The Los Angeles Lakers have just three games left of exhibition, packing up their show and taking it down the Pacific coast to San Diego for a game against the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers have ruled Kobe Bryant out, who suffered a bruised leg in the team's loss to the Sacramento Kings. The Warriors will be without Andrew Bogut (broken nose), Harrison Barnes (right knee bone bruise) and Klay Thompson (personal).
The Lakers have yet to beat an NBA team in preseason, only piling on Israeli basketball club Maccabi Haifa. The momentum they built up in a blowout win didn't carry over against Sacramento, looking out of sync in Las Vegas. Byron Scott has not announced the starting lineup yet, though keeping Anthony Brown with the starters and sliding D'Angelo Russell back in seems like the likeliest outcome.
Russell noted how unfamiliar he felt playing off the bench after spending training camp learning how to play with the starting unit, and this could be a good opportunity to get him back into rhythm after a blase outing. As an aside, here's some preparatory work so when you see him for the first time today you aren't blindsided by his new hairstyle.
Marcelo Huertas is listed as probable, which means his debut could be in line for Saturday night. It's good timing for the Lakers, especially if Russell soaks time with the first unit. Huertas was brought in to be a steadying presence as a veteran ball-handler, and the team has yet to have an opportunity to see that on display. Roster cuts aren't expected before the Lakers wrap up their next two games at the earliest, but it's coming down to the wire for everyone.
Enjoy the game as preseason winds down.
Time: 7 p.m. PT