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Lakers looking for revenge against Memphis

February 7, 2011 | 12:43 pm

The Lakers haven't forgotten the last time they played the Memphis Grizzlies, at Staples Center last month.

It was a complete beat-down Memphis put on L.A., winning by 19 points.

The Lakers will play Memphis on Monday night at FedExForum and they are looking forward to some get-backs.

"Obviously we remember that loss, we remember that game," Pau Gasol said after the Lakers' shoot-around Monday. "We watched tape yesterday from it, so it's in our minds. We need to understand that we have to come out tonight and play a very tough game, a very intense game so that we can get away with a win."

Memphis actually has defeated the Lakers the last two consecutive games.

The San Antonio Spurs are the only other team that has beaten the Lakers more than once this season.

The Grizzlies have talent in Rudy Gay, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, Pau's younger brother who starts at center.

"We have to understand who they are and what are their strengths and play to our strengths," Pau Gasol said. "If we're careless with the ball, they are going to get run-outs, they are going to get easy layups, they are going to get going and they are going to get confident."

The Lakers began this seven-game, 13-day trip with a victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday.

It was a grind-it-out affair that the Lakers hope pushes them in the right direction on this long trip.

"Obviously it was an important win for us," Gasol said. "But we need to build on it. We need to be consistent and put two or three good wins together and build on it again."

 

-- Broderick Turner in Memphis


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