Based on the Los Angeles Lakers' poor start, a visit from the Golden State Warriors no longer seems like a sure victory for Kobe Bryant and his teammates.
The Lakers hope to rebound from another defeat while trying for a ninth consecutive home win over the Warriors on Friday night.
Even with Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol in the same uniform, Los Angeles (1-4) dropped its first three games before a 108-79 home victory over winless Detroit on Sunday. The Lakers, though, shot 33.8 percent and committed 19 turnovers in a 95-86 loss at Utah on Wednesday.
"We're all frustrated,'' coach Mike Brown said.
While Nash has missed the last three games with a bruised shin and Brown has taken heat for his new Princeton-style offense, the team has simply struggled to mesh. The Lakers rank near the top of the league with 93 turnovers and went 4 of 23 from 3-point range Wednesday.
"A lot of it just comes from reading each other, getting in sync with each other,'' said Bryant, w...