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Lakers: DJ Mbenga, Sun Yue, Andrew Bynum
Hawks: Flip Murray, Speedy Claxton, Othello Hunter
With DJ and Sun on the inactive list, we’ll see Shannon Brown and Adam Morrison in uniform together for the first time since they came over from Charlotte for Vladimir Radmanovic. Before the game, Phil Jackson said that both had made progress learning the triangle offense, and there’s a chance we’ll see either one tonight (or not).
Flip Murray’s absence could hurt the Hawks, who will miss his spark off the bench that nets 11 points per night. Murry’s out for at least two games due to undisclosed family matters.
Lakers Fish, Kobe, Luke, Lamar and Pau
Hawks Mike Bibby, Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Josh Smith and Al Horford
12:00 A question to start things off: How many rebounds for Lamar tonight? His last three games have gone up by one each time with 17, 18 and 19 window cleans. Can he get 20 on a Hawks team that’s relatively small with the 6-10 Horford playing center and 6-9 Smith at power forward?
11:34 We’ll wait and see on the boards, but Odom did start the game by picking off a Horford pass, racing up the floor and converting 1-of-2 free throws.
9:16 A 14-foot Gasol J from baseline was just the second of eight field goals in a slow L.A. start that found the purple and gold down 8-5 early. More interesting to me is that Bill O’Reilly, star of one of my favorite YouTube clips ever that I can’t link to (language), is sitting seven seats away from Phil Jackson.
7:56 Pau exceeded his rebounding total from Utah last Thursday (3) with his fourth. That dud (dead legs) came after board totals of 14, 12, 14, 15 and 14 in the five previous games to average 13.8.
3:59 Fisher’s layup made it 18-15 Hawks, who immediately went on a 6-0 burst highlighted by two Williams’ steals to go up nine. Sometimes the Lakers simply don’t take their opponents not named Celtics, Cavs or Spurs too seriously, and squads with as much talent as Atlanta can take advantage should they bring their A game. Surely that’s what we’ve seen so far, as the hustling Hawks had gathered five steals to spark easy transition hoops (in other words, exactly what assistant coach Brian Shaw warned against in our pregame report).
1:37 L.A. responded perfectly out of Jackson’s timeout, getting consecutive hoops from sub Jordan Farmar and Kobe’s first field goal to cut the lead to three.
1:00 Make it one. Farmar blew past Hawks sub Acie Law IV and finished under Zaza Pachulia at the rim with his left hand to cap an 8-0 run. Gasol then swatted Pachulia at the tail end of a solid defensive possession before Vujacic missed an open three to close the quarter.
The Hawks failed to score in the final 2:55 of play, missing jumpers and failing to produce turnovers, as L.A. trailed by just one (24-23) despite shooting 39.3 percent from the field.
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