Friday, January 8, 2010
Lakers vs. Portland: The weekend is near, and it's just too easy to make a Poison reference (plus...a poll!)
By Brian Kamenetzky
On the night when last the Lakers defeated the Portland TrailBlazers up in Portland, Tierre Brown was L.A.'s second leading scorer. That should give a hint as to how long it's been since the purple and gold last tasted victory in the verdant expanses of the great northwest. The actual date- Feb. 23, 2005- should give an even bigger hint.
The Lakers have lost eight straight visiting Portland since that Dear Diary day. Whether it was something they said or something they did, their play hasn't come out right. Yes, it's fair to say for the Lakers (wait for it...) this Rose (Garden) has been filled with thorns. (Sigh...)
The Lakers, as expected, won't have Pau Gasol in the lineup, but Phil Jacksonexpressed hope his PF/C might return as soon as next week, perhaps even Sunday against Milwaukee if things break just right. Even without El Spaniard, the Lakers still have an advantage in depth (though their team's shorthanded status should have Portland's rabid, Laker-hating fans doing their best sixth man act). All told, this probably constitutes L.A.'s best chance to break the streak as any they'll ever find. So will it happen?