The Los Angeles Lakers ran out gas in their season opener but are hopefully refueled after touching down in Sacramento to face the Kings in their first road game of the season. The floor will be filled with John Calipari disciples with DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Willie Cauley-Stein and Julius Randle all expected as starters for this one.
Opening night was a huge success for the Lakers if you compare it to last season. Randle logged his first career double-double, D'Angelo Russell went through his first minutes, and Kobe Bryant -- despite struggling down the stretch -- looked solid through the first half. Still, letting a 16-point lead slip through their fingertips against the Minnesota Timberwolves wasn't the best way to start the year.
The Kings took a loss to the Clippers to start their season, spoiling a night where Cousins made four of his five three-point attempts on his way to 32 points and 13 rebounds. On the other hand, Blake Griffin dropped 33 points on 14-of-20 shooting, a sign there will definitely be mistakes to take advantage of for the Lakers.
We'll see if a trip up to face Boogie and the Kings amounts to the first win of the season. Lakers head coach Byron Scott will hand the keys to the offense over to Russell after electing to play him in an off-ball role in the season opener. D'Angelo's debut ended with four points and two assists.
This will be a tale of two franchises desperately trying to prove things are looking up after shuffling the deck in the offseason. One will walk away with their first victory of the season. Enjoy the game as we continue to dust the cobwebs off of the NBA's regular season.
Time: 7 p.m. PT