When Will the Lakers Play a Full Game?

April 21st, 2010 by Paul Peszko Leave a reply »

They put in the time – 48 minutes.  They put in the sweat and toil.  They battle and even play tough defense.  But what has happened to the Lakers offense?

The Lakers have not put together a complete game – 48 minutes of offense and defense – in quite some time.

This 2010 version of the Lakers is a team that has never met a lead it couldn’t squander, which is exactly what they have done in the first two games of their first-round playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In case anyone hasn’t noticed, this is not the same Lakers team that won the NBA title last season.  Of course, it isn’t.

Kobe Bryant is nowhere near as healthy as he was last season.  That index finger is clearly giving him trouble, not to mention the back, the ankle and the knee.

Pain or no pain, if it were not for Bryant and Pau Gasol, the Lakers would have no offense at all.

Open shots, those have been their problem.  Not gett ...

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