PORTLAND, Ore. — The Lakers launched 11 shots from beyond the 3-point arc in tonight’s 107-96 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and 11 missed the mark. Kobe Bryant was 0 for 4, Steve Blake was 0 for 5, Metta World Peace was 0 for 1 and so was Jason Kapono. It was the first time since Nov. 16, 2003 that they failed to make a 3 in a game.
The Lakers’ continued a pattern to start the season. They are an abysmal 31 of 136 on 3-pointers (22.8 percent) in their first eight games. Bryant, playing with a torn ligament in his right wrist, is 7 of 37 (18.9 percent). Blake is a credible 11 of 36 (30.6 percent).
So, is Lakers’ coach Mike Brown troubled by all the bricks being tossed from deep?
“I’m not concerned with that yet,” he said. “I truly believe we’re going to shoot the ball. We scored 96 points on 47 percent shooting (against the Trail Blazers), and we didn’t shoot that well. We still had a chance to win the game.”