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Game Preview: D'Angelo Russell gets a chance to finish the fight against the Kings

D'Angelo Russell led what was a fantastic almost-comeback last time around, but an ankle injury derailed the effort.

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The Los Angeles Lakers took a much-needed two-day break and are back to the grindstone with the Sacramento Kings in town Wednesday night. Things have taken a turn for the worst as the Lakers' struggles have somehow gotten worse over their last three contest. Turning it around against the Boogie Man won't be an easy task.

The last time these teams met made for a memorable, albeit ultimately disappointing, moment. D'Angelo Russell and the Lakers' youth made a huge late-game push to turn a blowout into a down-to-the-wire contest, but things came unraveled once Russell tweaked his ankle. They'll get a chance to finish the fight, though it will likely be without Larry Nance, Jr. Kobe Bryant is expected to play.

The Kings have won both of the previous meetings, which were both on the road at Sleep Train Arena. DeMarcus Cousins was on fire to start the game when they played earlier in January, but foul trouble slowed him down enough for the Lakers to creak the door open in a game they didn't have much business being in. Russell dropped the "Y'all ain't seen nothing yet" quote following his 27-point outing, so it'd be nice if he decided to show us something in this one as the Lakers have been bordering on un-watchable in recent weeks.

Enjoy the game, which will surely be more painless than when the San Antonio Spurs make a stop in Los Angeles Friday night.

Time: 7:30 p.m. PT


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