Carried on the broad backs on Andrew Bynum and Metta World Peace, the Lakers plowed deep into the trough of a massive breaker in San Antonio, emerging triumphant on the other side and heading for home. It was a perfect storm of a game, and might have been their best one of the season. Yesterday, our Darius wrote this:
But the chemistry is budding. Connections are being made. It’s seen when a mistake occurs and players exchange ideas and knowingly nod in agreement about what should have happened.
Much agreed. It’s been a strange up and down year, and not just for the Lakers. Regardless, they seem to be transforming in front of our eyes. Nobody can guess how far they’ll go, but they’re a team to be reckoned with.
Andy Kamenetzky at the Land O’Lakers, asks if Steve Blake has rediscovered his game.
Dave McMenamin at ESPN writes about MWP and a matter of tempo
C.A. Clark at Silver Screen and Roll examines the case of Kobe Bryant’s mortality.
SoCalGirl at Silver Screen and Roll takes a look at the home stretch.
Elliott Teaford of the Daily News, brings us Pau Gasol’s thoughts about consistency
Mike Bresnahan at the L.A. Times, reports that Andrew Bynum’s 30-board night, was not a surprise to Elgin Baylor.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register, reveals that Andew Bynum dwelt on shooting woes in the Spurs game, rather than accept credit for his monumental effort on the boards
Kurt Helin at ProBasketballTalk, reports that Lamar Odom is no longer in the running for an Olympics spot.
Ryan Ward at Lakers Nation, writes about MWP’s back issues, which nearly forced him into retirement.
The Denver Nuggets, currently in the west’s eighth playoff slot, visit Staples tonight. Kobe will reportedly sit out again. Let’s hope the Lakers use their victory against the Spurs as motivation to continue crashing the boards, and playing hard without him. On a side note, there’s been a lot of news this week about Lamar leaving the Mavericks, and returning home. He’s been distanced from the game since leaving Los Angeles, and has caught a fair amount of flack in the media very recently. He’s been going through a rough stretch. I hope he finds his game again.
– Dave Murphy