Mike D’Antoni, the Lakers head coach, was absent last night for what was expected to be his first game coaching. Unfortunately, the head coach still didn’t feel well enough after his surgery to make it to the sideline. D’Antoni is aiming for Tuesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets to make his debut.
Steve Blake and Steve Nash have also bee MIA on the court despite practicing during team practices. Nash’s return is reportedly still a week away as he tries to get back to form after suffering the leg fracture earlier in the season. Blake is still nursing a strained abdomen and has been listed as day-to-day.
Dwight looked good last night, and has been looking stronger and stronger every game. I, however, still notice a difference between the player he is now and the beast he once was. Maybe that’s because the big man says he is only 75-80 percent healthy. Howard claims he’s still nowhere near 100 percent, even after going for 28 pts, 13 rebs and 3 blks against the Rockets last night. In the first 10 games of the regular season, Howard has been averaging 20.0 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.
Kobe brought it during last night’s game, ending the night with a triple-double. In the end the Lakers offense was way too much, as they cruised to an breakaway victory over the Rockets 119-108. Make sure to catch the post-game report to see what happened in each quarter, and relive moments like Pau Gasol’s milestone 15,000th point. The Lakers have won four out of the last five games with the team eclipsing the 100-point mark each time.
Loving the enthusiastic fans coming to the Lakers games. Keep up the spirit people! It’s a new and exciting time with Mike 2.0.
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