It’s Veteran’s Day, also known as Armistice Day, a time to thank a brave, but vanishing breed dedicated to protecting and defending this great nation. The (1-6) Los Angeles Lakers remain in Florida for another night; have traveled 236 miles north of Miami to ‘The Theme Park Capital of the World’ Orlando for a back-to-back game against the (3-5) Magic.
Kobe Bryant sat out of the game against the Heat, for the first time this season, due to a sore back and it appears that the Lakers and their fans will see another expertly tailored suit on Bryant on Wednesday night seeing as he is questionable for tonight’s run against the Magic. Fueled by Chris Bosh’s season-high 30 point, 11 rebound night as well as Hassan Whiteside’s 19 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots, in only 27 minutes of work, in addition to their second ranked defense beat the Lakers 101-88.
Although early, the Miami Heat are 3-0 against the Western Conference. The Heat, scored 46 points in the paint, sparred with the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers, in the first half; the Lakers were competitive until midway of the third quarter when Miami pulled away in the fourth quarter while holding the Lakers under their average of allowing 92 points a game. The Orlando Magic offensively, rank 18th in the NBA, on average scoring 101 points per game.
Orlando: defensively, also rank 18th, on average, allowing 101.6 points per game. The Los Angeles Lakers offensively, rank 18th in the NBA, on average scoring 102 points per game. Defensively; the Los Angeles Lakers rank 27th in the NBA allowing 109.3 points per game. The Lakers and Magic have played 52 regular-season games (20-5 in Los Angeles and 15-12 in Orlando) with the Los Angeles holding a 35-17 advantage in the all-time series.
In 2008-2009 the Orlando Magic swept the season series against the Lakers, for the first time since the Orlando entered the NBA in the 1989-1990 season, then L.A. went on to beat the Magic in five games in the 2009 NBA Finals. The Lakers are 4-6 in their last 10 games against the Magic. The Magic and Lakers split the season series last season. After an 0-3 start the Magic has posted a 3-2 mark leading up to this evenings contest.
An interesting matchup of Lakers veteran small forward Metta World Peace defending Orlando’s first year starter Evan Fournier, who leads the Magic in scoring, averaging 19 points per game could have a huge impact on the outcome of this game. Another solid matchup for Los Angeles is Julius Randle against Tobias Harris. The Lakers and their fans have witnessed several inconsistencies in Head coach Byron Scott’s rotation, although it is imperative that the Lakers get their young backcourt Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell going early and often.
It is also absolutely necessary for D’Angelo Russell to start and finish games. The Lakers, annihilated on the boards last night and had several of their shot attempts thrown back in their faces or altered by Hassan Whiteside in Miami, but Dewayne Dedmon, the talented Lancaster, CA native and former USC Trojan is not the dominate force that Whiteside is so the Lakers need to come out play aggressive and attack the basket.
Lakers: D. Russell, J. Clarkson, M. Peace, J. Randle, R. Hibbert
Magic: E. Payton, V. Oladipo, E. Fournier, T. Harris, D. Dedman
Tip-off: 4:00 PM PST
• Los Angeles: TWC Sportsnet (Bill MacDonald & Stu Lantz)
• Orlando: Fox Sports Florida (David Steele & Jeff Turner)
• Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (John Ireland & Mychal Thompson)
• Orlando : WDBO (Dennis Neumann & Ritchie Adubato)
• Kobe Bryant (Sore Back) Out
• Jason Smith (Knee) Day-to-Day
• Nikola Vucevic (Knee) Day-to-Day