The (21-4) Los Angeles Lakers are in Detroit to face the (11-15) Pistons. Los Angeles has won three of the five games on this road trip and are out to increase that number to four which would improve their road record to 7-2.

These teams met on November 17th at Staples Center, the Lakers won 106-93 avoiding a rare three-game skid. The Lakers played without Pau Gasol, but Kobe Bryant scored forty points for the 100th time and Andrew Bynum posted a double-double scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 boards.

The Pistons are a solid defensive team that has a 9-4 record at home; attempting to bounce back from a 109-98 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road.

The Purple and Gold will present a different challenge for the Pistons with the return of Pau Gasol and his all out assault on the glass. He has owned the boards recently and Andrew Bynum needs to join him with a double-digit rebounding effort.

The Pistons are a young team that wants to get out in transition and run the floor. The Lakers will have to force the Pistons to set up and make plays in their half court offense by controlling the tempo, stopping the dribble penetration, challenging every shot and limiting Detroit to one shot per possession. Los Angeles needs to play solid defense and out-rebound this team.

Los Angeles won the rebounding battle in the last game 44-32 without Pau Gasol. The Pistons Ben Wallace & Jason Maxiell are good defenders as well as solid rebounders, but with Gasol in the line up, I see the Lakers expanding their previous margin.

The Lakers guards will have to be sharp tonight against the Pistons to slow down their backcourt of Rodney Stuckey & Richard Hamilton; who’ve played well when healthy, but Ben Gordon & Will Bynum have also played well. Rodney Stuckey was named the Eastern Conference player of the week for leading the Pistons to a 3-0 record 12/7 – 12/13 averaging 27 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals.

The Lakers will receive every team’s best effort this season and the Lakers will have to match the intensity of their opponent. The Lakers defense and offensive execution should allow them to return to Los Angeles with a 22-4 record fully prepared to beat Oklahoma City and well rested to provide the Lakers fan with the Christmas present of watching another win.

Tip-off: 3:00 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: KCAL-TV9 (Joel Myers & “Hot” Rod Hundley)
  • Detroit: FS Detroit (George Blaha & Greg Kelser )

Radio

  • Los Angeles: ESPN 710 AM (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Detroit: 97.1 FM (Mark Champion & Rick Mahorn)

Injuries

Lakers:

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

Pistons:

  • Tayshaun Prince (Back) Out
  • Richard Hamilton (Hamstring)
  • Ben Gordon (Sprained Ankle)
  • Will Bynum (Sprained Ankle)
  • Andrew Bynumb

    Andrew has been NUMB on the court. Too many stupid fouls. He plays with two speeds – fast on offense and slow motion on defense. He needs to cut down on his dribbling. One bounce to the hoop should be his limit. Teams are raking the ball from him with regularity. Also how about some rebounds? Pau is doing a great job on the boards but Drew is LOAFING. More focus is needed in this area by Andrew.

  • pauer

    I swear you juts copy and paste this every time, and just insert a different team name:
    “controlling the tempo, stopping the dribble penetration, challenging every shot and limiting Detroit to one shot per possession…play solid defense and out-rebound this team.”

    I mean isn’t that the same advice for any basketball team?

  • Andrew Isnumb

    I agree – the quality of the writing on this site has dropped since last season. Unfortunately, it also appears that less people are posting now than before. Is it because the Lakers won the title last year or is it because the number of interesting articles on this site has dropped?

    • Reality Check

      No, it’s just really early in the season. Wait until after the All Star break. Then all the roaches will troll this site again.

      Reality Check Given!!

  • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

    We should try to get Rodney Stuckey

  • 007

    looks like andrew doesnt want to put too much effort into defense cuz he doesnt wanna get hurt. afraid of people running into his knees i think. its no excuse but it seems like a reason he’s hesitant to explode on the defensive end

    • Reality Check

      Hence….he will be healthy for the playoffs where his offensive output will be overbearing to the opposing team.

      Reality Check Given!! Your welcome

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    since when do you put defense and lakers together?the last 5 minutes of tight games …..when the CAMERA is on him is the ONLY time kobe plays D…?????”

    • http://LakersNation Marwan..

      Gee really? It seems everytime the camera is on him, Lebron dances. Everytime hes winning the camera is on him and he either dances or smiles to the camera, but when he is losing, he walks out without dancing to the camera or smiling. The thing is, Kobe plays D the whole game. Lebron is focused on making himself look good rather than playing the game of basketball. Where do you gets your facts from?

  • drive-for-16th

    fuck people aCT LIKE LEBRON HAS AS MANY RINGS AS kOBE, Lebron ain’t shit hes just a highlight reel thats about it, he just gets his stats and thinks hes all that, D-Wade as a ring and a finals MVP. WHAT DOES LEBRON HAVE? By the way good game.

  • http://LakersNation Marwan..

    The Lakers are 10-0 against the East after tonight’s game.

  • thanhttrinh

    @warman: i love it, the Lakers are the undefeated team against the East lol
    Lebron on camera ? come on guys, bad acting lol

    • http://LakersNation Marwan..

      Again with the warman. Lol I am not a man that creates wars, leave that to Bush… Jokes… ( I dont wanna get in trouble from the feds)

  • http://LakersNation Marwan..

    Is it me or is Kobe creating a tradition of speaking to Magic Johnson before Christmas games. He did it last year against Celtics and he did it against Cavs this year. I dont have anything wrong with it, quite frankly, I love it. It shows the past talking to the present, legacy wise.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    marble mouth to marble mouth,past talking to the present..if the CAMERAS ON ..KOBES ON!

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