The (54-19) Los Angeles Lakers are in New Orleans to face the (34-40) Hornets.

The game against the Thunder was tough to watch and hard to believe after such a strong defensive performance in San Antonio, but as we all know that from the moment the ball is tossed in the air both teams have the opportunity to win or lose. It proved what we all know, that the Lakers transition game isn’t their strong suit. More importantly, it showed that the first thing that the Lakers needs to do is stop the dribble penetration of their opponents.

The Lakers are now 2-1 on their five game road trip after beating the Houston Rockets, and winners of eight of their last 10 games. The Hornets have had a difficult season losing All-Star point guard Chris Paul for a large part. However, the team did find out that they had solid backup who could lead the show in Darren Collison.

The injury to Chris Paul also gave the young backcourt of Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton time to develop. The Lakers haven’t had any trouble with the Hornets this season; although in my opinion its playoff time and no one should be taken lightly.

Regardless of who starts at the point guard position, the Hornets have been a team that plays an up-tempo game that spends a lot of time out in transition running. The Lakers have to stop the ball and control the tempo. When the Hornets are forced to make plays in the half-court offense said plays will go through Chris Paul and David West.

At this time of the year. it’s all about approaching every game as a Playoff game. The Lakers have to control the boards, defend the screen and roll action plays and make sure that Chris Paul doesn’t engage two defenders at once. The Lakers front line needs to be extremely aggressive off both ends of the court, be patient running their offense and attack the rim. When playing with focus and aggressive, the Lakers can destroy a team in the painted area.

The Lakers will win tonight by playing strong defense, using excellent ball movement and excellent player movement and executing down the stretch. They should have at least four players scoring in double digits tonight. Three and one after four games on the road has a nice ring to it.

Go Lakers!

Tip-off: 5:00 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: KCAL 9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • New Orleans: Cox Sports Television (Bob Licht & Gil McGregor)

Radio

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • New Orleans: KMEZ 106.7 (Sean Kelley & Gerry Vaillancourt)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Andrew Bynum (Left Achilles Strain) Out
  • Kobe Bryant ( Avulsion fracture of his right index finger, Sprained Left Ankle)
  • Shannon Brown (Sprained Right Thumb) listed Day-to-Day
  • Ron Artest (Sprained Left Thumb) listed Day-to-Day
  • Lamar Odom (Sprained Shoulder) listed Day-to-Day
  • Luke Walton (Pinched Nerve, Back) Out, but did practice with the team

Hornets:

  • Sean Marks (Sprained Ankle) Out
  • Peja Stojakovic (Lower Abdominal Strain) Out
  • Ike Diogu ( Left Knee Surgery) Out
  • drivefor16th

    our pgs are gonna get killed tonight by paul and collison. WE STILL NEED THE W THO. LETS GO LAKERS

  • lakermarc

    I AM ONLY GETTING MORE DISAPPOINTED AND DISGUSTED IN THE L;AKERS. THEY HAVE NOTHING LEFT, LEAST OF WHICH IS HOPE. EVERYBODY HAS HAD THEIR WAY WITH THEM THIS YEAR. THIS ISN'T A DOMINANT TEAM. AND FOR THE FOOLS OUT THERE KIDDING THEMSELVES THAT THE PLAYOFF SWITCH CAN BE FLIPPED AND ALL OF A SUDDEN A VERY DIFFERENT TEAM IS GOING TO SHOW UP, IS A RIDICULOUS NOTION. KOBE WAITED TOO LONG TO TRY AND TURN IT ON. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE GUYS? THEY LOOK PATHETIC. IT ISN'T EASY FOR A TRUE LAKER FAN LIKE ME TO CUT THEM UP LIKE THIS, BUT FANHOOD ISNT BUILT ON DILUSIONS OF GRANDEUR. SICK!!!!

  • j.dizzle

    LOL at ppl getting mad in game that means nothing…Sure, the bench looked like crap & Artest couldnt hit a three to save his life but theres no point in panicking..Theres a reason teams rarely repeat. No point in going all out in meaningless games when you know your're gonna get every opponents best shot on the road..LA sells out most arenas that dont usually sell out on the road & their opponents feed off that & play harder then they usually would..Only thing that matters right now is getting the players healthy & some rest.

    • parker

      So i guess the next 8 games are also meaningless the lakers can just coast and turn it on in the P/O. Please oh please give me some of what you are smoking.

    • lakermarc

      That is the stupidest thing you could say. Like I've said before, some of the fans are mimicking the arrogance of the team.

      • bostonsucks88

        no marc, its just that some fans refuse to panic or get so upset over a regular season loss. Its not arrogance, its being smart. why should we got so upset over something out of our control? Fans who worry so much over a loss need to check their priorities. I love the lakers and I hate when they lose and I want them to win every game, but again, why do u all get so upset? especially since our team is very good, and in the end we will be there competing for another title. you all need to relax and just enjoy the game

        • lakermarc

          I didn't shrivel up and die somewhere. Your response to mine was as if I was getting ready to take my life because the Lakers lost. ????? Funny. MAYBE YOU SHOULD RELAX? ha!!!!

  • KaNa

    Our bench is bad, our pgs are bad, our defense is bad, our 3 pt shooting is bad! BAD BAD BAD for the playoffs…