Game Notes: Lakers at Kings
The making of a Kobe triple-double.
· DeMarcus shows off his long-range game with a three to open the 2nd half.
· The Lakers are just scoring at will and put-up 10 points in the first few minutes of the quarter.
· The Kings are looking sloppy and shots are just not falling. If they don’t do something quick, the game could get out of hand; Lakers lead, 73-59.
· Kobe hits Pau with a bowling-ball pass into the lane, and Gasol draws another trip to the charity stripe.
· Kobe leads the Lakers off the fast break, resulting in a thundering dunk from Odom. Lakers are putting together a highlight reel as the Kings throw up wild shots, one after another.
· Its’ a 20-point game with five minutes left in the third quarter.
· Lamar Odom appears to be favoring his wrapped up, right hand. Timeout, Lakers.
· T-SHIRT TIIIIIIIME!!!! Let’s see if free clothes can get the Sacramento crowd back into the game.
· It’s hard to tell who is scoring since the Lakers get cheers as loud as the Kings do.
· Tyreke has 5 fouls with less than three minutes left in the third quarter, they are going to have to do it without him if they want any chance of coming back in this game.
· Francisco Garcia’s three-point shooting is the only thing keeping the Kings in the game at this point.
· Pau is living off the line like a Lawrence Taylor in the ‘80s.
· Dalembert is embodying Dikembe Mutombo right now, rejecting two back-to-back shots and delivering on the other end. Kings have cut the lead to 11, 89-78 Lakers.
· Odom ends the third quarter with a crowd quieting three-pointer.
· A Theo Ratliff sighting!
· Darnell Jackson’s open jumper has the game back to 10. Look out for Darnell. He’s been one of the King’s biggest bench contributors early in this season.
· The Kings’ big men’s penchant for shooting jumpers is killing them. There is an explanation for why you are wide open, and poor defense isn’t one of them.
· Kobe almost has a triple-double and hasn’t played since the end of the third.
· Damn it announcer guy, nobody wants to go to the Alan Jackson concert! There’s a reason why they are “only $17 if you act now.”
· Beno goes hard, that’s all you need to know.
· Landry at the line with a chance to bring it to double digits. Never mind — he misses both. The Kings’ free-throw shooting is really hurting them as it stands at an abysmal 60 percent.
· Francisco pulls Kobe away from a loose ball and doesn’t exactly get in his face, but more like the side of his head. Oh the tension!
· Sacramento loves their break-dancers. Break-dancing never goes out of style, just the fashion that accompanies it.
· Dalembert looks beastly, denying shots left and right.
· Tyreke returns from foul trouble and vaults the fans to their feet with two acrobatic lay-ups as the Kings attempt their last-minute comeback.
· Derek Fisher is giving the Kings a step by step tutorial on how to close out a game, scoring eight consecutive points by drawing fouls and cashing a wide-open three. Lakers lead by 13 with three minutes left in the game.
· Kobe Bryant with another three-point play. That should be the dagger, putting him at an even 30 and the game just about out of reach.
· Tyreke continues to put on a show with a little over a minute left. If it was anybody else tonight, the Kings may have gotten a win. Unless it was the Heat of course, or Minnesota if you were asking Michael Beasley.
· Kobe and Fisher exit to an equal amount of chants and boos.
· Lakers win, 112-100. No free tacos tonight Kings’ fans.
The post-game press conferences and interviews for the Kings were completely depressing. The sullen Kings whimpered their answers to the endless amount of microphones and cameras. Coach Westphal was incredibly short with almost every question he received, and, if I hadn’t known any better, I would have thought they had just lost the championship game.
The Kings played very well against their first real test of the early season, but poor shot selection and lackadaisical defense killed any chance the Kings had against the defending champs. Not to mention, any time Kobe pulls down a triple-double against your team, chances are that you are on the losing end of that affair.
The Kings still have a lot of growing up to do, but they will have to make it quick as they are scheduled to meet up again a month back in L.A.