Hello, Lakers Nation!
I’m Katie and I’ll be backing up Steve Avery when he’s unable to provide you with those post game reports we’ve grown to love. I’m very excited about this upcoming season and my hope is that you all enjoy what I have to say and welcome me with open arms.
Now on to my first post-game…
Well, for the first time we saw what will most likely be our starting lineup. Unfortunately, it failed to impress me. Bynum and Pau seemed to play well together, but as expected, Lamar looked lost. I’m not ready to call it a complete failure ‘cause it will take time for them to gel, but they definitely have some work to do.
As of now, the trend of sloppy play and poor defense continues. Allowing the Clippers to score 59 points in the first half is unacceptable. Am I setting my expectations too high when I feel our defense will be improved every year? Eighty percent of defense is having the desire to play it. The Lakers showed me none of that tonight. They looked like they had little interest in getting back in transition and their help defense was poor. On top of that, they continued to make bad decisions with the ball, turning it over 25 times. It’s is preseason, but go out there and play like your proud to wear Purple and Gold.
That said, not all was bad, we finally were able to see Sun Yue in a Lakers uniform for the first time, it was very brief and he didn’t do much of anything, but it was still good to see him out there. We also saw that Ariza’s back and healthy. He didn’t shoot the ball well, but scrappy play on defense helped spark that comeback late in the 3rd and into the 4th quarter.
Onto a couple awards…
Player Of The Game: It was hard to choose someone because everyone played poorly. However, I’ll give it to Radman. He played fairly well, scoring 14 points, including shooting 3 of 5 from three, and adding 5 rebounds and a steal in 23 minutes of play.
Play That Will Most Likely End Up In LD2k’s Next Video: Trevor Ariza’s steal that he took down the court for the one-handed dunk.
Forgettable Performance: Coby Karl… again. He was out there for close to 16 minutes and did a bunch of nothing. The kid showed potential last year, but he’s looking like he’s not even going to make the team this year.
What To Look Forward To Next Game: I’m not sure they can play much worse, so I anticipate a little more effort and hopefully better play on both ends of the floor. I expect to see Phil put Ariza in the projected lineup of Bynum, Gasol, Kobe, Fish, and Lamar/Ariza.