Preseason basketball is in full swing for the Los Angeles Lakers, and Sunday they play their first game at Staples Center. The familiarities stop there, however, as they take on Israeli pro club Maccabi Haifa. Haifa's taken part in exhibition international games this summer, last dropping a game to the Memphis Grizzlies last Thursday.
The Lakers haven't been able to string together a win yet despite positive play in several areas. Lakers head coach spoke about the "little things" hurting the team following their loss to the Toronto Raptors in Ontario, spoiling a physical defensive presence the team has shown to start preseason. The Raptors' new backcourt duo of Cory Joseph and Kyle Lowry combined for 43 points, reigning points from beyond the arc and at the rim.
D'Angelo Russell's first game in Staples Center might be on hold as the Lakers are listing him as doubtful. Russell's participated in light drills since suffering a bruised glute, but he's considered doubtful against Maccabi Haifa. Scott told media the training staff will evaluate his status following their shootaround before the game
Marcelo Huertas and Brandon Bass are also considered doubtful.
Preseason is all about the process, but breaking into the win column against a team without NBA talent would be a welcome outcome. Enjoy the game, and a quick reminder that you can check out Anthony Irwin hosting our postgame show Lakers Late Night live after the game!
Time: 6:30 p.m. PT