Los Angeles Lakers Road To Three-Peat: Near Flawless 4-0 Week

As we come to the end of the first full month of this young NBA season, teams like the Lakers, Spurs and Hornets are really showing off some talent.

The Lakers arguably had their best week of the season so far. They went from having their worst week to their best, and they don't seem ready to slow down.

The Lakers have been stellar on offense, being first in the league in points per game, first in rebounds per game and second in assists per game. There is still a bit of a problem on the defensive side of the ball, but it has improved from 20th in the league in points allowed per game to 17th.

There were hardly any negatives this week, and it featured two perfect performances from Matt Barnes on Friday night against the Timberwolves (7-7 FG, 5-5 3P, 24 points) and Pau Gasol last night against the Warriors (10-10 FG, 28 points).

Week in Review

Tuesday @ Milwaukee Bucks - W 118-107 Player of the Game: Kobe Bryant - 31 points, seven rebounds, three assists

Wednesday @ Detroit Pistons - W 103-90 Player of the Game: Kobe Bryant - 33 points, nine rebounds, four assists

Friday @ Minnesota Timberwolves - W 112-95 Player of the Game: Matt Barnes - 24 points, seven rebounds, six assists

Sunday vs. Golden State Warriors - W 117-89 Player of the Game: Pau Gasol - 28 points, nine rebounds, five assists

What a week it was for the Lakers, so here is my Weekly Six (only five for this week):

The Positives

1. Getting Early Leads

In the last week (last four games), the Lakers have outscored their opponents by the end of the first half 236-184. This was especially the case last night, where the Lakers got out to a 37-21 first quarter lead and then extended it to 69-39 by the end of the half. This approach was apparent throughout the road trip as well.

The starters have been able to control the tempo and make their opponents play ...

About the Author