TLN’s Game Report: Lakers vs. Clippers

The (30-9) Lakers resume the hallway series against the cross town rival (17-20) Clippers. The teams have split they’re previous two games in the four game season series.

If all goes well All-Star power forward Pau Gasol will return to action, although it appears that Clippers Center Chris Kaman is saddled with a back injury that might cause him to miss a third straight game. As unfortunate as it is, the Lakers need to continue to attack this team in the painted area.

Injuries are unfortunate, but are a major part of professional sports. Both teams have dealt with them and injuries will be a factor in tonight’s match up.

The Lakers got a split in their annual Texas two-step road trip on back-to-back nights by beating the Mavericks and ruining Dirk Nowitzki’s record breaking night and setting their own record by being the first NBA franchise with 3,000 wins.

The best part about the victory was that it was a solid team win with everyone contributing, the continued solid production of Andrew Bynum, and as well seeing the entire team in ‘go’ mode, stepping up knowing that their leader Kobe Bryant was literally gutting it out and playing through a series of injuries. It was also great to see that all three players of the Lakers front line had double-doubles.

I believe that this will carry over into this game. The Clippers outplayed the Lakers in the previous game, but the Purple and Gold clad warriors will make the necessary adjustments to avoid a second loss to their cross-town rivals in a 10-day span.

Gasol returning will be great, but Bynum has to find a way to co-exist and still be productive without as many touches. The Lakers need to control the glass and out-rebound this team; however their adjustments begin and end on the defensive end of the court.

The Clippers will run a screen and roll action offensive set the team calls “2Up”, it is known as ‘horns’ across the league. It is an offensive action that calls for a big player to start at each elbow and a shooter on the baseline of each corner. One of the big players will roll to the basket while the other spots up.

This set makes Baron Davis extremely dangerous and provides several options. Davis can drive to the basket to score; pass to one of his big players for a mid-range jumper, pass to a big player rolling to the basket or dish to one of his shooter’s spotted up in the corners behind the arc if he is double-teamed.

the Lakers have to communicate defensively and limit their opponents to one shot per possession. The purple and gold have to limit the impact of Baron Davis and Eric Gordon.

The Lakers need to control the tempo of the game, stop the dribble penetration and get back in transition. The total team effort shown in Dallas needs to continue; Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest need to continue to be aggressive.

At the end of the night the Lakers will be a franchise with 3,001 victories and will continue to build momentum for the future.

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: FS West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Los Angeles: Prime Ticket (Ralph Lawler & Mike Smith)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Los Angeles: KFWB 980 (Ralph Lawler, Mike Smith & Brian Sieman)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Pau Gasol (Hamstring)
  • Kobe Bryant (Avulsion fracture of Right Index Finger, Elbow & Back)
  • Luke Walton (Back)

Clippers:

  • PF Blake Griffin (Knee) Out
  • PG Sebastian Telfair (Groin)
  • C Chris Kaman (Back)
  • C Marcus Camby (Stomach Illness)
Jeff Little is the pre-game writer for LakerNation.com. Follow him on Twitter.
  • LA Lakers best Franchise of the World

    Lets Go Lakers!!

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  • pauer

    Im going crazy.

    You say this every game, “The Lakers need to control the tempo of the game, stop the dribble penetration and get back in transition.”

    Cant we all agree that every team has to do this every game in order to win.

    Its like your trying to provide the most cliche coaching advice you can.

    Let me add some more:
    The lakers need to be aggressive, to communicate, and need to get more rebounds in order to stop second chance points.

    Oh wait, you pretty much say that every game to.

  • http://TheLakersNation PWNED

    this is mother fucken bullshit. nba.com has top 5 players in the history of the nba and they have michael jordan, bill russell, wilt chamberlain, LEBRON JAMES and clyde drexler. how the fuck is lebron in that fucken list? magic johnson is no where in that list and LEBRON mother fucken JAMES is in the list? fuck the nba, bunch of mother fucken lebron riders. probably suck his dick so hard that he doesnt have one now. fuck lebron, fuck the nba, fuck espn, fuck the media. till they show some mother fucken respect for the lakers, im not happy with the media. lakers won 3000th game, where the fuck is it on nba or espn, lebron scores 40 points, its on nba and espn for a fucken week. this is bullshit, im really starting to get pissed off.
    although they lost yesterday, lebron mised a ft, got the ball, TRAVELLED, by taking a whole step back without dribbling and drilled the 3 and the refs didnt call that shit. i can see why they call him the best when they let him play through that shit and give him all the fouls he can get.

  • http://TheLakersNation PWNED

    oh now what, they fucken put durant ahead of kobe in the mvp race and altho lebron lost and he was healthy where as kobe drilled the game winner with a bad back, lebron is still number 1. i cant stress enough how much i hate the fucken media with this shit. fuck this shit

  • pauer

    @ PWNED

    I agree that they are all over his nutz, but it says best ATHLETES not players.

    If it said players, and Magic and Kobe weren’t on there, I would be joining the pitch fork mob with ya.

  • drive-for-16th

    Theres something i read it said that the cleveland cavaliers were tanking in the 02-03 season just so they can land lebron james as the number 1 pick. That just shows how gay that franchise is that they are willing to lose on purpose to get a player cause no free agent wanted to go to that gay city.

  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    Yeah, they traded half of the players to other teams, just so they have enough money for him. I feel sorry for the players that were forced to lose when they didnt want to, shows how inconsiderate the Cavs GM is, rather than thinking about a ring, with a decent team he had, he sould out the team, drafted a rookie, got to the finals once and then once again, traded half their team to sign a 38 year old centre who is wayyyyy past his prime, in an effort to help win a ring. No wonder, S Jax, Artest, Ariza and any other player didnt want to go to Cleveland. Being forced to do what they dont want to is just disgusting. So much for a great fanchise… and Lebron top 5 of all time? Please dont make me laugh NBA, where is Magic, Kareem, Shaq, Hakeem, Dr J, Shaq and Kobe is way ahead of Lebron I just dont get what angle they are looking at this from. Oh well, at least WE KNOW THE TRUTH, “WE ARE WITNESSES” to Kobe’s greatness.

  • http://57.amklac robert eats matard

    KOBE is a scorer………thats all. LEBRONZE is the total package……accept it.

    • http://lakersnation showtime4eva

      seems to me that lepunk can only dance an act like a clown.we talk basketball here..take your garbage elsewhere…kobe doesnt just score he’s the g.o.a.t!!!an f.y.i the the lakers are the greatest n.b.a team of all n.b.a teams…your a loser..just like your hero,and you know it!!!! ha ha ha

  • http://57.amklac robert eats matard

    you are WITLESS to the tooth……..f..ing loser.

  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    Hahaha that was funny, just as funny as Lebron acting tough when he hit a 3 and then wouldnt want to shoot FTs to seal the game. He cost the Cavs the game as much as he saved them.
    You can call me a tard, but this tard happens to know more than you do so… back off.

  • http://TheLakersNation Marwan..

    Lebronze is a total package. Thats right. Cant shoot FTs. Cant shoot midrange. Not as clutch as Kobe. Overhyped. Media lover.
    If thats what you mean by package, then you’re right.

  • Robert

    thanks, @pauer … who clarified. The NBA list is the best ‘athlete’, but they still got it wrong. Wilt was definitely the best athlete in the history of the game. Aside from his basketball skills, he was a ‘great’ athlete. He could slam from free throw (they didn’t allow that back then), and could do things MJ couldn’t do. Basketball rules were ‘changed’ because of Wilt, because he was so good (they didn’t want him to dominate the game TOO much).
    .
    Unfortunately, they’re right about LeSuck – great athlete, but then again, so is Steve Nash (who is also a very good soccer player, and hockey player – he could have played soccer professionally). Steve should actually be on the list. LeBrag could actually (acc’d to him) play in the NFL (but once he gets hit, it’s over). Still, that requires athleticism. Who is a better basketball ‘player’, Steve Nash or LeBron? I say it’s Steve, who leads in assists, has high percentage free throw, and has a higher basketball IQ.
    .
    Now if we’re talking “BEST BASKETBALL PLAYER”, got to go with Kobe being #1. Kobe’s skills are off the charts. He does things MJ didn’t do, Magic didn’t do, and LeSmack ‘CAN’T’ do. (LePuff just runs to the basket and slams, or 3 pointer once in while – no mid-range or post up). When Kobe retires, he’ll top ‘that’ list.

  • Rollin

    Beat’em like a drum!! Now that’s what I call a revenge game.

  • drive-for-16th

    Beat them 40 great win. Now they gotta play hard vs orlando too and then head off on their road trip to deal with princess james and the ugliest team in the world celdicks. Lets keep this up lakers.