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It hasn't been the most pleasant 2-day break for the Lakers (7-8) after falling back to sub .500 last Tuesday thanks to their most lackluster performance of the season against Indiana.
There were plenty of reasons as to why and how the purple and gold lost that game, but it's obvious the Lakers can't establish their identity without having everybody back, especially Steve Nash.
Without the 2-time MVP at the point, the Lakers had been relying on Kobe Bryant's ability to draw lots of attention from the defense to make plays for the rest of the team. So far, Kobe is averaging 4.9 assists but also 4.1 turnovers per game.
Say what you will about that particular stat. But make no mistake, that number is indicative of how much the Lakers miss Nash running the offense.
However, Mike D'Antoni isn't harping about all of the wrongs his team is doing on offense. Instead, he wants his team to focus more on the defensive end of the floor.
That is prob...
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LOS ANGELES Our record is 7-8 right now, said Laker forward Metta World Peace. That means right now were a 7-8 team.
Leave it to MWP to say what most of us are thinking.
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Iguodala received a cross-court inbounds pass and connected from the left wing with a hand in his face, and Denver players celebrated by running off the court...
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