Some polls said that Kobe Bryant was no longer a top five player in the NBA. Well he proved that wrong by scoring over 40 points in four consecutive games and he leads the league in scoring with 30.8 points per game. But the rest of the Lakers look lost on offense. Photo by Jeff Lewis Bryant is lighting up the scoreboard and leading the league in points, but the Lakers have only scored over 100 points once. By Jason LewisSentinel Sports Editor
Well, defense wins championships…right? That’s a true statement if a team has a legitimate offense, but looking at the Lakers so far this season, they are all defense and outside of Kobe Bryant, they are not much offense. The Lakers are averaging only 93.3 points per game, which is 19th in the league, and they have only scored over 100 points once in their first 15 games. Last season they averaged 101.5 points per game, 9th in the league. When head coach Mike Brown was the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers his teams always played great on the defensive end of the court, but offensively their teams always revolved around LeBron James. Now that Brown has another super star player, he seems to be building the offense just like he did in Cleveland, around one super star player. Bryant has taken to this new offense extremely well, as he is leading the league in scoring with 30.8 points per game. So far this season he is the only player in the league to score over 40 points in a game, and he did it four times in a row last week.Many critics have said that Bryant is shooting the ball too much, but he has been making about 50 percent of his shots, which is an extremely high number for a shooting guard. It is hard to argue that he is taking too many shots when he takes 30 shots in a game if he makes about 15 of them.While Bryant has adapted very well to the offense, but other players have not found their place on the court, which is reflective in their poor offensive output. During Monday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks the Lakers only scored 73 points and shot the ball 38 percent from the field, which are horrible numbers. The Lakers scored only seven points in the 3rd quarter. But defense wins, and the Lakers came out on top against the Mavericks because they held them to 70 points on 35 percent shooting. The Lakers were horrible from behind the three-point line in the game, missing their first nine attempts. But the final one, shot by Derek Fisher in the closing seconds of a tied ball game, hit nothing but the bottom of the net. On the season the Lakers are shooting 25 percent from three-point range, which is dead last in the league. Seeing that their outside shooting has been so bad, it only makes sense to get the ball to power forward Pau Gasol and center Andrew Bynum on a routine basis. The Lakers are going to need to continue with their strong defensive efforts, but they will need some more offense as they travel to Miami to play the Heat on Thursday night, and then they will play in Orlando on Friday night.
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