Los Angeles Lakers: Lakers Late Night

Lakers Late Night, Game 5 replay

May, 21, 2012
5/21/12
10:42
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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The end is never fun. Monday, the Lakers (most of them, at least) played hard but ultimately were overwhelmed by a better team.

Final score, 106-90. Oklahoma City wins the series 4-1, and the Lakers enter an offseason with approximately eleventybillion questions in front of them. On tonight's season ending edition of Lakers Late Night, we touch on ...
  • Game 5 proving for those still harboring doubts the Thunder are a far superior team.
  • The ways in which Game 5 was a microcosm of the 2011-12 season. Bad shooting, no bench support, poor point guard play, just to name a few.
  • A fairly redemptive night for Pau Gasol, but another very questionable effort from Andrew Bynum. What do the Lakers do with them going forward?
  • A look back at the season, including an evaluation of Mike Brown.
  • A brief look ahead at what will be a very, very busy offseason.

Finally, we want to thank everyone for supporting the show throughout the season. We've enjoyed doing it (technological snafus aside) and hope it has provided some value for you as a Lakers fan. Keep an eye out for more video chats throughout the offseason.

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Lakers Late Night Replay, Game 4 vs. OKC plus postgame video

May, 19, 2012
5/19/12
11:59
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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This is going to leave a mark.

Lakers lose, 103-100 and now trail 3-1 heading back to Oklahoma City for Monday's Game 5.

On tonight's show, we review the fourth quarter collapse, from a huge mistake down the stretch from Pau Gasol to a horrible 12 minutes of shooting for Kobe Bryant (2-of-10) to dominant play from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. From there, we reflect on a season on the edge of extinction, and leaving the locker room tonight with a sense not just that this season is over, but that the era is done, too.

This band won't be touring much longer.

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Lakers Late Night Replay - Game 3 vs. Oklahoma City

May, 19, 2012
5/19/12
12:17
AM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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The Lakers got off to a great start, but from there Friday's game turned into a slugfest. In the end, though, they came out on top, effectively saving the season and giving them a chance to knot up the series Saturday night.

We broke it all down on Lakers Late Night with special guests Arash Markazi and Dave McMenamin!



Click below for all the postgame moving pictures, from Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, Mike Brown, Andrew Bynum, Ramon Sessions, and Steve Blake.

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Lakers Late Night Replay: Game 3 vs. Oklahoma City

May, 16, 2012
5/16/12
10:35
PM PT
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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Wow. Just... wow.

There are losses. There are bad losses. And there are bad losses that carry the sting of 1,000 bees -- all born and raised in Oklahoma, naturally -- working in unison to attack as one. A primo chance to drastically alter the tone of this series went out the window, and the Lakers will have to work overtime to dig themselves out of a hole. And by "overtime," I mean "quite possibly beyond their capabilities." And by "hole," I mean "grave."

On tonight's Lakers Late Night, we broke down the break down over the final two minutes, along with ...
  • The magnitude of the wasted opportunity. The Lakers blew a seven point lead with two minutes remaining, fueled by giveaways and mismanaged possessions.
  • A rough fourth quarter for Kobe Bryant, who not only turned over the ball in a critical spot with 1:45 remaining, but also missed his final five shots in a 2-of-7 final frame.
  • Yet another disappearing act for Ramon Sessions. Two points, no assists, one turnover. He wasn't the only member of the supporting cast coming up short, and along with a lack of outside shooting from the team (2-of-13 from 3-point range) it was too much to overcome, despite a great effort defensively.
  • A look ahead to Game 3. Is there any way the Lakers play themselves back into the series?
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Lakers Late Night replay: Lakers vs. Thunder, Game 1

May, 14, 2012
5/14/12
9:52
PM PT
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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Well, on the plus side, it's almost impossible for there to be any direction to go from here but up, right? And truth be told, a blowout result isn't altogether shocking. The Lakers just wrapped a grueling 7-game series allowing zero time for prep, while the Thunder are well-rested, likely well-versed in Lakers film and... well... better. Remove the purple and gold glasses and this ending wasn't hard to see coming. That said, the Lakers need to tighten up a plethora of items for any chance of heading back to L.A. with a split.

Among the talking points:

- The Lakers looked seriously disorganized -- not to mention tired -- on both sides of the ball. The effort was evident, but the execution ranged from erratic to non-existent. The inability to practice and prepare did them no favors.

- The Thunder's Big 3 (Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden) picked the Lakers apart. The defensive schemes against that formidable trio are in need of serious tweaking.

- Ramon Sessions had a horrible game (two points, three assists, very little defensive presence), and his playoff impact has been, generally speaking, underwhelming. For the Lakers to have any shot at pulling the upset in this series, their point guard needs to pick up his production. And like Sessions, the bench was M.I.A.

- The brightest spot was definitely Andrew Bynum, who notched a double-double and was easily the most effective Laker on the court. Like his teammates, Bynum suffered some defensive lapses, but that was more a byproduct of the overall chaos than anything else. If the Thunder continue to play him as often in single coverage (as opposed to Denver's approach, where Drew was often doubled before the catch), he could do some damage.

- The Lakers need to figure out ways to get Kobe Bryant better shots. Against defenders like Thabo Sefolosha and Harden, iso-heavy looks won't cut it.

- Why on earth did Mike Brown play his starters so late into this game, given their workload over the last week, the series schedule against Oklahoma City, and the unnecessary risk of injury? There was absolutely no prayer of a comeback, so any chance to recharge the batteries should have been taken.

- Devin Ebanks' strange ejection.

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Lakers Late Night Replay -- Game 7 vs. Denver (plus postgame video)

May, 12, 2012
5/12/12
11:42
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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The Lakers move on after a fairly epic 96-87 win over the Denver Nuggets in Saturday's Game 7 at Staples Center.

Up next, the extremely well rested Oklahoma City Thunder.

On tonight's edition of LLN, we hit on...
  • Huge, and hugely redemptive, games for Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.
  • An excellent return from exile for Metta World Peace.
  • A very good game for Kobe Bryant, who made Denver pay for double teaming him.
  • Steve Blake filling a big void for the Lakers from the perimeter.
  • The next series. What kind of odds should the Lakers get against the Thunder?
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Lakers Late Night Replay vs. Denver, Game 6

May, 10, 2012
5/10/12
10:39
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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These closeout games ain't looking so easy, huh?

There will be a Game 7 after the Lakers drop -- and we do mean drop -- Thursday's Game 6 in Denver. Ugliness all around, save a great night from Kobe Bryant, who went for 31 despite battling a nasty stomach bug leaving him dehydrated enough to require two halftime IV's.

As for everything else, here was the agenda for tonight's show...
  • A huge night for Denver's shooters, who were due for a breakout.
  • A wretched night for Pau Gasol, who is now due for a breakout. One field goal, one dime, three rebounds.
  • How did Andrew Bynum respond after the controversial Game 5?
  • Will the Lakers win Game 7? We get into what has to change, the odds those things will happen, and what Metta World Peace brings to the table for Saturday.
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Lakers Late Night Replay, Game 5 vs. Denver (plus postgame video)

May, 8, 2012
5/08/12
11:57
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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The Nuggets played Game 5 like their season depended on it (can't imagine why) and the Lakers played like they wanted one more view of the Rocky Mountains before next season.

As a result, there will be a Game 6 Thursday night in Denver. Lakers lose, 102-99 Tuesday at Staples Center.

On tonight's edition of Lakers Late Night, we get into a very disappointing loss, starting with ...
  • A befuddling lack of intensity early in the game.
  • Poor perimeter shooting, allowing Denver to collapse consistently on L.A.'s bigs in the paint and help take them out of the game. Which, in turn, seemed to take Andrew Bynum out of the game defensively.
  • A huge fourth quarter for Kobe Bryant, who found himself short on support.
  • The practical implications of losing Tuesday's game. Fair to say the Lakers did themselves no favors.
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Click below for postgame video from Bryant, Mike Brown, Bynum, Gasol, Jordan Hill, and more:

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Lakers Late Night Replay - Game 4 vs. Denver

May, 6, 2012
5/06/12
9:39
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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Big win for the Lakers, who clamped down on Denver in the second half, receiving key contributions from non-Big Three sources down the stretch.

They now lead the series 3-1, heading into Tuesday's Game 5 at Staples Center.

On tonight's edition of Lakers Late Night, we hit all the high points, including...
  • Excellent poise shown by the Lakers through a very strangely officiated game. After a loose first half defensively, L.A. closed off the boards (Denver had nine ORB's in the first two quarters, but only four in the final pair), kept Denver off the line, and limited transition opportunities. In the end, Denver scored only 37 points in the second half.
  • A huge, and badly needed, finish for Steve Blake, who had eight fourth quarter points, including the 3-pointer icing the game with 18 seconds to play. Jordan Hill was also impressive, grabbing seven offensive rebounds (11 overall) and scoring 12 points. His solid work off the bench allowed Mike Brown to get extra rest for Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, helping those guys be more effective in the final minutes.
  • A bounce back game for Bynum.
  • The importance of closing things out Tuesday night in Game 5.
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Lakers Late Night Replay - Game 3 vs. Denver

May, 4, 2012
5/04/12
10:38
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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Put away the brooms, Lakers fans! Visions of a sweep are officially dead.

The Nuggets got out to an early lead Friday night in Denver, and parlayed that hot start into a 99-84 win. As has been the case in all three games, Denver crushed on the offensive glass, and rebounding was probably the single biggest reason the hosts controlled the game from nearly start to finish. That, and defense. The Nuggets played some, while the Lakers only periodically bothered, especially in the first quarter, and especially when it came to protecting the rim. Thus, Ty Lawson did his thing, and JaVale McGee suddenly became a factor.

On tonight's show, we detail the ginormous hole the Lakers put themselves in thanks to a lackluster start, as well as...
  • A tale of two halves for Andrew Bynum. Scoreless in the first, dominant in the third, worn out by the end.
  • Tough sledding for Kobe Bryant, who continues to struggle offensively at the Pepsi Center. Was his 7-of-23 a blip in the series, or the start of a trend?
  • Limited help from the supporting cast. There were no "wild cards," as George Karl put it before Game 1.
  • Questions about the limited burn for Devin Ebanks. Would it have hurt to have him on the floor more than 16 minutes?

That, plus some funky, funky timpani!

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Lakers Late Night Replay - Game 2 vs. Denver (plus postgame video)

May, 1, 2012
5/01/12
11:56
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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Tuesday's Game 2 against the Denver Nuggets was a lot tighter than Sunday's Game 1, but the end result was the same. The Lakers win, and in the process take a commanding 2-0 lead heading into Friday's Game 3 at the Pepsi Center.

In what technically should have been called Lakers Early Morning, we break down the win focusing on the following:
  • A monster game from Kobe Bryant. 38 points, four rebounds, two assists, three steals, and a block. Bryant was particularly hot early, hitting nine of his 12 hoists in the first half, despite some decent defense from the Nuggets who forced him into plenty of contested or lower percentage looks. But as the old saying goes, "Sometimes Kobe Bryant is better than you." Add in some huge defensive plays in the second half (a chasedown block on Al Harrington, plus a key steal late in the fourth) and it was a big night for Kobe.
  • Strong play from Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. We look at the role Pau has played through the season and the first two playoff games, and why it's so important.
  • What changed from Game 1 to Game 2, and our thoughts on the series going forward.

All that and more!



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Lakers Late Night Replay - Denver, Game 1 (postgame video)

April, 29, 2012
4/29/12
4:44
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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Really, Sunday's game couldn't have gone any better for the Lakers. A triple-double for Andrew Bynum keying a dominant defensive performance for the team. A near trip-dub from the ever-productive Pau Gasol, and 31 points from Kobe Bryant following a huge second half.

But the day wouldn't have been nearly the success without the supporting cast. Steve Blake, Jordan Hill, and Devin Ebanks all played significant roles, and the Lakers now have a 1-0 lead after a 103-88 win. The Lakers played great defense, controlled the tempo, moved the ball, and generally speaking showed impeccable discipline on the floor.

We talk about all that and more on Sunday's edition of Lakers Late Night. In show postgame video from Mike Brown and Bynum.

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Click below for more video, from Brown, Bynum, Devin Ebanks, Jordan Hill, Ramon Sessions, and Pau Gasol.

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Lakers Late Night Playoff Preview -- First round vs. Denver

April, 26, 2012
4/26/12
10:11
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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There will be very little review of Thursday's loss to Sacramento. Instead, we'll be looking at the first round of the playoffs. The Lakers open Sunday against Denver (12:30 pm PT, ABC), in a matchup both of us think will pose some legitimate challenges to the purple and gold.

Among the topics covered in this playoff preview edition of Lakers Late Night:
  • Where the Nuggets pose problems for the Lakers. Start with the ability to push pace. Denver is a top notch team in transition. From there, you look at depth, and the prospect of Danilo Gallinari finding space to operate offensively thanks to the absence of Metta World Peace.
  • On the other hand, L.A. counters with size the Nuggets can't really handle, and a robust Kobe Bryant.
  • We make our picks for the four opening round series in the West, including the Clippers vs. Memphis. Which Los Angeles teams will advance?
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Lakers Late Night Replay vs. Oklahoma City, plus postgame video (UPDATED)

April, 22, 2012
4/22/12
5:40
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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Amazing how fast the tide can turn. What looked like it might be among the team's uglier losses turned into arguably the most inspiring victory in a couple seasons.

Lakers take Sunday's game against OKC in double overtime, 114-106.

Among the topics in a very busy show:
  • A spectacular fourth quarter defensively, and some very instructive words from Kobe Bryant after the game on what the game means for the Lakers.
  • Contributions from the bench. Jordan Hill, Devin Ebanks, and Steve Blake all came up big.
  • Andrew Bynum's reaction to sitting through the fourth quarter and OT. To his credit, it was much more positive than the last time this happened.
  • Metta World Peace, and his foul on James Harden. We play his postgame statement, and talk about what sort of discipline is likely coming from the league office.


Click below for video from Kobe, Hill, Ebanks, Pau Gasol (who finished one assist shy of another trip-dub), and Blake ...

(UPDATE: Mike Brown's postgame comments have also been added. Interesting stuff on Hill, Bynum, Kobe on Russell Westbrook, and more.)

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Lakers Late Night replay vs. San Antonio

April, 20, 2012
4/20/12
9:34
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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On the plus side, Kobe Bryant returned to the court and didn't re-injure his shin. From there, positives are pretty much exhausted. The Spurs absolutely shredded the Lakers in every facet of the game, but especially defensively. The Lakers couldn't stop the Spurs in transition. They couldn't stop the Spurs at the 3-point line. They couldn't stop pick-and-pop/roll. They couldn't stop baskets in the paint. And they absolutely couldn't stop Tony Parker, who encored Tuesday's 29 point/13 assist performance in L.A. with 20 points and 10 dimes in under 30 minutes.

That Mamba-less blowout win on April 11 feels like 100 years ago, now.

We talk about the defensive failings, a poor night for Ramon Sessions, and more in Friday's edition of LLN.

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