The Lakers took care of business Tuesday at Staples, blowing out an absolutely hideous Bobcats squad by 33. Kobe Bryant had L.A. going early, outscoring Charlotte 18-15 in the first ten-plus minutes. Andrew Bynum was strong throughout, and the Lakers may have dipped into their February allotment for bench points, exploding for 48.
Meanwhile, Bryant played just under 28 minutes, Pau Gasol under 30, and Bynum a hair under 32, an important consideration for three guys who have piled up minutes lately. Bryant and Gasol, particularly.
We tackle these issues and more on tonight's Lakers Late Night. Here's the full agenda:
The Lakers finished 12-of-26 (46.2 percent) from 3-point range Tuesday, continuing to show signs of improved perimeter shooting.
The benefits of increased practice time. The Lakers are 3-1 since getting the chance to actually get on the floor and go full speed in anything other than a real game.
The bench rotation. Interesting stuff from Mike Brown about why Troy Murphy has replaced Josh McRoberts in the last two games, and the how/why on mixing and matching.
In-show videos from Brown and Matt Barnes.
Click below for more postgame video, from Brown, Barnes, and Bynum.
Mike Brown on what he liked in Tuesday's win, from defense to Bynum's performance:
Brown, on the value of having more practice time of late:
Brown, on the play of Troy Murphy and how/why he's mixing and matching on the second unit:
Bynum, on the upcoming road trip:
Bynum, on the bench's big night:
Barnes on the inconsistent rotation:
Barnes, on improved 3-point shooting: