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The (27-11) Los Angeles Lakers continue their home stand hosting the NBA’s worst (8-29) Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Lakers displayed a revamped defense and cooled off the streaking Knicks on Sunday by holding the league’s highest scoring team to 87 points. They made a much-needed defensive adjustment, chasing opponents off the three-point line and funneling them inside to Andrew Bynum since he’s been doing an excellent job as a rim protector by blocking and changing shots.

The new defensive scheme has paid dividends; the Lakers have won four straight games, six of seven since Andrew Bynum’s return.

In the next six days, the Purple and Gold play against four teams that have a combined record of 45-102.

The Cleveland Cavaliers has used 14 different starting lineups this season. The bad news for the them, they have lost ten games in a row and are steaming toward the first pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. The good news, their head coach and former Laker Byron Scott will be back home in front of The Lakers Nation.

Once a marquee NBA match-up, now these teams are like “ships that pass in the night”.  The Cavaliers depleted by injuries, still had three players score in double-digits in an eight-point loss to the Suns. The Lakers cannot let their guard down; this is still a dangerous team. They need to come out aggressive, put a lead on this team and end the competitive phase of this game early.

The Lakers have an opportunity to build a long winning streak. They need to run their offense from the inside out. Establish Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol in the post and allow them to dominate. The Lakers need to play with a lot of energy, take care of the ball, use good ball movement and player movement to find a high percentage shots.

Starters
Lakers: D. Fisher, K. Bryant, R. Artest, P. Gasol, A. Bynum
Cavaliers:
M. Williams, M. Harris, C. Eyenga, A. Jamison, J.J. Hickson

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: FS West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Cleveland: FS Ohio (Fred McLeod & Austin Carr)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: ESPN 710 AM (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Cleveland: WTAM 1100 AM (Bill Wills & Mike Snyder)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Matt Barnes (Torn Lateral Meniscus, Right Knee) Out
  • Steve Blake (Sprained Left Ankle) Probable
  • Lamar Odom (Sore Left Shoulder) Probable
  • Andrew Bynum (Right Knee Soreness) Probable
  • Theo Ratliff (Left Knee Surgery) Out

Cavaliers:

  • PF Anderson Varejao (Ankle) Out
  • PF Leon Powe (Torn Meniscus, Right Knee) Out
  • SF Joey Graham (Strained Right Quad) Out
  • SG Anthony Parker (Back Spasms) Questionable
  • PG Daniel Gibson (Sprained Left Ankle) Out
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  • Short Dog Loc

    Kobe scores 82 tonight.
    Champs

  • kobefinalmvp

    cavli got no center so it easy picking if lakers aint lazy

  • 242LakerFan

    Yeah, inside-out. That’s the mantra for this team from here on in.
    Kobe is a killer for sure, but the three-headed Anaconda of Bynum/Gasol/Odom must get looks inside before bringing the Mamba into play.

    • WNBAscout

      While we’re at it, let’s just trade that bastard mamba away.

    • Short Dog Loc

      242wnbFan stay off my nuts chipmunk.
      Don’t hate on a true fan buddy, As far as the other hoe Miss WNBA goes Its Lakers all dam day.
      I hope somebody smacks your ass or your hoe for that matter.
      Get out of this site.
      Its LAKERS only up in here.

  • Kings of the West

    Since Anderson is out, I say let Andrew Bynum have the best game of his career, step aside Mamba

  • LizzakeShizzow

    Let Bynum do his thing… Is it me or is this site not getting as much traffic as it used to?

    • bdmf

      nop not as much as it used to just this guy (242LakerFan)
      i think he doesnt have anythin else to do, i chek this website prolly once a week and he posts in all the articles

      • LizzakeShizzow

        No reason to knock a loyal Laker fan like 242… Im just talkin about the site itself. Seems as if there are less posts and articles in general. I guess i’ll stay over at SSR for the most part and come back for the Voice of the Nation podcasts. Peace.

      • 242LakerFan

        LOL, yeah, you must be right, ’cause it takes me aaaaallll day to post on every article on this blog. News flash; some of us can actually type more than three words a minute. And we can do it with good spelling and punctuation at the same time.

  • lakers_The_Truth

    That should be a easy win. I hope. LOL

  • SHOWTIME4EVA

    dang!that was a beat down!!!ron ron is pickin up the pace thats a good sign.drew lookin like a monster! shannons half court shot showed it was one of those nights.