O.C. Register: Here’s what the Lakers were talking about – even before they went and won in Oklahoma City:
1. The last time they won in Detroit was 2002.
2. The Pistons dealt the Lakers their first loss of the season back in November.
So have no doubt that the Lakers will be motivated Thursday night in The Palace of Auburn Hills. The thing is, the odd two-man combo of big Rasheed Wallace outside and little Allen Iverson inside that devastated the Lakers back at Staples Center will be entirely missing this time because of injuries. Richard Hamilton probably won’t play either.
So given that this game will be a rare chance to see Pau Gasol go head-to-head against Kwame Brown, this should be a third victory in three outings for the Lakers on this seven-game trip.
And here’s what the Lakers really need to start talking about amongst themselves:
No NBA team has ever gone 7-0 on a road trip.
Do you hear me, Kobe Bryant? How’s that for a little something to pour into your fuel tank for an ultimate challenge?