The Golden State Warriors are shorthanded, but that hasn’t stopped them. They’ve won eight straight games, with six of those coming on the road. Tonight they try to extend their winning streak to nine, as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.
Of course, the story of the night is Kobe Bryant. The controversial legend will have not one, but two jerseys retired tonight, and is certainly the story of the game.
Just to put in perspective how big the night is for Lakers fans, check out the ticket prices:
Not surprisingly, the Lakers are going all out to celebrate all things Kobe, and some of it is a little silly.
Puppets, man. Big night in Laker land. pic.twitter.com/DTMkP4ofOJ— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) December 18, 2017
Everyone sitting courtside tonight gets a Kobe RoboJam pic.twitter.com/iy8K9fnWp7— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 19, 2017
While the attention may be on Bryant, there’s still a game to be played. And the Warriors will be a little hobbled for it, as Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Zaza Pachulia, and Shaun Livingston are all out with injuries.
There are some reinforcements: Nick Young is back from his concussion, just in time to play his former team and be there for the jersey retirement of a teammate he had some ups and downs with. And Damian Jones has been recalled from the G-League, where he’s been dominating with the Santa Cruz Warriors.