Not the life of the party
|WHAT A SCOUT SAYS|
"I think that's the worst game you're going to see out of Shaq and the Lakers. But that's just the way Houston plays. They're always ugly. (Jeff) Van Gundy has them playing pretty good defense, so it's usually a slow, grind-it-out game. I agree with you -- I was a little surprised Shaq didn't dominate more in (Game 1). I thought he'd get more than 20 rebounds. But he doesn't make his free throws. If he made more of his free throws (4 for 14), we'd all be talking about what a great game he had. But you can't but wonder if the free throws are really going to cost the Lakers down the road."
At least I can't.
Not when the Lakers looked so lifeless in Game 1 of the (second) season they've all been waiting for.
The good news: Shaq still has plenty of time, starting Monday night, to be the Lakers' main energy source in this series. I still see Shaq doing more of the carrying against Yao's Rockets, instead of ace closer Kobe Bryant.
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