Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Game Day 2018-01-03

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Please post your predictions for the game today versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. What must the Lakers do earn a win? Who on the Thunder should Purple and Gold focus on? Will the game be a high-scoring affair or more slow paced?


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Best way to win is to kidnap Russell. Or call in sick Wink


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113 to 92 Thunder. I'd rather watch old Kobe and Shaq videos. At least they bring me excitement. The only thing this team gives me is an ulcer. Go Lakers!


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Off topic slightly but interesting none the less.

People justify the KCP contract and extended mins as a way to please LBJ's agent. Yet Randle and D'Angelo Russell, who both have seen the short end of the stick from the franchise, share the same agent as PG13.


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Good point. I really can't imagine LBJ is so immature as to demand a team take care of his 'boys' before he'll come to play. But whatever, the team has to do what it needs to do to compete and be successful. Wins = more revenue. KCP is being grossly overpaid on a 1 year deal. Thankfully it's just a 1 year deal anyways. Isn't he the highest paid player on the team right now not named Deng? Normally the highest paid are the best. It was a lot of money to spend to try and lure a potential FA just coz they share an agent.


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Shepherd wrote:
Good point. I really can't imagine LBJ is so immature as to demand a team take care of his 'boys' before he'll come to play. But whatever, the team has to do what it needs to do to compete and be successful. Wins = more revenue. KCP is being grossly overpaid on a 1 year deal. Thankfully it's just a 1 year deal anyways. Isn't he the highest paid player on the team right now not named Deng? Normally the highest paid are the best. It was a lot of money to spend to try and lure a potential FA just coz they share an agent.

No Lopez is getting $22.6 million lol

Lopez, Deng and KCP combine for $57.5 million or 55% of the current pay roll.

Thankfully most of that is coming off the books


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No Lopez is getting $22.6 million lol

Lopez, Deng and KCP combine for $57.5 million or 55% of the current pay roll.

Thankfully most of that is coming off the books

Makes getting Boogie seem like a bargain!


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I wonder is Magic is pulling coaching strings from behind the scenes. Vis a vis line ups and minutes.


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Shepherd wrote:
Best way to win is to kidnap Russell...

Didn't we have Russell....OHHHHHHHHHH..........we had the OTHER Russell!


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If the Lakers want PG13, they had better play good tonite and not be the BLIND SCRUB ARMY that they have been of late.


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Please make the FT's!!!!!!!


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Whoa!!!!!!...Get out the way Melo!!!!!


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Why does Ennis always dribble to that baseline to get trapped all the time....makes no sense.


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BI just blocked Melo straight up....lmao!!!!....too old Melo.


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Wearing those throwback Minnies again...love it.


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KuzMoney!!!!....He came to play tonight.


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Yall missed Kuz wide open by himself under the goal.


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Starting off good and we're going backwards.....


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That's right Lopez..way to come off the bench and hit a 3. Hopefully you stay coming off the bench...lol.


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Dam this page moving slow as hell for me tonight.


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WTF was that Lopez...smh.


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Old School Corey B with the follow up lay.


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I like this Lopez off the bench....no pressure.


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Man I really hate they started KCP and not Josh Hart....smh.


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Kuz for 3!!!!!


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Where's the freaking defense!!!!


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Another lob by Westbrook...Getting pathetic.


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These uniforms suck and so does this squad. I have nothing good to say about this team right now.


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Okay I'm done talking to myself. Later....lol.


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3 players are beating us. JUST 3!!!


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Kuz, BI and Zo -- fire everybody else including the stupid coaches.


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BaadMaster wrote:
Kuz, BI and Zo -- fire everybody else including the stupid coaches.

I have to humbly disagree with you. I think those 3 should be included. Nobody on the roster should be untouchable.


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I have to humbly disagree with you. I think those 3 should be included. Nobody on the roster should be untouchable.

Could it be that Jimbo and Kuppy did such a complete and thorough job in destroying the franchise that it will be years before it can be repaired. I mean the remnants of those two idiots live on in Dung and his contract and the loss of this years draft picks.

Their damage is incomprehensible.


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BaadMaster wrote:
Could it be that Jimbo and Kuppy did such a complete and thorough job in destroying the franchise that it will be years before it can be repaired. I mean the remnants of those two idiots live on in Dung and his contract and the loss of this years draft picks.

Their damage is incomprehensible.

It could be that or it could be that Magic has a deep deep love for the Celtics that he wants to ensure the pick they got from us (technically) is good enough for them to draft whoever or trade for Anthony Davis.


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Since Kuzma is the only Laker capable of hitting threes and shooting 50%, let him take every friggin' shot. Average forty points and put fannies in the seats. Go WWE/Vince McMahon and stop trying to make a TEAM. That is what I would do.


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userpete1037 wrote:
Where's the freaking defense!!!!

This is top 10 defense in the league, at least what I was told around here lol.


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userpete1037 wrote:
Man I really hate they started KCP and not Josh Hart....smh.

It's pathetic how he just walks back in. Weak coaching decision IMO


suntzu619
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So if Luke talks about accountability who in the hell holds him accountable for his terrible coaching?


Dave
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Well, that was ugly to say the least- losing by 37 at home. Gotta bounce back vs the Hornets.


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Well, that was ugly to say the least- losing by 37 at home. Gotta bounce back vs the Hornets.

No, we need to run off three in a row at home vs Hornets, Hawks and Kings. If we don't do that, then we are even farther behind than I thought we were.


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So far I Have heard on the radio and on Spectrum that the next 3 games are “winnable”. That is huge load of crap i relations to this team. The Portland game was “winnable” the Sacramento game was “winnable”. All these so called “winnable” games end up being L’s which further proves that these guys don't deserve to be on the court.


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suntzu619 wrote:
So far I Have heard on the radio and on Spectrum that the next 3 games are “winnable”. That is huge load of crap i relations to this team. The Portland game was “winnable” the Sacramento game was “winnable”. All these so called “winnable” games end up being L’s which further proves that these guys don't deserve to be on the court.

That's just home town PR. They always have to spin the positive. That's what they get paid to do.


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Glad I decided to go to sleep early last night. Woke up to 37pt defeat...whewwww.


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suntzu619 wrote:
I have to humbly disagree with you. I think those 3 should be included. Nobody on the roster should be untouchable.


Dave
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Kuz said the guys "quit" and were "selfish":

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“We gave up,” Kuzma said of a game in which the Lakers were outscored by 37 over the final three quarters, via ESPN.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “You could see, they got basket after basket, we had no resistance on them on the defensive end and offensive end. When things got tough, we tried to do it individually, and you can’t do that in this league.

“They took a little lead, and we just went to being selfish on the floor. We didn’t compete on defense. They killed us. … To lose by [nearly] 40, it is pretty embarrassing to be out there.”

https://sports.yahoo.com/kyle-kuzma-sus ... 00075.html


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The problem is when you have Jc and Kuzma on the floor at the same time, the defense is going to take a major hit. Nance has been quite pedestrian on the defensive end of the floor this season. Doesn’t help when you have JC putting up 4/15 fga’s in recent times.

I don’t understand how we have so much iso ball being used in a free flowing system which should be promoting ball movement and fast pace. Iso Ball is counter productive to that philosophy. Jc, Randle and BI do that more then I would like. It is becoming a really bad habit. It shows up or carries over to the other end as well. Bad shots or possessions invariably leads to easy buckets for the opposition.

Every team has an assistant coach who is a designated defensive/offensive specialist. I don’t even know the names of our assistants, let alone their roles. Lol. All I know is that they have the best seats In the house.


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Now you know why Kobe used to play so much iso and take over games, largely ignoring his teammates. For which he took a lot of flack here on a regular basis. The fact is, something is wrong in Denmark. Clearly. This has been an issue for years, even with the Triangle we reverted to iso. I don't know what it is. As I have said before, unless the coaches are total morons, the only explanation is it's some kind of systemic rub off from the city/location.


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