Lakers face a gut-check game

Updated: February 5, 2010, 10:19 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

If you were hoping to tune in to Friday's Lakers-Nuggets tilt and see a rematch of last season's Western Conference finals, sorry to disappoint you.

Even though Los Angeles has the best record in the West (38-12) and Denver is its closest conference competition (33-16), Kobe Bryant will be playing hurt and Carmelo Anthony may not play at all.

Anthony has missed the Nuggets' last six games with a sprained left ankle and said he won't return to game action "until I'm 100 percent."

Bryant, ...

Read full story


You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?


  • Free-Agency Flop
    The Lakers will forever carry mystique and power, but the organization must sort itself out to draw big names again.