L.A. Times: So, exactly who are the Lakers?
With victories over Houston, Phoenix, Detroit and Utah, they’ve shown they can turn it up against anybody.
But jagged outings against New Jersey, Utah and Orlando demonstrated they can give it all back with ill-timed losses.
The feeling isn’t quite the same with the team’s record at 9-8 after a 7-3 start. They could try to begin a turnaround tonight against the hapless Minnesota Timberwolves, although there are a few trouble spots to sift through.
The Lakers can’t give up 70 first-half points as they did against Utah. They can’t have 22 turnovers as they had Sunday against Orlando. Lamar Odom needs to stay on track after a 19-point, 17-rebound effort Sunday against the Magic, and Kobe Bryant needs to get back on track after a 10-for-26 shooting effort the same night.
“You’re not a good team until you can play the same way all the time,” Odomsaid. “Even when you’re not scoring the ball, you still have to play defense. . . . We’ve yet to have that throughout the whole game.”
The second unit has been up and down since center Andrew Bynum was promoted to start in place of injured Kwame Brown. The second-unit chemistry also seems askew since Brian Cook and Maurice Evans were sent to Orlando for forward Trevor Ariza two weeks ago.