The (46-20) Los Angeles Lakers are in the state of Texas to face the (47-18) Dallas Mavericks.

Untimely mistakes, being out-rebounded and equally uncharacteristic watching the Lakers big men not play big for the first time in two weeks and not executing down the stretch led to the end of the Lakers eight-game winning streak. As disappointing as the outcome of the Miami game was, all of the mishaps are easily correctable items.

The Lakers are well aware of the fact that they let another winnable game go into the loss column.

The 67th game of the year gives an angry Lakers team an opportunity to start another winning streak, win an important Western Conference game as well as cut the lead the Mavericks have over them to a half a game for the second best record in the West.

The Lakers lost the previous game against the Mavericks on 1/19/11 109-100. The Mavericks have won the last two games against the Purple and Gold after losing eight of the previous nine.

Phil Jackson is one win away from recording his 600th regular season with the Lakers. With one more win, Jackson would become the fifth coach in NBA history to win at least 600 games with one franchise, joining Jerry Sloan (1,127 with Utah), Red Auerbach (795 with Boston), Gregg Popovich (787 with San Antonio) and Red Holzman (613 with New York).

The Lakers have gone 4-6 in their last ten games at the American Airlines Center. In 42 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 25.1 points per game.

The Lakers have to stop the penetration of the guards (Jason Kidd, Jason Terry & Rodrigue Beaubois) and do a better job against the screen and roll play. They have to get back in transition to eliminate easy baskets and quickly rotate out to open shooters and with the Mavericks that means extending your defense to the three-point line. Also, they have to limit the number of players having an impact on the game with their scoring.

Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and Jason Kidd are normally the leading scorers for the Mavericks. The Lakers cannot let other players add their name to that list.

Starters
Lakers: D. Fisher, K. Bryant, R. Artest, P. Gasol, A. Bynum
Mavericks:
J. Kidd, R. Beaubois, S. Marion, D. Nowitski, B. Haywood

Tip-off: 6:00 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: KCAL 9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Dallas: KTXA 21 (Mark Followill & Brad Davis)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Dallas: ESPN 103.3 (Bob Ortegal & Chuck Cooperstein)

Injuries -

Lakers:

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

Mavericks:

  • SF Caron Butler (Ruptured Patellar Tendon, Right Knee) Out
  • C Tyson Chandler (Sprained Right Ankle) Day-to-Day
  • SF P. Stojakovic (Neck Stiffness) Out
  • SG Dominique Jones (Right Foot Stress Fracture) Out
  • SF Shawn Marion (Ribs) Day-to-Day
  • CRYAMI HEAT

    LAKERS VS ORLANDO MAGIC TICKETS- http://bit.ly/a6iLTr

    • LakerMarc

      Cryami Heat? Pretty Crafty brotha’ .. I like that!

  • Tyler

    Lets try not to mess up. This is the biggest game of the year. We must catch Dallas, and send a statement to the Mavs that they have no shot at keeping that lead on us.

    LETS GO LAKE SHOW !!

  • patrick

    Good win, I wish Kobe would have shot better but oh well. Now lets catch Dallas and grab that #2 seed

    • riley

      SHUT THE HELL UP HE HURT HIS ANKLE GOT DAMN YA’LL FIND ANY LITTLE THING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT

      • patrick

        No one is complaining read the post again very carefully.

      • rondo

        You need to get off Kobe Jock ! Guy did not say anything you should react so negative about. Why must he shut up becaus you don’t want anyone to szy anything about Kobe!

  • LakerMarc

    Patrick the Lakers altho they didnt play like they did against SA, they did keep the game under control..I like how they generally kept the Mavs at bay from within 4 points and it went from there.

    Riley…chill..Pats just expecting more but Kobe has made a really bad habit of shooting up crap like he’s hoping that the law of numbers will help him but its only tarnishing his averages and making him more of an ordinary player….He needs to stop doing that but I think ego prevents this from occuring. Kobe is the ultimate but he’s narrowed his margin of superiority bcs of bad decisions and choices.

  • patrick

    Lakersmarc, i can live with the bad shots as long as we win just like game 7 last year. Kobe did do the little things in that game 7. Jordan did the same thing as long Kobe wins #6 he won’t be touched. Kobe will turn 33 this year so he better win it quick b4 he ages or theres a lockout.

    I know Lakersland_Nostradamus will come in here and comment because he thinks he’s the man. When the Lakers lose he goes into hiding

    • LakerMarc

      LOL…. well no poseur pussies allowed…. that also goes for crazy Dog….I’m tired of his Charlie Sheen ass!!!! Nutjob

      Patrick.. we’ll just hang in there, right?

      • patrick

        Lol snoop dog or whatever he calls himself, he’s barking up the wrong tree.

        • LakerMarc

          Short Dog Loc is the motherfucker’s name…he’s a DOUCHE!!!!!

  • lakers

    kobe hurt his ankle in this game :( he said he thought he broke it at first, i hope he plays on monday but just not too much minutes and then the next game will be friday, so he’ll have 3 days to rest, i hope its not too severe!