The Lakers are back at the Staples Center to host the Detroit Pistons; looking to ensure that a rare two-game losing streak won’t stretch into three games.
Los Angeles has to have a bounce back game just to show that the terrible second half of the game in a road loss at Denver and the home loss to the Rockets was merely a small blip on the radar, two losses, in a long season and nothing to be alarmed about.
I’ve said on more than one occasion that the Lakers need to start their offense from the inside out. Establish both Kobe Bryant & Andrew Bynum in the post and allow them to go to work. This has been and will continue to be a method for success; however not at the expense of the rest of the team getting involved.
The Lakers have been so locked into the above mentioned tactic that the team hasn’t gotten into any sort of offensive flow. There have been too many games where despite the success of Kobe & Bynum in the post that the rest of the team has been up and down with their shooting.
Tonight Los Angeles needs to show their experience, maturity and execute their offense down the stretch.
When Lamar Odom is aggressive on the offensive end he provides the Lakers a huge boost and the opponent a match up nightmare. The Lakers went away from working Andrew Bynum in Denver and started shooting several long jump shots. The Lakers are much better off when the ball goes into the post first.
Ron Artest is getting much more aggressive offensively but still sharing the ball and finding his teammates.
Tip-off: 6:30 PM PST
- Los Angeles: Fox Sports West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
- Detroit: Fox Sports South (Bob Rathbun & Dominique Wilkins)
- Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
- Detroit: 790 AM (Steve Holman)
- Pau Gasol (Hamstring)
- Tayshaun Prince (Back)
- Richard Hamilton (Ankle)