By Jordon Hall
The Los Angeles Lakers (9-8) return home, from their three game road trip, to play the surging hot Portland Trail Blazers (13-3) tonight at 9:30 ET. For the Lakers to remain above .500 they will have to do multiple acts on defense to achieve this task.
Stop the 3:
The Portland Trail Blazers have the third best three-point shooting percentage in the NBA at 41.5% only behind the Golden State Warriors and defending champions Miami Heat. It is be important for the Lakers to play tight perimeter three-point defense and force the Trail Blazers to take long, contested two-pointers.
Clog the paint:
LaMarcus Aldridge is playing at an elite to start off this season with averaging 22.1 points and 9.6 rebounds. Aldridge has gotten a lot of help from his new frontcourt teammate Robin Lopez. Lopez has been averaging 8.3 points and 8.1 rebounds and actually playing solid defense in the paint. Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill whom have both been cleared to play (ankles) will be forced to step-up more on the defensive-side of the court.