The challenge for the
Generally, the Lakers are a good rebounding team.
But after they gave up 16 offensive rebounds to Oklahoma City on Sunday, Coach
"The main thing is once the ball is in the air, we've got to do a much better job of keeping guys off the glass," Scott said after Sunday's loss snapped the Lakers' three-game winning streak.
It didn't matter to Scott that the
Scott was upset because his team didn't put up a fight under the glass. The Lakers ranked 12th in rebounds (43.9) and eighth in offensive rebounds (11.8) before Monday night's games.
Charlotte is ranked 11th in the league in rebounding (44.0) and tied for 23rd in offensive rebounds (10.1).
"We'll be ready for Charlotte on Tuesday," said Lakers forward
Miami was ranked last in rebounds in the league (38.4) and next to last in offensive rebounds (8.9).
And then there is Memphis, one of the NBA's top teams that has perhaps the best frontcourt in the NBA. The
"We're playing against a team in Charlotte that has a guy [Jefferson] who is going to try to offensive rebound every time," Scott said. "Memphis, I'm pretty sure that those two big guys [Randolph and Gasol] are going to try to offensive rebound and beat you up. So these next two out of three for sure, that's going to be a priority."
Scott was reminded that the Heat does have Whiteside.
"That's true, Whiteside as well," Scott said. "So all three games."
Scott has tinkered with his starting lineup in recent games, but he said he'll keep his starters intact.
That means Jordan Clarkson,
When: 4 p.m. PST, Tuesday.
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena.
On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Records: Lakers 16-42,
Record vs. Hornets: 1-0.
Update: Jeremy Lin has averaged 17.0 points in his last five games. Since the Hornets acquired point guard