Game Time: Nuggets 90, Lakers 79
Before getting dumped by the Nuggets, the Lakers had gone 12-1 with Andrew Bynum down and out. During those 13 games,Lamar Odom had stepped up from being an erratic underachiever to playing like an All-Star. But in Denver, Odom took a step backward.
For the most part, Odom functioned as a feeder, ball-reverser, and general facilitator from a spot in the middle of the court and a few feet above the 3-point arc. In many sequences, he even carried the ball across the time-line.
Even though early foul trouble limited Odom to 31 minutes, he still had 57 touches in the attack zone. Compare this to Kobe's 71 touches and Pau Gasol's 38 touches in 40 minutes each. The point being that Odom was always meaningfully involved in the offense.
However, on those occasions when Odom attacked the basket, he was mostly inept to the point of embarrassment. He missed two layups, an uncontested jump hook, a 7-foot fadeaway, and had three interior shots blocked by Chris Anderson. Two of his buckets came on offensive rebounds, one on a nifty coast-to-coast layup, and the other two on spin moves in the paint. Overall, Odom was 5-for-17 and tallied only 12 points.
Odom seemed unfocused — a career-long problem — and intimidated by Anderson (who had seven blocks overall).
Even though Odom gave Kenyon Martin plenty of room and dared him to shoot jumpers, K-Mart twice beat him to the hole. Odom did accomplish seven excellent rotations (as opposed to only two bad ones), but he otherwise seemed inattentive when playing weak-side defense. In mano-a-mano confrontations, Odom yielded a total of 13 points — six by K-Mart, five by Anderson, and two by Nene. The only reason why he wasn't burned more on defense was that Denver was too busy going to Chauncey Billups, J.R. Smith, and Carmelo Anthony to point the ball at Odom.
By far, the best part of Odom's performance was his rebounding, snaring 19. Of these, six were literally uncontested, and five were ripped in the midst of an unfriendly crowd.
In sum, Odom was much more passive than he was aggressive — and the Lakers paid the price.
Not that Odom was the only villain here. Kobe shot only 10-for-31, and the Lakers combined for a measly 29.8 percentage from the field — which included 2-for-21 from beyond the arc.
Credit the Nuggets' lively defense. But also discredit the Lakers' somnambulant offense. Their player- and ball-movement was practically nonexistent. Too many passes were either lazy or ill-conceived. They couldn't drop a small bar of soap in a large bathtub. And their second unit was outscored 47-7 by Denver's subs.
Yes, the Lakers had played in Phoenix the night before:lol: and didn't get into Denver until 4 a.m. And, yes, it's a long season. Sometimes even the best teams are down and the worst teams are up. But, hey, that's life in the NBA.
First of all i just like to say I definitely disagree with this article I just wanted to see other laker fan reactions to this article and the poll question I posted is the same one from Fox Sports. The sentences in bold is where Charley criticize Odom. O yea Charley is cleary doesn;t know LA sechdule just look for the happy face I put in the article