Those who thought we were going to go 82-0 or who thought this game would be an easy win are going to be disappointed.
The Lakers started the game poorly and played that way pretty much the rest of the game.
They were able to get some good looks in the first quarter, but they couldn’t knock them down. The only bright spot during that time was the offensive boards our bigs were getting, but even then we had a hard time converting them into second chance points.
Despite the missed open looks and the poor shot selection on the offensive end of the floor, it was ultimately our defense that led us to this loss. It was non-existent the whole game. They were unable to contain Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace, and allowed the Pistons as team to shoot over 50% throughout the game.
To end on a positive note, the Lakers have three days off before hosting the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, so they have some time to reflect and improve on what we saw tonight
Player of the Game: It’s hard to choose someone after such a poorly played game, but I did decide to go with Trevor Ariza. He had 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals, but more importantly he shot the ball well and played defense when much of our team chose to take the night off.
Play of the Game: Ariza’s dunk from Farmar’s lob pass in the first-half.
What’s Coming Up Next: The Lakers get their first look at this year’s #1 pick, as Derrick Rose and the Chiago Bulls roll into to town on Tuesday. No team in the NBA should be taken lightly, but they are certainly are a downgrade from the Pistons.