The Los Angeles Lakers put up a home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (120-105), which was supposed to have been a pretty lucrative game, even though Rajon Rondo was back in the team.
The story of Thursday night really began and ended on the glass. Minnesota was offensive on the boards, no matter who played the center of the Lakers. Ivica Zubac, who started his first season opener, ended the game with a minus of -10 and JaVale McGee (-1) did not do much in his 22 minutes to quell the Minnesota attack that was brought on the glass. 19659003] Luke Walton deserves criticism because he is unable to waver his rotation when the Lakers absolutely need him. As predicted in the preview, he was outside, with neither Brandon Ingram nor Rondo involved in the offense. To be honest, this is an explainable mistake at this point.
The game took a nasty turn in the fourth quarter as the Lakers topped 36-23. From the beginning, the Lakers were divided at both ends of the court. They did a few runs trying to make it a game, but they were never close enough to make Minnesota nervous.
As if merely losing a game with playoff implications was not enough, Luol Deng (7 points in 3: 4 shooting) appeared and dribbled the clock. Thursday night had to feel pretty good for him. He did not offer this contract.
That loss dropped the Lakers to 25-24, half a game ahead of the Timberwolves (now 24-24). Minnesota now owns the tiebreaker when it comes down to winning the season 3: 1
As a result of this loss, the Lakers will play their last must win against a smaller opponent as they compete against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday before entering a much tougher month of their schedule. Instead of recovering from a good feeling, they now enter the competition without any impetus and are now to blame themselves.
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