The Los Angeles Lakers have nearly wrapped up preseason, holding a final game against the Golden State Warriors before they bunker down for the regular season opener on Oct. 28. The Lakers have gone 3-4 through exhibition thus far, looking at an opportunity to break even with their new group of players.
Kobe Bryant is not expected to play, continuing to receive treatment on his bruised left calf. Lou Williams should be available against the Warriors after missing time with a strained groin. The Lakers' previous preseason game against Golden State was cut short in San Diego as the court was deemed unplayable as player slipped and slid everywhere.
The Lakers have begun making roster cuts, starting with Robert Uphsaw and Michael Frazier II. That brings their total roster down to 17, with a maximum of 15 slots to designate before opening night. Marcelo Huertas has played well in his two games, essentially tying up his spot based on the kinds of comments Lakers head coach Byron Scott has attached to his play. That leaves players like Jabari Brown and Metta World Peace a final opportunity to make a case for their inclusion for Oct. 28 and beyond.
Preseason has been an exciting glimpse at why Lakers fans should be looking forward to watching this new core, but as exhibition games filled with training camp invitees fizzle out, it's going to be even more joyous to be done with this step in the process. Enjoy one last look at this team before they go off the grid until the Minnesota Timberwolves come to town to break open a new season.
Time: 7 p.m. PT
Station: TNT, TWCSN