Usually I’ll write some recaps of the games as the season progresses, but after the first two games of the 2011-12 season, there’s really not much positive to say for the Lakers. Hence I haven’t felt like writing all that much. Of course box scores and stats have been updated as they always will be, although that has been a chore too after losses.
There’s really not much to say so far. The Lakers blew Christmas Day’s game against Bulls with some inexplicable decision-making down the stretch, as well as four costly missed free throws. They couldn’t have helped the Bulls more unless they put the ball in the basket for them.
Monday’s game in Sacramento wasn’t much better. The Lakers never found any rhythm, and when they finally got to within two in the fourth quarter at 89-87, they allowed Marcus Thornton a wide-open three-pointer and that was pretty much that.
Two really ugly losses for different reasons. Hopefully tonight against Utah will finally allow the Lakers to right the ship, but right now it’s difficult to know what team will show up. Hoping this is just an early season bump in the road with the short training camp, new players, and new coaching staff.
Trying to stay positive!
The Lakers are off to a fast start this season, thanks to a rejuvenated commitment at the defensive end, as well as a willingess to share the basketball.
The team has thoroughly dominated its first two opponents, a season-opening win against Portland 97-76 on Tuesday, and a demolshing of the Clippers, 117-79 on Wednesday night. The domination has also come on both ends of the floor as the Lakers have allowed just 36.4% shooting from the field, and have outrebounded both teams 100-76.
They have also shared the ball consistently, as evidenced by seven players being in double figures in points against the Clippers, and Kobe Bryant hasn’t been forced to shoulder the offensive load, averaging just 19.5 points and 32 minutes through the first two games. They also dished out 28 assists as a team in the win over the Clips.
The Lakers have one of their deepest teams in years, which should be a recipe for success if they can stay healthy. There are few teams that can go 10-12 deep in their roster and still get healthy contributions from guys at the end of the bench like the Lakers can.
Andrew Bynum in the middle will help a team that was pushed around inside by the more physical Boston Celtics in last year’s NBA Finals. The concerns about the team’s toughness up front should not be an issue this season, as long as Bynum can remain healthy. And the Lakers hope he can since they just signed him to a 4-year/$58 million extension this week.
Eighty-two games is a lot of basketball, but if the Lakers’ start to the campaign is any indication of how this season will go, Laker fans may once again get to enjoy one of those parade thingies down Figueroa in June.