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    Game 15, Live: Lakers (11-3) at Warriors (5-9)

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    FOURTH QUARTER

    ** Given the quality of this game, I almost wish the power had gone out.

    ** You can force teams into missing tough shots, or you can force teams into making turnovers. When you do neither (59.1 eFG%, 8 TOs), you get blown out.

    ** Outside of injuries, it’s tough to see what could derail the Lakers from a second straight title.

    ** Bad Vlad tried a tap-out on the rebound, instead of grabbing it, and that allowed Kobe to snatch it right up. Just lazy.

    THIRD QUARTER

    ** Raiders lineback Kirk Morrison had this to say on Twitter: “The Lakers are clowning right now. They look unstoppable up close and personal. Warriors are just out-sized and over matched.”

    Seriously, when the Raiders can dog you out . . . that’s pretty much rock bottom.

    ** That’s the second time this week we’ve seen Anthony Morrow use that 360 spin from the left side on a fast break to open up that little 4-foot flip shot.

    ** Ron Artest just went 70 feet through three Warriors defenders in the lane, and not one of them stepped up to stop the ball. It’s not bad enough that it gives the Lakers their biggest lead of the game at 89-68, but it’s just a horrible no-effort look. That shouldn’t be acceptable.

    ** I’m not sure if that was a broken call, defensively, for the Lakers there, but overplaying Kobe on the high side, then having Gasol fail to move his feet in response to Ellis’ S/R drive seemed to be a bad decision. Ellis never had to break stride on his way to the hoop.

    ** So does 1-for-7 FG constitute Bad Vlad?

    ** Ellis’ nifty behind-the-back dribble gets them to within nine points . . . but Artest answers immediately with a 3-point play. That’s what makes a championship team — you can get that kind of run-stopping bucket from almost anywhere on the floor, not just one guy.

    ** A quick perusal of the Warriors’ first-half shot chart reveals Golden State went 8-for-28 (28.6 percent) on everything outside of the paint.

    ** Derek Fisher open 3-ball created by the need to double Kobe in the post.

    ** Can Monta come back strong in the second half, or will the Warriors have to try to win without a big game from him (something they haven’t done yet in the post-Jackson era)?

    SECOND QUARTER

    ** Maggette’s mad charge allows the Warriors to cut the lead to 10 points at the half. Will we see Kobe (2-for-7, 5 points) come out gunning in the third quarter? As the Magic 8-Ball would say: OUTLOOK GOOD.

    ** Question asked of me: “Do they know he (Chris Hunter) has Foyle’s number? Didn’t they retire that number?”

    ** Curry works the high screen for a straight-on 3-pointer. That should be a role he fills ably in the absence of Stephen Jackson.

    ** What’s brutal is that even when the Warriors do get open shots — such as Stephen Curry’s trail 3 in transition — they are just clanking them with abandon.

    ** This is just getting ugly. What happens when Kobe actually starts trying?

    FIRST QUARTER

    ** Long Js are coming up dry for pretty much every member of the Warriors. Combine that with no way to stop Gasol … and Bynum … and Lamar Odom … and you get an 11-point deficit before the first quarter is up.

    ** Ronny Turiaf with a block to ignite a break led by Anthony Randolph — exactly the kind of play the Warriors have been pining for with Turiaf on the bench.

    ** Shannon Brown driving down on Mikki Moore . . . as I recall, that matchup doesn’t end well for the Warriors.

    ** Did somebody on the Warriors say something bad about Spain in the pre-game warmups? Gasol is playing like he wants to punish somebody in white.

    ** Kobe forced to the bench with 5:59 left in the first because of two cheap fouls. Can the Warriors take advantage?

    ** It’s surely a good thing that the Warriors started Corey Maggette to match up against Ron Artest . . . or, you know, not.

    ** Andrew Bynum owning Mikki Moore and Pau Gasol owning Vladimir Radmanovic . . . and the Lakers lead by seven without Kobe Bryant having taken a shot.

    PREGAME

    ** I’ll be blogging here as long as I can; we’re on generator power at the home where my wife and I are spending Thanksgiving weekend, and I can’t say how long it’ll last.

3 Responses to “Game 15, Live: Lakers (11-3) at Warriors (5-9)”

  1. Is it 1994?

    The role of Lanier going to Smart, Spree is being played by Monta and Riley is playing St Jean.

    Despite the homer & media worship, the Fakers’ bigs showed just how incompetent the Warriors bigs really are. Hell, the fact that a D-League call up, Hunter, looks better than half of the dubs’ bigs ought to have been a clue. They need to sucker some team on AR’s potential and land them a legit all-star player, preferably a big guy.

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