This week’s edition of Top to Bottom covers two weeks worth of games. In that span, the Lakers played five games and went 4-1. Here are the top three players from the past two weeks:
3. Kobe Bryant
Kobe laid an egg against Phoenix two weeks ago when he shot 1-8 and scored only 4 points. He has also had recent struggles from beyond the arc, but if there’s anything we know about the Bean it is that he never gives up. Kobe was able to turn all that around and average 23.6 ppg in the past five games. He also had impressive back to back performances scoring 40 against Portland then went for 38 and hit 4-5 from long range against Dallas on Sunday. He has also kept up his recent assist outburst averaging 7.6 apg in the last five.
2. Dwight Howard
Dwight took off his headband and moved from bottom to the top of the list this week. It’s still obvious that he is not 100% yet, but Howard has been playing much more aggressively and seems to be playing with purpose again. In the past five games he has been averaging 17.8 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.
1. Antawn Jamison
Antawn Jamison has had an interesting season. After five straight “DNP – Coach’s Decision” earlier this season, he has become a big and consistent part of Coach D’Antoni’s rotation. He has been very consistent off the bench in the past couple weeks averaging 16ppg and shooting at an efficient 51.7%.
With Coach D’Antoni settling into a consistent rotation and the Lakers finally playing with a sense of urgency the Lakers have gone 4-1 in their last five and 7-3 in their last 10. With the team playing this well this week’s Bottom list is a bit short, here they are.
2. Metta World Peace
While his shooting percentages have gone up in the past five games, Metta continues his struggles shooting only 35% from the field. While he isn’t a defensive liability, the offense seems to lag when the ball is in his hand. He continues to hold the ball far too long and tries to do too much.
1. The whole team against the Clippers
It’s a game we all want to forget. Right before the All-star break the Lakers took on the Clippers for the third time and lost for the third time this season. It was a beat down like no other. The Lakers defense couldn’t stop a barrage of three pointers coming from the Clippers (who went 16-30 from three-point land), Dwight Howard was out rebounded by both DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, and the entire starting lineup had an average +/- score of -25. It was the Lakers only loss in the past five games, but it was definitely one that stung.