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Beating Knicks Won’t Be Easy For Lakers

Now 4-8 under new coach Mike D’Antoni, the Los Angeles Lakers are up for another major road test when they visit the new “beast from the East” New York Knicks at the famed Madison Square Garden.

It will be the first game of D’Antoni against his former team, the Knicks since he resigned last March.

Still without Pau Gasol (tendinitis) and point guard Steve Nash (fractured left leg), the injury-riddled Lakers are expected to rely heavily again on Kobe Bryant, who has scored 29 or more points in his last six games, but also saw Los Angeles just win once.

Now, they face the Knicks, who are among the league leaders on offense with 102.6 points per game while allowing their opponent to reach the century mark only once in the last nine matches.

In fact, the Knicks held another rising Eastern Conference powerhouse Brooklyn Nets to 18 points in the fourth quarter on Tuesday on their way to a 100-97 victory.

KObe-CarmeloNew York is the lone unbeaten team at home with its immaculate 8-0 record, while Carmelo Anthony is playing his best basketball as a Knick player, averaging 27.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest. He is coming off a 45-point explosion against the Nets.

I wonder what kind of adjustment D’Antoni will make against a Knicks team that has been shooting more than 10 three-point shots per contest during their first 21 games this season?

Aside from Anthony, the Knicks have Jason Kidd, JR Smith, Steve Novak and even starting playmaker Raymond Felton all capable of shooting from beyond the arc, making it more difficult for Los Angeles defensively.

The Lakers’ confidence are at an all-time low perhaps at this moment, considering their sub-par 9-13 start with Kobe and Dwight Howard on their lineup.

The problem begins with the Lakers’ defense. For without Gasol, the Lakers are playing with one less legitimate inside threat.

Los Angeles has allowed its opponent to score at least 100 points for the last six times in seven games. Failure to rotate quickly on defense would spell doom and only add further to their road woes. Currently, LA carries an anemic 2-7 win-loss card on the road, one of the worst in the West.

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2 Responses to “Beating Knicks Won’t Be Easy For Lakers”

  1. The way their performing, I don’t think it’s even a possibility for the Lakers to beat the Knicks. They play w/o chemistry, and even if Nash and/or Gasol comes backs, they can’t solve all of their nagging problems.

  2. Bring Phil Jackson in! for sure, the Lakers management made a seriously wrong move by hiring an underperforming Mike D’Antoni, whose credentials pale in comparison to the multi-titled Phil Jackson.


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