The Los Angeles Lakers set their sights on a wounded predator, taking on the reeling Grizzlies in Memphis to close their three-game road trip. Marc Gasol underwent season-ending surgery on his foot, putting the Grizzlies season on life support. Tony Allen is also expected to miss the game with a knee injury.
The purple and gold are still waiting to decide on what to do with their own injuries, though. Larry Nance, Jr. is considered doubtful after he re-aggravated the sore right knee he took time off leading up to the All-Star break to nurse. Head training Gary Vitti and Byron Scott have discusses the possibility of shutting him down for the final 25 games, but they aren't ready to make that final.
There's also a bit of closure here for Kobe Bryant on the note of knee injuries. He's season-ending knee injury occurred in Memphis back in Dec. of 2013, ending his post Achilles tear season after six games. Kobe gets one last ride through the City of Music, and hopefully it's a sweet tune.
The Lakers have played just two games since the All-Star break, and their defense has been a huge problem. They're giving up 124.6 points per 100 possessions in that small sample, the worst post All-Star marks in the league. Their offense is doing a bit better, sitting at 111.2 points per 100 possessions in the two-game sample. Those numbers don't mean much in the grand scheme, but it does indicate what we've seen since the Lakers returned to play.
As it goes in the final leg of the season, enjoy the game while you can.
Time: 5 p.m. PT
TV: TWCSN, FSS