TLN’s Game Report: Lakers vs. Heat

wadekobeThe (14-3) Lakers host the (10-8) Miami Heat at the Staples Center tonight. This will be the first of two regular season contests.

The Lakers are on a roll, winners of their last seven games and haven’t lost to the Heat at home since December of 2004.

Dwayne Wade and the Heat want to remove a bad taste in their mouths right now for losing again in Denver, a city he has yet to win a game in. He can take solace in the fact that the team was able to snap an 11-game skid in Indiana this year. Dwayne Wade put up 25 points and collected 10 rebounds but the game was over early as the Nuggets were up by 29 at one point. The Miami Heat are on a four-game Western road trip that started well; with them beating the Trailblazers before struggling with the Nuggets.

The Lakers are set to increase their streak to eight straight games. The Lakers are playing good basketball right now but it must be said that the team has yet to reach its peak. The scary thing is that there is still room for improvement and the team knows it and is constantly working on improvement.

The key to the Los Angeles beating Miami Heat will be slowing down Dwayne Wade.

Arguably the third best player in the game; what doesn’t need to be argued is the fact that he is one of the leagues best. An argument can be made that he is a valid number two player away from being unstoppable. The best way for the Lakers to defend him tonight is to be physical with him. He is going to get his share of foul calls but the more you can force him to shoot from the perimeter the better it is for the defense.

Wade will have to match up with the best player in the game, Kobe Bryant. For the few people out there that don’t know, Kobe has gotten better and is currently shooting a career-high 48.3 percent and averaging a higher point total than he has since leading the league in the 2006-07 season. This will be one of the must-see match ups between the leagues number one and number two shooting guards going at it.

The Lakers will start their offense from the inside by establishing Pau Gasol & Andrew Bynum in the painted area. Michael Beasley & Jermaine O’Neal combined are producing 30 points and 15 boards which is good production but they’re no match for their opponents wearing Purple and Gold. The Lakers length will play a huge role again tonight.

The Purple and Gold squad is playing solid defense & needs to control the tempo and get back in transition. The biggest concern on the team, area that needs improvement is the reserves that have to find some sort of rhythm and consistency. The bench mob also needs to knock down open shots. Lamar Odom needs to be more aggressive, refrain from the jump shots and attack the basket.

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: FS West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Miami: Sun Sports (Eric Reid & Toni Fiorentino)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Miami: 940 AM WINZ (Mike Inglis & John Crotty)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Luke Walton (Back)

Heat:

  • Keyon Dooling (Hip)
Jeff Little is the pre-game writer for LakerNation.com. Follow him on Twitter.
  • Ryguy

    “The key to the Los Angeles beating Miami Heat will be slowing down Dwayne Wade.”

    Bad.

  • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

    Espn is showing it

    • Ryguy

      These game reports are getting worse. With errors and wrong information, what’s the point of coming to this site?

  • KING

    Lets Get It!!!

    • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

      Pussy?

  • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

    Oh!!! Shit! NJN Won!

  • Josh in D 310

    Not as bad of a game as I thought it would be..Miami is keeping close tonight. I hope it stays like this all night and the Lakers kick butt in the final minute. We need some excitement with our W’s.

  • Josh in D 310

    Another thing..these stupid Espn Commentators sure don’t like Ron Artest lol especially that idiot Van Gundy

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    KOBBEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    WOOOOOO!!!!

    DFISH AND KOBE, CLUTCHEST PLAYERS EVER!!!

  • Poogus

    HHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY ******************************************************************!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gugy

    Wow!

    Kobe indeed the MVP, what a cool game.

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    Man I went off when that shot went in

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    If he doesnt get the MVP and the Ring this year, but insted Lebron gets it again, the NBA is truly in love with Lebron, Kobe deserves MVP no matter what you say.

  • kevin 0

    i cried

  • BE_A_LakerFan

    AMAZING!!! I think I woke up the whole neighborhood yelling.. First Fisher and then MAMBA! Great win.

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    Fisher’s 3 was the exact same one from the Finals, this man is CLUTCH. Then you have MR CLUTCH the man Kobe Bryant who did miss a shot to tie the game with 24.5 seconds left but made up for it with the AMAZING GAME WINNER!!!

    OH MAN I WAS EXPECTING A LOSS, DOWN BY 4 WITH 9 SECONDS LEFT!!

    If this doesnt make the #1 in plays of the week on ESPN, NBA.com or anywhere for that matter, then screw them, Lakers haters…. HAHHAA KOBE!!!

  • NBAmazingKB24

    the most exciting game so far from this season!
    kobe is just WOW
    i lost my words on the last shot…

  • Josh in D 310

    I friggin called it! A close game and our Lakers with a win in the end. Go Lakers! Kobe the Deadliest player in history.Cold blooded Assasin…Mvp Mvp Mvp

  • mr.laker19

    I will shed tears when that man retires, i will weap, period.

  • drive-for-16th

    PEOPLE WHO SAID THE LAKERS WERE BORING. WHERE YA’LL NOW!!!!!!!!!! KOBE MVP. THAT WAS A FUCKING SICK SHOT. WHEN IT WENT IN I FROZE AND THEN JUST WENT CRAZY AT THE T.V. BEST PLAYER IN THE UNIVERSE.