Dwight and Gasol out. Lakers are playing better without them lol. Seriously, the offense looked fluid in the 1st quarter. The ball was being moved and shooters were everywhere ready to shoot, much to Mike D'Antoni's liking. Also, look for Steve Nash to get his 10,000th assist.
I am looking forward to the Kobe - Harden shootout....
Harden has the upper hand so far. I love the pace of this game.
The lakers look MUCH better with their young guys in, they can actually run up the court
This is the most aggressive I've seen Nash play in a long time.
I said yesterday that I look for the Lakers to go on a run with Howard and his burden out of the lineup in the meantime.
Howard has become a serious team cancer anymore and both the Lakers and Magic have been playing better without him. It might be time to start reanalyzing how good Howard actually is. This season his usually springy legs weren't under him and it has been evident on defense as he hasn't been nearly the intimidating force on that end as he usually is.
Howard certainly doesn't possess the leadership and defensive intangibles a guy like Chandler has and if he don't mature soon is gonna really see his career and legacy take a major hit.
Can you please explain Howard being a team cancer and Orlando playing much better without him?
Let me preface that with saying that Howard hasn't been a team cancer his whole career, only the last year and a half and so.
The Magic played better down the stretch with Howard out last year and are really playing inspired team basketball this year despite having a ton of young guys. They beat the Lakers and Howard because of how great they are playing as a team earlier in the season.
He was a team cancer for Orlando last year to the point they were ready to trade him for anything by the end of it all. He kept flip flopping on his commitment to the organization and as a team they couldn't help but be effected by their franchise player now knowing whether he even wanted to play for the franchise. When they traded him I'm sure that whole organization breathed a sigh of relief as they could actually move forward with guys who were committed to that organization.
It's continuted in LA. Howard has given no commitment to that organization and you can tell it's affecting the team. Brown benched him a few times in the 4th because his free frow shooting was such a detriment to the team and his defense wasn't even good enough to make up for it. Brown eventually got fired but things haven't gotten better in the least bit with D'Antoni and Nash healthy.
Howard's fight with Kobe just shows how little respect this guy has for the organization or his teammates. Kobe has more then earned the right to say what he needs to say to a teammate that guy owns that organization and Howard needs to respect that, but he doesn't.
Even tho the Lakers lost last night it was obvious that they're offense was flowing way better with Howard out.
So if Howard isn't going to elevate their defense and just slow down the offense and start fights with teammates because of his immaturity tell me how he is helping them? He is acting like a cancer right now if I ever saw one.
I hope no one gets ahead of themselves and start proclaiming the Lakers to be a better team without Howard and Gasol. That would be outrageous, but Im sure some people are going to go on rants using this game tonight or any game that they might win without the two bigs to say that the bigs hold them back. They dont look better, they are just moving the ball more and playing younger guys who like to run and shoot. They are simply in a shootout, no defense, no post play, just run-n-gun. However, Kobe is not getting the easy shots he get when Dwight is on the court demanding double and triple teams freeing up Kobe to launch away. Anyone who plays basketball or has basketball knowledge wont even think of saying the team is better with this lineup than with the D12 and Pau... The line-up from tonights game wouldnt even win a playoff series, maybe not even a game in the playoffs.
This Lakers team is a bad team.
Well the lineup with Gasol and Howard thus far hasn't even looked like it could even make the playoffs let alone win a series so what is your point?
The Beard posterizes Robert Sacre.
Well that was anticlimactic.
I saw Rob Sacre got 4 blocks, anybody who watch the game think he'll make it in the league?
It is hard to find a more obvious case of a square peg not fitting into a round hole than D'Antoni trying to run his system with the Lakers. They have poor spacing on offense, have no defensive infrastructure, and it is an absolute crime what they have done to Pau Gasol (yes, I know he didn't play yesterday).
I wonder if they lose to San Antonio and OKC whether they fire D'Antoni, and try to go with one more restructuring before they go on their annual Grammys trip.
Watching Nash yesterday I'm still convinced that the Lakers just need to wait for him. He will get himself fully in shape and then combine with Howard to be unbeatable. That might not help Gasol and it might be unfair, but I'm confident the Lakers are going to win games.
Losing to the Rockets on their own court is nothing to be ashamed of. People are sleeping on the Rockets. Since December 1 the Rockets have won 14 games and lost 6. How do you like a 70% winning percentage? But look again. Three of those loses are against the Spurs. And another against OKC. Playing the Spurs three times in one month is just a bad schedule. If it weren't for the Rockets getting a heavy dose of Duncan an company their win percentage in the last month and a half could be even more impressive.
The rockets are pretenders, yes they have a nice record but they are only 1-9 against playoff level teams this season, which is the worst in the league.
Right because they played the Spurs three times. And who cares what their record was in October and November? This team had a complete overhaul this season. They brought in three young starters who had never played together. The learning curve is steep for this team. And Lin obviously didn't have his speed back yet. If you mean to say that they aren't contenders, then yes I agree with you. Their first taste of playoff basketball is probably going to be an eye opener. But are there 10 teams in the league better than them? No way. I think they will finish like this with a nice record and that is impressive in the very hard west conference.
Of course losing to the Hornets last night doesn't help support my theory.