by Brett Edwards
So you may have noticed that the Lakers took the first game of their six-game roadie seriously, by playing some above average defense en route to a 19-point win at Milwaukee. MIL has been a good team thus far, with quality wins over Indiana and Dallas. The Lakers, well, not so much.
The defense was truly the story for the Lakers. They forced 18 turnovers, which they converted to 26 points (compared to only 12 points off turnovers for MIL), and that pretty much was the difference. The other thing that stood out is that while Kobe got his 33 (14-24 from the field), his teammates actually helped him seal the game after 3 quarters. Lamar Odom and Smush Parker played well at both ends of the court, which is the real reason the Lakers won this game so easily.
Now, let's see if the Lakers can keep the effort consistent tomorrow night in Toronto.