Lakers can't handle Howard in loss to the Magic
No wonder Kobe Bryant is feeling sick today after the offensive display that the Lakers put on last night against the Orlando Magic.
The Los Angeles Lakers managed to keep up with Orlando going into half time, only trailing by four points with the score line at 45-41. The second half was when they really began to struggle. Dwight Howard ran his total up to 31 while Bryant and Andrew Bynum were each stuck with 17 and were the highest scorers for the Lakers. Bynum says he’s pleased with how he and his team played. I’m not sure I can say the same.
Not only did the Lakers convert just 39 percent of their shots and just two of 16 three-pointers, but they were also woeful from the free throw line. Lamar Odom was the only player who seemed to be even remotely on target for the Lakers converting 7 of 15, while Kobe didn’t manage a single one.
As far as rebounds go, Orlando out-rebounded Los Angeles 46-34. Yet another statistic that Orlando owned.
The Lakers were not out of it in the fourth, until Orlando and Howard really began to pile on the pressure with Pau Gasol and Kobe sitting on the bench, giving the Lakers an away loss that they could have done without.
Take absolutely nothing away from Orlando. They played great basketball and outplayed the Lakers in just about every aspect of the game. But I put this loss down to fatigue, personally. The Lakers are in the midst of a very tough away streak and are forced right back into the fray with a game against the Charlotte Bobcats tonight and another in Cleveland on Wednesday. They have had no real respite and I think their tiredness was evident. The matchup against the Bobcats will be interesting, given that the Lakers are now coming off a loss and with Kobe ‘under the weather’.
Yet, they still look for their fifth win in six games and with Boris Diaw missing the Bobcat’s morning shootout due to sleeping in, let’s hope see if the Lakers can remain professional.
All the best from the UK!
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer
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