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

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Postby FabFourLakers on Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:11 am

I thought the Memphis game was an important W...i said we have to split the next 2 to keep ourselves in the game for 8th...and if we WON both games...I think we're making the playoffs. I won't be upset if we lose to the Clippers, because I had this game as a loss, but it would be NICE to make up for that terrible Wizards game by beating the Clippers or Blazers...as I have those 2 games as for sure losses. You have to think this Laker squad is gonna be geeked up to play the Clippers....having already lost 3 games to them this year, do you think this team wants to get SWEPT by the other LA team for the first time ever? I don't think so!
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Postby DarthRekal on Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:04 pm

Lakers havent been five games over all year :jam2:
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Postby DarthRekal on Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:28 pm

Dodgers sweep!... Kings could take series against Ducks :jam2:
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Postby therealdeal on Sun Apr 07, 2013 3:33 pm

Well there goes my prediction. :man10:
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Postby Jellincon on Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:44 pm

Finally won both games on a back to back. Our playoff hopes are still alive.

Up next the GSW. They struggle against us at Staples. Haven't beat us there since 08. Hopefully the trend continues on Friday.
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Postby khmrP on Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:46 pm

alright down to the last 3 gms for us now, I hope they return the favor on Fri against GSW, we owe them an arse kicking.
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Postby lakersyunowin on Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:48 pm

here's my present optimism:
we're still alive, we won a back to back finally, pau's looking great, kobe's looking great.

future optimism:
should we make the playoffs, the mentality we've been carrying of "we must win every game no matter who is on the court, whether we are home or away" will already have been burned into the players minds and second nature by the time we get there. that can't be a bad thing right?
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Postby therealdeal on Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:50 pm

Hard NOT to feel optimistic about this team when they win a back to back in such exciting fashion. Not only that, but they seem to have found a winning formula with Pau/Kobe/Dwight. The last step is getting their bench guys to contribute a little more and that should come when/if Nash gets back.
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Postby Doc Brown on Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:53 pm

- 3 home games to close out the season

- The pressure is shifted back on Utah to win to match

- Pau is turning into the 2nd option we need on offense.........exactly what we need
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:56 pm

Kenny smith said we definately won't make it to the playoffs.... That made me more optimistic
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Postby LOSLAKERS on Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:35 pm

utah sucks on the road and la is pretty good at home. utah has 2 road games and la has 3 at home. and kobe of course
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Postby gcclaker on Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:02 pm

...just when you thought you were about to leave, they pull you back in! :man10:
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Postby FabFourLakers on Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:18 pm

puffyusaf#2 wrote:Kenny smith said we definately won't make it to the playoffs.... That made me more optimistic



The guys at NBATV have been saying it for half the season now that Lakers won't make the playoffs....I'm actually surprised Kenny doesn't think Lakers will make it....maybe he meant to say he HOPES the Lakers will not make it? I remember a few years back when the Lakers faced the Rockets in the postseason, and Yao Ming went down, and the Rockets still took us to 7 games... i remember kenny and charles were rooting hard for Houston and they said something like lakers dont DESERVE to win the championship because they're disrespecting the game of basketball by NOT blowing the Rockets out of the water. Does anybody remember that? Ever since then, I have really not liked Kenny Smith...
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Postby gcclaker on Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:20 pm

^That was the same playoff run where Mark Jackson said "I'm through with the Lakers!"...
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:32 pm

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puffyusaf#2 wrote:Kenny smith said we definately won't make it to the playoffs.... That made me more optimistic



The guys at NBATV have been saying it for half the season now that Lakers won't make the playoffs....I'm actually surprised Kenny doesn't think Lakers will make it....maybe he meant to say he HOPES the Lakers will not make it? I remember a few years back when the Lakers faced the Rockets in the postseason, and Yao Ming went down, and the Rockets still took us to 7 games... i remember kenny and charles were rooting hard for Houston and they said something like lakers dont DESERVE to win the championship because they're disrespecting the game of basketball by NOT blowing the Rockets out of the water. Does anybody remember that? Ever since then, I have really not liked Kenny Smith...

yea I remembered that series. They carried that crap on into the Denver (I think) series were we also went 6 or 7. Charles kept saying that LA doesn't deserve to be there or play for the ring. I get that LA hasn't done much to make anyone fear them but they have one of the best records coming out of the allstar game. I love when these guys doubt LA... We usually win when they are all againt us.
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Postby DarthRekal on Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:36 pm

DarthRekal wrote:Lakers havent been five games over all year :jam2:

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Postby nthydro on Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:10 pm

therealdeal wrote:Hard NOT to feel optimistic about this team when they win a back to back in such exciting fashion. Not only that, but they seem to have found a winning formula with Pau/Kobe/Dwight. The last step is getting their bench guys to contribute a little more and that should come when/if Nash gets back.


I'm sorry but barely beating a depleted Blazers team who sucked even at full strength should not evoke any optimism what so ever.
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:25 pm

nthydro wrote:
therealdeal wrote:Hard NOT to feel optimistic about this team when they win a back to back in such exciting fashion. Not only that, but they seem to have found a winning formula with Pau/Kobe/Dwight. The last step is getting their bench guys to contribute a little more and that should come when/if Nash gets back.


I'm sorry but barely beating a depleted Blazers team who sucked even at full strength should not evoke any optimism what so ever.


Im baffled how many people forget that the Portland Trailblazers, no matter who they have playing, always play LA tough in Portland. The shaq/Kobe Lakers had problems with them, the Kobe/Pau Lakers had problems with them and we will continue to have problems with them. It is Portland. Don't know why some fans fail to understand that. Playing LA is a championship game for teams like Portland, Celtics and Sacto. So I disagree with your assesment that it should not evoke optimism..... It does and it should and it did.
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Postby therealdeal on Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:27 pm

nthydro wrote:
therealdeal wrote:Hard NOT to feel optimistic about this team when they win a back to back in such exciting fashion. Not only that, but they seem to have found a winning formula with Pau/Kobe/Dwight. The last step is getting their bench guys to contribute a little more and that should come when/if Nash gets back.


I'm sorry but barely beating a depleted Blazers team who sucked even at full strength should not evoke any optimism what so ever.

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Postby FabFourLakers on Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:58 pm

puffyusaf#2 wrote:
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puffyusaf#2 wrote:Kenny smith said we definately won't make it to the playoffs.... That made me more optimistic



The guys at NBATV have been saying it for half the season now that Lakers won't make the playoffs....I'm actually surprised Kenny doesn't think Lakers will make it....maybe he meant to say he HOPES the Lakers will not make it? I remember a few years back when the Lakers faced the Rockets in the postseason, and Yao Ming went down, and the Rockets still took us to 7 games... i remember kenny and charles were rooting hard for Houston and they said something like lakers dont DESERVE to win the championship because they're disrespecting the game of basketball by NOT blowing the Rockets out of the water. Does anybody remember that? Ever since then, I have really not liked Kenny Smith...

yea I remembered that series. They carried that crap on into the Denver (I think) series were we also went 6 or 7. Charles kept saying that LA doesn't deserve to be there or play for the ring. I get that LA hasn't done much to make anyone fear them but they have one of the best records coming out of the allstar game. I love when these guys doubt LA... We usually win when they are all againt us.


Yeah its really annoying when they do it...but surprisingly, Chuck did mention the Lakers as one of the teams he would like to see in the NBA finals instead of OKC because he thinks Miami would beat OKC very easily like last year. Also, reggie and chris webber said that nobody wants to see the Lakers in the first round...esp San Antonio...I kinda dont want them to think this...like u said, i love when they're all against us..we usually win
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Postby nthydro on Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:01 pm

puffyusaf#2 wrote:
nthydro wrote:
therealdeal wrote:Hard NOT to feel optimistic about this team when they win a back to back in such exciting fashion. Not only that, but they seem to have found a winning formula with Pau/Kobe/Dwight. The last step is getting their bench guys to contribute a little more and that should come when/if Nash gets back.


I'm sorry but barely beating a depleted Blazers team who sucked even at full strength should not evoke any optimism what so ever.


Im baffled how many people forget that the Portland Trailblazers, no matter who they have playing, always play LA tough in Portland. The shaq/Kobe Lakers had problems with them, the Kobe/Pau Lakers had problems with them and we will continue to have problems with them. It is Portland. Don't know why some fans fail to understand that. Playing LA is a championship game for teams like Portland, Celtics and Sacto. So I disagree with your assesment that it should not evoke optimism..... It does and it should and it did.


I know how difficult it is for the Lakers to win in Portland. But at some point we gotta stop using that as an excuse. They were playing 4 rookies for F sakes. So you're telling me if Portland played a team of D league scrubs the same excuse would fly? Don't get me wrong I was happy we won the game but as far as being optimistic? Ugh...no.
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Postby dj vitus on Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:22 pm

Houston almost lost at home to Phoenix a couple days ago, and OKC lost against Minnesota. Anything can happen in this league.

There's definitely concern about our defense and overall chemistry, but you can either celebrate that we made heroic plays, or be a defeatist since we "had to make those plays" in order to win. All championship teams make heroic plays, so take your pick.

We had some great wins this year against OKC, Indiana, Brooklyn, etc. Let's see if we can show some West playoff teams in this home stretch what we're made of! :jam2:
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Postby checkers09 on Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:30 pm

FabFourLakers wrote:
puffyusaf#2 wrote:Kenny smith said we definately won't make it to the playoffs.... That made me more optimistic


The guys at NBATV have been saying it for half the season now that Lakers won't make the playoffs....I'm actually surprised Kenny doesn't think Lakers will make it....maybe he meant to say he HOPES the Lakers will not make it? I remember a few years back when the Lakers faced the Rockets in the postseason, and Yao Ming went down, and the Rockets still took us to 7 games... i remember kenny and charles were rooting hard for Houston and they said something like lakers dont DESERVE to win the championship because they're disrespecting the game of basketball by NOT blowing the Rockets out of the water. Does anybody remember that? Ever since then, I have really not liked Kenny Smith...


I remember that and he also ranted about Phil and Kobe. Talking about how nonchalant they were and how the whole team feeds off of it. That there wasn't any sense of urgency. He said the Lakers were arrogant and didn't deserve to win.

Yet as I watched him Monday, I could not help think how little it mattered and how right he is. He is not fading into the shadows. He does not know how to go out that way.[.]
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Postby dj vitus on Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:39 pm

I think a lot of Laker fans felt the same way too, that if we have trouble putting away "bad" teams, we don't deserve to win the title. :man9:
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Postby Juronimo on Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:57 pm

checkers09 wrote:
FabFourLakers wrote:
puffyusaf#2 wrote:Kenny smith said we definately won't make it to the playoffs.... That made me more optimistic


The guys at NBATV have been saying it for half the season now that Lakers won't make the playoffs....I'm actually surprised Kenny doesn't think Lakers will make it....maybe he meant to say he HOPES the Lakers will not make it? I remember a few years back when the Lakers faced the Rockets in the postseason, and Yao Ming went down, and the Rockets still took us to 7 games... i remember kenny and charles were rooting hard for Houston and they said something like lakers dont DESERVE to win the championship because they're disrespecting the game of basketball by NOT blowing the Rockets out of the water. Does anybody remember that? Ever since then, I have really not liked Kenny Smith...


I remember that and he also ranted about Phil and Kobe. Talking about how nonchalant they were and how the whole team feeds off of it. That there wasn't any sense of urgency. He said the Lakers were arrogant and didn't deserve to win.


They were right to an extent. I remember that series clearly. Houston had no business hanging with us for 7 games but we didn't take them seriously at all. I think the only game we played them hard was game 5 which was a 30 point blowout or something. I remember how frustrated I was watching that series.
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