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View Poll Results: Who has more assists tonight?

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  • Nash

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  • Dragic

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    Game 68: L.A. Lakers @ Phoenix Suns, Monday, 3/18/2013, 7:00 MST / 10:00 EST

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    (36-32)_______@_______(22-45)




    Location: US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
    Time: 7:00 PM MST / 10:00 PM ET
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    Projected Starting Lineups









    Steve Nash - Jodie Meeks - Metta World Ron Peace Artest - Earl Clark - Dwight Howard








    Goran Dragic - Wes Johnson - Marcus Morris - Markieff Morris - Jermaine O'Neal


    Preview:

    Kobe Bryant will be out again, but the Los Angeles Lakers are doing just fine without him.

    With Bryant missing a second straight game, the visiting Lakers attempt to continue their surge and create some breathing room in the Western Conference playoff race Monday night against the Phoenix Suns.

    Bryant is hampered by a sprained left ankle and an apparent flu, but Los Angeles (36-32) has won both games since he sustained the injury in Wednesday's 96-92 loss at Atlanta. He returned two days later, but exited after 12 minutes and no points in a 99-93 win over Indiana.

    The Lakers knew they would be without their star guard Sunday, but they overcame his absence to beat Sacramento 113-102.

    "We're just not making any excuses," said forward Antawn Jamison, who helped pick up the scoring slack with 27 points -- his highest total in over three months -- to match Bryant's season average. "We just looked ourselves in the mirror and said, 'It's up to us to turn this thing around.' And I think we've been doing that since the All-Star break. We're finally playing the way we're capable of playing."

    Los Angeles is 11-3 since the All-Star break, averaging 105.8 points while hitting 39.2 percent from beyond the arc. That's moved the Lakers into eighth in the West, one game ahead of ninth-place Utah and one-half back of Houston.

    They have a chance to pull level with the idle Rockets, and will likely opt to keep the ball moving through Steve Nash with Bryant out again.

    "That ball moves, and there are some good guys out there on the floor," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "That ball needs to move, and if it does, then we're really good."

    Nash's contributions have been key in the last two games. He had 19 points and 12 assists against the Kings, two days after getting 15 and nine, respectively, versus the Pacers.

    The point guard is making his second visit to Phoenix (22-45) since being dealt for two draft picks last summer. He had 11 points and two assists while hitting 3 of 8 from the floor in a 92-86 loss in his last game there Jan. 30.

    Metta World Peace is averaging 18.0 points while making 10 of 23 from 3-point range to help the Lakers win two of three season meetings with the Suns.

    The forward is enjoying a terrific stretch entering this matchup, scoring 20.3 points on 56.8 percent shooting over the past three contests, including a 22-point effort Sunday.

    Los Angeles may be in for another strong offensive performance against a Suns team that has been outscored by an average of 20.0 points during a four-game slide. They're surrendering 113.3 points per game during that stretch, while allowing opponents to shoot a staggering 50.6 percent from long range.

    Phoenix is tied with New Orleans for the worst record in the West, and the team's defensive issues were at the forefront Saturday. They surrendered 14 3s en route to a 127-105 loss at Washington.

    "I was embarrassed, and I know our guys feel the same way," coach Lindsey Hunter said. "The amount of points we gave up, the amount of 3s we gave up, rebounds, there was no aspect that we brought our focus to."

    Michael Beasley, who scored 21 points against the Wizards, had a season-high 27 with five steals in the latest home meeting with the Lakers.

    Source: ESPN

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    I voted Nash. Also hope the Lakers win.

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    Since Kobe is out, that's why I think Nash will have a big night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by king4day View Post
    Since Kobe is out, that's why I think Nash will have a big night.
    Nash got 12 assists yesterday with Kobe out, so I predict he'll do well again tonight.

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    Beat LA any day, any season, any time. Let's win this one and lose the rest of the games. I think Dragic has a big game vs Nash.

    Btw Jeff Green is destroying Miami.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdm692 View Post
    Beat LA any day, any season, any time. Let's win this one and lose the rest of the games. I think Dragic has a big game vs Nash.

    Btw Jeff Green is destroying Miami.
    Yep. 22 points and 6 rebounds and it's not even half time yet.

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    I'd take a win tonight, but this team looks like its given up. Maybe seeing the Lakers will cause a spark.

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    Dumb decision by Tucker to pass that ball out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bishnoff View Post
    Nash got 12 assists yesterday with Kobe out, so I predict he'll do well again tonight.
    sorry Bish, no matter what the situation is, tank or no tank, eventhough it will benefit the Suns, I always root for the Suns against LAL

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    We're looking good in the 2nd quarter. I still want us to lose this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky4104 View Post
    sorry Bish, no matter what the situation is, tank or no tank, eventhough it will benefit the Suns, I always root for the Suns against LAL
    All good Rocky

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    MIA with a narrow win

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky4104 View Post
    MIA with a narrow win
    Rumor has Rose returning vs Miami.

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    Marshall just crossed Nash so. . .umm what's the word I'm looking for? Nashty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdm692 View Post
    Rumor has Rose returning vs Miami.
    heard that too

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