The Los Angeles Lakers once again put in a Jekyll and Hyde performance as the Mike D’Antoni system shows its frailties.
Kobe Bryant once again delivered, as he scored 40 points and must be getting frustrated at the levels of consistency around him as he saw the game snatched from his fingertips.
Five games into D’Antoni’s reign and the offensive master mind whose appointment certainly seemed to split fan’s views in halve may just be justifying the pessimists among them.
D’Antoni hinted that on a nightly basis 110-115 points would be scored, the 77 notched up against the Indiana Pacers was certainly a long way from that target and is the fourth time in five games that the Lakers have failed to reach 100 points.
It is hard to pin point what the real issue is for the Lakers, who can’t put together a run of wins to take them over the .500 mark. Last time out, they won their first road game against Dallas Mavericks, where Kobe was able to sit back and let the likes of Metta World Peace and Antawn Jamison get their money’s worth. A home game against the Pacers was the perfect opportunity for the Lakeshow to show their home fans what is install, instead they were left once again frustrated.
Lakers assistant Dan D’Antoni believes it is only a matter of time before the anticipated results start to get delivered on a regular basis.
“If they give us a buildup and have a chance to get it in and it doesn’t work, well, that’s the nature of the business.
“We’re not going to go out and read Shakespeare when we can’t read yet. It’s going to take a while,
“But we think running provides a good way toward winning a championship and an entertaining way to get there.”
I have previously said in previous articles that the key for the Lakers is consistency. During the win in Dallas three point shots was a vital reason why they got the win, then how come against the Pacers they could only shoot 6-28 from beyond the arc
In the dying minutes of the game Dwight Howard has a chance to build up a lead from the free throw line, but he missed two which was replicated by World Peace.
Missing from the free throw line seems to be the one consistent thing that the Lakers possess. The franchise have the second worst record in the NBA from shooting from the line as they only managed to knock down 23-43.