Wow. I’m not sure what to say about this win except that the Lakers made the Clippers look like a high school team. It’s hard to believe it was us who played last night, not the Clippers.
The Lakers started out strong, leading 12-4 early in the first quarter until Baron Davis and the Clippers forced turnovers and broke down our defense. They went on a 23-14 run, briefly taking a 27-26 lead before Kobe Bryant made a technical free throw and Trevor Ariza hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer to take the lead at the end the first quarter.
The Clippers were able to keep it close up until mid-way through the second quarter, when the Lakers second unit, lead by Jordan Farmar, took over. They continued to blow open the lead and it wasn’t even really close after that. They ended the night handing the Clippers a 38-point loss in their season opener.
Overall, the whole team played excellent basketball tonight. The defense was not top notch as it could have been in the first half and the Clippers seemed to be getting into the paint at free will, but it picked up when our second unit came in.
This second unit, who I must say, continues to outshine the starter s with their stellar defense and scrappy play. They were also able to take care of the ball better than our starters tonight, something that caused the Lakers problems in the first half.
Player of the Game: Although Pau Gasol played great tonight and had a stacked stat line, I had to go with Jordan Farmar. He ended the night with 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, but more importantly he led the bench, who was clearly the difference maker in the game.
Play of the Game: With a blow out game, it’s hard to choose just one because there were many lobs and fancy passes. That said, I had to pick Luke Walton’s alley-oop pass to Farmar with 4:05 to go in the 4th quarter.
What’s Up Next: Saturday, the Lakers head east to the rocky mountains of Colorado to face the Denver Nuggets. With the loss of Marcus Camby down low, the Nuggets have no interior presence. Look for Andrew Bynum to dominate the paint and have a big night. The Nugget’s don’t play much defense, so expect this to be a high scoring game.