Friday, October 27, 2006

The LA Lakers finished out their preseason with a loss to the Nuggets 126-108. Here is my game recap. The Lakers had great execution for being without Kobe all preseason. Still no word on if he will play on the Tuesday season opener. The Nuggets are looking good. Melo has become more of a leader and starring with his role. Melo led the Nuggets with 32 points and 3 boards in 31 minutes. His work ethic is shining now. If you look at tape from last season and this season, you will see a difference in confidence. J.R. Smith got 14 points and 3 boards in 22 minutes. He has to come in and be like a young, more talented Voshon Lenard. His shooting capabilities will earn him minutes on this deep squad. Andre Miller got 14 points and 11 assists in 30 minutes. George Karl thinks he is overweight. I have to agree; he looks different, but when it counts his weight shouldn't be an issue. Andrew Bynum, the birthday boy, got 23 points and grabbed 7 boards in 34 minutes. With the the early problems with Lakers big men, he might start the opener. I think he is looking stronger and more skilled on the court. Lamar Odom got 17 points and 5 boards in 28 minutes. Odom looks ready to go. I just want to see if he and Kobe can keep the chemistry they had in the playoffs last year. HAPPY BDAY BYNUM!