***Please see updated post from 3/24/13: “12 games remaining. How Must the Lakers Finish to Stay in Playoff Picture?”***
The Los Angeles Lakers are off to an unexpected slow start to the season and with them starting off their treacherous 5 game stretch of games with a loss to the L.A. Clippers Friday night the outlook for the rest of the season is starting to look even grimmer.
The Lakers will play the Denver Nuggets on Sunday at Staples but its gets exponentially harder going forward. They’ll face the surging Houston Rockets on the road on Tuesday and the team with the 3rd best record in the NBA on the 2nd night of a back to back, San Antonio Spurs, on Wednesday. They’ll get one day off before they’ll have to do battle with the #1 team in the NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder, in front of their frenzied home crowd.
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The Los Angeles Lakers will face their toughest stretch of the regular season thus far, starting with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night at Staples Center which will be a Clippers “home” game.
Here is some daunting information regarding the Los Angeles Lakers upcoming 5 game stretch and their opponents:
- The 5 teams are a combined 111-52 which equates to a .680 winning percentage.
- In their 3 road games, those teams are a combined 41-11 (.788) in their home arenas.
- The 5 games will include the 3 top seeds in the Western Conference.
- All 5 teams are currently a 7th seed or higher in the Western Conference.
- The Lakers are a combined 2-5 against their next 5 opponents.
- The Lakers have given up an average of 106.7 points per game this season against the next 5 opponents.
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Those very clean and sharp looking white jerseys with the purple outlining that the Lakers sported on Christmas Day made a huge splash. We predicted that they’d be a hot seller back when we made them #1 on our 2012 Top Ten Gifts for your Special Lakers Fan This Christmas. We just didn’t expect for them to sell out so fast on NBA.com.
By the 2nd week of December we had already removed our link to the NBA store on NBA.com because they had removed the item due to selling out. At that time all of the other Winter Court Jerseys were still available, another sign that the following of the Lakers is significantly higher then any other team in the league.
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*** 1/22/13 update: Click here for the most updated version of this story. ***
To say the Lakers are off to a disappointing start is an enormous understatement. After acquiring the best center on the planet Dwight Howard and one of the best point guards in the league in Stave Nash, the expectations rose to championship or bust levels. So far this year, its been a big bust.
On the positive side it is still early in the season for the Lakers to turn things around. So far the NBA season is only a quarter of the way through and the Lakers are about to be at full strength with the expected return of Steve Nash.
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Chris Broussard of ESPN wrote a piece today explaining how Kobe Bryant’s offensive performance this season is hurting the Los Angeles Lakers more than it is helping them. He even provides statistical analysis and opinions of reputable people in the NBA that back his position.
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The Lakers struggles this season has brought about many different theories as to the reason. Not surprisingly, but still disappointing, many have pointed their finger once again in the direction of Kobe Bryant.
Forget that he is a 5 time NBA champion playing the same why he has played today as he did on those championship teams. Doesn’t matter, his field goal attempts and scoring output are the focus of many.
Continue reading Kobe’s High Volume Shooting is Not The Lakers Problem