Tonight, the Los Angeles Lakers return home with their 2 game win streak to take on Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Bobcats.
Yes, the Lakers are on a win streak.
The Lakers are enjoying a rare taste of victory as they are coming off a 111-98 drubbing of the uninspired Philadelphia 76ers. Kobe Bryant, playing more of a facilitating role as of late, scored 34 points and dished out a team-high 6 assists. Metta World Peace was looking rather youthful as he added 19 points, including 3 of 4 from behind arc and gobbling up a game-high 16 rebounds.
The Bobcats come to Tinsletown losing 11 of their last 12 contests. They have not won a single game in the month of December and their last win was in November against none other than the Washington Wizards. Although Charlotte has been coming up short in wins, second year guard Kemba Walker is starting to draw the attention of the league as he begins his campaign to become one of the NBA’s elite point guards. This was more than evident as he torched the Orlando Magic, scoring 32 points in the 107-98 loss to the Orlando Magic.
Although the Lakers have won two in a row, they are far from being out of the woods and back into title contention talk for the time being. The Bobcats will be looking to use their youth and atheleticism to dismantle an already anemic Laker defense. Walker alone will be difficult for any of the Laker guards not wearing number 24 to stay in front of.
What should be a huge boost for the Lakers tonight is the return of their 7 foot Spaniard, Pau Gasol. Gasol has been sidelined for the past couple of weeks with knee tendinitis but will be making his return to the line-up. With Gasol’s return tonight, and with talk of Mike D’Antoni’s 7-second offense facilitator, Steve Nash’s possible return to the Lakers against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, the Lakers seem to be on the verge of mending their wounds and getting closer to becoming a healthy team. But that’s Saturday.
The Bobcats are looking to come into the dog house known as Staples Center tonight and leave with a win. The Lakers need to show the Bobcats what happens when you try to take food from a hungry dog.
Bon appetite big dogs!