The Lakers didn't win pretty, but there's no category in the standings for aesthetics, just victories. Despite turning the ball over 27 times, they still knocked off the visiting Memphis Grizzlies Sunday night, 90-82. It's the team's sixth win in the last eight tries. Following the game, we fired up the Lakers Late Night machine, hitting on the following topics...
Turnovers and defense. The former were plentiful, the latter was good. Take out the tallies Memphis gained on the break, largely provided by L.A.'s generosity, and they basically couldn't score in the half court. Mike Brown was pleased with the team's effort defensively, just not the carelessness.
Kobe Bryant was stellar Sunday, with 26 points on 11-of-22 shooting, plus nine dimes. Once again, he received the ball in his comfort zones, and was set up for a host of catch-and-shoot jumpers. I asked Brown if he's at all worried about the load Kobe currently carries, and (as you'll see), he's not. Why? Because they're doing a much better job putting him in positions to succeed with the least amount of effort.
As was the case Friday against Golden State, Matt Barnes was again outstanding. No surprise, he's wrapped up the starting gig at small forward.
This was the team's 10th game in 15 days. How much does fatigue play a role, and can anything be done about it?
In-show video from Brown and Barnes.
The postgame video is below. Clips from Brown, Pau Gasol, Josh McRoberts, and Barnes.
Brown on Bryant in the offense. Is he worried at all about the load he's carrying?
Brown, on the excessive turnovers Sunday combined with the quality of halfcourt defense:
Brown on Bynum learning to deal with double teams:
Barnes, on the role of defending the opposition's best player:
Barnes on his comfort level, health, and confidence:
Pau Gasol on the 27 turnovers
Gasol on the fourth quarter issues, the team's outlook after 10 games and fatigue from the compressed schedule
Josh McRoberts (pregame) on the progress of his sprained toe