Quantcast 2011 NBA Western Conference Playoffs: Round One - Los Angeles vs New Orleans

 

Lakers fall to the Hornets in Game 1

 

After a great end to the season, the Lakers really shot themselves in the foot with this loss. Despite briefly going ahead in the first quarter, they spent the whole game trying to catch up with New Orleans.

They were outplayed by Chris Paul, who seemed to be everywhere, finishing with 33 points and 14 assists. He supplied the Hornets with a much-needed weapon on offence, which is something they have needed in order to compliment their already solid defence.

They were also very efficient with the ball in hand, giving away just three turnovers throughout the game.

Kobe Bryant attempted to inject some life into the Lakers team with some ‘impossible hang time’ jump shots (one of which earned him a bruised neck) but given that the Lakers had run the series against the Hornets 4-0 during the regular season, I got the feeling that the rest of his team had an aura of complacency about them. Until they saw how explosive Chris Paul is, but by then it was too late.

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There were periods where LA looked like they might be able to build upon some momentum to take the lead, but as soon as the thought had crossed my mind, New Orleans would fight back and regain the momentum that was surely in their favour for most of the game.

Kobe finished with 34 points and was followed by Ron Artest who got 16; 3 of which came from a buzzer beater at the end of the first half. Gasol had a quiet game and struggled to get anything going offensively. Derrick fisher was basically screened out of this one defensively, but had some good looking offensive runs and some timely baskets, as well as costly misses. I still have no idea why Gasol was continuously assigned to defend Chris Paul, who of course ran rings around him, but these are aspects that will have to change for the next game.

 

 

So, New Orleans go one up in a series that still has a long way to go. They will hope to build upon this game, while the Lakers will hope to forget about it all together.

All the best from the UK!

Final Score: (NOH) 109- (LAL) 100

 

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By: Tom Greenhalgh
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer


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