This was a great game played by the Lakers. This is the type of effort that is going to get another trophy to Los Angeles.
The Lakers held the Rockets to only 37% shooting, 5 of 20 from 3 point land, and just had them taking terrible shots, making awful passes all day long. No Rocket scored more than 13 points, and the Lakers aggressiveness kept the Rockets in foul trouble.
The Lakers opened the game with intense defense and finished the same way. The most amazing stat of the game is the Lakers 55 rebounds compared to only 33 for Houston.
Every Laker played well today, and the numbers don’t show it. The bench players didn’t have amazing numbers, but they all really made key plays and hustled all game long.
Looking forward to Tuesday’s game one vs. Denver, the Lakers need to continue to play like they did tonight. Denver has a lot more size and strength in the paint, and the Laker bigs need to dominate it as they did today.
Now, the bests of the day…
Top 3 Laker Performers -
1) Bynum really didn’t play much, but I thought he played amazing today. 14 points on 6-7 shooting and 6 boards with 2 blocks. He clogged the paint himself.
2) Pau started the game very soft, letting Scola work him early… but then he started playing like the Gasol that took us to the Finals last year. 21 points, 18 boards and 3 blocks. Need to limit the 5 turnovers, though.
3) Kobe did a bit of everything today. 14 points, 7 boards, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Just what we needed. Also really played good D today.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): No one really deserves it today…
What to Look for Next Game: Hopefully more of what you saw today; a loud crowd at Staples and a big win for the Lakers.
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