Video Preview: Lakers vs Bobcats

Coaches around the NBA often remind their players of one of the toughest games on the schedule: the first home game after a long road trip.

There’s a tendency to let the proverbial guard down and relax in the comforts of one’s home, which the Lakers are finally experiencing after a 13-day trek across the country. But as assistant coach Brian Shaw told us, that’s the last thing L.A. can do against a gritty Charlotte Bobcats team that has long had the Lakers’ number.

Last season, the Bobcats first defeated the Lakers at home in double overtime, then proceeded to win by 10 points in North Carolina on March 31.

One major blow to the ‘Cats for Wednesday’s game was to lose All-Star Gerald Wallace to a hamstring injury, which allows the Lakers to push Ron Artest over to Stephen Jackson and Kobe Bryant on Flip Murray (once Murray enters for starter Steven Graham).

Shaw explained what the Bobcats like to do on offense, how to attack them defensively and detailed their most dangerous lineup heading into the 7:30 PM tipoff.