Pivot Points: The Lakers Must Regain Hunger in the Wake of Humiliation

December 26th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Life's most important lessons are sometimes gleaned during the course of painful experiences, and if that is true, then the Christmas Day beat-down suffered by the Los Angeles Lakers should prove to be a valuable teaching moment.

It would be easy to chalk this up as a bad game for the Lakers, but what the Cleveland Cavaliers accomplished was of a far more sinister nature, and left the Lakers in need of some self-reflection.

For one, the Cavaliers looked much more prepared for this contest and had a game plan that they executed to the highest degree, to which Los Angeles was never able to recognize or adjust.

Cleveland decided to directly attack what had been considered the strength of the Lakers, their post players, with their own big men, and Los Angeles was for the first time this season out-performed in the paint.

Cleveland showed no fear of the Lakers in the post, and were easily able to dictate the pace and rhythm of the game, in addition to getting numerous unchallenged opportunities at the rim.

One game will not determine the season, but the lack of energy, and the obvious submission by the Lakers, was a hard pill ...

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