Lakers – Suns Pregame

There are a few things you’ll have to keep in mind while watching our pregame scouting report for Wednesday evening’s contest against the Suns at STAPLES Center.

First of all, as Mitch Kupchak discussed in the BasketBlog, the Suns traded Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and James Singletary to Charlotte for Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley. Phoenix has only eight players available to play against the Lakers: Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Amare Stoudemire, Louis Amundson, Leandro Barbosa, Matt Barns, Goran Dragic and Robin Lopez.

That means Phoenix will need to dish out 68 combined minutes to make up for the absence of their best defender, Bell, (32.4 minutes); their first or second guy off the bench in Diaw (24.5) and rookie Singletary (9.4). Barbosa will need to see heavy minutes, since the only other guard off the bench is rookie Dragic, who’s a few years away from really contributing.

The second point of interest is the absence of Shaquille O’Neal, who is missing tonight’s game due to the death of his great grandmother.

As for the rest of the matchup, click below for Kurt Rambis video:

Kurt Rambis Scouting Report