The Lakers finish their week going 3-1 losing only to the Oklahoma City Thunder. This week put the Lakers back into playoff contention at the 8th seed and the Lakers found themselves 2 games above the .500 mark for the first time this season. Here are this week’s top to bottom:
3. Steve Nash
Nash recently said his biggest adjustment this year was having to transition his game from shooting off the dribble to becoming a spot up shooter, with Kobe stealing all of Nash’s assists he has only averaged 2.75 assists a game this week but with the drop in his passing he has seen a rise in his scoring, Nash averaged 15.75 points which is up from his season average of 12.4. Nash also hit the game tying 3 pointer that helped the Lakers defeat the Raptors in overtime.
2. Dwight Howard
This is how we expected Dwight Howard to play. Dwight found his game this week and played alongside Kobe in the way we all wished he played since the beginning of the year. In the comeback games against New Orleans, Dwight took charge and lead the team in defense where they were able to hold New Orleans to just 9 fourth quarter points. He also had a victory sealing block against Robin Lopez with about 30 seconds left to play. Dwight averaged 16.5 points and and 16.25 rebounds this week.
1. Kobe Bryant
Is it even a question who tops the top list? Vino took over games against New Orleans and Toronto and forced this team to win. Kobe was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks and averaged 33 points, 8.75 assists, and 5.75 rebounds in 4 games this week. He also became the first person to score 40+ points and have 10+ assists in consecutive games since Micheal Jordan did it in the 80′s.
3. Metta World Peace
Just like Kobe on my top list, MWP remains on my bottom list. While Metta had a good game against the Bulls with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks… he also went 0-6 from beyond the arch that game and finished the week shooting only 37% from the field. Metta also continues to make poor decisions on offense holding the ball for far too long or making a poor decision taking a shot.
2. Antawn Jamison
After two straight weeks being part of the top list, Jamison saw a decrease in minutes and in turn a decrease in productivity. The sixth man averaged only 7.25 points and 5.25 rebounds in about 20 minutes a game.
1. Earl Clark
Earl Clark topped my bottom list last week and he remains in the same spot. Clark averaged only 7.75 points and 5 rebounds while shooting only 32% from the field this past week. He also lead the team in the minus category in three of this week’s four games. Has Eazy reached his limit or is he just in a slump?