The Lakers are back on the Staples Center hardwood tonight hosting the Portland Trailblazers.

The argument can be made that the Lakers played down to their competition in the previous game against the Raptors. It can also be said that they escaped. A strong point could be made by stating that the Purple and Gold had to face some adversity for the first time this season. For those that don’t know, DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson are local kids that came home and put up strong efforts for their friends, family and employers. DeRozan went to USC and Johnson starred at Westchester High School.

The game against the Raptors was a unique mixture of both good and bad things. The good can be summed up easily, Lakers forced 21 turnovers and now possess six wins this season.

Now the bad; check that, the unacceptable, the Lakers defense et al! The Lakers surrendered a 13-point lead in the process of being outscored 38-22 in the second quarter. They were outrebounded; the Raptors also won the interior battle by scoring more points in the paint, got out in transition and scored more fast break points.

The Lakers are a veteran team that knows that everything starts and ends with their defense. It is time for this Lakers team to re-dedicate itself to defense and rebounding. This is the deepest Lakers team coached by Phil Jackson but trust me when I say they’ll figure it out.

The Lakers lost the season’s series against the Trailblazers last year; the most disappointing was a three-point loss on April 11th of this year. The have struggled mightily against the Trailblazers in Portland. They did however post and impressive win at the Rose Garden last year with Kobe out injured snapping a nine-game losing streak.

The Lakers are 15 – 5 against the Trailblazers at Staples Center. The Trailblazers are a talented team; to beat them you have to focus on turning All-Star guard Brandon Roy into a playmaker while making him work hard for everything. It would be wise to force LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicholas Batum to use their mid-range game and not allow them to attack the basket. Plus, Andre Miller does an excellent job of running the offense for the Blazers. The Lakers have to stop his dribble penetration and entice him becoming a scorer. Moreover, Marcus Camby anchors one the leagues best defensive team.

I want to see the Lakers control the tempo, get back in transition and play solid pick and roll defense. They need to limit Portland to one shot per possession, challenge every shot and rotate out to three point shooters.

Tip-off: 6:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: FS West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Portland: CSN (Mike Barrett & Mike Rice)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Portland: 95.5 FM (Brian Wheeler & Antonio Harvey)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Andrew Bynum (Knee) Out
  • Luke Walton (Hamstring Strain)
  • Theo Ratliff (Sore Left Knee) Probable

Trailblazers:

  • Greg Oden (Knee) Out
  • Joel Pryzbilla (Knee) Out
  • Rudy Fernandez (Back)
  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    lets see, turn-overs 8, missed shots 15, and his man will score 24 pts.Guess who ?Go make another gay commerical loser.

    • showtime4eva

      heres a good one. hows that elbow? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvgD9HNTMkM

    • The Answer

      Sounds like Lebron’s stat-line.

    • The Answer

      btw, tell your mom i said thanks for the quicky under the desk yesterday after she desperately tried convincing me to let her out of prison

  • Cody

    We better blow this portland team out the the building tonight. Luke Babbitt plays on this team and I know the guy personally. We are good friends, I went to high school with him. I always knew he would make it to the NBA and I have had numerous arguments with him about his first game vs my LAKERS. Can’t wait for this one tonight!!!!!!!

    • le-elbow =)

      we blew this portland team out of the building

  • Jeff

    PS Phil Jackson said that this was not the deepest team that he has coached.

  • shah24

    Hopefully Lakers will Beat the Porkeland Luzers

  • http://jtshoopsblog.blogspot.com/ jtshoopsblog

    A blazing Kobe Bryant and a Scorching Lamar Odom (.700 from the field). Portland will be hard pressed to beat the Lakeshow

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    SO YOUR SAYING BRYANT AND ODOM ARE FLAMERS?

    • Cedar Block

      you the only one that makes gay comments sorry lil homo Kobe dont want to fuck you it must be sad to be lame and gay like you :(

      • JOSH IN DA 310

        Cedar Block

  • http://therealkobebryant24.com KB24

    We typically struggle with portland, this should be a tough game.

  • si pepe

    again, we will laff at it…hahahaha!:)

  • si pepe

    once again laff atu this will be the last time im gonna here something from you. i warn you stupid i warn you! I KNOW WHO YOU ARE..IM GONNA KILL YOU, AND THE MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY. IN THE END IM GONNA BE LAFFING ATU.

  • si pepe

    ILL START WITH YOUR SISTER.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    i`ll pay ya…

    • si pepe

      no need. its my own way of saying i thank you for messing with your life and your family. ILL START WITH ONE OF YOUR RELATIVES.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    see peepee, wheres my strawberries?puta.

  • si pepe

    let’s see…

  • Cedar Block

    well somebody was wrong I wont name names but they a homo so you probably know who I’m “laffing at”

    • si pepe

      u got it right sir!

      • si pepe

        well, we always laff at it!

        • showtime4eva

          we still laffing at it.

          • si pepe

            lets keep on laffing at it.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    and swallowing bryants jizz?