The Los Angeles Lakers made big moves in the off season to make a run at yet another NBA Championship this year. So far, it has not worked out too well. The Lakers went 0-8 during the preseason. Nobody panicked as well they shouldn’t. After all it was the preseason.
But now the Lakers are 0-2 already in the regular season. Is it time to panic yet? Considering there are still 80 games left and they only have to finish in the upper half of the conference to make the playoffs, it’s way early for panic. But this is certainly not the start people thought the Lakers would get off to with new additions Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to go with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Ron Artest.
The Lakers lost to the Dallas Mavericks on opening night at home despite the Mavs being without Dirk Nowitzki. The Lakers shot a terrible 12-31 from the free throw line and an awful 3-13 from the three point line as they dropped the game 99-91. Howard fouled out with 2:02 to go with 19 point and 10 rebounds. Darren Collison led the Mavs with 17 points.
Then last night , the Lakers visited the Portland Trail Blazers and dropped another game, 116-106 to fall to 0-2. Howard had another double double with 33 points and 14 rebounds, but it was not enough to get the Lakers into the win column. Steve Nash left the game in the first half with a bruise near his knee.
Nicolas Batum led the Blazers with 26 points ad rookie Damian Lillard added 22 points and 11 assists for Portland. The Blazers led by as many as 19 points in the second half despite 30 points from Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers have another tough one on Friday when they host their arena mates the Los Angeles Clippers on national television. The game will be televised on ESPN at 10:30 Eastern time.
The Lakers will be fine once they get used to playing together. Due to injuries, the starters have not had much time together on the court as of yet. The question is, how long will it take to get on the same page, and how far behind will they be before it happens. Home court advantage in the playoffs is always a good thing to have, although veteran teams like the Lakers are very capable of winning playoff game on the road. But if you are another Western conference contender, you have to feel a lot better about your chances than you did a few weeks ago with the Lakers struggling.