The Los Angeles Lakers went into the half of the 2012-2013 season opener at Staples Center on Tuesday night trailing the injury-depleted Dallas Mavericks 48-46 at the half. Though there were some encouraging signs for the Lakers faithful, there are some concerns as well. Here are five quick takeaways from the first 24 minutes of the Lakers’ season.
1. This bench could kill the Lakers’ title hopes
The Lakers’ bench was one of the biggest issues for the team in 2011-2012, and heading into this season, the revamped second unit didn’t do much to convince anyone that they would improve from a year ago when they averaged an abysmal 21.3 points per game during the regular season. With just 9 points in the first half, they failed their first test.
2. The read-and-react / Princeton Offense needs some adjusting to
Forty-eight first half points is unacceptable for a lineup featuring Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard — unacceptable.
3. Dwight Howard needs to be the best player on this team
The Lakers need to run more of this offense through Dwight Howard, when he touches the ball, good things happen. He was 4-of-5with 9 points in the first half and was wildly efficient. His work on his free throw shooting will eventually pay off… eventually.
4. Pau Gasol is extremely comfortable in this offense, too bad the rest of the team isn’t
Gasol was thought to be a perfect fit for the Princeton offense due to his high basketball I.Q., and his solid all-around play is clearly a result of his level of comfort in the new scheme. The rest of the team looks lost, and with just 46 points at the half, they’ll need to adjust to it quickly.
5. Kobe is still one of the toughest players in the game
Did anyone really thing that Kobe Bean wouldn’t go tonight as he nurses a foot injury?
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