The (28-8) Lakers are back at the Staples Center to host the (15-18) Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks are playing well, on a three game winning streak and currently on a six-game Western road trip. They are getting it done with defense allowing an impressive 88.7 points per game.

The Lakers without Pau Gasol are in a vulnerable position, but the Bucks have only won a total of four road games. This was evident once again in the annual beat down in Portland. Los Angeles needs to learn from this loss, circle the date February 6 on the calendar, return the favor and issue the Blazers a beat down.

The Lakers on a two-game losing streak aren’t playing good basketball. Once again the Lakers got off to a slow start, their energy level was entirely too low, the team did a poor job of executing their offense, had no balance what so ever and didn’t play solid defensively.

Kobe Bryant has no problem recognizing what the team needs, being the one to initiate or provide what it is missing. However, seeing him shoot 37 times to score 32 points looked more like the Lakers of old as opposed to the defending Champions. Someone else on the team has to step up.

The Lakers reserves have been up and down all season, but scoring a total of ten points in a game is unacceptable. The Lakers aren’t communicating on defense and aren’t on the same page defensively, the result is them allowing too many points to teams that normally score 90-95 points. Moreover, the Bucks are a young team that wants to get out in transition and run.

The Lakers need to continue to establish Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest & Kobe Bryant in the low-post. The Purple and Gold need to start their offense by going inside; allow the big men to re-post and get several touches attacking in the painted area and avoid shooting so many 3-pointers.

It is imperative that the Lakers get back in transition on defense, win the rebounding battle, stop the dribble penetration and rotate out to three point shooters. The Bucks back-court of Micheal Redd & Brandon Jenning will be tough to slow down.

Los Angeles best rebounder, Pau Gasol isn’t playing, but Lamar Odom has been on a mission rebounding although Andrew Bynum needs to get going. They need to come out with high energy, play a complete game get on the same page defensively so this team can go on their upcoming road trip with some momentum.

Tip-off: 6:30 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: FS West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Milwaukee: FS Wisconsin (Jim Paschke & John McGlocklin)

Radio

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Milwaukee: WTMJ AM 620 (Ted Davis & Dennis Krause)

Injuries –

Lakers:

  • Luke Walton (Back) Out
  • Pau Gasol (Strained Left Hamstring) Day-to-Day
  • Kobe Bryant (Avulsion Fracture, right Index Finger) Day-to-Day

Bucks:

  • Joe Alexander (Strained Right Hamstring)
  • Dan Gadzuric (Strained Left Patella Tendon)
  • http://lakersnation.com KOBE THA MVP 10′

    BOSH!!!!!

  • DD

    I expect AB to play like crap – because that is what he is. He is a spoiled 21 year old with a ton of cash. He never earned his money…he’s only a tall freak who doesn’t really know how to ball.

    He COULD be dominant but he doesn’t have the right mindset. He is immature and only plays hard if he gets his way. Wahhhhh!!!!

    Now with the threat of him being traded – he will not dominate this game as he should to prove himself. I predict he will just pout even more and be the selfish POS that he is.

    Trade his lazy ass for Bosh now!!!!!! Or get a great PG or someone who can shoot a reliable 3 pter. I ‘r rather we trade him for someone like Noah/heinrich who is willing to bang in the paint and hustle but don’t think that will happen.

    • robert

      Man- I love Kobe but does he really need to play this game? Or just stop shooting. 1-10? And that last few possessions where the ball kept going back to him and he jacked up about 3 shots?

      Just let his finger rest a game or two.

      Like seeing the other players being showcased – maybe some trades on the way??!?!?

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    how come these cup-cakes are hanging around?.shannon brown just made the first buzzer beater,theres a mamba somewhere pissed off.. even if kobe misses the shot, its better than someone else getting a shot at it.

  • drive-for-16th

    Kobe is struggling again.

  • ron ron

    now who said andrew would play like crap? eat shit DDickhead

    • Green Flannel

      haha i just think drew doesnt realise how valuable he is. dont read the stuff these ppl say or id wanna be traded too. jeez whatch when we win and ab goes off well be talking about how he is the franchises future (he is)

  • bigdrewbaby

    Bynum isn’t crap just think of the other young centers who everyone talks about that play well who else on there teams does crap. Look at the Lakers and Bynums situation and who he plays along side ha Kobe, Pau, Odom, Artest, Brown, and Fish and Farmer if either of them show up at least. He would have huge numbers anywhere else. He’s young he is only going to get better everyone needs to quit riding him and think if he keeps progressing we can dominate for years to come honestly.

    • LakerMarc

      Yeah some people are dillusional.

      What the hell does LA want Bosh for?

      Drew was amazing. and so was LO. Better game but was that due to a truly inferior opponent? Its truw their defense was on today and had Kobe and the team’s offense been up to par, I’m sure that win would have been by 35+.

  • LakersGal

    Cleveland beat portland real good. Lakers r givin me headache.

  • drive-for-16th

    kobe went 4-21 or something right, we need him to shoot waay better starting with the Spurs and then dallas wants revenge and orlando, damn we’re gonna have to come out agrresive on all those games or else were gonan get owned. Good news is that pau is gonan play in dallas on a back to back when everybody is tired we’ll have Pau all rested up.

    • http://theLakersNation Marwan..

      Ive noticed, quite alot, when Kobe goes 4,5 – 20+, the next game he explodes for 40+ points on 18+ – 20+ shooting. He did it in the plaoffs against Jazz, he did it against Bulls after playing so bad at Jazz, he came out with a hot hand, scored 20 in first quarter.
      My point, watch the next game.

  • http://theLakersNation Marwan..

    A few things from the game.
    -Jackson said that Artest hitting his head in the 1st seemed to affect his game; Artest asked for a sub two diff. times
    -Phil said Kobe’s critical middle knuckle on right index finger is now quite “tender” in addition to fracture in top knuckle
    -Gasol a little more likely for Tues in SA after no pain from workout tonight; might practice tomorrow.