The OKBET LAKERS made their second and last road visit of the season tonight in Minnesota, where they were defeated for the fifth time in a row, 111-102, by the Timberwolves. The Lakers introduced their 2022-23 Classic Edition Uniforms, which are inspired by their first home uniforms from when the franchise was founded in Minneapolis.
Minnesota’s largest advantage, ten points, came less than halfway through the fourth stanza. The Lakers met the Wolves without Anthony Davis, who was out with lower back pain. The club held its own in the paint on both ends against Minnesota big men Anthony Edwards (29 points) and Rudy Gobert (22 points and 21 rebounds).
LeBron James now holds the record for the most 20-point games in NBA history after leading his team with 28 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals. And Russell Westbrook, who had missed OKBET LAKERS’ last game, finished the contest with 18 points and 8 rebounds. With 23,335 points, Russ surpassed Robert Parish for 29th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
L.A.’s outside shots finally began to fall today, courtesy to Troy Brown Jr., who drew the start and hit 4-for-6 triples to go along with his 12 points and eight rebounds. Austin Reaves also let it pour from the arc. He shot 2-for-3 from beyond the arc and finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Lakers outscored the Timberwolves in the paint, 56-46, and outrebounded them, 55-49. Wenyen Gabriel’s outstanding effort, which included eight points, six rebounds, three steals, and two blocks, had a role in this.
The amount of turnovers committed by OKBET LAKERS, 22, was more than twice that of Minnesota’s 10. The points they gave up by handing the ball away allowed them to stay in the game but not win it.
On Sunday, the Lakers host the Denver Nuggets for the second time this week.
Three Things to Know: 10-28-22 Lakers against. Timberwolves
The OKBET LAKERS (0-4) will try to end their winless start to the season against Minnesota on Friday evening at 5 p.m. Pacific on Spectrum SportsNet.
Before the game on OKBET LAKERS, here are three things you should know:
UPDATE ON INJURIES
Along with the players that are still weeks away from returning of OKBET LAKERS (Dennis Schröder and Thomas Bryant), the Los Angeles Lakers’ injury report includes Juan Toscano-Anderson, LeBron, AD, and Westbrook:
- Out, Juan Toscano-Anderson (left ankle sprain)
- Anthony Davis: dubious (low back tightness)
- Russell Westbrook: most likely (left hamstring soreness)
- LeBron James: most likely (left foot soreness)
Westbrook was listed as “doubtful” for the defeat to Denver, but was upgraded to “questionable,” then “probable” for the Wolves game at OKBET LAKERS. Darvin Ham has yet to confirm if Westbrook will come off the bench, like he did in the preseason finale.
Meanwhile, Davis strained his back while trying for a rebound against Nikola Jokic. He remained in the game and contributed significantly (22 points, 14 boards, five assists, three steals, two blocks). Davis was “fine,” according to Ham, and AD himself reaffirmed that he’s OK; it’s just something he has to deal with. Nonetheless, the “questionable” label means that they’ll wait until Friday am to see how he feels before making a final decision.
THE TROUBLE WITH SHOOTING CONTINUES
Through four games, the Lakers have experienced unparalleled levels of three-point shooting difficulties, ranking worst by a wide margin at OKBET LAKERS. They’re only shooting 22.3 percent from deep, while OKC is hitting 27.3 percent. They’re also lowest in terms of production, with 8.3 compared to Atlanta’s 9.0.
Lone a few Lakers players have avoided the woes: Matt Ryan (50.0 percent) and Austin Reaves (40.0 percent) [Max Christie nailed his only try] at OKBET LAKERS. Everyone else on the team is under 26 percent, with LeBron (25.7 percent) and Kendrick Nunn (23.5 percent) the only two players over 20.0 percent.
Patrick Beverley, who has a lifetime shooting percentage of 37.6 percent, is now at 18.8 percent. Lonnie Walker IV, who has a lifetime 34.0 percent shooting percentage, is now at 17.4 percent. And so on at OKBET LAKERS.
Beverley did point out that, at 26.7 percent versus Denver, the Lakers technically improved on their pre-game average (about 20 percent), implying that they’d continue to improve. They’ll almost probably need to, given L.A.’s 0-4 record can be attributed directly to their shooting woes.
MATCHES IN SIZE
The Timberwolves became the NBA’s largest club by trading for Rudy Gobert in the summer, hoping to find a way for the French Rejection to mesh with Karl Anthony-Towns, who previously offered the Wolves the NBA’s best shooting threat at the five at OKBET LAKERS.
Minnesota is 3-2 after five games, but they’ve had one of the league’s easier schedules, drawing the Thunder twice, the Spurs twice, and Utah once, with three games at home. Towns and Gobert have a net rating of +3.7 for two-man lineups, and the Wolves’ starters have usually held up well as they get to know one another.
Despite this, none of their first three opponents had an excellent small-ball center who might exploit their larger groupings.
Anthony Davis, on the other hand, is more focused on what the Lakers are attempting to do.
“At this point, it doesn’t really matter,” he remarked. “Everything revolves around the Lakers and what we need to accomplish at OKBET LAKERS.” I’m not interested in any other team. Before we can concentrate on any other team, we must first figure ourselves out. How can we improve? They have a unique squad with Towns and Gobert, but I’ll be ready no matter what at OKBET LAKERS.”
“I’m definitely going to view the tape (on Minnesota), but I agree with AD,” Patrick Beverley stated. “It’s easy to look forward, but we have to realize what we need to do to improve, and we will.” Everyone in this room is a pro. We can be a good team when the time comes, when the tables are turned.”
Davis is still optimistic that the Lakers can bring it together.
“Absolutely, I believe we’ll go back to the way we defend, and then the offense will come around,” he said at OKBET LAKERS. “Guys, keep taking good shots and not terrible ones… Play correctly, and things will change for you.”
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