Around The World (Wide Web): Lakers Looking To Get Back On Track

Ryan Cole —  March 28, 2013

From Mike Bresnahan, LA Times: The 1971-72 Lakers can exhale. Their 33-game winning streak is still the NBA’s longest. The current crop of Lakers took some pride in its preservation after the Miami Heat’s streak ended at 27 with a 101-97 loss Wednesday to the Chicago Bulls. Some players were even happy. “In a big way, I am,” said Pau Gasol, who in his six seasons with the Lakers has become friends with the coach of that ’71-72 team, Bill Sharman. “I’m glad that we kept the streak. It was about time that Miami lost.” The Heat put together a string of come-from-behind victories to prolong its winning ways since a Feb. 1 loss to Indiana, but it finally ended against Chicago as Bulls fans chanted “End of streak! End of streak!”

From Kevin Ding, OC Register: For all the body parts that have failed the Lakers this season, it’s clear that when Kobe Bryant’s mind is right on offense and Dwight Howard plays out of his mind on defense, the Lakers still can win. The Lakers avoided their fourth consecutive loss by handling Minnesota, 120-117, on Wednesday night in their first full game without Metta World Peace, possibly out for the season because of a knee injury. It was still close, with Bryant getting away with a possible foul as Ricky Rubio shot a potential tying 3-pointer before the final buzzer. Bryant modified his behavior after over-shooting in the past two games and looked to get teammates involved more from a point-guard position. The offense also flowed better without World Peace’s ball-stopping urges, and World Peace’s defensive presence wasn’t missed as much without Minnesota having much wing firepower and Howard dominating at that end anyway.

From Drew Garrison, Silver Screen & Roll: The Los Angeles Lakers picked up a tight win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, final score 120-117. It wasn’t pretty, but the Lakers held on and are back to padding their playoff cushion. The Lakers dominated the paint tonight. They tallied up 48 points in the paint. Dwight Howard was active on both ends around the rim, ending the night with 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting, while also pulling down 16 rebounds and swatting five shots. Howard also had five steals on the night. The stats were stuffed.

From Suki Thind, Lakers Nation:  Contrary to popular belief, Kobe Bryant actually wants Dwight Howard more involved on the offensive end. Furthermore, after a bit of research, it’s for good reason. According to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times, Dwight Howard was visibly upset at his lack of offensive impact during the Lakers’ 109-103 loss against the Golden State Warriors, even saying “I don’t really want to even talk about it.” However, when Bryant was asked about Howard and his offense, he had this to say: “I think he’s playing phenomenal. We’ve got to figure out a way to get him some more looks down low. I tried to step back as much as I could [Monday] and let that develop. But then [Howard hit] foul trouble and all of a sudden, it’s a 19-point game, can’t sit around much longer. We’ve got to figure that balance out.”

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9 responses to Around The World (Wide Web): Lakers Looking To Get Back On Track

  1. Robert: My apologies. You have been right all along. Last night was a headscratcher of coaching decisions. I’m so over this season.

  2. How is Dwight and dantoni saying we played good defense while we gave up 117? Dwight Howards basketball IQ is very low. I think he’s just not a smart person in general.

  3. D’Antoni’s idea of defense is scoring more points than they give up. 71 second half points tonight and we’ll lose. The hack a Dwight killed the rhythm for Lakers and him not knocking them down almost lost the game. Great thing we have ultra confident Kobe to knock down tough shots. Nash has become Dwight at the line on late game tech ft’s. He missed against Detroit and a couple other games I can’t remember. Maybe it’s time for Kobe to take those ft’s to eliminate some pressure off Nash.

    Adrian Peterson tore his acl and mcl and returned 8 months 16 days later. Dwight had back surgery returned 6 months 23 days later. It’s tough to compare the physical grind of the nfl to the nba. Though, center is the most physically demanding position in the nba. Dwight recovering and playing at the level he has less than a year from back surgery is in the ball park with Peterson’s recovery. It probably would be a bigger story if it wasn’t for this abysmal season filled with storylines. He may not be getting a fair shake because of the whole Dwightmare, but the recovery is pretty remarkable.

  4. The irony for this Lakers team is outlandish. The major problem for this Lakers side is they don’t have enough star players. Coming into the season LA was supposed to have two superstar players (Kobe/Dwight) and two star players (Pau/Nash). Unfortunatley for us in reality this season the Lakers have had one superstar player (Kobe) and one star player (Dwight). Nash has statistically been one of the worst starting PGs in the league and Pau has been an adequate reserve level player. Again… If we go by advances statistics and not the name on the back of te jersey the lakers are ritch with average talent and light in the “star” department.

  5. Kevin_

    Not according to Marcelus Wiley (ESPN Radio Host). He had both the back surgery and a torn labrum and he said that Dwight should have pushed himself harder instead of easing back into it. He commented D12 should have used the pre-season to get back into the grind.

    Kobe, a healthy D12, Nash, My Favorite Earl, Jordan Hill, Jamison, Meeks, Ebanks, Blake, Morris and MWP are good enough to make a run with some great additions (stretch 4 and back-up 1 and 2) and a couple major subtractions.

    I understand the D12 is playing for a contract. I hope he stays and we add some key parts when we kick Pau to the curb. But, please oh please, can we end the Mike D experience!!!!?

  6. MDA is terrible turrible coach.

    No system no adjustments…just a bunch of dumb looking faces when something happens.

  7. BusyBoy4me,

    And Marcelus got his MD from what school again?

  8. Marques,
    We’ve written about several adjustments D’Antoni has made since he’s been hired. From having Nash operate as a screener to running more post up sets to having Kobe work from the wing instead of up high. I don’t mind critiquing the coach, I mind mindless rehashing of tired memes in the comments every day. Do me a favor and take it somewhere else. Thanks.