Pregame Report: Lakers @ Warriors

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The (55-22) Los Angeles Lakers are in Oakland to start a two-game road trip in the Bay Area against the (34-44) Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

The Lakers have lost consecutive games for first time since the All-Star break and both losses weres filled with uncharacteristic mistakes.

It was great to see both Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in the lineup. The duo played well with Gasol scoring 19 points and Andrew Bynum recording a double-double 12 points and grabbing a career-high 23 rebounds.

The loss to the Jazz, as puzzling as it was, had this writer feeling as if I was watching the NCAA Title game between UCONN and Butler all over again. The Lakers played well enough defensively to win the game however failed to move the ball, showed an inability to knock down shots or fight through the Jazz defense.

Once again, they looked as if they were in need of a collective B12 shot. They played without any energy and appeared disinterested, and completely unmotivated as if playing a game against the Jazz on a Tuesday night was the last thing in the world that theywanted to do.

The Warriors ran past the Trailblazers in Portland for a 108-87 win. The backcourt of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry combined to score 58 points, including seven of 11 shooting from behind the arc. Not to be outdone; David Lee recorded a 29-point 20 rebound effort.

The Lakers have won 12 straight games against the Warriors. Kobe Bryant has a 28-point career average against them. They have to slow down the Warriors backcourt, the front line has to contain David Lee and limit his impact.

They need to play with a high level of energy, effort and execution as well as take care of the ball. The Warriors have an outstanding transition game. The Lakers have to control the tempo of the game and play at their pace.

It is imperative that the Lakers get back in transition, have a great game defending the screen and roll play, stop the dribble penetration of the guards and quickly rotate out to open shooters and rebound the basketball. They have to extend their defense out to the three-point line. Also, control the painted area and the boards on both ends of the floor.

It is essential that the bench produce more than 19 points. Lamar Odom, the league’s sixth man of the year, has been a constant although the reserves as a whole unit have been inconsistent. They need to limit to Warriors to one shot per possession.

Starters
Lakers: D. Fisher, K. Bryant, R. Artest, P. Gasol, A. Bynum
Warriors:
S. Curry, M. Ellis, D. Wright, D. Lee, E. Udoh

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: KCAL 9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Golden State: CSN Bay (Jim Barnett & Bob Fitzgerald)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: KABC 790 AM (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Golden State: KNBR 680 (Tim Roye & Jim Barnett)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Kobe Bryant (Sprained Left Ankle) Will Play
  • Devin Ebanks (Stress Fracture, Left Tibia) Out
  • Pau Gasol (Bone Bruise, Right Knee) Day-to-Day
  • Theo Ratliff (Left Knee Surgery) Questionable

Warriors:

  • C Andris Biedrins (Sprained Ankle) Out
  • PG Acie Law (Injured Right Wrist) Out
  • SG Monta Ellis (Sprained Ankle) Day-to-Day
Jeff Little is the pre-game writer for LakerNation.com. Follow him on Twitter.
  • T411Lakers

    Well…Lets try and get that -10 turnover night. If the lakers take care of the ball tonight, we should win, but if our offense is stagnant, the D’s gonna have to be amazing or the warriors might beat us on offense alone. Lets go Lakers.

  • Tony

    Kobe the only one out there playing everybody else with the exception of Pau and Bynum missing shots

    I REALLY DONT LIKE STEVE BLAKE and I’m starting to dislike shannon brown

  • Tony

    I really HATE STEVE BLAKE PUNK ASS HE CANT SHOOT FOR SHIT

    • LakerMarc

      and he kept going for it which is generally a good thing but not when that result follows..why cant the lakers get a great talented shooter? seriously….Sasha, Vladi, Fish and now Steve…too inconsistent and they go through long ass droughts….

  • TRADE BLAKE & BROWN

    My name says it all

    • Luke Sucks

      Puke Walton is worse. Get him the F off the team.

  • John

    Feed the big guys, damn it! Pau 7-11 and Bynum 5-5. FEED THE BIG GUYS!!!!!!!!

    • Riley

      Phil took pau out because he kept playing soft David Lee punked him Amare got in Pau’s head

      • Luke Sucks

        Pau got punked big time. He whines more than any player on the Lakers. Man up dude!

  • Riley

    seems to me Kobe and Bynum was the only ones That played worth something

    Phil sat Pau ass down for playing soft it seems like Amare got in his head……..interesting

    • LakerMarc

      I thought Kobe sucked today….idk

      • LakerMarc

        The Lakers have me totally baffled WTF? I don’t get it….this shit is CRAZEEEEE!!!

    • NoDefense

      Agree,don’t forget barnes

  • juanv

    I am not watching another game until the playoffs these games make me sick watching some fag with pony tail take the ball away from gasol like if he was a little kid. This team is wierd now boston has cought them and miami is only one behind. I see them losing to portland and oklahoma on sunday and they are only two games back can u imagine if the thunder catch us .
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    • LakerMarc

      ahmundsun lol..he made them look bad tho’ yikes!!!

      • juanv

        I dont know whats up with gasol he dont rebound xdoesnt block shots hopefully he will turn it up inthe playoffs

  • Luke Sucks

    Luke Walton is such a waste. If you add his salary plus Ratliff’s and Smith’s it is almost 8 million dollars this year. For the same money we could have kept Ariza plus added Stojakovic and Novak.

    Thanks Mitch. For every good deal you make at least one bad one. WTF!

  • 123kid

    man they are runnin out of gas right now. they better turn it back up come portland friday. they need a battery recharge or somethin or an energy drink or somethin.