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Game Preview: First-Ever Meeting Between Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets; D’Antoni Makes Coaching Debut

November 20th, 2012 at 6:36 PM
By Brandon Duran

'Brooklyn Nets Practice Facility' photo (c) 2012, Maxim Pierre - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
A week after agreeing to become the 24th head coach in Lakers’ history, Mike D’Antoni will make his debut with the Lakers against the visiting Brooklyn Nets tonight.  The Nets are red hot (6-2) and are visiting Staples for the first time ever since moving to Brooklyn this summer. The Lakers have not faced a better starting five top to bottom thus far this season, so there will be a ridiculous amount of talent on the floor of Staples Center tonight. The Lakers will be fired up playing under D’Antoni for the first time, but the key to keeping Brooklyn from scoring over 100 for the fifth time this season will be transition defense. A win for Los Angeles will push their record to over .500 for the first time this season.

Probable Starters

#15 World Peace             SF          #45 Wallace       

#16 Gasol           PF          #43 Humphries

#12 Howard       C            #11 Lopez           

#24 Bryant         SG         #7 Johnson        

#1 Morris            PG         #8 Williams

Key Matchup – Darius Morris vs. Deron Williams

Despite the fantastic play of second-year point guard Darius Morris, he has not faced a point guard of Williams’ caliber. Williams is a physical point guard with great vision and a phenomenal outside shot. Williams has a multitude of options to use so Morris’s play on the defensive end will be key tonight. Morris is averaging 6.4 points, and 2.9 assists per game this year, and anything close to that will be a good night for the Laker, considering he will be facing one of the top point guards in the league.

Tags: Basketball, Darius Morris, Deron Williams, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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