In the early of stages of a young and shortened season, elite level teams are still making adjustments as the season progresses. As of right now, teams are being judged by their recent play, and there is no way to hide the fact the Los Angeles Lakers are not a good road team, as they lose to the Miami Heat 98-87 in the first game of a Florida 2-step.
And to make matters even worst, their offense is so offensive, not only to Laker Nation, but to basketball connoisseurs who love high level efficiency and productivity in the half or open court. When asked about the Lakers offense, here was the Mamba’s take.
“It’s under construction.”
And that was putting it lightly. You add there road and offensive woes together, and you have basketball squad that doesn’t resemble the team that made it to the NBA Finals 3 out of the last 4 years. Instead, you have a team filled with role players equivalent to the post Kobe-Shaq Era. This develops into a fan base that asks questions and make statements such as, who is that, oh I didn’t think he was still in the league and my new favorite, no Metta, don’t shoot it.
Right now, the Lakeshow’s “Big Three” is looking sharp, totaling 65 points in their loss to Miami. You can do the math on how much their teammates chipped in. The Mamba had an off shooting night, but still manged finish with a decent point total of 24 points, while Andrew Bynum had his normal double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds, but got in foul trouble, which hurt the Lakers offense early in the ball game. The surprise of the night goes to Pau Gasol, as The Spaniard had 26 points, to go along with 8 rebounds. I haven’t seen “this Gasol” since early last year, not to mention, now he’s letting it rip from 3-point land this year (1-3 in last night’s game). This could be the game that puts Gasol back on the track to playing like the elite level player he was a year and a half ago.
The Kobe vs. Lebron matchups never reall live up to the hype, as Lebron is 11-5 all-time against the Mamba. But thats in the regular season. An NBA Finals matchup could live up to the hype, but the Mamba needs some more arsenal before that happens.
Mitch Kupchak has to surround the big three with better talent ASAP, because this current team is on the cusp of being a legitimate contender, but realistically they are not there just yet. If Kupchak, had to do it over, I wonder if he would rethink the idea of trading all that length for CP3, and just went out and got an athletic combo guard like O.J. Mayo?
Well if, if was a fifth……you know the rest.
The Mamba and Co. head to the Magic Kingdom today to take on his possible future teammate, in Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. Sportscenter will be extra annoying this evening, over-analyzing the “Howard vs. Bynum” matchup. The Lakeshow are 1-1 this week, with a tough, but small payback victory over the Dallas Mavericks on MLK day, and look to get a much need road victory heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Indiana Pacers at home. They face a 10-3 Magic team, that’s under the radar and will not be easy to beat.
Will tonight’s ball game jump start the Lakers winning ways on the road, or will they continue to be inadequate away from Staples Center? I guess we’ll find out later on tonight.
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Written by Arthur Kai