NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — The Los Angeles Lakers, which have lost three straight games will take on an on form New York Knicks side in the NBA tonight at Madison Square Garden.
Games: L.A. Lakers at New York
Time: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 13, 2012
Place: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
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Tonight’s meeting will see Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni facing the New York fans for the first time since he resigned as the Knicks head coach last March with his team struggling to find their way in the league.
D’Antoni will come up against his former fire power Carmelo Anthony in the Big Apple and the veteran coach knows it will be an uphill task for his team to overcome a Knicks side which is currently playing like a championship side.
“He’s (Anthony) got some great players around him and Mike Woodson’s doing a hell of a job, so things are rolling, and they’re good,” D’Antoni said.
“It will be tough tonight. We’re not in the best shape, but we feel like we can turn it around at any point, and hopefully tonight’s the night.”
Kobe Bryant scored 42 points for the Lakers in his last outing, but not even that performance was able to stop his team from going down 100-94 at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Lakers are still being bothered by injury problems and it will not get any better Thursday night, as Steve Nash continues to be out and Pau Gasol, who will miss his fifth consecutive game on Tuesday, is again doubtful for this game as well.