Nets battle Lakers on back-to-back, trailblazing game

Nets battle Lakers on back-to-back, trailblazing game
Pau Gasol, Nick Young
Nick Young, Pau Gasol, and the Los Angeles Lakers host Brooklyn. (AP)
Brooklyn Nets

Breakdown

Los Angeles Lakers
25-28 Record 19-36
5-5 Last 10 Games 3-7
102.8 Points scored per 100 possessions 100.8
104.5 Points allowed per 100 possessions 105.7
93.9 Possessions per game 99.8
45.0% Field goal percentage 44.4%
36.2% Three-point percentage 37.3%
47.7% Rebound percentage 46.4%
15.3% Turnover percentage 15.4%
Joe Johnson (15.3) Top Scorer Pau Gasol (17.0)

 
Starting lineup: Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks, Kent Bazemore, Wesley Johnson, Pau Gasol

The Los Angeles Lakers have been a disaster this year. Mike D’Antoni’s squad has been without Kobe Bryant for most of the season, and it has led to one of the worst records in the league. They’re looking at big name free agents and an early draft pick, and that’s about it.

The Lakers chuck up shots like few others. They play a fast paced style ranked 2nd in the league in pace, at 99.8 possessions per game. The Lakers biggest issue is that due to their lack of athleticism they allow 105.9 points per game, which puts them at 29th in the league, and they also rank near the bottom in rebounding.

The Lakers will need solid production from their bench, most notably past-Nets guard Marshon Brooks along with newly added Laker Kent Bazemore.

This Laker game is about more than just basketball. It’s a groundbreaking game where the first openly gay NBA player will play in an NBA game. Jason Collins, the same center who was on the Jason Kidd-led Nets team over 10 years ago, has signed a ten-day contract with the Nets. Collins helps out the Nets chemistry through his past playing with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in Boston. The Nets don’t fare well in back-to-backs, and they’ll have to battle a struggling Lakers squad as well as the hype surrounding this trailblazing game.

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