The (32-9) Los Angeles Lakers are in Cleveland to face the (32-11) Cavaliers.

The Lakers league best record has been aided by playing several games at home. Los Angeles has embarked on their longest road trip of the season a 13-day eight-game road trip that includes two sets of back-to-back games.

Some have called this game an NBA Finals Preview, others have labeled this a battle of two of the league’s best from each Conference, and to the Lakers Nation there is only one way to describe this game; ‘revenge’.

The Lakers are on a three-game winning streak and need to remember that as the defending Champion, they’re the hunted as opposed to the hunter and need to match the intensity of their opponents and force their will on them.

When faced with a long road trip, a team will bond together, set a goal of having a winning record on said trip, and most importantly focus on each game individually, but for tonight’s game there’s no need for the coaching staff to provide a motivating pep talk or for the Lakers fans to wonder if the team will be up for this game.

After the beating the Lakers took on Christmas day, this game has been circled on the calendar. Consider the Lakers re-gifting the unwanted present they received from the Cavaliers or simply them giving it back to them labeled, return to sender.

Mo Williams killed the Lakers with 28 points in the last game, fortunately for the Lakers he will not be playing in tonight’s game.

The Lakers need to come out aggressive from the start play solid defense and avenge the home loss.

It is significant that the Lakers have won without Kobe being dominant. The black mamba is 19 points shy of 25,000 and still doing an excellent job of leading his team, he will get healthier and his shooting touch will return.

Cleveland was the more physical team in the last meeting and beat the Lakers in every phase of the game. The Lakers haven’t forgotten what happened and are out to avenge that loss. Everyone on the team knows exactly what has to be done. Other members of the team not named Kobe & Pau have stepped up their game and have shown that they know their roles and can contribute.

The reserves led by Lamar Odom, Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown are producing and I fully expect this trend to continue and have a solid impact in tonight’s game.

Tip-off: 5:00 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: TNT
  • Cleveland: TNT

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: ESPN 710 AM (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Cleveland: WTAM 1100 AM (Joe Tait & Mike Snyder)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Kobe Bryant (Avulsion Fracture of Right Index Finger, Knee & back)

Cavaliers:

  • Mo Williams (Shoulder Sprain) Out
  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    The Lakers will get their revenge tonight and Kobe will make Bill Simmons eat his words about LeBum being the best! And Shannon will show Snaq that he wasn’t disrespected by his comments about the current players in the Dunk Contest by dunking in his FAT FACE!

    Fcuk LeBrick!!!!!!!
    Fcuk Snaq!!!!!!!!!!!
    Fcuk the Calfs!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO KOBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO SHANNON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO PAU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • FAKERS FOREVER!!!

      You moron…
      The game is over…
      Stop using Fxxx…
      You idiot…can not say anything without Fxxx.
      Moron like gives fakers bad rap.
      Get it….probably you don’t, right?
      hahahahah

  • lakers2000

    We need to beat these idiots. Let’s show them how an MVP leads a championship team! I say Lakers by 16 tonight. Kobe will get 34 in honor of fat ass! Go Lakers!!!!

  • the antoine

    i thought it was 24k..

    • Kid Kaos 310

      Same here. Someone needs to check their facts.

    • muslim mamba

      25k

  • muslim mamba

    kobe is 19 shy of 25,000 not 20,000 he hit that a long time ago

  • muslim mamba

    wow kobe is playing with multiple broken fingers, a bad knee and back spasms….mo williams is out with a minor shoulder injury pathetic

  • http://www.ld2k.com Chris Manning

    I fixed the typo. Yes, 19 away from 25,000; would be amazing if he hit it tonight!

  • thanhttrinh

    would celebrating his 25,000 on their fukin disappoint loss at home ! fuk LeBitch !

  • Fanzus

    These technical issues with the signal are BS

  • gugy

    Fu_ckkkkkkkk!

    That’s alright. We will beat them when it matters most, IF they go to the finals.
    Remember last season we lost the two regular games against the Magic.

  • keepon_keepinon18

    Lakers may have lost this one but I think a good thing is that Lakers can guard James better next time ~ contest better and help defend. Seems to me like the Cavs isolated him a lot and made him make a (right) play.

    Disappointed the Lakers lost, but it seemed like the game could have gone either way with the 9 missed free throws.

    • Phil_WTF?

      Thats BS!!!! Ron did the same sh^% he did in the first match up against Lebron… NOTHING!!!! They need to forget it and let Kobe guard him (if he gets another chance).

      • keepon_keepinon18

        Yeah i hate to say it, but it didn’t seem like there was any special D on James. Looks to me like what Ron does is be physical with him off the ball. This works to a point but problem is he gets screened off and no one else comes to play James that tightly. Also, it seemed that the 1 on 1 D should be done by Kobe. Lamar and Ron in the final quarter were looking to stop him from driving and he got open pull up Js.

        • http://TheLakersNation PWNED

          isnt that what the lakers want? take the j rather than drive. i can live with that.

          ariza couldnt do either of them. seriously, ariza couldnt guard any marquee sf, it was all kobe, at least now kobe doesnt have that burden on guardin them niggas.

          artest is my nigga, he did a good job, but just at the end, the mother fuckers played better.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    that bill simmons will eat his words….maybe not so much.kobe must of injuried something in that 4th quarter…talk about jacking up some BRICKS..

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      You’re right. Talk about jacking bricks, Lebron was 1-9 from 3. Those are bricks alright.

      • barryc

        good comeback. the problem is once you take out those 3′s lebron was 12-16 *inside* the arc, while kobe was 10-25 inside the and only 5-8 from the line.

        moreover, kobe went 1/6 in the 4th quarter, and 5-20 for his last 20 shots while lebron scored 12 straight in the 4th quarter and also dished out 9 assists and would have had more had his teammates not bricked a couple of lay-ins.

  • Kivz

    I guess da Lakers ain’t gonna win a championship dis year!!! Get Trevor Ariza back n get Devin Harris 4 Morrison n Farmar…oh most 4got n da Machine Needs some new batteries…

    • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

      Dude, Artest was great on LeBron today, just in the end, they played better and got the better end of the game. It was a fairly good officiated game, but just Cavs have more to prove than Lakers do.
      Ariza back? I love that guy but seriously, Artest is better for the Lakers. He played great defense on LeBron, usually, Kobe would play defense on LeBron rather than Ariza.
      Plus, Artest shoots better than Ariza.

      • Phil_WTF?

        What game were you watchin’? Ron artest didn’t even bother to guard lebron, he was given him too much room to shoot (lamar too) they even panned over to the bench and you could see the pissed off look on Kobe face and he mouth’s “too much space” after lebron hit an uncontested jumper! Why can’t he play the intense “D” he used to play on Kobe, or better just let kobe guard him at least it looked like he was trying!

        • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

          Oh, im sure LeBron went 1-9 with that much room. I see.

          • Phil_WTF?

            He took over the game with Ron and Lamar “guarding” him, after Phil fell asleep on the bench and forgot to put kobe back in. Im talking about the 4th quarter, not the entire game. Even dumb as reggie miller pointed it out that all his shots were uncontested! I don’t know, I know the feed was bad tonight, but I don’t think im losing my mind!

          • barryc

            he went 12-16 INSIDE THE ARC.

      • Green Flannel

        Phil_WTF? if u did watch the game every time he was open it was off a screen and noone could help out with a tight enough defense! it was said before in these comments…just reinforcing it!!!

        • trevors_voodooDoll

          bullsh*^!!! There had to have been 3 straight possessions where he had uncontested shots with the pull up jumper! There was even a shot where dumb ass lamar didnt bother to put his hands up, reggie miller called him out for it!! I was watching the same thing as phil_wtf!! Maybe rons lost a step, but he definetely lied on his application!

  • Bee-D-Bee’s

    This loss is on the Laker Bigs! The same old story…when the Laker big 3 play well, we win! Weak ass Pau showed up again…I thought we had seen the last of him when Garnett and Perkins wiped the floor with him 2 years ago! And Bynum…umm…need I say more!???

    If U can’t get up for a possible finals match up, shame on U! This road trip is so Mitch can see for sure who he wants to deal. I say PULL the trigger on either the Bosh or Harris trade. We need a point guard and Bynum needs to move on…no heart and bad attitude! Either trade would improve the team dramatically for the better!

    BTW…a little letter to Pau: REALLY Pau??? Really??? Couldn’t have tried to dunk that layup that would have put us up 2??? Couldn’t make 2 free throws??? Boy…U better score 40 pts 2mrw to get out of this dog house dude!

    Kudos to Cleveland…that Shaq trade really paid off! Absolutely neutralized the Laker bigs! Andrew and Pau must feel like shit right now!

    • Randy’s Donuts

      100% Agree! Pau Gasoft= 7ft. pu$$y! This dude had JJ Hickson and Varejao guarding him and he was getting straight punked! The Bynum Gasol experiment is over I think, we need to choose between one of them. Odom has been playing really good lately dude had 10 pts. off of 3-5 shooting, 10 rebs, 2 steals, hustling, dude has been showing up lately.

      • lakeb

        gasol is the reason we have been to 2 finals. gasol is the reason kobe won league mvp in 2008. (by getting the lakers to first place in the west) Gasol is also a 2time allstar with 2 different teams. bynum is horrible and has not accomplished anything. think before you say

      • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

        yeah i agree 100% we looked soft an weak!!!first off we need to fix that pg position.. then fix that weak front court,Jose Calderon would be a start at point guard.an see if that can stop the bleeding,or slow it down start by fixing the point an we can assess our problem with a soft or weak front court….but yeah we got man handled

  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    It was a great game, but what pissed me off was LeBron singing to Eminem’s verse on Forever. What the hell, thats just as bad as dancing. Then started waiving his jersey around like Kobe did when he got a game winner. What the hell man? Talk about ego.
    BTW Lebron, American Idol auditions are still on. Hurry!

    • keepon_keepinon18

      I agree! This is another reason I hate the Cavs, so immature and cocky. This was a good win for them, but be happy about it, use it to work on the rest of the season, and realize what you still need to do to win a championship…

      • Green Flannel

        good point

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    BETTER TEAM, BETTER LEADERSHIP,SMARTER,STRONGER.EAT THAT YOU DOUCHE NOZZLES……forgot the kobe hurt his finger.

    • http://TheLakersNation PWNED

      douche nozzel? what the fuck are you a 12 year old white boy. man the fuck up you pussy. right better team yet the lakers have the best fucken record in the nba, go eat a dick you homo. go lose to the fucken bobcats and bulls at home.
      fucken pussy, talkn shit behind a monitor. i got $50 that you are some fucken lil white boy who wouldnt wanna say shit when you meet me or any other laker fans.

      mother fucker, spend more time talkin shit bout lakers than you do talkin good bout them mother fucken fuckaliers.
      better leadership. everyone, sing forever jsut like lebron did. he is the better leader so follow his lead.
      I still wanna sweep Celtics more than I do Cavs. Celtics are a more tougher team with a great rivalry, Cavs have nothing.

    • http://TheLakersNation Lebronx

      nigga, go sing forever with your husband lebron, cause thats how long it will take him to win a ring.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    cav`s beat your ass twice in three weeks….laker fan better want the celtics….cavs are little much for your douche nozzle SOFT LAKERS! Iforgot kobes injured.

    • http://TheLakersNation PWNED

      nigga, did you see what the fuck we did to the fucken orlando magic, the mother fuckers that fucked you up the ass in the conference finals. they beat us twice and we fucked them up in the finals.
      if you mother fuckers do get to the finals, which i highly doubt with the celtics being healthy by then, you better pray you can get past the celtics let alone get to the finals. mother fucker.
      soft lakers? them soft mother fuckers went all the way to the finals and won it. you play “hard”? well that got you eliminated in the conference finals.

      nigga you be talkin shit behind a monitor. im telling you now, make the fucken finals, and the lakers will fuck the cavs up, if not, i will cheer for the cavs in the east. thats how confident i am the cavs will choke in the playoffs.

  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    Honestly, I dont give a hoot about the Cavs. In the end, I want the Celtics in the finals. That is the best rivalry in NBA history. Always a good series matchup between the two teams. Unlike the Cavs, the Celtics have a rich history with the Lakers whether it was beating the Lakers or losing to the Lakers. Always a fun series. I call it now though, Lakers and Celtics in the finals is what I want and thats what will happen.

    • barryc

      it also gives the lakers a shot at actually winning.

  • Play_Offs!!!!

    Lakers aren’t making it to the finals ’cause they don’t have any heart and Pau is a bigger bitch than he was 2 yrs ago. Andrew is too busy updating his car collection, Lamar is retarded and following the Kardashians around, Sasha has forgotten he plays basketball for a living, and apparently Phil jackson thinks he gets paid $12 mil a yr to have the team meditate during practice and form a book club rather than teaching them how to improve their games! Kobe can only take them so far with one hand!

    • lakeb

      gasol is the reason we have been to 2 finals. gasol is the reason kobe won league mvp in 2008. (by getting the lakers to first place in the west) Gasol is also a 2time allstar with 2 different teams. bynum is horrible and has not accomplished anything

  • gugy

    I think it will be Lakers and Magic again.

    Atlanta will be the wild card that will eliminate either the Cavs or the Celts.
    The ECF could be Magic x Atlanta.
    We’ll see.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    HEY NOW, you should be able to roll the knicks tomorrow night,hell most of the laker wins are when lower level teams show up…right DOUCHE NOZZLE.of course you want the celtics….they`ll beat your asstoo…

    • http://TheLakersNation PWNED

      nigga dont make me call the raptors, bulls, grizzlies and bobcats. them niggas owned yo ass and you talk bout lakers only owning the fucken weak teams? your team fucken gets owned by the fucken weak teams, the only elite team you managed to beat was us and thats not good enough. fucken lost to the celtics and you claim you will win the fucken ring? how the fuck will you get past the celtics then dumfuck.
      i dont give a fuck if celtics beat our ass in the finals, that just means your precious queen of the fucks wont make it and that is just as good enough for me. celtics will fuck up the queen and his fuckaliers and your precious heiress will walk out again and straight to the plain to NY inkin a new contract, then come and talk to me, alright nigga?

      fuck you mother fucker, so suck lebrons dick before you have to take a plane to new york to do so.

  • Randy’s Donuts

    Trade Bynum for Ariza, Trade Pau for Noah, Trade Farmar & Ammo for Harris!

    • pAU’sPride___000000

      Nice…. but I wouldn’t trade pau, I would have someone punch him in the chest a couple dozen times and have him check for his sack!!! Its gonna take him getting embarrassed again to have him step up his game and quit babying about his damn hamstring!

      • lakeb

        gasol is the reason we have been to 2 finals. gasol is the reason kobe won league mvp in 2008. (by getting the lakers to first place in the west) Gasol is also a 2time allstar with 2 different teams. bynum is horrible and has not accomplished anything. think before you say

        • trevors_voodooDoll

          Well for now Gasol is the reason we lost tonight! Who is this Matt “money” Smith?

          • lakeb

            nope it wasnt gasols fault. he was the only laker in double digits besides kobe. it was the teams fault. and mitch’s fault for not making a move for a center or a point guard, to keep up with the rest of the league this year

  • THE WARLOCK

    These Lakers need to figure out how to neutralize Varajao! …Whenever they figure out how to do this one simple task, as well as The Magic have, they will be just fine against this Cavs team… Odom doesn’t know how or is unwilling to fight, struggle, brawl, clash, scrap, or whatever, and put his scrawny @ss body firmly on this guy! …Varajao has consistently, time and again, been able to create loose balls almost at will with the obvious and signature finesse of our “delicate” front court! …Varajoa’s physicality and desire, is the key component to The Lakers losing this game… This dude was allowed to get away with beating the living F*&^%$#CK out of our Lakers today! …Man up, how hard is it to bring equal scrap and (key word)~DESIRE, to put yur freakin butt on a body and neutralize that individual out!

    • barryc

      it’s not just the lakers – varejao is an average +16 per game every night – higher than lebron’s as a matter of fact. he’s got incredibly quick feet for a big man – and he’s no longer trying to draw charges, and instead is using his length to defend. he’s one of the most underrated big men in the league IMO and the second most valuable player for cleveland.

  • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

    we looked soft an weak!!!first off we need to fix that pg position.. then fix that weak front court,Jose Calderon would be a start at point guard.an see if that can stop the bleeding,or slow it down start by fixing the point an we can assess our problem with a soft or weak front court….but yeah we got man handled

    • lakeb

      if by soft front court you mean andrew bynum then okay, but if you mean gasol.. dont talk bad about gasol, gasol is the reason we have been to 2 finals. gasol is the reason kobe won league mvp in 2008. (by getting the lakers to first place in the west) Gasol is also a 2time allstar with 2 different teams. bynum is horrible and has not accomplished anything.

  • drive-for-16th

    First of all, gay game. NO ONE EVER STEPS UP, GASOL IS BEING SOFT AGAIN, HE CAN’T BANG WITH ANYBODY BIGGER THAN HIM, BYNUM DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE AN ALLSTAR. Bench licks nuts. Odom 10 fucking points, This team needs help. EVEN WITHOUT MO WILLIAMS THEY BEAT US. FIRST THEY RAPED US, AND WE GOT HUMILIATED FRON OF OUR OWN FANS AND THEN WE WERE PLAYING GOOD AND HAD THE LEAD AT HALF AND THEN I DONT KNOW WAT HAPPENED BECAUSE I WAS AT THE AIRPORT. ALL I SAW WAS THEY WE FUCKING LOST. I SAID IT BEFORE WE PLAY WITH NO HEART. AND OBVIOULY WE KNOW THE NBA WANTS LEBRON TO WIN ALL THE TIME NOW. BUT FUCK THIS IS GAY, YA’LL REALIZE HOW MUCH SHIT PPL ARE GONNA SAY CAUSE WE LOST TO THEM !!!!!AGAIN!!! WE JUST GAVE THEM ANOTHER REASON TO FUKIN BE COCKY. FUKKKKKKK THSI WRECKED MY DAY.

    • lakeb

      gasol is the reason we have been to 2 finals. gasol is the reason kobe won league mvp in 2008. (by getting the lakers to first place in the west) Gasol is also a 2time allstar with 2 different teams. bynum is horrible and has not accomplished anything..

  • drive-for-16th

    sTUPID FUCKIN VAREJAO FOULED ARTEST OVER THE BACK AND THE FUKIN REFS CALLED IT ON ARTEST. pAU MISSED 2 FREE THROWS THAT COST US. KOBE SAID IT BEST
    “WE WERE A HUNGRIER TEAM LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR THEY LOOK MORE HUNGRY THAN US, We have to make some adjustments and we have to make some improvements.”
    WE NEED TO MAKE SOME IMPROVEMENTS LIKE THE FUKIN POINT GUARD SITUATION, I GOT A LOT OF RESPECT FOR FISHER BUT HES NOT OUR FUTURE, AND BYNUM CANT BANG WITH THEIR BIGS.

  • drive-for-16th

    Every one keeps saying we want the celtics but wat if they beat our ass too twice then wat the fuk are we gonan say. This team is a pussy team, last year they were beating good team and losing to bad ones this year they are getting their asses handed to them, we dont deserve a ring playing like this. we are not hurt either yes kobe is but he got 31 points wat happened to the other fags they were healthy, artest like 8 points wat the fuk is that dude. Wat happened to the odom that had 28 last season vs them, isnt the team had enough humiliation.

  • THE WARLOCK

    Excuses, Excuses, Excuses, Stop making excuses for a cream puff performance! …Fact is Pau, Odom, Bynum and even Artest played like they didn’t want to break a nail today! …I like Gasol’s “finesse” basketball skills at 6, 12, 18 feet from the hole, but when it comes to being aggressive; he falls terribly short-in a huge way… Like when he tanked a ‘1’ footer of a cream puff shot-right before the half-instead of slamming the ball through the hoop …and so on, and so on, and so on-all night long!

    • THE WARLOCK

      Correction: Pau’s tank of that lay-up came at the end of the 1st quarter… Looking back at this game, Varajao, unlike any other player in this league, is allowed to get away with lots of grabbing, holding, and shoving, but, even more so when he plays against The Lakers, or so it seems. …This is neither skillful nor talented, just a tendency allowed by the league! …Most players who attempt to play like this would foul out in less than a quarter of play.

  • drive-for-16th

    yes warlock and thats why varejao got fouled out like 4 out of the 6 games against orlando in the playoffs. Bynum is not reliable ya’ll. pau gasol is to be blamed for this loss, if he wants to call him self an allstar then he should play like it. Fukin hickons out rebounded pau and drew combined almost. 14 to 16

  • drive-for-16th