"Having him on the bench and talking to those guys is fantastic," said Coach
"Kobe knows the culture of this franchise as well as anybody, so for him to relay the message to them about how the game should be played, and what this organization is all about, there's no better player to do it."
2. The Lakers have often struggled in third quarters, but on Tuesday they held the Pistons scoreless for the first six minutes and 17 seconds of the period. Detroit scored just 11 points in the quarter, a defensive best for the Lakers this season.
"It was brutal. I mean absolutely brutal," said Pistons Coach
"One thing I would say, we did a really good job defensively," said
Despite a career-high eight assists for Jordan Clarkson, Scott stuck with Lin to close out the game.
3. The Lakers are 10-14 against the Eastern Conference this season, with six to play (along with 13 against the West). Despite their overall performance this year, the Lakers could finish the season with a winning record against the East.
The Lakers are 8-4 at home but just 2-10 on the road versus the opposing conference.
The Lakers got to the line 30 times, making 26 (86.7%) while the Pistons attempted 19, converting 13 (68.4%). Monroe missed a crucial pair late in the game that could have changed the outcome.
5. The Lakers still have the fourth-worst record in the
The Lakers are "behind" the
With 19 games to play, the Lakers seem to have a firm advantage at holding at least the fourth position in the lottery. The team still plays the Wolves and Sixers twice each, and the Knicks once. The Knicks and Sixers still play each other twice as well.
The only way the Lakers can 100% guarantee themselves a top-five pick is to finish with the first- or second-worst record in the NBA. At third-worst, their odds are still high at 96%, but in their current fourth-worst position, it's a less comfortable 83.8%.