The Golden State Warriors have a chance at NBA history Tuesday night, needing just one more victory to lock up the best record to start a season in league history at 16-0. Their opponent, the Los Angeles Lakers, happen to be the worst team in the Western Conference and have yet to win a Pacific Division opponent.
The Lakers are in a state of chaotic flux, riding the crashing waves of losses smashing into the Newport cliffs. It's even more troubling with head coach Byron Scott seemingly drawing a line in the sand. On one side stands Kobe Bryant, who he says has the "privilege" of essentially doing whatever he wants on offense. On the other, everyone else, who he's apparently ready to start benching when they make mistakes.
Those mistakes are happening from rookies to vets, of course, and the Warriors are the kind of team that will make the Lakers pay for them. The Lakers' defense isn't capable of rotating and defending as a unit, exposing their inability to defend the three-point line. Good luck giving up open looks to Stephen Curry, who's putting up 11.6 threes per game while shooting 43.8 percent from deep.
Out, the lights are. Jedi, Steph is.
A loss for the Lakers would give them their third four-loss streak of the season just 14 games into the season. Should things get ugly at the Roaracle, at least the purple and gold have a huge break to enjoy some turkey and be thankful the punishment is over. Enjoy the game, which will be the last bit of action until Saturday when the Lakers visit the Portland Trail Blazers.
Time: 7:30 PT