TLN’s Pregame Report: Lakers vs. Rockets

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The (33-15) Los Angeles Lakers are back at Staples Center tonight to accomplish two things 1) host the (22-27) Houston Rockets 2) snap a two-game losing streak and pick up the pieces from their latest lost.

Since October, the Lakers have posted 10-5 records each month. It is becoming blatantly obvious that they won’t have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The information that may surprise you is that the Lakers winning percentage (.688) is very close to last season’s (.695).

The Lakers know what needs to happen and will figure it out. It is not a matter of if; it is a matter of when.

The Lakers and Rockets have split the season series, so far, with each team successfully defending their home court. The Lakers won the season series 3-1 last year. They’re 8-2 against the Rockets in their last 10 games.

The Rockets are a scrappy team that always puts up a good fight. The Lakers have struggled against this team before. The Rockets will likely play only three guards in this game. The Lakers need to step up their game and play with more energy.

Defense is the key to everything the Lakers want to accomplish. They need to stay in front of their opponent, communicate of defense, play solid against the screen and roll plays and rebound the ball.

The Rockets, like every team in the league, will be physical with the Lakers and the front line needs to be prepared to deal with it. Andrew Bynum is experiencing soreness in his knee. The Lakers need to run their offense through Pau Gasol, he needs to win his match up with Luis Scola.

The Lakers big players are not playing like seven-footer’s. The Lakers frontline needs to start catching the ball in the painted area and attacking the rim. It is time to implement the ‘no layup’ rule. They need to stop allowing them on defense. It is time to shut down the painted area and make teams earn their points at the free throw line.

Ron Artest is facing his former team, again. Artest has really struggled; he has scored a total of 14 points in the last three games on 4-for-19 shooting from the field.

For the Lakers to be successful, everyone has to contribute. The Rockets have an under-sized center and no shot blockers, their front line needs to score 50+ points and secure 30+ rebounds.

The Lakers need to bounce back and get a win tonight to start a new streak because the schedule will only get tougher.

The Purple and Gold need to start the playoff push today.

Starters
Lakers: D. Fisher, K. Bryant, R. Artest, P. Gasol, A. Bynum
Rockets:
K. Lowry, K. Martin, S. Battier, L. Scola, J. Hill

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: FS West (Joel Myers & Stu Lantz)
  • Houston: Fox Sports Houston (Bill Worrell & Clyde Drexler)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Houston: 610 AM (Adam Wexler)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Matt Barnes (Torn Lateral Meniscus, Right Knee) Out
  • Theo Ratliff (Left Knee Surgery) Doubtful
  • Derrick Caracter (Sprained Left Ankle) Probable

Rockets:

  • SG Courtney Lee (Flu) Questionable
  • C Brad Miller (Knee) Out
  • ICE CREAM MAN

    All I ask is for the lakers to show up in the 3rd quarter. Whoever wins the 3rd wins the game.

  • Lakerso0828

    We Need to Trade Bynums ass Man He keeps Getting Hurt no matter what man Get his Injury Prone ass Out of LA

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  • Kobefinalmvp2011

    Hope lakers come out and play all quarter not the first half damnit go lakers

  • Nick

    Kevin Martin, Louis Scola, Aaron Brooks, Chase Budinger, the Rockets are notorious for giving L.A trouble and tonight I’m praying they do it again. DONT LEAVE BUDINGER OPEN U LAKER FAGS

  • Nick

    BREAKING NEWS: ANDREW BYNUM IS OUT WITH A BONE BRUISE. LMFAO. If this was Kobe, or Fisher or Odom thats one thing but this kid is 25, are u fucking serious???? What a fag, he’s taking more and more after Gasol every day.

  • rondo

    You little bitches who want Bynum traded need to shut the fuck up. all you fools need to man the fuck up and stop crying all the time. I see why no women want you punks.

  • Nick

    And you fags traded Ariza for Artest! What A joke! Time to suck my Father’s dick now. Later you FAGS!

    • Nick

      Hey you Fake ass faggot NICK! Stop postin shit pretending you me. I bet you dont even know how to suck dick good like I do so stop saying shit and ruining my rep you whore.

      • http://TheLakerNation Big Dan

        Your the fake ass Nick. Only a west coast Laker fag such as your self would talk so much about dick and takin it up the ass. You sound like a bigger fag then your lover Gasol. Shove that up your ass fake Nick. You wanna have fun goin back and forth at it thats cool we love that shit out here but quit being a pussy and hidding behind Kobes ball sack and use your real name fake ass scare bitch

  • Nick

    LMAO I’m in control of Lakers nation I got a faker who’s pretending to be a faker hahahaha Laker fags see u on FEB 10TH U HOMOS. Cannot wait till thursday night too when the spurs go in and smash ur punk ass lakers into the ground

  • NICK

    LMAO I love how I’ve got u guys all fucked up and posting messages as me! U are falling right into my trap that I’VE set. I’ve invaded CELTICNation and now I run this shit. HEY DANNY AINGE HOW DOES THAT BIRD SHIT PIERCE DROPPED ON UR HEAD FEEL?

  • NICK

    LMAO I’m in control of Celtics nation I got a faker who’s pretending to be a faker hahahaha celtic fags see u on FEB 10TH U HOMOS. Cannot wait till thursday night too when the lakers go in and smash ur punk ass spurs into the ground

    • http://TheLakerNation Big Dan

      Hey faker fag what you gonna say after the Spurs wipe the floor with that fsg team of yours tomorrow

  • Tyler

    No bynum….Man the glass man strikes again. Might as well forget this game….with pau playing center….we are screwed

    • http://TheLakerNation Big Dan

      Tyler you should be used to it by now Bynums hurt evrey year and Gasols a fag every year

  • BIG DAN

    Hey faker dan what you gonna say after the Lakers wipe the floor with that fsg team of yours tomorrow

  • Nick

    BIG DAN HAS MY BACK!!! Its o.k Big Dan what can u gonna do when these losers look up to a junkie with AIDS as their best player in team history?? The faggot nature is embedded in their blood. How do you all think Magic got AIDS? from banging girls?? Its a known fact that he was a big cock-sucker like KOBE AND GASOL are today. LMAFAO U guys are gay as fuck. Bird Pierce Russell Cousy Heinsohn Reggie Lewis Chief Mchale…. WE OWN U FAGGOTS

    • BIG DAN

      You tell them Nick! Fuck these faggots, at least we use condoms to fuck each other! Just take it easy next time Nick, I wasn’t lubricated when you forced it in.

      • CelticsSuck4Ever

        LMAO! I guess those kilts make them queer….

  • CelticsSuck4Ever

    All these stupid Celtic fans have the need to post their garbage on this site. No one cares about the Celts and their pathetic fans. BTW redsarmy is about the lamest site I have ever seen.

  • Nick

    HERES A POSSIBLE TRADE SCENARIO FOR YOU FAGGOTS: PAU GASOL TO THE L.A AIDS WARD TO HANG WITH FAGIC JOHNSON! LMAO, IN RETURN U GUYS GET THE BEST AIDS DOCTOR IN L.A TO HELP MAKE SURE THAT UR HOMO ICONS LIKE MAGIC, KOBE AND ODOM DON’T CONTRACT THE DISEASE, O WAIT MAGIC ALREADY DID MUAHAHA. U FAGS BARELY BEAST HOUSTON IN OT, THE END IS NEAR!

    • BIG DAN

      You tell the m Nick!!! say ahhhh 8::::::::::D ~ ~ ~
      Nick, I’m starting to like you. We should seriously hang out

  • http://TheLakerNation Pretnenders not Contenders

    What a joke these Lakers are this year. There so lucky they pulled that game off last night. It took O.T. and your faggot asses Gasol and Odem to put up almost carrer highs to pull off a win at home against the Rockets. Are you serious. Like I said good thing for you faggot ass fans in LA LA land cause if they would have let that one get away it would have been three loses in a row after the Spurs ram your asses tonight. You guys can talk, wish, and hope all you want but the Lakers are not a championship caliper team. Not with the sissys you have in your starting line up not to mention your pathetic bench. Pau me big bad black momba but need help. You be big bad black swan (theres an imtimadating animal) and we can beat this tough Rockets team in O>T> at home. Please give it a rest Laker fags your teams a pretender and yuor gonna see it more and more as the season goes on