The (54-19) Los Angeles Lakers are in New Orleans to face the (34-40) Hornets.
The game against the Thunder was tough to watch and hard to believe after such a strong defensive performance in San Antonio, but as we all know that from the moment the ball is tossed in the air both teams have the opportunity to win or lose. It proved what we all know, that the Lakers transition game isn’t their strong suit. More importantly, it showed that the first thing that the Lakers needs to do is stop the dribble penetration of their opponents.
The Lakers are now 2-1 on their five game road trip after beating the Houston Rockets, and winners of eight of their last 10 games. The Hornets have had a difficult season losing All-Star point guard Chris Paul for a large part. However, the team did find out that they had solid backup who could lead the show in Darren Collison.
The injury to Chris Paul also gave the young backcourt of Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton time to develop. The Lakers haven’t had any trouble with the Hornets this season; although in my opinion its playoff time and no one should be taken lightly.
Regardless of who starts at the point guard position, the Hornets have been a team that plays an up-tempo game that spends a lot of time out in transition running. The Lakers have to stop the ball and control the tempo. When the Hornets are forced to make plays in the half-court offense said plays will go through Chris Paul and David West.