The Los Angeles Lakers unfortunately split their two-game roadie before the All-Star break, with a tough loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder last night 100-85.
Kobe Brynat had an off shooting night again, going 7-for-24 from the field to end up with 24 points. Maybe the heavy minutes he’s been playing has caught up to him a little bit on this road trip, or he possibly just had a couple of poor shooting nights in a row, and its probably nothing more than that. I wouldn’t be surprise if Bryant is on cruise control this weekend during the All-Star break in Orlando, but then again it is the The Black Mamba.
Pau Gasol finished with another solid game of 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Andrew Bynum finished with a double-double of 14 points and 12 boards. No flashback moments for D-Fish in this game, as well as no other Laker stepped up to have a relevant impact on the outcome of last night’s contest.
The Lakers veteran squad couldn’t seem to keep up with the youthful exuberance of the Thunder in the second half of an actual winnable ball game. It’s losses like this that brings up the inevitable, the Lakeshow needs some offensive reinforcement. If I’m Mitch Kupchak I’m calling the guy formerly known as “Agent Zero aka The Hibachi” representatives during All-Star weekend.
The Lakers have a glaring weakness that needs to addressed if they realistically want to contend for a championship. And regardless of what some people think, trading either Gasol or Bynum will not get it done alone. Bottom line, the upgrade has to come with the supporting cast, not the “Big Three.”
For now, this current version of the Lakeshow must recuperate and find a way to turn it up a notch in the second half of the season. And yes, some over-achieving will have to take place, but with a couple of timely moves made by management and with the championship mettle of The Black Mamba, The Spaniard and AB on your squad anything is possible. I would suggest that Laker Nation hold on, because this could make for a very interesting conclusion to a unique season for the Lakers when it’s all said and done.
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Written by Arthur Kai