Bobcats-Lakers: Cats Meow in Los Angeles

Joe BendiezContributor IJanuary 28, 2009

On what was supposed to be Fan Night for the home crowd in Los Angeles, the party was crashed by the one and only Charlotte Bobcats.

The ‘Cats of Charlotte came in with low expectations and came out with their 19th win of the season. It took two overtimes to decide a winner, and possibly Kobe Bryant fouling out had something to do with the success of the Bobcats.

But also take in to mind that Boris Diaw was a man possessed with 23 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, and two steals. The threatening down-low game from Diaw and Okafor certainly was a big factor in how they won as well. In addition, Raymond Felton also caught fire with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists.

This game also marked as Kobe Bryant’s first time fouling out this season as well.

The Lakers are now 35-9 and have dropped losses to three teams with losing records. It’s not safe to say yet whether this is a consistency problem, or possibly that the Lakers still have some kinks in their system.

But don’t worry too much, Laker junkies—I do believe they will finish out the year with either the first, or second-best, record in the Western Conference. It all depends on whether the Spurs turn on the jets in the second half of the season, or if the Hornets sting some easy competition and propel their record.

One more thing to look at is that the Bobcats have now beaten or come close to five legit playoff teams in the NBA in this season—that would be the Lakers, Suns, Detroit, Boston, and San Antonio. San Antonio was the only team they did not beat in that mix of NBA squads.

They definitely aren’t gonna win the East, but certainly they have a chance at busting the playoffs at the eight spot and possibly causing some havoc if they can control the paint, and keep the outside game busting up threes.

The Lakers will have three upcoming games to rebound from this shocking loss. They take on Minnesota, Memphis, and New York and should come out at 3-0, but possibly the Knicks might be somewhat of a test.

Obviously the key to the Lakers' success is Kobe Bryant, and he will have to avoid fouling out of games if he wants the Lakers to have some kind of leadership on the court.