First regular season win motivates Lakers at practice

11/5/12 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Everyone at the Los Angeles Lakers training facility seemed to be in brighter spirits during Monday’s practice just a day after the Los Angeles Lakers ended a three-game losing streak in a lopsided win over the Detroit Pistons.
Although All-Star point guard Steve Nash was held out of the Sunday’s game against Detroit Pistons due to a minor left leg fracture and will miss the remaining week, the Los Angeles Lakers’ new 1-3 record had a positive physiological impact on a team which had one of its worst preseason records (0-8) in a decade this year.
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard came out of the locker room with a smile plastered on his face and dubbed the team’s 108-79 victory over the Detroit Pistons ““the best thing ever, we got a win.”
“We’re just gong to continue to get better…the more we talk and communicate and get to know each other’s game,” declared Dwight Howard, “we’ll be a lot better.”
Even Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown was in better spirits and perceived the team’s one-game swing-around as a sign of the roster finally gelling together.
“It’s not a sigh of relief for me,” stated Mike Brown. “It’s just a thing to help us to believe.”
The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2012-2013 season with a relatively new roster and despite the addition of elite veteran starters, Mike Brown believed that it would take the team could hit bumps in the road while understanding and implementing the offense.
 “I thought we would get bumped in the head a few times,” said Mike Brown, “and make sure we handled adversity the right way because that it would make us stronger later.”
“It might be tough to go through now, but it’s going to make us stronger later when we are in a tough seven-game series and we drop two in a row,” continued Mike Brown.
Although a single victory doesn’t make the Los Angeles Lakers a title contending team, it was a indication that the team was finally headed in the right direction.
The Los Angeles Lakers shot 51.9 percent from the floor against the Detroit Pistons and 45.4 percent from the arc, with only 15 turnovers in the game. The defense also held well together against the Detroit Pistons, keeping them to a 35.4 percent shooting.
Mike Brown claimed that the budding chemistry amongst the Los Angeles Lakers’ starting lineup will hopefully hit full bloom by January. However, Dwight Howard figured not to “put a number on it.”
 “We just got to continue to play better with every game,” said Dwight Howard. “We just watched film — some of the bigs — to see what we can do to improve on offense and defense.”
Dwight Howard knows it won’t be an easy challenge for the Los Angeles Lakers and they might have to cross paths with a few losses, but he want the team to “keep it light” through the defeats and a straight eye on their “goals”
 “We have to keep each other accountable if we want to win the championship. But we also have to enjoy what we do,” stated Dwight Howard. “This is a great life, playing in L.A. for the Lakers and playing something that we love. So why not have fun doing it?”
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