Lakers Vs. Trail Blazers Preview: L.A. Looks For Road Win In Portland
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The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off of their worst loss of the season and will take on the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center tonight. The Lakers suffered a 34-point defeat against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night and never really gave themselves a chance.

The Lakers have lost four straight games, one of which came to the Trail Blazers on Sunday. In the previous matchup, the Lakers did not have an answer for Damian Lillard, who lit them up for 30 points and had a career-high 13 assists. Lillard and the Blazers controlled the pace from the start, and the Lakers had to play catch-up for the rest of the game. The Lakers made it relatively competitive in the second half, but ultimately gave the game away in the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Backcourt:

Damian Lillard caused major problems for the Lakers and was a key contributor for the Blazers on Sunday. There was no stopping Lillard, as he took over the game and had a career night. He started the game extremely hot from beyond the arc, so the Lakers need to make their best effort to keep the ball out of his hands.

Alongside Lillard in the backcourt is C.J. McCollum, who gave the Lakers issues himself on the offensive end. McCollum scored 19 points of his own and also dished out five assists in the last matchup with the Lakers. Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell have their hands full yet again to try to limit this dynamic duo from taking control of the basketball game.

Frontcourt:

One player who the Lakers need to keep track of tonight is Mason Plumlee. Plumlee is not a player that teams usually adjust their game plan for, but after he scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against them on Sunday, the Lakers will pay close attention to the big man.

Al Farouq-Aminu also contributed in the Blazers victory over the Lakers, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds of his own. His work on the defensive end created many scoring opportunities for the Blazers in transition.

Keys to Victory:

Limit Lillard: It is much easier said than done, but the Lakers need to do anything they can to keep Lillard from taking over the game. In the first matchup, Lillard started the game with a wide-open three-pointer and that gave him a rhythm for the rest of the game. The Lakers can play much better defense and when he gets rid of the ball, they need to keep it out of his hands.

Trust Each Another: The Lakers have struggled all season to find an identity and have yet to build trust with one another. This has been apparent in just about every game when they turn the ball over and fail to rotate defensively. The veterans of this team need to help the young core establish an identity, so the team can finally trust each other and win some basketball games.

Back to Basics: The Lakers need a refresher on some of the basic basketball fundamentals: boxing out, talking on defense, ball movement, and shot selection. This team has been an offensive rebounder’s dream to go against, and hustle players have torn the Lakers apart by creating second chances for their team. The ball sticks in one player’s hands too often on offense, and when that happens there is very little movement off the ball. This in turn leads to poor shot selection. Coach Byron Scott needs to focus on making sure the Lakers are not forgetting to do fundamental things on the court.

Los Angeles Lakers (2-12) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (6-10)
7:00 PM PST, November 28, 2015
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
TV: TWC SportsNet
Radio: 710 ESPN (English) / 1330 (Spanish)

Trail Blazers Projected Starting Lineup:
PG: Damian Lillard
SG: C.J. McCollum
SF: Al-Farouq Aminu
PF: Noah Vonleh
C: Mason Plumlee

Key Reserves: PF: Ed Davis, C: Chris Kaman, PF: Meyers Leonard

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

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

D’Slow and JC have to play better defense. They can’t keep letting Lillard and McCollum destroy them. Have some pride as a man.

Roy needs to return to form from the first few games of the season. Randle too. This one good game very ten games needs to quit. Show some consistency.

  • Lou wont play, I thought lakers will play their next game tomorrow so back2backs huh? Hope Kobe sits in one of these games

  • Interesting to see how Byron plays it with Lou out tonight. Hoping more time for our backcourt and to sum it up “Defense”

  • Jesus Christ this game is a mess already. It’s one thing to lose by 5 points, it’s another thing to consistently be down 15-20 points in the first quarter. Mitch needs to make some trades, if not at least bring up some players from the d-league. They need a vet PG, a SG, a SF and a back up C. No wonder this team keeps losing! Damn.

  • Does anyone know what kind of defense they are trying to run because I don’t see any sort of system

  • Same sht again, ball goes to Kobe, ball stops at Kobe, Kobe thinks about getting his own.

  • Pass to player and everybody clear out as that player tries to get his shot off. It’s not even just Kobe.

  • i hope a laker gets injured(jk), the pelicans might catch up without the brow.

  • Oh boy next we get to watch Paul George carve up the Lakers.

  • What does Russell have to do to get an assist. His teammates are straight garbage.

  • Did you see the play he called and Roy ignored it which resulted in a turnover and bucket for Portland? Smh. He’s right that they don’t respect him.

  • Clarkson and Randle looks to have good rhythm tonight. Keep those minutes coming.

  • He didn’t ignore him. Stop it. Russell thought he was going to pop but Hibbert was going to the basket.

  • JC is about to be paidddd! Lakers better give that man his money.

  • 5-7 , 11pts , 3 Stls , 2 assist , 2 rebounds … and sits Clarkson. Like clockwork the Blazers takes another big lead.

  • D’Slow has huge hands. Once he loses that baby fat and put on some muscle he should be a somewhat decent NBA player instead of the Kendall Marshall look alike he currently is.

  • JC needs rest too. No Lou so he’s running the point when Russell rests. Chill.

  • hibbert is an idiot, i see it more and more every game, scott is the perfect coach or him.

  • It’s 2 minutes left. What’s TWO MINUTES to a 23 yr old? Halftime coming up. So you rather old Kobe over JC who was cooking? Lol

  • No but this is Byron we are talking about here. No logic to his decisions…unless you think he’s tanking then it makes sense.

  • i got love for clarkson but i still dont see him as our future franchise player.

  • His excuse will be that Kobe won’t be playing tomorrow so he can play a lot of minutes tonight.

  • He doesn’t have to be a franchise player, he was a 46th pick. What’s he’s giving us now is more than we expected. 15 ppg in his second year is huge. Look at the slow progress of Jimmy Butler. Next year he might up it to 20 ppg. You never know.

  • those kobe pump fakes are old i dont even see other players doing them anymore

  • Our young guys playing with heart, too bad BS will find a way to screw it up.

  • If Damian and McCollum can work so can JC and Russell. We just need a better offensive system.

  • Byron is unbilieveble. He took Clarkson and Randle when the guys are getting ritym

  • That’s why it’s pointless for Metta to play. He holds the ball too long. Call Brown up and let the kid play.

  • I don’t want Simmons. We already have too many pf. I don’t want another sf who can’t shoot.
    Edit: I doesn’t matter what I want anyways. So yeah

  • Lol, I am not stressing it. Just want to see Russell and Randle to continue to get better

  • I was thinking with myself. The bright side of this point of the season is – our kids are the best players on the team right now. Randle, Clarkson and Russel are playing way better than our vets.

  • BS has Bass playing center Bass cant play center been tried before but BS is too pig headed. He’s going to make it work regardless

  • But he`s three years away to be ready. He`s just like Russel. Too weak in terms of body, will demand two seasons of workouts to be ready.
    If the Lakers draft him (or Ingram, his body is far away to be ready too) i hope the people be patient.

  • Bass has been a good career as a PF off the bench Not the best but far from the worst. BS just doesn’t know how to use his skills

  • No haha, but I can imagine. He isn’t a good interior defender. Surprisingly good on the exterior though

  • I just don`t even hope for a W anymore this season. I`m just supporting the kids.

  • I didn’t think our veterans would play this bad. If they played up to par, we would be at .500….anyways I just hope the kids play well

  • They’re playing STEALTH DEFENSE, it’s there BUT you won’t just see it. Nyahahahahahahahahahaha!

  • Randle 16pts(8/16),Clarkson 19pts (8/15), Russell 16pts (6/11)… Kobe 21pts (7/20). Let the young guns take more shots.

  • let the young guns takeover the game byron! Kobe too old for that right now…Kobe even said that the young guns need to learn how to takeover games, FOLLOW YOUR COACH, BYRON!

  • so Kobe,Lou OUT tomorrow against Ind…I expect kelly and sacre to NOT PLAY….hope to see tarik and huertas have some spot minutes…

    starters: Dlo-JC-MWP-Randle-Hibbert
    bench: SwagP,brown,nance jr
    spot minutes: huertas, bass&tarik will share at the backup minutes for C

    just want consistency from the youngins, still hoping for the W tomorrow, but I wont be shocked if lakes loss by 20+

  • D’Lo – 6-11, 16Pts, 5 assists, 4 rbds , 2-4 on 3’s not a bad outing. Also Liked Clarksons percentages and that 4 steals.

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