Speechless. After last night’s buzzer beating 1 point loss to the Spurs, are the Lakers 3-peat chances really under threat? There’s a media frenzy going on at the moment about the Lakers 1-6 record against the Celtics, Spurs, Heat, Mavericks and Bulls. How they can’t win against the elite. Trades need to happen – even Mitch Kupchak came out and said he’s open to it. Ah it’s just the regular season and they will “flip the switch” come playoff time. Can there be a moral victory in the fact that they “competed” as a team as ESPN Los Angeles Dave McMenamin writes? Habits form and it’s not looking too bright on the horizon. You make your own luck and the bounce of the ball just hasn’t gone their way lately.
Some media and fans hark back to the Lakers 2000-01 season when they were disjointed during the regular season and went 56-26 (they were 34-18 at one stage, worse than the Lakers current 34-16 as I write this) before flipping that switch to go a record 15-1 in the postseason, or last year when they stumbled into the playoffs losing 7 of 11 to close out he regular season before taking back to back crowns against the Celtics. So there is a silver lining that Phil Jackson, Kobe and Fish know what they’re doing.
Source: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / U.S. Presswire / February 3, 2011
The coaches and players are putting on a brave face and as the injured Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) has repeatedly said on his twitter account “Remember its a marathon not a sprint. No need for panic. When we are completely healthy & focused. No team can beat us in a seven game series”. I like the word “Focus” but when will the Lakers play with more focus on a consistent basis. Or is it that the Lakers are simply getting the best shot from each time each night? Opponents are bringing their “A” game every night. More and more, teams are chipping away at the Lakers armour – they have already lost 1 more game at home than they did compared to last year. Cracks are starting to appear as Johnny Ludden of Yahoo! Sports says.
But as a true and true Laker fan, I’m not about to jump off the bandwagon. A east coast 2 week, 7 game road trip is coming up and being out of the media circus in LA will certainly help. You have to give this team the benefit of the doubt and one has to remember that the Lakers are trying to head to the Finals for the 4th consecutive year. But yet the Lakers need a boost according to Ramona Shelburne.
In an era of free agency and big contracts, this is not an easy feat. This has only happened 3 times in the history of the NBA – Celtics (56-’66), Lakers (’81-82 to 84-’85), Celtics (’83-’84 to ’86-’87). Appreciate this and they are definitely still running, albeit jogging in this marathon at this stage. The Lakers panic meter is only really a 6 out of 10 according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard and they will be ready come playoff time. Keep the faith.