In the midst of Kobe Bryant’s “40′s the New 30 Tour”, the first showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers took place last night, with the youthful Clippers outrunning and outlasting the veteran Lakeshow squad 102-94.
The Mamba had another 40-point night, but apparently his crew went all MIA (missing in action) on him.
The Mamba scored 42 points last night, with a ball-so hard type of 3rd quarter in which he scored 21 points, while Pau Gasol was the second highest scorer with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Really? It seems like The Spaniard is playing aloof when it matters most, dating back to last year’s playoffs. When you see The Mamba loading up with arsenal before the game, you know he’s heading to a proverbial gun-fight night in, night out and there will be a whole lot of shooting taking place. Obviously, Gasol hasn’t gotten it, that’s why he keeps bringing bats, knives or nun-chucks to the same gun fight…..SMH
Andrew Bynum is trying to go ”Andre The Giant” on teams, posting another double-double in which he had 16 rebounds, but 12 points won’t cut it. I know the Mamba is in takeover mode right now, but AB has to get more than 13 shots a game. I only have two words for Metta World peace’s play as of late. No comment! The rest of the Lakeshow was pretty much a non-factor in last night’s ball game, so they get no honorable mention.
Coach Mike Brown’s defense looked very penetrable for the first time in six games. Chris Paul’s 33-point effort is not necessarily a head-scratcher, but moreso how he obtained those 33 points. Not to mention his co-star in Clipper Land, Blake’s Griffin 22 points and 14 rebound night against a twin tower duo of Bynum and Gasol still leaves me somewhat puzzled. We know the offense is still work in progress, but I guess so is the defense when they play quick and shifty point guards.
Yesterday’s matchup began a four-game slate, in which the Lakers play the likes of the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. I know Monday’s game against the Mavs might be a little emotional with the return of Lamar Odom to the Staples Center, as it will be interesting to see these veteran clubs playing against each other for the first time after last year’s playoffs (Mavs swept Lakers 4-0). After that, the Lakeshow will hit the road for a little two-step in Florida. This by far, will be the most interesting week in La La Land, as Laker Nation awaits the outcome of a tough week, in this young season.
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Written by Arthur Kai