Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby GoldenChocobo on Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:10 pm

ESPN Headline: "LA Lakers are 0-3 with Bryant back in the lineup"
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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby thisbjgz on Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:00 am

#theoddsareneverinyourfavor

but...we win @ OKC. Meeks and Young combine 46 points, Kobe 22 points 7/19 shooting. Jordan Hill 14 and 14. Steve Blake 11 assists. Wesley Johnson somehow locks up KD into a 8/23 night. Westbrook goes wild with 36 & 8 but we keep others under control.

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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby GoldenKnight on Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:30 am

*Checks next game, sees @OKC*

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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby wcsoldier81 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:45 am

Blowout losses for the latest two seasons at OKC , this one won't be different
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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby noobiew on Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:15 am

I mean, Wesley Johnson has to be inserted back into the starting lineup to guard Kevin Durant for this game right ? Mike D'Antoni

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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby scissors on Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:37 am

My gut feeling is telling me we are going to win this game. I have a feeling we will stick around close enough and Kobe will make some big plays at the end to win it.
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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby West's Formula 44 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:31 am

2013-14 outlook: OKC Thunder

What's in store for the Oklahoma City Thunder? Our panel of five looks back at the offseason moves (and nonmoves) and forward to what lies ahead in the 2013-14 season.

Henry Abbott, ESPN.com: C. They lost in the playoffs because Russell Westbrook was hurt, Kendrick Perkins can't play and Scott Brooks couldn't summon the coaching magic to overcome all that. To recover, they lose one of the NBA's best shooters and brought in a good-looking rookie big man in Steven Adams. All understandable from a cap and roster-management point of view. But the rest of the West breathed a sigh of relief.

Danny Chau, Hardwood Paroxysm: C-minus. It wouldn't have taken much for the Thunder to receive a solid offseason grade. Like for the Chicago Bulls, signing a wing like Mike Dunleavy Jr. would've been enough, but such a player never came (unless you're banking on a Ryan Gomes revival). It wasn't a make-or-break offseason, but OKC's sedentary summer was disappointing nonetheless.

Dan Feldman, Piston Powered: D. The Thunder have already been built, so this offseason didn't mean much to them. I liked their draft, especially Andre Roberson, but letting Kevin Martin walk without adding a quality replacement is a failure. The Thunder are contending for a title, and now is the time to spend.

Aaron McGuire, Gothic Ginobili: They get a B on the draft. I don't dislike the Adams pick -- he gives the Thunder a long-term solution at center. Roberson could be decent. Free agency, though? F. They struck out on every single midlevel exception player they targeted and instead brought back Derek Fisher, who hasn't been a rotation-quality player since Obama's inauguration. Do better, OKC.

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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby West's Formula 44 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:39 am

As a precursor, it's good to know ahead of time how the team is doing.

Rapid Reaction: Suns 114, Lakers 108

December, 10, 2013 10:14 PM PT

McMenamin By Dave McMenamin
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LOS ANGELES -- It was a better night for Kobe Bryant individually but another wretched result for the Los Angeles Lakers as a team.

L.A. fell to 0-2 with Bryant in the lineup and 10-11 overall as it couldn't do anything on defense to corral the hot-shooting Phoenix Suns, who made 51.8 percent of their attempts.

The good for Bryant? He led L.A. with 20 points, doubling his output in his debut against Toronto. He shot 5-for-10 from the field and 8-for-8 from the foul line. He cut his turnovers down from eight to three. He added three assists, two rebounds and his first dunk since his comeback.

The bad? L.A. seems to have lost the rhythm it established in his absence as the Lakers have now lost two in a row at home after winning three in a row on the road.

"We have to know the urgency of what's happening," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said before the game. "It's going to be uneven. Our offense, even defensively, we're going to make some mistakes by being unfamiliar with what we're doing or with different lineups. We just can't afford not to be playing at 100 percent completely as hard as we can and know the urgency of it."

Playing hard wasn't the problem Tuesday. Nor was Bryant's performance, even. The problem is L.A., which had been shaping itself as a share everything type of squad for much of the season, is now back in discovery mode.

How it happened: The Suns sped ahead by 14 in the third quarter before the Lakers crept back in it on the back of Jordan Hill (13 points, seven rebounds) and Jodie Meeks (13 points), cutting the lead to five heading into the fourth. Both teams basically exchanged buckets for most of the fourth with Bryant making a couple of sweet scores, but L.A. not getting the necessary stops.

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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby West's Formula 44 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:46 am

Kobe Bryant improves to a B, but Lakers have no D

In his second game back, Bryant is Lakers' leading scorer with 20 points in 114-108 loss to the Suns.

By Mike Bresnahan

December 10, 2013, 11:10 p.m.

Kobe Bryant keeps moving up on the grade scale he has implemented for himself.

The Lakers, though, keep getting schooled at home.

Their latest loss was a lethargic one to the Phoenix Suns, 114-108, Tuesday at Staples Center.

GAME SUMMARY: Suns 114, Lakers 108

There was no cohesion, very little excitement and you could almost hear a home team fall below .500 with a 10-11 record.

Bryant looked better — 20 points on six-for-11 shooting with three assists and three turnovers — but the Lakers fell to 0-2 with him after also suffering a home loss Sunday to Toronto.

Lakers fans took out their anger on Pau Gasol, who scored 19 points but was a defensive liability and took only five rebounds in 29 minutes.

"Put your big-boy pants on, Pau," yelled a voice from the crowd in the final minute, apparently irritated that the Morris twins, Markieff and Marcus, took turns gashing Gasol down the stretch.

Phil Jackson floated into cyberspace via Twitter in the fourth quarter, urging the Lakers to make some defensive stops from whatever device he was using.

They didn't. They couldn't. Maybe they just can't right now.

Marcus Morris came close to a career high with 22 points, a not-so-refreshing occurrence for a Lakers team that already allowed six opposing players to claim career nights against them.

"Points in the paint right now is killing us," said Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni, who wanted the Lakers' defense to "almost be like spitting blood out there."

The Lakers spit out lots of easy opportunities.

Goran Dragic had 31 points, Eric Bledsoe had 18 and Markieff Morris had 15.

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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby West's Formula 44 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:51 am

How Good Are The Thunder?

Publish Date: Today, 01:32 AM ETDuration: 01:18

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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby puffyusaf#2 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:43 pm

I think we continue to improve our overall game but not overly confident about beating the Thunder while still trying to figure out new rotations. If we are going to win we need to box out and make some shots but not settle for 3's. I know some will call it a "loss" before it starts but we have the talent and a chance to win this game. I got faith :jam2:
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Postby Rooscooter on Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:58 pm

What's with the media re-prints in a gameday thread?
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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby lukewaltonsdad on Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:46 pm

Compete, get better, keep it close, & develop confidence. That's all I can hope for...
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Postby lakersyunowin on Thu Dec 12, 2013 1:58 am

wow dat gameday spam. that's not what gameday threads are about btw.
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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby Lakerjones on Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:39 am

I think OKC is way too much for us in their house, and us with no Farmar and an admittedly rusty Kobe in only his third game back. Plus Gasol limping around. Plus D' Antoni futzing around with the rotations. Doesn't look good to me.
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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby lakersyunowin on Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:59 am

Friday the 13th sounds like a good day for the lakers to win an improbable game
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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby MadMax on Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:52 pm

Lakerjones wrote:I think OKC is way too much for us in their house, and us with no Farmar and an admittedly rusty Kobe in only his third game back. Plus Gasol limping around. Plus D' Antoni futzing around with the rotations. Doesn't look good to me.

My thoughts as well. I might have to make other plans this Friday night... :man5:
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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby noobiew on Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:25 pm

Pau - Williams - Wesley - Kobe - Meeks

Sacre - Hill - Young - Henry - ?

This is so depress and suck :(
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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby West's Formula 44 on Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:35 pm

Lakers-Thunder Preview

By ELI KABERON

Posted Dec 12 2013 6:11PM

The return of Kobe Bryant created plenty of excitement and optimism around the Los Angeles Lakers, though it's yet to pay off with a victory.

Without playing on Thursday, the team suffered another loss.

Steve Blake is out for at least six weeks with an elbow injury, meaning Bryant is expected to shift over to point guard for lengthy stretches starting with Friday night's visit with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Bryant returned to the floor Sunday, but he's shown a little rust in his first two games back after eight months of rehab for his torn Achilles tendon. He missed nine of 11 shots in a 106-94 loss to Toronto in his debut, but looked better on Tuesday, going 6 of 11 from the field and finishing with a team-high 20 points in a 114-108 loss to Phoenix.

"It's a process," Bryant said. "You just continue to figure out what you can and can't do. Every game, you try to step up and do a little bit more and just go from there."

The Lakers (10-11) haven't lost three straight this season, but they face a tall task Friday against the Thunder (17-4), who are 10-0 at home.

Their long-term prognosis got a bit dicier on Thursday as well, as the team announced Blake would miss at least six weeks with a torn elbow ligament. With Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar already out, Bryant is expected to handle the starting point guard duties with Xavier Henry backing him up.

Blake's injury initially happened Nov. 26 in Washington, but he continued to play through it.

"I'm just really heartbroken for him," Bryant told the Lakers' official Twitter account. "He's put in a lot of hard work and played phenomenally."

While Los Angeles may be in for some adjustments offensively without its point guard, some defensive changes are in order as well. The Lakers have allowed an average of 106.6 points in their last seven games, and now face the high-scoring Thunder.

Oklahoma City has won 12 of 13 and has averaged 111.0 points during its latest winning streak, which stretched to four with Wednesday's 116-100 victory at Memphis. Russell Westbrook led the way with 27 points and nine assists while backcourt reserves Jeremy Lamb and Reggie Jackson combined for 35 points.

Like Bryant, Westbrook got hurt in April. But the recovery from his lateral meniscus tear seems to be going well, as Westbrook has averaged 23.0 points and 9.3 assists in Oklahoma City's past three games.

"Russell is calming down, relaxing and just playing his game," Kevin Durant said. "He is getting confidence. We tell him when he does no one can stop him."

Westbrook's eyes seem to light up whenever he sees the Lakers. He's averaged 29.8 points in his last six games against Los Angeles, including the final two games of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals.

Westbrook had 37 points and 10 rebounds when the teams last met in Oklahoma City, a 122-105 Thunder win on March 5.

Oklahoma City is rarely lacking for offense with Durant and Westbrook out there, but lately it's started to crack down defensively. The Thunder's past 10 opponents have shot just 40.5 percent - 30.7 from 3-point range.

"We put our mind set every time we set out on defense first and on the team first," Durant said. "That's what we have been doing. We have putting everything aside. We put our individual stats, shots, rebounds, and assists aside. We are grinding our system offensively and defensively.

"We have to just keep it up. We just have to have that mindset where we can't let anything distract us from what we want to do in the game."

Durant has scored at least 35 points in four of his last five regular-season meetings with the Lakers.
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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby kenzo on Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:13 pm

I want Ibaka, Perkins or whoever to make Pau cry :man9:. Other than that, it's a loss.
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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby Rooscooter on Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:59 pm

At this point with our guard situation and Pau in open revolt I think anything under a 30 point loss will be a moral victory.... then again with the soft head of Westbrook and that team's proclivity to play down to their competition it could be closer if we shoot lights out from 3.
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:52 pm

This could get ugly real fast, but I am excited to see how we take on this challenge.

I do expect that Pau to be utter trash
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Re: Fri. 12/13 - Lakers @ Thunder - Predictions& Comments

Postby Uncle_Meat on Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:01 pm

Wow! Put all the screed aside. We're approaching the point just before Kobe got injured. The team really hadn't figured out how to play consistently with Kobe and win. Kobe left and they had to reinvent their roles. Now they have to reinvent again now that Kobe is back.
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