This one was a very good win for the Lakers. They controlled the tempo and held a very good San Antonio team to only 38% from the field.
On Farmar’s first game back, the bench made a difference. The UCLA duo of Farmar and Ariza had 31 points in 42 minutes for the Lakers. Every Laker did their part today. It was great to see every player stick to their role, as Bynum focused on Duncan and no one tried to play outside of themselves.
The Lakers hit 7-17 threes after starting 1-9, but a great thing to see is 28 of 32 free throws hit by the Lakers. More importantly, the Lakers bigs Bynum and Gasol hit 7-8 and 8-9 respectively.
Also, while Luke won’t make my top 3, and he only played 16 minutes, he played pretty well, making good decisions tonight.
Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker Performers -
1) Bynum looked like an All-Star again tonight. 15 points, 11 boards, and 4 blocks.
2) Kobe hit some big shots and did a bit of everything tonight for the Lakers.
3) Tons of players could go here. Odom, Farmar, Ariza. Take your pick…I’ll give it to the entire Laker bench minus Vlad Rad.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Vlad Rad seemed to be the only Laker who didn’t contribute much.
Play of the Game: Farmar to Ariza for the oop! Sure missed those!
What to Look for Next Game: Should be an easy win Tuesday night vs the Bobcats.
Ticket Info: Ticket prices for the Bobcats game are affordable. Have seats throughout the arena below face value. E-Mail me at Steve@AveryTickets.com or call213-221-7681 and mention TLN for tickets.