Lakers vs. Clippers: Quick Thoughts On The Battle For Los Angeles

January 16th, 2011 by Nathaniel Fremont Leave a reply »
First of all, it was a great, hard-fought, come-from-behind win for the Clippers.

The Lakers successfully limited Blake Griffin to 7-for-20 shooting, but he still found a way to grab yet another double-double with 18 points and 15 boards.

The Lakers played a good game, but did not play up to par with how they played on their seven-game win streak.

First, they expertly picked their shots throughout the game, except in the fourth quarter, where it mattered most. Part of the reason they could not close it out was because they abandoned the gameplan and began settling for bad three-pointers when the game suddenly got close (they were 3-for-20 in the game).

Second, they are still struggling with quick guards, which has been their Achilles heel in the past. Eric Gordon exploded for 30 points on a very effective 13-for-20 shooting night. Rotations were slow. The big men were hampered by foul trouble (Gasol fouled out, Bynum and Odom each had four).

It was a forgettable game defensively.

Third, back to the fourth quarter shot selection. Settling for the three did not pay off, as the Lakers went just 1-for-8 in the fourth ...

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