The Lakers are just now tapping into their tough part of their schedule. Officially, this upcoming Saturday marks the day when LA’s 17 out of 21 games at home is over with. They have won 8 straight, now dont get me wrong that is good no matter who it is against, but their toughest opponents have been Miami (at home) and OKC (at home). Sure they are playing great ball and are number 1 in the power ranking but give me a break. Many people thought after their first 21 games they could very easily be 20-1 or 19-2. Come next Saturday, they may be 18-3, but they will first have to move past the Suns tonight, and Utah on Wednesday. Then on Saturday, the Lakers will travel to Utah for their opening night- 1.5 months afer the rest of the league.
At this exact moment, the Celtics have 2 games on the Lakers but only one more loss. The Celtics have played 10 games at home and 10 games on the road, a perfect split 50/50 to show what their record should be and that is 16-4. The Lakers on the other hand, like I said have played 78 percent of their games at home (will be 81% by next Saturday). With two less games, and 28 percentage points more home games, the Celtics are only down 1 game in the loss column to the Fakers? I would have to say that must be disappointing for a Laker fan. They are one lucky bank shot from Kobe away from being 14-4. What has it taken the Lakers to get there? They have had to excessively use Kobe with minutes above his career average, and nearly 1 minute more than all of last year.
The Lakers record is very deceiving to how good they actually are. They have yet to have to prove anything. All of those home games to begin the season leads to a lot of road trips through the rest of their season. They have yet to play a single game against Orlando, Cleveland, or the Celtics. Their 1 tough road game (at Denver) they got their rear end handed to them by 26 points.
In one week, the Lakers will have a little reality check as to what an NBA season really is. The C’s are in very good position, with only being down by a game in the loss column. If the Celtics make it out of December, and are tied or very close to the Lakers, the Celtics will have a great advantage through the rest of the season to have the best record in the league. This will bode very important in the Finals as we prepare for what just may be another epic Celtics vs. Lakers Finals.
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