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View Poll Results: Who has the better game

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  • Gortat

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  • Howard

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    Game 10: Phoenix Suns @ L.A. Lakers, Friday, 11/16/2012 10:30 PM EST

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    Location:STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
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    Projected Starting Lineups









    Steve Blake - Kobe Bryant - Metta World Ron Peace Artest - Pau Gasol - Dwight Howard








    Goran Dragic - Jared Dudley - Michael Beasley - Luis Scola - Marcin Gortat


    Preview:

    Mike D'Antoni is already making his mark on the Los Angeles Lakers, but it doesn't look like he'll be ready for his debut on the Staples Center sidelines for a few more days.

    As long as Kobe Bryant's there, the Lakers may not have too much trouble.

    Bryant has averaged 42.0 points in his last three home games against the Phoenix Suns, who have lost seven of eight on the road in this series and could have trouble faring better Friday night if they can't improve their Western Conference-worst defense.

    D'Antoni formally took over the Lakers (3-5) on Thursday, four days after being hired to replace Mike Brown, and he watched as his new team went through drills orchestrated by his assistant coach and brother, Dan.

    The former Knicks and Suns coach is still on crutches and pain medication after having knee surgery, and said he'll likely wait until Los Angeles hosts Houston on Sunday to make his official coaching debut. But D'Antoni couldn't hide his enthusiasm in his debut press conference.

    "I'm really happy to be here -- excited," D'Antoni said. "(We're) starting to put stuff in now. Might take a little bit, but (general manager) Mitch (Kupchak) has said, and I'm sure you guys know, we're built to win this year. This is not a five-year project. We have a window, and we're going to try to get through it."

    The Lakers' three wins have come at home against teams that are a combined 7-18, though it looked like they might take down a contender on Tuesday. Los Angeles couldn't close, however, letting San Antonio's Danny Green hit a 3-pointer with 9.3 seconds left in an 84-82 loss.

    Even after another defeat, Bryant was pleased with the Lakers holding the Spurs to 38.9 percent shooting. Los Angeles is allowing opponents to shoot just 41.9 percent -- among the five stingiest marks in the league.

    "We're playing much, much better," Bryant said. "We're being much more aggressive on both ends of the floor. We're doing a good job communicating during the game, pushing guys and making them take tough shots."

    Bryant is shooting a startling 55.1 percent from the field, and it'd be no surprise to see him continue his early surge Friday. The 14-time All-Star has shot 54.0 percent in the Lakers' last three home wins against Phoenix (4-5), and Los Angeles has averaged 117.6 points and shot 50.5 percent while going 7-1 in its last eight at Staples in the series.

    The Suns' defensive woes continued Wednesday, as Chicago shot 50.0 percent in a 112-106 overtime win at US Airways Center. Phoenix is letting opponents shoot 49.7 percent -- 47.5 from 3-point range -- and average 108.6 points in its last seven contests.

    Wednesday marked the third time in four games the Suns fell behind by at least 18 points.

    "It's been happening to us every game, it's very difficult to play that way," said forward Luis Scola, who had 24 points and 14 rebounds. "... You're going to come back eventually every once in a while, but you are going to lose most of those games."

    Scola has scored 20 or more points in four straight games against the Lakers -- all with Houston -- but Phoenix hasn't had much luck with him putting up big numbers thus far. The Suns are 4-0 when he scores 13 points or fewer and 0-5 when he scores 15 or more.

    Steve Nash (leg) will have to wait to until at least Jan. 30 to face his former team, and backup Steve Blake (abdomen) is questionable after missing Tuesday's game. Forward Jordan Hill (wrist) is probable.

    Phoenix center Marcin Gortat has averaged 19.2 points and 13.6 boards in his last five games against the Lakers.

    Source: ESPN
    Last edited by king4day; 11-16-2012 at 11:46 PM.

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    I don't think we win tonight but I see Gasol doing the work for LA. I put Gortat having a better statistical game over Howard who will be lost tonight.

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    Howard has killed Gortat in every game against him.

    For some reason, I'm optimistic that we'll win this game. But I see Pau having a huge night to be honest. I don't think Scola is even capable of holding his jock.

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    we have the definite edge in the PG position, LAL expectedly on the SG position, Luis Scola almost always play good against LA historically, Howard although better than Gortat will not dominate as much because Marcin unlike Dwight has shown improvement in his play, the SF is a toss up. not saying we'll win (just hoping), i'm just expecting a competitive game than most people predict

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    I wish Nash was playing

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    so we're playing LA in Utah??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdm692 View Post
    so we're playing LA in Utah??
    Well played

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    I have a feeling Gentry told Beasley to be aggressive early. That led to his bad 3 and turnover. Also, his bounce pass to Gortat was terrible but it slipped through. Shoulda been a turnover.

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    Lol I'm just messing with you King. You do plenty here as it is therefore I think we can all agree that minor things like this don't matter.

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    Lakers D is horrible. If not for a few unforced turnovers, they'd have looked even worse.

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    With Artest getting under Beasley's skin, now's the time to take him out. Don't let him make bad plays

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    ^^I think we can actually win this game.

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    lakers d is horris

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    Howard doesn't look good in Gold. I've never been a fan of their colors but for some reason ESPN thinks they have the best logo and colors.

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    I am LOVING the fight in our team right now!!!

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