The (4-4) Los Angeles Lakers return to the Staples Center to host the (2-4) Golden State Warriors. The purple and gold are seeking to bounce back from another disappointing loss in Portland at the Rose Garden. The loss was the tale of two halves; the Lakers started fast and finished very slow. However, the game was lost in the third quarter.
The Warriors are a young team with first year head coach Mark Jackson at the helm. A good thing for the Lakers, but unfortunate for the Warriors they will play tonight’s game without the services of their talented point guard Stephen Curry. Warriors coach Mark Jackson has given indications that he will start rookie Charles Jenkins at point guard in Curry’s absence. Monta Ellis appears to be the primary ball-handler whenever Curry was off the court.
The Lakers won last year’s season series 3-1 after sweeping the previous year’s series. The Lakers have actually swept four of the last six season series and have not lost a season series to the Warriors dating back to the 1994-1995 season. The Lakers are 26-4 against Warriors in their last 30 games.
It has been almost four years since the Warriors beat the Lakers in Los Angeles, CA.
Golden State did snap a 12-game losing streak against the Lakers with a win in their most recent game on 4/6/11. The Lakers will have to slow down Monta Ellis. Ellis is a shoot-first, lightning-quick combo guard with a solid mid-range game that can score. Ellis is the Warriors leading scorer at 23.8 points per game; Ellis erupted for 38 points in their last game.
The Warriors are another young, athletic team that wants to get out in transition and run the Lakers off the floor. Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright and rookie Klay Thompson can knock down outside shots.