The Lakers’ own personal haunted house continues to reside in Portland’s Rose Garden. Halloween night provided only tricks as the Lakers dropped to 0-2 on the season after a 116-106 loss to the Trailblazers.
Also, to literally add insult to injury, Steve Nash suffered a lower left leg contusion in a collision with Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard late in the second quarter. Nash tried to give it a go after treatment during halftime, but he obviously looked like he was having a difficult time pushing off of his leg.
Although the Lakers have received grief over their offense, the two things that killed them were turnovers & lack of defense. Not many teams win by giving up 116 points. Even fewer teams win by committing 24 turnovers. This team, although talented, is no exception to that. As Dwight Howard gets healthier and his explosion comes back, the defense should become more stifling.
Speaking of Dwight, his 3 for 14 night at the free throw line contributed greatly to the opening night loss to the Mavericks. When he shot 15 for 19 last night, it was a pleasant surprise. With that being said, shooting 21% one night and 79% the very next night is exactly how one ends up shooting 54.5% which (surprise, surprise) is right around his career free throw percentage.
I’m sure people are ready to hit the panic button. A two game losing streak to start the season MUST mean the sky is falling. Personally, I believe in optimism. This team was put together to win in June. As the great philosopher Shawn Carter once said, “Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week.” (I’m using that as a figure of speech for those of you without a sense of humor.) They have more enough time in these next few months to jell and put together the work of art that General Manager Mitch Kupchak had in mind when he assembled this roster. Remember, patience is a virtue. The best things come to those that wait. You can pretty much insert whatever inspirational quote you’d like in this instance.