WOW! What a game… If you missed it, check ESPN Classics sometime soon.
First, lets talk about the Lakers first 30 minutes: Turnovers, missed layups, poor rebounding, lack of energy, and a 20 point deficit. Now, the last 16 minutes or so: Energy, good shots, aggressiveness, scoring, defense, passion, and a 24 point switch.
I don’t know about all of you, but as soon as Kobe drove and lobbed the ball to Gasol for the tip in, I knew it was a comeback in the making. Kobe looked determined. He looked energized, and the Lakers fed off it. When it was all said and done, defense decided this game.
The Lakers held the Spurs to only 13 points in the fourth quarter. I won’t bore you with the team stats, you can check those yourself, but collectively, it was a ton of missed shots. Bad offense or good defense? Probably a bit of both.
Now, the bests of the night….
Top 3 Laker Performers -
1) Kobe did what he needed to carry us tonight. Forget his point totals. 9 assists with only 1 turnover. We need more of that! Great game, Kobe.
2) Pau looked great as well. 9-16 shooting to go along with 19 points, 7 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
3) Statistically, Vlad Rad had a good night, but I have to give number 3 to the Machine! Sasha had 10 points but played 31 minutes of solid defense on Ginobili. Manu was held to 3-13 shooting.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): I think Fisher did a lot of great things for us tonight, but since I have to give an STD, it has to be him with his 1-9 shooting night. Great D, though!
Play of the Game: Kobe’s jumper in the lane with 20 seconds remaining.
What to Look for Next Game: Look for better shooting from both teams. I expect the Lakers to continue to attack.
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