Happy New Year to the entire Lakers Nation!

The (25-6) Lakers are playing the first game of 2010 against the young and talented (14-17) Sacramento Kings. Los Angeles is looking to win their fourth straight over the team they outlasted in overtime six days ago.

One of the things that stood out in there first matchup, was the uncharacteristic scoring lapse the team experienced at the end of the fourth quarter and the start of overtime. The reason for the lack of scoring wasn’t one thing, but a series of things. Impatience, not reading and reacting to what the Kings defense was doing, taking too many jumpers as opposed to attacking the basket were bigger factors than the Kings defense in my opinion.

The Lakers played without the services of Ron Artest; he is questionable for tonight’s run. Ron Artest has been a key contributor to the stellar defense that the Lakers played earlier this season holding opponents to 94.5 points per game. His absence has seen the Lakers points allowed rise to a 109.8 average.

In an 82-game season there will be stretches where every team have health issues and nothing is going right, but you have to simply play through it. The Kings did a good job of double teaming whenever the ball went into the post, there are several counter measures to this tactic within the triangle offense, but the Lakers instead went away from going inside.

The Lakers have to at times play with what can only be described as hardheadedness and go into the post to get the offense started and the defense moving and making adjustments.

The Lakers had way too many turnovers in the last couple of games which have led to the opposition getting out in transition and scoring easy baskets. The Lakers will be able to impose their will on this team by using excellent ball movement and excellent player movement, taking care of the ball, making sure passes and avoiding cross court gifts after the holiday.

Los Angeles has to control the tempo to avoid Sacramento from doing what they want to do which is get out in transition and run. They have to do a better job of defending the screen and roll action play, stop the dribble penetration, rotate out to three point shooters and play defense without fouling. The Lakers also have to control the boards against this young and active team.

Hopefully, we’ll see the reserves make an impact after being outscore 44-25 in the last game, and as well as see Andrew Bynum & Pau Gasol both record double-doubles tonight and start 2010 off to a right start.

Tip-off: 7:00 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: FS West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Sacramento: Comcast Sportsnet (Grant Napear & Jerry Reynolds)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Sacramento: 1140 AM KHTK (Gary Gerould)

Injuries -

Lakers:

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

Kings:

  • Kevin Martin (Wrist) Out
  • Francisco Garcia (Right Forearm & Wrist) Out
  • Tyreke Evans (Sprained Right Ankle) Doubtful
  • The Mamba24

    I have a feeling Kobe is gonna go off tonight.

    • http://lakersnation.com Penis

      Yea but my dick hurts from your mom very tight pussy

      • lakers2000

        So , is your sign on dedicated to your favorite food or toy? Pretty brave talking trash behind a key board, junior. You better not let your mom catch you writing dirty words on line or you might get a time out. So Richard, aka penis, your WNBA team must really suck to have you here typing ignorant, misspelled rants taunting a Championship teams fans. It must be hard being a loser that can’t get a date with anything other than your right hand. Keep coming back, we enjoy your quirky little pot shots that remind everyone how retarded you are. Go Lakers!!!!!!!

        • http://lakersnation.com LBJ23>KB24

          Fucke the LAkers. GO CAVS!!!!!!!!!!10′

          • lakers2000

            I rest my case!

  • http://57.amklac Marwan the tard

    any one want to bet the KOBE gets hurt at some point in this game tonight?…SOFT AS YOUR JUNK WHEN ANY FEMALE WALKS BYE.

    • http://lakersnation.com LBJ23>KB24

      He always get hurt by a little touch foul

      • some guy

        24>23 not for the obvious reasons… KB: 4 rings, LBJ: 0. Next year when KB has 5 and LBJ still has 0, you’ll look like an even bigger fool

      • some guy

        “He always get hurt by a little touch foul”

        Funny how Kobe was voted toughest player in the NBA by the GMs this year… When has anything ever stopped him? Better yet, when has your precious LBJ made 3 game winning shots in a month with a broken finger?

    • Smush Walton

      More moronic comments from Moron the Retard.

  • http://LakersNation 24>23

    ive never really been good at maths but Im pretty sure that 24>23. Simple math.

  • drive-for-16th

    Play hard, play Defence, and lets get a win.

  • kobe,bi-curious? aka laffs atu says:aka marwan the tard

    Sorry guys im just a attention whore, i get turned on when u guys actually pay me any mind.

  • The Mamba24

    LMAO, this guy has resorted to answering his own posts.

  • drive-for-16th

    There is no defence in this game like wtf, and fisher launching shots 1-7. pau is the only one doing good right now. The defence hasn’t bin there since artest left.

  • drive-for-16th

    im watching the game on my computer and i can’t keep watching the game, its embarrassing to watch us get owned AGAIN!

    • http://LakersNaton KB24 Fan

      Werent we getting owned against Kings, Warriors, any other team since Ron Ron has been out then the Lakers heat up in the 2nd half? Hell, they were trailing against Jazz, then limited them to 6 points in the 4th quarter.
      Watch, the 2nd half, Lakers will come out to play. It is a shame though, Lakers shouldnt be trailing in the first place. If they come out at halftime and build a lead after trailing, what if they were leading at halftime, then come out and build on the lead. Well, things happen, its the champions slump, happened to Celtics last year, going on a 7 game losing streak and its happening to us.

  • Sopi

    what the FFFUUCCCCKKK is wrong with these laker scrubs??? its ok to miss open shots, but its so FFFUKKKING shameful when you dont play any defence… its been more than 5 games now, ffffuuuckin pissed me off

    • http://LakersNaton KB24 Fan

      Yeah 5 game, thats how long Ron Ron has been out.

  • drive-for-16th

    jUST CAUSE RON IS OUT DOESNT MEAN WE HAVE TO STOP PLAYING DEFENCE. They have no passion at all, The whole bench should be shot including odumb. Fisher is being a homo too 1-10 WTF, why does he take so many shots, hes only good for making last shots and shots in tight games. we need to make a trade, u guys saw what nate robinson did of the bench to beat ATL, 41 POINTS OF THE BENCH. WE HAVE NO ONE LIKE THAT, HELL THESE GUYS CANT EVEN SCORE HALF OF THAT OF THE BENCH. OUR BENCH GETS RAPED BY OTHER TEAMS BENCH EVERYTIME. IM SOOO PISSED OF AT THIS TEAM, WTF DO THEY THINK THEY ARE COMING OUT AND PUTTING NO EFFORT, AND THEN THEY SPEND ALL THE SECOND HALF TRYING TO COME BACK. I’M ABSIOLUTELY DONE WITH OUR BENCH INCLUDING ODOM. IM DONE WITH FISHER THAT GUY SUCKS WHEN HIS SHOT DOESNT FALL AND HE TAKES DUMB SHOTS TOO, WHEN HE MISSES HE HAS NO OTHER GAME. Throw vujacic, farmar, odom, morrison, powell, mbenga in the fucking garbage.; They lick nuts. This is the team that is gonna win a championship? fuck we deserve to get smacked around with the performance the team puts out there. the fans who go to watch the game haven’t bin getting their money’s worth at all.

  • drive-for-16th

    And mitch kupchek is a bitch, yes he got pau gasol but he also gave vujacic a contract and kept farmar, and brought crap in like morrison and mbenga and Powell. One good thing doesn’t solve a million mistakes. I swear give me a contract for 50 grand i will put vujacic and farmar in a show case.

    • http://LakersNation LOL

      Dude are you watching the game? Lead down to 9 and they have played absolutely great defense so far. Lamar has been great tonight. Just dont talk til the buzzer sounds.

      • Smush Walton

        If only Ladunce can get rid of his STUPID plays. Unfortunately, while he makes a lot of great plays he still makes a TON of absolutely STUPID plays. That is the problem with this walnut brain.

  • drive-for-16th

    Screw the bench, screw the haters. KOBE SAVES US AGAIN!!!!!!!!! GIVE HIM THE MVP ALREADY!!!!!!!!!

    • http://lakersnation.com LBJ23>KB24

      I’m ready to suck your dick cuz kobe saved us again!!!!!!!

  • http://LakersNation CLUTCH!!!!

    WAS THERE EVER A DOUBT??? COME ON MAN, SERIOUSLY I KNEW HE WAS GONNA GET IT, AND DURING THE GAME, DOWN BY 20 I SAID TO MYSELF I DONT CARE HOW THEY WIN IT, IT COULD BE A BUZZER BEATER FOR ALL I CARE, AS LONG AS THEY WIN, IM GOOD AND THEN KOBE…. BOOM!!!!

    HAHAHHH YEAHH….. WHERE YOU HATERS ARE NOW BITCHES!!!! CHOKING ON LEBRON’S DICK THATS WHERE!!!

  • BE_A_LakerFan

    THE GREATEST EVER!

  • http://LakersNation CLUTCH!!!!

    THE MOST CLUTCH MUFFER IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME!!!

  • drive-for-16th

    Its great to get the win guys but WE NEED ARTEST BACK NOW. We have to beat Dallas on sunday, we can’t play like we did today against Dallas cause last time they beat us at home. This game was disgusting to watch in the first half, it was horrible. But kobe made it all worth it at the end, hes our saviour, he does it all. But im still not happy with our bench, they gave us nothing AGIAN. Shannon made those 2 freethrows was reallly big but still the humiliated our bench. The bench should be kissing kobes feet right now for saving their asses. Artest come back soon and lets BEAT DALLAS!

    • Smush Walton

      Shannon, Fartmore, and Sasha all have to pick it up. They can’t just get off the bench and run around on the court. They need to PRODUCE.

      Fisher really SUCKS big time lately. His outside shot has gone south and he has to be the worst layup shooting guard ever. His shot in the paint is BEYOND PATHETIC. This is becoming an issue. We need to get a quality guard and move Fisher to the bench where he can lead that unit.

  • lakers2000

    Labron who. Haa haa haters. Put that in your crack pipe and smoke it. Kobe is freaking ridiculous! All hail the true king. Go Lakers!!!!!

  • http://LakersNation KB24++LBJ23 Fan

    Im a fan of both, but honestly, I have to say that, that shot a beautiful shot, it was truly a thing of beauty. Now this comes from a fan of both players but everyone has to say that Kobe is a mile high over Lebron. No one compares to Kobe. Im seriously a die hard Lebron fan and a die hard Kobe fan (Im a Cavs fan all up tho) but Kobe will beat Lebron on any given night. Kobe will beat Lebron, Im not talking about Lakers vs Cavs, thats completely different. Keep doing what you do Kobe.

  • some guy

    Where are the Kobe haters now? THREE game winners in 29 days… with a BROKEN FINGER!. When has LBJ done that?

    • Smush Walton

      I’m sure MORON THE RETARD will come up with an absolutely MORONIC comment. If he doesn’t it would probably be the first article all year where he hasn’t.

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