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Lakers Get Win Despite Loss of Howard

Posted By Michael Cole On Feb 2 2013 @ 12:53 am In Los Angeles,Los Angeles Lakers | 2 Comments

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It was not the cleanest victory, but the Lakers were able to pull out the victory over the Timberwolves 111-100.

Describe the game in 7 words?

The Lakers could not knock down shots!

The Lakers started out hot in the first half, going up 15 points at halftime. But were not able to keep this lead while struggling to knock down shots in the second half.

Gasol was huge in this game.

With the absence of Dwight Howard, Gasol was put back in the starting lineup; he proved he was worthy. He scored 22 points (leading the team in scoring) and pulled down 12 rebounds.

Bravo! Gasol relearned how to play like a big man.

Bryant also played a big role in the victory.

Although he struggled to get his shooting touch going, he was able to make up for it with his new “facilitator” style of play. He was able to pull down 12 rebounds while also dishing out 8 assists.

The bench played a colossal role in this contest.

Jamison put in big numbers (18 points and 7 assists), while Steve Blake and Jodie Meeks were also able to contribute.

This was huge for the team.

Coming into the game, one of the premier questions was whether the bench was going to be able to handle only having three players with the loss of Dwight Howard and the repositioning of Pau Gasol back in the starting lineup.

On the other team…

The team was not able to lock down Alexey Shved; he showed why he is one of the top rookies in the league this year.

Another reoccurring flaw revealed itself during this game; the Lakers have a weakness for guarding quick point guards.

Let’s be honest; Steve Nash cannot guard anybody.

The stats may not show it, but Rubio was the Timberwolves own “facilitator”. The Lakers had a hard time stopping him from going to the basket and doing what he wanted to do, especially with the injury to Dwight Howard (and it is not strange to predict that there will probably be another injury to a Laker big in the future of the season)!

Final Thoughts…

It may have been a sloppy victory in the end, but it was a win.

The Lakers travel to Detroit to play the new look pistons on Sunday at 1 o’clock.

The team was able to beat the Pistons earlier in the season.

Let’s hope they will be able to do it again.

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