Whether they like it or not, the Los Angeles Lakers will be heavily scrutinized throughout the course of the 2012-13 season after acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to play alongside Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Metta World Peace. While it’s been an up-and-down season so far for the Lakers, Tuesday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers may go down as one of the most disappointing performances of the season–mainly because of how Los Angeles failed to get anything going on offense.
Not only did the Lakers score just 77 points against the Pacers on Tuesday, but 67 of those points came from Bryant (40), Howard (17), and Gasol (10). In other words, the rest of the team combined for just 10 points the entire game–which is absolutely embarrassing.
Los Angeles entered the regular season with the intention of being one of the top teams in the Western Conference and the talent is certainly there–it’s just the Lakers have been struggling to live up to their true potential over the first month of the season. It’s understandable that developing chemistry with a new group of players takes time, but there’s no reason why the Lakers should have struggled on offense as much as they did on Tuesday.
What’s even more embarrassing for the rest of this Lakers team–Bryant managed to put up 40 points while dealing with flu-like symptoms throughout the entire day leading up to the game. If Bryant can put up that many points while he’s under the weather, there’s no excuse for the rest of the team to display these type of disappointing numbers on offense.
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