Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lakers loom as Grizz road trip nears end

Although it is usually a highlight of Lakers-Grizzlies meetings, the Gasol Brothers will not face off tonight when Pau's Lakers host Marc's Grizzlies. ; Pau will miss tonight's game as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, although by all accounts it seems to be completely healed. ; As with Allen Iverson's situation, though, with a hamstring you can never be too careful. ; Last season, Pau held a slight edge over his younger brother, averaging 16 ppg in the teams' four matchups, all Laker wins, while Marc averaged 13 ppg. ; However, Marc outscored Pau in each of the last two meetings, 17-13 and 14-12, respectively.

The Lakers may be somewhat fatigued as they enter tonight's game coming off consecutive overtime games against Oklahoma City and Houston. ; I wouldn't count on it, but if the Grizzlies can get off to another quick start and punish the Lakers physically with Zach Randolph and Marc, they could hang around. ; They just have to be consistent and efficient on offense. ; They absolutely must limit their turnovers because they are going to ;need all the extra ;possessions they can get.

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