December 16, 2008
Los Angeles Lakers (20-3) vs New York Knicks (11-12)
The New York Knicks newly acquired Head Coach from Phoenix, Mike D'Antoni is known for his fast pace offensive tempo, so this game should be indicative of that. Lakers need to be ready for the Knicks who are eager to win from yesterdays loss against D'Antoni's old team.
The Knicks unfortunately, like many other teams Lakers have faced this season, have multiple injuries that will play a factor. Lets start with the BIG one, Cuttino Mobley had to retire this season due to his life-threatening heart condition. We wish him the best. The second injury to watch for is Quentin Richardson who is down with the flu and is day to day.
The good news for New York is Nate Robinson is back from a groin injury and is starting. Duhon has been playing great and shows a steady hand at the line shooting 87%. New York's big men, Al Harrington and David Lee will have to show heavy production against our boys Gasol and Bynum. Wilson Chandler is too inconsistent to be a major disturbance.
Bynum will dominate and have a career-high game. Yes, I called it. Kobe will play well as Nate will be no trouble to dribble around.
So to recap, Bynum & Kobe will have a GREAT game, Harrington & Robinson will be the reason why this game will be close. Lakers win 109 -101.