The Lakers are now on a three game losing streak. From the second half of the Wizards game through the first half of the Warriors game, the Lakers were outscored 125-83. Over that stretch, the Lakers have particularly been killed from the 3, rarely contesting anything on the perimeter over that stretch. While Dwight Howard has been in good form, his efforts are ultimately futile if his teammates don’t “help the helper” which the Lakers have been guilty of all season. To make matters worse, the Lakers also lost one of their better defenders(although that’s not saying much) with World Peace expected to miss some time.
The injury leaves the door open for Jodie Meeks to enter the starting lineup. After a good start to the season, MWP has been terrible from the 3-point line. The hope is that Meeks will pose a much greater shooting threat on the perimeter over Peace and a quicker lineup capable of getting easier shots in transition.
The move will lead to Kobe playing at the 3 spot along with more minutes. Minnesota has been beset with injuries and does not boast the type of players that Kobe will take seriously(i.e. Ridnour, Kirilenko, Shved). The result will likely be a lot of open 3s and backdoor cuts for the Wolves role players at Kobe’s expense as he tries to conserve energy on that end. Combine that with the faulty rotations that Rubio and Barea will exploit in the pick and roll and drives to the basket, and it seems like the Wolves will have no problems putting up points tonight. In their last 10 games, the Wolves haven’t had problems scoring aside from the games when they were matchup up with elite defenses(i.e. Memphis, Chicago, Indiana)
Add it all up, and it looks like this game is going over.
Play: Over 203