Fifteen seconds to go and you go for the tie? I’m not sure that is what I would have done, but it was drawn up and here we are with another disappointing loss to one of the best teams in the league.
Choosing to shoot a three instead of taking a quick shot and putting the Magic on the line was not the reason we lost the game though. This game was lost because Orlando outrebounded us 54–40, including giving up 15 offensive rebounds – not good. We also failed to guard Jameer Nelson in the 4th quarter.
I’m in no way blaming Kobe for this loss either cause he played great tonight, but his shot selection in the 4th quarter did not help us what so ever.
Hopefully, the Lakers brush off these past two losses and start preparing for when Cleveland comes to town on Monday.
Player of the Game: Despite some poor shots in the 4th quarter, Kobe had an impressive night 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Play of the Game: Ariza and one dunk in the first half.
What’s Up Next: LeBron and Co. visit Staples Center Monday for what should be a great game.