The outcome of the Sixers 104-94 loss to the Lakers last night never seemed to be in doubt. Even with a huge game from Kyle Korver, who broke out of his monumental shooting slump, wasn't enough to keep the Sixers in the game.
Kobe controlled this game pretty much from the get-go. His teammates were unspectacular, which shouldn't shock anyone. But he's a superstar, and superstars win games in the NBA. The Sixers' budding superstar, Andre Iguodala, attacked the rim all night long, but couldn't do much else. He finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Korver is the player of the game, 29 points on 10-18 shooting, 5-9 from three including one that was from about 8 feet behind the three-point line with 20 seconds left on the shot clock. He also chipped in with 8 rebounds.
The Sixers are in Denver Tuesday night to take on Allen Iverson and the Nuggets. This game is going to be fun to watch. Iguodala and Miller should be taking Boykins and Iverson down to the post, if George Karl decides to play zone, a rejuvenated Korver should light it up from the outside. I don't have any hard feelings for Iverson, I don't really see it as his fault that the Sixers traded him, but I can't root for him. This is a game I'd like to see the Sixers win, I think it would be big for Iguodala's development to see him beat his former teammate.
Kyle Korver asserting himself on offense, but it just wasn't enough. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)