There was much to like about Tuesday's 108-99 win over the Rockets at Staples Center, and because we're positive fellows, we focused on those things following the game.
The "Big Three" topics...
Kobe Bryant. He overcame a slow start to post a stellar line of 37 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, against only two turnovers. His shot total was again high-- 29 FGA's, with 14 finding cord-- but the distribution was totally different. After the game, Mike Brown talked about how they did a much better job putting Bryant in his comfort zones, as opposed to leaving him on an island at the top of the floor. Clearly he reads the blog. Would a little more balance be nice? Sure. But there was a night and day difference between Sunday's game and Tuesday's.
Andrew Bynum notched his first career 20/20 game, with three blocks tossed in for good measure. We break down his game, and play a couple interesting clips indicating growth in Bynum as a player and professional.
Point guards. Asked if Steve Blake was officially his fourth quarter PG, Brown hedged, noting how pleased he was with both Blake and Derek Fisher. While it will never be a strength, are there reasons to think the Lakers might actually get more production at the point than people expect?
Postgame videos inside the show include Brown on Kobe, Blake, and Fisher, and Bynum on another strong game.
More video below, from Brown and Bynum....
Brown, on putting Kobe in better spots to succeed:
Brown, on how he thinks the offense can improve:
Brown, on guard play:
Bynum, on frustration level in first half:
Bynum, on his first 20/20 game, season goals:
Bynum, on the value of his rebounding:
Bynum, on his health: