Feb 10, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) arrives before a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Grading the Lakers Grammy Road Trip

The 2012-13 Lakers crossed the finish line of the famous Grammy road trip. In predominantly male sports circles, it is arguably more famous than the actual Grammys. I know the Lakers finished 4-3 during the annual trip, but I still don’t know who won a single Grammy category.

Going into the road trip Lakers fans couldn’t have expected much that was positive. They had lost 7 straight road games leading in to the 7 game trip. They started off well, leading Phoenix by 32 in Steve Nash’s return to his old team. But that quickly turned sour, when the Lakers dissolved late in the 4th and lost the game. Impressively the Lakers responded positively with 2 straight wins against 2 struggling teams: Minnesota and Detroit. A win is a win, but the Lakers got their best win of the trip for their 3rd in a row on the trip against Brooklyn. Despite getting torched for 30 by Brook Lopez, the Lakers without Howard won by 9.

February 3, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts during the game against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers would like to forget what happened in Boston. The Lakers suffered their most decisive loss of the season as their historical rivals without Rajon Rondo poured it on late in the 3rd quarter to push their lead towards 30 points. But that loss fortunately turned into more of an aberration than a trend as the Lakers came from behind to beat the Bobcats. And on the last game of the trip, despite an inability to secure any defensive rebounds, the Lakers still were competitive against the best team in the league.

The Lakers entered the Grammy trip with a 7 game road losing streak. They could have played better than they were and still easily dropped more than half the games. Then Dwight Howard missed 3 games. And Pau Gasol tore his plantar fascia tendon in his foot. And Kobe called out Dwight for not playing with his hurt shoulder. He had no urgency. And Dwight correctly reminded everyone Kobe is not a doctor. And Howard’s father pronounced the Lakers season is Mike D’Antoni’s fault.

Considering those factors, the 4-3 results of the Grammy road trip as a whole was the biggest victory of the season. Without Dwight and Pau, the Lakers look unlike any other team in the NBA, and that is not a compliment. But each of the players given an opportunity flourished at times over the trip, and that is an encouraging prospect 2 games from the All Star break.

I’d grade the road trip as an A-.

That’s not because of what it was, but because what it could have been—much more of a train wreck. The undersized and injured Lakers won more than half of the games. That is a successful trip. If they can beat the Suns and the Clippers before All Star weekend they could find themselves 2 games behind Houston for the 8 seed since the Rockets play Golden State and the Clippers.

How Would You Grade the Grammy Road Trip LA Sports Hubsters?

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