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:
- Luol Deng. He made nice defensive plays and a traveling violation that wasn't called.
- The Lakers let the Bulls defense get to them.
- Free throw. The Lakers missed 9 free throws in the game.
Sheesh. That was a tough loss on Christmas Day.