Lakers Vs. Suns Preview: L.A. Looks For Two Consecutive Wins
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Following their second victory of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers will take a short trip to Arizona to face the Phoenix Suns. This has not been the start of the season that Los Angeles was looking for, but after their victory against the Pistons, the Lakers are hopeful to string a few wins together.

Kobe Bryant will not play tonight after logging a team-high 37 minutes in the win over the Detroit Pistons last night. Head coach Byron Scott felt it was the right decision to let Kobe rest after his near triple-double; finishing with 17 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists.

The Lakers will look to build off of their first home win of the season and will look for their third win of the young season.

Frontcourt:

Making headlines for the Phoenix Suns this offseason was Markieff Morris, who vocalized his discontent when his twin brother was traded to the Pistons. Markieff is the more talented of the twins, but he has been unhappy in Phoenix since his brother was traded, and he even demanded that the Suns trade him away as well. Morris is an all-around player who can score from anywhere on the court and the Lakers need to keep an eye on him.

Also clogging up the paint for the Suns is Tyson Chandler. Chandler has established himself as a defensive big man in the league throughout his career. He does not have many tools offensively, but he can change the game with his offensive rebounding ability. The Lakers struggle keeping teams off of the offensive glass, so they need to make sure they put a body on Chandler and box him out.

Backcourt:

After the Suns traded away Goran Dragic to the Miami Heat prior to the 2015 trade deadline, Eric Bledsoe is the premiere guard of the team. Bledsoe has all the capabilities of being an All-Star caliber player, but has yet to be in a situation where he was the main guy. This year is his first opportunity to prove that he is capable of just that, and he will be a tough assignment for Jordan Clarkson.

Accompanying Bledsoe in the backcourt is Brandon Knight. Knight is an uber-quick point guard who can carve through defenses off of the pick-and-roll. The young point guard had an incredible scoring night on Nov. 12 against the Clippers, where he scored 37 points in the loss. The Lakers need to communicate defensively and limit his penetration.

Keys to Victory:

Defensive Rebounding: The Lakers did a great job keeping Andre Drummond off of the offensive glass, only allowing him to grab four offensive rebounds. Considering Drummond is averaging 19 boards per game, this was an accomplishment. The Lakers bigs made a good effort to put a body on him and making things difficult for him. If the Lakers make a similar effort against Tyson Chandler, they will put themselves in a good position to win.

Take Care of the Ball: Although the Lakers won last night, they turned the ball over 16 times. Luckily, the Pistons did not capitalize, but the Lakers cannot turn the ball over that many time against the Suns, who like to push the pace offensively. Limiting turnovers should be the Lakers game plan every game since they have struggled taking care of the ball this season. If the Lakers can limit their turnovers, they will prevent the Suns from scoring easy points in transition.

Get Back on Defense: Bledsoe and Knight will look to push the pace whenever the opportunity prevents itself. Morris is great at running the floor as well, so all five Lakers need to focus on transition defense tonight in Phoenix. The Suns will also be more aggressive on the break since the Lakers will have tired legs on the second night of a back-to-back.

Los Angeles Lakers (2-8) vs. Phoenix Suns (5-4)
6:00 PM PST, November 16, 2015
Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
TV: TWC SportsNet
Radio: 710 ESPN (English) / 1330 (Spanish)

Lakers Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: D’Angelo Russell
SG: Jordan Clarkson
SF: Metta World Peace
PF: Julius Randle
C: Roy Hibbert

Key Reserves: SG: Lou Williams, SF: Nick Young, PF: Larry Nance Jr.

Suns Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Brandon Knight
SG: Eric Bledsoe
SF: P.J. Tucker
PF: Markieff Morris
C: Tyson Chandler

Key Reserves: C: Alex Len, PG: Ronnie Price, SG: Devin Booker

Have to contain that backcourt — if Bledsoe goes off it could be a long night. Clarkson will have to play his angles and try to avoid ticky tack fouls because Bledose is strong enough to power up for the and1

  • Have to contain that backcourt — if Bledsoe goes off it could be a long night. Clarkson will have to play his angles and try to avoid ticky tack fouls because Bledose is strong enough to power up for the and1

  • I don’t think it’s a guarantee that Markieff will play tonight, since he had a mild knee sprain last Thursday against the Clippers. Jon Leuer may start in his place, and he’s been nothing short of solid for the Suns, averaging career highs across the board.

    Good luck tonight, Lakers fans!

  • I don’t think it’s a guarantee that Markieff will play tonight, since he had a mild knee sprain last Thursday against the Clippers. Jon Leuer may start in his place, and he’s been nothing short of solid for the Suns, averaging career highs across the board.

    Good luck tonight, Lakers fans!

  • Bledsoe is also a problem on defense. So even if he’s limited offensively by Clarkson (some how), Bledsoe is still going to bring it on the other end. It should make for an intriguing matchup regardless, as Clarkson is the 2nd highest scorer for the Lakers. Only trailing Kobe by a one point average.

  • Bledsoe is also a problem on defense. So even if he’s limited offensively by Clarkson (some how), Bledsoe is still going to bring it on the other end. It should make for an intriguing matchup regardless, as Clarkson is the 2nd highest scorer for the Lakers. Only trailing Kobe by a one point average.

  • Team ball/play is a must, the run and gun is on today as the Nuns are 4th in scoring and 4th in pts from the 3 pt line (Lakers 10th). However, the Nuns are the worst in the league in TO’s (Lakers 15th), thus best to limit 2nd chance scoring opportunities, capitalize on TO opportunities and try to get to the FT line since the Lakers are 3rd in the league in pts scored from the FT line. Best continue this defensive presence while focusing on the 3 pt line.

  • Team ball/play is a must, the run and gun is on today as the Nuns are 4th in scoring and 4th in pts from the 3 pt line (Lakers 10th). However, the Nuns are the worst in the league in TO’s (Lakers 15th), thus best to limit 2nd chance scoring opportunities, capitalize on TO opportunities and try to get to the FT line since the Lakers are 3rd in the league in pts scored from the FT line. Best continue this defensive presence while giving focus to the 3 pt line.

  • i hope the warriors stay undefeated till we play them so we can go Holly Holm on that @$$

  • i hope the warriors stay undefeated till we play them so we can go Holly Holm on that @$$

  • Lakers needs to Win without Kobe being on the floor….A confidence builder game.

  • Lakers needs to Win without Kobe being on the floor….A confidence builder game.

  • Without Kobe, it’s time for Russ to lead the team! Let Russ dominate the team! Win or lose does not matter. Russ is the new Magic. Let him have the ball. let his develop and grow. Let’s go Russ!!!!!! Lakers’s saviour and supperstar!!!

  • Dude as a fellow laker fan your delusional insane for already comparing Russell to one of the laker great magic

  • Dude as a fellow laker fan your delusional insane for already comparing Russell to one of the laker great magic

  • I’m so through with Russell and randle weak assk defense! !! Randle super ball stopper and bully ball… i used to loooove randle but now he just does the same shizt over n over! Redundant! Plus the turnover

  • I’m so through with Russell and randle weak assk defense! !! Randle super ball stopper and bully ball… i used to loooove randle but now he just does the same shizt over n over! Redundant! Plus the turnover

  • Russell slow as hello maan, i can’t stand it! He’s too young to be getting out run the way he does!

  • Well he’s being more aggressive but he’s definitely not the shooter everybody said he was.

  • Russell slow as hello maan, i can’t stand it! He’s too young to be getting out run the way he does!

  • Well he’s being more aggressive but he’s definitely not the shooter everybody said he was.

  • I even thought he was a great shooter, well he has super nice college highlights rather, adjusting i guess…

  • I even thought he was a great shooter, well he has super nice college highlights rather, adjusting i guess…

  • Lol… people were comparing him to Steph. I knew it was too good to be true. I like that he’s being aggressive though.

  • Lol… people were comparing him to Steph. I knew it was too good to be true. I like that he’s being aggressive though.

  • They should let Jordan run point when Russell is out. As I’ve said 100x..Lou is not a pg.

  • They should let Jordan run point when Russell is out. As I’ve said 100x..Lou is not a pg.

  • They’re playing solid defense but can’t get the basketball. We need a backup pg. Huertas can’t play in the NBA.

  • They’re playing solid defense but can’t get the basketball. We need a backup pg. Huertas can’t play in the NBA.

  • I’m ready to trade Lou will for a shaq soda and free Lakers jack in the box tacos

  • I’m ready to trade Lou will for a shaq soda and free Lakers jack in the box tacos

  • We lost lead soon after Russ was taken out. BS never learn. Let Russ plays!!! Foooooolllllllllllllll

  • It just shows you how special Kobe is. Lou been off cause of a minor hand injury while Kobe’s was major.

  • Fukging Lou will always dooping swaggy for the last shot, I’m tired of that shiznit!…
    I’m on moderator probation for those wondering why I’m typing like a Jehovah’s witness kindergarten teacher

  • It just shows you how special Kobe is. Lou been off cause of a minor hand injury while Kobe’s was major.

  • Fukging Lou will always dooping swaggy for the last shot, I’m tired of that shiznit!…
    I’m on moderator probation for those wondering why I’m typing like a Jehovah’s witness kindergarten teacher

  • We actually increased our lead when he was on the bench. Problem is that we don’t have a backup pg and Byron won’t play someone other than Bass @ center.

  • We actually increased our lead when he was on the bench. Problem is that we don’t have a backup pg and Byron won’t play someone other than Bass @ center.

  • Lou Williams comes to l.a. and forget how to layup a gimme from huertas…
    And y’all talking about trade swaggy???
    Boyyy stopppp!

  • Lou Williams comes to l.a. and forget how to layup a gimme from huertas…
    And y’all talking about trade swaggy???
    Boyyy stopppp!

  • It’s not Russ fault if the guys cant make shots. Didnt you see those Magic like passing?

  • I mean there are a few others that say the same thing..so it’s kinda hard to pick out the delusionals/trolls.

  • I mean there are a few others that say the same thing..so it’s kinda hard to pick out the delusionals/trolls.

  • Lol he has no defense against cockroaches but he’s the only tru pg … one good note he has more points and assist than Russell i think…

  • Lol he has no defense against cockroaches but he’s the only tru pg … one good note he has more points and assist than Russell i think…

  • Wth is randle doing as well, he fell off like lou so far, bully ball over n over turn over

  • Wth is randle doing as well, he fell off like lou so far, bully ball over n over turn over

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