1. The Lakers' offense looked horrible in their 107-104 loss Tuesday to the Houston Rockets. The first quarter featured the Lakers scoring 40 points, a whole lot of ball movement and equal production from the post and the perimeter. They shot 69%, recorded 11 assists and only committed one turnover. Finally, it looked like the Lakers found the value of playing with purpose.
But it was just a mirage.
The Lakers made five second-quarter field goals. The last three quarters featured more isolation sets than actual ball movement. They ended up with 13 more turnovers. The Lakers hardly appeared aggressive enough for second-chance points, losing 16-9. Ugly all across the board.
2. The Lakers defense also played poorly too. As efficient as the Lakers looked offensively to open the game, they hardly looked disciplined on defense. They made Lakers fans suddenly nostalgic for Sasha Vujacic since he certainly wouldn't have allowed Slovenian-rival Goran Dragic to scorch the Lakers for 16 points on seven-of-13 shooting. The Lakers remained obsessed with paying Derek Fisher a tribute by hacking at Luis Scola.....but not really stopping him. The Lakers appeared lost on showing out on pick-and-rolls, allowing Courtney Lee to suddenly look effective. It's mind boggling that the Lakers' defense suddnenly collapsed. But this is a tell-tale sign that the Lakers' effort has lacked and the players aren't listening to Lakers Coach Mike Brown.