Not a lot of people expected the Lakers to beat the Nuggets in Denver, especially on the 2nd night of a back-to-back. But that kind of doubt shouldn't apply to the Lakers themselves. Not now. And not when they're this close to making the 8 teams that are currently in the heirarchy of the playoffs start worrying about facing them.
The Lakers were a game below the .500 mark and had the chance to come within 2 games of the Rockets after losing their 27th game on Saturday. Yet, the purple and gold jog their way into the Pepsi Center court seemingly mentally and physically unprepared to take advantage of such a rare opportunity this year.
The Lakers lost 119-108. What's concerning about it is they allowed the very same things that cost them all of their losses and nearly surrendered some of their wins do it again to them at this stage of the season. Credit the Nuggets for sticking to their gameplan of making the Lakers pay for every mistake and every slow reaction to every play that could have helped change the tide of the game. But the Lakers simply have no reason for the way they turned the ball over, for not sprinting back on defense and for their Big 3 to not do something about making sure the rest of the team don't lose their composure and desire to win the game.no comments