It's hard to be too upset about this loss. Lakers were in it the entire way, and yes, they committed a ridiculous amount of turnovers against the best team in the league at converting turnovers into points, but they actually played respectable defense most of the night(though, a lot of their effort was wasted by last-second breakdowns) and their offense, while ugly and disjointed was still scratching and keeping them in it.
The game was lost by not being able to score in the final minute or so while allowing Miami to score 6 points in the same stretch. There were some bad calls, including a few minutes straight in the third quarter that seemed blatantly one-sided, but I think Miami can rightly complain on a few calls that went our way as well.
The team is clearly playing better though, closer to the ideal that we all imagined when this roster was assembled. Also, after seeing this game I no longer think Miami will repeat. It seemed like they had a very good chance on the outset, with the East being a bit weaker, but Miami is weaker too. Lebron may be playing some of the most all-around consistent and effortlessly great basketball of his career, but it's almost to a fault, the rest of the team, on a night like this(and they have had several in recent weeks) barely gets by.
I guess my expectations kind of bottomed out, but overall I'm just really not that upset about this game, could have been a lot worse, and other than the turnovers, the team really did a lot of things 'right' and better to where they should be playing.
Last edited by Forward Three
on Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:20 pm, edited 1 time in total.