Now if Laker-killer Troy Hudson was actually healthy, then you might actually be able to win a couple games, instead of just one. Unfortunately, it looks like you'll just get one. I predict it'll be Game 2. Enjoy.
Hmm... Guess I'll go back to my original prediction here.
Lakers looked unispiredIndeed.
Guess the decided one win in Minnesota was plenty, and they'd just relax and enjoy it 'til they get back to L.A. where they'd try to get down to business again. Granted, the Wolves stepped up defense definitely played a part in our futility, but I think that was coincidentally in conjuction with one of our poorest performances of the year, especially in the shooting department. The whole team (except Kobe in the first half) just looked like $h!t.
Shaq appeared to be having "issues" again as well, as in - "OK Kobe, fine. You take over and see if you can win without me." Same issue Kobe likes to show off occasionally. Sure, the Wolves surrounded Shaq pretty good when he got the ball in the post, but there were many times that he got the ball, with only one defender on him, and he didn't even look for his shot AT ALL. Shaq didn't even seem slightly interested until the very end of the third quarter. But when he made that bad pass leading to a Minnesota 3-pointer, right after we cut the lead down to 7, that was essentially the end of it.
Shaq also went on another juvenile tirade to the local press, about how he won't be "devalued" when it comes to his contract renogotiation, and went on and on about how he
is the General Manager
of the Lakers. He's the one who makes the phone calls and brings the free agents in. He's the one who makes everyone's games a lot easier, thus adding years onto their careers, etc., etc... Great time for another team controversy, and with management this time, among others. What an idiot.
....especially with Bryant missing part of game 4 for having raped a girl in Colorado
Speaking of idiots... I'm not even going to comment on this asinine