Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hornets vs. Lakers

Today the Los Angeles Lakers are going to host the New Orleans Hornets.  Both teams are having the complete opposite season they were expecting.  The Hornets got Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, son of Doc Rivers.  Austin went to Duke and this is his rookie season; not what anyone was expecting. Anthony went to Kentucky and this too is his rookie season.  If these both step up their game, then this team will be much better.  Greivis Vasquez is averaging 13.8 points and 9.2 assists for the Hornets.  With Boston Celtics point-guard out, this is a great time for him to step up and earn a reputation.  Anthony Davis averages 12.8 points, 7.8 boards, and 1.8 blocks per game.  This is what makes Davis so good, his ability to score, rebound, and block.  Robin Lopez, brother of Brooklyn Nets Brook Lopez, averages 11 points and 1.7 blocks.  It seems like basketball runs in the Lopez family.  This team will need major improvements, just to have a winning season.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are having one of their worst seasons in franchise history.  Although, after having a major win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Lakers have been pumped up.  The good thing about this team is they have experience.  Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant have played for over ten years, and Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol have been on Olympic teams.  Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, and Steve Nash have been out with injuries this season, and that time hurt the Lakers.  Surprisingly, only Kobe Bryant, the veteran, hasn't been out with an injury.  Now, Kobe Bryant is averaging 29.2 points and 4.9 rebounds.  He has done a great job with the Lakers over the years, and being patient.  Steve Nash has 11.2 points and 8.6 assists.   With Rondo out, this is a great time for him to step up and be the best point-guard in the NBA.  Dwight Howard averages 17.1 points, 12.3 boards, and 2.5 blocks per game.  Finally, Pau Gasol is averaging 12.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.4 rejections per a game.  After suffering a concussion, head coach Mike D'antoni has kept Gasol on the bench.  I predict that the Lakers will come out on top easily, and will also beat the Phoenix Suns tomorrow.  This Lakers team is good now, and I think that they're going to make it into the playoffs.  By Ameen I

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