Lakers Examiner: I spoke with a young man today about the Lakers. He’s 18 years old and lives and dies with Laker wins and losses. I was talking to him about yesterday’s win over the Utah Jazz and he said to me, “I was just waiting for the Lakers to blow them out…but it never happened.”
Here is a kid that has watched every Laker game for the past five years, so you would imagine that he would know one thing above all else: the Lakers will let you back into the game.
Now, I don’t blame him for being optimistic and hopeful. Occasionally the Lakers do manage to put it together for four quarters and demolish an opponent, e.g., game five against the Thunder. But the fact of the matter is that the Lakers consistently build a double-digit cushion, only to see it whittled down to nothing midway through the fourth quarter.
There are two schools of thought…
- Every NBA team goes on a run. The Lakers should be credited for building such a big lead in the first place and holding on to win the game. A win is a win.The Lakers have no killer instinct.
- They need to learn to step on the throats of their opponents and take 10-point leads to 20 and beyond, or else they will lose to better teams.