The (46-19) Los Angeles Lakers have taken their talents to South Beach to do battle with the suddenly collapsing (43-21) Miami Heat while the Heat appear to be surprised that they’re playing under a microscope.

The Lakers bring with them the proven ability to win under pressure as well as the revenge factor. They have not forgotten about the Christmas Day debacle and the squad is ready to return the favor at American Airlines Arena tonight.

The Heat are looking at this game as the perfect opportunity to right the ship. They’re viewing this game as a chance to get back on track. The Lakers have an opportunity to send a message to the Miami Heat that you are ‘not ready’. Prove to the Heat that they do not have the size or length to win four games out of seven against them.

Today’s game is a tremendous challenge for the Purple and Gold. They’re playing playoff caliber basketball and the Miami Heat are in the midst of a virtual free fall. After their latest loss, the Heat have now lost five straight amid reports of crying in the locker room. They’ve failed to reach 100 points in each game of their losing skid.

The Lakers need to continue to play stellar defense and hold the Heat under 100 points. The Heat are the 12th NBA team to have a 12-game winning streak and a five-game losing streak in the same season. The Lakers come into today’s contest as the league’s hottest team, winners of eight in row.

The Lakers have to stop the dribble penetration of both Lebron James and Dwayne Wade as well as dominate in the painted area. The Heat want to get into the open court and run. It is imperative that the Lakers control the tempo of the game, take care of the ball and limit their turnovers. They have to get back in transition to stop the easy baskets. They also need to limit the Heat to one shot per possession and cut down those second chance points.

In the half-court offense the Heat run a lot of screen and roll plays, isolation plays for Lebron James and Dwayne Wade. They have some good three-point shooters and just like in the Spurs game, the Lakers have to quickly rotate out to open shooters. The Lakers needs to extend their defense beyond the three-point arc.

More than likely Lebron James and Dwayne Wade will be the Heat’s leading scorers. The Lakers need to take away Chris Bosh and make the other players non-factors.

The Trailblazers bench outscored the Heat bench 41-8 in their previous game. The Lakers bench will have plenty of opportunities to make an impact and the members of the second unit need to knock down shots.

Chris Bosh picked the wrong game to complain about getting the ball more in the post. Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol are going to alter that theory a bit. Bynum, who has 50 rebounds and 12 blocks in the last three games, will have another busy night.

Starters
Lakers: D. Fisher, K. Bryant, R. Artest, P. Gasol, Andrew Bynum
Heat:
M. Chalmers, D. Wade, L. James, C. Bosh, E. Dampier

Tip-off: 4:00 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: TNT
  • Miami: TNT

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Miami: 940 AM WINZ (Mike Inglis & John Crotty)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Matt Barnes (Right Knee Surgery) Probable
  • Theo Ratliff (Left Knee Surgery) Out
  • Devin Ebanks (Stress Fracture, Left Tibia) Out
  • Derek Fisher (Sprained Left Elbow) Probable

Heat:

  • None
  • lakerman1

    The tears will flow like Niagara after tonight’s beat down. Hope they have plenty of Baby Formula & some Bibs handy. They deserve everything they are getting after predicting they were going for multiple titles with that ridiculous introduction show they put on before the season began. Superstars win games but Teams win Championships, Miami has yet to learn that and Lebron is not the go to guy in clutch games, Wade is much better suited for that. Kobe would never let LBJ take over the Lakers. He was not afraid of Shaq so no way Lebron would come here with his lackies and take over this team, NO WAY IN HELL.

    • LakerMarc

      Dude this sounds so stupid…. reread it and think..in the last 2 years ‘Bron OWNS the Lakers on the court…in 08/09 it was different but that was 2 seasons ago when Trevor Ariza was on the team!

      • Short Dog Loc

        read and bla bla bla
        biitch shut up

        • LakerMarc

          settle down charlie sheen…just keep being a rock star and winning…..

  • kobefinalmvp2011

    it time to put a freeze on the whack ass heat let the nba know who is the real champion are go leakers

  • Tyler

    Ron artest’s gonna have some sore arms, cause the heat gonna need some hugs tonight. Lets cremate the Cryami heat and show Lebrick James who’s the real champions.

    LETS GO LAKERS

  • 123kid

    The lakers shouldnt be distracted by the Heat’s downfall and crygate scandal. If they wanna put them out of their misery, then they should take them off life support. They gotta be cold blooded tonight.

    Keys:
    -Stop Lechoke with Ron-Ron and stop D-Gay with Kobe
    -Keep them away from running the break
    -Limit their bench. No spark from the bench = no lift off
    -Keep Bynum active = active lakers

  • evil empre

    What are the babys gonna do?

  • tony S.

    START CRYIN NOW BITCHES CUZ U AINT GONNA BEAT THE LAKERS THE “BIG THREE” CAN GO AND SUK EACH OTHERS TINY DICKS

  • JetsMoney01

    The spread is 1-2 points in favor of the Lakers. O/U is 188-189.5. I could be to paranoid but it looks like a TRAP GAME. Don’t bet but if you gamble money line the Heat that’s if you want to take a gamble. :) Go Lakers

    • JetsMoney01

      too

  • Sir

    Here was my status update from tuesday:

    Heat lose again and the Lakers win again. Why do I get the feeling that both of their streaks are about to get broken in their next game?? :(
    Tuesday at 7:01pm via Android.

    Yea I definitely saw this coming from a mile away. You can always count on the lakers to help out a down team or give a career night to a mediocre player. Lebron just owns the lakers plain and simple. Oh well as long as they win against the Mavs in their next game I’d say the lakers are still very much on track.

    • http://yahoo jaydubb415

      Fuck on track,you can stuff that shit!!!! I want every fucking game this team embaresses us on ”Christmas Day”in LA and then while their on a 5-game losing streak and just lost 2 the blazers the fucking blazers and you come with this were on track no disrespt homey but save that shit.

      • Short Dog Loc

        Jaydubb
        True fan
        Whats up with these these fake fans
        I was a fan when we did not make the playoffs
        Even farther than that
        But never had I have critized my TEAM
        Jaydub
        Short Dog Loc
        TRue Laker fans

        • http://yahoo jaydubb415

          Real talk thats all it is if we didn’t give a fuck we would be okay with that 8-game streak i’m not if it was 11,12,13,yea i may be a little softer but where playing from behind this year and if we can’t stump a team thats been getting stumped n we have 2 7footers and a 6’10 what the fuck else do we need and i’m fucking done with fisher n blake fucking done!!!!

      • Sir

        I’m not saying I’m happy with the loss, I’m just saying I expected it. The Lakers were coming in with an 8 game winning streak while the heat had a 5 game losing streak. Does that not sound like the very definition of a trap game to you? Not only that but the Lakers are suckers for trap games. So yea if the Lakers can win 3/4 games against top teams on this road trip I still say they’re on track and would consider it a huge success.

    • LakerMarc

      Sir…well sorta

  • juanv

    Where in the hell was Shannon Brown today not one dam basket he looked scared out there. Heat bench outscored laker bench unbelievable. Bynum 1 rebound in the first half that shit cannot happen. I know its only one game but this was a big one

    • Sir

      To be fair phil did sit Bynum a lot on the first half

      • juanv

        Yeah cuz he wasn’t doing shit erica dampier was pushing him out. One thing I noticed about bynum when he plays against other big centers he’s. Not to effective

        • atlfan

          Boy you guys are funny! How about Gasol/Odom a total of 10 rebounds. I guess that’s Bynum’s fault too. He definitely made up for it in the second half finishing with 12.

  • http://yahoo jaydubb415

    I didn’t watch this game cuzz i new the jinx was in and i new the streak would end,you say how and i supposed to be a laker fan.Because when ” The World”is picking the lakers 2 win n 2 win easily they always ” Lay Down ”did i fucking lie now did i this is why i didn’t watch what is it with this team they can make the spurs look like shit and then they play a team who can’t buy a rebound n they only score 88 fucking points and don’t give me we were on a 8-game winning streak we should be happy 4 them.I say to that the fucking ”portland trailblazers”came down there n beat the heat.This why sometimes i can’t just ride all the way(yes i can) with this team,they fucking under-achieve 2-much.I cringed everytime i heard someone say we were going to blow miami out cuzz i new fuck i hope we don’t see miami in the finals we done.!!!!

    • juanv

      Is it me or is there a few players on the lakers who r in awe of Lebron and wade they look scared. Shannon brown looked. like he wanted lebrons autograph I agree with u jaydubb I hope we don’t play the heat in the finals.we just look scared outthere don’t know what it is

      • Short Dog Loc

        Its just you
        You fake fan
        the heat needs people like your dumb asss.

    • Short Dog Loc

      I dont want to see you at staples you fake asss biatch

    • LakerMarc

      EXACTLY …Lakers nation…this is the smartest post tonight..you nailed it down to the TTTTTTT Jaydubb…but i dont think they would beat the lakers in the finals…….Bron and Wade choke too much and its obvious the stress gets to them.

  • patrick

    Yeah what now Lakersland Nostradamus, we fell to the Heat aka cry babies. Is that what you call the team of the future and 3 peat champs. It’s so obvious Miami or Boston are winning it this year. We made 3 straight NBA finals and we have to go on the road to win it this year. It’s over man.

    • Nate Mcmillian

      Well here we are my Laker brothers once again where do I begin? Lets see lets start with the Obvious REBOUND THE DAMN BALL! Gasol and Odom picking their asses while a measly Mike Miller rebounds over the both of them. Lets see here lets point at another thing leaving certain people open Mike Bibby career 3pt 37% Mike Miller career 3pt 40% Mario Chalmers 3pt 35%. You see the percentages but obviously Steve Flake, and Dick Fisher can’t do math and need to go back to grade school. Why would you gamble on shooters like that? Do they not remember Bibby, is Phil accepting this? Bryant decides to go MIA in the second half jacking up stupid shots against Wade like usual. Pau Fluffy Charmin Gasoft playing pussy defense against Chris Bosh who is 6,10 225 pounds while Pau is 250 yet he pushes Gasoft around explain that to me? All this in a big game and people tell me this team will 3peat are you guys drunk, high, stoned or in denial it has to be one or all of the above because saying this team is a joke i an understatement.

      • http://yahoo jaydubb415

        I’m rolling with nate if pussy pau lets pussy bosh push him around when he out weighs bosh by 25,30 pounds where really in fucking trouble.I would hate for pau 2 see his brother in the playoffs he would wipe his ass on pau.As 4 shannon brown if this dude is not getting break away dunks he fucking disappears,As 4 punk ass fucking blake unless he’s in a blazer uniform he’s no fucking good 4 us what a fucking waist n 2 see heinrich go 2 atlanta 4 shit really pisses me off why the fuck was chicago trying 2 rape us 4 him while they gave him 2 washington 4 a ham sandwich.I won’t a fucking doube figure blow out in dallas or i’m slapping the shit out of kobe.

    • Short Dog Loc

      Patrick Fuuck you and your mama biitch

      • LakerMarc

        Short dog…. he’s kinda right

  • Short Dog Loc

    to atlfan:
    Get off the Lakers Nuts biatch.
    F the atl
    This is big bad California Laker Nation.
    You queers got nothing
    Read the intro
    Lakers Nation
    U dumb biitch

    • patrick

      I am right, and don’t ever speak to me when not spoken to, sonny boy. We lost to the cry babies tonight so cry me a river. I never gave you permission to comment.

      • LakerMarc

        nice!! at first I was cool with Short Dog’s comments but he rambled on and on and now that fucker just sounds like Charlie Sheen ………FUCKING CRAZY…..LUNATIC!!!!

  • Odom the player

    Well in my opinion Kobe is intimidated of D wade. Every time he plays wade he takes dumb shots every time. When wade focuses on Kobe, Kobe can’t score. Wade owns Kobe. Dick Fisher and little Stevie frosted flakes didn’t give us anything as usual, and how many offensive rebounds did we give up tonight. Gasol just don’t learn if someone’s quicker than you, take a step back and make him beat you outside. I’m convinced now Gasol just can’t learn this. The heat didn’t be the Lakers, the Lakers gave them the game.

    • Short Dog Loc

      Dam – F you too.
      This is the Laker nation not the Ranker nation.
      I heard the celtics and new york got room on the band wagon
      Chumps
      Fuuuck you
      Its Laakerrs all day every day biatches

    • LakerMarc

      Yes I agree 100%. Maybe The Lakers felt sorry for The Heat! WEIRD!!! Oh and Shannon Brown always has had that stupid look on his face…wide eyed and fearful looking.

    • Nate Mcmillian

      Amen to what you said my laker brother Wade>>>>>Bryant. Your damn right we gave them the game on a silver platter. Your right about Gasoft being too close Bosh beat him off the dribble countless times but our little Charmin boy is too dumb to realize that. Your one person that does not have their head up there ass and wants everyone to walk around and sprinkle cherries over everything. Lol Steve frosted Flake not bad pretty creative, also to answer the question about offensive rebounds my laker brother the answer is 18.

      • tectash

        Do not listen to these stupid fans Nate you feel free to voice your opinion. My question is how many times does a guy like Bibby, and Miller have to kill you with threes before you guard them?

        • Nate Mcmillian

          Thats the million dollar question Tectash I am afraid I have no answer for you. Like I have said its Phil’s duty to tell these dumbassses to get their heads in the damn game and guard the 3. So either Phil is not coaching or the team is not listening thats the best I got for you my friend.

          • LakerMarc

            Remember the Lakers were the top team in guarding the 3 last 2 years….what the fuck happened????????

          • Odom the player

            Nate I’m so glad to read your post man. I’m so tired of some of these morons who get so offended when we call out the Lakers. Keep posting my brother.

    • http://yahoo jaydubb415

      I was really hoping when derick fisher got his arm caught up that he would be out 4 the rest of the season(yes the rest of the season the playoffs)yes i do feel we can win with out him or in spight of him we could of grabbed someone faster n young from the NBDL on a 10day contract,by the way phil get your bow-legged broke hip ass up and fucking coach,if you wasn’t busy making your corny ass fucking jokes we probably would of won you just amped their ass up fucking more n then you sit there like your grand puba cuzz we on a 8 game win streak that ain’t shit phil try going for 10 straight bitch ass!!!!

  • Short Dog Loc

    Nate aka Imposter
    get a life heat fan/boston fan.
    You fools need to get a room faags.

    • Odom the player

      You are stupid SDL, Nate is the only one on this site who calls the game accurately just because he doesn’t agree with the way this team plays at times doesn’t mean he’s a heat fan moron. not one time did you hear him say go heat He’s just calling the game the way it is. He didn’t say one thing wrong.

      • Nate Mcmillian

        Thank you my friend shut that dumb ass up.

      • Short Dog Loc

        Hey queer I dont know what sdl means but I know your mama does
        Biatch
        Its Lakers all day MORON

        • Odom the player

          Now we know you’re stupid Short Dog Loc or no brains, or SDL is a better name for you dick. there’s and old saying( Better to keep your mouth shout and appear to be an idiot, than to open it and remove all doubt.) Well moron you just open your mouth and removed all doubt, now we know you’re an idiot. SDL

          • Nate Mcmillian

            Wow nice one Odomtheplayer your right he removed all
            doubt.

      • Nate Mcmillian

        I will keep posting don’t worry I do not care if these dipshits get their feelings hurt. To bad welcome to the real world I will get on to any player does not matter who it is. I hate the damn Heat by the way I am tired of being called a Heat fan.

        • Odom the player

          Right on Nate I hate the Heat too my friend.

          • LakerMarc

            Odom and Nate…the fact that you post your true feelings is the whole reason this blog was created and its natural to criticize what you care deeply about…generally not making critical comments or atleast thinking in a critical manner would be a sign or not caring…the assholes who criticize you only do it out of frustration because you know they dont care enough about ‘their team’ to aim it at them….

  • Short Dog Loc

    All you foolias are a sorry excuse of Laker fans.
    I stand by the Lakers all day
    Every day.
    Did you hoitches forget about the 8 win streak

    • LakerMarc

      I agree and unlike other teams its typical Lakers to lose the win streak at 8 instead of really applying themselves and getting to a win streak of 12-15 like some other teams do. It just seems like in the last 2 years…anything with LeBron involved in it OWNS the Lakers!!!

    • tectash

      So Short Dog Loc so if you criticize the Lakers that automatically makes you a Heat/Boston fan nice logic there idiot.

      • Short Dog Loc

        Did I criticize the lakers gal
        I don’t think so
        read the script
        Go LAAAAAAAAKKKKKEEEEERRRSSSS

    • Odom the player

      We don’t have to agree with the Lakers when they play bad stupid. they didn’t play tonight so they will hear it from us unhappy fans. if this hurts your feeling, go to you know where.

      • Nate Mcmillian

        I own NBA league pass I pay my dues to watch the Lakers play so I have a right to complain. So if your workers perform poorly you would still be willing the pay them top dollar. Give me a call I would love to work for your dumbass sounds like heaven.

    • http://yahoo jaydubb415

      Fuck that 8 game winning streak stretch that shit to 10 or 11 this is the same team that shitted on ”my lakers”on christmas did you fucking forget about that .You mutha fuckas who feel your true laker fans cuzz you don’t critisize them after a loss is straight up bullshit save that kindergarden shit for pre-school oh i’m a true fan cuzz i roll with them thru wins or losses.Were not saying we don’t roll with ”our lakers”were pissed cuzz we know their better than that n they fucking under achieved get over yourself

      • Lakers all the way

        I complete agree with you. Being realistic and critical of our own favorite does not equate to being fake. If anything, this behavior is what proves we are real. We cheer on when they win, and we figure out what is wrong when they lose. We don’t hop from one streaking team to another.
        .
        The fake fans are the ones opposing you. Their team can have one of the worst records in the NBA after being a championship team for years, and they will still claim, “Yay! We’re gonna win it all this year, with 22 wins and 60 losses!” In that case, it does not even make sense anymore. How can they win it all if they are not in the playoffs?

  • LakerMarc

    Short Dog… you make some good points but you dont have to insult the others cuz deep down maybe you know they are right…..I know ..or should I say I see it on TV as proof…It depends on the stars and how the Planets line up because this years Lakers are a toss up ..there is no fucking telling what they are going to do….I dont think they even know..concerning

    • Short Dog Loc

      What I saw on TV was a lame heat team
      Did some one forget we got KOBE and we are the champions
      or should I say back 2 back
      they hooes had more to lose at this point
      LAAAAKKKKKERRRRSSS

  • Short Dog Loc

    Short Dog is taking to the post
    This is Laker Nation
    We bleed purple and gold.
    If you dont like that type something else on your little blackberry (heat/celtics/knicks/who knows who else) fans

    LLLAAAAAKKKKKEEERRRSSSSS

    • LakerMarc

      WWWWWWOOOOOOOWWWWWW..okay sounding like Charlie Sheen,,,,Winning..LOL…..just keep winning Short Dog

    • http://yahoo jaydubb415

      Ya’ll stop bust short dog loc nuts he can voice his opinion just like you or me it doesn’t mean he’s less of a fan i curse they ass out and say fuck them i’m not fucking with them after any loss i feel they should of won it doesn’t mean i don’t bleed purple n gold it doesn’t mean he doesn’t bleed purple n gold .We get emotional thats what fans do so lets just chill we live to fight aother day Go you fucking LAKERS!!!!

  • Short Dog Loc

    I’m just being true in public.
    You fools talk trash on this internet like it aint no thing.
    What goes around comes around.
    I’m down with my team.
    Peace
    Short Dog Loc
    Lakers

  • Takayla40

    welll we all know that the lakers lost this game with the mavs to ahahahah sorry asss team hehehehehehe

  • Takayla40

    welll we all know that the lakers lost this game with the mavs to ahahahah sorry asss team hehehehehehe