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These Lakers Continue to Surprise! A Win without Kobe? Wow!

This road trip that began with an impressive homecoming win for Dwight Howard against his former team in Orlando but then fell miserably to the lowest of lows 24 hours later in Atlanta took another twist tonight in Indiana! Lakers win! Kobe starts. Kobe doesn’t score. Lakers win! Yes, Lakers win! The Lakers are unifying as a “team” in the absence of their fearless leader! The Lakers radio announcer, John Ireland, seemed to be impressed with the +263 efficiency rating of The Indian Pacers before the game started, compared to the rating for The Los Angeles Lakers of a mere +58. #whatever Like Mychal Thompson suggested, it didn’t have much to say about the outcome of this game – unless movements in those numbers suggest that The Lakers played a far superior defensive game??? #idontknow

Final Score: Lakers 99, Pacers 93 (Recap).

The NBA, for some odd reason, chose to admit – yesterday, after the loss to Atlanta on Wednesday – that The Lakers should have been granted 2 free throws with a chance to tie that game in the last 30 seconds. Yes, Kobe Bryant was fouled – just like he had argued, just like D’Antoni had argued; but, the referees wouldn’t listen to reason. Kobe was supposed to be out “indefinitely” due to Dahntay Jones walking up underneath his feet and giving him no chance to make a clean landing off his jumpshot. Instead, Kobe The Warrior chose to start tonight! He lasted the 1st Quarter – and he then transformed into Kobe The (Assistant?) Coach for the balance of the game, giving pointers to Dwight Howard on the bench and barking out orders to Steve Blake & Antawn Jamison…

The game wasn’t very good – early. The Lakers only made 3 shots of their first 17 attempts; but, somehow, they were only down 19-16 to The Indian Pacers – the 2nd best team in the East! – at the 1st Quarter mark. Unbelievable. Weird. Dwight Howard was dealing with foul trouble again, after the referees seemed to first allow the big men to play physical in the paint then changed their minds. Probably the worst – ever! – referee mistake occurred as the game neared Halftime: The Lakers broadcast team of Bill MacDonald & Stu Lantz were very vocal that the timekeeper started the clock too early with 5.3 seconds left (Steve Nash hitting a shot that went in as the time expired). The basket was not allowed, the clock was not reset to 5.3 seconds, but instead to 1.5 seconds? And The Lakers were awarded the ball? Weird. Halftime: Lakers 46, Pacers 41. But at the end of the 1st Quarter an equally strange thing occurred: D.J. Augustin fouled Steve Blake rushing up the court, shooting a last second shot from beyond the 3-point arc… with 0.4 seconds to play. Say what? Indiana’s bench was outscored by us, 37-19. Consider that Kobe Bryant was 0-4 and Jodie Meeks, his primary backup, went 0-7, and this game should have been The Pacers game to win. Instead, it became The Pacers game to lose – as pride, determination, desire was harnessed by The Lakers to their advantage – winning the game at the free throw line, and defensively, even though they lost the rebound battle.

The Pacers came out strong to start the 3rd Quarter, and Kobe’s replacement, Jodie Meeks, did exactly what Kobe Bryant did in the 1st Half: nothing but a lot of misdirected energy. Kobe Bryant The Warrior should have just rested the ankle, and not made an attempt to play. Jodie Meeks needs to have a long talk with Jodie Meeks and decide if he wants to make an impact in the NBA – or not. Thankfully, Steve Blake & Antawn Jamison played well – very well! Thank You, God! After the game, Steve Blake said exactly that: “First, I want to thank Jesus Christ my Lord & Savior…” Praise God, for you, Steve Blake – and other Christian athletes who are willing to go on record by saying such things.

The grit, the guts that The Lakers exhibited in this win as a “team” without their leader was amazing! Dwight Howard still gets into foul trouble way too easily, but he played defense and rebounded well, when he was on the court. I was mostly impressed that he hit critical free throws when the team needed them most! Steve Nash played with determination, and he appeared to struggle with an ankle problem of his own when he got run over in the lane forgetting to plant his feet to take a charge. There were a bunch of those woulda c oulda shoulda moments that a better team may have been able to use more effectively to their advantage – wait a minute! This is the 2nd best team in the Eastern Conference! George Hill played a pretty tough brand of basketball, for them, on offense and defense. We just wanted it more – as a team. This game was never going to be won tonight by any one individual.

I’m not sure what this means for The Lakers as they move forward, hopeful for Pau Gasol’s return – any day now. That would help, even if it crowds Dwight Howard from being the lone wolf in the middle. Mostly, The Lakers should be thankful that enough guys have been able to step up when they were called upon to field a winning effort! That didn’t include Earl Clark or Jodie Meeks tonight, but Metta World Peace was steady throughout, from beginning to end – on both ends of the court. Maybe the team will be ready to welcome Pau Gasol back with open arms? I hope so. The ability for this team to gel together, effectively, has been challenged significantly – recently. It would great to see The Lakers inspired by recent adversity to be able to win important games down the stretch for a better playoff berth. It might possibly serve to inspire the league to overcome its inefficiencies before the referees carry glaring mistakes into post-season play.

Let’s go, Lakers! #4KB

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