The (41-13) Los Angeles Lakers are back to work and hosting the (14-37) Golden State Warriors.

The Purple and gold did an excellent job of finishing off the first half of the season, and went into the All-Star break making a strong statement without Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum.

After the All-Star break the Warriors appear to be more banged up than the Lakers. However, you can’t forget that this team beat Dallas with only six active players earlier in the season.

If he is able to go, tonight’s game will mark another Kobe Bryant milestone with his 1,000th game; he would also break the NBA record set by Kevin Garnett and become the youngest player to play 1,000 NBA games.

Andrew Bynum will also attempt a return from injury and play tonight.

There has been a lot of talk around town about moving Bynum which doesn’t make a lot of sense when you realize that despite his injuries he is only 22 years of age and has a lot of basketball ahead of him.

This is the third of four games against the Warriors; the Lakers are 2-0 this season against Golden State. The Warriors play an up tempo-style and want to get out in transition on every occasion. Consequently, for the Lakers, transition defense will be paramount. The Lakers have to get back in transition and match up.

The Lakers are a rhythm team that ended the first half of the season playing in a very good rhythm. The frontline of Pau Gasol, Ron Artest and Lamar Odom has been playing well averaging 49.6 points and 33 rebounds I’m fully expecting this to continue tonight.

Los Angeles will run their offense through All-Star Pau Gasol and pound the Warriors in the painted area or allow him to set the table for everyone else. I want to see the Lakers frontline meet the above mentioned averages with the exception of the rebounds which needs to increase to 40.

Los Angeles defense needs to extend out to the three point line, out-rebound the Warriors. The Lakers will win by using excellent ball movement and excellent player movement as well as simply outplaying the Warriors.

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: FS West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Golden State: CSN Bay (Jim Barnett & Bob Fitzgerald)

Radio

* Los Angeles: KABC 790 AM (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
* Golden State: KNBR 680 (Tim Roye)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Luke Walton (Pinched Nerve in Back) Out
  • Kobe Bryant (Sprained left ankle/avulsion fracture, right index finger) Source: Out
  • Andrew Bynum (Bruised right hip)
  • Lamar Odom (Sore left foot)

Warriors:

  • Anthony Randolph (Sprained Left Ankle) Out
  • Monta Ellis (Sprained Left Knee) Out
  • Corey Maggette (Dislocated Left Ring Finger) Out
  • Vladimir Radmanovic (Sore Right Achilles)
  • Kelenna Azubuike (left patellar tendon injury) Out
  • Raja Bell (Left Wrist) Out
  • Brandan Wright (Shoulder Surgery) Out
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    Lets Go LAKERS!!!!

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      YEAH !!!! LAKERS LOVE !!!! GO LAKERS !!!

  • Trem

    Why isn’t the game on 710 ESPN?

  • ricky

    The Lakers will win because Warriors have absolutely no answer for 3 headed beastly front court of Pau, Lamar and Ron!

  • avcpl

    Bynum off the bench?! Hope so. No need to move him if we use him that way!

  • drive-for-16th

    LETS GET THE WIN YA’LL.

  • lakers2000

    Is it showcase Sasha night? Hmmmm. Go Lakers!!!!!!

  • http://57.amklac Charles Barkley

    hopefully the mamba will watch LEARN SOMETHING …LIKE HIS TEAMATES KIND OF CAN WIN WITHOUT HIM,AND HAVE FUN DOING IT….

    • Green Flannel

      as much as i know you’re being stupid, the reason they do so well is because they know kobe brings a lot of offensive and defensive energy, so if the lakers want to win without him they know that the have to play team ball and help defense.

    • 242LakerFan

      I think it’s the other way around, actually. The team needs to realize that they need this same offensive and defensive energy when Kobe IS playing. If they play like this WITH him instead of expecting him to keep bailing them out and just standing around watching, then we could run the table (that’s exaggeration for effect, but you get my point)

  • drive-for-16th

    Why dont they keep Bynum in, hes playing soo good, and pau is not doing good and artest just launching 3s. Shannon playing really great right now, keeping us in the game. We should be pounding them but except we’re on up by 3.

  • LakersBabe

    Trade deadline coming up soon. The Lakers are showcasing Vuyacic and Morrison but as usual their play sucks. Who will want these guys if they continue to look like D-leagers?

    • hey

      Adam’s an expiring contract so he don’t have to put up a show. However…Sasha knows whats up, so he’s not even trying right now. Fuck him

  • http://57.amklac Charles Barkley

    TALK ABOUT STUPID…the mamba hasn`t played defense in years…when he`s out there he`s the black hole…the ball goes in and never comes back out.

    • Green Flannel

      yeah i guess four of the past 5 years being on the all defensive team isn’t good enough, huh?

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  • keepon_keepinon18

    Starters combine for 88pts, Shannon scores a career-high 27pts (12 in final quarter).

    Good win Lakers! Boston on Thursday!