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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:48 am    Post subject: ***LAKERS -vs- Suns 11/16/12 Game Thread***

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Suns @ Lakers
Friday, November 16, 2012
7:30PM PT✪10:30 PM ET - Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

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✰✰✰✰✰Lakers✰✰✰✰✰
Current Record:
3-5
Probable Starters:
Kobe Bryant ♕
[Last game: 28 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds]
Pau Gasol ♔
[Last game: 10 points, 5 assists, 2 blocks]
Dwight Howard ♖
[Last game: 13 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks]
Metta World Peace ♘
[Last game: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block]
Darius Morris ♗
[Last game: 1 point, 2 rebounds, 1 assist]
Injury Report:
Steve Blake (abdominal strain) is day-to-day.
Kobe Bryant (strained & bruised right foot) is probable.
Jordan Hill (herniated disc / sprained right wrist) is
probable.
Steve Nash (non-displaced fracture, left leg) is out.
2012-2013 Team Statistic:
Pace 94.6 (17th)
OFF EFF 103.2 (8th)
DEF EFF 97.3 (8th)
TO 16.7 (29th)

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Current Record:
4-5
Probable Starters:
Michael Beasley ♛
[Last game: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists]
Luis Scola ♚
[Last game: 24 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists]
Marcin Gortat ♜
[Last game: 11 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block]
Jared Dudley ♝
[Last game: 5 points, 1 rebound]
Goran Dragic ♞
[Last game: 12 points, 5 assists, 3 steals]
Injury Report:
Markieff Morris (day-to-day)
Jermaine O'neal (day-to-day)
2012-2013 Team Statistic:
Pace 96.9 (4th)
OFF EFF 100.6 (15th)
DEF EFF 106.5 (29th)
TO 11.8 (2nd)

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Team Stat Leaders:
Points Dragic 16.1 Bryant 26.4
Rebounds Gortat 10.4 Howard 11.1
Assists Dragic 7.2 Bryant 4.6
Steals Dragic 1.8 Peace 1.5
Blocks Gortat 3.3 Howard 2.5

2012-2013 OVERALL NBA RANKINGS
★ ★ ★Points/Rebounds/Assists/Points Allowed★ ★ ★
Lakers 96.5(19th)/ 47.4(3rd)/ 20.1(24th)/ 93.1 (10th)
Suns 99.0(8th)/ 44.3 (8th)/ 20.6(20th)/ 104.0 (29th)

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Did you know:
+This will be the 222nd meeting between the two teams with the Lakers leading
the all-time series 130-91.
+The Lakers are 19-7 against the
Suns all-time at STAPLES Center during the regular season and 8-2 in their last
10 regular season home games against Phoenix.
+Last season, Kobe Bryant averaged 38.7 points against the Suns over three regular
season games, including a 48-point effort 1/10/12 vs. Phoenix.
+Metta World Peace was teammates with Suns forward Luis Scola (2008-
09) while with the Rockets as well as F/C Jermaine O’Neal (2001-06) while with Indiana.

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How Mike D'Antoni's Offense Fits The Lakers

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Game Thoughts

"A revival of an old hit is on the horizon, and tonight is the last dress rehearsal. Bernie Bickerstaff has warmed up the crowd and is ready to exit stage left. After that, it's Showtime. Let's hope the sequel is as good as the original. As we all know, they rarely are.

The Lakers come into this game with a 2-1 record in the wake of Mike Brown's departure, including the rarest of all Laker feats...an "encouraging loss" against the Spurs on Tuesday. Offensively, they have simply been rolling the ball out there and letting the basketball instincts of their best players dictate the action. The last few games have mostly consisted of pick & rolls and post ups for the bigs. Very little weak side action or player movement involved. They have been remarkably competitive during the last 3 games considering their lack of offensive direction.

The big difference has come on the defensive end, where a simple injection of enthusiasm has worked wonders. There have been no real schematic changes on this end of the court, you just simply have guys playing harder, and the Lakers have held their last 3 opponents to 40% or under from the field. Dwight Howard's health is improving incrementally over time as well, and he's beginning to anchor the defense in the way that we envisioned when he was acquired.

Phoenix comes in with a respectable 4-5 record, having lost in overtime to Chicago 112-106 on Wednesday. They are unusual in the respect that unlike most teams that have no chance of contending, they are a fairly experienced squad, sporting veterans like Luis Scola, Michael Beasley, Goran Dragic, Jared Dudley, and Marcin Gortat. Despite leaving several years ago, Mike D'Antoni's philosophy still permeates the team's philosophy, as the Suns are 5th in the league in pace. In the long grind of an NBA season, an experienced team that plays an up tempo style can beat a much better squad if they're caught napping.

Look for Phoenix to push the pace, run a healthy dose of high pick & roll with Dragic/Gortat, and utilize Scola's crafty low post/mid range game on the weak side of that. Shannon Brown, Markieff Morris, & Jared Dudley provide spacing, as does Michael Beasley, who also doubles as their isolation/1-on-1 threat. Their sets are very simple, meat & potatoes basketball, but they're decently effective.

Defensively they're exploitable, as they rank next to last in the league in Points Per 100 Possessions (109.3). Despite their defensive struggles, Marcin Gortat is 2nd in the league in blocked shots at 3.3 bpg. His familiarity with Dwight Howard, after spending 3 1/2 years guarding him in practice in Orlando, could pose some issues for the Lakers, but not enough to make up for their defensive deficiencies 1 through 4.

Yesterday Mike D'Antoni stressed the importance of getting as many possessions as possible when you have superior talent. Tonight would be a good night to apply that principle."

Lakers 111
Phoenix 93

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:52 am    Post subject:



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:19 am    Post subject:

LAKERSHOW PLEASE WIN
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:23 am    Post subject:

Glad to have your game thread back.

Last time the first home game vs Suns Kobe went for 48, expecting a high scoring game again.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:30 am    Post subject:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=8lixjyBnELo#t=44s

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:30 am    Post subject:

ForrestHump wrote:
Glad to have your game thread back.

Last time the first home game vs Suns Kobe went for 48, expecting a high scoring game again.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:37 am    Post subject:

Lakers with the impressive win.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:58 am    Post subject:

We really need to win some games... lets start our run with this one.. whatever it takes... Lets Go Lakers!!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:21 am    Post subject:

When Morris guards Dragic will he be battling himself?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:31 am    Post subject:

TooMuchMajicBuss wrote:
When Morris guards Dragic will he be battling himself?


next gordon dargic versus last daris morres
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:35 am    Post subject:

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Weed family? Lol
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Weed family? Lol


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:20 pm    Post subject:

Have a feeling the Suns are going to trash the Lakers :0
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:45 pm    Post subject:

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Lakers 2012-2013 Team Statistic:
Pace 94.6 (17th)
OFF EFF 103.2 (8th)
DEF EFF 97.3 (8th)
TO 16.7 (29th)

Suns 2012-2013 Team Statistic:
Pace 96.9 (4th)
OFF EFF 100.6 (15th)
DEF EFF 106.5 (29th)
TO 11.8 (2nd)



Awesome!!!! Thanks Lakers First and GoldenChild.

We need to get those TO's under control and if we don't score over 100 tonight it will be very dissappointing given how awful the Sun's are defensively.

Keys to the game:

Pound the glass and limit their possessions. Avoid the long ball to prevent run outs (to slow the pace again), and limit our own turnovers.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:54 pm    Post subject:

Keys to the game:

Just win baby!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:18 pm    Post subject:

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As for tomorrow night's game vs Phoenix, Steve Blake (abdomen) is a question mark, but Jordan Hill (wrist) is probable. Nash out.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:23 pm    Post subject:

Anyone else tired of the belly aching about PJ?

I wanted him too, but he's not coming and regardless of how it played out and who did what...he's not coming.

After watching us play good, but not great ball without Nash or a HC against the Spurs I know we will be more than fine and get our stride.

I'm excited to see more tempo in the O.

That Jim got slammed by Magic and still spoke highly of him means a lot to me.

That MikeyD got slammed by Magic and reached out to have dinner with him means a lot to me.

But what means the most to me is #17. How we get there is the fun part.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:43 pm    Post subject:

Cervantes wrote:
Anyone else tired of the belly aching about PJ?

I wanted him too, but he's not coming and regardless of how it played out and who did what...he's not coming.

After watching us play good, but not great ball without Nash or a HC against the Spurs I know we will be more than fine and get our stride.

I'm excited to see more tempo in the O.

That Jim got slammed by Magic and still spoke highly of him means a lot to me.

That MikeyD got slammed by Magic and reached out to have dinner with him means a lot to me.

But what means the most to me is #17. How we get there is the fun part.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:24 pm    Post subject:

I can't wait to see Shannon Brown in Staples again.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:25 pm    Post subject:

aww steve nash still out? thought he'd play this game o well more rest for him.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:33 pm    Post subject:

senthus wrote:
aww steve nash still out? thought he'd play this game o well more rest for him.


Yup, he's not going to play on Friday. I think it's likely on Sunday. Maybe like 80%.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 3:39 pm    Post subject:

Lakers First wrote:
senthus wrote:
aww steve nash still out? thought he'd play this game o well more rest for him.


Yup, he's not going to play on Friday. I think it's likely on Sunday. Maybe like 80%.


I hope he doesn't rush but i'm itching to see him play without MB dragging him down!
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Comrades wrote:
We really need to win some games... lets start our run with this one.. whatever it takes... Lets Go Lakers!!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:27 pm    Post subject:

Looks like a win Friday. Rise of the Lakers coming soon.
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