On Wednesday, after the Lakers had lost their season opener, there were more than a few opinions of the alarmist variety – after all, the superstars had lost. That night, they had the audacity to lose again. Going into tonight’s match against their cross-hall rivals, Lakers are oh and two. Furthermore, the Clippers are unbeaten at one and oh. The implications are staggering.
In the aftermath of the Halloween tragedy there were those ready to light the torches and those willing to hedge their bets – if the Lakers win tonight it’ll be easy to say that the epic two-game skid was was bound to end sometime. If the Lakers shoot another blank though? The ride will get bumpier and it’s not just fans and media – the team itself isn’t particularly pleased.
Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie suggests that Kobe Bryant is on point with his succinct reaction to critics (“shut up”).
A five-on-five from ESPN, about the Lakers/Clippers game tonight. Our own Darius takes part with D.J. Foster, Chris Palmer, Kevin Arnovitz and J.A. Adande.
Eddy Rivera for Hardwood Paroxysm offers up the rebranding of Dwight Howard’s image.
Bill Plaschke at the LA Times opines that now is not the time to get rid of Mike Brown.
Basketball Reasons and fellow SS&R writers examine the fallout from Wednesday night’s loss.
Dave McMenamin at ESPN GO reports that the Laker vets are accepting the blame and ready for the recovery to begin.
Kevin Ding at the OC Register says that even with two losses, Dwight Howard’s world remains rainbows.
Tom Haberstroh has the first installment of the Heat Index for ESPN GO, in which he offers advice from lessons learned with Miami’s Big Three.
As part of his ongoing player capsules, Aaron McGuire at Gothic Ginobili takes a look at our own MWP, and finds the gray area between two extremes.
Andrew Ungvari at Lakers Nation says Brown is on the hot seat and rightfully so.
Well that wasn’t so bad, was it? Some honest criticism mixed with a liberal dose of peace, love and understanding. I now feel assured that tonight’s game will be free of animus and that the basketball world stands poised to embrace the Lakers’ first win of the glorious season. Even if that Steve Nash fella doesn’t suit up. Which would be the fault of the pesky Princeton offense anyway, for jumping out and bumping him on the knee. Let the games begin.