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Shootaround Report: Kobe “Owes” D’Antoni a Win, Hill to Come Off Bench Reviewed by Momizat on . The winning record New York Knicks (16-5) will be taking on the losing record Los Angeles Lakers (9-13) in Madison Square Garden tonight. The last time any writ The winning record New York Knicks (16-5) will be taking on the losing record Los Angeles Lakers (9-13) in Madison Square Garden tonight. The last time any writ Rating:
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Shootaround Report: Kobe “Owes” D’Antoni a Win, Hill to Come Off Bench

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The winning record New York Knicks (16-5) will be taking on the losing record Los Angeles Lakers (9-13) in Madison Square Garden tonight. The last time any writer wrote that was back on December 16th, 1993. (The Lakers lost that game 108-85).

Kobe, though, wasn’t yet part of the Lakers roster, and Kobe Bryant loves to play in Madison Square Garden. When Kobe surpassed Michael Jordan and Bernard King in 2009 after he scored 61 points against the Knicks at MSG, guess who was coaching against him? Mike D’Antoni. That fact alone will put a unique aura in the air tonight and according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, is something Kobe will be using as extra motivation.

The Lakers though aren’t going to necessarily need more shooting from the Black Mamba to win tonight’s game. As a matter of fact, although many consider it a misleading statistic the Lakers are 1-10, when Kobe scores 30 or more points. Instead, the Lakers need to eliminate turnovers, actually play defense, and have some decent bench production.

As expected, Mike D’Antoni has been switching a few things up with the Lakers line-up over the past several games. In the Lakers loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night, D’Antoni started Jordan Hill in place of Antawn Jamison, although Jamison ended up playing more minutes. Hill crashed the boards hard (10 rebounds) in 25 minutes of play but only put up two points. Off the bench, Jamison had nine points, but only one rebound. According to Lakers reporter, Mike Trudell, Mike D’Antoni will go back to using the Garbage Man’s energy off the bench tonight.

Hill’s best performance of the year came off the bench in the Lakers loss to the Utah Jazz, where he scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 31 minute performance. Hill will need another big day defensively to help stop Carmelo Anthony from having another star game for the New York Knicks

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  • Lakerfreak

    The 1-10 stat has got to go. It’s ridiculous. We could make the same ridiculous stat for every player in the league regarding some category. I expect garbage stats in articles on espn but not here

  • Ridiculous facts

    Ridiculous stat of the day:
    The Lakers are 5-1 in games that Earl Clark plays in.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joshthomas13 Josh Thomas

      This is directly related to the 1-10 when Kobe scores 30 stat. When other players are aggressive on offense, the team gets a huge lead, Kobe doesn’t have to take over the scoring load, and guys like Earl Clark get to play. Someone please tell ESPN about this.

  • Crystal

    The Lakers owe themselves a win, well a lot more than just one.
    Should be a good game.
    Go Lakers!

  • KNICKSFANFORLIFE

    LMAO hahahah dumbass Lakers fan… Your not winning anything, especially not with that piece of shit scrub coach of yours! You guys basically ate up our trash from last year? YO LAKERS TELL ME HOW MY ASS TASTE!

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