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Lakers miss opportunity in loss to Bulls

Among the highlights of my breakdown on the Lakers' 88-87 loss Sunday to the Chicago Bulls:

  • The Lakers squandered an opportunity to capture a signature victory. Pau Gasol and Josh McRoberts both missed two free throws. Kobe Bryant committed one of his eight costly turnovers in the last minute. And the Lakers didn't properly defend Derrick Rose on the last shot.
  • The Lakers aren't discouraged, nor should they be. They played well for most of the game. But this clearly shows that hard work alone isn't going to be enough to secure wins against elite teams. 
  • While the Lakers go through this learning curve, they have to continue buying into becoming a grind-it-out team. As the Lakers' season opener showed, it might not result in a win. But with their depleted roster, they have no other choice. 
  • Aside from Bryant's eight turnovers, he appeared solid. His 28 points on 11-of-23 shooting suggests the torn ligament in his right wrist isn't affecting his aggressiveness or shot too much.

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