Utah 95, LA Lakers 86. The defeat dropped the loaded Lakers to 1-4, and the panic everyone joked about after the 0-3 start is no longer a laughing matter. With point guard Steve Nash out another month, the Lakers’ can expect more ugly offense:
11 assists vs. 18 turnovers.
His replacement, Steve Blake, who wasn’t the victim of trash talk on this night, played 36 minutes, shot 2-of-10 and had just one assist.
Nash was also expected to help improve LA’s 3-point shooting issues (32 percent last year, 26th in the NBA) but they were just 4-for-23 last night.
For now, all the problems will revolve around Mike Brown’s putrid Princeton offense, and Kobe’s apparent disgust with him. If you enjoyed angry Kobe in GIF form, perhaps you’ll like Kobe’s expressions as Randy Foye (17 points) went on a 3-point barrage in the 2nd half.
[GIF via CJ Zero]