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Post#1 Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:37 pm by dockingsched

http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/22 ... e-Playoffs


Kobe Bryant thinks the Los Angeles Lakers will finish the second half of the season strong and qualify for the postseason.

“It's not a question of if we make the playoffs,” Bryant said after a 1-for-8 shooting night against Phoenix on Feb. 12. “We will. And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone -- Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver ... whoever. I have zero nervousness about that.”

The Lakers are 3.5 games out of the final spot in the Western Conference, with a tough schedule the rest of the way.

Bryant said there is a strong belief in the Lakers’ locker room that the playoffs are not out of reach.

“I'm not talking about just me,” he said. “Us as a group. We will make the playoffs. And we will compete. And part of the reason I have that confidence is the Miami game [a 107-97 loss in Miami on Feb. 10]. We had control of the game. That was no fluke. We were playing very, very well. We were reading the defense, making the extra pass. OK, they have two great players [LeBron James and Dwayne Wade] who scored eight straight buckets and took control of the game. But we were right there. We can do it.


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Post#2 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:38 pm by Slava

Everything about last night's game suggested a positive trend to me. Kobe and Dwight, Nash & Dwight communicating a bit, Howard cheering for Kobe's makes from the bench and Jamison, Blake continuing their good play just makes me believe that we might just catch a lucky break sooner than later.
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Post#3 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:54 pm by Michael Lucky

great, everytime Kobe guarantees something we fail.
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Post#4 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:55 pm by destro

All I'll say is if we're good shape come playoff time (considering the situation we're in of course), then that means they're clicking and some teams are in trouble.
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Post#5 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:56 pm by TyCobb

Season starts tomorrow night!
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Post#6 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:57 pm by dockingsched

destro wrote:All I'll say is if we're good shape come playoff time (considering the situation we're in of course), then that means they're clicking and some teams are in trouble.



too late to get back on the playoff train.
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Post#7 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:09 pm by MistyMountain20

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Post#8 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:11 pm by Wavy Q

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Post#9 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:14 pm by Luxury

TyCobb wrote:Season starts tomorrow night!

Season started last night!!
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Post#10 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:15 pm by The Skyhook

Things are definitely looking up. It just sucks that we don't have Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill healthy and back in the line up.
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Post#11 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:19 pm by Slava

^ Do we really need someone taking away minutes from Jamison in his hot stretch? The Pau situation could have affected us any number of ways if he played well in Dwight's absence and still pouted for a starting spot. This atleast shelves that debate for a while and gives Mike D Antoni a clear mind to make the playoff push.
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Post#12 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:23 pm by winwinz

Obviously Kobe is going to say that the Lakers will make the playoffs.
Every team in the 9th,10th and 11th seed would say that...

It would be news if he said something else.
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Post#13 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:31 pm by destro

dockingsched wrote:
destro wrote:All I'll say is if we're good shape come playoff time (considering the situation we're in of course), then that means they're clicking and some teams are in trouble.



too late to get back on the playoff train.


I don't want to be on no lousy playoff train, i heard it smells like booze and Mexico on board anyway. Us missing the playoffs gives more leeway to have D'antoni fired which is what, but obviously if we're in good standing given the circumstances then something good must've happened.
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Post#14 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:40 pm by The Skyhook

SlavaMedvedenko wrote:^ Do we really need someone taking away minutes from Jamison in his hot stretch? The Pau situation could have affected us any number of ways if he played well in Dwight's absence and still pouted for a starting spot. This atleast shelves that debate for a while and gives Mike D Antoni a clear mind to make the playoff push.

Didn't really think of it that way but maybe this is what is best for now.
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Post#15 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:02 pm by BlackBerry

In Kobe I trust. Common Kobe, you know you liked that block + buzz against LeBron @ the all star game. Lets see Kobe vs LeBron. (I want Miami 2 win though:P). I bleed red for MIAMI
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Post#16 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:22 pm by Wonderllama

Go ahead, make the playoffs... another moral victory. But what's the point? This team would get swept by OKC.
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Post#17 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:24 pm by MrBigShot

Wonderllama wrote:Go ahead, make the playoffs... another moral victory. But what's the point? This team would get swept by OKC.


Don't be so sure...

This is the Lakers we are talking about, not just any team. I don't think their good fortunes have run out yet.

I know one thing...no team wants to see them in the 1st round. If you guys do manage to actually make the playoffs and win it all, I think that might be the most epic comeback second half of the season in NBA history. Going from turmoil, coach problems, player problems and getting blasted by the media and losing games that shouldn't be lost to the promised land would be unforgettable.
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Post#18 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:36 pm by Tee212

winwinz wrote:Obviously Kobe is going to say that the Lakers will make the playoffs.
Every team in the 9th,10th and 11th seed would say that...

It would be news if he said something else.



haha ya serious...hes supposed to say...umm yaaaaaaa we're lucky to even sustain the 9th spot. sorry fans:( haha
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Post#19 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:38 pm by ArC_man

Wonderllama wrote:Go ahead, make the playoffs... another moral victory. But what's the point? This team would get swept by OKC.

So we should just lie down and take it from all the other teams, give up on the rest of the season and tank even though Phoenix has our pick? What's the point for any team to play if they're not a legit contender?
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Post#20 Re: Kobe: Lakers WILL make the playoffs
Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:56 pm by Jakay

I never thought they wouldn't make it myself, but the Lakers sure have been testing that resolve.

Once they've made it, they're going to have to beat the best regardless, so the only thing about being a low seed is not having an easy round to save the legs, which is of minor concern, but much more importantly, not having homecourt EVER, which is a thing with these guys.

Also why is that a thing with these guys? You'd think of all teams, the veteran laden one would be most immune to this.
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