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Lakers vs. Bobcats Preview – 12/18/12

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After dropping four games in a row, the Los Angeles Lakers won back-to-back games to finish a four-game roadtrip. On Tuesday, the Lakers return home looking to match their season high three consecutive wins against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Like the Lakers, the Bobcats also come in streaking, but to their discontent it comes on an 11 game losing streak.

On Monday, Lakers’ stars Pau Gasol and Steve Nash returned to practice. 

Nash, who hasn’t played since the second game of the season, won’t play in this game, and his expected return date is Christmas day.

Gasol has missed the last eight games due to tendinitis in both of his knees, but is officially listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game. Gasol said, “We’ll see how I feel tomorrow and decide then.”

KEY PLAYERS

Kemba Walker
Young, athletic and fast point guards are always the biggest threat to the Lakers. After a disappointing rookie season, Walker is averaging 18 points to go along with six assists a game. If the Lakers cannot play solid team defense, Walker might be the reason the Bobcats stay in the game.

Kobe Bryant
Bryant seems to always have a big game against the Bobcats, and could be in for another big game Tuesday night. Bryant comes into the game leading the league in scoring (29.5), and has scored 30+ points in six consecutive games.

KEY TO LAKERS’ VICTORY

Energy
The Lakers recently lost a game against an opponent similar to the Bobcats, the Cleveland Cavaliers. They are both young teams led by their point guard, and can kill teams like the Lakers with energy. If the Lakers do not come out with energy or a sense of urgency, the Bobcats could get out running, make a few threes, and put the Lakers against the wall in a game they should win handily. In order for the Lakers to win, they cannot come out lethargic and they must find their killer instinct to finish the game strong.

PROJECTED LINE-UPS

Los Angeles Lakers:
PG: Chris Duhon
SG: Kobe Bryant
SF: Metta World Peace
PF: Pau Gasol
C: Dwight Howard

Charlotte Bobcats:
PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Gerald Henderson
SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
PF: Byron Mullens
C: Bismack Biyombo

The game starts at 7:30pm PST on TWC SportsNet.

About Andrew Ross

Andrew Ross is an 19-year-old student at Delaware State University (DSU), where he is pursuing a mass communications degree, concentration convergence journalism. At DSU, Ross is a sports writer for the paper, and also has his own sports radio show on campus. Ross aspires to one day be a successful sports writer, and to possibly even have his own radio show. Make sure to follow him on Twitter @AJRoss94

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