As Regular Season Ends, Lakers Look for Momentum in Tonight’s Game

The Lakers go into tonight’s game versus the Sacramento Kings with a 56-25 record.  The team’s performance during the past two weeks have been lackluster and frustrating for Laker fans.  The Lakers dropped five straight games, something that has not occurred in Laker Land since the acquisition of Pau Gasol.  Yesterday’s performance against number one seed, San Antonio Spurs, snapped that losing streak but the win was far from perfect.  The Lakers seemed to play with no urgency until the last three minutes of the fourth quarter.  The injuries to Bynum, Blake, and Barnes were definitely felt last night.

Yes, the Lakers had captured a playoff seat awhile ago and are fully capable of turning on that switch at any time, but that doesn’t mean the team can shift to a lower gear and seemingly throw away games.  This especially holds true when the team is fighting for a coveted playoff position.  A win tonight earns the Lakers a number two spot with a possibility of facing the Grizzlies or the Hornets.  With tonight’s match-up marking the end to the 2010-2011 regular season, the Lakers need to win this game to create momentum for the playoffs.

Momentum is a game changer in the competitive and ever-changing atmosphere in the NBA.  This is just what the Lakers need to have a brighter attitude going into the first round of the playoffs.  Winning tonight will also relieve the reminder of the five straight loses and missed opportunities that can affect a team vision and motivation.  Momentum in sports, especially with basketball and its fast pace, is so crucial that coaches will call a timeout to stop the momentum of the opposing team.  According to leadership expert, John C. Maxwell, “when you have momentum on your side, the future looks bright, obstacles appear small, and troubles seem inconsequential.”*

When a team is already locked into the playoffs, the coach usually will choose to rest his star players.  Phil Jackson has approached this concept in the opposite way.  Jackson believes that non-must win games are still important and will act as great practice and preparation for the team as they enter the playoff season.  Yet, Laker fans will see more bench time for players such as, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.  Due to a hyper-extended knee, Andrew Bynum will not travel with the team to Sacramento.  Derek Fisher may not receive as much rest time because of the absence of his substitute, Steve Blake, due to his battle of the Chicken Pox.  By the end of the game, we will see what kind of long-term production the reserves can produce.

Tonight’s game also serves as a chance to avenge the 100-95 loss to the Kings on January 28, 2011.  Kobe Bryant scored 38 points and passed Hakeem Olajuwon on the all-time scoring list on that January night.  However, Kobe did not get too much help offensively, with Shannon Brown and Andrew Bynum being the only other scorers in double figures with 17 and 12.  A key to winning tonight’s game is the closeout of the great rookie from Kentucky, DeMarcus Cousins.  Cousins recorded an impressive double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds during the last match-up with these two Pacific division teams.**  Gasol and Odom had a difficult time stopping Cousins in the paint, which is critical for the two to succeed at tonight.

Tonight’s last game of the regular season isn’t a must win game.  However, it is important for two reasons: playoff position and momentum.  Prior to tonight’s game, the Lakers are in a race with Dallas for the second spot in the Western Conference.  If the Lakers fall to number 3, it means facing the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round.  If this playoff match were to unfold, I don’t see the Lakers losing the series, but based on their sometimes struggles with the Blazers, especially at the Rose Garden, I would rather see them face Memphis.  Regardless of potential playoff pictures, the Lakers should focus on creating momentum and solidifying the number two spot in the West while staying healthy.

*Source: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

*Statistics provided by the NBA.com

[phpbay]Lakers Swingman, 3, “”, “”[/phpbay]  

I simply want to tell you that I am just newbie to weblog and actually loved you’re website. Most likely I’m planning to bookmark your blog . You surely have amazing articles. Appreciate it for sharing your web-site.

  • I?m satisfied, I must say. Really hardly ever do I run into a blog site that?s both educative and enjoyable, and also let me tell you, you have struck the nail on the head. Your suggestion is outstanding; the concern is something that insufficient people are talking smartly around. I am really pleased that I came across this in my look for something connecting to this.

  • Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

  • My spouse and i ended up being thankful when Michael could do his analysis from the ideas he acquired out of the site. It’s not at all simplistic to simply always be offering steps that the others might have been making money from. Therefore we acknowledge we have got the website owner to appreciate because of that. The illustrations you’ve made, the straightforward blog menu, the relationships your site help to instill – it’s everything remarkable, and it’s really letting our son in addition to us recognize that the situation is brilliant, which is really essential. Thanks for all!

  • I uncovered your blog site on google and also inspect a few of your very early posts. Remain to maintain the excellent operate. I simply added up your RSS feed to my MSN News Visitor. Seeking ahead to learning more from you in the future!?

  • This is the appropriate blog for any individual who intends to find out about this topic. You recognize a lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want?HaHa). You most definitely placed a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Fantastic stuff, simply fantastic!

  • Youre so awesome! I don’t suppose Ive read anything such as this before. So nice to find someone with some original thoughts on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this web site is something that is needed online, somebody with a little creativity. beneficial task for bringing something brand-new to the internet!

  • I was really pleased to discover this web-site. I wished to many thanks for your time for this terrific read!! I absolutely delighting in every bit of it and also I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you article.

  • An excellent share, I simply offered this onto a coworker that was doing a little analysis on this. And also he as a matter of fact acquired me breakfast since I discovered it for him. smile. So let me rephrase that: Thnx for the reward! Yet yeah Thnkx for investing the time to review this, I really feel strongly about it and also enjoy reading more on this topic. Preferably, as you come to be knowledge, would you mind updating your blog site with even more information? It is very useful for me. Large thumb up for this article!

  • There are definitely a great deal of details like that to consider. That is a fantastic indicate raise. I offer the thoughts over as basic ideas but clearly there are inquiries like the one you bring up where one of the most essential thing will certainly be working in straightforward good faith. I don?t understand if best techniques have emerged around points like that, however I make certain that your task is plainly determined as a level playing field. Both children and also women feel the impact of just a moment?s enjoyment, for the remainder of their lives.

  • I?m pleased, I should claim. Actually seldom do I encounter a blog that?s both informative as well as amusing, as well as let me tell you, you have actually hit the nail on the head. Your concept is exceptional; the concern is something that not nearly enough individuals are speaking smartly around. I am very happy that I came across this in my search for something connecting to this.

  • There are definitely a great deal of details like that to take into account. That is an excellent indicate raise. I use the thoughts above as general inspiration however plainly there are inquiries like the one you bring up where one of the most important thing will certainly be working in sincere good faith. I don?t know if finest methods have arised around things like that, but I am sure that your work is plainly identified as an up for grabs. Both boys and women feel the influence of just a moment?s satisfaction, for the rest of their lives.

  • Wonderful article. I learn something extra challenging on different blog sites day-to-day. It will certainly constantly be stimulating to read web content from various other writers as well as practice a something from their store. I?d choose to make use of some with the material on my blog whether you don?t mind. Natually I?ll provide you a link on your web blog site. Thanks for sharing.

  • Youre so cool! I don’t intend Ive read anything similar to this before. So great to discover someone with some original ideas on this subject. realy thanks for beginning this up. this website is something that is needed online, a person with a little originality. beneficial work for bringing something brand-new to the internet!

  • Area on with this article, I absolutely believe this web site requires a lot more consideration. I?ll possibly be once again to read a lot more, thanks for that information.

  • I?m amazed, I must claim. Really hardly ever do I encounter a blog site that?s both informative and also amusing, as well as let me tell you, you have struck the nail on the head. Your concept is outstanding; the issue is something that insufficient people are speaking wisely about. I am really pleased that I came across this in my look for something associating with this.

  • Having read this I believed it was rather enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this informative article together. I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  • There are some interesting points in this write-up however I don?t understand if I see every one of them center to heart. There is some credibility but I will hold point of view up until I consider it additionally. Great post, thanks as well as we desire more! Added to FeedBurner too

  • Yesterday, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and tested to see if it can survive a 25 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!|

  • After study a few of the blog posts on your site currently, and also I genuinely like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my book mark site list and also will be checking back quickly. Pls check out my web site as well as well as let me know what you believe.

  • The next time I check out a blog, I really hope that it doesn’t dissatisfy me as much as this one. I mean, I understand it was my choice to review, yet I in fact thought youd have something fascinating to state. All I hear is a lot of whining about something that you can take care of if you werent too busy seeking focus.

  • Oh my goodness! an outstanding article dude. Thank you Nevertheless I am experiencing problem with ur rss. Don?t understand why Incapable to subscribe to it. Is there any person obtaining identical rss problem? Any individual that understands kindly respond. Thnkx

  • This is the right blog for everyone who hopes to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a brand new spin on a subject that has been discussed for years. Great stuff, just great!

  • Hi there, There’s no doubt that your blog may be having internet browser compatibility problems. When I take a look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in I.E., it’s got some overlapping issues. I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Other than that, wonderful site!

  • Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any points for first-time blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

  • I was curious if you ever considered changing the layout of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  • Howdy, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam responses? If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can recommend? I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any assistance is very much appreciated.

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.