The only good thing I really have to say about Game 1 against the New Orleans Hornets today was the fact that I was at the game itself. Barring any season-ending losses, it is never as terrible when you’ve been there in person. The crowd and the atmosphere permeate our being and just make you feel like you are a part of something special. It does for me anyway. I had an incredible time at the game as I always do, and while I would have preferred a win of course, I will settle for a Game 1 loss. It’s only the first round, and will not make or break them in any sense.
To be honest, I was pretty excited to see Chris Paul play in person as well; he was on my list of people I wanted to see and hadn’t, which is slowly dwindling. Right now it consists of Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade and the Celtics. It was also good to see Trevor Ariza, though he was being a bit aggravating towards Kobe. I do miss him.
I really thought the Lakers would come out with energy and focus, now that the “real season” they always allude to was finally upon us. They did their job to get into the Western Conference Playoffs and now the title defense was meant to begin in earnest. I guess they decided otherwise tonight….
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