We are having an outlier experience where down is up and up is down in this bizarro season of 0-2 start for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. I was overjoyed to see the Lakers struggle out of the gate. I was not so thrilled to see Boston's new 'Big Three' play so passively in this 0-2 stretch.
Friday night's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks showed a team that lacked passion, aggression and overall hustle. Boston let Montae Ellis and Brandon Jennings, chuck-n-duck their way to the hoop again and again.
When the Celtics threatened a run, Buck's coach, Scott Skiles put the aforementioned two in the game and the Celtic run was effectively neutered. It was a painful thing to watch this team with no discernible identity.
The Lakers, well it comes down to whether or not Kobe can letup and allow Steve Nash to help him lead. Your guess is as good as mine if that will happen. This season may end up being a repeat of a Karl Malone-Gary Payton-type era for the purple and gold.