• 05/05/2011, 08:15PM ET

The Lakers-Mavs series isn't over

Rudedog: Believe The Hype (370-317-81) vs DJRoxalot (1085-669-126)

Despite the predicament the Lakers are in, this series isn't over by any stretch of the imagination. In the end, the Lakers are down 2-0, but it's just 2 games. This team is veteran laden and just about the entire team has won at least 1 or 2 titles. This team has been put in predicaments like this before.

Just a year ago, the Lakers were 1 loss away from losing the title and won 2 must-win games in a row for the win. When their backs are against the wall, this Lakers team has responded.

The Lakers still have a distinct advantage down low. And somehow the Lakers aren't taking advantage of this. Gasol and Bynum are getting the shots WHEN THEY TRY. These two seem disconnected for spurts during the game and don't try. A must win game should get them motivated.

In the end, for a veteran team like this, the home court disadvantage the Lakers face won't be that significant. They've won on the road before and I don't see why this year will be any different. The Mavs have been playing too well too continue at that high of a level. The Lakers will rebound and this series is far from over.

Let me give you an interesting nugget of interesting information, my good friend.

238 teams have trailed 0-2. ONLY 14 TEAMS HAVE COME BACK TO WIN THE SERIES. In other words, just 5.88% of the teams have rallied to win.

I love the Lakers, Rude. You have known me a long time. We have done over 103 TD's together.

So dog, I am sorry to inform you that this series is indeed effectively over.

Even if the Lakers win the next 2 games? They will be spending a lot of ENERGY and this is an old team.

People have been calling the Spurs old for a while and it finally caught up to them.

This series catches up to the Lakers and say Goodnight. The Lakers do not have the stamina or energy to rally and win 4 out of the next 5 games.

They lost Game 1 after leading by 16 and Game 2 they were close in the 3rd quarter until Dallas finished them.

The Lakers need to remake this team in the offseason. hey, there is another TD idea, fellow (TD) Wh0re.

DJ, you're quite pessimistic.

3 times has a team lost the first two games at home and won the series. LA is one of those teams. More recently, the 2004 Lakers, who were also "old and fatigued" won 4 straight games against San Antonio after starting down 0-2.

Phil's done this before. Kobe's done this before. Fisher and Luke have done it before. These guys may be reeling, but they are still confident. You were the one who told me Kobe said it'd be easy to win 4 games in a row. It's just a matter of getting some momentum and building on it.

Tonight, I fully expect the Lakers to assert their advantage down low again and get points in the paint. The role players have taken a beating from the media this series and I think it's time they respond. Kobe's taken most of the heat for them, but the role players have not stepped up to the plate.

If the Lakers pull out a double digit win tonight, all the swagger Dallas had flips right to the Lakers and it's a whole new series. Just like that the momentum can swing.

Last year, the Suns were destroyed in 2 games at LA in the WCF and came back and beat the Lakers twice.

It's far from over

Pessimistic? I consider it being a realistic fan, not a homerific one, Rude.

This is not a team capable of flipping that mysterious and mythical switch.

2004 was 7 years ago.

Kobe has has played in 1,103 games and 40,145 minutes in the NBA. And another 206 playoff games and 8,090 minutes. That is over 1,300 games and close to 50,000 minutes of games time!!!

Kobe has looked old this year and he is closer to the end of his career than the beginning.

Fisher is 36 and he has shown no ability to slow down the elite PG's like CP. Kobe had to defend CP and that is a tough assignment, taking away from Kobe's offense.

Or fast ones like Juan Jose Barea who had 12 points against the Lakers in Game 2.

Luke? Is he even on the postseason roster????

He has not even played but some guys named Trey Johnson, Joe Smith and Theo Ratliff have seen some time in the playoffs.


Comment #1 has been removed
May 5, 2011  08:29 PM ET

Who you tryin' to get crazy with ese?Don't you know I'm loco?

Yes, we already know that Twins.

May 5, 2011  08:42 PM ET

I agree with Rude... and I am guessing DJ does too...
But it will be an interesting argument... and very interesting to see DJ arguing against his own team

maybe he wants to lose this one??? :)

May 5, 2011  09:26 PM ET

Series is effectively over....

May 5, 2011  09:39 PM ET

Series is effectively over....


May 5, 2011  09:40 PM ET

We're talking about the Mavs here.

If they go down 3-0, the series is over, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the Lakers even up the series on the road.

May 5, 2011  09:41 PM ET

The thing is rude, the Lakers dont have two must win games. They have FOUR. And shouldnt Gasol and Bynum be motivated after a Game 1 loss at home?

Celtics and Lakers are toast.

Go Thunder!

May 5, 2011  09:50 PM ET

The thing is rude, the Lakers dont have two must win games. They have FOUR. And shouldnt Gasol and Bynum be motivated after a Game 1 loss at home?Celtics and Lakers are toast.Go Thunder!

Well, they must win 4 games, but that doesn't mean they have 4 must win games.

May 5, 2011  09:50 PM ET

Well, they must win 4 games, but that doesn't mean they have 4 must win games.

I could see them going down 3-1 and still winning the series.

May 5, 2011  10:04 PM ET

its over

Comment #11 has been removed
May 6, 2011  09:27 AM ET

Lakers win tonight but this series is over.

May 6, 2011  09:34 AM ET

I could see them going down 3-1 and still winning the series.


May 6, 2011  09:40 AM ET

its over

It's not over. They still have 2 more games to lose before it's over. And no RonRon for game 3.

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May 6, 2011  10:02 AM ET

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!?


May 6, 2011  10:03 AM ET

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!?

All time classic movie right there!

May 6, 2011  10:15 AM ET

Series is effectively over....

Of course that is only statistically speaking.

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May 6, 2011  01:30 PM ET

Of course that is only statistically speaking.

Nope, it is an objective Lakers fan knowing the run is over. And it is time to make over this team to keep them contending.


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