Did You See What We Saw?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Just so we are absolutely clear, there is nothing wrong with Kobe Bryant‘s knee.

He wishes people would leave him alone about it. And so do we.

After what we saw from Kobe (17th career triple double) and the Lakers in a win over the Kings in Sacramento on Wednesday night, no one should question the readiness of that crew to grind through this season.

Back to Wednesday night’s 12-game slate of games … there was a lot  more drama and action than what we saw on the court. From coast to coast. And the hideout crew didn’t miss a thing.

The only question is Did You See What We Saw?

ATLANTA 94, DETROIT 85

Looking good: It’s someone different every night carrying the 5-0 Hawks. Josh Smith did the honors in this win over the Pistons, helping the Hawks overcome their own lethargy to send the Pistons to a fifth straight defeat. Smith’s 22 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocks led five Hawks in double figures.

Sound the Alarm: Pistons coach John Kuester blasted his team’s lack of leadership Tuesday night. Wednesday night he called on Rodney Stuckey twice early in the third quarter and was ignored by his point guard. Kuester benched him for the rest of the night and then cut off a postgame media session  after one question. Did we mention the Pistons are off to their worst start since the 1980-81 season? Drama.

HT’s Take: While the Hawks are adjusting well to their new head coach (Larry Drew), it’s clear there is something amiss in that Pistons’ locker room. Charlie Villanueva‘s Twitter spat with Kevin Garnett was old news by the time the Pistons exited Philips Arena. This was clearly a snapshot of two teams headed in totally opposite directions.

CHARLOTTE 85, NEW JERSEY 83

Looking good: D.J. Augustin’s free throws with 30.9 seconds to play provided the winning points but it was Gerald Wallace and Boris Diaw that did the heavy lifting to finally get the Bobcats a mark in the win column. Larry Brown still wasn’t particularly impressed with his team’s sloppiness, but we’re sure he’ll take the win.

Sound the Alarm: Stephen Jackson‘s a shadow of the force he was for the Bobcats last season, when he averaged 21.1 points and spearheaded the first playoff run in Bobcats history.  His minutes and rebounding numbers are down but his scoring dip (14.8 so far this season) is the most dramatic dip in his performance. Something’s amiss.

HT’s Take: Even in defeat we continue to like what we see from the Nets. Brook Lopez and Devin Harris are grinding through the tough times, playing through the pain of injuries and keeping this team in every game. Rookie forward Derrick Favors is making it hard to ignore him with the way he works on both ends, and above the rim. Avery Johnson‘s fingerprints are all over this team.

PHILADELPHIA 101, INDIANA 75 (Prime Minister Special Report)

Looking good: Two things that surprised in this one for the Sixers. First, they got a big lead (26 points at halftime) and kept control of the game from there, something Philly has struggled with all season as our man Andy Jasner points out here. Second, Elton Brand went for 25 points and 12 boards in 42 minutes … stats not surprising in and of themselves, but moreso when you consider this was just the seventh time he had 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in a game in his three seasons as a Sixer.

Sound the Alarm: Not to incite undue Hideout panic, we are a little concerned about Doug Collins‘ well-being after he suffered dizzy spells related to vertigo at halftime. He said after the game that he’s “all good,” but also said that as the team headed to the locker room for halftime, he had to hold on to assistant coach Michael Curry so he wouldn’t fall over.

HT’s Take: After looking so sharp three nights ago in their home win over the Sixers, the Pacers looked stuck in the mud. There were plenty of missed shots (Indy shot 31.5 percent), the stars disappeared (Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and Darren Collison all struggled) and Indiana rarely seemed to let its offense run a play before someone jacked up a shot. Jim O’Brien summed it up best: “”Sometimes you’re the pounder; sometimes you’re the poundee,” O’Brien told the Indianapolis Star. “We were the poundee tonight.”

ORLANDO 128, MINNESOTA 86 (PMSR)

Looking good: Orlando’s 78 first-half points against Minnesota were better than an entire night of offense from the Indiana Pacers (who managed only 75 points), and the Magic’s outburst set a franchise record for points in a half. The usual suspects did the damage for Orlando, but there was plenty of help off the bench with some particularly strong play by Brandon Bass and Marcin Gortat in the paint that overpowered the Wolves.

Sound the Alarm: Though this game was a blowout early, the Wolves have some work to do on defense. They’ve given up 105 points or more in four of their five games and haven’t been able to keep up with up-tempo teams like the Magic or Heat. Every player on the Wolves but one — Maurice Ager — is averaging at least 10 minutes a game, but no one is averaging 30 minutes a game. There might be too many guys playing.

HT’s Take: What helped Orlando more last night, having an extra day off thanks to their Tuesday night game in New York being postponed or simply having the Wolves come to town? Hard to tell in this one. The Magic’s reshuffled depth chart — namely giving more minutes to Bass, Chris Duhon and J.J. Redick — seems to be paying off.

BOSTON 105, MILWAUKEE 102

Looking good: Rajon Rondo is just showing off now. Another 15 assists to go with his 17 points. But Paul Pierce stole the show on this night, reaching the 20,000-point plateau and then outscoring the Bucks all by his lonesome in overtime to help the Celtics claim the victory.

Sound the Alarm: Kevin Garnett’s elbow shuffle with Andrew Bogut (who led six Bucks in double figures with 21 points to go with his 13 rebounds) was his latest dust-up with an opponent this week. He claims he didn’t say what Charlie Villanueva Tweeted he said, but it doesn’t really matter at this point. Garnett’s “tough guy” reputation is bordering on silliness at this stage of his career.

HT’s Take: We’ve been forced to dine on a little crow where the Bucks are concerned. So far they have not lived up to the lofty expectations we and many other placed on them heading into this season. Fear the Deer? Not right now. They’ve still got that deer in the headlights look right now. But we’re a patient people. We can wait a little longer.

NEW ORLEANS 107, HOUSTON 99

Looking good: So this is what we all get for doubting Chris Paul? He’s not only playing like an All-Star and the best point guard in the league, he’s back to playing like the MVP candidate he was as recently as three years ago. It’s early still, and we still don’t know what to make of his supporting cast. But Paul is back to his old self, which spells trouble for about 29 other point guards around the league.

Sound the Alarm: We heard all summer from Rockets fans that were outraged that we didn’t rank them higher on the Western Conference totem pole. What were we thinking, so many of you asked? We were thinking that the same team we saw last year, even with Yao Ming playing limited minutes, would struggle to become an upper-tier team in the league. And we’re sticking to that theory.

HT’s Take: The Hornets have been searching for years for a quality running mate for Paul and seem to have found a most unlikely fit in Marco Belinelli, who is having a splendid time working off of Paul on the wing. Clearly we underestimated what general manager Dell Demps and Monty Williams have going on in the Big Easy.

DALLAS 102, DENVER 101

Looking good: This was easily the best game of the night (hope you saw it) and came complete with superstars playing up to their reputations and a thrilling finish that was decided at the buzzer. Dirk Nowitzki was magnificent for the Mavericks, finishing with 35 points and 12 rebounds. Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony went for 20 and 15 but couldn’t avoid the sour ending when his 22-footer with 2.1 seconds left missed the mark.

Sound the Alarm: The Nuggets need someone tall to get healthy, as soon as humanly possible. They didn’t have a single rotation player taller than 6-foot-9 available to defend against the Mavericks, who can play Nowitzki anywhere on the floor (and they love getting him in mismatches with undersized wing players and guards).

HT’s Take: For a team that was supposed to be ravaged by turmoil surrounding Anthony’s status, the Nuggets have managed to play without that having a negative impact. Credit Anthony for doing his work without fail, for being the ultimate professional. But you also have to credit George Karl for keeping his crew on track.

UTAH 125, TORONTO 108 (PMSR)

Looking good: Utah’s offensive disharmony we brought up in this space last week? You might wanna forget that. The Jazz looked like their old flex offense-running selves, with Deron Williams dicing up Toronto with seemingly little-to-no effort at times. Paul Millsap is settling in as a stabilizing force in the offense until Al Jefferson gets everything under his belt, but both big men ran roughshod over the Raptors.

Sound the Alarm: Is Gordon Hayward disappearing from the Jazz rotation? The rookie didn’t do much stats-wise (no points, two boards in eight minutes) and C.J. Miles‘ big night from deep didn’t exactly give coach Jerry Sloan a reason to play Hayward more. Might have just been due to matchups, but the Jazz went with a dual point guard lineup of Ronnie Price and Earl Watson often and used Miles — not Hayward — as the No. 1 backup for Andrei Kirilenko.

HT’s Take: This win, plus Sunday’s over the Thunder in OKC, gives the Jazz two wins earned in impressive fashion. Might they be back in the West race before we know it? D-Will and Jefferson seem to be working out the kinks on offense, with Jefferson becoming more confident in his teammates and being more decisive in the low post. The Jazz also gave a how-to video on keeping Reggie Evans off the glass by making a point to box him out securely on each shot.

SAN ANTONIO 112, PHOENIX 110

Looking good: You laughed at Richard Jefferson. You thought he was crazy. Foolish you. Jefferson’s doing all the laughing now. He’s playing out of his mind. He nailed a huge 3-pointer and two free throws late to lift the Spurs past the Suns in a fantastic game on both ends of the floor. Jefferson’s averaging 20 points on 65 percent shooting this season. How hilariously crazy is that?

Sound the Alarm: Anyone seen Hedo Turkoglu yet? We knew he was not going to replace Amar’e Stoudemire, but 8.5 points, 4 rebounds and 37 percent shooting is ridiculous. The Suns gambled that his ugly season in Toronto was just a glitch in Hedo’s matrix. Maybe … maybe not. But it’s clear that Hakim Warrick, not Turkoglu, is the the most valuable new addition to these Suns.

HT’s Take: It’s strange seeing the Spurs cast in this role as the aging underdogs. They’re still a formidable bunch and as deep as any other team behind the Lakers in the standings right now. And you know Gregg Popovich is relishing the opportunity to fly under the radar for at least another month while he gets everything in order. Beware of the old Spurs. Beware!

GOLDEN STATE 119, MEMPHIS 115

Looking good: Good for you Dorell Wright. Yet another castoff by the Miami Heat from last season, Wright has found a perfect fit for his game with the Warriors. He carried the Warriors early and finished with 25 points, courtesy of a career-high seven 3-pointers.  Wright’s always been a fave here at the hideout, so it’s good to see him thrive in a new setting.

Sound the Alarm: If our Grizzlies can get anything out of the bench, anything at all on a night like this, they’re in a position to win. Rudy Gay is putting in work and Mike Conley‘s production is as good as it’s been. But there’s still something missing. Playing for an extended period without Zach Randolph doesn’t help, making life much tougher on Gay and Marc Gasol.

HT’s Take: Monta Ellis launched an all-out assault for the scoring title on opening night and hasn’t let up. He nearly managed a triple double in the win over HT’s Grizzlies. What’s really going to be interesting is if he can keep up his current pace (league-best 30 per night) for the duration of the season. The Warriors might need him to do just that if they want to stay competitive in the Western Conference.

LA CLIPPERS 107, OKLAHOMA CITY 92

Looking good: Clipper Darrell announced before Wednesday’s game that he would lose his trademark suit as a boycott to his team’s early season performance. Thanks to Eric Gordon’s breakout night (27 points), the work of Blake Griffin and Ryan Gomes up front and a woeful 6-for-24 shooting performance from Kevin Durant our guy Clipper Darrell can put his clothes back on.

Sound the Alarm: Now that the Clippers have finally won a game, you can turn the alarm off. The whole Baron Davis drama will rage on after Eric Bledsoe‘s 17-point, eight assist effort against Russell Westbrook. The Clippers don’t have much room for error, so they need all their main pieces in sync to get things straightened out.

HT’s Take: The Thunder have shown signs of weakness, particularly when their backcourt reserves don’t get into a good flow. James Harden and Eric Maynor combined for four points against the Clippers. That’s a recipe for disaster.

LA LAKERS 112, SACRAMENTO 100

Looking good: You expect these sorts of things out of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. But Lamar Odom is as big a reason as anyone that that the Lakers are a perfect 5-0. There is no reasonable explanation for Odom getting better with age like this, so Lakers fans shouldn’t bother trying to analyze it. Just sit back and enjoy this time before Odom moves back to the bench for Andrew Bynum‘s return.

Sound the Alarm: DeMarcus Cousins thought he left school early. Then he woke up this morning and realized he’s got work to do in Big Man 101. That’s what happens after you get worked over by Odom, Gasol, Ron Artest and the rest of the Lakers’ frontcourt rotation. He was hunched over at the foul line breathing heavily at one point late in the third quarter. He probably realizes now that being in good shape won’t cut it at this level. He’ll need to be in great shape.

HT’s Take: Back to Bynum and what the Lakers will do once he returns from injury: Does it make sense for them to bring Bynum off the bench and allow Odom to continue in his current role? We’ll be ready to argue for that scenario whenever Bynum returns, because Odom’s in a zone right now that could make this season for the Lakers, regardless of what happens with Bynum.

77 Comments

  1. DeSean says:

    SMH…… all of these Laker Haters….. saying that Laker fans are stupid……. U guys are stupid …Most Laker fans are hardcore Laker fans …. but they are NOT basketball fans ….. they follow JUST the lakers…. …. if u were smart u would know that……its Hollywood……… I saw some guy on this that said Tyreke Evans has the best footwork in the League… -____- are u serious????……. can’t talk basketball wit ppl nowadays….

  2. J Lambo says:

    P.S. get off the kobe’s nuts, because u might catch what ole girl in colorado gave em. lmao peace

  3. J Lambo says:

    I really dont understand this Heat Suck guy. lol. why comment back to back on how bad lebron is? dude u make yourself seem so stupid and such a hater. I think you feel threatened that kobe’s 3-peat aint gonna happen huh? i mean u keep doing the same thing over and over. Lequeen? wow that really hurts lebron. lol aint nobody mad at that so call him what you want. That’s not gonna stop the best player in league from getting his first ring. Oh and by the way i do like kobe but i dont think he is better than lebron as an all around player. Lebron can do it all: shoot, dunk, rebound, assist, block. and lead a team. But we all know kobe can shoot and do some of those things, but he is to cocky for me. He is not a great role model because he thinks he is the sh@t. Yeah, i just wanted to get back at that dude because he is a true hater. oh and go lebron and dwade and chris lol i really aint with the heat, but if it makes the gay Heat Suck dude feel better i just like those three players. lol wow dude get a freakin’ life and stop hating!!!!

  4. MRVINTYRONEANDERSON says:

    TAKE
    OFF
    DOUG..
    PLEASE
    TAKE
    OFF….
    ALLWAYS
    NEXT
    SEASON…

  5. junk says:

    Go Lakers! get another ring!

  6. Francisco says:

    I just wanted to congratulate you, Sekou, and your crew, for the best NBA blog out there

  7. steagle says:

    LA is a great team once again, but they have not had really stiff competition yet in the regular season. We’re all waiting for the first Boston-LA matchup, now that game will really test LA’s character. In the end, just like last year, it will all come down to experience. The best coach and [arguably] best player in the league against the cumulative talent and depth of the Celtics. Yes, I’m calling it right now. Repeat of 2009 Finals.

  8. Faustonauta says:

    I agree with HT’s Take about Odom as a starter even when Bynum Healthy, but the regular season is at the beginning and Lakers has been playing at “home” right now. We will see on the road how far Lamar can keep this level when at Miami, Boston, or in back to back games. Eitherway, great Odom!!!

  9. OJ says:

    KOBE said he will play in 2012 olympics. Now here come lebron following the real leader saying he wants to join in. Lebron will always be in KOBES shadow.

  10. Chuk says:

    The Thunder need to go out at the trading deadline if so and acquire liable number two scoring option after Kevin Durant. They need someone who can pick up the slack when Kevin Durant is having a shallow game and right now they just don’t seem to have that player. Russel Westbrook has his breakout games every now and then where he surprises everyone with his scoring prowess. But, its to be said that he tends to be very erratic and inconsistent on the offensive end. So with that in mind, you’re now left with Jeff Green who is still trying to develop his offensive game and James harden who’s in his second year as a player. These two players can only carry a substantial load at a time so you’re not really certain as to what you might be getting from them on a nightly basis. I think that game versus the Clippers showed their need for another legit scorer.

  11. Chuk says:

    I think that it is about time people stop questioning Kobe Bryant’s knee status. People forget that this guy has been playing with a damaged ligament in his shooting finger for the past couple of years now and that hasn’t slowed him down one bit. Kobe is Kobe at the end of the day and he will always put up the numbers that he is capable of on a nightly basis.

  12. eric says:

    Phil Jackson even coached Dennis Rodman, the most flamboyant and worst behaved player in NBA, to 3peat… It really show how all players highly respected coach Phil…

  13. jhon says:

    YO CORY UR LIL COMMENT MADE NO SENSE IF COACHING THESE PLAYER WAS SOOO EASY THEN ANYONE COULD DO THE JOB…PLAYERS ARENT GONNA LISTEN TO YOU IF THEY DONT RESPECT YOU…THATS WHAT PHIL JACKSON HAS DONE AND THATS WHY HE’S SOO SUCCESSFUL….NEXT TIME THINK BEFORE YOU WRITE..PLZZ

  14. A-Time says:

    @Cory: what you are saying is utterly rediculous and disrespectful to one of the greatest coaches in sports history. he not only led the bulls out of their slump but brought three rings to the windy city, thats three rings the bulls have never seen before. before MJ would listen to phil jackson MJ would get 35ppg but get eliminated in the playoffs. phil had to teach him how to be a team leader and player. MJ just listened alot sooner than Kobe did it took him awhile to realize that it takes a team effort to win nd who taught him that phil jackson. if any other coach was coaching kobe he’d still be averaging 30pts with only three rings. gasol wasnt considered one of the best big man hardly noticed to say always overlooked in his career as a grizzly, until he came to the lakers nd was coached by phil jackson. then, was it he has been considered one of the best big man in the league. its phil jacksons coaching skills that will get the lakers to a three peat this season. Ron artest is living proof of phil jacksons coaching ability he hasn’t flipped out at all as a laker but if he was on any other team he’d already have atleast 3technical fouls…

  15. unknown says:

    Guys ignore Lil donee and Cory.They are the same person.Phil don’t say move the ball and don’t foul every time.When you are dominating every game and playing weak little teams the reality is you don’t have anything to say.And let me tell you something Phil at his age go to court and teach, he pratice with his team in the court, not many coaches pratice with their team at that age.So if Phil is overrated then kobe and jordan are gods.This a team sport.

  16. LAkeSHow says:

    A.Too call the best coach in sports history overrated takes away any plausible argument you might of had. To make a talented team play to their potential is by itself a very hard task, yet alone win three different three-peats and about to win his fourth at the end of this Season.
    B. I have never seen MY Lakers play this good, The team chemistry is flourishing, and our MVP is leading the show. Gasol’s confidence is now through the roof and that is scary to any opponents. You can see what the world championships did for LAmar and the bench is playing un-believable.
    C. IF the LAKERS truly wanted the 72 game record and tried hard to get it, they would, bold statement, but with such a stacked NBA they are making the rest look like college teams.

    • Oz fan says:

      Totally Agreed.

      Yea, its early in the season but the Lakers are on fire!!!

      Everyone knows if the team is still healthy at the end of the regular season, they will obliterate any western conference team to be in the finals.

      Let the haters hate. they did all last year, and we were singing with the fat lady when the unlikely Artest carried us in game 7

  17. THE REAL CUBA OF BOSTON says:

    (Its like if u breathe on Kobe its a foul lol. Ridiculous…..and the defender can not even contest a shot or Kobe will get a three or maybe four point play.. thats crazy)

    this has been happeing more and more since he was tapped to be the NEXT GREAT ONE the ref’s cant help it it just happens it’s human nature to give preference to somethings, and THE MAMBA is one of those things

    the KINGS are maybe 2 pieces away from being a playoff team and im sure the MALOOFS will make that happen in the next 2 years , the CLIPPERS still have enuff time to get it together and BARON has about 70 games to prove that he is still worthy or being called a point guard and not just a guard that has no point, aka make your mark now or forever be the team that just pays rent at the forum.

    BUCKS well they need to BUCK up BOGUT can only do so much , SALMONS needs to become SALMONELA and get those defenders sick of him shooting over them and JENNINGS needs to play like he wants to get a 2nd comercial , it not then void the BUCKS reserve contract for the playoffs as, the bidders are raising the hands.

  18. Andrew says:

    How is Greg Monroe not starting for the Pistons?

  19. Ryan says:

    Eric Gorodn isd playing great basketball for the Clippers. He is just 21 years old, but he is the leader of the team. He had his first double double vs. the Spurs (23 pts and 11 assts) and he had a game high 27 points vs. the Thunder and added 5 rebounds, and 4 assists in the win. He and Bledsoe in the backcourt are always in attack mode. Clippers are young and exciting!

    • daez says:

      Agreed. Start Bledsoe with Gordan in the back court, and with Griff in the post and running the floor, very exciting and explosive team. Change up there offensive system (new coach too, maybe?) and they will definitely win more.

  20. Jp says:

    Typical, no analysis of the Mavericks who continue to roll, and have a perennial MVP candidate and early MVP leader (in this opinion) in Dirk and Kidd playing out of his mind. Of course, it’s so much more interesting to talk about Melo and Denver’s circus.

  21. Yarin says:

    Lakers will still be good without Kobe, they got future players. Shanon brown Ebanks charecter etc.

    • haha@phil says:

      they will be a team struggling to make playoff…
      brown ebanks and caracter are not starting players…
      let alone comparing to kobe…zz

  22. playtime says:

    When Kobe retires (wants to spend his time as a father for his growing daughters), Phil Jackson (68) will coach the Miami Heat 2014 (2013-2014) for a huge pay after break out with Jeanne Buss by that year.

  23. amazingness says:

    GO LAKERSSSSS

  24. Mr Sensible aka the new zzanzabar says:

    I really enjoy this article, but please people….we dont need you to tell the Lakers how to build their chemistry. Bynum is there starting Center…..and Lamar has no problems about it. They won back-to-back championships with Bynum as the starting Center, and what Lamar is doing to starting lineups now….he will be doing against second units when Bynum returns. Lmao….relax internet Phil’s

    • LILDONEE says:

      i wonder how The lakers are going to be when kobe retires…oh probably the next T-Wolves…lol..but i give them credit their good for now…

      • THEHEATSUCK says:

        Thats like asking what the heat would be like when lequeen and wade leave. Both teams would be whack without the superstars. Dumb question!

      • daez says:

        Lakers would still be good when Kobe leaves. Take Kobe out of the current Lakers for the whole season and they will still be number 1 seed in the West. When Kobe retires, they will still be a strong team competing for a playoff spot, no doubt.

  25. Zzanzabar says:

    Just think of this: Bynum, Blake, Shannon Brown, Caracter (or Ebanks), and Barns as a SECOND team unit! That is a starting unit on almost any Eastern Conference team! Early on I hope that Jackson eases Bynum back into the flow of the game with the Lakers second unit off the bench. This will give him time to grow back into the player that will be needed in the playoffs.

    • LILDONee says:

      ERC lol….ur right i like the clippers and the the detroit lions….lol. oh and ERC is that a community college?

      • THEHEATSUCK says:

        @LIL Donee NO WONDER YOU HATE THE LAKERS, YOUR A LOSER, YOU EVEN LIKE TEAMS THAT NO NOTING BUT TO LOSE. LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ERC hey says:

      lol ur right i like the clippers and the detroit lions…lol.

    • Jake says:

      That would be a pretty sucky Eastern Conf. Team.

    • haha@phil says:

      No…that lineup for lakers bench will be like the nets last season…its not even close to eastern conference…
      lest you forget…there has been a little power shift from west to east this off season…
      i think that lineup will not be able to beat any team in the east…
      and when anthony and Cp3 end up in Eastern conference by the trading dead line…
      you know that will make east a lot stronger..but that also makes Lakers path towards championship a lot easier too…

  26. Clutchtime says:

    Oh, I just wished Odom would still be in the starting five when Bynum returns

    • LIL DONee says:

      THE LAKERS ARE SO FAKE….LOL THE FANS ARE REALLY FAKE…WHEN THEY LOOSE THEY THROW HISSY FITZ LOL. THROW THINGS ONTO THE COURT. AND PHIL JACKSON IS OVERRATED….TRIANGLE OFFESNE IS RIDICULOUS…WITHOUT KOBE OR JORDAN TRAINGLE OFFENSE IS A STRAIGHT LINE…AND THATS COMING FROM JORDAN….HE ACTUALLY SAID THAT. KOBE COULD WIN AS MUCH RINGS WITH THIS SAME TEAM IF HE WAS USING MOTION OFFENSE. KOBE BRYANT GETS FOULS CALLED ON HIM IF U BREATHE ON HIM LOL. AND EVERYONE JUMPS ON THE LAKERS BAND WAGON…THE LAKERS ARE AN ANNOYING TEAM?? EVERY YEAR THEIR HAS TO BE A PLAYER WITH SOME KIND OF A PROBLEM THIS YEAR ITS ARTEST AND PILLS OR SOMETHING LOL. ITS HOLLYWOOD LOL. OR BARNES AND HIS TEMPER. YEARS PAST WAS SASHA VUJAIC AND HIM FIGHTIN WITH DRAGIC CUZ HE WAS JEALOUS LOL. THE LAKERS ARE LIKE DIVAS FOREAL LOL.

      • Tom says:

        so you think u the cav owner who capitalie ur letter make it more dramatic dude look like ur just jealous of the laker cuz ur team is a loser just like any other team.if you dont like them then dont watch so you dont have to complain every time.

      • ERC says:

        Lil Donee’s team is the Clippers.

      • Gary says:

        Champion Divas!!!

      • biged says:

        this level of hate is what drives people to be better…smh @ ur whole comment

      • Bob says:

        Poor you ; ( 5 rings and counting. Sorry dude. Hating will get you nowhere. The Lakers are for real.

      • THEHEATSUCK says:

        @LIL DONee AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA you sound like the average LAKER hater!! The LAKERS are so fake ha? I will take a fake team with 16 NBA championships all day long. I will take a team that just came off of back to back titles all day long!! I will take a coach that has won 11 NBA championships all day long. I will take an offensive system that has won 11 championships all day long. Yea, i can see how you feel the LAKERS are annoying because the LAKERS are the team thats stopping whoever your sorry team is from winning a championship. And who gives a damn about any of the problem any of the players are having as long as LA and the LAKERS keep bringing home the gold ball. Your an idiot dude. Stop being a hater its not good for you! LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

      • jericho daniels says:

        hey lil donee, i know you can use caps…it’s yuor rights…..but honestly, it’s annoying….and u use “LOL” too many times…do you really “LOL” when you’re typing? just curuios…..

    • THEHEATSUCK says:

      Odom is best coming off the bench, makes the bench even stronger than it already is.

      • TOTHEHEATSUCK says:

        FIRST OF ALL THATS EXACTLY MY POINT LOL…UR NAME IS THEHEATSUCK UR A MIAMI HEAT HATER…LOL AND CALM DOWN UR LAUGHING SO MUCH U BOUT TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK I GUESS MY WORDS GOT TO U BRO LOL…..AND DUDE HOW AM I A HATER WHEN U HATIN ON THE HEAT…AND I AINT LAKER HATER IAM NEUTRAL WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO THE LAKERS KOBES GOOD SO IS PAU…KOBE MAKES THE NBA FUN BUT…I SAY THE TRUTH AND IT IS TRUTH JUST DEAL WITH IT BRO AND CONTINUE TO ROOT FOR UR TEAM. AND CALM DOWN DOWN DUDE LOL. LAKER FANS LIKE I SAID THROW HISSY FITZ. ITS COOL THOUGH.

  27. Harj says:

    In my opinion, This “did you catch all that” blog breakdown of previous nights matches is one of the best ideas NBA.com has had since the power rankings. We all wish we could catch every game every night but that not going to happen these days. Short, simple, concise great summary. Keep it up! Sekou, I was impressed you responding to a post early last week.

  28. kaare weidling says:

    damn. i really thought the clips would be more competive. is baron davis ever gonna return to his old self? i miss that guy. (barons old self, not the 2010 version). griffin looks pretty good though. the lakers appear to be straight up scary. hope lamar gets a spot on next years allstar team. no one more deserving, and i´m not a laker fan. what did tyreke do this summer. not practice it appears. and apparently not convincing his coach he should have the ball in his hands. you gotta looooooovvve montas play to start the season. and my dear rockets. please play some friggin defense. its embarrasing to watch. i had high hopes for you. not as high as van gundys though, that being jeff and his fearless prediction. the finals? come on. that would´nt even be possible with a fully healthy yao

    • Michael says:

      Baron Davis probably won’t return to his old self. It’s a shame; he has the talent to be a great leader for the Clippers, but his psyche and work ethic plain out suck.

      • daez says:

        Never mind Baron. Watch the tape of the game. TRADE DAVIS AND START BLEDSOE. Bledsoe is a beast, so quick and athletic. He’s young too, so it wouldn’t be ridiculous to expect more from this guy. That stat line was nice. And playing along side BGriff, they both with flourish playing together. BD is holding the Clips back, get rid of him ASAP

  29. T-Wah says:

    2 points:
    1. Did anyone seriously think that the Jazz wouldn’t be good just because they lost their 2 opening games? Did you see their preseason?
    2. The Thunder aren’t as good as people think. Durant is….he’s amazing! His teammates are just OK. Just because they surprised people last year doesn’t mean they will do it again. I’ll be surprised if they get past the first round of the playoffs, let alone make the playoffs.

    • Jake says:

      I’ll be shocked if the Thunder don’t make the playoffs. Two bad games doesn’t determine the course of a season. (See Jazz, Utah)

    • haha@phil says:

      exactly…they lost the surprising factor…so now they really have to earn it…
      I always like durant…but i struggle to recognize him as top tier…not because of stats..
      but because of his physicality… he needs to add at least 20 pounds of muscle to his frame…
      or else he’ll have tough nights like yesterday….

  30. Johnny says:

    Kings are an upincoming team if Evans was not in foul trouble could have went another way?????? Iam not a Laker fan or a Kings fan but whats up with kobe???? if you fight for position with Kobe its a foul??????? when tyreke was guardin him he was fightin for position and he fouled kobe???? Its like if u breathe on Kobe its a foul lol. Ridiculous…..and the defender can not even contest a shot or Kobe will get a three or maybe four point play.. thats crazy… they dont even do that to lebron?????

    • Gary says:

      Hater! Kobe is an elite player, Tyreke is not. He didn’t hussle enough besides he had 4 fouls on Kobe alone! He got schooled, get over it…

      • TO Gary says:

        Gary lol its just not tyreke its everyone if u breathe on kobe its a foul lol. like seriously its ridiculous and he but basically some fouls are correct but some are questionable not that refs are fake the refs get almost every call right but for kobe if u just breath on him its a foul and u cant contest the shot or 3 point play. like when he got four point play on evans last night lol….that was ridiculous…i didnt see anything even mark jackson said kobe sold the call. when players like paul pierce and other are fightin for position the other players dont really get fouls but kobe its like automaic almost lol. but kobe is a good player one of my fav just sayin.

      • THEHEATSUCK says:

        @GARY that is a bunch of BS! Kobe doesnt gettin any extra calls than anyone else in the league. If you wanna talk about something talk about how Lebron charges over people going to the lane all the time yet the call a foul on the opposite player when its obvious lebron is charging!!

    • THEHEATSUCK says:

      @JOHNNY Dude i dont wanna here the crying about if you fight for position with KOBE you get called for a foul. What about all the times Odom gets hammered to the ground and never gets a foul call. Just play ball.

      • daez says:

        Dude shut up, you’re obviously a LeBron hater. Charges? When a player contests a layup or tries to block it, THAT’S NOT A CHARGE. No one stands in position to take a charge when LeBron gets those calls. Read up idiot, you don’t know basketball

      • BILLY "THE MOP" THOMAS says:

        @ THEHEATSUCK UR TOTALLY WRONG UR HATIN ON THE HEAT..LISTEN BILLY “THE MOP” THOMAS KNOWS BEST. LAKERS ARE FAKE.

    • haha@phil says:

      For those Laker fans who thinks tyreke evans is not a great player…u guys are idiots…
      hes probably got the best footwork in the NBA and he’s a 2nd year pro…
      the only reason he gets called is because he is still young in the league…
      give a couple of years and he’lll start commanding the attention kobes getting…
      but kobe is a great player no less…however that was not a foul on that four point play…
      Laker fans are known to be stupid … they argue for the sake of arguing and they dont really know their players and support them as other teams do…i like kobe…but not so much the rest of their roster…
      their fans are the worst in the league for sure

  31. Anonymous 22 says:

    Kenny and that other bald dude are haters. They can’t even give the Hawks their props.

    • kaare weidling says:

      well they started out the same the last 2 years and choked in the playoffs as they will again this year, unless they drastically improve their halfcourt offense. did you see the orlando series last year. ugly

      • cory says:

        PHIL JACKSON IS SO OVERRATED WOW!!!!!! THIS GUY IS ON THE BENCH AND DOES NOTHING SITTING IN A HIGH CHAIR AND WINING ALMOST 55 TO 60 GAMES EVERY YEAR. BECAUSE!!!! HE HAS A BIGGER MARKET TEAM BETTER PLAYERS YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT AND COAHCED TOP TWO PLAYERS IN BASKETBALL OF ALL TIME AND TH TWO BEST BIG MEN IN SHAQ AND GASOL. ALL HE SAYS IS TWO WORDS??? “MOVE THE BALL” AND “MAKE SURE U DONT FOUL” I COULD DO THAT LOL. I WANT HIM TO GO TO AN AVERAGE TEAM AS SEE WHAT HE DOES??? LIKE A INDIANA PACERS TEAM OR PHILLY TEAM….HIS ASSISTANT COACH IS RAMBIS HEAD COACH OF THE WOLVES AND RAMBIS HAS IMPLEMENTED THE SAME OFFENSE AS JACKSON LOL…U COULD SAYWOLVES DONT GOT TALENT BUT THEY DO KIND OF BEASLEY/K LOVE/RIDONOUR/TOLLIVER…THEY COULD WIN AT LEAST 27 GAMES??? LAST YEAR THEY HAD AL JEFFERSON AND K LOVE….. WOW THYE DIDNT EVEN WIN 20 GAMES.

      • Tom says:

        before you call someone overated look again what did MJ and Pippen win before Phil Jackson com in? what did shaq and Kobe win before Phile Jackson come in? a big fat 0 ring so shut up and give the man some credit cuz he didnt win 11 ring cuz he been a bad coach.

      • Mo-Mo says:

        The Kings need to move to Vegas. Even if they’d be faced with the same arena problem, playing in Vegas would be a good move in the long run and with time they’d find support for a new arena.

      • KillaRific says:

        A REPLY TO CORY:
        just cause the wolves had love and jefferson that doesnt mean your gonna win a certain amount of games. the sixers got some talented players. more than 2. the nets had Devin Harris and Brooke Lopez last year, how many wins did that equal? tom your rite, phil got jordan and pippen over that hump to win championships. and because of his great success he was able to pick whichever team in the nba he wanted to coach. when you have great players other good players take paycuts to play there. youll see miami over the next years get better role players.

      • Jake says:

        Yes but Phil may not have won 11 rings because he’s a great coach…Chew on that.

      • LAMONT "BULL FROG" JONES says:

        MIAMI HEAT HAVE A GOOD CHANCE TO WIN THE FINALS. LEBRON JAMES BEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE BY FAR.

      • daez says:

        @cory

        The coaches tells them what to do and coaches the players IN TRAINING. When you coach such a good group of guys, and they do what they’ve been told and execute the way they do, you don’t need to be up shouting at them. I’d like to see how the Lakers went if YOU coached them.. Back to the lottery for LA

      • sbfern says:

        LOL! Phil Jackson might not be the greatest coach, but he is the “zen-master”! The is no ther coach in the league…other than Popovic that knows how to handle Superstars… for a Long time. The cavs had their shot, Lebron is the Best player in the Planet right now (And i am a huge Laker fan), but the cavs did not have an adequate coaching staff… When the Lakers lost Shaq AND Phil Jackson, the Lakers missed 2 playoffs consecutively. When Phil came back, with no Gasol or extrahelp, the Lakers made it to the playoffs. I think that shows that Phil Jackson makes an impact On how he coaches. Think about it, What “average” team won a championship before? so dont say “i wish he would go coach an average team…” All i am saying is that if the Heat coach does not do his work…The Heat wont win a championship. Too much talent in Miami, but you saw what happened to the Lakers in 2004 vs. the Pistons. Phil Jackson only deals winners because they are the most disciplined. Im sure Kobe and Jordan have put on far more hours of training than any other basketball player (including Lebron). They are winners and play like it. Average teams dont have that same discipline… rest my case CORY!

      • BILLY "THE MOP" THOMAS says:

        MIAMI HEAT ARE THE BEST TEAM IN THE NBA…AND LEBRON JAMES IS THE BEST IN THE NBA HANDS DOWN.
        LISTEN “THE MOP” KNOWS BEST. MOPPIN FOOLS UP SINCE 56′

        BILLY’S STATS:

        CAREER POINTS: 250,000 POINTS “UNRECORDED DIDNT COUNT STATS IN THOSE DAYS”
        REBOUNDS: OVER 50 THOUSAND REBOUNDS
        STEAL: 12000 STEALS
        BLOCKS: 25 THOUSAND BLOCKS
        ASSIST: NONE (DONT LIKE TO PASS)
        RINGS: NONE (DONT ASK WHY)

      • haha@phil says:

        Chill, I think he is a great coach…however Tex Winters should get all the props…
        and Phil Jackson is extremely lucky to have the roster he has…
        but he is a great coach no less…winning in NBA is not easy task…not even if you assemble a dream team…
        BUT PLEASE…do not mention Pau Gasol in the same breath as Shaq…
        Shaq is or was dominant..more skilled…more agile in his younger days…
        Gasol is good…but not great…not even close…and he is soft…in comparison to shaq….

    • BILLY "THE BULL FROG" THOMAS says:

      MIAMI HEAT ARE THE BEST IN THE NBA…LEBRON JAMES BEST PLAYER IN THE NBA HANDS DOWN.

      • Nick says:

        Dude, stop going on about LeBron or everyone might start to think you are either (a) actually LeBron or (b) want to bed him.

        He’s a top talent but the start of this season he’s not even the best player on his team.