This is a tough game to write about. It’s just one of those games you want to forget. You want to forget the Lakers 19 turnovers. You want to forget the Lakers 12.5% three-point shooting. Bruce Bowen’s 66 three-point shooting. Parker’s 26 points and 9 assists. Matt Bonner’s second quarter. I could keep going, but I think you get the point. The defensive rotations were ______ (insert your negative choice for word here). The Lakers had way too many unforced turnovers. It is pretty simple. Look before you pass. Don’t throw it to the other team.
The Lakers continue to struggle against the pick-n-roll. The Lakers do a decent job of guarding the PG and the C, but when they rotate over to help, no one gets back to the SG and SF who are open for three. The Hornets found this out, and the Spurs got Bowen, Finley, and Ginobili open all night. The Spurs are a great team however, so let’s not get too down on this loss. After all, we did slow Duncan. Now, the bests of the night:
Top 3 Laker performers:
1) Kobe Bryant once again did the best he could to keep us in the game. While he shot 9-19, he couldn’t get to the line tonight. He grabbed 9 boards and had 5 assists. Defensively tonight, he was a monster with 2 steals and 3 blocks (he should have had more, but the refs called fouls).
2) Andrew Bynum again put up a double-double. 11 points on 4-5 shooting, 12 rebounds, 1 block. Can we please play this guy more than 26 minutes? He also was part of a trio of Lakers defenders that held Duncan to 2-13 shooting.
3) We didn’t really have a third great performer tonight. Lamar shot well, but turned it over a lot. Most Lakers played poor on defense. I guess if anyone, I’ll give it to Farmar. Farmar put up 16 points in 21 minutes. My knock on him is his 0 assists and 2 turnovers. He also took a couple of bad shots, but had some sick dunks.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest):
Ronny Turiaf cannot have 6 turnovers in 21 minutes. He just can’t. You wouldn’t think someone with 8 rebounds and 2 blocks would make the STD, but 6 turnovers is just awful. At least he played good D on Duncan when he was matched up.
Key play of the game: Farmar’s dunk on the break off a pass from Luke.
What to look for next game: Look for a tough game. Tmac is coming off a 41 point night. Kwame always does well against Yao. Both teams are coming off back-to-back games. I have a good feeling about this one though. We lost at home when we shouldn’t have against Houston. Let’s get it back! Game is Weds night @ 6:00 PM. (Game is on ESPN for those of you sick of Stu and KCAL)