The Los Angels Lakers appeared to be either disinterested, or simply fatigued as another trip to the “Queen City” results in a loss to the Charlotte Bobcats 109-89. The Lakers are now 5-8 against Charlotte all-time, with the Boston Celtics being the only other team with a winning record against the Lakers.
Dr. Phil aka The Zen Master, said it best when summing up the Lakers efforts in Monday’s night contest against the Bobcats, “I’m embarrassed about what we did and that’s it!”And wherever there’s a steaming Dr.Phil, a furious Black Mamba cloud is sure to follow.
So annoyed by his team’s performance, Kobe Bryant slipped out of the dressing room without speaking to the media. The Mamba’s day began with him mysteriously coming down with the aches and chills, causing him to miss the team’s early shoot around. You would think with him feeling a little under the weather, his teammates would step it up. That expectation was followed by another disappointing showing in Charlotte.
The Mamba finished with 20 points, but took 20 shot attempts in the process, while the Spaniard finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Lakers received little help from the rest of the starters or the bench.
The Lakers started the road trip off 4-0, with all four wins coming against above .500 teams. The win in Boston this past Thursday 92-86, spoiled a record setting night for Boston’s Ray Allen, who past Reggie Miller on the all-time 3-point field goals made list. It also quieted down the skeptics that believe the Celtics are the only team that could beat L.A in a seven-game series. They would take care of the New York Knicks 113-96 the next night, behind a “blitzkrieg” type of first quarter by the Mamba, as he ended up with 33 points. They got caught up in the proverbial trap game against the Orlando Magic on Sunday, and took their first “L” of their seven-game road trip, losing 89-75.
Co-captain Derrick Fisher, like the veteran that he is, explained with a sense of calm that the back to back losses had more to do with the scheduling of the back end of this road trip catching up to the Lakers. D-Fish wasn’t making excuses, more so explaining how a team like the Lakers could lose back to back games in such a fashion. L.O. had more of a different take,believing that the Lakers should have been up to the challenge, a thought that many analysts and “Laker Haters” believed as well.
With one more game left on this trip against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Lakers will more than likely end their seven-game roadie with a 5-2 record going into the all-star break. Besides the past two games, the Lakeshow proved what they are capable of when they are on their game. No trades need not take place, only minor tweaks, as they head down the back stretch of the NBA regular season. The Mamba and Co. believe that their “best” will be available when it matters most. As for now, they must tighten up some loose screws!
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Written by Arthur Kai