The Lakers will play their last road game of the regular season against the talented young Portland Trailblazers. The team will make this trip without Coach Phil Jackson due to injury. Led by solid performances from Kobe & Pau, The Lakers dispatched the Nuggets on Thursday.

The Blazers are one of the NBA’s deepest teams, one that always plays the Lakers tough. The Lakers are looking to snap a 7-game losing streak at the Rose Garden.

This is the longest active streak against the purple and gold by any team. This has become one of the Lakers house or horrors and said streak needs to stop, tonight.

Conventional thinking would have you believe that the surging Lakers on a 5-game winning streak, experiencing an emotional lift with the return to the line-up of Andrew Bynum and locking up the number one seed in the Western Conference Playoffs weeks ago would make them an overwhelming favorite.

Portland playing at home will be considered the favorite due to the streak and playing at home seeing as the home team has won all three games this season. You can add to that the fact that the Blazers were able to overcome a 19-point deficit in San Antonio to beat the Spurs in April. This is impressive but the fact of the matter is that the Lakers know what time it is and what is at stake.

The Lakers realize that the Blazers are tied for 4th in the West, battling Houston for 3rd place in the West and have reached 50-wins. There is a good chance the every team in the Western Conference Playoffs will have 50+ wins. Most importantly the Lakers realize that this back-to-back game is a playoff game and are back at full strength and prepared to exact a little revenge on the Blazers.

The Lakers need to control the tempo, glass and need to limit Portland to one shot per possession, Stop the dribble penetration, get back in transition and rotate out to three point shooters.

The Blazers are getting a strong effort from their 9-man rotation and this team always gets up for the Lakers. This is a game that the Lakers need to have a high energy level and run their triangle offense to perfection. I want to see excellent player movement and excellent ball movement from the team as well as see them attack the basket.

L.A. needs to establish Pau & Andrew in the post and allow them to set the table for everyone else. This is the sure basket time of the year and with two 7-footer’s starting, one being a shot-blocker, the defense will improve.

Tipoff: 7:00 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: KCAL 9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Portland: Comcast Sportsnet – Northwest (Mike Barrett & Mike Rice)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Portland: News radio 750 AM (Brian Wheeler & Antonio Harvey)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • None to report.

Warriors:

  • Martell Webster (Foot)
  • http://www.nicklachey.us Jackenton

    You forgot Phil Jackson for the injured list =P.

  • diehardfan

    This is the biggest game of the season! Considering whats on the line(home court advantage) I have to realize that the Lakers will have a huge advantage after winning this game. The keys to this game is ultimately that the Lakers need to treat this game as if they were playing the Celicts. Also they have to put Bymum on Aldrige because Pau cannot guard him. At the same time we cannot forget what happened last time when Rudy was taken out in a stretcher which means that the blazers are going to be extra motivated. either way, the Lakers HAVE TO pull this game out. By any means necessary.

  • lainok

    hopefully this game ends up being as good as it looks on paper, with the lakers ending up on top of course.

  • http://myspace.com/xclusiv85 LAKER_girl

    Yes tonight is big, but frankly we don’t need home-court advantage against the Cavs if a possible finals match up occurs. We have already acquired home-court advantage over the Celtics and they’re the only team in my opinion lethal enough to upset the Lakers if they have more homes than them in the finals.

    Regardless of the stats the Lakers will win tonight and the Cavs will win over Boston on sunday giving the best overall record to the Cavs.

    Having said that i STILL think Lakers are going all the way.

    CHAMPS OF 2009 FO SHO.

  • sydney

    when was the last time you saw no injuries to report for the lakers. makes you feel good right?

  • Steve Avery

    Lets see will the std be fish again?

  • Banzai

    Kurt Rambis and Hamblen coaching?

  • KB=BOSS

    the std will be farmar he’s playing terrible basketball

  • FLUKE

    What happened to all the SukD!k fans around here? They all must have shuttup since they heard Bynum was goign to return and whip their butts

  • kwame4mvp