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The Los Angeles Lakers have been very inconsistent all year, and it is really time to start worrying.
“Is it the playoffs yet?” Phil Jackson asked. “No. It’s not the playoffs yet. We’re still playing regular-season games. We’ll get there in time.”
Well Mr. Jackson, you better pull out some of that Zen Master Magic, because the Lakers have been struggling against contenders this year. The Lakers have lost to the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics. Not to mention their struggles against the Los Angeles Clippers and the Sacramento Kings.
Kobe Bryant tried to take control of the game against Boston. It was evident this game why the Lakers struggle. No one is sharing the ball. Kobe had 41 points, but no assists. The Lakers as a team totaled 10 assists all game, one more than Rajon Rondo had alone in the 4th quarter. Yes, I said just the fourth quarter. Boston’s defense took out most of the Laker’s key players, and Kobe was forced to take, (and make) tough shots. Kobe single-handily kept the Lakers in the game for as long as he could. But he needs his guys to step up and play harder. (Knock knock Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, etc.). Lamar Odom seemed to be the only one who was trying to go for the ball or calling for the ball. Everyone else was just going through the motions.
The Lakers can say all they want that it’s the postseason that really matters. But they are going to be at a big disadvantage if they don’t start playing basketball and find a way to capture the #1 seed in the Western Conference and most likely have to go through San Antonio in San Antonio. The Lakers need the playoffs to go through Staples again if they want a shot at a 3-peat, and it doesn’t seem very likely right now.