Thursday, May 5, 2011

Lakers Are In Huge Trouble Going Back To Dallas.

The two-time defending NBA champions from Los Angeles knew they were going to have a tough time with Dallas in the second round of the playoffs, but no one in the world outside of Dallas thought the series would be 2-0 to the Mavericks as it shifts to Texas. You shouldn’t be ready to put a fork in the Lakers yet, but the fat lady is warming up her pipes in the back, and a loss on Friday night in Big D would cause her to start belting out a few notes.

The Lakers just looked awful in a 93-81 loss to the Mavericks on Wednesday night, and they showed none of the heart and experience that has made them champions and the favorites for NBA betting at BetUs over the last two seasons. Ron Artest clotheslined J.J. Barea at the end of Game 2 and even coach Phil Jackson thinks that Artest will be suspended for Game 3. The Lakers shot 2-of-20 from three-point land when they probably should have been getting the ball inside to Andrew Bynum, who had 18 points and 13 boards, shooting 8-of-11 from the floor, but he got a lot of his points on putbacks from the offensive glass and said after the game that the team has issues with trust. Pau Gasol, once again, wasn’t aggressive enough, Lamar Odom had one of his worst games in recent times off the bench, and Kobe Bryant, who notched a team-high 23 points, looked disgusted with it all. If you’re a Lakers fan, there wasn’t a lot to be encouraged about from Game 2.

This is going to take all of Jackson’s coaching nous to inspire the Lakers in Dallas, or the defending champions may not even make it back to Los Angeles. Somewhere, Mark Cuban is very pleased.

Question: How can the Lakers get back in this series?

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