More Disappointment For the Lakers and Byron Scott in Phoenix

In last night’s season opening 18-point loss to Houston, the Lakers’ defense was brilliant, compared to the non-existent effort put forth in their 20-point loss tonight in Phoenix. The Suns shot 54.9% from the floor, and a sizzling 50% (13-of-18) on three pointers. The final score was only as close as it was because the Suns seemingly left for the locker room after their lead reached 29 with a couple of minutes left at end of their 39-to-23 third period blow-out. The deep and dazzling Suns’ backcourt, featuring Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas, seemingly had their way offensively, and playing a total of only 72 minutes between the three, they scored 57 points, hitting 20 of 30 shots (67%), including eight-of-13 on three-pointers.

Phoenix had little answer for Kobe Bryant, though, as he provided the bulk of the Lakers' offense, scoring 31 points in 28 minutes. Wayne Ellington, who could not hit the side of a barn during the exhibition season, and who averaged 3.2 points per game in 45 games for Dallas last season, amazingly led a brief second half rally as he scored 13 points on six-of-nine shooting. The other guards stayed in form. Ronnie Price was two-of-seven and scored six points in 30 minutes,
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and the disappointing Jeremy Lin also put in only six, and could convert only two layups and not a single outside shot.

It was much the same story on the front line, as the Suns starting front line of the Morris Bros. and Miles Plumlee were allowed to hit on 18-of-31 shots. Ed Davis did provide a bit of offense with 14 points, but again, as in game one, couldn’t stay out of foul trouble. Carlos Boozer endured a horrible night, scoring only four while committing eight turnovers in only 23 minutes on the court.

As the TV cameras occasionally paned over to the sidelines, picking up a view of Byron Scott, his most frequent expression seemed to resemble someone dazed, or perhaps who had just had a basketball bounced off his head. He seems to find it hard to believe what he

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is seeing, but if he ever saw this team play last season, which one has to assume he did, and after seeming a less talented version of that team play pitifully through the exhibition season, unless he is inflicted with a mild case of paranoia, he should have expected to see exactly what is happening on the court.

This was the first time in Los Angeles Lakers' history, that dates back to 1960, that the team has lost its first two games each by double figures, and the 38 point deficit is the largest
the team has suffered in the first two games of a season since 1957. Expect many more such records to fall, perhaps on a daily basis.

The Lakers get tomorrow night off, then face the elite of the Pacific Division the next two nights, first with a home game at Staples against the Clippers on Friday, followed by a trip to Oakland to face the Warriors Saturday.

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