Monday, January 5, 2009

Battle of the Best from the West

Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Los Angeles Lakers (27-5) vs New Orleans Hornets (20-10)

The last time Lakers met the Hornets was just two days shy of Christmas. Lakers took the victory in New Orleans and carried the momentum off the plane for Boston back home. Having beat the Grizzlies and the Hornets, this was just the right amount of fuel we needed to beat Boston.

Hornets are bitter from the Lakers recent sting and now hungrier to becoming the best team in the Western Conference. Like L.A.'s record, the Hornets record speaks for itself too. Currently the Hornets are second best in the Southwest Conference sitting just under the Spurs.

This is why the Hornets can not beat the Lakers tomorrow night. First things first, hornets are afraid of water. Secondly, Tyson Chandler has been inconsistent all season long and is not the same player as he was last season. Fresh off a one day suspension, I think he will play with caution and will be off his game. Dang it! This is all I have!

Scratch the last paragraph, Hornets are STRONG and will be very hard to beat even having home court advantage and winning the last 15 home games. CP3 is, well CP3. Chris Paul is going to kill us at the PG position. D. Fish and Sasha will have to tie their shoe laces extra tight in order to keep up with him. D. West will outscore Gasol but Gasol should out rebound. Lamar will have to defend the perimeter well against Stojakovic. Lately Peja has been playing well.

Kobe will have an easy night against R. Butler. This matchup will be altered I guarantee by the Hornets coaching staff.

Key matchup of the game





Needless to say, this game will be an action packed early preview of the Western Conference Playoffs. I can't determine who will win but I can say it will be another nail biter. Come on Lakers! I have no more nails to bite...wait, never mind, I have my toes.

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