The Lakers have arrived in East Rutherford, New Jersey for the fourth of their 7-game road trip with a 3-0 record on said trip to face the Nets. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers had a reason to smile leaving the Palace in Auburn Hills for once, by snapping a 9-game losing streak and finally beating the Detroit Pistons in the Motor City.

The Lakers have won 4 straight and their last five games on the road for a league best 26 road wins and pull to within a game of Cleveland for the leagues best record. It should be blatantly obvious that the Lakers have their eyes set on being the best team in the association.

Having the leagues best record will afford Los Angeles the ability to achieve one of their season long goals and much needed home court advantage against every opponent to accomplish the main goal of winning a championship.

As we all know NBA basketball is a game of runs and the Detroit game had three such runs, two by the Lakers and one by Detroit but none bigger than the 20-0 run the Lakers had to close the third quarter and beat the Pistons at home for the first time in 10-games.

The Nets could’ve helped the Lakers cause by beating the Cavaliers on Wednesday night but couldn’t hold on.

This will be the second game of the season against the Nets, the Lakers beat them 120-93 at Staples Center on 11/25/2008. In that game the Lakers had a two-point lead at halftime and ran past New Jersey and outscored them 64-39 in the second half. The Nets had a healthy Devin Harris for that game he put up a 21 point 6 assist effort.

Defensively the Lakers need to control the tempo, glass, get back in transition and focus on rotating out to three point shooters.

Rookie Brook Lopez has played well but he’ll have his hands full with Pau Gasol. The Nets have a lot of youth in the post so look for the Lakers to work their inside game tonight.

The team is playing to their advantage by establishing Pau in the post and letting him set the table for everyone else. Look for Lamar’s solid play to continue. Trevor has been awesome as a starter but the scary thing is he is getting better.

The second unit has begun to provide a spark; they’re playing together, sharing the ball and knocking down shots. I want to see excellent player movement and excellent ball movement while outworking the Nets.

Defensively is where this game will be won or lost.

Tipoff: 4:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: KCAL TV Channel 9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lanz)
  • New Jersey: YES (Marv Albert & Ian Eagle)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • New Jersey: WFAN 66 AM(Chris Carrino & Tim Capstraw)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Andrew Bynum (Knee)

Nets:

  • Devin Harris (Day-to-Day)
  • kwame4mvp

    who thinks sasha is gonna blow again?

  • Dave

    On the brighter side, Sasha is much improved with his passing. I’m serious.

  • kobe8

    “Defensively the Lakers need to control the tempo, glass, get back in transition and focus on rotating out to three point shooters.”

    EVERY GAME PREVIEW HAS THIS LINE.

  • kwame4mvp

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    yea i’ll give that to u. but the dude seems like he’s looking for a shot everytime he gets the ball.

  • Brett

    ‘Defensively is where this game will be won or lost.’ THIS IS IN EVERY PREVIEW AS WELL. Come on Jeff Little, a little more effort please.

  • Brett

    Sasha should be looking for a shot everytime he gets the ball. It’s a basic logic of basketball.

  • Brett

    The game just isn’t as slow to him as more elite players. So it’s either a quick shot, or we’re in trouble because he only looks at one option and then he runs out of ideas, panicks, and drives against a 7 footer.

  • FLUKE

    If you guys are going to complain then write up your own game reviews and post it in the forums. Too many complaints are coming in the comments. I agree they should take a little more time on these write-ups, but don’t sit there and complain. I know I’m no better (complaining about a complaint) but give the write a break.

    Now going on-topic: This should be a easy win. If our bench contributes consistently then we will have this on wrapped up at the beginning of the 2nd half. No Devin Harris today so we need to keep Vince out of target and not let him get into it early on.

  • VC owns KB

    The Lakers will lose today. The bench will give up a big lead. Plus, CARTER OWNS KOBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kapone66

    The Lakers will lose today. The bench will give up a big lead. Plus, CARTER OWNS KOBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOL…you my friend, are an idiot!

  • Nabil

    “I want to see excellent player movement and excellent ball movement…”

    Yeah…are you writing these by some sort of template?

  • jason

    please dont ever mention vince carter in the same breath as kobe bryant ever again ok..maybe colby karl..but not kobe bryant..thank u much appreciated.