March 19, 2012 |
The moment Ramon Sessions hit the deck, Pau Gasol and Josh McRoberts rushed to pick him up. After all, Sessions has become the Lakers' most prized possession. The moment Sessions runs the offense, finds an open teammates or drives to the rack, the crowd at Staples Center gazes in amazement. No Laker fan has seen this kind of speed when Derek Fisher played point guard. The moment Sessions details the varying lengths he's crammed about the offense, the reporters around him remain astonished.
March 24, 2012 |
Everything about Ramon Sessions appears to happen quickly. He runs the floor with unrelenting speed. Sessions has crammed enough of the offense in the last week that it now looks like a well-oiled machine. His debut as a starter in the Lakers' 103-96 victory hardly involved much of a transition period, as he posted 20 points and 11 assists. "I wouldn't say it's this fast," Sessions said. "But it's one of those things where you have those big three guys out there [in Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol]
March 22, 2012 |
Game stories -- The Times' Mike Bresnahan believes Ramon Sessions may have played his last game off the bench. In just his fourth game as a Laker, Sessions posted 17 points on seven-of-eight shooting, nine assists and five rebounds in the Lakers' 109-93 victory Wednesday over the Dallas Mavericks. -- The Orange County Register's Jon Machota highlights Sessions' bench effort against Dallas. -- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers were able to play well against Dallas after performing horribly the night before against the Houston Rockets.
May 7, 2012 |
The defenses continued scrambling. Denver couldn't leave Kobe Bryant open on the perimeter. After Pau Gasol set a solid pick that sent Danilo Gallinari flopping to the ground, the Nuggets couldn't leave the Lakers' forward open in the post. Yet there stood one man open behind the three-point line, ready to fire away. Once Gasol found him, Ramon Sessions drilled the open three-pointer, giving the Lakers' a three-point cushion with 48.1 seconds left. The defenses continued scrambling.
March 23, 2012 |
Some things to note in the Lakers' 103-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday at Staples Center. 1. Andrew Bynum's 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting points to his never-ending aggressiveness . Whenever Portland delayed on double teaming him, Bynum punished them with a quick drop-step move. Whenever Bynum drew a double team, he either reposted to establish better position or split defenders in the lane. Whenever Portland forgot to flood the paint, either Pau Gasol or Matt Barnes hooked up Bynum with lobs.
March 23, 2012 |
Some things to keep an eye on when the Lakers (29-18) host the Portland Trail Blazers (22-25) on Friday evening at Staples Center: 1. Ramon Sessions will start at point guard. The wait may have felt like eternity. But the reality is Laker fans had to wait only four games before Sessions entered the starting lineup. The approach was reasonable since Sessions was just learning the offense. But Sessions' quick acclimation with the sets, his lighting speed and Steve Blake's passivity showed it's time for Sessions to take the starting reigns.
May 14, 2012 |
Some things to take from the Lakers' 119-90 Game 1 loss Monday to the Oklahoma City Thunder. 1. The Lakers have a lot of defensive adjustments to make on pick-and-roll coverages. Every time the Thunder ran its offense, the Lakers showed up late on their rotations. After a few swing passes, dribble-drive penetrations or pick-and-rolls, the Lakers appeared way out of position. The reasons vary. Russell Westbrook dropped 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting because the Lakers forced him to be a jump shooter, and he made open shots.
April 22, 2012 |
In hopes that he won't feel constricted with the extra clothing, Lakers guard Ramon Sessions plans to play Sunday against Oklahoma City without a protective pad along his sprained left shoulder. "It feels better not having it on," Sessions said. "It irritates you a little bit, but it also protects you. I'm going to try it tonight before we get into the playoffs to see how it feels without it. " Sessions said his sprained shoulder doesn't feel as sore as when the Lakers defeated the Clippers, 113-108, on April 4. He's also planning to keep the padding and additional undershirt handy in case the shoulder worsens against the Thunder.