November 17, 2009

The Lakers' First Losing Streak of the Season

Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / November 15, 2009

The Los Angeles Lakers recently lost to the Houston Rockets and now have their first losing streak of the season.

The common thread between their losses against the Denver Nuggets and the Rockets is a very weak second half. In those games, the Lakers mustered an average of 30 points in the second half. That's a stark 46% drop from how they did in the first halves of those games where they scored an average of 56 points!

Kobe Bryant also struggled mightily in those two games. Kobe came into those games leading the league with 31 points a game. In those losses? Kobe netted an average of 18 points and shot a poor 32% from the field.

Granted, the Lakers have played 3 games in 4 nights after the Rockets game, but this can be a sign that the Lakers are fatigued, especially Kobe. To make matters worse, Kobe and Luke Walton are now injured.

The once streaking deep team is now a depleted squad with a losing streak. Damn.

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