Fan Take: Lakers Disappoint vs. Bulls on Christmas Day

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The Los Angeles Lakers practically let their season opener for the 2011-2012 NBA season slip away. In their game against the Chicago Bulls, the Lakers let the Bulls go on a 7-0 run that was punctuated by reigning MVP Derrick Rose.

The Lakers had a chance to win it but Kobe Bryant was denied on the buzzer.

How did the last-minute collapse happen? I can cite three things:

  1. Luol Deng. He made nice defensive plays and a traveling violation that wasn't called.
  2. The Lakers let the Bulls defense get to them.
  3. Free throw. The Lakers missed 9 free throws in the game.

Sheesh. That was a tough loss on Christmas Day.

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