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Kobe on how the Lakers, Heat losing streaks are different

Mar 10, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

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Don’t know if you heard, but the Heat have lost five in a row. I think that made the news somewhere.

Just like it did earlier this season when the Lakers lost four in a row. Or three in a row two other times.

Now the Lakers have won 8 in a row heading into Miami. Kobe Bryant said there is a fundamental difference between the Lakers struggles and Heat struggles, as reported by Kevin Ding at the Orange County Register.

“The difference between us is that we all know what our roles are,” Bryant said. “Everything is cemented. They’re still trying to figure that out.”

He’s right. You can question the Lakers execution, their commitment to the regular season, their passion. But even with a few new players the roles on that team are defined. The Lakers have always known who they are.

Miami is clearly still trying to figure out how who they are, especially in crunch time. They are trying to figure out how to get the best looks (although even when they get good looks they just seem to miss). Bosh wants the ball in a different spot on the floor; coach Erik Spoelstra is trying to find ways to get more motion in the half-court offense and more points in the paint. Their issues are more about their identity.

And the point in the season when you are supposed to be ramping up for the playoffs is a bad time to be having team identity issues.

That by no means makes the Lakers prohibitive favorites Thursday — the Heat are a desperate team, and there is nothing more dangerous is pro sports than a team desperate for a win.

  1. denverhoopdreams - Mar 10, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    No matter how much I dislike the Lakers and thier winning ways… they know whats up. Kobe said it best… no need to say more.

  2. loungefly74 - Mar 10, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    kobe should have added, “well, to be honest, before the all-star break…we really don’t care about any losing streak.” of course, i kid, but the point is the Laker’s streak happened when there was A LOT of basketball to be played. now, we are heading to crunch time soon.

    • denverhoopdreams - Mar 10, 2011 at 1:44 PM

      Okay, your punctuation confused me a little there. Are you saying the Lakers didn’t care about losing earlier in the year, and now that its crunch time they care?

      Because thats right… but you just didn’t make sense.

      • loungefly74 - Mar 10, 2011 at 2:19 PM

        basically, i was making a joke stating kobe should have added something about how they don’t care what happens before the all-star break judging by their attitude, etc… With the playoffs on the horizon, they, the Lakers and the Heat and really every team, should care a lot more about how they play.

  3. passerby23 - Mar 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    At some point, how long do you give the Heat to “figure things out”? They only have 18 games left in the regular season. Perhaps it’s not figuring things out that is the problem, but that their holes have been exploited. They can’t get the ball inside at the end of games, their PG play is erratic and exploitable, they get no bench support, and there may never be a clear go-to guy at the end of games. Difficult to see how you “figure that out.”

    Perhaps it’s also true that other teams are just better than them. They’re obviously good enough to win some games, but against the elite teams, the sum of their parts is not as good.

  4. mickdamill - Mar 10, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    I think the difference was laregely due to coaching.

  5. ohkhan - Mar 10, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    “the Heat are a desperate team, and there is nothing more dangerous is pro sports than a team desperate for a win.”

    aren’t the cavs desperate for a win like every night. i feel like the lakers are more dangerous than the cavs

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