I know, I know. I haven’t blogged about the Lakers since the season ended and actually since even before then. I’m sorry. I’ve just been going crazy over this bike riding thing and incorporating it into Word Press, the way I want to incorporate into WordPress.
Anyways, onto the Lake show. I was really surprised by Game 1. No it wasn’t the fact that Kobe had a horrendous night, because he has one of those every now and again. What surprised me was the fact that Kobe realized he was having a bad night.
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!!
So the Lakers lost again last night. To the Blazers, in Portland again. I think that’s their 6th loss in a row up there. And it wasn’t even close. The Blazers had an wide open layup line, even with Gasol in the middle. How do they expect to compete for a title, which most of the national pundits have said is their’s for the taking, if they can’t play consistent defense night in and night out. I mean sure, the Blazers have come a long way from their ‘JailBlazer’ days and are an up and coming team, but they are still in the lower echelon of teams. There is no reason the Lakers should be down to the Blazers by 18 at any point.
Their lack of defense is so bad that players are routinely getting highs against the Lakers. Aldridge got 16 boards(season high), and Roy, despite being dropped by Lamar, got 12 assists, a career high. But the real shock was 3rd or even 4th option Channing Frye. Yes, that Channing Frye given up on by them Knickerbockers. He was killing the Lakers early and ended up with 22 points and 11 boards. And all three of them had double-doubles.