Last night the Lakers lost to the Houston Rockets, a game they had in the palm of their hands. “Palm of Their Hands”; lets think about this statement for a moment. When you have something in the palm of your hands you try not to drop it, or let it slip away. Now take that same term and apply it to grabbing a rebound. The Rockets out rebounded the Lakers 40 to 31. Sixteen of the Rockets rebounds were “Offensive” and you just can not expect to win giving up that many. Kobe Bryant scored 29 while shooting a horrible 10-27 while only dishing out four dimes (Assist). The Lakers turned the ball over 14 times leading to 9 fast break points. The Lake bench showed why they are one of the worst in the NBA. They contributed with 31 points while 14 of that came from R. Sessions who is clearly the starting point guard of the future over Steve Blake. Andrew Bynum was ejected for a technical foul not after he scored 16 off 7-11 shooting 7 rebounds but 4 turnovers. Lakers coach Mike Brown had this to say about Bynum’s temper:
“He’s got to figure out what he wants to do,” Brown said. “You got to ask him what his response was to the ref when he had the interaction with the ref, but we need him on the floor. He, nor anybody else right now, can put themselves in jeopardy even if it was unjustified or not. That’s not what I’m saying here. Nobody can put themselves in jeopardy to get themselves removed from the ballgame.”
Kobe Bryant defended his teammate by saying
“It’s a part of the game,” Bryant said. “One of his big strengths is the chip on his shoulder that he plays with, so you can’t expect him to have that one night and then knock him for it the next. I don’t know what he said or anything like that, but I like the chip that he plays with.”
On a brighter note Pau Gasol contributed with 21 while shooting 10-14 from the field. Ramon Sessions also contributed with 14 points with 6-9 shooting while dishing out 4 dimes. The Rockets erased a 17-point deficit to beat the Lakers. It was the Lakers second loss this season in a game that they led by 17 or more points. The first one was less than two weeks ago, when Los Angeles blew a 21-point lead in a loss to the Wizards on March 7. The Lakers lost only one game in which they led by at least 17 points over the past four seasons combined (Nov. 26, 2010 at Utah).
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Written by Melvin McLean
Born September 6, 1982 Washington D.C. Grew up in Baltimore MD Lives in Los Angeles Ca Jackson State Graduate 2 time ncaa conf champion Track and Field ( Decathalon, 400 meter, and 800 meters) Life Time Basketball player (In the a Gym Near You) High School Football Player (YES KICKER COUNT) Follow me on twitter @newlaw_1914