The State Of The Lakers

1st Round Game 2

Game 2 between the Lakers and Blazers

had all the feels of a big game

atmosphere. The Blazers feeling good

stealing game 1 in epic fashion and

shocking the NBA world and their

opponents the Lakers who are the top

seed in the Western Conference. In

tonight’s game these teams sense of

urgency was at a high level from the tip.

In the 1st quarter The Lakers jumped out

to a 16-8 lead early in the quarter that

was ignited by KCP’s two 3 pointers and a

Alley Oop dunk from LeBron assisted by

Anthony Davis.

The Lakers game plan of going to the rim

worked to their advantage. Davis was

able to score 11 points on 5-8 FG to help

the Lakers keep a steady lead. Dame

Lillard added 10 points of his own for the

Blazers to keep the game close. The

Lakers would finish the quarter leading


The 2nd quarter started off well for the

Lakers with Lebron getting to the rim and

converting a few layups that a to increase

the lead but the Blazers staying in it with

some sharp shooting from Gary Trent Jr

who knocked down two 2 3 pointers to to

cut the Lakers lead to 37-31 before a TV


The Lakers were able to increase the lead

to 11 with AD hitting a short jumper

followed by a deep 3 pointer from Kyle


The Lakers willingness to take high

percentage shots paid off. AD took

advantage of this and pushed the Lakers

to a 56-39 lead going into the half.

Davis dropped 21 points in the 1st

Half for the 2nd game in a row. Lillard

led the Blazers with 14 points.

The 3rd quarter started off with a bang

for the Lakers with a 10-0 run to increase

the lead 68-41. The Lakers defense

stepped up as well with Javale McGee

swatting shots and grabbing rebounds

relentlessly for a stretch. The AD show

continued with dropping another 10 points

to up his total to 31. The lead would

stretch to 88-58 going into the final


Both teams emptied the benches.

Lillard would sit out due to a finger injury

that occurred in the 3rd quarter. The

game would go back and forth with the

clock moving quickly both teams knowing

the outcome had already been settled.

JR Smith made his presence felt with a a

few pretty 3 pointers it was good to see

with his shooting struggles in the bubble

The series is now tied 1-1 with a blowout

win ending the game 111-88.

My 2 Cents

The Lakers did everything that a dominant

team is supposed to by taking high

percentage shots and crashing the boards

on both ends of the floor. The Lakers got

into a rhythm that we had not seen in

months since the stoppage occurred. The

motivation of being down 0-1 was there

and the Lakers answered the bell.

The Lakers out rebounded the Blazers

50-41 also grabbed 14 offensive rebounds

for the game. The outside shot finally

arrived for the Lakers tonight knocking

down 14 triples after struggling badly

throughout their time in the bubble. The

Lakers also made 9-10 from the Free

Throw line. Lakers were close to shooting

over 50 percent finishing the game at 48


AD finished the night with 31 points,11

rebounds, 3 assists,and 2 Blocks to lead

the way. Lebron was a player coach but

his stats weren’t huge in the box score but

huge for the overall win. Lebron finished

the game with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 7

assists and 2 steals.

The key player to the game though was

KCP who scored 16 points going 4-6 from

the 3 point line and played very tough

defense on both Lillard and CJ McCollum.

The effort sparked the rest of the team to

chip in when the scoring opportunities

where presented to them. The Center

combo of McGee and Dwight Howard

combined for 19 points, 13 rebounds and 1

block. The Bench contributed 41 points

tonight another significant total that led to

the blowout of the Blazers.

The Lakers are not out the woods yet!

Game 3 the Blazers will make adjustments

and bring their best effort the status of

Lillard will be known by game time. The

Lakers look to seize the momentum take

the series lead. In the playoffs Game 3 is

always crucial but not dire in a 1-1 series.

Written By:Pop Dibiase

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