Video caption contest: Pau Gasol getting posterized and Kobe Bryant getting stuffed
The Lakers certainly didn't have the welcoming to Miami that Will Smith usually enjoys. They started off their three-game trip with a 114-111 overtime loss to the Heat, continued their lack of urgency and must find a way to correct it all Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats.
To make matters worse, both Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant were among the victims of NBA.com's "Block of the Night" and "Dunk of the Night" highlights.
Below, you can see Gasol getting posterized by Michael Beasley off a putback dunk. Perhaps the play will serve as a lesson that Gasol should be aware of opponents in a position to rebound and box them out.
And here you can see Udonis Haslem stuffing Bryant in the fourth quarter as he drove through traffic in the lane.
To be fair, Bryant was also featured for his outstanding offensive performance, finishing with 39 points on 15 of 28 shooting. It has been mentioned frequently that he's had shooting struggles since he has returned from an injured left ankle. So Bryant definitely deserves kudos for his work on shooting hours before game time, even if he also deserves criticism for his lapses on defense.
Among any of the three videos, I'd love to get any video captions that would best describe the highlight reels. Feel free to comment on just one, two or all of them. The best comment will be featured in tomorrow's "Reader Comment of the Day."
-- Mark Medina
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