Game Recap: Defensive Struggles Continue To Plague Lakers In Loss To Knicks Reviewed by Momizat on . Coming off a frustrating loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers took on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on the last game of th Coming off a frustrating loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers took on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on the last game of th Rating: 0
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Game Recap: Defensive Struggles Continue To Plague Lakers In Loss To Knicks

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Coming off a frustrating loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers took on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on the last game of their annual Grammy trip. They are 2-4 on the trip thus far and are trying to earn a victory before heading home to take on the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony is coming off a record-breaking 62 points at MSG and will be looking for more.

First Quarter

The game began slow with the teams exchanging baskets, as Pau Gasol led the Lakers with their first six points of the game. Wesley Johnson had a highlight-reel slam dunk that kept the Lakers close. Defensively, the Lakers struggled to contain Anthony who had nine points in the first nine minutes. Gasol continued to pace the offense with eight points on 4-of-6 shooting. The Lakers took the lead with just over a minute left in the quarter after a 7-0 run. At the end of the first, the Lakers led 25-22.

Second Quarter

Coming out the break, the Laker offense was effective increasing their lead to 32-26 with most of the reserves in. Manny Harris, fresh off a new 10-day contract, had seven points on 2-of-3 shooting early in the second. Baskets were hard to come by as both teams had scored just 10 points apiece with just over five minutes left in the half. The Knicks took the lead at 45-44 on an Iman Shumpert three-pointer. At the end of the first half, the Lakers trail the Knicks 51-47.

Third Quarter

Two minutes into the quarter, the Lakers took the lead on Jodie Meeks’ free throws and traded baskets early in the third. Consecutive three-pointers by Ryan Kelly and Meeks followed by Gasol free throws gave the Lakers 70-69 lead midway through the quarter. A strong shooting performance by Meeks led the way for the offense and was up to 24 points, including six three-pointers. After three quarters, the Lakers headed into the fourth down 83-81.

Fourth Quarter

Bad defensive play to start the final quarter allowed the Knicks to increase their lead to 88-83. Harris took over for the Lakers and helped them keep it close with a season-high 18 points. The Lakers lack of defense in the lane allowed the Knicks to score at will and maintain their lead throughout the quarter. With three and a half minutes, the Lakers found themselves down just three points. Anthony followed up his record-breaking performance with 35 points through 46 minutes to push the Knicks lead to 105-98. The Lakers could not overcome the deficit and fell to the Knicks, 110-103.

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  • Daspin

    This is a joke of an article. The problem on defense are the defensive mismatches D’Antoni insists on. Kelly or Meeks on Melo? Guard a 3 with a 2 or 4 with a 3? D’Antoni puts his players in a position to fail then laments their failures. The idea is for a coach to create a mismatch for his team, not create a mismatch for the other team. D’Antoni fails to understand the concept.

    • Dragon7s

      So….of the Lakers available for the game, which one of them would you have put on Carmelo?

      • Daspin

        Like I said, the idea on defense is to turn the mismatch in your favor which is why Hill who can play the four or five did so well against Melo who is a true three.

        • Dragon7s

          That’s one but he’s foul prone and can’t play extended minutes so when he sits, who else is there?
          (And yes, I am fully aware of the concept of creating mismatches but with a limited roster, there aren’t a whole lot of choices.)

          • Daspin

            His conditioning is affected by his bench time. Yours is the same self fulfilling argument D’Antoni makes. You don’t improve sitting on the bench. The choices are there, D’Antoni is incapable of seeing them. This is not a championship team, but they are not making the most of what they have. This is the point

        • Balote

          Really, Hill did so well against Melo? There might have been a few times that Melo passed it up cause defenders were shaving over anticipating the drive, but he was beaten off the drive almost all of the time Melo put it on the floor against him. Defense, like offense, needs personnel with talent, and the whole team right now don’t have any players that you can rely on regularly to play any d against anyone.

          • Daspin

            Is there an echo in here? I’ve already stated the Lakers are not championship material. This should not prevent having the best matchups to make for a competitive game. Blaming the players is standard operating procedure for D’Antoni. It seems this sickness has infected the fan base.

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

            you sir is not reading or listening at all… this team lacks the personnel to execute on both sides of the floor…. again, you said this is not champioshinship material team… agree… but to say that they weren’t competitive the whole game is rather unseemly, that is, if you watched the game, which I did… they were competitive… but devoid of talent, they can only do as much…. I have said this before, and I will say this again… we are basically a bad team with the current healthy roster… and bad teams always finds ways to lose…. if you cannot take that… I don’t know what will… no coach, present or past will be able to do something about this team… former players have spoken about it, opposing coaches have mentioned about it… and players across the league says about it….I don’t know what shades is in your eyes, but it is preventing you from seeing it…. I am not putting the team down… I am simply saying that, we lack talents on the floor to properly execute our schemes…. any team with 3/5 of its starting lineup injured will suffer this… how much more 5 of its key players along with its main player in Kobe.

  • OP_Albania

    Just tank these damn games and move on…

  • roseducanna

    LAKERS : 1- no defense. 2-shoot 3 points like sh.. t. 3- no offense in paint.4- a lame duck coach.

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