Lakers Disappoint Fans With Effort; Swept Out of 2011 Playoffs

Coming into today’s Game 4, the Lakers were faced with the possibility of a sweep. No, the Lakers did not have a chance to sweep―they had a chance to get swept. Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson won five championships together, and they weren’t going to let their season end in Dallas. They needed to play 48 minutes of great basketball in order to keep their title aspirations alive.

First Quarter

The Lakers’ offense ran through Kobe Bryant in the opening minutes of the game, and it was obvious Kobe wanted to make sure the team got off to a strong start. The team played great defense in the early goings, but no other player besides Kobe was able to find a groove on offense. Pau Gasol continued his slump and Ron Artest could not connect on his long-distance shot attempts. Although the Lakers started off playing great defense, the Mavericks soon began hitting their shots. At the 4:51 mark of the first the Mavs held a 16-11 lead.

Bryant was carrying the Lakers on one end of the court with his offensive prowess, but the team failed to contest the Mavericks’ three-point attempts. At the conclusion of the first period, the Lakers found themselves trailing by four points, 27-23.

Kobe had 13 of the Lakers 23 points, and he was the only player showing a sense of urgency.  The Lakers shot 42% in the first quarter; however the Mavericks put up 52%.

Second Quarter

The Mavericks opened the second quarter strong, and they continued to get open looks from behind the arc. Reserve guard Jason Terry hit his third consecutive three, and he gave the Mavs a 37-27 lead at the 9:25 mark of the period. Despite the fact that the Lakers made it a priority to make a better effort in guarding the opponent, and Mavs faced little pressure on defense.

The Mavericks’ 7-0 run ended with a Ron Artest lay-up, but the Lakers failed to defend Terry and they faced a double-digit deficit. The Lakers played with no defense intensity or a sense of focus, and with 6:32 left in the half, the Lakers trailed 50-32.

The Mavericks continued their onslaught and they used the crowd’s energy to blow open their lead. The Mavs had open shots on nearly every possession, and there was a dearth of energy on the Lakers’ side. Dallas eventually opened up a 25 point lead, and the Lakers’ could not find a way to make their shots.

At the end of the second quarter, the Lakers trailed the Mavericks, 63-39. The Mavericks shot an incredible 60% from the field, and they were able to knock down 11 three-point attempts.

Third Quarter

The Lakers and Mavs started the second half slow, and neither team was able to find their offensive groove. The Lakers were preventing the Mavericks from scoring, but they could not connect on their shot attempts on the other end of the court. The Lakers made a push in the third period, but Ron Artest’s missed dunk ended any hopes for a run. The Mavericks answered back with consecutive jump-shots, and Jackson had to call a time-out when the deficit reached 71-49.

Jason Terry could not be stopped from his hot shooting, and he constantly provided his team with a shot when they needed it the most. Looking at the Lakers body language, one could easily see their frustration and disbelief with the score of the game.

Heading to the bench the Lakers trailed 86-62, looked deflated and needed a miracle to win the game.

Fourth Quarter

The Lakers had 12 minutes to climb themselves out of the game, but the deficit was too large to overcome. Phil Jackson coached perhaps his final quarter as an NBA head coach, but his players did not show their leader any effort.

Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum both got ejected out of the game in the late stages of the fourth quarter, and at that point all hope was lost. The Lakers were clearly frustrated with the outcome of the game, but they had to take out their anger on the Maverick players. The Lakers never made a run in the final period, and the reserves came onto the court near the 6:00 mark.

The final buzzer rang, and the Lakers got swept after a dismal performance, 122-86. Phil Jackson coached perhaps his last game as an NBA coach, and will most likely end his career with 11 championships. Kobe Bryant will remain one title short of tying Michael Jordan’s six rings, the same goes for Derek Fisher.

The Lakers’ summer has officially begun, and expect to see changes to the Lakers’ roster.

Sad day for Laker fans…poor performance, poor sportmanship, poor sendoff for Phil

  • IT’S VERY DISAPPOINTING HOW THE LAKERS FINISHED THIS GAME…. UNBELIEVABLE… WE PLAY HARD AND LEARN WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A CHAMP… AND WE SHOULD LEARN HOW TO LOSE…. ITS EMBARASSING…. THEY REPRESENT L.A. AS SORE LOSERS… NO EFFORT, FOCUS, DESIRE TO PLAY OR WIN….

  • I’m still a lakers fan we can’t win them all well regroup and come back strong nextyear!lve been Lakers fan since eightys I love la baby!

  • i am done being a laker fan, spent countless hours supporting them and in return all i got was happiness. but this is just SAD. i am ok with them losing the way they did today if this was game 3 and the lakers were up 2-0. easily winnable series just played with 0 effort. i am not supporting anyone who doesnt show any effort or play with some urgency. RIP me(as a laker fan) 2005-06 to 10-11. I know its a short time but i knew about them in 05. i just learnt wat basketball was at that time. i will be a laker fan again once they start playing with some PASSION/HUNGER FOR MORE

  • @dbe762fa2c7b15589b347fc4dacb9506:disqus (Cocks) oh you mean like all those times Phil & Kobe shitted on your sorry ass teams?

  • Why are we mad at the Lakers? They were BACK TO BACK champs!! They have been playing with the same starting lineup for a while….they are all aging! They definetley tried to 3 peat but with a bench like they had, it was impossible. They should not have traded players like Jordan Farmar, because they would have 3 peated if they had their old bench! But still, Lakers are still champions and always will be!

  • Kobe is the only one who came out with a clear goal in mind. The rest of the guys were lost. Bynum and Odom (with Artest) are idiots. Cheap shots. They need to get their act together and learn from this. This is PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL. This isn’t basketball right around the block. Jeez! However, being the biggest Laker fan eveeer… I believe we could come out of this. Next year, we’ll be stronger, smarter, wiser, and championship-ready! Epic fail is the stage for epic comeback. WE WILL RETURN.

  • Ur a retard if u think it’s over for him he’s still the most dangerous player in the nab he just needs some young legs so he doesn’t have to work as hard like bron . Because he doesn’t have another player who can drive and penetrate Kobe takes the most difficult shots in the game and still averages 25. With a pg like demon Williams or cp3 or rondo or Tony Parker he can come off screens more there fore defenses can’t be in great position every time he attacks. Le bron and d wayde just make the shot difficulty a lot easier for each other just bein on the floor. Quite frankly d fish and artest don’t cut it. Kobe has to work extra hard to average numbers he does and he’s to old to have to do that night in and night out with a good pg Kobe can play at a high level for atleast 3 more urs

  • You can’t Depend on one player…. The whole team has to work together just how the MAVS did… Go MAVS !!! And lakers had many great victories this loss was horrible to them O.o

  • Wow, you are the definition of a bandwagon jumper.

    don’t be that.

    Laker fan since I was old enough to actually understand the game.from 96 and on. Through thick and thin. LA all day

  • It is funny and sad that Kobe gets no blame here. He is the leader of the team. This is where his greatness is lacking. Magic Johnson lead his teams from his first season as a rookie until his last appearance. When the Lakers win it’s because of Kobe and when they loose it is everyone else’s fault.

    Laker fans have seen the bottom again, remember what happened after the Pistons owned Kobe and Shaq. I fear the same thing is going to happen here. Kobe will wash his hands of the whole thing and blame will fall everywhere but where it belongs.

    The Lakers showed no class and reacted the same way they always have when the end is near. They quit! A true championship team shows class at all times on the court. These men are paid professionals they should act like it on the court. LA fans have been shamed by Laker cheap shots and infighting when things don’t go their way.

    What a horrible way to end a career for Phil Jackson. What a sad time for Los Angeles and Lakers fans everywhere.

  • Bynum is a punk. Odom’s foul was just a hard one, but Bynum was trying to hurt Barea when he was in the air and couldn’t protect himself. What an immature ass bynum is.

  • Good thing all the band wagoners are leaving. LA all day, win or lose. And yes, you are the definition of a laker bandwagon jumper. True fans stick with there teams no matter what, and ride or die with them till the end.

  • Lakers are going to pick up a better point guard in free agency ( i like Aaron Brooks and J.J Barea since the lakers like to sign people we go in confrontations with. I think they have to trade one of the big men my guess (Pau) make odom starter and try and get a consistant SF for pau and then make room for dwight for 2012. and i would make bynum 6th man if he don’t want to trade for cp3 or a good back up shooting gaurd

  • Kobe’s wife. WOW, if that b—-‘s husband can’t win, she will find a way to get show time. Paul, too bad you can’t ignore a stupid childish spoiled rich b—-. Your woman and all the others need to stay away from her. She’s poison.

  • I can’t stand conspiracy theories but I have one here.  🙂  A force, bigger than the Lakers (like the ones who control the NBA), wagged the dog in this case, having the Lakers lose.  Why? Because the league was beginning to lose NBA followers considering the only winners of championships lately have been a few elite teams (Lakers, Boston, Spurs, Miami, etc.) but only the Lakers have back-to-back victories considering (2000-2002) and (2009-2010) which constitutes 5 rings in 11 years?! That’s freakin awesome!  People were beginning to tune out of the NBA figuring the Lakers are just going to win again – so why bother watching?  The NBA can’t have this and they are bigger than the Lakers organization.  Therefore, I believe it was scripted for the Lakers to lose in order to bring the overall fans what they want – fresh, new talent out there (Lebron, Derek Rose, Durant,etc. even for that matter a new team with an old guy – Mavs with Dirk – when was their last championship?  Ouch!  I think this sort of revives the NBA the way Magic and Bird did with it in the 80s.   With unpredictability comes fun and excitement of the unknown.  Now, before you think I’m just a sore Laker loser, here is my indirect proof: 1) Kobe did not make any attempts to take over in any of these games in the 4th quarter which we all know is Kobe time, 2)It’s highly unlikely that the Lakers would ever come out soft to lose both home games during a playoff, 3)Lakers were/are known for their defense with a smart coach so there is no way that they would expect to win by allowing wide open 3-pointers in not just one or two or three but four games in a row?! 4) Why would they play so well as they did winning 16 or 17 games in a row to get themselves positioned well after the all-star break and then just lose motivation to win/defend in the 2nd round of the playoffs? Our time to shine? 5) I know that Ron Artest sometimes looks like he’s just learning to play basketball out there on the floor but missing a wide-open lay-up and not being able to even get the rebound even though the opponent was at the top of the key away from him? 6)and back on the defense, there were times that there were two Mavs standing and waiting behind the 3-point line with no Lakers in sight to defend – come on! 7) This team did not look tired; the 2003 Lakers team looked tired and rightfully so; but these guys still had legs and then some.   Yep.  What we witnessed was not real but as bad as a WWE script.  I’m convinced because I feel I know the Lakers.  I know that I’ll be called a crazy Laker fanatic for this but I understand if you haven’t seen every single Laker game for the past several years like I have (thanks NBA League Pass) 🙂  I’ll always be a Laker fan but this is actually great for the NBA.

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