Wednesday Storylines

Dave Murphy —  January 9, 2013

The Laker’s 19th loss was at least interesting. At this point, I’d just as soon have the scrubs showing Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol that it’s more than words and excuses. Nobody seriously expects the 60th pick to come straight from a D-League game in Reno, Nevada and lead the Lakers to victory in Houston. Still, Robert Sacre earned his rookie minimum salary last night. There are moments in the darkness of a season gone wrong, when I’d willingly blow it up and trade a couple under-performing superstars for a platoon of young dudes that want to go out there and rip it up. It’s not a recipe for a championship of course. And neither is a .441 season.

Dave McMenamin at ESPN Lakers Index has the rapid reaction.

From Mike Bresnahan at the L.A. Times, Robert Sacre shows that he is relevant.

Steve Nash notches his 10,000th assist as the Lakers lose their fourth in a row. From Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie.

Kurt Helin at ProBasketballTalk considers Nash’s view of the season.

Kevin Ding at the OC Register reports that Dwight Howard’s shoulder injury isn’t as bad as it sounds.

Drew Garrison at Silver Screen and Roll hands out grades for the Lakers free agent acquisitions.

Elizabeth Benson at Lakers Nation looks towards tonight’s game against the Spurs.

Racm at Pounding the Rock also takes a look at the Spurs/Lakers match-up.


Tonight’s game in San Antonio will be nationally televised on ESPN. It’s a game that would have been more highly anticipated before the Lakers hit the skids, and before their first three post options went missing due to injury. Or before some of them just went missing anyway. Then again, Coach Pop woudn’t see that as an excuse. He’ll sit his big three on purpose and still go for the win. Tonight could get a little chippy. And that’s not necessarily bad. We’re in the middle of a long sweeping bend right now and can’t quite see the other side. It’s getting closer though. One way or another.

Dave Murphy