Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
The struggles of this team have been dissected ad infinitum. Now, Steve Nash's injury was obviously a massive setback for the team. But besides Nash's absence, the team was a tale of two cities: home and anywhere else.
The Lakers at home: strong offense, sturdy defense and a 6-3 record.
The Lakers on the road prior to Saturday's Dallas Mavericks matchup: offensive rating of 101.3, defensive rating of 112.5 and, not surprisingly, given those statistics, an 0-4 record.
But against the Mavericks, the Lakers played as if they were in the Staples Center, scoring their first road win in a 26-point blowout. L.A. shot 55 percent from three-point range, held the Mavericks to 37-percent shooting from the field and owned the boards 61-39.
This in the second game of a back-to-back and the Lakers' fourth game in the last five days.
All the Lakers had to do was play on the road like they were at home. They did just that on Saturday. There's every reason to believe the team that most thought the Lakers would be is coming into its own.
And after reams of gloomy reports about Nash's health, sources now say the point-guard extraordinaire is finally improving.
Things are looking shiny in Tinseltown once again.