When they met on Nov. 3,
Outside of the
The Lakers are coming off their first win since
Korver was a problem for the Lakers in November, scoring 22 points on just 10 shot attempts (including a perfect 6-6 from beyond the arc).
At the time, the Lakers started Blake at shooting guard next to Steve Nash.
Now the Lakers have Bryant back, either point guard
Bryant is coming of his best game since his return, scoring 21 points with eight assists and seven rebounds against the
Horford is averaging 17.7 points with 8.3 rebounds a game. Millsap is right behind him at 16.5 points and 8.0 boards.
If the Lakers can slow the Hawks' two top scorers, they'll have a chance to steal one on the road.
The Lakers made a statement closing out the Bobcats on Saturday -- winning the game by playing defense in the final minutes.
Will that carry forward or did the Lakers just take out a team that has struggled all year to score in the fourth quarter?
The Hawks have been up and down all season, but so have the Lakers.
A win in Atlanta would return the Lakers to .500 and give them a chance at a winning road trip, but it's going to take a major team effort to do so.