Two road losses, against two of the bottom feeders of the NBA, and you pretty much have an accurate microcosm of the Los Angeles Lakers Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde act on the road this year.
I would SMH at these two losses, but for one, my neck can’t take any more of the this repeated action every other week, and secondly, these L’s, in my mind, were pretty much a forgone conclusion. That’s why I always finish my articles with ”good luck with that”, because this team does not know how to win on the road bottom line.
I don’t want to hear the typical “they were back-to-back games” excuse, especially when you’re playing the likes of the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards.
In the words of Ed Lover “C’mon Son!”
This is normally the part where I use stats to break down both games, instead I will give you a quick overview of the flow of both ball games.
In Detroit, The Masked Mamba turns in the Black Masked Mamba, an experiment that lasted for only a half, do to an inefficient half of shooting by Kobe Bryant, as he switches back to his clear mask in the second half, I digress. The Lakers depend on the Big Three for most of the night, as Metta World Peace can’t seem to muster a performance similar to Sunday’s victory over Miami (17 pts, 7 rebs, 4 stls), nor does any other role player that received a solid number of minutes for that matter. Bryant hits a game tying shot at the buzzer that sends the game into overtime, but misses a game tying three-point attempt in overtime that would have sent the game into double overtime, as the Lakers lose to the Pistons 88-85.
The next night, The Masked Mamba & Co. build a big 21-point lead against the Washington Wizards aka the Washington Generals, but some how manage to end up losing the game 106-101. The Big Three get no help once again, and have to answers rhetorical questions about their anemic offense, as well as coach Mike Brown’s ability as a credible X and O’s type of offensive coach, which appears non-existent. Andrew Bynum tries to take the blame for the loss, but there’s enough blame to go around for everyone AB, as the Lakers road woes hit a new level of mind-boggling.
The Lakeshow finish their three-game roadie in Minnesota against an on the rise Timberwolves squad that is currently in eighth place in the Western Conference. The good news for the Lakers is that they have beaten Minnesota 17 consecutive times, the bad news is that this game is not at the Staples Center. Good lu….break a leg Lakeshow, break a leg.
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Written by Arthur Kai