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Lakers vs. Bobcats Recap: Lakers Grit Out Tough Road Win In Charlotte Reviewed by Momizat on . The Lakers looked to end their three-game losing streak tonight as they faced the Charlotte Bobcats on the second night of a back-to-back. The team has gone thr The Lakers looked to end their three-game losing streak tonight as they faced the Charlotte Bobcats on the second night of a back-to-back. The team has gone thr Rating: 0
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Lakers vs. Bobcats Recap: Lakers Grit Out Tough Road Win In Charlotte

The Lakers looked to end their three-game losing streak tonight as they faced the Charlotte Bobcats on the second night of a back-to-back. The team has gone through a rough time adjusting to playing with Kobe, and having to do it on the road is not making things that much easier. Fortunately against the Bobcats, they were able to pull of a close win. Here’s the quarter by quarter recap.

First Quarter

The Lakers came out moving the ball very well in the first quarter, and were able to get some good looks but they just couldn’t convert. Pau was very aggressive and the Lakers looked to get him the ball on every possession, but he struggled, as he shot 1-for-6 from the field in the 1st.

Kobe had bounce in his step, and was looking to shoot the ball a lot more. He finished the first quarter with eight points, one rebound, and two assists.

The Bobcats looked to attack the Lakers inside, and were very successful going to Al Jefferson in the post. 14 of the Bobcats 23 points in the quarter came from inside the paint.
Score: Lakers trailed the Bobcats 22-23 at the end of the first quarter.

Second Quarter

The Lakers started the second quarter missing their first five shots, and didn’t score their first basket until Shawne Williams hit a corner three with 8:35 left in the period. Coach D’Antoni was forced to bring in the staters a bit earlier than usual because the second unit struggled to give some solid production, and the Bobcats were on the verge of making a run.

The first unit came in settled things down with Kobe at point guard, as he was able to help guys get some easier baskets and control the tempo. The Lakers defense played a lot better in the second, as they forced the Bobcats to turn the ball over and take contested shots.

Kobe continued to shoot the ball in the second quarter built on his productive first. He finished the first half with 13 points, three rebounds, and four assists.

Score: Lakers lead the Bobcats 44-43 at the end of the second quarter.

Third Quarter

The Lakers started the second half in very sluggish fashion, as the Bobcats came on a 6-0 run to begin the third quarter.  The Lakers failed to communicate on the defensive end and allowed the Bobcats to get out in transition to get easy baskets. On the offensive end they turned the ball over on too many occasions, and failed to make open jump shots, because of that, the Lakers trailed by as much as nine points early in the quarter.

In the middle of the third the Lakers were able to settle themselves back into the game due to an inspired effort given largely by Jordan Hill. His energy and effort prevented the Lakers fall falling behind by a large margin, and ultimately kept them in this game going into the 4th quarter.

Score: Lakers trailed the Bobcats 64-68 at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter

The second unit was able to come and play some inspired basketball early in the fourth quarter. The unit with Henry, Young, Johnson, Williams, and Sacre was very active on defense and got pretty hot from the field, ultimately allowing the Lakers to comeback from the four point deficit and take a lead early in the fourth after a 9-2 run.

Unfortunately the Bobcats came back with a run of their own, which would ultimately put the Lakers back into a four point deficit when the starters came in to close the game. The starters found a way to make this game close going into the final minute of the game after a some big shots being made down the stretch.

The Lakers had a one point lead on the final possession, and needed their defense to come up with one final stop in order to win the game.

Fortunately they did, and were able to grit out a tough three-point win in Charlotte, largely inspired by a very efficient game from Kobe Bryant: 21 points, seven rebounds, eight assists.

Final Score: Lakers win 88-85

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  • classic_kobe

    First, and kobe is beast

  • Daniel

    Love to see real a real effort on the defensive end. Kobe, Pau, everybody, keep up the intensity and fight for the ball. Love it.

  • Daryl Peek

    Take the win but that’s the only positive IMO. Kobe looked better but he’s too focused on getting Gasol kick started, two man game overload.. Gasol needs to just play hard like MDA says. His mental weakness is becoming tiresome. It’s also taking away from the focus of the TEAM. Meeks and others are suffering immensely from it and that’s why the chemistry is off.

    • Al Haldie

      A two man game is not going to go any where . like you said MEEKS -AND JOHNSON , dont get much of a chance to fit in-and it cost us we were just lucky tonite-and the bench is not playing as a bench they are just fill in for a few min. look at their min—what a shame ..

    • e3bonz

      I think Meeks and others had their own problems tonight, like a back-to-back style fatigued.

      • Daryl Peek

        Meeks and others had bad shooting nights the other day. There all very young still and were starting to get to the point of the season where conditioning is optimal for these guys.

        Meeks had been our most consistent player til Kobe became PG. The coddling of Pau is the problem.

        • e3bonz

          I think everyone had to adjust their game with Kobe’s return, bound to have some bugs to work out. Hopefully that’s over with after tonight.

          • Daryl Peek

            True but effort is not a bug.

          • e3bonz

            Agreed, it takes effort ,but everyone needs to stop watching Kobe play and start playing with him. Although I didn’t see a lot of that tonight.

          • Daryl Peek

            They can’t help it when Kobe is our PG intent on getting Pau going. The two man game is way over exaggerated trying to get Pau going.

          • e3bonz

            Isn’t that a point guard job, to get his team mates going?

          • Daryl Peek

            It’s the PG’s duty to distribute the ball and dictate the flo of the offense. His teammates are responsible for the hustle effort and shot making once the get the ball from the PG.

            Pau heart is what’s in question here. He makes way too many excuses for his lack of persistence in fighting through adversity on the court.

          • e3bonz

            i thought he did show heart tonight, even tho he struggled, he kept boxing out, setting screens, got few rebounds, hit his free throws. One of the commentators did stated that Pau the kind of person that needs a little coddling from time to time, and his effort will show that.

          • Daryl Peek

            In moments and spurts for sure but Jordan Hill out rebounded him (surprise) and got to the free throw line twice as much. Pau is our second offensive option. To be honest he’s been our first option all season, even with Kobe back, as Kobe trying to get him going.

            Given that Hill and Young should not be getting to the free throw line more than Pau. This speaks directly to the fight in him in the paint, not good enough for a player of his caliber and focal intent in this offense!

            At this level of basketball given Pau’s tenure and previous all-star history this needing to be coddled/trying doesn’t cut it.

          • e3bonz

            Well, we all need to feel appreciated from time to time. Hill and Young need to go to the line. Young as he’s driving to the paint, and Hill fighting inside. However, Pau does needs to do some things to step up his game, weight loss for one. I think he trying to put the same effort into the game as when he was younger and the game came easy. Now that he is older, things get harder with age.

          • Daryl Peek

            Agreed but Pau is not that old man. 33 is still prime. At 33 KG and Duncan were still beasts! These are his career long competitive comparable skill level contemporaries. Kobe should not have to kick Pau to get him going. This is not a child were talking about. This is a ten plus year professional who fully understands this business. His younger teammates have been there for him all season long. His shortcomings are on him but we hear the D’Antoni system excuse?

            I’m sorry, that’s a cop out.

          • e3bonz

            He still needs to make those changes. His body is not that of KG and Timmy when they were 33. No, he’s not a child, but all players have big egos, and Pau is no different. The question is will his ego get in the way.

          • Daryl Peek

            Ego? You go to work period. Kobe goes to work. KG, and Duncan go to work. No excuses. Don’t get me wrong, no ones perfect and all have down times and even a down season but Pau has been regressing at a rapid rate for the last three seasons and its all mental/heart based. I can’t roll with that. Not for as long as he’s been at it.

          • e3bonz

            When your game changes and you don’t change with it, that’s ego (or maybe just being stubborn), and that effects the mind and spirit. I think we’ve all been disappointed with Pau the last few years, but it’s up to him to change and that was my point. When he whined about the system and Kobe & MDA kicked him in the butt, and he’s played better since then.

          • Daryl Peek

            In 2008 he had to take a poor finals performance to heart because of the inception of the Gasoft label. In 2011 Phil had to punch him in the chest for a Gasoft re-occurrence. Phil also featured more of Bynum that season especially in those playoffs. Under Mike Brown the Bynum project continued. Last season it was injury and Howard.

            I defended all of that. I cannot excuse what I’m seeing this season.

            I had very high expectations for Pau given what I saw out of him at the end of last season. Pau was on fire down the stretch of the season in spite of Howard. Kobe had stopped trying to make Howard happy and Pau manned up coming back from injury… 18/12/7/1.3 shooting 51% from the field.

            That was all encouraging and I figured the proactive stance he took getting the Fast therapy treatment in his knees would only further what we saw at the end of last season on injured knees.

            Total disappointment so far given Howard is gone and he has the post to himself. The crying about D’Antoni and the system put me over the top, INFURIATING!

            Pau has just got to put his big boy pants on, another Kobe push… he’s got to do it himself. We all need encouragement in life but we all must be responsible for our actions also.

          • e3bonz

            I understand your anger and it’s justified IMO. Complaining about the system was a mistake, and he paid for it. I want to see what happens now, will he step it up or not. I think he will.

          • Daryl Peek

            I hope your right. I still feel Pau has gas in the tank. As disappointed as I am with him I’d never totally throw him under the buss but he needs to prove himself. I can’t extend the olive branch as quickly and easily as you seem to be doing.

            I’ll likely be good with a string of strong games where he’s knuckling up. I fear he’s auditioning for another team due to his outburst tho.

          • e3bonz

            I think it was just an attention getting moment that backfired. I seriously doubt that any team would want him given his price this year and his free agent status next year.

          • Daryl Peek

            Keep in mind half his salary would be already paid by the Lakers if traded this season. His expiring contract is very appealing and even tho his production is an all-time low for his career, it’s still better than many other big’s around the NBA.

            There’s still a market for him out there.

          • e3bonz

            All the more reason to keep him.

          • Daryl Peek

            MMM? I think we could upgrade. Pau will never be the defender we need him to be. Time will tell.

          • Dragon7s

            Yeah, hard to make excuses for a 7 footer in a league getting shorter and shorter (no pun intended) of 7 footers, esp. those with his skill set.

            As you said, it all comes down to heart and mental toughness…i.e go to work!

          • Gregory Choa

            Given that Kobe has been temporarily thrust into this (PG) role…given Pau’s current state of affairs…and given that this is a game in mid December, I have NO problem with Kobe taking this opportunity and circumstance to force things with Pau a bit. I don’t think it’s a case of coddling as much as I think it’s Kobe’s way of trying to take a bit of control over this situation as only he can. Getting Pau on track is much more of a priority at this particular juncture than making sure Meeks, Young and Wes are getting their groove on…seriously.

            We’ll see what the lasting effect of tonight’s generally positive win and performance by Kobe & Pau (minus the turnovers) is on Monday in Atlanta, but if the Lakers and MDA can get both Kobe and Pau on track and back to playing at their respective high levels by the time the All-Star break rolls around, then we might all be looking back to this game as the place where that trend started.

          • Daryl Peek

            That’s a very optimistic way to look at it that I can’t truly be mad at but I’m very disappointed with Pau this year so It’s very hard for me to put a positive spin on much of anything less than all out effort on his part this season.

            Needing to be coddled is absolutely what I see. Howard’s departure was the perfect platform for Pau to have his way in the post. MDA and the system did nothing to discourage this for Pau. Him coming out crying about D’Antoni and the system is flat out infuriating!

            Pau has to earn back my respect. I defended him so much over being pushed out of the post and injuries from the Gasoft label over the years, and to see him absolutely lay down the way he has this season felt like betrayal.

          • Paytc

            That may be true? And Kobe knows he needs Gasol or some other superstar playing consistently along side of him if he is to shock the world and return to claim another championship. It always takes at least two who are consistent.

          • Paytc

            No, I think Kobe is not satisfied with just having a decent record and making the playoffs. Kobe wants to play for it all each and every year. I think because Gasol is a 7 foot giant with championship experience Kobe wants to re-awaken that giant and rightfully so. That is the best chance the Lakers have at winning a championship this season. Kobe is not satisfied with waiting till next year or the year after. Kobe plays for it all every year and certainly won’t back away from that at this stage of his career.

            Calling on the return of Gasol or Gasol’s replacement if he has decided to not play for MDA.

          • Daryl Peek

            Understood on the loyalty to his former road dwag but Pau needs to man up on his own. It should not take Kobe to motivate him. Pau had the keys to the car. all he had to do was drive. The team was willing to follow him.

            Kobe is sacrificing the team chemistry tryna get Pau going. In doing so we are losing the consistency of the young bucks like Meeks who were instrumental in holding down the fort while Kobe was out.

            Kobe always has his eyes on the prize in June but Pau is proving to not be as dedicated. I hope he proves me wrong because I like respect the Spaniard but we cannot keep holding his hand.

          • Paytc

            I agree about Gasol having to “STEP UP ” and not holding his hand.

            But…. I think the odds of the Lakers shocking the world lye with Kobe having another experienced so call superstar with him to do so this year. Unless Gasol is traded for someone else, I don’t think that experienced superstar is healthy and on this seasons team. I do think we may have a couple of future stars in the making ,but they need time to develop.

            Gasol needs to STEP UP ” and do it regardless to how he feels about the system or the coach. Do it for his own name,his legacy, his family, his loyal fan base,and his teammates.

            No more excuses. Heart of excuses.

            Go Pau ! Go Lakers !

          • Dragon7s

            Unfortunately, Pau has always been like that (remember Kobe’s “Needs to put his big boy pants on” remark?).

            Kobe will only be so patient before he too gives up on Pau…it’s just a matter of time now.

          • jff

            Pau does not want to play with Lakers. He can play very well with Spanish team but not in Lakers uniform. No matter how hard Kobe tries it is not going to work. He wants to play with his brother.He does not want Kobe to have another championship. Moreover he wants to be a leader of the team not Kobe.

          • Daryl Peek

            Interesting take but way off base IMO. Kobe is Pau’s brother from another mother man. Pau’s beef is internal but he has grew a bit indifferent wit the Lakers organization on the whole.

            It’s not so much he does not want to be a Laker anymore, it’s just he’s tired of the trade rumors & coaching change. Pau is ready to move on…

          • Paytc

            And his Laker team mates most importantly.

          • Paytc

            But injuries are a bug. And chemistry has to be re-established upon Kobe (the leader and best player’s return).

            Keep after it Lakers. One game at a time.

          • Daryl Peek

            Kobe can easily slide into the chemistry. Pau is the one who is out of bounds and balance.

          • Paytc

            I know and he must get it together or go.

          • Paytc

            One win or 3 losses don’t decide it all. The Lakers have just gotten Kobe back after 7 months away from basketball and major surgery recovery. Kobe did not have the benefit to play with the new players in training camp or preseason. Then to top it off all 3 PG’s are out with injuries.

            It is so hard for me to believe how much many fans lose hope before all hope runs out. The goal for those who don’t know is to get healthy as a team,make the playoffs and play our best ball when it counts most.

            Go Lakers !

          • Daryl Peek

            No doubt it’s a marathon but adding a great player like Kobe should not mean the loss of chemistry. In what world does it make sense that adding an all-time great like Kobe to a team messes up the team? Why would a team start to lose when adding greatness? The answer IMO is a lack of team focus, and the is the cause of Kobe trying to re-motivate Gasol.

            Kobe is not the Mamba but 50% of Kobe is better than your average player. This reintegration should not be steps back to move forward.

          • Paytc

            I am not sure the chemistry is all that shot. This team was a 500 ball club before Kobe’s return.Winning and losing. They are doing close to 500 upon his return. We didn’t think they would lose the two in a row, but the third against OKC all things considered was expected. It will take time to click as a team when a superstar returns after missing 7 months,no training camp or preseason playing with the team? And getting Gasol going is needed to get to where Kobe has planned. If not Gasol a trade for someone else.

        • kobe24

          I only watched probably the second half and was really focused alot on Pau (hes on my fantasy roster haha). I think he showed more “effort” tonight and his defense was better (obviously not great) but I like the effort he is showing tonight and 4 blocks thats pretty impressive. Its sort of frustrating to see Kobe feed so many attempts to Gasol when he is clearly not shooting well. 6/18… Lakers wouldn’t have been in a close game if Gasol had made all the easy buckets he didn’t score.

          I personally am not worried about the two man game though since moment Farmar, Blake return (which pray to god it is soon) the ball movement will become better. Kobe is a good ball handler but we all know he isn’t a point guard

          • e3bonz

            Pau had a rough night, I wanted to reach through the screen and slap him a couple of times. Lost some focus at times.

  • joe23

    I say it again, if kobe handle the ball his only looking to pass the ball to gasol, most of the time. Its always different when we have a pg because the ball touches everybody and ball movement is much better.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Bench scored 26 points for the Lakers,gone are the days of the Wolf Pack.Since Farmar is injured and other factors.Kobe Bryant played great basketball tonight the fellas need to start catching his unexpected Magic Johnson type passes.Lakers are getting good production from Jordan Hill.I hope Jodie Meeks snaps out of recent slump.Pau made big free throws at the end of the game.Lakers beat Bobcats.

    Go Lakers!

    • Jim213

      Caught the beginning of the game and the last 5 minutes of the 4th. Hopefully Farmar returns in the next week and a half given he’s mentioned that the strain is gone. Although, it’s best to be cautious but if Kobe continues to play the 1 (which looks likely) he has to distribute to open shooters.

      Around the 5 minute mark he was inside the free throw line while having his back turned against the guard. Meantime Wes! was OPEN at the 3 point line (standing alone) as Kobe took the shot while hitting the rim. KB24 needs to be a better distributor (TO THE TEAM) rather than trying to play inside and out with Pau mostly.

      Gone back and watched the past games where the bench mob played more team ball. The ball needs to be distributed more to get everyone involved which translates to the defensive end for the bench mob.

      Pau’s ball handling struggles CONTINUE aside of Kobe’s TO’s which many can be traced to Pau. But J Hill delivered on the boards again which goes for 4 offensive rebounds while playing 30+ minutes.

  • Apex

    Just barley beat the bobcats, absolutely brutal!! Happy Kobe finally got a win under him, but honestly Gasol sucks period. I love the relationship Pau and Kobe have, but Gasol’s number is up. I have seen Kobe constantly set Pau up for the last 3 games with good positioning and wide open shots and he just looks horrible out there. We need to get rid of him A.S.A.P, Bryant with an actual good big man, one who can play D and hit a jump shot would put this team in order. Every team in the league is just driving to the basket and scoring way to easy. Gasol’s D is really really hurting this team……!!!

  • Jeremy (Oregon mamba) Shankel

    Okay so I just wanted to share my excitement over the NY Knicks trade rumors…we could be trading Pau Gasol for Tyson Chandler!!! Oh please come true!

  • Jeremy (Oregon mamba) Shankel

    iman Shumpert and Tyson Chandler!!!!! For Pau and anyone!

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