I woke this morning with a real big smile after finally beating that awful flu I was battling against...
The Lakers are a game below .500, but are playing .710 ball since the 25th of January. We're doing extremely well right now.
But what has me most excited is our leadership. Dwight has bought in apparently. He's working hard EVERY possession for his part. There's a few instances of lapses in concentration, but I think it's only because he's quick to frustration with refs/the opponent, not necessarily quick to frustration with the team. Weezy and I discussed last game how he wasn't getting touches and he said "well if Dwight wants more, he should demand more" and I think Weezy was right.
Dwight has become more accepting of Kobe's shooting and Nash's shooting. Even though he only had 6 shots he CONTINUED to set good screens and challenge shots around the rim effectively. He rebounded well and worked his tail off.
Since Dr. Buss's passing Dwight's averages are: 15.6 pts/ 13.6 rbnds/ 1.2 asts/ 2.4 blks/ 1.0 stls 63% (30/48)
His shot attempts are down, but his work on the boards is up from his league leading 11.9 rebounds and he's blocking a small amount of more shots. I'm proud of the way he's worked the last 5 games and he's really winning me back over.
Our second leader Kobe Bryant though... He's done the same thing as Dwight, but on the offensive end. On the flashy side. While Dwight does the dirty work, Kobe is leading with fire and that deadly poison we're used to seeing in the playoffs.
Kobe's averages since Dr. Buss's passing (aka All-Star Weekend) are:
31.2 pts/ 6.8 rbnds/ 8.6 asts/ 0.8 stls/ 50% FG/ 43% 3PT/ 80% FT
Those are quite simply amazing numbers. He's not just walking, talking, and dunking on anybody in his way right now. I haven't seen him look this spry in a long time. I keep citing the 2010 playoffs against the Suns, but this might be more like his 2009 playoff run where he just would not be stopped. He's been incredible. I'm not sure if he can keep this up IN the playoffs, but certainly if he keeps playing like this we're going to MAKE the playoffs.
Lastly is Nash. He's been exactly what the doctor ordered for our team. When the time came for us to put points on the board, he stepped up. When we need to get other guys going, he's already doing it.
Since Dr. Buss's passing he's averaged: 12.8 pts/ 2.8 rbnds/ 5.8 asts/ 50% FG/ 62% 3PT/ In just about 32 minutes a game. At times he's our unstoppable scoring machine and at other times he allows everybody else to get going. And he's doing a good job of being our "Fisher". He's bridging the gap between our heads and he's doing a great job of it.
Stu : "Yeah, that's an old fashioned whoopin'."