It’s early, just about midway through the first quarter and this has the vibe of a tough one for the Lakers. It’s clear this isn’t the Sonics, Hawks, Clipper and T-Wolves — who the Lakers have beaten up on lately.
It’s not just the Blazers good early ball movement, but they’re long and athletic — and getting after the Lakers defensively. Travis Outlaw, the lanky 6-9 small forward appears to be making Kobe a little uncomfortable, this being a relative term. So far, it’s 15-10 at the 5:39 mark.
We shall see.