The (9-2) Los Angeles Lakers are in Detroit, amid a crazy rainstorm, to face the (4-7) Pistons in the second game of the Midwestern road swing.
The Purple and Gold started off the road trip the right way by scoring a season-high 118 points while Bucks were allowing 89 points per game coming into the contest.
Led by Kobe Bryant’s game-high 31 points, the Lakers snapped a two-game losing streak with a win in Milwaukee. The Black Mamba was in attack mode and school was in session by getting to the charity stripe with ease and making all 11 of his free throws. Also, an excellent thing to see was that he had good elevation on his shots. As usual he set the tone; Pau Gasol followed suit with a double-double and the reserves produced 39-points. Highlighted by Shannon Brown’s impressive night, going four-of-four from behind the arc in route to 16 fourth quarter points.
The end result was what the Lakers Nation wanted to see, despite the fact that it didn’t look promising early seeing the Bucks knock down five of six three-point shots in the first quarter. They’re really struggling right now and have appeared to be a team in turmoil. They’re currently in last place in the Central Division three games out of first place.
Tayshaun Prince and Head Coach John Kuester had a heated verbal exchange during the Pistons loss to the Warriors on Monday night. This was at the very least the second full-blown display of division between Kuester and one of his players this season. It must be said that the Pistons were facing a 32-point deficit; that lead was dramatically cut down to four with two minutes remaining.
The Pistons have to be described as puzzling, due to them rotating both Jason Maxiell and Austin Daye at the Power Forward position. Austin Daye is playing well and starting him adds a versatile scorer to the line up, but his offensive game is way ahead of his defensive game. He is talented, but doesn’t have the weight to play in the low post.
The Lakers has the size advantage and needs to attack the Pistons in the painted area. They have to out-rebound this team, get back in transition and stop the dribble penetration of Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum,.
The Lakers are playing well offensively by utilizing excellent ball movement and excellent player movement. The starters are getting a huge lift from the reserves and the killer B’s (Steve Blake, Shannon Brown and Matt Barnes) have played lights out. They will win by playing defense, out-working the Pistons and executing down the stretch.
Tip-off: 4:30 PM PST
- Los Angeles: KCAL-TV9 (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
- Detroit: FS Detroit (George Blaha & Greg Kelser)
- Los Angeles: ESPN 710 AM (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
- Detroit: 97.1 FM (Mark Champion & Rick Mahorn)
- Andrew Bynum (Knee) Out
- Theo Ratliff (Sore Left Knee) Out
- Luke Walton (Strained Right Hamstring) Probable
- Lamar Odom (Sore Right Foot, Bone Bruise) Probable
- PF Jonas Jerebko (Right Achilles Surgery) Out
- SG Terrico White (Right Foot Surgery) Out
- PF Chris Wilcox ( Sore Left Hamstring) Day-to-Day