Shootaround Report: Lakers Look To Finish Road Trip On High Note

Shootaround Report: Lakers Look To Finish Road Trip On High Note


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After an emotional victory against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Lakers look to finish the road trip on a high note against the New Orleans Pelicans. With Steve Nash not playing on the second night of back-to-backs, Jodie Meeks is expected to start in his place. While head coach Mike D’Antoni has not announced the starting line-up, Jordan Hill may get the start against Anthony Davis, who is averaging 21.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks so far this season.

Heading into tonight’s game, will the Lakers have enough energy to win two of three on this road trip?

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  • Daryl Peek

    If Hill starts that will be very interesting. Ryan Anderson is gonna pull either Hill or Gasol out to the arc. I don’t know how good they will handle that. Davis is a good stretch big with handles also. Holiday and Gordon pose a serious problem also but Meeks starting should help.

    Lets hope the fellas didn’t get to high off last nights victory and can reel it in and focus on the task tonight. LETS GO

    • Daryl Peek

      Scratch the Anderson comment. Ryan has been out all season. He’s listed as day to day.

      • Gregory Choa

        I believe the Pelicans starting froncourt is; Jason Smith (7’0″), Anthony Davis (6’10”), and Al-Farouq Aminu (6’9″)…I think MDA should start Kaman, Gasol & X against those guys in this one…Meeks and Blake in the starting backcourt. I see the Wolf Pack – Hill, Young, Wes Johnson and Farmar – doing plenty of damage in relief.

        • Daryl Peek

          I could roll with that.

          I’d like to see Johnson at the 3 with Meeks and Blake in the back court coupled with Pau and Kaman in the front given Anderson is likely still out. I think Johnson would really thrive at the SF VS. PF. He’s better suited to defend SG’s and SF’s and can even switch off on PG’s. His energetic help defense would boost the first team and he’s still a good floor spacer who can get to the rack when he wants to.

          Pau and Kaman work better off each other offensively. That will be much needed with Nash resting.

          • Gregory Choa

            I agree with everything you’re saying about Wes…except that the X is the only guy currently with the starting unit that can create his own shot, which our starting unit needs and which Wes, as much as I like him, cannot. That said, I’m definitely of the opinion that when Kobe eventually comes back, Wes is the reserve best suited to play the 3 with Kobe and Nash in the backcourt and Pau and either Kaman or Hill up front.

          • Daryl Peek

            IDK, I’ve seen Wes take it to the rack on a few occasions this season. Remember the big dunk he had that he was gonna lay up?

            X has a more natural penetration game but he seems to be in a bit of an offensive rut. It’s a gut feeling of mine on Johnson. Can’t go wrong either way IMO.

  • Jim213

    Needed win to build momentum.

    Looking at the Pelicans stats their offense revolves around the guards and the center. They’re a young team (fresher legs). Given Nash will be sitting out the game the first team (bigs) may have an advantage if they slow the game down but given the Lakers inconsistency with their shooting they’ll have to challenge A Davis for those rebounds.

    Although, a more exciting game would take place between the Pelican starters and the Lakers 2nd team, IMO. Hustle, defense, and rebounds similar to yesterday’s game, Hill should also get more playtime today IMO.

  • cj

    i hate to say it this early in the season but this is must win kind of game. if we win we finish this trip 2-1 good, and we head back home 4-3 with our next 5 games all being very winable.
    we could be 9-3 by the time we play gsw at home on the 22. that would look very good with this team – kobe. it all starts tonight. hell if u look all the way to the okc game every game is very winable with only okc, gsw, and the nets looking like teams we should lose to. if we win the game we can and should win we could be 16-6 after that okc game. we are in a nice spot right now.