Weekends like this one are conflicting for a Laker fan. On one hand, you’ve got a devastating loss on Friday to a surging Nuggets team. Then again, I’m not quite sure who can beat a team with a player shooting 3’s at a better percentage than most players free-throw percentages.
Couple that with a field goal percentage of almost 60% as a team and you’re going to beat just about anyone that night.
Even a team of Jordan, Kobe, Lebron, Shaq, and Tim Duncan would struggle against a team shooting 60%. It’s THAT good.
After the conflict about Friday’s loss, Kobe decides to sit out and everyone panics. The Lakers, in Portland, without Kobe? The sky is falling!
Then they find a way to grind out a victory- everyone stepping up.
But… then Bynum sits out the end of the game and is now out for tonight’s game.
Do we come out of this weekend happy or sad, then? All things considered, I’d say it was a pretty even weekend. The yin tied the yang in terms of everything I mentioned thusfar. But wait, there’s more!
Yesterday as most people were preparing the barbecue or heading to parties, the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics squared off in Boston on national television. If there was any doubt that this was a good weekend, the last 15 minutes of that game squashed all doubt- this was a GREAT weekend for Laker fans.
Kobe will recover. Bynum will recover. The Nuggets had a good night and had a superstar have a career night. None of that can upend the fact that Boston is in a free-fall.
I don’t know when it’s time to push the eject button, C’s fans, but your plane is going down and there just aren’t enough injured players to use as excuses anymore.