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Game Time: Los Angeles vs Toronto

In Game Log / Recap on October 20, 2008 at 6:13 am

First Quarter

  • Joey Graham continues in the starting lineup for the Toronto Raptors, to the bench goes Jamario Moon.
  • The Lakers continue their twin towers experiment, and the Odom 6th man role experiment. Vladamir Radmanovic starts at small forward. I’d love to see Ariza get some minutes starting alongside these guys.
  • Andrew Bynum wins the tip
  • Pau Gasol posts up Bosh on the right block on the first possession, shoulder fake baseline, Bosh moves on it, spins back towards the middle, turnaround jumper, Bosh fouls him on the arm on the way up. Gasol makes two at the line.
  • Joey Graham in the right corner, takes two slows dribbles left and pulls up from 19 feet, miss. Next possession, Joey Graham looks to post up Radmanovic, Radmanovic gives a decent effort to front him, Joey does nothing to seal position, complete lack of effort by Graham to give his passer a target. Raptors have to try something else. Joey moves out of the left block to the left corner, Calderon gives it to him, Joey takes a bounce and shoots that 20 footer along the sideline again, misses again. Bad possession.
  • Anthony Parker at the top of the key, ball rotates over to him, Pau Gasol rushes out, Parker with a nice up fake to get Pau Gasol out of his way, takes a bounce, buries the open jumper from 18 feet, lovely shot. Next possession, Bosh drives from the left wing across the lane, finds Parker open out on the wing, three pointer on the way, nails it. Parker has the Raptors first five points tonight.
  • Bynum makes a pair of FTs
  • Chris Bosh left wing 16 feet out, takes a dribble right, steps back J, shoots over the top of Gasol, makes the high arcing shot
  • Joey Graham drives on the left hand side of the baseline, passive when the defense shows up, passes baseline, Kobe picks off his pass.
  • Good hands by Graham to slap Radmanovic’s shot out of his hands as he looked to take a runner on the right hand side of the lane. The ball goes out of bounds and will remain with the Lakers.
  • Kobe Bryant runs the screen and roll with Bynum, Bosh tries to help, Kobe goes towards the corner from the left wing, he throws the lob pass up in the air for Bynum, slam dunk.
  • Lakers lead 13-11 after five minutes
  • Radmanovic reads Graham’s pass perfectly, breakout, easy dunk. Graham is off to a poor start.
  • Bynum with the steal to deny the pass inside to Jermaine O Neal, Bynum’s long arms creating that play for himself.
  • Bryant made a beautiful crossover to blow by Parker on the right wing, Parker had no help on the baseline and had to foul to avoid the easy slam. Kobe is getting MVP chants at the FT line.
  • Jermaine O Neal posts up Bynum on the right box, turns middle, fallaway J, Bynum contests it well, tough shot, ball hangs on the rim, doesn’t go. If Jermaine took that shot this time last season he would have been blocked.
  • Screen and roll Kobe and Pau, Kobe drops the pass between Bosh and Parker as Chris comes up top on the screen, Pau makes the catch at the left elbow, Jermaine comes across, lob to Bynum on the opposite of the rim, Bynum had to take it down and go back up, mistimed his jump, Raps foul to avoid the dunk. Nice passing by LA.
  • Bynum doesn’t have the pass open, he’s 16 feet out along the left baseline, takes one dribble right and turns his back to Jermaine, posts up Jermaine, looks to re-post, sends the ball out and quickly gets it back, backs Jermaine down, Jermaine holds his ground well, help from the blindside, steal Raptors … fastbreak going the other way, Toronto blow the easy opportunity. Turnover Raps. Should have been a layup.
  • Kobe flies by Parker off the dribble from the top of the key all the way down the middle of the paint for a reverse layup. No help defense. Too easy.
  • Kobe picks off another pass, breakaway dunk. Kobe was defending his man in the corner, Jose was doubled on the screen and roll, forced wide to the right wing, passed back to Bosh near the top of the key, Kobe cheated over and anticipated the pass beautifully to create the steal.
  • Bynum jumps over Bosh and Jermaine to pull down the defensive rebound, the man’s huge
  • Lakers double up on Toronto, lead 22-11, make that 23-11
  • Lakers backcourt pressure, Jamario Moon bringing it up, they trap Moon, he almost turns it over … lucky boy on that pass. Raptors get into the halfcourt, pass down low to Jermaine O Neal, Bynum defending him still, Jermaine takes the turnaround from a 45 degree angle and hits off glass. Nice basket.
  • Alley oop pass from Radmanovic on the left wing to the cutting Andrew Bynum, Bynum had to turn around (back to basket) in mid air to make the catch, pass a bit slow, and throws down a reverse slam.
  • Moon takes a quick shot from 17 feet along the baseline, misses. Too early in the shot clock to be going for that shot.
  • Bynum pins Bosh down in the paint, four feet out, easy shot, hook shot easily over Bosh, misses. Good work by Bynum to create the shot but he missed the easy two.
  • Timeout
  • Raptors starting to get back into it now
  • Lamar Odom posts up Bosh left box, fadeaway along the baseline, he took the shot instantly off the catch, side rims.
  • Bosh drawing fouls on back to back possessions. The first was a drive, the second was running the break and establishing low position to bother the defense.
  • Ariza nails the 17 footer baseline as the Lakers swing the ball from left sideline, to the right wing down to the baseline to Ariza. Next possession, Ariza left open in the left corner … Jamario Moon is gambling all over the place on the last few possessions. Sam Mitchell has obviously has told him to double off of Ariza and try to create havoc for the Lakers ….. Ariza makes the catch on the left wing, head fake, drives into the paint and finishes at the rim.
  • Bosh bringing the ball up court on the break, waits for some teammates to fill the lanes, he’s on the left wing, Moon through the middle, nice pass by Bosh, Moon layup, blows it. Should have dunked that.

Second Quarter

  • Lakers lead 29-20
  • Lakers show some backcourt pressure, Farmar picks up a quick foul, sideline inbounds, Lakers keep the backcourt pressure, Kapono brings it up as Ariza looks to trap off of him giving him a lot of space to work with. Disrupts the Raps offense, never looked organized offensively.
  • Pau Gasol spins baseline off the right block, uses the rim to protect his shot from his defender, reverse layup, Moon blocks the layup. Good weakside help from Jamario Moon.
  • Humphries right underneath the hoop, nice cut and pass, Walton bothers his shot, misses the bunny, Moon rebounds, Gasol alters it, Moon misses, rebounds his miss, goes back up, Ariza blocks it and the Lakers are off running the other way.
  • Ukic with a clever drive and finish
  • Pau Gasol left post, Gasol doubled, Gasol turns and passes over the top of Toronto to the cutting Lamar Odom on the weakside, Odom is fouled on his inside shot.
  • I don’t know why the Raptors are double teaming so much. They’re hurting themselves right now. The Lakers are too good of a passing team to double like this.
  • Bargnani with a quick turnaround J baseline out of the left post, misses
  • Once again the Raps double Gasol, Pau passes over the top to Luke Walton, layup … too easy
  • Ukic not looking to pass, looks to take his man off the bounce, and he does, taking Jordan off the dribble into the paint and drawing a foul. He looks like a good penetrator.
  • Farmar returns the favour on the other end, drawing the foul on Ukic as he jumps into him on a midrange runner off the dribble
  • Graham puts his head down and drives left on Walton from the right wing, Walton can’t get into position and is called for a blocking foul.
  • Kapono makes a bad pass out to Ukic off his drive, as he got caught in mid air under the hoop, passes it to Ukic’s shins, turnover, foul on the fastbreak, Farmar makes one of two. Clear path foul Lakers retain possession. Kapono shouldn’t be trying to make plays like that.
  • Will Solomon enters the game for Ukic
  • Joey trying to create of the dribble, has it knocked loose, it’s on the floor in between Graham’s legs, nobody can get hold of it, Lakers defense gets off balance trying to steal the ball, Graham open path to the rim as he finally gets hold of the ball, goes straight up strongly and draws the foul on Walton’s reach in. Luke’s defense has been very poor so far tonight.
  • Lakers lead 36-25
  • Graham with an acrobatic (needlessly so) defensive rebound. He did that little kickout like Rodman used to.
  • Josh Powell enters the fray
  • Raptors struggle to inbound the ball against the backcourt pressure, finally get it in when Graham intelligently runs the baseline to get a better angle. Touch pass back to Graham, he brings it up court.
  • Graham taking it up against pressure, trapped by Powell, turnover, Lakers two on one, Graham does an excellent job contesting the shot at the rim, miss, Raps rebound. Toronto not punished for that miscue. Graham should have passed ahead to Bosh once Powell lagged off him to trap, bad mistake … but an excellent recovery by Graham, he didn’t give up on the play.
  • Ronnie Lestor (assistant GM) gives a very good interview. One point of note is that the Lakers hope to make some roster decisions/cuts in the next 3-4 days.
  • Ariza hits the long J from the top of the key
  • Calderon had a beautiful pass to Bosh for an easy slam a few moments ago.
  • Calderon pressuring Farmar, knocks his dribble into the backcourt, Farmar gets it back, turns and runs right at Calderon from 50 feet out, getting the step on Calderon inside of 10 feet and running all the way to the rim for the layu
  • Timeout
  • Bosh with a nice move inside, faked left, went right, draws the foul and hits the shot near the hoop.
  • Lakers lead 44-34 with 5 minutes to play
  • Lakers third string on the floor now. Mihm and Powell their only rotation regulars. Three perimeter guys (Karl, Crawford, Heath) who may be gone in a few days.
  • Bargnani out on the right wing, Mihm a bit of a distance away, Bargnani refuses to settle for the jumper, instead drives baseline on Mihm, jumps into Mihm, and finshes the reverse layup, plus the foul and he makes the free throw to complete the three point play
  • Powell deflecting Bargnani’s high-low pass to Bosh, turnover
  • Chris Mihm has been very active in the paint, lot of good shots, couple of offensive rebounds … but he keeps missing these shots he’s creating.
  • Joey Graham with a nasty dunk over Chris Mihm on the other end. Good powerful play by Joey Graham.
  • Lakers turning the ball over again, Calderon coast to coast reverse layup. Lakers struggling with this third unit and have begun to look careless with the basketball.
  • Toronto on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to three
  • Mihm finally makes a shot, a fallaway J over Bosh heading towards the middle of the paint about 11 feet out
  • Raptors actively looking to exploit the Karl-Graham matchup
  • Weird and bad call by the refs. They whistle Coby Karl for a foul on Joey Graham (could have gone either way), Graham pushed off on Karl and slapped Karl in the face as he did, so they gave Graham a tech. They also called the foul on Karl for holding onto Graham. Strange, you’d think it’s either a foul on Joey or a foul on Coby.
  • Karl passes (left wing) into Powell on the left box, cuts along the baseline, Joey runs into Powell’s fallaway as he looked to follow Karl on his cut without paying attention to the ball, Powell heads to the FT line.
  • Bargnani’s footwork poor on that hook shot, kept his feet to close together allowing Mihm to stay in the play and contest the shot, Bargnani still had a great look but missed the short hook
  • Bargnani showing on the screen well, stopping the drive, and then getting back to his man albeit a tad slow.
  • Lakers turnover. Last possession of the quarter to Toronto with 7 seconds to go, nothing comes of it

Halftime

  • Lakers leading 53-49
  • The rebounding battle is even at 23 rebounds each. The Toronto Raptors have 8 offensive rebounds, the Lakers have 6.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting just 42% from the field on their 38 attempts, making 16 of them and having assists on half of those makes. LA is also 2-8 from three, and are 19-23 from the FT line. That gives them a TS% of about 53.5%.
  • The Toronto Raptors are also shooting 42% from the field. The Raptors have taken 40 shots, making 17, and have 13 assists on those 17 buckets. They area also 4-5 from three and 11-14 from the line. Their TS% is 52%.
  • The Raptors have sent LA to the FT line a ridiculous 23 times, that has to change in the second half, otherwise they’ll be hard pressed to win this game. Their overzealous double teaming and inability to defend penetration is putting immense pressure on their defense.
  • Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers with 9 points. Ariza is next with 8 points. Bynum third with 7 points. Pau Gasol has scored only 2 points so far, but he’s been killing Toronto out of the post due to the double teams.
  • Chris Mihm had a productive 9 minutes putting up 4 and 4
  • Jose Calderon has 6 assists in just 14 minutes, he has four rebounds also.
  • Chris Bosh leads the Raptors with 9 and 8 in 19 minutes. Jermaine has only played 8 minutes, putting up 4 and 2.
  • Graham has 7 points, 5 of those points from the FT line plus the dunk. Plus that one rebound. He looked good when Luke Walton was on him, and generally was poor the rest of the time.
  • Kapono had 9 points in 16 minutes making 3-4 from downtown. Bargnani had 6 and 3 in 14 minutes
  • The Raptors 9 turnovers have cost them 12 points, while the Lakers five turnovers have cost them 6 points.

Third Quarter

  • Lakers leading 53-49
  • Jermaine posts up Bynum on the left block, triple teamed very quickly, Kobe rips away his dribble, turnover
  • Parker with a lovely shot over Gasol along the baseline following the quick push. Next possession,  back to back J’s from Parker, 17 footer right wing as Kobe went for the steal leaving him wide open. Identical to the first half, Parker has the Raptors first five points.
  • Calderon with a nice pass to the trailing Joey Graham on the right lane, he took a lot of contact from two Lakers defenders but stayed strong and made the difficult shot. Missed the FT.
  • Fisher 30 feet out, passes to Gasol who’s just off the right elbow, give and go, nice bounce pass form Gasol to the opposite side of the lane for the cutting Derek Fisher, Fish takes it to the rim and draws the foul.
  • Kobe Bryant bringing the ball upcourt along the right hand side of the court, alley oop pass from Bryant at midcourt to Bynum on the left side of the rim, Bynum showing the nice touch with the soft lay in off the alley oop. Nice pass
  • Jermaine with an aggressive move towards the rim to get on the glass, snares the offensive rebound after Calderon’s miss, he muscles his way about in the paint, goes up, fouled on the shot, makes one of two
  • Gasol left elbow, lob pass to Bynum, too close to the rim, too high also, Bynum tries to correct it’s trajectory, misses it.
  • Bynum off the left elbow, throws a nice bounce pass to Kobe Bryant who went backdoor along the baseline, slam dunk
  • Jermaine backing down Gasol, Fisher doubles, slaps at the ball and takes a lot of arm, foul. Lakers have four team fouls already.
  • Jermaine inside, on the left box, pumps fake Bynum, drives baseline, elevates and tries to finish on the other side of the rim where he’s hacked before getting off the shot. Two FTs on their way.
  • Bosh not on his toes defensively, Gasol pops out, lot of space, takes the shot, misses
  • Parker faces up Kobe, jab step, takes the three corner left, makes it, Raps lead for the first time tonight halfway through the first
  • Radmanovic took a spill on the floor, was down for a long time, now a timeout
  • Lakers two big men seem to get a lot of three second calls when they are playing together. It’s either one of them hesitating on a jump shot while the other goes for a rebound …. or  their teammates not being conscious of where their big men are, and consequently passing up on jump shots while their bigs have position inside for the rebound. More time on the court together should solve this.
  • Kobe blocks Hassan Adam’s fastbreak layup beautifully
  • Radmanovic misses another three, not shooting well from the perimeter tonight
  • Jermaine 17 feet out left wing, dribbling little shimmies, takes the face up J, misses. Bad possession. The Raptors need to stop Jermaine O Neal from trying to make moves from outside of 15 feet. If he’s inside he can go one-on-one. If he’s outside of 15 feet then he’s a passer.
  • Raptors run out on the turnover, Jermaine trails, gets the pass, spins in the lane and hits the short shot after being fouled
  • Raptors lead 21-10 in third quarter scoring
  • Bynum shuffled after the catch before shooting, travel, turnover.
  • Chris Bosh low post down on the right box posting up Pau Gasol, backing him down, fouled by Gasol before he ever really makes a move. These two FTs should give Bosh a double double. He misses both, and is stuck on 9 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Andrew Bynum’s activity on the offensive glass is great. He hasn’t been coming up with rebounds on the last few possessions but he’s been keeping the ball alive and causing Toronto problems on their defensive glass, LA have gotten three extra possessions from Bynum’s work on the glass.
  • Rad finally makes a three …. the shot came from the left corner
  • Calderon dribbles himself into the right corner, jumps up, and throws a long looping pass to the top of the key … terrible idea for a pass … turnover. That’s unlike Calderon.
  • Lakers go on a 7-0 run to tie it at 70-70, timeout.
  • Good work by Gasol to get the rebound, taps it to himself, dunks it home, comes down the lane late after the three, nobody boxed him out, quick pull up three on a break
  • Kobe drive and kick to Farmar in the corner, nails the three, Lakers take the lead back
  • Kapono throws a poor bounce pass to Bargnani on a screen and roll on the left wing, stolen by Kobe Bryant. Jason Kapono should never have the ball in his hands when using on the ball screen and rolls
  • Bargnani with back to back jumpers, a 17 footer right elbow extended, then a 22 footer near the top of the key left wing. Next possession, Bargnani open 18 footer left elbow extended, misses
  • Jermaine hammers Gasol on his layup attempt under the rim. Jermaine got his arms wrapped with Odom a few moments ago, looked like a tussle may break out. Jermaine also had a goaltend a minute or so prior. He’s starting to get frustrated by this game, Sam needs to sit him down for a few minutes.
  • Lakers backcourt pressure, Ukic allows Kapono to take it up, he dribbles into the sideline, Kapono trapped at mid-court, picks up his dribble, four Lakers at mid-court, turnover on the pass, Farmar throws it down over Chris Bosh. Ukic has to keep that ball in his hands, he can’t let Kapono bring the ball up against pressure.

Fourth Quarter

  • Lakers lead 80-76 at the end of the quarter. LA went on a 17-6 run to end the quarter. Great work by the Lakers.
  • Raps turnover, Farmar on the breakaway, throws it off the backboard for Ariza, slam dunk
  • Adams on the offensive glass, rebound, blocked by Mihm out of bounds. Lakers are making just about every hustle play right now.
  • Chris Bosh (left wing) throws a bad pass to Bargnani on the screen and roll, too far to his left, out of bounds, turnover
  • Odom bringing the ball up, goes coast to coast for the layup, Bosh wasn’t expecting that, he came up the right wing, across the middle just before the three point line, then used a little screen by Pau Gasol (more in the way than a screen) and Lamar just turned the corner on the left wing and went right to the hoop for the finish
  • The Lakers jumped out to 90-76 to start the half, since then both teams began trading baskets
  • There has been some nice passing by the Lakers. Odom had a couple of nice assists. Luke Walton’s movement has been great, getting himself open underneath the rim a couple of times. Odom also had a sweet finger roll.
  • Parker had 14 points in 17 minutes on 6-7 shooting
  • Lakers finishing with their second unit here, rather than their third unit. I hope they continue with this lineup
  • Mihm with the 16 footer off the elbow, catch and shoot. Nice. He has 8 and 7 in 15 minutes.
  • Walton posts up moon, Jamario Moon doesn’t fight for position, 4 footer, fadeaway, hits it. That’s far too easy. Moon playing with very little effort tonight.
  • Fastbreak LA, Ariza rips the rim on the dunk
  • Walton curls off the screen, pulls into the lane, Farmar finds him, short shot makes it
  • Humphries from behind with the block on Josh Powell’s dunk on the break
  • Timeout … 3:30 to play …. Lakers lead 104-86
  • Sun Yue in the game
  • Powell picks up the foul, out of position defender
  • Bargnani drives on Mbenga, draws the foul, right wing, drives right towards the baseline
  • Powell keeps it alive on the offensive glass and taps it back in
  • Moon drives right, Humphries didn’t clear out well enough, not enough space, Moon has to come back and shoot a tough fadeaway, misses
  • Mbenga blocking Moon’s dunk on the break
  • Powell nails a 17 footer right wing on the break following the block
  • Bargnani traps Farmar, helps push Farmar back to midcourt, deflects his pass, turnover, Ukic gets the steal as he comes up with the loose ball. Great effort by both guys.

Lakers win

Some Stats

  • The Lakers were plus 15 on the backboards in the second half. Toronto had only 12 rebounds in the second half to LA’s 27 boards. Lakers finishing with 50, Toronto with 35.
  • The Lakers had 27 assists on 43 baskets on 83 attempts which is good for 52% shooting from the field. They 4-15 from three and 22-28 from the FT line. LA had only 8 assists on 16 buckets at halftime, so in the second half they had 19 assists on 27 baskets. They also made only 5 trips to the FT line in second half, but saw a huge boost in their FG%. Their TS% finished up around  57-58%.
  • The Raptors had 23 assists on their 32 baskets, but shot only 42% on their 76 attempts. They were 5-11 from three and 21-30 at the line. Their TS% finished up at around 49-50%.
  • The Raptors had 18 turnovers which cost them 26 points. The Lakers had 16 turnovers, costing them 17 points.
  • Jordan Farmar led all scorers with 16 points on 6-9 shooting …. Farmar also had 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.
  • Chris Mihm played only 17 minutes but had 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. He looks so much better physically than he did last season.
  • Trevor Ariza was the Lakers second leading scorer with 14 points. Odom added 10 points, plus two blocks. Luke Walton had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
  • Kobe Bryant had 13 points and 6 assists in 24 minutes, also four steals. Bynum had 9 and 4 in 19 minutes. Pau Gasol had 7 and 7 in 24 minutes. Fisher added 9 points, while Radmanovic threw in 2-7 shooting for 5 points.
  • Anthony Parker led all Raptors scorers with 14 points in just 17 minutes on 6-7 shooting
  • Chris Bosh had a double double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. He took just four shots in 34 minutes of action. Jermaine O Neal added 12 and 4 in 21 minutes. Jose Calderon finished with 9 assists in 27 minutes, and also four rebounds and just 2 points. Graham had 9 and 3 in 18 minutes.
  • Hassan Adams tied Parker for the lead in points, with 14 off the bench on 7-9 shooting. Bargnani and Kapono added 11 each. Jamario Moon had 5 rebounds but was 0-8 from the floor in 14 minutes. Bargnani had a disgusting three rebounds in 31 minutes. Humphries was 0-4 from the field and finished with no points and no rebounds in 10 minutes.
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