The (55-22) Los Angeles Lakers are back in Colorado; the first stop of a two-game road trip to face the (51-27) Denver Nuggets. Tonight’s game will be the last of the four game series; the Nuggets leads the series 2-1 and the Lakers needs to tie the series.
Both teams have struggled down the stretch, the Nuggets are five-five in their last 10 games. The Lakers are six-four in their last 10 games.
The Lakers aren’t in a position to take anyone lightly. Despite the fact that there are only five games remaining in the regular season they have to approach this game as a Playoff game, but why stop there why not make it a statement game.
The issues that have been slowing the Lakers down are their defense, injuries, not playing with a sense of urgency, not defending the screen and roll plays, not taking care of the basketball, rebounding, allowing too many layups, terrible perimeter shooting, not making free throws, and a non-existent bench.
I feel that several of these issues are correctable and the Lakers have five games to work on these issues. The question is, after these next five-games will the team remain in first place in the Western Conference or have to deal with a lower seed?
The Lakers need to get back to the basics of running their offense to perfection. The Lakers are a difficult team to beat when they use excellent ball movement and excellent player movement to find a high percentage shot and outwork their opponent. They are a long team and need to utilize their size advantage much more.