It took a late fourth-quarter run to defeat the
Week 8 won't be easy with a back-to-back set in Atlanta and Memphis starting Monday. The Lakers play a second back-to-back set on Friday, starting at home against the
Through 23 games, the Lakers have exceeded cumulative expectations by three wins.
The Atlanta Hawks (12-12) are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, despite playing just .500 ball.
The Lakers barely beat the Hawks in early November. Now the Lakers are working to reintegrate
Of course he's playing out of position, starting at point guard because
Atlanta has two dynamic bigs in
The Lakers have struggled with
Kobe Bryant might look to make up for last year's loss in Atlanta, which ended on a blown call (acknowledged by the
Under normal circumstances, the Lakers shouldn't have much of a chance in Memphis on the second night of a back-to-back.
But the Grizzlies (10-13) have really struggled this season, playing without
At their best, Memphis isn't a high-scoring team. The Lakers may be catching the Grizzlies at exactly the right time.
Friday vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves (12-12) thoroughly embarrassed the Lakers in their last visit, scoring 47 points in the first quarter in a 113-90 victory.
The Lakers are still an unknown quantity, but if they can recapture some of the fight they showed before Bryant's return, and the natural adjustment period, they should be able to take out quality teams like the Timberwolves at
And there's a chance Farmar could be back by Friday.
Saturday at Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors (13-12), haven't had the kind of success they envisioned. Guard/forward
The Lakers won 102-95 and Iguodala hasn't played since.
The Warriors previously blitzed the Lakers 125-94 on Oct. 30, also the second night of a back-to back for the Lakers.