"Marathon Man", Basketball, Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA All Star Game, Portland Trailblazers, Sports

Is It Safe …………?


 

Is  It  Safe    ?  

 

 

Those  are the  words   uttered   in    thriller   suspense  movie  Marathon Man” starring  Laurence Olivier  and   Dustin  Hoffman. “Is It Safe ?”:  And  if one   can  remember  the  scene    whereby  the  villain  of   the  piece   Olivier  an  on  the  run  Nazi  war  criminal   subjects his   prisoner  Hoffman  to  some  undue  torture  by way  of  drilling  into  his   tooth    with  a  drill. 

 

 

Olivier (left) in  his  role  as  a   war  criminal   subdues his  captive  Hoffman  to  some  unspeakable  torture.   picture is a  scene  from the  movie  'Marathon Man'   (1974)  Columbia Tri Star Pictures  ..........
Olivier (left) subdues his captive Hoffman and then proceeds to torture his captive with some unspeakable torture. Scene from the movie "Marathon Man" released by Columbia Tri Star Pictures circa @ 1974 ...........

 

 

 

What  then   follows   is  an   unseemingly  tortuous   scene   that  one   can  only   lament.    As  too  was   last   night’s   abysmal   showing   by  the  Los  Angeles  Lakers   in  their   loss  to the  Portland  Trailblazers.  No matter  which   way  you  slice  and   dice  it  ,  analyze  it  or  whatever.  This  may  well  have  been  the  Lakers’   worst   regular    season  display.  And   one  might  question the  fact that  there’d  been   a  skirmish   during  the  game  between  the  two  teams.  But   it  oughtn’t  to  excuse   the  fact    that  they  were  handed  their   heads  on  a  silver  platter.  And  if  nothing  else   it  proves  the   point  that  the  assumption  being   made  that  they  possess  the  deepest   bench  in  the  league  can  no  longer   be   justified.     Based  on  last  night’s  performance    they   were   anemic  to  say  the  very  least.

 

 

Brandon  Roy  of  the  Portland  Trailblazers   dunks  over the Lakers' Jordan Farmar  during  the  game  played  at the  Rose Garden  Arena   in Portland,Or.
Brandon Roy of the Blazers dunks on the Lakers' Jordan Farmar during the game played in the Rose Garden Arena in Portland ,Oregon. The Blazers would go on to rout the Lakers 111-94. picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Sam Forencich ............

 

 

 

 

As   for  the  Trailblazers   they’re   proving  to  be  a  very   young ,  hungry  and   tough  team.   Whatever   they’re   lacking  in     inexperience  they’re  more  than  making   up  for  with  their   very   determined  displays. To  my  mind  they  are   indeed   the   surprise   team   within  the  NBA  this  season  and   the   fact  that  they’re   now   locked   in  a  two way   tie   within  their division  alongside  the  Utah  Jazz (40-23).  It  shows  the  progress  that   they’re   now  making  under coach  Nate McMillan.  He’s  providing  the   stability  needed  and  the  players   themselves  are   buying  into  the  thought  process  and   teachings. If  nothing  else  it  has  proved  that  this   team   though  not   yet   tried  and   tested   they’re   now  proving  that  they’re   capable   of   contending   with  the  best.   Whether  or  not  they   can  convert  that  into  anything  sustentative  remains  to  be  seen.  At this   juncture   they’re   trying  to   play  themselves   into  the  playoffs  and   garner  a  postseason  berth.  

 

 

Bryant  goes  up   for  the  offensive  play  against  the   Trailblazers  during  the  game.
Bryant goes up for the offensive play against the Trailblazers . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Sam Forencich .............

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In  Brandon  Roy  the   Portland Trailblazers    possess   one  of  the   better   young   players  within  the  NBA.  And   this  season  he  proved  that   point   by  him  being  named to  the  All   Star   roster  of  the  Western  Conference   for  the  NBA  midseason  showcase  event.  But  it’s  not   just   Roy alone  that   one   has  to  be  impressed  with   on  this  team. The  roster   has  a  nucleus   that   should   they   remain  together   over  the   next    five   or   six   years   can   contend   for   numerous   championships.  But   that’d  be   predicated   upon  the  desires  of  the   hierarchy  within  the  organization  and  the   financial   constraints   that  they  would  be   under.  If  nothing  else   this   team   has   become  a  pleasure  to  watch  as  they  set  about   doing  things   the   right  way.    They  play  with a  zest  and  zeal   not  often  seen   in  such  a  young   and  inexperienced   team. 

 

 

 

A subdued  Kobe Bryant (right) and  teammate Pau Gasol seated on  the bench  look  on  in  the  waning  moments of  the  game.  The  Lakers  would  go on  to  lose the  game  decisively  against  their  Western Conference rivals the Portland Trailblazers 111-94.   picture appears courtesy of   nbae/getty  images/ Sam Forencich .........
A subdued Kobe Bryant (right) along with teammate Pau Gasol left seated on the bench look on during the waning moments of the game. The Lakers would go on to lose the game decisively to the Portland Trailblazers decisively 111-94 . picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Sam Forencich ............

 

 

 

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Roy  reacts   after the  foul  committed  by  the  Lakers'  Trevor  Ariza  on  the  Trailblazers' Rudy  Fernandez.
Roy reacts after the foul committed by the Lakers' Trevor Ariza on the Trailblazers' Rudy Fernandez. picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Sam Forencich .............

 

 

 

For   the   Lakers   at present   it’s   not  so  much   that   questions  will  abound.  But   in  all  honesty   the   ship  that’s though   not  necessarily   teetering   is  now beginning  to   take  in  a  great   deal of  water.   And  it  appears   that  Cap’n   Phil   doesn’t   appear  to have  all  the  answers.   He  may  well   nonchalantly  shrug  this  aside   as  the   players   getting   fatigued  and  just  losing   a  game.   But   it   should   create   cause   for    real   concern   when   you’re   basically   pushed   aside   as  an  obstacle  that’s   taking  up  needless   space.   They  were    outplayed  in   every   facet  of  the   game.  And  as  alluded  to  before   their   bench   players   were  about   as  visible   as    one  of  H  G  Wells  most   famous   fictional   creations The  Invisible  Man.    Whatever   one   may   think   as   good   as  this   Lakers’   team  is.   If  they’re to  prove   their   worth   in  the   postseason  then   there   are  players  on  this    team   who’ll     have  to  be  more   consistent  in  their   play.   They   can’t   be  merely   reliant  on  Kobe  Bryant  alone   to   play  consistently  at   a  high  level ,  night  in  night  out.    Others  will   have  to  step  up  and   augment   the  play  of  the   current  league  MVP.  One  man   doesn’t   necessarily  make   a   team  but   one   man   who’s   a  leader   can  lead  and    others  will   no   doubt   follow. And  as of  now   Bryant   appears  to  be  leading   but   no   one   it seems  is   actually   prepared  to  follow. 

 

 

 

Fernandez  is looked  at  by  medical   officials  who  are onhand.  He  would  leave  the  game  in a  neck  brace  having  sustained an  injury  during  the  game.
Fernandez is looked at by medical officials who are onhand. The player would leave the game in a neck brace after the injury suffered during the game after a foul committed by the Lakers' Trevor Ariza. picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Sam Forencich ..................

 

  

 

 

In  stark   contrast  with  the  Portland  Trailblazers’  Brandon  Roy isn’t  just   leading   but   he’s   also  being   vocal   with  his  leadership  and  his   teammates   appear  on  the   face  of  it   are  only   all too  willing    to  follow. It  were  as  if   there’s  a   great  deal  of   confidence   in  one   team  whilst   the  other   is   now  becoming   all  too  apprehensive  as  to  what  may  lie    ahead  and  the   uncertainty  of  what   might   follow.  Could  it  be  the  Lakers   aren’t  as  safe   as  they’d  appear  to  want  us  all   to  believe  that  they  are  ?

 

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