vuclakersThe (13-3) Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of a six game home stand tonight they’re hosting the (7-10) New Orleans Hornets.

The Lakers have been on a roll of late and have looked a lot like their Championship selves recently. They’ve literally destroyed every opponent with the return of All-Star Power Forward Pau Gasol to the lineup. The Lakers have been dismantling the post defense of several teams, killing them with points in the paint and controlling the boards. Keep in mind there used to be so many questions; can Gasol & Andrew Bynum co-exist? Would the transition defense suffer? etc.

The Lakers are holding their opponents to 90.8 points per game during their winning streak. The scary thing is that the Lakers are still in the process of improving their game. Los Angeles; one game removed from beating the Nets, a team dealing with an avalanche of misfortunes.

Tonight’s guest, the Hornets, has gone through several changes since the teams last met a 104-88 Lakers win on November 8th. The 16 point beat down administered by the Lakers was without both Andrew Bynum & Pau Gasol. Head Coach Byron Scott was run out of town despite the fact that the team’s problems are more the fault of their GM/Head Coach Jeff Bower. It is only right that he coach the team he constructed. New Orleans has also been bitten by the injury bug as All-Star point guard Chris Paul will not play.

Rookie and former Bruin Darren Collison has been given the keys to the car and the team is attempting to play at a faster pace. Things haven’t gone as planned and the team has continued to struggle. Ironically their big men David West & Emeka Okafor are starting to develop some chemistry and familiarity with each others playing style which should benefit them in the long run.

The new found familiarity has seen Okafor posting up more, playing closer to the basket and West displaying his jumper and finding space to shoot. Okafor is a good rebounder, he needs to be denied good position. The Hornets will attempt to employ the pick and roll play against the Lakers but it will appear to be more of a pick and pop or spot up with David West spotting up.

West has an excellent mid-range game but he will have to deal with the challenge of Ron Artest defending him and forcing him further away from the basket. The Hornets want to run and get up and down the court. The Lakers will have to control the tempo and get back in transition.

The Lakers will force them to set up and run their half court offense. In the painted area is where the destruction will start for the Hornets; with no answer for Bynum, Gasol or Kobe Bryant.

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: Fox Sports West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • New Orleans: Cox Sports Television (Bob Licht & Gil McGregor)

Radio

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • New Orleans: KMEZ 106.7 (Sean Kelley & Gerry Vaillancourt)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Luke Walton (Back)

Hornets:

  • Chris Paul (Sprained Ankle)
  • Peja Stojakovic (Personal Reasons)
  • Andrew Rafner is back

    I know TLN is looking foward to my blogs and Bynum puppet’s later on tonite, well you had ur chance TLN so suck it!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/paulcamantigue Whatsa

      wut

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      Must we go through this everytime Andrew, please go away. TLN hates you, I hate you, Lakers hate you… everyone hates you. Go play with your puppets, Im sure they hate you too. Besides instead of saying what you are saying to the Bynum puppet, why dont you say it to his face, I wanna see him break you completely.

      Im sure you suck it alot so dont come in here telling everyone else to do it. I dont care how good you are at it, we dont wanna to do it.

      GTFO.

    • FERN DOG

      Andrew rafner the bitch is back.fuck whats next.

  • Green Flannel

    u are mentally ill “andrew rafner is back” mentally ill.

  • http://lakerliker.com/ Eric

    WTF is Andrew Rafner? Ex writer drama I’m assuming? Anyhow, Lakers are THE BEST and will yet again dominate against the Hornets being two wasps down. Kobe needs to put up some major numbers in order to catch up to Melo’s 527 pts. already this season.

    BTW-If TLN needs an amateur writer to fill in for Andrew please consider me to amuse your thoughts.

    Go Lakers

  • FERN DOG

    Hey andrew rafner the bitch is back to talk shit.This is what i mean about stupid fools like this bitch in lakernation just to talk shit.Why dont you go visit some other place because we dont need lame ass fools like you in here.Keep your comments to yourself or better why dont you just shove your comments up your ass.

  • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

    Yes PHX lost today!

    • NBAmazingKB24

      big time

  • Luke4Lvp

    wow. does nobody proof read articles before posting them?!

    ‘The (13-3) Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of a six game home stand tonight they’re hosting the (7-10) New Orleans Hornets.”

    it should be:

    “The (13-3) Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of a six game home stand tonight hosting the (7-10) New Orleans Hornets.”

    I don’t think I have read an article on this site with at least one grammatical mistake.

    Besides that point, great game by the Lakeshow!

  • kobe_mvp

    where is suns fan here.lakers best kobe best world game go lakers,