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Video Preview: Game 2 vs. Boston

Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen joined us after Saturday morning’s practice session to detail the team’s plans heading into Sunday’s Game 2 against Boston, in which L.A. will look to build upon a 101-88 Game 1 victory.

Hamblen explained why he expects a much better all-around effort from the Celtics, cited the importance of again controlling the glass, detailed how the Lakers want to better move the basketball on offense and more.

To watch, click play above.

1-on-1 Video: Sasha Vujacic

It’s no coincidence that Sasha Vujacic is good at getting around screens, as noted throughout the season by no less authority than Phil Jackson.

After all, Vujacic’s a shooter himself that has spent time throughout his basketball life running around the screens set by his teammates to enable clean looks at the rim.

As Vujacic explained to us after L.A.’s Friday afternoon workout at STAPLES Center following the team’s Game 1 victory over Boston*, his ability to run around screens on offense has directly helped him when it comes to chasing opponents around similarly set screens when he’s defending.
*The Slovenian also gave his overall impressions of L.A.’s effort, talked about the additions of Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest in the Boston matchup and offered his keys to Sunday’s Game 2. Click play above to watch.

With Derek Fisher being called for two personal fouls in the first two minutes of Thursday’s contest, Jackson called up Vujacic to guard Boston’s Ray Allen, perhaps the league’s best at running around screens (unless you want to make an argument for Rip Hamilton).

As it turned out, Allen only got two shots off in five first quarter minutes, making one, before heading to the bench with two fouls of his own.

Vujacic did his job, if only for a short spell, and knows it won’t be the only time he’s called upon to chase Allen all over the floor in the series.

Lakers 111, Suns 103: Game 6 Running Diary

60596541Lakers – Suns Gameday Page
L.A. looked to close out a playoff series for the ninth time in 10 chances with Game 6 in Phoenix. We were there to make sure you didn’t miss a thing:

Lakers: Adam Morrison
Suns: Taylor Griffin

Lakers: Fisher, Bryant, Artest, Gasol and Bynum
Suns: Steve Nash, Jason Richardson, Grant Hill, Amare Stoudemire, Robin Lopez

Game 6 Video Preview
Assistant coach Brian Shaw offered his perspective on what L.A. did right and wrong in Game 5, explained why the coaching staff doesn’t mind if Steve Nash takes a high volume of shots, looked for the players to limit what Phoenix gets off its bench, praised the all-around game of near-triple-double-machine Bryant and more. CLICK HERE to watch.

60596582First Quarter
8:15 In a blistering offensive start from both teams, Kobe nailed an and-1 leaner for L.A.’s 7th make in eight attempts, but Phoenix was nearly as good in nailing 5-of-7 in a 17-all tie. Meanwhile, Bryant found himself with a bloody left hand, forcing Phil Jackson to put Shannon Brown in the game while Lakers trainer Gary Vitti stopped the bleeding.

5:21 The offense continued to come in droves, the teams combining to open 15-of-19 field goals, including a wing three from just-back-in Kobe, though Nash answered with Phoenix’s fourth three already to tie the game. Next up on the scoring platform? Fisher, who drew a foul on a three-point attempt and made all three to make it a 27-25 game.

2:19 As Gasol put L.A. up three from the foul line, it wasn’t he but Artest leading the way on O. A corner three on the previous possession had gotten the Queens, N.Y. native to 12 points, including two triples, a game after he finished with four points (two of which were just a tad important).

The quarter concluded with L.A. holding a 37-34 lead, shooting 66.7 percent in a fun period to watch. Who doesn’t like offense? That said, the Lakers’ coaches always stress defense more than offense, so the 34 points conceded hadn’t produced too many smiles from Phil Jackson and Co.

60596451Second Quarter
8:46 The Lakers had several chances to build their lead, but both Bynum and Odom missed relatively easy looks right under the rim with Lou Amundson and Channing Frye being on the very side of aggressive with paint defense. Sasha Vujacic hit a three that momentarily put L.A. up six, but Phoenix fought back to make it a one-point margin at 42-41.

6:13 The backcourt bench duo of Vujacic and Jordan Farmar offered a big boost, as Farmar’s second three followed Vujacic’s continued good defense on countryman Goran Dragic to put the Lakers up eight as Gasol, Fisher and Artest checked back into the action. Moments later, Artest dropped a three, then stripped Frye after a rebound – no one has stronger hands – before converting a lefty layup to get to 17 points himself, putting L.A. up nine. By the way, how much would you pay to see Dragic and Vujacic lead respective teams in MTV’s “Fresh Meat?” A lot, huh? Yeah.

2:00 It’s not uncommon to see Phil Jackson make sure Gasol gets a shot out of a time out, and we saw it once again, this time a turnaround hook in the lane off Fisher’s entry pass. Richardson answered with a three at the other end thanks to Nash’s penetration, but Odom then flew in for a driving layup over Hill to make it a 62-53 lead for L.A. with 1:18 to play.

0:12.9 After missing his first four shots of the half, Bryant nailed a deep, deep, deep (needed three deeps there, really) three to make it a 12-point game at 65-53 at the break. It was L.A.’s 8th made triple in 14 attempts, making up for Gasol’s uncharacteristic 1-for-4 shooting performance as Phoenix continued to collapsed inside on D.

60596452Third Quarter
8:20 Kobe pulled up on Stoudemire after a Gasol screen to nail another three, pushing L.A.’s lead to a game-high 15 points at 72-57, though Phoenix got jumpers from Frye and Nash to cut the lead back to 11. While offense continued to come easily for the visitors, getting stops on a still-active Suns’ attack would be critical.

4:35 The Lakers stayed in control, countering Suns’ points from Stoudemire with an Artest put-back layup and two Kobe free throws, getting Ron to 19 points and Kobe to 20 in a 78-65 contest.

3:04 After yet another Artest three, his fourth, Gasol hit two free throws that preceded Artest’s floating how-did-that-swish-through put-back layup that made it an 18-point game (85-67) and got Ron Ron to a game-high (and season-high) 24 points. Queensbridge.

0:36.0 Always pays to have Kobe Bryant on your team, huh? With Phoenix desperate to make an end-of-quarter push, hitting three straight shots (including a Leandro Barbosa three), Kobe buried three ridiculous jumpers, all off balance and with full defensive coverage, to keep L.A.’s lead at 17 (91-74) heading into the fourth quarter.

60596471Fourth Quarter
10:00 A very odd opening to the fourth swung momentum suddenly in Phoenix’s favor after the crowd had been entirely taken out of things in the third, as Dragic scored eight points in two minutes to cut the lead to 11. This included a four-point play when Vujacic was whistled for a flagrant 1 foul away from the ball, resulting in two Dragic free throws, then a driving layup as possession stayed with the Suns.

5:35 Nothing changed over the next five minutes as Stoudemire took a time out with Phoenix having cut the lead down to just five, with the ball, thanks to a 16-4 edge to start the quarter. The Lakers made only 2-of-9 shots, and the crowd was doing its best Oklahoma City impression as the Suns’ D was overly (and effectively) aggressive.

605968883:26 Enter the Black Mamba. After an extremely difficult end-of-shot-clock leaner from Kobe at the top of the key, Fisher nailed his own version from the baseline to keep the Lakers in front by seven at 99-92. Big shots, needless to say.

0:34.2 Dagger jumper, thy name is Kobe. Yet another absurd, extremely tough J with Grant Hill draped to his body went through to put L.A. up seven with 34.2 to play. How about No. 24? Odom would then clear Stoudemire’s interior miss, and Artest draw the ensuing foul before hitting 1-of-2 to make it an eight-point game with 22.3 left.

0:00 Your final: Lakers 111, Suns 103. Kobe finished with 37 points in the win, which sends L.A. to its third consecutive NBA Finals. More coming soon on

Game 6 Video Preview: L.A. @ Phoenix

To preview the team’s first action since Ron Artest beat Phoenix on a last-second tip-in of Kobe Bryant’s miss, Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw joined us on LakersTV.

Shaw offered his perspective on what L.A. did right and wrong in Game 5, explained why the coaching staff doesn’t mind if Steve Nash takes a high volume of shots, looked for the players to limit what Phoenix gets off its bench, praised the all-around game of near-triple-double-machine Bryant, the limited contribution of Sasha Vujacic and more.

Video Preview: Game 5 vs Phoenix

Before we heard from assistant coach Brian Shaw about Thursday night’s Game 5 at home against Phoenix, Phil Jackson provided some context regarding the team’s attitude after Wednesday’s practice:

There’s absolutely no doubt that we love this. This is what champions are made of. We had this situation with Oklahoma. We had it with Denver last year in the Finals. It should be like this. This is what it should be if you have the best teams in the West going up against each other. It should come down to a challenge like this. If the teams have the grit and ability, then they’re here. Then it should come down to this kind of a challenge. We want to accept that and go forward.

To do so, Shaw explained that the Lakers need to shore up the backboards, come out with the defensive intensity that has helped the team win all eight of its game fives in the Kobe Bryant/Pau Gasol era (2008-2010 playoffs) and detail what kind of adjustments the Lakers can make offensively.

To watch, click play above or head over to our Lakers Gameday page.

Video Preview: Game 4 in Phoenix

After the Lakers’ first loss in just under a month, assistant coach Brian Shaw joined us to preview Game 4 in Phoenix, set for a 6 p.m. tip on Tuesday evening.

The former Laker player detailed his frustration with the team’s high volume of three-pointers taken and failure to break down the Suns’ zone defense, shared his expectations for adjustments in Game 4 (such as trying to make Amare Stoudemire pass the ball) and more.

To watch, click play above or head over to our Lakers Gameday page.

Video Preview: L.A. – Phoenix Game 3

Assistant coach Brian Shaw joined us on LakersTV to preview Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, as the Lakers look to build on a 2-0 series lead they built in part by averaging 126 points in two home games.

Shaw identified a particular play with which Phoenix had success that L.A. would like to contain, talked about his team’s pick-and-roll defense, Pau Gasol’s basketball IQ, why Lamar Odom is so crucial to the team’s success and what to expect from the Suns’ reserves in particular playing on their home floor.

To watch, click play up above.

Video Preview: Lakers – Suns

Assistant coach Brian Shaw joined us on LakersTV late last week to discuss L.A.’s Western Conference Finals matchup with the Phoenix Suns, which tips on Monday evening at 6 p.m.

Amidst video highlights, Shaw described the health of Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, detailed the Suns’ pick-and-roll offense particularly as run by Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire, explained how L.A. (the NBA’s best at defending the three) plans on limiting the league’s top three-point shooting team, looked at Phoenix’s bench and more.

You can also go through position-by-position breakdowns and listen to a podcast from Scout/Director of Video Services Chris Bodaken on our Lakers – Suns Preview Page.

Video Preview: Game 4 in Utah

As NBA coaches will tell you, the close-out game in a playoff series is always the toughest contest to claim.

With the Lakers up 3-0 heading into Monday evening’s Game 4 in Salt Lake City, Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen fell in line with that sentiment, and went on to explain why.

Among Hamblen’s notes:

- The Lakers will look to better control tempo in Game 4, acknowledging that the Jazz were able to dictate things in Game 3 (thus the 111-110 final score).
- Hamblen is looking for better transition defense from L.A., since the Jazz won the fast break points battle 10-3 in Game 4.
- Rim protection is also a premium for Hamblen, since the Lakers blocked only five shots in Game 3 after sending back 13 Jazz shots in Game 2. With fewer blocks came more Jazz lay ups.
- Utah quite effectively shut down the lane, conceding three-point looks instead of allowing easy catches or movement from L.A.’s big men. While the Lakers are happy to launch wide-open looks, Hamblen said they’ll focus on ball movement around the perimeter to open things up inside.
- Jazz sub Kyle Korver was NBA JAM “en fuego” in Game 3, nailing his first eight shots and 9-of-10 overall, including 5-of-5 from three-point range for 23 bench points. He’ll certainly draw additional attention from the Lakers in Game 4.

For more on the matchup, make sure to follow along on Twitter (@LakersReporter), where we’ll weigh in starting with Phil Jackson’s pregame session an hour and a half before tip.

Video Preview: Lakers – Jazz Game 2

Assistant coach Frank Hamblen joined us on LakersTV to preview Game 2 of L.A.’s Second Round series against Utah, focusing on ever-important pick-and-roll defense, what Kobe Bryant did to go 12-of-19 Game 1, Derek Fisher’s improved shooting, containing Deron Williams and more.