The Lakers really need Pau back. Badly. The Lakers were outrebounded today, and couldn’t get any easy baskets. The Lakers shot a pathetic 41% from the field, 31% from the three-point line, and gave up a career high, 31 points to Alston.
I guess there was one positive today—Mbenga outscored Mutumbo 3-0! The Lakers must find a way to get easier baskets. Kobe’s fade ways don’t work against great defensive teams. We need better ball movement and better shooting.
Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker Performers:
1) Lamar played great tonight, both offensively and defensively. 17 points on 7-10 shooting, 11 boards, and 2 blocks.
2) Ronny played hard, but ultimately he is not a center. 13 points on 4 shots, 8 boards, and 3 blocks.
3) No one really stood out as a number 3.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Kobe’s 11-33 killed the Lakers. But then again, aside from Lamar, no one else really helped on the FGs. I’m going to give the STD to our guards, for allowing Rafer to hit 8 threes.
Play of the Game: Lamar’s drive and finish with the one hand slam.
What to look for next game: Another tough game. Dallas is 29-4 at home! Game is Tuesday @ 5:30 PM (KCAL).