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The (33-13) Los Angeles Lakers, playing in only their second game of the week, host the (10-33) Sacramento Kings. The Lakers lead the season series with the Kings 2-0.  The Lakers swept the season series last season. The Lakers are 9-1 in their last 10 meetings with the Kings including winning the last eight straight.

The Lakers are 16-7 all-time against the Kings at Staples Center and 8-2 in their last 10 contests. Kobe Bryant is averaging 26.3 points against the Kings. In 35 starts, Pau Gasol has posted an average of 21.3 against Sacramento.

While we are on the subject of scoring, it is time for a Kobe milestone alert.

Kobe Bryant needs just 13 points to move into eighth on the All-Time scoring list.  Something tells me that the Black Mamba will achieve this milestone before the end of the first quarter. The Kings, fifth in the Pacific Division, have dropped five of their last six games.

Several people in NBA circles considered the Kings an up-and-coming team. No one considered Sacramento a Playoff team, but an interesting group of young talent that had the potential to improve on their 25-wins last season. Exceeding the 25-win mark is still possible, but difficult.

The Kings are a young team that wants to get out in the open court and run. The Kings are the sixth best rebounding team in the league.  However, Sacramento is 21.5 games behind the Purple and Gold. To increase that number by one, the Lakers have to stay in the moment and not look past this team. I know they’llbe ready for Sunday.

The Lakers are working hard to shake this trend of not getting back in transition, late close outs, poor or late rotations, needless double teaming non-threatening post players and allowing too many three-point shots and shooting poorly themselves.

The Lakers are a rhythm team playing in a good rhythm right now. The Purple and Gold will stick to the formula, establish both Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in the painted area and give them enough touches to dominate.  The Lakers ball movement, player movement, experience and execution will be the difference

I recall DeMarcus Cousins saying and I quote “Bynum should not be able to touch the championship trophy”. As if to state that Bynum did not hold up, his end or contribute. I feel that without going out of his way or changing the game plan Bynum will make him pay for his transgressions.

L.A. defensively needs to control the tempo, stop both the dribble penetration and the ball. The Lakers need to do a solid job defending the screen and roll plays, get back in transition, quickly rotate out to open shooters and challenge every shot.

Starters
Lakers: D. Fisher, K. Bryant, R. Artest, P. Gasol, A. Bynum
Kings:
B. Udrih, T. Evans, O. Casspi, J. Thompson, D. Cousins

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television

  • Los Angeles: FS West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Sacramento: Comcast Sportsnet (Grant Napear & Jerry Reynolds)

Radio

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Sacramento: 1140 AM KHTK (Gary Gerould)

Injuries

Lakers:

  • Matt Barnes (Torn Lateral Meniscus, Right Knee) Out
  • Theo Ratliff (Left Knee Surgery) Out
  • Andrew Bynum (Hyper-extended Right Elbow/ Contusion to Ulnar Nerve) Probable

Kings:

  • SG Francisco Garcia (Strained Left Calf) Out
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  • jaydubb415

    I had that feeling tonight which i have yet to watch a full lakers game all this year n all NBA finals,now some my find that crazy but being a that my health actually fucks with me during a lakers game.Why does my health fucks with me excactly for this reason tonight i can read the heart-beat or ( no heart – beating) tonight big games coming up with the celtics sunday n a team you supposed to win a team that you ‘ve been whooping on for a minute comes into ” You’re House”n punks you straight up out physicals at Home.I saw this shit coming all – day lon with out setting eyes ” On the game”thats why i don’t watch their games i invest so much energy into this team n they just ” stick your face in some shit ”like you do puppy n reminds you who they are.Now there some who made thisn read get a life dude its only one game n i souldn’t let a game fuck with you like that n thats true im not saying if i watch a lakers game i might roll-over n die lol depending on the outof the game,im saying i can read this team a mile of way n their full of BS period , artest? really i mean really? odom WTF? The softness of this team is what fucks me up their a little long in the tooth but that comes from fucking effort.I’m going to take a ” Sabatical ”from the lakers n thats real talk hopefully when i look back up at them their playing respectfully until im taking a step back this team doesn’t doesn’t decerve a nigga like me chasing after them when they get some if they get some back bone they would be a team thats feared but right now team are more worried about how stop the clippers before getting to us ” Ouch ”