Record: 35 - 22
Last Week's Rank: 7
Last Week's Results: W vs. New Jersey 91-87, (Tue); W @ L.A. Clippers 113-108, (Wed); L vs. Houston 107-112, (Fri); L @ Phoenix 105-125, (Sat)
This Week: @ New Orleans, Monday (4/9); @ San Antonio, Wednesday (4/11); vs. Denver, Friday (4/13); vs. Dallas, Sunday (4/15)
This past week was mediocre at best for the Lake Show. Things were looking good on Wednesday as they won their pivotal matchup against the Clippers thanks in part to Kobe living up to his rep as The Closer. But then a loss to the Rockets and another to the Suns (Kobe sat out with a shin injury) put the Lakers only a half-game ahead of the Clippers in the Pacific Division. One major point of concern for the team is Andrew Bynum's attitude. After the whole shooting 3s drama and team sanctioned fine, the 7-footer got himself ejected from Thursday's game against the Rockets after arguing fouls and taunting the opposing bench. That kind of drama and lack of focus is what leads to early playoff exits. Bynum is having career-highs in stats like PPG (18.4) and RPG (11.9) but the 24-year-old's immaturity has sometimes overshadowed his play this season. Drama in L.A.? Really?! —Ralph Warner