The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

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Postby revgen on Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:44 pm

2 consecutive road wins. Were they pretty? No. But it's something to build on.
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Postby lakersyunowin on Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:45 pm

another win, keep going
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Postby Weezy on Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:47 pm

5-1 in the last 6, that alone is reason for optimism. We used to be losing these close games, we never had 18 point leads to blow, now we do at least. :man10:
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Postby Armani on Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:59 pm

We wouldn't even has lost that Suns game were Dwight not injured. We're looking pretty strong, now. Watch out league. :jam2:
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:05 pm

Again I take a couple facts to heart:

1. We actually build not just leads but big leads.
2. We are finding ways to take the victory instead of giving a win to other teams.
3. we have won 2 straight on the road
4. Teams may believe they can come back on us but that also means they believe that we can't get up on them by a lot too.
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Postby dwighthowardsdad on Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:06 pm

We're not playing ideal basketball right now, but I believe it's starting to come together. We've won against 2 bad teams on the road and now it's time to go into Brooklyn and get a signature win on the road.
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Postby Jellincon on Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:21 pm

We're 5-1 in the last 6 and the Nets are 3-3. I like or chances. :man1:
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Postby therealdeal on Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:38 pm

Weezy wrote:5-1 in the last 6, that alone is reason for optimism. We used to be losing these close games, we never had 18 point leads to blow, now we do at least. :man10:

Yeah at least we're on the other end of those runs...

I'm optimistic because we're clearly making progress, but we've got to make strides and right now we're just making steps.
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Postby KareemTheGreat33 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:10 pm

Just happy we did not fall into the unstoppable spiral of being 10 games under .500
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Postby karacha on Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:14 pm

therealdeal wrote:
Weezy wrote:5-1 in the last 6, that alone is reason for optimism. We used to be losing these close games, we never had 18 point leads to blow, now we do at least. :man10:

Yeah at least we're on the other end of those runs...

I'm optimistic because we're clearly making progress, but we've got to make strides and right now we're just making steps.


We are definitely making progress, no question about it. Unfortunately for us, so are the Rockets. They do have few difficult games coming up so... we might be able to get close. One of those games is against Portland. Should be interesting.
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Postby JoelMyersScrotalSack on Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:40 pm

At the beginning of the season we went 5-1 to bring us to 6-5

Midway through the season we went 5-1 to bring us to 15-15

Now we've gone 5-1 to bring us to 22-26

Hopefully we don't see a repeat of all those instances, that's a pretty sad level to plateau at. Gotta take 2 of the next 3 to have a successful road trip. Gonna be really difficult
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Postby Chillbongo on Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:40 am

Houston's next 8 games:

Golden State
@ Miami (back to back)
Portland (gain playoff ground with Laker win)
@ Sacramento
@ Golden State
@ Clippers (back to back)
All Star Break
Thunder
@ Brooklyn

Only 2 of those are guaranteed wins, and the back to back games are on the road against elite teams.

Lakeshow...if there was ever a time to gain some playoff ground...........
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Postby Weezy on Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:59 pm

That was a fantastic team win against a good team. With no Dwight or MWP (half our defense) every player that stepped on the court needed to step up, and pretty much every single one did. Kobe, Pau, Nash, Clark, Jamison, Blake, Meeks, all contributed, played defense, hit some big shots. Hell even Sacre had a few good minutes. Proud of this team tonight, something I haven't been able to say a lot this season. We blew a lead, but it was only 12 points, we were on the road, we played defense and deserved to win the end so I'm proud of this win.
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Postby lakersyunowin on Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:02 pm

yet another win
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Postby therealdeal on Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:09 pm

3 ROAD WINS IN A ROW!

AND THE LAST ONE WITHOUT HOWARD, METTA, AND THE LAST FEW MINUTES WITHOUT PAU!

Wow... a lot to be happy about right now.
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Postby dwighthowardsdad on Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:11 pm

The played with heart, determination, & effort. Great game considering the circumstances.
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Postby lakersyunowin on Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:19 pm

therealdeal wrote:3 ROAD WINS IN A ROW!

AND THE LAST ONE WITHOUT HOWARD, METTA, AND THE LAST FEW MINUTES WITHOUT PAU!

Wow... a lot to be happy about right now.

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Postby Jellincon on Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:27 pm

Got BOS next. They're on a bit of a hot streak but we'll get them on a back to back. I like our chances against a Rondo-less, tired Celts.
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:31 pm

therealdeal wrote:3 ROAD WINS IN A ROW!

AND THE LAST ONE WITHOUT HOWARD, METTA, AND THE LAST FEW MINUTES WITHOUT PAU!

Wow... a lot to be happy about right now.


I refuse to accept your optimism Real because you did your best Leftymo impression the other day. I'll accept your optimism after a cooling period. :man9:
For what it's worth, the Lakers also clinched the Pacific Division, an achievement Bryant dismissed by saying "We don't hang divisions." No, only the big NBA championship banners are considered wall-worthy for the Lakers.
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Postby Finwë on Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:34 pm

GREAT win. I applaud the team's effort. Missing key guys, Kobe banged up, Pau going down late in the game, on the road, but our guys gave it all and got the W.

We played some very good D late and made good plays on O to close it out.
We're taking Boston down too :jam2:
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Postby therealdeal on Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:43 pm

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Postby v1n5anity on Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:13 pm

Weezy wrote:That was a fantastic team win against a good team. With no Dwight or MWP (half our defense) every player that stepped on the court needed to step up, and pretty much every single one did. Kobe, Pau, Nash, Clark, Jamison, Blake, Meeks, all contributed, played defense, hit some big shots. Hell even Sacre had a few good minutes. Proud of this team tonight, something I haven't been able to say a lot this season. We blew a lead, but it was only 12 points, we were on the road, we played defense and deserved to win the end so I'm proud of this win.


Kobe played defense?
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Postby CaCHooKa Man on Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:16 pm

theyre starting to look like theyre actually a team now
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Postby v1n5anity on Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:17 pm

That Kobe dunk was just wow. Those hooks by Nash were just wow. Clark is just wow.

I wish Houston had lost today, but today was a big win regardless. We need that W against BOS, so lets get it!
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Postby karacha on Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:21 pm

I am optimistic. But we still need Houston and Portland to lose some.
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