Oh my goodness Lakers’ Nation. Why must our team torment us so. Alas, there is nothing that any of us lowly fans can do, but watch in disgust, putting our heads down in shame.
Sunday afternoon we witnessed the Los Angeles Lakers fall once more to their inner-city rival the Los Angeles Clippers. This was a highly unfortunate loss for a couple of critical reasons. First and foremost, this was an opportunity for the Lakers to gain some leverage between themselves, and the Utah Jazz for the 8th seed. Alas, the loss has enabled the Jazz to secure the 8th spot in this persistent playoff race.
Secondly, this defeat marks the first time in Los Angeles’ history where the Clippers have swept the Lakers in the season series. I personally feel a great amount of remorse for the recently deceased Dr. Jerry Bus, and think to myself if only the Lakers could muster some courage and will to win with tenacity.
Well, despite the numerous challenges that lay ahead, I still believe the Lakers have the capacity to not only get into the playoffs, but to also make an impact while there. The Lakers possess some critical characteristics that allow them to have a playoff run.The Lakers have Kobe Bryant, arguably the greatest player to play basketball. Bryant has years of pressure situation experience, is the best closer in the game and has unwavering will to win.
In addition to Bryant, the Lakers possess Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard, two outstanding big men. If the two of them can play well together, Gasol and Howard can easily dominant the offense, defense and the glass in the post.
Finally, lets not forget that Steve Nash will return soon enough, and if you believe that a seasoned veteran, who has a real desire to attain a championship, is going to simply lie down and let his team just lose, well then you got to adjust your way of thinking. Nash is a real competitor, and he, along with the rest of the cast, will play with every ounce of energy, every ounce of determination and every ounce of intensity to win.
I still have faith in the Lakers, and I firmly believe that they won’t let down Los Angeles.