When: Tonight @ 4:00PM PT
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
TV: Time Warner Sports Cable SportsNet/Deportes
Radio: ESPNLA 710
#15 World Peace SF #31 Singleton
#27 Hill PF #9 Webster
#12 Howard C #50 Okafor
#24 Bryant SG #3 Beal
#21 Duhon PG #15 Crawford
Kobe Bryant is probable for tonight’s game after suffering back spasms during last night’s 116-107 loss to the Knicks. Bryant fell a few assists short of a triple double but he was visibly in pain throughout the night, wincing as he dribbled the ball up the court. Tonight he will go up against Beal, who is averaging 12.3 points, 2.4 assists, and 3.6 rebounds as a rookie. As a senior at Florida last year, Beal was a quick guard off the dribble that could shoot, but he’s only shooting 36% from the field this season. He is coming off of a 20-point performance against Houston on Wednesday. It’s a classic matchup of experience versus youthfulness. The injured Bryant should play facilitator tonight but, as all Lakers fans will agree, he will try to exploit his veteran-advantage and put up big numbers on the rookie.