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Game Preview: Lakers host reeling Suns, try for three-peat

It's just a game of hoops in early January.

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have had an incredibly bad season, but the Phoenix Suns are one of the few Western Conference teams that are reeling just as bad if not worse than the purple and gold right now. Jeff Hornacek's job security is still on the line, his assistant coaching staff was dismissed, and news of Eric Bledsoe needing a season-ending injury to repair a torn meniscus make for tough times in Phoenix.

The Lakers are on their first winning streak of the season, doing just enough against Philadelphia in a sloppy game to open the 2016 calendar year. The Suns, in the midst of an eight-game losing streak and on the second half of a back-to-back, look like a very winnable team. It's not easy to make up for the loss of your leading scorer and facilitator for the year. Brandon Knight was the big problem for the Lakers last time these teams played, though, with Knight putting up 30 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds for a monstrous triple-double.

Kobe Bryant is listed as questionable after sitting out of his fifth game of the year Friday night. Anthony Brown filled in as the starting small forward. Byron Scott does not plan on making any rotation changes just yet, recently citing signs of success since he shuffled players on the bench. Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell, meanwhile, have apparently been going through film sessions together.

Enjoy the game if you plan on closing your weekend with the Lakers as they host the Suns. We might be talking three-peat tonight.

Time: 6:30 p.m.


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