The Lakers kicked off the New Year with a loss – a predictable way to begin this lead-in paragraph given the circumstances. It wouldn’t have been a predictable line for a team once preordained for greatness. This is reality though, and we’ve had ample time to get used to it – good one night and not so good the next is the unshakable narrative of a .500 team. The Lakers dug themselves another hole that they couldn’t climb out of last night and if there’s any positive spin, it’s that Howard and Gasol went a combined 3 for 19 and some nights the bunnies just won’t fall. Cue the glorious links:
Three days off without a game didn’t seem to help the Lakers last night. So writes Kevin Ding from the OC Register.
Kobe Bryant says the Lakers are just an old damn team. Dave McMenamin writes it up for ESPN Lakers Index and there’s only so much you can do about being old.
Drew Garrison at Silver Screen and Roll writes about last night’s too little, too late game.
Eric Pincus at the L.A. Times examines Steve Nash’s frustration, and the feeling that the Lakers are running out of time.
Helene Elliot at the L.A. Times writes that Coach D’Antoni saw this loss coming.
Backing off the free throw line by six or seven inches has never been a particularly effective method of fixing your free throw mechanics but that’s what Dwight Howard’s taken to doing. Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don’t Lie has the story.
Rey Moralde at Lakers Nation finds a twitter narrative to structure last night’s loss.
Next up is a cross-hallway game on Friday. It’s another couple days of rest for the Lakers, while the Clippers are in the midst of a grind – their 17-game win streak ended last night in Denver and they face Golden State tonight. After Friday night’s game against the Lakers they get to face the Warriors again on Saturday. This would probably be a good time for the Lakers to will a little energy into those well-rested old legs of theirs. Whether they can or can’t or will or won’t is anybody’s guess.