BONSIGNORE: For Lakers, stop means go

BONSIGNORE: For Lakers, stop means go

There are 5 comments on the LA Daily News story from May 28, 2010, titled BONSIGNORE: For Lakers, stop means go. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

The Lakers' Pau Gasol, right, and his teammates must come up with an even better defensive effort if they want to rid themselves of Channing Frye, left, and the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference finals once and for all.

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True Lakers Fan

Bangkok, Thailand

#1 May 29, 2010
If the LAKERS do finish the SUNS in game 6 , this will be a good measuring stick for them this year 'coz they will be meeting the CELTICS again in the FINALS and it wil be a good time to exorcise their demons from 2 years ago .
Get on with it

Andover, MA

#2 May 29, 2010
Get on with it......we're waiting here in Boston. ; )
gary remolador

Doha, Qatar

#3 May 29, 2010
My only advice to all Lakers player,make a good Defense,smooth shooting,drive wisely.But if not phoenix players will attack you.Remenber, they're very clever as I observed in my TV. Go Go Go,and face the Boston in the Final. Good Luck !
Daniel

Haiku, HI

#4 May 29, 2010
I think one of the reasons the Lakers had it so easy in the first two games of this series was they just happened to shoot the ball very well from the perimeter, Ron Artest, Fisher, Farmar, Kobe and other just seemed like they could easily drain any open shot. This really backfired as the series went to Phoenix and suddenly the perimeter shooting (other than Kobe) went way down.

A successful defensive play for the Suns is to bait Artest in shooting jumpshots. It seems to me that this was the same strategy employed by the Jazz and the Thunder. When Artest hits the shot, the triangle is unstoppable as good as Kobe and Pau have been. But when Artest misses, or hesitates, cause he's being criticized a lot, the offensive flow comes to a jarring halt. For the triangle to work most efficiently, the inside-out game can't have an obvious weak link or any smart team is going to try and force the Lakers into a low percentage play.

During the Bulls run, Scottie Pippen hardly ever shot 3's and became an effective slasher to the basket with a great midrange game. I would like to see Artest more in the role of a slasher when he's out there, he may not have great skills but he is a bruiser in the paint and draws fouls. The reason why Artest is on the Lakers is because he exposed the Laker soft underbelly in the Houston series last year. We need Artest to play like he did against the Lakers in that series, relentless rebounding, aggresive on defense, and forcing his way to the basket and letting everyone know he was the toughest dude on the court.

I also think the triangle needs to have at least one great perimeter shooter to open up space for Kobe and Pau. John Paxson and Steve Kerr were perfect compliments to Micheal Jordan because they shot extremely high percentages from downtown with quick releases. As a result they often made the defense sorry for double teaming on Mike by knocking down big 3's. Vujacic is the best perimeter shooter on the Lakers other than Kobe Bryant. He's aggressive on defense and will step up and shoot from deep without hesitation. I think we'll see Jackson use Vujacic a lot more in game 6. Should be a great game
ndongo

Los Angeles, CA

#5 May 29, 2010
well who said kobe was finished hand the title to lebron. when you get sick bad knee bad finger the all world call you done he is now the 3rd player in the league durant has passed him. this is how the world is faire now if lebron get a little bruise on the elbo well that is a valuable excuse. this is the way the world is unfaire. what can you say, what can you say about that performance by kobe briant. what can you say. is there any difference between kobe and jordan? they play alike to me. the style is the same position . now the lakers seem to make life hard on themselve, stupidity after stupidy, ron artest sacha. odome with a stupid fall that doen't seem to make sens. not coming ready to play somtimes, soft and lazy the other times. gasol as great as he is his biggest weakness is soft, soft no question about that. bunnym lazyness. odome coming to play only when it mathers. I hope these behaviour will be reduced to a minimum against boston. that all I have to say

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