Bunch of thoughts while watching games, seeing plays and house hunting this weekend:
â€¢ Defense, which was nonexistent on a recent three-game road swing, was the key to both wins this weekend. Against Dallas they held the eighth best shooting team in the league (48.8% eFG%) to 40%. Against Indiana, the Lakers played great defense in the first quarter, holding the Pacers to 37.5% when they built their lead. By the end of the game, after the Lakers seemed to decide it was won and packed it in, the Pacers shot 47% (close to their season average of 47.6%), but they never climbed out of the hole.
â€¢ The triangle is starting to run a lot more smoothly, it seems Atkins and Odom are starting to get the hang of it. Mihm also is making good decisions out of the pinch post.
â€¢ The backcourt combo of Luke Walton and Kobe Bryant in the triangle led to a fast 8-0 run against Dallas. For the game, that lineup was +8 and looked good for the most part (as Some Guy from San Diego said in the comments). That led to another case of â€œI donâ€™t get the Laker substitution patternsâ€ against Indiana, where those two never saw the court at the same time.
â€¢ Vlade, if he makes it back, would be great in the triangle. Get him the ball at the elbow and let him put his good passing skills to work.
â€¢ Proof that was a real team win against Indiana for the Lakers â€” every player was positive in +/-.
â€¢ Is there some movie called â€œRobotsâ€ coming out? I wish theyâ€™d promote it more, I canâ€™t find anything about it.
(Insiderâ€™s note: I talked to a friend who went to the big Robotâ€™s premiere on Sunday. The review in brief: Visually stunning but a bit soul-less. Not as good as the Pixar stuff, where the story comes first.)
â€¢ The Pacers couldnâ€™t do their morning shoot around Sunday at Staples because the L.A. Marathon ran right past it. So, from their hotel in Beverly Hills they traveled to Santa Monicaâ€™s Crossroads High, where Crossroads alum Austin Croshere felt right at home.
â€¢ Jim Gray deserves a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?