The two-time defending champion Lakers won all four games against New Orleans during the regular season. However Sunday's loss was the latest in a long line of quizzical defeats for Kobe's crew.
Los Angeles fans over at Silver Screen and Roll are not amused by the most-recent loss, especially now that "they count." Their analysis begins with Chris Paul, who re-emerged as one of the NBA's best Sunday.
How to understand the Hornets' 109 to 100 upset victory in Game One? Begin with their offensive execution, which was damn near perfect. Kind of out of nowhere, Chris Paul became Chris Paul again. He wrecked the Lakers' defense with a masterpiece of a game, scoring with lethal efficiency, confidently orchestrating his team's half-court sets and linking up with whichever of his teammates happened to cut open at any given time. It had been a long, long time since the Lakers had seen this Chris Paul, the one with the skillset of a master surgeon and the remorseless instincts of a serial killer.
Paul led the Hornets with 33 points.
FYI, the Lakers are 12-22 all-time after losing the first game of a seven-game series.