The Lakers are back at home to host the Memphis Grizzlies; after splitting back-to-back games against playoff teams. The game featured several empty possessions and wasted opportunities.

The Lakers played far better in Portland on 4/10 then the game on 3/9, down by three with under a minute to go in the game the Lakers chose to attempt a low percentage three point shot as oppose to scoring a two-point basket and the game was essentially over after said shot missed.

It was a game that the Lakers could’ve won with better free throw shooting, no turnovers and better execution down the stretch. The loss was tough but far from the end of the world the Lakers will learn from the loss and move on.

Tonight’s match-up will be played between teams at the opposite end of the basketball spectrum, one preparing for the post season and the other preparing for the end of their season.

The Grizzlies have only won eight road games this season. The Lakers have beaten the Grizzlies 105-96 on 12/22/08, 115-98 on 1/31 in Memphis and 99-89 on 3/3. Tonight’s game will allow us to see the Lakers earn their 64th win of the season and earn a season sweep against the Grizzlies for the first time since the 2002-03 season. I want to see is Andrew Bynum play well and end the game healthy.

Andrew is rounding into shape and getting his timing back. The Lakers missed his presence but still managed to go 25-7 without him. He is averaging 14.5 points since his return which is only going to help elevate this team.

Kobe has averaged 30.5 points against Memphis this season while Pau has averaged 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds against his former team. The Grizzlies are playing better and coming off of good 106-89 victory over the Suns. The tandem of O.J. Mayo & Rudy Gay are averaging 42.4 points.

The Lakers need to limit the scoring opportunities of Rudy Gay & O.J. Mayo but there isn’t one ‘Grizzlie’ that demands a double team. Defensively, the Lakers need to stay on their man and play solid man-to-man defense without fouling.

The Lakers need to establish Pau & Andrew in the low post and allow them to go to work as well as set the table for everyone else.

The Lakers need to focus on playing strong defense, forcing turnovers, challenging shots and playing defense without fouling. L.A. has to control the tempo, the glass, get back in transition and rotate out to three point shooters to get the win.

Tipoff: 6:30 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles:  FS West 1 HD (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Memphis: FS Tennessee (Pete Pranica & Sean Tuohy)

Radio

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Memphis: WRBO 103.5 FM (Eric Hasseltine, Hank McDowell & Elliot Perry)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • None to report.

Grizzlies:

  • Quinton Ross (Sore Quadriceps)
  • lakeshow

    lakers have to do it the hard way if they get cavs in the final because we all know that lecrab is going to get alot of calls just because hes lebron yup homecourt advantage is a biatch.

  • lainok

    the only problem with the nba is the crooked refs. they are either blatantly making calls to fullfill their own personal agendas, or they are just bad at doing the job all together. usually, none of this works in Kobe’s favor. Refs don’t like him. It’s just the way it is. they don’t like him, and they don’t like the lakers. I’ve watched to much basketball not to notice it.

  • Lake Rdouchington

    Luck the Fakers!

  • kobe8

    No Bynum for this game PLEASE.

  • Smush Walton

    Kobe, Fish and Pau should sit most of this one out. Shannon Brown should get bigtime minutes. The only time Luke should be on the floor is to sweep it off and mop up wet spots.

  • ilikebasketball

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    they also seem to have a deep seated hatred of odom.

  • dom1020

    refs sure do admire lebron, hes averaging like about 1.7 fouls per game this year and went on some streak where he had no fouls for like 5 games. get this, hes averaging less fouls per gamer than what michael jordan did in his career, not to mention lebron plays the PF position. i read these stats a week or so back so maybe they slightly changed but thats insane. anyways, lakers should just rest their starters tonite, no point in risking injury in a pointless game, cavs have the overall #1 seed locked up, whos to say they will lose 2 in a row including 1 at home against the sixers?

  • Farmar Walton Sasha Suk Ass

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    Absolutely agree…more playing time to Shannon to learn the triangle…just let him start over Fisher until the playoffs begin. Give Farm-A-Douche a mop as well.

  • Guswar

    it´s like..i wouldn´t put bynum on the court cause it´s against the Grizzlies..call me supersticious. anyway..GO LAKERS

  • mr.clutch101

    DONT PLAY BYNUM!
    I can see it…bynum getting hurt after playing 2 games, the good comeback ruined because of a curse.