Jordan Farmer. Where are these cats now? Dont worry I’ll wait……..

    I’m just saying, give Kobe some love where its due.

  12. rjlink1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    In the regular season I’m actually quite comfortable with the Lakers playing without Kobe. Always have been. Playoffs are a different story, when teams will eventually take away everything you do on offense. But you can never stop Kobe – he’s got too many ways to beat you. You need guys like that in the playoffs. Guys that will raise their game. Does anyone remember the last two years in the playoffs, how incredible Kobe was, and got no help from anyone but Ron/Metta?

    • mazblast - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      “you can never stop Kobe”

      Then why has he won “only” five titles?

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:21 AM

        LOL “only 5″ LOOOOL^^^ thiiiiissss guuuuuy!

  13. vikesfansteve - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    The way the Lakers offense is set up with Nash controlling who gets the ball and Howard the focal point in the middle, they could easily make a Mavericks type run into the Finals and maybe even an upset win for the championship. Kobe for all his talent, attributes, will to win and drive is quite frankly a ball hog and took too many shots on his own when he should have passed to wide open teammates. The Lakers are a little better without him over a series, not one game, but a series. What does the front office do with Mamba if the Lakers win it all?

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      That’s not going to be a problem.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      “What does the front office do with Mamba if the Lakers win it all?”

      They don’t have to do anything. He is signed through next season.

      • tsi431 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        Depending on how well Kobe heals, the Lakers may be forced to Amnesty him, in order to bring in some other max contract.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        While you’re pondering the possibility of Kobe being amnestied, you should also think about how likely the Bobcats are to win the 2013 Championship. They have about the same likelihood.

  14. golfrangeman - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Zblott couldn’t be more correct !! The lakers win more without Kobe. He’s a great talent but the facts are he doesn’t make his teammate’s better. He’d be great for a team with no talent but for a team with talent he suppresses that talent by trying to be a one man show. As far as 5 rings he’s had the luxury of playing on great teams just like Robert Horry who by the way has 7 rings.

    • soopreme - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Agreed and you are 10000000% correct.
      Like I said before, During a Bryant Gumbel show last year, Phil Jackson basically said that Kobe needs to play more like Lebron and be more of a facilitator as opposed to being a ball hog.
      I guess PJ doesn’t know what he is talking about either.
      Too many players that he has played with has come out and said the same thing.
      Bynum said Kobe stunted his growth.
      Think of the 2004 finals against the Pistons when Kobe shot them out of that series.
      You Kobeites need to kill that noise!!!!!

      • unxpexted1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        People can’t seriously believe that they would have actually one some of those championships, especially the last two without Kobe. C’mon now. Phil may be pointing out a weakness in his game but he didnt say that they it was a detriment to them winning.

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      I’d beg to differ that those last to Kobe teams were “great” teams. You say he doesn’t make his teammates better but where is half of the team on that squad? LO is a bench player and was out the league, farmer and vujevich are out the league, trevor ariza can barely get burn on the wizards, and shannon brown is a bench player for the suns…..so obviously he was able to make them something because these players aren’t doing well post Kobe. Not like the team was stacked with Hall of Famers

      • borderline1988 - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        They had the best frontcourt in the league by a mile and the greatest coach of all time. Shannon Brown and Ariza excelled in their roles, but neither of them can create much offense on their own which is why they look really bad on non-playoff teams. But make no mistake, they were exceptional during the Lakers’ Championship runs. Derrick Fisher is another example..he played physical defense, swung the ball, and knocked down big shots. But he would also look terrible on a bad team b/c he can’t create his own offense.

        Obviously no one can ever know if the Lakers would have won championships without Kobe.

        But what is obvious to me is that he doesn’t make his teammates better and that his own success on the court has very little correlation with the Lakers success.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        So… Shannon Brown, Trevor Ariza and Derek Fisher were all better when they played with Kobe… but Kobe doesn’t make teammates better?

    • tsi431 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Your logic is flawed. Robert Horry was a great clutch player.

      Kobe made Shaq better.
      Kobe made Fisher better.
      Kobe made Trevor Ariza a good player.
      Kobe made ADAM “F$$%#” MORRISON” a two time NBA champion.

  15. kavika6 - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    The good thing about this whole Lakers situation is that now someone will finally talk about the San Antonio Spurs on this blog.

  16. thesecondlakerzealot - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Great win last night. Pau and D12 played well inside and owned the paint. Its nice to see Steve Blake pick up some slack with the scoring.
    I hope Metta is alright, he didn’t play much in the second haf, which may mean his knee is not 100%

  17. lakerluver - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Hey, zblot, if you want to gauge the “true” greatness of a player, you talk to the players that have played against him, or with him. Just like if I want to know what kind of fry cook you are, I would ask your fellow fry cooks.

  18. caeser12 - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    The National so-called “sports” media, has to take off their Laker panties, this fanboying has to stop, they made it, good job, so did 15 other teams, at least try to act unbiased.

  19. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    What a brickfest last night. Glad the Lakers got the W, but these guys cost me some cash, when the over 203.5 was SURE to hit in a game like this SMH.

  20. scalfor3 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    As much as I hate the Lakers, I’m glad things turned out this way. Rockets-OKC is going to be awesome and LA-SA should be fun too.

  21. mazblast - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    The question now becomes whether Stern has the chutzpah to fix it so the Lakers (oooohhhhh!!!) make the next round.

  22. loungefly74 - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    sorry…gotta say this…but i hope all the peeps out there who said the Lakers were not going to make the playoffs back during pre-All-Star break are eating a big fat pile of crow. you guys were proved wrong…PH53, magicbucs, etc…enjoy that crow. and hey, no biggie, you were wrong, everybody is at one time or another…but be clear…you were wrong. that’s it.

    • paulhargis53 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      I have no crow to eat, my bet with LL was that they dont get past the 2nd round. I f you recall, I wasw torn about not wanting them to get in vs. getting swept in round 1.

      • loungefly74 - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:49 AM

        fair enough. i remember some bets being made…couldn’t exactly remember that they were about. i thought you said they were not getting in the playoffs.

        good luck to your C’s. should be a fun 1st rd matchup against NY.

  23. lakerluver - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    lounge, you know pudgiepaul will lie and say he never said that. That’s what he does when he’s wrong, which happens to be most of the time. However, I’m not getting all giddy over making the playoffs. This is the LAKERS we’re talking about! This season, as is almost every season in LAKERLAND, is about winning the Larry O trophy. Sure, everything that could’ve gone wrong, went wrong, but in LAKERLAND excuses are for losers.
    #theLAKERSzealot!

  24. zuiyo - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Look at how hyped is everyone! So much buzz, so many comments. It’s PLAYOFF TIME BABY! A great time of the year. I love this sport.

  25. lakerluver - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Bet? What bet?

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