L.A. Times: It is inexcusable, the Lakers having to play five games against a team like Houston, and at times making it appear as if it’s a struggle.
This thing should be over Sunday, the Lakers getting another chance to freshen up before continuing the playoff grind, but instead they’re going to be exposed to injury, flagrant-foul crazed referees and whatever fate might have planned for them.
I blame it all on Sasha Vujacic.
He’s supposed to be the dagger, John Paxson, Steve Kerr and Robert Horry sticking it to an opponent and in the process freeing up the team’s superstar to do even more damage.
From start to finish, of course, it’s all about Kobe, but setting up a wide open Vujacic often is a momentum-changer.
“I don’t know what the problem is,” said Vujacic, taking a longer shower than any other Laker, although he hardly worked up a sweat in missing five of six shots. “I’m getting some wide-open shots, and you could wake me up at four in the morning and I’m going to make that shot. But right now it’s not there.”