Extra! Extra! (11.29)
They say it's a good thing to be in the zone. Maybe, but if last night's 109-105 loss at Staples to woebegone Milwaukee was any indication, it might not be so good to be against it. The Lakers did manage to set a franchise record last night, but as Clark Griswold once said to his son who congratulated him for flying the family car 50 yards off the highway into the desert, "That's nothing to be proud of, Russ." The record in question — 37 three-pointers attempted — indicated that the Lakers weren't getting the penetration they needed to beat the zone defense Milwaukee employed throughout the game. (Try not to stare directly at the shot chart. Or the box score, which shows some paltry contributions from L.A.'s low post players.)
Meanwhile, Bucks G/F Michael Redd was doing just about anything he wanted to beat the Lakers, dropping 45 on the purple and gold (putting him with impressive company in Bucks lore), generally abusing anyone who tried to guard him, including Kobe Bryant. Number 24 got into early foul trouble, then struggled with his shot all night, his most important miss coming on a freelanced play with 16 seconds left in the fourth. So maybe the Bucks and the Eastern Conference don't actually suck? Aw, who are we kidding?
Lamar Odom filled up the stat sheet on Tuesday, but was also taken out of his game by, in his mind, some questionable whistles from the refs, one which resulted in a T. But such losses of focus have become increasingly more rare for L.O. this year, who is using hoops to help him through the grieving process.
Steve Springer talks with Luke Walton.
Milwaukee now only needs 32 more wins to tie the greatest win streak in NBA, and perhaps sports, history.