Sunday, January 8, 2012
Lakers Late Night Replay vs. Memphis, plus postgame video
By the Kamenetzky Brothers
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.