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Lakers loss leads to ominous stat

Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:49 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 11:50 pm
Lakers lose fourth in a row, which leads to push-come-to-shove streaks, one of which must end. Posted by Matt Moore

One loss is a laugh-off. Two is an annoyance. Three is concerning. Four? Four losses in a row? That's ominous.

The Los Angeles Lakers lost 109-99 to the Houston Rockets Wednesday night, pardon me, the 5-12-entering Houston Rockets for their fourth consecutive loss. why are four losses, even ones as apoplectic as these, significant whatsoever for a championship-proven team in December?

Because of this, courtesy of Andrew Siciliano of FSN :

So that's pretty ominous. The Lakers aren't struggling because Kobe Bryant's out injured or because Pau Gasol is out injured (though Pau is struggling because of the lack of center depth with Theo Ratliff out and Andrew Bynum Andrew Bynuming). They're struggling because they're having significant lapses at the defensive end (Shane Battier scored 11 straight on them in the final minutes for crying out loud), and on offense, too often a no-longer-29-year-old Kobe Bryant is constantly putting up bad shots. On key possessions Bryant opted for the 40-foot-three-pointer shots instead of using all his knowledge and craft to create easier opportunities, extend the game or work for a quality shot.

The other trend that the 4-game streak omen is up against? Phil Jackson has never failed to complete a 3-peat. Given the fact that LA has five months to get it right, Andrew Bynum returns in a few weeks, and this team could not care less about the regular season and they're still only losing these games by a handful of buckets, we should probably bet on the latter trend holding up.

But it still should be noted that the Lakers right now? They're not very good at all.


Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2010 1:57 am

Lakers loss leads to ominous stat

Calm down, dude. I'm pretty sure nobody is "writing off" the Lakers.

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 1:51 am

Lakers loss leads to ominous stat

Phil's Karma has been tarnished cuz he stuck his face into the Miami debacle.   Either he apologizes or Mitch Kupchak steps in and takes over for him.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 12:45 am

Lakers loss leads to ominous stat

oh no we are twelve to twenty games into an 82 game season and everyone is writing us off bc we lose few games PLEASE come see the lakers at the Finals

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