It has only been two games and they have yet to play a team that reasonably expects to make the playoffs, but you have to be totally amazed by the play of the Lakers. 710 ESPN’s Steve Mason has caused a stir by predicting they will win 70 games, and while I won’t go that far, they may get close. On the other side of the court, the Clippers looked great in the first quarter, but were never heard from again.
The debuts of the two one-year-and-gone locals were to form as I see it, and as I mentioned yesterday. Kevin Love, in 18 minutes off the bench, shot 5 of 8, scored 12 points, collected 9 boards, and had one steal, in Minnesota’s victory over Sacramento. I checked Memphis’ stats at half-time, and saw Simpson Mayo with 8 points. In his typical fashion, in a game that started close as the fourth quarter began, but which Houston then won going away, SM was nowhere to be seen, despite playing 40 minutes. He finished with 10 points, shooting 5 of 20, including 0 of 7 from 3-point range.
Elsewhere, former Bruin Jason Kapono, who had the highest 3-point pct. in the NBA in each of the past two seasons (they aren’t crediting him with the title last season for sightly too few attempts), got off to another great start with 3 of 4 from downtown and 15 points in Toronto’s win.