Lakers-Thunder tonight in OKC

Kobe is back, but can he guard Russell Westbrook?

12/13/13 in NBA   |   andrewgilman   |   20 respect

OKLAHOMA CITY – Kobe Bryant will be guarding Russell Westbrook tonight.
 
Good news for the Thunder?
 
Well, it certainly could be. The Lakers are hurting at the guard position with Steve Nash,  Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar all out for tonight's game in Oklahoma City.
 
Dec 10, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts during the game against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. The Suns defeated the Lakers 114-108. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsThat leaves Bryant on Westbrook, mainly because there just aren't a lot of other options.
 
"We had two point guards last year get hurt and we added depth this year and now all three are hurt," Laker coach Mike D'Antoni said at Friday's shoot-around. "We have enough guys here. We can win. I'm excited about tonight."
 
No doubt, Bryant was once an elite defender, but he's in first week of action this season after returning from an achilles injury last year. D'Antoni said Bryant will probably not play more than about 25-30 minutes.
 
Meanwhile, the Thunder are playing their best basketball of the season. They are coming off two road wins on back-to-back nights earlier this week in Atlanta and Memphis.
 
The Thunder also blew out Indiana in their last home game, Sunday. OKC stands 17-4. Westbrook had 27 points Wednesday night in the 116-100 win at Memphis.
 
The Lakers come in 10-11, losers of three of their past four games. Friday's game in OKC is the first of four road games in a row.
 
"We'll see how it goes," D'Antoni said."
 
 
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