Fri. 1/09 vs. Hawks - Results Inside - Postgame comments

Fri. 1/09 vs. Hawks - Results Inside - Postgame comments

Postby Lakers Dynasty 2000 on Thu Jan 08, 2004 5:23 pm

Lakers vs. Atlanta
Friday, Jan. 9
7:30 pm
TV: FSN, NBALP
Radio: KLAC-AM 570/KWKW-AM 1330
Recap - http://www.nba.com/games/20040109/ATLLAL/recap.html
Box Score - http://www.nba.com/games/20040109/ATLLAL/boxscore.html

Hawks - 67
Lakers - 113

Lakers Drown Hawks, End Four-Game Slide
Just when Los Angeles needed an easy night at the office, it got one Friday. Slava Medvedenko scored a career-high 26 points and added 11 rebounds, while Kobe Bryant collected 26 points, six assists, five boards and three steals in a 113-67 romp over Atlanta at STAPLES Center. L.A., which led 34-7 after the first quarter, hosts Cleveland, featuring heralded rookie LeBron James, on Monday.

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Postby JSM on Thu Jan 08, 2004 5:40 pm

Shareef will kill us. JT, just depends who guards him, Jackson will have a big game, unless Russell starts. Theo will get a lot of rebounds, but the hawks aren't getting many points, so we should at least be able to outscore them
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Postby JSM on Thu Jan 08, 2004 5:41 pm

also we won't have Shaq or Fox for this one.
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Postby lakerzrule on Thu Jan 08, 2004 5:49 pm

The Lakers must win this game to get on track again. I hope Phil goes with a different starting lineup and benches the guys who aren't producing. We SHOULD win but you never know. Lakers 98, Hawks 95. (I think) :man7:
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Postby BDG on Thu Jan 08, 2004 6:53 pm

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Postby rydjorker121 on Thu Jan 08, 2004 8:00 pm

this game has yet to be decided....

Theo and Reef will kill us with their outside-inside game, and they have a great frontcourt and we have a pathetic one...sums up that story...

We need our outside shooters to get into function and Payton should use pass and dish more often...Kobe doesn't need to get all fancy, let's keep this game to the limit and make it clean.

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Postby FabFourLakers on Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:10 pm

we will lose

no shaq no malone=lakers loss

who will guard reef and theo?

yea i dont no tha answer either

will GP actually play defense on TERRY?

The Hawks will have tha best game of tha season cuz our defense sucks and we will lose jus like we did last year at home when we didnt have shaq

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Postby noxcel on Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:37 pm

the only way for LA to win is for KOBE to score 60+, this will probably not happen so I think we will lose.
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Postby Scoopaa on Fri Jan 09, 2004 9:31 am

I have no comment on this one....I'm feeling ANOTHER loss, but still not commenting!!! :disagree:
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Postby JSM on Fri Jan 09, 2004 1:02 pm

Phil said he was going to make some line up changes, I imagine the main one will be taking George out of the starting line up, and putting Rush in it (like Phil did for the start of the 2nd half against the Nuggets).

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Payton/Terry: This should be an easy matchup for Payton, if he comes into it with as much intensity as he did against the Nuggets. Terry will be weak and tired. He is recovering from the flu and didn't even start against the Kings, Tuesday, because he was feeling so bad, and he only played 20 minutes. We need an aggressive Payton, one that drives to the basket, shoots more, gets 25+ points, and plays good defense. He can take advantage of Terry being sick, and Vaughn shouldn't be any problem for him. We need the "Glove" tonight, because Terry will try and score points, that's what he does, he's the Hawks 2nd leading scorer, sick or not he is going to shoot. Payton can smother him on D, get him tired, and force him to be taken out of the game. And then have smooth sailing vs. Vaughn. Expect a solid night from #20.

Rush/Diaw & Glover: This matchup shouldn't be much of a problem for Rush. Diaw has been starting recently and getting a good bit of minutes, but neither him or Glover can score, they average a combined total of 14 points a game. We need Rush to do as well starting, as he has coming off the bench. If he comes out there and tries, but doesn't force anything, then he will give us at least 16 points. He does need to stay with both of these Hawks' though, Diaw will try and drive to the basket whenever he gets the chance, but Glover will shoot mid range jumpers and 3's, Rush has to guard each. And we will get to see how he does guarding both of the different guy's styles. He will probably do better against Diaw, because he is still learning and turns it over a good bit.

Kobe/Jackson: For us to win, Kobe has to have 40+, end of story. He can get it against Jackson who isn't exactly a defensive specialist. Kobe has to play aggressive ball for all 48 minutes. I want Kobe to not go out of the game when he is feeling it, he can just tell Phil no he won't go out (he did it last year), Phil tends to sit Kobe too long, we get down by a lot and Kobe is cold when he returns, Kobe can't let that happen. Kobe has to win this game for us, because no one else (with the exception of Gary) will do it, he has to take charge and lead us to a win. We cannot lose to the Hawks, they are the 3rd worst team in the league, teams will see this as a huge sign of weakness if we drop tonight, and nobody knows this better that Bryant. I want Kobe to shoot whenever he gets the ball, who cares if he shoots 30 something shots, if no one else will take or make them, someone has to, Kobe just needs to demand the ball like Shaq does. Kobe also has to play good D, he needs to stop the former Spur, and not let him have a good game. Jackson will get 25+ points if Kobe doesn't stop him, if Kobe can limit his production to about 10-12 points, I will be thrilled.

Slava/Shareef: The main reason why we need big solid games from Kobe, Rush, and Payton is because we will get nothing from Slava and Grant, Atl's frontcourt is too good for them to get anything. I doubt we will even know Slava is out there, the only way we will is when we see Reef knock down shot after shot, due to not being guarded well. Slava can't play D, Shareef knows this, and will utilize this rare opportunity to play however he wants to on both ends of the court. He will get 25 and 15 easy, without even breaking a sweat. Slava just needs to forget about trying to shoot, because he won't be able to, and needs to focus 100% of his energy on trying to play defense and grab some boards, because Shareef will help expose our weakness at the pf position even more. Hopefully Cook can come on and play how he did against KG, maybe he plays better against all stars, he will see a fair share of time against Shareef, let's just hope he doesn't get into foul trouble and can make his future as a Laker look even brighter.

Grant/Ratliff: Poor Grant, he is going to get killed tonight. Theo is going to block whatever Horace tries to shoot, rebound every ball he misses, and embarrass him on offense. Theo will have nothing stopping him from getting a ton of rebounds and blocks tonight. Theo is only averaging 7 ppg, let's not let him get too much above that (14 would be acceptable). I expect to see a lot of Sampson tonight. He is a bigger, younger, more athletic center than Grant who might have better luck on Theo than Horace will have. Sampson, also has to stay out of foul trouble, because we are going to need him. He can even contest some of Ratliff's shots and prevent him from shooting much. If he can beat Ratliff to some boards, then that will help us.
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Postby FabFourLakers on Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:47 pm

remember tha hawks have beaten us at staples tha last 2 yrs...
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Postby BDG on Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:50 pm

I have faith someone will step up tonight; maybe Rush or Fisher.

Kobe and Payton both should have big games.
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Postby JSM on Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:53 pm

Something I read in the AJC a few days ago but I forgot to say anything about it.

JT said he hasn't tried in the past few games and wouldn't mind being traded. This is good news for us, because having a sick/non-caring Terry won't be very helpful to the Hawks
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Postby JSM on Fri Jan 09, 2004 4:54 pm

BryantDunkGiant wrote:I have faith someone will step up tonight; maybe Rush or Fisher.

Kobe and Payton both should have big games.


Rush will step up, hopefully as a starter. I am sick of seeing George out there, he isn't doing anything
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Postby BDG on Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:10 pm

Did Phil confirm Rush is starting?
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Postby JSM on Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:15 pm

no, but he said he's making line up changes, and George said "I'm a firm believer in, if I'm not getting the job done and somebody else might be playing well, they have to put them in. I know right now I'm not playing well, I'm in a little slump." (today's daily news)
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Postby I Support #8 on Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:18 pm

FabFourLakers wrote:we will lose

no shaq no malone=lakers loss

who will guard reef and theo?

yea i dont no tha answer either

will GP actually play defense on TERRY?

The Hawks will have tha best game of tha season cuz our defense sucks and we will lose jus like we did last year at home when we didnt have shaq


I agree. I feel better about the Cleveland game being the game where we start to finally get back on track, plus.. I just finished playing my NBA Live 2004 season game against Atlanta and I got torched! Just like the real Lakers though.. made a big run at the end in the fourth but it wasn't enough.

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Shareef is going to be a MAJOR factor and Jackson may not have a large game, but provide more than enough backup.
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Postby BDG on Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:18 pm

It would be good for Rush to get a start, especially since he'll be guarded by Boris Diaw
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Postby JSM on Fri Jan 09, 2004 5:29 pm

BryantDunkGiant wrote:It would be good for Rush to get a start, especially since he'll be guarded by Boris Diaw


yeah, it would be a good time to let him get some confidence as a starter, and then he could continue to start until we got Malone and Shaq back, and run off that confidence
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Postby Andrew Evenstar on Fri Jan 09, 2004 6:49 pm

i see us getting an easy win. it may sound stupid but we RARELY ever go on streaks like this. we just need great play from payton/george and our SF.

defense could help... well maybe lol.
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Postby JSM on Fri Jan 09, 2004 6:56 pm

Lakermagic wrote:i see us getting an easy win. it may sound stupid but we RARELY ever go on streaks like this. we just need great play from payton/george and our SF.

defense could help... well maybe lol.


don't you mean Payton/Kobe?
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Postby noxcel on Fri Jan 09, 2004 8:12 pm

Great start by LA and

Go Slava - need I say more? GO SLAVA :jam2:
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Postby BDG on Fri Jan 09, 2004 8:13 pm

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SLAVA WITH THE 180 DUNK!!

We're playing great defense and Slava's on fire!

Okay, we're playing the Hawks... at home...
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Postby wongy on Fri Jan 09, 2004 8:13 pm

Hey Laker brothers. anyone doing a play by play for us tonight?? :man3: The one who does gets a free ticket to Hawaii...
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Postby BDG on Fri Jan 09, 2004 8:14 pm

I'll be popping in once in a while wongy
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