Los Angeles Lakers: Postgame video

Lakers Late Night replay vs. Dallas, plus postgame video

April, 15, 2012
4/15/12
4:48
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By The Kamenetzky Brothers
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It wasn't always pretty -- actually, it rarely was -- but the Lakers nonetheless pulled out a 112-108 overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks Sunday afternoon at Staples. The team hunkered down and ragained control of the contest after a sluggish start, and consistent with their victorious ways short Kobe Bryant, a group effort ruled the day. Andrew Bynum (playing with an upper-respiratory illness), Pau Gasol, Matt Barnes, Metta World Peace and Ramon Sessions all reached double figures. Defensively, everyone who stepped on the floor chipped in his two cents. As a team, they clamped down in the second half (44 points allowed in Q's three and four) and kept the Mavs off the line.

We hit on their strong games, and more, including how the Lakers managed to win when three big cogs (Gasol, Bynum, and MWP) weren't models of efficiency, what happens when Bryant returns, and whether the Lakers are actually peaking heading into the postseason. If so, who gets the credit?



Good clips in the show from Mike Brown and Gasol. Click below for more from the head coach, Gasol, and Ramon Sessions.

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LAL 97, MIN 92 - Postgame video: On Sessions, Fisher, deadline, and more

March, 17, 2012
3/17/12
1:06
AM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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The Lakers played well Friday night at Staples, generally maintaining control throughout their 97-92 win over Minnesota. Ramon Sessions made an impressive debut, and the team seemed pleased to have the trade deadline behind them, though clearly disappointed to be going forward without Derek Fisher.

After the game, Bryant talked about the addition of Sessions, and the loss of Fisher:

Bryant on playing without Fish:
Bryant on the skill set Sessions brings, and how he'll benefit from his presence:


Click below for more from Kobe, along with Sessions, Pau Gasol, and Matt Barnes.

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Lakers Late Night Replay vs. Detroit

March, 6, 2012
3/06/12
8:03
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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So Miami happened. And then Detroit happened.

Lakers lose, 88-85 in OT. We break it down, including:
  • A monster game inside from Andrew Bynum, and strong work as well from Pau Gasol.
  • Tough sledding for Kobe Bryant, who finished 8-of-26 from the floor.
  • Why the Lakers were so unproductive offensively, losing on a night where they held the Pistons to 78 points in regulation. Certainly 13 points from players not named Bynum, Gasol, or Bryant didn't help.

All of this, plus the cat!

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The Lakers made things interesting Friday night at Staples Center, but came away with the win, 115-107 over the Kings. Kobe Bryant was again mask-a-riffic, piling up 38 points on 13-of-24 from the floor. He was supported well by Andrew Bynum (19/15) and Pau Gasol (15/7/4) and a big 15 point night from Metta World Peace.

Now, we can all look forward to Sunday's game against Miami, which is basically what everyone was doing anyway, except now the clutter of another game in between has been removed.

Friday on Lakers Late Night, we hit on these things, and more, including:
  • A steadily improving offense for the Lakers. Can they continue the trend against the league's better teams?
  • Why Kobe ought to keep the mask. Apparently, the thing brings good fortune.
  • Mike Brown continuing to give his players more freedom offensively, something they appreciate.
  • L.A. vs. Miami. What do the Lakers need to do to win, and what would a victory mean?
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Lakers Late Night Replay vs. Boston

February, 9, 2012
2/09/12
8:20
PM PT
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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There's a very good chance Thursday's game was the last page in the most recent chapter of the storied Lakers/Celtics rivalry, given how much change could be coming to each team and the long odds for either team -- let alone both -- to make this year's Finals.

If so, the teams went out with, if not a bang (tough to use that word in an overtime game where neither squad hits the 90-point mark), a hard fought, tightly contested 53 minutes of basketball reflecting their recent history. Lakers win 88-87, evening their record on the Grammy trip at 2-2 and opening the door to a strong finish ahead of wholly winnable games in New York and Toronto.

We touched on all this, and the following, during tonight's Lakers Late Night:
  • A big night for L.A.'s Big Three, at once reinforcing the team's top end strength (good) and all the issues with the middle and bottom parts (not good).
  • The return of Steve Blake, and what it means.
  • Andy's cat, and her first LLN appearance of the season.
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Postgame video: Lakers knock off Golden State

January, 7, 2012
1/07/12
1:42
AM PT
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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The high priests of technology did not smile upon Friday night's edition of Lakers Late Night, so unfortunately we can't (at least right now) bring the replay to you. Hopefully we can find whatever cloud it floated to, and post it. In the meantime, the most provocative comments following L.A.'s 97-90 win over the Warriors at Staples came from Kobe Bryant.

The team's pecking order offensively, he said, has likely shifted. Not to spoil the videos below, but Bryant is still on top. Behind him, it's another story. Andrew Bynum may have moved past Pau Gasol. "It seems like it's changed a little bit... Andrew is thirsty to score and he can score. He has more of a scorer's mentality [than Gasol], so we'll take advantage of that," Kobe said.

It's easy to get too simplistic parsing the definition of a second option, a third option, and so on. Gasol is unquestionably a highly skilled offensive player and will have his share of big scoring games this season. Friday, he posted 17 points to Bynum's nine, and had six more shots. These categorizations are fluid, and likely to change perhaps even game to game as teams adjust how they defend Bynum and the Lakers generally.

Still, in a world where Bynum evolves into a more aggressive scorer and Kobe remains Kobe, someone has to cede some shots or L.A.'s Big Three won't function.

"It's a little bit of an adjustment, but Andrew has been effective so that's why we're going to him a little more," Gasol said. "As long as he's effective and he scores and he's big in the paint as he has been, we'll continue to do that. We have to have a little bit of balance. We can't just be posting up. Somebody has to space the floor a little bit and sacrifice themselves a little bit, so we just have to understand that and [do] whatever it takes to win games."

That "somebody" is obviously him. Particularly given the personalities involved, Gasol's willingness to take that step isn't surprising. Those who don't like Pau's on-court demeanor or question his mental toughness will likely see it as a negative. I don't. Gasol has tremendous pride in his skill level, but is also hardwired for a team oriented approach. Some guys want to score. Gasol has an almost slavish devotion to making the right play, whatever it may be. Admirable, but sometimes detrimental as well.

Except here the alternative would be for him to complain or sulk. How is that productive?

Here's Kobe on "the shift:"

Gasol, on his evolving role:



More video from Friday below, including Kobe, Matt Barnes, and Andrew Goudelock...

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Lakers Late Night Replay vs. Houston, plus postgame video

January, 3, 2012
1/03/12
11:13
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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There was much to like about Tuesday's 108-99 win over the Rockets at Staples Center, and because we're positive fellows, we focused on those things following the game.

The "Big Three" topics...
  1. Kobe Bryant. He overcame a slow start to post a stellar line of 37 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, against only two turnovers. His shot total was again high-- 29 FGA's, with 14 finding cord-- but the distribution was totally different. After the game, Mike Brown talked about how they did a much better job putting Bryant in his comfort zones, as opposed to leaving him on an island at the top of the floor. Clearly he reads the blog. Would a little more balance be nice? Sure. But there was a night and day difference between Sunday's game and Tuesday's.
  2. Andrew Bynum notched his first career 20/20 game, with three blocks tossed in for good measure. We break down his game, and play a couple interesting clips indicating growth in Bynum as a player and professional.
  3. Point guards. Asked if Steve Blake was officially his fourth quarter PG, Brown hedged, noting how pleased he was with both Blake and Derek Fisher. While it will never be a strength, are there reasons to think the Lakers might actually get more production at the point than people expect?

Postgame videos inside the show include Brown on Kobe, Blake, and Fisher, and Bynum on another strong game.

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More video below, from Brown and Bynum....

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Lakers Late Night Replay vs. Denver, plus postgame video

December, 31, 2011
12/31/11
4:20
PM PT
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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The Lakers made it three straight Saturday at Staples, beating Denver in a hard fought game, 92-89. In his first game of the season, Andrew Bynum led the way with 29 points, 13 rebounds, and a pair of blocks.

In tonight's Lakers Late Night, we break down his performance and what he'll mean going forward. All that, plus...
  • The culture change this season, led by Mike Brown. The Lakers have re-discovered a defensive identity, and for a fourth time in five games played a strong game on their own end. Is it sustainable?
  • There's also a lot of grit to this group in the early going. The good kind, not the sort left behind by poorly rinsed spinach.
  • Derek Fisher played his 500th straight game Saturday. Worthy of a few comments.
  • Matt Barnes starting in place of Devin Ebanks at small forward.

In-show vids include Brown, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Bynum, and Fisher. All that, and bad movie line readings. Happy new year!

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Lakers Late Night Replay: Clippers 114, Lakers 95 (plus postgame video)

December, 20, 2011
12/20/11
12:42
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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In the category of things that won't exactly soothe the frayed nerves of Lakers fans, I give you Monday's 114-95 loss at to the Clippers in the preseason opener at Staples. In a normal season, a bad effort in a pretend game wouldn't cause a ripple, but this is no normal season.

We break it down on the first postgame Lakers Late Night of the year. Like the team we cover, Andy and I suffer some technical glitches along the way, but hopefully the product was more entertaining. Among the subjects covered:
  • Where things went wrong for the Lakers, on both sides of the ball. Includes video from Kobe Bryant, Mike Brown, and Andrew Bynum.
  • The highlights, and there were a few despite the final score.
  • What about this Lakers team should improve with time, and where they're likely to run into trouble no matter how much practice they get.
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Click below for the rest of Monday's postgame video, including Brown, Bryant, Bynum, Pau Gasol, and Darius Morris.

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Andrew Bynum: "Our guys have trust issues right now." (video)

May, 5, 2011
5/05/11
3:26
AM PT
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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Andrew Bynum has always been blunt. Wednesday night following Game 2 was no exception.

"Obviously we have trust issues, and unless we come out and discuss them, nothing is going to change," he said only moments into his postgame interview. "It's quite obvious to anybody watching the game. Hesitation on passes. Defensively not being there for your teammate, because he wasn't there for you before. Stuff like that, those things."

Asked if the trust issues are on the court or in the locker room, Bynum didn't let up. "I mean, it's basketball, so it would be definitely both."

Bynum was hardly popping off at teammates on a night he scored 18 points and grabbed 13 boards- one of the few positives the Lakers had to offer. Instead, he basically threw himself under the bus, grading his game as "A D. An F/D," thanks to poor play defensively. While I don't know if Bynum is really trying to say the locker room is being torn apart, he's clearly commenting on problems the team has had on the floor, where they're showing less rhythm than a bad suburban garage band. The Lakers don't appear to be a group overflowing with faith in each other. It was something Bynum's teammates, to a man, agreed has to change, even while reluctant to fully parse his choice of words.

"We've got to communicate and trust each other, and pick each other up," Pau Gasol said. "There's breakdowns, defensive breakdowns, especially with a team that executes as well as Dallas does. So we've just got to talk and support each other, and understand that mistakes happen. We can't just hang our heads just because of it. We've got to create that energy, and just be positive because that's going to carry you down to the other end."



More from Bynum below, along with Kobe Bryant, and Derek Fisher responding on Bynum's "trust" comments...

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Lakers flop against Boston: Postgame video and quotes

January, 30, 2011
1/30/11
8:58
PM PT
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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Interesting exchange between reporters and Derek Fisher after Sunday's 109-96 loss to the Celtics Sunday afternoon. He was asked about seven different ways what amounts to the same question. Finally, he asked for some clarification:

Reporter 1: Are you concerned?

Fisher: Somebody define for me what "concerned" is.

Reporter 1: Are you more concerned than in prior seasons?

Reporter 2: Do you see a reason to be concerned?

Fisher: We're concerned every day. That's why we go to practice, that's why we play the games, that's why we put the time in we put in. Unless you win every single game, you're concerned. Every day, you want to get better defensively. Every day, you want to get better offensively. Every day, you want to play harder. Every day, you want to correct the mistakes you made the night before. So I don't know what is supposed to dramatically change, other than incrementally doing your job on a day-to-day basis, and turning things around over time. There really isn't a magic pill or a snap of the finger that's going to change things. But I've just played too many seasons and I've been on too many successful teams to get bunkered down on ups and downs over the course of the season that happen to everybody. That's just part of it.

Reporter 4: Are you guys hard to gauge right now?

Fisher: You guys do that. You get paid to gauge us. That's not a question for me to answer, that's what you get paid to to, is to gauge us and judge us and decide how good we are or are not. My job is to come to work every day and keep doing the best that I can, and every guy in the locker room, that's the responsibility on their hands. Hopefully, that allows us to be the best we can be. If I say yes, I'm concerned, or if I said hey, we're not playing as well as we'd like to play right now and that's where the gauge is, what does that really tell us?

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Nobody, from Fisher on down, is pleased with the way the Lakers are performing. Even Lamar Odom, who continues preaching calm and confidence, also acknowledges what they're doing now won't cut it. This isn't a point of debate.

"We keep saying it's a work in progress," Luke Walton says, "but it is frustrating having the results against [those elite] teams. We need more execution. More of the little things. More focus on what we talk about, what we do in practice, and carry it into games."

How to fix their problems, how good they can get, how good they will get- these are all vital questions without concrete answers. Maybe at this point, it's still easier to focus on things more tangible. "We have to understand that the regular season isn't crucial [as the playoffs are], but it is important," Pau Gasol said Sunday. "The better record we finish with, we also have better chances down the road. We can't slip too much ... or the games that we have given away, we might have to think about those."

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Phil Jackson on Kobe Bryant, supporting cast vs. Boston

January, 30, 2011
1/30/11
8:52
PM PT
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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One of the big talking points postgame in our Lakers Late Night Facebook show was Kobe Bryant's shot selection down the stretch. At one point, he took over ten consecutive shots. Hardly ideal, to say the least. But as I wrote after the game, while Bryant's hoists grew increasingly forced as the game dragged on (in part because he seemed tired, which tends to manifest itself in bad shots, but for which he's remains responsible), the guys around him hardly without blame. It's difficult to blame the outcome on Bryant.

After the game, Phil Jackson seemed to agree. "I don't think anybody else wanted the ball," he said, in a fairly lengthy discussion of the topic:



The eternal "chicken and egg" debate around Kobe- do guys fade away when he shoots too much, or does he shoot too much because they fade away- won't be answered by Sunday's game. Clearly, though, going forward the Lakers' supporting cast needs to find ways to stay engaged when teams play Kobe straight up early in games, and he gets high percentage looks.

As a group, they need to figure out ways to succeed when Kobe, taking quality shots and exploiting what defenses give him to start games, has a larger portion of the offense.

Clippers down the Lakers: Postgame video

January, 17, 2011
1/17/11
7:41
AM PT
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
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Lest you think Sunday's loss to the Clippers was just about late game tension, there was also a fairly epic late game collapse from the Lakers (or, if you're a fan of ClipperBlog, a late game surge from the LAC). A 14-point swing over the last seven minutes- 16 if not for a meaningless Shannon Brown layup at the buzzer- but as Phil Jackson noted after the game, the Lakers actually opened the door for the Clips in the third. At the 3:05 mark, a Kobe Bryant triple gave the purple and gold a 12 point lead. The Lakers were poised to put the game away.

Or not.

After Eric Gordon canned a tough corner three to end the quarter, the lead was down to three.

"We had poor offensive execution in the third quarter which gave them some light to get back in the ballgame. We had a pretty good game going for ourselves and we just didn't take care of the ball a couple of times, and they had that shot at the end of the third quarter to give them some momentum," Phil Jackson said. Sufficiently revitalized, the Clippers blew up for 29 points over the last seven minutes of the fourth quarter.

No, that is not a misprint. 29 points in seven minutes.

"They found something they could run to towards the end of the game. They had some three-point shots towards the end, and they just played well," Jackson said. At the other end, it wasn't much better. "We had some misplays. Kobe dribbling the ball off his foot and giving up a layup at a critical time of the game. Some things like that, that were just [out of the ordinary]... We had a couple situations where we didn't get into the offense, or Lamar [Odom] just backed up and shot a three pointer. Pau [Gasol] stood at the other side of the lane with [Ike] Diogu on him and didn't move to the ball. Guys just weren't functioning fully in their offense."

"We just relaxed," said Andrew Bynum. Asked what would happen if they relaxed against, say the Boston's, San Antonio's, and Miami's of the world- no disrespect to the Clippers- he was emphatic. "Then they're going to really exploit us, and it's going to look bad. We'll be down by 20 instead of five."

As a result, the Lakers fell a full 5.5 games back of San Antonio in the Western Conference, and face three tough games this wee, starting Monday at home against Oklahoma City.

For more postgame video from Jackson, Bryant, and Gasol, click below.

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