Part 1: Lakers vs. Kings Recap

January 4th, 2010 by Jaime Irvine Leave a reply »
This the first part of a 2-part article recapping my experience watching the Lakers vs. Kings game on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. Sitting courtside, I was witness to Kobe’s game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Lakers first 20+ point comeback since 2006.

The game started very slowly as I’ve seen most Lakers games begin.

They played lethargically and without energy going down 5 at the quarter and 15 at the half.

I cannot figure out why the Lakers play like this, but Sacramento showed much more energy and enthusiasm during the first half.

Washington alum Spencer Hawes absolutely went off, starting from the opening tip. He had 30 points in the game, including 4 three-pointers, and 11 rebounds.

I was actually more impressed with his aggressiveness on the boards than his scoring performance. Going up against a front line of Gasol, Bynum, and Odom can be a difficult challenge for a smaller team like the Kings, but Hawes did seem to hold his own.

There was a bit of “no matter what” aggressiveness where he was rebounding balls away from his teammates. He never stole it from them, but just outrebounded them, al ...

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