The Lakers have lost 3 out of their last 4, and are 2-3 without Andrew Bynum in the lineup.
The Lakers not only need this game to get back on track, but I doubt anybody forgot what happened last time these two teams met.
Sure they need this game to get back on track, stay towards the top of the Western Conference, and pull closer to Phoenix for the Pacific Division title. However, more then anything they need a W for revenge.
Back on December 20th, The Lakers faced the Cavaliers on what was the 2nd of a 4 game road trip. They had won 6 of their last 7 and were firing on all cylinders going into that game.
After a close game throughout, the Lakers were down 92-90 with seconds to play and young Andrew Bynum got fouled. However, Drew missed both free throws.
By no surprise, Mr.Clutch came through at the end. Kobe Bryant got away from LeBron, soared above the basket, snatched the rebound and called timeout with 10.3 seconds left.
As Laker fans, we felt we were in the driver seat.
After the timeout, Kobe got the inbounds pass, squared up and fired off a beauty from beyond the arc that didn’t go. However, with still 5 seconds left, Derek Fisher went up and grabbed the offense rebound.
He was then called for a loose-ball foul after the smaller Daniel Gibson flopped to the ground.
Gibson made both free throws and the game was over.
As Laker fans we felt that was our game! The refs screwed us over and getting that game would of been huge, going out east and completing the road trip winning all 4 games.
This is not only a game that the Lakers need to win on their home floor, this is not only a game that the Lakers need to gain momentum for the up and coming 9 game road trip.
For those of us that watched it, we feel that this is a must win game, and the Cavs should be delighted that they were lucky enough to win the first meeting.
Because the Lakers aren’t going to let the Cavs come into Staples and steal a victory again, that is for certain.
But again that’s why they play the game!