The Lakers need to stop playing down to their competition. Another game against an average eastern conference lead — another lead blown — but a Laker victory.
Every Laker starter scored double figures as part of a 108 point scoring effort, but once again the defense wasn’t strong as only 10 turnovers were forced as the Lakers gave up 105 points to a team without a center.
The Lakers played a sloppy game tonight with 17 turnovers. Without their 17 offensive rebounds and a little help from Quinn at the end, the Lakers don’t win this game. Either way, a win is a win and the Lakers are 30-6 before heading to Texas. You can really see how this team misses Lamar and Farmar.
Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker Performers –
1) Bynum hit the game winner with his tip in, and had 24 points on 8-13 shooting.
2) Vlad Rad finally didn’t look pathetic out there. 18 points with 4-7 three point shots. He started off with poor defense on Marion, but did better in the end.
3) Sasha continues to take bad shots, but put them in tonight as part of his 10 points.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Ariza didn’t look good tonight. 1-4 shooting and 3 turnovers. He is human!
Play of the Game: Bynum’s tip in.
What to Look for Next Game: Two banged up teams go at it. Artest and McGrady have been hurt, so we will see what happens on Tuesday.
Ticket Info: Next home game is Friday vs. Orlando. E-Mal me at Steve@AveryTickets.com or call 213-221-7681 and mention TLN for tickets.