You know its one thing to lose a tight close game against any opponent in the NBA, but the way the Los Angeles Lakers have faired against inferior to mediocre teams as of late, has me looking at this team with a blank face stare, as they take another double-digit “L” at home against the Memphis Grizzlies 104-85.
This game was so one-sided, that even a vintage Mamba 3rd quarter, in which he scored 17 points had no real effect on the outcome of the game. He finished the game with 28 points, but received little help from elsewhere. The Spaniard (Pau Gasol) finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds. L.O. scores 7 points to go with 7 rebounds, and has apparently transformed back to his old ways of floating, which normally occurs when he comes off the bench, or can’t seem to immerse himself in the flow of a ball game when needed. Spotty play from role players like Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest and the bench clearly don’t help, when it comes to a team trying to regain their dominant swagger.
For the past two weeks, the normal occurrence of a Lakers’ game consist of typical second quarter lulls on offense, suspect defense (especially against the pick and role), The Mamba attempts to shoot them back into ball games in the second half to compensate for their offensive struggles, he gets frustrated in 4th quarter when it doesn’t work and gets at least one technical (two if he is feeling extra irate), and of course Dr. Phil gives the media a satirical assessment of his ball club’s performance during his post-game conference in his typical, lets not panic Zen Master tone he speaks in when he gets kind of serious.
With this version of the Lakeshow, I’m not too concerned about them finding some resiliency, amidst another moment of slight turmoil, with two-thirds of the season left to play. When they finally take care of their offensive and defensive struggles, I’d just rather see the Laker team that played with a chip on their shoulder, after being humbled by Boston in the 2008 NBA Finals. This loss to the Grizzlies doesn’t equate to that loss by no means, but if there were ever a time to take a cue from a loss, now is the time Lakeshow, now is the time!
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Written by Arthur Kai