The Lakers were able to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats and extend their winning streak to 3 games. With Pau back in the lineup the team was still not able to successfully run their half-court offense when both Pau and Dwight were in the game together. They got away with doing that tonight, but if the Lakers really want to win a championship they will need to find a way to have both Gasol and Howard on the floor during crunch time.
In a strange game, the Lakers had the lead, lost it, then stormed back in the 4th quarter to re-capture the lead from the Bobcats. Lakers are off until Saturday against the Golden State Warriors and hope to have Steve Nash back in the lineup. Hopefully, these extra days off will allow the team to practice more and correct some of the mental errors that have plagued them all year (i.e. turnovers). Here are the grades for Tuesday night’s W:
Chris Duhon: D
Duhon kills this team defensively as Laker Nation saw what happened when Darius Morris replaced him in the second half.
Kobe Bryant: B+
Another 30 point night for the Mamba, along with 6 boards and 7 assists as well. Kobe facilitated very well early and shot this team back into the game after they fell behind by 18 in the second half. Always nice to have a future Hall of Famer close out close games for your team.
Metta World Peace: B-
Tough shooting night from Metta, but his hustle and defense was key to the Lakers completing their comeback.
Pau Gasol: B
Pau had a little more bounce in his step, but he still can’t seem to find his role in this system. Pau played great defense, though, and as he gets back into game shape, he will help this Lakers team even more on both sides of the court.
Dwight Howard: B+
Take away the 5 turnovers and Dwight’s stats are very nice. Pau back in the lineup does not space the floor much, but it helps Dwight out on defense and on the boards.
Jodie Meeks: B+
Jodie gets extended minutes and makes the most of the opportunity. When Jodie is able to catch and shoot in rhythm, there really aren’t many better shooters in this league. The best part is, he will only get better once Steve Nash returns.
Darius Morris: A-
The biggest reason the Lakers were able to come back from their 18 point deficit was because of Darius Morris and his pressure defense. Darius was instant energy and his defense on Ramon Sessions and Kemba Walker was fantastic down the stretch. As Darius progresses this year, don’t be surprised if Darius becomes Steve Nash’s backup to provide defense and energy for this team.