Welcome back, Lakers Nation! A great start to a promising Lakers season.
The Lakers took care of the young Blazers pretty easily tonight with a 96-76 win at Home. The two things that impressed me the most tonight were…
1) The Lakers depth — This team is deep… very deep. With Lamar, Ariza, and Farmar off the bench, this team doesn’t lose a beat. In fact, they might even be better than some of the starters on this team.
2) The defense. The Lakers were everywhere tonight, challenging shots, deflecting passes and blocking shots. The Blazers were held under 35% shooting tonight.
The Lakers really made the Blazers look young and inexperienced tonight. Every Laker did their part to lead us to this nice victory to begin the season. The much anticipated Bynum vs. Oden matchup became a dud, but there will be many more to look forward to.
Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker Performers -
1) Trevor Ariza did it all tonight off the bench. He hit threes, slam dunks, blocks, and great defense. Great game, Trevor!
2) Kobe played great as well. Had a slow start, but dominated the second half. 23 points, 11 boards, 5 assists. He does need to work on those 5 turnovers.
3) Pau dominated the first half and finished with 15 points and 7 boards in only 33 minutes. The Blazers had no answers to him early.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): As bad as Bynum looked early, he stepped up in the second half. Luke however has fallen all the way to garbage time forcing up bad shots. Luke is my STD.
Play of the Game: Ariza’s posterizing.
What to Look for Next Game: Look for the Lakers to blow out the Clippers. Why, because we are that good.
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