1. Can the Lakers shake their road woes? You'd think the Lakers would have no issues dismantling Phoenix, especially two days after doing so. But the Lakers' home (13-2) and road records (5-10) remain a strong disparity for a variety of reasons, most notably their offensive execution. So it's way too presumptuous to think the Lakers can replicate their 111-point effort Friday against Phoenix.
2. Kobe Bryant will light it up again. ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin obtained the Suns' 52-page scouting report on the Lakers, and it provides fascinating details. The revelations aren't particularly surprising, but they are interesting to read considering many of them echo similar sentiments Laker fans express in this forum on a regular basis. The nugget on the Black Mamba: "Bryant is going to get his 30 points, almost no matter what. The key is to have him get 30 points on 30 shots."
That didn't happen Friday. Bryant ended a seven-game shooting slump in which he shot 37% by dropping 36 points on 14-of-25 shooting, striking a great balance between driving to the basket, shooting from the post and threading the needle on double teams. No doubt, Bryant will score a lot of points in this game. He repeatedly expressed his hatred toward Phoenix for eliminating the Lakers in the first round of the 2006 and 2007 playoffs. That's not going to go away. The key is if the scoring comes within the context of the offense.