This was just a dismal performance by the Lakers in the second half. I don’t think I have ever seen this team look so flat, tired, and flat out bad.
The Nuggets absolutely embarrassed the starting unit in the third, outscoring the Lakers 29 to 8.
The Lakers first half wasn’t bad. They moved the ball well and played solid defense, but the second half was completely different. They took terrible shots which led to continuous fast break points for the Nuggets, especially Carmelo.
The Lakers shot under 40% for the game and had almost as many turnovers as assists — never a good sign.
No Laker hit 20 points tonight for the first time in quite awhile. The Lakers also struggled from behind the arc hitting only 7 of 23 attempts. It really was just a bad second half to watch.
I guess it could have been worse, the Clippers were up 22 in the first half and ended up losing by 15.
Now, the bests of the day…
Top 3 Laker Performers -
1) I thought Bynum played hard. The Nuggets made some good plays against him, but he still had 19 points with 15 boards.
2) Artest had only 11 points and 6 assists, but his 6 assists came at the when we needed them early on and he played good defense on Carmelo. Carmelo had 25 points, but many were on the break and not Artest’s fault.
3) Farmar had 8 points off the bench.
Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest): Powell had 4 fouls and had 2 points. Never a good thing.
Play of the Night: Brown’s breakaway dunk in the first half.
What to Look for Next Game: Ariza’s first game back in Staples Center. Should be a fun one!
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