The 19-point losing margin doesn't even reflect how badly the Lakers were beaten.
The Pacers won't have
The Lakers are still without
Given his season averages of 11.8, 3.6 and 3.0, respectively -- the Lakers can't let the 6-foot-5 guard explode for another big night.
The Pacers don't have a great record but they're scrappy. Bryant can't beat Indiana by himself - a greater focus on team ball has been a better look for the Lakers.
The Lakers also have to deal with the Indiana tandem of
Injuries have derailed the Pacers' season to date, but Hibbert and West were a major part of Indiana's deep playoff runs the past couple of years.
West is averaging 7.7 points and 6.8 rebounds a game this season. Hibbert is at 11.2 and 6.7.
The Lakers need strong performances from starters
Davis, in particular, has emerged as both a steady defender and scorer for the Lakers. Hill has struggled a bit over the past month.
So far this week, the Lakers won in Denver and lost at home to the
The rematch against the Pacers should go the Lakers way, but not without a great challenge from Indiana.