The last Monday on 2009 finds the (24-5) Los Angeles Lakers in the desert to take on the (19-12) Phoenix Suns. It was also the 17th win in 19 games for the Purple and Gold.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to what became a comeback win in double overtime against the pesky young Sacramento Kings squad.

The Lakers are 11-2 in the month of December and are facing a Suns team that is tough to beat at home. This is the third of the four game season series; the Lakers have handled the Suns in the first two games winning by a combined 39 points.

Phoenix is trying to bounce back from its third loss in four games in a defense-less 132-127 loss to the Warriors. The Suns committed 21 turnovers that were promptly turned into 35 points.

Phoenix had a fast start and has been one of the surprise teams so far this season, but their record for December is 5-9. The Suns are back in their element so to speak, relying on their speed, and playing the way they played four or five years ago. The return of the fast pace style has brought back some early success. Their success has come with a healthy Steve Nash, Grant Hill, wing players that can rebound and sharp shooting big men.

Their also not playing anything resembling what is known as defense as evidenced by allowing an opponent to score 132 points in one game.

This is just the right opponent for Andrew Bynum; he has struggled lately and needs to turn things around. The time is now seeing as the Suns don’t have a post presence to slow him down. Bynum has averaged 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds against Phoenix, the Lakers need him to meet and exceed these numbers tonight as well as on a consistent basis. Bynum needs to make his presence felt as opposed to continuing what appears to be a vanishing act. Pau Gasol will exceed to above-mentioned numbers, but for the Lakers front line to dominate Bynum needs to join the party.

The trio of Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown will have to slow down Steve Nash & Leandro Barbosa, stay in front of them to stop the dribble penetration and be prepared for a lot of screen roll plays. The Lakers must get back in transition and rotate out to open shooters.

The reserves as a whole have to trust the offense, get into a rhythm and start to make an impact with the time they’re given.

The return of Luke Walton will help more than some would imagine. He is excellent at facilitating the offense and getting his teammates the ball where and when they can do something with it.

It is to the Lakers advantage to establish both Andrew & Pau in the post and run their offense through them. As a team memo, the Lakers need to get closer to the basket and attack the rim. The Lakers have relied on lay ups & jump shots too much as opposed to being aggressive and attacking the basket. I would like to see the Lakers make a New Year’s Resolution to play like seven footers and attack the basket early and often.

Tip-off: 6:00 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: KCAL 9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Phoenix: FS Arizona (Gary Bender & Eddie Johnson)

Radio

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Phoenix: KTAR 620 AM (Al McCoy & Tim Kempton)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Luke Walton (Back) Out
  • Ron Artest (Suffered Injuries to his head & Left Elbow) Out
  • Kobe Bryant (Avulsion fracture, right index finger)

Suns:

  • None to report.
  • drive-for-16th

    YA FUK, WHY THE HELL IS BYNUM STRUGGLING. Just cause Paus back doesn’t mean he can just chill , he should work even harder, as much as i try to like the guys play, he keeps disappointing. Phil Jackson said that Kobe got into Lamars face at Sacramento game for being lazy and depending on Kobe to carry them.

  • drive-for-16th

    We are not the only ones getting pissed of at Odom and Bynum. Kobes getting pissed of too, Phil said he got into Odoms face and even Paus face for not stepping up their game. Especilly after wat happened against cleveland. Now all the people saying, Get off odoms back or he’ll show up when we need him to in the playoffs, well fuk all ya’ll cause Kobe doesn’t think that way he wants his ass to play now. Him and Bynum need to step the fuk up TONIGHT!

    • http://lakersnation.com Tay-Shaun the Prince

      Relax and stop fucking cussing you fucking bitch ass nigga, I am only 10.

  • drive-for-16th

    if ur 10 then why u swearing.

  • drive-for-16th

    stop reading these if ur too young.

    • http://lakersnation.com Tay-Shaun the Prince

      well….. That’s life.

    • http://lakersnation.com The KING of XMAS LBJ23

      You are to young to be a Gay LAker Fan, cuz you be throwing foam fingers on the floor and cry to the refs

  • http://lakersnation.com LBJ the King

    I’m horny for some sasha

    • http://lakersnation.com LBJ23

      I also want to bang kobe

  • Laker4 Life

    If Bynum and Odom don’t start playing the way they should phil jackson should make them sit in the bench until they realize that they need to play well in order for the Lakers to repeat or else get pounded by Boston again.

  • http://57.amklac Marwan the tard

    odom and bynum need to know the plan…..pass the ball to kobe and get the hellout of the way……L.A.KOBES

  • Laker Power

    Anyone else not showing the game for KCAL and/or Fox Sports West? I know away games always air on KCAL but for some reason its not on my guide for me to record it.

    I have AT&T Uverse and this has NEVER happened before. Anybody else not have it on KCAL?

    • http://lakersnation.com LBJ23

      I do, but you can stream it on atdhe.net

  • drive-for-16th

    Phoenix bench is schooling our bench. Our bench needs to FUCKING STEP UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • drive-for-16th

    Why are we losing?

  • drive-for-16th

    im watching the game on my computer and i see one guy fighting and thats Kobe.

  • Smush Walton

    Is there a worse guard in the paint than Fisher? He keeps getting worse in there. He absolutely SUCKS in the paint.

  • drive-for-16th

    With all do respect, fisher needs to start making some in the paint, he fuking sucks. They are launchintg threes.

  • Smush Walton

    Fartmore really is USELESS. we need to move him – he SUCKS BIG TIME.

  • drive-for-16th

    We lost this game, NO FUCKING DEFENCE!

  • drive-for-16th

    they have 52 bench points so far. 52!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    to our 19!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ladunce Odumb

    Sometimes Ladunce does some plays that are beyond stupid. Unfortunately, there is no getting away from that with Ladunce.

  • drive-for-16th

    We need to be embarrassed . They have their starters in and we have our bench and they are raping us.

  • Smush Walton

    Kobe is going all out to win. Unfortunately, no one else is.
    I think this is one of Pau’s worst games. He keeps losing the ball.

    Amare is havin’ fun tonight against our whimpy “bigs”.

  • drive-for-16th

    Now i ask you guys, wat does this loss tell you about our team. forget all the people saying that im hating on our team, well this needs to be worked out. We lost 2 of our last 3 games. What happened tonight all i know is Kobe came to play no one else bothered to show up the last 3 games. I have more and more and more respect for Kobe each and every single day but wat the hell is going on with teh team. There are no excuses, we have the worst bench in teh NBA, Screw Odom he never fucking plays good. Is this how were gonna win a championship. Someone please explain to me wat the fuk is going on with this team. Last three games they are falling apart.

  • http://57.amklac Marwan the tard

    once again great leadership from the P.O.W. at least he got his points…….

  • http://nba.com josh_5

    the lakers other players are lazy

    they need some trade….

  • drive-for-16th

    TRADE THE BENCH FOR T-MAC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • drive-for-16th

    i WOULD TRADE ODOM FOR T-MAC AND FARMAR VUJACIC AND THOSE OTHER SCRUBS FOR NATE ROBINSON AND ONE SOMEONE ELSE BETTER THAN THEM, KEEP SHANNON BROWN THOUGH.

  • Rollin

    OOOUUUCCHHH..Lets let Dudley shoot some more 3’s!! Man we miss Artest. No D at all tonight. 100+ points early in the 4th. They did not stop the ball at all tonight and no body can buy a bucket. Plus their bench mopped the floor with ours. I wonder how long the Lakers are hoping the bench comes out of their slump. I’m hoping Mitch is working some deals to shake things up again. Either this team is tired (already). Or we’re really seeing chinks in the armor. Let’s hope tomorrow at home we get more effort.

  • drive-for-16th

    I’m done with this inconsistency from the bench. They all belong in the D-League. We wanted Odom back soo much this summer, he played around with us and then signed after a month and we got soo happy and look at it now, wat does he do for us. I say we trade Odom for T-MAC, I know everyone would love that. But first trade the fucking bench for a bag of potato chips and some gummy bears!

  • Smush Walton

    Our bench is really GARBAGE. I would keep Shannon, but the rest can be FLUSHED. They are absolute sh!t.

  • http://57.amklac Marwan the tard

    yeah at least kobe got his points and turnovers….

  • drive-for-16th

    he had 0ne turnover douche.

  • Ladunce Odumb

    Ladunce sure made a lot of DUMB plays tonight. Someone has to tell this WALNUT BRAIN to stop shooting from the outside. His outside shot is PURE CRAP.

  • drive-for-16th

    hes 6-10 he needs to learn some post up game and get in the paint. i told yall he sucks, no excuses, no love for lamar cause hes worse than last year. Pau sucked the last 3 games too. Kobe is the only one out there fighting, i swear, kobe shouldn’t play one game and lets see if the team wakes up and plays harder when hes gone. He needs to let them know straight up that you fukers step up or we need you if you dont wanna show up to play. Fisher is garbage in the paint, when his shot doesnt fall hes nothing. Why isn’t mitch doing anything i hope he is. We need to empty a lot of trash.

  • drive-for-16th

    “we DON’T need you if you dont wanna show up to play”

  • gugy

    I guess I am the eternal optimistic.
    I actually think this slump in the last 3 games is a good thing.
    PJ and specially Mitch are really looking at this bench nd thinking, damn, we need to do something. I would say we will have a trade by february.
    Sasha
    Morrison
    Farmar
    Luke
    Powell
    are on the chopping block. Hopefully we will be able to land guys like Ariza or Shannon just like when we unload those fuckers Radman, Mihn, etc.

    Also keep in mind sometimes have a meltdown like tonight is a good way to open the team eyes and improve. If we were cruising along and playing perfect, I would be a bit worried. I want to play like that in March/April. Not in December.
    We will be OK.

  • drive-for-16th

    God PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help us get some land some good players on this team. Maybe Tracy Mcgrady, Somehow, someway.

  • drive-for-16th

    God we are willing to give up lamar for T-mac.

    • daboss1848

      David Stern doesnt listen to God.

      You want TMac? After u give up LO, you still need to give up 15 more million in salaries . . . (not to mention TMacs fragility)

      You want Nate? It’ll cost Farmar or Shannon + Powell or Mbenga (assuming NYK even looks at that offer)

  • Fireball

    I would NOT trade lamar for t-mac. I wouldn’t mind trading him for a bruising big who plays EVERY game (I still really wish we could get Noah somehow, someway), but t-mac is making 23 mil this yr. If the rockets buy him out, then I’d be all for signing him for the min. For now, I don’t mind riding it out until the deadline in feb, although these last few games got me pretty concerned. It’s so frustrating watching our 3 bigs play this damn soft! I get flashbacks of ’08 finals. Push back you pussies!

  • drive-for-16th

    I’m happy if we can give up farmar for NATE ROBINSON YA’LL.

  • Smush Walton

    As bad as our bench is, I would not trade for T-Mac. He is always hurt and we don’t need those problems.

  • http://vinginor@aol.com onlyone laker fan in L.A.

    T mac has been resying for two years he s ready to play.
    Mitch read these posrers comments.
    Sasha ,Farmar ,Powell ,Morrisson.Mobenga and Bynum who plays with no effort need to go.
    At the beginning of the season Drew said he was going to make the All star team what the fuck lazy ass.
    Kareem gave up on him along time ago,Rambis said the guy had no heart. Something is wrong with this guy just collecting a check. He s Elden Campell boy man big no balls ,Benot,Elden,Bynum big guys no fucking balls.