The Lakers ended their two-game losing streak last Sunday after getting a pretty convincing home victory over the Detroit Pistons, pushing their record to 5-7, which is where we should expect them to be for a team that’s been playing without their best player.
Speaking of their best player, Kobe Bryant has begun practicing this week, and is probably looking to make a return back on the hardwood at the end of this month. This is great news for Lakers fans, as they’ve been patiently waiting for the Black Mamba to come back.
The main takeaway from the Lakers win against the Pistons was the continued production from Jordan Hill and Steve Blake, as they continued to use their energy and athleticism to help this team be more effective on both ends of the floor.
Tonight the Lakers are at home against the Golden State Warriors, as they’ll look to win two games in a row for the first time this season. As we saw on the second night of the 2013-2014 NBA season, the Warriors are a pretty tough matchup for the Lakers, as their athleticism, size, and shooting makes them one of the most dynamic teams in the NBA.
Along with a good start (which hasn’t been a common trend for the Lakers this season), there a few other things that the Lakers are going to have to key on if they expect to beat the Warriors:
Continue To Convert Three-Pointers
The three-point line has been a very essential part of every Laker win so far this season. Currently they shoot roughly around 41% from beyond the arc, ranking in the bottom of the top 10. As we’ve seen though, this team has the knack for getting trigger happy, so it’s going to be important for them to realize that attempting good threes (open or in the corners) is what they have do.
Contain At Least One Of The Splash Brothers
The Lakers are going to need to limit at least one of the elite sharp-shooters that the Warriors have. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are a load to deal with, and the Warriors are hard to beat if both are having a good night. It’s going to be important for the Lakers to stay attached to both of these guys in transition, as they certainly will be looking to capitalize on open three-pointers.
Jordan Hill Gotta Keep It Going
Hill has been nothing short of amazing since entering the starting lineup, posting averages of 16.4 points, and 11.4 rebounds. In that stretch he’s shown flashes off a post-game, and the ability to stretch the floor with his midrange jump shot. His energy and effort on the glass this season has been phenomenal, and it’s going to be needed on a night like this against two all-star caliber big men in Andrew Bogut and David Lee.
Where you can watch: 7:30pm start on TWC Sportsnet. Also listen on ESPN Radio 710AM.