Fixing the Problem; Lakers Need to Remember How to Win

After the Lakers lost their fifth consecutive game last night to the Oklahoma City Thunder it seemed that even they were wondering when this losing streak was going to end. Los Angeles hadn’t lost five games in a row since acquiring Pau Gasol on February 1, 2008. In fact, before this season they hadn’t even lost four games in a row with Gasol. After the loss in Portland on Friday and the loss against the Thunder last night the Lakers are setting all kinds of new records for themselves. The problem is that these aren’t records that they want to be setting. Especially in April.

However, even as Laker fans all over the world have one leg dangling over the edge, it’s fair to say that the Lakers are still favorites to win the Western Conference and possibly the NBA championship. Their problems right now aren’t due to injuries or physical ailments. The problems are mental. And if last night’s finish was any bit of an indicator, which to me it clearly was, fixing these problems can be fairly simple. So what do the Lakers need to do to get back on track? It’s simple – win one game.

While one win isn’t going to make up for the five straight losses or the fact that they’re looking at starting numerous playoff series’ on the road, it will allow them to regain their greatest asset – their confidence. Late in last night’s game with the Thunder the Lakers had control. They had a lead, and although it was slim it seemed as if the Lakers had control of the game. And why wouldn’t they? They’re the back to back champions. They have a plethora of smart, veteran players that know what it takes to win. Plus they were in the friendly confines of the Staples Center. They had everything going their way. But when it came time to execute and make plays that would win the game, they faltered.

I saw too many players take bad shots early in the shot clock. I saw players who know how to close out games suddenly look like a squad of rookies pressing themselves to make an outstanding play. Instead of relying on each other and their offense, they stuttered and failed as individuals. On the other end of the court the Thunder did everything that needs to be done to win a game. They played team ball. Instead of the contested shots the Lakers were getting, the Thunder were picking apart the defense with perfect penetration and finding the open teammate when the Los Angeles defense collapsed on them. Everything the Lakers did wrong down the stretch of the game the Thunder did right. And that’s why they won.

So why does a team that has won as much as this current Lakers squad has suddenly falter and trip over themselves in a late game where they have a chance to win? Because when you begin to lose again and again your confidence begins to disappear. When a team that wins consistently, such as the Lakers, is in a close match with a perennial loser, the mindset of the players on each team is different. For the winning team the thoughts are – ‘how are we going to find a way to pull out this win?’ On the other hand the team that is used to losing thinks – ‘how will we find another way to blow this game?’ Winning is a mindset. And it’s one that the Lakers don’t have right now.

Re-establishing confidence will work in multiple ways for the Lakers. Not only will they believe in themselves, but other teams will begin to fear them as well. When a team has lost several games in a row the opponents begin to smell blood. But, when the team has won six games in a row and begin to hit a couple shots to cut into a lead the opposing team instantly begins to panic. That mental edge is something that every championship team must have, because the NBA is far too competitive to win without it.

All it takes is one win for the Lakers to remember that they have what it takes to beat any team in this league. They have what it takes to win the championship for the third straight season. They just need to believe it. And when they do, look out.

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

I simply want to say I’m all new to blogging and site-building and truly enjoyed your web-site. Likely I’m want to bookmark your blog post . You certainly come with awesome well written articles. Thank you for revealing your webpage.

  • When do you think this Real Estate market will go back in a positive direction? Or is it still too early to tell? We are seeing a lot of housing foreclosures in Altamonte Springs Florida. What about you? Would love to get your feedback on this.

  • Hi there, i read your blog occasionally 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 suggest? I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any support is very much appreciated.

  • This design is wicked! You most certainly know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Fantastic job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  • I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I could leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading what you all have to say

  • There are certainly a lot of information like that to consider. That is an excellent indicate bring up. I use the thoughts above as general motivation yet plainly there are inquiries like the one you bring up where one of the most vital point will be working in sincere good faith. I don?t understand if best techniques have actually arised around things like that, yet I make sure that your task is clearly recognized as an up for grabs. Both young boys and also ladies feel the effect of simply a moment?s satisfaction, for the rest of their lives.

  • Hello! I simply would love to give a big thumbs up for the wonderful information you have right here on this post. I will certainly be coming back to your blog for even more quickly.

  • An outstanding share, I simply offered this onto an associate that was doing a little evaluation on this. And he actually purchased me morning meal because I discovered it for him. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the reward! However yeah Thnkx for investing the time to review this, I feel strongly concerning it and enjoy learning more on this subject. Ideally, as you end up being know-how, would certainly you mind upgrading your blog site with more information? It is highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this post!

  • A remarkable share, I simply given this onto a coworker that was doing a little analysis on this. And he actually acquired me morning meal due to the fact that I discovered it for him. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! However yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I really feel highly about it and enjoy reading more on this topic. Preferably, as you come to be proficiency, would certainly you mind updating your blog site with even more information? It is extremely helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!

  • An intriguing discussion deserves comment. I assume that you need to create a lot more on this subject, it may not be a taboo topic yet normally individuals are insufficient to talk on such subjects. To the following. Thanks

  • Can I just say what an alleviation to find somebody that really understands what theyre talking about on the internet. You most definitely know exactly how to bring a concern to light and also make it crucial. More people need to read this as well as recognize this side of the story. I angle think youre not a lot more preferred because you certainly have the gift.

  • Oh my benefits! a fantastic short article man. Thanks Nonetheless I am experiencing issue with ur rss. Don?t recognize why Incapable to subscribe to it. Is there any person getting similar rss trouble? Anyone that recognizes kindly respond. Thnkx

  • Wonderful message. I learn something more challenging on various blog sites everyday. It will always be boosting to check out web content from various other authors as well as exercise a something from their store. I?d favor to make use of some with the content on my blog site whether you don?t mind. Natually I?ll give you a link on your internet blog. Many thanks for sharing.

  • Spot on with this review, I absolutely believe this internet site needs much more consideration. I?ll possibly be again to read far more, many thanks for that details.

  • It?s difficult to find knowledgeable people on this topic, yet you sound like you know what you?re talking about! Thanks

  • I was very delighted to locate this web-site. I intended to many thanks for your time for this terrific read!! I definitely appreciating every little bit of it and also I have you bookmarked to have a look at brand-new things you article.

  • Youre so amazing! I don’t expect Ive review anything like this before. So great to find someone with some original thoughts on this subject. realy thanks for beginning this up. this web site is something that is needed on the internet, a person with a little creativity. helpful task for bringing something brand-new to the net!

  • I?m impressed, I have to state. Really rarely do I come across a blog site that?s both informative as well as entertaining, and also let me tell you, you have actually hit the nail on the head. Your suggestion is outstanding; the concern is something that not nearly enough people are talking wisely around. I am extremely delighted that I came across this in my look for something connecting to this.

  • I am usually to blog writing and also i actually value your material. The short article has truly peaks my rate of interest. I am mosting likely to bookmark your website as well as maintain checking for brand-new info.

  • Oh my benefits! a remarkable post dude. Thanks Nevertheless I am experiencing issue with ur rss. Don?t understand why Not able to subscribe to it. Is there anybody obtaining identical rss issue? Any individual who recognizes kindly respond. Thnkx

  • When I originally commented I clicked the -Alert me when new comments are included- checkbox and also currently each time a comment is added I obtain four e-mails with the exact same remark. Is there any way you can remove me from that solution? Thanks!

  • There is noticeably a package to learn about this. I presume you made certain good factors in features additionally.

  • Hey there! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good results. If you know of any please share. Thanks!

  • This design is wicked! You most certainly know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Great job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  • Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading your posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Many thanks!

  • I was extremely delighted to discover this web-site. I intended to thanks for your time for this remarkable read!! I absolutely enjoying every little of it as well as I have you bookmarked to take a look at brand-new things you article.

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.