The rare road-home back-to-back rears its head for the Lakers today, with the team landing at about 2:00 a.m. from Portland after a tough loss on Thursday night, and Golden State waiting in Los Angeles for a tip just about 17 hours after the Lakers plane touched ground.
As is typical in the NBA, Mike Brown canceled the regular morning shootaround so that his players could get a bit of rest, and will instead have his squad gather on the early side for the Warriors game, to go through Golden State’s sets and schemes to prepare as well as possible for a team that’s lost three straight to fall to 2-4 on the young season.
The Warriors, under a head coach with no previous coaching experience in Mark Jackson (formerly with ESPN/ABC calling games last season), will be short-handed in this one, since starting point guard Stephen Curry will not play due to a hobbled ankle. The offense will run through Monta Ellis, who took 30 shots to get his 38 points in the team’s Wednesday loss to San Antonio, while rookie Klay Thompson (the son of Lakers radio broadcaster Mychal Thompson, the No. 11 overall pick attended Santa Margarita HS in Orange County) should see some extra minutes in Curry’s absence.
Golden State stars Andris Biedrins and David Lee at the four and five, giving L.A. its typical big advantage on the low blocks, and brings Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown off the bench in relief, tonight charged with trying to body up Andrew Bynum (four double-doubles in four games) and Pau Gasol.
A few other tidbits heading into the action from the team’s official game notes:
- The Lakers won last season’s series with Golden State 3-1 after sweeping the 2010-11 series 4-0 and have swept four of the last six season series with the Warriors. They have not lost a season series to Golden State since they were defeated 2-3 over five games during the 1994-95 season.
- The Lakers and Warriors have met 297 times in the regular season during the Los Angeles era, the Lakers leading 189-108.
- The Lakers are 26-4 in their last 30 games against Golden State but had their 12-game win streak against the Warriors snapped in their most recent meeting 4/6/11 at ORACLE Arena (87-95).
- At STAPLES Center, the Lakers are 22-2 all-time against the Warriors.
- In 55 career games including 46 starts against the Warriors, Kobe Bryant is averaging 26.8 points per game with a high game of 51 points, his 4th highest average among all teams behind Charlotte, Toronto and Portland.
- Lakers guard Derek Fisher played two seasons for Golden State, where he averaged a career-best 13.3 points during the 2005-06 season.
- Lakers forward Troy Murphy was drafted by Golden State with the 14th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. Murphy played his first five and a half NBA seasons with the Warriors, averaging a double-double for the year three times in the Bay Area (2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06).
- Kwame Brown played for two-plus seasons with the Lakers from 2005-08, averaging 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in 136 games before being traded to Memphis along with Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the draft rights to Marc Gasol and first round draft picks in 2008 and 2010 in exchange for Pau Gasol and a 2010 second round draft pick.