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Game Recap: Lakers Hold Off The Grizzlies Down The Stretch

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The Lakers end their four game road trip in Memphis against the Grizzlies. The Lakers have struggled so far, going 1-2 in the first three games after their loss last night to the Atlanta Hawks. The Grizzlies will be without their primary playmaker in point guard Mike Conley as well as center Marc Gasol.

The Grizzlies are still a veteran team with Zach Randolph and Tony Allen. These teams met in November with the Grizzlies prevailing 89-86 in Los Angeles.

First Quarter

The good and bad of Kobe Bryant was on display early in the quarter as he had two quick turnovers on horrible passes that had no chance of reaching their destination. He also hit a beautiful fadeaway jumper over Tony Allen. Kosta Koufos was also a beast on the boards early, picking up three offensive rebounds in the first five minutes. A beautiful move down low from Pau gave the Lakers a 14-11 lead midway through the quarter. The Lakers were clicking on all cylinders early, shooting 11-16 from the field while holding the Grizzlies to only 7-19. Kobe went back to the locker room after being subbed out for Xavier Henry, but it was only to stay warm, not because of any injury concern. Nick Young continued his torrid play off the bench with nine points in the first quarter including two three-pointers. The Lakers led by as many as 15 in the quarter, and held a ten point lead at the end of the first, 34-24.

Second Quarter

The Lakers shooting cooled off slightly to start the quarter. They also continued to struggle on the offensive glass as the Grizzlies continued to pile up the offensive rebounds. The Grizzlies started the quarter shooting 6-10 and quickly cut the Laker lead to four points. Kobe continued his terrible passing as his turnover numbers continue to climb and a 10-2 Grizzlies run capped by a Mike Miller three pointer cut the lead to three points halfway through the second. The Lakers offense was completely stagnant this quarter with only 12 points through the first nine minutes. Somehow the Lakers were able to keep the Grizzlies at bay thanks to some vintage Kobe plays highlighted by a beautiful pass to Gasol for an easy layup. The Lakers pushed the lead back to nine, but a couple of late turnovers allowed the Grizzlies to go into halftime trailing only by five, 52-47.

Third Quarter

Lakers got off to a horrible start as the Grizzlies tied the game early. The Grizzlies dominance of the offensive glass continued and the Grizzlies even took a brief one-point lead on a layup and free throw by Jerryd Bayless. but the Lakers quickly responded with a 10-2 run led by the veterans Bryant and Gasol. Bryant went down to the floor battling with Tony Allen and came up holding his knee with about three minutes left in the quarter. It looked like it hyperextended briefly and despite looking in pain, Bryant would remain in the game. Some sloppy possessions by both teams marred this quarter. The Grizzlies went on a 7-0 run  at the end of the quarter to tie the game at 67 heading into the fourth.

Fourth Quarter

The Lakers turned the ball over before they could even get the ball inbounds to start the quarter thanks to a Henry offensive foul. The Lakers came out hot to start the quarter as Sacre attacked the basket early and drew numerous fouls hitting 5-6 free throws. The Lakers three-point shooting has been off but Meeks would hit a huge three to give the Lakers a six point lead with eight minutes remaining in the game. The Lakers started the fourth quarter with a 17-6 run that would push their lead to 11. Bryant and Gasol returned to the game midway through the quarter with the Lakers leading by seven. The Lakers turnovers woes returned in a big way as three terrible turnovers allow the Grizzlies to cut the lead down to three in the closing minutes. Mike Miller left the game with four minutes remaining after a horrible ankle turn. Gasol and Bryant led the Lakers down the stretch as Gasol looked good down low while Bryant hit a three from Nashville to put the Lakers up six with two minutes remaining. The Lakers would go on to win 96-92.

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  • Daryl Peek

    Take the Win. Still gots lots to work on but Gasoft look less than soft for a change and Kobe’s slowly coming around.

    • Dragon7s

      We knew it would take a few games for Kobe to get his legs.

      The surprise of the night is Pau driving to the basket.
      He was much more aggressive taking it to the rim.
      On the couple of occasions that he stepped out to shoot, he missed.
      When he attacked the rim, he was the Gasol we all know and have come to know.
      (Having said that, he still ‘ducked’ on defense.)

      • Daryl Peek

        Baby steps

        • Dragon7s

          DP, as one of the more reasonable voices on this board, you should realise that at this point in his career, Pau should only be taking Giant steps, as in use his size to pound the paint. He has no finesse shot anymore.

          Yes, he can still pass which is a huge commodity in the current NBA but if he expects to stay a Laker, he needs to do what he did tonight and attack the rim.

          • Daryl Peek

            Pau is fragile mentally. We’ve seen this from day one. Phil and Kobe realized this after the finals in 08. MDA is not the type of HC to coddle a player. Pau needs that positive reinforcement with a swift kick in the azz from time to time.

            This is why I say baby steps. Pau’s not a giant step gorilla.

          • Dragon7s

            You and I are in agreement as regards Pau and my reference to ‘giant steps’ was pertaining to filling those Giant shoes that he’s being well-paid to wear.

            Sorry for hijacking your metaphor. :p

          • ra

            Pau + Kobe + 13 scrubs. Only 2 champions there. Several things here:

            1) the scrubs need time to work together, and learn how to play like champions ‘with each other’ before the older champions ‘tire’ themselves out trying to win with a sub-500 team.

            2) there are 82 games. The elder champions should NOT carry the team now. Expect early burnout if they do. Kobe = 32+ minutes = NOT GOOD.

            3) Kobe + Pau are in the last years of their career. They need to take it easy, and not force things. If the FO is hiring scrubs, then it’s clear that they (FO) know that they (Lakers) won’t really make it far in playoffs, if at all. This is an experimental (notice I didn’t say ‘throw-away’) year.

            4) Lakers will NOT win championships (in the future) without bigs. Get rid of bigs = get rid of championships.

            Leave Pau alone. Who are you? His conscience? His motivation genie? Maybe all of you should play in the NBA before passing judgement on Pau’s capability, and how things work with him (and, in tandem with Kobe).

            They’ll work things out. Be patient, daniel-san.

          • Al

            What in the world are you talking about? So youre suggesting we should keep kobe and pau together? Regardless of the fact you are happy with a game where pau FINALLY played well against a 2nd string big man(koufus), pau’s defense and lack of effort Kill the lakers. His occasional nice post move here and there is nothing compared to the points he gives up nightly. And if we keep paying kobe And gasol who stated he wont take much of a pay cut at all, we wont have money to get anything but “scrubs”. And sadly those “scrubs” are alot of the reason we had been successful early in the year. All the role players like xavier, wesley, and nick young really need is a very talented point guard and a solid defensive presence and rebounder down low to set solid screens and find them for open shots on the perimeter(tyson chandler). The lakers FO knows this is the new type of basketball the league has adapted to and thats why they went so hard after dwight, regardless of his post game. You dont need a big man like pau anymore if you have the right system and chemistry. If the lakers spend the next two years trying to revive the pau and kobe combination which hasn’t worked the last 5 fucking seasons, they’re basically waiving the white flag for title contention and obviously have other motives. Point being, there’s no point in being patient anymore with the gasol-kobe duo. As a lakers fan I see its clearly not the best or most successful anymore, and it Definitely is not exciting basketball.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            didin’t work in the last 5 fucking season? What? Are you an 8 year old? It was only 2010 that lakers hosted the O’brien trophy…Exciting does not mean, successful. I would rather have a boring team winning rings than an exciting team, and 1-2 rounders.

          • Dragon7s

            I’m simply an observant long-time Laker fan that has grown tired of seeing Pau fail to give the type of effort we as fans have come to expect of our Laker heroes.

            I have no doubt things will work out and I’m willing to be patient (where patience is due).

            The Laker FO has a plan and I, for one, believe they will do as they’ve always done in attempting to put together a championship contender.
            My point of contention is that based on the eye-test and every advanced metric imaginable, Pau’s effort (or lack of) is hurting this current Laker team.

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        we should understand that it was only in training camp that Pau was able to play basketball… he was recovering from a surgery… he is healthy now and just started to get his NBA legs under him… there are still a lot of games left to play… Portland will eventually tire out… they are sprinting at this point, so early to the season…

        • Dragon7s

          Ermm…he had training camp and preseason and this is the first game I saw him sticking to the game that made him an all star.

        • Daryl Peek

          Pau basically admitted he was dogging it prior to Kobe’s return in his post game interview tonight. No excuses man. It was all lack of effort on Pau’s part.

          • Jim213

            If brought up, trade Pau or resign him to a 2 yr deal like Kobe given that we’d expect mediocrity/lack of effort upon Kobe’s retirement (though for less than $9 mil yr, IMO)

          • Daryl Peek

            ?!?

          • Jim213

            If FO doesn’t trade Pau then why have him here once KB24 retires given Kobe seems to motivate him periodically.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            AGree on effort. I too, am not happy with the effort Pau has been putting on the floor since the start of the season, but this is still too early to the season, and he is still not 100% NBA healthy. Remember, these players(particularly Pau, Kobe, Nash) are not.youngsters anymore.

          • Daryl Peek

            Can’t roll with that man. To be honest, it looked like Pau was trying to sabotage games at times. I know this sounds very extreme but he let the door open the way he absolutely played totally disengaged.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            One thing that you forgot to consider is that, Pau’s personality is a perfect fit with that of Kobe’s. Pau needs someone who commands a double team, aggressive, where defenses really plans for being the first option… he struggles mightily when he becomes that first option and defenses plans for him. I have argued with this many times in the last 6 years… some took to notice while others just simply bash him for that. My only beef against him, is his salary of 19M, which is not his fault. IMO, he should have been in the 10-15M range and no more than.

          • Daryl Peek

            I can agree with the #2 plight but as a ten year vet he should not have pouted the way he did and tried to blame D’Antoni for his own personal shortcomings. Effort is not something hard to do. Especially for a pro like him. Pau has stepped up in the past when Kobe was out and he was the man in Memphis.

          • Paytc

            That was so obvious when he hinted to not getting the ball where he wanted it. It did not appear to be health or talent holding Gasol back. It appeared to be selfish stubborn ego and lack of effort .He needed to be called out on that .Just ask D12, Kobe does not condone slackers or clownish distractors on his clock. I am cheering for Gasol and ever other Laker that will give max effort over max excuses.

            Go Gasol ! Go Lakers !

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            There are just people who needs some whip cracking from time to time… that’s the beauty of differences and variance in everything. Anyway, go lakers!

          • Paytc

            Yeah it’s hard to believe when people like D12 and Gasol just take the enormous talents and size they’ve been blessed with for granted. Then their are the Nate Robinson’s and other over achievers who do more with less. Those are the ones who get me out of my seat.

            Yes, the world is full of slackers. And it does make for diversity and appreciation for the opposite side.

  • Ryan Griffith

    Very nice win on the road…I want to see more of that on a consistent basis.

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    2-2 road trip… not bad. We only need to take care of our home games and we should be alright.

  • Dragon7s

    Finally! Pau being aggressive and taking it to the post!

    (Yes, we should still trade him…sorry)

    • Daryl Peek

      I concur

      • C*HarrisTHEboss

        For who? – realistically

        • Daryl Peek

          I’d pull the Knicks trade for Tyson Chandler. Or try to get Rondo or Spencer Hawes from Philly.

          • C*HarrisTHEboss

            No way the Celtics give up Rondo – Its already out there that the Knicks aren’t dealing Chandler – and Pau’s relationship with kobe is worth more than Hawes

          • Daryl Peek

            The Celtics and Ainge are in full blown tank mode. Rondo is absolutely on the trade block. The Knicks likely want to see what Tyson can do first but believe me when I say all options will be looked at by them. They must get under the luxury tax also. Kobe and Pau are good together but Kobe has already said whatever the FO does with the roster.

            Hawes would be a serious upgrade over Pau. I love Pau too but I gotta keep it 100. Lakers/team first.

          • Paytc

            You are probably right. But I didn’t think the Celtics would let Doc Rivers leave either. Sometimes offers are made that are hard to pass on.The Lakers might make Rondo and the Celtics the right offer.

            The Lakers had CP3. I would be more concerned with the commissioner blocking and hating on the trade, than I would think it could be possible. Minus the hate, and it’s possible IMO.

            Go lakers !

  • Jim213

    Needed win to try to SURPASS their 500 avg. Although the team’s 3 point struggles remain they shot over 49% overall. The teams shooting helped to attain the win too as they were out rebounded today though managing to obtain 10 blocks today (D!).

    • Jim213

      Hopefully Kobe returns to playing his usual positions when the PG’s return. IMO, depending on the position and role at the time once Kobe reacquires a better feel for his shooting it may benefit everyone overall if he helps to stretch the floor as he can best pick spot up jumpers or rotate the ball while allowing him the chance to play his usual style to an extent (shooting) as the ball is better distributed as a result while playing at a higher pace.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Defense won the game.Lakers beat bad shooting teams i noticed.

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