The Bad News
Lakers looking rusty, shots not falling, down by 3.
The Good News
Down by only 3, despite...
- Shooting only 39.5%
- Not hitting a single 3-pointer in the first half
- Kobe shooting 4-12
- Twice as many personal fouls committed as the Rockets
That's what we call a Silver Lining.
Meanwhile, the Lakers struggles are a result of shots not falling — not of any lack of effort. I'm actually really pleased with the effort, and the defense is looking great. The shots not falling is likely a combination of rust from a week of rest, and Kobe being sick. Hopefully, Kobe can adjust, and the Lakers can shake off their rust and put together a trademark 3rd quarter run.