TLN’s Game Report: Lakers @ Raptors

The (33-10) Los Angeles Lakers are in Toronto, Canada to face the (22-22) Raptors in they’re only appearance at the Air Canada Center.

Despite battling through a long and arduous NBA season the Lakers possess the best record in the NBA. As nice as that sounds, the fact of the matter is that it is a little misleading in the sense that at the half-way mark of the season the Lakers aren’t playing their best basketball, the defense has improved, but their offense has suffered. Make no mistake the Lakers will play better in the second half of the season as the team gets healthy.

There are several league-wide discussions about if the trade that brought Ron Artest to the Lakers has helped or hurt the team, if Kobe playing through his injuries as opposed to sitting out is helping or hurting the team. If the Lakers weren’t dealing with any injuries at all and were out-scoring and out-rebounding everyone; some people in the media would still find something else about the team they didn’t like.

Lakers fans realize that this could be attributed to several different reasons such as injuries, rebounding and consistent scoring from the reserves. Kobe Bryant continues to answer the bell, maintaining a 28-point scoring average playing with multiple injuries while still leading by example. It is way pastime for all of his teammates to step their game up.

The Lakers are a rhythm team, but as Kobe stated recently, “Guys have to get going, Pau’s got to get going, Andrew has got to get going”. The Lakers need balanced scoring; veterans Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest and Lamar Odom have to consistently have an impact on the game as well as be aggressive, and take high percentage shots that will increase their point totals.

The Purple and Gold have the opportunity to post a six win-one loss record on this extended road trip and collect some much needed wins on the road, since the team doesn’t face another opponent with a winning record until facing a certain team in Massachusetts next Sunday.

Toronto is a dangerous team that has won eight of its last nine home games, including a victory over the Bucks on Friday. The Raptors have also won five straight games at home against the Western Conference. The Lakers need to limit Chris Bosh and Hedo Turkoglu’s impact on the game. Bosh the teams leading scorer, is averaging over 24 points per game, but for his career the Lakers have held him below that average.

The Lakers need to run their offense through the painted area, increase both Andrew and Pau’s touches. Both players need to get into position and attack the rim. The Lakers typically play well when they increase their energy level, display excellent ball movement and excellent player movement to find open high percentage shots. I’m looking forward to a workman like balanced scoring effort in this afternoons road win.

Tip-off: 3:00 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: KCAL 9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Toronto: Score (Matt Devlin & Jack Armstrong)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: ESPN 710 AM (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Toronto: FAN590 AM (Paul Jones & Eric Smith)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Kobe Bryant (Avulsion fracture of index finger, Elbow & Back)

Raptors:

  • PF Reggie Evans (Foot) Out
  • C Andrea Bargnani (Back)
  • drive-for-16th

    lets get this W, play hard and with energy.

  • http://57.amklac KOBES LITTLE PENE

    another lower level team we can beat up on and forget about that soft cleveland game….shootem up kobe.

  • kivz

    wow another lost… if da Lakers play like dis! we ain’t gonna win da championship! sorry

  • drive-for-16th

    a loss to the fucking raptors, now we’re giving everybody confidence that they can beat us.

    • etreyy08

      im pretty sure everybodys HAD confidence they could beat us. Were not looked at as intimidating..

  • drive-for-16th

    i think pau played bad he didnt make some easy looks and that time when kobe passed him the ball and he threw it to farmar, it went out with 3 seconds left and kobe took that 3 we needed that 3. That whole play was paus fault, hes bin playing lazy as of last. We cannnot afford to losee anymorte games on teh road trip.

  • drive-for-16th

    it was good to see kobe dunking again today, career high in rebounds today, thats pretty good.

  • Al

    Phil, can you come up with a different play at the end of the game. Surprise the other team by NOT going to Kobe.

    • drive-for-16th

      yah we needed fisher in there and use kobe as a decoy and first of all we didnt even need a 3 we needed a good shot and we would’ve won,

    • trevors_voodooDoll

      who would be better in that situation?…. punk ass pau? kobe played a good game for the first time in 2 weeks, its not his fault his teammates threw it away down the stretch

      • drive-for-16th

        kobe played awsom he played the best, but thats where it stops no one else does anything, i’m getting tired of thsi shit two losses already on the road, 1-2 now, like this we might get about 4 losses. We are going 4-4 now.
        PAU PLAYED LIKE CRAP AGAIN HE MISSES EASY SHOTS AND BYNUM WAS WAAY BETTRE THAN HIM AND PAU MADE TOOO MANY MISTAKES. HES BIN PLAYING TOO LAZY THESE DAYS. IT PISSES ME OFF TO SIT IN FRONT OF MY TV AND WATCH US THROW GAMES AWAY, WE HAD A FUCKING LEAD, WE FUKED UP AND LOOK AT US NOW.

        • mamba1108

          Jordie had a nice game as well. And Bynum had a pretty good game too.

  • drive-for-16th

    Lamar said they get cocky sometimes liek wtf, DON’T EVER GET COCKY CAUSE THEY DON’T DESERVE TO BE COCKY AT ALLL, NO WE NOW WAY WE LOSE CAUSE WE GET COCKY AND WHEN WE LOSE THEY DON’T GET IT AND THAT PISSES ME OFF THEY STILL SAY “WE HAVE THE BEST RECORD IN THE NBA STILL” OH WHAT, WHAT HAPPENED TODAY, WE DON’T HAVE THE BEST RECORD ANYMORE, OH TOO BAD. FUCKIN DISGRACE YA’LL.

    • drive-for-16th

      “NO WE NOW WAY WE LOSE” NOW WE KNOW WHY WE LOSE. COCKINESS

      • trevors_voodooDoll

        yeah I read that dumb ass quote in the paper today…. Thats why I try not to read or listen to anything lamar says, cause he’s an idiot!

        • berkyberks

          we should have kept ariza over odom his lazy! especially today that his married with some bitch!

  • berkyberks

    can’t say anything at all! I missed ariza there are no energy left on their game.pau 10-23 not good for a 7 ft. he and bynum had trip to the line only 5 times.I,m pissed but I still believe that they will make it to the finals!

  • drive-for-16th

    WHY DO U GET COCKY LAMAR, U GUYS ARENT THAT GOOD, MAGIC AND THEM NEVER GOT COCKY AND STARTED FUCKIN UP, MICHAEL JORDAN’S BULLS NEVER GOT COCKY AND SCREWED UP, THEN WHY ARE YOU GUYS GETTING COCKY.

    • drive-for-16th

      If we wanna go to the finals w need the best record and NOT LOSE TOO SHITTY TEAMS AND GIVE THEM CONFIDENCE.

  • drive-for-16th

    I WILL NOT WATCH ANYMORE SPORTS CHANNELS OR GO TO NBA.COM OR ANYTHING OR WATCH A FUKIN BASKETBALL GAME TILL WE GET WINNING AGAIN!!!!!!!!!

  • trevors_voodooDoll

    Hopefully after all-star break they will have their act together, but I definetely think letting trevor go was a mistake. There is something to be said for team chemistry and right now there are too many weak links on the team.

    • etreyy08

      Most trades havent worked out. Turkoglu doesnt fit w/ toronto, vc hasnt been great n orlando, jefferson hasnt made the spurs the huge threat everybody thought theyd b and ron has made us better defensively but at the costs we r now complaining about. Iooks like an interesting 2nd half of the season with the trade deadline approaching…

  • etreyy08

    we lost bcuz we didnt execute down the stretch. only 2PTS in the last 3:20. Brown screwed up kobes triple double; pau threw it away (literally) by passing to farmar and not shooting it and the last play was terrible. we needed a TWOOO and luke made a bad pass to kobe (he was damn close though) and and we all know the end. Once again the lakers took a team for granted.
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    KObe was amazing today but i think he deferred a bit too much down the stretch. Hopefully his backs fine now, he looked real limber and got his hops back(16 rebounds).
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    BUt if i told u we would have balanced scoring, BENCH play, and kobe a near triple double with no [unnecessary] forced shots, would u thnk wed lose???
    Only reasons that come to mind r poor late game execution (like i already said) and derek FISHER. Farmar played great but pretty much filled in for dfish which makes our bench points less irrelevant. Now that we dont have the “best record” anymore the lakers will play with more urgency. 5 games left with sub.500 home teams playing like an elite team on the road……

  • JoeGreen

    Drive for 16th – I agree with you. This team really sucks! How can you be cocky when you keep losing to sub .500 teams. You all get paid millions of dollars and can’t get up for each and every game? Fuk you and the NBA. Why do fans keeps paying the stupid prices to watch lame assholes like LO, Pau, Bynum, Sasah, etc…. Kobe is the only one on this team who has heart and wants to win.

    These sissies won’t repeat – no friking way!!!!