trodgers wrote:I didn't see the game, but I think there's something about timing that you get just from being out there playing against real competition that you can't get in the gym or at practice.
eh, the lakers didn't play with much intensity at all in the first half. they asserted their will a bit in the third, i think in part because some of the opponents were doing some talking in the first half. when the starters went out, the lead disappeared, then kobe started taking it personally. the lakers definitely tried to win down the stretch, then fell apart.
is it embarrassing? i don't think so. no more than getting your salad tossed by the wolves, for sure.
i think people are underestimating the motivation difference that was palpable, quite frankly. pete mickael never made it in the nba (nor should he have, as he's a poor man's ruben patterson), and he wanted to stick it to the lakers in front of thousands of screaming fans. navarro is a superstar overseas, but was a scrub on the grizzlies in the nba...axe to grind.
they played harder, and they played better. and judging from kobe's reaction immediately after the game, i think it's a total non-starter in terms of laker fan anxiety. getting outplayed by a solid team, on the road, in a game that's huge for them and means literally nothing to you...no biggie.