Lakers Dominate in Game 1

Despite trailing by double digits early in the first quarter, the Lakers cruised to a 116-98 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1. Led by Anthony Davis’ 34 points and LeBron James being one assist short of another triple-double, the Lakers were able to make a statement to open the NBA Finals. With talkContinue reading “Lakers Dominate in Game 1”

Lakers Fix Game 3 Issues: Nuggets in Familiar Situation

The Los Angeles Lakers came out in Game 4 with a concerted effort to stop Nikola Jokic and rebound the basketball. This effort by the Lakers generated a 114-108 victory and a 3-1 series lead. Lakers’ fans should not get too excited, however, for this is a familiar place for the Denver Nuggets. Down 3-1Continue reading “Lakers Fix Game 3 Issues: Nuggets in Familiar Situation”

Nuggets Taking it to the Lakers in First Half

The Nuggets used great shot selection, hard-nosed defense, and great bench play to open up an 18 point lead on the Lakers in the 2nd Quarter. Without Anthony Davis on offense and Dwight Howard on defense, the Lakers would be down by more than just 10 at the half. The Nuggets shot 56% from theContinue reading “Nuggets Taking it to the Lakers in First Half”

AD Saves Lakers Down the Stretch in Game 2

Anthony Davis scored the last 10 points for the Lakers in the final 5:00 of the game. None more important than the three point shot at the buzzer to give the Lakers a 105-103 victory and a 2-0 lead in the series. After complete dominance in Game 1, the Lakers led by 10 at theContinue reading “AD Saves Lakers Down the Stretch in Game 2”

Lakers Dominate Nuggets in the Opener

Game 1 of the Western Conference Final with the Nuggets rolling after three straight victories against the Clippers. Down by double digits in three straight games to overturn a 3-1 deficit, left the Nuggets possibly sitting in the driver’s seat to upset the top-seeded Lakers. The Lakers, on the other hand, after losing Game 1Continue reading “Lakers Dominate Nuggets in the Opener”

Lakers Make Final(s) Statement in Game 5

Before the Lakers-Rockets series began, there were many experts that expected the Rockets to possibly upset the Lakers. And why not? The Rockets essentially use a 5 guard set, are quick, shoot very well (most of the time), and have played outstanding defense in the Bubble. After Game 1, a Rockets 11-2-97 victory, the evidenceContinue reading “Lakers Make Final(s) Statement in Game 5”

Lakers Take Command of Series

Going into Game 4, the Lakers needed to continue the defense that they displayed in Game 2 and the second half of Game 3. Without controlling the Rockets’ dribble drives and three point shooting, the Lakers were in danger of having the series tied at two. With the exception of about 6:00 in the 4thContinue reading “Lakers Take Command of Series”

Lakers Need Defense in Game 4

For most NBA teams, the Houston Rockets present a problem. With the tallest player being 6’7″ and multiple players that can shoot the three, the question becomes…how do you defend the Rockets? For one, if the Rockets are not shooting the ball that well, this question becomes a moot point. However, if the Rockets areContinue reading “Lakers Need Defense in Game 4”

Lakers Flip the Script in Game 2

After Game 1, there were major aspects of the Lakers’ game that needed to be improved in order to have a chance in the series. Offensively, the Lakers will need an improved scoring effort from outside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Defensively, the Lakers were going to need to slow down the dribble penetration. AfterContinue reading “Lakers Flip the Script in Game 2”

Houston Rockets vs. LA Lakers: Game 1

The story behind the start of the Rockets-Lakers Western Conference Semifinals was whether the Lakers would be able to handle the small ball played by the Rockets. With no player over 6’7”, the Lakers have a great size advantage; however, the big question is whether the Lakers can stop the Rockets offensively. Game 1 startedContinue reading “Houston Rockets vs. LA Lakers: Game 1”