*** Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers (05/27/21 @ 7:00PM PDT), Series Tied 1-1, Playoff Gm #3***
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:01 pm    Post subject:

A week ago we finally got everyone back. So much improvement still needs to happen but it’s happening
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:02 pm    Post subject:

Lakers win 109-95.

Lakers were the more aggressive most of the game. The first half, they shot 18 3s, missed 15, and had only a 43-40 halftime lead.

Then the third began. If there was a booster button, Lakers hit it, and began rolling over the Suns, stretching lead to as much as 17, led by LBJ and AD. Of note, they took no 3s in the 3rd. Suns clawed a bit back into it.

In the 4th, Lakers would stretch lead to as much as 21. The 3s started falling during that run (they went 3-7 during their run to stretch the lead, and endedup 4-10 in the 4th)

Then, a wacky series of plays led to the Suns getting lead down to 8 over about a several minute span. Suns started hitting 3s. Lakers started turning the ball over. Officials started making wonky calls. AD and LBJ started going cold.

Enter DS - he finished it. Was the guy scoring. Unfortunately, the Suns lost their cool and Booker elected to aggressively 2 hand push DS on a play while DS was in the air. Led to some barking. Then led to a flagrant 2 on Booker, and Crowder being tossed for too much barking.

In the end, Lakers just overwhelmed the Suns then the foot went off the gas. Suns lost their cool and showed extreme immaturity in that moment.

Anyway, terrific win for the team. Lakers are now in control of the series. Expect the Suns to try and come out and be even *dirtier* while trying to be physical in game 4. Lakers just need to maintain their cool, stay aggressive, and good things will happen...and oh yea. If they could just shoot decent from 3...
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:02 pm    Post subject:

Teams should be a little bit more frightened that LBJ starts to drive to the basket a little. That ankle is only getting healthier
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:02 pm    Post subject:

Halflife wrote:
A week ago we finally got everyone back. So much improvement still needs to happen but it’s happening


I actually like how Bron is playing even if he don't have a lift, he kinda playing like Luka out there. Bron minus athleticism is luka.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:03 pm    Post subject:

Still only 25% from the 3, so much room for improvement
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:03 pm    Post subject:

mad55557777 wrote:
Teams should be a little bit more frightened that LBJ starts to drive to the basket a little. That ankle is only getting healthier


And he's not forcing it, he's playing smart.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:04 pm    Post subject:

leking006 wrote:
Halflife wrote:
A week ago we finally got everyone back. So much improvement still needs to happen but it’s happening


I actually like how Bron is playing even if he don't have a lift, he kinda playing like Luka out there. Bron minus athleticism is luka.

You meant on the drive? Luka is already a better shooter than lebron
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:04 pm    Post subject:

leking006 wrote:
Halflife wrote:
A week ago we finally got everyone back. So much improvement still needs to happen but it’s happening


I actually like how Bron is playing even if he don't have a lift, he kinda playing like Luka out there. Bron minus athleticism is luka.


Crazy ain’t it
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:05 pm    Post subject:

mad55557777 wrote:
leking006 wrote:
Halflife wrote:
A week ago we finally got everyone back. So much improvement still needs to happen but it’s happening


I actually like how Bron is playing even if he don't have a lift, he kinda playing like Luka out there. Bron minus athleticism is luka.

You meant on the drive? Luka is already a better shooter than lebron


Yup on the drive. Bron still has better 3pt % than Luka . Luka has better handles though. But they basically the same now.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:05 pm    Post subject:

mad55557777 wrote:
Still only 25% from the 3, so much room for improvement


So true.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:05 pm    Post subject:

The Lakers shot 28% from 3 (38% for the Suns) and had 20 turnovers and still won by double digits
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:06 pm    Post subject:

mad55557777 wrote:
Teams should be a little bit more frightened that LBJ starts to drive to the basket a little. That ankle is only getting healthier


Definitely makes me happy to know that is still in there if the team needs it. In the first half someone mentioned here that the Suns were just sitting on his passes since they knew Lebron didn't want to attack. In the 3rd he said F it and went right at them.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:08 pm    Post subject:

governator wrote:
leking006 wrote:
Halflife wrote:
A week ago we finally got everyone back. So much improvement still needs to happen but it’s happening


I actually like how Bron is playing even if he don't have a lift, he kinda playing like Luka out there. Bron minus athleticism is luka.


Crazy ain’t it


Yup the only difference is Lebron is still the better defender and the stronger. Meanwhile Luka has the better handles and floaters. Bron rarely use floaters.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:09 pm    Post subject:

leking006 wrote:
mad55557777 wrote:
leking006 wrote:
Halflife wrote:
A week ago we finally got everyone back. So much improvement still needs to happen but it’s happening


I actually like how Bron is playing even if he don't have a lift, he kinda playing like Luka out there. Bron minus athleticism is luka.

You meant on the drive? Luka is already a better shooter than lebron


Yup on the drive. Bron still has better 3pt % than Luka . Luka has better handles though. But they basically the same now.

But Luka doesn’t get the same 3 looks like lebron, teams are more than willing to let lebron take a 3. Luka was unconscious
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:13 pm    Post subject:

Can we save the Luka love fest for the appropriate threads? This is about tonight’s game.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:14 pm    Post subject:

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I think that it was just a young guy that let his frustration turn to recklessness. The flagrant 2 was the right call, had it been earlier in the game I think it would’ve even been a flagrant 1. But the refs went more severe to send a message going forward since the tempers are heating up.

Our team acting like the Clippers when we went up 18 didn’t help. It’s one thing to celebrate but they were way over the top trying to rub it in. And the Suns came back to make it a 2 possession game. Not excusing Booker but we also should expect our team to act like they’ve been their before— they’re acting brand new. Hope Frank addresses this.


The Lakers have been running the nba in sideline celebrations for at least the last decade or so. They did this when they won it all last year too. When things are going well, we see 15 guys shooting bow and arrows and tackling each other on the court while the game is still going on. That’s what works for them.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:17 pm    Post subject:

Dennis Push UPS after the hard foul.


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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:20 pm    Post subject:

anyone know the situation with KCP? Hope he's ok w 2 days rest...
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:21 pm    Post subject:

Nice win. Solid effort and execution for most of the game. Nice to see the ok playing with purpose.

This team ever starts to hit shots and not have so many careless turnovers they would be dangerous.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:22 pm    Post subject:

LakerDynasty6.0 wrote:
anyone know the situation with KCP? Hope he's ok w 2 days rest...


TDrock is in the hallway next to Mike Trudell and Chris Haynes awaiting the news.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:26 pm    Post subject:

What is Alley wearing...... lol
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:32 pm    Post subject:

Booker needs to be suspended for a game.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:39 pm    Post subject:

There is zero chance Booker is getting suspended. With that said, I would take down the clowning a notch...Not that I care about the Suns feelings, but you don't want a guy with nothing to lose to take out one of our guys for the rest of the playoffs.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:39 pm    Post subject:

mad55557777 wrote:
Still only 25% from the 3, so much room for improvement


This is a problem. We got dudes out there missing practice shots they are so open.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2021 9:41 pm    Post subject:

During that huge drought in the 2nd quarter, our defense kept us in the game
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