Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors Live
Without any doubts, the past weeks turned out to be a tumultuous period for the struggling Warriors on and off the court. Hoping to make it back to the playoff mix, Golden State will host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at 3:30 a.m. GMT.
Even though the Warriors missed the post-season for the ninth time in ten years in 2008-09, the franchise’s front-office was still confident that their current squad would bounce back in the upcoming NBA campaign. Yet, Golden State Warriors finds itself at the bottom of the Western Conference three weeks into the season. Winning just 4 out of 12, Don Nelson’s squad continued to struggle defensively as they allowed a whopping 111 points per game. Thus, it appears to be rather questionable whether the team around Monta Ellis will make it back to the playoff race, even if they manage to keep pushing the ball offensively.
The Los Angeles Lakers on the other hand got off to a great start as they rallied to a 10-3 record despite missing All-Star Pau Gasol due to a hamstring injury. With Gasol back in uniform, Kobe Bryant and company can be expected to be even more dangerous and seem dedicated to defend their NBA title. Much like in the past, Kobe Bryant carried his team whenever necessary and put up some big numbers in the first three weeks of play. More precisely, the 31-year old shooting guard averages 29.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals in 37 minutes per contest. Thus, it looks like the Lakers will enter their encounter with the Warriors as everyone’s favorite to come away with a win on the road. Ultimately, Golden State simply lacks any kind of organized team defense and will most likely not manage to outscore the Lakers.
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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Monta Ellis, Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant
Posted: 13th January 2011
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