NBA: So the Los Angeles Lakers Lost to the Boston Celtics, No Big Deal

January 31st, 2011 by Jason Heim Leave a reply »
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers were trounced by the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter of Sunday's matchup. Bryant had 41 points, but it was not enough to beat Kevin Garnett and company, who are still one of the NBA's best squads.

Think Bryant, Phil Jackson and the rest of the Lakers are worried?

Probably not, and you shouldn't be either.

Some are sounding the alarms, while others sounded them after the loss to the Clippers or the Christmas Day debacle against Miami.  

I politely and calmly suggest that those actions are premature in light of the marathon-like feel of the regular season.  The idea that you can write off any supposed contender in today's NBA is ill-fated and neglects that a season is not a sprint.  Any team can get hot or round into shape at the right time to make their run, as a few teams have shown in recent seasons.

Jackson's Lakers are poised to do the same thing this year because they understand a few key lessons the public appears to learn, but deviate from every time their training is tested.

As the Lakers stumble into January at 33-15 (still good for second ...

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