December 1, 2009, Season Game 17: Los Angeles Lakers (13-3) vs New Orleans Hornets (7-10) @ Staples Center. 7:30PM PST-TV: CST, FSW. Lakers lead season series 1-0.
Here are the two major reasons why the Hornets have absolutely no chance to even be competitive tonight. Chris Paul, out indefinitely with a sprained left ankle and Peja Stojakovic, out for personal reasons. David West is New Orleans only chance. If Gasol can't handle him defensively, Lakers have several backup plans. Darren Collison will have to have a career night to help even the load for West.
Look for Marcus Thornton to have a big night. Kobe will only have a big night if Phil allows him the minutes over an easy opponent. Kobe is currently ranked 4 (overall) in the league and ranked 3 in points average (29.5). Again, if Phil allows for Kobe to remain in the game, look for Kobe to inch his way closer to Melo's already 527 pts. this season.