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Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by tibor75, May 2, 2004.

  1. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    Some great matchups in this one....

    Duncan vs. The Mailman (will he deliver on Sunday?)
    Kobe vs. Bowen
    The Glove vs. Parker
    The Turk vs. (Fill in the blank) run of the mill Laker scrub
    Nesterovic vs. Shaq

    Eh, scratch that last one.

    Spurs in 7.
  2. 7 45 33 48

    7 45 33 48 Freshman

    I think this series may come down to Karl Malone. In my opinion Payton will not be factor. If Malone plays like he did in game 4 against the Rockets then the Lakers will win this series. But I don't think it will happen every game in this series. Tony Parker, Hedo Turkoglu, and Robert Horry have been playing great and Manu Ginobli matches up well against the old Lakers. I say Spurs in 6.
  3. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    I agree Malone must step up as he has done of late, but Kobe needs to be "on" for the Lakers to win this series. The Spurs will contain Shaq...well contain in terms of Shaq is an open interpretation.

    I'll take the Lakers in 6
  4. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    Yeah, I forgot about Horry. He was great in the Memphis series. Old man is gunning for his SIXTH title.
  5. BuckeyeTillIDie

    BuckeyeTillIDie The North Remembers

    Lakers in 5. They're going all the way baby!
  6. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear.... Staff Member

    Spurs in 7.

    Hopefully we'll see a full-scale meltdown of the Lakers in Game 7 culminating with the Mailman and the Diesel going WCW on Kobe.
    Last edited: May 2, 2004
  7. starBUCKS

    starBUCKS BPCFFB League #2 League Champion 2008 & 2010

    I say Lakers in 7... Kobe will pull off some huge games, and Malone and Payton will play with thirst.
  8. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    Why does the media salivate over Kobe/Shaq and act like they're still the greatest show on earth? I'd rather watch Duncan/Parker/Ginobili run circles around over the hill scrubs.
  9. 7 45 33 48

    7 45 33 48 Freshman

    tibor75 - I agree with you 100%. That's all I have been listening to the last few days about how the Lakers are going to win game 1 and the series. Screw the Lakers.

    This game makes me appreciate Tony Parker even more. His speed on the court blew by the slow Lakers in this game. The Spurs defense and Tim Duncan were amazing in the 4th period. They were in total lockdown mode. The Spurs got every lose ball during the 4th period. The Spurs win by 10 points while Turkoglu, Ginobili, Horry, and Bowen shot a combined 6-25. I am sure that crybaby Phil Jackson will be whining about the officials after this game. I don't think there are many coaches I would take ahead of Popovich, maybe Jerry Sloan.
  10. BuckeyeTillIDie

    BuckeyeTillIDie The North Remembers

    Nice to see the officiating was at the typical San Antonio level. So many cream puff calls for Duncan, rarely any called against him. Oh, and that technical on Kobe, or Shaq's 3 seconds call, are just laughable.
  11. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    you have GOT to be kidding right? ive got to assume youre a laker fan...cuz only laker fans are THAT delusional. but are you honestly complaining about calls going AGAINST the lakers. have you watched basketball for the last 4 years? please.

    so. steve kerr has 4. jud bueschler has 3.....that doesnt mean hes any good. horry sucks. he just happens to be in the right place when the ball comes bouncing to him with nobody guarding him.

    in case you cant tell...i hate the lakers.
  12. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    Expect the Lakers to get all the calls the next few games as David Stern has visions of a Spurs/Pistons series looming in his head. First one to 70 wins!
  13. Lakers in trouble

    The glove is one of my favorite players of all time but the sad thing is that parker is just torching him. Payton's age is showing and he isn't half the player he used to be. Parker is driving the lane and dishing at will and it's killing the lakers and neither fisher or payton can do a dam thing about it.
  14. BuckNutty

    BuckNutty Hear The Drummer Get Wicked Staff Member Bookie

    The Lakers just look old. Parker and Co. are just running circles around them. Very nice to see :biggrin:
  15. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go! Staff Member

    King Kaufman ( had a good write-up about this series:

    The Lakers' strange demise

    Boy, the Lakers are just weird, aren't they?

    I admit I'm fascinated by this team because of their attempt to win a championship by loading up on future Hall of Famers, a plan that's about to come a cropper. When things are going right for them, as they have been in the third quarter of each of their two losses so far to the Spurs, they're a sight to behold. But against San Antonio in Game 1 Sunday and Game 2 Wednesday, things went wrong more than they went right, especially in the fourth quarter.

    A lot of that has to do with the Spurs, who are playing like defending champions, and in fact playing better than they did last year when they won the championship. Point guard Tony Parker, the key to this series, is playing as brilliantly as everybody said he was playing a year ago, and the Lakers simply have no answer for his speed and quickness.

    Devean George still has a search party out looking for his jock strap after Parker made him look ridiculous with a crossover dribble at a key moment late in the game Wednesday. Gary Payton can't keep up. What to do?

    On TNT's "Inside the NBA," Kenny Smith said the Lakers have to "treat the Little Fundamental like the Big Fundamental," in other words double-team Parker as well as Tim Duncan. So let's see, that's two guys on Duncan, two on Parker. That leaves one guy to guard the other three, who are going to be some combination of Manu Ginobili, Hedo Turkoglu, Rasho Nesterovic, Robert Horry and Bruce Bowen.

    It's a great plan, in the sense that the Bay of Pigs invasion was a great plan.

    The Spurs are looking like champs because it seems that the Lakers were just made for them, an aging team that wilts in the fourth quarter after 40 minutes or so of relentless, hustling defensive pressure. But what's really strange has been the Lakers' poor play in the first half of both games, when they can't blame fatigue, and the way they just seem to go into whacked-out mode with the game on the line. It isn't all fatigue.

    I know Phil Jackson's won nine NBA championships as a coach and I haven't won any, but I'm pretty sure I would have made this clear by the 90th game of the season: When Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Payton are on the floor and the game's on the line, fellas, we don't need Derek Fisher forcing up jumpers through double teams with time on the shot clock.

    That happened with a little over three minutes left Wednesday and the Lakers down by eight, on the possession following Parker's undressing of George, which ignited the crowd and the Spurs bench. If ever a team needed a bucket, it was the Lakers right then, and here was Fisher driving into traffic and hoisting up a prayer. It, uh, missed. "Ballgame," I said to my TV, and my TV said yes.

    It's probably premature to say this when they haven't played a home game yet, but I think the Lakers are done for. Some advice for them, all the same: Keep giving the ball to that big guy in the middle until he can't lift his arms anymore, and also to that slippery guy with the "8" on his jersey. Every time down the floor. Nothing else stands a chance.

    As Joe Bob Briggs says, I'm surprised I have to explain these things.

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