It’s not just Love though, Dwight Howard’s putting up perennially good rebound stats at 13.3; Blake Griffin’s 12.7 boards go hand-in-hand with a steady diet of gravity-defying crunch-dunks; Zack Randolph is just a tick below at 12.6; Marcus Camby’s snagging 11.3 in this, his 15th year in the league and none other than our own Pau Gasol has 10.5 boards to go with his 18.5 ppg. Also worth mentioning is teammate Lamar Odom's 9.6 rpg to go with 15.6 points.
Maybe it’s just me but there seems to be a premium on the inside game this season, it could simply be a factor of highlight reels or the way games are being called or maybe it’s that teams are finally coming to grips with the reality that post play wins championships. Dissenters might say that the leaders in bent rims aren’t necessarily on winning teams. Then again it’s hard to argue against a wall of Pau, Bynum and Odom when all three are healthy.
Last night brought the third win in a row by the Lakers, starting to get back on track after their recent malaise. Pau came out of whatever funk's been curbing his game as of late - the win against the Hornets wasn’t a blowout but it did feature team effort, high-percentage shots and solid work inside the arc. A camera shot immediately post-game had Pau and Bynum enjoying great bonhomie - announcer Joel Meyers simply observed, "there’s our towers of power".
The major buzz going into the game concerned Kobe’s interview with
Tomorrow brings a visit from the ever-improving Knicks. I don't know what it is about Sunday games for the Lakers, they never seem especially aware but it may be different this time, they seem to have flipped the mighty on-switch, once again.