The Lakers terrible loss in Phoenix last night highlighted the continuing possession deficit issue the team has.
Phoenix took 5 more shots from the floor than LA while committing 8 fewer turnovers than the Lakers. Goran Dragic played ball control captain very well. The point guard dished 8 assists had 3 steals and only 2 turnovers.
The Los Angeles Lakers win over the Hornets last night was another example of their ordinary performance.
LA dominated New Orleans on the glass out-rebounding them 50-37. LA also made 2 more free throws than the Hornets while shooting a sparkling 57% eFG. On the flip side, the Lakers turnover deficit problem continued against the visitors (-5 turns).
This time Dwight Howard played his best position of All-Pro free safety intercepting 5 passes and knocking down 4 shots on the night. Ironically the offensive star of the game Earl Clark led the Lakers turnover woes with 6 mishandles.
Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez had the run of the Staples Center dishing out 15 assists and committing just one turnover.
The Lakers have the talent to win playoff series but in order to win games night-after-night while losing the turnover battle D’Antoni’s boys have to play perfect ball.
The Lakers big home win over OKC yesterday was proof that their Big 5 can play great basketball together. The key to the win for LA was their lockdown D on Russell Westbrook. The Thunder lead guard missed 16 shots, committed 4 turnovers and 5 fouls. He made just 4 free throws in 39 minutes. Metta World Peace and Kobe Bryant deserve a lot of credit for stepping up on defense.
As usual the Lakers shot and rebounded well but lost the turnover battle (-4) as Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol combined for 6 turns. I dissected this trend in a new article available at Hoops Habit.
Despite the Memphis Grizzlies big win yesterday over the Lakers the bragging rights in the Gasol family have not changed hands. Pau Gasol has won 9 of 15 games against Marc Gasol while outscoring and shooting much better than kid bro.
Here are their performances in head-to-head match-ups: