What an unfortunate start to the Los Angeles Lakers’ postseason. It definitely didn’t go down how I expected it to, but it’s only the first game of the series. However, in order for the Lakers to win Game 2 they’ll have to adjust some of their game play.
Before we can get into what the Lakers need to do in Game 2, let us observe some critical errors they made in their first matchup.
Defensively, the Lakers were pretty sound throughout holding the San Antonio Spurs to only 37 percent shooting. They had a few lapses in covering the 3-point line, but that’s something that can be worked on simply from watching some tape of the game.
On the boards Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol were rather productive, managing to pull down a combined 31 rebounds, which was 17 more rebounds than Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter.
But the critical reason as to why they lost the game would have been rather obvious to anyone watching the game. They couldn’t score.
The Lakers put up 73 shots, and only converted on 30 of them, leaving them with a measly 41 percent shooting. In addition to this troubling stat, they were 20 percent from the 3-point line, and 66 percent from the free-throw line. What could be a solution to this dilemma?
Well that’s a pretty tough question to handle because at this point what can you say other than that Jodie Meeks, Steve Blake, Steve Nash, Metta World Peace and Antawn Jamison have to hit their open shots.
I hate to admit this, but perhaps the Lakers can’t win this series without Kobe Bryant.