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DIME PREVIEW: Grizzlies at Lakers

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Almost all of the games we've highlighted in the past two weeks have been matchups involving teams' playoff fortunes. Tonight, we thought we'd mix it up a little, going with the story instead of the matchup. While there are two enticing matchups involving the Sixers-Magic and the -Rockets, it's hard not to be drawn to the -Lakers game tonight in Los Angeles. The man who built the modern tries to take down the yellow and purple with his young guns — a squad that looks to be finally putting it together after years of frustration. The squad Jerry West has assembled, with Hubie Brown at the helm, has been one of the best teams in the League since the All-Star break. On paper though, tonight's game is pretty much a slaughter. The are out of the playoff race, are 0-2 against the Lake Show this season, lost to the last night and sport an abysmal 8-29 road record. But there's something about West bringin' his boys back to the Staples Center to play his old squad. Even if Hubie and his players say this game doesn't mean a little more than most of the other games left on their schedule, they're lying. Playing in West's old home against the championship team he assembled makes this game like the championship for the . Tonight's outcome depends on who wants it more. The Grizz will most definitely come out firing, but will the ? Firmly nestled in their playoff spot, will they even feel like playing? Kobe came out and dropped 55 on the in two quarters the other night, because he felt like it. But then the got blown out by Seattle last night. Will they come out hyped for the ? Look for the to steal this game in L.A. The will be unmotivated and for the , besides wanting to win for their boss, this game serves as a test to see how far they've come this season under Hubie Brown. Forecast: , 103-95
Tagged: Clippers, Lakers, Grizzlies, Memphis, Brown

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