The Los Angeles Lakers are in Milwaukee to face the Bucks in the first game of a three-game Midwestern road trip.

Despite a record-shooting night by the Suns, the Purple and Gold were somehow in position to win the game until the most ridiculously timed technical foul was called on Lamar Odom. I realize that the league has told the officials to call technical fouls for excessive reaction, but three things come to mind; 1) basketball is an emotional sport, its impossible to remove emotion from the game. 2) The outcome of the game should be decided by the players on the court and not the officials. 3) That call should not have been made with under a minute to play.

The new policy on technical fouls is a horrible rule that needs to be abandoned. No?

In order to snap a two-game losing streak, the Lakers will have to do something that they haven’t done in a while play defense. To say that a team has won eight of their last 10 games is good, but allowing 239 points in the two losses is un-acceptable.

The Lakers have played a lot of offensive oriented teams that like to play at a faster pace. That won’t be the case tonight; the Bucks are a top five defensive team, ranking 1st in the league in points allowed, defensive efficiency and opponents shooting percentage.

Their also a top ten rebounding team. Andrew Bogut provides an inside presence and length to match up with the defending champions.

Brandon Jennings is one of the best young point guards in the league and will have to be contained. The Lakers have difficulty with quick point guards and after witnessing Jenning’s all out assault on the ankles of Stephen Curry, L.A. has to get the ball out of his hands as much as possible in order to limit his impact on the game.

Corey Maggette has specialized in drawing contact and getting to the free throw line his entire career.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and John Salmons will draw the mission impossible assignment of trying to defend Kobe Bryant. The Lakers need to continue to improve defensively. They need to do a better job of boxing out and rebounding.

The Lakers have to control the tempo of the game, take the crowd out of the game, do a solid job defending the pick and roll play, stop the dribble penetration of Brandon Jennings, get back in transition, and rotate out to three point shooters.

The Lakers swept last season’s series with the Bucks for the second consecutive season. In their last meeting, the Lakers held the Bucks to a series-low 77 points.

Tip-off: 5:00 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: KCAL-TV9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Milwaukee: FS Wisconsin (Jim Paschke & John McGlocklin)

Radio

  • Los Angeles: ESPN 710 AM (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Milwaukee: WTMJ AM 620 (Ted Davis & Dennis Krause)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Andrew Bynum (Knee) Out
  • Theo Ratliff (Sore Left Knee) Out
  • Luke Walton (Strained Right Hamstring) Probable
  • Lamar Odom (Sore Right Foot, Bone Bruise) Probable

Bucks:

  • Michael Redd (Knee)
  • Carlos Delfino (Neck) Day-to-Day
  • kobeFINALMVP2011

    hope the lakers go get this one

  • LizzakeShizzow

    After watching the last 3 games(weak performances), Pau better step his defense up or else Bogut gonna manhandle and box him out all night long. I have a feeling Caracter gonna get more minutes tonight since Lamar is gimpy. Rook better step up too.

  • Jeff

    I know that Stu Lantz has been commentating for the lakers since the 80’s and has been a big part in recent laker history. There is no denying that he will always be a part of this franchise. Now, its time for him to go. He’s old! Im sick of hearing him yawn towards the end of the fourth quarter. I don’t feel any energy from him during the laker game. He is like that old monotone teacher you had in college for crying out loud. We are the defending champs! Every game should be exciting and up beat! Thats something that Stu Lantz just does not and frankly can not bring to the largely vast group of young to middle-aged die hard laker fans. Thank you Stu for all your years and happy retirement!

    • rodney

      Spero Dedes and Matt Money!!!

    • 242LakerFan

      I’ve been watching the Lakers since before Stu started on TV alongside THE Greatest Laker Ever and while I’ve never been a big fan of his, you didn’t need much to work with Chick. He did so much of it by himself. These days, whoever he pairs up with, he just annoys me, but I tolerate him because it’s the Lakers.
      But I gotta tell you, the couple of times I’ve had the chance to listen to a radio broadcast I’ve been most impressed with Spero Dedes! He has an exciting delivery that makes you feel part of the game. I mean he’s really good. He’s no Chick, of course (who ever could be?) but he certainly would do a better job than anyone they’ve had on TV since Chick and he’s better looking than Stu or Joel on their best days (which, let’s face it, were loooong loooong ago).

  • Robert.

    Technical rule seems to have calmed down the Celtics (who had the most T’s last year), esp. KG.
    .
    I think that it’s a ‘mistake’ to try to come down on players now. The Stern Basketball Assoc. (SBA) is concerned about basketball raking in less $$ this year? Then they should ‘remove’ that excessive T’s rule. It will make the game ‘less’ interesting if they keep it, and all the Heat hype ain’t gonna help that one out.
    .
    They should back off of that rule (perhaps keep it for ‘really’ excessive reactions, like KG and (formerly) Rasheed Wallace. They should NOT have fined Stephen Jackson 50K, and should NOT have given LO a T at the end of Sunday’s game. If a player jumps up and down, and gets in the face of a ref, THEN that deserves a T.
    .
    BTW, how many T’s does the ‘soon to ‘not’ be Person of the Year’ have?

  • m1k3

    I am in love with Roy. Roy if u read this treat this as a love letter and send me a bouquet of red roses

    • Roy

      Roses are red , my a ss is made of bread.. poke it all u like mike u are stud

    • Roy

      U fa ggot get a life and pls bring a con dom along

  • m1k3

    I am not a fa ggot i just like u roy

    • m1k3

      I am gonna get laid tonight…

      • m1k3

        Country road take me home and screw my a ss

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    • m1k3

      If u poke my a ss i will buy ur tickets

  • Robert.

    What is this…. Brokeback Nation? What happened to Lakers Nation?

    • m1k3

      Broke my a ss on that mount ain

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    one in the same,roberto…….

    • we always laff at you loooser!

      looooser

    • LakersFirst

      It all started when laffs atu started posting. His faggyness is apparently contagious. I can smell his penis breath from here.

      But the Lakers WON!!!

      • m1k3

        Looks like laffs atu’s penis got into ur nose.. wow the mouth aint far from there

    • The Fiasco

      mike says he wants to get to know u better. go join him in the shoutbox.

      • m1k3

        Remember to bring ur protecting when u come for the game.. i have the lube dont worry

      • MECKA

        I feel pretty, oh so pretty,
        I feel pretty and witty and light,
        and I pity any girl who isn’t me tonight

    • daboss1848

      “one AND the same” . . . “one IN the same” has a whole different meaning.

  • jang

    Is there any possible that we can gather enough bronze to immortalize Kobe Bryant’s sac?

    http://hoopstopia.com/got-statues/

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