This afternoon, the New York Knicks visited the Los Angeles Lakers in a Christmas Day matinee. Unfortunately, the Knicks were issued their eighth loss of the year, while the Lakers improve to .500.
Talking Lakers and Mike D’Antoni with Andrew Ungvari of LakersNation.com.
(Illustration from Bobby Bernethy)
Barring an NBA Finals featuring the two teams, the Los Angeles Lakers only visit Madison Square Garden once, this year. The occasion is a one time chance during the season to see Kobe Bryant and what exploits he’ll have at the Garden. In 2009, it was his 61-point performance; In 2008 it was a near triple double performance of 39 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists; In 2006, he dropped 40 at the Garden. Time and time again, the Lakers visit to the Garden brings about questions of, “What will Kobe do tonight?”
The Knicks did something on Sunday they couldn’t do on eight separate occasions last season: beat the Boston Celtics. But, despite the win, there are some things the team needs to clean up, in order to contend for a championship this season.
Final Score: Lakers 113, Knicks 96
Current Streak: Loss 2
If a trade is going to happen it better take place soon.
The body language on the floor is disgusting.
Wilson Chandler’s body language is saying “I don’t want to be here”. Raymond Feltons’ name has recently been included in trade talks involving the Nuggets, and he seems to be affected by the rumors as well.
The Lakers (26-11) will host the Knicks (21-14) at the Staples Center Sunday night. Lakers-Knicks games always draw a ton of excitement, but this is the first time in about 10 years that the game should be competitive. The Knicks score the ball phenomenally but have trouble keeping their opponents out of the paint. This is primarily due to the lack of size on their roster. The Lakers rank third in the league in points in the paint per game (45.7) and will be attacking the Knicks frontline all night. It is crucial for Amar’e Stoudemire to stay out of foul trouble because while the Lakers front line is very large, Amar’e should be able to dominate them on the offensive side.