Monday , Feb , 07 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – February 7

=== Los Angeles Lakers Team Report – February 7 ===

(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers visit the Atlanta Hawks on Monday
at Philips Arena. The Lakers enter with consecutive losses since Rudy
Tomjanovich resigned due to health reasons. Interim coach Frank Hamblen is
holding down the fort for the Lakers until they find a full-time replacement.

The Lakers registered a 106-90 victory over the Hawks at the Staples Center on
November 7th. Los Angeles has won nine of 13 and 15 of the last 20 meetings,
including four of six in Atlanta.

Los Angeles’ recent struggles continued Sunday afternoon, as it fell 103-102
to the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. Lamar Odom paced the Lakers with
22 points and 12 rebounds, while Chucky Atkins added 21 and Jumaine Jones
collected 18 points with 13 rebounds for the Lakers.

Caron Butler posted 14 points and Chris Mihm chipped in 11 points in the
defeat. The Lakers shot 48.1 percent from the field, including 8-of-23 (.348)
from three-point range. Los Angeles hit 18-of-23 (.783) from the free throw

Los Angeles, which is in the midst of a five-game road trip, is 7-11 in
foreign buildings this season. The Lakers have dropped three of four and five
of their seven road tilts.

The Lakers will visit the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday, Detroit on Thursday
and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. LA is 0-1 against the Nets, 1-0 against
the Cavaliers and will be playing the Pistons for the first time this season.

Odom has scored in double-digits in five straight games and is averaging 18.8
points, 10.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists in that span. He has scored in double-
digits in 40 of LA’s 45 contests this season. The 25-year-old forward is
averaging 15.3 points and a team-high 10.2 rebounds per game.

Butler has scored in double-digits in 15 straight games. He is averaging 18
points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his last 10 contests.

The Lakers have posted a 5-6 mark without superstar guard Kobe Bryant in the
lineup. Bryant is expected to be out until after the All-Star break due to a
severely sprained ankle.