So after I tore into the Lakers last week after their loss to the Blazers, how do they respond? By winning the next 3 games by easily beating the lowly Clippers, playing a decent game against the Hornets and clamping down and soundly beating the defending champion Spurs. Is Phil reading this blog, you think? I said their team defense needed to improve and in all three games they did an excellent job. Sure, the Hornets clawed back in the second half, when they started getting lazy, but that’s human nature. When you’re up by 30, you relax. I’m sure it won’t happen in the playoffs. Once the playoffs start, Kobe knows he’s close, and will go for the kill night in and out. Hopefully he does it playing team ball and not My Ball!!