Game No. 55, live: Lakers (43-10) at Warriors (19-35)Filed under: Commentary;
** Trevor Ariza with the transition layup off another Jackson turnover to give the Lakers their first lead in forever at 96-94. Somebody warm up the fat lady. Or Dandy Don, whichever’s handier.
** It was setting up to be one of those live-by-Captain-Jack/die-by-Captain-Jack moments for the Warriors when Stephen pulled up for yet another errant 3-pointer, but Golden State caught a break by getting the offensive rebound and finding Belinelli for the open trey.
** It’s funny to watch the exuberant facial expressions of Randolph versus the solemnity of Kobe, even as both are putting up critical buckets at either end of the floor.
** Not that I want the Warriors to lose this game, but it’s hard to get all that excited about the possibility of a victory — even if it is the Lakers — while the playoffs are already out of reach.
** Well, I guess I won’t have to worry about that anymore.
** That is a painful spill for Randolph after surfing on Lamar Odom in search of an offensive board, but it’s a perfect emblem for Randolph’s energy this evening.
** Larry: What’s really going to be interesting is — assuming Randolph continues to succeed as a 4/5 — if the Warriors move off their original plan of switching him to small forward. Maybe that move goes the way of Monta Ellis’ migration to point guard.
** Lamar Odom’s frustration at the Warriors’ defense gives me pause with regard to the Lakers’ playoff chances. It’s going to once again come down to how quickly and how well Andrew Bynum comes back from injury.
** Jackson needlessly steps on the baseline trying to get to the rim. That’s a 9.8 on the painful unforced turnover scale.
** Jackson doesn’t have much of a case to protest that technical, since a) it was by no means a clear-cut foul on Odom (probably was as much an offensive foul on Jackson as anything) and b) he kept talking Brian Forte all the way downcourt. If he had just shut up after his initial outburst, I don’t think Jackson would have been called for it.
** Marco Belinelli returns and immediately drops a dime to Randolph for a layup off a classic 2-on-1 situation after faking Sasha Vujacic out of the play entirely. That’s one of those basic, fundamental basketball situations where European players seem, anecdotally, to fare better than their American-trained counterparts.
** Got to love Pau Gasol showing the ball off in his palm with a couple fakes before dropping the right hook over Randolph.
** Great over-the-head outlet from Ellis to Corey Maggette for the transition bucket.
** The Warriors are killing it from deep, again, but I wonder if that’s just fatigue on the part of the Lakers, who are finishing up the back-to-back.
** If the Lakers hold the lead at the half, that’s going to a tough pill for the Warriors to swallow, given that they’re shooting 57.1 percent from the floor.
** That might be Jamal Crawford’s first putback bucket of the entire season.
** Anthony Randolph delivers the huge follow-dunk … and the next time downcourt, Lamar Odom boxes him out halfway to the Warriors’ bench.
** With all the one-touch passing, the Warriors look like they’re the team running the triangle, not the Lakers.
** It’s interesting that — although they generate them in totally different ways — the Lakers and the Jazz generate the largest number of dangerous cuts per game of any offenses in the NBA.
** Randolph misses three times, point-blank, on the same possession: That’s the kind of thing that would get the rookie down earlier in the season. Let’s watch what happens tonight.
** Does Stephen Jackson get an assist on his own basket with that alley-oop throw into the net?
** Seems like it’s an all-or-nothing proposition with Jamal Crawford, and tonight it’s all.
** The Lakers had assists on 10 of their 13 buckets; for the Warriors, it’s only four of 12.
36 Responses to “Game No. 55, live: Lakers (43-10) at Warriors (19-35)”
Margaret Cho February 18th, 2009 at 8:55 pm
I like that they can’t even get an alley-oop right…
For out-of-the-gate intensity, this game has to rank right up there for us this season.
I’d have to qualify what I said about our intensity… Monta only looked half-awake for much of that quarter.
They need to take it down just a bit . AR is playing with a bunch of confidence and Crawford is shooting lights out . Monta needs to get into the game and Im liking this pace although we need to work on our spacing on the break.
michael February 18th, 2009 at 9:15 pm
Ronny’s received a good deal of positive press lately (well earned) but he just can’t rebound or finish at the rim like Andris. I heard second hand that Nellie views Ronny as the superior player. In some ways, maybe, but overall, I just don’t see it.
Hopefully Randolph’s emergence means two bigs next year. Maybe Wright will have a strong off season as well. Somebody should introduce them to Dwight Howard’s trainer/nutritionist.
Jack with the forced shot and then got clocked in the head maybe that will wake him up .
Geoff, I thought the same thing when Crawford got that putback. In fact, I looked closely to make sure it was actually the #6 jersey.
If I recall Crawford got one several games ago maybe against the knicks I think off a missed fast break layup . He should go to the offensive glass more.
That Powell guy is kept the lakers in the game .
Jack is 6-16 and Crawford and Turiaf hasnt missed and yet Jack is just letting it fly lol
Great Hustle AR . We really struggle to make the extra pass .Its what holds us back more than anything else
Larry P. February 18th, 2009 at 10:07 pm
Randolph’s intensity and tenacity to go after the ball is exactly what this team needs. I wonder if all those people still think he doesn’t deserve minutes.
Ahhh, DFish fouling with 1 on the shot clock… brings back awful memories of when he wore our uniform. Keep it up, DFish.
Why are we iso’ing Turiaf 18 feet from the basket?
Crawford calling the play which was for Monta and jack bsing not wanting to run it . lol what a character
then because jack doesnt get the ball on the previous play for Monta he comes down forces it and doesnt get the call and then gets a tech. Geez!!!
CazzieRussell February 18th, 2009 at 10:20 pm
Randolph goes out with Dubs leading by 10…lead now down to 3…damn young guys!
Larry P. February 18th, 2009 at 10:29 pm
Belinelli looks like he worked hard on his tan during his injury hiatus.
Jack is gonna shoot us right out of this game if Nelson lets him
Hey Nelllie, ya think Jackson might need to rest?
CazzieRussell February 18th, 2009 at 10:37 pm
Jax is killing us! Shooting bricks & turning it over!
Did I mention he’s gassed & 8-22!
Nice play Marco
Larry P. February 18th, 2009 at 10:41 pm
If I were Brandan Wright I’d be real worried about getting minutes when I return.
We gotta move the ball .The ball gets caught on one side of the floor way too much .
CazzieRussell February 18th, 2009 at 10:47 pm
Nice “point guard play”…Monta to Rony
Well, once Jackson spearheaded the effort to blow our double-digit lead, you knew L.A. was going to have the poise and the guns to win a close game.
What the hell happened to our faithful fans of ‘07? It’s a sad day when Lakers fans outcheer the Dubs fans.
Adam Morrison’s beard is worse than his old mustache, if that’s possible.
Jr Honda February 18th, 2009 at 11:06 pm
I guess Monte just thinks he so special he doesn’t have to try that hard anymore. I hate is attitude this year.
That game sucked. I knew as soon as Don said “When you play the Lakers, you have to play all four quarters.” (ESPN interview between 3rd & 4th quarters), it was over. Warriors have given up on games they’ve led the whole time, in the last 3-4 minutes at least 15 times this season.
is there a way for the Dubs to dump Jackson?
kay tweez February 19th, 2009 at 10:31 am
Jackson got that Technical for being so ugly, its offensive.
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The Google tells me the GSW didn’t make a trade. I think the salary cap has them spooked.
Paxson/Bulls were the most active and, IMHO, got better with Miller and Salmons. Hinrick is still there and available this summer (hint hint).
Cavs did nothing. I don’t they’re going all the way this year with their current roster.
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