The Los Angeles Lakers lost Kobe Bryant due to an injury to his left knee that he suffered against the Memphis Grizzlies. Many started to think and talk about the Lakers having to tank now. They have no point guards and Bryant is expected to miss six weeks.
It did not matter against the Minnesota Timberwolves because the Lakers played an impressive game to come out on top 104-91. The Lakers lost their first meeting with the Timberwolves back when Nash only played 13 minutes before sitting out the game due to back issues. Even though the Lakers have been hit with big injuries they managed to move on and show that they can still be entertaining and stay competitive.
Pau Gasol had a big game with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists, even hitting a big three in the fourth quarter to push the Lakers lead. Both Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry also hit double digits in the starting lineup. Meeks hit some difficult shots in the game to give him 17 points while Xavier Henry started at point guard and finished with 21 points and 4 assists. Off the bench, Nicky Young provided some great energy and offense with 25 points to lead his team in scoring, and hitting a total of four three-pointers. It was a great team effort and it was the second game in a row with Pau having a great offensive game after struggling a few games ago.
The Lakers did sign a new point guard in Kendall Marshall, a former Phoenix Sun lottery pick, but he did not play in the game. Chris Kaman, who had fallen out of the rotation played 16 minutes and finished with six points. The team will be on the road again and will face the Golden State Warriors tomorrow, in a game that can put them back over the .500 mark.
After losing to the Atlanta Hawks, the Los Angeles Lakers played against the Memphis Grizzlies in what was their last game of their four game road trip. Fortunately, the game ended with the Lakers coming out on top 96-82. With the win the Lakers finished their road trip with two wins and two losses.
Both Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant played a great game to help the Lakers get the win. Gasol played like an all-star finishing with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Bryant also recorded 21 points and had 4 assists as well. Off the bench, Nick Young led the way with 18 points and 3 rebounds.
The Lakers caught a break with the Grizzlies being without the services of both Marc Gasol and Mike Conley. Memphis led the game in the fourth quarter by three points but the Lakers were able to go on a big run and escape the game with the win.
There was a scary moment in the game when Bryant went down in the third quarter. Everything seemed to be okay after the game with Bryant telling reporters, “I just twisted my knee a little bit,” but everything would be fine. The Lakers will be back in action again on Friday and will be taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves at home.
By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers returned home tonight to host the Minnesota Timberwolves after losing the New Orleans Pelicans in the last game of their three game road trip. Pau Gasol has been struggling and needed to have a good game to help the Lakers continue their winning streak against Minnesota which is at 22 straight wins. Unfortunately the Lakers could not make it 23 wins falling 113-90.
The Lakers came out with very little energy and Gasol did not have a good game. The Spain native did look good in the first quarter being aggressive and scoring with his hook shot a few times but he slowly disappeared the rest of the game. Gasol finished the game with 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Wolves came out on fire shooting the ball very well being led by Kevin Love and Kevin Martin. Kevin Love finished the game 25 points while Martin led all scorers with 27 points. All five starters for the Wolves ended the game in double digits while only two of the Lakers starters were able to do the same.
Steve Blake led the Lakers with 19 points and shot well from the three. Blake also did well passing the ball ending with a total of eight assists. Jodie Meeks came off the bench with 16 points but other than those two there were not too many good things for the Lakers in this game. On defense the Lakers were sluggish and could not get back in time and did a bad job protecting the three with Minnesota hitting 10-20. Turnovers were also an issue for the Lakers turning the ball over 21 times.
Steve Nash started the game but left early with back problems. The Lakers will play at home again on Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans. It will be interesting to see if Nash will be okay to play but judging by the issues he has been facing it might not be such a bad idea to give him a little more rest to heal his back and hamstring injuries.
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By Kevin R. Linares
The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to sign shooting guard Wesley Johnson according to Mike Bresnahan. the Lakers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times. Johnson will be sigining with the Lakers on a one year deal for the veteran’s minimum of $1 million. Johnson was the 4th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft and was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Johnson has only played for two NBA teams, the Timberwolves and the Phoenix Suns. Last season with the Suns he averaged 8 points per game. The former Syracuse college basketball player is a solid signing by the Lakers. Johnson can play both shooting guard and the small forward position which will be important after the Lakers decided to amnesty Metta World Peace to save the team money.
The 26-year old brings size and athleticism to a Laker team that will need it. Johnson can look to start fresh with the Lakers after struggling with his first two teams. The Lakers now have Nick Young, who is expected to start, and Johnson that can play at the small forward position.