NBA Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns

By Ian Meredith
Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers travel east into the desert to take on the Phoenix Suns on Monday night and the chances of the Lakers pulling out a victory aren’t all that great. The Suns are currently 16-10 on the season and are absolutely en fuego shooting the rock right now. Putting up some absolutely ridiculous numbers from behind the arc, the Suns have made near 50 percent of their 3-pointers in their last five games at home and the Lakers will continue to be without a majority of their rostered guards.

Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar continue to be sidelined with various injuries and superstar Kobe Bryant is already re-sidelined for at least the next six weeks with a fractured left knee. Lakers big man Pau Gasol may also be sidelined with an illness and is questionable at best. Meanwhile, the Suns are pretty much at full health and will be feeling good coming into tonight’s tilt. Terrific guard tandem Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic are learning to play well with each other and the Suns are much better then anticipated to begin the year, when “tanking” talks were quite prevalent.

The Lakers have dropped below .500 this season sitting at 13-14 and will give it their all in an attempt to get back up to .500 on the year. With the decimation to the back court small forward Xavier Henry will look to get his second start at point guard. In his first start at the point, he finished with 13 points three rebounds and two assists and will need a much bigger performance than that to stand a chance competing versus the terrific Suns back court.

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