Pivot Points: The L.A. Lakers Are Finding Their Rhythm As Kobe Adjusts

November 29th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
As the Los Angeles Lakers continue their holiday feast of the NBA's most impoverished teams, they are beginning to find that championship rhythm that has eluded them thus far this season.

In their latest conquest of the cellar-dwelling Golden State Warriors, the Lakers appeared to be firing on all cylinders as they completely blew the Warrioirs out of their own gym.

The offense was in a rhythm, and the defense was able to hold the Warriors under 100 points, which is a task unto itself considering the pace that the Warriors prefer is blistering and hectic.

One thing to take from this game is that Pau Gasol seems to be comfortable and playing in mid-season form, with no noticeable effects from his earlier hamstring injury.

Gasol put on a dominant and efficient display with 22 points and 12 rebounds on 9-11 shooting from the field. His defense in the middle was exceptional, and the turnovers he helped create often jump-started the Laker transition game.

Kobe Bryant continued to adjust to his role as the team's facilitator and did an admirable job filling up the stat sheet with 20 points, six rebounds, six assists, and five ...

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