Reporter: Derek Opina | Follow @dRok24
What’s going on lakers nation derek opina here and you’re watching l-n-t-v. The lakers defeated the phoenix suns last night 99-83. Kobe scored a whopping 48 points… couple that with the clippers loss to the blazers and the lakeers are now in sole posession of first place in the pacific division…. And 3rd place in the western conference behind the portland trail blazers and the oklahoma city thunder. Tonight the lakers will have an opporunity to widen their pacific division lead as the clippers will host the miami heat while the lakers…. Who are winless on the road…..Will travel to utah to take on the jazz….Who are undefeated at home so far this season.
We all know the lakers are overloaded at the forward position but last night three of them were not available. Jason kapono was not at the game as he and his wife ashley welcomed twin girls to the family. Troy murphy had gas-tro-enter-igh-tus, also known as the stomach flu. He will not travel with the team to utah but may fly commercial if he feels better. Josh mcroberts is out with a sprained big toe and let’s not forget derrick caracter is still out with a torn miniscus on his left knee.
Kobe’s not making his injured wrist an excuse and according to Mike Bresnahan of the l.A. Times, it seems bryant will not be having any sort of procedure performed on his wrist….At least not right now. And after scoring 48 points last night….Does he really need it?
Of course that means kobe could be playing with his injury overseas. According to chris sheridan of sheridan-hoops-dot-com, bryant, along with lebron james, dwyane wade and dwight howard, will be representing the red-white-and blue in the 2012 summer olympic games. Kobe played with a broken pinky in the 2008 olympics, helping team usa to a gold medal after they defeated a spanish team with pau gasol in the final.
Well that’s going to do it for us be sure to visit us online at lakers-nation-dot-com for your chance to welcome lamar odom back to staples center later this month! We’re giving away two tickets to the lakers home game versus the dallas mavericks on january 16th! Again, the details on how you can win tickets are at lakers-nation-dot-com.
For the fans, by the fans this is lakers nation, i’m derek opina, thanks for watching l-n-t-v.