By Jason Wojciechowski on December 3, 2008 at 3:43 PM
Only one statistic from last night's awful loss to the Pacers matters: 19 offensive rebounds. That's how many the Pacers grabbed. When your front-line is Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum (two very good rebounders), and Pau Gasol (a pretty good one because of his length), you should never ever ever give up 19 offensive boards, even if the other team does have a beast like Troy Murphy on the boards. I didn't watch the game, so I don't know if the Lakers were getting out-muscled, out-hustled, or whether they were trying to get out and run too early, but whatever the problem was, this cannot happen. They will not beat the Celtics, Cavs, or Pistons by giving up offensive boards.