Friday, January 9, 2009
Los Angeles Lakers (28-6) vs Indiana Pacers (13-22)
Can the Indiana Pacers, who sit at the bottom spot in the Central Division, keep up with the high paced Lakers? Definitely! They've proven that already by beating us earlier in the season! The Pacers have shown all season long that they have the caliber to beat the better teams having already beat the Lakers, Dallas and Phoenix just the other night.
One player in yellow to look out for will be Danny Granger. Granger will throw up Kobe-like numbers guaranteed. He's averaging 26 ppg while Kobe is averaging just above that number at 27 ppg. Granger has scored at least 35 points in the last three games and will carry on that momentum and energy into tomorrow nights game.
Stephen Graham at the SG position has been given some considerable playing time due to Marquis Daniels being out (strained left groin) and is taking full advantage of it by scoring in double figures and pulling in rebounds.
Troy Murphy will have an off game (Purple & gold intuition) and Gasol should easily play around him and take Murphy to escuela (school).
Nesterovic will need to use his size to box out Bynum effectively to give Indiana second chance baskets. He also needs to put up some post up numbers. His presence against our big men in the inside will have to be seen.
Surprise Player of the Game: Mike Dunleavy made his season debut scoring 14 points in 21 minutes coming off the bench last night and was key to their victory over the Suns. His surprise performance will give the Pacers any fighting chance to pull the upset.
Tomorrow night will be an opportunity to show Indiana why the last victory against us was just a mere fluke.
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