Game 26: 12/08/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Game 26: 12/08/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:51 am

(15-10) LAKERS at GRIZZLIES (15-9)

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 5:00 PM PDT
FedExForum • Memphis, TN

Referees: Ed Malloy (#14), JT Orr (#72), Natalie Sago (#76)

Replay Center: Nick Buchert, Bill Kennedy, Scott Twardoski

Line: Grizzlies -2.5

Local TV: Spectrum SportsNet

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GAME PREVIEW: LAKERS AT GRIZZLIES


by NBA.com

MEMPHIS -- LeBron James enters a personal House of Horrors on Saturday night, in the second game of a back-to-back no less, when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Memphis Grizzlies in a duel of two 2018 playoff non-qualifiers that are off to fast starts this season.

The Lakers exhausted four starters upward of 36 minutes Friday night in a 133-120 loss at San Antonio that snapped a four-game winning streak.

The Grizzlies, meanwhile, played no one more than 35 minutes and got a difference-making contribution from newcomer Joakim Noah off the bench in a 107-103 win at New Orleans.

The Lakers and Grizzlies will meet three times this season, with two being played in Memphis, which gives Grizzlies fans a chance to see James up-close-and-personal twice in one season for the first time in his career.

The double-shot of Memphis was not likely a recruiting pitch by the Lakers when they lured the future Hall of Famer in free agency last summer.

James has made 13 career visits to Memphis, recording a modest 7-6 record.

That's a lot more boastful than his individual success. He's been limited to 20, 12 and 18 points in his last three visits, shooting just 18 for 44 overall and 3 for 10 on 3-pointers.

James has scored 23 or fewer points -- well below his 27.2-point career average -- in eight of his last 12 matchups with the defensive-minded Grizzlies.

James was his usual self in Friday's loss at San Antonio, pouring in 35 points, but had to accept a bit of a different role with Brandon Ingram out with a sprained ankle.

Ingram won't play Saturday either, leaving Lakers coach Luke Walton scrambling for ballhandlers.

"We're gonna have to start splitting LeBron and (Lonzo Ball) a little more," he said to the media. "Get one of them out earlier than we'd like. Lance (Stephenson) can run some point still. Svi (Mykhailiuk) ran some point with his (Ukrainian) national team, so he's capable. But we're going to try to have LeBron and (Ball) on the court for most of the game."

The Lakers made do in San Antonio, committing just eight turnovers. James had one in his 37 minutes.

The Grizzlies likewise took good care of the ball in their win at New Orleans, committing just 11 turnovers compared to the Pelicans' 18.

Not that they're looking past James, but the Grizzlies have embarked on a brutal stretch of the schedule. They'll go up against Denver, Portland twice, Houston and Golden State in the next 11 days.

Fortunately for Memphis, management brought in a reinforcement this week with the signing of Noah, a two-time All-Star and former Defensive Player of the Year who played only seven games last season.

The 33-year-old contributed 13 points and five rebounds to Friday's win.

"A blessing," Noah said of his opportunity this week. "I'm taking none of these moments for granted. Because all this time made me realize how much I love basketball."

Noah put in 13 minutes in his season debut Wednesday against the Clippers. He hadn't played since January, when he was with the Knicks.


http://www.nba.com/games/20181208/LALMEM#/preview
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Re: Game 26: 12/08/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:01 am

No grizzlies in Memphis. No lakes in LA.

Let's hope we bring some reality to this little pissing contest.
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Re: Game 26: 12/08/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby NuggetsCountry » Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:55 am

lakerevolution wrote:No grizzlies in Memphis. No lakes in LA.

Let's hope we bring some reality to this little pissing contest.


LOL As most of you know, I am a Lakers fanatic because I started rooting for them in Elgin's rookie year in Minneapolis, where there are lakes! :WTFface:
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Re: Game 26: 12/08/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:13 pm

NuggetsCountry wrote:
lakerevolution wrote:No grizzlies in Memphis. No lakes in LA.

Let's hope we bring some reality to this little pissing contest.


LOL As most of you know, I am a Lakers fanatic because I started rooting for them in Elgin's rookie year in Minneapolis, where there are lakes! :WTFface:


:LOBtrophy: Yes, we all know. Wonder if/when they'll don the throwbacks. These new unis me no likey.
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Re: Game 26: 12/08/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:51 pm

I will miss this game as well, freakin work - Boooooo. These Friday night and Saturday night games kill me. This is another 50/50 game.
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Re: Game 26: 12/08/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:08 pm

3Peatkb24 wrote:I will miss this game as well, freakin work - Boooooo. These Friday night and Saturday night games kill me. This is another 50/50 game.


More like 40/60, so let’s get this one. Another man short tonight. Beaz is out. Someone in his family is very ill apparently. Perhaps it’s Bonga Time!
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Re: Game 26: 12/08/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby Julius Russell » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:48 pm

Wow. Excellent start.
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Re: Game 26: 12/08/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby Lakers4Life » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:58 pm

Julius Russell wrote:Wow. Excellent start.



They should be ready to play tonight and pissed from giving that game away last night. Nice to see that we have that fighting spirit. Memphis is playing great this year. This will be a great W
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Re: Game 26: 12/08/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby Nycitylaker » Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:50 pm

After 3 Lakeshow up 25
Lonzo is a minus 2
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Re: Game 26: 12/08/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:18 pm

Nycitylaker wrote:After 3 Lakeshow up 25
Lonzo is a minus 2


Yeah looks like my "we need Lonzo to score" comment was a wash tonight, yet and still he needs to not build brick houses. Kuz and KCP backed up LeBron tonight - damn this woulda been sweeter with a victory last night.
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Re: Game 26: 12/08/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby KobeMVP888 » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:14 pm

Just what the doctor ordered on the back end of a back-to-back. A nice slowdown game where we make and the overrated team misses. I can't believe the Grizz have been winning so many games this season. They will finish well under .500. Great defense. I mean GREAT defense. Loved the cruise.
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Re: Game 26: 12/08/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby 3Peatkb24 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:06 am

This game was much easier than I thought it would be. 111-88 very nice. I just watched the highlights, Kuzma had a solid game. The team had nice balance scoring and we are now 16-10.
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Re: Game 26: 12/08/18 Lakers at Grizzlies GAME THREAD

Postby lakerevolution » Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:24 am

Rebounding: Dominant.
Turnovers: Terrible.

Heat check up next. 17-10 ain't bad, assuming we win.

With teams like MIN, UTA, NO, SA and HOU at or below .500, we're already up a notch and will be in good health in a couple weeks.

A blockbuster trade could still be in the works.
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