Knicks-Lakers Pre-Game Bonanza
Kobe Bryant is suspended for tonight’s game.
Kobe Bryant was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Tuesday for striking San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili in the face.
With his Los Angeles Lakers in New York to play the Knicks, Bryant requested an “immediate hearing” with the league office to appeal the suspension. But his request was denied because it would have deviated from standard procedure, and Bryant was still slated to miss the game Tuesday night.
Kurt from FB&G does a good write up of the game.
Things to look for. If the Lakers are going to win this one, it may be because they win the turnover battle in a big way, Not only do the Knicks not create turnovers, they cough the ball up a lot ? 18.4% of their possessions end in a turnover, one of the highest rates in the NBA. If the Lakers win the turnover by 5 or more, that?s a lot of possessions in what should be a high-scoring game.
With Kobe out, the Lakers need some people to step up, and because he?ll be matched up on Eddy Curry this is a night Bynum can have a big game. Opposing centers are averaging 19.7 points and 12.7 boards per game on the Knicks, shooting 53%. Drew is capable of that kind of night.
The Knicks struggle to defend just about every position, the Lakers just need to keep passing the ball and making their shots tonight.
As for defending the Knicks ? make them jump shooters. As a team they shoot just 40.1% (eFG%) on jumpers but get the ball inside and they shoot 57.9%. Curry has good offensive moves in the post and Lee gets offensive rebounds and putbacks. Maybe we?ll see some zone, but the Lakers need to pack it in a little tonight and make the Knicks a perimeter team.