Week At A Glance

Andre Khatchaturian —  November 23, 2013

After slamming the Lakers in the last edition of Week At A Glance, the Lakers awoke from the dead and won two home games in convincing fashion. It marks the first time the Lakers have won consecutive games this season.

On Sunday, Steve Blake had 16 assists and Jordan Hill had a career night with 24 points and 17 rebounds as the Lakers cruised in their victory over the Pistons. On Friday, the trend of having a different hero every game continued as Pau Gasol cashed in with 24 and Nick Young scored 21 in the Lakers 11th consecutive victory at home over the Warriors.

For the third time this season, the Lakers beat a championship contender and they did it without Kobe Bryant. There’s a lot to like about what the Lakers did this week. But let’s not get too excited. This could just could be another “upward leg” in the Lakers’ roller coaster season.

Either way, the Lakers will take it, especially with their upcoming schedule this week. After a home tilt against the Sacramento Kings, the Purple and Gold will head to the eastern time zone for the first time this season to take on the Wizards, Nets, and Pistons. All four of their opponents this week are under .500 and three of the four are in last place in their respective divisions. If the Lakers play the way they did this week against Detroit and Golden State, they could go 4-0 and get their 10th win of the season before the end of the month.

The Lakers will get favorable results if they continue to see Pau Gasol playing like the Gasol of old. Since the win against New Orleans, Gasol has improved all of his offensive numbers. He’s been a major reason why the Lakers are 3-2 in their last five games. Here’s a breakdown:

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It also helps that he’s cut down on his threes. He took seven three pointers in the first five games of the season. Since then, he’s only taken two (and he’s missed both of them).

Jordan Hill is also finally getting the minutes he deserves. He’s played 30 minutes or more in the last four games and he’s played at a high level in all of those games. He’s also made 17 of his last 19 free throws after going through a three game stretch where he only made one free throw over 11 attempts. He works hard, he gets to the line, he cleans the glass, and he seemingly does everything right. If he continues this and Kobe comes back at a high level, it won’t be farfetched to see him being the X-factor in pushing the Lakers from just another playoff team to a contender.

One Laker who hasn’t had a bump in playing time despite playing well is Jordan Farmar. He did have an off week last week, but he’s bounced back big time in the last two games. He’s a +34 with 20 points and 13 assists over the last two games.

Finally, there’s Nick Young, whose shooting percentage has been through the roof over the last three games. He’s shooting 50 percent. Again, this is Nick Young shooting 50 percent, so we know they haven’t been high percentage shots at all times. It’s not sustainable and we will probably see him regress to his mean during this four game road trip, but the Lakers will take it.

Andre Khatchaturian

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4 responses to Week At A Glance

  1. Kobe will enjoy this version of Nick Young. He has swagger. Just like a young Kobe. Kobe coming back on the court will only help the others more as Kobe facilitates more and begins to trust this bunch more.

  2. Here’s to hoping that Pau can sustain and build on his recent play. The problem with older players is that they are capable of posting numbers that remind us all of their greatness. But those come at indeterminate intervals, making players that have been in the league for any length of time difficult to determine dependability.

    Steve Blake looks like the player that I thought the Lakers were getting years ago. Whether he’s playing his natural position out of necessity or happenstance is difficult to discern, but either way this coach deserves credit for playing him at point.

    Nick Young is becoming one of my favorite players on this team. He professes loving to play the game and exudes an infectious joy when he scores: And, when he starts nodding his head after a score, now that’s just awesome. He is putting forth a worthy effort on defense, and that’s something I did not expect him to do. After all, he has never exerted any energy on defense, unless he was playing against Kobe.

    Re: Farmar. Jordan left 5 million on the table to join the Lakers, it is important for him to post good numbers, so he can get an optimum pay day next year. So, on days when he has it going, he needs to stay on the floor in order to showcase his ability to lead a team for next year’s contract.

    What injury is causing Kaman to sit out games?

    I saved the best for last: Jordan Hill!!!!!! It’s all been said, so that is all.

    Lakers!

    On another note: Sad to hear about the injury to Rose, Igoudola and M.Gasol, they are players that are integral to my enjoyment of the game.

  3. It appears the Lakers are beginning to forge an identity: inconsistent & unpredictable. So for those of you love roller coasters, this is a team to enjoy, lol. Does anyone know how Vegas is doing handicapping the Lakers?

  4. Today’s Laker fun fact: thru 13 games, seven (7) different players have lead the team in scoring.

    Gasol: 3 times
    Meeks: 2 1/2 times *
    Henry: 2 1/2 times *
    Hill: 2 times
    Young, Kamen, & Blake: 1 time each

    * 1/2 : players shared team high scoring