It just doesn't look right. No matter how many times I see Ronny Turiaf in a Golden State Warriors' jersey I cringe and can't help but wonder if he has a Lakers' jersey underneath.
At least he didn't go to the San Antonio Spurs like Robert Horry, or the Dallas Mavericks like Devean George, or even the Phoenix Suns like Shaq. I really can't stand any of those teams, but I don't really have a problem with the Warriors, I actually was routing for them when they had that little run in the playoffs with Baron Davis a couple years ago.
I have a soft spot for Turiaf, not many players show the emotion and lust for life that he does and in my opinion he will always be a Laker4Life regardless of what he does during the rest of his career.
Back to the game, which was pure Lakers' domination from start to finish!
The Lakers put up 130 points against the Warriors on Sunday which is more like a score from the Showtime Lakers era. With that many points the Lakers are flying high with a new found confidence from their huge win over the Boston Celtics on Christmas day.
Ironically enough, the Warriors were coming off a huge win of their own after beating the Celtics just one day after the Lakers handed them their third loss, the Warriors gave them one more.
With both teams looking to prove that their win over the Celtics wasn't just a fluke they came out firing against one another on Sunday.
Kobe Bryant lead the way as usual with his 31 points, but he was only one of the six Lakers to score in double figures against the Warriors. Ex-Warriors' point guard Derek Fisher also got in on the scoring action with 19 points, followed by Sasha Vujacic's 17 who lit it up from deep hitting 4-7 from beyond the arc.
Every single Lakers' player that hit the floor on Sunday night scored including international import Sun Yue who only played 7 minutes, but did score 2 points. With Jordan Farmar out for a couple of months, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Chinese Magic Johnson (which he has been called) getting more playing time in his absence.
As for the Warriors, Jamal Crawford tried to shoulder the scoring load with 22 points on 7-12 shooting from the floor as usual shooting leader Stephen Jackson only scored nine points. Ronny Turiaf on the other hand had a terrible game offensively in the 20 minutes he was on the floor in his return to LA. The power forward didn't hit either of the two shots he put up, but he did block four shots, and stole the ball twice with the defensive intensity that all of us used to love to watch.
With this win the Lakers improve their winning streak to three, and are clicking on all cylinders at just the right time as they will face some pretty tough teams over the next three-game home stand (Utah Jazz, Portland Trailblazers, New Orleans Hornets) before going to play the Warriors again by the bay.
NEXT LAKERS GAME: Utah Jazz @ Los Angeles Lakers Friday, Jan. 2nd 7:30pm PST