Another night for the Lakers to begin their turn around from slump to an upward climb to resembling that dominating team that we all expected with the additions of Super stars Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.
Last night was just another lost opportunity for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Los Angeles Lakers, again, looked uninspired in their 100-94 loss to the woeful Cleveland Cavilers who came in with a 4-17 record and losers of their last 5 games. Like many teams this year, the Lakers were just the medicine they needed to get things going. The Cavs got out the gates quickly by taking a 54 to 39 lead into halftime. The Lakers made a push in the 2nd half by closing the lead to 6 by the end of the 3rd quarter but they couldn’t get any closer than 3 points in the 4th.
The Lakers didnt have answers after the game either. When asked by a reporter as to why the Lakers looked so uninspired Mike D’Antoni’s response was “I dont know why, that’s a good question”
Kobe Bryant appeared befuddle as well. “I don’t know if we’re too old and it takes us a long time to get started and lathered up…”
Lakers will have little time to figure it out as they are back in action in New York on Thursday to face the Knicks at Madision Square Garden.
- The Lakers poor perimeter defense continues as they were torched by Cleveland’s starting guards CJ Miles and Kyrie Irving who returned for the 1st game off the injured list; they scored 28 points a piece.
- Kobe lead the Lakers with 42 points on a very efficient 16 for 28 shooting.
- The other Lakers bright spot was Dwight Howard who scored 19 points and a game high 20 rebounds.
- The Lakers continue to struggle in the turover +/- area; they turned the ball over 18 times and only created 12 turnovers leaving them at a -6 for the game.
- The Lakers are currently 29th in the league in turning the ball over at 16.5 turnovers per game and 26th in the league in creating turovers at 13.7 per game.
- The Lakers only gave up 10 fast break points last night which is a positive sign that their transition defense might be improving, they only scored 11 fast break points themselves.
- Lakers are 24th in the league in scoring on the fast break at 10.7 per game but 2nd to last (29th) in opponents fast break pionts at 16.2 per game.
- Lakers remaining road trip: At NY Knicks on Thursday, At Washington on Friday and at Philadelphia on Sunday.
– Fern Rea “@fullcourtfern”