Los Angeles Lakers: overtime

Heat 114, Lakers 111 (OT): One Moment

March, 4, 2010
3/04/10
9:50
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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They say everything happens for a reason. That fate, karma, a higher power, etc., will emerge in a purposeful way meant to share wisdom when needed the most.

With that in mind, this game's "moment" began when overtime kicked off at 99 points per side. Heading into Miami, the Lakers were undefeated in four previous games featuring overtime roundball. It's the kind of stat one expects from defending champions, even title holders hardly playing on a consistent basis like a repeat is in the works. In the meantime, time is running out to catch a groove before the postseason, so the Lakers can ill-afford to half ass their games, even ones with a meaningless feel in the grand scheme of things.

From a cosmic viewpoint, OT was offered with the express purpose of creating a loss and teaching the Lakers a lesson.

You can't keep expecting to win with mediocre performances.

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Lakers-Bobcats preview, plus interviews with Gerald Wallace and Ray Felton

February, 3, 2010
2/03/10
2:45
PM PT
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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Andy Kamenetzky talks with forward Gerald Wallace about why the Bobcats match up well against the Lakers and what it's like being the first All-Star in franchise history.

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After what feels like eons, the Lakers are once again playing games at Staples Center. This evening's guests are the Bobcats of Charlotte, a squad yet to make the postseason since their inception five seasons ago. Or even craft a winning record.

Except, of course, against the Lakers.

Despite a low ceiling for overall success and never featuring an All-Star until Gerald Wallace's recent nod, the Cats have consistently found success against the defending champs. Charlotte's come out on top during five of the last six meetings and sport an impressive 6-4 clip against the Lakers in their short history.

It's somewhat perplexing to put a finger on, since constant roster turnover and injuries have made it difficult establish and build on a pattern (outside of the wins, of course.) Continuity is an often huge asset, and Charlotte hasn't enjoyed much. Thus, I dropped by Bobcats practice yesterday and asked Wallace and Ray Felton --the two longest tenured Cats-- for their perspective on the keys to this run of success.

Not too surprisingly, few specifics were offered from their side, either. Aside from just matching up well, Wallace and Felton mostly focused on how hard they tend to play against the Lakers, effort often as crucial a commodity as talent. Like many squads across the NBA, something about a date with the purple and gold brings out the scrap in Charlotte.

I was also struck by Felton's comments on his matchup with Derek Fisher:

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PTS AST STL MIN
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OTHER LEADERS
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