The Blazers lost the swish3 game scoring 42 (14 of 33) versus the Lakers 45 (15 of 32) in the 117-126 loss on Nov 14. After the Blazers took the lead in most of the first half with good shooting, active defense, and some excellent assists, the Lakers showed the power of swish3 scoring in the 2nd half and the Blazers ran down noticeably on shooting, ball movement, defense, and turnovers due to bad passes. The night turned into a blast for LeBron who scored 44 points including 68%+ of field goals, 13 of 15 FT, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. Even though LeBron played well, he was aided in my view by weaving a scheme of fouls called after he used some flopping and complaining near the end of the first half to bias foul calls in his favor. At times it seemed that the refs stopped play to review possible flagrant fouls of LeBron often, and called fouls on Zach, Nurk, and Dame that were minor compared to hits, pushes, holds, and hits of the shooting hand. I thought that LeBron's featured shot block was a clear foul, and if it were called might have changed momentum. The major missing factor in this game seemed to be failing to make strategic substitutions to allow the bench to contribute scoring and keep up the defensive intensity. In the last min of the 1st half and in the 2nd half, especially the 4th quarter, Blazer defense lost intensity and scoring accuracy ran down. This was the time for substitutions to keep intensity up. This game was like some last year when Blazers had the lead and were in control of the game, but let it run down by failing to make substitutions that keep up consistent, active defense and add scoring. On a night when LeBron scores 15 points in 6 shots, a win is hard to get, but there could have been 9 more swish3s scored with as few as 6 additional shots from the best shooting talent. In this game, Chief was 4 of 7, CJ was 3 of 8, Dame was 3 of 9, Jake was 2 of 2 (again!), Meyers was 1 of 2, Zach was 1 of 4, and Evan was 0 of 1. In the rest of the road trip, I would like to see the Blazers return to the pattern of substitutions that will keep swish3 scoring and consistent determined defense flowing throughout the game. This can still be a successful road trip.