It’s been an interesting season for the Los Angeles Lakers considering how quickly things have turned around since the firing of Mike Brown following a 1-4 start. Since then, the Lakers have won five of six games and one of the most important wins came on Tuesday when Mike D’Antoni made his head coaching debut with his new team.
Los Angeles managed to hold off the Brooklyn Nets with a 95-90 win thanks to strong performances by Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant. While Howard finished the game with 23 points to go along with 15 rebounds and four blocks, Bryant contributed 25 points with four rebounds and five assists of his own.
After acquiring Howard and Steve Nash this offseason, the Lakers were considered one of the top teams to beat in the Western Conference, but that was far from the case at the beginning of the season after their disappointing start. It was clear that Brown was a terrible fit for this type of Lakers team and hopefully this recent streak of winning five of six games is the first step in the right direction–especially with D’Antoni running the show now from the sidelines.
The talent is certainly there for the Lakers–they just need to figure out a way to develop more chemistry and play well on a consistent basis. There are plenty of other teams in the Western Conference that seem capable of making a run at the NBA Finals just like the Lakers and it should be interesting to see if they can continue playing this well for the remainder of the season.
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