Don’t get too mad if my analysis is a little off on this one. I’m battling a cold and passed out at halftime. From what I saw in the first half and box score was pretty much the same as the first game. Bad defense and careless passing. Kobe continues to get his teammates involved, dishing out 8 assists. I would like to see him get those 5 turnovers down. After all, he’s not Wade. Then again, Kobe wasn’t the only one as the Lakers had a total of 25 turnovers, 11 more than the Warriors. So let’s get to some analysis of the game (and remember, I missed the second half, so I’m using the box score):

Lakers top 3 players:
1) Welcome back Luke Walton! Luke looked great in his first game, whether it was finishing on the break or dishing out his 5 assists. At the end of the night, Luke had a solid 8 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals in only 22 minutes.
2) Coby Karl hit the only three-point shots for the Lakers. Coby went 3-4 behind the arc, while the rest of the Lakers went 0-10. Coby also dished out 3 assists including an impressive baseline around the back pass to Vlad in the second quarter.
3) D-Fish looked great in the first quarter. Fisher shot 5-7 and has 12 points for the Lakers. Most of his shots were 20 footers and Fish nailed them down consistently. Lakers are going to need this all season long as Kobe gets double teamed.

Lakers Smush of the day (Note: Smush of the day is to denote the Laker that looked poorest):
I knew that if I didn’t give Brian Cook my Smush of the day last game that I could do it for this game. Cook shot a pathetic 0-5 from the field. Cook is a shooter right? After missing a couple wide open shots, Cook felt it was necessary to force fadeaways. He also had 1 rebound—not bad for a PF.

Key play: Since I missed the second half, I’ll go with Coby’s pass to Vlad in the 2nd quarter that got the whole crowd buzzing.

What to look for next game: I would look for fewer turnovers. Lakers have plenty of time to practice and Phil will make sure the Lakers don’t have 25 turnovers again.

  • ab4sure

    Way to highlight the positives considering the lakers lost. It is a long season and one game does not a team make. What the lakers are trying to do will take sometime to gel. Don’t be discouraged laker fans.

  • Tim-4-Show

    I wish I was able to see what they’re trying to do. I’m out of town and can’t watch these games.

    High turnovers in a pre-season game can actually be a GOOD thing. It might mean that the team is trying to do things and they’re just out of sync, but if it’s just bumbling the ball off your foot, that’s no good.

    Steve,
    “I knew that if I didn’t give Brian Cook my Smush of the day last game that I could do it for this game. Cook shot a pathetic 0-5 from the field. Cook is a shooter right?”

    Cook was the same way last year. Unless this guy is ON FIRE, then he’s totally worthless. He’s rarely on fire and such is mostly worthless. How management gave this guy that $3.5 million a year extension is beyond me. According to the story, he ran right out of the lay-up line and signed that puppy before anyone could change their mind.

    Let me show you why Cook will always be the Smush of the day until he’s gone. In his exit interview after last season, the following exchange took place:

    Q: What are your plans for the summer?

    Cook: Stick around here for a little bit. I’m gonna go back to Illinois for a little bit. See my mother, see my sisters. Work out with (Laker Athletic Performance Coordinator) Alex McKechnie in Vancouver this summer. Just try to come back in better shape. I think my ankle injury kind of set me back a little bit at the end of season, as far a lateral movement and things of that nature. I just tried to push through it. The team needed people, so we could win. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen like that and you just learn from that.

    Do you see anything in his answer that suggested he was looking to become a better ballplayer? Where was his comments about reviewing video tape so that he could find patterns in the players that he typically defends? Where was his comments that he would be working hard to improve his defense? Where was his comments that he was going to work on shooting off the dribble (since he’s just a catch n shoot guy)? No where does he mention anything other than getting in shape. It’s the end of the season and he’s talking about getting in shape!

  • Lonestar848

    Tim,

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Cook has always played a very selfish game and looks lost out there. He should always be the Smush of the day because they have the same lackluster attitude. Almost every time Cook was involved in a play, there was little effort. 3 plays come to mind:

    1. There was a 2 on 1 with him and Farmar. Farmar took it to the hoop because the defender was playing off of him. The defender knocked Farmar to the ground. Cook just shook his head and didn’t even bother helping his teammate to his feet, and instead walked the other direction.

    2. There was a play where either he or someone missed a shot. He didn’t get the offensive rebound and didn’t bother hustling back…instead just shaking his head and walking back.

    3. There was a play where the Lakers got the offensive board after a bad shot and Cook just jacked a quick shot up there with 22 seconds on the clock right as Joel Meyer said “now they’re gonna run some offense”

    Having an off night (0-5 shooting) is one thing, but you can at least show some effort to make up for it (play D, have a positive attitude, move the ball). Every night he has the worse attitude as if he doesn’t want to be there. I wouldn’t even bother putting him on the floor when others would put 100% effort in.

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    How much do you guys think Don Nelson had to drink before these two games?

    He looked a little buzzed.
    … ‘a little.’

  • Steve Avery

    Tim,

    Love the sarcasm! I have hated Cook from Day 1. And its funny, because I love shooters! Sasha, Vlad, Coby…love them all. But Cook has 0 potential, 0 anything. He is good at taking charges…so congrats to cook for taking charges. This team is deep this year. If Cook gets more than 2 mins per game, I would have to say that he is paying Phil to let him go 0-5. Waive Cook.

  • fatty

    I was only able to listen to the game on NBA.com(Free all year) and I was amazed, that evry time Spero mentioned Cook’s name something negative was attached to it.

    Cookie is not a happy camper. We need to trade him. What did Kobe say “Ship is fat as* out”

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    At this point I wouldn’t be upset if we waive Cook to make room for a player like Andre Patterson (who showed good shot blocking ability) or Larry Turner.

  • daboss1848

    hzm, I assume u wouldnt be upset.
    Neither would I, buyout Cook – keep Coby and Turner

  • Michael_23

    We should give cook to Golden State since they love jacking up 3s. Live by the 3, die by the 3.

  • daboss1848

    except, they like players that can run and hit shots

  • GetBisonDele

    I fell asleep at the second half

    I tried so hard to watch the game but i was tired from work. Good recap, wish I could have seen coby karl more , heard hes got a sweet stroke

  • David

    Very impressed with Koby Karl. He has a great stroke but even more importantly has very high basketball IQ. You can tell he’s the son of a coach with the decisions that he makes. Also, he shows good help defense and rotates well. I know it’s too soon to tell how consistent he is, but I hope we sign him. Wave Cook to make room.

    One of the big problems with the lakers last year was we would miss open jump shots. Kobe would penetrate, draw a doulbe or triple team, dish it out to guys like Smush who would consistently miss wide open jumpers. This is where he and Fisher would help.

  • daboss1848

    one exception to the IQ: he guards the sideline on baseline out of bounds plays. In other words he leaves the passing lane to the key wide open. Twice – go figure…(I hope this isn’t coach’s strategy)

  • c

    Yahoo Sports

    Now, on the biggest stage since the Diamondbacks’ 2001 World Series championship, the great fans of Phoenix – which is creeping up on Atlanta for most pathetic sports city in America –
    Phoenix sucks

  • bubbles

    I don’t mean to be harsh but the analysis given my Steve Avery wasn’t very good. We can make the same assumptions he made by merely looking at the box scores. He doesn’t seem like he has enough grasp of the game of basketball to have his analysis posted on this website. To point out a quick flaw in his analysis is how he totally ignored defense. Did he not see DFish get beat off the dribble incessantly? Did he not see Luke get backdoored, posted up, and beat off the dribble either? Just my two cents since we’re looking to improve this website.

  • PHANTOM

    [quote comment="14468"]

    Cookie is not a happy camper. We need to trade him. What did Kobe say “Ship is fat as* out”[/quote]

    Fatty,

    that wasn’t cool at all…

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

    [quote post="1249"]Fatty,

    that wasn’t cool at all…[/quote]

    … Says the man that wishes death upon people.

  • Steve Avery

    [quote comment="14482"]I don’t mean to be harsh but the analysis given my Steve Avery wasn’t very good. We can make the same assumptions he made by merely looking at the box scores. He doesn’t seem like he has enough grasp of the game of basketball to have his analysis posted on this website. To point out a quick flaw in his analysis is how he totally ignored defense. Did he not see DFish get beat off the dribble incessantly? Did he not see Luke get backdoored, posted up, and beat off the dribble either? Just my two cents since we’re looking to improve this website.[/quote]

    Thanks for the feedback. I’ve played and watched the game for 15 yrs but just got into writing about it. You are right that I need to talk about defense more. I basically so far have been talking about the obvious. I think it’s hard to judge the defense right now because the Lakers are trying new things. On offense, kobe is trying not to dominate, and the lakers are pushing the tempo. On defense, I don’t really know what they are doing. This team as you know doesn’t have great individual defenders except kobe. However, as a team I think we have what it takes to be a good defensive team. Fish and Luke may get beat on plays, but they are going to hustle back and pick up someone elses man where as Smush would gamble and give up.

    But like I said, I don’t think this is the defense you will see in November…the lakers play a lot of run and gun offenses in this preseason (Warriors and Suns) several times.

    Again, thanks for the feedback. When choosing my top 3 players i will include defense more. It’s easier to defend on offensive because stats usually show, but for people who didn’t watch the game, the box scores don’t show defense.

  • fatty

    Phantom,

    The expression has to do with someone who is lazy and not trying. Cook for whatever reason is not putting out. I have no problem if he’s not stroking the ball, but he’s bringing an attitude to the Lakers, that Smush made famous last year. If we are going to change last years attitude, and Cook doesn’t want to be part of it, then he needs to move on.

    Team D takes team effort and a lot of hustle. If one person doesn’t want to try, then you can pay him to watch from the sidelines or trade him to another place where maybe he can change his ways.

    After seeing what Smush did to us last year, I don’t want to wait.

  • bubbles

    Don’t worry Steve, you’re a beginner so it’ll take time. Unfortunately, I disagree with you that this team will be a good defensive team. When you have matadors at the 1 and 3 (fisher and luke) and no shot blocking down low (odom and kwame) there’s no way to be a good defensive team. None. Zilch. I’m eager to see the new lineup which moves Walton to the bench and Turiaf to the 4. That provides us with some much needed shot blocking down low but we’re still weak at the 1 since Fisher can’t guard a rock, at the 3 since Odom is far too slow to guard most 3′s, and at the 5 since all of our C’s are so damn slow on rotating. One tip on being an elite writer in the sports scene is to leave your homer glasses at home and be a realist. Keep up the good work Steve!

  • Steve Avery

    Thanks bubbles…I worry about protecting the paint too…i feel that a big part of the problem last year was that Smush kept letting people go in the paint when he went for steals. that meant our big men needed to help, got them in foul trouble, left their men open..it was all a mess…i think fisher is an upgrade. we will see how much it affects the team. do we agree we cant be worse than last 2-3 years? defensively at least.i think naturally our d-ppg will go up if we increase the tempo..but it would be great to see us hold teams to a lower fg%

  • mamba man

    how are we going to chant Koby or Coby in the staples center? i guess if we’re chanting “Koby” , Coby can take the credit too :D .

  • sammo

    This is to the people that are posting their opinions and comments on this site. Would you guys please check your spelling and grammar before posting? Simple things like, “too” is used too often for “to”. Please…people, let’s try to look intelligent.