Last 10: 7-3
What Vegas says: Lakers +4
Injury Update: Lamar Odom looks to be out until the All-Star break and is definitely sharing too much. “I can’t bathe properly. This morning I couldn’t put on deodorant.” Chris Mihm had a X-rays taken after the game and was diagnosed with “a mild to moderate right shoulder sprain.”
You wanted him to pass out of the double team: Brian Cook went 1 of 8, Devean George 2 of 9 and Luke Walton 1 of 6 as the Lakers not named Bryant shot a collective 35.7 percent.
“We know what kind of player Jumaine is.”: “We deserved that.” Phil Jackson lamenting the trade of Jumaine Jones is a little maddening, but he absolutely killed the Lakers last night. 30 points, 9 rebounds.
Marvin Williams or Chris Paul?: Rookie of the year candidate Chris Paul has John Hollinger pondering whether the Hawks made the correct choice in the last draft. Paul may be the ROY, but it is more common for guards to make an immediate impact before big men. Williams is raw and has only one double-double this year, but he could turn into a monster. Paul and teammate David West could give the Lakers fits tonight.
New faces and a flightless bird: The Hornets have acquired Steven Hunter from the Sixers and Aaron Williams from the Raptors, both for two second round draft picks. Chris Andersen has had his wings clipped for violating the league’s drug policy.
3 games left: Tonight’s game becomes pivotal in the face of the looming All-Star break and before that, dates in Houston and San Antonio. If they are to salvage this trip it begins tonight. Being patient and finding the positives in losses is territory Laker fans don’t like to visit.
I’m off like a Luke Walton 18 footer: Kurt will be back from the land of spam and pineapple tomorrow. Hopefully returning with the Laker’s mojo in tow. Thanks for continuing to stop by in his absence.