Found November 28, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
LOS ANGELES Theres one conclusion about the 2012-13 Lakers that isabsolutely undeniable: No one themselves included knows which Laker team isgoing to show up on a night-to-night basis. Once again under .500, the Lakers 7-8record is conclusive proof. Saturday night in Dallas they looked as good as any team inthe NBA, crushing the Mavericks by 26. Tuesday night in the supposedly friendlyclimes of Staples Center, the Lakers were absolutely horrible in losing toIndiana 79-77. The Pacers werent very good, either, but one of the teams hadto win, and Indiana did it on a game-winning layup by George Hill with 0.01seconds left. Ballgame over. Laker turmoil starting over again. Its hard to win a game when you miss 20 foul shots, saidhead coach Mike DAntoni, shaking his head in disbelief the sluggish Lakers were23 of 43 from the line and also committed 21 turnovers. That was ugly. Butuntil Steve (Nash) gets back, were going to have to dig deep and win some ofthese ugly games. When Steve is running things, a lot of this will go away.Hed better hope something changes, because even withflu-ridden Kobe Bryant scoring 40 points for the 114th time in his career ranksthird all time the rest of the team was able to account for just 37. And Nashcant help his teammates make free throws, which was the true difference in theoutcome. They missed all five freebies down the stretch, with Metta World Peaceand Dwight Howard clanking two each within one second of each other. Despite his high scoring game, which included a 3-pointer thattied it at 77 with 24.5 seconds left, Bryant completed an odd triple-doublewith 10 rebounds and 10 of the Lakers 21 turnovers. He wasnt the least bithesitant to put the blame on his shoulders, the same shoulders on which hetried to carry his teammates for most of the game.I have to take care of my responsibilities, said Bryant,who has become the Lakers de facto point guard since Nash fractured his leglast month. I have to minimize my mistakes. Ten turnovers is way too many forme. It boggles my mind that I had 10 turnovers.My responsibility is to pick everybody up, and it doesntmatter that we missed 20 free throws, we still could have won the game. Thefact is, we had 10 possessions in which we didnt get a look at the basketbecause I turned it over.I dont go home and look at it and say well, we missed 20free throws and thats why we lost the game. I look at my mistakes and try tocorrect those.On the positive side, LA did play good defense until Hillswinning layup, holding the Pacers to 36.7 percent shooting and outreboundingthem 56-50. So, in the midst of all the negativity, DAntoni tried toaccentuate the positive after the loss.Im proud of the guys in the way they fought and that theystill had a chance to win, DAntoni said. It defies statistical logic. Butthe defense was good, and they played hard. But geez, offensively, that was notnice. That was a tough one.They get a chance for redemption Friday night at homeagainst the Denver Nuggets.THREE THOUGHTS1 Scoring 40 points is a nice individual accomplishment,and with some past Laker teams a necessity for Bryant. But if he has to score40 for this offense to win any game, LA could be in trouble. DAntoni has madeit clear since he was hired that when his offensive scheme is running at itsbest, many players will see their scoring averages go up significantly.However, one of the main positives of the offense is that it moves the ballquickly and provides multiple scoring opportunities on every possession. If theball movement has to slow down so Bryant can be counted on to carry the load,it will defeat the purpose of DAntonis plan and keep the score lower than itneeds to be for the team to win.2 It was a pleasure to see the Lakers defense show upagainst the Pacers. This isnt even a very good defensive team right now, butit can be if it plays with the same enthusiasm and precision that DAntoni iscounting on from his offense. Its crucial for Howard to be the focus of thedefensive effort inside and control the paint with blocks and intimidations. Histeammates need to force the opposing player underneath where Howard will bewaiting for him. Thats the way I want to play, Howard said Tuesday. I wantto dominate down low and block as many shots as I can. Thats how I look at myjob. I dont necessarily have to score a lot of points. I need to play greatdefense a Bill Russell type of defense. Thats what wins championships. HadPau Gasol been able to slow Hill down a split second longer, Howard probablywould have gotten to Hills shot or at least changed the trajectory and thegame might have gone into overtime.3 Its painful to watch DAntoni coach the Lakers. Notbecause of the way the team is playing, but because of the tremendous amount ofpain he must be in. It hasnt even been a full month since he had total kneereplacement surgery, and there he is, walking up and down the sidelines of anNBA game ... also coaching practices and doing the media sessions. The playersshould look at their coach, watch him hobble in pain so he can help this teamwin a championship. It should be enough motivation for them to see what itmeans to be totally dedicated. Maybe it will prevent a repeat of the offensiveimplosion against Indiana Tuesday night.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES
BIGS DEAL

Gasol-Amar'e deal being discussed?

With Pau Gasol lost in the Lakers offense and the Knicks soaring without Amare Stoudemire, there are rumors that the two teams are discussing swapping their big men.

Nike Unveils Kobe Bryant’s Grinch Christmas Shoes

Kobe Bryant wore his Nike Grinch shoes for the past two years on Christmas Day, and it looks like he will be rocking them this year as well.   Nike unveiled the kicks today and from the looks of it, I think folks should be fairly happy.   How do you think they compare to his 2010 and 2011 shoes?   via Athlete Swag Article found on: Cosby Sweaters

Lakers assign rookie C Sacre to D-League

The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned rookie center Robert Sacre to the D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders. The Lakers made the move Wednesday, shortly before the D-Fenders' season opener. Sacre appeared in eight games for the Lakers, recording two points and two rebounds in 19 minutes of play. He also has gained popularity among Lakers fans for his vociferous cheerleading...
EBENEZER SNOOP?

Snoop Lion, others star in cautionary holiday tale

Snoop Lion  has teamed up with Adidas and a few other superstar athletes to put a new twist on an old story. “The Caustionary Tale of Ebenezer Snoop” is a masterful, animated re-telling of Charles Dickens’ novel A Christmas Carol. Set in modern-day Southern California, this take has David Beckham, Dwight Howard and a few other stars take the places of the ghosts from Dickens’...

Metta World Peace iCellWatch Commercial

Los Angeles Lakers Metta World Peace apparently has to be digitally connected at all times, even while on the court. Peace is a spokesperson for the first cell phone watch made by iCellWatch. It seems like a knock-off apple shuffle watch but at least we can check the weather while playing basketball. If you like to purchase a smart phone on your wrist just visit www.iCellWatch.com

Dwight Howard Clowns Kobe On Their Plane – VIDEO

Video: Former Spur Hill sinks Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night, falling back below .500 and they did it in large part to their inability to sink free throws (23-43 from the line), problems shooting in general (31.6 percent from the field), trouble protecting the ball (19 turnovers) and former Spurs guard George Hill. The Pacers were up one with 35 seconds to go when Hill hit...

Nash To Miss At Least Two More Games, Seven For Blake

The Lakers are thin at point guard with Steve Nash and Steve Blake injured.

Dwight Howard is one of the least influential people according to GQ

GQ recently released a list titled “The Least Influential People of 2012″.  One particular NBA player made that list.  That player, you may ask?  Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers.  GQ did include an important note that states, Please note that these folks are ranked in no particular order, because all zeros are created equal. With that said, Dwight Howard is listed...

Pacers-Lakers Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers finally may be getting the hang of coach Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo offense, which may be in for one of its toughest tests against the defensive-minded Indiana Pacers. Los Angeles begins a three-game homestand Tuesday night versus the Pacers, who will be kicking off a four-game road trip with the first of three straight games in California. The Lakers...

NBA ref Joey Crawford gets his dance on

NBA veteran ref Joey Crawford was really feeling it Tuesday night. Crawford called a blocking foul on this play and even executed a little dance after.   What’s even funnier than that? A dance off battle between Crawford and Lakers Chris Duhon… Some of you are seriously creative geniuses with too much time on your [...]

Gerald Green gets blocked by the rim on dunk attempt and then by Dwight Howard (Video)

During the fourth quarter of last night's Indiana Pacers/Los Angeles Lakers game, Indiana forward Gerald Green was attempting to throw down a baseline slam dunk.Sadly for Gerald, he ended up missing the dunk attempt and to add insult to injury, his second shot attempt was swatted by Lakers center Dwight Howard:

NBA Ref Joey Crawford puts Frank Drebin to shame

NBA referee Joey Crawford with the blocking foul on Chris Duhon. bubbaprog bwo TBL. Hey! It's Enrico Pallazzo! **Follow us on Twitter. Subscribe, or Return to BobsBlitz.com.Follow us on Twitter.... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com

Joey Crawford Was In Rare Form Tuesday Night

If sports were a living room, officials would be the wallpaper.  Not the couch, or the coffee table, or the TV, or the ornate rug… but the wallpaper.  The plain, understated wallpaper that goes largely unnoticed despite its important role in making the space complete.  Highly complementary to the rest of the room, but not a primary focus. Most officials have no problem with...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.