Despite their 1-9 record, the
On Tuesday night, the Lakers will start a three-game road trip, opening up in Atlanta against the
Atlanta is averaging 101.9 points a game, but has yielded slightly more at 102.8. Defensive small forward
The Lakers will play without
The Lakers lost a lot of firepower on their second unit to injuries with Young, Randle and Kelly out. With Nash done for the season, Jeremy Lin stepped into the starting role, and the team's bench was decimated.
Young's return could help establish balance. His individual creativity, in the absence of a good shot, is a rare skill in the NBA. Young is also a capable outside shooter, another team weakness.
The Lakers need to improve on the defensive end, but having a bench that can put some points on the board could give Coach Byron Scott a healthier rotation over 48 minutes.
On the other end of the floor, the team needs to watch
Korver is averaging 14.3 points a game while shooting 48.8% from the field and a stunning 57.7% from three-point range.
The Lakers have not succeeded, to date, with
If Bryant can find the right balance between attacking individually and getting his teammates involved, coupled with his teammates actively looking to attack offensively, perhaps the Lakers can climb out of their slump to start the season.
The Hawks won't be easy, with forward
Atlanta can score; the Lakers haven't shown that they can defend.
The Lakers come in a desperate team, but the Hawks should be the favorite.
Tuesday night may be an upset in the Lakers' favor.