Portland Keeps the Lakers on a Losing Streak November 01, 2012 11:20
The LA Lakers went 0-8 in the pre-season, and now they are 0-2 in the regular season after they lost last night, 116 - 106 to the Portland Trail Blazers.
When the Lakers new signings, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, were announced in the off-season, everyone thought that this season was decided in terms of who was going to win the Championship.
Things obviously haven't started out very well in that regard. Dwight Howard had 33 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists, and Kobe Bryant went for 30 points, but that still wasn't enough.
Steve Nash left the game early with an injury to his left leg and Nash was replaced with Steve Blake, who did little to push the Lakers forward.
Portland had a good game all round. Rookie point guard, Damian Lillard, scored 23 points and had 11 assists in his NBA debut, and Sasha Paviovic started a 13-0 run for the Trail Blazers late in the 3rd quarter, by scoring 7 straight points.
British fans would be disappointed that GB player, Joel Freeland, didn't get on court to make his NBA debut, but the Trail Blazers kept a tight run of players on the floor, keeping 4 players on the bench throughout.
The Lakers had 25 turnovers in the game, and only 6 fast break points, compared to 12 turn overs and 19 fast break points for Portland.
With the Lakers now on a 10 game losing streak, is this a sign of things to come for the season, or do they just have a lot of work to get their game together?