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Lakers Lose To Portland, Off To 0-2 Start

The Lakers last night didn’t exactly look like gangbusters. And they’re probably not going to for a while. Nevertheless, it was still a bit of a surprise when the Dallas Mavericks handily beat the Lakers on Opening Night. And the Mavericks were without Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman.

But there’s no time to breathe. The Lakers went up to Portland to face off against the Blazers. There’s quite a lot of hype about their prized rookie, Damian Lillard. Just like how the Lakers have a lot of hype around their team. Who lived up to the hype? Lillard? The Lakers? All of them? Let’s check it out.

1st Quarter

Both teams got off to slow starts before their explosions. The Lakers looked like how they did in the first half when they settled down. They had crisp passing (and they played a lot more two-man game) that led to good shots; they made four straight at one point. However, their defense continued to look porous. The Blazers themselves made three straight shots of their own before Dwight Howard stopped their momentum cold.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToVNkkQsfLc

Still, for the Blazers to score 30 points in the first quarter? The Lakers were mostly like Clay Aiken on defense; they were invisible. Not only that but the Lakers, while they ran some good plays, weren’t exactly the excellence of execution on the offensive end. They were sloppy with 7 turnovers in the first quarter. If we’re looking for some positives, Pau Gasol is on again on the offensive end (he scored 10 points in the first) and Dwight Howard actually made foul shots (5 for 8).

On the other side, Lillard looked poised for the most part on running the Blazer offense (4 assists) and Meyers Leonard (their rookie center) was quite a bruiser. However, it would be wise for the Lakers to rough LaMarcus Aldridge up. Or something. He went 6/8 for 12 points.

The Blazers led the Lakers, 30-26, after 1.

2nd Quarter

The Lakers didn’t get off to a promising start in the second quarter, either, as they put in a line-up that literally looked devoid of offense. With the second unit in, the spacing looked awful. It felt like… well, check out my tweet along with a reply. That sums it up perfectly.

Dwight decided to will himself into the paint. He was banging inside and getting the Blazer big guys in foul trouble. He made six straight from the foul line, which is about as exciting as watching leaves fall from a tree but it was getting the job done. Dwight even got an alley-oop dunk from Gasol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYk2pwhNhrU

Their defense never seemed to improve and when the Blazers offense was getting a little sloppy, the Lakers didn’t take advantage. And it got worse for the Lakers when Nash and Lillard bumped knees. Nash went out of the game after he tried to play with it.

While the Lakers shot well (they shot 52 percent) scored a lot of points, they still turned the ball over quite a ton. They added seven more to bring that total up to 14 (they had 14 last night against Dallas). And just when we thought the Lakers were actually going to get the lead, the Blazers took advantage of a Kobe missed lay-up with a Nicolas Batum 3-pointer.

Howard and Kobe led the Lakers with 17 points at the half while Batum led the Blazers with 19 points. Lillard impressed with 9 points and 7 assists.

3rd Quarter

Nash tried to play with the hurt knee but couldn’t run with it any longer.

And they kept it close for a little bit. The Lakers continued to go to Dwight Howard and for the most part, they were successful. Howard scored 12 points in the third quarter as Portland tried everything they could to stop him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUdUfev385k

The Lakers had it down to 79-76. Then Sasha Pavlovic, who I didn’t know was still alive, went on a personal 7-0 run. It was quite embarrassing for the Lakers when they let Pavlovic get a lay-up after he missed his own freethrow. The Blazers finished off the quarter with a 13-0 run.

With Nash out of the game with a left leg contusion, it seemed like it was going to get worse.

4th Quarter

And it was getting worse for a bit. Lillard continued to run around circles against the Lakers. Kobe got frustrated and T’d up.

The Lakers tried to mount a comeback while I was singing Adele to myself. They managed to cut it down to 11 points. And I guess there was this shot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP5MDIzYBMI

Batum made a three-pointer to quickly stifle the run.

Since I don’t have anything else left to say, I’ll let the fans have a say.

After these tweets, the Lakers were able to cut it down to single digits after a Steve Blake perimeter shot and a Metta World Peace dunk. But whatever.

The final score was Portland 116, Lakers 106. The score was not indicative of how bad the Lakers played. Howard led the Lakers with 33 points while Kobe had 30. Batum finished with 26 points and Lillard had a fantastic game with 23 points and 11 assists. Lakers turned the ball over TWENTY-FIVE times.

STAT LEADERS
Points: Howard, 33
Rebounds: Howard, 14
Assists: Howard, 5
Steals: Blake, 2
Blocks: World Peace and Howard had 1 each.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q7ZJEQKURNVKYREFIA6CQ5KJ7I Rasheed

     @SareenaWinters:disqus @SareenaWinters:twitter Please pass down my Msg to D12 : D12 is my Superman, he made his free throws.

    Every team is playing with Lakers like as if it is the Final game of their life.

    10th straight games lose. Imagine what I have to deal with as a Lakers fan. It is painful process.
    0-2 straight games lose of regular season.

    My prediction: Lakers are going to lose the game against Clippers on Friday. Clippers are deep team.
    By Friday 0-3 straight loss :(
    Am I going to watch this game? Yes
    Am I going to go thru mental torture? Yes
    Why? I love Lakers, it my my team. When they are down I am with them. When they are up I am with them.

    Suggestion/Solution to ongoing agony: Fire! incompetent Mike Brown!

  • Infernobiltz5

    Lawyers come from Princeton, NOT NBA offenses… fire Eddie Jordan… it didn’t work in Philly what makes the Lakers think it will work for then now lol

  • Dynasty

    FIRE MIKE BROWN NOW!!!!!!!!!

    • Magic_Joke_sun

       YES I Agree with MR. DYNASTY. They have to find New COACH. for EARLIER the Better. if they do this is some other Time…maybe LAKERS will be 10-72 opposite for Mr. METTA WORLD PEACE had Said, I LOVE LAKERS so much, since day of MAGIC  JOHNSON ERA. they cannot MESS the GOOD Record. PRINCETON OFFENSE is NOTHING. go back to SIMPLE OFFENSE. but EFFECTIVE.

      • OC Native

        They don’t need a new coach as much as they need to get into their offense quicker. Other teams are getting up 10 to 12 more shots per game than the Lakers. 52% of 70 something shots doesn’t cut it when the other team is shooting 50% of 80 shots. When the Lakers finally take a shot there’s usually less than 10 seconds on the clock. Lakers lacked heart and hustle same ol same ol. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35VTZAUPDSNQBDWE3BSWPO2MMM MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    Same ole, same
    ole; …The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain… like the same ole
    Bullshyt-fighter, letting everyone’s grandmother blow by him… same ole, same
    ole, Gasol: Ole!

    • Magic_Joke_Sun

       Yeah…I agree with Mr.JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK. since 2011 Season. Mr. GASOL has Weak Defense. If I were LAKERS Management I would TRADE this GUY to TREVOR ARIZA. this guy has good DEFENSE and has Agressive Moooove. LAKERS MANAGEMENT, Kindly TRADE this Mr. GASOL to Mr. TREVOR. and will LESSEN LIABILITIES account of LAKERS Management. this MR. GASOL has big SALARY and YEt not EFFECTIVE to TEAM.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q7ZJEQKURNVKYREFIA6CQ5KJ7I Rasheed

        Disagree, Gasol is one of the best talented Lakers player. However, he is moody and gets tired easily. Therefore, coaches should utilize him wisely and not burn him out. Problem is again Coach Mike Brown, he doesn’t know how to utilize Gasol or when to give him rest. System failure.
        I truly miss Phil Jackson in Lakersnation.

        • Rperrymotorsport

          I agree, that would be a really dumb move to get rid of Gasol.  Mike Brown needs to figure it out.  Let Nash play the way he plays.  Play defense, stopping turning it over, stop giving away easy transitions.  Make the other team work, and run the ball back for some easy fast break points once in a while.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35VTZAUPDSNQBDWE3BSWPO2MMM MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

            Disagree
            immensely… You need to be perceptive enough to see, and therefore understand,
            how Gasol directly & indirectly; contributes at least 3 or 4 points to the
            opposition’s cause, for every single hoop he contributes to the Lakers cause…

            His
            approach to defending space is very weak, especially when his cover does not possess
            the ball…

            A major
            reason why many of the teams he has played for have gotten swept and/or pummeled
            in the playoffs.  

            gotten swept and/or pummeled
            in the playoffs.gotten swept and/or pummeled
            in the playoffs.

            His
            approach to defending space is very weak, especially when his cover does not possess
            the ball…

            A major
            reason why many of the teams he has played for have gotten swept and/or pummeled
            in the playoffs.  

            gotten swept and/or pummeled
            in the playoffs.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35VTZAUPDSNQBDWE3BSWPO2MMM MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

            Disagree immensly… You need
            to be perceptive enough to see, and therefore understand, how Gasol directly
            & indirectly; contributes at least 3 or 4 points to the opposition’s cause,
            for every single hoop he contributes to the Lakers cause…

            Gasol’s approach to defending space is very weak, especially when his cover does not possess
            the ball… A major reason why many of the teams he has played for have gotten
            swept and/or pummeled in
            the playoffs.  

  • Leo_go_lakers

    Metta was right about 82-0, just swapped the figures :-) I hope Nash gets well soon, without him we are doomed. What changed from last year? Dwight is much superior to Bynum, but we still have the SF issue, not to mention the missing  back-up 2 guard spot. We still lack a 3-point shooter to spread the floor. Nash could thrive with Dwight and Kobe around him, just let him play, please. The same coach though… :-(

  • Fcarbajal

    lets get back the zen master!  No matter the adjustments to each other I do not remember these many losses in a row even when kobe was alone.  Where is the fire, where is the competivenes, were is the fun.  I believe mike brown is talking too much, analyzing too much and loosing the team and each individuals identity.  Got enough talent to figure out a sistem that plays to them….having steve carry the ball to give it up without penetrating just wrong from the start!
    And where is the defense is brown is a defensive specialist and has the individual defensive players that he has no one should score mora the 80 points on us.  The offense will come.  WHAT ABOUT THE DEFENSE!!!MIKE SHARP UP OR MOVE OVER…LAKERS TO GOOD OF A FRANCHISE, TO GOOD OF A ROSTER FOR THIS LACK OF PROPER STRATEGY.  SHOW THAT YOU CAN COACH DEFENSE AT LEAST!

  • JohnC

    LA had 12 turnovers more than Portland. Portland shot the ball 83 times vs. 72 of LA. And the Lakers finished ‘just’ 10 points below… that says LA are great defending, rebounding and scoring; and that there is a culprit: turnovers. It’s just a matter of a few more minutes that LA start to amaze everyone. Things are never the way they start but the way they are at the end of the season. In moments of exteme tension, Gasol and Nash tend to take better decissions, but their teammates miss them (miss focus). Maybe Bryant has not the same ability to score than he had five years ago, but he is one of the best playmakers ever: when he realizes that, he’s gonna be even a better player than with the one-on-one game he used to play. How can you stop this number of talented players if they all turn into a generous (assist- rather-than-score) mode?

  • Pio2u2

    Mike Brown was supposed to be a great DEFENSIVE coach; apparently NOT!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35VTZAUPDSNQBDWE3BSWPO2MMM MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    Gasol directly & indirectly; contributes at least 3 or 4 points to the opposition’s cause,
    for every single hoop he contributes to the Lakers cause…
    His approach to defending space is very weak, especially when his cover does not possess the ball… There’s a reason why Memphis got swept out of the playoffs, again, and again, back in the day.

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