You can’t say you didn’t see this coming. Everything was setup perfectly for a trap game and the Lakers fell right into it. Let’s be honest, these Lakers are seriously lacking championship focus and it showed again last night as they went down in flames to the shorthanded Milwaukee Bucks. All that good will they generated on a 6 game road trip vanished in the wake of an Earl Boykins 4th quarter takeover.
What are the excuses now? That’s right, there are none. With the world watching on Christmas day the stage is set for another holiday debacle. Let’s just hope the fans at Staples can keep the court litter free this time around.
To call last night’s effort pathetic is an understatement. The Buck were minus top scorer Brandon Jennings and suited up enough guys to have a four on four pick up game yet still managed to man handle the Lakers who were at full strength.
It’s December and Phil Jackson is already out of excuses.
This was no way to tune-up for the biggest game of the year. Once again the Lake Show has stooped down to their competition. This is exactly why this team never had a shot at 73 wins. Maybe these guys can flip the switch when necessary but as of now they lack the killer instinct necessary to compete with the NBA elite.
And please don’t try and pawn off Kobe Bryant’s ejection as a motivational tactic. KB24 was pissed and knew no other way to cope with the embarrassment. So, he hit the showers to cool off.
If you were to script the worst way to get up for a big game, this would be it. Luckily, there is enough time between now and Christmas for this team to get its head right. The only problem is I’m not so sure they are taking the game as seriously as the Miami Heat will be. Time will tell. For now, this is yet another listless loss that will certainly haunt this team come playoff time.