Lakers skate by against Wizards: The Reactions

March, 22, 2010
3/22/10
9:36
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
Archive
We provided our thoughts and observations from the game. Here's what the masses took away from it.

GAME REPORTS
-Kevin Ding
, Orange County Register

-Michael Lee
, Washington Post

-Elliott Teaford,
Los Angeles Daily News

-Broderick Turner,
Los Angeles Times


NOTEBOOKS
-Matt Calkins (Press-Enterprise) on the injuries to Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom.
-Teaford (LADN), on the rotation changes while Bynum is shelved.
-Turner (LAT), with an update on Bynum's progress.
COLUMNS
-ESPN.com's J.A. Adande thinks it's not quite deja vu all over again as the Lakers endure a stretch without Bynum:
    The reflex in Lakerland, where they've seen and done it all before, is to react to Andrew Bynum's latest injury and eventual return by calling it a rerun."We almost had the same kind of situation" last year, Phil Jackson said, alluding to the knee injury that sidelined Bynum from January until just before the start of the playoffs.

    The difference is that this time Bynum has been a more vital part of the Lakers than he has in the past. And there's always a chance that this could be a replay of 2008, when Bynum was injured, projected to return for the playoffs and never did. While the Lakers have given a two-week estimate for Bynum to come back from a strained left Achilles tendon, Jackson admitted Sunday night that "we really have nothing definitive about it."

-Forum Blue and Gold's Darius elaborates on Sunday's Tale of Two Halves vibe.
-Kevin Ding (OCR) thinks Odom remains, as always, an intriguing riddle for the Lakers.
-Mark Heisler
(LAT) thinks the Lakers talk the talk about urgency, but don't walk the walk.
-ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin takes a look at the shoulder injury Odom is playing through without fanfare, much less excuses:
    When Kobe Bryant got injured this season we knew it. We saw the big gob of tape on his right index finger, we remember his wincing face when he strained his elbow in Sacramento and we remember our wincing faces when his ankle bent the wrong way in Philadelphia.The Lakers newest member of the starting lineup, Lamar Odom, has been playing with an aggravated left shoulder for 15 games now and he's never let on.

    Not when the injury happened on Feb. 18 against Boston when he threw down the hammer on Boston's Ray Allen to finish a fastbreak with a dunk and had his 6-10, 230-pound body swing out in front of him as his shoulder stayed locked in position with his left hand grasping the rim.

    Not when he shot just 2-for-6 the next game against Memphis after the injury. Not when he shot 2-for-8 against Phoenix either.

    In fact, we scribes in the media didn't discover the injury until Lakers coach Phil Jackson outed Odom after the Minnesota game, explaining sometimes the lefty's shoulder gets banged and suddenly causes his left arm to go numb.

-More on the Lakers' inconsistencies, this time from Lakers Blog's Mark Medina.
-Mike Prada
(Bullets Forever) wants an amen for the Wizards' hustle in the fourth quarter.
-Charley Rosen
(FoxSports.com) answers mail bag Q's, one of which is about the Lakers' inconsistent play:
    The Lakers are a textbook case on why it’s so difficult to repeat. Since they are the reigning champs, they firmly believe they can turn on their individual and collective A-games at will. So they simply don’t start out with the requisite concentration, respect for their “inferior” opponents and level of intensity.

    However, it’s impossible to la-dee-dah through a season and then get their chops up in the playoffs. Playing hard from tip to buzzer is a mind-set that can only exist if it’s practiced on a regular basis.

And therein lies the rub.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Nick Young
PTS AST STL MIN
17.9 1.5 0.7 28.3
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Hill 7.4
AssistsK. Bryant 6.3
StealsK. Bryant 1.2
BlocksW. Johnson 1.0