The Starting Five
The usual suspects for LA, including Fisher, Kobe, Walton, Turiaf, and Kwame Brown. LA moved the ball well, found open men consistently, moved readily without the ball (!), and played with intensity, pride, and speed on D. Fisher and Kobe looked fantastic, as the duo combined for 52 points and 22 trips to the charity stripe. Walton and Turiaf combined for 20 points, 10 boards, and a surprising 8 assists (from Forwards!). In just 20 minutes, Kwame tossed up 6 points, 5 boards, 3 assists, 4 blocks, and a steal compared to 3 TO.
The Pine Riders
Apparently the experience from the Phoenix game ignited LA's bench. Andrew Bynum played some of the best ball we've seen from a Center since Shaq's exodus. In 19 minutes, he finished with 15 points, 9 boards, and 2 assists. Farmar played very well also. Vlad and Evans were solid. Cook was atrocious.
What did I like?
This team is feisty. LA piled up 6 blocks and 9 steals while working the ball around for 29 assists. Solid execution on offense, energy on defense, and a fantastic amount of support from everyone involved.
What did I dislike?
LA gave up 109 points, which is far from good, but more concerning were 16 3pt attempts (although many were good looks, but the shots were not falling). 18 TO would be unacceptable were it not for the 29 assists.
LA should be 3-0, having knocked off three playoff teams. As it is, they are 2-1, have looked impressive on offense and have played hard on defense. The team should continue to mesh, a fact that excites me as the season progresses. Health is the key at this point. This unit must stay healthy and continue to build upon the early success.