TLN’s Game Preview: Lakers @ Warriors

The Lakers are in Oakland to play the Golden State Warriors tonight, fresh off of having their 15-game home winning streak snapped. The Lakers loss can be attributed to not executing on defense. The Lakers won the previous two games against the Hornets by jumping on them early and executing on defense.

Lucky for the Lakers this is a back to back game for them and an immediate chance to recover and get back on track after suffering their second home loss of the season.

The Warriors are hosting the Lakers at home after losing three straight on the road and four of their last five games.

The Lakers bench is getting thinner. The team is now without Jordan Farmar, Luke Walton and Lamar Odom. More than likely Vladimir Radmanovic will step into the starting lineup at small forward with Trevor Ariza coming in as the sixth man. For some reason, Radmanovic is more productive starting as oppose to coming off of the bench.

Everyone needs to step up when injuries occur.

Josh Powell will see more playing time at power forward and the Lakers need his tenacity both as a rebounder and defender. It is imperative that the Lakers get more than 17 points out of the front line. Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Vladimir Radmanovic, Trevor Ariza and Sasha Vujacic can not have another 11-of- 37 shooting night.

The Warriors are still a dangerous team and the Lakers can’t afford a letdown of any sort.

The coaching staff wants to see more energy from Bynum, which I agree with but also want to see more from Pau Gasol. I want to see both Bynum & Gasol play aggressively and attack the basket more, play like 7-footers, no more of these missed layups or finesse shots when inside.

I want to see passion on every possession from the Lakers no matter who the opponent is and not lose sight of playing strong defense and the goal of winning a Championship.

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

Television -

  • Los Angeles: KCAL Channel 9 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)
  • Luke Walton (Toe)
  • Lamar Odom (Knee)

Warriors:

  • Monta Ellis (Ankle)
  • Corey Maggette (Hamstring – listed as Day-to-Day )
  • Branden Wright (Wrist – listed as Day-to-Day)
  • Stephen Jackson (Hamstring – listed as Day-to-Day)
Jeff Little is the pre-game writer for LakerNation.com. Follow him on Twitter.
  • zgum

    oh boy…. injuries… X(

  • Kobeftw

    Is Mitch more likely to make a trade with all these injuries?

  • http://TheLakersNation.info Billy Kupchak

    [Comment ID #57975 Will Be Quoted Here]

    NBA rules prevent teams from trading away injured players, so who do you suggest be traded? BTW, this discussion already occurred over the Kupchak dinner table, yesterday evening. :cool:

    Insanely Healthy Energy for TLN!

  • Jeff Little

    I doubt anyone will be traded by the Lakers but if the Lakers are going to bring someone in at Point Guard for instance, it will be someone who knows the triangle offense already. Jannero Pargo & Tyron Lue are ideal fits.

  • http://ld2k.com Chris Manning

    Steven Jackson will NOT play tonight.

  • Kobeftw

    [Comment ID #57982 Will Be Quoted Here]

    I wasn’t talking about trading injured players.

  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    Jannero Pargo > Tyronn Lue.

    Was it a fifteen or a sixteen game winning streak at home..?

  • Kent

    Fifteen game winning streak.

  • Kobe Forever

    Lakers are gone win this game!
    Lakers 126 Warriors 112

  • tony two time

    it’s stephen jackson

  • phoebus

    let me tell you something. talking about FIsh… i like the guy not only working hard but he is good person….. But but he is not a starting point guard he can not make a play…. at best, he is a back up point guard. period… Lakers need a decent point guard so make Kobe’s life a bit easier……

  • LogicGuy

    DUMB COACHING– How do you guys and the media keep giving this coaching staff a free pass on repeated dumb moves. Case in point tonight. Lakere coasting with almost a 20 point lead and the Warriors go to three guards on the floor because they had to. Why does Phil feel that he must match up to this? When you have the baddest team on the floor you don’t have to downsize and matchup. Let the other guy worry about matching up to you. He does this consistently, along with other dumb moves like (1)Refusing to exploit mismatches, (2)Failure to stop three shooting and work the ball inside, (3)Not making extensive use of the pick and roll.(4) allowing 15 point runs without calling a time out to stop the momentum, (5) Not going with the hot hand–unless it’s Kobe, (6) Continuing to use that outdated triangle.____ There are others but that’s enough to illustrare my point. It they loose this game or if it’s close, it will be due to bad coaching.

  • Dave

    Good news : Celtics sucking with large lips. Its time to take out the green garbage.

  • LEADERFISH

    Logic guy outdated triangle?