Rockets Devastate Lakers: Worst. Game. Ever.

I can’t imagine the amount of devastation Randle must be feeling right now. You wait your whole life for your first NBA game and it looks as if he may be out for the entire season due to a fractured tibia in his right leg, I think. Randle has wanted to be a Lakers since he was a kid. Now, that dream is crushed–at least for a very long time. James Worthy did tweet that he had the same injury and he recovered from it. At least it’s not nerve damage. But to likely miss the entire season on your first game in the NBA is devastating. And Lakers will miss a key piece to their team. I saw Randle as a player with raw, yet very unique, offensive talents with high potential to be a superstar–especially under Kobe’s tutelage.

Last night’s game was the worst game ever for me. I can’t imagine a worse game. Losing a promising rookie and getting blown out by my most hated team, players, and coach, with Lin under-performing. I don’t even want to think about last night’s game and would like to just move on.

I know a lot of fans have a lot on their mind, in terms of Scott’s offense (Lakers defense), Lin’s under-performance, etc. I think it’s going to be a long season for the Lakers and it’s best to just be patient and hope for the best. Not overreact too much to each game, because if you do, it’s likely going to be an emotional roller coaster or it’s going to be very depressing.

I’m not saying that there aren’t issues. There are a lot of issues, but it is only the first game of the season. Lets see whether or not this team and coach can work through these issues. They’re also still missing key players. I’m sure they’re aware of all (or at least a lot) of the issues. It’s just a matter of whether or not they’ll be able to come up with the right solutions.

So I won’t talk about the game, much, since I think that’s a futile exercise. Nothing too much to learn from it, because there’s just a lot of things to be concerned about and at the same time it is just the FIRST game of the season.

One thing I want to address is Lin’s performance. I know a lot of Lin fans are concerned and there’s talk that Lin may fit better with the 2nd unit. I think that’s jumping the gun way too much. Lin hasn’t had hardly any practices with the first unit. Lets let Lin have practices and games with the first unit before we overreact and say that Lin fits better with the 2nd unit. Also, Scott should start Davis over Hill. So both Davis and Lin should be in the starting lineup.

Also, there’s been some talk about Kobe ball hogging. I have to say, I didn’t see Kobe ball hogging unnecessarily. I think he did it, because he felt like he had to, not because he was trying to be “the man”. There was a long stretch in the 3rd quarter when Kobe was barely noticed on the court, while Lin was doing his thing. So I don’t have a problem with Kobe at all, from last night’s game.

Now, back to Lin. My theory about Lin’s performance, and I know most won’t buy into this, is that Lin was “McHaled” (to use a term coined byΒ @drbrucehirsch on Twitter) at the beginning of the game. In this case, I mean this sincerely. Not joking around here (although “McHaled” is such a hilarious term). Remember in the first season with the Rockets when Lin struggled and had his worst game vs. the Raptors early on in the season? Then he faced the Knicks in Madison Square Garden on the very next day and suddenly became “Linsanity” after having his worst game and some of his worst weeks?

It was startling how extreme his transformation was. For those who followed Lin’s first season with the Rockets. Lin didn’t look anything close to the way he looked in NYC all the way up until he returned to MSG and then out of the blue, he looked very similar to the way he looked during Linsanity (I’m talking about the way he moved, how he scored, his attitude, etc. EVERYTHING). And then soon after that MSG return game, Lin reverted back to his “Houston Lin self”. And if you recall, that MSG game is a game in which BOTH Lin and Harden did very well. So it wasn’t about Lin being the focus or anything. Again, it was not just the fact that Lin was being hyper-aggressive, he also pulled out the same moves that he did during Linsanity. But then, soon after that game, all those moves went away and Lin reverted back to his old Houston-Lin self.

Psychology is a very powerful thing and explains a lot of human behavior phenomena. Just like Lin sort of had a transformation into “Linsanity” in his first return to MSG, Lin had a similar transformation to the Lin in Houston at the beginning of last night’s game. So, it’s in this sense that I say he was McHaled. But to me, it only lasted for the 1st quarter of the game. Then Lin got over it. I think just seeing his old teammates, his old coach, etc. triggered a lot of awful feelings. It’s sort of like PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrom). (By the way, I want to emphasize here that what Lin faced was not PTSD, because PTSD is a very serious thing. I’m must borrowing a familiar term to describe what Lin was feeling, since I don’t have a better term.) When I wrote the Open Letter to Lin, I mentioned that Lin had been in a two year abusive relationship with McHale. So not unlike other abusive relationships, you go back to your submissive self when you’re back in their presence again.

Admittedly, I am making too much of the whole psychological aspect of it, but I do think it was a significant part of Lin’s performance in the 1st quarter. Of course, it could also be nerves, but Lin had good season debuts back in Houston. So I don’t think nerves was a big part of his performance.

Anyway, after Scott subbed Lin out after Lin picked up 2 fouls in the first quarter, I think Lin was able to calm himself down and get over his “PTSD”. I was watching Lin while he was on the bench and I could see he was in his own world, because he didn’t clap or anything when his teammates on the court scored, etc. He just looked like he was staring off to space (he wasn’t even looking at what was going on on the court–he just mostly was looking straight ahead and slightly down). I think he may have realized he was experiencing a little “PTSD” from seeing McHale/Harden, etc. and was trying to figure out a way to block that out or move past it.

Lin didn’t play much in the second quarter, but he had a very strong stint in the beginning of the 3rd quarter and was the catalyst for the Rockets coming within being only six points down after being down 17 at halftime. So, it’s hard for me to really judge Lin’s performance and how he was played by the coach, due to his “PTSD”. Overall, though, I didn’t have a problem with how Scott played Lin. I thought it was fine. I think last night, it was more that Lin had other things going on in his head that distracted him and also, he’s still not familiar with the 1st unit. But I think it is an overreaction, as well as jumping the gun, to say that Lin needs to be with the 2nd unit.

I know lots of people are going to disagree with my “PTSD” theory. And that’s fine. I can understand how you would disagree. Feel free to say why I’m wrong on this in the comments, but it’s gonna take a lot for me to admit I’m wrong on this one, because It’s something I feel very strongly about.

“PTSD” is just a very extreme form of what’s called “trigger” in psychology. Without going into a long explanation, “triggers” can be used for positiveΒ  or negative purposes to change behavior. but they can also happen naturally. I think similar to stepping into MSG for the first time since Linsanity triggered Lin’s faculties to behave in a way that he did during Linsanity, being in the presence of McHale, Harden, etc. triggered Lin’s faculties to behave in a way he did back in Houston.

I joke about me having “PTSD” with the Rockets and how I’m unable to look at anything Rockets-related without wanting to vomit. But there’s a lot of truth to it, as well. Looking at anything Rockets-related DOES trigger a feeling of nausea of sorts in me. Nothing serious, of course, but ANYTHING Rockets-related does make me feel “icky” for lack of a better word (I think my female readers may know what I’m talking about here).

I know I may be very unique in experiencing this form of “PTSD”. So I’m sure you guys are all like, what the hell is wrong with this dude? And I hear you on that. I’ve got lots of problems for sure! But I’m just thinking that if I feel that way as just a distant observer of what happened to Lin with the Rockets, I can’t imagine how Lin must feel experiencing it all first-had. So that’s why I strongly believe in the theory that Lin was “McHaled” in the 1st quarter, but got over it after that.

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  • Ed

    OMG, another psychological syndrome for poor Lin. I was going to suggest monomania. Anyway, we talk here honestly, probably we are projecting a bit, probably all are true to this mysterious player. Or maybe none.

    I recently put on the post that I thought Lin played an average Lin. It’s hard to say he played “bad” because he looked like he gave it more than 100%. Why wouldn’t he? If he was lazy, yeah then he played bad but that wasn’t the case. This is a question of judgement. How do you judge a low stats player when he gave 100%? I would much rather judge from the inside, not form the outside where all kinds of things come into play.

    I am glad you brought in psychology because I think that is a big one. Yeah, the team is kind of bad and slow. Lin is definitely physically able. So what is up with all the mistakes, half plays. Here, I want to propose my theory: monomania, not PTSD.

    I grant you he is a candidate for PTSD. He has a tendency for self-flagellation. Meaning beating himself up for whatever mistakes. That’s a whole other thing with Christians, they imagine something Good but when it’s inevitably not, they think it’s their fault. (Sorry, unnecessary dig at Christians)

    If you take a look at his first TO, he obviously wanted to take the ball to the basket but did not realize tall as a wall Howard was standing there. That’s where he lost the ball going out of bounds. This is always the problem. He does not see first. He gets the ball, puts his head down, and then runs for it like a bull. Analyze every crazy turnover you will see a bull not having seen the landscape or thought about plan B. That’s monomania. Too long a post, I really have thought much about this but laterz.

    • Very interesting stuff, Ed! I’m glad you brought up those early plays in last night’s game. I think the bigger thing, beyond “PTSD” or whatever other psychological ailment he may or may not have been conflicted with is that he way playing in his head way too much. May have been 1st game nerves or “PTSD” or whatever. But I think the fact is, he was up all in his head.

      And my interpretation with what happened on that drive to Howard wall at the beginning of the game is that that was Lin’s way of trying to snap himself out of his “PTSD”. He was kind of saying, fuck this shit, I gotta play my game. I gotte be aggressive. So that’s why you got kind of the passive and then hyper-aggressive (without composure) thing that you saw in the 1st quarter. I think Lin used to have those moments when he has his head down and sort of drove into heavy traffic, but I think at least in the preseason, he improved significantly on that and would drive into traffic in a composed manner, feeling things out, rather than forcing the issue. That was different in the 1st quarter, because I think he was all up in his head and just trying to make himself be aggressive to snap himself out of the “PTSD” that he was feeling. Anyway, just my “crazy” theory. Totally understand if nobody buys this and people think I need “help”. I’m fine with that. I probably DO need help. Haha.

      • Ed

        Thanks for your reply. I hope you can agree with me that we cannot judge a player from the outside (stats, whatever), but from the inside of how much he gives himself. It’s how there is a Lin we can talk about, or how a graduate gets a job. Anyway it’s a nice principle.

        PTSD, metaphorically applied to Lin, is somewhat an outside reading. It may be true, with Mchale dropping bombs on his head. But maybe he is not anxious at all, he is not damaged at all. But all this is hard to separate when we are talking human psychology.

        I think Lin is like a blue-collar worker, he does not have the hang-ups, he will just do it, but he does not have the intelligence how to do it better. He will put his head down and drive, because everyone around him says that’s why he is valuable, but then get blocked by DH like a skull to a wall. That’s his problem, how to see and how to become a guard with no established “roles” set for you.

        Imagine a perfect point guard. First, he has to peripherally see every player in his team, every movement. Then he will see every micro-movement of his defendants and where they are…I would totally like to write an article about this and then compare where Lin is falling short.

    • MrPingPong

      Thanks for sharing your view, Ed. I learn something new today: monomania.

      Lin, just like any other human being, has “problems”. Whatever his problems are, I just hope that he finds a way to solve them so that he can play Linsane basketball again. He said he did not want to talk about Linsanity any more, but he still owns the Linsanity trademark, doesn’t he? πŸ™‚

      • Ed

        I really like Linsanity 2.0. It’s not the old Linsanity, much sleeker, wicked version of Linsanity in LA. Nostalgia bad, hope good… sorry I couldn’t finish the sentence poetically.

        • MrPingPong

          To me, Linsanity in LA is Linsanity 4.0, Ed. Linsanity 2.0 and Linsanity 3.0 are last two Linsane seasons in H-Town. I live in Houston and went to just about all the Rockets home games to watch Lin play. I put a bunch of videos shot from my phone on Youtube. I’m embarrassed to admit that the Rockets fans are rather classless, booing Lin, their own home team player.

          I’d like very much to read your analysis of Lin’s game. In case you don’t know it already, NBA.com has videos of all the TOV, FGA, FGM, AST, etc. for all the players. Here is the link to Lin’s stats and videos:

          http://stats.nba.com/player/#!/202391/stats/

    • Forthelin

      I think the irony about Lin’s “monomania”, if you will, is that he has an especially sharp perceptive angle on what’s developing in front of him, especially in fast breaks, so he can whip out a picture perfect pass to the open man. Maybe he develops that monomania when he drives into crowded paint and panics.

      I would agree that maybe Lin seemed to revert back to his old shaken self when he got blocked by Howard and lost a couple turnovers in the first quarter. What I liked, that I didn’t see so much in Houston, was his coming back in the 3rd quarter and putting the first qtr behind him. He had a nice split layup over T. Jones, and he blew past Beverly several times. I also felt the Rockets tended to key in on Lin in the first quarter, as much as on Kobe. Unlike the Kings game, where Lin looked beastly, he seemed to revert back to dribbling high again, just some nerves here and there and puff.

      I think Lin will bounce back. Scott has no choice but to play him, so Lin will have less time to self-flagellate and be forced to play through his mistakes. Lin underperformed; however, in the past, he didn’t seem able to play through a poor initial performance; yesterday he did. That was the bright spot for me.

  • BBallFanfromNYC

    My thoughts on the game: Ouch.

    It’s a really bad way to start the game, but, it’s only a game. I think, collectively, Lin fans are overreacting. If one follows JLin long enough, they know this happens. He plays great one game, horrible the next two. I sincerely hope he grows out of this as the season continues. Nash should help his development, even if he is not playing anymore.

    My biggest concern is not Lin’s game, because he will bounce back, but the team’s health and how they play game to game. It’s going to take them awhile to pick up this old school style of ball that Byron is running (maybe he should implement a more early 2000’s style of play, which mixed shooting and smashmouth, as opposed to having them play like a poor version of the 80’s Celtics.) More importantly, players are dropping like flies. The NBA as a whole has an injury issue, and they really need to address how the players train and are trained.

    I think B. Scott meant well, but running the team to death during training camp has only hurt the team. They were paper thin as it was and now Randle goes down. I hope he recovers well, both mentally and physically. I hope he speaks to Kobe and even Blake Griffin, who also missed his rookie yr.

    I think the Lakers are gonna look like a really bad version of last yr’s Nets for the first half of the yr. Hopefully, they will have learned the system by then, and can still scrap for the 8th seed, like I expect them to do.

    • Yeah, I think there is a lot of overreacting going on, BBallFanfromNYC. Thanks for providing a more big-picture perspective on things. I agree with your concerns. I also hope they somehow make the 8th seed, but I’m not so optimistic now, unless Lin can play consistently at an all-start level and gets 33+ minutes a game or so. Lakers are paper thin at the moment.

      Yeah, I think Scott meant well and I bought into his whole intense training camp. But now I do feel like it did contribute to Randle’s injury. With the other injuries, those were kind of “freak” incidents. But Randle’s injury I think had to do with his legs giving out or being overworked or something. Of course, I have no idea what I’m talking about here. Just a stupid hunch, is all. I hope I’m wrong, because that would be heartbreaking. Because the coach meant well, yet, had the opposite effect.

      I think even Scott may regret how hard he worked the guys during training camp. We’ll see.

  • Chirico

    This is a Blessing. The right humiliation at the right stage of the season. This defeat could very well be the spark of Linsanity 2.0 .

    Sorry don’t have too much time explaining my view but if you get this then good for you. The great success comes after a great failure.

    • I get what you’re saying. I think people are making a little too much on this 1st game of the season with respect to Lin’s performance, etc. Lin will, for sure, do much better. This is likely going to be one of Lin’s worst games this season, I think.

  • Dr. Gary Teng

    I have a very different take on the whole pile of craps happened last night. Call me crazy if you want. I won’t mind at all because I have been called much worst. However, I usually get the last laugh in the end. πŸ™‚

    1. Lakers is (or shall I say used to be) Kobe’s team. Most unfortunately, Kobe he himself still firmly believes in this crap given the mileages logged on his frailing and crumbling body and the two serious injuries he suffered in the last two years. So he still acts like he is the alpha dog of this Lakers team who is always entitled to eat the dog chow first. Whereas Lin is the newcomer of this team. He has not had the chance to establish and assert himself yet so he has to defer to Kobe.

    2. Coaching and most of Lin’s teammates were bad last night. Almost no teammates played PnR for Lin and/or passed the ball back to Lin in the 1st quarter. So Lin had no choice but drive to the rim to create his owns shots twice. Unfortunately, he did not succeed in his brave endeavors. In addition, Lin and Davis were only given rather very limited time to play together on court. Henry came back from his injury and allowed to play so poorly for too long. The list goes on and on…

    3. Randle was too ambitious and played way too fast. He thought he was the mini-Kobe, and wanted to become the real Kobe overnight. It may be that only a broken leg could slow him down and brought him down to earth. I sincerely wish now he really understands the true meaning of “Rome was not built in one day” and a speedy recovery.

    And this, and so much more?–
    It is impossible to say just what I mean!
    (Quote from “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot)

    BTW: I am also a poor victim of “PTSD”, courtesy of HcHell. Every time I watch anything Rockets, I start puking (or sobbing) uncontrollably.

    • I understand your frustration, Dr. Teng! I think it’s best to have a little patience and see if this team can figure things out with this coach. I know many are very pessimistic about the situation and that’s understandable.

      I actually thought Randle played very passively last night, apart from that drive that, unfortunately, broke his leg. He did a disappearing act for the most part. Didn’t look like his over-confident. Most of Lakers looked lost last night.

  • bob space

    This game was painful to watch. I saw about 75% of it including Lin’s awesome 3rd quarter performance. After Randle’s injury I just couldn’t stomach watching what seemed like a nightmare game.The biggest downer about the game is randle’s injury. They needed this guy. After watching him play during preseason I genuinely believe he could have been an all-star in 2-3 years at least. He is somewhat capable in creating his own shot in comparison to the other teammates. very sad. However, the good thing is, although it sucks to be injured so young, the fact is he is young, it was a clean break with no nerve damage and he’ll come back stronger.

    I agree to an extent that Lin was a bit psyched out at first playing his old team, and Beverly being annoying (and getting away with some dirty stuff like body slams/shoves) took lin out mentally in the beginning. However, I’m not worried about the loss as there is a silver lining to it. This first game is a rude awakening for the lakers; if they even want to dream of making the playoffs, they are going to have to shore up their defense and work out the ball handling/distribution issues plainly. Thankfully, their errors and weaknesses were magnified and hopefully Scott is smart enough to provide effective solutions when they watch tape.

    Kobe had the ball in his hands a lot, yes, but he was also hitting his shots and being effective. The other guys on the team aside from kobe/lin/boozer weren’t doing much on offense and were not converting otherwise makeable plays. I think wesley johnson hit a nice 3. Ed davis had a few plays but they should have exploited the lin/davis connection. It seemed like boozer took that spot instead which is awesome because it shows he is still capable offensively.

    I think what they should do is, if Lin is going to be pressed full court like he was yesterday, they can have kobe be the primary ball handler, at least in the 1st quarter (especialy if hill is going to start over davis). Lin can work on being a secondary play-maker and a spot-up shooter. I know its not his biggest strength, but he has improved his 3-ball. After the first quarter. Once davis comes out, take kobe out, make Lin the primary ball handler, get some easy buckets.

    • bob space, I couldn’t have recapped yesterday’s game better myself. Thank you! Not sure I entirely agree with the part about Kobe being the primary ball handler, even in the 1st quarter, but I also don’t disagree with it. Other than that, I think we’re of the same mind here.

  • Jeff

    Including the Phoenix game, this is nothing new. I’ve watched Kobe for a full decade and a half. After Jordan retired again I had high hopes for him and was excited to see someone play so similar in terms of athleticism, style, swagger and killer instincts. However, I got more and more disappointed throughout the years when I dug deeper into his game and realized his numbers are extremely deceiving. Pro-Kobe fans point at his total assist numbers (even higher than MJ), but if you watch any of his games, he forces it way to often and doesn’t simply let the offense naturally flow to him. Phil Jax said that was a major difference in one of his books. I really wanted to relive MJ’s glory days by riding it out with KB, but what I got was (I can’t say selfish) but a case of NPD. It’s a disorder that enables a person to believe in their own bullshit. They are sometimes geniuses like Steve Jobs. But the way they do things are forced and they act without regard to others but “think” they are doing it for the benefit of others. I’ve been quiet about this cus I’m naturally an optimist, but my gut was telling me that Lin (and every other guy on the Lakers) will suffer if Kobe still thinks he has to be the “man” to win. Kobe at 36yrs is like Steve Jobs with glaucoma trying to lead a team of product designers/developers. Even if he can’t see right, he’ll still believe in his own bullshit and force his ways onto the team. Sorry guys, but if Kobe remains healthy throughout the season, we will see Lin’s minute around the 20’s and in a year, he’ll be playing in China. Of course there is a way around this. That is IF Lin grabs the keys and out-ego’s Kobe and reins in the rest of the team on his back. Of course knowing who he is and what he’s all about, we will never see that. The video of him stomping his feet at his teammates was encouraging though. So as an optimist, I will keep waiting until the fat lady sings.

    • MrPingPong

      NPD! You made me stop reading and spend sometime Googling for this acronym, Jeff! πŸ™‚

      It pained me to see Lin so timid in the Phoenix game last night. No confidence in his ball handling, his passing, his shooting whatsoever. It’s not monomania but zeromania, if there is such a thing. Whatever is going on in his mind, up to and including last night’s game, is not working for him. He must change his way now. He owns Linsanity, he is Linsanity, he should embrace it instead of trying to forget it. That’s what I would recommend to him.

      So you saw Lin stomping his feet last night too? I thought I was imagining things. I should go back a re-watch that part. Anybody here remembers roughly which part of the game that was?

      I have always been optimistic about Lin’s potential, and I am still. Lin will figure it out, before going to China, I’m sure! πŸ™‚

      • Dr. Gary Teng

        Here you are:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0jjFpHgoFA

        What the grabbing the bull by the horns?!

        I believe that Lin should start grabbing Kobe’s balls every time Kobe is ball-hogging. πŸ™‚

        • MrPingPong

          Thanks for the video link, Dr. Teng! I don’t know whether I should laugh or cry! The whole sequence was, shall we say, comically pathetic! πŸ™‚

          Kobe said afterwards he wanted Lin to run the offense. Lin said he would go home, figure out what changes he would need to make and go from there!

          So for us hapless fans, let’s see if Lin will grab the bull by the nuts in the Clippers as you recommend, Dr. Teng! πŸ™‚

    • I hear you about Kobe, Jeff. This was why I was initially so pessimistic about finding out that Lin got traded to the Lakers: http://www.jeremylintel.com/2014/07/11/lin-to-lakers-is-not-good-for-jeremy-lin-and-may-be-worse-than-staying-with-rockets/

      I’m hoping that THIS Kobe is more willing to share the ball and is less of an NPD. I know it doesn’t look like it now, but I think that’s more of a function of the Lakers just not knowing what they’re doing than Kobe’s NPD. I want to see what Kobe will be like after the team figures things out. That is, IF they will be able to figure things out at all. I’m sure they’ll figure some things out, but probably not all. But I think THIS Kobe knows he needs help to win. And I think he was hoping that Lin would be the one to help him win. So we’ll see. I think they just need more time together and I’m hoping Lin is very vocal about what he needs to win to the coach and the players.

      • MrPingPong

        I guess you all have seen this video of Kobe’s iso right?

        https://vine.co/v/OMF2OjKnIqm

        I’m sure the Lakers saw that too. I am counting Kobe’s high BB IQ to help him realize what he is doing and what it will take to win games at this stage of his career, with the supporting cast that he has now. (Kobe does have high BB IQ, right?).

        On a separate note, I woke up this morning to news that Westbrooks broke his hand last night. Injuries can happen anytime to anyone, folks! Superstar or not. So the number one key to the Lakers getting on track is health, In my view. Kobe and Lin and the rest of the Lakers gang will figure things out in due time (I hope).

        It’s new coach, new team, new everything for Lin (except may be California) for Lin this season. Be patient! Give Lin and the Lakers some time… Even King James and the “on-paper mighty” Cavs struggled and lost to the lowly Knicks last night, the same Knicks that was brutalized by the Bulls the night before.

        Have a great day/afternoon/evening everyone, wherever you are on this WEB!

  • pistolpete

    Wow are they bad! Byron better come up with something quick or he will be departing like Mike Brown. It doesn’t help that Jeremy didn’t get any practice time with the starters in pre-season – even Ronnie Price got time with them. They better spend some serious practice time on their offense because apparently it took a backseat to defense in practice. Unfortunately their defense looks pretty poor also. How many open 3 point shots are they going to allow before they decide to put in the effort? Personally if I were the coach I’d review the D’antoni offense with JLin in NY and see what works. Pretend Kobe is Novak and Ed Davis is Chandler. Hopefully they’ll improve to at least a .500 team and Jeremy takes the bull by the horns because I’m afraid if he doesn’t this could be his last hurrah.

    • MrPingPong

      BS’s offense scheme seems to be give the ball to Kobe and watch. It’s a modified version of the Princeton, I guess. Renegade Lakers fans are suggesting bringing D’Antoni back! πŸ™‚

      As to defense, what defense?

      Yeah, let’s hope Lin will change his present way and starts grabbing the bull by the horns and plays BB the way he knows how to play.

  • scott NYC

    watching last night’s game was brutal. there is no team chemistry. i wonder how long i can stay up and watch Laker games.

    • MrPingPong

      I hear you, ScottNYC! I live in Houston, so I only have to put up with two hours lag time. It’s almost bearable! πŸ™

  • Ed

    Today, Lin will score 26 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals. The game winner will be a buzzer-beater. That’s my prediction and my anti-jinx. If I am right, you all owe me a pizza. What is your anti-jinx prediction?

    • MrPingPong

      How about Kobe going Lebron tonight, playing 40 min, 15 pts all treys assisted by Lin, 5-20 shooting, 1 rebound, 3 TOs running out the clock doing ISO, and Lin a near a quadruple double with 9 points, 9 assists, 9 rebounds and 9 steals?

      CP3 chokes and misses both FTs with no time left on the clock. Lakers win by one point.

      I don’t eat Pizza, but Vietnamese Banh Mi is fine: http://battleofthebanhmi.com/

      πŸ™‚

      Happy Trick-or-Treating to ALL, wherever you are on this WEB!

      • Ed

        Nice. If CP3 chokes on the last play, I am definitely sending you Banh Mi.

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