In the absence of Kobe Bryant and all of the team’s point guards (Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar, etc.), it was clearly possible that the Los Angeles Lakers could throw together some unsatisfying offensive performances, but I’m not sure anyone could have predicted the disastrous results from Saturday night.
The Lakers fell by a decisive, 102-83 margin against the Warriors on the road, and the offensive numbers were staggeringly putrid. As a unit, LA shot just 32.5% from the floor and 20% from beyond the 3-point arc, and it wasn’t only a shooting problem for the Lakers. With the Jodie Meeks/Xavier Henry/Nick Young combination playing the point (not a misprint), they simply couldn’t get themselves into quality shots, and that contributed in a big way to their team total of 24 turnovers to just 11 assists.
In fairness to the Lakers, they were playing a top-10 defensive team in Golden State, and the Warriors played very well on that end of the court. However, the Warriors somehow cruised to a 19-point win despite some very uninspiring offense, at least by their standards. The Dubs were held under 40% shooting on the day against an effort-filled Lakers team, but Andrew Bogut (who grabbed twenty rebounds) keyed a rebounding edge for Golden State, and the aforementioned 24 turnovers from LA seemingly gave the Warriors every chance they needed to produce offense.
Both starting big men for Golden State put up double-doubles, as Bogut added 12 points to go with those 20 rebounds, and David Lee put up 19 points and 10 rebounds alongside him. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each struggled with their shot in the game (both players shot 5 for 15 from the floor), but they picked the right night for an “off” day, and it was a good opportunity for the Warriors to continue the process of integrating the newly-healthy Andre Iguodala back into the offense.
Honestly, though, there wasn’t a ton to take away from this one on the Golden State side, but instead, the Lakers’ issues shone through. Without a single ball-handler on the active roster, things could be this ugly on a nightly basis for LA, and if they want to remain semi-relevant in the absence of Kobe Bryant (and the two point guards), they’re going to need a “Plan B” in short order.