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The 31-6 Lakers remain on the road for the second stop on their ‘Texas two-step” a match up with the San Antonio Spurs.

The Lakers made the 45 minute flight after beating the Rockets. TNT has a TV show named ‘The Closer’, but it is also yet another name that can be added to the long list of names for Kobe Bryant.He scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and once again ruined the Rockets upset bid last night with a shot that can only be described as ‘unbelievable’.

He is simply the best closer in the game. As nice as it was to see the Lakers had a bad shooting game without a good scoring run, except for Trevor Ariza who played lights out. Also, Lamar Odom returned and his contribution were huge. The Rockets fought Los Angeles to the wire.

The Lakers outplayed the short-handed Rockets down the stretch, survived the Von Wafer (a career-high 23 points) & Carl Landry (a season-high 21 points) onslaught and outscored them in the fourth quarter.

Tonight the Lakers face their old rivals the Spurs, the team they beat in the Western Conference Finals. Their season series begins tonight; both teams have ruled the West for most of the last decade, combining for 9 of the last 10 conference titles and seven league Championships.

The Lakers have won their last 4 games and 10 of their last 11, averaging 108.5 points in that span with Kobe averaging more than 30 points per game. Slowing Tony Parker will be a team effort. Manu Ginobli missed a lot of time last season and has struggled to get on track this season he’s shooting a career-worst 33.3 percent from 3-point range and averaging 14.5 points.

The home team won all four of the match ups in 2007-2008. The Spurs will lean on Tim Duncan who has a career average of 23 points and 12.8 rebounds in 68 career games against the Lakers.

The Spurs are a solid defensive team but the Lakers need to throw the ball into the low post and allow Andrew Bynum & Pau Gasol to go to work.

The Lakers defense needs to improve. The team has an advantage with their long front line and will win by controlling the tempo, glass, stopping dribble penetration and rotating out to three point shooters.

Tipoff: 6:00 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: KCAL HD (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • San Antonio: ESPN HD, KENS HD (Bill Land & Sean Elliott)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • San Antonio: WOAI 1200 AM (Bill Schoening)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Jordan Farmar (Knee)
  • Luke Walton (Foot)
  • Sasha Vujacic (Back Spasms)

Spurs:

None to report.

  • LA4LIFE

    You took some of this from the game preview on nba.com. Still its nice. Good job

  • http://www.myspace.com/fabezee fabz24lakers

    lol @the previous comment

  • pr0mega

    Plagerism is a major offense. I hope you cite the source that you copy-pasted.

  • WifelovesLuke

    Plagerism or not, both have terrible grammar. Does anyone proof this stuff before it posts?

    Lakers are finding ways to get it done even on poor shooting nights.

  • True Lakers Fan

    Lets Do Work Son!

  • Jeff Little

    LA4Life, pr0mega, WifelovesLuke I am at a loss. Since when did stating facts become plagerism? These facts can all be attained at Stats Inc or Elias Sports Bureau. The history of these two teams is brought up whenever these teams meet.

  • Milo

    Who cares!!! anyways, this is going to be a tough game for us now that Manu is back and creating plays for others i think they should put preasure on the ball (Parker-Ginobly) Gasol will have a good game tonight against Duncan i say 18-10-4 and you know Kobe will come through.If Kobe can get at least 6 assists along with 25-30 points we’ll be fine…GET THE OTHERS INVOLVED!!

  • Jeff Little

    Milo you’re right. The Lakers need to pressure the ball, stop Tony Parker’s dribble penetration and do a good job of keeping him out of the paint. I want to see the Lakers defense improve and stop allowing so many lay ups.

    I also want to see better ball movement and better player movement from the Lakers. I also want to see the Lakers frontline play like 7-footers and attack the rim. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are missing too many lay ups and shots away from the painted area. Both players FG percentage would improve by getting closer to the basket and getting in position closer to the basket.

  • pr0mega

    State facts in your own way is not plagerism, copy and pasting someone else’s words is. All you have to do is say (Taken from NBA.com) and you’re set. You didn’t ‘state the facts’ you restated someone else’s facts.

  • Milo

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    yea i would like to see Ariza do a number on both Parker and Manu and hopefully Bynum can take advantage of the fact that SA dont have any true center that can keep him out of the post so im looking for him to stop setting so many picks today and punk thomas, duncan or Bonner for low post position…

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    First of all, if you think you can do better then go right ahead, try to come up with something that all of us would want to read and post it. If not then shut up. I hate it when people are quick to shoot someone’s elses effort down but won’t EVER try to do it themselves.
    Example…”Hey Bob, I see you finally finished that garage you were working on, but your doorway isn’t centered correctly, I don’t like the paint job you picked, I don’t like the way the door opens, negative, negative, negative.” Instead of saying negative stuff, his lazy ass should of got up from his front portch swing and helped or just shut up. And while he’s at it, he should freakin return all the tools he’s borrowed!!!

    Now for the Lakers…
    Bynum – Post up at the box NOT near the 3 point line.
    Pau – If the mid range shot isn’t falling, then get in there and dunk.
    Vlad – You have a good size, try using it next time and post dudes up. If you live by the 3, you’ll die by the 3.
    Fisher – Why is it that you’re the only guard I see get blocked when they drive in the paint? Here is a suggestion, try not to always look for the contact instead concentrate on the basket.
    Kobe – Do what you do. If it aint broke don’t fix it.
    Sun Y – Freakin attack the rim!!! Try it, you will like it. I promise.

  • Milo

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    yea you’re right i second what you have said! if you aint going to say anything constructive then stfu!!!

  • http://TheLakersNation.info Billy Kupchak

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    You want constructive? I’ll give you both constructive & beneficial facts for the rest of your lives! :cool:

    Insanely Healthy Energy for TLN!

  • pancho

    let’s also mention josh powell and vlad’s combined 8/10 in last nights win….

  • http://www.keyshop.org Makaveli3

    OMG STUPID REFS.

  • Dracul

    How lucky. Timmy throws up a prayer hook, Mason gets a lucky break, and they don’t call the tripping of Ariza at the end.

    Lakers were down 11 at a certain point in the 4th, annoying loss, since it’s better to get blown out than this.

    -Dracul