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Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Lakers have quite the little losing streak

Dec 1, 2010, 7:00 AM EST

Los Angeles Lakers v Memphis Grizzlies

What you missed while wondering if the Ochocinco marriage is just another reality television show….

The battle for the soul of New York was our game of the night.

Grizzlies 98, Lakers 96: This is three losses in a row for the Lakers, only the second time they have lost three in a row since acquiring Pau Gasol.

The temptation here is to ask what’s wrong with the Lakers and discuss their defensive shortcomings. And there were plenty, their help defenders were often late. But what really happened is the Grizzlies won this one. Mike Conley was brilliant, with 28 points on 10 of 13 shooting. Xavier Henry and O.J.Mayo made key shots. Memphis played good ball, they earned it.

Magic 90, Pistons 79: That score is misleading, the Pistons led much of this game. They did a good job taking Dwight Howard out of the flow, and he finished with just nine points. But Orlando hangs in games because of their defense and that’s what happened here — Detroit had just 34 second half points. Brandon Bass and Mikael Pietrus played well off the bench.

Celtics 108, Cavaliers: 87: The Cavaliers came out with a real energy, jumped out early and lead and looked like they would make a game of it. But then Rajon Rondo took over and scored the final 11 of the first quarter, pretty soon it was tied early in the second and then pretty soon the Celtics were rolling.

Sixers 88, Trail Blazer 79: Philadelphia’s late game offense is all too often just Andre Iguodala isolation. You’re not going to win a lot of tight games that way. But the Sixers were able to pull away because the Blazers went cold and had just 11 fourth quarter points. The Blazers, with a hobbled Brandon Roy (who may not play Wednesday on the back-to-back) just don’t have the dynamic guy who can create his own shots anymore. The Sixers did not double down the stretch and dared someone to beat them and the Blazers could not.

Spurs 118, Warriors 98: Really up-tempo game — 99 possessions — that would have been uncomfortable for the Spurs in the past but this year they are good with it. It wasn’t the shooting that won this for the Spurs it was everything else — they rebounded better, got to the line more often, turned the ball over less. Which is to say, even at a fast pace they did the little things and won because they are still the Spurs.

Pacers 107, Kings 98: Apparently Paul Westphal should have run ins with Demarcus Cousins more often — he had 20 points, eight rebounds and played under the most control I can recall this season. Not that any of that really helped the Kings.

  1. hnirobert3 - Dec 1, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    So let me get this right… the Lakers lost to the Pacers and the Grizzlies? Who else did that which caused a huge celebration amongst Heat haters? The Heat. Oh… and how long have the Lakers been together? 3 years with three straight finals appearances and 2 straight titles. How long have the Heat been together? 2-3 months? But the Heat suck?

    At the end of the day the regular season means nothing. I’m a Heat fan (not a bandwagoner, I’m from Miami) and I refuse to get too high on wins and two low on losses. We’ll see what happens in the playoffs.

    As for the haters, your break at Chuck E. Cheese is up.

    • lebronsinsecurity - Dec 1, 2010 at 12:08 PM

      Your argument only solidifies why nobody is in a panic over 3 straight losses.. The Lakers have continually proven that they do this and can easily overcome it by winning titles.. The Heat have proven what with the so called big 3?? You’re completely right when it comes to the regular season not meaning much…but what other indicator does anybody have in judging the Heat?? I’m not even trying to be a typical Heat hater, I don’t hate the Heat, I just dislike Lebron, but I always have..

      Seriously though, the Chuck E. Cheese thing might have been funny the first time you said it, but after the 4th or 5th time it just sounds silly

    • downtowndanny - Dec 1, 2010 at 4:03 PM

      dude, the Heat suck. The Lakers have played more games in the last 4-5 years than any other team, (finals appearances will do that to you) and yes they play soft at times, but you wouldn’t really want your Heat to face Kobe & Phil in a series, would you?
      You know not to get to high over wins, because they aren’t consistent. Sure they’ll eventually get it together, but it wont matter. they are still 4th in the East after Chicago. so much for the Big 2 1/2.
      how long would it take MJ, Magic & Bird to get chemistry and win convincingly? Not that Bosh is in the Larry Bird category. oh lemme answer that for you, immediately. In fact Bosh would have all star numbers by now, if the aforementioned were his teammates.
      The big 3 is looking more like 2 1/2 men in need of a point guard badly. but according to you, I’ll be seeing you at Staples come June…….suuuuuure dude!

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