Lakers Nation Week In Review: Jan. 19 – Jan. 26
The Los Angeles Lakers had another disappointing week as the team went a putrid 1-3 in the past seven days. The Lakers began the week on a three-game losing streak, and finally got into the winning column Friday night against the Jazz.
As the Lakers continue to lose and keep sliding down the Western Conference standings, questions arise about this team’s ability to regroup. Many people are doubting if the Lakers will be able to reach the playoffs, and based on their play, there is a chance the Lakers miss out on the postseason.
It was another hectic week for the Lakers and here is a week in review.
Lakers Nation Game Recaps:
The Los Angeles Lakers began the week north of the border as they made their lone visit to Toronto. On paper, the Lakers are far superior to the Raptors, but the Lakers could not come out with the win. In the game, Dwight Howard, was ejected and to add insult to injury, the Lakers walked off the court losers, 108-103.
Despite no Derrick Rose on the Bulls’ roster, Chicago handed the Lakers a tough loss in the Windy City. The Bulls played terrific defense against the Lakers the entire night and outplayed them on both ends of the court.
The Lakers paid a visit to the Memphis Grizzlies and the young Memphis team beat the Lakers in every way possible. Los Angeles had no answer for the Grizzlies’ explosiveness and Memphis proved to the world that it is ready to take the next step in becoming an elite team.
Los Angeles got its first win of the week Friday night when it hosted the Utah Jazz. The Lakers played an overall great game and it is performances like this one that fans want on a nightly basis. The Lakers have a very well balanced offense and finished the game on top, 102-84.
Lakers Nation News:
The Lakers aren’t considering firing Mike D’Antoni.
Dwight Howard has been cleared to play after his shoulder injury.
One team reporter believes that Howard will leave the Lakers this off-season.
According to Forbes, the Lakers are the second most valuable NBA team.
Steve Nash called the past three weeks a “nightmare.”
Kobe Bryant reportedly called out Dwight Howard in a team meeting.
Jordan Hill had surgery on his injured hip.
Howard wants more opportunities on the offensive end.
Pau Gasol believes he can get traded.
There is no clear timetable on Steve Blake’s return.