The box score pretty much sums up this Lakers loss to the Hornets.
Chris Paul had 19 points and 21 assists. Peja had 36 points on 10-13 three point shots. The defense just wasn’t there tonight. The Lakers had a very impressive second quarter led by Vlad’s three-point shooting, but Peja stung the Lakers with his outside shooting.
The Lakers defended the pick and roll pathetically. Farmar was consistently lost on Paul’s pick and rolls and our team couldn’t rotate to shooters when screens were set. Now, the bests of the night…
Top 3 Laker performers:
1) Kobe Bryant did the best he could to keep us in the game. He scored 28 points on 11-20 shooting to go with 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 blocks. He basically had a great game all around. I’m surprised that Phil only played him 37 minutes considering Lamar is out and they don’t play again until Friday.
2) Andrew Bynum is consistently making my top 3. Tonight he had 8 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks. You might think this isn’t very impressive, but he did this all off the bench and against one of the best rebounders in the NBA, Tyson Chandler.
3) While Vlad hit many big shots, he got lost too often on D and had 3 unforced turnovers. Instead Turiaf earns #3 as he put up 15 points on 7-12 shooting and 7 rebounds. He also had some energetic dunks and was one of the few Lakers who rotated well on defense.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest):
I can’t believe I am giving someone 3 consecutive STD’s. Brian Cook yet again let me down. He shot 1-4 including 0-3 wide open 3-pointers. Cook needs to make those shots to be worth anything. His box score was zeros across except for the rebound he had. Come back Lamar and save us from seeing Cook out there!
Key play of the game: Farmar’s And1 at the end of the first quarter. With one second left, Farmar threw up a prayer and got fouled by Bobby Jackson.
What to look for next game: Look for a young team that likes to run. Should be a fast paced game. Don’t underestimate their inside game however. Al Jefferson is the real deal!
Game is Fri night @ 7:30 PM (Let me know if you need tickets, I have some season tickets I am selling for face value of $28 to TLN fans).