|Last 5 Games||3-2||-0.1||2-3||2-3||100.2||52.6||46.2%||50.4||99.4||55.2||46.2%||47.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||100.8||51.2||38-83||45.7%||8-20||40.2%||17-21||79.0%||52||11||22||21||7||15||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.3||49.4||37-82||45.3%||7-20||36.0%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||100.2||50.7||38-84||45.0%||8-20||39.9%||17-21||80.1%||51||11||21||22||7||15||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||100.1||50.6||37-85||43.8%||8-23||34.4%||18-24||74.7%||52||11||24||19||8||13||5|
|vs opponents averaging||98.6||49.6||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.6%||17-23||75.3%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||102.9||52.5||38-84||45.3%||8-23||35.8%||19-25||75.2%||52||11||23||19||8||13||6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1||+3||2-2||3-2||99.8||51.2||48.6%||51.4||95.2||50.8||45.0%||43.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||102.2||51.9||37-81||46.0%||9-24||35.4%||19-28||69.1%||54||11||22||18||7||15||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.4||49.4||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.6%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||102.6||53.2||38-81||47.1%||9-24||35.6%||18-27||66.1%||56||12||24||17||7||15||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||101.1||52.0||40-87||45.4%||7-21||35.8%||14-19||73.2%||51||12||23||23||9||12||5|
|vs opponents averaging||98.5||49.5||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.8%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||97.2||49.6||39-87||44.2%||7-21||33.0%||13-18||72.2%||50||11||24||23||9||12||5|
|Average power rating of opponents played: GOLDEN STATE 96.2, LA LAKERS 95.9|
|3/18/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||93-72||W||-3.5||W||196||U||35-70||50.0%||46||16||28-83||33.7%||46||13|
|3/20/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||93-104||L||8||L||203||U||37-84||44.0%||50||16||41-85||48.2%||44||12|
|4/12/2013||@ LA LAKERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ PORTLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/5/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||105-122||L||9.5||L||214.5||O||31-77||40.3%||59||16||46-96||47.9%||48||2|
|3/6/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||108-102||W||-2||W||204||O||38-78||48.7%||42||11||38-88||43.2%||59||17|
|3/25/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||103-109||L||1||L||205.5||O||36-91||39.6%||60||9||43-90||47.8%||59||11|
|4/7/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||95-109||L||4.5||L||199||O||33-76||43.4%||42||11||42-84||50.0%||55||10|
|4/12/2013||GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|GOLDEN STATE: GUARDS: STEPHEN CURRY is this offense's engine and a stat-stuffing machine, as long as he's healthy. His ankle should be healed, but his small frame hasn't proven to be up to the rigors of the NBA . . . KLAY THOMPSON is a pure shooter who played himself into a starting job last year. He's a bit one-dimensional, but this spread, up-tempo offense is right up his alley . . . JARRETT JACK will back up both guard spots and provide some insurance for the fragile Curry . . . BRANDON RUSH is going to push for a starting job, but he's never proven to be more than a second-unit talent . . . As a rookie, CHARLES JENKINS proved worthy of a roster spot during his late-season audition. But he'll be looking at a lot of DNP-CDs as long as Curry and Jack are healthy. FORWARDS: DAVID LEE's touches will drop alongside Andrew Bogut. The Warriors seem prepared to give him major minutes despite his defensive shortcomings . . . HARRISON BARNES should push for a starting job early. He's not a great iso player, but the Warriors' offense should set him up with catch-and-score opportunities . . . CARL LANDRY is active around the basket and should do some damage over 20 MPG . . . RICHARD JEFFERSON is going to be in a mentor role until his contract expires in two years . . . JEREMY TYLER is young and a borderline usable big off the bench . . . Second-rounder DRAYMOND GREEN isn't an athlete but does a bit of everything. He figures to have a limited role as a rookie. CENTERS: His fractured ankle is not quite 100 percent, but ANDREW BOGUT hopes to be healed enough when the season starts to be the centerpiece of the frontcourt. He can rebound and defend, and he'll get his share of easy scoring opportunities with so many shooters spreading the floor . . . The Warriors seem content to let ANDRIS BIEDRINS rot on the bench . . . Rookie FESTUS EZELI is too raw offensively to see significant minutes.|
|LA LAKERS: GUARDS: Coach Mike Brown will reportedly turn the offensive gameplan over to STEVE NASH, but it's tough to picture a smooth transition after so many years of iso-heavy play in L.A. Don't be surprised if Nash has a tough adjustment . . . KOBE BRYANT will also have to learn to play with the ball out of his hands more often. He still figures to force some hold-and-wait basketball when he can . . . STEVE BLAKE will be in the old Derek Fisher role, coming off the bench to shoot corner threes . . . CHRIS DUHON and DARIUS MORRIS will battle for that No. 3 point guard spot . . . JODIE MEEKS will back up Bryant and provide some long-range shooting off the bench . . . The young guys, ANDREW GOUDELOCK and second-rounder DARIUS JOHNSON-ODOM, will bounce between the bench and the D-League. FORWARDS: If L.A. redesigns their offense to fit Nash, PAU GASOL should thrive. He's adjusted his game to fit with Kobe's iso play, but Gasol can make the passes and cuts to create quick buckets in a Euro-style offense . . . METTA WORLD PEACE looked done early last season but rebounded for a solid second half. He's a distant fifth option on offense, but can still defend . . . ANTAWN JAMISON will likely fill a sixth-man role. His skill set is too narrow to play a lot of minutes with the starters . . . JORDAN HILL is in the rotation. He did a nice job rebounding and clearing out space last year . . . DEVIN EBANKS figures to be bumped out of the rotation by Jamison. CENTERS: DWIGHT HOWARD's back remains a bit of a concern, and it wouldn't be a shock to see him sit out a handful of regular season games. But when he plays, he'll put up the same kind of monster production that he had in Orlando . . . ROBERT SACRE will be lucky to make the roster.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (GOLDEN STATE-LA LAKERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Warriors-Lakers Preview* =========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Golden State (45-34) at Los Angeles (42-37), 10:30 p.m. EDT
With a playoff berth at stake, Kobe Bryant continues to will the Los Angeles Lakers to victory.
The veteran superstar, though, still has plenty of work to do.
Looking to continue their quest for a postseason spot, Bryant and the surging Lakers go for a 10th consecutive home win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
One night after scoring 23 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter of a 104-96 victory win New Orleans, Bryant went off for a season-high 47 in Wednesday's 113-106 victory at Portland.
"What he is doing is phenomenal. He's determined to get us in the playoffs," said coach Mike D'Antoni, whose team has won five of six. "That's what happens when you open your mouth and guarantee that we'll get in the playoffs."
The eighth-place Lakers (42-37) are now one game ahead of Utah for the Western Conference's final postseason berth with three to go. Los Angeles, though, needs to finish ahead of the Jazz, who own the tiebreaker.
"We've got no breathing room at all," Bryant said. "I'm still on edge. We've got to win three more games and we're in."
The Lakers control their own destiny, but their road to the postseason could be tough.
After this game, Los Angeles concludes its schedule against San Antonio and Houston. Utah, meanwhile, plays Northwest Division-worst Minnesota twice before visiting Memphis.
The Lakers, though, have to like their chances of taking care of business versus Golden State (45-34). They have won 34 of 37 in the series at home, including the last nine by an average of 14.7 points. Los Angeles cruised to an easy 101-77 victory during the Warriors' last visit Nov. 9.
The Lakers had gone 18-1 in the series overall before coming up short 109-103 at Golden State on March 25. Bryant had 36 points but shot just 11 of 27. He's averaging 33.8 in his last eight matchups against the Warriors.
After clinching its first playoff berth since 2007 with Tuesday's 105-89 win over Minnesota, Golden State couldn't keep up Thursday in a 116-97 loss to Oklahoma City. Stephen Curry had 22 points but the Warriors allowed the Thunder to shoot 50.6 percent.
"That was a team that's chasing the No. 1 seed and was trying to send a message, 'Just in case I see you at some point down the road,'" coach Mark Jackson said.
Sitting just one-half game ahead of Houston for the No. 6 seed, Golden State is expected to be without Andrew Bogut, who sprained his surgically repaired left ankle Thursday. He's missed 48 of 79 games, mostly due to lingering ankle woes.
The former No. 1 overall pick is averaging a career-low 5.9 points, but he's second on the team with 7.6 rebounds per game.
With Bogut sidelined, the Warriors could have an even harder time trying to contain Pau Gasol, who's finally starting to round into form after missing 33 games over the course of the season. The four-time All-Star, averaging 6.7 assists during the team's 5-1 run, has scored a combined 45 points in the last two contests on 20-of-30 from the field.
"I'm still not 100 percent, and I won't be," said Gasol, who's shooting 58.3 percent over the last eight games. "I'm managing it well. I'm getting good rhythm, I'm making good decisions, and my focus is really good right now. We're just doing whatever it takes to win."
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 1:29:56 AM EST|