Happy Veterans Day! Despite the fact that mere words can’t really express the gratitude we all should have towards members of the Armed Forces both past and present for placing their lives on the line daily; thank them for their service and commitment to this great nation.

The Los Angeles Lakers are in Denver, the mile high city to do battle with the Nuggets. Both teams have a bit of a bad taste in their mouths after their previous games for different reasons.

The Nuggets are angry about taking a massive 31-point beat down on Tuesday by the Pacers in Indiana. They witnessed the Pacers have one of those once in a lifetime quarters of basketball. The Pacers stunned the Nuggets by knocking down 20 of 21 shots in the third quarter.

The Lakers won the game; their eighth of the young season, but left the Timberwolves game with several head scratching questions. They appeared to be playing down to their competition or simply having a lackadaisical performance. Derek Fisher was right to call out the team for said performance. The Lakers were out-rebounded, out-scored in the painted area and in this writers opinion, shot way too many three point shots.

A couple of things need to be said, the Lakers performance raises questions maybe even concerns, but it is early and the NBA season is a marathon; you’ll lose games you should win and win some you rightfully should’ve lost.

This isn’t the best time for the Nuggets to face the Lakers. The Nuggets should put on an inspired performance for the home crowd and in the process bring out the Lakers ‘A’ game. However, the Nuggets are thin on the front line without Kenyon Martin and Chris Anderson and they’ve struggled mightily. Carmelo Anthony is the best player on the Nuggets, but the team has gotten solid play from Arron Afalalo.

The Lakers need to play solid defensively and shut down the pick and roll play, stop the dribble penetration, control the boards and rotate out to three point shooters. The Nuggets will be more perimeter tonight, which means that the Lakers need to start their offense inside by running their plays inside Pau Gasol. Their front line needs to be aggressive on both ends of the floor and dominate. They need to use both excellent ball movement and excellent player movement to find high percentage shots as oppose to shooting three point shots.

I realize that the Lakers lead the league in three-point shooting and it is nice to see those shots go down, but the strength of this team isn’t shooting behind the arc, it is dominating the paint.

The Nuggets finally have a power forward that can shoot from distance in Al Harrington and he will look to have a big game, but the Lakers have to limit both his and J. R. Smith’s impact on this game.

The Lakers will raise their streak to 9-0 with solid defense, ball movement and executing down the stretch.

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television -
• Los Angeles: TNT
• Denver: TNT

Radio -
• Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
• Denver: KKFN AM 950 (Jerry Schemel & Mark Bertagnolli)

Injuries -

Lakers:
• Andrew Bynum (Knee) Out
• Theo Ratliff (Sore Left Knee) Probable
• Luke Walton (Strained Right Hamstring) Probable

Nuggets:
• Kenyon Martin (Left Patella Tendon) Out
• Chris Anderson (Right Patella Tendon) Out

  • John Robertson A. Dayao

    At last the game starts….

    My day is almost complete now, with the Heat losing to Boston, hehe… Just a win by the Lakers and i will call it a perfect day. ^_^

    Go Lakers…..

  • Showtime4eva

    Lebra shooting air balls glad it’s over, waste of time.. Now the main game. Go lakers

  • John Robertson A. Dayao

    Kobe has a bad shooting day today…….

  • John Robertson A. Dayao

    kobe youngest player to reach 26k points.

  • John Robertson A. Dayao

    Oh no, the Lakers lose, a 4th quarter collapse…..

  • LAland

    FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK WE LOSE !!!!!! DAMN WE NEED TO STOP SHOOTING 3POINTER GOD DAMN GASOL WTF WAKE UP………………… FUCK

    • LAland

      DAMN WE UP BY 14 FUCK…………..BROWN HAD THE BEST GAME BUT WE LOSE

  • Showtime4eva

    Pau had a serious collapse in the second half. An I don’t recall even seeing Lamar in the second half did he get hurt?but I still think we are ok. Barnes needs to sharpen up that shot though

  • John Robertson A. Dayao

    Everytime Kobe reaches a scoring milestone the Lakers lose. Today he became the youngest player to reach 26000 points…

  • LBCaliDro

    Gasol can’t, I repeat can’t play with the second unit. He fukkkkinn sucks with the bench. WTF happened to Lamar was his thumb hurting or what cuz he didn’t even play in the 2nd half and didn’t get no minutes in the 4th. Oh well though its just the regular season and these games are good for the Lakers. Also these games are like the finals to Denver. Fukk Denver!! Go Lakers!!!

  • wbgk1979

    What the hell happened!?
    Are you kidding me!
    Where was Lamar? Against an undersized team our bigs should have gotten the ball more and especially MADE THEIR SHOTS!
    Remember Lakers:
    There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket!

  • LAland

    kobe was soooooooooooooo pissssssssssssss at gasol we look sooooooooooooo soft wtf gasol