By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers got a much needed win at the Staples Center against the Memphis Grizzlies beating them 86 to 84. With only six games remaining in the regular season the Lakers need to pull away from the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks. The win did not come easy for the purple and gold as the Grizzlies came close to taking the game into over time as time expired.
Kobe Bryant led the game for the Lakers scoring 24 points and dished out 9 assists. Bryant continues to play heavy minutes for the shorthanded teams playing 43 minutes, more than anyone else on the floor played tonight. Pau Gasol has continued to show consistency putting up great numbers scoring 19 points against his brothers’ team. Both Antawn Jamison and Earl Clark scored 13 points each off the bench. Dwight Howard did get it going in the game being in foul trouble and only scored 9 points. Steve Blake who started in place for the injured Steve Nash managed the floor well and scored two big 3 pointers. Jodie Meeks had a quiet night in the starting line up replacing Metta World Peace scoring 2 points.
Steve Nash will continue to rest up with no word if he will be ready in time for the next game. Metta World Peace seemed to be having a good recovery as he tweeted out earlier in the day “My first day of running today went excellent.” With the Laker injuries right now they have been playing with just seven players getting minutes. Kobe Bryant has felt the heavy minutes looking tired late in the game as he missed a couple of shots to pull away from the Grizzlies late in the fourth quarter.
The Lakers remain at the 8th spot just half a game over the Utah Jazz who beat the New Orleans Hornets keeping them in the fight for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Next up for the Jazz are the Golden State Warriors. The Dallas Mavericks are right behind the Jazz, 3 games behind the Lakers and also won tonight against the Sacramento Kings. The last few games left in the season will be must wins for all these teams with their shot at the playoffs being at stake. Up next for the Lakers is a big game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. The Clippers are looking to sweep the season series, while the Lakers look to show they will be a threat in the playoffs if they indeed make it.