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.