One of the great things about blogging on the Warriors is that occasionally you can write the game recap around halftime and then just insert the final score at the end. I’m not going to do that, but I could.
For the second time in three weeks the Warriors traveled down I-5, (not really, they flew I’m sure) to Los Angeles only to get shellacked by the defending world champs. Just like the first game back on Hallowe’en, this one had very few tricks or treats. Just plenty of Warrior misses and Laker rebounds.
The good news is that just 13 games into the season, the Warriors remaining trips to the Staples Center will be to play the Clippers, and not the Lakers. The difference between the two is rather stark. It’s like going to the Playboy Mansion and getting to choose between the hot blonde, or the tatted-up chick catering the event who’s missing some teeth. In this case, the Warriors will be glad to let the centerfold go.
It’s clear that the Warriors miss David Lee immensely who sat out his 5th straight game since being injured in New York. Golden State is now 1-4 in his absence. Against the Lakers, it wouldn’t have mattered and to be fair, despite missing the game last night, Lee scored as many points as he did three weeks ago: nada.
With Lee out, the Lakers big men just dominated on the inside. Pau Gasol was perfect, shooting 10-10 from the field and 8-8 from the line to finish with 28 points to go along with his 9 rebounds. Lamar Odom pitched in a double-double of 15 points and 10 boards in his 27 minutes of play as the Lakers raced out 16-point lead at the end of the first quarter. That lead was up to 28 at the half and it never got any closer until garbage time, which was actually, about four minutes after tip off.
This is now the 3rd time G’State has been blown out of a game right from the onset. Both times against the Lakers, in which Kobe Bryant could have taken the night off, and in Chicago, where they lost by 30 points. It’s one thing to lose; it’s another to seem as if you don’t care. Monta Ellis, coming off a 40-point night on Friday, finished with just 5 points, as only two Warriors finished in double figures.
On Monday, they’ll get a chance to right themselves when they host the Denver Nuggets. At least I’ll have to watch past halftime. I hope.
Oh, by the way, not that I didn’t watch all of it, wink-wink, the Lakers won 117-89.
About the Author
Written by Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day. Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years. His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three. Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!