The Brooklyn Nets continue their road trip with a stop in LA to play the Los Angeles Lakers. The Nets are coming off a crushing road defeat by the hands of the Golden State Warriors, as they made too many late game mistakes down the stretch and came up a little short.
The Nets are still waiting for the debut of newly acquired shooter Marcus Thornton. They thought he would be ready to play against the Warriors, but he fell ill due to food poising and wasn’t able to suit up. They are expecting him to play tonight against the Lakers. Shaun Livingston went down in the first half of last night’s game after injuring his tailbone and might not be able to play tonight. This is were the addition of Thornton will come in handy.
The Lakers have had a roller coaster of a season so far and the ride doesn’t appear to be over yet. The absence of Kobe Bryant has made the Lakers into one of the worst teams in the NBA this season. While they still have fight in them, they don’t seem to have much talent to go along with the size of their heart. Pau Gasol has done his best to put the Lakers on his back, but in this day and age, a player can’t do it all himself.
Nick Young is scheduled to return from injury and that should provide a spark for a group that misses his enthusiasm and scoring ability. Marshon Brooks will get to face his former team as he tries to help the Lakers extend the Nets’ losing streak to 12 games. Kendall Marshall has been a breath of fresh air for the Lakers and might have played his way into a permanent starting role for the team after this season.
This is a must-win game for the Nets if they want to continue to push for a higher seen in the playoffs. Their remaining schedule is favorable, but they cannot afford to let games slip away, no matter the competition. The Lakers are a run and gun team, but the defense of the Nets should be enough for them to leave Staples Center a winner.