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The Lakers face the 76ers tonight at Staples Center seeking their fourth straight win over them and seventh straight at home. The Lakers and the 76ers are both 4-1 in their last five games. The Lakers are coming off of a win over the Mavericks.

As we all know NBA basketball is a game of runs but the Lakers got the victory on Sunday by putting together a 12-0 run that answered a 21-2 Dallas run that saw them take the lead late in the game.

The move to place Trevor Ariza in the starting lineup has paid huge dividends; his career-high 26 point effort in his third consecutive start was huge against the Mavericks.  His defense on point guards, shooting guards and small forwards is excellent and expected but his improvement offensively is a welcome sight for the Lakers.

The 76ers beat the Heat 85-77 on Sunday allowing their lowest point total of the season and pulling them to within two games of Miami for the fifth position in the East. Philadelphia with a 33-31 record; currently holds the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Lakers beat them 114-102 on 12/3/2008 in Philadelphia, Kobe scored 32 points.

Tonight’s game starts a five-game Western Conference road trip for the 76ers. The Andre Iguodala vs. Kobe match up will be exciting to watch but also look for Trevor to defend him as well.

The Lakers will win tonight by running their triangle offense from the inside out, displaying excellent ball movement and player movement and outworking the 76ers.

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 76ers to one shot per possession.

The Lakers are playing to their advantage by establishing Pau Gasol in the post; he started the Dallas game going a perfect 10-10 in the first half. Dallas countered by running a zone defense against the Lakers which limited Gasol’s touches. Pau has averaged 24 points and 12.8 boards against Philadelphia.

The 76ers are a solid defensive team; the Lakers will see a zone defense from them as well as a full court press to take the Lakers out of their offensive rhythm.

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: 7:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: Fox Sports West 1 HD (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Philadelphia: Comcast Sportsnet (Marc Zumoff & Steve Mix)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Philadelphia: WIP 610AM ( Tim McGinnis & Todd MacCulloch)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Andrew Bynum (Knee)

76ers:

  • None to report.
  • ornin

    We got this one tonite…let’s go lakeshow

  • flobe24

    should be a w for the lakers tonight. hopefully we can get some pt for morrison and brown if they can build a big enough lead.

  • Smush Walton

    We need to get our bench going again.
    Sasha (The Contraption), Luke, and Farmar have all SUCKED BIG TIME lately!

    If these three don’t get going, then we should try to see what Shannon Brown and Adam Morrison can give us. They can’t be any worse than the other three rags – particularly Useless Luke and Pathetic Sasha!

  • IwantLukeoutofLA

    Amen smushwalton!

  • Michael Perez

    Guys, take it easy on the bench. They’ve been money before, and they will again. They’re just in a slump right now. Remember Phil knows his $hit. Maybe Shanon Brown and Morrison kind find some PT, as they can be big contributors NEXT season.
    We would be killer if Morrison can be money on his 3s next year.
    In Phil We Trust.

  • http://youtube.com/MvpGoesToKobe LakersNewDynasty08

    One of the reasons Kobe doesnt have the amount of assists as Lebron is because of the people around him. Being the shooting guard Kobe is at the position that is asked to be the leading scorer where lebron has two guards he can pass the ball to. ALso when Kobe gets the ball to Pau, gasol likes to take his time and back down a defender or make a couple moves before rising up while the Cavs big man, Z, likes to catch and shoot. Also, the sharp shooters on LA this year, Sasha and Farmar have had off years. Odom drives and Walton has never been a big scoring threat. Fisher can hit but that only leaves one player for kobe to drive and dish to to earn an assist. Also as a guard he isnt supposed to gather the rebounds like a forward so its like comparing apples and oranges in that department.

  • http://youtube.com/MvpGoesToKobe LakersNewDynasty08

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    I hope that helped you guys understand that Lebron is overrated and Kobe Bryant is the MVP

  • lainok

    Seeing as how Phil likes to play musical chairs with the line ups, I say just to test them, he starts Jordan, Sasha, Luke, Josh, and DJ. Start the game with a 28-3 and put Kobe and company in there 4 min. into the 2nd. to finish them off!

  • Lakerfanl

    I am going to this game tonight. I hope they win!

  • Buck Foston

    Please don’t put comments like “Lebron is overrated”. I am a huge Laker fan and a fan of the game. When you say comments like that you sound like the same people who say Kobe sucks. It just doesn’t make sense. Lebron is an amazing basketball talent but he is no Kobe. Let’s just get real when posting comments. Lakers for life baby.

  • FLUKE

    Don’t hate on Farmar. his stats haven’t made a nice roll but i like his hustle and defense. he’ll pick up before playoffs. also remember that farmar likes to be in the lineup with Ariza but now he’s lost his punch with him at the 3 and has to deal with a bench that has to rely on powell on offense and dj on defense. i wouldn’t be too easy on the sixers as they are a .500 team at a slump and i wouldn’t be suprised if Iggy gets it going early.

    sorry for typos (typing with one hand)

  • ilikebasketball

    I just ordered that damn league pass broadband thing for the last month of the season for 20 bucks, and the first game i was excited about seeing, the cavs/magic game, isn’t showing on there. what the hell is that crap!? why do they not show certain games. that game isn’t shown on nbatv or nationally televised, so what’s the deal? are they going to block every game worth seeing???? did i just burn 20 bones?

  • ilikebasketball

    goddamn it. nevermind. it is on nbatv. rip off.

  • lakrfan4life

    lets get that W!

  • lainok

    I use league pass, the only bad part about it is a little thing called…fan night. because of fan night a game that gets voted for is shown on NBA TV, which means it is nationally televised and not available to the broadband customers. Most of the time it’s the lakers vs whoever else is playing them. That’s when you go to Justin TV. the quality isn’t as good, but at least you see the game.

  • Smush Walton

    Michael Cooper suggested starting Morrison and moving Ariza to the second unit so he can get them going. This way we can see what can Morrison do when he is playing with starters. I would hope he can eventually replace Useless Luke.

  • Eidraq

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    glad to see you’re a passive one..when someone hits u in the balls do u just stand there?

  • Eidraq

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    i disagree with that..the best thing to do would be to keep luke in there..then put kb in at sf for a bit..if u notice, sasha plays well with kb esp since kb finds him…farmar is too busy jacking up shots and looking to pad his stats so sasha cant get going with only farmar as ur ball handler

  • Fisher’s Lover

    Derek Fisher’s ass is beautiful.

    Jordan Farmar, overall, is just hot as hell.

  • Ko-Pau19

    WE DESERVED TO LOSE THIS GAME.

    HORRIBLE HORRIBLE DEFENSIVE SEQUENCE AFTER THE THIRD QUARTER.

    I’m not sad that we lost this game. Rather I just hope the Lakers WAKE UP FROM THEIR LACK OF DEFENSE!!!

    How many leads have we’ve blown all year???

    When will they finally learn that you need DEFENSE TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS??????!

    Let’s just hope they bounce back from this loss.

    LAKERS BABY1