Resting from a laundry list of aches and pains, Bryant sat out the team's win over the
The Mavericks, still adjusting to the acquisition of former
The Lakers are still down
After his trade from Boston, Rondo has played three games for the Mavericks, averaging almost 10.7 points and 9.3 assists a game -- nearly a double-double.
Though he's not a great shooter, hitting 40% from the field, 27% from three-point range and a paltry 33.3% at the free-throw line, Rondo is still a high-impact contributor with his playmaking.
The Mavericks are loaded with scorers, including
Rondo has plenty of passing targets, and the Lakers will need to play a tremendous game defensively as Dallas leads the league at 109.6 points a game.
Ronny Price and
Price has helped the Lakers recently with a few offensive spurts. In the absence of Bryant, the team could use more from Lin both as a scorer and playmaker.
The Lakers will have a challenge with Rondo, Nowitzki, Parsons, Ellis and the rest of the Dallas offensive machine.
The Lakers' offense is more potent when players such as
If Chandler can keep the Lakers from scoring at the basket, including deterring driving guards, the Mavericks will have a significant advantage.
Hill is shooting 47.2% from the field this season, averaging 12.3 points a night. Davis' 7.6 a game comes on a highly efficient 64% shooting. Boozer is the most consistent of the three at 13 points a game at a 51.8% clip.
With or without Bryant, the Lakers would have a difficult time beating the Mavericks in Dallas -- let alone on the second night of a back-to-back.