Not a pretty night for the Lakers. The Lakers barely escaped with a win tonight, but lost Bynum in the process. The game turned around when Bynum got hurt and the Lakers won on a drive to the basket by Lowry that got blocked by Kwame. I’m not sure if it was a blocked, as it looked more like a foul, but the refs kept the whistle quiet and the Lakers won their sixth straight.
The Lakers shot only 43% tonight, one of their worst shooting nights in awhile. They made only 8-25 three point attempts, and had 20 assists, a little below the season average. Another positive note, the Lakers had only 11 turnovers.
The Lakers were outrebounded tonight by 6, mostly due to the 16 offensive boards Memphis grabbed. Gasol killed the Lakers with 10-16 shooting, 18 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 blocks. Now, the bests of the night:
Top 3 Laker performers:
1) Kobe didn’t have his best shooting performance, but kept the Lakers in it and led them with 37 points. He also had 4 steals, 4 assists, and made 14-15 FTs.
2) Bynum was on pace for big game before the injury. In only 19 minutes, he put up 10 points on 5-7 shooting and 9 boards. Sadly, Kwame played more minutes and was held to 3 and 6, respectively. But Kwame did have the game winning free throw.
3) Farmar impressed me tonight with his defense. He had 3 big steals to help the Lakers win it in the fourth.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Luke’s 5 turnovers earn him tonight’s STD.
Key play of the game: Critt’s behind the back pass to Farmar for a three-point basket as the third period expires.
What to look for next game: An easy W again on the road. Seattle is awful. Game is Monday night @ 7:00 PM (KCAL locally).