fishnetsThe (12-3) Lakers are back at the Staples Center tonight to host the winless New Jersey Nets in a back-to-back game. The Nets lost to the Kings on Friday ironically the team with the worst record in the league last year. Unfortunately for the Nets the Kings didn’t show them any compassion and dropped them to 0-16.

The soon to be Brooklyn Nets face the certainty of being placed in the history books as the team with the worst start in league history against the Lakers going 0-17. Make no mistake the Nets are paid professionals that do not want to lose but the team is in desperate need of more talent to be able to compete.

The Nets played hard against the Kings in the second half cutting a double-digit deficit to single digits in the second half behind Sacramento regained control of the game. The Nets scored 96 points their second highest scoring output of the season with Devin Harris & Courtney Lee returning to the line up.

I’m expecting the Nets to put up a spirited effort against the Lakers but still go down in defeat. The Nets allowed 50 points in the paint to the Kings; a number that will be exceeded by Lakers front line. The Nets don’t have the defense or size to match up with the Lakers front line. The Lakers will destroy the Nets with points in the paint & on the glass in concert with outplaying them in every way.

The Nets have unsuccessfully used the going with a smaller faster lineup tactic with 6’5 Trenton Hassell playing Power Forward. The Nets will have to attempt to match up Brook Lopez, Josh Boone & Sean Williams with Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum & Lamar Odom.

The Lakers need to force their will on the Nets, jump on them early, and build a lead by establishing Pau Gasol & Andrew Bynum in the post. Both players will destroy the interior of the Nets defense as well as start the offense. Los Angeles will use excellent ball movement and excellent player movement to provide several open looks or shots that the team will knock down.

Los Angeles needs to control the tempo, get back in transition, limit the Nets to one shot per possession and smoother this team on defense and force them to play their best basketball which has yet to occur. My only concern is the bench which should get a lot of playing time in this game. It is imperative that the reserves hold onto the lead that the starters will give them.

The reserves need to attack the basket and not rely on so many jump shots. If the bench is aggressive it will greatly benefit the Lakers with the reserves scoring or going to the free throw line. This will improve the confidence of the reserves and continue to frustrate the Nets.

Tip-off: 6:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: FS West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • New Jersey: YESN (Marv Albert & Mike Fratello)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • New Jersey: WFAN 660 (Chris Carrino & Tim Capstraw)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Luke Walton (Back)

Nets:

  • Keyon Dooling (Hip)
  • Eduardo Najera (Back)
  • Jarvis Hayes (Hamstring)
  • Trem

    First!! Lets get this Lakeshow! Just come with energy and this should be a cakewalk

  • Short Dog

    I’ll be there at the Lakers and Nets game. I’ll be at the skybar if anyone needs to talk to me.
    Short dog
    Lakers #1 Back 2 back.

  • Fern dog

    Every one lets vote for smartkobe to leave our wed site.This fake laker fan has stated that he likes the celtics and always talks down on the lakers.He needs to go and never come back.I saw all the comments he made about kobe called himself stupidkobe.Shortdog is a true lakerfan and is real when it comes to the lakers and kobe.So smartkobe you should leave and never come back we dont need fake ass fans .So just posting this for all the true lakerfans.We dont need this fake ass fan .

  • John B

    i think the lakers can win this one.
    they cant be overconfident because it will really embarrassing to lose to the winless nets and also dont forget we’re at home.

  • Short Dog

    Make sure you laker fans drop by the skybar and meet up with me. I am at the skybar hoping I can talk with you. I am alittle bit lonely.

    • FERN DOG

      Once again smartkobe all on shortdogs nuts.Damm go and fuck youself you little bitch i am tired of seeing your stupid name every where and talking shit.Smartkobe must be some kind of a little bitch writing all these stupid comments.

      • Smartkobe

        Don’t be an asshole. Now Dickweed Short Dog has made more enemies by talking his crap. Talking tough is such a weak play for both you gay brothers. Stop being homo you bitches. This other smartkobe talking about meeting with Short Dog is either you or another person on this site impersonating me. Either way you two homo’s are just so gay.

      • Short Dog

        Bitch ass stupidkobe. You are nothing but a fag. You are probably that fagget kobe bi curouius. Dam celtic fag.

      • Short Dog

        Stupidkobes first day at TLN.

        http://thelakersnation.com/blog/2009/11/18/bryant-will-continue-to-occupy-the-post-even-when-gasol-returns/

        Bad mouthing Kobe (what a bitch)

        Be a man come out with your real name and quit using mine bitch(s)
        Short Dog

        • Short Dog

          Fuck Stupid Kobe that bitch. Lets Fuck him up on this TLN. That bitch won’t meet up with me. He can suck my balls. Stupid Kobe man up now. I will tea bag you if I ever see you. Nobody bad mouths Kobe. NO ONE.
          Short Dog

        • Short Dog

          Bitch stop posting fake comments bitch.

  • Smartkobe

    I am at the game too. I think I will meet up with Short Dog and talk Laker basketball. Kobe rules and is very smart. Why because I say so. I am smart because I say kobe is smart. I have to go to the skybar and meet with Short Dog.

    • FERN DOG

      BITCH ASS LIER YOU NEVER WENT BITCH TO AFRAID LITTLE BITCH.

    • Short Dog

      Fuck all you bitch ass stupidkobe and smartkobe’s.
      Get my address and come down. i’ll show you slut whats up.Its lakers only.
      All you fags need to leave the site.

      • Short Dog

        Another fake ass comment.

  • J

    I’m actually nervous about this game… Y’know you can only lose too many times, and when you lose that much (16 STRAIGHT!), you’re bound to win one. If the Lakers let their guard down, they may be the laugh of the league.

    I think Kobe was pacing himself last night for this game… Watch out Melo, your 50 is gonna get owned!

    Lakers by more than 33 :)

  • Brian Shaw

    Lakers should win this one easily if they take care of business early…

  • FERN DOG

    Kobe should sit this one out easy game lakers by 35.

    • Smartkobe

      No way should Kobe sit this out. If we lose than we are screwed. Think Dude Think.

      • FERN DOG

        A bitch i thougt you were at the lakergame bitch.See your just a little bitch that talks alot of shit.You cant even back up your own shit bitch.A smartkobe opps i mean stupidkobe is that your real name bitch.fucken fake ass fan.well gotta go see the lakers .kobe 1 bitch this game walk in the park.fuck smartkobe.

        • Smartkobe

          Don’t be an asshole. Think for a minute. You might discover you are about as ignorant as your sorry ass brother. Now we have other people doing impersonations just because you dickweeds (Shortass Bitch and Fern Bitch) started doing them.

          • FERN DOG

            Smartkobe just a little celtic bitch

        • Short Dog

          Stupidkobe is a bitch. I’ll be there at the phoenix game bitch. I’m giving you time to get your ticket this time bitch. or come see me bitch. lets settle this bitch.
          Did I notice your gay attitude dissapear because no one backed you up.
          Fucken pussy.
          Short Dog True laker fan.
          Whats up Fern Dog
          Whats up Gisy.
          Whats up Pnut.Whats up Maddog.
          Whats up Gene.
          LAAAAAKKKEEERRRSS
          Oh yeah Whats up laker KRIS.

  • lakers2000

    Take no prisoners! Go Lakers!!!!

    • FERN DOG

      HELL YEA GO LAKERS.

      • Short Dog

        Kicking ass. Cruising towards the Fianls.
        Short dog
        Lakers

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    I wanna win by more than 40 that way if Lakers arent in the highlights or ESPN doesnt talk about it, then we know that they are Lakers haters.

    Plus winning by more than 40 solidifies our reputation as the champs.

  • Andrew Rafner is back

    Did anybody miss me and my rants about Andrew Bynum? TLN is just not the same without me and my blogs.

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      No we dont need your Andrew Bynum rants. Get off the site if you are going to rant on any player, especially Bynum. Oh and I say the site is better off without you.

      • FERN DOG

        Hey marwan is right we dont need a other idiot in this site.So fuck off bitch ass andrew rafner go suck on a cows dick bitch.

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      GAHHHH I HATE YOU SO MUCH DAMMIT.

      GTFO THIS SITE.

      I watched your video and you couldnt get any gayer… seriously you are so frekin gay. “Hi Im andrew but you already knew that.” No I didnt, no body knows your damn name, and those hairy ass eyebrows of yours… DAMMIT!

      PLEASE, GET OFF THIS SITE.

    • Short Dog

      Andrew Rafner.
      Be a man bitch and stop posting shit on the computer. Go outside and try to talk shit to a laker fan. You will get bitch slapped quick bitch.
      Laker Short Dog

  • drive-for-16th

    great win tonight. good effort all around if kobe played a little bit more minutes tonight, lil bit more of the 3rd quarter and 3 – 4 mins in the 4th auaqrter he could’ve had 50

  • drive-for-16th

    but good to get the guys rested

  • drive-for-16th

    but its good to see the guy resting

    • lakers2000

      No Problem.

  • drive-for-16th

    sorry for the double post.

    • lakers2000

      No Problem.
      No Problem.

  • Andrew Rafner is back

    Gasol being back show how much we dont need Bynum!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csdkL7RCtB4. I am indeed they best Andrew for TLN.
    http://www.myspace.com/tandoori_joness

    • FERN DOG

      Damm listen to this fool what fuck mann.Hey are you a laker fan or what.A LAKER FAN WILL not talk shit about ant player what kind of fan are you.andrew bynum is playing like a all star and you are talking shit.Hey fuck you.

    • http://LakersNation Marwan

      Fern Dog is right. Andrew please do TLN a favor and GTFO this site. Please for the love of… Just leave man.

      Just what we need, another bandwagon fan to come on here and bash on the players. If it wasnt for Bynum, we probably wouldnt be 13-3 right now. Considering Pau missed out on 11 games and Bynum had to work harder. Remember he hit the game winning freethrow in Houston, with a strained wrist. And he averaged a double-double for all the games Pau was out.

      So if you rant on Andrew Bynum, guess what buddy, you are out of a job.

      GTFO this site!

  • Short Dog

    Fuck You assholes on this site. I am sick and tired of stupid laker fans. Bring some game fellas. Gotta get some of me bitches if you want some respect. I fucken gotta alot of it so bring it on bitches.

    • Smartkobe

      OK shortdog your right i was afraid to see you there.I am a pussy and i admit it.But thats because i am Celtic fan and they hold my heart and mind.Please dont hurt me i am veryfragile like a bottle of glass.But i still like boston.

    • Short Dog

      Another fake comment. Fuck stupidkobe though.

  • Short Dog

    Yeah Smart kobe is a bitch and a pussy. If I had a dick I would shove it good and hard into it. Come to my house you pussy and I will make you cum.
    Short Dog
    Lakers Rule

    • Short Dog

      One more fake comment