The Laker's woeful road streak continues with a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Black Swan Pau and Pacers-era Ron Artest from the last game failed to arrive for this road contest, as both players struggled. From the onset, Kobe Bryant tried to feed his bigs in the first quarter. However, Pau and Bynum both combined to shoot 3-9 in the first period. Kobe himself only took 2 shots in the first quarter. When the starters sat out to start the second period, the Lakers bench put together four straight awful possessions before scoring. By then, the lead had swollen to ten and the Lakers couldn't close the gap.
This one stings because we had such a huge size advantage over the Bucks. We had Carlos Delfino covering Pau Gasol some stretches. This makes Pau's 6-18 shooting performance even more disappointing. This is a game he should have dominated from the start.
There's a lot to be concerned about. This is no longer "early in the season". The Lakers had plenty of rest. They just came off an emotional victory that was supposed to propel them on a run for a tough road stretch. Instead, they lost to a team missing 2 of their best 3 players in Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson. What the Lakers lack at this point is simply execution. We can only hope that will come soon, because we're running out of time and excuses