Lakers Fall In The Opening Battle Against Clippers

Posted by: JamFan on 09/17/2012 - 01:36 AM

aka Don Allen

PIC OF THE DAY - While most of the rest of the Lakers took the night off, Kobe scored 40 of the Lakers 95 points. Hit hit 14 of 23 shots and all 10 of his free throws. He also had 6 rebounds and two steals.

BATTLE FOR LA - The opening salvo in the Battle of LA went to the Clippers 105-95. For the Lakers it was a story of to much Kobe and not enough team. Coach Brown played four of his starters 38 minutes or more and would have played Dwight Howard more except for foul trouble. Kobe went for 40 points in 43 minutes but his team didn't follow. If the Lakers are going to try and use this strategy for the rest of the season they are going to lose a lot more than they should.

But what are they going to do? The Clipper bench had another monster game outscoring the Laker's bench 46 -16. The Clippers bench scored 49 on opening night. Overall, the Clippers had 7 players score 8 points or more. Jamal Crawford led the way with 21 points for the Clippers, and Chris Paul had 18 points, 15 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals. Even if Steve Nash plays, the Lakers do not have the answer for CP3 and Eric Bledsoe at the point guard position.

CENTER - ADVANTAGE LAKERS - Dwight Howard won this battle last night but had subpar game for him. He finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds while DeAndre Jordan had only 4 points and 5 rebounds. Both player sat our with foul trouble and were not decisive in the game.

POWER FORWARD - NO ADVANTAGE - Both power forwards played well with Blake having 15 points, and 8 rebounds, while Pau went for 10 points and 14 rebounds.

SHOOTING GUARD - ADVANTAGE LAKERS - Kobe went for 40 points in 43 minutes while Jamal Crawford had 21 points off the bench for the Clippers. Kobe's heroic effort couldn't bring the Lakers a win because the rest of the team didn't perform.

SMALL FORWARD - ADVANTAGE CLIPPERS - Caron Butler had a nice shooting night hitting 5 of 7 shots in route to 14 points. Metta on the other had hit only 3 of 10 shots and went 1 of 7 from the 3 for 8 points.

POINT GUARD - ADVANTAGE CLIPPERS - This battle wasn't even close as the combination of Chris Paul and Eric Bledsoe dominated the Laker point guards. Having Steve Nash available would have helped but he is just not fast enough to contain either one of the Clippers PG's.

THE BENCH - ADVANTAGE CLIPPERS - The Clipper bench ourscored the Lakers bench 46 - 16. Enough said.

SEASON ADVANTAGE - CLIPPERS - The Clippers have now beaten the Lakers once in the preseason, and in their opening game of the regular season.

TiIME TO PANIC YET? - The Lakers have started the season 0 - 3 for the first time since 1978. When asked about this Kobe "jokingly" asked everybody to just shut up. With tens of thousands of Laker fans still blacked out, and maybe watching Clippers games instead, this is going to be public relations nightmare until the Lakers start to win again.

THE TEAM - The Lakers have a starting lineup that is equal to the best in the NBA. They traded away Andrew Bynum to get Dwight Howard and signed Steve Nash and Antawn Jamison as free agents. Jodie Meeks, Jordan Hill, and Devin Ebanks could be dangerous weapons off the bench. Let's hope that after we have a few games with everybody available, that the chemistry starts to develope and the team starts to win. So far the bench hasn't provided much. The right pieces are in place, and the bench is going to eventually be better than advertised, they just need a few more games to get their rythym going. And our bigs need to stop any kind of penetration in the lane. Our interior defense needs to improve.

HACK-A-HOWARD - In the first game we are already starting to see a strategy of just fouling Dwight if he is close to the basket instead of letting him score. Teams are doing this consistantly against the Clippers DeAndre Jordan. Jordan and Howard both share the same deficiency in hitting free throws. Last season the Clippers literally couldn't play Jordan late in the 4th quarter. The Lakers might be faced with the same dilemma. Dwight only hit 3 of 14 free throws in game 1. To show how the tactic can backfire, Howard hit most of his free throws in game 2.

COACHING CONTROVERCY - In our Forum you are already starting to hear the drum beat of fans wondering if Coach Mike Brown is the right guy to coach this team. If the Lakers underperform, the media and sportwriters will be next. It seems a little early for this but the expectations are high and the Lakers haven't won a game yet. How long will they stay with the Princeton offense if they don't start to click. Kobe can change the offense all by himself if he gets fed up with the results. The coach can go along for the ride.....or not.

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Re: Lakers Fans Could Be Left In The Dark - No TV- Luxury Tax Looms Over Fans
by SPQR on 10/17/2012 - 09:37 PM

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Your blog brought up some interesting things that seem to be matters of confusion.

I have called direct TV 3 times (I live in PA) and have gotten different stories about league pass. Other friends of mine have also gotten different stories and it amounts to three- One: No Laker games at all will be shown. Two: Only games carried by the other team will be shown. No LA broadcasts. So that would probably eliminate between 20-40 Laker games on league pass. And three: All Laker games will be shown.

Its a travesty that the people at Direct TV don't even know exactly what the Lakers situation will be. You seem to say if you have the Direct TV league pass, you will get the games. Do you have that from some impeachable authority? If so, who? I ask this simply because of my and my friends varied and confused answers from Direct TV.

Lasty, I know the league pass blacks out all home team games shown in every teams city and surrounding environs. This has been the policy since league pass has existed. So when you say one can watch the Lakers on league pass in the So Cal area, how far does one have to be away from LA to avoid the blackout?

These are all interesting questions and issues. I am curious about your sources since I sure as hell can't a get a definative, straight answer from Direct TV themselves.

Re: Lakers vs Clippers Coming Up - Blacked Out Fans Get 1st Game On TV
by JamFan on 10/24/2012 - 11:30 AM

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I haven't read anything definitive about what League Pass is going to be doing. The different media reports out seem to be half way in the dark as well. I guess we will find out in a week or so what exactly is going to happen. I am not going to pay $179 just to get Laker games. Especially if half of them are going to be blacked out. Online service is only $26.

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