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The Los Angeles Lakers lost 92-80 to the Orlando Magic last Friday, shooting just 38.2% from the court and 30% on 3-pointers (6-for-20), and finally failing to eclipse the 90-point plateau for the 3rd consecutive game. NFL odds

On Friday the Lakers agreed season lows for points and shooting in a half, scoring just 31 on 11-for-38 (28.9 %) in the 1st two quarters.

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Through the Lakers ‘ rocky 10-7 start to the season, new Coach Mike Brown has done a good job completing his defense; the Lakers ranked 5th in points permitted (89.9) and 2nd in adversary ‘ field-goal shooting (41.1 %). But the Lakers have looked illiterate running Brown’s read offense.

“Most of the time [in the past] it was our defense letting us down; we were giving up 110 to 115 points,” said Lakers center Andrew Bynum. “Now we are playing quite solid defense and we’re just trying hard to score.”

This scoring dry spell comes on the heels of an eight-game stretch, during which the Lakers were reasonably serviceable on offense, averaging 96.4 points and going 6-2 in the performance.


Kobe Bryant was averaging 38 of those points himself whilst shooting 50% from the court in that recent run of 8 twists, which included four sequential 40-point games for Bryant.

After the loss to the Miami Heat last Thursday, Bryant advised he wanted to go back to his green-light, gunning days so his marking could supply what he called a “cushion.” He said it might give Lakers the lead and some room for the rest of the team to work out their kinks on offense, while at the very same time not sacrificing success.

Bryant’s aspirations came from the right spot, and you can’t accuse the NBA’s No. 6 all-time scorer for needing to do what he does best. But Bryant and the Lakers need to withstand the urge to just hand him the keys and run rampant on offense, mainly because that’s just a stopgap fix, not a durable result.

Bryant essentially modified his tune on Friday. Rather than reverting back into hero mode following a game in which he scored 30 points on 11-for-22 shooting whilst his teammates combined for just 50 on 18-for-54 (33.3%), Bryant focused on the Lakers outscoring the Magic 49-44 on 47.4% shooting in the 2nd half.

“We did an excellent job,” Bryant expounded of the second 2 quarters. “We got plenty of great looks. I mean plenty of them. We just got to keep hitting the open man and those shots will fall.”

Brown duplicated Bryant’s optimistic point of view:

“In the 2nd half we played with the vitality, the perception of pressure that we needed to on either ends of the floor, and that was nice to discover,” he said. “We had great ball motion, good spacing. We played the way that I think sooner or later we’re going to be able of and it showed in the box score, the stat sheet, and it showed on the court.”

“I want to be certain that I offer these men a break in order that I find out what I get with them,” Brown said, “because the true fact of it is, I know what I have with Kobe. I know I can go through Kobe.

“I understand I will do this or that for Kobe and it’ll accomplish, but I’m just making an attempt to discover what else I have with the remainder of the guys.”

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