By Craig Kwasniewski
Put him to sleep, wish him to the cornfield, call in Dr. Kevorkian, have him kiss someone with Swine Flu, push him into traffic, spike his water with female hormones so he can fail a drug test... Whatever keeps Derek Fisher from playing for the Lakers do it now! How many more games will Fisher cost the Lakers before Phil Jackson wakes up from reading Jeanie Buss's tweets and benches his ass? Three points, two turnovers, one of nine from the field and ZERO defense, Fisher needs to meet the bench NOW!
Here are a few other thoughts from the Lakers 106-103 loss to Denver my seat in section 316:
Reverse of Game 1: The Lakers thoroughly dominated Denver for the first 22 minutes. The Nuggets looked lost and disinterested... basically the knuckle headed Denver Nuggets that most people expected showed up at the start of this game. Yet somehow the Lakers didn't take hold of the game and the Nuggets (behind a very impressive effort from Carmelo Anthony) got back in it, eventually stealing game 2.
Props to Phil Jackson: For benching BOTH Bynum and especially Vujacic. Elden Campbell’s ghost took over Bynum’s body at halftime. Inexplicably Bynum had zero energy early in the 3rd quarter and PJ just didn't have the patience to wait for Bynum shit. Vujacic shot selection was absolute gash, earning dirty looks from everyone in Staples Center not wearing powder blue. He needs to be destroyed like a horse with a broken leg.
The WORST thing to happen in a game: Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony had balanced scoring in game 2. The Lakers are better off if one or the other explodes, but if both get 22-30 each then the Lakers are in serious trouble. It gives the Nuggets two go to guys down the stretch compared to the Lakers one with Kobe. And tonight, Chauncey's veteran moxie took over as he drew several key fouls.
The Lakers front line needs to not
be intimidated by Denver’s shorter front line. Two games into
the series and the Odom, Bynum & Gasol triumvirate have 62 points compared to 61 from Martin,
Nene & Anderson. The Lakers
“advantage” is supposed to be their front line yet they lead 62-61 after two
HOME games…. This is a VERY disturbing stat from LA's perspective.
Melo has REALLY impressed me. Late in the 2nd quarter, the Lakers were on the brink of blowing the game wide open… well Melo wouldn’t have it and he alone carried the Nuggets on his shoulder and kept the game close…. aided by Vujacic’s TERRIBLE shot selection.
Outlook for Game 3: The Lakers need to get points from
everyone not named