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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 11:36 am    Post subject: *** Official Grizzlies @ Lakers Game Thread ***

Scouting Report

We played a good first quarter in Memphis last Tuesday and controlled the game from start to finish. We did give up a 30 point fourth quarter that gives Memphis coach Iavaroni some ammunition for his pre-game speech. He will tell his team that by late in the game they solved the riddle of our defense and that they know they can score on us. He will say all they have to do is not give up a monster first quarter and they can get this game. Clearly, it is our responsibility to show up ready to play and make sure that they understand the fourth quarter was more a function of us taking our foot off the defensive gas pedal, than anything they did.

Having said that, we understand there are some improvements we can make from last week’s game. The first and most glaring is our work on the boards. Memphis snatched 18 offensive rebounds and turned them into 20 second chance points. That should not happen tonight. Another area of concern is the offensive production of Rudy Gay. He shot 5-15 and had 15 points so they will be looking for ways to get more for him. This may be through more isolations or more screen and rolls but we should expect Rudy to try and score more tonight. In the last report we talked about their big three of Gasol, Miller, and Gay. Collectively they shot 19-45 (42%) and scored 52 points – 23 less than they scored in their last win.

In the last report we talked about their “PISTOL” action which is one of their favorite plays to simply run into on the offensive end. We can do a better job defending this. Now that we have seen it first hand we should have a netter feel for the speed and tempo that they use to get into it. We want to make sure that the ultimate ball handler does not turn the corner coming off the screen and get a full head of steam headed to the basket. At the same time we know that Mike Miller is not afraid to shoot behind the screen so we must all be on the same page.

Our individual as well as team defense needs to continue to improve and one way to do that is to know the personnel on the other team. For example, Navarro did not shoot the ball well against us but shot 4-7 from 3 point land in their last game. He is a veteran – just not in the NBA – with much international experience and we must respect his game. Conley and Lowry are quick so we must know that they really like to get penetration to destroy defenses. We need to keep them out of the middle. And while Gasol had a nice game against us (18 points and 12 rebounds) he is coming off a 43 point performance.

Memphis is coming into this game with something to prove. We are, too.

Probable Starters


Lakers

Fisher
Bryant
Walton
Odom
Bynum


Grizzlies

Conley
Miller
Gay
Gasol
Milicic



Injury Report

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Kwame Brown: Moderate Ankle & Knee Sprains - Probable
Kobe Bryant: Viral Upper Respiratory Infection - Probable
Chris Mihm: Right Ankle Bursitis - Out
Vladimir Radmanovic: Sprained Right Ankle - Doubtful
Sasha Vujacic: Sprained Left Ankle & Back Spasms - Questionable


Grizzlies

None

Extra Info

The Lakers currently lead the season series with Memphis (1-0) after splitting last season’s series with Memphis (2-2) for the second time in series history. Prior to 2004-05, the Lakers had never lost a series to the Grizzlies but have since lost twice and split once. This will be the 48th meeting between the two franchises and the 25th since the Grizzlies moved to Memphis with Los Angeles leading the all-time series 35-12. In their last 10 games versus the Grizzlies, the Lakers are 4-6. The Lakers are 6-4 in their last 10 home games against the Grizzlies and are 11-4 all-time at STAPLES Center. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 21-8 against the Grizzlies....
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 11:43 am    Post subject:

Going to be a good game. Memphis has no one on the injury report? wow!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:10 pm    Post subject:

If Kobe plays

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Grizzlies 94
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:16 pm    Post subject:

Return of The Machine??!?!?! Let's all hope so.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:28 pm    Post subject:

LAL 120
MEM 99

Vegas:
vs. Memphis = -12
vs. Sonics = -8
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:23 pm    Post subject:

If Kobe is out, time to dump everything to Bynum and give him 40 plus minutes.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:24 pm    Post subject:

lets go LAKERS!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:44 pm    Post subject:

Lakers have to come out and blow them out early so starters can rest for tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:19 pm    Post subject:

Lakers win!!!!! The bench gotta win this though, cos the starters need the rest. But please not too much of Critt!!! too much of Critt is good for nothing!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:40 pm    Post subject:

Blow them out EARLY! Don't let them hang around.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:47 pm    Post subject:

WE WANT TACOS!!!

WE WANT TACOS!!!

WE WANT TACOS!!!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:02 pm    Post subject:

Is Kobe playing..Please let Kobe be playing
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:04 pm    Post subject:

Bynum is going to dunk so hard that a gravitational rift forms and the entire universe as we know it will be compressed down to the size of Shaq's brain.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:04 pm    Post subject:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:05 pm    Post subject:

VujacicFan wrote:
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


What's wrong? Kobe isnt playing?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:05 pm    Post subject:

Worse. Sasha isn't playing.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:17 pm    Post subject:

lol
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:23 pm    Post subject:

VujacicFan wrote:
Return of The Machine??!?!?! Let's all hope so.


Nope, the machine's still in for repairs.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:31 pm    Post subject:

Link to watch online?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:31 pm    Post subject:

Game link

http://s226606444.onlinehome.us/228/nba.php?x=http://broadband.nba.com/cc/playa.php?content=lp&url=http://boss.streamos.com/wmedia-live/nba/9919/500_nba-league_pass_la_lakers_051201.asx&gid=546
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:35 pm    Post subject:

This should be a good game..I'm sure the Lakers will do well. But of course the Grizzlies have been a problem for the Lakers in the past.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:38 pm    Post subject:

Let's go Lakers!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:43 pm    Post subject:

Farmar making Patrick look stupid.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:44 pm    Post subject:

Ugh, blown lay ups
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Lo misses layup, walton make 17fter 2-2
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