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Game Recap: Warriors Refuse To Miss As Lakers Struggle To Score

Steve BlakeJust one day after a shocking lopsided victory over the rival Clippers, the Lakers were back at it again Wednesday night in Golden State. Laker fans had to be pleased with the productivity of new signees Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry. With a relatively old roster and players such as Steve Nash, their energy level is obviously questionable on the second day of a back-to-back. In this situation, however, after the starters played zero minutes in a bench-dominated fourth quarter, rest should be less of a question. As preventative measures to prevent injuries, Steve Nash did miss the game however.

First Quarter. The Lakers came out with Jodie Meeks, Steve Blake, Nick Young, Shawne Williams, and Pau Gasol. The Lakers did not get off to an ideal start as they started with three misses including two airballs while the Warriors came out firing. Golden State’s distinct ability to hit from downtown was exemplified by Klay Thompson early in the quarter. L.A.’s first score came on a swish from Nick Young, trying to rebound from a poor shooting performance yesterday. The Warriors were clicking offensively with consecutive hits from Curry and Thompson while the Lakers focused on pounding the ball inside. After yet another three from Thompson, Golden State had jumped to an early 12-6 advantage. The lead quickly jumped to eight for Golden State as the pace had escalated quickly. As Nick Young and the Lakers continued to force shots the Warriors continually drained them and stretched the lead to 21-10. The teams traded baskets for the remainder of the quarter and after one, the Lakers trailed 26-16.

Second Quarter. The Lakers opened the second period looking to cut into what was already a ten point Warriors lead. The first score of the quarter went to the Lakers with free throws from Xavier Henry cutting the lead to eight. While the Warrior offense began to slow down, poor defense allowed them to stretch the lead to fourteen. Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill provided the only sporadic spurts of offense while Pau Gasol still sat on the bench. A three from Meeks with 7:30 remaining pulled L.A. back within fourteen however Golden State would respond. Both teams returned with their starters at the seven minute mark and Klay Thompson immediately stuck a jumper pushing the lead to sixteen. A three from Curry made it 44-25 forcing a timeout from Mike D’Antoni. The Lakers continued to throw up bricks from outside while the Warriors stayed red hot in their home opener and the lead ballooned up over twenty. Golden State led 50-30 with three minutes to go as the Lakers desperately attempted to make a run. Any attempts at a run were futile, though, as Klay Thompson simply refused to cool down from behind the arc. After a pathetic second quarter, the Warriors led 59-40.

Third Quarter. After being dominated by Golden State in the first half, the Lakers came out looking to start fast in the second half. David Lee started off the quarter with a make before a three point play from Nick Young pulled the Lakers within eighteen. Gaping holes in the defense, however, gave the Warriors the opportunity to stretch the lead back above twenty. A three pointer from Steve Blake got the Laker deficit down to seventeen as L.A. began to think about making a run. Steph Curry picked up his fourth foul with over eight minutes to go however the Lakers could not break the seventeen point barrier. Turnovers from both teams kept the score even for a while before a three from Curry at the seven minute mark pushed the lead back to 24. After trading baskets for several minutes, the Laker offense became continually stifled and a comeback seemed doubtful. With just under five minutes to go and the crowd in an absolute frenzy, the Warrior lead has swelled all the way to 83-56. Draymond Green joined the party for Golden State as his strike from downtown gave them a 30 point lead. To make it worse, Klay Thompson reached his career high at 33 points in the third quarter as the Warriors led 90-58. By the end of the quarter the deficit was massive and the score was 96-63 in favor of Golden State.

Fourth Quarter. The Lakers began the fourth quarter trailing by 33 and with not much to play for. Both the starters and reserves had been outmatched. Mike D’Antoni began the quarter playing Jordan Farmar, Steve Blake, Jordan Hill, Xavier Hnery, and Jordan Hill. Wesley Johnson began the quarter on a strong note for the Lakers with a three pointe but the Warriors were quick to respond in transition. Johnson nailed another corner three to cut the deficit to 29. The Laker team that had put up over 100 points yesterday stood at only 71 in the fourth quarter. One positive from the fourth quarter was that the Laker second unit continued to hustle and play hard despite being so far behind. A third three from Johnson in the quarter was a highlight for the purple and gold. The Lakers moved to 1-1 with their next game against the Spurs on Friday. The final score was 125-94.

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  • Kobe24

    Its really too early to say whether this team is going to be awesome (1st game) or going to sink constantly like today. But, we really have to lock down the defense 90 points isn’t great but its an okay score so the offense is somewhat fine (although too many jacked up shots). Really have to focus on the defense if we want to win.

    I won’t say who I think should be benched not played , etc but yeah disappointing overall performance.

    Go Lakers!

  • Jim213

    Where are the Kobe haters at? lol…

    Missed the first half but from the looks of it so did the team. No excuses to not showing up and play Lakers ball (competitive ball). But the GSW have what the team lacks SHOOTERS. From looking at the stats looks like the guards (Thompson) mostly lit the up aside of David Lee.

    • LakeShow

      Even with Kobe, he could not stop Klay Thompson. When the last time you saw Kobe playing perimeter defense?

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

        hahahahaha… you sir are funny… Kobe has been mythical defensive player until 2012-2-13…. you don’t win those for nothing…

        • Paytc

          richard,

          We all know what Kobe’s leadership means to this Lakers team. We all know how good a player Kobe is. There are a lot of Kobe/great player haters out there wanting to knock him. Of course he is one of the most complete players to ever play the game.

          It is a lot for any of us to expect a new team without Kobe’s leadership and road dog experience to go into a hostile environment and pull off the win.

          It will take time for this team to find it’s identity without Kobe. But they will have their fair share of wins and losses until he returns. The best we can all do is understand where this team is experience and chemistry wise.

          It will take time to go on the road and defeat any playoff bound teams. I am pleasantly surprised and pleased to be 1-1 at this point.

          It is not about giving up …. It’s about “STEPPING UP ” !

          Go Lakers !

          • Gregory Choa

            Here’s what I know; the two things that would never happen with Kobe IN the lineup happened in these first two games; getting 76 points from the bench in an important win, and getting blown out by 30 in a loss up in Oakland.

          • Paytc

            That is hard to say because even with Kobe in the lineup MDA will still be the coach. A lot of people get it twisted about Kobe. Kobe is the ultimate warrior and the ultimate team player. I think Kobe usually follows the game plan the coach lays out for the team. Yes because Kobe is the teams leader and one of the games best he rightfully has a bit more liberty. But it is what it is until Kobe returns.

            This is part of the experience process that the team most go thru to grow and find it’s character and identity with and without Kobe.

            I am pleasantly surprised and happy to be 1-1 at this point after playing two tough playoff bound teams. It is not about giving up. It will always be about continuing to “STEP UP ”

            Go Lakers !

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

        all you have to do is look at the shooting percentage of players who Kobe guarded and you will see what I mean…. I am talking of primary players not bench warmers…

      • Jim213

        “Bet Kobe would’ve had over 30+ given his best nights have come at the expense of the Warriors. Probably why the fans were in mass hysteria”

      • shw

        That’s right, Kobe has been weak defender for many years now, in last season his defense was awful for the most time. It’s to early to assess, but Lakers are a poor team and Kobe won’t change it.

    • Paytc

      Jim213,

      Please read my post below. We have to just realize it will take time for this new Laker’s team to win on the road in a hostile environment. That is why I am always calling out and looking to find out who the “road dogs ” are.

      I have said it is a lot easier to hit shots at home than on the road. Obviously we all know Kobe is the ultimate road dog. MWP was a road dog. That is two of the few road dogs that helped anchor the team down no longer there to do just that.

      It will take time for this team to find its identity especially without Kobe Bryant, the teams leader out rehabbing. We will also have to find out who the most capable road dogs are and use them a bit more in road games.

      Unfortunately I had a family obligation and could not go to the game or see it on television.
      I can only imagine how they played. But I am personally surprised they are 1-1 after playing two tough playoff bound teams.

      As I said below….. It is not about giving up…… It’s about “STEPPING UP ” !

      Let’s throw this game loss over our shoulders and gain from the experience, not let it dampen our spirits.

      Go Lakers !

  • Chyeah

    I guess Magic Johnson was right, this game might have shown us how the Lakers will perform this season. WE MIGHT be in for a rough season and we better hang tight and not fall off the bandwagon.

    • Paytc

      How many games have the Lakers loss this year? How many games have the Lakers won this year? It does not matter if you lose by 1 in triple overtime, or lose by 40 points. One loss is one loss. We have to be prepared to keep working to get better. It’s a new team.

      Truthfully I did not think the Lakers would have a realistic chance to win in either games, one or two. I am pleasantly surprised we are 1-1 after playing two good playoff bound Western conference teams. There are 80 games remaining. I said after the first win not to uncork the champagne bottles too soon.

      We just need to win our fair share of games and hold on till Kobe returns to somewhat anchor the team down again. We have a lot of new faces and it will take time for us to go on the road and beat a lot of good playoff bound teams.

      We are 1-1 not bad in two games. I understand the NBA’s back to back champion Heat’s team is 1-1. We can not get too high when we win, or too low when we lose. We will have our fair share of both wins and loses.

      It’s not about giving up. It’s about “STEPPING UP ”

      Go Lakers!

      • LakersHeatBeef

        I am fine with the Lakers no matter what happens.Win or lose i support them.I am pretty damn sure the Lakers will be a team to be reckon with.Last night was just 1 game throw it in the old video machine study it and learn from it.

        GO Lakers!

        • Paytc

          Exactly ! Who said the Lakers with so many new faces were suppose to go on the road and beat a lot of good playoff bound teams, especially early in the season? That was what was suppose to happen all things considered.

          But I would not say stick a fork in the team and nail shut their coffin. This is still a good group of players who are searching for their identity without Kobe perhaps the team’s best player :-)

          I am pleasantly surprised with what I have seen so far. It will take MDA a little trail and error to learn each players “game time” strength and weaknesses. I am impressed so far ! Just 80 more games to go.

          Go Lakers !

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

            And so am I… they have exceeded my expectations so far… even in that GS loss…

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    This game is the back end of a back to back… and on the road… you can almost always count this as a loss considering that we didnt play 2/5 our starters. ANyone who peg this game as a win for the lakers has been really smoking pot. The Warriors were all over the floor, and some of their shots that went in were contested shots. I can’t believe many of you here, specially those I have been following the longest, would not see things rationally. This is where leadership of a player of Kobe’s caliber is really needed.

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

      Heck even the Heat lost tonight to the 76ers.

    • Jim213

      Richard… No excuses “Step Up.” Like RA say’s. Plus it’s early in the season and not late Marxh. Everyone should be fresh.

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

        Jim… you can have all the STEP UP words in the whole world… but without considering the many variables you wont understand what a game of basketball is… specially ia long season like the NBA… you will just become the stat geeks that the world has been full of. ESPN has full of them already let’s not add ourselves to those.

        • Jim213

          Not really a stats type of guy (24/7) but the stats show player consistency. Like mentioned earlier no time to hit the panic button. It applies to playing competitively for 48 minutes. If they would’ve lost by single digits and played competitively it wouldn’t have mattered.

          Can’t expect rookies and players who want to prove themselves to grow if they don’t play competitively on a consistent basis. Yes they lost by 30+ but given that they struggled on both sides of the floor after beating a possible contender leaves doubt in whether the team can play competitive/consistent ball.

          We aren’t Miami were they can lose games to mediocre teams and blow another team out the following night. It’s about playing consistently/ competitively to increase confidence, chemistry… blah blah blah.

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

            I am not crying a river over this loss… a 1 point loss is a loss… 30 plus point loss is still just a loss, no matter how you slice it… I saw the effort in our players…. on both ends of the floor last night. If a person cannot see those effort, I can’t argue with that. Maybe we were watching 2 different games. the Warriors just played unbelievable basketball… I just happen to give credit where credit is due. Klay Thompson cannot play an 80% shooting in a season, that is just ridiculous number, even if the defense were non-existent, which I believe is totally outrageous to even mention that it was.

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

        those are not excuses… this is a marathon…. it’s a delusions to expect a team to win it every game…. every one should be fresh… right… you played a game deep into the night… board a bus to the airport,… board a plane …fly to Golden State… and finally, you hit bed early morning… and you expect everyone to play like nothing has happened…. only superstars do that kind of consistency game in and game out…. it would be foolish to even expect that of players like Pau Gasol who is an all star…

        • Jim213

          ‘Step Up’ means to represent the BRAND (myself). Losing by 30+ exposes the weaknesses of the team. Hopefully the coach addresses some of these problems in the coming weeks to change the outcome when they come to Staples.

  • LakeShow

    Come on, just 80 more games to tank! #tankforwiggins

    • Jim213

      Still have the Lakers winning at least 45 games with the current roster. Similar to last season.

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

        you pegging the lakers to win 45 games out of the 82, and yet you become hysterical about this loss… what’s this about?

        • Jim213

          Hysterical! Nah, it’s similar to those type of circumstances where people don’t realize what the have until they lose it. On a serious note GSW are great shooters, thus we ain’t going to see this type of shooting on a nightly basis just from those teams that have lights out shooters. Defense wouldn’t hurt.

          Not panicking given that the team needs more acquisitions to compete like the old times. However, they should be playing to represent the BRAND foremost.

      • LakeShow

        “WE AIN”T TANKING”

        So, I’m guessing you don’t want to win NBA title? Let’s face it, the current rosters are not good enough to win NBA title this season. Yes, Lakers can get into playoff but they will not go past 2nd round. What’s the point of that? Another wasted season and the Lakers have no young star to look forward to. Look at other teams, they are stacked with good young players. Lakers have none!

        If Lakers can get one of the top 3 picks, trade Pau for 1st round picks and a 1st round pick that Lakers already own, the team will have 3 young player that they can develop. Last time the Lakers had a lottery pick, they managed to turn Bynum into an all-star (arguable top 2 C in his prime).

        Stop being delusional and face the truth, Lakers have nothing to look forward with the current rosters. Even with trade, who want to give up their young talent for any of Lakers old players? Draft picks are the only good option right now.

        Plus, they can use this year to develop Xavier Henry, Robert Sacre, Ryan Kelly, Elias Harris. One or two of these players could potentially be a great role players for the Lakers. Help them gain experience and build confident.

        • Jim213

          Crazy Mike, Delusional lol… The Lakers reputation of finding elite young talent (franchise players) left with Jerry West. The team acquires talent in trades and FA.

          The Lakers have better depth today than the last couple of years given the younger legs. This isn’t like the old days too, max contracts avg 5 years thanks to CBA.

          Build better chemistry today make the necessary trades for the long term success of the franchise and wait for 2014 FA to attract franchise players. Competitiveness is the name of the game…

      • LakersHeatBeef

        We ain’t tanking is right.Now even if the Lakers do not win enough to make the playoffs it will be just fine as now the new trend in sports is to suck for a couple seasons and comeback with a vengeance then win a championship or go undefeated.Just look at how the Boston Red Sox came back from a crappy horrible season last year to winning the World Series last night.

        Or just look at how the Kansas City Chiefs sucked last season and this season they are 8-0 the only undefeated team in the NFL last season they were 2-14 with a player of the Chiefs committing suicide in the team parking lot.A new coach and new quarterback also a new GM changed everything.Lakers will make the right moves when the time comes for it.

        Sometimes teams just need to change the culture and personal to get back on a winning path.Firing people and making trades is part of the sports world.I am expecting the Lakers FO to make this team a contender again.For now lets have fun and roll with it.Basically if the Lakers end up have a terrible season i am fine with that as long as they comeback strong next season like the Red Sox and Chiefs did in other sports.

        Go Lakers!

  • Michael Duenas

    Inconsistent play and injured players. I think the first two games are what our season i going to look like in a nutshell.

    • Jim213

      Forty five games sounds about right. Beat the teams that we expect to beat and struggle against the top teams who have better chemistry which applies to a starting line up.

  • ra

    Warriors are ‘run & gun’. The Lakers won’t be up against too many teams like that. Other teams ‘somewhat close’ to that: OKC, um … not sure who else. The Lakers met up with an ‘advanced’ version of themselves. The Clips were supposed to be like that (fast play), but aren’t. The Heat are tough, but are not really ‘run & gun’ (anymore, if at all). Maybe Pacers?

    All the Lakers have to do, is to ‘settle in’ on an identity, and they’ll be ok. Against the Clips, they actually looked like they had an identity. They’ll get set shots (like the Warriors did tonight), and shooting will improve.

    • Jim213

      Shows we need shooters.

      • Paytc

        Only road dogs tend to shoot well on the road. We must find out who the road dogs are and lean on them. Ask the road dogs to do most of the scoring on the road. it takes a bit more heart to bring it on the road. Every player is not the same inside.

        When you take away Kobe and MWP two of the teams best road dogs, it’s asking a lot for them to defeat a good playoff bound team in a hostile environment. It will take MDA a bit of time to identify the road dogs,then he must be willing to ride them and limit the play time of others. I am pleased to be 1-1 under the circumstances. This is still a good Laker team searching for it’s identity in only game number 2. That was only game number 1 on the road.

        Go Lakers!

    • Paytc

      ra,
      Good points. We can not get too high in wins or too low in losses. This team is without its leader. That was a tough playoff bound team in a hostile environment. The team just has to keep working hard to get better.

      Go Lakers !

  • LakersHeatBeef

    My observations from the game were Golden State just couldn’t miss a shot pretty much.Klay Thompson was torching us.David Lee played like Prime Hakeem Olajuwon against the Lakers weak inside defense,Warriors were pumped up from the start of the game.The Warriors poured it on the Lakers all night long,Embarrassing loss by 31.

    The Oracle crowd was going crazy for their team the Warriors.Mark Jackson wanted to prove a point that the Warriors are the team that is elite on their home turf.

    Lakers looked very tired and overmatched,overwhelmed and lethargic in many ways.It looked like a game we just could careless about,as if they just were the better team and we were expected to lose so why try winning.Not much defense from the Lakers giving up 125 points is a lot and embarrassing.Things need to get better on defense.

    The bench played fine scoring 52 points combined.Now the question everyone is asking me is this how the Lakers will be playing in most their games this season,my answer is no it was a back to back and yes things will be better moving forward.

    Friends are saying but they lost by 31 and Lakers had a squad full of no names that played and looked like scrubs against the Warriors and i say to those people well the night before against the Clippers those same so called no name scrubs beat the living crap out of the pretenders the Clippers.

    Ladies and gentleman please be advised it’s going to be a up and down year for our beloved Lakers.Some nights when the team is red hot shooting and clicking we will beat teams,other nights what we saw last night could repeat itself in tough games.But i do not have high expectations of the team,i would like better effort.The team is learning.

    The bottom line is this is growing pains for The Lakers it’s about developing young players like Xavier Henry and Wesley Johnson,Jordan Hill.Providing Jodie Meeks,Nick Young,Jordan Farmar with good amount of playing time to showcase their skills.It’s a work in progress and if the team starts losing at a high rate and skidding towards the bottom of the division then panic but for now stay cool and enjoy the ride.Buckle up be safe.

    Lakers own a firs round pick in the deepest draft ever,so things always are bright on the other side also the Lakers have substantial salary cap space coming up for 2014 off season as only $10 million dollars is being used up that frees 11 potential roster spots and 2 max contract slots for the Lakers to pull off another dynasty in the making.But it could also just be one of those surprising seasons where the Lakers play good and we are all happy.MDA is in charge for now,maybe he can manage to get more out of them.

    Regardless stay positive and let the bandwagon fans leave if they want to jump off.Bye!

    Go Lakers!

    • Paytc

      LakersHeatBeef,

      Thanks for providing your assessment on the game. I did not have a chance to see it. I think you are taking the same attitude towards the loss as I am. It will take time for this team to go into a hostile environment and pull off te win. It is only one loss no matter if its by 1 point or 40 points. There will be some growing pains as the team searches for it’s identity without Kobe Bryant the teams leader. But we can not give up. Instead we need to continue to encourage the players to “STEP UP ”

      Go Lakers!

    • Daryl Peek

      Solid points man but as a fan that wants to see the team progress this season, I can’t put any focus into what may be next year at this point. I 100% agree with you on the ups and downs but I can’t give a pass on lack of effort by team leaders. We can’t have X as the leading scorer, he’s not ready for that role on the team yet. Pau has to take up the leadership mantle. I know his nature is to defer but he must stretch himself with Kobe out.

      I also thought it was a mistake to sit Nash. Nash could have helped calm the troops in that typhoon last night. Nash may not be 100% but he’s still a time tested battle proven leader. Unless Nash is worse off than were being led to believe, MDA should have played him last night given he only played 20 minutes in our opener.

      Blake Meeks and Hill performed admirably but they are not the type of players to lead. Blake can step up in a leadership role from time to time but he will never be that on a constant. Farmar is not ready to be that either. This is why Gasol and Nash are needed. No one knows when Kobe will be back therefore the current team captains must lead.

      • Paytc

        Yes Daryl Peek , you are totally right with that assessment on things. We need on the floor leadership and that is a role best suited for Pau,Kobe,and Nash given their experience. I had said I would have preferred to see at least a little bit of Nash.And Gasol has to be one of the players we lean on at least until Kobe returns if not even longer. I do not expect too many less experienced players to be able to carry the team leadership role especially on the road. And I agree we should do all we can this year to make a championship run not just wait until next season.

        But again I don’t think we should over react to a blow out loss to a good playoff bound team on the road. It can happen even with Kobe on the floor. One game is one game and it should be used as experience and motivation to get better.

        Go Lakers !

        • Daryl Peek

          At this point, I don’t even consider Kobe when talking the team with regards to leadership on the court right now. This type of chatter leads to the wait til Kobe gets back mentality. MDA made that mistake with Nash last season. We all Know Kobe’s heart and what he’s gonna bring as far as effort goes. You know full well how critical I am of team leaders. Kobe is not immune to my wrath when it comes to that. I just always expect more from those types.

          My assessment of current performance is much more than last night. Pau has looked like this all preseason also. Again, he’s the leader right now and has said he welcomes that title. He must show it then. Effort can easily be assessed with the eye test. I just don’t see him being sold out right now. Yes it’s early but as Magic Johnson said of his father teaching him about work ethic, you must give it your all, all the time.

          • Jim213

            Looking at the stats again, Pau has played less than 25 minutes so far and given that he didn’t like his role last season this won’t help his cause. Not sure if he’ll be happy with his role especially if they lean more towards small ball which they (coach) seems to be moving towards.

          • Paytc

            If the coach is not leaning on and using Gasol then the coach is taking the long road trying to see if he can find someone or a group to lean on. I think it will save time and games to put a little more of the load on Gasol’s back.

          • Jim213

            IMO, given that he’ll likely be placed on the chopping block again the coach should utilize him as best as possible. However, I don’t see the coach being here for more than a season or two which puts into doubt the type of offense they’ll run with in the future which seems like small ball.

            Now is the time to find out if Pau can play a bigger role in the coach’s system especially with the type of salary he’s earning this season. Otherwise, they’ll likely try to accommodate the needs of the coach and his system.

          • Daryl Peek

            Again we should not be thinking about next season or beyond right this instance IMO. What’s important now is growing those we have on board that are able bodies. MDA needs to groom mental toughness and the team captains need to lead by example that lines up with that.

            Pau need to man up bottom line and Nash needs to be available if he’s able, and perform to his best also. We can’t rely on the newbies to lead us.

          • Jim213

            We’re around 10 or 12 weeks away? from trade deadline. Will be brought up in the near future. What moves are best and possible for the franchise.

          • Daryl Peek

            I can dig that man! This thing about the way MDA coaches, he gives everyone on the court the ability to burden the load. This is why X, Farmar and Meeks were able to put up numbers. Gasol has to go out there and get it! His failure is of his own doing in the D’Antoni system. This is my beef.

          • Daryl Peek

            It’s not about the HC, stats, minutes or player placement. I’m questioning alpha Dawg heart. Pau has the free reign to get his azz in the post and stay there with Howard and Bynum gone. His lack of low post entry is of his own doing. One in and four out is the D’Antoni small ball system. Pau needs to fight harder against his man to secure that in post position.

            There’s absolutely no excuse for Gasol to be constantly taking jump shots on the floor with Williams at the 4? If he can’t be happy in this role going forward, his heart is not with this team and a trade is in order. IJS

          • Jim213

            Brought this up yesterday or Tuesday but the coach is the one who has to get on players that aren’t playing to his specification offensively.

            What bothers me more is the lack of hustle on both sides of the court (rebound wise). Sad to say but DH got 26 yesterday for the Rockettes though against the Bobcats.

          • Daryl Peek

            Bad example using Howard yesterday. The Bobcats and Rockets were laying bricks like Mason’s! Andrea Bargnani could have gotten 15-20 boards in that game. LOL

          • Jim213

            Didn’t bring up his stats but rebounds is what we lack which is impressive especially like you’ve mentioned… Pau’s mediocre play thus far.

          • Paytc

            My comment was delete or something? I only included Kobe’s name to make it clear that Gasol is the only healthy of the three so call superstars. Meaning we need to lean on Gasol especially at the rate he is paid and experience he has .

          • Daryl Peek

            I don’t use pay scales to grade performance. Too many teams are willing to over pay for talent and many players get long term contracts they can’t live up to towards the end. Not saying this is the theme with Gasol. Pau will get another payday going forward. It might not be what he’s getting now but he earned his already.

            My beef is living up to what you said you’re gonna do.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        I agree regarding being a fan that wants result here and now.Fair enough it’s about team progress.Well i was just keeping a positive clean outlook for next season,just in case things go downhill this season.

        I am preparing myself for anything with the Lakers,anything can still happen it’s only game 2 and the Lakers are 1-1 not too shabby.

        Pau Gasol is doing his best man but he just needs Nashty and Kobe out there with him to get big wins.Xavier Henry is a young man doing his job and improving every game.Lakers will need to make adjustments.

  • Gregory Choa

    Yeah, last night’s game was NUTS! As Stu Lantz said during the broadcast, “when it rains, it pours – and they (the Lakers) got caught in a typhoon!”. When the other team can’t miss (more specifically Thompson & Lee) and we can’t make shots and turn the ball over, a 30pt blowout is to be expected.

    it’s funny, just as I’ve never seen the Lakers win a game with the bench scoring 76 points, as they did in their home opener, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them get blown out by 30…with Kobe in the lineup.

    The Lakers definitely need to regroup tomorrow night for the Spurs. What happened last night up in Oaktown can sometimes happen when you’re not careful, and this young team (w/out Kobe there to bail then out) just needs to put it behind them and learn from this experience.

    • Paytc

      Gregory Choa,
      I think you are reacting better than most of the Laker fans. Not to knock anyone because we all react differently. But it will take time for this team to go on the road into a hostile environment and pull off the upset. I said after game one it was not time to uncork the champagne bottles. It’s also not time to give up. This team will have their fair share of wins and loses until Kobe returns to somewhat anchor the team down again. I am pleased to be 1-1.

      Go Lakers !

  • Daryl Peek

    I’m very disappointed in Gasol! He’s the captain of this team while Kobe’s out. It’s his job to lead this bunch. His effort was sorry at best last night. Even in the Clippers game there were traits of very poor defensive effort on his part that really concerned me. His lack of offensive rebounds coupled with low to no blocked shots in rim protection is alarming.

    The thing that really bugs me is his body language after a missed rotation or getting beat by the guy he’s guarding. Again he’s the team leader, he has to be the example in constant effort. I’ve defended Gasol like no other but I wont turn a blind eye on his deficiencies the same way I am with Kobe. No ones perfect, and everyone will have off nights from time to time but as team leaders you must be the example in effort first and foremost. When your shot is off you can always hustle on D and crash the boards.

    • Tina Moran

      It’s about time to let him go. I know he was part of the Championship team and Kobe likes him but we are trying to run a basketball team not a men’s club. Thank you very much, Pau for all your effort and sacrifice. It’s time to hang your number and give others an opportunity to shine.

      • Daryl Peek

        I can’t go there just yet Tina. Pau still has value and I still believe in him. This is why I’m so disappointed right now. He says he wants it but he needs to back up his words. Its too early to be pulling the plug tho.

  • LAL918

    I figured the dumbass Warriors would have much higher energy than the Lakers last night. Even as of now on Twitter, NOBODY wants to talk about last night’s game because they knew the team lost badly. Most of them are still arrogant pieces of shit just because we destroyed a Clippers team who was supposed to come out of the Western Conference this year & were thinking they were gonna carry that momentum into last night’s game.

    Gasol played like SHIT the entire game, I mean; taking contested jump-shots, not to mention he lacked aggression from last night’s game, more-so than usual; causing him to turn the ball a LOT of times. The bench mob was just simply tired from a back-to-back scenario & it’s gonna be like this all season so this concludes that not every single of our players will have games like this based from the game opener & the one from last night.

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