kray28 wrote:A number of the turnovers were ref assisted though.
Yep...Amen brother! The refs are very often a 6th man for the opposition against the Lakers, and especially in Portland, in San Antonio, against Miami, Boston or OKC, and in most primetime network national broadcasts. Last night they were so far up Portland's rear end that I couldn't tell where the Blazers ended and the refs began...
People on here need to reckonize (intentionally misspelled) that a team's defense is only as good as the amount of body contact the refs are choosing to allow on a given play/possession/day. For some reason, in the game...and especially in the third quarter/second half...the refs suddenly decided that the Blazers could hand check, elbow, double arm bar, go over the back, step under, face guard, flop and elbow tap the Lakers, but the Lakers couldn't even make contact most of the time without a whistle, even in situations where the original rules of basketball allow contact.
My issue with the Lakers is that they tend to let the biased referees get into their head. They start spending more time trying to prove points to the refs about the inequality of the contact allowed for each team, and arguing each bad call, and they stop focusing on being able to recognize
what the refs are allowing and adjust to it... no matter how much of a disadvantage that creates. They also need to STOP SAYING ANYTHING OR REACTING TO ANY BAD CALLS. Just play.
You gotta take what the ref gives you, lol
Nash + Howard + Bryant + Artest + Gasol + Jamison + Meeks - Hill - Clark = 33-31? In Playoff race but lots of work left to save season, Lakers could be biggest sports bust of all time. Phil IS NOT walking through that door! D'Antoni still won't play more than 8. Dwight Howard's FT% sinking fast. Kobe's working too hard. Pau cap trade? Clark 2 Expensive 2 keep? MWP amnesty? Projected '12-'13 Record 43-39. Most...Disappointing...Ever!