L.A. Times: Good news for the Lakers: None of their opponents the next nine games have winning records.
Bad news for the Lakers: None of their opponents the next nine games have winning records.
The Lakers finally broke a strange habit last season, able to beat teams with bad records after failing to do it for several years.
They’ll get a chance to prove themselves again with a string of games that can hardly be called running the gauntlet: Sacramento twice, New Jersey, Dallas, Toronto, Indiana, Philadelphia, Washington and Milwaukee.
The Lakers (10-1) aren’t going to start losing now, are they?
“The first three years of my career, we did stuff like that, and we would lose to teams who were under .500,” center Andrew Bynum said. “I think Charlotte still has a winning record against us since I’ve played on this team.”
The kid knows his stuff. The Bobcats are 4-2 against the Lakers since Bynum entered the league, including a 108-95 victory at Staples Center last season.
The Lakers went 1-1 against Charlotte, 1-1 against Milwaukee and 1-1 against New Jersey last season, almost cause for celebration after their performance against sub-.500 teams in 2006-07. That season, the Lakers were swept by New York, lost two of three against a shaky Portland team and went 2-2 against Memphis, which finished with the league’s worst record.
Bynum said it would be different this season.
“We’re going to carry that focus,” he said. “Plus, everybody has that taste of last year in our mouth when we lost in the Finals. We’re going to have to be sharp.”