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March 03, 2011

Lakers remember and they're ticked

You’re drilled by 40 in your last game, your next one is on the road against the defending champions, and you won’t even have the slight advantage of the champs looking past you.

          The Charlotte Bobcats have the Los Angeles Lakers’ full attention. That was obvious from comments in Thursday’s Los Angeles Times.

          “We have a little score to settle with Charlotte,’’ Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Tuesday, after their victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

          “Payback,’’ added center Andrew Bynum. “Yeah, we’ve got to get that one back.’’

          “That one’’ was the Bobcats’ 20-point smack-down of the Lakers in Charlotte Feb. 14. The Bobcats have beaten the Lakers in eight of the last 10 meetings, but that game the Bobcats made the Lakers into Fakers.

          Jackson spoke for all of 10 seconds after that game, which was 10 seconds longer than Kobe Bryant spoke. The Lakers were so discombobulated after that one, they lost in Cleveland.

          This will be the first time the Bobcats have played the Lakers without Gerald Wallace on the roster, and that’s significant. The key to the Bobcats’ unlikely success against the Lakers has been the variety of athletic wings available to guard Kobe Bryant.

          Wallace is now a Trail Blazer – he’ll play against the Bobcats for the first time Saturday in Portland – but Wallace’s words after that thumping of the Lakers are worth repeating.

          “He looks frustrated,’’ Wallace said of Bryant. “All of them look frustrated. They don’t look like the original Lakers. They looked like they were confused, frustrated and were forcing things.

          “Every team has that one escape route. I guess the Lakers are ours.’’

Posted by Observer Sports on March 3, 2011 at 05:54 PM | Permalink

Comments

Well they'll be us tonight that's for sure. And won't be suprised if it's by 20 or more. Augustin,Henderson,Kwame, are all very good ROLE players, yet they just happen to be in the starting 5. And I'm starting to question if Diaw even wants to play here. He reminds me alot of Derrick Coleman in the fact that it seems like he's just playing good enough to earn a paycheck.

DJ only has confidence against the NBA's bottom feeders. And with a hurt Jack, this one is bound to get real ugly, real fast.

Posted by: Smitty | Mar 4, 2011 9:49:13 AM

Smitty

I wouldn't call the Bulls and Derrick Rose bottom feeders you may want to check out his numbers agaisnst them. DJ is still a bit inconsistent but there is no pattern regarding top tier versus bottom tier teams.

Posted by: Bob | Mar 4, 2011 10:01:11 AM

So they say its payback time after they see us dump g-force and then lose to denver by 40. am surprised..

Posted by: byteAbit | Mar 4, 2011 4:58:47 PM

Yeah they may beat us but I doubt if we lay down on this one. But of course they are being bold without Wallace and Nazr they are real confident. I hope the new players wake up. Joel Pryz I wonder if his knee still hurts cause he looks slow and confused.

Posted by: tbird | Mar 4, 2011 5:10:54 PM

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