Struggling AGAIN For The 8th Seed: New Orleans Hornets VS Los Angeles Lakers @ 10:30pm On NBA TV

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Who Will Win Tonights Game ?
Hornets 2 15.38%
Lakers 11 84.62%
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 5 years ago '05        #1
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Struggling AGAIN For The 8th Seed: New Orleans Hornets VS Los Angeles Lakers @ 10:30pm On NBA TV
 

 
NEW ORLEANS HORNETS (27-50)



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The Los Angeles Lakers don't have much margin for error if they hope to make an eighth straight playoff appearance, but they should be pretty confident in their ability to beat the New Orleans Hornets.

Getting Metta World Peace back should make them feel even better.

World Peace is expected to return from a torn meniscus nearly a month earlier than anticipated Tuesday night at Staples Center as the desperate Lakers look for an 11th straight win over the Hornets.

Los Angeles (40-37) won 11 of its first 14 after the All-Star break to grab a one-game lead for the Western Conference's eighth seed, but it's slipped a bit over the last three weeks. Sunday's 109-95 loss to the Clippers was the Lakers' fifth in nine games, and after Utah's 97-90 win at Golden State later that night, Los Angeles found itself a half-game behind the Jazz for the final playoff spot.

Utah also owns the tiebreaker.

"We've got a bigger challenge than worrying about beating the Clippers in one game," Kobe Bryant said. "... Our concern is playing well in order to get into the playoffs, get guys healthy, and go in there and see what we can do."

Steve Nash is likely to miss his fourth straight with a hamstring injury on Tuesday, but the Lakers should get a surprise return from World Peace. The mercurial forward suffered his knee injury March 25 at Golden State and Los Angeles believed he'd be out until early May - if the Lakers were even still playing then - but he's been cleared to go after recovering from surgery in less than two weeks.

"We've got a chance to make a push for this championship run," World Peace told reporters Monday after practice at the Lakers' training complex. "We all need it. All the guys under contract, injured or not injured, we all need each other to make a run at this thing."

Los Angeles could certainly use an additional 3-point threat, and World Peace averages a team-best 2.0 per game, shooting 34.7 percent overall from beyond the arc. The Lakers are shooting 31.8 percent from long distance in this nine-game stretch, with Bryant shooting a woeful 17.9 percent (7 of 39).

Efficiency from deep hasn't been an issue for Los Angeles against New Orleans this season. The Lakers are shooting 40.

4 percent beyond the arc in three wins over the Hornets (27-50) - hitting at least 11 3s in each victory - and they're shooting 48.1 percent overall in their 10 straight victories over New Orleans.

Reserve guard Jodie Meeks has been the big contributor from deep in this season's series, hitting 11 of 23 from long distance while averaging 13.7 points.

Bryant had 42 points in a 108-102 win at New Orleans last month, scoring 13 of those during a 20-0 closing run as the Lakers overcame a 25-point deficit.

The Hornets head to Staples for the fourth game of a five-game road trip, but they should feel somewhat good about themselves after winning away from home Sunday for the first time since the All-Star break. Anthony Davis had 20 points as New Orleans beat Phoenix 95-92 for its first road win since Feb. 11.

"It was good to get a win so people can stop talking about how many we lost on the road in a row," coach Monty Williams said. "Our guys feel good about beating a team in their place."

Ryan Anderson has averaged 20.3 points in the three meetings against the Lakers, while Greivis Vasquez has averaged 15.3 points and 12.0 a.ssists.



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349 comments for "Struggling AGAIN For The 8th Seed: New Orleans Hornets VS Los Angeles Lakers @ 10:30pm On NBA TV"

 5 years ago '12        #2
Kastanova 91 heat pts91
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I was just about to make this thread

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 5 years ago '11        #3
Bullet22 75 heat pts75
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Pretty sure thunder gonna try and lose on purpose to the jazz like all these other teams have secretly been tryna do
 5 years ago '05        #4
Dun Language 4062 heat pts4062 OP
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why would the thunder risk not having home court advantage just to sh*t on the lakers
 5 years ago '05        #5
katalist 231 heat pts231
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Must win for the Lakers, Hornets prolly looking forward to maybe playing the spoiler in this one.

Im a say Lakers by 9
 5 years ago '10        #6
SmoothTay 23 heat pts23
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 Neo22 said:
Pretty sure thunder gonna try and lose on purpose to the jazz like all these other teams have secretly been tryna do
nobody is scared of the lakers fam
 5 years ago '12        #7
AJtheGreat 26 heat pts26
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Lakers win, but its going to be a close one for awhile. NO isnt going to lay down. If we have a good 3rd Q, its over.

After NO's meltdown in the last matchup, there are going to have to have a 40 point lead for me to worry




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 5 years ago '05        #8
MP 52 heat pts52
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lakers got smashed last time they played the hornets until they came back
 5 years ago '12        #9
ThePainkiller 356 heat pts356
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We'll probably give them the game. You know how we do. Lol
 5 years ago '05        #10
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 SmoothTay said:
nobody is scared of the lakers fam
nobody scared of the defending champions the 73 knicks



ya bish
 5 years ago '11        #11
Bullet22 75 heat pts75
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 SmoothTay said:
nobody is scared of the lakers fam
A healthy lakers team is a threat, when we were healthy we took out the thunder
 5 years ago '06        #12
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hornets arent sh*t

they will lay down tonight for these fu*ks
 5 years ago '05        #13
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 Neo22 said:
A healthy lakers team is a threat, when we were healthy we took out the thunder
even if healthy the lakers defense cant stop anybody so whats your point?
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 jj01 said:
hornets arent sh*t

they will lay down tonight for these fu*ks
u been hoping and wishing the lakers squeeze in the offs the past week :irvinhah:
 5 years ago '07        #15
bx kid 4 heat pts
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checkn in we need this win in the worst way
 5 years ago '06        #16
jj01 
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 TattooedMPsz said:
u been hoping and wishing the lakers squeeze in the offs the past week :irvinhah:

u must have me confused
 5 years ago '05        #17
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 jj01 said:
u must have me confused
only person with a mos def sig on here its you u a laker fan? u want them to get in amd think they will get in am i right?
 5 years ago '06        #18
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 TattooedMPsz said:
only person with a mos def sig on here its you u a laker fan? u want them to get in amd think they will get in am i right?

at me being a laker fan, i want them to get in if okc gets the top seed. us being injured and hated by stern levels the playing field should we stay atop and them get the 8th spot.

i would prefer they didnt get in at all tbh.
 5 years ago '12        #19
GucciBoy347 39 heat pts39
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Lakers lauce
 04-09-2013, 04:06 PM         #20
k3llz 
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 SmoothTay said:
nobody is scared of the lakers fam
as bad as we looked this season, Lakers could probably beat the Pacers/Knicks and them other wack azz East teams in a series
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