Lakers Lose Dwight And At Memphis For Fourth Straight Loss

Lakers Lose Dwight And At Memphis For Fourth Straight Loss


NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Washington WizardsWednesday night was the start of the second half of the season. According to Dwight Howard, the season would “start today.” This was a few days after Mike D’Antoni said their season would start “Sunday” (the 13th).

There are a lot of things to fix if they want to get into the postseason. Dwight Howard has since apologized for his immaturity (he complained about his shot count in last Monday’s loss against Chicago). There are also trade rumors going around about Dwight and Pau Gasol, who isn’t exactly happy about going to the bench but understood that it was for the team. GM Mitch Kupchak thinks that it’s all about the effort, not coaching that’s killing the Lakers.

Whatever it may be, did they get it fixed against the very rough-and-tumble Memphis Grizzlies? Let’s check out the recap.


That player meeting seemed to work for them early. The Lakers were defending like gangbusters as the Grizzlies turned the ball over four times in the first three minutes.


But the Grizzlies took advantage of the Lakers’ poor shooting and were able to catch the Lakers in 11. They exchanged baskets for a while, countering each other with jumpers. Darrell Arthur made a basket to put the Grizzlies up, 18-16. At the time, the Grizz bench outscored the Lakers, 11-0.

Kobe Bryant was hot to start the game. He went 5-6 and scored 12 points in the first quarter. But at the end of that period, the Grizzlies were hanging on to the lead, 24-23.


The Lakers once again defended pretty well. Pau Gasol made back-to-back buckets that helped the Lakers to a 30-28 lead. Later on, he would make a beautiful spin move.

But the Grizzlies started forcing turnovers and showing that “grit and grind.” They rattled off an 18-3 run and buried L.A. in a double-digit lead. A Tony Wroten dunk surprised everybody and that was followed by a Tony Allen breakaway jam. Mike Conley also made a few jumpers. It was clearly the Grizzlies’ momentum at that point. Here’s Mike Bresnahan from the Los Angeles Times.


Kobe continued to stay hot and helped cut the Grizzlies lead down to single digits. Nash made a three to cut into the lead even more. But the Grizzlies capitalized on more Laker turnovers, and the latest brought them a wide-open made three by Rudy Gay. At the end of the half, the Grizzlies held on to a 59-50 lead.

But before the half ended, Dwight reaggravated his shoulder and went to the locker room. Then this was revealed…


They were going to have to try to win the game without Dwight’s defense.


It was nice to see Kobe Bryant take it to the basket. They really should do that more often. His back-to-back lay-ups cut the lead down to 61-56.


Kobe stayed hot on the offensive end but the Laker had many breakdowns on the defensive and and boxing out. It would’ve also been nice to show some effort on transition defense. Despite the Metta World Peace three and beautiful Kobe fadeaways, Memphis still led, 69-63, halfway through the third.

Steve Nash would miss his first foul shot of the season. And the Grizz big men kept pounding on the boards and inside. Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, and Darrell Arthur would all make baskets to put Memphis back up 10.

The Grizzlies got up 13 before Jodie Meeks eased the pain just a little bit (Meeks was alive?!) with a three-pointer. After a scramble at the Grizzlies’ end, Memphis led the Lakers, 83-73, at the end of three.

Would the Lakers lose their fourth straight game?


The Lakers sank deeper into the abyss in the fourth quarter.




It didn’t even seem like much of a dive. He just… fell.

But the Grizzlies outhustled the Lakers the entire fourth. Even when they missed calls on Kobe Bryant, the Grizzlies took advantage, waltzed in for dunks and lay-ups, and made wide-open jumpers. So much for defense.

POINTS: Kobe Bryant, 29
REBOUNDS: Earl Clark, 9
ASSISTS: Steve Nash, 7
BLOCKS: Two players with two each.
STEALS: Five players with one each.

  • SinanBuric

    To old to slow sorry lakers but fuck lakers

  • Ceballos

    Trade Pau for several young, hustle players who actually produce. Pau is slow and does not hustle. Chris Duhon is useless out there…worse than Smush Parker. Fire D’Antoni and eat the loss…promote Bernie Bickerstaff to head coach. Sign Phil for next season. Get a whole new bench. Lakers will be the most expensive lottery team for the next 4 years if D’Antoni is head coach.

    • Rod Milton

      Nobody is going to accept Pau. He’s due $19 million this year and next. Nobody is willing to pay that for him.

  • Bill

    Keep Pau and get rid f Dwight…he is just playing the Lakers and getting paid to do it!

  • Bill

    Keep Pau and get rid of Dwright…he is just playing the Lakers and getting paid to do it! As long as he is with the Lakers they will not win…

    • Rod Milton

      Should’ve never traded Bynum. Bynum hasn’t played this season, but at least Pau would have a def role. Remember in 08 when Bynum went down and they traded Kwame and Crittenton for Pau? Pau and Kobe know how to play with one another. Couldn’t be much worse than this. Now Dwight is probably going to sign with another team after the season.

  • KcS

    Time to start the “Fire Mike! Hire Phil!” chants at the Staples Center everyone!!!

    • hookedonnews

      Phil Jackson is not interesting in coaching this or any other team. He’s going to take a consulting job with the Kings if they move to Seattle. Why don’t you cheer for the team? The Lakers can’t afford another coach.

  • JohnC

    Nash is not Nash, Dwight is not Dwhight, MWP is not that guy who started the season. Pau is not Pau, Jamison is not Jamison, even Kobe is not the real Kobe… if nobody is playing well in LA… I wonder: is it the system??? Or the whole roster?? Maybe: there must be a virus, or it’s something they’re not eating. Ahhh, no sorry: it’s Pau: bench Pau, or better trade him, and nash wll be Nash again, Dwight will… If I were D’Antoni, I would have resigned a few games ago before pointing to players such as Jamison or Pau, which in fact seems to me morally unacceptable.

  • Gian

    Get rid of d’antoni. Worst coach ever

  • gonzalo

    Men fire MIKE D´ANTONI, AS LONG AS HE IS THE COACH THERE IS NO WAY THESE TEAM MAKES THE PLAYOFFS, NOBODY BELIEVES IN HIM IN THAT LOCKER ROOM WITH THE EXCEPTION OF NASH, he is the worst defensive coach in history, and we are also struglling with the offense, Dwight as good as he´s been i believe is way overrated as an offensive player. Steps to make de the playoffs:

    3)Trade Dwight Howard (he doesn´t fit and he is not going to resign the ways things are going). 2 team trade with brooklyn and portland, we get lamarcus aldrige batum and hickson, and between marson brooks or wehley matthews we let portland decide how they want.Brooklyn:MWP,DWIGHT HOWARD,ANTAWN JAMISON,JODIE MEEKS, they accept they get Dwight and still have two good bench players that fit with the system, and also have andrey blatche to play tons of minutes at the 4 or 5, he is a good player///// PORTLAND:BROOK LOPEZ/KRIS HUMPHRIES/GERALD WALLACE AND DECIDE BETWEEN MARSHON BROOKS OR IF NOT THE STAY WITH WESHLEY MATTHEWS.

    Steve Nash/Steve Blake/ Darius Morris
    Kobe Bryant/( Weshley Matthews/Marson Brooks)
    Eark Clark/Nicolas Batum(playing 30+ minutes, but we need a 6 man like Okc and the Clippers)
    Lamarcus Aldrige/Kenyon Martin(veteran minimun) /Jordan hill(injuried)
    Pau Gasol/JJ Hickson/Robert Sacre

    -Know that team with a proper coach can beat ANYONE!!!