Monday, November 19, 2007

No Kwame no problem

Does it make me a bad person for celebrating inside when Kwame Brown went down with an ankle and knee injury in yesterday's 106-78 win over the Bulls?

The Zen Master continues to call Kwame a good defender but the sight of seeing him drop passes like his teammates are throwing to a wall continues to bother me.

Anyways, the bench, or the "bench mob" as the annoying Patrick O'Neal calls it stepped against a Bulls team that inexplicably shelled out minutes to Adrian Griffin and Thomas Gardner. The bench scored a combined 73 points. Jordan Farmar had a career high eight assists to go along with 14 points, and Andrew Bynum had a double double, 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The best thing about Kwame's injury is that hopefully the Zen Master gives more playing time to Bynum and Ronny Turiaf, who will likely be back from his own ankle injury this week.

As always, here's an updated +/- for the Lakers (through 9 games)
Notice that Bynum and Farmar lead the Lakers. I don't think that's a coincidence. Both players could compete for the most improved player award this year.

Fisher +16
Kobe +18
Turiaf +1
Odom +6
Mihm -9
Walton +56
Bynum +65
Farmar +58
Radmanovic +48
Brown -5
Vujacic +4
Crittenton -5
Cook -9
Evans +31
Karl +4

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