TLN’s Game Preview: Lakers vs. Hornets

Lakers are looking to extend their winning streak to seven games, and 15 straight at Staples Center while maintaining the leagues best record tonight against New Orleans. The Lakers are prepared to face a stiff challenge from this Chris Paul led team; this will be round two versus the Hornets this season.

The Lakers beat the Hornets twice in New Orleans 93-86 on Nov.12, 2008 & 100-87 on Dec. 23, but the Lakers can’t sleep on them. They’re still a very dangerous team.

In the last match up, the Lakers made quick work of the Hornets on their way to dismantling them  leading by 19 at halftime and staying focused on the defensive end of the court to win by 13.

The Lakers performance that night was far more dominant than the score would indicate, especially while on a four-game road trip after dropping two winnable games. The thorough beat down of arguably the second best Western conference team made a definitive statement to the Hornets and the rest of the league.

Chris Paul, one of the NBA’s best point guards and one of Kobe Bryant’s USA Basketball teammates, presents a huge challenge, the challenge of keeping him out of the paint and slowing down his dribble penetration. This is when he gets his teammates involved and becomes more of a problem.

The Hornets run the pick and roll play a million times and Chris Paul has his choice of which direction to go with the ball, score or distribute the ball. They’re pick and roll play becomes more of a pick and pop with several spot up mid-range and 3-point shooters.

The Lakers won the last game by being able to sustain their defensive effort on Chris Paul, they’ll need a repeat performance tonight.

The Lakers might want to force him to become a scorer to avoid getting his teammates involved. The Lakers need to continue to maintain focus on the defensive end. I look for excellent player movement and ball movement.

The Lakers have an advantage with their long front line and will win by controlling the tempo, glass and rotating out to three point shooters.

Tipoff: 7:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: Fox Sports West 1 HD (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • New Orleans: Cox Sports Television (Bob Licht & Gil McGregor)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • New Orleans: WTIX 94.3 FM & 690AM (Gerry Vaillancourt & Sean Kelley)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Jordan Farmar (Knee)
  • Luke Walton (Toe)

Hornets:

  • None to report.
Jeff Little is the pre-game writer for LakerNation.com. Follow him on Twitter.
  • mr. me too

    wasn’t chandler’s suspension only one game?

  • Freshh

    Gotta play very good to win

  • Jeff Little

    mr. me too,

    You are correct Tyson Chandler’s suspension was for only one game. Thanks for the heads up and I’ll change that information. He is what Stu Lantz calls a “high fly act” a shot blocker and it would be wise for the Lakers to get him into foul trouble, go at him with both Pau Gasol & Andrew Bynum. Both need to finish at the rim while protecting the rim on the other end of the court.

  • Lakers 24 7

    Aren’t we going for 16 straight at STAPLES Center? Cuz our 15th straight home victory was against the Blazers.

  • pr0mega

    Round two? This is the third time we will play them homie.

    TLN if you’re hiring, please hire someone who actually cares/keeps up with the Lakers. Between this post and all of Steve Avery’s, it’s a wonder why so many people come to this blog.

    Lakers > Hornets 108-92

  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    Dang? Sorry man!

  • the ape

    boston just lost, let’s get this one to strengthen our grip on #1!

  • Dave B

    I NEVER TYPE ALL CAPS BUT IF THE LAKERS LOSE THIS GAME AGAINST THE HORNETS, IT’S ALL ON PHIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HE KEPT THE RESERVES OUT THERE TOO LONG…

    I DON”T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE THAT HAS HAPPENED IN THIS GAME AFTERWARDS, IT”S ALL ON PHIL JACKSON!!!!!!

    COME ON ALREADY, LET THE STARTERS PLAY A WHOLE QUARTER!!!!

    PHIL’S FAULT ALL DAY LONG!!!! SOMETIMES HE MAKES ME CRAZY!!

  • Dave B

    LUCKY WIN!!!!!!!