So, game one is officially in the books. The Lakers looked good in trashing the Portland Trailblazers, 96-76. What does this mean for the Lakers this year? Absolutely nothing. Last year, they lost their first game but they eventually went to the NBA finals.
Having said that, the Lakers D seemed good. Clearly, the length of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum was the big difference. When Bynum switched to another man (on defense), Gasol was quick to switch to Bynum’s man – no change in height and length, it looked like there was no switch at all.
Andrew Bynum was not that good offensively. He made some short jumpers facing the basket and he didn’t make them. His fadeaway was a welcome sight though.
Kobe was, well, Kobe. Przybilla, Przybilla, Przybilla, my boy. You play dirty and stupid. Przybilla gave Kobe Bryant a hard foul and Kobe went on a scoring tear during the time when the Blazers were coming back in the third quarter.
So, how good is Sasha Vujacic now? He must have improved his shooting because Lamar Odom made a beautiful pass to him even when he was standing in the sidelines – Vujacic was not in the game at that time.
Trevor Ariza was awesome too! Made defensive plays and shot the three well. Derek Fisher’s shot seems to be off for a couple of years now. Time for Jordan Farmar to take the starting spot? In my opinion, Farmar is now starter material but he’s much more valuable in the second unit of this Lakers squad because of his energy.
Radmanovic was shooting well too… ah what the hell, you get the point, LAKERS RULE!