Another solid road win for this Laker team. The Lakers defense tonight was solid all around with good rotations especially in the paint.
It’s funny, I was watching the PAC 10 tournament on my other TV at the same time, both my USC Trojans and Lakers had big leads, both evaporated, and won the game with free-throw shooting.
Kobe’s three at the end was such a bad attempt, but it was a great result. I wish he would drive to the hoop more with the game on the line, but I guess that’s why I’m here writing and not coaching.
All five Lakers starters hit double figures tonight with Kobe and Pau leading the way with 23. The Lakers shot 52% and 80% from, the stripe, with only 11 tuirnovers — a very clean game. Unfortunately, they also gave up 52% field goals, but held the Spurs to only 33 boards for the entire game and forced 16 turnovers.
Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker Performers -
1) Kobe had 23 points, 6 assists, and a dagger three.
2) Pau’s 23 and good defense on Duncan tonight were huge for the Lakers.
3) Lamar may not have had all the numbers tonight, but he was active and played good defense tonight.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Fisher needs to play better defense and take smarter shots.
Play of the Game: Kobe’s last three.
What to Look for Next Game: A big game in Los Angeles — probable first round matchup. Dallas comes into town and the Lakers should be fresh.
Ticket Info: Next home game is Sunday vs. Dallas. Prices are high, but we have a special for Tuesday’s game vs. Philadelphia. E-Mail me at Steve@AveryTickets.com or call 213-221-7681 and mention TLN for tickets.