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The Lakers beat the Rockets last night thanks to a last-second three pointer from
Kobe Bryant, nope, wait, Steve Blake? Oh, okay. Anyway, the upset — if you can call it that — happened thanks in part to the Lakers employing the “Hack-A-Howard” strategy, a tactic that Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has said he “hates.” Well, he didn’t hate it enough to not use it, and use it well, last night against his former center.
Boston’s TD Garden had a total case of the weirds Thursday night as the Celtics obliterated the Pau-less Lakers, 116-95. The Celtics continue to surge without Rajon Rondo, the Lakers revert to the terrible team we’ve known them to be this season, and we spotted one very confused fan.
What Happened Last Night: Everything Is Crashing And Burning In Los Angeles (Again), Miami Crushes Brooklyn (Again)
The Lakers are a half game closer to the cellar of the Western Conference than they are to the playoffs. Their losing streaks since the beginning of the season include three in a row, nine of 11, 10 of 13, 14 of 22 and 16 of 25. They lost fairly big to the Grizzlies Wednesday night, 106-93. They are 17-25 and not heading in the right direction. Not much is going right for the Lakers, to the point where coach Mike D’Antoni felt compelled to hold an airing of the grievances before the game against Memphis. Clearly it didn’t amount to much.
Everybody in Lakerland knows better than to publicly criticize Kobe Bryant, but if you’re there long enough, you learn some tricks of the trade. Mike D’Antoni has not yet learned such tricks. He was about as good at hiding his disgust with Kobe’s defense as Kobe is at playing defense, which is to say, not very good.
Mike D’Antoni has been the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers for 60 days, and in that time he has led the purple and gold to a record of 14-16 – better than Mike Brown’s 1-4! Too bad that still leaves the Lakers 4.5 games out of the final playoff spot, playing without an injured Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. Last night, Los Angeles lost their 5th game in a row to the San Antonio Spurs.
The 9-13 Los Angeles Lakers lost 100-94 to the 5-17 Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night, despite Kobe Bryant’s 42-point effort. You knew as well as I that Mike D’Antoni was walking (well, limping) into hellfire when he assumed the Lakers’ vacant head coaching spot. You also knew that he wasn’t a very defensive-minded coach. T.J. Simers knew that too, and being the world class troll he is, knew just what to do.
Well, the Lakers finally have a permanent coach on the bench again. Mike D’Antoni debuted last night. How’d he do? Well, unless you were up until around 1 a.m. Estern time tracking the results, you don’t know. That’s where we come in. That’s right: it’s time to break down last night in the world of sports via our ongoing feature, “What The Hell Happened Last Night?” Enough intro – let’s answer our own question now.
You know a story in the American sports world hasn’t really picked up steam until it’s chronicled by Taiwanese animation studio NMA. That’s just what happened to the Lakers after their still somewhate inexplicable hiring of Mike D’Antoni.