You think I’m overreacting? Haven’t you heard what happened?? The Lakers have lost TWO games! In a row!!
The ThreePeat is doomed! We might as well give the title to those goofballs in South Beach. It’s all over!
Of course I’m just kidding. I do not believe any of those things I just wrote. But to listen to all the Laker Haters out there (and some “fans”) you would think all the above is true. So I am here to instill a little sanity into the conversation.
So let’s look at a few facts. I know, facts don’t have a big place in sports conversations but I’m going to give it a try.
Yes, the Lakers have lost two games in a row. Before that, they won eight games in a row. Now where I come from, eight is bigger than two. So the first streak is better than the last one. Also, I’m not sure if some of you people know it or not but the NBA Season is 82 games long. We’re a tenth of the way through the season and the Lakers have won 80% of their games so far. So if they keep up this pace they will only win 66 games. Losers!
Second, let’s take a look at the latest loss. The Phoenix Suns came into town Sunday and rained down a team record 22 3-pointers on the Lakers. The Suns shot an unbelievable 55% from beyond the arc and only won the game by five points. Let that stat sink in for a second. The Suns have a record night shooting and the game was still in doubt until the last minute.
It kind of reminds me of Game 3 of the 2009 NBA Finals. The Orlando Magic shot 75% from the field in the first half and only won by 4. At that point I knew the Lakers would be alright.
I think this season is going to shape up the same way. The Lakers will lose a few games here and there but those teams that beat them will have to play their best game.
So all the Laker Haters can rejoice and clog up my Twitter timeline with smack talk after each loss. That’s okay. I’m not going to worry until Game 7 of the 2011 NBA Finals. Just like I did last year.