TLN’s Pregame Report: Lakers vs. Raptors

The Lakers are back at Staples Center tonight to host the Toronto Raptors.

Despite a spirited effort by the Kings, the Lakers (as expected) left Sacramento with the win. Beating the Kings gave the Lakers their fifth straight win.

Kobe Bryant led the way with his 17th career triple-double by posting 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Perhaps seeing the Black Mamba in attack mode will again serve as Kobe’s cease and desist letter to anyone questioning the health of his surgically repaired knee.

Kobe reached another career milestone when he passed the captain; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, to become the Lakers franchise leader in minutes played. Kobe and Pau Gasol became the first pair of Lakers to score 20 points in the teams first five games since Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain did it for six games. Also, Lamar Odom has been on fire and has had his all around game on full display nightly.

The Purple and Gold split their two games with the Raptors last season. They lost Chris Bosh to free agency who posted a consistent 24 points and 11 rebounds. They can score, but won’t really get to where they want to be until the front office realizes that this is the NBA and not the Euro-League and acquires some players that can defend.

The defending Champion Lakers know that it’s all about their defense. They need to control the tempo and play at their pace, stop the dribble penetration of Jarrett Jack and Leandro Barbosa, and get back in transition and rotate out to three point shooters. The Raptors have seven guys capable of knocked down shots from behind the arc.

The Lakers need to control the painted area and boards. They need to continue to run their offense through Pau Gasol. The dominance of their front line will continue. They’re playing their game when they’re running the triangle offense and using excellent ball movement and player movement find a high percentage shot and out-working their opponent.

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: FS West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Toronto: Score (Matt Devlin & Jack Armstrong)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: ESPN 710 AM (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Toronto: FAN590 AM (Paul Jones & Eric Smith)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Andrew Bynum (Knee) Out
  • Luke Walton (Strained Right Hamstring) Doubtful
  • Theo Ratliff (Sore Left Knee) Probable

Raptors:

  • PF Ed Davis (Right Knee Meniscus) Out
Jeff Little is the pre-game writer for LakerNation.com. Follow him on Twitter.
  • LAland

    Here we go again another Blow out !!!!!!! Fck yea lakers all day…………….

  • Robert.

    Bet that 81 points still hurts.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    so when do these fellas play someone besides cupcakes?sure bryant loves padding those over-inflated stats playing nobodys…..thats the mamamba way.

    • laffs atu!

      so when does Miami Heat play someone besides cupcakes? sure Legra James loves padding those over-inflated stats playing nobody’s………thats the King’s way.

    • showtime4eva

      so,when do the the myhammy losers play like a super team?only against cupcakes i guess! cant hang with the real teams..that’s the lebra way. choke up!

  • si pepe

    laffing at it owned again

  • si pepe

    HEAT’S LEGRA JIMS LOST! HAHAHAHAHA! OOPS! IM LAFFING AT IT..AND LAKERS WON!

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