Lakers stunned by Rockets' red glare

Full story: LA Daily News 26
Houston's Shane Battier, left, and Yao Ming, third from left, and the rest of the Rockets showed they were not intimidated by the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. Full Story
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joe guy

Katy, TX

#1 May 5, 2009
This is where we needed Luke Walton to shut down Yao
taxpayer

Yorba Linda, CA

#2 May 5, 2009
Use the force Luke!
kat

La Mirada, CA

#3 May 5, 2009
so disappointing they better pick it up.
LAPDRN

Brea, CA

#4 May 5, 2009
Lakers will win the series
Toasty

Bellevue, WA

#5 May 5, 2009
Houston is not a great team......apparently, neither are the Lakers. Also, Laker fans, make some noise during the game. Staples is a sports arena, not a library.
Him

Fort Wayne, IN

#6 May 5, 2009
Don't worry, it's all part of David Stern's plan to stoke interest and ratings in this series. Even Phil knew this was coming, and that's why the Lakers are not concerned. Look at the foul discrepancy. The refs walked to the back office after the game and picked up their bonus checks for giving the game to the Rockets.
Brad

Pearland, TX

#7 May 5, 2009
Gimme a break!! You sound just like a Trailblazer fan. You think the only way your team can lose is if the refs hand it to the other team. In real life, it's actually possible for the Lakers to get beat by another team, you know? It does happen. And believe it or not, most people in the rest of the country think Kobe is the one getting special treatment by the refs. Point of view is everything.
Him wrote:
Don't worry, it's all part of David Stern's plan to stoke interest and ratings in this series. Even Phil knew this was coming, and that's why the Lakers are not concerned. Look at the foul discrepancy. The refs walked to the back office after the game and picked up their bonus checks for giving the game to the Rockets.
YOUR DAD

Trenton, NJ

#8 May 5, 2009
The scary part about the game is the lakers played horrible, probably the worst game of the year and still only lost by a couple of baskets

Since: Apr 08

Los Angeles, California

#9 May 5, 2009
The way I saw it, Houston played tougher, more aggressive on the inside and made Kobe take difficult shots. I'm starting to wonder whether Phil will ever play Andrew Bynum in crucial minutes again and whether he's permanently inserted Shannon Brown in Jordan Farmar's Spot. Farmar hit a big three at the end of the first and I thought he would get more PT bc he appears to be a better match up against the smaller, quicker Brooks. Lamar has got to come to play if we are going to win this series. He looked flat, slow and lazy.

And Derek, hate to point this out, is getting old. He can barely stay with his man and often looks like he's playing "matador" defense.

Come on guys. This is the playoffs and we're giving away our home court advantage. Must win the next one or we're in deep, you know what.
Bxcx

Houston, TX

#10 May 5, 2009
Rockets in 6! My prediction. I really hope Laker fans didn't assume that the title would be handed to them. What a disappointment that will be when they get bounced this series.
YOUR DAD

Trenton, NJ

#11 May 5, 2009
Bxcx wrote:
Rockets in 6! My prediction. I really hope Laker fans didn't assume that the title would be handed to them. What a disappointment that will be when they get bounced this series.
IF that's all the rockets got then there's no way they will win the series.I predicted lakers in 5 and I am still holding to that.GO LAKES
ernie

Houston, TX

#12 May 5, 2009
The lakers didn't play a bad game.. It just looked that way cause the rockets shut them down on defense. Defense wins games !!!!
Americancitizen

Houston, TX

#13 May 5, 2009
YAOzer! if that's all Houston's got? lol.

oh, no we got more. Ya think?

Lakers in 5?...wha?

lakers fans, swollow hard, cause you got spoon fed!

Gasol.......soft as cloth. Bynum...Mr Bust Inc.

Derek Fisher? I will not disrespect the old man!

welcome to the REAL playoffs folks!
ernie

Houston, TX

#14 May 5, 2009
This is what is going to happen in game two... Yao will get in foul trouble , kobe will cry cause he does not get his way. So in return the refs will call fouls against the rockets to switch the tempo of the game in favor of the lakers!!! Oh and i say yao will get in foul trouble because they will call touch fouls and basically bad fouls on yao.......... everyone wants to see lj vs kobe anyways, so stern will make that happen .!!! more money , cause at the end isn'T always about money ??? cant lie though kobe and lj are the best right now!!!
Brian McCullar

United States

#15 May 5, 2009
Rockets' Brent Barry knocked Derek Fisher to the floor and then hit the deck himself. Barry bounced up and began woofing at Fisher as if he had been wronged in some way, shape or form instead of the other way around.
What were you smoking? Yes it was a hard foul, but watch as Fisher shoves him into the court on the way down. Also what about the no call on the Laker that fouled Battier where he needed stitches. You seem to have forgotten to mention that one. What about Koby throwing the elbow at Battier. You see what you want to see Homer.
Alfredo

Katy, TX

#17 May 5, 2009
Your team seems to think they are the best team in the last 50 years. You are not giving us any credit and that's the way we want it. Keep thinking that it was the way you played that got us a win. Keep thinking it's rust, or timing. We will keep winning the games, while you guys keep blaming rust and timing.

“Fick?”

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#18 May 5, 2009
Why does this loss and all the talk remind me of the Lakers/Pistons series.
I remember it now. The day after game one everyone saying, "Well....the Lakers are gonna take the next 6" and "they needed that loss to get their game up" and on and on. I hope this doesn't end up like that, I'm an L.A. fan so let me remind everyone.... the DODGERS ARE KICKIN' SOME SERIOUS REAR. HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!
Phil Jackson

Portland, OR

#19 May 5, 2009
Hey people? Remember earlier this season when I was asked to compare Michael and Kobe, and I said they were both great competitors, great players, but that MJ had a physical advantage over Kobe because his hands were so much bigger than Kobe's?

Well, I think everyone here knows what I was really saying. When we lost Shaq, we lost some serious manhood, and Kobe's still trying to compensate. Think about it. Kobe hit on a high school age chick and married her. Why? Because she didn't know they came bigger than that.

You know Vanessa's rooting for Yao.
Jeff

United States

#20 May 5, 2009
A poor performance by the Lakers as they lack the killer instinctand consistant 100% effort in the playoffs. If they can't get motivated now, there season is over.
SFV resident

Desert Hot Springs, CA

#22 May 6, 2009
Man Yao doesn't look all that good but he freakin killed the Lakers. Kobe was all scared, and so was Gasol, Andrew, and lamar.

The Chinese guy can shoot and at 29 ft tall, everyones afraid to shoot anywhere near the basket.

lakers will win series, but it won't be easy.

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