The (33-11) Los Angeles Lakers are in the District to face the (14-29) Washington Wizards.
It was great to see the fella’s head to the Nation’s capital and meet the president, again. Although it’s tad early, don’t be surprised to see the Purple and Gold back for another visit.
The Lakers, like every team in the league; have flaws, the team isn’t playing their best basketball right now and it’s no secret that they aren’t clicking on all cylinders. They usually play their best basketball at the end of the year when heading to the post-season. Surprisingly, they’re having problems with their perimeter defense and have gone 5-5 in their last ten games. This simply means that the Lakers have some issues that need to be corrected.
Lakers making a move by the trade deadline wouldn’t surprise me either. Don’t believe the media hype that states that the Lakers have fallen off, it is a known fact that the team is banged up. Despite that fact, as the teams record states the road to a Championship still will be decided on 1111 S. Figueroa Street.
However, a run against the Wizards could be just what the doctor ordered. A team attempting to get past the embarrassment AND lunacy of the unnecessary gun play by Gilbert Arenas, who starred locally at Grant High School and former Lakers first round draft pick Javaris Crittenton.
The entire season has been a struggle for the Wizards, they’re 3-7 on their 14-game home stand and have had several slow starts. The Wizards will be facing a motivated Lakers team that will play with a high energy level. Jump on this team early and take the crowd out of this game.
The Lakers reserves have to step up and make an impact tonight’s game. The bench is averaging 26 points a game, but that number needs to increase. The Lakers frontline needs to play aggressive and attack the basket.
Tonight’s game should end with at least three players scoring 20+ points and the team earning a much needed win.
Tip-off: 4:00 PM PST
- Los Angeles: KCAL 9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
- Washington, DC: Comcast SportsNet (Steve Buckhantz & Phil Chenier)
- Los Angeles: ESPN 710 AM (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
- Washington, DC: Sportsradio 106.7 FM (Dave Johnson & Glen Consor)
- Kobe Bryant (Avulsion fracture of index finger, Elbow & Back)
- Ron Artest (Plantar Fasciitis in both feet)
- PG Javaris Crittenton (Foot) Out