Los Angeles Lakers: three games

What to make of the "Pau era" streak ending

March, 9, 2010
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Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
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Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer penned a very intelligent look at the Lakers' offensive imbalance and season as a whole. Some terrific points raised, and if you haven't read it, I highly recommend giving the link a click. Particularly catching my eye was his description of the recent 0-3 roadie:

Los Angeles has lost three in a row, for the first time in more than two years. The first time since Pau Gasol became a Laker. The first time since, really, a three-game losing streak would mean anything to this team since Shaquille O'Neal was a Laker.

But they also lost to the Heat by three in overtime. That's a swing-either-way game. They were thumped again by the Bobcats, but that marks the seventh time in nine attempts that Charlotte has beaten the Lakers. The Bobcats have their number. It's over. They also won't see them again until some time next December. Then on Sunday, the Lakers lost to the Magic by three. Another either/or game, because as much as I credit the Magic for this win, these close games can go either way. It's usually your rooting interest that deludes you into believing otherwise.

So, clearly, this is the three-game losing streak that isn't. Or, probably, it's the three-game losing streak that really doesn't mean a whole hell of a lot.

There wasn't anything the Lakers were doing in this streak that they haven't been doing all season.

A very observant point. The "Pau era" streak met its end not because the Lakers suddenly became more vulnerable, but rather because they could no longer outrun mounting, unsolved issues.

People being slow to acknowledge these issues doesn't make them any less real.

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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