The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Denver with a 2-0 Series lead, ready to play their first road game of the post-season. During the regular season, the Lakers were a terrible 15-18 on the road. Back on February 3rd, the Lakers defeated the Nuggets in Denver, 93-89, in what was the first of a six game road-trip.
That game back in February came off of two off-days, much like tomorrow's game will. The Lakers will need as much energy as they can muster, as the Nuggets will try and run the Purple & Gold out of Mile High City. As always, if Los Angeles stands any chance of getting a win tomorrow, they'll need their big guy Andrew Bynum focused and sharp:
I left a lot on the court today," Bynum said. "I worked way too hard before the game to let that happen. I could have had a perfect game."
Bynum couldn’t define his perfect game, but it was certainly more than the stat line he produced Tuesday night. He wanted to get at least another rebound and at least a few more blocked shots. After getting a triple-double in Game 1, Bynum isn’t satisfied with anything less than a double-double now.I just left stats out there. That’s about it," Bynum said.
"I left a double-double out there, I left some block shots out there, I left points out there. I left a lot of things out there tonight.
That's the type of thinking that everyone, including Kobe Bryant, can get behind of
A smile crept over Bryant’s face when he heard the way Bynum reacted after his performance on Tuesday night. It was exactly the way Bryant would have reacted and the way he wants Bynum to react now.
"He expects greatness out of himself," Bryant said. "He believes that he can have monster games on a consistent basis like he did the last game so it’s a great thing to hear."
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