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Old 10-31-2012, 04:25 AM   #1
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Default Some notes after Lakers lose opening night to Mavs

LA Daily News:

New players, but similar issues - even with the additions of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, a rebuilt bench and Metta World Peace in the best shape he's been in years.

How does a team with Nash at point guard, Kobe Bryant and the newly fit World Peace on the wing

and Howard and Pau Gasol in the middle score just 91 points and look old, tired and slow in the process?
Gasol had 23 points, but it took him 19 shots to get there - he missed 11 shots - World Peace missed 7 of his 8 shots and Nash was just 3 of 9 from the field.

And while there were moments of clarity offensively, they were overshadowed by bouts of uncertainty and indecision.
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:57 AM   #2
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Howard was forceful offensively, too much so in the end, as he picked up his fifth and sixth fouls while he had the ball. Nash's haircut made him look younger, but nothing else did.
So, no, the Lakers did not roll off the assembly line with perfect fuel efficiency Tuesday night, particularly in the first half. They trailed Dallas 48-46 at the break, and let's not use adjustment as an excuse, since the Mavericks didn't have Dirk Nowitzki and were breaking in O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison and Elton Brand as new starters.
The other way to view it is that the Lakers missed 19 of 31 free throws and neither Bryant nor Nash shot even one. If they'd gone 22 of 31, which still isn't good, they would have won.

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The free throw shooting was the worst thing i'd ever seen. That is reason number one that we lost.
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Default Re: Some notes after Lakers lose opening night to Mavs

The Lakers looked old and worn out coz their using their energy passing the ball rather then shooting which leads to turnovers and fewer field goal attempts (77) vs dirkless mavs (85). Is this princeton offense geared towards secondary motions rather then your first initial reaction at a field goal attempt? or is just a plot to defuse the offensive flow thus leaving the lakers flat throughout the game !
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The free throw shooting was the worst thing i'd ever seen. That is reason number one that we lost.
Worst free throw shooting night in NBA history for a team with more than 30 attempts
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