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  1. Lakers’ Gasol admits he needs to “snap out of it”

    May 7, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    One thing we have learned from this postseason — the Lakers are not nearly as good without Pau Gasol. Technically they have had Gasol. He has played 36 minutes a game through the Lakers’ nine playoff games. But he hasn’t been the same guy as he was in the regular season. That Gasol put up 18.8…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Dallas is just better than the Lakers

    May 7, 2011, 2:00 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks Nowitzki celebrates hitting a three-point shot in the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Dallas

    The Dallas Mavericks are better than the Los Angeles Lakers. It is a weird thing to type, but it’s true. They may not have been for 40 minutes, 30 seconds on Friday night — the Lakers were up eight points with 7:30 left in the game — but the Mavericks offense dominated the rest of the way. Dallas…

  3. So you want to play in Europe during the lockout…

    May 6, 2011, 9:34 PM EST

    Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv v Real Madrid - Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four Semi Final

    There’s a lot of players throwing out the, “If there’s a lockout I’ll go play in Europe” card. Like it’s some kind of trump card. And if you’re Kevin Durant or Deron Williams or Pau Gasol and you go play for a team like Barcelona, life will be pretty darn good. But that is not…

  4. NBA Playoffs: For both Mavericks, Lakers next two games are the real test

    May 6, 2011, 3:35 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    It’s really about the next two games. The Los Angeles Lakers, their dreams of a three-peat — a fourth three-peat for departing coach Phil Jackson — and a spot in the NBA pantheon rests on sweeping the next two games. Which starts with winning one, Game 3, and planting the seed of doubt in the…

  5. What the Dallas Mavericks are doing right

    May 6, 2011, 12:19 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki slaps hands with team-mate Jason Kidd in LA

    It’s not all Lakers mistakes. Yes, the Lakers are making mistakes. But the narrative of this series has focused on those errors, and that has stolen a deserved spotlight from the Dallas Mavericks — they are winning this series because they are doing things well. Dallas is making plays, forcing tough decisions, then executing when…

  6. Which team is more likely to come back: Celtics or Lakers?

    May 5, 2011, 2:51 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen

    Right now, you don’t want to be the Celtics or the Lakers. History tells us the teams that have won the last three NBA titles are in a lot of trouble. Watching the games and how they’ve been outplayed makes it feel worse. Heading into a playoffs filled with flawed teams — there was no juggernaut…

  7. Lakers’ Bynum: “We’ve got trust issues right now”

    May 5, 2011, 3:28 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    The Lakers certainly aren’t playing like a championship team. They’re not sounding like one, either. “It’s obvious we have trust issues, and unless we come out and discuss them then nothing is going to change,” center Andrew Bynum said after the game. Trust issues with what? “Individually. Between all 13 of us we’ve got trust…

  8. NBA Playoffs: It’s not all about the Lakers… but it’s close

    May 4, 2011, 3:43 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    I don’t want to write that Game 2 is really about the Lakers — how they adjust, what effort they bring, whether they stick with their game plan. Because that is dismissive of a very good Mavericks team. This version of Dallas is different — past Mavs teams would have lost Game 1, not taken…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Dallas, Los Angeles finally meet in postseason

    May 2, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    Phil Jackson Tyson Chandler

    Seriously, how has this not happened before? The Dallas Mavericks have been to the playoffs 11 consecutive years reaching all the NBA finals one time. The Lakers have been the Lakers in that same time, having been one of the most dominant teams in the NBA. Yet there has been no playoff meetings between these…

  10. Western Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Los Angeles vs. Dallas

    Apr 29, 2011, 5:29 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Lakers: 57-25 (No. 2 seed) SEASON SERIES Lakers 2-1, and Los Angeles dominated the last two between these teams in March (during the Lakers post All-Star Game hot streak). PLAYOFF SERIES Mavericks: defeated the Portland Trailblazers 4-2 Lakers: defeated New Orleans Hornets 4-2 SERIES SCHEDULE…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Chris Paul goes cold, Lakers go on better for effort

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:38 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Six

    For five games, Chris Paul was playing like the best point guard in the game. He had played two super-human games to earn New Orleans two wins against the defending champions, and even in the losses he had been special. The Hornets needed him to do that. He was their only hope. And when he…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Nobody closes out on the road like the Lakers

    Apr 28, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Back in the 2009 NBA finals, the Los Angeles Lakers closed out the Orlando Magic in Game 5 on the road. Last playoffs on their way to the finals, the Lakers closed out Oklahoma City, Utah and Phoenix all on the road. Thursday night, they are back in that situation — they can close out…

  13. NBA Playoffs: The Lakers get back on track

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:36 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    There was no one matchup that swung in the Lakers’ favor on Tuesday night. There wasn’t one key play that ended up making all the difference late in the game, although Kobe Bryant‘s turn-back-the-clock dunk in the second quarter did help swing the momentum their way. There wasn’t a noticeable change in their offensive strategy,…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Who dominates Game 4, Lakers big men or Hornets Chris Paul?

    Apr 24, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    New Orleans had better come out desperate for Game 5, because if they go down 3-1 in this series it is over. The Lakers are not going to be beat three times in a row by the undersized Hornets. Not with Kobe around. The Lakers… who knows how they are going to come out? You…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Kobe wastes no time in helping Lakers to Game 3 win over Hornets

    Apr 23, 2011, 1:45 AM EST

    kobe-game-3

    After the New Orleans Hornets stole the first game of their playoff series against the Lakers behind a masterful performance from Chris Paul, Los Angeles obviously needed to make some changes. In Game 2, the adjustment was to expend Kobe Bryant‘s energy on the defensive end of the floor to slow down Paul, and to simply…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Look for the stars to come out in New Orleans

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets Paul drives on Los Angeles Lakers Bryant during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    Our first word of advice for this game — wear sunglasses. Yes, we know you are watching on television. But the Hornets are going with a “sea of yellow” look (all the fans getting yellow T-shirts) and it will the Hornets uniforms themselves (they got permission to wear the alternate yellow jerseys). It will be…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Bynum, Lakers win an ugly one

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:34 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    It wasn’t pretty, but the Los Angeles Lakers were able to even up their series against the New Orleans Hornets with relative ease. The Hornets were able to shock the Lakers in Game 1 because Los Angeles failed in two fundamental areas: they didn’t establish their big men on offense, and they didn’t contain Chris…

  18. Quote of the Day: Jackson tells the Lakers to appreciate Odom

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:17 PM EST

    Phil Jackson

    “I told the guys to [appreciate Lamar Odom being given the Sixth Man of the Year award], because this might be his last game in front of the home fans this year.” – A smiling Phil Jackson, who never lets a disappointing loss and 1-0 deficit dampen his wry sense of humor. Apart from that,…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Game 2 is probably the game when the Lakers wake up

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:52 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant reacts as he stands behind New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul during Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    I feel like we’ve all seen this movie before. The Lakers are going to come out, get the ball inside to Pau Gasol early and often, defend the pick-and-roll better and just flat out execute their game plan in a way they did not in Game 1. It seems like for the last three years…

  20. Kobe Bryant starts annual playoff pushing of Pau Gasol

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Every late April the weather starts to warm, flowers start to poke their heads out of the ground, birds undertake their migrations and Kobe Bryant starts pushing Pau Gasol to be more aggressive. It is one of the rights of spring. It started Sunday night, when Gasol struggled to score or defend the pick-and-roll, two…

  21. NBA Playoffs: The Hornets stun the Lakers

    Apr 17, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    You could hear a pin drop in the Staples Center. The Lakers were supposed to steamroll the short-handed New Orleans Hornets in the first round on their way to a potential three-peat, but the Hornets stunned the NBA world and took game one in the Staples Center. And unlike the Grizzlies’ win, the Hornets’ win…

  22. NBA Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:42 AM EST

    Pau Gasol, Willie Green

    SEASON RECORDS Lakers: 57-25 (No. 2 seed) Hornets: 46-36 (No. 7 seed) SEASON SERIES Lakers sweep 4-0. KEY INJURIES Lakers: Andrew Bynum, he has a bone bruise in his surgically-repaired right knee due to a fall Tuesday night against San Antonio, he said he could play but the Lakers may be cautious with Game 1;…

  23. Lakers say stop calling Pau Gasol soft

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Them’s fightin’ words to the Lakers. Well, at least verbal fighting. A couple people have taken swings at Pau Gasol and used the soft word recently, as ESPNLosAngeles.com reports, starting with the Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire. “He’s still soft,” Stoudemire said with a grin and a shrug. “But, he’s a good player, you know what I…

  24. Gasol, Bynum to play against Utah

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:45 PM EST

    Pau Gasol, Denver Nuggets

    Laker fans can exhale: According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are both expected to play in tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz. Gasol suffered a bone bruise on his right knee after a collision with the Nuggets’ Nene, and Bynum’s right knee collided with Lamar Odom in the…

  25. Pau Gasol listed as day-to-day with bone bruise on knee

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:53 PM EST

    Pau Gasol

    The MRI results are in and Pau Gasol has a bone bruise and is now listed as day-to-day, the team reports. Gasol is expected to be at Lakers shootaround Tuesday before the team takes on Utah and his status for that night will be determined then. The Lakers also play at Golden State Wednesday and…

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