TLN’s Game Preview: Lakers vs. Warriors

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The Lakers hit the hardwood, after exacting a little revenge by beating the Boston Celtics in their highly anticipated Christmas day match-up, to battle the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers can’t have a let down or allow their intensity level to decrease because they’re facing a team that just acquired their ninth win.

In the Warriors win, they beat those same Celtics by ten points on Friday December 26th. The Celtics could’ve been spent, could’ve simply ran out of gas after going 19-1 traveling cross country but at the end of the day Boston took a loss and had to drag another ‘L’ off of the court.

The interesting thing about that game and how it pertains to the game against the Lakers is that the Warriors were down 12 points at the half, but came back to outscore the Celtics 60 – 38 in the second half.

Longtime friend and true Warrior Ronny Turiaf finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Most importantly scoring 35 points in the fourth quarter and holding the Celtics to 17.

Another eye opener was that the Warriors were outshot in front of and behind the arc (FG 47.1% to 45.8% ) & (3pt FG 50% to 37%), had less fast break points, less points in the paint (38-24), and less rebounds then their opponent.

They were the beneficiaries of the return of Stephen Jackson and his 28 points with 15 in the fourth quarter, winning the turnover battle (23 to 21) and 31 fouls which allowed the Warriors to attempt 27 free throws of which the team made 23.

It gives me great pleasure to say that there is no love in California for the Celtics.

The game against the Warriors, one of two contests in 11 days against their Pacific Division rivals. Both teams are among the league leaders in scoring averaging 105 points or better but the difference is the Lakers are playing better defensively.

The Lakers can’t relax the same focus and intensity shown against the Celtics on Christmas Day, they need to be a constant for every game. The Lakers have an advantage with their long front line and will win by controlling the glass, stop dribble penetration and rotate out to three point shooters.

The team will be well rested and prepared to put forth a solid team effort… Hopefully.

Tipoff: 6:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: Fox Sports West 1 HD (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Golden State: Comcast Sports Net Bay Area HD (Bob Fitzgerald & Jim Barnett)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Golden State: KNBR Sports 680 or KNBR 1050AM (Tim Roye)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Jordan Farmar (Knee)

Warriors:

  • Corey Maggette (Hamstring)
  • Monta Ellis (Ankle)
  • Jamal Crawford (Groin)
Jeff Little is the pre-game writer for LakerNation.com. Follow him on Twitter.
  • acgod15

    go lakers show the warriors whos the best in CA!!

  • lakers1fan

    Yes, let’s not sleep on the warriors. Go LAKERS!!!!

  • Lakers 24 7

    If Sac Town can upset Boston, then the Celtics officially aint gettin love in CA.

  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    We can’t lose to them like they lost to the Pacers.

    Pacers vs. Warriors NBA Finals?

  • KB24ForLife

    [Comment ID #57229 Will Be Quoted Here]

    what are you talking about fool?
    we all know its gonna be the thunder and wizards……..

  • http://LALakersNBA.blogspot.com/ The Lakers Analyst

    This would be a blowout for the Lakers. The Warriors win over the Celtics wasn’t that surprising. It was a big news simply because it’s Boston’s first back-to-back losses this season and it came a night after they lose to the Lakers. The Celtics historically struggles against Don Nelson’s team playing in their home court. The Warriors won 5 straight and was 12 of 15 against the Celtics at home.

    The Lakers, on the other hand, have won 13 of their last 16 games against the Warriors. They split their four regular games last season 2-2. Although the Warriors is now a completely different team with the departure of Davis and Harrington, they’re still the typical Nelson’s run and gun team. But their frontcourt is too short against the Lakers.

    So the Lakers they should be able to run over them. Oh, I forgot! I also said that before their game against Miami! Check out my take on this game at:

    http://lalakersnba.blogspot.com/2008/12/lakers-warriors-preview-28-dec-08.html

  • mihailicious

    [Comment ID #57233 Will Be Quoted Here]

    yeah and the wizards are clearly the under dog in this match up,thats why gilbert arenas will wait until they reach the finals to come back to playing and average 70.4 ppg on one leg, and steal the the series 4-3

  • Dan Andreas

    [Comment ID #57234 Will Be Quoted Here]

    The Warriors winning 12 of the last 15 at home against the C’s doesn’t mean anything. They only play them at Oakland 1 game a YEAR, and only last year and this year has Boston been any good. Last year, it was acceptable for the Warriors to win since they were regarded as a playoff team and upset specialist. This year there’s no excuse, and it’s very surprising anyway you slice it.

    Sorry, just that was a very misleading stat. 15 games = 15 years and a lot of things can change in that time.

    I do agree that the Lakers should run them over because they are a much smaller team. And no B. Diddy to kiss the Lakers goodbye on a last second prayer is VERY good news!

  • Kobe Forever

    Lakers will beat the Warriors!
    Lakers 121 Warriors 97

  • http://TheLakersNation.info Billy Kupchak