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The 35-8 Lakers host the 18-26 Charlotte Bobcats at Staples center looking to improve their home record to 24-3. The Lakers, back at full strength with a healthy Jordan Farmar, made a statement Sunday by laying a 14-point beat down on the Spurs. The win gave them a six game lead over the second best team in the Western Conference.

The two best things about the win over San Antonio was the return of Jordan Farmar, whose energy and 14 points gave the team a huge lift and holding the Spurs to 37.5 percent shooting.

The Lakers must continue their winning ways against the Bobcats. At first, this game appears to be one that the Lakers will win by 20 although Charlotte always seems to play the Lakers tough. According to Stats Inc., The Lakers have split their eight all-time meetings and have lost four of their last five including the past two at Staples Center.

The Lakers beat the Bobcats on the road 2/11/08 last season 106-97 behind Kobe’s 31 points and ironically lost by 13 to them 108-95 at home 3/26/08.

This is a different Bobcats team, after the trade with Phoenix that allowed them to add Raja Bell, Boris Diaw and Sean Singletary; Head Coach Larry Brown has them playing well as of late, so the Lakers cannot take them lightly. This team has won five of their last seven but lost their last game to the Pacers 98-93.

Another interesting fact is that prior to the loss to the Pacers, the Bobcats held their previous six opponents to an average of 85.3 points.

The Lakers need to come out aggressively from the start, jump on the Bobcats early and impose their will on them. The Lakers displayed an impressive defensive game Sunday which has to happen every night. The Lakers need to show the Bobcats what it’s like to play the best by breaking them in half.

I’m looking forward to seeing excellent player movement and ball movement and seeing the team end each quarter strong. Jordan Farmar’s return allows the team to return everyone to their natural positions and the team the opportunity to speed up the pace of the game.

The Lakers need to throw the ball into the low post and allow Andrew Bynum & Pau Gasol to go to work. Andrew has become a presence in the painted area.

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: 7:30 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: Fox Sports West 1 HD (Joel Myers & Stu Lanz)
  • Charlotte: Fox Sports Carolinas HD (Steve Martin & Henry Williams)

Radio

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Charlotte: WOLS 106.1 FM (Scott Lauer)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • None to report.

Bobcats:

  • D.J. Augustin  (Abdominal Strain)
  • lakers 24/7

    we’ll win. kobe has to much experience with raja bell

  • PauKobeBynumOdomDynasty

    Injuries –

    Lakers:

    None to report.

    Praise the basketball gods!!!

    In your last sentence, you keep forgetting to mention defense. We won’t only win by stopping dribble penetration. Boris Diaw and Raja Bell are high profile shooters. We’ll hopefully stop this slump against them.

  • DWinsRings

    yea holy shit no injures for lakers but i wanted to see D.J. Augustin play man, he was my fav point gurad from the draft. TRADE FOR HIM MITHC LUKE FOR D.J. Augustin

  • WifelovesLuke

    Watch the Lakers clobber the Bobcats or watch American Idol with my teenage daughters? Hmmmmmm…..LAKER GAME!!!!!

  • T.A.

    I have been to the last 2 bobcats/Lakers games at Charlotte and to be honest, 2 years ago when Kobe had 58 in 3 OTS was one of my favorite games I have ever been to. (even though the lakers lost)

    Never take the bobcats lightly.

    For some reason, they beat good teams but lose to all mediocre or less teams

  • Jeff Little

    Thanks for reading the article and taking the time to comment lakers 24/7, WifelovesLuke, T.A.

    I feel you DWinsRings because it does.

    PauKobeBynumOdomDynasty, I don’t know what you’re reading I haven’t forgotten to mention defense but if check it out again you’ll realize that defense is mentioned in every article written and if you check out the last sentence again you’ll come to realize that accomplishing the actions mentioned is playing defense.

  • DWinsRings

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    ? because it does?

  • rc

    OK, here are the best team records. The way the Lakers are playing they have a chance to break at least a couple of these, and maybe even is we are really lucky The Bulls 95/96.

    I got a really good feeling the Lakers are on a huge win streak. Bynam looks better than ever and he will be a huge factor.

    Go Lakers! Make us proud!

    http://www.nba.com/history/toptenteams_index.html

  • Jeff Little

    DWinsRings,

    That was a play on words, DWinsRings – I took it to mean that Defense Wins Rings stating that it does.

  • lakerschamps09

    wheres the shoutbox rite now?????lol

  • Paul

    Wow, no injuries. Cool (:.

  • PauKobeBynumOdomDynasty

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    by that i mean that the last sentence stresses too much on offense…instead as we’ve seen the Lakers play…they focus too much on offense

  • armo

    sasha is injured (ankel) but who cares. we got farmar back.

  • PauKobeBynumOdomDynasty

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    sasha is playing though rite?

  • west818

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    yes

  • http://www.nicklachey.us Nick Lachey USA

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    Yup. Sasha is expected to play.

  • j0k3r

    we’re ganna win!

  • http://www.lakersvolssparks.blogspot.com Margo

    Sasha status is probable!

  • http://www.lakersvolssparks.blogspot.com Margo

    Please tell me why the lakers are not adjusting to that over the top pass or baseline pass?!

  • http://www.nba.com josh

    jjoke
    lakers will win in oT
    damn im right

  • Big Phil

    Where the f__CK was the defense? This game really showed what boneheads we have in Lamar, Fluke, Vlad, and Sasha. Lamar, why the F_CK do you double-team below the 3-point line and leave a guy open at the 3pt line?! Lamar, why the F_CK did u just stand there and not grab a key rebound. Once again, when the game is on the line and there is pressure, good ole Lamar flounders as usual. The same goes for Fluke…why are u in the game at all?! Sasha again plays without a brain. The most disappointing game of the season.

  • dumblakerfan

    Big Phil I agree. wtf man.

  • james

    Big Phil – you said it all. what a bunch of idiots!!! I keep saying trade a bunch of them…LO, Luke, Vlad…yea we win a few but you can’t lose to these teams. Come on – you’re up by 6 and lose it??? Inexcusable – freaking stupid idiots!!! Luke – call a friking time out if you can’t inbound. I’ve seen him do this time and time again. Stupid LO.

  • james

    Can we get Stu for a coach – what he says makes sense? stupid PJ…he’s an idiot!!!

  • Big Phil

    James…absolutely…why the f__k is Fluke in the damn game?!…what basketball IQ?! ur right…this is not the first time he’s screwed up on an inbounds play. Once Kobe fouled out…it was so telling and apparent how lost, confused, mentally weak, shaky were Farmar, Odumb, Fluke, and Sasha. Derek and Bynum seem strong and unfazed during that period, and it was the others who truly showed what boneheads they are and how mentally weak they are by making stupid offensive and defensive moves. What a damn disappointment!?! Phil should’ve had Pau in the game rather than Fluke even though Pau wasn’t shooting well.

  • let there be light

    why did phil take out bynum. not just that why did he keep in sasha and bring in luke. he should of had the line up with farmar fisher vlad odom and bynum. sasha is not kobe pass the ball and the foul on kobe was BS. that ref hates the lakers i think its steve javie. damn g.wallace got a mested up lung.

  • MR JUAN_YOURWARLOCK

    Bynum choked at the end of the game. You guys saw it. He missed an easy shot at the end of the game. He is not ready for the big time. Trade him now for an experienced defender.

  • heyho

    an easy win huh?

  • Smush Walton

    How do the Lakers spell stupid? L A M A R !

    This guy has to be one of the biggest MORONS in the league!

    His STUPID one-handed play – constantly going up with one hand for a rebound. Go up with two hands dumb a$$ and GRAB THE D@MN THING! Two missed dunks! And then walnut brain steps up to the line just laughing it up and then boinks both freethrows. As soon as you see walnut brain dribbling thru his legs you know a blown shot is coming. But the dumbest play of all leaving a shooter wide open for a 3 to tie the game at the 1st OT. Simply NO EXCUSE. this bonehead has been in the league 10 years but always keeps making the same STUPID mistakes. When Lame-O is on the floor you can always count on STUPIDITY to follow. FLUSH O-DUMB! This dumb @ss has got to GO!

    And with both Lamar and Luke on the floor at the end of the game – FORGET IT! Wake up Mitch we need to get rid of some GARBAGE – Lame-O, Puke, Vlad. START FLUSHING!!!

  • Jeff Little

    I have to agree with James & Big Phil, That game epitomized what everyone has said of Lamar Odom. His head isn’t in the game at all times. I like the guy but his play leaves me asking him one question, “what was that?”

    I loved seeing him finally go to the basket with a little aggression but at 6’11” I expect you to finish and as a 10-year vet I expect him to know the situation. Instead he was lost.

    But as stated before me how do you leave an open three point shooter when you’re up three points? The only thing he should’ve been defending was the three-point line. I don’t know if Mitch will move him but I wouldn’t object; Lamar needs to wake up.