The Lakers started the week off on a three game East coast road trip where they went 2-1, losing only to the Atlanta Hawks after a controversial miss call by the refs, then came back home to finish the week against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. With Kobe Bryant missing games against Indiana (most of it at least) and Sacramento, the rest of the team had some big shoes to fill. Luckily for us, this team is filled with many unsung heroes. With everybody stepping their game up it was too hard keeping the Top list to three. So here are this week’s Top FOUR players of the week.
4. Metta World Peace
Your eyes do not deceive you… yes, MWP made his way out of the Bottom list and into the Top this week. MWP averaged 18.75 points and 1.5 steals in the four games this week. His highlight performance was Sunday’s game against his former team, the Sacramento Kings, where he went 10-13 from the field and scored 22 points. Let’s hope Metta can keep this up!
3. Dwight Howard
Superman Returns… Dwight Howard played his first game in Orlando as a visitor and made sure he made the fans there remember what they were missing. Dwight had his best game as a Laker scoring 39 points to go along with 16 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in Orlando. He also had weekly averages of 20.25 points, 15.25 rebounds, and 3.25 blocks a game this week. In Sunday’s game agaisnt Sacramento, Dwight recorded his 38th double double of the season which is highest in the league second to only Golden State’s David Lee (44).
2. Antawn Jamison
Antawn started the week off rocky but stepped it up in a big way when they needed him to. Jamison averaged 15.25 points and 7 rebounds a game throughout the week while shooting 59% from the field. But it was the Indiana and Sacramento games that earned the former sixth-man of the year a spot on the Top list. In those two games, Jamison averaged 22 points a game and hit 9 three pointers. He also lead the team in the +/- category in Sunday’s game with a +23.
1. Steve Blake
Since Blake’s return from injury the Lakers have a record of 17-7. Much like Jamison, Blake’s biggest contributions this week came after Kobe went down. In the past two games, Blake averaged 17 points, 7.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.5 steals a game while shooting 58% from the field and hitting 9-14 from long range. Blake’s play has definitely increased this year with the benefit of learning from Steve Nash. The offense has been running smoothly and Blake has a knack for finding the opening player and hitting those baseline turnarounds.
With a longer than normal Top list, this week’s bottom list is shorter than normal, but I think it’s a good thing when I can’t find enough players to complain about right? Here are this week’s Bottom:
2. Earl Clark
Earl Clark makes his third straight appearance on the Bottom list. Clark averaged only 7.25 points and 5.25 rebounds a game this week and lead the team in the minus category against Indiana and Sacramento. Eazy’s slump has everyone questioning his starting position when Pau returns from injury. Do you think he should remain in the starting line up?
1. Jodie Meeks
This is Jodie’s debut on my list and unfortunately it’s at the bottom. Our three-point specialist went only 4-15 from behind the arch and shot 29% from the field overall. Meeks had his worst game of the week against Indiana where he went 0-7 from the field and failed to score a single point. He was also the only player to score single digits in Sunday’s game against Sacramento.