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How To Get A Discount On Lion King Tickets

Lion King Tickets

Lion King

Lion King Musical is playing at the Pantages Theater into January 2014 and possibly beyond. For the Holidays Barry’s Tickets is offering a special discount code on Lion King Tickets at the Pantages Theater good on all performances of the run. Don’t miss out on The Lion King!

One of the greatest and longest-running shows in Broadway history, the musical Lion King can now be enjoyed by fans around the US, as it will be played on a bunch of big cities throughout the country.
The show has been enjoyed by over 70 million people and has received superb reviews by the most well-known media around the country, but also worldwide. The Lion King musical is based on the animated film by Disney, initially launched in 1994. It has also won over 70 big-name international awards, including the Tony Award for best musical. It has been played in the biggest cities around the globe with tremendous success, including Sydney, Shanghai, Paris and Madrid.

The music is written by Elton John and the lyrics by Tim Rice. Julian Taymor, the director of the show, has given life to the theatrical version of Lion King in an extraordinary and unique way. The spectacle will please even the most demanding viewer. It includes captivating animal costumes, giant puppets and unbelievable effects.

Lion King can be enjoyed in New York’s Minskoff Theatre eight times per week. Until January 12th it will be played at the Pantages Theatre, in Los Angeles, California. From January 14 until March 9 the show moves to Honolulu, where fans will be able to watch it at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. From March 12, 2014 until April 6, it will take place in Seattle and the Paramount Theatre. Atlanta follows, starting April 10 and ending on April 27th. Then the musical travels to Toronto, Ontario, where it will stay from April 30 until June 15. Washington DC and Montreal are the last two stops.
Lion King is now one of the most successful musicals worldwide and it promises an unforgettable experience to the people who choose to watch it.

Lion King Tickets Discount

Lion King Tickets Discount


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What Can The Lakers Expect From Kobe Bryant’s Return?

Kobe Bryant

Kobe

After consecutive days of practice where he was able to fully participate in team activities all signs point towards a potential Kobe Bryant return Sunday at home versus the Toronto Raptors. With the Lakers off to a solid start and the look of a potential Western Conference playoff contender the return of their superstar from an Achilles injury suffered last April versus the Golden State Warriors should give the franchise an additional boost. After a difficult playoff exit that involved a sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs and the loss of center Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets tmany pundits were critical of the Lakers chances heading into the 2013-2014 season. After remaking the roster with limited resources to do so the Lakers are in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference and in a position to make a potential playoff run.

The big question is what can the Lakers expect from Bryant when he returns? Bryant isn’t the first NBA superstar to return from a torn Achilles. Four well known players who have suffered the injury and returned are Dominique Wilkins, Isiah Thomas, Chauncey Billups and Elton Brand. For Wilkins and Thomas, the results were mixed. Wilkins, the former Atlanta Hawks superstar suffered his injury at the age of thirty-two and returned nine months later, playing an additional seven seasons and averaging nearly thirty points a game in the season he returned. Thomas, the former Detroit Pistons Hall of Famer suffered the injury fourteen seasons into his career and never returned. Elton Brand returned and played an additional seven seasons but never had the same explosiveness. Bryant, known for his incredible work ethic, has aggressively rehabbed the injury and all indications from Lakers practice are that he’s ready to return to the NBA.

General Manager Mitch Kupchak did a solid job this offseason adding to the roster to inject some youth and athleticism into the roster. The Lakers now go as much as ten players deep with no one on the roster averaging more than thirty-minutes per game. Bryant will be able to smoothly work his way back into the rotation but unlike last season the Lakers won’t be forced to play their superstar more minutes than they’d like. Last season Bryant averaged 38.6 minutes per game, his highest number in nearly five seasons. The Lakers renewed depth will allow D’Antoni to slowly build up Bryant’s minutes as the Lakers contend for and hopefully reach the playoffs. The fewer minutes should make Bryant more efficient on both the offensive and defensive ends. He had a wonderful season last year but by most indications his defense suffered. Like most veteran players Bryant has reached the point where he has to pick his spots defensively and conserve his energy. Fewer minutes should allow Bryant to maximize his energy on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. With the addition of Wesley Johnson, Nick Young, Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar (once he returns from injury) the Lakers have more options off the bench to spell Bryant. At the same time the Lakers young players, especially Young and Johnson, should benefit from the presence of Bryant. Johnson, a former fourth overall draft pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves, is a tremendous athlete with the ability to defend several positions on the court and hit the three point shot. Nick Young, a Los Angeles native, has provided instant offense off the bench and given the Lakers a go-to perimeter player down the stretch. When Bryant returns he’ll be able to once again take over the crunch time duties and allow Young to come in and provide a scoring touch when Bryant rests. The Lakers depth should also allow them to not have to play Bryant in back-to-back nights until he works himself back into game shape.

Kobe Bryant Black Mamba

Black Mamba

In addition to his customary shooting guard/small forward role, Head Coach Mike D’Antoni indicated that Bryant may play some point guard upon his return, signaling the fact that the return of Steve Nash be not be as soon as the return of Bryant. With Jordan Farmar on the shelf for at least the next month the Lakers need an option to spell current starting point guard Steve Blake. Sliding Bryant into an occasional point guard role will not upset the Lakers current rotation and give them a bigger lineup that could provide some defensive challenges for Western Conference teams with smaller back courts.

If Bryant does return Sunday versus the Toronto Raptors he’ll have a fired up STAPLES Center crowd and consecutive home games to get ready for a tough slate of upcoming games. Following the matchup with Rudy Gay and the Raptors the Lakers host the surprising Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. Following the Suns game the Lakers have three days off before they head out on a road trip that includes four games in five days. The road trip kicks off with a high profile matchup in Oklahoma City versus Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder. With a manageable schedule prior the Lakers could very well head into Oklahoma City multiple games over the .500 record mark. After the Lakers face the Thunder they have to travel to Charlotte to face the Bobcats in a back-to-back. As much as Bryant would love to play against the team built by his boyhood idol Michael Jordan it’s hard to imagine the Lakers playing him in back-to-back night so soon after his return. The Lakers will spend the weekend on the east coast followed by consecutive games at Atlanta and Memphis before they return home to STAPLES Center to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, December 20th.

The big date on the Lakers calendar is the Christmas Day visit to STAPLES Center by Lebron James and the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. If Bryant can return Sunday night versus the Raptors he’ll have just over two weeks to prepare for the Heat and the traditional nationally televised Christmas Day games. If the Lakers can properly manage the next three weeks of games they’ll be well positioned to charge into the New Year as legitimate playoff contenders.

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Save 10% on Jay Z Tickets for the Staples And Honda Center

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Jay Z Tickets

Jay Z

Jay Z will be playing the Anaheim Honda Center on Dec 6th followed by the Dec 8th performance at the Los Angeles Staples Center! Use discount code JAYZ10 and save 10% on Jay Z Tickets Now! Barrys Tickets has No Service Fees or Hidden Charges on any tickets including Jay Z tickets for either performance!

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Five Reasons To Be Optimistic About The Lakers

Kobe Bryant Returns

Kobe

A little over a month into the 2013-2014 NBA season there’s a general feeling off positivity among the Lakers fan base. This year’s Lakers club clearly isn’t a title contender but they’re also not the outright disaster that many predicted. With Kobe Bryant rumored to be making his season debut Friday night versus the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, things are looking up. Here are five reasons for optimism among the Lakers fan base.

1. The Return of Kobe Bryant: A week ago the Lakers locked up there superstar for two more years giving Lakers fans peace of mind that one of the franchises greatest players will play his entire career in Los Angeles. The two year contract extension will ensure the presence of Bryant as the Lakers complete this transition period. How effective Bryant will be on the court is still to be determined, but his legendary work ethic and intensity should have a positive effect on this year’s Lakers team. Young players such as Nick Young and Wesley Johnson should benefit from the return of Bryant, both from the presence of Bryant on the court and the example he sets in going about his business. Most importantly the presence of Bryant will give the Lakers a deadly option at the end of games. Los Angeles has been in most every game they’ve played of late but have lost some close due to fourth quarter fades. The presence of Bryant should give the Lakers the fourth quarter edge he’s provided throughout his legendary career.

2. They are fun to watch: By all accounts last season’s Lakers team simply wasn’t enjoyable to watch. With nearly a full season and an offseason to instill his system the Mike D’Antoni style is taking shape. General Manager Mitch Kupchak has done a fine job injecting life into the roster with limited resources. This year’s club is one of the more entertaining teams in the Western Conference. Nick Young gives them instant offense off the bench and has thrived in D’Antoni’s system. Former fourth overall pick Wesley Johnson is showing signs of the talent that made him such a high draft pick and provided major energy and athleticism on both ends of the court. Jordan Farmar is out for a month due to injury, but prior to getting hurt gave the Lakers excellent minutes off the bench.

3. Pau Gasol is Free: Playing Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard on the floor last season just didn’t work. The presence of Howard often made Gasol play in spots on the floor where he just wasn’t as effective or confident. With Howard in Houston, Gasol is no longer playing out of position and the 33-year-old veteran is back in the post and after a slow start is picking up his play. The absence of Howard has also allowed Jordan Hill to flourish. The former first round draft pick is playing the best basketball of his career and doing many of the things the Lakers envisioned from Howard. Hill’s constant hustle and grittiness has given the Lakers a positive companion to Gasol. The Lakers will get Chris Kaman back from injury this week, adding another big body and veteran post player back into the rotation. The trio of Gasol, Hill and Kaman gives the Lakers solid depth at a position where many of the contenders are lacking.

4. Mike D’Antoni: After much criticism last season the Lakers head coach has had a year to institute his system and the Lakers are showing very positive signs. As his time in Phoenix demonstrated D’Antoni often does his best job when expectations are low, as they were heading into this season. Whether the D’Antoni system can ever produce a title is debatable, but there’s no question that it is effective at times when he has the right mix of players. The potential X factor for Los Angeles is when and if Steve Nash can be effective again. Nash became an MVP in Phoenix under D’Antoni and he’s uniquely qualified to run the system. Steve Blake has done a great job in Nash’s absence but the potential return of their veteran point guard can be a huge factor in their ability to compete in the Western Conference as the season moves forward.

Of course the big criticism of any D’Antoni team is their inability to play defense. The Lakers are generally more athletic across the board this season but are still struggling defensively, ranked 27th in the league in points allowed. Granted their free-wheeling style contributes to defensive struggles but they’ll need to shore up the defensive unit as they get into the heart of the playoff race. Bryant, once a great defender, has struggled defensively in recent years and will likely struggle more due to the fact he’s coming off of injury.

5. They’ll be fresh down the stretch: The Lakers legitimately go eleven deep on their roster with Gasol leading the Lakers in minutes per game at just over 30. Los Angeles may not have a starting unit that can contend with Portland, the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs but their strong depth will benefit them greatly in a long and arduous NBA season. This depth will also allow the Lakers to slowly work in Kobe Bryant when he returns, as well as Steve Nash if and when he finally comes back from his latest time off due to injury. As the season turns into the final third the Lakers, specifically their veteran players, should have legs that are fresher than many of the teams they’ll be competing against. Add in D’Antoni’s aggressive style and the Lakers should have many a fourth quarter edge on teams toward the end of the season. The increased minutes from the bench players should also build the confidence and comfort of many of the young players. As the Lakers near playoff time their rotation will surely tighten up, but the head coach will have a deep potential bench to rely on moving forward.

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Why You Should See Lion King At The Pantages Theater

Lion King Tickets

The Lion King

Lion King one of the biggest musicals of all time has now returned to the Los Angeles Pantages Theater till Jan 12th, 2014. The adaption of the movie you grew up with now comes to life with all the laughter, emotion, suspense and majesty of the Lion King.

Did you know that the Lion King was originally going to be called “King of the Jungle”? Once the film was completed the makers realized that Lions don’t actually live in the Jungle and decided to change the name to “The Lion King”.

Did you know that over 120 puppets are used in the musical, dowel rod puppets as well as the rich tradition of shadow puppets. The skeptical of the puppetry will truly amaze both the old and young at heart from the 26 foot high flying giraffes all the way down to the 5inch trick mouse no detail in these puppets have been left out.

This once in a lifetime musical is like none other. The animals portrayed in the Lion King Musical are actually actors in costumes using extra tools enabling their costumes to move and come to life. The actors playing the giraffes are on giant walking stilts, Mufasa and Scar’s actors use mechanical headpieces so that they may be raised and lowered which gives the audience the illusion of a cats actually lunging at each other. Timon and Pumbaa are life sized puppets that the actors fit into and Taymor has been described as one of the hardest costumes to master do to the puppets head putting such a strain on the arms, neck and back of the actor.

The amazing visuals are what truly makes the Lion King a show that you and your children will remember for ever. One of, if not the most breathtaking spectacle of animals who have been brought to life by an enormous company of national and international performers. The detailed costumes, carved masks and intricate makeup will transform the entire audience to the beautiful vistas of the African Savanna.

With the largest physical inventory of Lion King Tickets in Los Angeles, Barry’s Tickets is pleased to offer a discount on tickets for all Lion King Performances at the Pantages Theater. Just enter LIONKING13 and save $20.00 when you spend $200.00 or more.

The Lion King Discount

Lion King Discount


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How to get Miley Cyrus Meet and Greet Vip Tickets

Miley Cyrus Vip Tickets

Miley

Although Miley Cryus’s Bangerz album didn’t make the September 30th cut off to be eligible to be nominated for a Grammy tonight neither of her summer hits “We Cant Stop” and “Wrecking Ball” failed to receive any nominations by the Grammies so instead of performing at the Grammies tonight she will be singing at the Clive Davis pre party bash along with Taylor Swift. Miley is getting ready to bring her act on the road in less then a month with her Bangerz Tour starting at the Anaheim Arena on February 20th and the Staples Center concert on February 22nd. Miley Cryus Tickets are starting on the secondary market for around $90 per ticket on up to $3899 for the Miley Cyrus Meet and Greet Tickets. Her concert tour will run through April 24th where she plays the Nassau Coliseum.

Barry’s Ticket Service is pleased to offer Miley Cyrus Meet and Greet VIP Tickets for Los Angeles Staples Center, Honda Center and her entire Bangerz Tour. Miley Cyrus’s North American tour, in support of her Bangerz album, kicks off Valentine’s Day in Vancouver and will cover 38 dates over a 12 week period. The controversial pop star, who received criticism for her performance during this fall’s MTV Video Music Awards announced the tour during a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live.

VIP Tickets for Miley Cryus Meet and Greet come with a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and greet Miley which includes Tickets, Photo opportunity, Drinks, Snacks in the private VIP Bangerz Ballroom, merchandise, VIP Tickets laminate, private shopping, parking and a special VIP Ticket Host. These Vip Tickets for Miley Cyrus can run $3899.00 per ticket as of Jan 26th 2014.

You can save now by using our special Promo Code for all Miley Cyrus Vip Tickets as well as all other seat locations at her concerts. Just use the discount code MILEYVIP and save up to 20% on not just VIP Tickets but all tickets for the Bangerz Tour and all cities. Click Here for your Miley Cyrus VIP Tickets.

Meet & Greet Miley

Meet & Greet

After stops in Vancouver and Tacoma the Bangerz Tour will arrive at the Honda Center on February 20th and then STAPLES Center on February 22nd. Support acts have already been announced for the tour with an all female lineup. Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira will support Cyrus on three-month tour. The Swedish duo Icona Pop is known for their immensely popular top ten hit “I Love It”, as well as the release of a highly regarded album “This Is…Icona Pop.” Icona Pop has a popular following in North America and is fresh off a tour where they headlined this fall. Fellow support act Sky Ferreira released her debut album in early November, arriving at #45 on the billboard charts. Ferreira recently opened for Vampire Weekend on tour.

Meet Miley Cyrus

Meet Miley

The twenty-year old Cyrus hosted Saturday Night Live this fall and performed her two latest hits, “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball.” Bangerz debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in October with 270,000 copies sold in its opening week, while “Wrecking Ball”, the second single from Bangerz, became the first Cyrus single to top the Hot 100 chart earlier in 2013. The accompanying “Wrecking Ball” music video was released on September 9th and set a Vevo record by reaching 19.3 million views in the first twenty-four hours of its release. By:Chris Michaels

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Devils Vs Kings Tickets

Devils Vs Kings

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The New Jersey Devils roll into the LA Staples Center after ending the Anaheim Ducks Perfect home record at the Honda Center. The Devils have won four out of their last five games. Their lone defeat came at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings! The Kings themselves are on their own streak having won four in a row and are on a 6-0-1 streak that includes three shutouts. Ben Scrivens is 4-0-0 tending the net while goaltender Jonathan Quick is out injured.

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Kobe will return to Lakers for Christmas Day

Kobe Bryant Returns

Kobe Returns

Kobe Bryant made his return to practice Saturday, ramping up expectations for his eventual return to the court and to potential salvation for the Lakers. Friday night, while the Lakers were losing to the Memphis Grizzlies, Kobe tweeted that if Friday night’s game was a playoff game he’d be playing. Six months removed from the Achilles injury he suffered versus the Golden State Warriors the Lakers are struggling to keep afloat and badly need their superstar. The worst thing Bryant can do is rush back from injury so he’ll likely work up his conditioning over the next few weeks. According to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak Bryant will definitely not return in the next two weeks, pushing the timeline to the first week of December at the earliest. So the big question is when will Kobe Bryant return? And when he does return will the Lakers be in contention?

Some of the speculation around Bryant’s return to game action points to the NBA’s traditional Christmas Day game. This year the Lakers take on Lebron James and the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat. A month ago Bryant changed his twitter picture to an image that alluded to 12/25. Whether he’s pointing to Christmas Day for his return or Kobe is simply looking at Christmas Day to be his coming out party the timing of Christmas would force the Lakers to play an additional month without their star. Los Angeles is currently 4-7 and fourth to last in the Western Conference, ahead of just New Orleans, Sacramento and Utah. The Lakers have lost four of their last five games including double digit losses to New Orleans, Minnesota and Denver. Friday night’s loss was a perfect example of where the Lakers miss Bryant. They were facing a 3-6 Memphis team that has struggled all season. The Lakers held a three-point lead going into the fourth quarter only to see Zach Randolph score fourteen in the fourth to put the game away. It’s the type of game that Kobe simply wouldn’t have allowed Memphis to win. In the Western Conference you have to defend your home court and Los Angeles is just 3-3 at STAPLES Center on the season. The Lakers have three games remaining on their current home stand, Detroit, Golden State and Sacramento. The Pistons, who the Lakers play Sunday night, are wrapping up an extended road trip and are ripe for a defeat after beating Sacramento on Friday night. While Golden State is an elite team, the Sacramento Kings are sitting at 2-7 and look completely discombobulated on offense. If Los Angeles can take two of the final three they’ll have some momentum as they leave STAPLES Center.

Whether the Lakers are in contention when Bryant returns is contingent on when he returns. After they wrap up the current home stand the Lakers head east for games at Washington, Brooklyn and Detroit. The Wizards are young and have trouble finishing games, like versus Cleveland on Saturday night. Detroit is a talented bunch but is still getting their rotation and interior combo of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe to play consistent together. Brooklyn is loaded with veteran talent but has struggled this season and may be without Deron Williams for an extended stretch. After a home game versus Portland the Lakers play at Sacramento followed by home games versus Toronto and Phoenix. This stretch of games encompasses the next three weeks and as far as the Western Conference is concerned is a relatively manageable stretch. If Los Angeles can go 5-5 over these next ten games they could potentially target Friday, December 13th versus the Oklahoma City Thunder for Bryant’s return following over three weeks of practice. If Bryant can give Los Angeles and immediate lift they just may claw back into contention.

If I was a betting man I would be the farm that come hell or high water Kobe Bryant will return to the Lakers to play on Christmas Day if not before! Lakers Tickets are available for Christmas and all other home games at the LA Staples Center. By:Chris Michaels

Barrys Tickets Sponsors KIIS FM Jingle Ball Concert

Jingle Ball Concert

Jingle Ball

The KIIS FM Jingle Ball is coming to STAPLES Center on December 6th and features a lineup full of today’s pop superstars including Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony and Travie McCoy. Ryan Seacrest, host of American Idol and host of KIIS FM’s “On-Air with Ryan Seacrest” will host the event alongside the entire KIIS FM family and many of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities, with many still to be announced according to KIIS FM. The event is sponsored by T-Mobile and Samsung.

The 2013 event will be kicked off by the Jingle Ball Village, a free pre-show celebration at L.A. LIVE. The event, free to the public, will include performances by Fifth Harmony, Bonnie McKee, New Politics and Travie McCoy. Jingle Ball Village will include a carnival with a Ferris wheel, a fashion runway show sponsored by Sears, as well as scores of interactive displays from some of today’s hottest brands and products. The event, which will also feature meet-and-greets with fan favorites, will take place from 3 PM to 7 PM PST on Chick Hearn Court between STAPLES Center and Nokia Plaza at L.A. LIVE. This year’s official charity for KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2013 is the Ryan Seacrest Foundation with $1.00 of each ticket sold donated to the non-profit organization.

Jingle Ball will give local music fans an opportunity to see some of the top established and up and coming artists that feature regularly on KIIS FM, as well as many noted Hollywood Stars who will be on hand to introduce the various acts. The December 6th event will be the first time many in the lineup have performed at STAPLES Center for Jingle Ball, including Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. This year’s Jingle Ball will be the thirteenth held at STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE.

Headliner Miley Cyrus will be coming back to the STAPLES Center on Feb 22nd 2014 to preform. You can purchase Miley Cyrus Tickets without any service charge or hidden fees today.

Barry’s Ticket Service is proud to be a sponsor for the 2013 KISS FM Jingle Ball Concert at the Staples Center. By:Chris Michaels

Lakers defeat Clippers in 2013 Home Opener

Battle For LA Game

Battle For LA


The Clippers coronation as Los Angeles’s dominant professional basketball may not be complete just yet. In a dramatic fourth quarter that saw the Lakers play five reserves and outscore the Clippers 41-24, the Lakers pulled away for an impressive 116-103 victory in the season opener for both clubs. Led by free agency signee Xavier Henry the Lakers bench scored seventy-six points, the most points scored by a group of Lakers reserves since 1988. It was a career high in points scored for Henry, a third year player out of the University of Kansas who was released by the New Orleans Hornet and signed by the Lakers in September. Jordan Farmar added sixteen off the bench for the Lakers. It was another interesting edition to the Clippers/Lakers rivalry, where one of the league’s greatest franchises suddenly finds itself in the role of underdog. With a trip to Golden State and then a visit by the San Antonio Spurs coming the Lakers may return back to earth quickly, but on opening night their energy and bench play lit up the STAPLES Center.

For fans of the Clippers the opening night loss may be an aberration or a sign that it might take a bit of time for Doc Rivers to implement his system. The Clippers opted for a smaller lineup with Ryan Hollins getting very little playing time (four minutes) and Antawn Jamison and Byron Mullens not seeing the floor. When Rivers chose to rest center DeAndre Jordan the Clippers interior defense was lacking. As expected the Clippers were extremely efficient offensively, as they should be all season. They scored fifty-seven points in the first half, but led by only two points due to the Lakers all-around hustle and ability to get second chance points. One big stat was their 52-40 rebounding advantage, a category the Clippers may struggle with all season if they choose to continue to play a small-ball lineup. The Lakers simply out-sized and out-hustled the Clippers inside, with Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman combining for eleven offensive boards off the bench.

Much of the Clippers struggles can be chalked up to an adjustment to Doc Rivers’ system. For all the criticism that Mike D’Antoni has received the Lakers have had the opportunity to play in his system for nearly a year. Offensively the Clippers will be fine, it’s the defensive adjustments that will take some time. The Clippers had trouble defending the three-point shot last season and that didn’t change last season as the Lakers made fourteen of twenty-nine three pointers. The Lakers had a high number of open looks and knocked them down, running D’Antoni’s offense to perfection. Whether it was the Lakers effective rotation, or the Clippers just not executing the defense properly, the Lakers had too many wide open looks. NBA players will knock down open jump shots. The Clippers defense is clearly a work in progress, they’ll need to shore up how they guard the perimeter. Beyond the defensive concerns Clippers faithful are wondering if Blake Griffin is ready to make the next step in his evolution as a great player. Griffin struggled at the line, 3 for 10, and still lacks fluidity in his jump shot. In the fourth quarter when the Lakers made their run Griffin had zero points and zero rebounds. For the Clippers to leap into NBA title contention they’ll need bigger production from their star power forward.

For the Lakers it was an impressive start. The fact that no one believes they are a legit playoff team can be a motivating factor. They can’t expect many games like the bench had on Tuesday night, but the Lakers do seem to have injected some live into the roster. With Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman they have some nice size to back up Pau Gasol. They’ll struggle against elite backcourts, like the Golden State Warriors, until Kobe gets back. We’ll know a lot more about the Lakers after the play the Warriors and the Spurs, two strong Western Conference contenders.

Clippers Vs Lakers Tickets for their next meeting on Lakers home court Jan 10th 2014 are available now.

By:Chris Michaels