kobewarThe (11-3) Los Angeles Lakers will be in the bay area tonight; Oakland to be exact, to face the (5-9) Warriors. Tonight’s game will be the first of the four game series against the Warriors.

The Warriors have shown signs of improvement by recently beating both Portland and Dallas. The game against the Mavericks being the most impressive; the Warriors won in Dallas with a total of six active players due to multiple injuries, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in the league since the Baltimore Bullets did it back in 1952. The team has played well despite dealing with a banged up roster. Golden State’s Head Coach Don Nelson is out and has been diagnosed with Pneumonia; so the team will be coached by top assistant coach Keith Smart.

The Lakers have beaten the Warriors 14 of the last 16 meeting by outplaying them and destroying this team on the boards. The Lakers with two seven footers will have a size advantage again and should keep the streak alive by owning the glass.

The Lakers beat the Knicks 100-90 on Tuesday with Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum & Lamar Odom combining for 40 rebounds. Kobe Bryant is the second leading scorer in the association averaging 30 points per game, but I have a feeling that he will exceed that number tonight.

It is a known fact that the Warriors can score; they’re the third best scoring team in the league but also hold the dubious distinction of allowing the most points as well.

Los Angeles will have to slow down Guard Monta Ellis, who is one of the top scorers in the league possessing the speed and quickness to be very dangerous. It appears that he is the unquestioned team leader who has put this team on his shoulders.

The Lakers have been dominating offensively and have played solid defense with the return of Pau Gasol. However, with all the good things the team has given the coaching staff a lot to talk about with entirely too many turnovers (25 against the Knicks) and a bench that hasn’t shown up consistently.

It is becoming a trend with the team that the starters will play well, establish a large lead and then the  reserves will come in, not play well and cause said lead to disappear.

The Warriors play an up tempo-style and want to get out in transition on every occasion so consequently for the Lakers transition defense will be paramount. The Lakers have to get back in transition and match up.

Los Angeles really has to control the tempo tonight and force Golden State to set up and run their half-court offense, hopefully, this will take the crowd out of the game. The Warriors like to feed off of the energy on the home crowd.

The Lakers are playing to their advantage when the team runs their offense from the inside out. Los Angeles will get the ball inside to both Andrew Bynum & Pau Gasol in post and allow them to go to work. The Warriors have no answer for this tactic in terms of size, defense to stop it or match up.

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: KCAL 9 (HD)
  • Golden State: CSN Bay (HD)

Radio

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

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Luke Walton (Back)

Warriors:

  • Andris Biedrins (Abdominal Strain)
  • The Mamba24

    I don’t see why we should lose this game.

  • Short Dog

    Lets kick some ass lakeshow. Another easy W.
    Lakers Back2Back

  • alex rios

    thier is no place for that kobe doin’ work thing so can i just put it here???
    44pts 7eb 4 ast

  • alexrivers

    no place for kobe doin’ work so here

    44pts 7reb 4ast

  • drive-for-16th

    W.I.N LETS GET IT

  • Batz

    They’ve been playing pretty good lately but I give this a W.

  • http://57.amklac kobe,bi-curious?

    ANOTHER, not a triple double….

  • lucid

    33 pts 7reb 5ast

  • http://twitter.com/monsterko8e Calvin Edward @MonsterKo8e

    42 pts, 6 asst, 5 reb, 3 steals, +14

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    Hahahah, Lakers came out gunning. 14-7 already and only DFish and Bynum missed 1 shot each. Artest got a 3, and Pau is 3-3 with 7 points so far. Kobe has 1 board, 2 dimes and 2 steals. Wow, great defense. Yeah!!

  • http://LakersNation Lakerfan344

    S. BROWN #12 16:45 3-5 1-1 3-4 +12 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 10
    L. ODOM #7 20:48 3-6 2-3 0-1 +19 0 6 6 2 2 1 1 1 1 8
    J. FARMAR #1 14:21 1-4 0-2 0-0 +10 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
    D. MBENGA #28 00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    A. MORRISON #6 00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    J. POWELL #21 00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    S. VUJACIC #18 00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    L. WALTON #4 00:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    Lakers destroyed the Warriors and kept them under 100 too. The bench extended the lead from 25 to 33. Thats a good sign.

    -Kobe had a bad shooting night 8-20, but made up for it on the defensive end with 5 steals. Finished with 20 points, 6 boards, 6 dimes and 5 steals.
    -Artest shot the ball well 7-11, 2-4 from 3. He had 19 points, 5 boards, 4 dimes.
    -Pau lead all scorers with 22 points and he played great. Really unstoppable.
    -Bynum had better nights. He finished with 12 points on 5-11 shooting and 7 boards.
    -DFish played great as usualy. Scored 13 points.

    The bench:
    -Brown stood out the most. Scored 17 points on 6-8 shooting, 2-2 from 3 pointers.
    -Odom had 8 points and 10 boards. He didnt really need to score much since everyone contributed today.
    -Farmar had 10 points on 4-7 shooting.
    -Sasha had 5 points on 2-3 shooting.
    -Morrison had 2 points on 1-2 shooting.
    -Powell had 2 points on 1-4 shooting.

    Bench combined for 44 points on 17-32 shooting.

  • xfellerx

    2nd time your tip off time has been wrong. according to lakers.com it is at 6:30. Luckily last time it was wrong it was earlier rather than later. this could anger a few people. this time.

  • FERN DOG

    Good game lakers looking like champs.Walk in the park tonight.lakers1 lets get a repeat should be a blow up game tonight.kobe should rest his one out.easy game.