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Lakers are pretty proud of fighting with Mavs

Posted on: April 1, 2011 11:42 am
Edited on: April 1, 2011 11:48 am
Lakers are pretty happy with their fights and ejections in blowout win over Mavericks
Posted by Matt Moore

As we brought you Thursday night, the Lakers and Mavs had an ugly little set of tussles resulting in multiple ejections, starting with Jason Terry shoving Steve Blake and followed by Matt Barnes shoving down a Mavericks assistant. 

Turns out the Lakers are pretty proud of themselves for standing up to 6-2 Jason Terry and an assistant coach. From the Los Angeles Times
"I think we all reacted well," said Pau Gasol, who had 20 points -- a correction from the original stats, which had him with 19 -- as well as seven rebounds. "The bench kept its cool, and the guys on the floor did what they had to do. Basically, they just stood up to what was in front of them. They werent trying to create anything.:"It was good to see our guys handled it pretty well."

The way that Barnes intervened in Blakes incident -- and Brown drew his ejection after a play in which Gasol was knocked down by Ian Mahinmi -- was a positive sign, in the mind of Kobe Bryant.

"It brings us closer together," he said. "Its as simple as that. We cant go for that, man."
via Lakers 110, Mavericks 82: Wild night at Staples - - Professional Sports.

In reality, the Lakers did need to stand up for Blake. Terry did shove Blake unprovoked and it's important to send messages. But it's that constant talk of message sending that shows a lot about the Lakers' identity when it comes to toughness. 

The Lakers have had their toughness questioned since 2008 when the Celtics bullied them in a dominating six-game set. Since then, despite two titles, including one over those same Celtics, questions have remained about the Lakers' toughness. Most of this stems from Pau Gasol being a traditional "soft Euro" which usually just means he's really good at basketball. The addition of Ron Artest was seen as a move to improve the toughness of the team, and Barnes was brought on in the same vein. This of course ignores the fact that basketball is a game of who can put the ball in the hoop the most, not who's the biggest and baddest, but playoff basketball preaches that you need that level of aggression.

The Lakers seem to have found it. If Andrew Bynum's massive frame wasn't enough to dissuade teams from wanting to mix it up physically, the Lakers have shown they are willing to engage. 

Literally everything is going L.A.'s way right now. 

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2011 11:35 am

Lakers are pretty proud of fighting with Mavs

Come to play basketball or and if during the process you decide that you would want to get a little physical, we as a team are not gonna back down.

I am glad the Lakers are peaking at the right time. The team is tougher than previous Laker teams. About 3 years ago they were manhandled by the Celtics. I don’ think this will happen to this team. Though we don’t have an enforcer as most teams in the past have had there are several on the team that has indicted they will not back down from physical play. This is the nature of the game.

I think in a 7 game series the way the Lakers are playing currently, they would be  hard to beat by any team. There are some teams that might give them problems, but beat them. No.

They would have to have a complete collapse of concentration, defense intensity.

I am looking forward to the playoffs, I don’t think it matters to the Lakers if they have the number one seed or not. Last season they did not have the #1 seed yet as the playoffs progressed the eventually had the home team advantage.



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