With not much Lakers news (by not much, I mean, almost none), I’ll leave you with some links from around the league. The Lakers had the day off yesterday and will play in Miami tonight on TNT at 5 p.m. PST.
– A Stern Warning has some highlight clips of Shannon Brown from Tuesday night’s game against the Pacers.
-The Los Angeles Times Mike Bresnahan has a column on the Lakers upcoming three-game road trip:
“On the road it’s a different style of play, a different game entirely,” Kobe Bryant said. “We can’t take the game we play here at home and take it on the road. We’ll have to adjust a little bit. You’ve got to keep your energy up, obviously keep the intensity, but on the road you really have to execute.”
The Lakers (46-15) haven’t done much executing on the road, going 9-8 since late December, including a peculiar four-game road losing streak, their longest such skid since March 2007.
After playing a Miami team that has been uneventful and generally unimpressive this season, the Lakers play Friday in Charlotte, their East Coast version of Portland in recent seasons.
The Lakers are 2-3 in Charlotte since the Bobcats’ franchise was created even though the Bobcats have never made the playoffs.
On Sunday, they’ll play in Orlando, where they went 2-1 in the NBA Finals last season, winning Games 4 and 5 to close out the series.
– Lakers.com Mike Trudell has clips and a breakdown of all of Kobe’s game winners this season. Also, the Orange County Register’s Lakers Blog has a post on Kobe filming a segment for ABC’s “Modern Family.”
AROUND THE LEAGUE
– Last night’s collective NBA action was a mostly forgettable night. Zach Harper of Hardwood Paroxysm gives us the best and worst from last night’s NBA action.
– Eddie Maisonet of EdTheSportsFan.com had a post on why he thinks Russell Westbrook is the “livest” point guard in the NBA right now
– The Painted Area has a post up on how LeBron James is on pace to shatter the forward assist record:
LeBron is on pace to not just break this mark, but shatter it – almost a full assist per game ahead of Larry Legend’s best single-season mark. Also, note that only one of the top nine forward assists-per-game seasons was accomplished in fewer minutes per game than James’ 39.0 so far this season (Bird, ’90-91, 38.0).
Obviously, the big catalyst in pushing LeBron’s assists up to another level has been the spate of injuries to the Cavs backcourt, most notably to point guard Mo Williams, which has increased James’ responsibilities as a distributor.
LeBron was ahead of Bird’s pace prior to Mo’s injury, as he was averaging 7.7 assists per game in the first 43 games, but then took a big jump when Mo went out.
– A couple of days ago, DIME Magazine posted this video of Baron Davis selling his critically acclaimed beard. It’s definitely one of the funniest NBA videos I’ve seen in a long time.
– Apparently, Paul Pierce is back to his old trash-talking-for-no-reason ways. Stephen Jackson told reporters that Paul Pierce was being disrespectful. From our old friend Kurt Helin over at Pro Basketball Talk:
This is far from the first time, complaints about the Celtics talking go way back, beyond the Knicks last year to Kevin Garnett barking like a dog and slapping the floor in the past. On one level, the Celtics were pulling a little vintage John McEnroe — yelling to fire themselves up more than anything. On another level, the Celtics style has been about intimidating teams, not just beating them, and talking is part of that.
The problem is teams are not that intimidated anymore. They push back. Not the Bobcats, who aren’t good enough to push back if the Celtics have it going, but better teams will. And all the talking in the world will not intimidate teams anymore, teams that see the Celtics as vulnerable.
– And finally, to get you ready for tonight’s game, Hot Hot Hoops has a preview up for tonight’s game.