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>Lakers’ 5 Straight Losses & Playoff Seeding Still Not Set

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What’s Going On?

Lakers lost their 5th game in a row last night. It was the first time in the Pau Gasol era.

Game 1: Nuggets 95 Lakers 90
Game 2: Jazz 86 Lakers 85
Game 3: Warriors 95 Lakers 87
Game 4: Blazers 93 Lakers 86
Game 5: Thunder 120 Lakers 106

Lakers couldn’t even get close to 100 points in any of their first 4 games of the streak. But when they finally find their offense, they don’t play defense on the other end. It’s frustrating watching these games at home knowing they should be capable of blowing some of these teams out.

I’m not worried at all by this current losing streak. They just won 17 of 18 before this skid, plus it’s not the playoffs yet. If they continue to play like this, then they won’t be making it out of the first round.

Kevin Ding from the OC Register posted a story last night about 5 problems the Lakers currently have.

1. Andrew & Lamar. (Sorry, Khloe.)
End-game situations are more important than anything in the NBA playoffs. It’s not required that the Lakers play the same five guys to finish games, but there is a comfort level for a team to know which is your best crew for closing. 

2. Andrew & the Killer B’s.
As much sense as it makes to reward Bynum’s diligent defensive play by putting him out there for offensive opportunities with the Lakers’ second unit (when Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are not on the floor), it hasn’t worked real well lately. 

3. Shannon Brown is still going down.
Brown’s sharp start to the season feels like eons ago. He has regressed in every way, and if there had been signs this was coming, maybe the Lakers wouldn’t have been so eager to dump Sasha Vujacic’s attitude and salary. 

4. Bombs away … way, way away.
The Lakers are not even an average 3-point shooting team. They are at 35.3 percent, 18th best in the 30-team NBA. When Odom (39.3 percent) is your best 3-point shooter, as was the case until Derek Fisher (39.4) recently nosed ahead of him, you know it’s a problem. 

5. The power of intimidation.
The Lakers chose to take a breather here before needing to summon their playoff intensity. It is going to cost them meeting Jackson’s stated goal of bettering their 57-victory season a year ago – the best this team can do is match it by winning the last two games – and probably home-court advantage against both Chicago and Miami in potential NBA Finals.

Playoff Picture

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If Lakers/Mavericks tie at the end of the regular season. Lakers hold tiebreaker.

If Lakers/Thunder tie at the end of the regular season. Lakers hold tiebreaker.
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If Lakers/Celtics tie at the end of the regular season and meet up in the finals. Lakers hold tiebreaker.

If Lakers/Heat tie at the end of the regular season and meet up in the Finals. Heat hold tiebreaker.
To sum it all up, Lakers must win against the Spurs on Tuesday and the Kings on Wednesday.

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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>Lakers vs. Celtics Viewing Party – Morongo Casino

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Join ESPN Radio at Morongo Casino to watch the Lakers get their revenge against the hated Celtics! Win LAKERS tickets and more prizes with LA’s Sports Leader, 710 ESPN! {Link}

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Thursday, February 10th
1:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
 

>White Towels With "Beat Boston"

>For those lucky enough to have tickets for today’s Lakers/Celtics game at Staples Center, you will be receiving a nice little gift.

Here’s what the towel looks like: {DuranLA’s twitpic}

 

>ESPN Interview: Phil Jackson

>ESPN released  another interview this time with Hannah Storm and Phil Jackson. It appeared on Sportscenter today.

Phil Jackson sits down with Hannah Storm and discusses Lakers pursuit of a three-peat, the Heat and Celtics.

http://espn.go.com/videohub/player/embed.swf

Kobe’s ESPN Interview {Click Here}

 

>2010-2011 NBA Predictions

>The NBA season tips-off tonight. Who will win it all this year?

Always an exciting time of the year for anyone who loves basketball. This is when your team has a chance.
Here are my predictions for the upcoming 2010-2011 season:

Most Improved:

Kevin Love PF – Minnesota Timberwolves
  •   Kevin Love averaged a double-double in his sophomore season last season. But now that Al Jefferson is gone, he will move into the starting power forward slot. The T-wolves will be an exciting team to watch this season and i can see Love averaging 20+ points and 10+ rebounds.

Sixth Man:

Jamal Crawford G – Atlanta Hawks
  • Jamal Crawford won the award last season and is the favorite to win it again. He’s a key component to the Hawks bench.

Defensive Player of the Year:

Dwight Howard C – Orlando Magic
  • He’s the best center in the game today. He’s averaged almost 3 blocks a game the past 2 seasons. Don’t expect anything different from him this year. Expect Howard to win his own three-peat.

Coach of the Year:

Doug Collins – Philadelphia 76ers
  • He’s got some young talent to work with. I can see him helping them make the playoffs in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference.

Rookie of the Year:

Blake Griffin SF – Los Angeles Clippers
  • He’s finally going to suit up and play during the regular season. He’s looked great so far in the pre-season. He could help the Clippers make the playoffs, if they all play to their potential. 

Most Valuable Player:

Kevin Durant SF – Oklahoma City Thunder
  • With Lebron going to Miami, this opens up the gate for Durant. His numbers on the USA basketball team this off-season were amazing. He can score from almost anywhere on the court. Durant has great leadership that will get them out of the 1st round this season.

NBA Champions:

Los Angeles Lakers

  • The Lakers added some key players to solidify their bench. Steve Blake is a better point guard than Jordan Farmar and Matt Barnes is another great defender that can help out Kobe/Artest. The only thing the Lakers lack is having DJ Mbenga (My Favorite).
  • Kobe gets ring #6 to tie Jordan and Lakers get trophy #17 to tie the Boston Celtics.
  • Western Conference Finals: LA Lakers over Dallas Mavericks in 6
  • Eastern Conference Finals: Boston Celtics over Miami Heat in 7
  • NBA Finals: LA Lakers over Boston Celtics in 6

Who do you like this season?