Lakers' balanced effort against Memphis looked ugly
January 8, 2012 | 11:56 pm
Among the highlights of my breakdown on the Lakers' 90-82 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday:
- The Lakers' win against Memphis shouldn't have been that close. But the Lakers committed 27 turnovers, which led to 31 fast-break points. The Lakers (6-4) have averaged 15.6 turnovers through 10 games, so this isn't anything new. But this weakness will hurt them severely if they don't fix it soon. The Lakers simply don't have the athleticism to stop teams in transition. Limiting turnovers will help mitigate that.
- Aside from his four turnovers, Kobe Bryant played fantastic. His 26 points on 11-of-22 shooting and nine assists revealed a perfect balance between finding good shots on the elbows, baseline and even throwing down a reverse dunk. It's simply amazing he's able to do this with a torn ligament in his right wrist.
- Matt Barnes deserves the starting small forward spot by posting two consecutive double-digit performances. It appears he's healthy and comfortable on the court. He's remained efficient in finding his points off hustle plays and smart cuts. It remains critical that he continues limiting the silly fouls.
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