Lakers Examiner: There isn’t a person in America who predicted that the Los Angeles Lakers’ first five games would go the way they have.
Sure, many predicted the good start (4-1), but I don’t think anyone saw back-to-back overtime games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Yao-less, McGrady-less Houston Rockets coming. Now we’ve gone from asking the question, “can this team win 73?” to “does this team have what it takes to repeat?”
Some might say the Lakers’ early struggles expose their flaws and show that they’re not the “dream team” many thought they would be.
That may be the case, but one thing’s for certain: these early close victories are good for the Lakers.
The key word there is “victories.” No matter what team you’re playing, road games are always tough. The Lakers are always going to get the other team’s best shot, and we all know about the Lakers’ propensity for losing focus against teams that they don’t see as a threat.
Last season, the Lakers lost road games to the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and of course, the Charlotte Bobcats. The fact that, this year, the Lakers are pulling out victories in these tough road games shows their growth and maturity as a team.