The Lakers are in Denver to face the Nuggets in the third game of the series. The first two games have given us some exciting basketball. Two up-and-down, back and forth games that have been close between two highly skilled teams.

Both games were eerily similar with two differences, in both games it has come down to execution in the fourth quarter the Lakers executed in game one and the Nuggets returned the favor in game two.

Two other similarities were two game deciding plays by Trevor Ariza; for the Lakers in game one and reluctantly for the Nuggets in game two.

No disrespect to Ariza he has played well and brought the team tremendous energy, athleticism and production in both games.  Let’s not get it twisted; he wasn’t the reason why the Lakers lost game two at all. The Lakers simply came up short in game two, the series is tied at one game apiece, what the team needs to do now is move on.

The Lakers need to make a few adjustments for the game such as trapping Chauncey Billups on the pick and roll play to get the ball out of his hands and rotating defensively. You can expect Billups and Carmelo Anthony to play well for Denver but the Lakers can’t allow Linas Kleiza to come off of the bench and have an impact on the game.

The Lakers need to play with a sense of urgency, stop being inconsistent, come out active & aggressive on defense from the start. The Lakers are playing to their strength by playing through the post. Establish both Pau & Andrew and allow them to go to work or set the table for everyone else.

Andrew Bynum’s minutes have been limited do to him not being at his best in term of conditioning due to him coming back from the knee injury as well as Denver playing a smaller lineup. He needs to play big and protect the paint; he also needs to play defense without fouling.

The Lakers front line played better in game two but the front line needs to be more aggressive. The Lakers need more from Pau Gasol & Lamar Odom. Pau has to win his match up with Kenyon Martin. He has to be more active in the painted area.

It might be just me but I feel that Lamar Odom is still dealing with back issues and appears to be playing through them.

Kobe will put forth his standard excellent performance and effort while setting the tone the team will follow his lead but his teammates have to knock down shots. The Lakers won game one with energy, guts, execution and solid defense. The Lakers need a repeat of that performance tonight.

The Lakers will have to control the tempo, the glass, get back in transition, and stop the dribble penetration as well as rotate out to three point shooters. The Lakers will need to slow Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups & Nene. J.R. Smith is an explosive scorer and the Lakers will have to play well defensively to limit his impact.

The Lakers need to attack the basket early and often and not settle for so many jump shots. Put the pressure on the Nuggets defense and the focus needs to be on winning both games in Colorado and not just getting a split.

Tipoff: 5:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: ABC
  • Denver: ABC

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Denver: KCKK AM1510 (Jerry Schemmel)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • None to report.

Nuggets:

  • None to report.
  • kobe8

    Aggressive.

  • laker

    Pau Gasol needs to score and shoot way more for LA to win in Denver

  • MR. JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

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    You are so right. We need to get on top of them nuggets and ride like there is no tomorrow. YEEEEEEEEEEEE!! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWW!! You want to ride with me Kobe?

  • pr0mega

    I’m pretty freakin’ nervous

  • gugy

    We will win tonight. I have the feeling. Lakers seems to always bounce after a loss.
    Have faith guys.

  • lainok

    the way I will know that the team is finally going in the right direction is when phil finally makes a real coaching decision and fisher starts the game on the bench, if only for one game.

  • west213

    just stfu and don’t make any negative comments like fisher needs to be benched. fauckin welcome the game with a positive attitude and you’ll see LAKERS WILL WIN!

  • 123kid

    time to show how LA does it! F*c the nuggets

  • gugy

    PJ has a philosophy that players need to overcome their own mistakes and deficiencies in order to succeed.
    I am almost certain PJ will start Fisher. he knows Fisher is a very important factor for a championship. If Fisher doesn’t produce well in the first 6 to 7 minutes he will bench him. If PJ put him on the bench as the game starts it means that he doesn’t trust him as the Lakers leader, thus mining his confidence for future games.
    PJ knows that Fisher as a veteran is a very important piece to lead our young guys to a ring. So he will keep trusting him until Fisher returns the favor with an outstanding performance.

  • Cooper

    Come on PAU! FCUKIN punk Kenyon Martin into the stands! I hate KMART…FCUK HIM OUT BAD! Go Lakers!

  • Deport Sasha

    We need to play Shannon Brown and Farmar more than Fisher ans Vujabytch. We can’t suffer thru another 1 for 9 and another parade of goofily brown layups and Sasha’s hopeless shots and airballs.

  • Smush Walton

    I hope Lame-O shows up. The Lame-O lovers have raved all year long how versatile this lunk head is, but his contribution in the last game was minimal at best. Yeah he makes a good play from time to time, but more times than not, it is followed by a typical Lame-O bonehead play. If he wants to be a Laker next year, now is the time to show it ON THE COURT!

  • lainok

    I’m not ripping on Fish. I love Derek. But I love the lakers more. We don’t need worry about fisher’s ego, just like Phil shouldn’t. We need the lakers to win. Fish has been out of it since the All-Star break. At some point you have to man up and take him out. Especially when his backups have been stepping up in his place big time. I’m not a hater, I just haven’t missed a game all season, and know what I’m talking about. So do tell me to STFU.

  • lainok

    I DARE YOU…GO…TELL ME…

  • jason007

    cmon guys its much to late in the year to still be tryin to play coach and saying we need to start this guy and bench this guy..cmon..this is the team..watch it and love it and enjoy it…GO LAKERS GO!!!!

  • doodlebobin

    STFU

  • Sasha Vujacic

    Hi Laker Fans,
    Please help me get prepared for the big game! Help me decide what color head bang I should wear tonight. Text me your answer on Twitter!

    Thanks fans!

    Sasha – The Machine
    Laker 3 Point Speaialist

  • LifeLongLakerFan

    So noone is around to run TLN Live lately I see.

  • Magic

    For the Lakers to win, Odom, Bynum and Fisher have to play better tonight!

  • lakeshow

    sashsa the 3 point specialist my ass!! haha was that a joke???!!

  • Magic

    The Sixth Man makes the difference, energizing the Nuggets tonight to victory.

  • pio2u

    We need better DEFENSE! We have to be patient and take quality shots. Pt. guards gotta neutralize CB. Bigs better man up. GO LAKERS!!

  • Cooper

    WTF is bynum doing? Damn we have guys trying to do things they can’t do.

  • http://57.amklac kobe,bi-curious

    that lebron James, what a shot!!!

  • sctrojan

    Throughout the regular season we have high hopes the Lakers will win it all. They played with such fury and sense of urgency every game.

    Alas, after more than 80 games it seems they are tired.

    We see a tired Laker team in the postseason. I think they are both physically and mentally tired. There’s no speed under their legs, no sense of urgency and when a team is tired, they don’t shoot the ball accurately.

    Phil is usually pretty good at pacing his team but it looks like this year he’s hasn’t achieved this.

    I am not as optimistic that they can go all the way….

    Sad…just really sad…