For about 90% of the night I swear the Lakers were playing 5 on 8. The Mavs signed three new players before the game. They all had black and white striped jerseys and whistles that conveniently sounded against the Lakers. Kobe may have taken 27 free-throws, but he deserved about 10 more. Regardless, the Lakers came away with a 108-104 overtime win Sunday vs the Mavericks. The Lakers played great defense all night, holding the Mavs to only 37% FGs.
Offensively, the Lakers struggled; shooting only 38% despite Kobe’s 15-27 shooting. The Lakers hit only 5 threes in 23 attempts and missed 13 free-throws. As a team however, they attempted 50 FTs. They also grabbed 58 boards, had 9 steals, and 9 blocks. The worst part of tonight for me was only 11 bench points tonight. The bench combined for 4-19 FGs. Now, the bests of the night:
Top 3 Laker performers:
1) I don’t think I need to say his name. 52 points on 15-27 FGs, 11 boards, 4 assists, a steal, and 2 blocks.
2) Pau had 17 points, 14 boards, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.
3) No one else stood out. Odom wasn’t clutch, Luke is offensively challenged, and Fish was cold. I like Ronny’s defense tonight, so he gets #3.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Any guard except Kobe sucked, but Sasha shot 1-10 threes. Of course, the 1 was big that he made, but still…that’s a pathetic percentage.
Play of the game: Luke’s no look over the back pass to Kobe for the dunk. Unfortunately, they called a foul.
What to look for next game: Should be another Laker road win. Sac is finally healthy, but they still don’t have any size. Game is Tuesday @ 7:00 PM (KCAL).