No Odom. No Kwame. Still, the Lakers are 7-3 in the last 10, 5-2 without Kwame. At a time many would be happy just playing .500 ball until we get healthy, this team continues to show its depth and beat expectations.
And they continue to be exciting to watch. Itâ€™s all we can ask for as fans.
Cook may have had his best game as a Laker. Smush seems to have found his offensive game, shooting 60% (eFG%) in the last 10 games. Luke Walton is a steady 12 points, five assists and six rebounds a night. Andrew Bynum is shooting 58.8% in the last 10 and is being more aggressive. As a team the Lakers are shooting 39.3% from three in the last 10 games.
There are a lot of good things going on here. Sure, there are some bad things â€” the defense continue to be a problem that needs to improve by playoff time â€” but there are far more positives than negatives. Like just how good a passing team the Lakers have become, both moving the ball around the perimeter and interior passing.
We need to remember all that because things may not be pretty the next couple of games, with back-to-back road games in San Antonio and Dallas. Then again, with the way this team has come together, you never know.