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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2023 9:48 pm    Post subject: *** Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets (03/15/23 @ 5:00 pm PT) Gm#70 ***

Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets
Toyota Center, Houston, TX | Wednesday, Mar. 15 2023 • 5:00 PM PT


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2023 9:55 pm    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2023 9:56 pm    Post subject:

It would be very lucky for the Lakers if Sengun is really out.

AD won't be playing tomorrow on a 2nd night of a back2back
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 4:57 am    Post subject:

I hope Houston doesn't have anyone over 6'8

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 6:29 am    Post subject:

The immovable object (Lakers pursuit of .500) meets the unstoppable force (Rockets tanking).
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 6:58 am    Post subject:

Time to hit Lakers -3.5.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 6:59 am    Post subject:

I'm usually not down with not playing AD back to back. We almost have to win out in order to have a shot. I understand the chances are slim to none and slim got fat that we bring home the Larry O'Brien this season so I reluctantly go with it. We're finding enough about this team that warrants looking forward to next season without doing more damage to Bron and AD. If Bron's not 100% I'd think about playing him limited minutes the rest of this season. We're playing very well without him. Now is a great time to see if AD can carry a team. I personally don't think he has the mindset but Hell, Who Am I?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 7:00 am    Post subject:

I'm surprised the Lakers are favored by 3.5 in Vegas.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 7:01 am    Post subject:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 7:05 am    Post subject:

jodeke wrote:
I'm usually not down with not playing AD back to back. We almost have to win out in order to have a shot. I understand the chances are slim to none and slim got fat that we bring home the Larry O'Brien this season so I reluctantly go with it. We're finding enough about this team that warrants looking forward to next season without doing more damage to Bron and AD. If Bron's not 100% I'd think about playing him limited minutes the rest of this season. We're playing very well without him. Now is a great time to see if AD can carry a team. I personally don't think he has the mindset but Hell, Who Am I?


I don’t think it’s AD that wants to sit out. Seems like the medical staff thinks any added stress on that injury will re-aggravate.

But I agree with you on him carrying a team. I think it’s pretty clear he’s not a 1. He’s the best 2 (when available) you will find just because when he’s up for it, he’s unstoppable.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 7:06 am    Post subject:

32 wrote:
I'm surprised the Lakers are favored by 3.5 in Vegas.


It seems like they should be favored by a lot more.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 7:37 am    Post subject:

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I'm usually not down with not playing AD back to back. We almost have to win out in order to have a shot. I understand the chances are slim to none and slim got fat that we bring home the Larry O'Brien this season so I reluctantly go with it. We're finding enough about this team that warrants looking forward to next season without doing more damage to Bron and AD. If Bron's not 100% I'd think about playing him limited minutes the rest of this season. We're playing very well without him. Now is a great time to see if AD can carry a team. I personally don't think he has the mindset but Hell, Who Am I?


I don’t think it’s AD that wants to sit out. Seems like the medical staff thinks any added stress on that injury will re-aggravate.

But I agree with you on him carrying a team. I think it’s pretty clear he’s not a 1. He’s the best 2 (when available) you will find just because when he’s up for it, he’s unstoppable.


I understand the bold green and agree. I won't call AD injury prone, I shelf him as fragile. I wouldn't risk any further injury to him THIS SEASON. It's not worth the risk.
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I hope Houston doesn't have anyone over 6'8



My thoughts exactly.

Or over 220 lbs.
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LakerSD wrote:
The immovable object (Lakers pursuit of .500) meets the unstoppable force (Rockets tanking).


In spite of having one semi-big available on the Lakers roster tonight I think the unstoppable force will prevail and the Lakers will reach .500.

Let's hope so! GO LAKERS!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 7:52 am    Post subject:

Must win

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 8:33 am    Post subject:

It's 35 and 35 or bust!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 8:54 am    Post subject:

TooMuchMajicBuss wrote:
defense wrote:
I hope Houston doesn't have anyone over 6'8



My thoughts exactly.

Or over 220 lbs.


The problematic dude I could see is that beefy Garuba dude.

I think this will ultimately come down to how much the Rockets want to tank. We will have a good idea based on the minutes allocation and if athletic baby Jokic is a go.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 10:06 am    Post subject:

The Rockets just beat a healthy Boston team.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 10:15 am    Post subject:

32 wrote:
The Rockets just beat a healthy Boston team.


that was my first thought, Lakers better not have a let down,

Ham needs to MOTIVATE

Davis needs to play...

A win = .500....!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 10:54 am    Post subject:

LakerSD wrote:
TooMuchMajicBuss wrote:
defense wrote:
I hope Houston doesn't have anyone over 6'8



My thoughts exactly.

Or over 220 lbs.


The problematic dude I could see is that beefy Garuba dude.

I think this will ultimately come down to how much the Rockets want to tank. We will have a good idea based on the minutes allocation and if athletic baby Jokic is a go.


I read something saying the the bottom three teams all have the same chances in the lotto drawing so they don't have to tank anymore or something to that effect.

Could they win themselves out of the bottom three? That would be a problem

it was some reply on Reddit but I found the piece here
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WHAT IS THE FORMAT FOR THE DRAFT LOTTERY?
The NBA Board of Governors approved changes to the lottery system on Sept. 28, 2017. Under the revamped format (which began with the 2019 Draft), the NBA Draft Lottery will ensure that the team with the worst record will receive no worse than the fifth pick. Under the pre-2019 system, the team with the worst record would pick no lower than fourth.

The new system will level the odds at the top of the NBA Draft Lottery so that the teams with the three worst regular-season records will each have a 14 percent chance of winning the lottery. In the pre-2019 structure, the top seed had a 25 percent of winning the lottery, the second seed had a 19.9 percent and the third seed had a 15.6 percent.

After drawings are conducted for the first four picks of the NBA Draft, the other lottery teams will continue to pick in inverse order of their regular-season record..

https://www.nba.com/news/nba-draft-lottery-explainer
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 10:59 am    Post subject:

LakerSD wrote:
TooMuchMajicBuss wrote:
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I hope Houston doesn't have anyone over 6'8



My thoughts exactly.

Or over 220 lbs.


The problematic dude I could see is that beefy Garuba dude.

I think this will ultimately come down to how much the Rockets want to tank. We will have a good idea based on the minutes allocation and if athletic baby Jokic is a go.


Yes, and assuming Senquin is out (I hope) I'd expect Garuba will get a lot more minutes than he's used to. He's a bit inexperienced, a lot thicker than Gabriel though.

On one hand, I'm happy to see Houston just beat Boston. On the other hand, I'm a wee bit concerned that Houston just beat Boston. Makes it interesting - we'll see.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 11:35 am    Post subject:

TooMuchMajicBuss wrote:
LakerSD wrote:
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I hope Houston doesn't have anyone over 6'8



My thoughts exactly.

Or over 220 lbs.


The problematic dude I could see is that beefy Garuba dude.

I think this will ultimately come down to how much the Rockets want to tank. We will have a good idea based on the minutes allocation and if athletic baby Jokic is a go.


Yes, and assuming Senquin is out (I hope) I'd expect Garuba will get a lot more minutes than he's used to. He's a bit inexperienced, a lot thicker than Gabriel though.

On one hand, I'm happy to see Houston just beat Boston. On the other hand, I'm a wee bit concerned that Houston just beat Boston. Makes it interesting - we'll see.


Houston caught Boston on an off night. I hope they don't catch us the same way. As unleasHell posted Ham has to motivate.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 1:00 pm    Post subject:

If we lose this one. The entire organization should be punished. How do you load manage when you are fighting to make the playoffs.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 1:31 pm    Post subject:

Just FYI Sengun isn't ruled all the way out yet. LGSRS is still on the table.

Likely hear in about 45 minutes. Rockets doing the pregame walk-through as we speak, rather than shootaround. That's when he was ruled out on Monday so TBD for a little while more. Still listed as questionable.

https://twitter.com/jonathan_feigen/status/1636117453825531905?s=46&t=6-sxM4NpvzeWdNMn3aVCqg
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2023 1:48 pm    Post subject:

Have a bad feeling about this game.
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