The Credits: "Dazed and Confused"

We feel your pain

Just when we all thought that maybe, just maybe, this Lakers team was beginning to mesh and resemble a respectable squad, they go out and have a performance that boggles the mind. In yet another road loss, the Lakers proved once again that Los Angeles really has 3 teams, the Clippers, the home Lakers and the road Lakers. Why do they go down 27 to a team they just soundly beat 48-hrs ago? What was Mike Brown's thinking when he fielded a Murphy/McRoberts frontcourt in the 1st Half, practically played Kobe the entire 4th Q, and sat Bynum down all but 2-mins in the 4th Q?

After the game, Pau shared his thoughts:

We just didn’t come out the right way. They were more ready than we were to come out and compete. The energy wasn’t there, our minds weren’t there. We thought we could maybe get away with playing through the motions and win at the end but you can’t. Especially a team you have beaten twice on your home court this season, they want to get you back. They’re going to be ready to play so you have to make sure you step up to the challenge from the beginning and not put yourself in a hole like we did.

Interesting, interesting. I have a hunch that Pau's mind isn't completely with us right now. What's that?

Obviously it’s not the best-case scenario for anybody, as a team. It’s always nice to have security and reassurance, but again, I understand. … Obviously it would be nice to know one way or the other for my mind’s sake, but I don’t know if I’m in a position to really demand that at all. I understand that things are not as easy as they appear at times.

That was Pau Gasol's comments after he was informed of Kobe's comments.

Wonderful stuff, you guys.

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