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Lakers melt in Miami: The reactions

March, 5, 2010
3/05/10
8:26
AM PT
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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Andy expressed his opinions on a mistake-rich effort from the Lakers in Thursday's 114-111 overtime loss to Miami, but he wasn't the only one taking finger to keyboard. Below is a roundup of today's purple and gold news...

GAME REPORTS
-Elliott Teaford, Los Angeles Daily News
-Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
-Kevin Ding, Orange County Register
-Michael Wallace, Miami Herald
-Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel

BLOGS AND SUCH

-Forum Blue and Gold- Lakers vs. Heat- A Numbers Game
-Silver Screen and Roll- Lakers Zoned Out Vs. Miami
-Peninsula is Mightier- Wade Leads Heat in OT
-LAT Lakers Blog- Kobe Can't Always Save the Day
-Hot Hot Hoops: Wade Passes for 14 Assists, Kobe Doesn't:


"...When Pau Gasol goes for 10 points, Andrew Bynum gets 12 points and Lamar Odom has 13 against flat footed Jermaine O’Neal and Jamaal Magloire then your team deserves to lose. There simply is no excuse to struggle to score when every other NBA team this season has taken advantage of the Heat’s biggest weakness in the paint. While they did collectively pull down 30 rebounds with ease, the problem is that the rest of the Lakers only grabbed 9 more... With the clear advantage in height, the Lakers’ biggest failure was not taking advantage and instead seemed to over-rely on getting Kobe Bryant his shots to upstage (Dwyane) Wade, particularly late in the game. Ironically, that’s the kind of basketball that Miami has played throughout the season and it hasn’t brought much sustained success. Whereas the Heat has limited choices so it’s understandable that sometimes Wade must play “me against the entire team” ball, it makes no sense to do that when the Lakers have such quality big men that could have benefited from the Heat’s porous defense by the basket..."

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Lakers vs. Miami: 5 things, plus one to grow on

March, 4, 2010
3/04/10
4:24
PM PT
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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In the last installment of the series...



While I'm sure the folks at TNT hope tonight's edition of Lakers vs. Heat (5 pm PT) has a similarly exciting ending, with a game Friday against the Bobcats staring them in the face L.A. hopes to suck enough intrigue from the game to leave Turner execs pining for another Law and Order rerun. The Heat aren't quite Pacers-bad, but they're not good, either. At 30-31, Miami is barely hanging on to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, where any team with matching uniforms qualifies as a postseason contender.

So as much as I love watching Dwyane Wade, what happens tonight is far less about what the Heat do as how the Lakers handle themselves. Here are five things to watch:

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Nick Young
PTS AST STL MIN
17.9 1.5 0.7 28.3
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Hill 7.4
AssistsK. Bryant 6.3
StealsK. Bryant 1.2
BlocksW. Johnson 1.0