The Nets have lost eight of their last nine. That makes them only slightly worse than the Lakers who have lost six of their last nine. Of course, the Nets have lost six straight and the Lakers are, well, the Lakers. The defending champs have fallen on hard times mainly because of a misfiring offense, scoring 100 or more points only twice in that span.
Kobe Bryant has had his games, but overall he he has not produced at his previous high levels. And historically, no team has done better defensively vs. Kobe than the Nets. New Jersey Nets...Kobe Killers. So is there hope? Maybe, but Phil Jackson can't be that worried. He gave the team off today after arriving in New York.
Devin Harris and Damion James remain game time decisions. Avery Johnson would like to keep Travis Outlaw as sixth man so Quinton Ross or Stephen Graham may get a start. One other story line: Jordan Farmar, if he fills in for Harris, will be facing his old teammates for the first time in Newark. And of course, we'll be counting Kardashians. Kim? Khloe...Mrs. Lamar Odom?
New Jersey Nets Game Notes - New Jersey Nets
- Los Angeles Lakers Game Notes - Los Angeles Lakers
- Nets Team Report - NBA - Yahoo! Sports - Sports Xchange
- Lakers Team Report - NBA - Yahoo! Sports - Sports Xchange
- Lakers-Nets Preview - Stats LLC
- Bryant probably can't wait to face Nets - Al Iannazzone - The Nets Insider
- Nets must stay awake against Kobe Bryant, Lakers - Al Iannazzone - The Record
Lakers’ Ron Artest Turns Defense Into an Art Form - Jonathan Abrams - New York Times
- Farmar experiences more playing time -- and more losing -- since leaving the Lakers - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
Avery: Kobe just like Mike - Mark Hale - New York Post
- Farmar could start against former team - Jared Zwerling - ESPN New York
Jersey Moves Up Favors' Schedule - Jason Fleming - HoopsWorld
- Lakers start trip with a loss but still decide not to practice - Broderick Turner - Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Lakers hope for an early Christmas - Dave McMenamin - ESPN Los Angeles
- Lakers-Nets: What to watch - Andy Kamenetzky - ESPN Los Angeles