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

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Postby therealdeal on Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:03 pm

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LakerFan1235 wrote:^To be fair, we are only 3 games outta 3rd place in the west. Still early in the season. But yeah, I think we can all agree that after the top 3 of the east, it's a joke.

This is huge.

And yes the East is weak, but the West is also wide open. I don't see a single team that runs away with this thing right now.

I don't have faith in Minnesota and Portland. I don't fear OKC anymore. I don't fear the Clippers. Houston is mentally weak as all hell. I don't fear Dallas either. San Antonio is the best team like always, but I've always thought of them as a very good team that's consistent. They'll out last a great team that's too inconsistent, but they won't beat a great team. That's why they lost to Miami and that's why they lost to Los Angeles all those years ago. Are we that great team? No. Just making the point that they're not invincible either.

Please don't say that's why they lost to Miami. They lost to miami because of a couple of rebounds lost and a missed free throw.

San Antonio lost the series, but to do that Miami had to take advantage of missed opportunities. I'd argue those facts work in my favor. San Antonio was just a very good team and they couldn't be a great team down the stretch.
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Postby SpencerHarrison on Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:08 pm

For some reason, SA played insane ball in the playoffs. It was a vindication of Pops strategy all these years of managing minutes with an old starting roster. Despite the massive difference in youth, athleticism, and superstar talent, both teams were evenly matched. Ray Allen made the shot of his life to save the Heat, after Duncan played the game of his life to get it that close, and that's how sports work. And I HATED the Spurs last season. But they were evenly matched with Miami.
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:27 pm

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Postby lukewaltonsdad on Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:23 pm

3-game win streak and got back to .500; The additions have Jordan Hill and Wesley Johnson have added, athleticism, speed, defense & rebounding in our starting lineup; as a result, our defense has gotten better. We have three games on the road; all three very winnable...optimistically, I see us going 3-0 and closing this month out 10-7...
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Postby lakersyunowin on Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:19 pm

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Postby Weezy on Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:23 pm

We have had a tough schedule early, so to be over .500 with no Kobe is great IMO. Compared to last season it's hard not to feel positive about most things this season though. Last season we were constantly sliding down early, getting into that big hole of 8 or 9 games under .500, whichever it was.
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Postby CaCHooKa Man on Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:25 pm

gotta love how they never stop fighting
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Postby karacha on Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:28 pm

We're not far from that 8th seed right now.
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Postby wcsoldier81 on Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:44 pm

5 days break is going to be useful with SwaggyPD , Hill and Pau alll suffering "minor" injuries
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Postby karacha on Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:57 pm

^

They have to play on Sunday first. Hopefully, Hill will be alright.
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Postby Doc Brown on Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:07 pm

Meeks + Young + Henry + Hill + Young + Johnson + Farmar + Kobe

We are missing two things.

A sidekick for Kobe
A big bruising defensive center to crash the glass with Hill
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Postby SK8 on Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:25 am

These guys are awesome, and the Wes is better and better every game :jam2: :bow:

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Postby denimPortugal on Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:49 am

Uncle Drew wrote:These guys are awesome, and the Wes is better and better every game :jam2: :bow:

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These 3...deserves a bow! :bow:
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Postby lukewaltonsdad on Sat Nov 30, 2013 10:21 am

Wow...9-8. And there's about 4 of those games that might have had a different verdict if 24 was out there doing his thing...either way, I believe we had the 2nd toughest schedule in the league and finished above .500 for the month of November; that is something that is a surprise to me. I feel good going forward. We're going to get better as we get our best player and this group continues to learn how to win together. These guys are playing hard every night and it gives us a fighting chance to win every night if we bring the right energy. Let's keep it going...
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:11 pm

And this team has fight!
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Postby CaCHooKa Man on Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:49 am

We did it guys

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Postby karacha on Sun Dec 01, 2013 7:56 am

If we can beat Portland today, that would be awesome.
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Postby therealdeal on Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:32 am

This team hanging around .500 is actually pretty amazing.

They have no real star on the team anymore, there's only one (former) All-Star in the rotation now, and there's not even a set rotation to begin with. The offense comes from the best match-up of the night usually which can be hard to find. Every night there's a new hero on this team of total misfits.

I love it. Hanging around .500 waiting for Kobe to come back is a real accomplishment for this team. I hope they keep it up.
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Postby Toklat on Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:25 am

You are right about this being a team of misfits. Fortunately they are fitting here just fine which will make them even more loyal and determined to stay Lakers. The old boring entitlement basketball can't match these Lakers for excitement and enjoyment of watching then play. "Stay thirsty my friends"
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Postby Azndude2190 on Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:33 am

Wow, if we were in the East, we would be the third seed team. :freak2:
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Postby karacha on Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:26 pm

Azndude2190 wrote:Wow, if we were in the East, we would be the third seed team. :freak2:


Best team after IND and MIA. Sad, really.
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Postby lakersyunowin on Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:23 pm

the fellas had every reason to just roll over early in the game. but they fought back not once, but twice. gritty play, never quitting. mistakes were made, but that happens. i just love that they fought hard and nearly came away with a win. farmar hurt, hill limited, pau sucking all didn't help the cause. but this is the least upset about a loss i've been in a long time.
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Postby Weezy on Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:25 pm

They definitely have picked up a "don't quit" attitude, that alone is enough to make me more proud of this team than last season's team.
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:26 pm

Love these boys. We just need a guy who can make the "killer" play to close games.
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Postby LakerFan1235 on Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:00 pm

That was a fun loss, if there is such a thing.
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