The Lakers bench reminds me a lot of that Duracell Energizer Bunny—it keeps going and going and going. Maybe our bench really is this good? The Lakers had 8 players in double-figures, the most since the 2003 season. Imagine what the score would have been if the Lakers didn’t give up 18 offensive rebounds!
The Lakers defense continues to be superb. Even though the Lakers gave up 114 points, they held Indiana to under 41% shooting, including 6-27 from behind the arc. Clean up the boards and the Pacers don’t reach 100. The Lakers tonight had 29 assists, with at least 3 assists from 7 different players. The Lakers also had only 13 turnovers.
It was a night where no Laker played more than 31 minutes and every Laker made a positive contribution—even Cook for leaving the team. Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker performers:
1) As good as every other Laker was tonight, Kobe is still my number one. He kept the Lakers ahead of the Pacers in the first half until the Lakers decided to grab some rebounds. He had 32 points for the game, 26 in the first half. He also had 6 rebounds and 4 assists. MVP
2) This is where it gets tough to pick a number 2. Jordan Farmar sparked the Lakers once again and helped the Lakers blow the game open. Farmar made his first seven shots and finished with 18 points in 22 minutes. He also had 4 assists and 2 steals.
3) Andrew Bynum had another double-double. 17 points, 10 boards, and 4 blocks. He also didn’t miss a FG attempt (6-6) and played great defense on JO. JO shot 4-13 and only had 3 rebounds. Great job Andrew! Sorry Fish, I’ll get you in next game!
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest):
There really wasn’t a STD tonight. Ronny didn’t make a FG, but he had 4 rebounds and 5 assists on a sore ankle. I think I will give it to Brian Cook because he showed up at the game. This afternoon when he got traded, I thought I would never have to see him near a Laker bench again. Guess I was wrong. This will be Cook’s 7th and final STD of the season. Great game Cook and good luck to Mo Evans in Orlando.
Key play of the game: Farmar’s offensive rebound and no look pass to Luke for the And 1.
What to look for next game: Look for the Lakers to keep on rolling! Bucks are coming off a big win at Cleveland. Slow down Redd and take care of the ball. Let’s make it 5 in a row! Game is Weds night @ 5:00 PM. (Game I don’t think is delayed)