Another typical Laker victory. Sluggish start, build up a lead, slowly lose it, but win the game. A familiar script leading to a victory at home Tuesday night.
The Lakers won this game on defense holding Memphis to only 41% shooting and 19 turnovers forced.Offensively, the Lakers had 28 assists, mostly thanks to Lamar’s 8. The two teams combined for 23 blocks tonight, far about the league average.
It was great to see the bench play well… it’s been a few games. I would like to see the Lakers get in the paint more instead of settling for jumpers. Against a team like Memphis, you gotta dominate the paint.
Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker Performers –
1) Kobe had 31 points on 12-23 shooting.
2) Lamar might have shot 1-8, but he did everything else. 13 boards, 8 assists, and 6 blocks.
3) Sasha came in off the bench and had 11 points, 3 boards, 4 assists, and 3 steals. He also hit a nice three in the end as Memphis came back. How did he get 5 fouls though?
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Hard to nail one today. Ariza went 0-6 shooting, but did everything else…don’t really have an STD here.
Play of the Game: Kobe’s reverse dunk.
What to Look for Next Game: Another easy win.
Ticket Info: Next home game is Friday vs Minnesota… I would save your money for the playoffs — this one is high priced for Friday night and will probably be a blowout. E-Mail me at Steve@AveryTickets.com or call 213-221-7681 and mention TLN for tickets.