Wednesday, the Hawks laid wood on L.A. to the tune of a 109-92 final score, an ugly end to L.A.'s five game road trip but ultimately appropriate. It was the Lakers' third loss on the swing, and all three would have been by double digits if not for an ultimately pointless fourth quarter quasi-rally Monday in New Orleans.
In the wake of yet another disappointing show, Andy noted the lack of execution on both ends, something Fox Sports' Charley Rosen does here in detail, lambasting L.A.'s efforts on both sides of the ball. We've reached a point where even Khloe Kardashian- more love-invested cheerleader than hardened Lakers/hoops critic- is wondering what's up.
That can't be good.
More responses from around the web below...
-Elliott Teaford, Los Angeles Daily News: The Lakers don't look like a team ready to defend a title.
-Kevin Ding, Orange County Register: L.A. starts with effort, ends with confusion.
-Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times: This sort of play is getting hard for Kobe Bryant to take.
-Michael Cunningham, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Hawks simply dominated play.
NEWS AND NOTEBOOKS
-LAT: Kobe won some battles with Joe Johnson, but lost the war in a playoff-like prep for 24.
-ESPN Los Angeles.com: When it comes to the Lakers rotation, for the time being Sasha Vujacic is six feet under.
-LA Daily News: More on the benching of Vujacic.
-OC Register: Andrew Bynum is a solid week away, Luke Walton is getting close, plus more on Sasha.
COLUMNS AND BLOGS
-TJ Simers of the LA Times doesn't think Pau Gasol is as tough as Pau Gasol thinks he is.
-Aside from a lack of fundamentals and effort the Lakers looked great, writes Phillip at Forum Blue and Gold.
-Matt Moore of ProBasketballTalk.com looks at the diverging fortunes of the Lakers and Cavs through the prism of their games Wednesday night.
-The warning signs for another lousy night were apparent early, says DexterFishmore of Silver Screen and Roll.