Resisting Temptation

Gatinho —  January 15, 2006

Poster “Gatinho” (Ga-cheen-yo) dropping in with an in house report from last night’s game. The seats were good, but nobody should have to look at the back of Tim Kawakami’s head for three hours.

The cliche says “Live by three, die by the three,” and that is exactly what the club from Oakland did last night. Taking 32 threes and making only 10 was indicative of the state of the Warrior’s offense. Not a lot of action towards the basket, mixed with a mess of missed free throws is a recipe for disaster in today’s NBA. But the Lakers showed their youth and stuborness by refusing to play solid defense and letting themselves get into the up and down game that the Warriors thrive on. Big nights from Smush and Kwame are enough to make any Laker fan smile, but where , oh where, was Lamar Odom? After flirting with a triple double against Cleveland, he was a disappointing 1-8. There is no excuse for those kind of numbers. In the days where right-minded Laker fans are closely monitoring #8’s volume of shots, it becomes evident that they should instead be monitoring #7’s for different reasons.

The difference between the two clubs was evident. One was attempting to run an offense and the other was jacking up threes off pick and rolls. Mike Montgomery may be revered in the Bay Area for his achievements at Stanford, but it is becoming increasingly evident that Chris Mullin can no longer make moves for the Warriors based on popularity and public sentibment. The question on Warrior fans lip’s last night, and the one I continually challenged them with was, “So, how long until Baron Davis has Monty’s head?” The Warriors attempting to be a participant in the Ron Artest sweepstakes (“Who Wants to marry a Socio-path?”) is an indication that Monty is not long for the revolving door that is the Warriors head coaching position. When guys are on talk radio pining for Eric Musselman, you know you’re job security is in jeopardy.

We were all worried that the Lakers were going to look past this game as they did in their season lowlight loss to the Blazers. He would never admit it, but Kobe wants to beat that chubby guy in Miami something fierce. Looking past this game and being too focused on today’s would have been characteristic of a young team immune to growth.

In our continuing evaluation of exactly where/who/what these Lakers are, pulling out a W last night should fall into the category of “Good teams find a way to win on the road.” Last night was not impressive, Kobe was well below 50% shooting and Odom ineffective. Smush held his against Baron “and 1 mix tape” Davis, but on a night where a loss would have started a disturbing trend of losing to lower tier teams, the Lakers prevailed, placing the memory of the loss to P-land in the category of glitch or hiccup, not the gategory of trend.