In the battle of the not-so-athletic, Glen “Big Baby” Davis walks away the victor after stuffing Pau Gasol’s dunk attempt on Sunday night in Los Angeles. This rejection came with about 5:30 to go in the 3rd quarter and stopped a jam that would have put the Lakers up by two points.
Not only did the undersized power forward (Davis) swat the 7-foot Gasol’s attempt to flush it home, but the Orlando Magic emerged as the winner over the Lakers and their former all-star center, Dwight Howard, at the Staples Center on Sunday night.
Not that I expect the 6-10 Magic to reap the spoils of much success in their 2012-13 campaign, but putting the wood to Dwight Howard and his new team has to feel good as the Magic ran away with a 113-103 victory in their first bout against their former franchise player.
Glen Davis kept up his solid play, as he pitched in with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocked shots, including the big one against Gasol.
Dwight Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds in the loss, as the disappointing Lakers dropped to 8-9 on the season.
The real issue I keep seeing with the Lakers is Kobe Bryant. Although he’d lead you to believe that the blame falls with his teammates (I know, what’s new?). Kobe’s plethora of shots night in and night out have got to come to an end. Bryant heaved up 27 shots over the course of 38 minutes on Sunday night, while Howard and Gasol combined for just 24 between the two of them. The Lakers have what is probably the best inside duo in the NBA, but refuse to use it in a manor which depicts that of what a championship caliber team would ideally use such an advantage.
They keep on letting Kobe shoot 25+ times per contest, while Metta World Peace ties Howard for the second most shots taken with 13 and I can see where the trouble starts and ends with a Lakers team who is struggling immensely.
LA needs to get to playing the pick-n-roll, or inside-out ball, and fast, before an incredibly tough Western Conference swallows them whole.