Jan 31, 2013
Nash returns to Phoenix, Lakers lose 92-86
The Lakers begin their Grammy trip in Phoenix and wanted to start things right. Unfortunately for the Lakers and Steve Nash, it was not what they expected. When Nash was introduced, the Phoenix crowd cheered and he acknowledged. Nash has been the cornerstone of the Phoenix franchise for quite some time, and the the appreciation from the fans of Phoenix was one to remember. The Lakers led most of the game, but played sloppy throughout. The Lakers led as much as 15 points, and it looked like they were in control to ultimately win the game. Unfortunately, the Lakers let the game get away.
The Suns made their run in the fourth quarter. The Lakers had an abysmal 20 turnovers, and reverted back to their old habits. The Laker turnovers enabled Phoenix to stay in the game. The Lakers had plenty of chances to widen the margin of their lead, but they couldn't capitalize on their opportunities. Kobe Bryant, who's been a facilitator the past three games, was one assist shy of another double-digit assist game. He ended up with a team-high 17 points and 5 rebounds and 9 assists. The Lakers bench combined for 29 points. There was bad news for the Lakers, as Dwight Howard re-aggravated his right shoulder. He was in obvious pain when he grabbed his shoulder. He will have his shoulder reevaluated today. This will not fare well with the Lakers if Howard cannot play for the rest of the road trip. This is the longest and toughest road trip for the Lakers this season, and it could put them back further behind if they don't have their defensive enforcer in Dwight Howard patrolling the paint.
This loss was so disappointing because the Lakers had the lead for most of the game. The Lakers can't afford to lose to teams that they should beat. The last Lakers road win, was December 22nd. The road trip continues in Minnesota on Friday. We will see if the Lakers can handle the adversity, and go out and win one on the road.