Pivot Points: How Bad Was the LA Lakers’ Loss to Denver? Ask Johan Petro

November 14th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
To say the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets on Friday night would not be doing justice to the word lost. I can think of a few better words like, battered, bruised, demolished, annihilated...take your pick from any of these.

How bad was it? Denver reserve, Johan Petro made his grand entrance with six minutes left in the fourth quarter, and the significance in this is that Petro is a more athletic version of Laker reserve Adam Morrison.

His substitution for Carmelo Anthony mid-way through the fourth quarter meant that either the Nuggets were getting blown out or that they had put the game out of reach, and in this case it happened to be the latter.

It's not like the french-born Petro is a horrible player; it's just that much like Morrison, he has been unable to realize his potential. His extended play highlighted several things for the defending champion Lakers and none of them were positive.

Kobe Bryant scored 19 points on 7-17 shooting, but when being defended by Nugget guard, Aaron Afflao he was only 2-10 from the field. Naturally, Afflalo has now been designated the latest version of the "Kobe stopper."

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