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The (38-17) Los Angeles Lakers are in North Carolina to face the (23-31) Charlotte Bobcats.

The Purple and Gold suffered their first loss of the Grammy road trip and it appeared that they didn’t put in a full day’s work.

They lost to a team that was struggling, losing nine consecutive times to teams with a winning record. They allowed the Magic to shoot a high percentage from behind the arc as well as allow Dwight Howard to dominate in the second half. Had they just knocked down all of their free throws it would have been a six-point game.

The one positive to take away from the loss in Orlando is that the Lakers STILL have not allowed 100 points in five road games.

The Lakers have an opportunity to redeem themselves and start a new streak today. They’ve struggled mightily against the Bobcats. Phil Jackson said that the Lakers have not won in Charlotte in five years. The way the Purple and Gold have struggled against the Bobcats that statement is understandable.

The Lakers last win in Charlotte was on Feb. 11, 2008. The Bobcats have won seven of their last nine games against the Lakers, including three wins in Los Angeles. The Lakers split the season series with the Bobcats last year.

The surprising thing is that, under Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 3-7 against the Bobcats. The Lakers beat the Bobcats 99-97 on Feb. 3, 2010 at the Staples Center snapping a three-game losing streak.

In 11 career games, Kobe Bryant has averaged 30.7 points against the Bobcats. The Lakers acquired Shannon Brown and Adam Morrison from the Bobcats in exchange for Vladimir Radmanovic.

The supposed principle in the trade, Adam Morrison is out of basketball, but Shannon Brown has developed well and has become an integral part of the Lakers bench. There will be a Kwame Brown sighting today. I will answer your question in advance; yes, Kwame Brown is still in the NBA.

The Lakers have to limit the impact of Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace and Shaun Livingston. They need to shut down two of the three.

The Lakers have to be consistent in their play. They have to stop the dribble penetration of the guards, communicate and do a good job defending the screen and roll plays. Also, get back in transition, rotate out to open shooters, extend their defense out to the three-point the line.

They need to establish both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol in the post. They need to give both enough touches to dominate the painted area. They need to play aggressive on both sides of the court.

Starters
Lakers: D. Fisher, K. Bryant, R. Artest, L. Odom and P. Gasol
Bobcats:
D.J. Augustin, S. Jackson, G. Wallace, B. Diaw, K. Brown

Tip-off: 4:00 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: KCAL 9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Charlotte: FS South (Steve Martin & Del Curry)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Charlotte: WNMX 106.1 (Scott Lauer)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Matt Barnes (Torn Lateral Meniscus, Right Knee) Out
  • Theo Ratliff (Left Knee Surgery) Out
  • Devin Ebanks (Sore Knee) Questionable

Bobcats:

PG D.J. Augustin (Sprained Left Wrist) Game-time Decision

  • Chick Hearn sucks cock

    AWWWW THE MAMBA HAD THE CHILLS :( POOR LITTLE MAMBA. WHAT A FAG. Paul Pierce played a few weeks after being stabbed and attacked my 6 men who smashed bottles off his head. So make all the jokes and talk all the shit you want, but Kobe is a pussy, always hyping up his pinky…. What a bitch

    • I SHIT ON REDS GRAVE

      You mean wheelchair pierce ? What a joke!! You shouldn’t mention pierce name with the great Kobe Bryant.

      • Chick Hearn sucks cock

        ya ur right, in game 4 in 2008 in L.A when pierce locked up Kobe and threw away the key for the entire 4th quarter Pierce moved out of Kobe’s class. I shouldn’t mention them in the same sentence. Kobe is a rapist, evil, alphadog piece of trash. Ship Bynums ass out for J-Kidd lmao!

        • IJIZZONREDSGRAVE

          That’s funny. Last I checked, we won the ship just last year over your bitch ass pierce and his wheelchair. Say what you want, Pierce has NOTHING on the Legend, Kobe Bryant.

          • lakers

            I know right, PIERCE WILL NEVER BE AS GREAT AS KOBE! SUCK ON THAT!

        • I SHIT ON REDS GRAVE

          We are the world champions you better get use to it.pierce couldnt be as good as Kobe in his dreams and if Kobe had a bad game. Your very bitter about being second best. But your time and team are history almost reds rotting old dick sucking corpse or was that a cegar?

          • FAKERS FOREVER!!!

            You shut the xxx up. right back at u sucker

    • LakerMarc

      NAH…… FAG IS ATTACHING AN EMOTICON TO YOUR COMMENT PUSSY!!!

    • FAKERS FOREVER!!!

      You are the man!!!!!

    • GreenPuke

      My How the Green Leaches have come out tonight lol its so Funny they like to trash remeber Guys when we Beat them in Game 7 Last yr in the Finals they werent saying Shit lol they were all in there rooms crying like Little school Girls that they are LoL

  • ek

    Sounds like a big time hater from the cheese coast!

  • fingerpointin

    Posted: Please don’t feed the trolls.

  • John Robertson

    hayyy a blow ut against the Bobcats… my goodness… whey’re not using they’re height advantage over the Bobcats…

    so is it okay to say now that we need to move in a different direction. coz they’re not using/maximizing their size over their opponent

  • Tyler

    ……What is this…….Wow…I thought we might struggle and maybe win….but a 20 + blowout to a non playoff team…..this is an embarrasment

    • LakerMarc

      HAPPENS EVERY YEAR

  • patches

    Someones getting traded

  • trippleoccho

    Can we ever beat the Bobcats?

  • LakerMarc

    The Lakers suck! I’m so sick of them and their excuses. So they always lose to Charlotte, so that’s enough reason to go into Charlotte and get ur ass beat again!!!! Maybe if they’d beaten Orlando, I could understand…but since……..This team blows….it doesn’t matter that they can beat Boston and New York but they never win in Orlando or Charlotte. I wonder what’ll happen in Atlanta? DISGUSTED!!!!! HOW IS THIS TEAM GONNA 3PEAT?! UNBELIEVABLE. THE CHAMPIONS SHOULD BE ABLE TO BEAT EVERYONE!!!!

    • FAKERS FOREVER!!!

      Here is one knowledgeable one!!!!!

  • Kobe 279

    I’m so tired of their bull shit. I say we boycott the Lakers until they start playing. Another thing TRADE SHANNON BROWN ASAP. It seems like they are thinking about their salaries or something.

  • andy

    Lakers win = they are the best in the world

    Lakers lose = the sky is falling

    fortunately the lakers are winning more than not. most of ya’ll take this shit too seriously.

    just wait until the playoffs. if they win it all or if they dont…so be it. just know the regular season is just a bunch of bullshit

    • daboss1848

      Andy, my nuts will be falling on your chin you cock sucker

      • andy

        the fucks your point? im a laker fan, are you?

  • Kobe 279

    I’m afraid we gonna lose to the Cavs on wednesday

  • YOUR WARLOCK

    Is it Pau or Paula? …It sucks having to watch a man such as Pau, persistently play defense, box out, and rebound; like a girl who resolves to put in the effort, only as hard as not to break a nail among men! …Can you say living the Vida Loca?

  • Lakerso0828

    Why is everyone having a Heart attack I know We lost big But dont we always lose to the Bobcats Man its Charlotte man Plus we werent going to go 7-0 on the Road trip anyways well do better in Cleveland everyone just Relax
    5-2 is a good road Record to be happy about