Half of the Lakers Are Ready to Take on Cavaliers

As the Lakers limp into Cleveland, the first thing that strikes me is the realization that the LA team and the long suffering Cavaliers have identical 16-32 won-lost records and .333 winning (or should I say losing) percentages.

Second is the fact that the Lakers are still, despite the hullabalood return of Steve Nash and Steve Blake, and tonight of Jordan Farmar, hobbled mercilessly by injuries. Starting the game with no Kobe Bryant, Xavier Henry, or Pau Gasol, in addition to Farmar, the team also quickly also lost the guy who unquestionably has been their top 2013-4

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performer at guard, and the teams second leading scorer, Jodie Meeks, and under-rated and under-appreciated Jordan Hill, who despite playing only 19 minutes per game is the team’s second leading rebounder while shooting 54% from the field.

Meeks will be out a least a week, and Hill is apparently day-to-day, and out for tonight.

Blake’s return last night was a giant bust, in more ways than one. In 32 minutes on the court, he failed to score, and somehow he managed to rupture

an eardrum. Trooper that he is, Blake kept playing, and will, as of now, not miss tonight’s game. Steve Nash, who has found the employment schedule every hard-working 40-year-old just dreams of – work six days, sit for three months, then work every other day – while being paid just under $10 M, will of course not play tonight. He actually did surprisingly well last night, playing an astounding 26 minutes and scoring seven points and passing off for nine assists. So with no Nash or Meeks, the team is still woefully thin

at both guard spots, despite what gave every impression of being a career game from recent free agent pick up Manny Harris. For his career, Harris has averaged six points per game and the Lakers’ cannot expect to see him put in 19 again anytime soon. He did collect 18 in a game a few nights ago, but that was against the Knicks and doesn’t really count.

Last night also saw a Chris Kaman sighting, but unfortunately he spent the

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night in foul trouble and only played 17 minutes. With Hill likely out tonight and Gasol injured, and despite the curse of the D’Antoni Dawghouse, Kaman should finally get the playing time he has earned.

Cleveland has won seven of the last eight games the Lakers have played in Cleveland, and they are a seven point pick tonight.

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