drewnuggsThe Los Angeles Lakers are in Denver tonight to play a back-to-back game against the Nuggets. The Lakers responded well to the challenge of facing the red hot Suns and by destroying them, they showed that they had the answer to the question on  how do you slow down Phoenix.

The Lakers won their sixth straight game by playing great defense, sharing the ball and pounding the interior of the Suns defense. They used their experience, and size advantage to pound the Suns on the inside and everyone contributed to the biggest win of the young season.

Kobe Bryant’s 29 point night & Andrew Bynum’s 26 points led the way as a two-man wrecking crew as the team put up 59 points in the paint by halftime. The duo is averaging 33 points in the paint. Reminiscent of a boxer throwing body blows to his opponent the Suns on the receiving end had no answer for the onslaught. If it was actually a prize fight the referees would’ve stopped the contest early in the third quarter.

Andrew Bynum in his first game back, after being out with an elbow injury, looked sharp scoring 26 points and pulling down an amazing 15 rebounds as well as blocking 3 shots for his third 20-point, 10-board game of the season.

The best thing about the game was seeing the Lakers show a great deal of focus, control, maturity and discipline in dispatching the Suns like a weekly chore.

The Lakers will need to display the same attributes to beat the Nuggets. After the beat down that the Lakers issued Denver in the Western Conference Finals, all of the smack that Kenyon Martin ran in the off-season and the little melee the teams had in San Diego in the pre-season, so believe me the atmosphere will be electric and both teams will be ready to play.

The Nuggets started the season on fire but have cooled off considerably. Denver is 1-3 in the last four games and .01 seconds away from being 0-4. I have a feeling that this will be a very physical game for both teams. The Lakers need to continue to start their offense inside out and once again establish both Kobe Bryant & Andrew Bynum in the post and allow them to go to work.

An interesting match up in this game will be at the small forward position; Carmelo Anthony being defended by Ron Artest. Ron’s width should keep Carmelo on the perimeter. Someone has to attempt to slow down Kobe Bryant in the post and that task tonight will fall into the hands of Aaron Affalo and J.R./Earl Smith. Affalo is a solid defender but the question is can Smith & Affalo stay out of foul trouble.

The Lakers are playing good defense but as always it could be better. Los Angeles did an excellent job of defending the screen and roll play and controlling the tempo last night that effort needs to be there again tonight.

The Lakers need to get back in transition, control the boards, extend their defense out to the three point line and limit this team to one shot per possession.

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: KCAL (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Denver: Altitude Sports & Entertainment (Chris Marlowe & Scott Hastings )

Radio

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Denver: KKFN AM 950 (Jerry Schemel & Mark Bertagnolli)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Pau Gasol (Hamstring)

Nugget:

  • Kenyon Martin (Leg Bruise) will play
  • Poogus

    This should be a fun one to watch. Hopefully we can beat them down again like we did the first time we met in the preseason.

  • KING

    LETS GO LAKERS!!!

  • lainok

    JR Smith is trying to be a good citizen this year. It’s all fake. If Kobe starts to torch him tonight, or if Ron Ron spends some time guarding him and getting under his skin, he will be back to his old self. Kenyon Martin is a punk Bi@tch and other than Melo and Billups they will always be the Thuggits. And when it matters most, (playoffs) George Karl will always be owned by the Zen Master.

  • Trem

    Lol Ty Lawson says “we are going to beat the Lakers tonight, wow that wasn’t cocky at all lol. We will have to shut him down and it will be a tough game but it looks like the Thugs aren’t wasting any time teaching their players how to be cocky

  • http://57.amklac kobe,bi-curious?

    reality check tonight…….

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    What is going on?

    We are down 27 and they are feeding off the momentum. I think the game is over but this just goes to show how much we need Pau against the bigger name teams.

    A poor second half by the Lakers really slowed them down.

    By the way, the officiating is really horrible. A touch on the Nuggets, the whistle sounds, getting smashed by a wrecking ball, its all good, no contact for us. Really now!

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    As angry as I am right now, I am not going to bad mouth my team. I will stay a true fan.

    We just gotta rebound off this loss next game against Rockets at home.

  • FAKERS FOREVER!!!

    The game is finished. Wow…..FAKERS just got wasted. Denver destroyed FAKERS. SEX OFFENDER KOBE got no points…RETARDED Ron got none….70 YEAR OLD FISHER got …what…oh, none….Odumb got ….oh, 2 point.

  • FAKERS FOREVER!!!

    IN SECOND HALF….

  • FAKERS FOREVER!!!

    THEY WERE PATHETIC IN THE SECOND HALF….NOTHING WENT RIGHT. DID YOU LOOK AT KOBE’S FACE…AND RON? WELL, IT IS JUST A GAME…REALLY? FAKERS ENJOY THIS EASY EASY SCHEDULE NOW….MIDWAY THROUGH THE END OF REGULAR SEASON, THEY WILL HAVE HARD TIME TO WIN GAMES…YOU WILL SEE.

  • drive-for-16th

    I am so pissed of right now too. But im not gonna start talking shit even tho we got blown out the building, Bynum was the best player tonight. Kobe looked tired and couldn’t do anything. All the calls were on Denver’s side, Odom couldn’t do anything missing all free throws after. J.R smith pissed me off doin stupid shit after makin 3s. Even when we had our bench in they continued to be really cocky. Now we know why we miss pau for all who are saying take ur time and shit cause we can handle it well tonight we proved we can’t same thing happened against dallas. But FUCK WE NEEEEEED YOOOOUU PAUUUU SOOOOOO BAAAD MAAN!!!!!! we need to just put this behind and we’ll get them bastards next time when we have Pau, and last thing Artest played good but the refs called douchbag calls against him and DID U ALL SEE KOBE MAKIN FUN OF JR SMITH WHEN THEY PUT THE CAMERA ON THE LA BENCH HE WAS DOIN THE SHIT JR SMITH DID WHEN HE MADE THOSE 3 POINTERS, HE WAS TELLING ARTEST SMTN DOIN THAT MAKING A FUKED UP FACE IT WAS FUNNY. JR IS SOOOO FUKIN COCKY.

  • FAKERS FOREVER!!!

    GET USED TO THIS….YOU WILL SEE LOTS OF THESE COMING LATER. YOU WILL HAVE LOTS OF PATHETIC GAMES AND PISSED. YOU MORONS WILL NEVER GET 16TH ONE. AT LEAST THIS SEASON….MAYBE LONGER.

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      Hey these things can happen now, like they happened last season. We will get you in the playoffs.

      Like the Magic too, they swept us last season and we destroyed them in the Finals.

      Point being is that it doesnt count now, the record just makes sure you have home court.

      By the way, our losses came from Playoff teams. You guys and Dallas. Yours came from an Atlanta team and boy, did they beat you guys up good. Also from a non-playoff Milwaukee team. And also to a Heat team that is struggling in the season.

      Uhh… I think you guys have it tougher than us too, cause you guys had a healthy roster, we havent had the full roster since the Preseason. Get used to seeing Pau kick your butts like he did in the Playoffs.

  • drive-for-16th

    hEY FAKERS FOREVER GUY IM SORRY, DID U GUYS WIN A RING UR SOO COCKY, WHO LOST TO THE BUCKS, JR ? DIDNT HE KILL HIS BUDDY DRUNK DRIVING. DID U NOTICE PAU ISNT HERE. DID U NOTICE WE DON’T CARE U WON ITS JUST A GAME. AND WHAT HAPPENED TO U GUYS IN THE WEST FINALS. THE YEAR BEFORE WHO GOT SWEPT.

    AND WHO THE FUCK ARE THE CHAMPIONS BITCH, ILL GIVE TIME TO GO BACK AND SEE ALL THAT. ALL RIGHT HAVE FUN.

  • drive-for-16th

    Stupid thugetts need a life, win a game and ur cocky as fuk just remember wat will happen to u guys in the playoffs. hahahahahahhahahahhaha

  • FAKERS FOREVER!!!

    WELL, THIS IS A NEW SEASON….YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT IS GONNA HAPPEN TO ……ANYONE…INCLUDING YOU FAKERS. WHAT A NAME YOU HAVE THERE…FAKERS….PURFECT NAME YOU GOT THERE…HAHAHAH

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      Denver Chicken Nuggets?

      Denver McNuggets?

      Denver Thuggets?

      By the way, who came up with Fakers? Seriously did we fake kicking your butts the past years?
      Did we fake the 15 championships?

      • FAKERS FOREVER!!!

        YOU MORON….I AM NOT EVEN A DENVER FAN…WHERE DID YOU GET SUCH A STUPID IDEA…STATING THOSE STUPID PATHETIC NAMES…GOSH…YOU LOOK SO STUPID, DO YOU KNOW THAT? HAHAHAHA

        • http://LakersNation Marwan

          Well then what team do you go for?

          It must be really bad if you didnt want to say it from the start.

  • drive-for-16th

    this is new season stf? haha

  • gugy

    I am not sure why some of you guys are so upset.

    Ye,s losing is not fun, but I think this is a good wake up call for the team.
    Let Denver enjoy it for now. We all know they will not beat us on a playoff series. Just like last year we will take care of business when it matter most.

    For me the team was tired on the 3rd quarter and that was the main reasons for the lack of energy then.

    I am not worried. Sometimes losing will spark the team for another run and make the coaching staff look harder at the issues we have now. Also remember one of the key player for our success is not there. We will be just fine.

  • drive-for-16th

    stfu nugget fan

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    Number of Championships for Lakers – 15

    Number of Championships for Nuggets – 0

    Number of Finals Appearances for Lakers – 30

    Number of Finals Appearances for Nuggets – 0

    Hm, can anyone notice a trend going there?

    • FAKERS FOREVER!!!

      WHO CARES ABOUT DENVER? I DON’T.

  • Popcorn

    Well, a beat down tonight. I felt as if the starters and the bench had some wide open shots and ended up trying to pass inside and The Nuggets just kept stealing the ball very easily; I was thinking why not just shoot the ball.?

    Those hesitations of not shooting the ball while they were wide open played into their game plan all night. On top of that in the second half Kobe couldn’t throw it in the ocean he had some looks he kept just missing.

    PJ; I thought he should try feeding Bynum the ball a bit more because it was obvious Kobe was struggling to score tonight( in the second half )and when Ty Lawson was beating DF; PJ should have a least try either Farmar or Brown on him.

    Oh well, is early and we are missing the Spaniar dude big time. Even with the loss the bench should have play better though.

    Is still early and the season is long hopefully the bench get better they should learn from getting more PT and when Pau gets back they should have more confidence and experience.

    Let’s get ready for Houston. Go Lakers…

    • FAKERS FOREVER!!!

      GOOD TAKE HERE. THIS GUY IS A TRUE FAN. HE KNOWS HOW TO ANALYZE THE GAME….UNLIKE OTHER MORONS.

  • drive-for-16th

    I just heard the word,”Pau will play this week”

  • drive-for-16th

    I think we need to trade morrison, i know the game was done but did u see the 2 3s launched, fukin airballs. mitch better be doin smtn bout this we need a better bench production, it cant happen like this if the starters arent feelin it then the bench shuld put some momentum in us.