THURSDAY'S NBA PREVIEWS
January 23, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
LOS ANGELES LAKERS (16-26) AT MIAMI HEAT (30-12), 8 P.M.
(SportsNetwork.com) - When the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers used to play, it was must-see TV.
Nowadays, it's not quite the same.
Yes, there will still be anticipation Thursday night when the Lakers visit the two-time defending NBA champs, but the matchup has lost some of its cache.
Kobe Bryant is not in the lineup for the Lakers, battling a broken bone in his knee. He's scheduled for further evaluation when LA gets home after this seven-game road trip, where it is 2-2 so far.
Even Steve Nash is gone and before the rash of injuries last season, the Lakers weren't the same old Lakers.
The Heat have been fine, but not great of late.