The Lakers are back at work tonight for the first game of 2009 at Staples Center against the always tough Utah Jazz. The Lakers are 25-5 and off to their best 30-game start since the 1999-2000 championship season and the Utah Jazz are working on getting a healthy starting lineup.

Utah has been an injury riddled team; Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur and Paul Millsap have missed time due to injury.

The Jazz always play the Lakers tough and are still a dangerous team (Lakers won seven of the ten games played last season); one that will screen-roll you high and low, back screen and pick and roll you to death. When both teams are healthy this is a match up of two of the leagues best half court offenses.

The match up at the point is always nice to watch, Deron Williams, one of the best young point guards in the NBA going against the seasoned veteran Derek Fisher; his former teammate.

Derek is two inches shorter but being a former Jazz, he knows their offense very well and Fisher always plays tough against his old team. His coming off of his best shooting performance of the season; going 9-of-12 for 19 points. His timely shooting, strong defense and 14 point average helped to end the Jazz season last year.

Injuries are unfortunately a part of the game and an opportunity for someone to step up and for the Jazz that has been PF Paul Millsap; he has averaged 18.7 points and 11.5 in his last 16 games. Sasha Vujacic’s minutes have increased but when playing the triangle offense you don’t need a traditional point guard to run the offense, but it helps.

This is the Lakers first game since putting up a season-high 130 points against the Warriors. Kobe Bryant has averaged 29.3 points and the team has won 8 of the last 10 games. 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, stopping dribble penetration and rotating out to three point shooters.

Tipoff: 7:30 PM PST


  • Los Angeles: Fox Sports West 1 HD (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Utah: FSN Utah HD (Craig Bolerjack & Ron Boone )


  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Utah: 1320 KFAN/B98.7 and the Jazz Radio Network (“Hot” Rod Hundley )



  • Jordan Farmar (Knee)


  • Carlos Boozer (Knee)
  • Paul Millsap (Knee)
  • Mehmet Okur (Back Spasms)
  • Freshh

    Don’t take this game lightly

  • http://twitter.com/nugge7 Jaime Quintanilla

    I’m soooooo exicted that Lakers basketball is back in action! This should be an excellent game, Jazz even when injured always bring their ‘A’ whenever they play our Lakers.

  • kb24bestever

    Come on Lakers lets go out there and make of this 09 year a perfect start..
    This should be an easy W for us, going for the 5th win in a row….

  • jason

    might be a lil rusty at the start and outta rhythym but by second quarter should be fine and should be able to handle utah just fine..their always a tough matchup but we’re just better!!

  • http://TheLakersNation.info Billy Kupchak

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    for you.. i will! :cool:


    Luke and Lamar, show all of us why the lakers shouln’t trade you guys. Please don’t take this game lightly, infact, start every quarter thinking it’s 0-0 and I guarantee a victory everytime.

    The problem starts when everyone sees a huge lead and then stop playing. Remember, championship or bust. 2nd place is the first loser.

  • DWinsRings

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    NO START THE GAME THINKING YOU DOWN 0-24(only picked 24 if you guys know?)

  • D.M

    as koby and Fisher deliver, bynumm Odom, Big Pau need to keep their defencive game thighter to damage with their wonderfull offencive plays.

  • D.M

    we are taking this championship and the way I see it, no one can stop us till the finals. ain’t gonna cry no more. we have the best bench of the league. lets tight our seat belts and enjoy the games.

  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

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    <_< Don’t say that until if we beat Boston on Feb 8th.

    Play-offs are always a different story.

  • D.M

    I’m from Angola, I’m La Lakers’ biggest fan.
    My dream is come to Staple Center just once in my life,
    to Watch my Idle Kobe Bryant’s game then and come back home.


    [Comment ID #57585 Will Be Quoted Here]

    Where’s Angola exactly? I hope your dream comes true one day, i forget how lucky we are living in LA, i literally drive past the staples center every day and go to a game every other week, but do not think too much of it…

    Although once i do think about it, it is always a very fun and special time… (as long as we win)

  • sketch

    no boozer+no milsap=lakers winning by 20! that wouldn’t have been the case before a few weeks ago. now that they’ve taken care of boston and didn’t have a let down against the warriors, i think that our lakers got their swagger back!

  • Milo

    Kobe is begining to look like the Kobe we have all been waiting for! he’s starting to fill it up from the three like he used to 3 seasons ago! he also continues to give his team-mates good looks! if he can keep this up he’s bound for another MVP MVP MPV!!!