The Lakers haven’t lost back to back games since November—and it stayed that way. The Lakers rallied late in the third to blow the game open. It was the same old story for the Lakers. 48% FG, 44% threes, 29 assists, 12 turnovers, and held one of the best offenses under 100 to give the fans free tacos at Staples. The Lakers rotated great on defense tonight.
I was pretty unimpressed by Kwame again. He seemed to be forcing many shots against a defensive juggernaut. An interesting stat on the side—Carter had 0 points and 14 assists for the Nuggets. Now, the bests of the night:
Top 3 Laker performers:
1) No doubt in my mind it’s D Fish tonight. 28 points on 16 shots including 6-7 threes. His shooting kept us ahead all night.
2) Ronny came off the bench and made up for Kwame’s lack of defense. Ronny had 11 points, 5 boards, 2 assists, a steal, and 3 blocks! Great hustle and just a great overall game.
3) Odom and Kobe did their jobs, but Farmar came through again. 19 points and 2 assists. Clutch threes and good ball movement.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): I thought Kwame played awful. His stats show otherwise, but he was slow tonight and took bad shots. I give him my STD. Feel free to disagree.
Key play of the game: Kobe around the back pass to Ronny on the break.
What to look for next game: San Antonio is a tough place to play. Key to the game—Kwame on Duncan. Game is Wednesday night @ 5:00 PM (ESPN, KCAL locally).