Even with Stephen Curry the Warriors were going to have their work cut out for them against the Los Angeles Lakers. Since he didn't play because of his sprained ankle, they were just cut out. The Lakers were too tall on the glass and the Warriors jump shots were left behind in Oakland as the Lakers won big, 107 to 83.
David Lee was scoreless in 19 minutes of play while Pau Gasol had another Pau Gasol type game; 26 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Kobe Bryant chipped in with 20 points and Lamar Odom finished with16 points to go with his 14 rebounds. The Lakers won the rebounding battle 55 to 42 in case you were wondering.
Monta Ellis scored 20 points and Andris Biedrins played well early on but outside of those two the going was pretty tough. In the third quarter Jeremy Lin finally got some extended minutes and he did not disappoint. Even the Laker fans were impressed with his hustle plays that didn't all show up in the box score next to his 4 steals, but hopefully they will in Keith Smart's memory going forward.
Too many things didn't go right for the Dubs tonight but to their credit, they weren't supposed to win this game anyway. The Lakers are the defending champs and the Dubs are just trying to climb out of the lottery this year. We can now lump them in with Dwyane Wade's Miami Heat, who also weren't going 82-0.
Up next for the Dubs will be the Memphis Grizzlies, an important game as they will be competing with them for the 8th seed the rest of the year. I'm going to go out on a limb here and call it a game the Warriors should win if they plan to make the playoffs. In fact, here's a "division" for all of those teams.
This is the division the Warriors should be concerned about and thus far they're undefeated against the teams within. Check back Wednesday to see what happens against their rival Grizzlies! (Trying to build drama).