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Kobe: 'We can win anywhere'

Posted on: March 29, 2009 7:14 pm
 

ATLANTA -- The ship may have sailed Sunday on the Lakers' chances of securing homecourt advantage for a potential NBA Finals matchup with Cleveland. Just don't expect to find Kobe Bryant standing on the pier waving.

"We can win anywhere," Bryant said after shooting 7-for-19 from the field in the Lakers' 86-76 loss to the Hawks. "No question about it. I just feel like we’re a very good road team. Confidence, maturity, having seen the worst of the worst last year in Game 6 (against Boston) and then having to learn from that and then obviously the road success wthat we’ve been having this year. We’re fine playing on the road."

If they face LeBron James and the Cavs in the Finals, they better get used to it. Cleveland became the first team to 60 wins Sunday, and more importantly, opened a two-game lead on the Lakers for home court if the teams meet in the Finals. If they wind up tied, the Lakers own the tiebreaker by virtue of beating Cleveland twice.

After the Lakers shot 35 percent from the field in a team-wide meltdown Sunday -- the same day Cleveland was blowing out Dallas to extend its league-best home record to 35-1 -- Kobe was asked if the Lakers can catch Cleveland with only nine games left.

"Probably," he said. "They’ll have to give us a couple. But it’s fun. It’s a good challenge for us to see what happens."

The Lakers have won titles with homecourt advantage and without. But last year against Boston, they lost Game 4 of the Finals at home and thus had to go to Boston in Game 6 facing elimination. They were, of course, eliminated.

"Home court is important," Bryant said. "But in my years of experience, if you’re gonna be a champion, you should win on the road anyway. The better team is going to advance no matter where you play. It’s just the way it is."

Coach Phil Jackson has been trumpeting the importance of winning on the road all season, so he's not about to change his tune now.

"The fact that you can establish home court for as long as you possibly can in the playoffs is an added bonus," Jackson said, "but it’s not a determinant about whether you’re going to win or lose." Asked if a two-game deficit with nine to go is insurmountable, Jackson said, "We have no idea. Who knows what's going to happen with Cleveland? They're going to have to win, and we're certainly not going to win out. But we'll continue to put pressure on them."

As Bryant was shaking off the effects of a sore ankle -- it was fine, he said -- and an upset stomach that caused him to miss the morning film session, I asked him to assess the state of another race: the one between he and LeBron for MVP.

"I don’t even think about it. At all," he said. "It’s not something that crosses my mind. It didn’t cross my mind last year, either. I really, really, really, really, really want that championship. Really, really, really want it."

If they wind up playing Game 7 in Cleveland, a game like Sunday's is one they're really, really, really going to wish they could get back.

 

 

 

 

Comments

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: April 1, 2009 4:25 pm
 

Kobe: 'We can win anywhere'

They will have to win on the road to beat the Cavs, he's just showing confidence! 




Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 1, 2009 2:02 pm
 

Kobe: 'We can win anywhere'

Big D Brandon,

 

Maybe you are a joke. How can you write someone is a joke. You are the joke. you are a nobody. Especially that comment.  




Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2009 3:01 pm
 

Kobe: 'We can win anywhere'I Do not like Kobe BUT

 As a leader and the best player on the team what is he supposed to say? We cant win on the Road????

 

I mean the writters need things to talk about but discussing this is silly, And I dislike Kobe because of his arraogance in the way he treats his teamates. Look at Bron you can see he really like the guys he plays with.....




Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2009 2:08 pm
 

Kobe: 'We can win anywhere'

obviously not in ATL either...keep surging Hawks!! 




Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2009 12:48 pm
 

Kobe: 'We can win anywhere'

Hi there Lakers fans.

Let's be clear, it's always good to have game 7 on your home court, but come on Buc Velvet, you don't really want a game 7.  Those games are very winnable by the visiting team.  I've been on both sides of that equation - so have you, depending on how long you have been a Lakers fan.

Coaches like Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich always say it's better to close out on the road.  Jackson's Bulls teams did this in most cases.  The Spurs generally have done better in this as well.  Game 7 - quite a bit of pressure is on the home team.

I found this on Yahoo (game 7 road victories):

2007 Utah (at Houston)      
;    Western Conference first round

2006 Dallas (at San Antonio)    Western Conference semifinals

2005 Detroit (at Miami)      
;   Eastern Conference finals

2005 Indiana (at Boston)      
;  Eastern Conference first round

2002 LA Lakers (at Sacramento)  Western Conference finals

2000 New York (at Miami)      
;  Eastern Conference semifinals

1995 Indiana (at New York)      Eastern Conference semifinals

1995 Houston (at Phoenix)      
; Western Conference semifinals

1982 Philadelphia (at Boston)   Eastern Conference finals

1981 Kansas City (at Phoenix)   Western Conference semifinals

1981 Houston (at San Antonio)   Western Conference semifinals

1978 Washington (at Seattle)    NBA Finals

1976 Phoenix (at Golden State)  Western Conference finals

1974 Boston (at Milwaukee)      NBA Finals

1973 New York (at Boston)      
; Eastern Conference finals

1971 Baltimore (at New York)    Eastern Conference finals

1969 Boston (at Los Angeles)    NBA Finals

1968 Boston (at Philadelphia)   Eastern Division finals

1948 Philadelphia (at St Louis) Semifinals
 

 




Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2009 4:59 am
 

Kobe: 'We can win anywhere'

There no team in the west that can beat the Lakers in a 7 game series, and they have home court n the west. How the west was won Lekers over Spurs in 6. 




Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2009 2:10 am
 

Kobe: 'We can win anywhere'

One of these days I'd like to see CBS hire somebody that's not a Laker hater.

Lakers ain't gonna give a shit until they get Bynum back, and then they'll get him warmed up to go to the playoffs.  They got the 1 seed in the West, that's all the matters.  So what if Cleveland has home court throughout?  Steal one or both of the first two games in Cleveland and wrap up the Finals in LA.

 




Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2009 1:58 am
 

Kobe: 'We can win anywhere'

 

the portland fans are a joke, they must have forgotten about that 20 point blow out at the beggining of the season




Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2009 9:01 pm
 

Kobe: 'We can win anywhere'

How about this one Big D? The Lakers won't have to win one in Portland. Meanwhile the Trailblazers, in order to advance will have to win many games away from home. And we all know the Blazers just can't do that. Good luck in the playoffs... You're gonna need it!! 

 




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2009 8:28 pm
 

Kobe: 'We can win anywhere'

 

"Not in Portland Kobe!"

Yeah, that's what Detroit was saying before Friday night too. Wanna' see a bigger joke than Kobe? Look in the mirror buckwheat.



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