Aliens vs. Turiaf?

I have to tell you, the Sonics surprised me with that last minute trade. When I say last minute, I mean it. At 2:59 pm on Thursday, the Sonics sent Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West to the Cleveland Cavs for Ira Newble and Donyell Marshall, with Adrian Griffin from the Bulls in a three team trade. This is after trading Kurt Thomas to San Antonio for Brent Barry, Francisco Elson and a 2009 first-round pick. After all that, the Sonics released Brent Barry.

So who is going to play the Lakers tonight? All of them; my sources tell me that Sonics coach P.J. Carlisimo is going to send all these guys in to swipe at Kobe’s pinky in the first quarter – watch for it.

Who can blame P.J.? The Lakers have been practically unstoppable since their last loss at Atlanta during their 9 game road trip. They now sport a 7 game winning streak after trouncing their hometown rivals the Clippers Saturday night, 113 – 95.

Tonight, I expect the same intense dismantling play that the Lakers have been playing with since acquiring Gasol. Since then, they are 9 -1 pushing them to the top of the Western Conference along with the Hornets loss Saturday night at San Antonio. With the Suns facing Detroit on Sunday, I expect the Lakers to have a firm hold on the West’s top spot come Tuesday’s game vs. Portland.

On another note;

Did anyone else practically spew their beer all over their friends when Ronny Turiaf sent Dan Dickau’s lay up into the stands last night? My friends and I spent about 5 minutes rewinding that play over and over again on his DVR yelling, “Take that Dickau! Take that Dick-OW!”

Good times, good times…

Now, on to…

Da’ Gameplans:

What the Sonics will want to do -

Offense: Run Forest RUN!!! The Sonics have had success running the floor and with “My Name is” Earl Watson and Luke Ridnour, they have a couple of guards who like to push the tempo. They have a big guy who benefits from the fast break, Chris Wilcox. Kevin Durant will have a hard time driving to the hole as his body is still very “stick-like” and Kobe will body him up, so look for him to use his height advantage and length to take a lot of jumpers.

Defense: Seattle has been known to switch up their defenses a lot this season. They are one of the few teams that also subscribe to the zone defense. So look for them to try to force the Lakers into a jump shooting team. If they can do this successfully, it will provide them with fast break opportunities. Remember that last time they tried this strategy with the Lakers; they scored 121 in a two point loss. I’m sure the Sonics remember that day clearly.

What the Lakers will want to do -

Offense: I see the Lakers utilizing their newest asset, Gasol, to attack the Sonics and their zone defensive set. Since they don’t really have a strong inside defensive presence at the 5 (excuse me, but Johan Petro doesn’t seem an abominable presense), I see the Lakers going in to Gasol when Seattle goes to zone. If the Sonics collapse on Gasol, I see him kicking the ball back to one of the Lakers many shooters. They will have to make the shot however, because if not, the Lakers run the risk of falling into the transitional game.

Defense: This one is pretty easy; if the Sonics like to run, make them run half court sets. This is where the Sonics will have many problems because of all the changes in their roster. It’s no big deal having new guys playing for you if all they are doing is running down court in a fast break and making layups. It’s a totally different game if plays have to be called in the half court. Look for the Lakers to slow down the tempo of the game in order to control Seattle’s run-n-gun style of play.

Projected Starters -

Sonics: Earl Watson / Kevin Durant / Jeff Green / Chris Wilcox / Johan Petro

Lakers: Derek Fisher / Kobe Bryant / Vlad “Rad” / Lamar Odom / Pau Gasol

Key Match Ups -

Chris Wilcox vs. Lamar Odom

Kevin Durant vs. Kobe Bryant

Amber’s Game Prediction: Amber seems to think that Gasol will have a huge game today. I have to say that I agree. Lakers win!

Mack’s Game Prediction: Kobe will show Durant what being a superstar is and what championship basketball looks like – Lakers win!

Amber’s Scorecard: 8 – 0

Mack’s Scorecard: 3 – 0

Next 3 games: vs. Portland, vs. Miami, @ Portland

Game Preview Questions for Discussion

1. Will there be more Lakers fans than Sonics fans at the game?
2. Has anyone else noticed that Ronny Turiaf bears a strong resemblance to “the Predator”?

Game Time: 6:00 PM Lakers Standard Time

Local Broadcast: KCAL HD

National Broadcast: NBA League Pass

Radio: KLAC & KWKW

  • megaloco10

    ummm i was always sure turiaf was the predator…

  • lakernate

    omg!!! ive been sayin he looks like predator for like 2 years! good call mack lmao rofl

  • Phant0M

    We beat em w. Kwame

    Now lets murder em w. Gasol

  • zein

    when i watched alien vs predator i was like RONNY TURIAF

  • http://lakers.com k0be da 1 andonly

    hahahaha yea man My BRo and i would always Kid about HIM LOOKING LIKE PREDATOR

  • ab4sure

    A couple of questions… can Amber start giving the point spread??? Just ask how much the lakers will win by… in vegas that is what’s important?? lol

    Also what game or games did Amber say the lakers were going to lose??? Since she is 8-0 she must have bet against them at least once.

  • LA-KB-RD24

    i hope kobe doesnt shoot 48 times this time up at Key Arena… i hope he shares like he has been doing much of thus yearr

  • osm0nd

    omg lmao hahhaha the predator!!!

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    no i hope kobe shoots at least 30 /35 times
    otherwise game is boring!!! bring on the show kob!!!!!!!!!

  • Ballin’08

    It’s official Ronny “The Predator” Turiaf….new official nickname….

  • gugy

    Hey guys,
    just two questions

    are the playoffs tickets going to have a open sale for the public?
    When is that happening?

    I want to take my son to see a Lakers game but I don’t want to die on scalpers hands. :-(

  • Phant0M
  • rahil

    who’s th predator

  • gugy

    Thanks for the link Phant0M but that look like much higher prices than the face value.
    What about playoffs? are they going on sale?

  • Phant0M

    Don’t know about playoffs.

    Are you looking toward a first round game?

  • gugy

    sure

  • MILO

    Steve Kerr for GM of the year ha ha ha! lol lol lol!

  • http://getgarnett.com jonasjulienjoseph

    LAKERS WILL WIN EASILY AND OFFICALLY BE NUMBER ONE,