If the Lakers needed a wake-up call, they just got one.
Chris Paul’s masterful performance in Game 1 was all the Lakers needed to show them that they are on borrowed time. The league is figuring them out and they are going weaker with fatigue every game.
Whatever the Lakers have left, it’s time to empty the tank and leave nothing to chance. Unless the tank is already empty.
The Lakers attempt to atone for their sins in Game 1 with Game 2 tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. First on the agenda? Defense.
What may have been most troublesome in their loss on Sunday was the ease with which Chris Paul was able to move through the paint and draw in the defense. The Lakers have to cut off lanes which is harder to do with an aging cast of defenders who are well past their prime. Simply put: the Lakers have no answer for CP3.
What they need is to leave it up to Paul to beat them. By himself. Much easier said than done, but if they don’t find a way to stop him it’s going to be a long sobering flight to New Orleans.
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