TLN’s Game Report: Lakers @ Jazz

ak47kobeThe (18-3) Los Angeles Lakers, currently on an 11-game winning streak embark on a 5-game 9-day road trip starting tonight facing the (13-9) Utah Jazz in the first of three back-to-back games.

Playing on the road is always difficult, but to make matters worse, Kobe Bryant is probable for tonight’s game. Kobe left the game, but later returned with said finger taped. It isn’t surprising to see Bryant play through an injury he has made a career of playing in pain and simply answering the bell.

He expects to play despite the injury, but it is a matter of his pain tolerance and how effective he can be. The long road trip will test the leagues best team after the luxury of playing the first 17-games of the season (a league high) at home.

In Fridays win against the T-Wolves, Pau Gasol scored 17 points and grabbed and impressive career high 20 rebounds, he was three assists shy of a triple-double. The Lakers separated themselves from Minnesota with a 10-0 run in the third quarter.

Throughout the Purple and Gold winning streak the starters have been outstanding, but what shouldn’t go unnoticed is the consistency of Jordan Farmar sparking the second unit and the team’s defense.

The reserves have been finding a rhythm and contributing at home and scored 35 points in Friday’s win. The Lakers need the reserves to remain consistent and contribute when given minutes. The last time these teams met the Lakers defense turned a close game into a blowout, by completely shutting down the Jazz, limiting them to six points and two field goals in the final period. The Lakers pulled away by outscoring them 28-6.

The Jazz are tough to beat at home and I fully expect this game to be toughest of the road trip. The team showed great resolve by coming back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Orlando Magic 120-111 on Thursday. The Jazz will play much better at home and at a higher level, and after being embarrassed in the last game, with a sense of urgency the Lakers will have to match the intensity of their opponent.

The Lakers need to continue to start their offense from the inside out by establishing Pau Gasol & Andrew Bynum in the painted area. Kobe will have his injured finger in a splint, but trust me when I say that he will find a way to be effective and control the game. Los Angeles needs to limit the impact of the tandem of Deron Williams & Carlos Boozer.

The Lakers need to jump on this team early to take the crowd out of the game by stopping the dribble penetration, control the tempo, the boards and rotate out to three point shooters. The Jazz are excellent executing their half court offense so the Lakers need to play defense without fouling.

Tip-off: 6:00 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: KCAL-TV9 (Joel Myers & “Hot” Rod Hundley)
  • Utah: FSN Utah (Craig Bolerjack & Ron Boone)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Luke Walton)
  • Utah: 1320 AM KFAN (David Locke, David James & Patrick Kinehan)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Kobe Bryant (Avulsion Fracture of right Index Finger)
  • Luke Walton (Back)
  • D.J. Mbenga (Sprained Ankle)

Jazz:

  • Andrei Kirilenko (Back)
  • Ronnie Price (Foot)
  • Kyle Korver (Knee)
  • Matt Harpring (Knee & Ankle)
  • lakers0828

    Well its going to be somthing New I havnt seen in a while but Lets see how realy deep this Laker team is and if Ron Artest Was a good trade or not

  • Green Flannel

    id like to see them be tested as well, but the Ron Ron trade has already shown it was a good trade.

  • http://LakersNation Marwan..

    The Ron Ron trade was a great trade. His defense is better than Ariza’s because Ron Ron can lock down the marquee player of the opponent. He will ned it tonight for Brewer because Kobe wont be able to guard to his full potential cause of his finger.

    Im scared that Kobe might underperform today and we really need this road win, I hope we can escape with the win.

  • NBAmazingKB24

    i feel like im listening to jazz broadcasting

  • drive-for-16th

    kobes down and shit, fish is 35, leading scorer right now. Lamar odom is a joke, where is all is versitility, fuckin throwin airballs missing easy shots, turning the ball over trying to drive like wtf we need more from him now not just in the playoffs.

  • drive-for-16th

    lamar and vujacic piss me off specially lamar. with all the hype around him saying hes so versatile hes this and that, he doesn’t live up to it and hes soo inconsistent. With all the talent he has when kobe is down and stuff he needs to do more than just score 6 points a game.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    REALITY CHECK TONIGHT LADIES….KOBE`S HURT AGAIN……NICE LEADERSHIP.

  • http://www.nba.com kevin durant

    i can see the 11 game winning streak is over,,,,

  • drive-for-16th

    so wat if kobes hurt, wat the fuk are the other guys for, Artest is the only one trying his ass off, and when the 3s dont fall, DON’T FUCKIN TAKE THEM. This team is nothing without Kobe. NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.nba.com kevin durant

    trade lamar for scola and battier

    let kobe heal his injured finger

  • drive-for-16th

    This game is pissing me off its showing us wat this team is without Kobe, and no excuses for this loss.

  • drive-for-16th

    LAMAR ODOM 4 POINTS AND 7 IF U COUNT THAT 3 IN GARBAGE TIME HE COULDN’T MAKE ONE BEFORE, ARTEST TRIED HIS ASS OFF, KOBE GAVE US HOPE WHEN HE HAD THOSE QUICK COUPLE OF POINTS, THAT GUYS A WARRIOIR STILL TIED THE TEAM WITH MOST POINTS AND HE HAD A STOMACH ACHE AND BROKEN FINGER, WOOOOW DUDE THATS CRAZY. LAMAR IS A NO SHOW IM REALY STARTING TO GET PISSED OF AT HIM, FISHER WAS GOOD TOO, LETS JUST SAY THIS THE WHOLE BENCH SUCKED I THINK SHANNON BROWN IS OUR BEST BENCH PLAYER NOT ODOM. THE CALLS WERE SOOOOOOOO BAD IN THE FIRST HALF THAT IT FUCKED EVERYTHING UP, UTAH WAS GETTING ALL THE CALLS IN THEIR FAVOR. WE COULDVE HAD THIS GAME IF LAMAR FUCKING PLAYED UP TO HIS POTENTIAL. AND WE NEED TO MAKE SOME FUCKING TRADES, OUR BENCH LICKS, FUCK I HATE HOW KOBE GETS HURT AND HE STILL HAS TO PLAY HIS ASS OF FOR US TO WIN. BACK TO BACK IS NO EXCUSE. WE HAD THAT BEFORE TOO BACK TO BACK BOTH OVERTIMES AND WE WON.

  • http://www.jackyang.info Jack Y.

    People need to chill out. It’s one game. Enough with the trade talks. It’s nice to see how anti-loyal some of you are. By some of your logics, Kobe shot like crap. Should he stop shooting because of that?

  • drive-for-16th

    KOBE SHOT LIEK CRAP CAUSE HES HURT BUT ATLEAST HE TRIED TO KEEP US IN THE GAME WHERE EVERYOEN ELSE IS DOING JACK ALL, DONT DEFEND ODOM HE HASNT DONE SHIT, IF HE HAD STEPPED UP WOULD WE HAVE LOST.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    jordan could carry a team when he was sick or hurt…..KOBE, NOT SO MUCH.

  • drive-for-16th

    fuck your jordan talks.