All of the buzz after last night’s win in New Orleans surrounds what could be the worst play in Lakers history. No doubt that debate would have been a closed case had L.A. actually lost to the severely shorthanded Hornets courtesy of the Metta World Peace inbound meltdown.
Of course the Lakers didn’t lose so instead it’s more comical than anything else. But nothing was funny about the possibility of losing to the worst team in the Western Conference even without Kobe Bryant.
Going into the fourth quarter the Lakers were trailing by 8. It took a sequence of clutch plays from the Lake Show to finally get this game in hand the biggest of which was a monster three from Ramon Sessions. With the shot clock set to expire Session got the ball at the top of circle off a baseline inbound and buried a bomb that stuck a dagger in the Hornets hopes of winning.
That was the play we should have been talking about were it not for Metta’s near deadly decision with 1.2 seconds left. Now the play that really got lost in the shuffle was Sessions’ first poster as a Laker.
In the third Ramon caught Chris Kaman slipping in the paint, putting the seven foot center in poster immortality with this two-handed offering.