In a way, every game lost is meaningful. There are the smaller factors that make up a loss that we all want to analyze; that we want to find trends in. The finer points of the game that need to be explored when looking at the team and figuring out what trajectory it’s on. Even as a big picture thinker, longer term issues like playoff seeding and home court advantage can become part of the conversation – even if those are considerations that go far past a mid November night. So, last night after rewatching some of the game, thinking about the Lakers’ record, and then really focussing on this loss I started to wonder how much I cared about the result.
The answer? Not much.
The reason being is that games like the one against Denver need not be put under the microscope and examined too closely. This was loss #1 of the year and it happened in one of the tougher road environments that exists in the league. The Nuggets went on one of their trademarked hot streaks and the Lakers couldn’t keep up offensively while not having an answer defensively (few teams do when the Nuggs get as hot as they were). Really, I agree 100% with commenter dirty sanchez when he wrote:
This contest was lost in the last 4 mins of play, the score was tied at 105-105, the next 2 mins the Nugs built a 9 point lead…I will take this teams chances of winning with 4 minutes left (and the) score tied against anyone in the league coming out on top the majority of time. Last night was just a bad night, it happens, not pleased but LA wasnt going to go 82-0.
No need to dwell on this game. I think we’d all be thrilled if the Lakers lost once every nine games (sustained over a full year, that would have the Lakers winning around 73 games – which isn’t going to happen, but still worth noting). So as of now, I think focussing on Phoenix is the best way to move forward. Yes last night stung, but often times the path back to victory begins with games like last night’s – especially for the really good teams. You know, like the Lakers.