The Credits: "Down to Earth"

What if he took 31 shots?

After two straight road losses to teams on the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves with a 6-14 road record, and 0-2 on the current trip. After the Sunday win against Miami instilled some confidence and hope that this Lakers squad could get two or three wins from the trip, the team and their fans have come crashing down to Earth.

As for last night's game, a 101-106 loss, the regular pattern held true. Good first half by the Lakers only to see the lead squandered and lost to the opposition. Kobe Bryant scored 30 on 9-31 shooting, and also added five rebounds, four assists and four rebounds. The other four starters had 31 shots combined. Pau Gasol had 19 points and 15 rebounds while his frontcourt mate, Andrew Bynum, also added 19 points but only six rebounds. Bynum racked up the frequent flyer miles with a few traveling calls and finished the night with seven turnovers. Mike Brown with the summation:

Obviously a tale of two halves. I thought in the first half we played the right way. In the second half we didn’t. We forced shots, and forcing shots is not a good thing for us. We’re not a team that can create on our own…we have to be an executing team, a spacing team, a team that moves the ball and moves bodies. In the second half we didn’t do it. The ball stuck a lot, we forced shots.

With the March 15th trade deadline looming larger than ever, and two disappointing losses this week, one has to hope that cooler heads prevail and no rushed or panicked trades happen in the next 48hrs.

Elsewhere Around the League, Jordan Farmar hits the game winner against the Clippers, the 76ers rout the Celtics, Love and the Wolves take out the slumping Blazers and the Magic are still resisting the DH12 trade.

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