The Lakers will play the second game of the road trip at the sold-out Ford Center in Oklahoma City to face the Thunder. Oklahoma City is a talented young team that is in the process of developing into a team that will have to be reckoned with in the future. The Lakers are in the process of building momentum for the post-season.
The Lakers are looking to avoid a letdown as they face the team with the worst-record on the road trip. Los Angeles has dominated the season series in recent years. The Lakers have won eight straight against the franchise now known as the Thunder since losing to them 117-101 in Seattle on 11/5/2006. The Lakers need to control the boards and rotate out to three point shooters.
The Lakers are 1 ½ games back of Cleveland for the league’s best record and to achieve that, they’ll need to have another undefeated road trip. This is the third game of the season between the teams the Lakers beat them on 2/10 & on 2/24 winning by an average of 10.5 points.
The Lakers had a slow start against the Bulls and went into halftime with a 14-point deficit; the Lakers came out and literally ran past them in the second half with their reserves having a solid impact and outscoring the Chicago reserves 27-19.
Jordan Farmar knocked down 3-of-5 shots and his 13 points were huge and the main reason Los Angeles was able to overcome a six-point deficit early in the fourth quarter of that game.
The type of game that Farmar had is the type or game and effort that the Lakers need from their reserves whenever they’re on the court. Until the Finals the Lakers bench last season had a better year than this year’s bench and led the league in scoring averaging 30+ points per game.
Granted this is a different bench than last year and the one that started this season. Lamar & Trevor are now starting taking a lot of fire power off of the bench but the bottom line is the reserves need to change the pace of the game and knock down shots.
In this series Kobe is averaging 35 points, Pau Gasol 18 points and Lamar Odom is averaging a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards. Kevin Durant is averaging 32 points for the Thunder. I’ve said it before but apparently it needs to be said again, defensively is where the game will be won or lost.
The Lakers are playing to their advantage by establishing Pau in the low post and allowing him to set the table for everyone else.
Tipoff: 5:00 PM PST
- Los Angeles: KCAL HD (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
- Oklahoma City: FS Oklahoma HD (Brian Davis & Grant Long)
- Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
- Oklahoma City: WWLS 640AM “The Sports Animal” ( Matt Pinto)
- Andrew Bynum (Knee)
- None to report.