Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: No LA Love for ‘Wolves

Hugs, smiles, and high fives are aplenty these days around the Lakers bench. There is a swagger about this team that wasn't there at the beginning of the NBA season. Kobe, Odom, Gasol, Bynum and even Artest have become the most important pieces of this franchise, with Bryant being the focal point of the offense, as he has been for the past many seasons.

Confidence has overtaken this Lakers team, and what better time than now? "That's why we've been able to win back-to-back championships, because we have a great team," Bryant said. "Pieces complement each other extremely well. That's the trick, that's the key. Management has done a great job."

Kobe, I must agree with you on that one. High five my friend.

Seems like whatever happened before the All-Star break has motivated this team to turn it up a notch and turn a few heads in the process. Heading into Minneapolis to take on the Timberwolves on Tuesday night, the Lakers knew that a 4-0 winning streak wasn't good enough. After beating up on the Timberwolves 90-79, the Lakers went up to 5-0. Yes, 5-0. Not too shabby folks.

Not sure how much longer the Lakers will keep their winning streak going though. In the meantime, keep your sneaker laces tied and your fingers crossed. But are you all surprised?

In a way, I'm not. To be quite honest with you, I was sort of expecting it to happen sooner or later, but not this soon. At one point in the season it seemed as if this team lacked motivation. For a minute there it seemed as if the Lakers were quickly riding on a sinking ship off the Pacific coast. Looks like everyone is pitching in for ways to motivate one another, for a win. Any team will tell you that chemistry is important just as talent is, especially for a team that has won back-to-back championships.

As for the Timberwolves, well, they played like the Timberwolves once again. Another team, wh...

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