Lakers-Nets Open Thread

Stephen Dunn

No Dwight, no Metta World Peace either.

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Metta World Peace has been suspended one game for roughhousing with the Pistons' Brandon Knight on Sunday. This leaves the Lake Show down two starters tonight when they face the Nets in Brooklyn. Dwight Howard, as you already know, is still out with the shoulder injury he suffered against Phoenix. It seems likely we'll see more of Kobe Bryant at small forward this evening, with Darius Morris and Steve Blake spending some time at the two. Devin Ebanks hasn't played in well nigh a month, and if he can't get on the court tonight we can go ahead and assume he'll never play for the Lakers again.

The Nets give us still more to worry about. Since firing Avery Johnson in December they've surged back into the thick of the Eastern Conference seeding scrum. Though they've won just five of their last nine that run includes wins over the Knicks, Hawks and Bulls, and not having played since Friday night they have plenty of gas in the tank for tonight's battle.

This could be a rough one for the Lake Boyz.

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