The LA Lakers, playing their first game without a healthy Kobe Bryant in more than a decade and a half, played a once-in-a-decade-and-a-half game that bore little resemblance to 2014 NBA reality. In the game, the talent-deficient Lakers, possessors of an 8-19 record and buried in last place in the Pacific Division, got off to a fast start against the Golden State Warriors, possessors of the league’s best record at 23-3, and were never headed, winning going away by ten points, 115 to 105.
The Lakers shot 51.7%, almost ten percentage points above their season average, helped in
|great part by including no misses from Kobe, who has put in a career low 37% of his shots this season. The high-flying Warriors shot only 46.4% but did hit on 46.2% of their threes, the same 12-of-36 as the Lakers. In the never-to-be-repeated category, you can also put, underline, and highlight in yellow, the 17 points scored by the NBA's worst shooter, Ronnie Price. |
Now the question is whether or not Kobe will play
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|Also, Lakers' fans, contributing mightily in Chicago, where the 19-9 Bulls have a 1-1/2 game lead in their division, is former Lakers' big man Pau Gasol, who was written off in LA as dead and buried, but who is having a major comeback season, averaging 18 points and a career best 11.4|
I never thought the Lakers could play as well as they did last night in beating the Warriors, but I would be astounded to see them stay close with the Bulls, with or without Kobe, tomorrow evening in Chicago.