TLN’s Game Preview: Lakers vs. Grizzlies

    Today, if the Spurs and the Hornets lose, and the Lakers win, then the Lakers stand a chance to do what it should have done against the Bobcats… be the first in the West to win 50 games.

    I see the Hornets losing the the Celtics, but not so much the Spurs to the Timberwolves.

    Marquee Match Ups -

    Point Guards -

    Derek Fisher and Jordan Farmar vs Mike Conley -

    Analysis: as much as Conley is a top draw talent, he just doesn’t impose his will enough on the game at this point for us to be concerned. He’ll consistently get his 8 points and 4 assists but has not shown that he is willing to shoot his team back into contention nor that he able to find teammates with passes to compensate for the times that his shot is off. He has loads of potential, but Fisher’s experience should prove vital.

    Prediction: No Advantage.

    Shooting Guards- Kobe Bryant vs. Mike Miller -

    Analysis: Kobe is banged up and has been shooting pretty poorly over the last three games, and even though he is a great individual defender he has trouble with players like Rip Hamilton or Mike Miller who come off a lot of screens for a jumper. Miller can get hot from the outside but can also get a little shot happy from beyond the arc as well. I expect Kobe to be much more focused tonight and hopefully have a good shooting night.

    Prediction: Lakers.

    Small Forwards -

    Vlad Rad vs. Rudy Gay -

    Analysis: An absolutely brutal match up for us. To be honest, apart from Kobe, and perhaps Ira Newble, the Lakers don’t really have anyone who can match up defensively on him -at the very least we know that Vladdy just won’t cut it. Phil might get creative and put Vladdy on Milicic or Warrick and switch Odom on to him, but this is not a match up that I see the Lakers winning, unless Vladdy goes off from the 3-point line.

    Prediction: Grizzlies.

    Power Forwards -

    Lamar Odom vs. Hakim Warrick -

    Analysis: I had Warrick on my fantasy team early this year because I really felt he was going to break out. I had to drop him after the first month because he just wasn’t getting any minutes but now, four months later, I’m wishing I’d held on to him because he’s finally seemed to hive turned the corner. Whilst he should be no match for Lamar he is one to watch in that he has the ability to hit the offensive glass very well (He got 3 against us last time in only 22 minutes).

    Prediction: Lakers.

    Centers -

    Ronny Turiaf vs. Darko Milicic -

    Analysis: Yeah Ronny! Finally, he can go up against a bigger slower player who really doesn’t have an offensive game. Better yet, Darko shoots a woeful (51%) percentage from the line, so even if Ronny gets in foul trouble guarding him, the Lakers won’t suffer much for it. To top it off though, Darko likes to go for the block, so if Ronny reacts well and the drives are looking for him, he should be able to make a lunch of easy dunks and put-backs.

    Prediction: Lakers.

    Statistical Predictions -

    20+ Points: Kobe, Lamar, Ronny.

    10+ Rebounds: Lamar, Ronny.

    7+ Assists: Kobe, Luke.

    3+ 3-pointers: Fish, Vladdy.

    Closest To Triple-Double: Lamar.

    Out On A Limb: J-Critt throws a perfect lob to Kwame for the bricked dunk, Kobe gets the rebound and throws a half-court lob to none other than a wide open Luke Walton, who misses the lay up. (its called God blocking your shot)

    Game Information -

    Radio: KLAC, KWKW

    TV: FSW

    Internet: NBALP

    • JCBiglessworth

      WOW!!!!! HAVE U GUYS SEEN HOW BYNUMS REHAB IS COMIN ALONG, HES GONNA COME BACK STRONG 100%!!!!!!!!!!!

      http://www.nba.com/lakers/news/080328bynumrehab.html

    • caleb

      Should be an easy win. The entire team is motivated and with Boston playing the Hornets, they can gain a game.

      With that said, I think it will be a VERY close game. Kwame and Critt will score over 30 combined.

    • Sako

      Kwame gets 50 points, 25 rebounds, & 10 blocks tonight. In the 4th quarter, after he throws down a monster dunk, the backboard will shatter. Then after Phil Jackson calls a desperation time-out to try to find a way to stop Kwame, you’ll see Kwame running to the bench roaring like a lion with his eyes turning bloodshot red.

    • xtro

      Revenge of Kwame tonight gents!

    • bc18

      [Comment ID #30871 Will Be Quoted Here]
      LMAO!!!…but i think youre mistake…Kwame will break the single points in a game recored with 102 points to go along with 25 rebounds and 10 assists and blocks…the crowd will start chanting MVP while Kwame is making his 24th freethrow in a row…and then Mitch next season Mitch trades Kobe for Kwame….hahaahahahaahahahaha yeah right!

    • bc18

      Oh and remember all of you people who were saying J-Critt was going to be so good…he cant even get playing time at Memphis lol…tsk tsk to those who thought we should have traded Farmar instead lol….anyways…being for real, i think Kwame will actually play a pretty good game…for his standards lol…..12 points 6 rebounds 2 assist 1 block(on luke) 5 turnovers and either 2 missed dunks and/or layups…J-Critt will play for one full quarter combined lol…oh yeah that reminds me….J-Critt kind of looks like Eddie Murphy in a way lol

    • Michael_23

      JCBiglessworth, thanks for the link, Drew is lookin good. I hope he’ll still be a beast in the middle when he gets back.

    • 24allup inya

      [Comment ID #30875 Will Be Quoted Here]

      ha ha ha ha ha ha lol lol lol lol

    • DCLAKER

      This will be a surprise blowout(it really shouldn’t be)do to the fact that Memphis plays A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y NOOOOOOOOOOOOO DEFENSE and I mean not a defensive scheme that they can memorize,write down or take a picture of,so it will be Lakers by 24(get it).

    • west213

      go to lakers.com see bynum at rehab. lol he looks like he never got injured. go lakers. bynum be back soon..

    • goodfella

      kwame gets 50? this fool can’t even get that on nba live 08, even if he were to upgrade every skill to 99…. kwame comes in gets booooeedddd, ends up with 4 points (and i’ stretching here) 1 rebound, 0 assists, 0 blocks, in 7 minutes (i’m stretching here too).

    • 24allup inya

      todos chingen a su madre

    • Frank

      Im feelin’ a triple double from kwame!!!

      10 bricks, 10 turnovers, 10 stupid smirks

    • Tim

      Darko is good dude, idk why you make him sound so bad, hes actually better then Turiaf overall in my opinion

    • aibarra03

      ha ha the out on a limb prediction is hilarious.

    • http://lakers.topbuzz.com Lakers2410

      Kwame Brown will be the highest scorer in history after tonight, he’ll score 101 points, though the Lakres will win 201-101, with Kobe scoring 100 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds, 10 steals, 10 blocks and 0 turnovers, LOL!

    • ab4sure

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      maybe u should check the game log of critt. When he plays 20 or more minutes he averages 14 pts a game. A year and a half ago he was playing in hs. I think you should revise your scouting report. Memphis wanted Critt that is why we included him in the trade for Gasol.

    • http://nba.com mark

      lakers lose to grizzles..!!!!!!1

      lol

      1st round elimination agen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • gugy

      Luke is a retarded!
      Why not ask for a time out!

    • http://lakers we_are_cursed

      WE SUKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK KNOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW BIGGGGGG TIMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

    • http://nba.com mark

      hehehehe

      lebron will be the MVP not kobe…lol

      2 straight losses below 500 teams…

    • http://lakers lakers_187_memphis

      WE LOST THESE STUPIDDDDD GAMEESS…FIRST TO WARRIORS N THEN CHARLOTTE…N KNOW F*************MEMPHIS WE COULDVE BEEN 53-21…BEST IN THE WEST INSTEAD DROPPING TO 2ND 3RD AND KNOW 4TH…PRETTY SOON WE ARE NOT GONNA MAKE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS..U NEVER KNOW CAZ WEST IS TOOOOOOOOO DEEP….

    • gugy

      Mark
      F U C K Y O U!

    • lakerschamps08

      ahahahha another bad loss to a team not going to the plyoffs. lets count them shall we: nets, bobcats,grizzlies, bucks, portland,kings.. did i miss soemone

    • http://k1k0.com KiKosDad

      Well Mamba’s remaining crew on the floor are spiraling to be the biggest joke of this season. I’m still curious as to why Vlade was left out and time was given to Lamar when he’s sick and hasn’t contributed all day???!!!

      No team defense, time and time again being beat on d…we’re still eons away and will be humiliated compared to the Celtics or by any other team. Why can’t this team put emphasis to defense is what bugging the hell out everyone.

      Where is our DEFENSE??????

    • gugy

      I would like to see Newbie playing. We hire this dude for his defensive skills. Why is he not on the floor?
      Plus, PJ should know by now Luke is worthless and Lamar is a bas 3 point shooter.

      Oh man, we should have beat this two teams easily. Gasol please come back.
      Lakers will not win a championship without Gasol and Bynum. That’s for sure.

    • kevin

      WAIVE VLADE SIGN HORACE GRANT!!! AT LEAST HE WILL DIVE ON THE FLOOR AND EARN HIS MONEY!

    • Smush Walton

      Another DEBACLE!
      30 missed 3′s!

      What the heck are we doing out there? Farmar evporated – Luke is horrible – mindless! Sasha misses 10 3′s. Someone please tell Lamar NO 3′s. When I saw Lamar firing up two late three’s I knew the party was over.

      After we fold in the playoffs we need to give Luke his walking papers. He’s got no talent. Happy Birthday Smush Walton. You belong on the Clippers.

    • http://k1k0.com KiKosDad

      DEFENSE…the lack of it!!! We lost because we dont have DEFENSE!!!

      everyone on the floor has no DEFENSE, no ones communicating DEFENSE!!!!

      can we say again why we keep losing lately…DEFENSE! no other thing…

      we can’t stop anyone…no DEFENSE!!!! maybe WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!

      Transition D? he just left town… Inside D? he went on vacation? Defense…he took an untimely sick leave….

      NO…don’t say we’re TIRED… what we don’t have is

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    • http://k1k0.com KiKosDad

      …our defense rests!!!

      who cares; we’re making the playoffs…

      HA!