Your Los Angeles Lakers are in Chicago to face the Bulls tonight. The Lakers have begun a 7-game 12-day road trip which will see them travel 8500 miles. The Lakers completed a 6-game road trip earlier in the year undefeated that included wins in Cleveland and Boston, no small task, but the Lakers need a repeat performance on this trip.

The Lakers possess the NBA’s best road record at 23-9. This road trip doesn’t have the Cavaliers or the Celtics on the schedule but the Lakers need to go into every game with the mindset that the two previous teams mentioned are the opponent. Whoever the Lakers play that team finds a way to get up for them and play their best game and it is way past the time for the Lakers to do the same.

Coach Phil Jackson and staff will see some several familiar faces in his return to the city he helped bring six titles. Both teams are 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Lakers beat the Bulls at home on 11/16/2008; Kobe had a solid all around game, as usual, 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The Bulls couldn’t stop Pau Gasol who scored 34 points, 24 of which came in the second half of the game.

Due to a trade that brought veterans John Salmons & Brad Miller to Chicago, this is a different Bulls team than the one the Lakers faced earlier in the year. Bulls guard Derrick Rose played well in the first game against the Lakers with 25 points and 9 assists.

Slowing him down will be group effort but Derrick Fisher will start out on him with Kobe and Trevor assisting. I also want to see Shannon Brown spend some time defending him. The Lakers have lost too many big leads by losing focus this needs to stop.

The Lakers are playing to their advantage by establishing Pau Gasol in the post. I’m looking for them to displaying excellent ball movement and player movement and outworking the Bulls.

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

I want to see more of Kobe in the low post. Lamar needs to catch the ball closer to the basket and attack the rim. The Lakers need to work on re-establishing that killer instinct and put teams away. The Lakers have lost too leads in games this needs to stop.

Defensively is where this game will be won or lost.

Tipoff: 6:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: KCAL TV Channel 9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lanz)
  • Chicago: WGN (Neil Funk & Stacy King)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Chicago: WMVP1000 AM (Chuck Swirsky & Bill Wennington)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Andrew Bynum (Knee)

Bulls:

  • Luol Deng (Shin)
  • Lakerfanl

    Let’s get a win!

  • dabitch1848

    I can’t stand Kobe and PJ. To many jedi mind tricks they play with each other. They air their personal laundry with the media. They need to keep team business private. I should know I know everything about everything!

  • http://www.myspace.com/aznboiryo Kenny

    Tip off is at 5:30

  • http://lakersground.net Lakers4Life

    isn’t the game at 5:30pm? I thought kcal9 was going to show every game live and not on tape delay…

    LAKERS NEED TO PLAY DEFENSE!!!

  • Freshh

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    Lot of people on Boss’s jock huh?

  • MILO

    Bynumisapussy.com

  • Juilliards Laker Man

    we can’t take them easy. it is a must win. first game on a road trip can send a huge message to the rest of the teams we are traveling to face. better not go to sleep lakers. must play the full game

  • karinLA24

    MUST WIN GAME !

  • PhilsArmy.

    …..um…What most of them said. :)

  • bassti

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    The Lakers need to control the tempo, glass, stop the dribble penetration, get back in transition and rotate out to three point shooters. The Lakers need to limit the Bulls to one shot per possession.
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    You use that sentence in every Game Preview, right?!? ;)

    I think the Bulls should be managable enemy. If the Lakers control the tempo, glass, stop the… ;)

  • lakers1fan

    Sorry to write this but the Lakers are going to loose this one 1. Bulls are hungry right now for the 8th seed 2. Lakers are going to have to too much Fatigue and be tired 3. “THE BENCH SNOBS”

  • will

    yeah you spelt fisher wrong its derek not derrick and yeah i swear the end is the same for every game…

  • imfasterthanur

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    I guess during an 82 game season, there’s only so much you can write. ;)

  • sucks

    hey thanks for erroneously posting it starts at 630. thanks to you i missed the first quarter

  • Andrew Andrekopoulos

    I can not believe we are Loosing to da Bulls! Can someone please play defens

  • Juilliards Laker Man

    MUST READ
    MVP Kobe Bryant

    This is NOT the most filled up STATS Award and it is NOT the best player award. It’s only the Most VALUABLE Player Award. MVP should mean this-
    The ultimate goal is to win the Championship, so the MOST VALUABLE PLAYER throughout the season is the player who has PROVEN THE BEST that his team is the most dominant team in the league and favorite to win it all because of him. The player who has done WHATEVER he had to do to have his team as the favorites to be the most dominant team in the league is the Most Valuable Player in the League because without him that team wouldn’t be the favorites to win the Championship, which is the ultimate goal. (Lakers were the favorites in the Finals last year BC of what Kobe did in the Season. Even though they did loose twice to Boston, he still had proved to have the most dominant team going in.) Doesn’t matter if you have the most wins in the season, the most rebounds, or the most points. What matters is that your team is the most dominant team because of you.
    With what has happened this season, (impressive streak stopping and doing some major sweeping) it is clear that Kobe has prepared his team to defeat The Cavs and Boston in any series.
 What’s more Valuable to a team that’s trying to win a championship?

    -Lebron- His style of playing the game is dominant and can win A LOT of games in a season, but when tested against REAL (true teams) like the Spurs in the Finals a few years ago or the Lakers this year… it shows that His style of play is NOT so VALUABLE. A One man show can’t get it done against REAL teams. Sure, they may look like they are playing team ball, but when you really look at it, it’s just Lebron feeling up a stat chart. This will not get it done against the big dogs. Making sure the guys around you do the things they are suppose to do at their positions without having to rely on you to do everything makes an ultimate team. One guy grabbing triple doubles isn’t doing IT ALL. (doesn’t make you most valuable this season) That’s just feeling a stat sheet and is not preparing your team to beat a dominant all around True Team in a series. The Cavs rely on him completely to get wins, but when it comes down to it, that’s not the most valuable strategy in being the most dominant TEAM to win a championship when there’s a True team playing the most dominant ball This Season. (Kobe had his guys schooling the Cavs this year while being sick on the bench. Lebrons game has been revealed this season to NOT be the most dominant strategy in having the most dominant team in the League This Season, which is why he isn’t the most valuable player in the league. 

    -KOBE BRYANT- He has done everything he had to do THIS season to develop a team that plays the Ultimate Team ball and has already proven to have the favorite team going into the Finals… He’s a guy who can get all the points he wants, (best finisher in the league) can grab rebounds all he wants and can pass lots of assist if he wasn’t running the Triangle, but instead has done what he needed to do so he can have the most dominant team in the league in 09. He has his team sweeping the other TOP contenders and has made all the adjustments he needed to make to make his team the most DOMINANT. Considering what has been done throughout this season, Kobe has his team as the favorite to win the Championship. Kobes style of play is Much more Valuable in winning a Championship in 09. He makes sure everyone does what they need to do at their position (no one relies on Kobe to be the best at their own position on the team because they understand that strategy is not the most valuable strategy.) The team understands what they have to do to be the BEST TEAM because of Kobe Bryant’s All Around Game this season. Again, feeling the stat sheet is not all that valuable when there is A bigger fish in the Sea this year.
    Kobe gave the ball to Ariza to make the game winner when Kobe was red hot in San Antonio.. Ariza missed, but that is a great example of the MVP player Kobe Bryant is this season… Preparing the team to have ready weapons in the big moments, when it really counts. He’s a man who has done what he had to do this season to have his team ready for any battle in the Finals this year.
    Kobe Bryant is hands down MVP

  • Lakes

    Juilliard man got it right for sure
    great points
    it really shouldn’t be a race at this point cuz it’s over. Kobe MVP

  • Kobe

    JUILLIARD dude right on. there’s no way Kobe isn’t MVP this season.
    awesome points. sorry all other contenders. nice try, but Kobe is the man this season

  • Kobe MVP

    When you look at the box score for Cavs games, you usually see one guy getting the blocks and well one guy doing just about everything. a few guys get points bc the offense runs off of him dishing out the passes when he’s double teemed, but really the box score for the team never looks like a championship kind of team.
    When you look at The Lakers box score all season, it looks Amazing. Kobe always consistently having great stats, but what’s more impressive this year is taht Kobe is making sure the whole box score is being filled up by the team. Much more impressive for Kobe leading his team to filling it up. it’s a team game and I’d much rather have Kobe on my team going into the finals
    JUILLIARD man made some awesome points
    MVP Kobe