Los Angeles Lakers Road To Three-Peat: Two Straight Losses

Three weeks are in the books of the 2010-11 NBA season, and the Lakers are no longer undefeated. In fact, they have two losses now. The past week was one to forget for the Lakers, who barely squeaked out a 99-94 win over a lackluster Timberwolves team. They then went on to lose the next two, dropping one in Denver on Thursday night, and one Sunday night in L.A. against the Suns.

The Lakers have some regrouping to do, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Everything else seems fine, they are first in the NBA in points per game, second in rebounds per game, and third in assists per game. There is one big eyesore, and that is the points allowed per game, where the Lakers are 20th in the league.

Week in Review

vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - W 99-94 Player of the Game: Kobe Bryant - 33 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals

@ Denver Nuggets - L 118-112 Player of the Game: Pau Gasol - 17 points, 20 rebounds, two assists

vs. Pheonix Suns - L 121-116 Player of the Game: Pau Gasol - 28 points, 17 rebounds, two assists

This was another week where we learned some new things, so let's take a look:

Three Positives

1. Offense Continues Domination

Finding three positives this week is much harder than previous weeks, but one thing that hasn't changed all season is offensive success. The Lakers continue to lead the NBA in points per game with 112. Kobe had his two best offensive performances of the year this past week, scoring 33 against the Timberwolves and 34 against the Nuggets.

The Lakers are also getting great ball movement, and are averaging 24 assists per game, which is third in the league. In the last two games, the Lakers scored 228 points, but unfortunately, their opponents in the last two games have scored 239 points. But we'll get to that later on in the negatives section.

The bench also continues its offensive domination, scori...

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